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INTERNATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY CO-OPERATION

11.1 The Ministry of New and Renewable energy has been interacting with both developed and developing countries for cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy with the following two aims:

  1. Learn from and adapt technological advancements and best practices in policy and implementation from advanced countries; and
  2. Share and exchange knowledge and expertise of Indian Policy Planners, scientists, Implementers and Business community in the renewable energy with counterparts in foreign countries and establishing institutional linkages between institutions of India and other countries through bilateral / multilateral cooperation framework.

11.2 During the year 2015-16, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy took various initiatives to promote cooperation with other countries in the field of renewable energy. Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) / Programme of Cooperation (POC)/ Agreements / Letters of Intent (LoIs) etc. were signed and Bilateral / Multilateral Meetings / Joint Working Group Meetings were convened and participated by MNRE. Visits at the level of Hon’ble Minister and senior officers were undertaken for the purpose of bilateral / Multi-lateral meetings, signing of MoUs etc as per following details:

Signing of Memoranda of Understanding / Letters of Intent / Agreements etc

11.3 Presently, there are 47 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) / Agreements / Letters of Intent (LoIs) in Renewable Energy Sector with 35 countries. MoUs provide for constitution of Joint Working Groups (JWG) to formulate specific project proposals for implementation and monitor implementation of various activities. Interaction with such countries is also done through Joint Commissions / Joint Committees / Joint Working Groups of other Ministries like Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Ministry of Power etc. Project based cooperation is also established with many countries at bilateral level even though no specific MoU has been signed with them. In addition, India has been collaborating under various multilateral /trilateral cooperation framework like South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Bangladesh, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), India-Brazil, South Africa (IBSA) etc.

11.4 The Ministry 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.

11.5 Presently many projects / programmes in Renewable Energy such as Solar Electrification of villages, setting up of Biomass Gasifiers and solar charging

stations and specialized training programmes have been planned for implementation in African countries.

11.6 International Training programmes are conducted in the field of Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Small Hydro Power & Biomass at Indian apex institutes, viz., National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), Gurgaon, National Institute of Wind Energy , Chennai, Alternative Hydro Electric Centre (AHEC), IIT, Roorkee and Indian Institute of Science (IISc.,), Bangalore under ITEC programme of Government of India.

Memorandum of Understanding

11.7 During the year 2015-16, the following Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs)/ Letters of Intent in the field of Renewable Energy were signed:

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Government of the French Republic on Cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy on 10th April, 2015.
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Ministry of Energy of Government of Mongolia on Cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy on 17th May, 2015.
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the United States of America on cooperation to Establish the PACESetter FUND on 30th June, 2015.
  • Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India and Government of The Republic of Mozambique on 5th August, 2015.
An MoU was signed between India – USA to Establish the PACESetter Fund

  • Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of the Republic of India and the Competent Belgian authorities at Federal and Regional level for Energy, Government of Belgium on 29th September, 2015.
  • Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of the Republic of India and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany on Indo-German Development Cooperation regarding the Indo-German Solar Energy Partnership on 5th October, 2015.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Republic of Govt. of India and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia on new and renewable energy cooperation on 2nd November, 2015.
  • General Framework Agreement (GFA) between the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates On Renewable Energy Cooperation on 11th February, 2016.

Delegations/Representatives

11.8 During 2015-16, visits of delegations / senior officers / representatives of International Organizations to MNRE took place, for discussing matters relating to bilateral cooperation, expanding cooperation activities in renewable energy, including technical / financial assistance. Names of important dignitaries / delegations /officers, visited MNRE for the above purpose during 2015 – 2016 are given below:

  1. Mr. Jorge Morgas Sanchez, Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Spain met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 13th April, 2015.
  2. ) A delegation led by Mr. John McCarthy, Global head of the Infrastructure team from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 20th April, 2015:-
  3. Mr. Vidar Helgesen, Minister of European Affairs and Chief of Staff to Prime Minister of Norway met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 20th April, 2015.
  4. Mr. U. Kin Maung Soe, Hon’ble Minster of Electric Power, Myanmar met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 28th April, 2015.
  5. Mr. Yoichi Miyazawa, Minister of Economic, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 29th April, 2015.
  6. Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 11th May, 2015.

