"In 2008, Prime minister Manmohan Singh committed India to meeting 10 percent of its national energy needs through renewables by 2020."
"Solar costs are falling rapidly and, for India, 'grid parity'-the point at which the costs of generating solar energy match those of conventional power generation- should arrive by 2017"
Installing solar panels on rural housing
"SELCO installs the 12-watt systems and provides maintenance services. Villagers finance the the systems via loans administered by SEWA bank, the financing arm of the Self Employed Woman's Association (SEWA), a large Gujarati worker's cooperative. The loan term varies from 15 to 18 months; the interest rate is 10 percent; and the most basic system costs about $6 per month...most of these systems power a single portable light, but they may also be used to operate a radio."
Jerri-Lynn Scofield, "Shout it from the Rooftops", Intelligent Optimist, Sept/Oct. 2012 http://odewire.com/297506/shout-it-from-the-rooftops.html