India Energy Transition Dialogues: 'Solar Feeders: A Farmer-Centric, Rapidly Scalable, Fiscally Prudent Component of the Power Sector Transition'
Ashwin Gambhir – Fellow, Prayas (Energy Group)
Dipak Kokate – Head (Growth), South-West Cluster, Energy Efficiency Services Limited
Ankush Malik – Vice President, Business Development, Juniper Green Energy Pvt Ltd
N K Gupta – Technical Manager (PP&C Kusum Yojana), Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Ltd (RRECL)
Ann Josey – Fellow, Prayas (Energy Group)
Akhilesh Magal, – Head, Renewable Advisory, Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI)
Ashwini K. Swain – Fellow, Centre for Policy Research
This webinar is the second in a series of dialogues – India Energy Transition Dialogues – convened by CPR to explore different paths to meet India’s 21st century energy goals. In this session, we will discuss the concept of solar feeders (MW scale distributed solar power plants dedicated to agriculture) and how they can contribute to the three objectives of a) providing reliable day-time power to agriculture, b) rapidly scaling up distributed renewables and c) doing this in fiscally prudent manner, all of which contribute to significantly improving the financial health of the distribution sector.
Prayas (Energy Group) will update about the progress of solar feeders in Maharashtra and how this has been taken up as part of the national KUSUM scheme. Further they will elaborate on the learnings from Maharashtra for other states, as they plan to scale up deployment. The economic and social benefits of this approach means that States should ideally plan for a comprehensive and universal coverage of agriculture electricity provision through solar feeders. Our panelists, coming from various states will bring in their experience and insights into this policy approach and we will collectively debate the opportunities and challenges that this presents.