Appeal to all Political Parties to include the promotion of Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) solutions in your election manifesto for the General Election, due in 2019.
The General Election will be crucial for the DRE sector and India’s efforts to ensure that all its people have not only access to 24 x 7 reliable and quality power supply, but also the means to use that electricity to improve their lives. It will be an opportunity for political parties to examine the current status of energy access and take proactive initiatives to put systems in place for strengthening the DRE sector and making it transparent and accountable. We ask that you include the points raised here in your manifesto, as well as in your election campaign. We also request the opportunity to present the key recommendations of this note in a face-to-face meeting, and to answer any questions you might have.
The Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) sector includes a wide range of applications including micro- and mini-grids, solar home systems, standalone renewable energy appliances and applications such as solar irrigation pumping, solar dryers, solar chillers, cold storage equipment’s, bioenergy, biogas, improved cookstoves for clean cooking amongst others. The sector is represented by its Industry Association, Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN).
CLEAN requests all political parties to create enabling policy frameworks and adequate financial provisions for prioritizing the DRE sector within India’s energy planning. Specific points that political parties should consider in their manifestos:
1. Recognize DRE as an integral part of India’s energy planning
The DRE sector can ensure energy access by providing 24 x 7 electricity to all Indian households and small- and medium-sized enterprises, and importantly ensure reliable and quality energy supply through clean and sustainable energy sources.
We therefore request that DRE be recognized as a central solution in national and state energy planning.
2. Promote investment in DRE
In order to ensure a level playing field for the DRE sector vis-a-vis other solutions, predictable and affordable financing is a requisite.
We therefore request all political parties to clearly identify DRE as a priority sector and formulate policies to ensure support of the DRE industry by banking sector institutions in India, such as Development Financial Institutions, Commercial Banks, Non Banking Financial Companies, Micro Finance Institutions, Corporate Investors through Corporate Social Responsibility Funds and other lenders.
3. Create rural jobs
The DRE sector is already generating new jobs and creating opportunities for rural entrepreneurship, with still huge untapped potential. DRE applications also add value to the agricultural sector, creating new and additional markets for the farming community. Productive DRE applications reduce drudgery, increase productivity and income for rural consumers (CLEAN would be happy to share a list such DRE applications.) Solar Charkha is one such example which has created jobs and increased income. CLEAN estimates that at least 41,868 new jobs were created in 2017/18 in India in the DRE sector.
We therefore request recognition of such technologies as an important tool for rural income generation and that direct non-energy ministries recognize DRE in their policy guidelines and provide financial support for DRE applications, in line with current and future mandates. Further, we also request the inclusion of skill development in DRE with other skill development programs of the government.
4. Reduce carbon emissions
The DRE sector contributed to avoiding emissions of 2,84,685 tonnes of CO2 in 2017-18 alone. Scaling up DRE systems would result in far higher avoided CO2 emissions, while also benefiting the overall economy of the country. For instance, imports of diesel can be reduced through the promotion of DRE applications. To put this in perspective, around INR 40,000 crores (USD 6.1 billion) of oil imports can be saved through the replacement of existing conventional pumps with solar pumps in India.
We therefore request that the DRE sector’s contribution to emission reduction is factored into the Government of India’s National Determined Contribution (NDC) submission to the UNFCCC.
5. Clean cooking mission
High dependence on firewood for cooking and heating in India and the resultant biomass burning is responsible for around 2,67,700 deaths in India, or nearly 25% of the deaths attributable to PM2.5, making it the single most important anthropogenic source related to mortality in 2015.
We therefore request, in accordance with a proposal already put forward by NITI Aayog, that a National Clean Cooking Mission is formulated and launched at the earliest. The mission needs to be mandated to ensure 100% access to clean cooking technologies, factoring in all available solutions.
6. Resolve regulatory issues of mini-grids
Mini-grids not only ensure 100% reliable, quality energy access, but also solve “last mile connectivity” while addressing energy security in India. The framework conditions for deployment of mini-grids, laid down in the Amendment to National Tariff Policy in 2016, stipulate that an appropriate regulatory framework should be put in place to mandate compulsory purchase of surplus power generated by mini-grids into the national grid. A fillip was provided to the segment with the issuance of the Draft National Mini-grids Policy in June 2016. However, this policy has not been finalized nearly three years later.
