Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), a ministry of Government of India, is mainly responsible to develop and deploy new and renewable energy for supplementing the energy requirements of India, research and development, intellectual property protection, and international cooperation, promotion, and coordination in renewable energy sources such as wind power, small hydro, biogas, and solar power. As a Major initiative of the Government of India, Jawaharlal Nehru Solar mission was launched on 11th January 2010, to promote the deployment of grid connected solar power, off-grid solar applications, to create favorable conditions for developing solar manufacturing capability in the country; and to support R&D and capacity building activities, to reduce the use of fossil fuels for CO2 emissions in the country and for the sustainable development of the country in renewable energy sector etc. The mission aims to add 20 GW grid-connected solar power to the country’s energy mix by 2022. Under this mission, MNRE has brought out various schemes for promoting solar power projects in different capacity ranges. This includes utility scale megawatt size projects as well as off-grid applications up to 100 kW.
Through these schemes, many project developers and independent power producers installed solar Photo-Voltaic (PV) power plants in all scales all over the country and supplying the generated electricity from PV power plants to electricity grid and number of installations all over the country is increasing rapidly. MNRE has estimated that in order to achieve the target of 20 GW by 2022, huge number of skilled solar professionals will be required, who possess multiple skill sets. This emphasizes a need for imparting education in solar technology, grid integration and management of renewable energy sources (mainly solar PV power plants, Wind farms, Biomass, hydro power plants) to students, business professionals, and entrepreneurs in India. This presents a significant opportunity for organizations like iPLON that can provide training at various levels such as system design, project management, installation, operation and maintenance, etc.
In order to transfer the technical knowledge from Germany to India especially Tamilnadu and to create the large awareness about Solar PV systems, Monitoring and Control, Operation and Maintenance of Solar PV power plants, Decentralized Smart Grid, Grid Stability and Energy Management in India especially in Tamilnadu, iPLON GmbH plans with Anna University Chennai and iPLON India to provide the training on the above mentioned topics in India to utilize the maximum energy from Renewable Energy Sources and to address the grid stability issues in the country. iPLON is a solar PV monitoring Systems Company based out of Schwäbisch Hall (Germany) with over fifteen years of industrial experience across Europe and more recently, in India. Its expertise lies in manufacturing and supporting monitoring systems for small, medium and large scale solar power plants. It offers monitoring in two modes: Remote monitoring and On-site monitoring. iPLON ‘s Remote Monitoring Systems for Solar PV Power Plants is used in conjunction with data loggers on site for monitoring, visualization and evaluation of Photovoltaic systems over the internet. iPLON provides an efficient SCADA system for on-site monitoring of the Solar PV Power Plant to support operator control and supervision of the plant’s performance to facilitate quick handling of errors/ failures and yield monitoring
DEG is a subsidiary of KfW and promotes business initiatives in developing and emerging market countries as a contribution to sustainable growth and improved living conditions of the local population. To this end, DEG makes long-term financing and advice available to private enterprises investing in these countries. In addition to its finance services, DEG implements the special programme develoPPP.de of the Federal German Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ). develoPPP.de targets companies that invest in developing and emerging countries and are seeking ways to shape their corporate commitment in the long term.