5th Smart Cities India 2019
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Conference Programme

Day 1: 10 May 2017
Time Room A
1000-1100 hrs Opening Ceremony
1100-1130 hrs Networking break
1130-1300 hrs Inaugural Conference Session: Smarter solutions for a better tomorrow
1300-1400 hrs Lunch
Time Room E: Solar India
1400-1530 hrs Session: State of the sector- Targets, roadmap and challenges

Chair: Mr. Pranav R. Mehta, Chairman, National Solar Energy Federation of India and Co-Chairman, Global Solar Council, India
Keynote Address: Mr. G.V. Balaram, Managing Director, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd., India*

Special Address: Dr. Ashvini Kumar, Managing Director, SECI, India

Lead Speaker: Mr. A.K. Jain, CMD, REIL, India

CEO Speaks: Mr. Sumant Sinha, Co-Founder, Renew Ventures, India*

• Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, India
• Mr. Gerhard STRYI-HIPP, Head of Energy Policy , Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Germany
• Mr. Ashish Khanna, CEO, Tata Power Solar Systems Ltd., India
• Mr. Anil Kumar Jain, NITI Aayog, India*
• Dr. Amarpal Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), India*
• Mr. Ketan Mehta, Co-Founder, Rays Power Infra, India*

Discussion Points:

• Central and state policies
• Role of regulators
• Focus on achievements vs targets
• Low electricity demand growth
• Major challenges in achieving targets such as land acquisitions, power evacuation, delay in payments etc
1530 -1545 hrs Tea Break
1545 -1715 hrs Session: Financing RE

Chair: To be decided
Keynote Address: Mr. Rajeev Kapoor, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India*

• Mr. Sanjeev Gupta, Managing Director, Nextgen Financial Services, India
• Mr. Pawan Agrawal, Sr. President, Yes Bank, India*
• Mr. K.S. Popli, CMD, IREDA, India*
• Mr. Karnam Sekar, DMD & CCO, Chief Sustainability Officer, State Bank of India, India
• Mr. Shalabh Tandon, IFC, India*
• Mr. Inderpreet Wadhwa, Azure Power, India*
• Mr. Kuldeep Jain, Cleanmax Solar, India*
• Dr. Ashok Haldia, MD and CEO, PFS, India*
• Mr. Anchit Gupta, Director of Business Development, Focal Energy, India
• Mr. Sanjeev Aggarwal, Managing Director, Amplus Infrastructure, India

Discussion Points:

• Impact of falling tariffs- Are returns actually getting squeezed ?
• Which one is more scarce- debt or equity?
• Risk abating mechanisms (for example, REWA solar bid in MP)
• Scope of aggregation/warehousing of solar rooftop in India
• Financing tools and assistance: Clean energy funds, green bonds, green banks, infrastructure investment trust etc.
standardising PPAs across Indian states

Day 2: 11 May 2017
Time Room E: Solar India
1000-1130 hrs Session: Regulatory framework

Chair: Mr. Deepak Gupta, Director General, National Solar Energy Federation of India, India

Keynote Address: Mr. Gireesh Pradhan, Chairman, CERC, India*

• Mr. Pankaj Batra, Member (Planning), Central Electricity Authority, India
• Mr. Amit Kapur, Partner, J. Sagar Associates, India
• Mr. Nitin Zamre, Vice President, ICF International, India
• Ms. Garima Sharma, Director - Indirect Taxation, KGS Advisors, India
• Mrs. Rajashree Ray, Economic Advisor, Department of Economic Affairs, MoF, India*
• Mr. Chintan Shah, Consultant, Black and Veatch, India
• Mr. Akshay Jaitly, Trilegal, India*
• Mr. Gopal K. Saxena, BSES Rajdhani, India*
• Mr. B. P. Singh, Member, DERC, India*
• Mr. Santosh Kumar, CEO, CREST, India*

Discussion Points:

