India has the fifth largest installed renewable energy capacity with much larger investments planned, particularly in solar power. What are the policy, regulatory, financial, technical and capacity barriers that need to be overcome to facilitate greater investments in renewable energy?
- Alliance for Energy Access and Renewable Energy
There has been a surge in the number of small and medium sized entrepreneurs trying to fill the energy demand-supply gap through off-grid solutions. To help scale some of the most promising business ventures, CEEW is investigating the business case and strategy to build an alliance that would help remove some of the major stumbling blocks in scaling-up successful off-grid businesses.
CEEW will contribute to a case study of green industrial policy in India commissioned by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Through a mix of interviews and desk study, CEEW will try to assess the impacts of green industrial policy in India as applied to the solar PV and wind energy sectors, at the national and state levels.
- Battery Storage Options for off-grid Renewables in India
Current battery technologies used in India are chosen largely on the basis of economic costs, within the boundaries of existing policies and next generation storage technologies are largely under development with uses such as electric vehicles in mind. The renewable energy sector has the potential to be an alternate source of demand for battery technology, thereby spurring further innovation and reducing costs for the wider user community.
With support from the Nand and Jeet Khemka Foundation, CEEW will prepare a position paper that will seek to map out the various battery storage options for off-grid renewables in India.
CEEW plans on organising a high-level summit that will aim to secure commitments for wider deployment of solar technology. The '300 Days of Sunshine' initiative will bring together countries with the greatest solar potential and those with technologies to agree on a common agenda on technology access and finance.
- Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission Project
CEEW partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to evaluate the first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, which has the goal of installing 20 gigawatts of solar energy by 2022. This assessment has drawn on data, information and input from a variety of stakeholders including, but not limited to, solar manufacturers, developers investors and industry associations.The results from this analysis was presented as a report "Laying the Foundation for a Bright Future" to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The report adopts a “whole-of-system” approach, identifying multiple stakeholders and focusing on all aspects of grid-connected solar power: selection, deployment and commissioning of projects; bankability and the role of various financial channels; the development of a robust manufacturing base; and the creation of an enabling environment with regard to land, power evacuation, skills, and so forth.This project is also part of our work with the government.
You can download the full report on our dedicated page on solar, www.ceew.in/solar. You can also access a factsheet summarising findings and recommendations of this report.
CEEW and NRDC also published a new report that focuses on the growth of solar thermal projects during Phase I of the National Solar Mission. Coupled with CEEW and NRDC's report published in April, this new report forms the first independent analysis of the Indian National Solar Mission. Click Here for the report
- India-U.S. Joint Clean Energy R&D Centre (JCERDC)
Announced during President Obama’s visit in November 2010, the JCERDC is a promising initiative for joint R&D activities by Indian and U.S. teams of scientists and engineers. CEEW partnered with the U.S.-based Natural Resources Defense Council and the Administrative Staff College of India to support the centre's critical first steps through information dissemination, consultations and programme design.Click Here for the JCERDC project page for more information.