“We deliver power whenever the sun is shining”. Findings from a reliability study on solar micro-grids in northern rural India
By Sini Numminen Electricity offered by micro-grids and other off-grid systems is generally considered a reliable alternative to erratic centralized grid power services in many rural and urban areas of the developing world. The recent r..
By Ryan Kennedy Countries around the world are in the midst of a global push to provide all citizens with access to modern electricity. A major question concerning this expansion is what role, if any, off-grid solar (solar home systems..
By Johannes Urpelainen China and India are the two most important countries for the planet’s future. China is responsible for almost 30% of global carbon dioxide emissions. India’s smaller share, 6%, masks a rapidly growing populat..
By Johannes Urpelainen India’s energy access landscape is changing rapidly, with progress both in improving the quality of rural electricity service and the use of modern cooking fuels. Rural electricity service has improved and use o..
By Federica Genovese and Endre Tvinnereim The recent UN SR15 report is a plea for a fast implementation of effective regulatory action on climate change. In most countries this will require the buy-in of businesses. Clearly businesses ..
By Sung Eun Kim Air pollution is a serious threat to public health and the environment of developing countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 7 million people died prematurely in 2012 – one in eight of total..
By Johannes Urpelainen Universal electricity access is within reach, but the next challenge for policymakers is much more daunting. For people and firms to realize gains from rural electrification, the quality of electric power must imp..
By S.P. Harish Kerosene use is ubiquitous in India, especially among rural households. According to the latest Census statistics, about 31% of Indian households use kerosene for lighting, and this increases to 43% among the rural popula..
By Johannes Urpelainen A new report by Rahul Tongia (Brookings India) and Samantha Gross (Brookings) on renewable energy in India highlights the challenges that lie ahead. Many of them are political in nature and complicate the simplis..
by Michaël Aklin Increasing access to electricity is key to improving the welfare of millions of households across the world. Fans and A/C provide much needed relief in periods of intense heat. Reading after sunset is decidedly easier and hea..