The decade 2010 to 2020 saw renewable power generation becoming the default economic choice for new capacity.

Identifying potentially suitable areas for solar and wind project development can assist countries in reducing assessment costs. This allows the government to conduct more detailed evaluations that account for the investment and operating costs of prospective plants in the areas that are deemed most suitable.

Renewables were the only energy source for which demand increased in 2020 despite the pandemic, while consumption of all other fuels declined. Will renewable energy source uptake therefore expand more quickly as the global economy recovers from the crisis?

India has set ambitious targets to increase the share of renewable energy (RE) in its energy mix. The Government of India (GoI) plans to install 175 GW of renewable energy projects by 2022 and 450 GW by 2030. To put that in perspective, total installed energy capacity in India at the end of 2020 was 379 GW, or which 93 GW (25%) was RE.

In 2015, the Government of India set a target to achieve 175 GW of grid-connected renewable electricity capacity by March 2022. The national target for rooftop solar PV (RTS) is 40 GW and the installed capacity as of 31 December 2020 was around 6 GW.

This Powering Livelihoods market research report provides insights on the current state and the potential for Solarvastra - a fabric produced using solar charkhas and solar looms. The usage of solar power provides a unique value proposition for these 100 per cent renewable energy-based products.

In India, poor and marginalized communities face the dual challenges of low socioeconomic development and extreme vulnerability to climate change. Although there have been significant improvements in India’s rural household electrification, electricity availability for health centers, schools, and rural enterprises is still limited.

The report provides a detailed overview of India's solar and wind policies over the last decade, both at the Central and state level. It assesses renewable energy (RE) policies of eight RE-rich states and three RE-deficit states.

The Ministry of Power has issued a draft amendment to Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2021, which allows net metering for rooftop solar systems of loads up to 500 kW or up to the sanctioned load, whichever is lower and net billing (gross metering) or net feed-in for above 500 kW.

Rooftop solar (RTS) photovoltaic (PV) interventions are an attractive and promising energy ventures for developers, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, consumers, and electricity distribution utilities in India.

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