One of the earliest self-funded initiatives from WISE was preparation of the Model Draft Renewable Energy Law for India, way back in 2005. The draft was released in a seminar inaugurated by the then Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Govt of India. The seminar was followed by a three-year advocacy campaign conducted through the media, seminars, and direct contacts.
In November 2007, the Working Group on RE Law approached 300 Members of Parliament (both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha), seeking their support. Many prominent MPs promised to take up the matter. In August 2007, the Model RE Law draft was formally submitted to MNRE. In June 2008, the Prime Minister of India chaired a meeting of the Energy Coordination Committee (ECC), wherein he authorised MNRE to come forward with a draft legislation for the promotion and accelerated growth of RE in India. WISE’s draft was taken as the basis of this draft legislation. Soon after the ECC meet, MNRE constituted an RE Law Technical Committee (of which the Founder DG, WISE, is a leading member), which finalised the draft RE Law and submitted the same to the Government of India.