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Renewable Energy

India’s target of achieving 40 GW of rooftop solar installation faces a major obstacle, one of which is high cost of rooftop solar equipment, dissuading small sized vendors from purchasing in bulk for better deals, thus hampering their ability to offer competitive prices and slowing down widespread adoption. To address this, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is designing aggregation-based model for cost effective supply of PV modules & solar inverters to installers. USAID’s SAREP program partnered with EESL to organise a series of stakeholder consolations engaging Solar PV Module and Inverter Manufacturers, and EPC companies to explore bottlenecks within the rooftop solar supply chain that limit scaling. The series commenced with the inaugural consultation for north zone stakeholders in national capital New Delhi, followed by a workshop in Visakhapatnam targeting southern India stakeholders and the final workshop of the series concluded in Ahmedabad for western India on May 9th, 2024.

The workshop aimed to address challenges in rooftop solar adoption, evaluate supply-demand dynamics, examine manufacturing hurdles, and explore cost-effective supply models for EPC players. Experts deliberated on the potential benefits of an aggregated model for cost-effective supply of photovoltaic modules and inverters, alongside engaging in discussions with the EPC companies. Over 70 key stakeholders from PV module and solar inverter manufacturing companies, EPC players, and domain experts participated in the discussions.

Ms. Apurva Chaturvedi, Senior Regional Clean Energy Specialist at USAID India, lauded Gujarat’s exemplary leadership in advancing rooftop solar deployment, highlighting its impressive 3.5 GW installed capacity as a model for other states to emulate.

Mr. Vishal Kapoor, CEO of EESL, underscored India’s aim of deploying 40 GW of rooftop solar and Gujarat’s notable success in leading the nation in installation rates. He also acknowledged challenges encountered by manufacturers and rooftop solar installers and suggested a collaborative approach among stakeholders to find solutions, including exploring an aggregated model for cost-effective equipment supply.

Ms. Bhakti Shamal, Additional Secretary, Energy and Petrochemical Department, Govt. of Gujarat, spoke about the state’s journey to being a leader in terms of installed rooftop solar capacity in the country. She appreciated the commitment delivered by the rooftop solar installers and manufactures and highlighted the conducive policies and market friendly mechanism adopted by Government of Gujarat in scaling rooftop solar deployment.

Some challenges that came forth in the discussion were:

  • Unavailability of the PV modules complying with Domestic Content Requirement (DCR)
  • Frequent fluctuation and unregulated PV module prices
  • Unavailability of Indian-made solar inverters
  • Slow net-metering implementation process and unavailability of net-metres

The workshop served as a valuable platform for stakeholders to share insights, brainstorm potential solutions, and chart a course for expanding rooftop solar deployment.

May 13, 2024

Third stakeholder consultation workshop on “Strategies for Scaling Rooftop Solar Deployment in India” in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

India’s target of achieving 40 GW of rooftop solar installation faces a major obstacle, one of which is high cost of rooftop solar equipment, dissuading small sized vendors from purchasing […]
May 9, 2024

Stakeholder Consultation Workshop with Solar PV Module and Inverter Manufacturers, and EPC Companies in Southern India

India aims for 500GW of renewable energy by 2030, of which 40GW is envisioned to come from rooftop solar (RTS) PV installations. Challenges in achieving this target include high equipment […]
May 1, 2024
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Stakeholder Consultation Workshop with Solar PV Module and Solar Inverter Manufacturers

Despite its large potential, the widespread adoption of rooftop solar in India encounters a myriad of challenge that hinders it’s on ground deployment. One of such challenge is the high […]
April 13, 2024

Workshop on Renewable Energy Integration and Procurement

A two-days capacity building workshop was organized for the Sri Lanka Government on “Renewable Energy Integration and Procurement” on March 18 and 19 in Colombo. Organized jointly by USAID’s SAREP […]
January 8, 2024

Green Power 2023

The Green Power 2023 Summit, hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industries Green Building Council (CII-GBC), was held in Hyderabad on December 4-5, 2023, and was graced by distinguished speakers […]
July 18, 2023

National Workshop on Exploring Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPA) for India

USAID, through its South Asia Regional Energy Partnership (SAREP) program, in association with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), organized a national workshop on ‘Exploring Virtual Power Purchase […]
February 3, 2023
Workshop on Scaling Rooftop

Workshop on Scaling Rooftop Solar Deployment and Energy Efficiency in MSME clusters

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), in collaboration with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and technical assistance from USAID’s South Asia Regional Energy Partnership (SAREP), organized a workshop on […]
December 28, 2022
India-Bhutan Utility Exchange Executive Exchange Visit to India on Cross-Border Electricity Trade and Technology Enablement

India-Bhutan Utility Executive Exchange Visit to India on Cross-Border Electricity Trade and Technology Enablement

Bhutan looks forward to USAID SAREP’s continued support with South Asia’s Power Market Integration USAID’s SAREP organized a week-long India-Bhutan Utility Executive Exchange visit to India on Cross-Border Electricity Trade […]
November 11, 2022
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Parliamentarians meet at the side lines of COP27 to discussion regional energy co-operation in South Asia

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under its flagship regional energy program South Asia Regional Energy Partnership (SAREP), in partnership with Climate Parliament, organized a daylong ‘South Asian […]