by Johannes Urpelainen Solar lanterns lack the kind of sex appeal other distributed energy technologies tend to have. When we imagine the future of energy, we have in mind solar home systems and mini-grids that offer everything the conv..
by Daniel Thomas Since 2005, India has embarked on an ambitious rural electrification drive, most recently known as the Deendayal Upadhyay scheme. The scheme has largely been successful, electrifying nearly 20 million households below India’..
by S.P. Harish We recently conducted a pilot survey of off-grid households in the state of Uttar Pradesh. In this post, I discuss some thoughts on the preferences, needs and concerns of such households. Off-grid households in India still predo..
by Arianna Tozzi In October 2017 the Government of India announced Saubhagya, a new policy aimed at “ensuring last mile connectivity and electricity connections to all unelectrified households in the country” by March 2019. The po..
Ryan Kennedy, ISEP Associate Director for Analytics A recent ISEP publication (forthcoming in the International Journal of Remote Sensing) details both the promise, as well as some of the likely pitfalls, of using satellite imagery data..
Meeting with a respondent in rural Uttar Pradesh. by Brian Blankenship In September 2017, the Indian government launched a new scheme known as Saubhagya (short for Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana). The scheme aims to achieve univers..
by Johannes Urpelainen The figure you’re looking at shows a fan inside an office in Lucknow, and the dirt on it is from air pollution. According to locals, wiping off the dirt is basically useless because it’ll be back within..
For the ISEP team, January 2018 will be a very busy month. Taking advantage of the break between fall and spring semester at our universities, we kick off the new year with new energy access and sustainable energy research in India. As ..
by S.P. Harish Two researchers at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), a strategic partner with ISEP, have recently released a report that focuses on the Indian government’s goal of providing 24×7 Power to househo..
by Arianna Tozzi One quarter of the global population with no access to electricity lives in India, the majority in rural parts of the country. The urban-rural divide is stark: 93% of urban households use electricity as the main source ..