Renewable Energy in India: An Introductory Course for Journalists

wind turbines and power lines in silhouette

Renewable Energy in India: An Introductory Course for Journalists

Estimated time commitment: 7-8 hours
Certificate of completion: Yes
Language: English

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 current decade is seeing a major acceleration of 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? The move requires fundamental changes in India’s energy infrastructure. Some of these changes are already underway. What will be the effect of these changes on the people involved in the current energy economy – whether they work in coal mines or power distribution companies? What will be the effect on how we get electricity in our homes, offices, factories, farms?

This is big news that more and more journalists seek to report. The Earth Journalism Network has developed this self-paced online course to help journalists improve their understanding of the basics – what are the different forms of renewable energy available, what are their prospects, what are the obstacles to be overcome while they are rolled out. The course also has modules on battery technology – so essential to the energy transition but relatively under-reported. And there is a module on clean mobility to help provide an understanding of the role it can play in the transition.

two men on an e-bike
Rental e-bikes in Delhi / Credit: Niti Aayog.

India’s renewable energy market is changing rapidly and constantly. Statistics get outdated soon. Please keep that in mind and look for updates through the many links provided throughout the course. There are charts, tables, quizzes, video interviews in the modules, all meant to improve understanding and to encourage you to delve deeper.

The course has modules on solar energy, wind energy, biomass, batteries and clean mobility. There is a quiz at the end of each module that you must answer before you go to the next module. There is a final assessment at the end of the course and a certificate for those who complete that successfully.

You will use the learning management system Learn Amp to interact with Earth Journalism Network staff. If you have any questions on technical support, please send them to [email protected].

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Banner image: Solar panels, wind turbines and electricity pylons / Credit: Andy Aitchison via Flickr.

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