Workshop on Best Practices Guidelines for O&M for Solar in India with NSEFI and SPE

European and Indian companies develop best practices guidelines for O&M for solar adapted to the Indian market together

On 4 March 2020, representatives of the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), Solar Power Europe (SPE), and solar companies operating in India met to kickstart the development of Best Practices Guidelines for O&M for photovoltaic power plants in India with a workshop supported by IGEF-SO. Dr. Christine Falken-Grosser, head of the division for bilateral energy cooperation at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and NSEFI’s chairman Mr. Pranav Mehta opened the discussion. Dr. Falken-Grosser highlighted the importance of sharing different experiences and made it clear that the German ministry is happy to support cooperation in the field. Pranav Mehta also focused on the mutual benefits of learning from each other and particularly stressed the close relationship with Germany.

After the opening remarks, Mr. Máté Heisz, Head of International Development at SPE, presented Solar Power Europe’s guidelines for operation and maintenance to kickstart the discussion. Ms. Kelly Mermuys, country manager India at the the consultancy and software company 3E, gave an overview of their experience with solar in India before various representatives of solar companies shared their points in a vivid exchange. Digitalization and a lack of awareness for O&M especially among owners of smaller residential systems were identified as some of the mayor points to be addressed in the adapted O&M guidelines. In general, the participants agreed that keeping the panels clean poses the potentially biggest challenge in India and is the underlying issue for many O&M tasks.

After the exchange of experiences, the participants set up working groups for different fields of the O&M guidelines and agreed on a timeline. These working groups that consist of both Indian and European solar companies will hold regular meetings and conference calls under the auspices of SPE so that the report on the Best Practices Guidelines for O&M for Solar in India can be presented at RE-Invest in October 2020.

Click on the respective names to download the presentations by Máté Heisz (SPE) and Kelly Mermuys (3E) and here to download the guidelines and the checklist.