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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) reached out to WISE to determine tariff for grid-connected solar power projects (solar PV and solar thermal) in India at a time when the solar market had not yet taken off in the country and the National Solar Mission was not yet announced.

In a first-of-its-kind study at the time, the report provided an early indication of the price levels and trajectory of solar PV and solar thermal technologies and provided a base reference template for solar policy programmes introduced in subsequent years. WISE visited select operational projects in Europe to understand the feasibility of using this new technology and studied at the performance data. The visit was supplemented by extensive stakeholder interaction to help in preparing detailed computations for different technology configurations for solar PV and solar thermal.