SAFDE Explores Decentralized Solar Solutions for Energy Access and Resilience
The discussion themes at the South Asia Forum for Distributed Energy (SAFDE) held on August 23 included in-depth conversations on productive use of renewable energy, weak grid market-based solutions, supply chain challenges and SDG goals.
August 24, 2023. By Anurima Mondal
With a focus on public-private collaboration, SAFDE aims to explore innovative solutions, address challenges, and foster partnerships that can enhance energy access and stimulate economic growth in the region, particularly by driving meaningful dialogues around the future potential and continued relevance of DRE and weak-grid markets.
The discussion themes at SAFDE include in-depth conversations on productive use of renewable energy, weak grid market-based solutions, supply chain challenges, SDG goals, climate justice, carbon credits, and the role of gender in the decentralized renewables sector. Furthermore, an engaging expo as a part of the event is showcasing innovative products and services by local and international firms, providing insights into the latest advancements and trends in the DRE sector.
Bhagwant Khuba, Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, Chemicals and Fertilizers officially opened the Forum alongside Dr. Ajay Mathur, General Director of International Solar Alliance; Bishal Thapa, Senior Director of CLASP; and Koen Peters, Executive Director of GOGLA, welcoming over 200 international and local key stakeholders, industry experts, and government representatives for impactful discussions on decentralized solar solutions for improved energy access, resilience, and sustainable growth.
In his opening remarks, the minister expressed confidence that the event would pave the way for two days of meaningful discussions around the importance of harnessing DRE to tackle current challenges faced by India and the world.
Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General of the International Solar Alliance said, “In the past year, we have seen tremendous uptake of solar rooftops. Data reveals that 5.2 million solar energy kits were sold globally in the second half of 2022, which is a 20 percent increase from the first half of the year and 18 percent higher than the previous peak in the second half of 2019. This clearly shows that we have learned to value them as we go. We have also learned to value the off-grid utilization architecture in parallel.”
“At SAFDE, we bring the key Indian and South Asian players in the distributed energy space together to talk about how we can improve energy access, support livelihoods, and deliver green growth even more than we do already. Since this is a very dynamic environment, it is crucial that we meet, learn from each other, and strike new partnerships," added Koen Peters, Executive Director at GOGLA.
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