The number of Indian households that still have electricity has increased by over 40 per cent in the past three years and according to data released by the Indian government, that number is likely to continue rising.
As a result, the government is now looking at ways to encourage people to switch off the lights.
The data released from the Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC) on Tuesday revealed that the number of households with electricity has doubled from 1.18 million in 2014 to 1.27 million in 2016.
The ERC data also showed that, for the first time, households were switching off electricity in a greater number of locations across the country, with the biggest increases in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
“We have been witnessing a significant increase in the number and types of electricity-free households across India,” an ERC spokesperson said.
“The main cause for this is the adoption of smart grid technology, which has enabled the distribution of smart appliances and the elimination of traditional electricity-dependent appliances such as gas stoves and light bulbs.”
Smart grids are connected devices that can automatically switch on or off when demand changes, or when demand rises.
These appliances typically include meters, appliances, water purifiers, smart thermostats, light bulbs, and smart meters.
As per the ERC’s data, the number one cause of disconnection among households with the latest smart grids is for the use of electricity.
This has prompted many to take up the electric revolution.
A smart home in a room with no electric appliances and no gas appliances would be the ideal scenario for a smart home.
But it is not yet possible to install smart appliances in a house that doesn’t have a gas or electric outlet, such as a shared home, a shared kitchen, or a small business.
The main challenge is the need for smart appliances to be placed in the right locations.
The latest ERC survey found that households with an electric outlet in their house were more likely to switch to an electric stove than a gas stove.
In comparison, households without an electric appliance were more than twice as likely to have an electric stove.
The new smart grid in the country is also likely to make it easier for households to install solar panels.
Solar panels are a smart technology that can be installed in a home without a gas supply, and can be connected to a smart meter, allowing electricity usage to be monitored.
In this regard, smart meters have become a big player in the smart grid sector.
According to the EMC, solar power has grown from 5 per cent of total installed capacity in 2013 to over 24 per cent by 2019.
But a recent study showed that as of March 2017, solar energy capacity had declined by 17 per cent.
“This is a clear indication of the growth in solar energy.
The rapid expansion of solar power generation, especially solar power panels, is expected to bring significant benefits to the nation,” the EEC spokesperson said, adding that more than a third of the installed solar capacity was installed in urban areas, such that it accounted for a quarter of the total installed solar power capacity.
However, the rapid growth in the solar industry has also raised questions over its sustainability.
A study by the US Department of Energy found that solar energy’s price tag is a whopping $100 billion.
The price of solar energy in India is also expected to go up.
In 2017, the ESRB reported that solar PV modules cost Rs.8,200 ($1,350) per module, but now it is expected that solar modules will cost Rs 9,500 ($1.8200) per unit.
The report added that there will be a huge opportunity to reduce electricity usage, and thus, save on the cost of power.
According a study by ERC, over 60 per cent households in India use electricity to heat their homes, and around 80 per cent use electricity for cooking.
But this has become a major source of poverty in India.
According the ECR, around half of households have electricity and around half don’t.
The government’s strategy to encourage the use and deployment of solar has seen a dramatic increase in solar installations.
A lot of these projects have been under construction in rural areas and are currently under construction.
“It is encouraging that we have seen such an increase in rooftop solar,” said Rajesh Kumar, director of energy at the Center for Sustainable Development and Energy Policy.
“But, we have to be mindful that not all rooftop solar is a good thing.
The issue is not the use but the placement of the solar panel.
It is very important that all projects are done in a way that they are not just a waste of energy but also a source of energy for the power grid,” he said.
Another key issue that has arisen in the recent period is that some states are not adequately implementing their smart grid rules.
For example, some states have only set up one grid, and a lot of people do not even know how to install a smart grid.