Sustainable Energy Initiatives in India

Director, Climate & Energy
Research Associate

India has emerged as a leader in promoting renewable energy development and tackling global climate change. The Worldwatch Institute has worked closely with partners in India to advance the country’s ambitious goals of increasing access to clean energy sources. We offer our expertise and experience to Indian decision-makers to bridge knowledge gaps and develop recommendations to overcome barriers to low-carbon development.

Related Publications

India's National Solar Mission: a Market Analysis of Phase 1

November 2012

State of the World 2006: Special Focus: China and India

January 2006

Sustainable Energy Roadmaps: Guiding the Global Shift to Domestic Renewables 

Report #187 | March 2012

Low-Carbon Development in India

Workshop Input Paper

About Sustainable Energy Initiatives in India

Worldwatch has a long and successful history working in India and has established strong local connections through activities including a 2010 New Delhi workshop in partnership with the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) on strategies for low-carbon growth. Worldwatch also holds yearly launches of its annual State of the World report in partnership with CEE, which helps garner great local interest in the Institute’s work.

We are currently working to establish long-term projects in India. These include bringing our Sustainable Energy Roadmap methodology to individual Indian states and establishing partnerships with civil society organizations in India with strong community ties in order to bring greater attention to local energy needs, and to enable local communities to play a larger role in their own energy choices. In addition, we hope to engage with interested government agencies – at the local, state, and federal level – to build capacity to expand sustainable-energy access to improve livelihoods.



Recent Blogs in Re|Volt










Another Solar Trade DIspute: United States Files WTO Complaint Against India

In February, the United States filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to challenge India’s domestic content requirements (DCR) for projects under the country’s Solar Mission – a national program aimed at reaching 20,000 megawatts (MW) of grid-connected solar power capacity in India by 2022, enough to power almost 30 million Indian homes at current average levels of consumption. 

What Do India's Recent Sector Reforms Mean for Renewable Energy?

With the government saddling some utility company debt, the opportunity is ripe to invest in clean energy. 

Developing India's Solar Sector: Potentials and Challenges (Part 2)

International trade wars and financial disputes may prove costly for the growth of the India's burgeoning solar sector.