  1. Mr. Vladimir Shkolnik, the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 17th June, 2015.
  2. Mr. Todd Stern, US Special Envoy for Climate Change met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 18th June, 2015.
  3. Mr. Masayoshi Son, Chairman & CEO, Soft Bank Cooperation and Mr. Tadashi Maeda, Senior Managing Director of Japan Bank for International Corporation (JBIC), Tokyo, Japan met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 22nd June, 2015.
  4. H.E. Nadir Patel, High Commissioner for Canada to India met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 22nd June, 2015.
  5. Dr. Wolfran Klein, Head of South Asia Division, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation Development, Germany met Secretary, MNRE in New Delhi on 23rd June, 2015.
  6. H.E. Mr. Francois Richier, Ambassador, Embassy of France, New Delhi met Secretary, MNRE in New Delhi on 29th June, 2015.
  7. A Bhutanese delegation led by H.E. Mr. Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk, Minister for Economic Affairs, Bhutan met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 10th July, 2015.
  8. H.E. Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, United Nations Under-Secretary-General met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 20th July, 2015
  9. H.E. Mr. Oliver Letwin, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, UK met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 28th July, 2015.
Meeting between Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, UN Under-Secretary-General and
Shri Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, MNRE on 21st July, 2015.

  1. H.E. Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, UN Under-Secretary-General met Secretary, MNRE in New Delhi on 21st July, 2015.
  2. Ms. Laurence Tubiana, Ambassador and Special Representative for Climate Change Negotiations of the French Ministry of External Affairs & International Development and H.E. Mr. Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of President of the French Republic for the Protection of the Planet met Secretary, MNRE in New Delhi on 29st July, 2015.
  3. Mr. Stefan M. Selig, Under Secretary, Commerce for International Trade, USA met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 11th August, 2015.
  4. Prof. Robin Grimes, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK met Secretary, MNRE in New Delhi on 13th August, 2015
  5. Mr. Yuri Afanesiev, United Nations Representative Coordinator, UNDP met Secretary, MNRE in New Delhi on 14th September, 2015.
  6. Rt. Hon Amber Augusta Rudd, MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, United Kingdom met Secretary, MNRE in New Delhi on 22nd September, 2015
  7. H.E. Mr. Francois Richier, Ambassador of France met Secretary, MNRE in New Delhi on 29th September, 2015
  8. Dr. Gerd Mueller, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi 5th October, 2015.
  9. Mr. Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary of Germany met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi 5th October, 2015.
  10. H.E. Mr. Milan Hovorka, Ambassador, Embassy of Czech, India met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi 14th October, 2015.
  11. A Chinese delegation led by Sany Group met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi 15th October, 2015.
  12. A meeting of German delegation led by Mr. Steffen Bilger with Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi 27th October, 2015.
  13. Mr. Tadashi Maeda, Senior Managing Director, Japan Bank for International Corporation (JBIC), Japan met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi 28th October, 2015.
  14. H.E. Mr. Henry O Macauley, Minister of Energy, Government of Sierra Leone met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi 28th October, 2015.
  15. Mr. Roland Siller, Member of the Management Committee, KfW Development Bank, Europe and Asia met Secretary, MNRE in New Delhi on 5th October, 2015.

  1. Mr. Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary met Secretary, MNRE during 3rd Indo-German Inter Governmental Consultations in New Delhi on 5th October, 2015.
  2. H.E. Mr. Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador, Embassy of Iceland, New Delhi met Secretary, MNRE in New Delhi on 8th October, 2015.
  3. H.E. Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi 20th November, 2015.
  4. H.E. Mr. Faith Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency(IEA) met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi 27th November, 2015.
  5. Mr. Michael T. Secse, Under Secretary, Department of Agriculture USA and his delegation met Secretary, MNRE in New Delhi on 3rd November, 2015.
  6. A UAE delegation from National Defence Council (NDC) met Secretary, MNRE in New Delhi on 16th November, 2015.
  7. A delegation from US –India Business Council and Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) led by Mr. Shailesh Shethi, Vice President, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 8th December, 2015.
  8. Mr. Olivier Musset, Global Head of Energy Finance met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 10th December, 2015.
  9. H.E. Mr. Praveen Kumar Bala, Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport, Government of Fiji met Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and NRE in New Delhi on 11th December, 2015.

