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OVERVIEW

1.1 In more ways than one, 2014-15 has been a decisive leap forward for renewable energy in India. In his inaugural address to the 1st Renewable Energy Global Investor Meet & Expo (RE-INVEST 2015) organized by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) during 15-17 February, 2015, Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, has articulated the future of renewable as “moving from megawatt to gigawatt”. Moving forward from the steady growth patterns of the last two decades, the Renewable Energy sector is now poised to make a quantum jump. Many investors and stakeholders have evinced their interest to the sector by making their commitments of over 266 GW, in the solar energy, wind energy, small hydro and bio energy sectors. The RE-INVEST has laid a strong foundation for the penetration of renewable energy in India in the coming years.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at the inauguration of RE-INVEST 2015 in New Delhi on February 15, 2015. Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for ommerce & Industry (Independent Charge), Shri Ajit Seth, Cabinet Secretary and Shri Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy are also seen.

1.2 Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is the nodal Ministry at the federal level for all matters relating to new and renewable energy. The Ministry has been facilitating the implementation of broad spectrum programs including harnessing renewable power, renewable energy to rural areas for lighting, cooking and motive power, use of renewable energy in urban, industrial and commercial applications and development of alternate fuels and applications.

Indian Renewable Energy Scenario

1.3 Over the years, renewable energy sector in India has emerged as a significant player in the grid connected power generation capacity. It supports the

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government agenda of sustainable growth, while, emerging as an integral part of the solution to meet the nation’s energy needs and an essential player for energy access. It has been realized that renewable energy has to play a much deeper role in achieving energy security in the years ahead and be an integral part of the energy planning process.

1.4 There has been a visible impact of renewable energy in the Indian energy scenario during the last five years. Apart from contributing about 12.96 per cent in the national electricity installed capacity, renewable energy based decentralized and distributed applications have benefited millions of people in Indian villages by meeting their cooking, lighting and other energy needs in an environment friendly manner. The social and economic benefits include reduction in drudgery among rural women and girls engaged in the collection of fuel wood from long distances and cooking in smoky kitchens, minimization of the risks of contracting lung and eye ailments, employment generation at village level, and ultimately, the improvement in the standard of living and creation of opportunity for economic activities at village level.

1.5 Renewable energy sector landscape in India has, during the last few years, witnessed tremendous changes in the policy framework with accelerated and ambitious plans to increase the contribution of solar energy. For the first time, perhaps, not only is there the perception that renewable energy can play a significant role, as also, there is a confidence in the technologies and capacity to do so. Enlarging the scope of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission symbolizes both, and indeed encapsulates the vision and ambition for the future. This transformational change is, perhaps, the highlight of the last four years of activities under the Mission. In addition, the launching of Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) mechanism helps in the creation of a Pan-India renewable energy market. The other significant achievements are introduction of solar specific purchase obligations; launching of improved cook-stoves initiatives; initiating coordinated research and development activities in solar PV and thermal; second generation biofuels, hydrogen energy and fuel cells, etc.

1.6 Core drivers for development and deployment of new and renewable energy in India have been:

a. Energy security: At present around 60 per cent of India’s power generation capacity is based on coal. Net coal import dependency has risen from a negligible percentage in 1990 to nearly 23 per cent in 2014. This, in addition to India’s increasing dependence on imported oil, is leading to imports of around 28 per cent of India’s total energy needs.

b. Electricity shortages: Despite increase in installed capacity by more than 110 times in 62 years, India is still not in a position to meet its peak electricity demand as well as energy requirement. The peak power deficit during financial year 2001-02 was 12.2 per cent, approximately 9252 MW, however, at the end of Financial Year 2013-14, the peak power deficit decreased to the order of 4.5 per cent and in absolute terms peak deficit was at 6103 MW. Similarly, the shortage in terms of energy availability was around 7.5 per cent at the end

