Intersolar India kicks off

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The Intersolar India exhibition and conference kicked off in Mumbai on Monday, showcasing the latest developments in India’s fast-growing solar market as well as industry trends around the globe.

Running Nov. 11-14 at Mumbai’s Leela Kempinksi Hotel, the conference will see approximately 100 speakers and 700 attendees exchanging the latest information on topics such as photovoltaic production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies.

The exhibition will begin on Tuesday and continue through Thursday, with some 170 exhibitors presenting cutting-edge technologies, products and services at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai and is expected to welcome about 8,500 visitors from more than 80 nations.

The Renewables – Made in Germany special exhibit, which provides an overview of the resources, technologies and systems used by the major renewable energy sectors, is making its debut at this year’s event. The exhibit presents a close-up look at a number of systems as well as the technical processes, essential parameters of various technologies and expert knowledge of German companies. The exhibit takes place on Nov. 12.

The exhibition will also hold the official ceremony honoring the winners of the Intersolar Award for Solar Projects in India on Tuesday. The event will announce winners in the fields Off-Grid Solutions, Industrial and Commercial Use and Utility-Scale Projects.

This year’s confab will likewise focus on the fast growth solar in India and the country’s growing opportunities for international players. In September, the total installed capacity of solar energy in India surpassed the 2 GW mark for the very first time and last month the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) launched the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).

India’s solar market in the spotlight

Solar projects with a maximum capacity of 750 MW are eligible to receive funding from the JNNSM scheme. In addition, the Indian federal states, in particular Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, have been driving forward their own solar programs. For example, Madhya Pradesh announced plans in October to extend its installed capacity to 1.4 GW by 2015, making 2014 a significant year for the Indian solar market. Total installed capacity in the country is expected to exceed 4 GW by 2015.

Following Monday’s opening ceremony at the Leela Kempinksi Hotel, the Intersolar India Conference presentations focused on the development of global solar markets and the status and future of the Indian market. The PV Executive Panel examined the current opportunities and challenges of the Indian solar market. Discussions centered on both the current developments of the national solar mission and the programs run by the federal states as well as the progress being made by the Indian solar industry and specific market areas, such as rural electrification. Participating in the panel discussion were Anurag Garg, vice president and leader of solar business at Schneider Electric, India; Sujoy Ghosh, country head India at First Solar Inc., India; Thierry Lepercq, chairman of Solairedirect, France; and Inderpreet Wadhwa, CEO of Azure Power Co., India.

This year’s conference also focuses on operation and maintenance of PV power plants. In the course of five presentations given on Tuesday, experts will discuss improving performance of PV power plants under normal operating conditions, ways of detecting problems early and tried-and-tested maintenance practices.

In addition, as part of the exhibition, Intersolar India is working for the first time with Solar Energy International (SEI) to offer daily practical training sessions.