Abhilasha Purwar

Master of Environmental Management, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2017

Abhilasha Purwar is a Masters of Environmental Management 2017 candidate at Yale University. She is interested in energy and infrastructure finance (particularly in emerging economies). Previously, she has worked in the United States, India, Ireland and Ghana in solar business development, economics and policy consulting, oil and gas, and nanotechnology research. She holds a B.Tech in Applied Chemistry from IIT-BHU. She is an aspiring yoga teacher and enjoys hiking, biking and backpacking.

Authored Articles
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Connecticut Green Bank Uses Award to Spark Outreach

The performance of the Connecticut Green Bank shows clean energy can be economically lucrative and make good business sense. As a result of these accomplishments, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation has selected the bank from 500 applicants for the 2017 Innovation in American Government Award. A public announcement took place in Hartford, Connecticut on July 27.
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IDB Aims to Catalyze Energy Efficiency in Latin America

The global financing market for energy efficiency projects is facing many hurdles, according to Esteban Suárez, a representative of the Energy Savings Insurance Team at Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). These include asymmetric distribution of information, absence of standardized financing instruments, misinformation about potential obstacles, and a lack of risk insurance.
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Jigar Shah Suggests Next Steps for the Solar Industry

What do the new year and new administration mean for the solar industry? What effects will emerge from the SunEdison bankruptcy and the SolarCity-Tesla merger? In this interview, Jigar Shah, founder and former CEO of SunEdison, provided his proactive perspective on current trends. He also expressed his viewpoint on the appropriate roles of property-assessed clean energy (PACE), international microfinance, tax incentives, and venture capital (VC).
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Digitizing Energy Systems for Sustainability

Energy technology trends move fast. The market for digital solutions to advance energy efficiency and solar power is growing. Two buzzwords at the beginning of 2017 are ‘big data’ and ‘Internet of Things (IoT).’ Data, analytics and computing today have the muscle power to revolutionize global energy systems. So do smart grid technologies, which are now becoming mainstream topics of discussion.

Can Venture Capital Fuel Cleantech?

A July report by MIT Energy Initiative, “Venture Capital and Cleantech: The Wrong Model for Clean Energy Innovation,” has compared the performance of venture capital (VC) in the software, medical and cleantech sectors. The results showed VC is not the right model for investments in the cleantech sector. Public funding is crucial at the beginning of projects.