Indian expo highlights country’s growing solar popularity


Around 15,000 people headed to the event in the first two days, which also attracted more than 600 exhibitors, around 150 speakers and 2,000 delegates. Over the full three day period, it is likely to pull in more than 20,000 visitors.

It was evident at the show that India’s ambitious Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) has kindled great interest amongst the global solar companies, with many from Europe, the U.S. and the rest of Asia exhibiting there.

Furthermore, the technology and product providers were optimistic about the potential of India’s, as Suntech’s Zhengrong Shi described to pv magazine, "small but rapidly growing market".

Aimed at bringing together government, civil society and private sector parties, the event created an interactive forum in which to discuss and exchange visions, experiences and solutions for scaling up and making renewable energy mainstream. It also discussed the policy initiatives and innovative finance models needed to enhance the development of R&D and technology transfers to the country.

Supported by Indian government’s ministry of New & Renewable Energy, the conference section had some of the best known industry stalwarts as speakers.

Among them was Zhengrong Shi from Suntech, who spoke on "Technology trends in cells and module production in GW era," and Charlie Gay and Hansjoerg Kranz from Applied Materials.

Peter Pauli, CEO of Meyer Berger also emphasized the important role photovoltaic production equipment plays in helping to achieve more efficiency in production processes. Meanwhile, Hartmut Gross, director of centrotherm photovoltaics, which started its subsidiary operations in India earlier this year, spoke on the role of technology and how will it change the solar industry going forward.

In addition to the full conference program, there was a bevy of new investments, side shows and announcements. Cleantech Finland, for example, hosted a side event during the show with the theme, "Development, Deployment and Transfer of Cleantech". It was aimed at fostering knowledge and awareness of emerging trends and issues in the cleantech sector that are facing India.

Spire, a global solar company providing capital equipment and turn-key manufacturing lines additionally announced the establishment of its wholly owned subsidiary, Spire Solar Technologies Private Limited, which will open an office in Bangalore, India.

Watch out for the September edition of pv magazine, which will contain a more comprehensive report on the show. We will also be publishing an exclusive online interview with Suntech’s Zhengrong Shi next week.