WISE recently held a training programme titled ‘Renewable Energy Certificates: Procedure and Operation’ aimed at providing information on various aspects of the REC mechanism at the WISE Training Hall on 13 September 2011. The Chief Guest, Prof. Sanjeev Ghotge, Jt. Director (Research) & Head, Centre for Climate & Sustainability Policy, WISE, said that this programme was unique since it was primarily targeted at personnel from corporate and private institutions, while the workshops conducted by the Forum of Regulators and National Load Despatch Centre were mainly intended for government officials. Mr Ghotge suggested that instead of bifurcating RECs into solar and non-solar ones, multiplier effect to the new promising technology could be thought of by keeping RECs same for all technologies. He also felt that there is a need to bring off-grid solar under the gamut of RECs.

Besides WISE faculty, other prominent speakers included Minaxi Garg, DGM, National Load Dispatch Centre, New Delhi; Dr J V Torane, GM, Maharashtra Energy Development Agency, Pune; Rajesh K Mediratta, Sr VP, Business Development, IEXL, New Delhi; and Mr Prashant Khankhoje, Sr VP, Global Energy Pvt Ltd, Pune. Around 35 participants from the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, Regen Powertech Pvt Ltd, Kirloskar Integrated Technologies Ltd, Global Energy Private Limited, Enercon (India) Limited, Gamesa Wind Turbines Pvt Ltd, etc., attended the training programme.


Small wind turbines are making great strides the world over since the last 4 to 5 years. Although a small annual market for such systems currently exists in India, the market is driven mostly by the capital subsidy programme of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Almost all the current installations are, by default, in the stand-alone mode. With the increasingly severe energy crises affecting the country, it is time that we look into such potential micro-generation technologies that can meet the energy needs in the distributed mode, which will have long-term impacts. A huge potential for such technologies exists; however, costs are a major hurdle, and policies need to be oriented towards mass manufacturing and adoption of these technologies.

Based on the need of the industry, system integrators, buyers and users, WISE organised a unique training programme on 11–12 October 2011 in the WISE training hall, to impart quality training on ‘small wind and wind-solar hybrid systems’. The training covered basic principles, technology, range of applications, system designing and engineering, and financial viability analysis, along with available government incentives and policy. The reputed faculty was drawn from the industry, academia, and government agencies, besides WISE’s in-house faculty.