Integration of Renewable Energies into the Indian Electricity System (I-RE) - 14_I_207 - 800 - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)

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Integration of Renewable Energies into the Indian Electricity System (I-RE)

As of: January 2020

Objective and activities

The project aims at linking climate and energy policies in India, with a focus in the area of urban development. Strengthening the foundations for planning and decision-making of the Indian government will contribute to a heightened uptake of renewable energies, especially a stronger build-up of decentralised PV systems in urban areas. This will also lead to more generation of renewable energy in the Indian electricity system, and in further reductions of emissions from electricity generation. Key actors of Indian climate and energy policy, mainly DISCOMS, are enabled to lead a transformation into a low-emission, climate-compatible and sustainable energy sector, to reach the national energy targets and to be true to international commitments through the Indian NDC. In support of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) the project develops a framework for reducing CO2 emissions through decentralized energy supply with photovoltaics, demonstrates their feasibility, and highlights economic and technical benefits for a rapid deployment. Together with pilot cities of the “SMART Cities” programme, the project develops and implements recommendations supporting the build-up of PV rooftop systems.

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

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy - India
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy - India

BMU grant:
€ 1,997,467

12/2014 till 03/2020