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India: Ground Zero for Scaling Electricity Access

8  Aug 2017 | By William Brent
For good reason, sub-Saharan Africa gets much of the attention when it comes to electricity access. It is home to more than 600 million energy poor spread across nearly 50 countries. But it is likely going to be India--by itself home to roughly 300 million unelectrified--where decentralized renewable energy (DRE) achieves the scale needed to deliver Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7).

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Photo credit: Monica Tiwari/Smart Power India

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It's About Access, Not Electrification

8  Aug 2017 | By Jaideep Mukherji
India currently reports 99.4% electrification, yet there are 304 million people who still lack access to electricity according to the recent draft of the National Energy Policy (NEP) issued by the government’s policy think tank NITI Aayog. How does one resolve this paradox? In most countries, electrification means not only being connected to the grid.

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