Set yearly target of saving 25 billion units of electrical power per year… so that we can wipe out the existing shortage within the next four years
APJ Abdul Kalam
Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam attended an environmental conference hosted by JD Birla Institute last week, where he advocated the need for a national policy to provide grid-independent solar power to millions of households still without electricity.
“India has approximately 200 million houses, of which 60 million houses do not have access to electricity. My suggestion is... necessity of a national policy to provide grid independent solar panel houses to these dwellings first,” Kalam said.
The former president suggested that the solar option may be extended to “140 million houses gradually” as well as to street lights in villages, towns and cities. He hoped that such steps would save “nearly 50,000-60,000 MW of power” which may be used in other critical sectors apart from ushering “vibrant” solar business.
The former president also outlined the need to pursue an alternate energy mix and aggressive energy efficiency strategy to counter climate change in the country.
“Today 90 per cent of our power-generation sources use fossil-based fuel such as coal, gas and oil which are responsible for greenhouse gas emission…. solution (lies in) progressively using renewable clean energy sources such as wind, solar, nuclear and bio-fuel,” Kalam said at the International Conference on Environment and its Impact on Society presented by JD Birla Institute to mark its golden jubilee.
As for energy efficiency, he called for “a yearly target of saving 25 billion units of electrical power per year…so that we can wipe out the existing shortage within the next four years”.
Alternate energy expert S.P. Gon Choudhury hailed the Kalam’s view and added that central government has been thinking in the same direction
“Recently at a meeting organised by the environmental non-profit, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), in Raipur, the Union ministry representatives had pointed out that a new energy access strategy would be undertaken with grid-independent solar power as one of the vital cogs,” he said.
Governor M.K. Narayanan, S.K. Birla and Sumangala Birla were also present on the occasion.