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Although India has ambitious renewable energy targets, and significant progress has been made, a large part of this progress has been grid-connected while distributed renewable energy (DRE) capacity growth has stagnated. The current power generated through DRE in India is around 6-7 GW. This needs to be scaled up, given the sector’s large potential, especially distributed solar. DRE generation must be at a level close to consumption, so that both technical and commercial losses are reduced. CPI’s India Director Dhruba Purkayastha highlights the need for public interventions in providing incubation and technological support to the rural areas for a smoother transition to renewable energy in a podcast with Divya Kottadiel from Power for All.

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