SOLARCON® India 2013 begins with charging the Solar Industry to Innovate, Collaborate & Execute

• Off grid is the market for India
• Innovation, resilience, guts to fight the challenges- key learning for solar industry

Online PR News – 02-August-2013 – bangalore/Karnataka – • Off grid is the market for India
• Innovation, resilience, guts to fight the challenges- key learning for solar industry
• SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India), Solar Energy Research Advisory Council & Solar Energy Industry Advisory Council to assist MNRE to achieve JNNSM-II objective
• Energy access, diesel replacement, telecom towers, new innovative product, cooling, cold storage, water purification, space heating and water pumping- Thrust areas for JNNSM-II

Bangalore, India, 1 August, 2013— SOLARCON India 2013, the fifth edition of India's premiere solar-focused technology and business event themed on "Balancing Energy Supply & Demand in the Region-The need for a complete PV eco-system from materials to power generation” organized by SEMI India and supported by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL), and the Government of Karnataka was inaugurated today in the presence of Shri Amita Prasad, IAS, Energy Secretary, Govt.of Karnataka and Shri Tarun Kapoor, IAS, Jt. Secretary, MNRE at the KTPO Exhibition Complex, Bangalore. Prof. Dr. Roland Schindler, Executive Director, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems; Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki, National Center for PV Research & Education at IIT Bombay; Mr. K. Subramanya, Chairperson, SEMI India PV Advisory Committee, Sri. M.B Dyaberi, IAS, Managing Director, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd also graced the ceremony.
Speaking at the inauguration to the industry leaders Shri Amita Prasad, IAS, Energy Secretary, Govt.of Karnataka said, "Innovate, Collaborate and execute.”
“Solar power has the immense capacity to bring in stability to the fluctuating electricity tariffs in India as it is cheaper than thermal and domestic coal. States have realized that solar sector is positive as most solar radiation in the worst part of India is better than the best part of Europe. Solar is a serious area to work for large scale projects in India. We can add large capacities to rooftop solar projects and I am glad that states have understood the momentum of the big future of the grid connected roof tops” included Shri. Tarun Kapoor, IAS, Jt. Secretary, MNRE.
Mr. K. Subramanya, Chairperson, SEMI India PV Advisory Committee sharing his views said, “Standardization of the solar products is necessary. Bankers need to be involved to increase budgetary support. Technology up gradation is essential. Respectability for the sector needs to be attained. As investors are looking for uncertainty, solar lobbying is required to be made”.

Dr. Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO India and winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award in the inaugural key note said, “Off grid is the market for India. Innovation, resilience, guts to fight the challenges are the key takeaways for the solar industry leaders. Social engineering will alone make this industry succeed. Solar power industry can apply the insights taken from the business models existing in other industry sectors”. And Prof. Pradeep Haldar, professor at the State University of New York (College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering) and CTO of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium added, “Innovation & entrepreneurship are to be encouraged at social level. Solar industry needs to innovate and create market opportunities to survive with the impending challenges. Government support is highly critical. Supply chain across the solar industry segment needs to be kept intact.”

On the inaugural day, addressing the “JNNSM Phase - 2 (2013-2017) Policy Initiatives and Implementation” in a session, Shri Tarun Kapoor, IAS, Joint Secretary, MNRE said, “Developing manufacturers, system integrators, entrepreneurs was the mission of JNNSM Phase I. With initiatives and implementations in Phase II we would take India to the first five countries in the world in terms of solar power production. States are taking a better lead today. For the Phase II, 800 MW is the off-grid target. The thrust areas include energy access, diesel replacement, telecom towers, new innovative product, cooling, cold storage, water purification, space heating and water pumping.” Speaking on the plans for off grid projects, he said, “JNNSM – II envisages development of cumulative capacity of 1000MW for off-grid solar power and target of15million Sq.M. collector area. The targets include improved energy access in remote areas, heating/cooling applications that would encourage employment generation opportunities, replacement of diesel and Kerosene: Telecom Towers, solar cities and solar cookers & steam generating systems”
Speaking on the implementation perspective, Dr. Ashvini Kumar, Director, Solar Energy Corporation of India added, “To scale up the JNNSM Phase II objectives, we have institutional arrangements on board, namely SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India), Solar Energy Research Advisory Council & Solar Energy Industry Advisory Council. These collectively aim at planning and executing integrated programs on development of solar energy technologies to achieve commercialization. These would be able to own, operate and manage both grid and off-grid power stations. They will promote R&D and assist MNRE in executing the mission objectives through appropriate mechanism. Although there are the issues of implementation – connectivity norms, metering norms, business model-Tariff & PPA etc, performance, we are sure with our collective effort we would be able to transform them into opportunities.”

With the aim of facilitating the state’s role in empowering the domestic PV manufacturers to help them in their internal growth and in positioning India as a global leader not only in consumption of solar technology but also as a provider, Ms. Bettina Weiss, President, SEMI India said, "Our conference theme this year reflects SEMI’s view that PV manufacturing must complement the growth in solar PV adoption in India. Balancing PV supply and demand within regions provides greater economic benefits, reduces carbon emissions and the costs of transporting PV products, making a case for a strong regional manufacturing industry. In the last few years, a large chunk of solar PV installations in India have been based on components sourced from international suppliers and at different cost points. India must not become solely a consumer of solar technology as it has much to offer the world as a manufacturer.”

At SOLARCON India 2013, companies will present their products on an exhibition space spread over 60,000 square feet. More than 4000 national & international trade visitors are expected to attend India's largest solar industry centric event this year.

The SOLARCON India 2013 conference includes: Opportunities for independent power producers under India’s REC mechanism; Balancing PV supply and demand in India: Re-invigorating Indian Manufacturing; Assessing the Indian Solar Market: Development Prospects and Problems — the Big Picture; Perspectives on building a complete solar PV eco-system in India; Role of States in PV Market Growth in India; Financing Solar – issues, options, perspectives; Rooftop Solar: The next big driver in India; Structures, safety, performance, reliability of PV installations and Energy conversion, storage and efficiency. The conference has more than 40 eminent speakers both national and international from the entire solar industry eco-system including the government.
A unique workshop on “PV Standards — from Materials and Manufacturing to Systems” in association with the IEEE Standards Association and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), will be offered. And a one-day tutorial on “Solar PV System Sizing” in technical collaboration with the National Center for PV Research and Education at IIT Bombay.
About SOLARCON® India 2013: SOLARCON India, now in its fifth year, is the event of choice for the solar industry in India. It brings together the entire supply chain with a focus on PV manufacturing and technology and attracts equipment and materials suppliers; cell and module manufacturers; balance of systems (BOS) suppliers (inverters, batteries, tracking and mounting systems, integrators); project developers; academia and researchers; utility-scale developers and government agencies. SOLARCON India visitors are influential: on an average, 89% of visitors are involved in the evaluation, recommendation, and final purchasing of PV manufacturing materials, equipment, and services and 81% of visitors are management level or above providing an excellent platform for product announcements and launches via exhibition presence or sponsorships with over 5,000 focused visitors expected at the event.
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