“In the Indian tradition, the Sun is the source of all forms of energy. The world must turn to the Sun to power our future.”
Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister
India has firmly established solar energy as its leading >pathway to a sustainable energy future. Bringing solar to the grid can provide an affordable, renewable, and low-carbon source of energy that can power India’s underserved regions.
EESL’s role: Atal Jyoti Yojana (AJAY)
Towards this goal, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) launched the Atal Jyoti Yojana (AJAY) to illuminate dark regions across five states through solar power with high mast solar LED street lights. These lights will be installed on major roads, markets, and public places, thereby contributing to safety, and enabling a better quality of life.
We have been appointed as implementation partners for the AJAY programme. EESL will work on illuminating rural, semi-urban, and urban areas that face less than 50% grid connectivity in Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Odisha with 300,000 high-mast solar LED street lights.
With a total project cost of Rs. 500 crore (with a 75-15 split between MNRE and MPLADs/ULB/Panchayat funding), EESL can bring about a far-reaching transformation in how India’s public places are illuminated.