Status of Renewable Energy Development in India in 2016-17

Sector Power
Grantee World Institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE)
Year 2017

This report synthesizes a host of developments in the renewables sector during the year 2016-17 covering power generation from various renewable energy technologies, advances in policy and regulatory frameworks, growth in manufacturing capacity and investment flows, and contribution of renewables to emissions reduction. The analysis shows that 2016-17 has been a landmark year for renewables in India – capacity addition surpassing capacity added from conventional sources for the first time, quantum jump of generation from renewables, record low tariffs of solar and wind power, India’s largest power utility, National Thermal Power Corporation, expanding its renewables portfolio, as well as several policy developments.

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  • U.S.-India Subnational Energy Workshop
  • States from India and the U.S.  shared details of the smart power technologies used and highlighted the need for important regional interconnections to uptake new sources of distributed power. Participants also toured Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited’s state-of-the-art Smart Grid Lab allowing them to see first-hand how Indian utilities are dealing with the challenges in India’s electricity sector. A key  learning that emerged is that the challenges are quite similar:  how to integrate vast amounts of new renewable energy into an increasingly strained grid and deploy new smart power technologies to more efficiently manage this complex system.  In this U.S.-India subnational energy dialogue, state-level decision makers were able to analyze how their policies and institutions were coping with these challenges.

  • The Green Power Market Developers Group (GPMDG)
  • GPMDG – India works closely with government and other institutions to help companies set and achieve ambitious renewable energy goals through innovative methods of demand aggregation and transaction structuring. In 2017, GPMDG commenced work on demonstrating aggregated procurement models for clean energy, focusing on policy and advocacy in order to maximise impact and help India achieve its clean energy targets.

  • Your Own Sun : A Manual on Solar Rooftop
  • 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.

  • Dispelling Myths: Electric Vehicles are expensive and will be a burden on the Indian electricity grid
  • 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.

  • Dispelling Myths: Battery storage is an expensive technology with limited immediate usage
  • 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.

  • Dispelling Myths: Rooftop solar can severely impact utilities
  • 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.

  • Case Studies of DSM projects implemented 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. 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.

  • Demand Response in India: Technology Assessment, M&V Approach, and Framework for DR Implementation
  • 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.

  • Understanding the Impacts of India’s LED Bulb Programme: The Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA)
  • 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.

Energy Efficiency
Climate Policy
  • U.S.-India Subnational Energy Workshop

    In a first-of-its-kind event, Shakti and U.S.-based think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), hosted the U.S. – India Subnational Energy Workshop in New Delhi>>

  • Your Own Sun : A Manual on Solar Rooftop

    Rooftop Solar has many benefits for individual consumers and for the country as a whole.This manual provides apt and timely information to consumers seeking to install rooftop solar systems.>>

  • Promoting Electric Vehicles in India

    Emissions from the transport sector contribute significantly to deteriorating air quality and human health in cities. Electric Vehicles are a promising pathway towards improving air-quality, energy security and economic opportunities.>>

  • Strengthening Air Quality Management

    The Delhi-NCR region’s air pollution problem is by now a well-documented and visible fact. In a recent national survey on air pollution undertaken by Edelman India on behalf of Shakti, Delhi residents displayed high levels of awareness of air pollution and its issues. But there were also some misconceptions.>>

  • Facilitating Energy Efficiency in Indian Railways

    The Indian Railways has identified potential opportunities for energy savings and is aggressively pushing towards energy efficiency and using alternate clean fuels in the non-traction segment.>>