5th Smart Cities India 2019
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Conference Programme

Day 1: 23 May 2018
Time Conference Room A
0925 - 0930   Welcome Address:
Mr. Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group
0930-0935   Address by:
H.E. Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
0935-0945   Keynote Address by:
Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India
0945-0955   Special Address by:
Shri LC Goyal, IAS (Retd.), Chairman, India Trade Promotion Organisation, India
0955-1005   Inaugural Address by:

Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Hon’ble Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
1005-1025   Shri C R Choudhary, Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Government of India
1025-1030   Vote of Thanks and Ribbon Cutting:
Mr. Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group
1100-1130 hrs Networking break
1130-1300 hrs PhotogalleryInaugural Conference Session: Implementing Smart Cities…. Transforming India for our Citizens

The objective of the Smart Cities Mission is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment, and application of 'Smart' Solutions. The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development, and the idea is to look at compact areas, create a replicable model for other cities. Nearly 31% of India's current population live in urban areas, and contribute 63% of India's GDP (Census 2011). Urban areas are expected to house 40% of India's population and contribute 75% of India's GDP by 2030. This requires comprehensive development of physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure. All are important in improving the quality of life and attracting people and investment, setting in motion a virtuous cycle of growth and development. Development of Smart Cities is a step in that direction. Smart Cities tap a range of approaches - digital and information technologies, urban planning best practices, public-private partnerships, and policy change - to make a difference.

Moderator: Mr. NSN Murty, Partner and Leader, PwC, India

• Mr. Ashish Mathur, Managing Director, JUSCO, India
• Mrs. Tanja Feldmann, Director, Sustainable Urban and Industrial Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, India
• Mr. Bhupesh Rathore, President, Strategic Government Advisory, YES BANK, India
• Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Programme Director & Sr. Consultant, International Solar Alliance, India
• Mr. Tanmoy Chakraborty, Group Government Affairs Officer, Tata Sons Ltd., India
• Dr. Sunil Dubey, Senior Advisor, Metropolis, Australia
1300-1400 hrs Lunch
Time Conference Room A
1400-1515 hrs PhotogalleryInternational Solar Alliance: The road ahead

India's brainchild, the International Solar Alliance (ISA) offers a common platform to solar-rich countries to collectively address challenges to scaling up solar energy deployment, thereby furthering the global clean energy transition. This session discusses the path forward for this young multilateral organisation and its potential impact in accelerating solar energy deployment.

Points of discussions:
• A success story: short and mid term
• From between the Tropics to beyond: The case for expanding ISA membership
• Addressing risks collectively: The Common Risk Mitigation Mechanism (CRMM)
• Next steps for the CRMM - capitalisation and operationalisation
• ISA’s plans for DRE technologies – solar rooftops and solar irrigation pumps
• Role of Member Countries under the ISA Framework Agreement

Chair: Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Programme Director & Sr. Consultant, International Solar Alliance, India

• Mr. Anuj Xess, Manager- Skills and Technology, CLEAN, India
• Dr. T S Panwar, Ph.D., Director, Climate Change & Energy Programme, WWF, India
• Mr. Atul Bhatnagar, Business Advisor, Sun Moksha, India
• Mr. Rohit Dhar, Director (EPC), Vikram Solar, India
• Mr. Zakir Khan, Wartsila, India
• Ms. Anjali Viswamohanan, Programme Associate, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India

Member Country Remarks: H.E. Ms Jainaba Jagne, High Commissioner, The Gambia Embassy
1515-1530 hrs Networking break
1530 -1645 hrs PhotogalleryExamining the solar policy roadmap to achieve ambitious targets

India’s clean energy transition is well underway. Progress on the target of 100 GW of solar installed capacity by 2022 has been mixed – with utility-scale solar faring far better than rooftop solar. This session revisits the policy support needed to realize India’s 2022 targets and beyond. Some of the major issues are

• Utility-scale solar
o Given the price-competitiveness of utility-scale solar, focus must shift to other issues such as grid integration of RE generation, curtailment of RE generation and losses to states on account of deviation settlement mechanism.
o Will transmission infrastructure catch up with the generation infrastructure?
o Facilitating RE integration: Utility-scale storage, Development of power trading markets
• Addressing the issues surrounding sluggish rooftop solar deployment – o Role of DISCOMs
o Enabling innovative business models that address risks specific to rooftop solar – demand aggregation, community solar etc
• Further mobilizing finance for RE by policy
o Green banks: Institutional mechanisms to crowd-in private capital are more effective than direct lending
o Easing investment restrictions for institutional investors in infrastructure projects – as proposed in Union Budget 2018-19
o Policy measures to spur the development of the bond market

Moderator: Dr. Vaibhav Chaturvedi, Research Fellow, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India

Special Address:
• Shri Ismail Ali Khan, Chairman, Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission, India
• Shri Anand Kumar, Chairman, Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission, India
• Dr. Vipin Sharma, Director General, Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA),India
• Ms. Varsha Joshi, Secretary (Power), GNCTD, India

