A two days ‘ASEAN-India
Workshop on Cooperation in Renewable Energy’ was inaugurated by Shri
Gireesh Pradhan, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)
on 5th November 2012 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
The workshop which is being attended by experts and policy planners from
ASEAN countries and India, aims at sharing of experience among
participating countries on the development and deployment of renewable
energy, and to identify the institutions for establishing long term
cooperation between India and ASEAN countries. This workshop has been
organized as a precursor to the meeting of the Ministers of Renewable
Energy of ASEAN countries and India scheduled on 7th November 2012.
Speaking at the inaugural session, Shri Gireesh Pradhan, said that ASEAN
and India have completed 20 years of partnership. As a full dialog
partner of ASEAN Countries for about two decades and also as member of
the ASEAN Regional forum, India seeks larger cooperation with ASEAN
member countries in the Renewable Energy Area. The Cebu Declaration on
East Asian Energy Security of 2007 has already laid foundation for
ASEAN-India cooperation in renewable Energy, he said. He informed that
at present the renewable power with over 26000 MW installed capacity,
represents about 12.5 percent of the total installed power generation
capacity in India and we aim to achieve about 55000 MW of renewable
power by 2017. Our renewable energy programme is primarily private
sector driven and offers significant investment and business
opportunities. The Government of India is encouraging foreign investors
to set up renewable power projects on ‘Build Own Operate’ basis with 100
per cent Foreign Direct Investment and he invited the investors from the
ASEAN member countries to invest in renewable energy sector in India.
Under the Prime Minister’s National Action Plan on Climate Change, the
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has launched the Jawaharlal Nehru
National Solar Mission some two years ago. We have already added over
1000 MW of solar power capacity in the country and our aim for 2022
includes 20,000 MW of grid connected, 2000 MW of off-grid solar power
and connecting over 20 million rural households with solar home
lighting, he added.
Shri Alok Srivastava, Joint Secretary of Ministry of New and Renewable
Energy opined that this workshop will incubate and foster mutually
beneficial cooperative projects and promote long-term cooperation.He
informed that India plans to add about 30,000 MW through various
renewable energy technologies between 2012 to 2017.
During the two day Workshop, eight Technical Sessions will be organized
covering the topics on Trends in Renewable Energy Technology Transfer on
Wind, Solar and Biomass power, Resource Assessment Techniques, Renewable
Powered Micro-Grids Rural Electrification and Development, Off-grid
Renewable Energy Applications, ASEAN-India cooperation in R&D in
Renewable Energy under AISTDF, and Deliberation on ASEAN-India
cooperation in Renewable Energy.
The workshop would also discuss technological strengths and
manufacturing base of the participating countries in order to forge
useful partnership. The workshop would have the benefit of discussing
possible projects for industrial R&D to be considered under ASEAN-India
S&T Development Fund (AISTDF) which is jointly created by DST and
Ministry of External Affairs, GOI and managed by “Global Innovation and
Technology Alliance” (GITA)-A Section 25 Company.
Discussion on Global Technology trends in Renewable Energy Technologies,
RE Technologies and manufacturing base in ASEAN countries and India,
development and deployment of renewable energy, identification of areas
of co-operation in R&D and technology transfer, identification of
institutions for establishing long term cooperation, Focus on
cooperation in resource assessment of renewable energy sources,
identification of industrial R& D projects for support under ASEAN-India
S&T Development Fund are the major objectives of the Workshop.
About 150 participants including Mr.Chen Seng Hean, DDG , Institute of
Standards, Cambodia and Ms. Renu Pall, Joint Secretary, Ministry of
External Affairs are attending the workshop. There are also policy
makers, senior officials, technology and Industry experts from ASEAN
member countries, Officials from Central and State Governments,
Technology providers and eminent field experts .