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Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, registered under Section 25 of Companies Act of 1956. It was established in 2009 to support India's developmental and energy security objectives. It works to strengthen the energy security of India by aiding design and implementation of policies that encourage energy efficiency, renewable energy, and efficient use of available resources. Shakti is set up as a re-granting Foundation.

The organization works collaboratively with national, state and local decision makers to craft sound energy policies to build India’s new energy economy and bring together experts from every sector — industry, academia, law, finance, civil society, think tanks, and more — to drive this change. It supports high quality research and provide policy makers with specific and practical policy recommendations for an energy secure future. The Foundation is based in New Delhi. The Shakti Board comprises of eminent members: Mr. Jamshyd N. Godrej, Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai, Ms. Meher Pudumjee, Mr. Nitin Desai, Mr. Rajiv Lal, Mr. Suman Berry, and Mr. Krishan Dhawan.

Some indicative areas where Shakti has contributed are: development of a renewable energy roadmap for India along with the NITI Aayog;  drafting of a Renewable Energy Policy along with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; the roll out of fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars along with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency; the development of recommendations for state level guidelines to implement the Solar Pumping Programme for Irrigation and Drinking Water along with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; and the preparation of an India briefing paper for the Lima Conference of Parties for the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, among others.


The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has been a partner of India for more than 50 years. Since 2011, SDC's programme focuses specifically on the issue of climate change. It is part of SDC's Global Programme Climate Change and Environment (GPCCE), which actively engages in multilateral climate change policy processes, supports innovative climate change and mitigation projects in select partner countries and facilitates the generation and dissemination of knowledge. 

The goal of SDC in India is to contribute to a climate compatible development over the long term. SDC aims to safeguard development achievements from the negative impacts of climate change and seeks to reduce or avoid greenhouse gs emissions without compromising India's development goals. 



Key collaborator


Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN) is an all India representative organization launched in 2014 with a clear mandate to support, unify and grow the decentralized clean energy sector in India. It particularly aims to bring together diverse stakeholders across India working to improve energy access for the rural and urban poor and create an inspiring model for countries around the world to follow.

CLEAN is technology agnostic. Technologies include solar, wind, bioenergy, pico hydro. The scale of its members’ operation ranges from pico solutions to larger, decentralized solutions and they are mostly small and medium enterprises.

CLEAN recognizes that off-grid energy solutions move beyond bridging the energy gap by addressing lighting, cooking, pumping needs and so on to positively affect outcomes in education, health and agriculture and enhances livelihood opportunities. Decentralized clean energy has an impact on the overall quality of life.



Knowledge partner


Intellecap Advisory is a pioneer in providing innovative business solutions and suitable finance (equity, debt and mezzanine capital) that help build and scale profitable and sustainable enterprises dedicated to social and environmental change. Intellecap adopts an ecosystem approach to amplify the impact that businesses can achieve and shape development outcomes in the process. The company seeks to build institutional capacity and channel investments in the development sector through consulting services, investment banking services, and knowledge and information services.

Founded in 2002, Intellecap has grown into a Group with more than 2000 employees spread across offices in Africa, Asia, and America. It has worked across 25 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America with more than 30+ strategic partners across the globe. Intellecap has worked extensively in providing advisory services on clean/ renewable energy and off-grid rural electrification in developing countries using a blend of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Some of its clients include Rockefeller Foundation, Shell Foundation, International Finance Corporation, M-Kopa, World Bank.

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