Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) is the nodal agency at the central level for promotion of grid-connected and off-grid renewable energy in the country. Ministry’s programmes are implemented in close coordination with State Nodal Agencies (SNAs) for renewable energy (RE). Over the period the SNAs have developed considerable knowledge and experience in planning and implementation of RE programmes. In this background it is important that SNAs interact and learn from each other’s experiences and also share their best practices and knowledge regarding technologies and schemes/programmes.
MNRE took an initiative in this regard in consultation with SNAs, and Association of Renewable Energy Agencies of States (abbreviated as “AREAS) has been formed and registered as a society on 27 August 2014 under Society Registration Act 1860.
Hon’ble Union Minister of state (I/C) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy has kindly consented to the Patron of the Association. Secretary, MNRE is the ex-officio President of the Association. All SNAs to be the member of the Association. The first meeting of the Association was held under the chairmanship of Secretary, MNRE & President of the Association on 20 August 2014, where in Memorandum of Association and Rules & Regulations of the Association were discussed and approved. Sh. Shailendra Shukla, Chief Executive Officer, Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency was unanimously elected as the Vice-President of Association. The elected members of the Executive Committee were SNAs from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Mizoram.
Under AREAS the following three Standing Committees are constituted:
- Standing Committee on Technology and Resource Assessment
- Standing Committee on Policy and Finance
- Standing Committee on IT & IMS