Almost 237 million Indians lack access to reliable and affordable electricity. This not only constrains productive activities, incomes and employment in rural areas, but also hinders the delivery of essentials such as safe drinking water, healthcare and education. Expanding rural energy access or rural electrification is necessary for economic growth and human development.
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (Shakti) seeks to promote policy, regulatory and institutional interventions to promote decentralized renewable energy (DRE) based solutions. Shakti works to strengthen the reliability of the distribution grid as well as to enhance the capacity of key stakeholders such as state and district-level energy development bodies, financial institutions and rural energy service entrepreneurs working in the DRE space. Shakti also engages in knowledge sharing and partnership building through multi-stakeholder initiatives such as Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN).
Mini grids can play a key role in rural electrification efforts in areas that are not connected to the grid, and to complement the grid in under electrified areas. With the right policy…
With the right kind of support, energy enterprises can provide solutions to some of the energy access challenges affecting their communities. This is the premise behind various Shakti-supported…
Given the scale of investment required to meet India’s energy targets, it is critical to mobilize finance for renewable energy intervention, energy efficiency measures and DRE intervention…
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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
Currently, an estimated 237 million Indians lack access to any form of electricity, while an additional 100 million have less than four hours of electricity per day. At the same time, the Government of India has set a target of generating over 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022. Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) can play a key role in...Read more
It is estimated that around 237 million Indians remain unconnected to the discom grid and do not have access to reliable electricity. In the last few years, DRE-based mini-grids have emerged as an effective solution to provide clean and reliable power using locally available resources. On the policy front, mini-grids have been gaining prominence...Read more
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
Shakti has supported the development of a briefing paper series on decentralized renewable energy (DRE) that capitalizes on practitioner experience to inform new DRE interventions. Rural energy practitioners have systematically identified critical themes relevant to DRE in India. Each theme is presented in the form of a briefing paper. The papers...Read more