Mainstreaming Renewable Energy in India

Posted on January 25, 2011 by

On the occassion 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
3. the most important and effective policy and finance mechanisms
4. critical needs for capacity building
The results of the survey conducted have been published. Following are the key points highlighted
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 skillset.
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