The state of Kerala in southern India plans to generate a quarter of its energy needs from the sun by 2022. Currently, Kerala produces only 30 percent of its energy needs through conventional means, and this densely populated state with 33 million residents needs to figure out its energy strategy. With little available land to build solar grids, the government plans to use the rooftops of 75,000 residents as "mini solar energy stations." The Soura (Sun) project will contribute 350 megawatts of power to the state’s grid. Low-income consumers will have to pay only 12 percent of the installation charges and get to use 25 percent of the energy produced. What is needed now for the project to take off is prompt government action and reimbursement of subsidies.

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