• Imapct of GST on solar
• Feedback from the implementation experiences from large scale developers
• Policy support and changes in power market design required such as double part tariff for RE, innovative net metering policies for the utility of future
• Challenges ahead: Regulated prices, tariff determination, customer adoption, payment collection and faster dispute resolution
• Single window clearances for seeking regulatory approvals
1130 -1145 hrs Tea Break
1145 -1315 hrs Session: Impact of policies undertaken/ announced by Centre and states

Dr. P.V. Ramesh CMD, REC, India*

Keynote Address: Mr. P.K. Pujari, Secretary, Ministry of Power, India*

CEO Speaks:
• Mr. Praveer Sinha, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), India*
• Mr. Aniruddha Basu, Managing Director, CESC Ltd., India*

• Mr. Deepak Gupta, Sr. Program Manager (Power), Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, India*
• Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC, India*
• Mr. K.D. Chaudhri, CMD, PSPCL, India*
• Mr. Ankit Anand, IAS, Managing Director, CSPDCL, India*
• Mr. Shatrujeet Singh Kapoor, I.P.S., Chairman cum Managing Director, DHBVNL, India*
• Mr. Bipin Shrimali, Managing Director, MAHAGENCO, India*

Discussion Points:

• Impact of Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY)
• Funds, schemes and incentives introduced: are they relevant in today’s landscape?
• Why is no one talking about solar CSP?
1315-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-1530 hrs Session: India's solar leadership and global solar challenges

Chair: Shri Upendra Tripathy, Director General, International Solar Alliance, India*

• Mr. Pranav R. Mehta, Chairman, National Solar Energy Federation of India and Co-Chairman, Global Solar Council, India
• Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, CEEW, India*
• Mr. Simon Stolp, Country Lead (India) - Energy & Extractives, World Bank, India*
• Mr. Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India*
• Mr. Kerry Adler, President & Chief Executive Officer, SkyPower Global, India*
• Mr. Manoj Kumar Upadhyay, Founder, ACME Group, India*

Discussion Points:

• Is India doing enough to fill the leadership vaccum at the high table on climate and solar? If no, what more could it do?
• How big impediment is high existing and pipeline fossils capacity to achieve renewable targets globally?International collaborations, e.g. ISA
• Can India be the leader to provide skilled manpower for renewable industry, similar to IT industry?
1530-1545 hrs Tea Break
1545-1730 hrs Session: Make in India- Solar manufacturing sector

Chair: To be decided

Keynote Address: Mr. Anjani Nandan Sharan, Joint Secretary, MNRE, India*

CEO Speaks: Mr. Gyanesh Chaudhary, CEO, Vikram Solar, India*

• Dr. Harish K Ahuja, Founder & CEO, indiagosolar.in, India
• Mr. V. Subramanian, Secretary General, Indian Wind Energy Association, India*
• Mr. Hitesh Doshi, CMD, Waree, India*
• Mr. T. Anil Jain, CEO, Refex Energy, India*
• Mr. Rajya Wardhan Ghei, Chief Executive Officer-India Solar Business , Hindustan Clean Energy Ltd., India*
• Mr. Parag Sharma, Chief Operating Officer, ReNew Wind Power Private Limited, India*
• Mr. Ravi Khanna, Chief Executive Officer- Solar Power Business, Aditya Birla Group, India*
• Mr. Madhusudan Khemka, CEO, Regen PowerTech, India

Discussion Points:
• Incentives required to make India globally competitive in renewables manufacturing
• How do you see Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme?
• Does it make sense for India to manufacture panels when China is already selling it at lower prices?
• Promoting small existing manufacturers and encouraging large new players
• Introducing standards to ensure quality

Day 3: 12 May 2017
Time Room E: Solar India
1000-1130 hrs Session: Grid integration- Storage, Big data etc.