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of financial year 2001-02 (39,187 million unit), whereas at the end of financial year 2011-12, it reduced to around 4.2 per cent. However, in absolute terms it increased to 42,428 million units. As a fallout of this situation, planned and un-planned load shedding measures were required to be undertaken by most of the Utilities to bridge this demand-supply gap.

c. Energy Access: India faces a challenge to ensure availability of reliable and modern forms of energy for all its citizens. Almost 85 per cent of rural households depend on solid fuel for their cooking needs and only 55 per cent of all rural households have access to electricity. However, even with this low access, most rural households face issues with quality and consistency of energy supply. Lack of rural lighting is leading to large-scale use of kerosene. This usage needs to be reduced, as it is leads to increased subsidies and import dependence, and consequent pressure on foreign exchange reserves.

d. Climate change: India has taken a voluntary commitment of reducing emission intensity of its GDP by 20-25 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020. In the recently concluded 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held at Lima, Peru all parties to the Convention were invited to communicate Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) towards climate change mitigation. The increased share of renewable energy in the coming years will contribute towards achieving this goal.

Renewable Power Installed Capacity

1.7 As of December 2014, solar, wind, biomass and small hydropower contribute about 13 per cent of the total installed capacity for electricity. The total installed capacity touched the figure of 33,791 MW with wind power contributing 22,465 MW, Solar 3,062 MW, Bio energy 4,272 and Small hydro 3,990 MW.

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Renewable Energy Potential

1.8 India has an estimated renewable energy potential of about 900 GW from commercially exploitable sources viz. Wind – 100 GW (at 80 metre mast height); Small Hydro – 20 GW; Bio-energy – 25 GW; and 750 GW solar power, assuming 3% wasteland is made available. In addition, there exists significant potential from decentralized distributed applications for meeting hot water requirement for residential, commercial and industrial sector through solar energy and also for meeting cooking energy needs in the rural areas through biogas. Table 1.1 provides details on state wise renewable energy potential.

1.9 Renewable energy has a great capacity to usher in universal energy access. In a decentralized or standalone mode, renewable energy is an appropriate, scalable and viable solution for providing power to un-electrified or power deficient villages and hamlets. Around 1.1 million households are using solar energy to meet their lighting energy needs and almost similar number of the households meet their cooking energy needs from biogas plants. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) power systems are being used for a variety of applications such as rural electrification, railway signalling, microwave repeaters, TV transmission and reception and for providing power to border outposts. Over 10,000 remote and inaccessible villages and hamlets have been provided with basic electricity services through distributed renewable power systems.

1.10 India has developed extensive data bases for renewable energy resource in the country. The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), formerly known as Centre for Wind Energy Technology, has developed the Wind Atlas of India. NIWE also collects data from Solar Radiation Resource Assessment stations to assess and quantify solar radiation availability and develop Solar Atlas of the country. National Institute of Solar Energy has assessed the State wise solar potential by taking 3% of the waste land area to be covered by Solar PV modules. The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru has developed Biomass Atlas of India, and the Alternate Hydro Energy Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee has assessed small hydro potential in the country.

1.11 A large domestic manufacturing base has been established in the country for renewable energy systems and products. Companies investing in these technologies are eligible for fiscal incentives, tax holidays and depreciation allowance apart from the remunerative returns for the power fed into the grid. Further, the government is encouraging foreign investors to set up renewable power projects with 100 percent foreign direct investment. The Indian Renewable Energy Programme has received wide recognition internationally in the recent years. Many countries have evinced interest in cooperation with India for promotion of new and renewable energy. India has considerable expertise and experience in promoting renewable energy, both grid interactive and off-grid/stand-along applications for meeting electrical energy needs. India has been interacting with several developed and developing countries for cooperation in new and renewable energy sector. Bilateral and multilateral cooperation frameworks have been established with 42 countries.

