Challenges in Electrification of Rural India

One does not need to possess much prior knowledge to spot the patent falsity in government statements that proclaim complete rural electrification. However, it does take effort and considerable research to understand why in the 21st century much of rural India still lives in darkness. Beth highlights in this article few critical problems which stand in the way of transforming ‘complete rural electrification’ from fiction to fact.

Financial Viability of ‘Green’ Electricity in India

Ending environment last week and starting with the electricity sector this week, we present Anirban’s piece that is a hybrid of these two sectors. Anirban delves into credit and finance problems that pose a big hurdle to realise India’s renewable energy goals.

The Next round of Climate Targets will worsen the Climate Crisis

The NDC concept was developed as a long-term successor to the top-down target setting mechanism in the Kyoto Protocol. But the second round of NDCs to be updated in 2020, have proved to be less than what is required to keep the increase in world temperature below the magical 1.5 degree Celcius. In this article Charmi and Tarun discuss how countries have been abdicating their responsibility and violating the spirit of Paris Agreement thereby defeating the idea of combined responsibility of humanity towards climate change.

Sowing the Seeds of a Solar Power Revolution via Agro Photovoltaics

A unique model of collocating food and fuel is being explored at the upper echelons of India’s renewable energy sector. Agro Photovoltaics (APV) involves solar panels being installed at a certain height above existing cropland. Ankur discusses the potential of APVs and the way to move ahead with it.

Cooling Urban India

Urban space cooling consumes considerable amount of resources – resources which could be put to better use if urban planning was carried out with foresight. In this purely blog style piece, Arshiya highlights solutions and policy interventions which can be focused on by policy makers if we are progressive realise our broader goal of sustainable development.