Jaideep N. Malaviya | Chief Executive Officer, Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy
To what extent renewable energy sources are being used in electrification of rural/ remote villages and hamlets and what have been your experience?
In my opinion the focus of solar PV power is shifting more to urban and semi-urban classes and there are reasons to accept as solar power is almost at par with grid based power. Under such circumstance, the village/ rural electrification is merely meant to fulfil social obligations.
What are the problems in reaching power to remote areas through traditional means and that of rooftop/field-based solar or other renewable sources?
Infrastructure is costly, besides the cost to be realised may not fetch from a villager to make business sense.
To what extent renewable energy sources can be used in electrification of rural/ remote villages and hamlets and what are the technologies that would be of help in addressing cost, security, 24-hour supply and other issues?
Solar PV in decentralised well as in hybrid mode, with diesel generator is the best option to provide assured power. However, new storage technologies developed need to be adopted in order to store the daylight for further use in dark hours. My safe bet would be powering all the islands of India 100 per cent through solar using state of the art storage batteries.
What is the kind of financial support available to the states in implementing DDUGJY/ RGGVY for EPC contractors and service providers from renewable energy sources? What kind of incentives will encourage you to promote renewable sources of energy in remote areas?
The need of the hour is to first create sufficient manpower for upkeep and maintenance before renewable energy is to be taken to rural areas. Unless the system does not operate trouble-free for 10 years the economics do not work, whatever be the scheme.
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