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ISA, MNRE & World Bank organise 2-day inception workshop for OSOWOG

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  • The workshop brought together all the implementation partners of the initiative and saw them presenting their roadmap for OSOWOG

  • MNRE Secretary Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi said that political leadership from various countries have expressed faith in India’s vision of OSOWOG

New Delhi: The International Solar Alliance (ISA), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and World Bank organised a two-day inception workshop, which closed late night on May 25, on One Sun One World One Grid (OSOWOG). The workshop brought together all the implementation partners of the initiative and saw them presenting their roadmap for OSOWOG. MNRE Secretary Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi, who delivered the keynote address at the workshop, said that political leadership from various countries have expressed faith in India’s vision of OSOWOG.

“Political leadership from other countries have also expressed faith in our vision of a solar grid interconnected with RE across countries… Some multilateral announcements are likely to be made later in the year. I wish the inception workshop and study a success,” he said.

‘OSOWOG will make solar electricity available in places where it’s not available’

Ajay Mathur, Director General of the ISA, said, “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.” While the MNRE is the programme support agency for OSOWOG, ISA is the nodal implementing agency and World Bank is the strategic advisory and the funding agency for the initiative. 

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The two-day workshop was attended by over 160 experts from across the world. Discussions were held around themes like technical and economic valuation, regulations in different countries, roadmap for 2050 for successfully guiding the countries for reduction of CO2 emissions, and intermediate targets for 2030 and 2040, among other issues.

OSOWOG

The OSOWOG is to be implemented in three phases. The 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. The Phase II will focus on key points indicating at political process to choose pilot projects, timeline in terms of commissioning the interlinks. And Phase III will be aimed at setting up the institutional framework, including draft policy and regulatory papers.

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