Solar Energy Applications in India

Automobiles, Dairy, Electroplating, Food processing, Leather, Pharmaceutical, Pulp and Paper and Textile sectors were ranked as most promising industrial sectors for solar energy applications in a recently concluded study by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. This study was carried out by PriceWaterhouseCoopers under the Indo-German bilateral project ComSolar funded by the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). With the ComSolar project business models for the commercialization of solar energy in urban and industrial areas are developed and tested through pilot projects.
This first India specific study highlights the new market opportunities for solar technologies. It identified industrial sectors in which the use of solar energy is sustainable and commercially viable. This could also support India to reach its ambitious National Solar Mission target: About 15 million m2 of solar thermal collector area are to be installed by 2017 and 20 million m2 by 2020.
The study results were shared on 11 May 2011 during a workshop on “Solar Energy Applications in Selected Industrial Sectors” jointly organised by Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and GIZ. This event was attended by industry representatives, technology providers, policy makers and financial institutions.
For more information on the study please contact: hermann.herz@giz.de.