A new report from The Climate Group and Goldman Sachs, The Business Case for Off-Grid Energy in India, makes the case for off-grid energy businesses in India. India’s Prime Minister Modi has set the goal of harnessing solar in order to provide every household in India with at least one light bulb by 2019. There is reason to believe that basic energy for all is a feasible goal for India within this decade, but it will require some changes; business-as-usual won’t deliver the desired results.
We were given an opportunity to visit the Mahindra Reva factory, thanks to PluginIndia.com. The objective was to meet people at Reva and get an understanding of the Sun2Car system. In this blog, we will document the features of the Sun2Car solar power system and the various options being sold by Reva for customers of the Mahindra Revai and the Mahindra e2o electric cars.
Prior to President Obama's recently concluded trip to India for Republic Day, environmental groups and solar companies -- including Sierra Club, Schneider Electric, OMC Power, d.light, SunFunder, and Simpa Networks -- sent the President a letter calling for a “Power India” initiative to provide U.S. support for India’s ambitious solar goals. This would be a an important building block of U.S.-India collaboration on climate disruption and could help create much needed international momentum on both short-term climate action and on a post-2020 climate agreement.
If India proceeds to build all proposed coal-fired power plants, the country may face a quarter million deaths every single year – and its own coal-fueled “airpocalypse.”
That’s the stark findings of the latest report from India-based Conservation Action Trust and Urban Emissions. A year ago, these groups released a groundbreaking report that estimated for the first time the human toll from India's dirtiest fuel source. They found a shocking 80,000-115,000 people were dying every year as a result of air pollution from coal-fired power plants.
But this time around they have much more dire news. Their new report has found that if all proposed coal plants are built, India is facing up to 229,000 annual deaths - a 100 percent increase.
“Water water everywhere not a drop to drink” is a quote that fits perfectly on India. With an average rainfall of 1,083mm and a topography of rolling hills, lakes and plains India has enough freshwater to fulfil all its needs.
If you have to tap power from the Sun through solar panels, a school is just the right place to begin from. Not only do the children get more “light hours” but they also learn how such technologies work, how it is installed and the ecological benefits.
India’s coal bubble is perilously close to bursting.
Last week the Indian court system handed down three landmark energy rulings. While an ultimate decision still looms, the combined weight of these initial rulings reaffirms one thing -- it’s time to diversify away from coal.
Of the three rulings, the most talked about came in response to public outrage over sweetheart deals for private mining companies that provided access to coal mine leases for next to nothing. The discovery of these backroom deals -- now referred to as the ‘coal gate’ scandal -- has rocked the Indian government, and the coal sector, for well over two years. The court’s ruling found that 218 of these leases were illegal, in a sweeping verdict that affects all mine leases issued from 1993 through 2010.
Solar power is the key to ending energy poverty.
No, this isn't some out-of-touch Silicon Valley pipe dream. Innovative companies like Simpa Networks and OMC power are pioneering new energy models for rural populations that deliver everything from LED lightbulbs and Skinny Grids to Off-Grid Wi-Fi to pay-as-you-go solar home systems.
Narendra Modi has secured India’s prime minister position with a sweeping mandate.
What that mandate will bring is an open question. Many have serious concerns about Modi’s human rights record in Gujarat, while environmentalists worry about his administration's desire to speed environmental clearances for dirty fossil fuel projects.
How Modi uses his mandate leaves the fate of India's future energy mix precariously perched between 19th century fossil fuels and modern clean energy technology.
A private company in Islamabad, Pakistan has come up with a solution to reduce the country’s import bill by not only building solar car, running it at Taxi but also offered to build Taxi Stands near the various sectors of the city.
The world's largest democracy is holding its elections, and the result will have big implications for the future of Indian energy policy.
By May 12, an expected 815 million voters — the equivalent to the combined populations of the U.S. and the European Union — will have gone to the polls to vote in India's general election. With Indian women voting at increasing rates, politicians are attempting to court female voters more than ever. The topic of energy access should not be overlooked in this election — especially since energy can largely affect women's lives and, potentially, their votes.
With elections now in full swing, some Indians have called for party endorsements of a six-point "Womanifesto." This platform is largely focused on women's equality and protection against violence and discrimination. As these issues become increasingly salient, only the new — and increasingly important — Aam Aadmi ("Common Man") Party (AAP) has offered its endorsement so far.
How we are charging our electric car? This is a serious question.
Imagine if over a period of time all petrol cars owners get converted to Electric Car owners. Imagine the amount of load that would be put on the Grid during charging. These modern cars would still be charging from the same old grid that existed 15 to 20 yrs ago, a grid that cannot expand anymore, cannot take any more load and a grid that is used to going offline intermittently and almost on the verge of collapsing completely.
The biggest question is what if the entire grid fails for a few days or months?… during periods of War or bad weather.
When you plugin to the grid and charge your electric car or e-bike, do you ever wonder, if you are running on clean electrons? Or in other words, have you ever thought about, how the electricity that charges your battery, is generated?
Sadly, our Indian grid is one of the dirtiest among many nations, due to our over dependence on coal.
But this is changing, many states are pushing for clean energy in their portfolio.
In this blog, I try to answer some questions - Which state has the cleanest grid? Which has the dirtiest? Which state ensures that your electric vehicle is running on clean electrons?
Indian development is at a pivotal moment. From stagnant economic growth to a raging Current Account Deficit (CAD) Crisis, to widespread anger over corruption in politics, the inevitability of India's ascent no longer seems assured. The last of which explains why voters overwhelmingly supported the Aam Admi Party (AAP) ('common man' party) in recent elections. This newly minted party (formed out of the Anna Hazare anti corruption movement) has the people's support to clean up Indian politics starting in Delhi. The question now is whether the party of the people will focus on the element common to all three challenges facing India: energy.
What if someone told you that you could get free fuel to cook food, free fuel to run your car, free fuel to heat your home in winter, free electricity to cool your house with AC in the summer and run all kinds of equipments and of course free fertilizer for your garden or farm?
Yes all this can be had for free if one can harness or cultivate biogas! You can create it all in your house!