11.9 In order to keep the Ministry abreast of the latest developments, bilateral discussions, for attending Summits / Workshops / seminars / Conferences organized by International Agencies such as Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), UNEP, Swiss India Renewable Energy (SIREN), UNFCCC etc, in renewable energy, visits abroad were undertaken as mentioned below -:

  1. Secretary, MNRE visited Germany, Switzerland, USA, Paris, &Abu Dhabi
  2. Other officers of MNRE visited Pretoria, Tunisia, USA, Germany, France, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Switzerland, Rwanda, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Accra, Sierra Leone, the Netherlands, Australia, Philippines, Austria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia

International Event

11.10 International Solar Alliance (ISA) was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on 30 November by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and Hon’ble French President. Around 120 solar resource rich States/Countries which lie fully or partially between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn will be the members of the alliance. The International Steering Committee of the International Solar Alliance, open to all member countries,

held its first meeting on 1st December 2015 at Paris, France. India, represented by Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, chaired the meeting and France, represented by Ms. Virginie Schwarz, Director, Energy, Government of France was the Co-chair. Twenty one countries, including India and France attended the meeting as members of the Steering Committee. ISA will work with partner countries in the identification of national opportunities to accelerate development and deployment of existing clean solar energy technologies, the potential for which largely remains untapped. The increased deployment of solar technologies will benefit the countries in terms of direct and indirect employment opportunities generated and the economic activity that will be triggered through electricity and solar appliance access to predominantly rural households.

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and the Hon’ble President of France on 25th Jan, 2016 jointly laid the foundation stone of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Headquarters and inaugurated the interim Secretariat of the ISA in National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), Gwalpahari, Gurgaon.
Government of India has dedicated 5 acre land in NISE campus for the ISA Headquarters and also has contributed Rs 175 crore for ISA corpus fund and also for meeting expenditure for initial five years.

EXTERNALLY AIDED PROJECTS

11.11 The MNRE is implementing following five Externally Aided Projects, partly funded by the various multilateral/bilateral organisations:-

  1. UNDP/GEF assisted Project on “Removal of Barriers to Biomass Power Generation in India”;
  2. UNDP/GEF assisted Project on “Scale Up of Access to Clean Energy for Rural Productive Uses”;
  3. The World Bank Assisted Project on “Scaling Up Deployment of Renewable Energy Technology for Promoting Innovative Business Models”;
  4. Renewable Energy Component of the Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN – RE); and
  5. DFID assisted Project on Energy Access Policy Fund (EAPF).

11.12 The objectives of the projects and their achievements made during the year are as follows:-

A) UNDP/GEF assisted Project on “Removal of Barriers to Biomass Power Generation in India”

Objective:

11.13 Objective of the project is to accelerate development and deployment of environmentally sustainable bio-energy technologies in India using different types of captive and distributed biomass resources. Four types of Model Investment

Projects (MIP’s) are being developed/ implemented in the fields to address barriers related to size, technology and sustainability. These MIP’s are on – a) Fuel Supply Linkages in existing Biomass/Bagasse Cogeneration Power Plants; b) 1-2 MW Biomass Projects for Cogeneration in Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) viz., Oil Extractions Plants, Khandsari Udyog, etc. and/or for Decentralized Distributed Power; c) Grid connected Power Generation Projects based on Combustion of Biomass; and d) Grid connected Power Generation Projects based on Gasification of Biomass.

Achievements

Model Investment Projects

i) M/s. Ruchi Soya/Thermax Ltd., Nagpur, Maharashtra

11.14 A 1-MW fluidized bed biomass gasification plant is being executed by M/s. Thermax Ltd., Pune at the premises of M/s. Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd. (RSIL) at Washim, Maharashtra. The erection of the plant has been completed and the pre-commissioning activities are on-going.

A 1 MW Biomass Gasification Plant at Washim, Maharashtra.

Studies and Capacity Building Activities

i) Publication of BioPower - Quarterly Magazine

11.15 A quarterly magazine ‘BioPower India’ is being published under the project to disseminate information among the project promoters and various other stakeholders. The articles cover theoretical & technical insights, sectoral initiatives, practical stories from the field and any other issue of relevance to the stakeholders in Biomass sector. Two issues of the magazine have been published from the period January, 2015 – December, 2015.

ii) Web based Biomass Knowledge Portal

11.16 A Web based Biomass Knowledge Portal was launched by the Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy on 14.05.2015. The portal is a user friendly single point knowledge source for information related to generation of power – grid interactive as well as off-grid and captive applications and thermal energy from biomass. The proposed portal has two distinct sections:

  1. A knowledge portal that will contain information, policies, case studies, and other relevant matter related to the biomass sector;
  2. An interactive discussion forum that will provide a moderated and impartial platform for exchange of knowledge and ideas.