• Mr. Pankaj Batra, Member (Planning), Central Electricity Authority, India
• Mr. Ajit Pandit, Founding Director and CEO, Idam Infrastructure Advisory Pvt. Ltd., India
• Mr. Umakant Shende, COO, CleanMax Solar, Cleanmax Solar, India

Day 2: 24 May 2018 (Thursday)
Time Conference Room B (Solar)
1000-1130 hrs Photogallery Financing RE Projects – De-risking utility-scale renewables financing and enhancing access to finance for underserved segments

While India has achieved considerable progress in deploying utility-scale renewables, to further accelerate RE deployment in a cost-effective and resource-effective manner, certain project and non-project level risks need to be mitigated. Further, access to affordable finance is a major challenge for scaling up distributed RE deployment in India. In this session, we try to understand

• The risks constraining the lagging segments such as solar rooftop, solar pumps etc.
• Risks specific to utility-scale renewables
• Need of new players such as insurance/reinsurance companies in the renewables value chain
• New paradigms of financing RE projects: Catalytic finance versus direct lending
• Financial instruments for risk mitigation
• Green Banks: Institutional mechanisms to crowd-in private sector capital into financially underserved segments
• International examples of innovative RE finance

Moderator: Mr. Shantanu Jaiswal, Head of India Research, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, India

Special Address: Mrs. Rajashree Ray, Economic Advisor, Department od Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India

Industry Presentation: Mr. Vikas Bansal, Executive Vice President, Corporate Finance, Infrastruture Banking, Yes Bank, India

• Dr. Ashok Haldia, MD & CEO, PTC India Financial Services Ltd., India
• Dr. Donal Cannon, European Investment Bank, Head- Regional Representation, Delegation of the European Union to India
• Mr. Sujoy Ghosh, Country Head – India, First Solar Power India Pvt. Ltd., India
• Mr. Ronald Sastrawan, Sr. Risk Analyst, Munich Re, Hong Kong
• Mr Manu Aggarwal, Programme Associate, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India
1130-1145 hrs Tea Break
1145-1315 hrs Photogallery Renewable Energy: Land acquisition challenges and solutions
Due to recent push by the Government and vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister for adding substantial capacity in Renewable Energy (especially Solar & Wind) many projects/investments are in pipeline in the field of Solar/Wind Power projects. Major challenge in installing solar/wind capacity is land acquisition. According to Constitution of India, Land is a State Subject i.e. every state in India has its own land Laws which has to be followed by everyone doing business or anything related to the land in the respective state.

To establish Solar/Wind Power Projects land Acquisition is the crucial first Step. Since India being an agrarian society is still reluctant to use its vast patches of agriculturally viable land for infrastructure development of Wind & Solar parks.
Before starting acquisition of Land the investor or the Developer must get Legal Land Due Diligence conducted by an expert Law Firm. This avoids future complexities and is a prerequisite for funding of the Project from Financial institutions. However, as a Law Firm working on the subject matter at the Ground level, we are confronted with multitude of legal issues. The major Challenges faced by our Team across India are as follows:

ISSUE 1: Documentation of Property records in Vernacular language
ISSUE 2: Missing/Unavailable Property Documents with Revenue Authorities
ISSUE 3: Conversion of Land from Agricultural to Industrial/Non Agricultural
ISSUE 4: Forgery of Documents
ISSUE 5: Rectification of Documents (Rectification Deed)
ISSUE 6: Traditional Practices like Oral Family Partition, Gift etc.
ISSUE 7: Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest
ISSUE 8: Revenue Authorities- Poor Maintenance / Illegible Land Records
ISSUE 9: Pathways for Wind Turbine- Necessity of legal Due Diligence
ISSUE 10 – Solar Projects require contagious Land - Fragmented holdings & Difficulty in obtaining contiguous land
ISSUE 11: Classification of Land & Protected Tenants

Moderator: Shri Raj Singh Niranjan, Managing Partner, Trans India Law Associates & Legal Advisor International Solar Alliance, India

• Mr. Ashok Aneja, Director, Dr. Gopal Energy Foundation, India
• Mr. Parthapariya Ghosh, Senior Social Development, World Bank Group, India
• Shri Atul Gupta, Associate Vice President, Jakson Group, India
• Mr A B Kiran, Dy General Manager, IREDA, India
• Mr. Dilbag Sharma, Head - Development, Skeiron Renewables, India
• Mr. Subrahmanyam Pulipaka, Co-Founder and CEO, Soreva Energy, India
1315-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-1515 hrs Photogallery Jobs and skills requirements for solar energy

One of the major socio-economic impacts of India’s clean energy transition is its job-creation potential. On the other hand, India needs skilled manpower in order to realise the ambitious targets set under its clean energy transition. The solar energy industry generates jobs across the value chain- in manufacturing, project installation and operations and maintenance. This session discusses

• The kind of skills required across the solar value chain – in manufacturing, project installation and operations and maintenance
• The requirements of skilled manpower to meet India’s solar energy deployment targets
• The gap between requirements of skilled manpower and its present availability
• A critical evaluation of government skill development initiatives such as the Suryamitra programme in meeting the skills requirements of the National Solar Mission

