Rooftop solar is increasingly becoming cost-effective for home owners and business owners. With rooftop solar installations, home owners and business owners have the ability to generate their own power as well as sell excess power back to the utility. This manual provides apt and timely information to consumers seeking to install rooftop solar systems. Additional information can be found here.
Electric vehicles (EVs) presents a flexible demand on the grid which can help de-carbonize the power grid by helping integration of higher share of renewables in the grid and the transport sector by switching to a cleaner fuel. Therefore, this paper presents a case for managing the challenges that may come along with rapid expansion of EVs effectively.
Cost effective storage technology solutions can help meet the objectives of energy security and clean environment for India. This paper shows declining trends in cost of battery storage technologies which could be disruptive in the years to come.
Distribution companies (discoms) perceive rooftop PV to be hitting their finances and operations. And therefore, they resist expansion of the rooftop capacities. This paper is an attempt to get DISCOMs on board.
Since 2014, Shakti has provided continuous support to the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) towards becoming a resource hub on DSM and has led to the creation of a vast knowledge storehouse on DSM. This report summarizes experiences of utilities, implementing agencies and come customers of flagship projects that have been rolled out so far in the DSM space in India.
Since 2014, Shakti has provided continuous support to the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) towards becoming a resource hub on DSM and has led to the creation of a vast knowledge storehouse on DSM. The objective of this study has been to help in facilitating the inclusion and growth of Demand Response in the power sector and serve as a map to refer the variety of DR programs implemented.
The Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) program is a decisive step towards energy efficiency lighting in India. Over 260 million LEDs have been sold under the program leading to savings of over 30 billion units (kWh) of electricity annually. Shakti supported Prayas Energy Group to assess the impact of the UJALA programme thus far and the effectiveness of the processes employed. The study examines the change in India’s lighting market, consumer response to the programme, and other factors, and suggests ways to strengthen the scheme.
With close to 250 million Indians not connected to the discom grid or able to reliably access electricity, DRE-based minigrids are an effective solution to meet citizens’ electricity needs. Shakti supported Okapi Research and Advisory to identify solutions for integrating minigrids with the utility grid. Minigrids can provide clean and reliable power using locally available resources.
India must encourage diversification of its power portfolio with clean, flexible and efficient resources. One resource that meets all these characteristics is natural gas. Despite this, natural gas constitutes only 6% of our primary energy supply. Newer applications could create more sustained demand segments for natural gas, providing clear signals to investors/ developers for boosting gas availability and infrastructure. This study examines the feasibility of shifting industrial and commercial energy applications to natural gas.