India: National Access Target Good; National DRE Better; State DRE Best

India grabbed headlines in April 2015 when the Modi government pledged to achieve universal energy access, aka Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), in four years. It was and remains a world-leading commitment, and coupled with a 175 GW target for new clean power generation by 2022 (including 40 GW of grid-tied rooftop solar), it triggered a wave of new investment and market growth.
India grabbed headlines in April 2015 when the Modi government pledged to achieve universal energy access, aka Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), in four years. India’s energy ministry has said that all villages will be electrified by the end of this year, and all homes in those villages by 2019…
https://www.powerforall.org/countries/india/india-national-access-target-good-national-dre-better-state-dre-best

Video: India Energy Access Mini Film Series

Below is a series of thematic videos from India that highlight some of the leading work being done across the sector:
https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/videos/video-india-energy-access-mini-film-series

Improved access to finance can boost electricity access for rural healthcare in India

Electricity is a basic infrastructure requirement for any healthcare unit. But in developing geographies like India and some East African countries, not all healthcare institutions have access to electricity. As per government records, 50% of sub-centres in some states of India were not connected to the grid. Non-government hospitals that serve the hinterlands often must rely on diesel generators owing to voltage fluctuations and outages that sometimes last for weeks. While renewable energy (RE) technology is available, it requires capital investments which many institutions do not have. Thus, access to clean electricity also includes access to affordable finance.
https://www.powerforall.org/insights/asia/improved-access-finance-can-boost-electricity-access-rural-healthcare-india

Forging Better Lives with Solar in India

Blacksmiths and other craftsmen in rural India—with the help of distributed solar power, local financing yet minimal innovation—are creating a path to better livelihoods with the support of SELCO Foundation.
https://www.powerforall.org/countries/india/forging-better-lives-solar-india

40% of rural consumers dissatisfied with state grid: India report

Despite huge progress toward 100% electrification in India, a new study finds the reality quite different, with a huge need to focus on customer satisfaction
https://www.powerforall.org/countries/india/40-of-rural-consumers-dissatisfied-state-grid-india-report

Policy spotlight: Nigeria & India lead on mini-grids

India has roughly 300 million people without access to electricity, and Nigeria about 100 million. Together, the countries account for some 40% of the world’s total unelectrified population, and that percentage is even higher if you just include rural inhabitants. But the countries are proactively working to address the problem, and both have put forward federal mini-grid policies that offer huge potential for scale. The policies define what a mini-grid is, simplify permitting and perhaps most importantly resolve what happens if/when the grid arrives to an area where a mini-grid has been established. The policies are a critical market signal, offering policy certainty that is still needed across much of Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of South Asia. Our sector stakeholders -- governments, developers, civil society groups, financiers -- have much to learn and emulate. For policy-makers with vision, mini-grids can help achieve the SDGs in a more reliable, clean and affordable manner.
India has roughly 300 million people without access to electricity, and Nigeria about 100 million. INDIA Definition: 10kW to 500kW Last year, India’s government put forward a target of 10,000 mini-grids with 500MW capacity within five years…
https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/policy-spotlight-nigeria-india-lead-mini-grids

Infographic: India $48 billion annual energy access opportunity

India is the world’s largest single market for providing energy access, with 304 million people or 43 million households officially still unelectrified (depending on the data source). The government has targeted 2022 for 24x7 nationwide electrification. The problem is massive, but so is the opportunity for decentralized renewable energy (DRE).
https://www.powerforall.org/resources/images-graphics/infographic-india-48-billion-annual-energy-access-opportunity

4 insights on what’s next for India rural electrification

In 2019, India announced the completion of the Saubhagya Initiative, its program to provide electricity connections to every village and every home in the country. However, even though millions more are now connected, problems remain (and new ones have emerged), including unreliable supply of power, a lack of workforce capacity for utilities (DISCOMs) to serve an expanded customer base and additional stress of fiscal health.
https://www.powerforall.org/insights/asia/4-insights-whats-next-india-rural-electrification

Fact Sheet: Energy subsidy in India

Diesel is not the only fossil fuel being displaced by decentralized renewables. Kerosene is also fading. Yet governments continue to prop up dirty sources of energy despite clear benefits of switching. In India, data from IISD show that decentralized renewables made up only 1.2% of renewable energy subsidies and 0.12% of total energy subsidies, amounting to just US$27.6 million in 2017.
https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-energy-subsidy-india

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