As markets mature in South Asia, and countries gain significant experience with grid-connected distributed photovoltaic (DPV) technologies to meet ambitious clean energy goals and targets, they face a new set of challenges to maintain momentum and scale DPV deployment. While DPV technologies are increasing permeating the South Asia market, and this trend could help substantially reduce the carbon footprint of power generation in South Asia, empower citizens across the socio-economic spectrum, and expand local PV markets, there are a number of technical and policy issues to consider including solar quality and safety issues, reevaluation of compensation mechanisms, utility planning, financing and new business models. Further, there is an added time sensitivity that is quite distinct to DPV in emerging markets: facing unreliable and/or expensive electricity costs, customers are no longer waiting for DPV policies, regulatory frameworks, incentive schemes, interconnection processes, or technical standards to deploy systems, and reliable after sale service. They are simply installing them, leading to un-tracked and oftentimes sub-standard components and installation, illegal system deployment, safety issues for line workers, network operational challenges.
This webinar will provide participants a broad understanding of distributed solar technologies and characteristics, followed by a deeper dive on the USAID's PACE-D 2.0 RE work on next generation efforts to scaling scale grid connected distributed solar in India. The webinar will also include key takeaways and considerations for the South Asia region.
The South Asia Energy Series is a part of USAID’s Asia EDGE initiative that that works to strengthen energy security and expand access to sustainable and clean energy across in the Indo-Pacific region. This webinar is co-organized by USAID's South Asia Regional Energy Hub (SAREH), USAID's PACE-D 2.0 RE program, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).