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What is Hindering Solar Roof Top Sector In India

Solar power production is rising rapidly in India, but rooftops of small households are still not part of it, why?
Slower growth of household solar power production despite government subsidies is a result of many factors. The chief among them is the dis-interest of electricity utilities to pay households for their solar power potential. The fact that roofs already have many other uses may be an another factor. Fear of theft may be a third. But once these issues are cracked a very large proportion of India’s energy needs can come from rooftops.



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Solar solution brings water to besieged Syria town

Solar power to the rescue of war besieged Syrian citizenry.  
A great story on how entrepreneurs can put a technology to good use. A moveable solar power unit helps draw water and charge batteries in water and energy starved Syrian town. Read it for a great example of Syrian jugaad.



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Solar power start-up expanding

A small team identifies the right space and grows with leaps and bounds. 
A case study of a small start-up that has found great opportunity in solar power! In this era of cloud and mobile apps, few have been venturing into the manufacturing or even turnkey domains. India needs many more such entrepreneurs if its grand vision of solar energy is to be met.



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How solar pumps can help India’s farmers

Solar power can overhaul agriculture, but it has not occurred as yet.
Rural India has more than 26 million water pumps running on diesel or electricity, the latter being fed largely by coal power plants. If water pumps were fed by solar power, they would eliminate farmer dependence on erratic power and diesel availability. And if made portable, it can generate employment for lakhs of solar-power-water-pump providers.



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Oil companies lend support to a carbon tax proposal

A group of energy firms in the US call for a carbon tax regime rather than ad hoc regulations.
A carbon tax regime is conceptually far superior to quantitative limits on companies. The reason is that it does not stop economic activity rather taxes the high carbon fuels more. As a consequence, government gets more revenues and firms are incentivised to move towards low carbon technologies. It is time India started to look at a carbon-based energy taxation regime. Since in India the energy sector has been kept out of the GST net, a new carbon based regime is conceivable.



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This Startup Is Making India's Garbage Its Business

An interesting case study of a successful garbage oriented business.
A successful economic model is critical if Swachh Bharat Mission is to succeed. As is now so apparent, merely dictat and public relation campaign will not solve it. Municipal capability is also so weak in India that public pressure will also not work in the short or medium term. India needs a profitable garbage management solution for Swachh Bharat to work. Could this be one?



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What will market-based electric vehicle charging look like?

A thought provoking article that electric vehicle charging points will not work.
Will petrol pumps be replaced by electric charging stations as the world moves from petrol to electric cars? Over the next decade the move to electric vehicles is a given, but the author claims that the model of electricity charging will not be the same as petrol, and we may even get electricity free!  



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Private sector initiatives are imperative for reducing carbon emission

Large corporate sector can do more for the environment than governments and multilateral agreements.
This is to me a highly possible route, where companies can be persuaded on moral grounds to take the environmentally beneficent action. Examples of Walmart may be contested by many (including me), but the route of persuading the corporate world to take the right action, as it did in the case of child labour globally, is doable.



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Avoid the global climate leader trap

Another highly thought provoking article on what should India’s global role be in the environment space.
The author says we are not significant enough a player in the renewable energy space or for that matter in the global economic order to take any leadership role. Read on at a leisurely pace.



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Solar push could mean 3 lakh jobs by 2022

A well known think tank identifies a large employment generation potential of moving to solar. Except….
The major employment impact in solar power will come from the rooftop sector, and not the large solar power ‘farms’. This ICRIER study managed to estimate what we have known but have been unable to quantify. This article has lots of numbers as well as description of how the ICRIER report unfolds.…read on.


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