Renewable Energy

We envisioned a renewable energy-rich future in the early1980s and developed our strength in technologies, policies, and market designs to promote it. We focus on establishing performance benchmarks and quality standards for renewable energy technologies. We also build research partnerships and programmes with industry and academia, to develop new solutions in solar, wind and biomass energy.

renewable energy


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    TERI increases its solar footprint

    TERI recently laid the foundation stone of a 228 kW solar rooftop system and a new solar pump testing facility

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    Green growth intervention and job creation

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    Discussion Paper

    'India can manage a progressive transition from coal to renewables'

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    De-risking solar investments in India

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    Solar power runs Varanasi's boats




TERI increases its solar footprint

Dr Ajay Mathur

TERI laid the foundation stone of a 228 kW solar rooftop system and of a new solar pump testing facility in its campus in Gurugram, Haryana

Green growth intervention and job creation

Sufficiently skilled workers will be needed for employment in renewable energy and green building job markets in India

De-risking solar investments in India

Dr Ashvini Kumar

There is a need for financial de-risking instruments to keep up the momentum of the country's progress in solar energy.

Modern bioenergy to lead renewables growth till 2023: IEA

Ms Aastha Manocha

IEA's five-year forecast report on renewable energy has termed modern bioenergy the 'overlooked giant' of the field

Lighting homes and futures

Ms Ritambhara Agrawal

Initiatives to provide clean and affordable energy, such as 'Lighting a Billion Lives©' (LaBL), are not only helping electrify rural areas but also contributing to the entrepreneurial journey of the village youth.

Smart grid, battery storage, and your electricity bill

Dr Shashank Vyas

Integration of smart grid technologies at the household level will ultimately help manage consumption and ensure least operating costs, lowering power bills


1st CharIN India Conference: Enabling e-mobility in India by means of CCS, trendsetter to empower the EV ecosystem

May 11, 2018
to May 11, 2018

Stakeholders of the Indian EV-market and experts from CharIN and EV-related industries will meet during the 1st CharIN India Conference, scheduled for May 11th, 2018 in New Delhi to discuss about the future of e-mobility in India powered by the Combined Charging System (CCS). This one-day conference consists of technical speeches, a panel discussion, and networking opportunities.

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

March 12, 2018
to March 29, 2018


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 VI - Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

January 29, 2018
to February 16, 2018


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 IV - Applications of Biotechnology and its Regulation

November 20, 2017
to December 8, 2017


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.

REtopia 2017: "21st Century Energy Renaissance through Renewables"

September 22, 2017
to September 23, 2017


The department of Energy and Environment of TERI University is organizing the 7th edition of REtopia, the annual technical symposium, at the TERI University campus on 22nd and 23rd of September, 2017 around the theme "21st Century Energy Renaissance through Renewables". REtopia was started by students from M.Tech. Renewable Energy Engineering and Management (REEM) of the Department of Energy and Environment at TERI University in the year 2011 as an annual technical conclave.

Talk by Dr Martin Keller, Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA on 'The Road Ahead for Solar, Wind, and Bioenergy Technologies'

August 22, 2017
to August 22, 2017

Dr Martin Keller, Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA deliberated on 'The Road Ahead for Solar, Wind and Bioenergy Technologies' at TERI on August 22.

Speaking about the immense potential of renewables, Dr Keller said, "We are just at the beginning of innovation in renewables."


Deal inked for biofuel research

October 31, 2018 |
October 31, 2018
The Hindu

The Department of Biotechnology has signed a three-year, Rs 11 crore deal with TERI to set up a centre to produce "advanced biofuels and bio-commodities." The bio-centre would be focussed on not only developing technology but also commercialising it. Other than fuel, by-products envisaged at the TERI-DBT Centre include food, feed, nutrition supplements, bio-plastics and novelty speciality chemicals.

