Integration of Renewable Energies into the Indian Electricity System (I-RE)
As of: July 2020
Objective and activities
Despite ambitious targets, the development of renewable energies in India has so far fallen short of the government’s expectations. Decentralized photovoltaic (PV) installations, especially on roofs, have a particularly high potential in the solar electricity generation sector. The project combines climate and energy policies, particularly in urban development. It supports key climate and energy policy stakeholders (mainly distribution network operators) in the transition to a low-emission energy sector with the aim of achieving the national climate targets and NDC s. The project also develops framework conditions for a decentralised PV energy supply, demonstrating its feasibility by means of a prototype. In addition, the economic and technical advantages of a rapid expansion are clearly shown, and recommendations to support the expansion of PV rooftop installations are being developed and implemented together with pilot cities in the Indian Smart Cities Programme.
State of implementation/results
- Study trips in Germany were held with high-ranking representatives of network operators.
- Successful closure of grid integration study for roof-top PV systems.
- The prototype PV Port & Store developed as part of the project was first exhibited at the REInvest Expo, the most important event of the Indian Ministry of Energy, in October 2018 and inaugurated by the German ambassador. The concept of a standardized solar system with battery for electricity self-supply and grid support of the energy supplier continues to generate great interest. For further dissemination, in co-ordination with the MNRE, the prototype from German production was solemnly handed over to the National Institute for Solar (NISE) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in November 2018 in the presence of the BMU and ZUG.
- In close cooperation with the partner Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and network operators, an international tender is planned on the subject of "technical service for network operators in India". The main objective of this study is to investigate the role and extent of PV rooftop systems and storage systems in the provision of network services