Market Development and Promotion of Solar Concentrators Based Process Heat Applications in India

What is the Project About

The project, supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility, aims to promote and develop a viable and strong market for solar concentrators in India to reduce or replace use of conventional fuels that degrade the environment.

What Have We Achieved so Far

What Have We Achieved so FarPHOTO: Shashank Jayaprasad/UNDP India
  • Reduced total CO2 emissions by an estimated 6,200 tonnes annually by installing CSH systems for process heat applications in 210 establishments over an area of 52,000 m2
  • Expanded manufacturing capacity of CSH systems by adding 28 manufacturers, all of whom follow technical specifications laid down by MNRE
  • Provided inputs on specifications to help develop standardized norms under the Bureau of Indian Standards
  • Created an information and knowledge base for CSH technologies by publishing monthly e-newsletters, a widely available quarterly magazine (Sun Focus) and a compendium of all informational material. Video capsules were made available on the CSH website (
  • Contributed to the academy by presenting 10 papers at national and international conferences
  • Established two research and development facilities at the National Institute of Solar Energy, Gurgaon, and the University of Pune, Pune, where 12 systems were tested
  • Helped address financial barriers to the adoption of CSH technologies, with five banks agreeing to lend for CSH systems, and four agreeing to provide loans at the priority lending rate

Funding Support by

Donor Name Amount Contributed
Global Environment Facility (GEF) US$ 4,400,000

Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Year

Year Amount
2016 US$ 864,747
2015 US$ 553,659.86
2014 US$ 992,636
2013 US$ 1,003,448
2012 US$ 42,580


Stories of Change

Ray of Hope

Ray of Hope
SKF Technologies uses steam generated through this installation in the phosphating process of manufacturing seals, the fastest growing business division of the company in India. It allows the plant to replace thermal energy with solar, save on almost 12,000 litres of diesel each year or close to US$ 13,000 annually. In addition, it is also saving on CO2 emissions of 32 tonnes annually.

The Sun in the Kitchen

The Sun in the Kitchen
The UNDP and Government of India partnership is providing support to institutions such as the RK Mission Home to encourage wider spread use of the technology which has proved immensely popular for in community cooking. Over the last two years, the rate of installation of solar concentrated heating systems has more than doubled. Over the next three years, the project aims to install 45,000 square metres of concentrated solar technology based systems across India saving 39,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions saving 3.15 million litres of fuel oil each year.

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