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Table1.1 : State wise renewable energy potential (in MW)

Sl. No. States/UTs Wind
Power
Small
Hydro
Power
Bio-Energy Solar Total
Biomass
Power
Bagasse
Cogeneration
Waste to
Energy
1 Andhra Pradesh 14497 978 578 300 123 38440 54916
2 Arunachal Pradesh 236 1341 8 8650 10236
3 Assam 112 239 212 8 13760 14330
4 Bihar 144 223 619 300 73 11200 12559
5 Chhatisgarh 314 1107 236 24 18270 19951
6 Goa 7 26 880 912
7 Gujarat 35071 202 1221 350 112 35770 72726
8 Haryana 93 110 1333 350 24 4560 6470
9 Himachal Pradesh 64 2398 142 2 33840 36446
10 Jammu & Kashmir 5685 1431 43 111050 118208
11 Jharkhand 91 209 90 10 18180 18580
12 Karnataka 13593 4141 1131 450 24700 44015
13 Kerala 837 704 1044 36 6110 8732
14 Madhya Pradesh 2931 820 1364 78 61660 66853
15 Maharashtra 5961 794 1887 1250 287 64320 74500
16 Manipur 56 109 13 2 10630 10811
17 Meghalaya 82 230 11 2 5860 6185
18 Mizoram 169 1 2 9090 9261
19 Nagaland 16 197 10 7290 7513
20 Orissa 1384 295 246 22 25780 27728
21 Punjab 441 3172 300 45 2810 6768
22 Rajasthan 5050 57 1039 62 142310 148518
23 Sikkim 98 267 2 4940 5307
24 Tamil Nadu 14152 660 1070 450 151 17670 34152
25 Telangana 20410 20410
26 Tripura 47 3 2 2080 2131
27 Uttar Pradesh 1260 461 1617 1250 176 22830 27593
28 Uttarakhand 534 1708 24 5 16800 19071
29 West Bengal 22 396 396 148 6260 7222
30 Andaman & Nicobar 365 8 0 373
31 Chandigarh 6 0 6
32 Dadar& Nagar Haveli 0 0
33 Daman & Diu 4 0 4
34 Delhi 131 2050 2181
35 Lakshwadeep 0 0
36 Puducherry 120 3 0 123
37 Others 1022 790 1812
  Total 102772 19749 17536 5000 2554 748990 896602

1.12 Renewable energy has been witnessing over 20 per cent growth in the last five years. From the total renewable power installed capacity of 14,400 MW at the beginning of 2009, it has reached a capacity of 33,791 MW at the end of December 2014. Wind energy continues to dominate India’s renewable energy industry,

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accounting for over 66 % of installed capacity (22,465 MW), followed by biomass power (4,165 MW), small hydro power (3,991 MW), solar power (3,063 MW) and Urban & Industrial Waste 107.5 MW. In terms of electricity generation, the renewable power installed capacity is generating around 70 billion units per year.

1.13 The main activities/achievements under different programmes of the Ministry during the year 2014-15 are highlighted as under:

POWER FROM RENEWABLES

1.14 The gross installed capacity of grid interactive renewable power in the country stood at about 33.8 GW as on 31st December 2014 as shown in Table 1.2. India occupies the fifth position in the world with a wind power installed capacity of 22.5 GW. During the year 1,333 MW wind power projects were commissioned. The generation from wind power projects during the year was around 30 billion units. The Ministry has taken up a new initiative for implementation of wind resource assessment in uncovered / new areas with an aim to assess the realistic potential at 100 m level in 500 new stations across the country under the National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF). An MoU was signed in October 2014 for setting up a joint venture company towards undertaking the first demonstration offshore wind energy project. Wind energy generators of unit sizes between 250kW and 2.50 MW have been deployed across the country. Biomass power projects including through baggasse cogeneration with an aggregate surplus power generation capacity of about 152 MW have been successfully commissioned. Biomass gasifier based 1MW power plant has been commissioned in Haryana to meet the captive power needs and installation of 50 biomass gasifier and combustion based power projects with cumulative installed capacity of 6.20 MW, to meet the captive demand for electricity and thermal applications are under installation in different States. Small hydro projects with a capacity of 187.22 MW have been commissioned during the year. Solar power projects installations grown by 431 MW capacity solar power plants using solar photovoltaics and solar thermal technologies being commissioned during the year.

