India is pursuing the ambitious goal of installing 100 GW of solar energy capacity by 2022. In order to achieve this goal, efforts are being made to promote the use of renewable energy in India's transport sector. A project supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) recently organised a workshop to promote solar energy use in India's railway and urban transport systems. The primary goal of the event was to ascertain the potential for adopting this approach. The workshop programme also included an excursion to view photovoltaic plants and their components.
Over 150 representatives of railways and transportation companies attended lectures by experts from public institutions and commercial enterprises. These lectures provided them with insight into relevant political, legal and commercial frameworks.
Examples of the successful use of German energy technologies in underground stations in New Delhi were also presented. One interesting case was that of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC), which, in cooperation with GIZ, began to install solar plants on the roofs of metro stations in 2012. The project, entitled 'Commercialisation of Solar Energy in Urban and Industrial areas in India (ComSolar)', is being implemented by GIZ. Among other things, the project supports the development and demonstration of innovative business models with the aim of commercialising solar energy in both urban and industrial areas. The project is making a significant contribution towards meeting India's ambitious goals in the solar energy domain.