MD, GSES India Sustainable Energy Pvt. Ltd
India aims to install a targeted 100 GW of solar power capacity by 2022, of which 40 GW is projected to come from grid-connected rooftop solar systems. GSES India is one of the six implementing partners of SUPRABHA Technical Assistance program for rooftop solar (RTS) and was the ground breaker in conceptualizing and creating the data room for the state rooftop programme in India under SUPRABHA.
GSES has worked in 5 of the 17 Partner States - Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam, and Delhi and has created dedicated data rooms for a total capacity of about 200 MW from 2674 sites. GSES uses both onsite and digital platforms to study and assess PV project capacity, verifying the actual site information available in digital form or measured at the sites. This experience was also leveraged when GSES was assigned to implement the data room model in the Maldives by the World Bank under the Accelerating Sustainable Private Investments in Renewable Energy (ASPIRE) project.
Under SUPRABHA, GSES assisted in assessing the maximum aggregated capacity of solar PV rooftop plants that can be safely connected to the existing distribution grid without impacting the system operation and grid stability, under the formulation of model regulations for RTS.
GSES has also conducted training programs for utility officers to provide a thorough understanding to the on the structure of the RTS sector, the business models, solar PV standards and certifications, risks and risk mitigation strategies, and integration of rooftop solar PV plants with the grid.
The 'One Sun, One World, One Grid' (OSOWOG) initiative is a vision for a trans-national electricity grid supplying solar power across the globe to build a global ecosystem of interconnected renewable energy resources that are seamlessly shared for mutual benefits and global sustainability. SUPRABHA has taken on the task of developing a vision, implementation plan, road map and institutional framework for OSOWOG.
The extended lockdown because of the COVID-19 and the consequent effect on disruptions in the supply chain impacted the solar power capacity addition in the second quarter of 2020. Construction activity picked up towards the end of the quarter, but labour shortage and restrictive work practices continue to affect progress. Around 600 MW of rooftop solar capacity is expected to be added over the third and fourth quarters. Lower equipment prices and lifting of lockdown related restrictions should help developers bounce back with higher capacity addition in 20211.
SUPRABHA TA program will continue to engage with the key stakeholders of the partner states, handhold them to mitigate the current challenges and enable them to accelerate RTS implementation.