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Bangalore has the potential to become the first truly “solar city” in India, if not the world! ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ is an essential part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This session will introduce an initiative by Centre for the Study of Science Technology and Policy (CSTEP) that has mapped the solar energy potential of Bangalore to help jumpstart the process of large-scale roof top photovoltaic systems (RTPV) adoption in the city.
This study is the first step to aid residents, planners and policymakers to make decisions on harnessing solar energy from their rooftops of their homes, offices and public buildings. This presentation will cover technical aspects associated with installing RTPV systems and explain some of the regulations and schemes currently in place and new policy directions that will facilitate a transition to sustainable forms of energy.
In collaboration with Centre for the Study of Science Technology and Policy (CSTEP)
Dr. Jai Asundi is the Executive Director at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), Bangalore, India. CSTEP is a not-for-profit research organisation with a mission to enrich policymaking with innovative approaches, using science and technology for a sustainable, secure, and inclusive society. He has been involved in research and development projects in multiple areas and his current focus is on organisational development. He spearheaded the creation of the Centre for Air Pollution Studies at CSTEP and the establishment of AI for Social Impact as sector of research. His research interests lie in the areas of information technology for development and is working on the development of decisions support systems for a variety of public policy problems. He is a senior member of the IEEE. Prior to CSTEP, Dr. Asundi was faculty in Information Systems at the University of Texas at Dallas. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh where he is currently Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy.