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Solar Microgrids: A Solution for Rural India

June 4, 2015 by Charlie Hewitt
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Rural Electrification in India

India’s population grew by over 200 million between 2004 and 2012. Rapid population growth, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and an expanding appetite for energy; all of these things are placing a huge strain on India’s power generation capabilities.[read more]

Heat Wave Preparedness in Action: What Ahmedabad is Doing Right Now

June 1, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India Heat Risk

The tragic heat wave in India - with a current death toll over 1,800 - has raised a lot of attention to the dire threat of rising temperatures. The question many are asking is, what can local governments do to prepare for future heat waves and mitigate the terrible effects of heat on people?[read more]

India to Allocate 10GW of Solar Under Central Government Schemes This Year?

May 13, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier
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Recently in India there was a meeting called by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to discuss their revised plans for 10,000 MW of solar PV projects expected to be tendered in the next few months under National Solar Mission (NSM).[read more]

Global Solar Manufacturers Look to India for New Manufacturing Capacity

May 12, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Over the past months, several PV module manufacturers have announced plans to ‘Make in India’. While Trina Solar and Canadian Solar have declared that they are setting up manufacturing capacities in India, First Solar and SunEdison have stated that they are studying the viability of manufacturing capacity in India.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Transitioning to a Low Carbon Energy System

May 11, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India and Carbon Mitigation

The global energy system is in a period of rapid transformation: electricity plays an ever more important role, as do renewables, distributed generation and electric vehicles. Energy efficiency is improving. Emissions are still a large and growing concern.[read more]

100 Days On and Haryana, India's Innovative Solar Rooftop Policy Sees No Light

May 8, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

It has been more than 100 days since the government of Haryana has made it mandatory for all buildings with an area of 500 sq. yards or more to install solar rooftop systems. Unfortunately, there has been very little progress in the implementation of the policy.[read more]

India Announces National Air Quality Index to Increase Public Awareness

May 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India Air Quality Index

Recent reports and growing public awareness are highlighting the increased threat of poor air quality on human health in India. The World Health Organization ranked 13 Indian cities among the top 20 in the world for the worst fine particulate air pollution.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Solar Will Be the Most Competitive Energy Choice

May 4, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Global Trends and India

In India, solar and storage will likely play a different and a much larger role than in the IEA’s global analysis. Due to the weakness of the grid and the limited alternative energy sources, distributed solar plus storage will be an attractive solution for end-users.[read more]

A New Tariff Policy to Accelerate India's Renewables Growth

April 30, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

The Ministry of Power has proposed amendments to the country’s existing tariff policy of 2005. Promotion of renewable generation sources has now been added as the fifth objective of the policy, and there are three salient features for the solar sector in this proposed amendment.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Carbon Intensity of Electricity Stagnating but Efficiency, Renewables Can Change That

April 27, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier
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Energy Trends in India

The global energy system is in a period of rapid transformation: electricity plays an ever more important role, as do renewables, distributed generation and electric vehicles. New technologies and business models are disrupting and challenging a traditionally risk-averse and slow-moving industry.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Uncertain Power and Carbon Markets Change Investment Choices

April 21, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India and Energy Trends

The global energy system is in a period of rapid transformation: electricity plays an ever more important role, as do renewables, distributed generation and electric vehicles. New technologies and business models are disrupting and challenging a traditionally risk-averse and slow-moving industry.[read more]

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Negotiating Access: A Case Study of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cookstove Diffusion in India

April 15, 2015 by Yiting Wang

Studying Energy Use in India

The challenge to providing cleaner cookstoves, such as LPG stoves, in the developing world is not limited to the cost of the technology. In the case of LPG services in rural India, these costs come from existing socioeconomic inequalities within the rural areas, as well as between rural and urban areas.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: The Need to Consume Less Oil

April 14, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India, Global Trends, and Energy Needs

Oil consumption will rise in India as the economy and the population grows. This is a major headache for the government, since India imports almost all of this fuel. Currently oil prices are fairly low, but if they rise again, they will drive inflation and open up a large trade deficit.[read more]

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Goes Shopping for Nuclear Reactors

April 13, 2015 by Dan Yurman

One of the things the head of state gets to do when on an international, multi-nation trip is draw up a list of things to buy and bring home. For India’s Narenda Modi, it is about finally settling on the terms of a long pending contract for six nuclear reactors in Jaitapur, and the uranium to fuel them, which top the list.[read more]

Reducing Stress on India's Grid With Efficient, Climate-Friendly Air Conditioning Refrigerants

March 27, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India Energy Consumption Efficiency

India leapfrogging over antiquated, soon-to-be obsolete, and inefficient refrigerants will benefit the power sector while saving consumers money. It will also advance the Indian economy, ensure Indian industries can compete in the international market, and help mitigate climate change.[read more]