World Institute of Sustainable Energy
In partnership with UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), World Institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE) and the Environment and Development Division of ESCAP, APCTT co-organized a Study Tour during 26-30 October 2015 in Pune, India for Policymakers from 9 countries from West Asia, Asia Pacific region and Europe namely, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Sudan, Nepal, Lao PDR and France to learn best practices in ensuring access to modern energy through the use of renewable energy technologies from India. A total of 28 policymakers from 9 countries participated in this study tour, which was organized as part of a UN Development Account (UNDA) project currently being implemented by the ESCWA. This study tour involved technical presentations from policymakers and experts involved in the promotion of renewable energy at the national level in India including Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), India, Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) as well as not-for-profit organizations in India involved in the renewable energy sector. The study tour also involved field visits to BAIF Central Research Station, Uruli Kanchan, Pune, 9.36 KW Solar PV based mini-grid project in Darewadi, Maharashtra and Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA), Pune. Participants were also exposed to various technological options for increasing the share of sustainable energy in the total energy mix. Various policy options for promoting renewable energy in the form of subsidies, feed-in-tariffs and risk sharing mechanisms were also shared with the participants to encourage them to develop similar policy instruments in their respective countries for promotion of renewable energy.