A comissioned 16 MW SHP Project in Himachal Pardesh

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Table 1.2 Cumulative Deployment of Various Renewable Energy Systems/Devices in the country (as on 31.12.2014)

Sector

Achievements during 2014-15
(up to December 2014)

Cumulative Achievements
(as on 31.12.2014)

I. GRID-INTERACTIVE POWER (CAPACITIES IN MW)
Wind Power

1,333.20

22,465.03

Small Hydro Power

187.22

3,990.90

Biomass Power & Gasification

0.00

1,365.20

Bagasse Cogeneration

152.00

2800.35

Waste to Power

1.00

107.58

Solar Power

430.67

3,062.68

Total

2,104.09

33,791.74

II. OFF-GRID/ CAPTIVE POWER (CAPACITIES IN MWEQ)

Waste to Energy

8.54

141.27

Biomass(non-bagasse) Cogeneration

34.32

561.64

Biomass Gasifiers
-Rural

0.75

18.23

-Industrial

6.20

153.40

Aero-Genrators/Hybrid systems

0.13

2.38

SPV Systems

52.77

227.12

Water mills/micro hydel

2.00

15.21

Bio-gas based energy system

0.30

4.07

Total

105.01

1,123.32

III. OTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS

Family Biogas Plants (numbers in lakh) Solar Water Heating – Collector Area (million m2)

0.42

0.53

47.95

8.63

JAWAHARLAL NEHRU NATIONAL SOLAR MISSION

1.15 Against Grid connected Power Projects under Phase-I of JNNSM, 1154 MW capacity has been allocated. 11 projects of 50.5 MW capacity (48 MW PV + 2.5 MW ST) under migration scheme and 26 projects of 140 MW capacity under Batch-I are commissioned. 71 projects totaling 90.80 MW of Grid Connected Small Power Projects (RPSSGP Programme) have been commissioned. Solar PV projects totaling 340 MW under Batch-II have been declared commissioned. Solar Thermal Projects of capacity 200 MW have been commissioned. Under Off-Grid Solar Photovoltaic projects, the total capacity sanctioned is 252.5 MW.

1.16 Bids for selection under JNNSM Phase-II, Batch-I, were opened on 20-01-2014. After completion of the techno-commercial bid evaluation, financial bids were opened on 21st February, 2014. 26 bidders were found eligible for allocation. VGF quoted in the DCR category was in range of Rs. 1.35 crore/MW to Rs. 2.499 crore/MW while VGF in the OPEN category was in the range of Rs. 0.175 crore/MW to Rs. 2.490 crore/MW. Cut-off VGF for DCR category was Rs. 2.456 crore/MW while for Open category, cut-off VGF was Rs. 1.35 crore/MW. Letters of Intent (LoI)

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Grid Connected SPV Rooftop Power Plant of 7.52 MWp capacity at Dera Beas, Amritsar

were issued on 26-02-2014 and PPAs were signed for 700 MW only out of the 750 MW bid. In case of the cancelled projects, LoI’s have been cancelled and Bank Guarantees towards EMD have been encashed by SECI.

1.17 Under the Mission, the Ministry has also set up the following schemes:

  • Scheme for setting up of over 300 MW of Grid-connected Solar PV Power Projects by Defence Establishments under Ministry of Defence and Para Military Forces with Viability Gap Funding under Phase II/III of JNNSM.
  • Scheme for setting up 1000 MW of Grid-connected Solar PV Power Projects by Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) and Government of India organizations under various Central/State Schemes/Self-Use/3rd Party Sale/ Merchant Sale with Viability Gap Funding (VGF) under Batch V of Phase II of JNNSM
  • Scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects
  • Grid Connected Solar PV Power Projects (3000 MW) by NTPC and other PSUs
  • Pilot-cum-Demonstration Project for Development of Grid-Connected Solar PV Power Plants on Canal Banks and Canal Tops

1.18 Under the Grid-Interactive Rooftop SPV projects of capacity 310.10 MWp have been sanctioned till December 2014. Funding has been received from National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) for various grid connected solar PV rooftop systems, in a number of cities in the country, to be implemented by SECI and State Nodal Agencies. During the year, solar systems having total capacities of 52.77 MWp which includes solar lanterns, solar home lights, solar street lights, solar pumps and power plants were installed in various States.

