Objective of the programme initiated by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy , Govt. of India and implemented by NEDA is to make renewable energy devices easily available to the people and to provide them after sales services. Initially, six Aditya Solar shops were established by NEDA in the districts of Agra, Allahabad, Ballia, Kanpur, Lucknow and Varanasi, with the support of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy , Govt. of India. Shops in districts of Agra, Allahabad and Kanpur has been closed.
During the year 2002-03 , Ministry of New and Renewable Energy , Govt. of India sanctioned five more Aditya Solar Shops, for establishment in the private sector. These shops are functional in the districts of Ghaziabad and Gorakhpur. Some existing showrooms dealing with consumer items were also allowed to display renewable energy products and are known as Urja counters, are now functioning in the districts of Ghazipur and Jaunpur
During 2005-06, the existing scheme of Aditya Solar Shops was revised so as to cover wider sale and services of all renewable products the shops and Aditya Solar Shops were renamed as Akshay Urja shops. Akshay Urja shops are being operated by private entrepreneurs. At present, in 54 districts of U.P, Akshay Urja shops are being established .
Financial support under the Scheme :
Ø The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India, is providing soft loan through banks.The soft loan is available to the shop-owners at an interest rate of 7% ( to a maximum of 85% of the cost of establishment of the shop), subject to a maximum of Rs. 10 lakhs.
Ø A monthly recurring grant of Rs. 5000/- per month and incentive of Rs 5000/- (based on turnover) for the first two years, is being provided to the shop owners.
Note : For more details about Akshay Urja Shop programme see MNRE Site http://mnre.gov.in
The Aditya Solar Shops and Akshay Urja Shops are selling renewable energy products, establishing projectss and are providing services to the citizen.