The Future of Solar Energy in India

Gandhinagar, September 23rd, 2013

The solar industry in India has quadrupled over the last three years. As of June 30, 2013, there are around 1760 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity of solar in India. However, despite the facts, the sector continues to face many challenges. The phase II of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) has not yet taken off and the plans announced by different state governments have not materialised. There are barriers all along the business chain — from manufacturing to development and installation to financing of solar power project. 

With the aim to find a direction to move forward, we are organizing a workshop on ‘The Future of Solar Energy in India’ in collaboration with Gujarat Energy Research & Management Institute (GERMI) in Gandhinagar.

This conference is scheduled at a critical stage to take stock of the existing situation and develop a roadmap for sustainable growth of the solar energy in the country.

Venue: Lecture Theatre,
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University
Raisan Village, Gandhinagar
Gujarat - 382 007

Date: Monday, September 23, 2013 (9.00 AM to 6.00 PM)

It is imperative that we build an informed public opinion on the importance of establishing a roadmap for solar energy in India for sustainable development of the sector.


For queries related to this conference and participation please contact:

Aruna Kumarankandath
Programme Officer
Renewable Energy Programme
Mobile: +91-9818084477


Concept Note for the Conference onTHE FUTURE OF SOLAR ENERGY IN INDIA
Session 1 - Reenergizing the Grid Connected Solar
Reenergizing the grid connected solar: challenges and issues

By: Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director-General, CSE

Scaling up renewable energy mini-grids for rural electrification

By: Sunita Narain, Director General, CSE

Challenges in solar power development in Tamil Nadu

By: Sudeep Jain, Chairman and Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency

The second phase of JNNSM: The road ahead

By: Dr A K Tripathi, Director, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

Session 2 - Funding Solar
Financing models for solar: VGF or feed-in tariffs

By: Kanv Garg, Clean Energy Analyst (Solar Specialist), World Bank

Financing solar: Issues & challenges

By: Siddharth Kohli, Managing Partner, India Development & Environment Agency

Reforms required in the financial assistance for solar in India

By: Arjun Guha, Energy Specialist, KfW

Financing solar power: Developers' perspective

By: Pranav Mehta, Chairman, National Solar Energy Federation of India

Session 3 - Innovation and Global Deal
Auxiliary industries and their impact on solar industry

By: Dr Omkar Jani, Principal Research Scientist, GERMI

State of affairs in India: Power storage technologies

By: Dr Sharath Rao, CSTEP

Global deal: India's point of view on the world stage

By: Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General, CSE

Human resource development for solar energy

By: Dr Ketan Shukla, Deputy Director General, Gandhi Labour Institute, Gujarat

Session 4 - Development of Domestic Manufacturing
Improving the state of manufacturing sector in India: Global perspective

By: Rupesh Agarwal, Vice President, Ernst & Young

Is domestic content requirement a solution to development of the Indian manufacturing sector

By: Rao SYS Chodagam, CEO, Titan Energy

Threat of global competition in the manufacturing sector and its resolve

By: K N Subramaniam, Chief Executive Officer, Moser Baer Solar Ltd

News Clippings

Sept. 24, 2013

Over 30,000 houses to generate solar power in state

DNA: Ahmedabad: Sept. 24, 2013

State to replicate rooftop solar power model in 5 more cities

Economic Times: Sep. 23, 2013

Call for reforms to boost solar power sector

Times of India: Sep. 23, 2013

'Solar energy sector needs reforms'