Mainstreaming Renewable Energy in India

Posted on November 1, 2010 by

On the occasion of recently concluded DIREC, India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energies (MNRE) recently commissioned the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP ) to undertake a survey to understand the opinions of key energy stakeholders from governments, utilities, regulators, academia and NGOs on

1. the key renewable resources and technologies available today

2. the major market barriers to be overcome to mainstreaming

3. the most important and effective policy and finance mechanisms

4. and critical needs for capacity building

The results of the survey conducted have just been published. Following are the key points highlighted by the survey



1. Solar – best for widening energy access

Around the globe, the solar resources are increasingly being seen as readily available, and solar technologies are becoming the best technical means of providing energy to those who do not currently have access to modern energy sources, including locations not feasible to be connected by grids.


2. No single major barrier to the up-scaling of renewable technologies

Rather, the constraints faced are numerous, some of the most important ones are high costs, inappropriately structured government incentives, basic policy uncertainty and capacity bottlenecks – particularly the lack of grid connectivity and insufficient human resources and skill-set.


3. Governments – critical role in driving the transition

Given the scale of investments needed, it is Governments more than any other entity that drive the clean energy transformation. In some regions however, stakeholders see an absence of effective policies and regulatory instruments. Overall roadmaps and government renewable energy portfolio targets are seen as particularly effective policies. For regulations, feed-in tariffs are considered to be strong mechanisms.



Pre-DIREC Consultation Report