ACEF Speaker

Manu Srivastava

Additional Chief Secretary,
Madhya Pradesh Energy Department, India

Manu Srivastava, a 1991 batch Indian Administrative Service officer, holds B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi. With 31 years of experience, he has dedicated 16 years to the energy sector, specifically natural gas, electricity, and renewable energy. Srivastava has led groundbreaking projects in solar energy, including the 750 MW Rewa Project, which marked a significant milestone in India's solar energy history. This project was the first in the country to offer solar energy at rates lower than coal-based power. It is also the only project in India supplying power to an institutional customer, with 65% of Delhi Metro's daytime demand met by solar power from Rewa. The project received the World Bank Group’s President’s Award and is featured in case studies at Harvard University and Singapore Management University. His Solar Rooftop projects have pioneered a new model for setting up solar installations in India, requiring zero investment from beneficiaries and offering savings for 25 years. This model achieved the lowest rate in the country and has been successfully implemented in over a hundred organizations within the state. Currently, Srivastava is working on implementing rooftop solar projects in Panchayati Raj Institutions across India without any investment from PRIs or the government, under the Gram Urja Swaraj initiative of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. Both these projects have been recognized by the Capacity Building Commission, Government of India, as among the top 15 “Innovations in Public Administration” in the country.


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