11.17 The portal is accessible through the MNRE website.

New Initiatives

i) Study of Socio-Economic and Environment Impact of Biomass Based Rural Electrification projects

11.18 The key findings of the study on socio-economic and environmental impact of Biomass Power plants are : (i) Increase in the income and economic activity in rural areas leading to change in expenditure pattern and overall improvement in quality of life, including access to better education with higher number of student enrolment & reduction in school dropout rate, health facilities and sanitation to the beneficiaries, establishment of private clinics; (ii) Not only it helped in reducing outflow of the local workforce to urban areas but also there is inflow of the migrated local population back to the rural area, etc.

B) UNDP/GEF assisted Project on “Scale Up of Access to Clean Energy for Rural Productive Uses”

Objective

11.19 The key objective of the project is to accelerate the use of renewable energy for rural productive purposes, with the focus on livelihoods and Micro-enterprises. It is proposed to be implemented in pre-identified districts/regions in the three States of Assam, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh, with the possibility of extension in the neighbouring States of Jharkhand and Meghalaya. The seven key livelihood sectors identified for the project are horticulture, dairy, poultry, fisheries, handicrafts, weaving & spinning and other village industries.

Achievements

11.20 As a start up to the project activities with the intention to create awareness amongst the stakeholders, eight Distt. level workshops have been held in the States of Assam, Odisha and M.P., apart from a State level workshop held at Bhubaneswar. In addition, two Skill Development residential Training Programmes each of three days duration were held at NISE, Gurgaon for

A State level Workshop on Solar PV Power Plants was held in Odisha on 03.02.2016

NGOs, village level RE service companies, officials from the State and Central Agriculture Deptts., Academic Institutions, developers and entrepreneurs.

C) The World Bank assisted Project on “Scaling Up Deployment of Renewable Energy Technology for Promoting Innovative Business Models”.

Objective

11.21 The objective of the project is to prepare sustainable and replicable business models that are both entrepreneur driven and delivery based, for providing off-grid energy solutions to rural areas using renewable energy technologies in cluster of un-electrified and under electrified villages across India.

Achievements

i) Skill Development Training Programmes

11.22 Organized 12 Skill Development Training Programmes - 4 each in the States of Assam, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh – for students, entrepreneurs, NGOs, farmers, etc. There were about 40 participants in each programme.

ii) Capacity Building of SNAs and Other Key Stakeholders

11.23 An assignment on “Capacity Building of SNAs & Other Key Stakeholders for Promoting RET based Off-grid Solutions for Electrification in Rural Areas” has been undertaken by engaging two Consultants, viz., M/s. WISE, Pune and M/s. ICF Consulting India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi in the 8 States of U.P., Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, M.P. and Meghalaya. Apart from the State Specific Action

Plans developed by the Consultants, M/s. WISE had also organized a Skill Upgradation Training Programme for Technicians/Operators in Kolkata on 26-27 Nov., 2015.

iii) Production of Documentary Film

11.24 Production of a Documentary Film for Promotion of Off-grid RET Solutions for Energy Access in Rural Areas has been taken up under the project.

D) Renewable Energy Component of Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN-RE)

11.25 This project has been closed by the end of June, 2015.

Objective

11.26 The objective of IGEN-RE was to improve the conditions for energy supply based on renewable energy in rural areas in the States of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. In order to achieve that goal, IGEN-RE was engaged in – (i) Implementing pilots in partnership with private sector to demonstrate replicable business models; (ii) Facilitating the development and implementation of supportive policies and programmes at State and National levels; (iii) Capacity development & support for key stakeholders in the rural renewable energy sector; and (iv) Facilitating knowledge dissemination through conferences, workshops and strengthening of practitioner networks.

Achievements

11.27 Prior to the closure of the project, it had contributed in the development of Cook Stoves Programme of Activities (PoA) under CDM to avail of carbon financing for promotion of improved Cook Stoves in India, dissemination of substantial nos. of improved Cook Stoves in Bihar and West Bengal, technical assessment on use of Pine Needles for energy conservation, organization of awareness camps at Solar Water Pumping demonstration sites in Vaishali, Bihar, etc.

11.28 A follow-up programme called IGEN-Access has been developed and approved by the German and Indian Governments and its implementation would be started in next financial year.

E) DFID assisted Project on Energy Access Policy Fund (EAPF)

Objective

11.29 The Project will provide Technical Assistance for setting up a few pilot projects on energy access in rural areas or for supply of RE products in rural areas in 2/3 States (to be identified), with the focus on Micro-grids.

Achievements

11.30 The MoU for the project has been signed with the approval of the DEA. The key activities planned under the project are: Smart Micro-grid for rural electrification, online portal for Off-grid systems/devices and organization of a workshop on Solar Micro-grid in Odisha.

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