Clean Energy Technology Action Plan for three states

Clean Energy Technology Action Plan for three states

The UK-FCO awarded a project to WISE to develop a clean energy technology action plan for three states: Karnataka, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. The main objectives of the project were to strengthen the states’ renewable energy capacity and address energy security concerns across various sectors including power, industry, water and transport.

WISE undertook this project in 2009 at a time when wind energy was fledgling and solar energy was still unestablished. The awareness levels in state governments about RE technologies and clean energy were low. WISE undertook a comprehensive literature review and data analysis exercise across diverse sectors and worked with the states’ top bureaucrats to consult and prepare a roadmap and action plan for accelerating clean energy interventions.  Under the project, WISE also undertook a detailed renewable resource assessment that suggested huge RE potential (wind and solar) in the GW range.

The study findings were groundbreaking and received with some skepticism despite high-level government support. The study reports received extensive publicity and many of the implementation strategies, mainly in the area of renewable energy policy and regulations, received considerable traction through direct state government actions over the next five to ten years.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY CODE FOR INDUSTRIES IN BHUTAN

ENERGY EFFICIENCY CODE FOR INDUSTRIES IN BHUTAN

After completing the project on promoting ‘Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technologies in the Building Sector’ for the Government of Bhutan, WISE was awarded a second project by the Bhutan government for development of Energy Efficiency Codes of Practice for the industrial sector.

The Government of Bhutan published its Energy Efficiency Policy and Roadmap in 2019 which comprises different time-bound activities and targets for achieving reduction in energy consumption targets. Under this policy, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, through the Department of Renewable Energy (DRE), proposed the development of energy efficiency codes of practice. The main objective is to meet the national targets of achieving energy consumption reduction in the industries. The project scope includes stakeholder consultations, industry visits, drafting the energy efficiency codes of practice and providing training to the industries. The project is currently ongoing.

WISE-USAID STUDY FOR PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND O&M FOR SOLAR PV

WISE-USAID STUDY FOR PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND O&M FOR SOLAR PV

Year Of Completion: 2018

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported WISE to execute a two-year project to prepare a comprehensive best practices standard for performance evaluation and O&M in the solar PV segment.

The outcome of the project was the ‘Best Practices Handbook on Performance Evaluation, Operation and Maintenance of Solar PV Plants’ brought out by WISE, which bridges the knowledge deficit gap on O&M for both, rooftop as well as ground-mounted solar PV plants. The Handbook has been very well received, and the International Solar Alliance has uploaded it on its website for ease of access to member countries.

WISE carried out a detailed survey, held extensive stakeholder consultations and expert interactions, and undertook on-site visits to multiple solar power plants all across India to map the prevalent performance evaluation parameters and O&M practices. The visits helped the team to identify gaps in current institutional benchmarks and market practices with respect to best-in-class standards. As part of the project, WISE also conducted three stakeholder training programmes to sensitize key stakeholders to best practices in solar O&M and performance evaluation.

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Addressing challenges to RE manufacturing in India

Addressing challenges to RE manufacturing in India

The key objective of this project was to assess the key challenges facing wind and solar manufacturing in India and suggest policy measures for supporting India’s ambitious target of 160 GW RE by 2022. Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation funded WISE and CSTEP jointly to undertake this project.

WISE focused on identifying and addressing the challenges facing wind power manufacturing (CSTEP focused on solar energy). To this end, it consulted diverse stakeholders including wind turbine manufacturers, component suppliers, wind technology importers/exporters, policymakers and experts from other sectors to map the key barriers to wind turbine and component manufacturing in India. WISE also reviewed key supply chain components and developed a short to medium term sourcing strategy (import or manufacture) for these components, based on macro-economic criteria, material and resource constraints, techno-economic feasibility and international market dynamics. One long-term strategy included recommendations on specific policy measures in finance, science and technology, technology standards and IPR to facilitate 100% indigenization.

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Enabling A Circular Economy for E-Waste in Pune City

Enabling A Circular Economy for E-Waste in Pune City

The US Consulate General, Mumbai, organised a joint US-India conference in 2017, announcing a grant competition for waste management innovation in India. The focus of the competition was to assess the current status of waste management in India—under any one of the different waste management topics presented—and explore innovative solutions that could be tested and adopted in the country, sharing global best practices and experiences in the process. WISE was awarded the seed grant for the project, which was evaluated and monitored on behalf of the US Consulate General, Mumbai, by The Ohio State University.

WISE worked on developing a participatory, e-waste management implementation strategy for Pune city with the objective of capturing 60% of the e-waste generated in the next two years. To this end, WISE undertook extensive stakeholder consultations with players at every level of the waste ecosystem, right from rag pickers to government functionaries, and assessed key technical and operational challenges, as well as institutional and administrative gaps. The findings and insights from the exercise were then contextualized with global best circular economy models in the waste management space taking into consideration the health and environmental impacts of possible circular economy strategies.

WISE proposed an innovative circular economy-oriented business model for Pune city for e-waste management. It detailed a comprehensive action plan (short-term and long-term) to implement the recommended model, create base-level awareness, build the capacity of concerned stakeholders and strengthen institutional mechanisms for e-waste management in Pune city in the coming years.

The Action Plan was disseminated through a variety of channels including WISE and OSU websites, stakeholder websites, email blasts, and social media. Additionally, focus group meetings were held to ensure the feasibility of plan implementation. The final report of the WISE project has met with wide acceptability among city officials and key stakeholders across the value chain. In particular, the WISE team briefed the Joint Municipal Commissioner, Solid Waste Management, PMC, Dnyaneshwar Molak, and other key stakeholders, and received an enthusiastic response. The recommended Strategic Action Plan 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 in Pune.

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WISE to assess the feasibility of meeting Kerala’s 100% energy demand with by 2050

WISE to assess the feasibility of meeting Kerala’s 100% energy demand with by 2050

The project sponsored by WWF Norway and administered by WWF India was the state version of the  WWF Global’s ambitious report on 100% RE for the world. The project required WISE to assess the feasibility of meeting Kerala’s 100% energy demand with by 2050.

WISE carried out detailed stakeholder interaction in Kerala with the state’s topmost stakeholders and experts in the energy and environment domain. The study also assessed the renewable energy potential (wind and solar) of the state using Geographic Information System (GIS) tools and high-resolution datasets of land use land cover, topography and resource layers.  The project team used an open-source modelling tool to design different energy demand scenarios and model impacts on energy utilization through energy conservation, energy efficiency and energy substitution (renewable energy use) strategies. The energy model covered electricity, industrial heat and transport energy and recommended specific interventions in each sector to meet the 100% RE goal.

The report was widely disseminated and some of the recommendations from the report were implemented by the state electricity department and the state nodal agency. The state requested WISE to undertake a follow-on project focusing on Palakkad district in Kerala. Both the reports were well appreciated and, on the request of the state, were also translated into the local language Malyalam for enabling wider dissemination.

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