RE Toolkit 5 – Developing Ecosystem 2017-03-21T13:16:54+00:00

Developing Ecosystems

In addition to taking steps towards implementing renewable energy projects, legislators can play the role of a catalyst for spurring the growth of renewable energy projects by the other actors in the their constituencies. For this a conducive platform or environment will need to be created where actors such as households, businesses, industries or even private individuals are encouraged and provided with the requisite resources for taking action towards renewable energy utilisation.  This section therefore provides broad set of recommendations or suggestions of community based activities that legislators can take or support to raise awareness, build capacity and eventually boost the sustainable energy transition by the constituents themselves.

A resource centre will be a very integral component for deploying renewable energy project in an area. The basic purpose of establishing a resource centre is to ensure the parallel set up of a local site for exchange and collection of relevant data for sustenance, promotion and awareness generation of renewable energy and energy efficiency at the local level. The resource centre will be the focal point and critical player for implementation of the “green strategy” implementation. The resource centre may be established and administered by the district authority in association with the State Nodal Agency. The resource centre will provide technical guidance, expertise and financial analysis of projects for potential investors – individual or companies. It will also help for customer outreach. It will act as a platform where all relevant stakeholders (citizens/ manufacturers/ banks/ institutions etc.) can meet and exchange information on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Location of the Resource Centre

The potential site for a resource centre should be selected in such a way that it is easily accessible by general public and end users alike. The location is of vital importance as it will be a means to easier and quicker dissemination of knowledge and information to a wider scale of audience. Hence, areas like District headquarter, Energy park, Panchayat office, public gathering areas or the Municipal Corporations office premise are suitable locations.

Technical Assistance, Service Delivery and Information Dissemination

The resource centre should be manned with competent personnel who should be capable in delivering quick and efficient technical assistance for the better understanding of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, scientific concepts and equipment handling and usage. The technical assistance could be in the form of technical documents, vocal discourse, brochures, pamphlets etc. All technological options available under renewable energy and energy efficiency should be displayed in the resource centre. It is a resource base of information and physical exhibition of models related to renewable energy and energy efficiency techniques.

The information should include:

  • Available RE/EE techniques in the region
  • Feasibility analysis of each technique
  • Technology suitable for a particular client considering his/her requirements, budget
  • Required capital
  • Sources of funding
  • List of manufacturers of RE/EE equipment in that region
  • List of consultants in that region

A separate web portal or a web page within the district or state in collaboration with the State Nodal Agency could be created to provide citizen access to renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, and activities happening in the city in this end. Instant access to technological options available to end-users, their capital cost, returns on investment and other necessary information at a click away is always an easier mode of generating awareness and creating an environment conscious crowd. This portal will be useful for obtaining the relevant information and applying for various subsidies granted by the state and the central governments.

Akshay Urja shops are being promoted by MNRE since the last decade. These are responsible in commercializing as well as providing technical know-how of the different renewable products/systems. The shops are established in each district across the country to provide the sale and service of renewable energy and energy efficient products. The shops will provide repairing and servicing of the products/systems facility. Information related to different products/systems and other facilitation will also be available at these shops.

MNRE have clearly defined the guidelines for setting up Akshay Urja shops, and also provides financial assistance for the same.

Mobile phones have contributed to the rural economy to a great extent. But in the un-electrified villages and in its hamlets, it is expensive and time consuming to charge the mobile phones. The villagers have to travel and make round trips to the nearest city or district headquarters.

A battery charging hub placed strategically at the village’s common area can solve this problem. A villager can easily access the hub and charge the phone battery or other battery-operated appliances.   These hubs can be easily set up in the remote areas which are not connected with the grid. Akshay Urja or Resource Centre can provide this facility to people and other beneficiaries to charge their battery operated devices and products. The hub can utilize the solar energy and can act as a portable power source in the un-electrified areas. These charging hubs can generate employment opportunities in the villages.

Training and skill development activities should be an integral part of renewable energy development activities in an area. Renewable energy systems are decentralised and generate energy or provide energy services locally. Therefore these systems are essentially to be installed, operated and maintained by local people in a cost effective manner. Outsourcing manpower to install, operate, and maintain decentralised renewable energy system has proven to be expensive and unsustainable.

It is recommended that local youths be trained in the design, installation, operation and maintenance of renewable energy systems.

Few such area of skill development could be as below:

  1. Technicians for installation, operation and maintenance of solar off-grid systems
  2. Technicians for installation, operation and maintenance of solar rooftop systems
  3. Technicians for installation, operation and maintenance of solar micro-grid systems
  4. Technicians for installation, operation and maintenance of solar water heating systems
  5. Technicians for installation, operation and maintenance of small wind generators
  6. Technicians for installation, operation and maintenance of biogas systems
  7. Technicians for installation, operation and maintenance of solar battery charging systems
  8. Technicians for installation, operation and maintenance of solar off-grid systems
  9. Technicians for installation, operation and maintenance of solar grid connected systems
  10. Engineers, diploma-holders, graduates for design and management of renewable energy projects

Awareness and Publicity Programme need should be taken up for creating awareness among masses and target sectors in the planned area about benefits and financial incentives for Renewable Energy systems & devices. Under these programmes, information on technological developments, financial benefits and cost savings from RE system and EE measures, government initiatives and incentives for such devices/ measures, availability, price etc. will be disseminated through various media.

  • Publicity through electronic media
  • Publicity through Print Media/Publication
  • Exhibitions, Outdoor Publicity, Campaign
  • Conducting workshops and seminars

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