Cost-benefit analysis of solar energy- a case study Dehra region of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh

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    Dr. Babburu Venkateshwarlu

  1. Chaithanya Goutam

  1. Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala,, Himachal Pradesh, India
  2. Student, Department of Economics, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala,, Himachal Pradesh, India

Abstract

In a crux what we can say about our findings is that solar energy’s potential in the area has not been utilized to its optimum level in the Dehra region and the people are not being properly taught about its benefits. No efforts are being put to educate people regarding the various opportunities it holds regarding employment, energy savings, and so on. Solar Energy has immense potential to fulfill the energy needs of people across the world and many steps have been taken to promote its use across the world and in India. The Indian government has taken various steps to promote the use of solar energy among the masses. In our study done in Dehra region of Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh findings show that the use of solar energy in rural areas is confined to lighting purposes only and it is not being used for commercial purposes. Many people in villages here are using solar energy in the form of lights and villages the Panchayats are using solar lights for street lighting along with a few farmers using it for fencing in the fields to protect their crops from the animals. Although solar energy is being utilized it still is not used at its full potential. Dehra being a hot region with lots of sunny days in a year holds huge potential for solar energy use. In our study, we found that less than 50% of people included in our survey or sample are using solar energy. As to employment in solar energy, we found not even a single individual that was involved in any work in solar energy indicating that employment in this field from the region is nil.

Keywords: solar energy, potential, employment, rural areas, villages

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