07 Mar 2016

Wind & Sun speak at Minigrid workshop in India

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India Sun God“Accelerating decentralised solar PV Mini Grid electricity generation in India through policy reform and collaboration with international supply chains”

Steve Wade has just come back from a trip to India having been invited by the British High Commission in New Delhi to present Wind & Sun’s Minigrid experience to an audience including Mr Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India.

The workshop was supported by DFID, UK Aid and IIEC (International Institute for Energy Conservation).

Steve showcased our successful experience over the last ten years with Scottish island systems and similar overesas projects and answered questions about how this might be applied to the Indian conditions and market.

Background

The Government of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), has announced clear targets to scale up rural electrification in India through large scale deployment of decentralised renewable energy generation and have set a deadline of May 1, 2018 for "100 per cent village electrification". Earlier, the ministry had decided to electrify 18,452 villages within 1,000 days.

To support this outcome a study has been commissioned by British High Commission, India, to develop a clear understanding of the barriers to developing solar mini grids. This will allow clear recommendations to be produced for the MNRE on how to accelerate the deployment of robust decentralised solar PV mini grids in India. This workshop was part of this process.

The project team worked with the solar PV mini grids community in India and solar PV stakeholders in the UK including project developers, technology suppliers, manufacturers and financial institutions to:

  • Identify supply chain related barriers that impede the deployment of solar PV mini grid systems in India
  • Identify opportunities to strengthen international supply chains through improved standards and procedures
  • Encourage investment in the sector from a wide range of sources

The project is now in its final stage - to develop practical recommendations for MNRE to fulfil these ambitious targets.

Wind & Sun are looking forward to helping in any way we can.