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India Clean Energy: Telangana Announces 2 GW of Solar

April 10, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

The Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana Limited issued a request for selection and a power purchase agreement for allocating 2 GW of solar PV. This follows the state’s successful allocation of 500 MW late last year and places Telangana right at the top of Indian states with respect to solar.[read more]

India Exploring Solar Bids in Dollar Terms to Bring Down Tariffs

April 3, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Based on a recent report, the government seems to be considering cutting solar tariffs in India by offering power purchase agreements through bids in dollar terms. We believe that the government should instead be looking at developing indigenous financing solutions.[read more]

500 GW for Global Solar Energy in 5 Years, With 30 GW in India

March 31, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Solar in India

According to the researchers at IHS, global solar might hit 500 GW in total installed capacity by 2019. This year, 2015, global solar demand is projected to increase to 75 GW alone, a 66% growth rate against 2014. In 2014, the largest markets were China and Japan.[read more]

The Real Prize: India Energy Planning

March 19, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India's solar efforts have not been terribly impressive, partially because of the expectations the government has put on itself with a 100 GW target. In fact, growth in the sector is picking up significantly. But that growth isn't driven by sustainable policies, but by one-off measures, and that it is not enough.[read more]

3 Ways of Looking at the Solar Opportunity in India

March 17, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Solar in India

Will India be the solar opportunity of a lifetime? Or is it just noise? To some extend, it comes down to what one believes: Will India develop? Will its government be part of the solution or part of the problem? There are three ways of looking at this market: The “Vision”, the “Reality” and the “Need” perspective.[read more]

Will India Budget for Clean Energy Development, Green Job Creation?

March 13, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India Budget and Energy Planning

As India's ambitious clean energy targets continue to capture headlines, the central government has released its 2015 Union Budget. This budget includes the doubling of tax on coal per metric ton and the development of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund.[read more]

India's Lack of Wholesale Markets and Grid Investment Could Hinder Renewables Commitments

March 9, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

At the RE-Invest 2015 summit in India, banks, financial institutions and the private sector offered bold commitments to shift the country’s power supply to clean, renewable resources. What didn’t come along with the remarkable commitments was any explicit roadmap for how the grid would handle it.[read more]

India Must Spend $250B by 2019 to Meet Its Power Needs

November 11, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

India Future Energy Needs

If India is going to provide power to its more than 1 billion people over the next five years, it will need to invest about $250 billion during that time. The country’s power minister, Piyush Goyal, noted that most of the money would need to come from the private sector.[read more]

India's Latest Step Towards Becoming Solar Energy Leader

October 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India is making progress in expanding its solar energy market. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is moving forward with financing another round of solar projects through India’s National Solar Mission (NSM), releasing a new iteration of draft guidelines for project selection last week.[read more]

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Discusses India's 'Growth Imperative' and Energy Future

October 17, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

India Growth and Planning

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh gave a talk at MIT entitled “The Growth Imperative: Plotting a Sustainable Energy Future for India.” Ramesh drew on his years of experience as a leader in the Indian government to discuss India's energy policies and plans.[read more]

India's Burgeoning Solar and Wind Energy Markets Jumpstarting Job Growth

August 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Renewable Energy

India’s solar and wind programs have catalyzed rapid growth, providing much needed energy access while creating enormous employment opportunities for India’s workforce, as discussed during the launch of a new series of reports on Renewable Energy Jobs and Finance in New Delhi today.[read more]

Women, Energy Access, and India's Elections

April 28, 2014 by Justin Guay

By May 12, an expected 815 million voters will have gone to the polls to vote in India's general election. With Indian women voting at increasing rates, politicians are attempting to court female voters more than ever. But the topic of energy should not be overlooked in this election.[read more]