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How Off-Grid Renewable Energy Came To The Rescue In India’s Flood Zones

Oct 2017

With uncertainty about the availability of grid power, renewable energy mini-grids — Tara Urja and Desi Power — stepped up to provide back-up power and assist with relief operations in eight villages, including Nabiganj, Siwan and Araria. 


Saubhagya scheme: All you need to know

Sep 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Rs16,320-crore Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, or Saubhagya, on Monday evening to provide electricity connections to over 40 million families in rural and urban areas by December 2018.

Distributed renewables = jobs and business

Jun 2017

India is a leader in the global surge in renewable energy jobs.

India ranked second in renewable energy attractiveness index

May 2017

India has moved up to the second spot from third position in this year's 'Renewable energy country attractiveness index' released by EY. This is primarily due to a combination of strong government support and increasingly attractive economics, EY said in a statement.

World now admits India’s key renewable energy role: Goyal

May 2017

"India has experienced world's largest energy transformation compared to any other country. On Tuesday we have renewable energy that is unimaginable", said Piyush Goyal

The Value of Modern Cooking Fuels: Evidence on Subjective Satisfaction from Rural India

Mar 2017

One of today’s great energy crises is the continued use of traditional biomass for cooking by one-third of the world’s population. When people use firewood and other forms of biomass to cook inside their homes, they generate huge amounts of indoor air pollution, and the World Health Organization estimates that over four million deaths a year can be attributed to the damage done.

India joins International Energy Association

Mar 2017

The "Activation of Association" is expected to serve as a bridge and platform for wider-ranging and deeper co-operation and collaboration between IEA member and Association countries in the future.

Ex-MNRE Secy Upendra Tripathy to be ISA Director General

Mar 2017

Former New and Renewable Energy Secretary Upendra Tripathy has been appointed as the full-time interim Director General of International Solar Alliance.

Govt slashes IREDA’s borrowing target for 2017-18

Feb 2017

The government has lowered the estimated borrowing target of Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) — the key lender to clean energy sector and also called India’s green bank — by a massive 34 per cent to ₹8,043.31 crore in Budget 2017.

Small Scale Clean Energy Practitioners Hoped For Greater Recognition In Budget 2017

Feb 2017

The Union Budget 2017 brings with it the promise of accelerating India's growth engines against the backdrop of demonetisation. However, as someone who works in the energy access space I was unclear and curious what the budget means for the energy sector in India.

Budget 2017: An opportunity lost for renewable energy

Feb 2017

The budget’s real test lay in its approach to mitigating financial risk in the renewable energy, where capital costs are high, payback periods are long and off-taker, construction and foreign exchange risks raise cost of debt

Budget 2017: Arun Jaitley sets aside Rs 5472 cr for renewable ministry

Feb 2017

In the Union Budget for 2017-18, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocated Rs 5,472.84 crore for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), which is an increase of 25 percent from FY17 revised estimates.

Solar players expect tax incentives in budget, uncertainty over GST remains

Jan 2017

Amid uncertainties over the impact of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Make in India programme being affected by falling prices of Chinese modules, solar manufacturers and developers are expecting tax incentives and policy drive to make unused money of clean energy fund available to the sector in the forthcoming union budget.

Modi power plans slow to light rural India as 240 million still live in darkness

Jan 2017

Power shortages cost India the equivalent of about 7% of GDP, the World Bank said in 2010, when the country witnessed supply deficits of almost 15%

AP tops in country in installing solar pump sets

Jan 2017

Andhra Pradesh government is going ahead in conserving electricity by installing agriculture solar pump sets and Krishna district stands top in the country among it besides receiving National award for the achievement.

Bring sunshine to your farms, Collector tells ryots

Jan 2017

Among the 675 districts across the country, Krishna district is in the forefront in use of solar-powered pump sets. Urging farmers, especially in areas where grid electricity is not available, to rely on the eco-friendly solar pump sets.

Autonomous wireless solar tag for precision agriculture

Jan 2017

Sol Chip has introduced its Sol Chip Comm™ autonomous, wireless, solar tag for enabling precision agriculture and smart irrigation.

Solar Energy Entrepreneurs In India Are Finding Faster, Cleaner and Economical Route to Power

Jan 2017

Access to power in India is not a given. Mera Gao Power (MGP), however, is able to offer customers two solar powered lamps and a mobile phone charger for less than a dollar per week, powered by renewable energy sources as opposed to kerosene.

Arunabha Ghosh: Innovators, financiers learn your lessons

Jan 2017

Hundreds of firms in India work to plug gaps in energy access through decentralised renewable energy (DRE) solutions. They have a range of offerings: Selling or leasing solar home systems; microgrids; hybrid installations combining solar, wind, biomass or small hydro; productive energy services (irrigation, crop drying or storage, mechanical workshops); innovative financing for end-users; training workers in the DRE sector.

Japan’s trade minister seeks to partner with India in energy sector

Jan 2017

Japan’s Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko on Monday (January 09) said Tokyo’s technology and New Delhi’s skilled labour could combine to help Asia‘s second- and third-largest economies become self sufficient in meeting their growing energy needs.

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