Presentation by DV Satya Kumar in Session 24 on
"Food, Water and Energy Nexus : Perspectives from Asia"
Asia Clean Energy Forum, 2016
India is known for 100GW solar target by 2022, low solar tariffs and competitive bidding. India added 3GW solar in 2015-16 adding to a cumulative capacity of 8GW and will be adding 10GW in 2016-17. Another success achieved in solar in Inida, is in the offgrid solar pumping program in Rajasthan which realised the Food - Water - Energy nexus and provided a holistic solution for the farmer's livelihood. Rajasthan's Horticulture Department, under the leadership of Dr Dinesh Kumar Goyal, introduced a composite irrigation package through creation of water harvesting structures, recharging ground water, pumping with solar pumps and irrigating through drip. Some farmers' income levels increased four-fold and even young MBA graduates were inspired to take up farming.
To support the scale up of solar pumping program, we developed a project for "Remote Performance Monitoring and Outsourced Service Management of Solar Pumps and Off-grid Solar PV Plants" which was recently selected for funding by PACEsetter Fund in India, which is a joint initiative of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt of India and the US State Department.