India’s fast growing economy and population are leading to an increased demand for electricity. Despite capacity additions over the last few years, the reliability of power is still a major challenge. Parts of the country face severe electricity shortages largely due to inefficiencies in generation, distribution and end use and other factors. And close to 300 million Indians in rural areas lack access to electricity. At the same time, the opportunity to shift India’s power system onto a more sustainable path has never been greater. Ambitious targets for renewable energy and transmission connectivity plans have been laid out along with reforms for the power distribution sector. Supplying ‘24X7 Power to All’ is now an important focus of the development agenda.
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (Shakti) seeks to support India’s transition to a cleaner and more reliable power system. Shakti focuses on: mainstreaming renewable energy sources such as solar and wind in India’s power mix, identifying opportunities for utility-led efficiency improvements and enhancing access to energy.
Renewable energy is fast gaining focus for its potential to meet India’s growing energy needs. The ambitious target for renewable energy – 175GW by 2022 with plans to expand further…
Distribution utilities supply electricity to consumers and in turn collect revenues to keep the sector going. Utility-led efficiency measures can generate widespread energy savings…
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Agriculture contributes to 15% of India’s GDP and employs 50% of the workforce. Reliable irrigation, therefore, is a critical requirement not just for the farmer but also for the country. Solar irrigation pumps are a promising alternative to traditional water pumping systems which usually operate on grid electricity, diesel and kerosene. Given...Read more
India's ambitious target of 175 GW renewable energy by 2022 will require an estimated 120,000 hectares of land at a deployment rate of over 10 GW over 15,000 hectares of land each year. The issue of land availability is viewed as a major hurdle to meeting this target. Lessons from other parts of the world suggest it is possible to fast-track...Read more
Power generation from renewable sources will need to increase significantly for India to meet its ambitious electrification goals as well as the goals committed to under the Paris Agreement. There is growing evidence from many countries that high levels of renewable energy penetration into the grid is technically and economically feasible. But...Read more
The Green Power Market Development Group (GPMDG) India is an industry-led initiative aimed at rapidly increasing the share of renewable energy in the overall energy consumption of commercial and industrial establishments. GPMDG works towards finding solutions to the policy, regulatory and market barriers that currently impede the growth of the...Read more
The Government of India has ambitious plans to scale up renewable energy, and stakeholders are deliberating cost-effective ways to integrate a largeever increasing quantum of renewables with the power system. A challenge being faced today is the lack of robust data on renewable energy, which confines limits the understanding ability of...Read more