Company: INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR APPLICATION OF SOLAR ENERGY
State: PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The International Centre for Application of Solar Energy, CASE, was established in 1994 as a joint initiative of the United Nations and Commonwealth and Western Australian governments. Its primary objective is to promote the application of renewable energy technologies to developing countries.
CASE has participated in Indian development projects since the mid 1990s, providing education, training and equipment for the World Spiritual University and researching opportunities for solar energy technologies in Rajasthan. The Centre is currently involved in assisting a nodal agency develop a large scale project for UNDP funding in Uttar Pradesh, involving supplying many hybrid, solar-battery energy systems to over 500 villages.
CASE sees India as a very prospective market for renewable energy projects, particularly given its low incomes and poor electricity infrastructure. CASE notes layers of bureaucracy and agencies can play a significant part in such projects. According to CASE, good contacts and considerable patience are essential. CASE also suggests a representative ‘on the ground’ is required. The sector has strong competition from many foreign competitors, but CASE is looking forward to expanding its portfolio of Indian projects.
Source: International Centre for Application of Solar Energy, 2001.