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The Great Indian Pendulum: Return to Optimism

27 June 2014 | Tobias Engelmeier

There is a notable change of atmosphere in India since the elections. Suddenly, business conversations are full of optimism again. There is talk of growth and investment, of a golden future. This is in sharp contrast to the debilitating gloominess that had settled over the country in the final years of the last administration. The great Indian pendulum is swinging back. India is experiencing...

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Why India should have a more active climate diplomacy

26 June 2014 | Tobias Engelmeier

Indians still only emit less than 40% of the Chinese on a per capita basis and hundreds of millions don’t have access to grid electricity. So the case against emissions targets remains strong, but India needs to avoid being isolated and portrayed as the villain who prevents global consensus and progress. For my previous analysis of the changing international landscape, read

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Providing energy access to the poor

25 June 2014 | Tobias Engelmeier

The IEA estimates that one in five people or 1.3 billion around the world lack access to electricity. There are two ways of changing that: expanding the grid around a classical centralized power generation system or creating distributed solutions around either appliances (e.g. solar lanterns), homes systems (typically also solar) or mini-grids (from different fuel sources, including e.g. solar,...

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Will India be wrong-footed in a new era in climate change politics?

24 June 2014 | Tobias Engelmeier

In the past week, India (the world’s third largest emitter of carbon) has been bolted to attention by two announcements. First, president Barack Obama of the US (the world’s second largest emitter) vowed to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 30% by 2030. The very next day, China (the world’s largest emitter), announced its willingness to set absolute carbon targets from 2016...

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Weekly Update: Is Indian solar manufacturing looking up?

24 June 2014 | Jasmeet Khurana

The Indian stock market as a whole has been on a bull run ever since the new government has come into power. However, one group that has done exceptionally well is the solar cell manufacturers, whose valuations had been very low before. The stock price of the three independently listed cell manufacturers has risen sharply: Websol Energy Systems rose a staggering 168%, Moser Baer by 130% and...

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Delhi heat, power pricing and the promise of rooftop solar

19 June 2014 | Akhilesh Magal

This summer has been particularly harsh in North India – both in terms of record temperatures and lack of power. Delhi has seen power cuts ranging from one to five hours daily. During the peak summer season, this is close to living hell. It is therefore no surprise that people are protesting at the situation. The irony however is that the sun shines mercilessly and is largely...

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India’s solar installed capacity crossed 2.5 GW in May 2014

18 June 2014 | Mudit Jain

Solar photovoltaic installations in India have crossed 2.5 GW in May 2014. Government incentives have been the main driver in the past and are still the main determinant of the market. In future, parity – driven projects will take hold. For an overview, download our latest India Solar Handbook [download...

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Weekly Update: India may provide tax incentives to households for rooftop solar

17 June 2014 | Jasmeet Khurana

In a recent statement, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), has said that it proposes to allow tax incentives for households who wish to set up rooftop solar plants and the proposal is to be discussed with the Ministry of Finance (

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Bridge To India

Steps required for accelerated market growth in the solar industry in India

13 June 2014 | Mudit Jain

The Indian solar market has taken a significant leap in 2012, but the market has slowed down in 2013. This article lists measures that could rekindle fast growth in the Indian solar industry. For an overview, download our latest India Solar Handbook [download here]. Growth in the Indian solar sector has slowed...

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Market projection for solar in the telecom sector in India

12 June 2014 | Mudit Jain

The heavy reliance on diesel has made the telecom segment a front-runner among diesel parity driven solar markets in India. Installation of solar on telecom towers is rapidly increasing. For an overview, download our latest India Solar Handbook [download here]. Consumption of diesel in telecom towers...

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India’s energy choices

11 June 2014 | Tobias Engelmeier

In an interesting paper called “India Unleashed”, Gregor Macdonald from Terrajoule.us looks at India’s energy options. He compares a “coal heavy” scenario and a “wind and solar heavy” scenario. India can...

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Weekly Update: The new government is making all the right noises about renewable energy

10 June 2014 | Jasmeet Khurana

India’s solar sector has been grossly underperforming vis-à-vis other countries as well as the potential for the energy source in the country. The wish list for the sector broadly comprises the following – strengthening of RPO mechanism, regulations to facilitate distributed generation, promotion of domestic manufacturing, rural electrification and availability of cheaper finance. It is...

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