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  • Special Economic Zones: An opportunity to double India’s onsite solar capacity

    Industrial agglomerations together could support at least 33% of the nation’s 40 GW rooftop solar target. Here’s how.

    In 2000, the Indian government introduced industrial parks called Special Economic Zones (SEZs), with the objective of enhancing foreign investment, providing an internationally competitive export-processing environment, and boosting employment generating opportunities. As per the mandate set by the Central Ministry of Commerce and...

  • Creating Jobs for Women in the Renewable Energy Sector

    This blog post originally appeared in The Hindu.

    India’s transition to clean energy could improve the quality of life of women.

    India can increase its GDP by up to 60% by 2025 by enabling more women to participate in its workforce, a 2015 study by the McKinsey Global Institute had stated. However, social and cultural constraints can prevent this from becoming a reality. Many women who work outside home still have primary...

  • India Can Meet Climate Goals and Sustain Economic Growth

    India has set out some of the world’s most ambitious renewable energy policies, including a target to ramp up solar installed capacity to 100 GW by 2022. Strong and clear policy signals, especially in the clean energy sector, demonstrate India’s leadership and continue to fuel optimism on sustained climate action. In 2015, India committed to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33...

  • Learning By Doing: Lessons on Electric Mobility from The Netherlands

    India’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 aims to bring about a paradigm shift in the transport sector, estimating close to seven million hybrid or electric vehicles (EVs) in the next three years. By 2030, the Power Ministry hopes to get to full vehicle electrification. Examples from other countries have shown that with the right interventions, the transition to electric mobility is not only possible, but also comes with significant benefits.


  • India’s Renewable Energy Push: A Win-Win for Job Creation and Electricity Access

    This blog post originally appeared on

    Ten years ago, Sashiram was a job-seeker with a limited education and uncertain employment prospects. Today, he is a solar technician who supervises the installation of solar home systems in multiple locations and is a four-time winner of “Best Employee” at an off-grid energy enterprise in Kundapur, near Manipal, India. People in the villages he serves respect him because he provides a basic need: He electrifies...

  • From Waste to Watts: How Sewage Could Help Fix India's Water, Energy and Sanitation Woes

    This blog post originally appeared on Insights.

    As India’s summer intensifies, many states are already in the midst of a drought—and the hottest days have yet to arrive. At the same time, water-intensive agriculture, rapid urban expansion, increases in industrial activity and growing energy production are driving the country’s water demand...

  • How Companies Are Buying Clean Energy: 4 Lessons from India

    This blog post originally appeared on Insights.

    India has some of the world’s most ambitious renewable energy goals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to boost India's solar energy generation capacity from 5.8 gigawatts (GW) in 2014 to 100 GW by 2022. As part of the Paris Agreement, India...

  • Big Data Improves Renewable Power Forecasts. Will It Help India?

    This blog originally appeared on Insights

    India is one of the world’s fastest-growing markets for renewable energy. The government has set ambitious renewable energy targets for this year of 175 gigawatts by 2022, an increase of 400 percent over 2014, with 100 GW from solar photovoltaics and another 60 GW from wind. But even as India looks to add these new wind and solar plants, it is working to absorb the renewable power it already generates.


  • India Budget 2015: Can it Deliver for the Environment?

    The year will see global leaders make some critical decisions for the world economy and the environment, impacting the future of current and future generations. India’s newly elected government represents a unique new opportunity to deliver this. The country’s economy, now valued at $2.1 trillion, needs to follow a trajectory of robust, equitable and sustainable growth that includes all of its 1.25 billion citizens. All eyes have been on India as it announced its Union Budget for 2015-16, an important vehicle for transporting millions of its citizens out of poverty. Being the new...

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