Energy Access

Despite the rapid developments in clean energy solutions, 1.1 billion people around the world still live without access to any form of electricity. We work on initiatives that use sustainable energy as a catalyst for socio-economic development of rural communities in a gender-inclusive manner. Innovations in technological solutions, business models, partnerships, and knowledge generation remain the cornerstones of our action-research.

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    Article

    Clean cooking challenges in rural India

    Ensuring complete penetration of clean cooking fuel in rural India requires a multi-pronged approach

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  • Event

    Gender and Energy Workshop: Energy Access and Women's Changing Social Positions

    22nd May 2018 | TERI Southern Regional Centre, Bengaluru

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  • micro credit

    Article

    Lighting and providing cooking solutions to a billion lives

    TERI's mission of lighting and providing clean cooking solutions to the most rural households has been the torchbearer of the energy access movement in the country

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    Case Study

    When the quake jolted, sun paved the way for survival

    The solar lanterns provided by TERI to the earthquake survivors in Nepal aided as much-needed light source in testing times

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  • micro grid installation

    Photo Story

    Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya (Lead me from darkness to light)

    The success narratives of solar micro grid installation in two villages in Uttar Pradesh

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Projects

Articles

Solar-powered lamps to earthquake survivors in Nepal

When the quake jolted, sun paved the way for survival - The solar lanterns provided by TERI to the earthquake survivors in Nepal aided as much-needed light source in testing times

Hundreds of earthquake-affected families in Ratanchaura and Baseshwor Village Development Committees (VDCs) of Sindhuli district are no longer sitting in darkness after receiving solar-powered lamps donated by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

Lighting and providing cooking solutions to a billion lives

Mr Debajit Palit

The National UJALA Dashboard of the Government of India recently reached a milestone of disseminating over 270 million LED bulbs, thereby saving 35,008 mn kWh of electrical energy and affecting CO2 reductions of 28,356,232 tons per year (Source: National DELP Dashboard http://www.delp.in/ as of October 16, 2017).

Special Commentary - Sustainable Development Goals: An India Perspective

Mr S Vijay Kumar
,
Ms Mrinal Mathur

(In the context of the convening of the UN's High Level Political Forum on SDGs from 10th to 19th July)

Events

TERI-ITEC Courses 2017-18: Course VIII - Integrated approach towards sustainable development

March 12, 2018
to March 29, 2018

About TERI-ITEC

TERI is empanelled by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), Government of India, for this programme. Under the TERI-ITEC programme, eight courses are being offered for the year 2017-18.

TERI-ITEC Courses 2017-18: Course VII - Natural Resource Security: Governance, Challenges and Opportunities

February 19, 2018
to March 9, 2018

About TERI-ITEC

TERI is empanelled by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), Government of India, for this programme. Under the TERI-ITEC programme, eight courses are being offered for the year 2017-18.

News

Modi announces '100% village electrification', but 31 million Indian homes are still in the dark

May 7, 2018 |
May 8, 2018
Forbes

Homes without electricity are spread across major provinces of the country, such as Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan, each having nearly 6 million unconnected households. 'Uttar Pradesh, the giant north Indian state, accounts for 14.6 million households without electricity access,' says Mr Debajit Palit, Associate Director at TERI. Electrification is a three-step process, Mr Palit explains.

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Amid push for rural grid extension, distribution franchising could deliver reliable energy access in India

December 20, 2017 |
January 11, 2018
Medium

The government is banking on state-owned utilities and a centralized grid, but global trends point to a decentralized model in partnership with private sector, community. A rural franchise model for distribution and revenue collection was operational in more than a dozen states and produced a range of positive results in tens of thousands of villages based on analysis done by TERI. The model relied on nearly 5,000 “Self Help Groups” (SHGs), locally trained community teams responsible for meter reading, bill distribution, and signing up new connections.

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Empowerment and energy in India

December 9, 2017 |
January 11, 2018
PV Magazine

While the benefits of energy access are less pronounced on a day-to-day basis than a well-lit childbirth, energy access plays a critical role in empowering women. There is much evidence of the income-generating potential of productivity-enhancing equipment, though this income boost doesn\'t necessarily translate into the empowerment of women within their community. Mr Debajit Palit, Associate Director, Rural Energy and Livelihoods Division, TERI. emphasized that \"energy is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition to empowerment\".

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Policy

Charging Power - Understanding Electricity Pricing and the Willingness to Pay for Electricity in India

February 15, 2017

The issue of energy access and the associated willingness to pay for energy services has been extensively researched and studied globally as well as in India. To provide useful recommendations for future electricity-pricing debates, this study undertook a comprehensive literature review and stakeholder interviews to examine and quantify the existing evidence on the Willingness to Pay (WTP) for electricity supply in India. It compared these findings with the current electricity-pricing mechanisms to derive recommendations on future electricity pricing and subsidy policies.

Solar PV for Enhancing Electricity Access in Kenya: What Policies are Required?

July 1, 2015

Modern energy services are crucial to human well-being and to a country's economic development; and yet globally over 1.3 billion people are without access to electricity and 2.6 billion people are without clean cooking facilities. More than 95 per cent of these people are either in Sub-Saharan African or developing Asia and 84 per cent are in rural areas (International Energy Agency, 2015).

Bundling Improved Cooking and Lighting Technology for Energy Access

June 8, 2015

There is no definitive understanding of what energy services are entailed in 'access to energy' for a household. The Global Tracking Framework of SE4All1 provides a comprehensive definition of energy access-positing that a household in the basic 'tier' of energy access has 'task lighting and phone charging' and a 'manufactured solid-fuel cookstove with conformity, convenience, and adequacy'. India has 75 million households without access to electricity.2 The situation with regard to cooking energy is more overwhelming-166 million households depend on solid fuels3 for their cooking needs.

Services

CSR engagements to provide clean energy solutions

We customize and disseminate clean technologies to facilitate the energy starved population in benefitting from clean and affordable solar lighting solutions. This is done by replacing kerosene/paraffin lanterns with solar lighting devices, thereby facilitating the provision of better illumination, and a kerosene smoke-free indoor environment for women.

Impact evaluation of CSR intiatives

We help prepare impact evaluation reports of the CSR initiatives for communities.

Team

Associate Director, Rural Energy and Livelihoods
Senior Director, Social Transformation