An Indian action plan to increase the commercial use of on-site renewables has received a grant of Rs40 lakh (US$64,000) from the United Nations Development Programme.
The Ashden India Renewable Energy Collective, a team comprised of winners of the UK’s Ashden awards for promotion and use of sustainable energy, received the grant to prepare the action plan for five Indian states: Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam and Jharkhand.
‘The action plan will help in increasing productive activity of renewable energy for commercial purposes, such as using solar-powered boats and rickshaws, and this will also help promote eco-tourism. Work has already started and the action plan will be submitted to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy,’ said solar engineer and developer Dr S P Gon Chaudhuri, who heads the team and was an Ashden award recipient in 2003.
Members of the team include renewable energy developers, power companies and regional development agencies.