With the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) going to polls on February 11, 2017, a survey commissioned by 8minutes Future Energy Pvt Ltd has revealed a growing preference for solar power among voters in the state. According to the digital survey conducted recently in association with IndiaSpend and FourthLion, 87% of voters in Uttar Pradesh would opt for solar energy if it helped improve air quality and reduce pollution.
Further, 8minutes also released a report prepared by Equitorials, a financial analysis firm, highlighted that Uttar Pradesh will only achieve about 28% (510 MW) of its target of installing 1.8 GW of solar power by March 2017. Therefore, given its current power deficit, there is a clear need for the state to ramp up its solar power capacity addition to meet its power requirement and its renewable energy targets.
Following are the other important findings of the survey:
Of the 38% of UP voters facing power cuts every day, 58% are women, 59% are rural voters and 61% Dalits.
46% of urban voters say the air they breathe is polluted, compared with 26% of rural voters
Low income voters are more supportive of solar power than higher income voters – perhaps because they believe that solar energy could be a lower cost alternative.
The most important problem is power cuts, followed by jobs, economy, development, water, transport, roads and food
Support for solar power is highest among OBCs, Muslims and those who do not own a vehicle and lowest among car owners
The survey and report were released today after 8minutes announced the inauguration of its rooftop solar project at Lucknow’s Ambar mosque, making it the first all-women run mosque in the country to go green. The inauguration was momentous as it is for the very first time in India that a religious institution has voiced its concerns on climate change and air pollution, and has taken steps towards countering it. With members from 4 other faiths participating in the occasion, the adoption of rooftop solar systems is expected to spread to other communities as well.
Speaking on the inauguration of the solar rooftop system at the mosque Mr Arjun Srihari, Head of Marketing & Partnerships, at 8minutes Future Energy Private Ltd: "This rooftop Solar project is a great example of how every community can benefit from solar. The entire process of taking either your home or your business solar is extremely quick and simple, and will result in significant financial benefit in terms of the savings on your electricity expenditure. We commend Ms. Shaista Ambar for all the great work she does for the community and the shining example she sets everyday! We hope this great initiative being undertaken by Ms. Ambar will be replicated by various other faith leaders, as it is a notable step being taken towards fighting air pollution and global warming."
Ambar mosque is one of the rare mosques in the country which is fully run by women. The mosque was established in February 1997 by Shaista Ambar, founder president of All-India Muslim Women Personal Law Board.
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News published on 07 / 02 / 2017 by Rashmi Nargundkar