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kWh/yr

is the per capita en­ergy con­sump­tion of In­dia. By con­trast, global aver­age is 2,600 kWh/yr About 306 mil­lion people, mostly in ru­ral ar­eas, do not have ac­cess to elec­tric­ity

808 mil­lion people de­pend on tra­di­tional biomass, such as fire­wood and dung cake, for cook­ing Though coal ac­counts for 59% of power gen­er­a­tion, it is re­spon­si­ble for 68.5% of car­bon emis­sions Re­new­able en­ergy-based

mini-grids have emerged as the so­lu­tion for en­ergy ac­cess, but ef­fec­tive pol­icy and fi­nan­cial mech­a­nisms are re­quired to ex­pand their reach

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