India’s largest state has caught the attention of investors of late but has a long way to go.

In one of his earliest interactions with the press after the formation of Niti Aayog, India’s premier think tank, two years ago, Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya took exception to Rajasthan being referred to as a “BIMAROU” state. The oft-used acronym means diseased or sick in Hindi and is made up of the Indian states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. It was coined in the 1980’s by prominent demographer and economic analyst Ashish Bose to refer to the poor economic conditions in these states.

Jaipur, the largest city of Rajasthan, prides itself for its magnificence and vibrancy. Popularly known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur’s creation dates back to 1727 – when Jai Singh II established it as India’s first planned city. With splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis, Jaipur has proved an attractive tourist destination over centuries. Other than these captivating attractions, Jaipur is also home to exquisite handicrafts and spectacular jewellery.

As India edges towards its ambitious renewable energy target, the next challenge will be effective energy storage solutions that can be made in the country.

India has embarked on an ambitious programme of accelerating renewable energy deployment in the country. The target for renewable energy has been expanded multi-fold to 175 GW by 2022. A major part of the target is going to be from solar PV (100 GW) and wind energy (60 GW) and the rest from small hydro and biomass plants (5 and 10 GW respectively).

A leading solar sector expert analyses the factors behind India’s renewables revolution for ‘India Investment Journal’.

From a miniscule 10MW energy generation capacity in 2010 to 8GW in 2016, is a giant leap that the Indian solar sector has successfully made. Reduction in costs and increased global demand for solar installation have played a major role in giving India a prominent place in global solar sector, but there are a few more components that have contributed to such revolutionary success.

Clickpower.in, an initiative of REConnect Energy, describes itself as a vision to help every electricity consumer in India source cheaper and cleaner power while simultaneously helping renewable energy generators discover larger consumer markets through a web-based marketplace. Its founder lays out the stage for his renewable energy agenda.