Green Grids Initiative – One sun One world One grid is about to be launched in November by India alongside Britain. It is a Northwest Europe cooperation with the country, that aims to achieve an infrastructure connected through electricity among continents. According to a press release of Green Grids Initiative- One sun One world One grid Northwest Europe Cooperative event by Press Information Bureau (News agency of Government of India) released on 13th October 2021, ‘The idea for the One sun One world One grid (OSOWOG) initiative was put forth by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi, at the First Assembly of the International Solar Alliance in October 2018. He had called for connecting solar energy supply across borders. In May 2021, the United Kingdom and India agreed to combine forces of the Green Grids Initiative and the One sun One world One grid initiative and jointly launch GGI-OSOWOG at the COP26 (Climate Change Conference) summit being hosted by the UK at Glasgow in November 2021’.
The event was participated by international representatives of different departments including Secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of the United Kingdom, Minister of Energy of Belgium and Director General of the International Solar Alliance. This project for India is going to change its global image in terms of leadership and will help in strengthening the country’s relation with all other countries. Considering the red alert of climate change, India through this has taken an essential step to contribute with other continents in saving climate crisis. ‘Minister Van Der Straeten of Belgium emphasized the need for action by the political leaders and engagement from all countries big and small to invest in the energy of tomorrow. Mr. Van Der Straeten remarked that with the GGI-OSOWOG initiative, cost effective solar power could be delivered to Belgium all the way from India’, quoted in the press release.
As per the information, the process will have its stages. During its first stage, Indian grids will be linked to the grids of Middle east, South Asia and South East Asia. While in second stage, they will be connected to the African power pools. And the beginning of third stage power transmission grid will be joined to the rest of the world. After which, all the participating countries will share solar and other renewable energy with each other. The whole plan is future oriented and is illustrating a positive structure to the world, so far.
The Green Grids Initiative ministerial session addressed by Union Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, Shri R K Singh cleared the goal-oriented project. According to a brief release, ‘Shri Singh affirmed India’s commitment to the environment and the cause of clean energy and energy transition, and highlighted India’s target of achieving 450GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2030.’ He also emphasized that India is on its way to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) relating clean energy and emission reduction well before the target date. According to the Press release, Shri R K Singh called this project a need for the present situation. It said, ‘Acknowledging the challenges presented by the intermittent nature of solar and wind energy sources, and by the high cost of energy storage, Mr. Singh presented the GGI-OSOWOG initiative as a possible solution for driving down the need for storage and in effect reduce the costs of the energy transition.’
India is already witnessing Black-out crisis due to the high demand of coal. Electricity consumption in the country has gone up by 17% in the last two months than same period in 2019, comparatively. Multiple claimed factors are that due to the heavy rainfall the coal movement is affected and because of the jump in rates of coal, the coal-based power plants are not generating mineral as per the demands. Switching to renewable energy today and relying on it for the future is said to be an important and needed step for the environment and country’s sake, by experts.
Ms. Nanda Malhotra is a part of a renewable energy group that works in this sector and aims to conserve minerals and resources for the future. According to her, ‘One sun One world One grid is an appreciative step initiated by India in this sector. Since we are already facing depletion of minerals and natural resources and is giving us tough time, administration should consider it and plan to preserve them.’ While talking to Eat News, Ms. Nanda pointed a challenge this project could face and said, ‘So different areas have different range of voltage, frequency and specifications of grid. To keep the grid stable would be difficult and that too only by renewable energy. But yes, if the project like this, on a very large scale, connecting number of countries using renewable energy, then surely there must have been a core planning and arrangements to get rid of such loopholes.’
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