Industry analysts predict India’s installed solar capacity will reach more than 17GW by the end of 2017. The India government has set the ambitious goal of reaching 57% renewable generation by 2027, with India’s Central Electricity Authority predicting the country will have 275GW of installed renewable energy generation by that year.
Of the solar project pipelines in India — approximately 13GW — only about 6GW of tendered projects are awaiting auction. With continued large scale integration of solar power into the grid, the manageable threshold and the time for introducing grid scale energy storage systems is here.
On October 5 the Clean Energy Access Network, India’s industry body representing the decentralized renewable energy sector, launched its first annual “State of the Sector” report.
The report called for increased public partnership to scale DRE solutions and to build a modern energy system for India’s hundreds of millions of people without access to electricity or clean cooking.
CLEAN also issued a request for proposal on October 4 inviting lithium ion technology providers and mini-grid developers to design a pilot project to demonstrate lithium ion technology for mini-grids in India. The bid-submission deadline is October 30.
The United States Agency for International Development will be funding the pilot project, which will see CLEAN looking for mini-grids in the range of 15-20kW, generating 80-100kWh of energy per day.
CLEAN cited a number of reasons including weight, charging times, depth-of-discharge and cycle life for omitting lead-acid ESS manufactures from the bidding.
It is within this climate of change Intersolar India will explore the current trends in the industry with around 260 exhibitors, 100 speakers from the global solar and energy storage industries, and more than 12,000 international solar and energy storage experts at its annual event from December 5-7.
A statement from Intersolar India said: “Battery energy storage systems turns out to be the most preferred among the storage systems. India’s ambitious strategy to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles requires a concerted and coordinated effort that brings together the best of the private and public sectors in transport, infrastructure and energy.
“Electric mobility solutions and energy storage systems have, additionally, the potential to actively shape India’s future energy system.”
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