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1.19 Achievements for Solar Water Heaters for the year 2014-15 stands at 5,29,000 sq.m collector area against a target of 5,00,000 sq.m collector area. With this achievement, cumulative figure till December 2014 is 8.61 million sq.m collector area.

1.20 Approximate 45,000 sq. m. collector areas of various concentrating solar thermal systems comprising of more than 160 systems have been installed so far, including a solar thermal pressurized hot water system set up at a factory in Mysore, Karnataka to save 12000 litres of diesel annually and a solar fluid heating system at a scooter parts manufacturer at Manesar, Haryana. In addition, a number of solar steam cooking systems have been installed at college hostels and religious institutions across the country.

1.21 Continued emphasis was laid on research and development in various areas of solar energy technologies and application. The focus was on indigenization of technology, product development and resource assessment. Five new research projects each have been sanctioned under solar photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies during the year.

RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR RURAL APPLICATIONS

1.22 More than 45,000 biogas plants of the approved models were installed across the country with financial support of the Ministry, taking the cumulative installation to over 47.53 lakh biogas plants in all States and Union Territories of the country. The target of 1.10 lakh during the year, is likely to be achieved in full.

1.23 Under the National Biomass Cookstoves Initiative, several pilot projects have been taken up during the year for deployment of improved biomass cookstoves for demonstration among domestic and large sized community cooking in Anganwadis, Mid-day meal schemes in schools, Tribal Hostels etc. Projects taken up under the recently approved Unnat Chulha Abhiyan are now eligible for Carbon Credits under the CDM mechanism with Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Renewable Energy (SSS-NIRE), an autonomous institute of MNRE, located at Jalandhar, Punjab has been designated as Coordinating and Managing Entity (CME).

1.24 Rice husk gasifier based 12 village level projects of 32 kWe each have been installed based on sustainable business model by entrepreneurs in various villages of Bihar. In addition, 10 systems are under various stages of installation / commissioning. Off-grid power capacity from biomass gasifier in 10 rice mills and 12 other industries including bakeries for meeting captive demand of electricity and thermal applications have been added. A grid connected biomass gasifier based project of 1 MW capacity in Haryana has been installed for meeting the captive power needs of the industry

1.25 Under Remote Village Electrification Programme around 11,308 villages and hamlets have been covered as on 31st December 2014.

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RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR URBAN, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS

1.26 A total of nine projects with an aggregate capacity of 9.54 MW based on municipal and industrial wastes have been completed during the year. Work is in progress at 11 MW, 10 MW, and 12 MW projects at Hyderabad, Pune, and Gazipur–Delhi, respectively. A total of twenty one projects based on urban/ industrial wastes with an aggregate capacity of about 21 MW are under installation. These include projects based on cattle dung, starch industry wastes, poultry litter and biogas at distilleries. Twelve projects of about 5.65 MWeq. based on mix of urban and agricultural wastes are in progress at Jaipur, Kolkata, Surat, Hanumangarh, Anand and are expected to be completed during 2015.

1.27 During the year, a total of 15 biomass co-generation (non-bagasse) projects with a capacity of 34.42 MW have been completed. In addition, twelve projects with an aggregate capacity of about 51 MW are under implementation.

1.28 The Development of Solar Cities Programme the Ministry assists Municipal Corporations and Urban Local Bodies in preparation of a Master Plan for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy supply in the city. Sanction has been accorded during the year for developing three cities as Solar City. Under the programme 48 cities have been sanctioned of which master plan of 44 cities has been finalized. Four cities, namely Nagpur, Chandigarh, Mysore and Gandhinagar, are being developed as Model Solar Cities. A pilot project on the Grid interactive rooftop small SPV power plant project was successfully implemented in Chandigarh Model Solar City.

