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Policy Engagement

Overview

India is one of the few countries in the world to have a central ministry dedicated to renewable energy. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for instance, had set a target of achieving 2000 MW of off grid solar capacity against the overall solar energy target of 20,000MW by 2022 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. Later in 2015, the current government renewed the target for Renewable Energy generation to 175 GW out of which 100 GW are to come from solar energy. The target for off-grid energy however needs to be specified.

In order for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to scale up, there needs to be a greater degree of policy clarity at the national level (through the Renewable Energy Act and other instruments) as well as at the state level (through taxation policy and state specific schemes).

Challenges

  • Inadequate representation of the voice of the industry in policymaking processes
  • Lack of specific targets for off-grid clean energy within the renewable energy directives
  • Regulatory clarity on interaction with the grid and grid extension
  • Need for clarity on subsidy policy with more preference given to interest subsidy and market driven mechanisms

Solutions

  • CLEAN engages with relevant government ministries including MNRE and other policy thinktanks to further the work and interests of the sector
  • We undertake data driven research on various issues related to the sector to enable practitioners and policymakers to make more informed choices

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