Kick-off Meeting and Site Visit for Pilot on SPBESS – Solar Power and Battery Energy Storage System


21 February 2020 | Ghaziabad, India
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in India on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany have signed an agreement for Indo-German Solar Partnership Project (IGSEP). The objective of this project is to support the installation of the solar rooftop PV systems in selected states in India.

The IGSEP is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and an additional fund of EUR 0.5 million was allocated for a pilot project on the grid support services and on replacing diesel generators with solar power plus battery energy storage systems (SPBESS). Under this pilot project, we intend to install a 100 kWp solar power system 460 kWh battery energy storage system. This pilot project on SPBESS will be installed at Shivalik Grid of BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL). The system will primarily benefit Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission, DERC, situated close to the installation site. We intend to demonstrate the net-zero concept at the DERC building. The solar power generated from the installation shall be used for charging the batteries and the stored energy in the batteries will serve as the backup for the DERC building. BRPL shall be able to use the batteries for drawing the peak power two times a day. This pilot project serves the following key objectives:

  1. Building-integrated solar and storage for replacing the diesel consumption – self-consumption optimisation
  2. Decongestion of LT network
  3. Improvement in power system reliability
  4. Energy Time Shifting (Managing load during peak time)

GIZ executed an international tender for hiring a consultant to develop this pilot project which was won by RAACH Solar. A detailed site visit to kick-off the installation of this pilot project was conducted on 21 February 2020 at Shivalik Grid of BRPL along with RAACH Solar, German Solar Association (BSW), National Solar energy Federation of India (NSEFI), officers from BRPL and technical experts from GIZ.

For more details on this pilot project, you may write to Mr. Joerg Gaebler (Joerg.gaebler(at) or Mr. Kuldeep Sharma (Kuldeep.sharma(at)