New Delhi, June 28, 2019: European Union Delegation in India and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) jointly launched the Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) and monitoring tool (www.mnre-solarparksindia.com) for Indian solar parks.
Solar parks are key for India to achieve its target of 100 GW by 2022, contributing to this target with 40 GW. 100 GW will avoid 0,15 gigaton of CO2 in the atmosphere yearly. The EU has been collaborating closely with India in deployment of climate friendly energy sources including solar energy. Developed as part of the EU India cooperation in Clean Energy and Climate Partnership Project, they were launched by Shri Praveen Kumar, Additional Secretary of MNRE and Ms Friederike Tschampa, Chargé d'Affaires a.i., Delegation of the European Union to India.
www.mnre-solarparksindia.com, an online monitoring tool designed and implemented under the European Union technical programme, will have general information on solar parks and as well as dynamic data on energy, power, voltage and frequency from commissioned solar parks. This tool will provide data to all interested parties in India and abroad allowing also MNRE to better track the solar parks development and operation through the years to come.
During 2016 – 2019, solar power grew in India from around 4 GW to more than 29 GW (up to May 2019), putting India on the world top 5 solar markets. Solar parks went from 1 park with a total of 345 MW to 12 parks of up to around 6500 MW with more than an additional 10 other solar parks under different stages of development. Identifying solar parks as one of the key areas under EU India cooperation in clean energy and climate action, the project has supported over 16 Indian States (agencies) including Haryana, Andrah Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Odissa, Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam, Arunachal, Nagaland, and has interacted with the states of Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Manipur and Mizoram in several areas linked with solar parks and solar power development and implementation.
Thanking the EU for its cooperation under EU-India Clean Energy & Climate Partnership, Shri Praveen Kumar said, "Solar has become quite competitive in comparison to other renewable energy resources and would push us towards a greener planet." He also emphasized that the SOP's which were launched jointly are important as they would ensure consistency of standards across solar parks.
Talking about the significance of the project, Ms Friederike Tschampa, said, "The prices in India for solar energy have dropped tremendously and India is on its way to achieve its ambitious renewable energy targets. Solar energy is a success story in India and we hope that our cooperation in the area of solar parks, but also in the area of rooftop solar, is contributing to this story. In addition we are very keen on joining India in making the International Solar Alliance a success." In December last year the European Union signed a joint declaration with the International Solar Alliance aiming at further deepening our EU-ISA cooperation.
In order to further strengthen our cooperation under the Clean Energy and Climate Partnership project, we are seeing together with the MNRE what new joint activities can be developed in the area of solar energy.
Technical assistance for the implementation and management of identified solar parks
5. Supported 16 Indian States (agencies) of Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam, Arunachal, Nagaland, and has interacted with the states of Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Manipur and Mizoram
EU-India relations: For over 50 years the EU and India have worked together to reduce poverty, prevent disasters, expand trade, and promote joint research in energy, health, agriculture and many other fields of mutual interest. More information at: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/india
Speech by Ms Friederike Tschampa, Chargé d'Affaires a.i., Delegation of the European Union to India:
Standard Operational Procedures