Chair: To be decided

CEO Speaks: Mr. KVS Baba, CEO, POSOCO, India*

• Mr. Debi Dash, Director, Operations & Membership, India Energy Storage Alliance, India
• Mr. Aseem Goyal, Panasonic India Pvt. Ltd., India*
• Mr. V.K. Agrawal, Executive Director - Energy Management, ReGen Powertech Private Limited, India
• Mr. Manoj Pande, CEO, Statcon Energiaa, India
• Mr. Winfried Damm, Programme Director, IGEN, GIZ, India*
• Mr. Vinay Rustagi, Managing Director, Bridge to India, India*
• Mr. Shravan Kumar Singh, Regional Leader, Smart Energy Division (APAC), NEC, India*

Discussion Points:

• Lack of R&D in renewables and efforts being made in this direction
• Innovations in smart grid technologies
• Emerging storage technologies and road ahead
• Commercial feasibility of storage solutions for grid stability and its impact on solar tariff
• Isn’t scheduling enough for grid balancing? Have we done our best on this front? e.g- 5 min blocks instead of 15 min blocks, big data
1130-1145 hrs Tea Break
1145-1315 hrs Session: Grid-connected solar rooftop

Chair: To be decided

• Mr. Atul Dhir, Member - PV Rooftop Cell, MNRE, India*
• Mr. Bhashkar Deol, Founder, Mynergy Renewables India Limited and Consultant, NRDC, India*
• Mr. Hemant Bhatnagar, Senior Advisor, GIZ, India*
• Mr. R.Chellappan, Managing Director, Swelect Energy Systems Limited, India*
• Mr. Munjal Rangwala, CEO, Harsha Abakus Solar, India*
• Mr. Jayant Parimal, CEO-Renewable Energy, Adani Green Energy Limited, India*
• Mr. Marek Zaborowski, Team Leader of EU-India Technical Cooperation Project Energy (India)
• Mr. Neeraj Gupta, Principal Investment Officer, IFC, India
• Mr. Rajesh Bhat, President, Juwi India, India*

Discussion Points:

• Ways to accelerate solar rooftop in residential area
• How DISCOMs perceive it: Grid connected solar rooftop systems for distribution network
• Challenges faced by developers & designers: economic and non-economic such as contract enforcement, change in tenancy, etc.
• Best practices for solar rooftop installations and lessons from other countries
1315-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-1445 hrs Session: Off Grid Solar

Chair: To be decided

• Mr. Hari Natarajan, CEO, CLEAN, India*
• Mr. Rustam Sengupta, Chairman, Boond, India*
• Mr. Kartik Wahi, Co-Founder and Director, Claro Energy, India*
• Mr. Sandeep Pandey, Co-Founder and CEO, Mera Gao Power, India*
• Mr. Vijay Bhaskar, Country Director, Mlinda, India
• Mr. G.L. Meena, Director, MNRE, India*
• Dr. Akanksha Chaurey, CEO, IT Power, India

Discussion Points:

• Emerging opportunities in solar off grid sector
• Potential of off grid products (solar water heaters/ pumps/ lamps, etc.)
• Extension of main grid risk: grid reaching regions connected by mini and micro grids
• Issue of quality and performance standards
• Enabling bankability in PV rooftop space
• Digitalisation of distributed systems
1445-1530 hrs Session: Jobs and Skills

Chair: Dr. Praveen Saxena, CEO, Skill Council of Green Jobs, India

• Mr. Alfred Bucheli, EL. ENG. (FH), Basmni Technologies Pvt. Ltd., India
• Mr. Arslan Khalid, Associate Programme Officer, International Renewable Energy Agency. UAE*
• Prof. Chetan Solanki, Founder, Kwatt Solutions, India*

Discussion Points:

• How good are the various Skill development initiative undertaken by the government: Sauryamitra programme, etc.
• Do we understand the kind of skills needed in the renewable industry? If yes, What are the skills gap in the renewable industry?
• If there are skill gaps, What are the steps needed to be taken by the government and other agencies?
• Employment generation potential of solar in India
• Does India need a strategic focus on solar manufacturing sector, to create more jobs?
1530-1545 hrs Tea Break
1545-1730 hrs
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