EJN Launches New Online Course for Journalists on Renewable Energy in India 

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EJN Launches New Online Course for Journalists on Renewable Energy in India 

Renewable energy is now at the center of India’s development plans. With the government announcing that India will generate half its energy from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030, the coming years will see rapid growth in India’s renewable energy generation capacity.  Will this be enough? Will India be able to meet its 2030 goal and its longer-term goal of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2070?  

In December 2022, EJN officially launched a new resource for journalists, entitled, “Renewable Energy in India: An Introductory Course for Journalists”. The course is designed to improve journalists’ knowledge of the country’s renewable energy sectors – and equip them with the skills they need to report developments in this sector effectively.  

As this sector develops, stronger media coverage will ensure the public develops a better understanding of what such commitments will entail, and how the government intends to stay on track to achieve its targets.  

a man near a solar panel
Farmer Raman Parmar on his farm with a solar pump pilot in Thamna village in Gujarat, India / Credit: Prashanth Vishwanathan for IWMI via Flickr.

The seven modules include information on solar energy, wind energy, biomass, batteries and clean mobility. This course has been designed to cater to the needs of different journalists — environmental, climate, science, health and business — and does not assume learners will have a background in science, economics or business. 

“Renewable energy is now so big in India that it is difficult for a journalist to keep track of all aspects – from solar, wind and biomass power, to clean transport, batteries and green hydrogen, to financing and distribution companies,” said Project Manager, Joydeep Gupta. “This online course will introduce journalists to the various aspects and will also serve as a resource base.” 

The free, self-paced course will take approximately eight hours to complete. In every module, journalists will find relevant data sources they can cite in their stories; possible interview questions for industry professionals and policymakers; and tips to unpack technical jargon and make their stories more engaging. The course features videos, exercises and quizzes, and learners who complete it will receive a certificate from EJN. Interested in enrolling? Register here

This online course is made possible with the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. 

Please note, India’s renewable energy market is changing rapidly and constantly. Facts and figures become outdated quickly Please keep that in mind and look for updates through the many links provided throughout the course.   

Banner image: Farmworkers in Karnal, Haryana, clean solar panels for better efficiency / Credit: Prashanth Vishwanathan for IWMI via Flickr

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