SILVER BULLET: REDESIGNING SOLAR PUMP PROGRAMME FOR WATER AND ENERGY SECURITY
Government of India has unveiled a major programme called KUSUM to solarise the irrigation pump. But how sustainable is the solar pump programme? The report, using case studies, recommends major changes in the design of KUSUM
MINI-GRIDS: ELECTRICITY FOR ALL
How do we provide electricity to the energy-poor using renewable sources? How do we make decentralized and distributed electricity future a reality? This report, using real-data, proposes a framework and a plan to make mini-grids a reality.
THE STATE OF CONCENTRATED SOLAR POWER IN INDIA
While Solar PV has become a real alternative to the fossil fuel plants, Solar Thermal technology has lagged behind. This report is a roadmap to developing solar thermal technologies in India.
GOVERNING ENERGY RESOURCES: CHALLENGES AND THE WAY AHEAD FOR INDIA
The report gives an overview of the energy resource governance in India. It illustrates the energy-poverty challenge, the economic, social and environmental issues emerging out of rapid development in the energy sector and the challenge of sustainable energy access in view of climate change.
GLOBAL RENEWABLE ENERGY SUPPORT PROGRAMME
In 2013, CSE and What’s Next forum of Sweden proposed a Globally funded payment guarantees/feed-in tariffs for electricity access through renewable sources in developing countries. Just before the Paris Climate meet, many more organizations came together and supported this proposal as part of the Paris climate deal. This proposal was the genesis for Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI).
EIA GUIDELINES: WIND POWER
Clean renewable energy sources also have unintended environmental consequences. Wind power impacts ecology. So, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) should be conducted before setting-up large wind farms.
GREEN NORMS FOR SMALL HYDROPOWER
Hydropower plants of less than 25 MW capacity is required to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in India. But these plants have major environment impacts depending on the location and design. This report recommends environmental safeguards for the small hydro plants.
GREEN NORMS FOR WIND POWER
India is installing wind power at a rapid pace. What kind of environmental safeguards should be put in place to minimize the unintended environmental consequences? This report recommends those safeguards.
FACING THE SUN
When solar power was not so big in India, this report provided a policy framework for the development of sustainable grid-connected solar energy in the country.
In India, off-grid was generally about giving solar lanterns and installing solar housing systems in remove villages. This report proposed a re-invention of the off-grid solar through mini-grids.\