India is the fourth-largest energy consumer in the world and will comprise the bulk of Asia’s energy demand growth until 2035. The country is still heavily reliant on coal- India’s primary energy source- and imported energy resources, presenting a significant opportunity for renewables and other innovative clean technologies to address the energy supply gap. This opportunity was, in part, the focus of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s trade mission to India last week (January 31-February 5). [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@MaRSDD” suffix=”#FutureofEnergy”]The delegation set out to create new business opportunities and partnerships between Ontario and India [/inlinetweet], strengthening the province’s economic, political and cultural ties with India.

Ron Dizy, Managing Director of the Advanced Energy Centre (“the Centre”), participated in the trade mission, forming two strategic partnerships to accelerate the roll-out of microgrids in India, but also open up potentially significant export opportunities for Ontario companies.

Tech Mahindra and HPSEBL

The Advanced Energy Centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding on February 3, formalizing a new partnership with Tech Mahindra, a global IT services company and the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited (HPSEBL). Himachal Pradesh is a state with challenging terrain, and needs innovative technologies to build its power infrastructure.
The tripartite agreement initiates a collaboration between the Advanced Energy Centre, Tech Mahindra, and HPSEBL to identify innovative microgrid technologies and solutions to meet the HPSEBL’s supply objectives.

India MOU SmartGrid
Ron Dizy, Managing Director of the Advanced Energy Centre, signing MOU with Tech Mahindra and Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited.

The Advanced Energy Centre will assemble a consortium of Canadian vendors with the capability of supplying required technologies and solutions. This compliments Tech Mahindra’s expertise in design, development and deployment of microgrids. This working relationship aims to not only bring innovative energy solutions to HPSEBL, but also stimulate energy sector investment, business growth and economic development in Ontario, Canada and India.

India Smart Grid Forum

The Advanced Energy Centre and SmartGrid Canada also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the India Smart Grid Forum. As part of this agreement, SmartGrid Canada and the Centre will conduct regular knowledge exchanges. Specifically, the Centre will work with the India Smart Grid Forum to inform its partner community of Ontario’s best practices and lessons learned with engaging customers in the transforming electricity sector.

This agreement establishes a working [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@MaRSDD” suffix=”#FutureofEnergy”]relationship committed to bringing innovative energy solutions to market and to stimulate energy sector investment[/inlinetweet], business growth and economic development in Ontario and India.

An Ontario based company already taking advantage of the export opportunities India’s cleantech market has to offer is eCAMION. On Friday, the energy storage company announced an alliance with L&T Technology Services, India’s largest engineering company, which employs around 90,000 people. This partnership will initially see the deployment of a pilot project in the state of Tamil Nadu, with the expectation of expanding roll-out to other regions


About Tech Mahindra Limited

Tech Mahindra Limited, a leading provider of Information Technology, Network design, Engineering solutions and BPO services, and part of the global $16.9 billion Mahindra Group.

About The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Ltd

The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Ltd is responsible for supplying power to all categories of consumers in Himachal Pradesh at the most economical rates. HPSEBL’s mission is to remain the biggest provider of reliable and economical power in Himachal Pradesh by timely capacity addition, performance improvement, cost reduction, better utilization of human resources, and a concentration on environmental protection.

About The India Smart Grid Forum

(ISGF) is a Public Private Partnership, an initiative of the Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India for the accelerated development of smart grid technologies in the Indian power sector.

About SmartGrid Canada

SmartGrid Canada is a national organization dedicated to promoting a more modern and efficient electricity grid for the benefit of all Canadians. A not-for-profit association, SmartGrid Canada is comprised of public and private organizations, including utilities, vendors, technology and service providers, academia and other industry associations.