[Webinar 5 February 2021] An Overview of Distributed Energy Resources and Opportunities in Asia

This webinar is the first in the distributed energy resources (DER) series organized as part of the ALP Grid Renewable Energy (GRE) Community of Practice (CoP) and featured remarks by Ms. Laura Beshilas from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Mr. Han Phoumin from the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and Ms.Naila Saleh from the Institute of Policy Studies in Islamabad.

Please click on the links below to learn more about DERs by using The Clean Power Hub.

We encourage you to post any questions you have on DERs here by replying to this thread.

You can watch a recording of the webinar here or below:

And access key highlights from the recording by clicking the links below:

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Hi ALP GRE Cop! I’m excited about tomorrow’s webinar - “An Overview of Distributed Energy Resources and Opportunities in Asia.” We will use this discussion thread on the Clean Power Hub Community Forum to inform our discussion and future webinars, so please share here if there’s anything you’re particularly interested in hearing more about. What questions do you have? What do you want to learn more about? We would also love to hear about DER experiences you have had.

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What policies support DERs?

What are the key barriers hindering growth of DERs?

How can we drive growth of DERs?

Pakistan introduced a net-metering policy in 2015 to promote DERs and solar and wind are eligible technologies.

The policy applies to all consumer types across residential commercial, industrial, and agricultural sectors. The allowed system size ranges from 1kW to 1000kW, and the applicable tariff is fixed at off-peak retail electricity tariff. (Electricity tariff rate in Pakistan differs based on time-of-use. Consumers are charged a relatively higher tariff during peak hours and a lower tariff rate during off-peak hours). (more)

The installed capacity of distributed generation has increased in Pakistan, but the growth of DERs remains slow due to several factors.

This includes cumbersome application process, institutional inertia by utilities/resistance by electricity distribution companies, overall financial impediments and difficulties in acquiring loans, low trust in technology, absence of awareness programs, absence of fee-for service models, and others. (more)

There are many ways power sector stakeholders can drive growth of DERs to help achieve clean power goals and targets.

For example, the Pakistan government set a target to achieve 30% renewable generation by 2030, and increasing distributed generation can support this goal. Stakeholders can increase DERS in Pakistan by streamlining the application process and setting specific policy targets explicitly for rooftop solar or distributed generation. Focused interventions are needed for facilitating private sector engagement in rooftop solar PV.