CSR In Clean Energy
With India’s population pegged at 1.3 billion and an estimated 67.5 per cent residing in rural areas, energy access acquires strategic importance forpoverty reduction and social justice.
Against the backdrop of such statistics, the Hon. Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has reiterated the country’s commitment to the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of which the seventh SDG is concerned with ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and
modern energy for all. Recently, the central government launched the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (or Saubhagya) to
ensure universal household electrification in both rural and urban areas by providing last mile connectivity. India made a commitment at the
UN Climate Change conference in Paris (COP21) in 2015 to reduce carbon emissions. Towards this, clean energy is being pursued as one of
the solutions while facilitating greater access to energy. The government has also drafted a National Policy on Renewable Energy based Micro
Grids, which has aimed to build 10,000 renewable micro and mini-grids across the country.