Instrumental in mainstreaming renewables in India through proactive policy and regulatory interventions and capacity building efforts in fourteen Indian states.


We were one of the first few institutions in 2005 to facilitate electricity access in remote, rural areas and provide the necessary groundwork for subsequent policy and regulation for scaling up decentralized renewable energy generation in the country. Over the years, we facilitated the development of mini-grid regulations for the state of Odisha.


As early as 2005, WISE brought to the fore the direct/hidden subsidies received (directly/indirectly) by conventional power projects (coal/gas) over their life cycle period through a long-term research study on ‘Public Costs of Conventional Energy Generation in India’, which quantified the support measures for a set of 19 projects. The research study resulted in creating a level-playing field for renewables in India.


Our extensive work with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy since 2004 has resulted in,

  • Development of an innovative Solar Policy for India which contributed to the evolution of the ‘National Solar Energy Mission’ in 2008.
  • Model tariff for solar PV and solar thermal technologies at a time when the solar market had not yet taken off and the National Solar Mission was not yet announced. WISE provided the base reference template for solar policy programs introduced in subsequent years (post 2008).
  • Evolution of generation based incentive scheme for promotion of wind power in India.
  • Comparative evaluation of incentives for RE-based grid and off-grid systems and evolving normative guidelines for revised incentives for off-grid systems.
  • State-specific Action Plans for the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal for promoting RE based off-grid applications in rural areas.
  • Evaluation of MNRE schemes/programs on small wind/off-grid solar PV applications, and suggestion of suitable recommendations.


WISE’s work in waste-to-energy resulted in the introduction of the first project-specific tariff order for municipal solid waste in the state of Maharashtra.


The findings of our Clean Energy Technology Action Plans for Climate Mitigation supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK-FCO) and developed for the states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Karnataka (2009) were path-breaking and resulted in several of the recommendations and strategies being implemented through direct state government action over the next five to ten years, besides capacity building of key government officials and the media from the three states.


WISE’s study on ‘Transitioning to a Cleaner Electricity System using Conventional Sources as Bridge Fuels – A Systems Study’, resulted in development of a comprehensive technology assessment framework that derived technology priorities to enhance generation flexibility and accommodate larger share of renewables in the grid.


Our Report on 100% RE for Kerala by 2050 developed in collaboration with WWF-India, resulted in some of the key recommendations being implemented by the state electricity department and state nodal agency. In fact, the Kerala State Electricity Board went on to create a separate division for development of renewables, resulting in renewables gaining momentum in the state.


Instrumental in developing National Renewable Energy Strategy reports for Lao PDR, Philippines and Indonesia in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Centre for Technology Transfer (APCTT), under the aegis of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). The reports aided in renewable policy formulation by the respective governments.


Built human resource capacities of senior policy makers from the countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman and Sudan in West Africa, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA); enhanced skills and knowledge of around 10,000+ professionals from the renewable energy sector and the Indian government, and built awareness among 400 journalists across the country (way back in 2005) through trainings and conferences, and strengthened institutional capacities of eleven state nodal agencies in grid-connected and decentralized electricity generation.


As part of the consortium on facilitating offshore wind in India (FOWIND), WISE was responsible for coordinating efforts to develop offshore wind in the state of Gujarat. WISE carried out the necessary studies and surveys and selected and installed the LIDAR (light detection and ranging) system for measuring offshore wind speeds in the Gulf of Cambay in 2017. The LIDAR readings are expected to provide valuable guidance for the installation of the first offshore wind power project in India.


A two-year intensive study supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on solar O&M has resulted in the development of the first ever ‘Best Practices Handbook on Performance Evaluation, Operation and Maintenance of Solar PV Plants’. The Handbook provides hands-on solutions and customized information to maximize overall performance of solar systems, thus aiding in maximizing long-term performance and revenues, besides seeking to reduce the demand for thermal power and bring down carbon emissions.


Our recent work in energy efficiency has resulted in comprehensive review of the energy efficiency policy landscape in India along with provision of suitable recommendations, development of comprehensive policy and implementation guidelines for the Energy Management Centre (state designated agency) of Kerala, and development of a National Action Plan (NAP) for efficient use of solar water heating systems for the Government of Bhutan.


WISE’s report ‘Enabling a Circular Economy for E-waste in Pune City’, is expected to pave the way for more informed decisions by policy-makers and e-waste chain participants, leading to development of a circular economy for e-waste in Pune city. Supported by the US Consulate General, Mumbai, and monitored and evaluated by The Ohio State University, the exercise was a huge participatory effort involving key players and volunteers from the waste community in Pune. The final report received wide acceptability among city officials and stakeholders, and was formally submitted to the Pune Municipal Corporation for further action.

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India is making steady progress in the development of renewables. But information about current trends and growth trajectories, policy and regulatory reforms, financing and market updates, etc., pertaining to renewable energy is either not easily available, and if available, is dispersed in nature, resulting in searching for data in more than one website/portal, and wasting precious time in the process.

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