Indian think tank and Delhi utility launch study on RE integration


The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is a leading think tank dedicated to conducting research for sustainable development of India and the Global South.

TERI was established in 1974 as an information centre on energy issues. However, over the following decades, it made a mark as a research institute, whose policy and technology solutions transformed people’s lives and the environment.

TERI and Dehli distribution company BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) will produce a study that will focus on grid-connected solar rooftop PV, energy
storage, EVs and smart grid initiatives.

Examining impact of smart technologies

These technologies will be investigated to examine the impact they will have on the loading of feeders, static and dynamic voltage regulation, power quality and
other relevant challenges on the grid.

BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), a joint venture between Reliance Infrastructure and the government of NCT of Delhi, reportedly supplies two-thirds of the Indian capital’s electricity alongside sister company BSES Yamuna Power.

For example, Amal Sinha, CEO, BRPL, said: “BRPL is prepared to accept the challenges of incorporating large-scale rooftop solar and electric vehicles into
distribution system rather opposing the same.”

According to PV Tech, the Delhi government approved its first solar policy on 6 June 2016. Consultancy firm Bridge to India later said that “the smoggy capital” could become a model for rooftop solar implementation across India. The Delhi government also recently opened the registration process for rooftop PV in the city having set a target for 1GW by 2020.

US issues funds to assist India’s grid innovation efforts

In related news, the US Department of Energy (DoE) announced $7.5 million toward the research, development and implementation of new grid innovative technologies.

The $7.5 million will be directed towards the US-India Collaborative for Smart Distribution System with Storage (UI-ASSIST) project.

According to a statement, the UI-ASSIST project has been awarded the funding following its selection as the board responsible for smart grid and energy storage under the US-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC).

The Indian Ministry of Science and Technology, the Department of Industry and their partners will increase the funding towards the five-year grid technology research and development programme to $30 million. Read more…