Category: India

By 2017, 1 million of India’s most impoverished residents will have new access to energy, in the form of solar power systems. A social enterprise called ONergy will boost its current operations in the country to establish 50 new Renewable Energy Centres throughout East and Northeast India, creating 100 permanent jobs and training entrepreneurs in rural areas to offer customized solutions to local residents. The company is focusing on strategies to reach some of the most remote, impoverished areas. Their…

— EAS Sarma, former secretary of India’s Ministry of Power, explaining why renewable energy, not coal, is the right route for India. Sarma notes that most of the population in India needing electricity access lives in rural areas beyond reach of the grid and that in urban areas new coal capacity benefits mostly existing consumers rather than those without electricity — points he says undermine claims by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot that Australian coal would address energy poverty in…