Looking for Off-Grid Solutions?

Considering that merely 12 percent of energy is generated through renewable sources, comprising small hydro, bio-mass, wind and solar power, India is seeking Israel’s expertise in the renewable energy sector in an attempt to increase the share of renewables in the overall energy mix to about 31 per cent. The Government is also keen that electricity produced from large hydro should be included in green energy category. An article states:

With representatives from both the Indian and Israeli Governments, India has sought Israel’s expertise in the renewable energy sector to meet its ambitious target of 30,000 MW of power over the next five years. Stating that 40 per cent of the Indian population does not have access to energy, Gireesh Pradhan from Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, spoke about India’s ambitious plans to generate another 30,000 MW of grid-connected projects by 2017, which would take the country to 55,000 MW from renewable sources of energy.

Incidentally, of India’s existing 25.857 GW of installed renewable energy, 17.967 is wind-generated, 3.412 from biomass, 3.434 from small hydroelectric and 1.044 from solar-powered sources. Increasing the presence of solar facilities, as well as biomass, hydroelectric and wind structures, would help the Indian Government achieve its target of grid parity by 2022. In order to accomplish this, the Minister said the Indian Government was issuing subsidies related to off-grid solar development in rural communities; reducing custom fees and excise duties and providing tax exemptions for imported machinery.

Looking for off-grid solutions is a crucial way to meet the rapidly increasing demand of power in a sustainable and environmental friendly way. Since sustainable energy production is a challenge faced by almost all the countries throughout the world, there is a need for collaborations to come about within and between countries in order to achieve a solution.

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