Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) systems Design, Operations and Applications of Solar Mini-Grid Systems

Over 750 million people in the world do not have access to electricity. Most of them live in energy-poor countries, many of which are in the Global South and are home to half the world’s population. By 2050, these countries, which attract far fewer investments in renewables compared to their richer counterparts, could produce 75 per cent of the world’s emissions. 

The one way their power woes can be solved is through decentralised distributed energy – electricity that is supplied in a reliable, clean, green and affordable manner. Renewable mini-grids have the potential to do this. A mini-grid can effectively manage the household and commercial electricity demand by generating electricity at the point of consumption. 

However, mini-grids are fraught with several challenges in terms of varying tariffs, operational uncertainties with respect to grid penetration, demand side management, flexibility of design, and capacity to cater to various income generating activities and/or village level entrepreneurship (cold storage, milling, oil expelling, power looms, small food processing units etc). In order to encourage mini grid-based activities, the community needs to be guided/provided with access to market and supporting ecosystems such as government schemes. 

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is offering a tailor-made three-days residential training programme on solar mini-grid. The objective of the training is to bridge the knowledge gap and develop specific skills for enabling relevant stakeholders, entrepreneurs and plant operators/technicians to understand challenges, techno-economic feasibility, and financial viability of setting up solar mini-grid systems. The programme will include an overview of concepts, components and safety with a specific focus on application of solar mini-grids as well as anticipated business models.

Who should participate?

  • Entrepreneurs and start-ups
  • Village communities and panchayat officials
  • State Nodal Agencies
  • Local NGOs working in the DRE and livelihood sectors
  • Employment and business aspirants in the RE sector
  • Industry professionals and service providers

What the participants will learn/take away

  • Concept of mini-grid, site selection criteria and need assessment
  • Best practices for communities and developers
  • Mini-grid design principles
  • Economics of and business opportunities for mini-grids
  • Operational challenges, monitoring, and maintenance
  • Community engagement and sustainability
  • Relevance of mini-grids in electrified villages
  • Relationship between mini-grids and livelihoods

Note: Registration is not a guarantee of acceptance of admission in the training programme. Limited seats available (a maximum of up to 40).


Binit Das
Programme Manager
Renewable Energy Unit, CSE
Mobile: +91 80933 26269



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June 19-21, 2024
Last Date to Apply
May 31, 2024
Course fees
Rs 20,000 for participants from India
US $270 for participants from other countries

Registration fee can be waived for government officials, NGOs, village communities, and panchayat officials*

*Cost of travel to Delhi from home destinations and back is to be borne by the participant/trainee or by thenominating authority.
The course fee is inclusive of travel from Delhi to the training institute, accommodation, food, resource person, and training kit.

Confirmed attendees should arrange their travel to arrive in Delhi by 11 AM on June 18. Departure from Delhi can be scheduled for June 21 after 6 PM. CSE buses will ferry them back till Delhi.
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