Renewable Energy Current Affairs - 2019

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MNRE to organise Global Student Solar Assembly

The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in association with IIT Bombay, is organizing the Global Student Solar Assembly on 2 October 2019, to commemorate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi as well as to promote the Gandhian idea of sustainable living.

For India fight against climate change is a matter of faith and commitment and thus the country has committed to reduce its carbon intensity by 33-35% by year 2030 as well as to install cumulative renewable energy capacity of 175 GW (by 2022) and 450 GW (by 2030).

About Global Student Solar Assembly

Objective: The Workshop aims to sensitize young minds about energy sustainability and environmental care.

Participants: The day-long event scheduled at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi will see participation of more than 10,000 students from across the institutions from National Capital Region (NCR) and Delhi. These students will be accompanied by their trainers who would provide them hands-on training on how to assemble their own solar study lamps.

The making of once own solar lamps, would introduce students to the concept of self-sufficiency (quality or condition of being self-sufficient), an idea that was so close to the heart of Mahatma Gandhi.

At the end of the event, all students will switch-on their self-assembled solar lamps in remembrance of Mahatma and will take pledge of non-violence towards the environment.

During this workshop, Two Guinness world records will be attempted by the students-

1) Sustainability lessons to the largest number of participants at a single place

2) Largest number of solar lamps lit together

Global Observance: In addition to the event at New Delhi, similar workshops will be organised in other Indian cities and also in foreign countries. This global event is expected to be joined by over 1 million students in 60 countries on a single day and the students will become Renewable Energy Ambassadors to carry the message green energy far and beyond.

‘SARAL’- State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index launched by Power Minister

RK Singh, Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy (IC) launched SARAL-State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index during Review Planning and Monitoring (RPM) Meeting with States and State Power Utilities, held in New Delhi.  SARAL evaluates Indian states based on their attractiveness for rooftop development. Karnataka has been placed at 1st rank in Index followed by Telangana, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh which got 2nd, 3rd and 4th rank respectively.

SARAL: State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index

It is the 1st of its kind index to provide a comprehensive overview of state-level measures adopted to facilitate rooftop solar deployment.

Designed by: The Index has been designed by Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in collaboration with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Ernst & Young (EY).

5 key aspects captured by SARAL

  1. Robustness of Policy Framework
  2. Consumer Experience
  3. Implementation Environment
  4. Business Ecosystem
  5. Investment Climate

SARAL encourages each state to assess initiatives taken so far and to improve its solar rooftop ecosystem. This will help states to channelize investments and will create a more conducive environment for solar rooftop installations, encourage investment and will eventually lead to accelerated growth of sector.

Significance: Power Ministry has set a target to operationalize 175 giga watt (GW) of renewable energy capacity by 2022, of which 100 GW solar power to be operational by March 2022 and 40 GW (out of 100 GW) is expected to come from grid connected solar rooftops. Therefore, launching the Index would incentivise rooftop solar by creating healthy competition among States and all States would be encouraged to adopt best practices being followed by top-ranking States.