Off-grid renewables "critical for achieving India’s dream of energy access for all": Join Arunabha Ghosh for live Twitter Q&A

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13 August 2015

NEW DELHI: Ahead of the first-ever India Off-Grid Energy Summit next week, we’re hosting a live Twitter Q&A with Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water to discuss how India is connecting rural communities with clean energy. Follow the chat or ask your questions using hashtag #OffGridSummit from 11.30am London time/4pm New Delhi time on Friday August 14.

Currently there are over 360 million people in India who have no access to energy. To move toward addressing this challenge, the India Off Grid Energy Summit – which takes place in New Delhi on August 19 – will bring together the off-grid renewable energy sector’s many service providers, policymakers and users to discuss how to work within the larger renewable energy framework of the Government of India in order to deliver a collective roadmap for scaling up clean, reliable, off-grid energy for all.

Among many experts and high-level speakers, Dr Ghosh will be moderating the panel discussion on 'Future of Decentralized Renewable Energy in India'. He tells The Climate Group why off-grid energy is so important to sustainable development: "To bridge India’s electricity access gap by 2025, it would mean electrifying more than 750 households every hour over the next 10 years. Despite rural electrification schemes, grid connectivity is unreliable to sufficiently meet energy needs.

“Hence, promoting off-grid energy infrastructure will be critical for achieving India’s dream of ‘Energy Access for All’. I look forward to the live Q&A on @ClimateGroup and hope to answer queries related to clean energy scale-up in India.”

As well as being a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, founding board member of Clean Energy Access Network and board member of International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development, Geneva, the CEO also advises governments including the India Prime Minister’s Office, industry and civil society around the world on topics including renewables growth; foreign and security implications; power sector reforms; innovation, technology and strategic industries; sustainability finance; and climate negotiations. He is also a member of Track II dialogues with Bhutan, Israel, Pakistan, Singapore and the United States, and formulated the Maharashtra-Guangdong Partnership on Sustainability.

The Summit is hosted by The Climate Group in partnership with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, and in association with the Clean Energy Access Network and South Asia Network for Clean Energy Network.

Jarnail Singh, India Program Manager, The Climate Group, comments on the Summit’s central theme: “Off-grid energy is not just a need; it is a powerful instrument to change the future of 360 million people in India, who still live in darkness and have no access to productive forms of energy.”

You can follow the conversation online in the lead up to and during the summit on hashtag #OffGridSummit.


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