The Energy and Resources Institute in India (TERI) has published energy policy recommendations for India’s newly elected government, calling for a reinvigorated drive to deploy solar.
The non-profit research organisation, whose CEO, Dr R.K Pachauri, is also chairman for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), called for “leap-frog” changes to policy.
The report calls for solar energy to be prioritised to reduce fossil fuel consumption. The report states “solar is an important and comparatively underutilised energy resource in India”. The ten-page report also advises on water quality, air pollution and waste management.
TERI proposes an integrated renewable energy policy to “mainstream renewables” backed by a renewable energy law.
Despite India’s ongoing trade dispute with the US, the report says domestic solar manufacturing should be made globally competitive, with special incentives to be considered.
The report also states solar thermal power generation technologies should be indigenised, to utilise its advantages in storage and easy deployment.
Financially the report aims not only to suggest “special incentives for green energy”, with a booster of support for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy – but also details the “cost of developmental inaction”.