Indian Solar Radiation Atlas launched by National Institute of Wind Energy with GIZ support

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, through National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) and GIZ, India, launched the “Indian Solar Radiation Atlas”, a first in the country, using a combination of satellite and the world’s largest network of ground measured data.  Mr. Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, MNRE, dedicated the solar radiation atlas to the public at the launch, held at Chennai, on 3rd June.

The implementation of the atlas and network is a vital cog in the government’s solar energy policy, as confirmed by Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, MNRE. “The aim of the Central government is to have 100 Giga Watts of solar power generation by 2022. This project will be a vital cog in implementing it,” he said

The atlas, a significant milestone, has been prepared with support from GIZ’s Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN) in the areas of solar measurements, data analysis, quality control and preparation of maps.  The map is an important resource database for solar power developers, policy makers, and financial institutions. It is useful in identifying the precise location for solar power development, energy estimations, solar power plant design, performance etc. It helps policy makers to identify potential areas, estimating the region potential and in development of required infrastructure facilities.  For financial institutions, it helps in deciding the techno-economic viability of the projects and for finding various financial options.

The launch was followed by a key stakeholders meet to elicit their views for preparing a road map for the development of value added products using the available data.  The meeting was attended by senior officials from Central and State Governments, Solar Power Developers, Potential Solar Users, Generation and Distribution Companies, CERC, State Regulatory Commissions, Financial, Educational, R&D Institutions etc.

Dr. Winfried Damm, Programme Director, IGEN, Mr. Achim Fabig, Consul General of German Consulate, Chennai, C. Narasimhan, president of Indian Solar Association, and Mr. S. Gomathinayakam, Director General, NIWE, and Mr. G. Giridhar, Director, Solar Radiation Resource Assessment wing of NIWE were also present at the launch.

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