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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Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) enterprises have immense potential to meet India's energy needs, particularly in rural areas. Shakti facilitated the development of a multi-approach programme to enhance access to finance for DRE enterprises by : providing technical assistance services to DRE enterprises and financial institutions, designing...Read more
- Alternate Financing Facilities
- Alternate Financing Facility for Energy Access in India
- Framework for the Monitoring and Evaluation of DRE enterprises
- Decentralized Renewable Energy Evaluation and Monitoring Tool (DREEM) tool
- Monitoring and Evaluation Framework For Off-Grid Enterprises in India – DREEM Tool
Solar Rooftop has significant potential to contribute to India’s renewable energy targets and energy security. India's target of 40 GW of solar rooftop capacity by 2022 has injected increased ambition into the sector. In the meanwhile, solar photovoltaic (PV) technology has steadily gained wider acceptance with significant global capacity growth...Read more
Shakti has supported the creation of a technical resource hub on DSM at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), dedicated to providing assistance to policymakers and other stakeholders on DSM-based interventions. In this capacity, IIT-B has been developing knowledge resources and conducting training programmes targeted at distribution...Read more
Shakti conceptualized the Utility CEO Forum on Demand Side Management to engage in knowledge and experience sharing around DSM-related aspects in India. The Forum’s vision is to provide Indian utilities with a platform to facilitate the design, development and delivery of large-scale DSM programmes. It brings together key individuals in the...Read more
In 2015, the National Institution for Transforming India or the NITI Aayog, formed an Expert Group to assess the financing support required to meet the target of 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022. Shakti was part of this group, which consisted of two other civil society organizations. The final report prepared by the group has contributed to the...Read more