1.29 The Energy Efficient Solar/Green Buildings Programme for promoting GRIHA rating system continued under implementation. So far, cumulative sanctions to 97 government building projects have been registered for GRIHA certification-cum-rating. Out of the 97 buildings supported by the Ministry for obtaining GRIHA rating, the rating has been accorded to 3 buildings viz. Administration Building for GAIL Compressor Station, Chainsa (4 Star); Indira Paryavaran Bhawan (5 Star), New Delhi; Pimpri-Chinchwad New Town Development Authority (5 star); and Rail Nirman Nilayam (South Central Railways 3 Star).

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

1.30 The Research and Development efforts of the Ministry are directed towards technology development and demonstration, leading to commercialization, apart from strengthening the capacity of R&D/ Academic Institutions and Industry for taking up advanced research for technology development. The ultimate goal is to reduce the cost and improve efficiency in the near future. The prominent projects taken up include advanced research and demonstration of higher efficiency solar cells, solar thermal power generation, hydrogen energy storage and fuel cells development, development and deployment of improved biomass cook stoves, etc. Research & development activities have been taken up with national laboratories, universities, scientific & educational institutions & industry for improvements in the renewable energy systems and products. The focus is on improved efficiency, cost reduction and technology transfer and demonstration for their commercialization. Twenty two new R&D projects were sanctioned during

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Solar Hot Water Plant at Sagar Mahal,Melagarh

the year, five projects on solar, three on biogas, three projects on hydrogen, and 11 on wind-hybrid systems during the year 2014-15.

RENEWABLE ENERGY IN NORTH EASTERN STATES

1.31 As per the directions of the Government of India, 10% of the annual budget of the Ministry is allocated for the promotion of renewable energy programmes & projects in the North-Eastern States of India including Sikkim. Special emphasis is accorded to the implementation of programmes such as remote village electrification, biogas, small hydro power, village energy security test projects & biomass gasifiers for meeting the lighting, cooking and other electrical needs of the far and remote villages and hamlets in the North-Eastern States including Sikkim.

TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

1.32 During the year, National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) continued to coordinate research & technology and other related work envisaged under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). The Main objective and functions of the NISE are:

  • Assist the Ministry in implementing the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.
  • Responsible for providing thrust to R&D in solar energy and related technologies under the Mission including resource assessment, training, testing/standardization.
  • Undertake R&D projects on different aspects of solar energy technologies, hybrid systems and storage techniques/systems.

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  • Act as the Secretariat for the work of the R&D Advisory Council. Facilitate the development of a technology roadmap and coordination with the other Centres of Excellence under the Mission, R&D projects in solar energy and other S&T Ministries.
  • Bridge the gap between existing R&D institutions and Industry, and get the Industry on board, through partnership programmes and projects.
  • Collaborate with the international S&T organizations and keep track of latest global developments based on technology forecasting and fore-sighting.
  • Support capacity building and support students, teachers and research personnel to work for higher degrees including Ph.D.

1.33 The following activities have been initiated at NISE during 2014-15 (i) Up-gradation of SPV module test facility; (ii) Up-gradation of solar cell test facility; (iii) Expand of battery test facility; (iv) Enlarge SPV water pumping test facility and other labs; (v) Up-gradation of Solar Thermal Labs; (vi) Establishment of IT cell; (vii) Renovation of work shop facility; (viii) Establishment of R&D monitoring cell; and (ix) Setting up of 500 kW SPV power plant.

1.34 The National Institute for Wind Energy (erstwhile Centre for Wind Energy Technology) serves as the technical focal point for wind power development in India. During the year, 9 new wind monitoring stations were commissioned in various states. 125 sites have been registered for wind measurement by private sector from various states in India.

