April 17, 2015
CLEAN successfully announced its presence to the outside world at the pre-Sankalp Forum event held on the 8th of April at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The event, organized as a dialogue between off-grid, clean energy practitioners in India and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, was graced by Joint Secretary, MNRE, Shri Tarun Kapoor, senior scientists and directors at MNRE, Shri V.K Jain and Shri G. Prasad as well as MNRE scientist Shri Tarun Singh. The Joint Secretary along with Mr ManpreetAnand of USAID, Dr.Arunabha Ghosh of CEEW, Mr. KrishanDhawan of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, Mr. Alay Barah of ICCo India and Mr Ashis Kumar Sahu of CLEAN launched two reports from the CLEAN Strategy Series that you can read here. The two anchor points for the dialogue were policy and financing issues for the off-grid biomass and biogas sector and for the off-grid solar sector. The dialogue on the state of the biomass sector saw a presentation by Mr. Santosh Singh of GIZ India outlining the broad challenges and possible mitigants that apply to this sector:
- Operational challenges including supply chain needs to be managed better.
- Biogas losing importance as a key source of energy in rural households.
- Working capital financing to be made easier.
- The government has not lost sight of the off-grid sector and is taking steps to collate information and generate a database for the sector.
- Although MNRE is aware of the policy and regulatory issues in the sector, awareness at the state level (state governments, state nodal agencies) is very much required.
- There is a need to identify areas where standalone systems can be feasible.
- MNRE is also working to benchmark the quality of systems.
CLEAN successfully announced its presence to the outside world at the pre-Sankalp Forum event held on the 8th of April at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.