India has 21 of the 30 cities with the worst air quality in the world. The transport sector is a major contributor (40%–80%) to air pollution in the cities. Hence, decarbonising the transport sector with the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs)is a crucial step in mitigating air pollution.

The Indian utility-scale RE sector was characterised by contrasting fortunes in 2020 and the first half (H1) of 2021. Interest to invest remained robust even amid the COVID-19 disruption with solar PV and hybrid solar-wind capacity awarded rising 35% year-over-year to 21 GW in 2020.

Rapid growth of distributed photovoltaics (DPV) has upended the paradigm of one-way power from the grid. Solar electricity systems located close to consumers empower them to self-supply and feed into the grid. For utilities, the impacts—positive or negative—depend on how DPV is deployed.

Agrivoltaics, the practice of generating solar power on farmland in ways that complement agricultural production, could become an important new renewable energy sector in India, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

This analysis looks at how project risks and risk perception for wind and solar have evolved from 2011 to 2020 to understand the impact of policies on the RE sector. It tracks the credit ratings of wind and solar projects and maps them against significant RE policies on a timeline.

This policy brief captures the Indian and international policy landscape of PV module waste management to outline some immediate interventions needed in India to prepare for this issue.

EnergyNet has published a new report exploring the need for captive power producers to find a way to co-exist with the grid. The Chain Effect: Industrial energy policy in Africa in an era of captive power – a case study of Ghana & Kenya report asks how can nations achieve their industry goals if their energy policy do not align?

The Ministry of Power announced new rules to sustain economic viability of the sector, ease financial stress of various stakeholders and ensure timely recovery of costs involved in electricity generation.

Data-Driven Energy Access for Africa is a financial intermediary providing loans to solar distributors in Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda.

Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) could be the key to accelerating the adoption of rooftop solar in India – but financial institutions are often reluctant to lend to MSMEs because they prefer borrowers with strong financial track records and good corporate credit ratings.

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