Dr Debajit Palit works in the fields of clean energy access, distributed generation, rural electrification policy and regulation, solar photovoltaics, and biomass gasification.
He joined TERI in 1998 and has since been working on projects related to renewable energy technologies – design and implementation, resource assessment and energy planning, clean energy and rural electrification policy and regulation, monitoring, impact assessment and capacity building. He has vast national and international experience and has undertaken a number of projects in over 15 countries across South and Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. He has also worked in different states across India, for UN and multilateral and bilateral organisations, foundations, national governments, and corporates. He has also written widely on energy access and rural electrification issues, particularly on South Asia, and has more than 70 research publications in scholarly journals, conference proceedings and books. He is a sought-after speaker on rural energy issues, distributed renewable energy and mini-grids, and energy-gender-poverty nexus and has participated in a number of national and international conferences and workshops across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Dr Palit represents TERI at the steering committee of the Energy for All Partnership of the Asian Development Bank and is a member of the LVDC Distribution Systems Sectional Committee (ETD 50), steered by the Bureau of Indian Standards. Earlier, he was also a member of the technical committee of the Decentralised Distributed Generation scheme under the National Rural Electrification Programme of the Government of India.
Dr Palit holds a Master's degree in Physics and a Ph.D in Energy Policy.