Highlights

  • India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) has been selected to assist Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) to introduce blockchain technology to enable peer-to-peer (P2P) trading of solar energy in India.
  • ISGF in partnership with Power Ledger will pilot the project in close coordination with UPPCL and UPNEDA in the pilot phase with few select government buildings with rooftop solar in Lucknow.
  • The UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) is the first regulatory body in the world to approve P2P blockchain trading in their solar rooftop policy.
  • Phase-I of the pilot project is expected to be completed in March 2020; and the results will be evaluated to formulate appropriate regulations to promote P2P trading of solar energy in the state.

Uttar Pradesh, India: The UP government has introduced blockchain technology to its rooftop solar power segment and is the only state that has amended its regulatory framework to enable controlled peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading in India.

The pilot project drafted by state power utility UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) and UP New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA), will demonstrate the feasibility of energy trading through blockchain from rooftops with solar power to neighboring households.

The UP government is one of the first in the world to formally recognize blockchain as a mechanism to make energy markets more efficient.

“India is a huge market and UP is the biggest state in India. ISGF and the state utility UPPCL recognized Power Ledger’s work in the renewable energy sector and chose our technology to help progress the state’s push towards a more efficient, renewable energy marketplace,” said Power Ledger Head of Business Development and Sales Vinod Tiwari.

India’s energy-consumption growth is currently faster than that of all major economies. In efforts to curb further increases in the use of fossil fuel generation, the Indian Government’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has set a target of installing 40 GW of rooftop solar capacity across the country by 2022.

“The pilot project will demonstrate the feasibility of energy trading through blockchain from rooftops with solar power to neighboring households/buildings. Power Ledger’s platform integrates with smart meter systems to enable households to set prices, track energy trading in real time and enable the settlement of surplus solar transactions in real-time through smart contracts executed on blockchain,” said ISGF Executive Director Reena Suri.

ISGF has been working with electricity distribution companies in India to accelerate the adoption of innovative smart grid technologies, including renewable energy and electric vehicle integration with the electricity grids. ISGF has partnered with a large number of technology providers and entrepreneurs from around the world to introduce emerging technologies in India.

Phase-I of the pilot project is expected to be completed by March 2020 with the results to be evaluated in order to formulate appropriate regulations to promote P2P trading of solar energy in the state.

Power Ledger’s platform has already been deployed in several countries globally including Australia, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, the United States and Austria.

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About Power Ledger 

Power Ledger is an Australian technology company that has developed a blockchain-enabled renewable energy trading platform. Power Ledger’s technology won Sir Richard Branson’s global Extreme Tech Challenge award. The company has built a series of products to enable energy trading, renewable asset financing and more efficient carbon and renewable energy credit markets.

About ISGF 

India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) is a public private partnership initiative of Ministry of Power, Government of India for accelerated development of smart grid technologies in the Indian power sector. With 180+ members comprising of ministries, utilities, technology providers, academia and research, ISGF is a global leader on smart grids and smart cities initiatives. ISGF is also the India Chapter for Energy Blockchain Consortium, USA and Energy Web Foundation (EWF), Germany.