The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy awarded WISE with the project in March 2012. As part of the project conducted under the aegis of the ‘UNDP/GEF Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative: India Country Programme’, workshops and high-level meetings were held in Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Thiruvananthapuram. The main observation drawn from the business meets was that the concept of making SWHS mandatory—which is a paradigm shift from the subsidy syndrome prevailing in the 1990s—has received wide acceptance all over the country. However, lack of a proper monitoring and feedback collection system is hampering the progress of implementation of the SWHS project. The final policy advisories with suitable suggestions for overcoming these inadequacies was prepared by WISE and submitted to the respective state governments after completion of the high-level meetings.
Energy, WISE, lighting the traditional lamp during the inauguration of the workshop on ‘Mandatory Installation of Solar Water Heating Systems’ held in Ahmedabad
in September 2012
September 2012. Seated on his right are Dr Sudhir Kumar, Jt. Director & Head, Centre for Solar Energy, WISE; and D P Joshi, Director, Gujarat Energy Development
Heating Systems’ held in August 2012 in Pune. Sitting on his right is Pune Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak, and G M Pillai, Founder DG, WISE.