India’s minister for science & technology and earth sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan, was in the UK recently for the fifth Indo-UK Science and Innovation Council (SIC) meeting. The two sides clinched a crucial agreement to work together as R&D partners in Solar Alliance. He gives details of the deliberations to ‘India Investment Journal’ after his talks with UK counterpart, Jo Johnson.

The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) experts navigate India’s $100bn renewables challenge to present a view on a much-needed boom in this crucial sector.

India’s solar power capacity has grown nearly 400 times in six years, from a mere 17.8MW in March 2010 to nearly 6,998MW in April 2016. However, the real solar boom is yet to come, as India strives to realise its ambitious target of 100GW of installed solar PV capacity by 2022., 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.