WISE organised a training programme on ‘Model RE-based Micro-grid Power Projects in Remote Areas’ supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and World Bank, at the WISE Training Hall, Pune, on 29–31 August 2012.

The three-day residential training programme discussed the potential for RE-based micro-grids in remote and unelectrified areas, and covered technical aspects of establishing RE-based micro-grids, such as resource assessment, demand-supply estimation, establishment of generation sources with their technical requirements, technical establishment of grid as per norms, O&M, and the necessary requirements for formulating a Detailed Project Report (DPR). The programme also discussed policy and regulatory aspects related to micro-grids, and options for financing, including norms, viability gap funding, sources of financing, etc. Some successful case studies of RE based micro-grid projects were also discussed.

The programme was coordinated by Sanjeev Ghotge, Jt Director (Research) and Head, Centre for Climate and Sustainability Policy, WISE. Prominent speakers included N Qureshi, DGM (Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation), National Thermal Power Corporation, New Delhi; Parimita Mohanty, Fellow, Team Leader and Area Convenor, Energy Environment Technology Development Division, TERI, New Delhi; and Ajit Pandit, Director, ABPS Infrastructure Advisory Pvt Ltd, Mumbai.