Practitioners Round Table

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Royal Plaza

19, Ashoka Road

Connaught Place

New Delhi, Delhi 110001

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To collectively create a roadmap for distributed renewable energy from the opportunities and challenges perceived by practitioners.

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EVENT GUIDELINES:

This session will follow the ‘World Cafe’ style as follows:

  • Participants divided into 4 cafe tables
  • Table host chosen from the participants. Table host to remain at the table
  • A theme discussed at each table for 20 minutes
  • Table host and NV-Miller Center team to collate key points discussed at each table
  • After 20 minutes, participants move to the next table to discuss the next theme

At the end of 80 minutes when all the participants have discussed each theme, the NV-Miller Center team will present the key points for an open discussion to collectively create a roadmap for the future.

Key issues in the roadmap to be taken up by volunteers from amongst the participants for future action.

THEMES

1: Productive Loads and Market linkages increase employment, reduce migration and enable viability of microgrids.

During the course of the Energy Access India program, it has been observed that the viability of a microgrid/off grid solution depends on the ability of the service provider to cater to productive loads and meet aspirational needs. Providing access to lighting and mobile charging can be only an entry point. Choosing productive loads requires deep understanding of the needs and behaviour of the community. Setting up micro enterprises not only improves the capacity utilisation of the microgrid but also contributes directly to the socio-economic development of the community/area.

This discussion will focus on mini-grid providers with companies providing complementary product and services.

2: Symbiotic relationships between enterprises in the clean energy space enables growth and consolidation and, opens up the B2B space

It is not imperative for enterprises in the clean energy space to undertake every activity such as technology & product development, execution, generation and distribution financing. However, it has been observed that most of the enterprises seem to be reinventing the wheel! The need of the hour is for an enterprise to understand and recognise its strength and strive to do that well. For example, a company can focus on technology and therefore could concentrate on product and applications development for the clean energy ecosystem . Another company can focus on the efficient production of power. A third company would set up and maintain the infrastructure. A fourth could focus on the community use of the energy. .

This discussion will focus on an examination of the value chain and what specific things individual companies can bring to the table.

3: Clean energy as an enabler for education and health in the unserved and underserved areas

Many NGOs working in the education and health sector find the effectiveness of their initiatives hampered by inadequate and in many cases non-existent power supply. It has been observed that reliable power has increased attendance, improved quality of education and provided clean drinking water in schools. Rooftop systems or solar home systems have a major role to play in not only meeting the needs of the schools and the health centres but also to provide energy access for households as well as productive loads located close to the school or health center.

This discussion will focus on the needs of large NGOs and how clean energy access can meet these needs.

4: Development of clean energy investment case: a collaborative approach between investment managers, loan providers and social enterprises

For every investment manager to be successful and effective it is important to convey to the loan providers a i) robust pipeline, ii) market size and opportunity and iii) expected returns and associated risks. Based on our learnings during the project this could be best achieved through peer learnings (fund to fund), synergistic approach to portfolio enterprises and constant evaluation of impact

This discussion will focus on the needs of investment managers who are trying to develop an investment thesis and how their case can be helped by their peers and other players.

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The group deliberates on i) Key challenges, ii) possible solutions and iii) Road map for future.

Participants will receive a copy of the white paper and short videos a week in advance to prepare for the roundtable

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Royal Plaza

19, Ashoka Road

Connaught Place

New Delhi, Delhi 110001

India

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