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Renewable Energy

South Asia Regional Energy Partnership (SAREP) Program is a US government flagship initiative that is closely working with South Asian national and regional government entities to meet their clean energy goals and strengthen their energy-security priorities by providing technical assistance to scale deployment of renewable energy, advancing new technologies and strengthening grid integration. In India, the program is instrumental in supporting the country’s goal to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2070, a commitment which includes achieving 500 GW of non-fossil-based electricity generation capacity by 2030. This aligns with India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to reduce the emission intensity of its GDP by 45% within the same timeframe. A notable example of this support is the Indian Railways’ target to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030, where SAREP plays a key role in facilitating this transition. Similarly, other countries in the South Asian region have also set themselves Net-Zero emissions and Renewable Energy targets. SAREP is instrumental in this regional endeavor, providing technical support and capacity-building interventions to help these countries achieve their clean energy goals.

Key Interventions

Assisting MNRE in designing new policies and regulatory reforms for advancing rooftop solar (RTS) capacity deployment

Institutionalizing the Vendor Rating Program to ensure the quality, safety, and performance of RTS installations

Scheme design and data analytics support for Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana that aims to install RTS on 10 million households

Policy recommendations to MNRE on innovative technologies and models such as Behind the Meter Energy Storage and Virtual Power Purchase Agreements

Development and implementation support to MNRE’s National Repowering and Life Extension Policy for Wind Power Projects

Subnational level policy support to Haryana and Gujarat for advancing solar energy

Identifying multiple revenue streams and applications of utility scale BESS (Battery Energy Storage Systems) in Haryana, Assam, and Gujarat

Assessing the market potential, feasibility, and business case for behind the meter solar with energy storage systems

Evaluating different technologies and business models for scaling pumped storage projects (PSPs)

Assisting For working groups on RE Policies, Regulations, and their harmonization

Supporting CERC on Deviation Settlement Mechanism Regulations

Demand Response (DR) framework and Resource Adequacy (RA) implementation roadmap for Assam

Methodology to monitor distribution performance standards for Madhya Pradesh.

Electricity Supply Code Regulation reforms for Haryana and Karnataka

Grid Code Regulation development support for Haryana

Reliability indices benchmarking for generation, transmission, and distribution system for Bhutan

Designing Round-the-clock RE procurement tenders through sensitivity analysis and techno-commercial modeling for Indian Railways

Sector-specific large scale rooftop solar deployment support to Haryana

Implementation support to Gujarat on repowering of wind projects through technical assessment, micro siting, and pilot project

Utility led rooftop solar planning support to Andaman and Nicobar administration.

RE procurement planning tool and financial model for utility scale solar and storage applications for Indian Railways

Training of Trainers program to build capacity of IR officials on RE and other emerging technologies institutionalized at Indian Railway training institutes

Knowledge exchange workshops at national and subnational level including study trips

Knowledge partner to governments at various levels for advancing clean energy deployment

900 MW Round-the-Clock (RTC) Renewable Energy tender awarded by IR, leading to a deployment of ~3.3GW capacity

National Repowering and Life Extension policy for Wind Power Projects 2023 released by MNRE

Model Regulations on Resource Adequacy issued by FoR

Green Energy Open Access Regulations issued by FoR

Model guidelines for management of RE curtailment for wind and solar generation issues by FoR

Rooftop Solar Demand and Sanction Management Portal launched by HAREDA

Scaling Rooftop solar Vendor Rating Program with MNRE

Training of Trainers course on net-zero planning at Indian Railway Institute of Electrical Engineering institutionalized