ISA Workshop on ‘OSOWOG’ Marks Beginning of the Project

International Solar Alliance (ISA), the first treaty-based international government organization headquartered in India, jointly with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the World Bank organised a two-day strategic inception workshop on ‘One Sun One World One Grid’ (OSOWOG) initiative, marked the beginning of the project.

May 26, 2021. By Manu Tayal

International Solar Alliance (ISA), the first treaty-based international government organization headquartered in India, jointly with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the World Bank organised a two-day strategic inception workshop on ‘One Sun One World One Grid’ (OSOWOG) initiative, marked the beginning of the project.

During the occasion, all the implementation partners came together and presented their roadmap for OSOWOG initiative.

The OSOWOG initiative will be implemented in 3 phases – ‘Phase I Pre-feasibility analysis’ will include individual Countries’ assessment, Demand Supply Scenario Projections, RE resource potential assessment and scenario assessment for net zero by 2050; Phase II will focus on key points indicating at political process to choose pilot projects, timeline in terms of commissioning the interlinks; and lastly Phase III will be towards setting up the institutional framework including draft policy and regulatory papers.

In his keynote address, Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi, Secretary, MNRE said, “I am glad that ISA has been involved in the project because it brings in, not only the expertise, but also an international perspective that the deal requires. Prime Minister of India’s vision is before us and we should do everything possible to realize that vision. In fact, political leadership from other countries have also expressed faith in our vision of a solar grid interconnected with RE across countries. I am happy to see that ISA has taken a lead in collaborating with other countries. Some multilateral announcements are likely to be made later in the year. I wish the inception workshop and study a success.”

Addressing the virtual workshop, Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General- International Solar Alliance said, “I am absolutely delighted that we are finally at a stage where the inception workshop of this study is taking place. The advantage of interconnecting regional grids to each other provides a huge opportunity in terms of availability of the solar electricity, especially at times in a place where solar electricity is not available from other regional grid where solar electricity is available.”

Dr. Mathur further added “this vision was set by the Prime Minister with the aim of harmonizing affordable energy investments across the world so that we can seamlessly provide electricity across different time zones. Now this initiative can provide the framework of building global cooperation targeted at effective utilization of renewable resources across the globe. I am confident this would help in alleviating power shortfall on one side, and enhancing access, particularly green access through many countries. It would also reduce the loss of surplus energy and ensure a fairer distribution of power. As we move ahead, the International Solar Alliance is proud to look at the feasibility of this approach. We are delighted that in partnership with the World Bank, we have approached EDF to look at this opportunity. We are absolutely delighted to welcome everyone to the first milestone of the 13-month study.”

For the OSOWOG Initiative, MNRE is the programme support agency, ISA is the nodal implementing agency and World Bank is the strategic advisory and funding agency.

They have a critical role to play in synergizing over 140 countries, across the Far-East and the Far-West regions, to build consensus, launch energy policy imperatives and set up the framework for such a large-scale global cooperation. Other implementing partners include a Consortium led by Electricité de France (EDF) to conduct the pre-feasibility study for OSOWOG, State Bank of India as the contracting agency and EY as the knowledge partner for this initiative.

Simon Stolp, Practice Manager, Energy-South Asia, The World Bank said, “Through OSOWOG, India has demonstrated its leadership in global energy transitions. India’s commitment to a clean energy future is clear and serves as a lighthouse to the South Asia region and the world. As Junaid Ahmad, India’s Country Director of The World Bank opined earlier, OSOWOG is based on the three critical pivots of sustainability, global interdependencies, and India’s commitment to play its global role. I would like to reaffirm The World Bank Group’s commitment to support India and the global community in achieving this vision.”

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