We therefore request that current regulatory uncertainty related to mini-grids be addressed by introducing policies and regulations at the central level as soon as possible with technical standards and parameters.
Clean Energy Access Network
- Abhidna Food Products Pvt. Ltd.
- Adarsh Plant Protect
- Amperehour Solar Technology Pvt. Ltd.
- Amplus Energy Solutions
- Anant Solar Systems
- Arushi Green Energy India Pvt Ltd
- Aurus Lending Solutions
- Barefoot Power
- Bask Research Foundation
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- Bruhat Energy Solutions & Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
- Centre For Development Orientation and Trainng (CDOT)
- Centre for Youth and Social Development
- CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)
- Claro Energy
- Consortium of Resource person
- Cygni Energy
- DESI Power
- Deepa Solar Systems Pvt. Ltd
- Desi Technology Solutions
- Devidayal Solar Solutions
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- Doorastha Analytics
- E hands energy
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- Envo Business Solutions
- Ecoforge Advisors Private Limited
- Ecosense Appliances P. L.
- Ecozen Solutions
- Elegant Power Care
- Emsys Electronics
- Energo Labs
- Enfros Technologies
- Environ Energy
- Environmental Defense Fund
- First Energy
- Forum for the Future
- Free power technology
- Free Spirits Green Labs
- Freespanz Design Build
- Frontier Markets
- Gautam Solar
- Global SusTech International
- Gram Oorja
- Gram Swaraj
- Grameen India Innovations
- Grassroots and Rural Innovative Development
- Grassroots Energy
- Green light planet
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- Greenway Grameen
- GSES India Sustainable Energy Pvt Ltd.
- Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services
- Harith Avani Technologies
- HHV Solar Technologies Pvt Ltd
- Human Organisation for Patronisation of Environment (HOPE)
- Husk Power Systems
- Hynetic Electronics Pvt. Ltd
- India Resources Trust
- Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change
- Institute for Sustainable Communities
- Integrated Research and Action for Development
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- JJ PV Solar Pvt. Ltd.
- Lanasol Energy Solutions Private Limited
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- Mega Zing Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
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- Microenergy Credits
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- Phoenix Products
- Playsolar Systems
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- Pollinate Energy
- Practical Action Foundation
- Prakruti Renewable Power Pvt Ltd
- Prayas Energy group
- Puhor Solar Centre
- Pushan Renewable Energy
- Raghunath Pathagar
- RAL consumer products ltd
- Ravi Engineering and Chemical works
- REConnect Energy Solutions Pvt Ltd
- Reinenergy Infratech Pvt. Ltd.
- Renewable Energy Applications and Products
- Riya Solar
- Rural Spark
- Sadbhavana ventures
- Saudagar Agro Industries Pvt Ltd
- Samuchit Envirotech
- Selco India
- S.G Foundation
- Shramik Bharti
- Simpa Networks
- SK Engineers
- Solar Hitech Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
- SKG Sangha
- Smokeless Cookstove Foundation
- Solar Urja through Localization for Sustainability (SoULS)
- Sologix Energy Private Limited
- Sri Anagha Green Energy
- Sun Zone Solar System India Pvt. Ltd.
- Sun-Mitra Solar
- Sunrise energy corporation
- Sun Saluter
- Supernova Technologies
- Susconnect Pvt. Ltd
- Swayambhu Innovative Solutions Pvt Ltd
- Swelect Energy Systems
- Synergy Engineering & Environmental Solution
- Technology Informatics Design Endeavour
- The Batti Ghar Foundation
- UNesar Private Limited
- Urjaa Samadhan Pvt Ltd
- Velnet Non-Conventional Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd
- Vayam Renewable
- Vikram Solar
- Village Renewable Energy Systems (I) Pvt Ltd
- Villgro Innovations Foundation
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- Water Energy Food Transitions (WEFT) Research
- WiSH Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd