India

INDIA

India has ambitious renewable energy targets to meet growing energy demand. However, CPI analysis shows that the cost of debt in India increases the cost of renewable energy by as much as a third relative to the U.S. and Europe and is a significant challenge to these targets.

 

Our Focus

Climate Policy Initiative’s team in India works to increase investment to India’s renewable energy and green growth targets through a three-pillar approach: first, understand potential investors in renewable energy and the barriers they face; second, explore policy solutions to these barriers; and third, develop actionable financial instruments and implementation pathways. We work with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Ministry of Finance, and other policymakers to help advance India towards its clean development goals. The team is led by CPI Director Dr. Gireesh Shrimali.

Key Projects

  • The India Innovation Lab for Green Finance is a public-private initiative, led by CPI, to seek out and help implement novel solutions for unlocking and scaling up investment for green infrastructure in India. By addressing investors’ needs, it aims to drive new private investment for clean growth.
  • The US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) initiative aims to drive access to energy in underserved regions of India, by supporting early stage development of distributed solar power projects. A partnership between the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and a consortium of US foundations, USICEF provides project preparation support that will catalyze long-term debt financing for distributed solar power from OPIC and other international financial institutions. CPI serves as the Program Manager.
  • Institutional investors, both international and domestic, are the most promising investor class to help fill the investment gap between the amount of investment expected vs. required to meet India’s 2022 renewable energy targets. CPI analyzed their potential in detail, as well as barriers and recommended solutions to drive more institutional investment.

 

Partner Institutions

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Registration

CPI’s India program is registered with the name, “Climate Policy Foundation” under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013.

What's New In India

EVENT

India Green Bonds & Green Finance Investment Opportunities

London, Willis Towers Watson, July 16, 2018

Dhruba Purkayastha, Director of  US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) will be a part of the "India-UK Green Finance Working Group ...

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EVENT

Investing in a low-carbon India: Financing the way forward

Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi , July 2, 2018

Climate Policy Initiative, along with key players in Indian energy finance, discussed how India can best invest in a low-carbon ...

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BLOG

Optimizing Public Payment Support to Enhance the Credit Rating of Renewable Projects in India

June 29, 2018

Investors in Indian renewable energy projects often cite the counterparty risk as one of their primary concerns. Counterparty risk is ...

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PUBLICATION

Transitional Foreign Exchange Debt Platform: Paths to Enable Foreign Currency Debt to the Rooftop Solar Sector in India

June 18, 2018

Low access to debt capital remains one of the key barriers to achieving the Indian government’s target of 40GW of rooftop solar installations by 2022. Foreign capital can help bridge the gap in debt availability for rooftop solar, however, foreign currency debt exposes rooftop solar project sponsors to the risk of foreign exchange rate fluctuation...

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BLOG

Mobilizing Institutional Investment in Indian Renewables

June 12, 2018

India has been a sweet spot for renewable energy investment exhibiting an 11% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2004 ...

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