1.35 National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) continued a project to conduct a realistic assessment considering tangible land availability for wind farming for seven wind potential states namely Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan at 100 m level facilitating validation of meso scale based results indicated in the Wind Atlas. 158 Wind monitoring stations are under operation. It is also conducting research on Power Evacuation Studies for Grid Integrated Wind Energy Conversion System, power quality issues in grid connected wind farms, wind shear studies, vortex forecasting and wind turbine wake studies.

1.36 The certification unit of NIWE has completed three type certification projects. The unit has also issued letters in connection with grid synchronization for three prototype wind turbine models.

1.37 Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Renewable Energy (SSS-NIRE), at Wadala Kalan, District Kapurthala (Punjab) is an autonomous Institution of the Ministry focused on biomass energy research and development. During the year, a state-of-the-art research facility for biodiesel, bio-ethanol, gasification, biogas, biomass cook stoves research & testing and for other areas in Bio-energy has been developed at the institution. The testing and certification centre for Cookstoves has begun its operation with testing of available cookstove models as per new BIS norms. In addition, research projects on: Process development for bioethanol production from agricultural residues and Biogas production and utilization of heat and power generation applications using potential alternative feedstocks continued. The project on hydro-cracking of non-edible vegetable oil was completed during the year.

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1.38 The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA), a non-banking financial institution under the Ministry sanctioned loans to the tune of Rs.2,874.15 crore and disbursed Rs.1,397.19 crore against the annual target of Rs.4,400 crore and Rs.2,500 crore respectively. The loans were sanctioned for the establishment of about 900 MW of installed capacity of power generation. The cumulative sanctions and disbursements as on 31st December 2014 were of the order of Rs.29,151.77 crore and Rs.15,717.06 crore respectively. In addition, to Government of India equity, IREDA also raised resources to the tune of Rs. 416.35 crore up from various external sources Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). IREDA has also raised Rs.500 crore from taxable bonds (Series- V) and Rs. 757.65 crore through Tax Free Bonds (Series XIII).

1.39 Solar Energy Corporation of India, registered under Section 25 of Companies Act, 1956, as a not for profit Company, under the administrative control of the Ministry to assist the Ministry functioned as the implementing and executing arm of the JNNSM for development, promotion and commercialization of solar energy technologies in the country. SECI has been set up with an Authorized Share Capital of Rs.2,000 crore and Rs.103.35 crore has been released by the Govt. of India as a budgetary support up to 31st March 2014. Under the 750MW VGF scheme under JNNSM Phase II Batch I, PPAs for total 640 MW capacity have been signed with several states across the country. Under the Solar Parks Scheme, 13 solar parks have been given administrative approval for a total capacity of 9,650 MW in 9 states of the country. Under the Grid Connected Rooftop Programme, an aggregate capacity of 60 MWp capacity has been allocated out of which 13.6 MWp capacity is completed.

1.40 In addition, SECI is also involved with development and sale of low cost solar lanterns, development of mini/micro grid projects for rural electrification, installation of solar street lights under CSR activity.

INFORMATION AND PUBLIC AWARENESS

1.41 The Ministry continued its programme of Information and Public Awareness through a multi agency approach namely, State Nodal Agencies, Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity, Doordarshan, All India Radio, Department of Posts, etc., using the electronic, print and outdoor media. A new 52 episode TV programme has been launched from 21st February 2015 at DD National.

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

1.42 During the year 2014-15, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy took various initiatives for promoting cooperation with other countries in the field of renewable energy. Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) / Agreements / Letter of Intent (LoI) etc were signed and Bilateral / Multilateral Meetings / Joint Working Group Meetings were convened and participated by MNRE. The Ministry also gets support from various international / multinational funding agencies, like World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Global Environment Facility (GEF), who are providing project based assistance for renewable energy programmes in India.