Big success! India has done remarkably in solar power capacity addition. Here’s how to take it to the next level

October 12, 2018
| Mr Ajay Shankar
| The Financial Express

The total solar power capacity is now already 20,000 MW. What is remarkable is that this has been done through private investment and without large government subsidies. A competitive tariff-based bidding process every year for buying solar power from multiple firms through long-term contracts has been the instrument used by the Mission from the beginning. This created a competitive industry structure. Facilitated by the reduction in manufacturing costs globally of solar panels, the decline in tariffs has been amazing.

Leveraging procurement for Make in India

October 3, 2018
| Mr Ajay Shankar
| Business Standard

Procurement by the government and its agencies constitutes a significant share of the market in many segments. The established systems for procurement are designed to ensure fair and competitive bidding. These are reviewed from time to time to increase transparency. However, the issue of how public procurement can be leveraged for the success of Make in India remains generally absent from public discourse. It is a fairly powerful instrument which can be used to considerable effect.

Invest kerosene subsidy savings in solar lighting: Study

August 22, 2018 |
August 22, 2018
Business Standard

A part of kerosene subsidy savings in India could be invested in helping the vulnerable section of society access clean lighting through off-grid solar lighting technologies, a new study has suggested. The study by International Institute for Sustainable Development and TERI explored the business model for a 'kerosene-solar subsidy swap’. It says a shift to solar lighting will reduce the need for ongoing expenditure on subsidies because any government support would help cover one-off capital costs, not consumption costs.

Weather alarms highlight need to accelerate low-carbon economy

August 12, 2018 |
August 12, 2018
Business Standard

India has to offer a lot of positive examples of climate ambition and clean energy development, Director-General, TERI, Dr Ajay Mathur said. The growth of renewables, the increase in energy efficiency, scaling up of electric mobility and even the recognition of linkages between air quality and climate change all demonstrate the country's climate action, Dr Mathur said. The challenges posed by climate change offer a slew of opportunities for corporate houses to take the lead.

Supplementing the grid with solar to make 'Power for All' a reality in rural India

August 7, 2018
| Mr Debajit Palit
| ET Energy World

The Union government launched the Saubhagya scheme in September 2017 to connect 40 million unelectrified households by March 2019. While the date is ambitious as such large-scale implementation will also face a number of challenges, Saubhagya should be credited with tackling many of the shortcomings of previous electrification programmes. The scheme has made provision for micro-lending for above poverty line households to meet connection costs, use of distributed solar for grid-inaccessible households, and expanding the scope of subsidy to cover wider beneficiary groups.


Kerosene to solar PV subsidy swap: The business case for redirecting subsidy expenditure from kerosene to off-grid solar

August 21, 2018

An exploration of the idea of gradually moving from subsidies on kerosene to investing in off-grid solar technologies for marginalised households

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).

Biofuel Promotion in India for Transport: Exploring the Grey Areas

February 7, 2015

India happens to be the world's fourth largest energy consumer and a consumer of crude and petroleum products after the United States,China, and Japan. The net oil import dependency of India rose from 43 per cent in 1990 to 71 per cent in 2012 that resulted in a huge strain on the current account as well as the government exchequer. Transport sector accounts for the largest share (around 51 per cent) in terms of consumption of petroleum products in India.

What would India need for moving to a 100% renewable energy scenario by 2050?

December 20, 2014

The Fifth Assessment Reports released by the IPCC indicates that increase in global temperatures is proportional to the build-up of long-lasting greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, especially carbon dioxide. Various models have estimated 680-1200 billion tonnes of CO2 as being the maximum volume of CO2 that could be emitted till 2100 into the atmosphere to still stay within the 2 °C limit. However, few countries have made efforts to move towards any major deviations from their past emission trajectories.


Area Convenor, Renewable Energy Technology Applications
Senior Fellow, Renewable Energy Technologies
Senior Fellow, Renewable Energy Technologies
Area Convenor, Electricity & Fuels Group
Senior Fellow, Renewable Energy Technologies
Senior Fellow, Renewable Energy Technologies
Director, Electricity & Fuels Division
Senior Director, Social Transformation
Senior Director, Renewable Energy Technologies