February 14

What Is Preventing the Adoption of Renewable Energy in Rural India, and How to Fix It?

By Pamli Deka

India has achieved nearly 100% household electrification, but the story does not end there.

In the hinterland, poor power quality continues to affect service delivery organisations in the health, education, and livelihood sectors. Where electricity is unreliable, diesel backup is used.

This gap seemingly provides a perfect business opportunity for the renewable energy (RE) industry, but the uptake has been poor. Why is this the case and what can help the organisations leverage RE resources to access reliable, sustainable and affordable sources of power?

There are four key challenges related to adoption of RE by service delivery organisations working in remote parts of India.

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Source: Quartz India (link opens in a new window)

energy access, global development, renewable energy, rural development