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SOLARCON India 2013 Begins With Charging The Solar Industry To Innovate, Collaborate &
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
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 states 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 SEMIs 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 Indias 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.
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