Renewable Energy Data Portal: Prayas (Energy Group), Renewable Energy Data Portal
The Indian renewable energy sector has been in an extremely dynamic phase of evolution in the last few years, especially with regard to capacity addition and prices. India has set itself an ambitious renewable energy target of 175 GW by 2022. In spite of the several social, economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy, such a high target has profound implications and can throw up myriad challenges for the Indian power sector, especially in the medium term. Hence it is very important for the electricity sector actors to objectively look at the growth of renewables. A lot of data is already available to understand the renewable energy sector, but more granular and comprehensive up-to-date data, publicly accessible in a user friendly manner, can aid better understanding of the renewable energy evolution in the country.
The Renewable Energy Data Portal is Prayas (Energy Group)’s effort to collate important data, already available in the public domain, at one place and present it so as to underline the rapidly growing renewable energy. Another feature of this effort is the interactive nature of the data portal which allows users to look at specific information, across renewable energy sources/years/states, etc. The resulting graphs can be downloaded using the ‘Download’ button at the bottom. The portal was inaugurated by Mr Anil Jain, Adviser (Energy), NITI Aayog on December 1, 2016. The first revision took place in November 2017. A second revision took place in June 2018 to include more data and improved visualization. A new tab has added on rooftop solar, mostly containing data on prices discovered through bidding. Along with it, the RE capacity, RE prices, and renewable energy certificates were expanded to include more data. A third revision is due soon.