WISE-MNRE-UNDP PROGRAMME ON SOLAR WATER HEATING SYSTEMS

WISE-MNRE-UNDP PROGRAMME ON SOLAR WATER HEATING SYSTEMS

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.

 

Wise-MNRE-UNDP programme on Solar Water Heating Systems
(From R to L) AK Singhal, Director, MNRE; D P Joshi, Director, Gujarat Energy Development Agency; and Dr Sudhir Kumar, Jt. Director & Head, Centre for Solar
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
Wise-MNRE-UNDP programme on Solar Water Heating Systems
Pune Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak inaugurating the workshop on ‘Mandatory Installation of Solar Water Heating Systems held in Pune in August 2012. On his right is G M Pillai, Founder DG WISE, and on his left is Dr Sudhir Kumar, Jt. Director & Head, Centre for Solar Energy, WISE.
Wise-MNRE-UNDP programme on Solar Water Heating Systems
AK Singhal, Director, MNRE, speaking during the inaugural session of the workshop on ‘Mandatory Installation of Solar Water Heating Systems’ held in Ahmedabad in
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
Agency
Wise-MNRE-UNDP programme on Solar Water Heating Systems
Dr Sudhir Kumar, Jt. Director & Head, Centre for Solar Energy, WISE, speaking at the inaugural session of the workshop on ‘Mandatory Installation of Solar Water
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.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE FUTURE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND GOVERNANCE

CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE FUTURE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND GOVERNANCE

The training programme was held in October 2011 and inaugurated by Vandana Chavan, former Mayor of Pune, who was the Chief Guest.
The programme was specifically designed to provide a panoramic view of climate change science, the ensuing environmental and social crises, the crisis of energy security, as well as the likely range of solutions to be sought for adaptation and mitigation. These included the central role of energy, fuel, food and water, as well as other environmental resources and materials. For the time-bound implementation of these solutions, a range of governance and institutional issues need to be dealt with in the near future; an outline and discussion of these was included as part of the programme. The participants who attended included technical and non-technical personnel from various industries, journalists, NGOs, and other civil society activists, as well as academics from various disciplines. The programme provided a multi-disciplinary overview of the real issues confronting us in the 21st century and the need to rapidly generate awareness and capabilities for the future.
Climate Change and the Future of Economic Development and Governance
Vandana Chavan, Former Mayor of Pune delivering the inaugural address of the workshop on ‘Climate Change and the Future of Economic Development and
Governance’ held in October 2011 in WISE. Seated on her right is Sanjeev Ghotge, Joint Director (Research) and Head, Centre for Climate and Sustainability Policy,
WISE.
Climate Change and the Future of Economic Development and Governance
A view of the audience at the workshop on ‘Climate Change and the Future of Economic Development and Governance’, held in October 2011 in WISE.
SOLAR TECHNOLOGY FOR INDUSTRIAL PROCESS HEATING

SOLAR TECHNOLOGY FOR INDUSTRIAL PROCESS HEATING

WISE devised and conducted a unique two-day training programme on ‘Solar Technology for Industrial Process Heating’ to impart training on solar process heating technology applications and its design, and also analyse the financial viability and available government incentives. The programme was held in July 2011 in the WISE training hall, and speakers included WISE’s in-house faculty and experts from reputed companies. The programme witnessed the presence of 25–30 enthusiastic participants representing various sectors such as the chemical process industry, agricultural processing and dairy industries, water heating and power industry, etc. The programme culminated in useful interactions between technology seekers and solution providers. The participants were highly appreciative of the content of the programme and felt that it helped them in understanding the latest developments in the industry.

 

Solar Technology For Industrial Process Heating

(From L to R) Dr Sudhir Kumar, Senior Fellow & Head, CSE, WISE; and G M Pillai, Founder Director General, WISE, at the inauguration of the training programme held
in July 2011.

Solar Technology For Industrial Process Heating

The delegates attending a session at the training programme.

WISE-OXFORD LEARNING WORKSHOP ON MATERIALITY OF RICE

WISE-OXFORD LEARNING WORKSHOP ON MATERIALITY OF RICE

This learning workshop was undertaken by WISE at the behest of the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Oxford, UK. In this unique workshop, academic participants were involved in self-learning of the various economic and non-economic methodologies recently developed across several disciplines. The participants included senior economists and social scientists from the Oxford University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Madras School of Economics, and other institutions and disciplines. The major methodologies taken up for self-learning included Life-Cycle Analysis, Externality Analysis, Value Chain Analysis, and Technology Assessment. Rice cultivation was taken as the focal point of discussion for the application of these methodologies, to draw out the various policy implications related to sustainability, employment and equity, climate implications, and so on. Exchange of inter-disciplinary perspectives also included the role of conventional energy and renewable energy for the future. This activity was undertaken on a no-profit basis by WISE as a contribution to further knowledge development and learning in increasingly complex spheres of sustainability policy and climate change.

 

Wise-Oxford learning workshop on materiality of rice
WISE-USAID-MNRE PROGRAMME FOR STRENGTHENING OF STATE NODAL AGENCIES (SNAS)

WISE-USAID-MNRE PROGRAMME FOR STRENGTHENING OF STATE NODAL AGENCIES (SNAS)

WISE was supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in enhancing the capacity of state nodal agencies in mainstreaming renewables. The state nodal agencies from West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry, Rajasthan, and Himachal Pradesh were targeted and a customized training programme was held in May 2010 in Pune for senior officials from these SNAs. As part of the training, WISE prepared a roadmap and detailed report on the potential and need of institutional strengthening of the SNAs.

The programme’s inaugural session had senior representatives from both MNRE and USAID including Dr. P C Pant, Director, MNRE; Dr. Gaurav Bhatiani, Principal Energy Specialist, USAID India; Rakesh Kumar Goyal, Chief of Party, DRUM, and PA Consulting group.

