Friday, April 5, 2019
11:45 am - 01:15 pm
Solar Applications to Bridge the Sustainability Gap - Skills, Entrepreneurship and Technology
To address the requirement of Talent Acquisition and Manpower Management in achieving the 175 GW Renewable Energy goal, Skill Council for Green Jobs (SCGJ) has been created as part of ‘Skill India Mission'. The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is placing special focus on this sector by empowering SCGJ to reach out to the industry.
In India, it is estimated that upwards of 230 million people largely residing in rural parts of the country do not have access to electricity, even for basic needs such as for lighting. These people end up using fossil-fuel based unclean forms of energy such as using kerosene lamps - which has an impact on health, safety and expenditures. Without access to modern electricity, income generation and other socio-economic benefits are limited.
To improve quality of life and boost rural economy, the Government of India aims to providing round-the-clock electricity to all households. It is extending the grid to the unelectrified villages, and is offering subsidized connections to households. Despite admirable efforts on grid expansion achieved over the last decade, household-level electrification and availability of power particularly for livelihoods and productive use, continue to be a challenge.
Clean energy solutions such as Decentralized Solar Applications have so far played a vital role in meeting the power requirements of unserved and under-served communities, in the absence of the grid. The draft National Energy Policy (June 2017) too has highlighted the role of these solutions in providing reliable and affordable electricity. Growing awareness, falling prices, technology improvements, skills and entrepreneurship development are making decentralised systems a preferred choice for consumers and policy makers across the globe. Towards which, the session will:
Deliberate on the achievement of sustainable development outcomes (like education, livelihoods, technology innovations, skills and entrepreneurship development, etc.) using Solar Energy Applications as a converging pointCollectively scan business and investment opportunities, technology applications and innovations, skills & entrepreneurship development, along with suitable policy and financial environments to bridge the sustainability gap.
Equipping the workforce with the skills required for the jobs in renewable energy, is a strategic concern in the national growth and development outlooks of all the countries. Discussion on skilled manpower requirements and industry readiness for adopting strategies to incorporate the importance of continual skill development & upskilling programs at all levels of the organizational hierarchy, for achieving sustainable growth; given current scenario, policy and regulatory frameworks available and potential opportunities for uptake of skilled manpower by the RE industry.
The aim of the session to deliberate and enable constructive conversations on emergent business models, Solar technology applications and innovative deployment, skills development, entrepreneurship development, financing and corporate engagement, and related factors having development impacts on education & skills, access to drinking water and irrigation, sustainable livelihood, and so on, converging towards Solar Applications to bridge the sustainability gap.
Workshop Partner: Skill Council for Green Jobs