New “entrepreneur” scheme for solar seems a non-starter, unlikely to work in current format

Last week, India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) released a new policy designed to encourage unemployed youths and farmers to install renewable energy plants (refer). The idea is to increase employment as well as power generation. The government has set a very ambitious target of installing 20 GW of solar capacity through this scheme. 40 GW more is supposed to come from utility…

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