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One Sun One World One Grid project | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

One Sun One World One Grid project put on hold

      WHY IN NEWS:

The deadline for the pre-bid meeting was extended to June 22 from June 5.

MINISTRY? :- Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Energy

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS let us go through funding pattern , aim and significance of this initiative .

For MAINS do you think this project is counter measure to tackle OBOR ?

      ISSUE: 

Reasons for putting the project on hold remain unknown; calls to Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy go unanswered

ONE SUN ONE WORLD ONE GRID PROJECT

AIM

This is an ambitious solar energy project that aims at creating a global cooperation for sharing infrastructure and benefits of solar energy by using common resources.

  • It is counter project to tackle China’s One Belt One Road initiative that happens to challenge India’s sovereignty.

FOCUS

  • TRANSMISSION LINES : The project envisions to create a vast network of transmission lines that will carry power from sources country to destination. In this way, excess power generated can be effectively used. This will be beneficial to countries that do not receive adequate sunlight but aims at switching to renewable energy.
  • EXPANDING SOLAR ALLIANCE : The International Solar Alliance mainly contains countries that have minimum sunlight hours but OSOWOG aims at a broader alliance that have both producers as well as consumers.

FUNDING

  • The World Bank was providing technical assistance for the project.

The project started with the mantra (slogan) of ‘The Sun Never Sets’, to point out that solar energy supply would be constant at any geographical location and point of time.

  • “It has been decided by the competent authority to put on hold the Request for Proposal.
  • The new dates of issuing corrigendum and bid submission date will be informed later ;said a July 27, 2020 order.

One Sun One World One Grid project

SIGNIFICANCE

  • LEADERSHIP : The global leadership is undergoing a vaccum as seen by emergence of Trump in US. The steps taken by US are regressive, especially towards climate change.
  • SUSTAINABILE GOALS : This provides the perfect opportunity for India to take initiative and lead the global efforts towards sustainability and renewable energy.
  • COST EFFECTIVE : The project is cost effective in sense of reduced need for power infrastructure.

With most of the countries connected through grid lines, electricity can be supplied easily without having to construct new power generation units. 

  • ECONOMIC BOOST : With the commencement of the project, the slowdown in the domestic economy can be boosted due to demand generated by this project and participation of private players.
  • BENEFICIARIES : Industries such as cement, iron and steel, solar panels etc will be benefitted.
  • FOSSIL FUELSPetroleum products are major contributor to India’s energy security.

But the supply routes are not reliable and also the prices are highly fluctuating. This will be great stress on foreign reserves and the economy.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

It is thus necessary to think of a long term plan to eliminate use of petroleum as a major source of energy and switch to renewables.

  • The MNRE invited proposals in May 2020 from qualifying consulting firms for developing a long-term vision, implementation plan, road map and institutional framework for implementing OSOWOG.
  • The submission of proposals was given a leeway of 16 days as well by shifting the earlier July 6 deadline to July 22.
  • Some consultancy firms had shown interest in developing a long-term vision, implementation plan, roadmap, and institutional framework for implementing OSOWOG.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | One Sun One World One Grid project

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