The programme comprised sessions on topics such as the role of SNAs in promoting regulatory matters, the need to develop human resources for accelerated RE uptake, innovative methods for financial management of SNAs, maximizing the use of publicity tools to ensure RE development, etc. Some of the key points emerging from the feedback on the report were incorporated in the final report recommendations made to MNRE and USAID. Also, separate reports for the six SNAs were submitted to USAID, MNRE, and the heads of the respective SNAs. Subsequently, many SNAs implemented WISE’s recommendations with a view to enhancing the quality of their functioning.

Strengthening of State Nodal Agencies (SNAs) supported by MNRE and USAID (2010)

Seated (First from right) is at the ‘SNA Capacity Building, Training and Interactive Programme’ held at the WISE office from 4–5 May 2010. Dr P C Pant, Director, MNRE, and holding the mike is Dr Sudhir Kumar from WISE, Team Leader of the programme at the ‘SNA Capacity Building, Training and Interactive Programme’ held at the WISE office from 4–5 May 2010.

WISE-USAID DRUM PROGRAM FOR REGULATORS AND POLICY MAKERS

WISE-USAID DRUM PROGRAM FOR REGULATORS AND POLICY MAKERS

Under the aegis of the Ministry of Power (MoP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), WISE conducted training programmes focused on regulatory and policy issues aimed at market development of renewables under the Distribution Reforms Upgrades and Management (DRUM) programme. Titled ‘Regulatory and Policy Framework for Market Development of Renewable Energy’, the programme was specifically designed for personnel from regulatory commissions, state departments, state nodal agencies, state utilities, financial institutions and developers in the RE field.

The two-day training programme was free-of-cost for government officials and covered varied topics ranging from introduction to RE technology and performance, grid integration challenges, to overview of RE policies and regulation in the context of international best practices, covered by senior faculty from WISE and other external experts.

Over a three-year period, from 2008-2010, WISE conducted 22 training programmes (8 programmes in 2008-09 and 14 programmes in 2009-10) across 14 states covering over four thousand delegates representing senior officials from state regulatory commissions, state department officials, senior utility engineers, bankers and personnel from semi-government institutions. All the programmes received positive feedback and were highly valued by the participants. The success of this series of trainings programmes encouraged WISE to develop its own training programmes and workshops.

Training Programs For Regulators And Policy Makers Under Usaid Drum Program (2008-2010)
Gauri Singh, Joint Secretary, MNRE, lighting the ceremonial lamp at the inauguration of the New Delhi training programme. Standing next to her (from L to R) are Gaurav Bhatiani, Project Management Specialist, USAID and S Padmanabhan, Director, SARI-USAID.
Training Programs For Regulators And Policy Makers Under Usaid Drum Program (2008-2010)
(from L to R) Pradip Vesvikar, Senior Fellow, Centre for Solar Energy, WISE, and L Radhakrishnan, Secretary to the Government of Kerala (Power and Ports) at the inaugural session of the Bangalore training programme.
Training Programs For Regulators And Policy Makers Under Usaid Drum Program (2008-2010)
(from L to R) Prof. Sanjeev Ghotge, Senior Fellow, CPSR, WISE, and A Velayutham, Acting Chairman, MERC, at the inaugural session of the Mumbai training programme.
Training Programs For Regulators And Policy Makers Under Usaid Drum Program (2008-2010)
A K Mishra, Sr. Advisor, Planning Commission, GoI, speaking at the inaugural session of the New Delhi programme. Seated (from L to R) are G M Pillai, Founder DG, WISE; Gaurav Bhatiani, Principal Energy Specialist, USAID; and Prof. Sanjeev Ghotge, Sr. Fellow, CPSR, WISE.
Training Programs For Regulators And Policy Makers Under Usaid Drum Program (2008-2010)
Pravinbhai Patel, Member (Technical), GERC, lighting the ceremonial lamp at the inauguration of the Ahmedabad programme. Also seen, Prof. Sanjeev Ghotge, Sr. Fellow, CPSR, WISE.
Training Programs For Regulators And Policy Makers Under Usaid Drum Program (2008-2010)
Chief Guest Dr Pramod Deo, Chairperson, CERC, speaking at the inaugural session of the Jaipur training programme. Also seen (from L to R) are Prof Sanjeev Ghotge, Senior Fellow, WISE, and Ajai Vikram Singh, IAS (Retd.), Former Secretary, Ministries of New and Renewable Energy, and Defence, GoI.
Training Programs For Regulators And Policy Makers Under Usaid Drum Program (2008-2010)
(From L to R) Pradip Vesvikar, Senior Fellow, WISE; B K Das, Chairperson, OERC; and Chinmaya Kumar Acharya, Dy. Director, USAID, at the inaugural session of the Bhubaneswar training programme.
Training Programs For Regulators And Policy Makers Under Usaid Drum Program (2008-2010)
Dr S Gomathinayagam, Executive Director, Centre for Wind Energy Technology, Chennai, inaugurating the Chennai training programme. On his left is Pradyut Mukherjee, Principal Consultant, PA Consulting Group.
Training Programs For Regulators And Policy Makers Under Usaid Drum Program (2008-2010)
Dr S Gomathinayagam, Executive Director, Centre for Wind Energy Technology, Chennai, inaugurating the Chennai training programme. On his left is Pradyut Mukherjee, Principal Consultant, PA Consulting Group.
Training Programs For Regulators And Policy Makers Under Usaid Drum Program (2008-2010)
G M Pillai, Founder DG, WISE, delivering the Chief Guest’s address at the inauguration of the Pune programme. Seated on his right is Sanjeev Ghotge, Jt. Director (Research), WISE.