Govt working on roadmap for guidelines on Green Energy, open access rules for new and renewable energy: Amitesh Sinha, Jt Secy, MNRE

Govt working on roadmap for guidelines on Green Energy, open access rules for new and renewable energy: Amitesh Sinha, Jt Secy, MNRE

Today, Mr Amitesh Sinha (Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India stated that although there is a lack of awareness around renewable energy, the Government of India will push this agenda of RE aggressively and in the next two-months, something more concrete (in terms of measures and policies) will be finalised.

Speaking at a webinar entitled Reducing costs and going green through solar energy: Benefits and opportunities for industrial and commercial consumers, Sinha stated that Atmanirbhar Bharat has made a significant leap in India's manufacturing and industry. Many solar producers are optimistic about the PLI scheme. The government is committed to providing high quality modules in the future. India will soon have the latest technologies and affordable prices.

Mr Sinha stated that open access rules would help all consumers. Open access rules are being developed by the government to provide green energy to all consumer segments. This will depend on the availability of transmission capacity system. Open access will be granted if there is enough capacity. He stated that there will not be a limit on the load limit for captive trans units."

The Joint Secretary also discussed the concept of green tariffs for firms in RE sectors. "We will soon receive guidelines from the Power Ministry regarding Green Energy. He said that although these guidelines are not yet complete, they are the ones the government is currently working towards."

Representatives of the consumer segment are Mr Neel Kant Samena, Director- Supply Chain and Mr Neeraj Aggarwal Head- Manufacturing HT Media Ltd. They stated that COVID has impacted most businesses so the focus has shifted towards cost-effective measures in all spheres. "We've been exploring all options to reduce our operational expenses. Over the past two decades, we have witnessed the rapid development of solar. The solar tariff is 30% lower than traditional power tariffs and makes it more appealing for all industries," stated Mr Saxena. He said that solar is an excellent proposition for corporate sustainability and can be implemented in existing factories.

"The in-house total solar power generation capacity for the company is 1520 kVA (19.52,350 kWh). The company will be able reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 2,217 tonnes/annum. This amount is equivalent to 15,504 barrels crude oil production and 2,614 urban tree plants," stated Mr Aggarwal.

Vijay Gaur Head- Plant Engineering, IFB Industries Ltd said that it is crucial for the adoption of solar energy to change the mindset within an organization. We were the first Goa company to have a MW solar panel. You should keep up to date on policy and technology changes. It takes a lot of effort to educate people about solar. Installing solar power at 1500 kWp is the equivalent of planting 88,790 mature plants. He added that it helped to reduce 1097.8 tonnes carbon dioxide.

CNH Industrial's Deputy General Manager Bhushan Gupta stated, "Our solar project will produce 74,078, 506 units electricity over its lifetime, which is equivalent to 2,86,250 tonnes reduction in carbon dioxide."

Mr Sachin Singh, Chief Financial Officer at India Expo Mart and Centre Solar, spoke about the service-based exhibition industry. He said that solar energy was a revolutionary and sustainable business. Technology innovation and attractiveness make it an appealing proposition.

Amplus Solar's CEO and Managing Director, Mr Sanjeev Adgarwal stated that everyone should have the right to rooftop solar power.