A decade ago India had less than 20 megawatts (MW) of solar power, had the largest number of people without access to modern energy, and had the reputation of being a naysayer in climate negotiations.
The country now has 124,771 MW of renewable energy capacity (including large hydropower), has brought (intermittently) clean cooking energy to 720 million more people and new electricity connections to 350 million more people, and was critical to the Paris agreement on climate change while spearheading the International Solar Alliance. This story is not known well, not told well, and not always playing out well.
The European Union (EU) gets more than 30% electricity from renewables. Now four eastern European nations are blocking a proposal for net-zero emissions by 2050. Read more
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