India unveils $2.5 billion plan to electrify all households by end 2018

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, launched a 2.5-billion-dollar project to electrify the country’s households by the end of 2018, providing free connections to the poor and at very low cost to others. More than 40 million households -about a quarter of all in the country- are yet to be electrified […]

Energy Efficiency in Buildings – India

India, the world’s most populous democracy, is making strides toward boosting its energy efficiency. Its efforts include the bulk purchase and distribution of over 200 million LED bulbs (substantially bringing down the price), efficiency standards on several types of appliances, and significant efforts on industrial and agricultural efficiency. An India-based […]

India gets serious about microgrids

The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s draft national policy for minigrids and microgrids aims to create up to 500 megawatts of capacity over the next five years for rural electrification. The policy provides some much-needed certainty to the sector and includes things such as single-window clearance, grid connectivity […]

Government of India and World Bank sign agreement for US$43m Partial Risk Sharing Facility for Energy Efficiency project

The Government of India and the World Bank have signed a US$43m grant and guarantee agreement towards the Partial Risk Sharing Facility for Energy Efficiency project. The project will help enterprises and energy service companies mobilise commercial finance for investments in energy efficiency initiatives. India has considerable untapped energy efficiency […]