Germany’s knowledge of how to transition from a coal-based energy economy to a people-owned renewable energy economy can benefit India greatly. The Energiewende, driven and funded by the citizens of Germany, is one of the greatest success stories of 21st-century Germany and deserves to be replicated in India. When shared fairly, revenues from renewable energy can bring reliable income to the rural economy and give panchayats the revenue required to invest in better roads, schools and water supply. Renewable energy can bridge the rural-urban divide in terms of facilities and infrastructure and can help India develop in a sustainable manner.
Dr Vinayak Sinha, faculty, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali (IISER)wug