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FIRST RENEWABLE ENERGY GLOBAL
INVESTORS MEET & EXPO (RE-INVEST) 2015

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India organized the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet & Expo (RE-Invest) between 15-17 February 2015 in New Delhi, as a follow-up to the ‘Make in India’ initiative launched by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. The central theme of RE-Invest was to attract large scale investments for the renewable energy sector in India.

The event was inaugurated on 15th February 2015 at a glittering function held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi. Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce and Industry were present on the dais alongwith Shri Ajit Seth, Cabinet Secretary and Shri Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, MNRE.

Objective of the Investors’ Meet

The objective of the Investors meet was to establish a major platform for investment promotion in renewable energy sector at Government of India level and to signal India’s commitment to the development and scaling up of the sector to meet its energy requirement in a sustainable manner. This will enable the global investment community to connect with renewable energy stakeholders in India.

RE-INVEST 2015 Conference And Exhibition

RE-Invest 2015 Conference and Exhibition brought together manufacturers, project developers, investors and other players in the renewable energy space, manufacturing capabilities, latest technologies, financing options and investment opportunities were showcased by both domestic and international companies.

Several parallel sessions were held during the Conference on a number of subjects that brought the global investment community, renewable energy businesses across the

Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy at the inauguration of RE-INVEST 2015 in New Delhi on February 15, 2015. Shri Narendra Modi, The Prime Minister of India, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge), Shri Ajit Seth, Cabinet Secretary and Shri Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, MNRE are also seen.

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world, and Central and State Government officials from India to understand and work towards building a conducive investment climate for the rapid deployment of renewable energy in the country.

The subjects covered during the Conference included:

  • Financing Renewable Energy: Success Strategies
  • Make in India I – Renewable Energy Focus
  • Renewable Energy Roadmap 2030
  • Make in India II - Incentivising Renewable Energy Equipment Manufacturing for Exports
  • Investment Opportunities in Bio-Energy in India
  • India – The New Investment Destination for Renewable Energy
  • Financing Renewable Energy in India: Equity Perspective
  • Grid Connected Solar Power with Special Emphasis on Rooftop
  • Financing Renewables: Different Country Experiences
  • Sustainable Renewable Energy Storage and Renewables Powered Mobility
  • Investment Opportunities in Small Hydro
  • Innovative Financing Models
  • Grid Connected Wind Power with Focus on Offshore
  • Decentralised Energy Solutions
  • Smart Grids in India: Roadmap for Roll Out
  • New and Emerging Technologies

Valedictory Session

The Valedictory Session was held on 17 February 2015. The Session included Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways, Shri Prakash Javadeker, Minster of Environment and Forests, and Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Coal, Power and New & Renewable Energy. The Session was moderated by Dr. Sindhushree Khullar, CEO, NITI AAYOG.

Outcome

One of the successful outcome of RE-Invest 2015 has been that public and private sector investors from many states of the country have given their Commitments to the Prime Minister to set up Renewable Energy power projects up to the tune of 266 GW.

RE-Invest 2015 : Key Statistics
THE CONFERENCE    
Total Speakers : 202, from 29 countries
Total Delegates : 2860, from 42 countries
Total Companies Represented : 578 Indian, 124 International
Total Media Representatives : 164, from 88 Publications / Agencies
THE EXHIBITION
Total Exhibitors : 118
Country Pavilions : Germany, UK, Italy, UAE
Green Energy Commitments : 387 companies of 273 GW
Manufacturing Commitments : 17 companies  of  62.10 GW
Financing Commitments : 30 banks and FIs to finance 70.50 GW

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GREEN ENERGY COMMITMENTS INVITED

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and Off - Grid Renewable Power
4. Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission 5. Renewable Energy for Rural Applications 6. Renewable Energy for Urban, Industrial and Commercial Application 7. Research, Design, Development and Demonstration in New and Renewable Energy 8. Renewable Energy in North Eastern States 9. Specialized Institutions 10. Support Programmes 11. International Renewable Energy Co-operation 12. Promotion of Official Language - Hindi 13. Result Framework Document (RFD) I Annexure - I : Staff Strength I Annexure - II : Audit Paras