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coal or nuclear power plant). It has mounted solar panels on
more than 700 rooftops in India. Similarly, an American startup
company furnishing off-grid electricity to rural villages was
one of the early recipients of PACE financing, and now supplies
some 200,000 people in 300 villages with electricity, where they
previously had none.
The ambitious scope of PACE has unleashed a wide range of
parallel and follow-on initiatives, involving government at all lev-
els, international financial institutions, NGOs, labs, universities
and businesses. So it is understandable that political support for
PACE remains strong in India, even following its change of gov-
ernment in 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who previously
served as chief minister of Gujarat, a state that is one of India’s
most advanced solar power producers, recently announced he
would increase his country’s renewable energy target to 175 giga-
watts by 2022, 100 gigawatts of it solar.
While always aspiring to something broader, the PACE
diplomatic initiative helped realize a vision of two countries
together creating a vibrant, growing and sustainable clean
energy economy. Much remains to be done, both in India and
in many other parts of the world, but it is fair to say PACE has
gotten off to a good start and has a truly bright future.
A farm in Tamil Nadu uses solar power to run its water pumps