Chair: Dr. Praveen Saxena, Chief Executive Officer, Skill Council of Green Jobs, India

• Mr. Tanmay Bishnoi, Skill Council of Green Jobs, India
• Prof. Dr. Rajender Kumar Pandey, Director General, National Power Training Institute, India
• Mr. Anuj Xess, Manager- Skills and Technology, CLEAN, India
1515-1530 hrs Tea Break
1530-1645 hrs Photogallery Solar thermal process heating in India: Opportunities and benefits

Solar thermal can fulfil a substantial amount of heat demand for industries within any given country and irrespective of the geographical location. There are three groups of solar thermal technologies that are useful for industrial process heat i.e. solar air collectors (specially for food processing industry), solar water systems and solar concentrators. Deployment levels are mainly determined by the economic competitiveness of solar thermal systems. Integration of solar thermal heating plants during the construction of new industrial plants will serve as an opportunity and for small- and medium-size industrial plants, solar process heat could reduce the dependence on volatile fossil fuel prices. The session aims to bring out the solutions for the key challenges of solar thermal heat in industrial applications such as short pay-back times, integration into existing industrial processes, storage systems, infrastructure and finance opportunities, awareness of the benefits, financing mechanisms to cover upfront costs etc. Additionally, it would also discuss:

• What are CSP’s advantages over PV?
• In the era of falling PV tariffs, how should government strategise about CSP?
• Who will be the early adopters of CSP- DISCOMs or Industries?
• Are certain states better placed than others to promote CSP?

Chair: Mr. H.R. Khan, Sr. Advisor (Solar Thermal), MNRE, India

Introductory Presentation: Mr. Jaideep Malaviya, Secretary General, Solar Thermal Federation of India, India

• Mr. Niranjan Desai, Vice President - Business Development, Orb Energy, India
• Mr. Jaideep Malaviya, Secretary General, Solar Thermal Federation of India, India
• Mr. Madhusadhan Rao, Managing Director, Oorja Energy, India
• Mr. Aravindh M.A. Scientist 'B', MInistry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India

Day 3: 25 May 2018 (Friday)
Time Conference Room B (Solar)
1000-1100 hrs PhotogallerySession: Solar rooftop scenario in India
Rooftop solar is an important part of India’s ongoing clean energy transition, with a planned target of 40 GW installed capacity out of the overall 100 GW of solar by 2022 target. However, the current trajectory of rooftop capacity addition will translate into an installed capacity of only around 10 GW by 2022. The Solar Rooftop Summit will take stock of the challenges constraining rooftop solar deployment as well as potential solutions for accelerating the same. There are a number of challenges that have resulted into sluggishness in rooftop solar deployment:

• Poor implementation of policies and execution

Lack of support from DISCOMs
• Fearing revenue losses as a result of a decline in demand by consumers adopting rooftop solar, particularly high tariff paying commercial and industrial consumers, DISCOMs have not supported rooftop solar deployment.
• This has been manifested through long delays in granting approvals for net metering connections, restrictions on system size for consumers etc
• Lack of institutional capacity to support rooftop deployment in terms of resources
• Involvement of multiple agencies in execution of rooftop solar programme – MNRE, SECI, DISCOMs - resulting in lengthy delays in implementation

Poor consumer awareness
• Consumer unfamiliarity with rooftop solar, resulting in weak demand
• Perceptions about rooftop solar being an expensive technology for electricity generation
• Lack of awareness of government schemes and processes to be followed for setting up rooftop solar systems

Access to affordable finance is a challenge:
• Small-scale, disaggregated nature of projects and a short track record makes accessing affordable finance difficult for developers, barring a select group of large developers
• Poor creditworthiness of offtakers
High upfront cost of rooftop solar projects

Potential Solutions:
• DISCOMs and execution delays:
• SRISTI scheme
• Giving DISCOMs a central role in implementation, thereby reducing execution delays due to involvement of multiple agencies
• Financial incentive under the scheme would incentivise DISCOMs to support rooftop solar deployment

Consumer Awareness
• MNRE’s Information & Public Awareness Programme
• Enhanced consumer awareness about benefits of rooftop solar will create demand for the same

Innovative Business Models
• Rent a roof policy
• Could address many issues including offtaker risk, access to finance for developers

Solar City Initiative
• Solarize Dwarka

• Promoting the uptake of RESCO model to circumvent problems such as high upfront costs of systems in CAPEX model

Chair: Shri Pranav Mehta, Chairman, National Solar Energy Thermal Federation of India, India

Keynote Address: Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, India

• Mr. Amal Sinha, CEO, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd., India
• Mr. Reji Kumar Pillai, President, India Smart Grid Forum, India
• Mr. Joerg Gaebler, Principal Advisor, Indo-German Energy Programme, ComSolar - I-RE – Solar Rooftop, GIZ, India
• Mr. Ajit Pandit, Founding Director and CEO, Idam Infrastructure Advisory Pvt. Ltd., India
• Mr. Brajesh Kumar, Sr. Vice President & Head Business, BYPL, India
• Mr. Randeep Bora, Head - Government Business, Cleanmax Solar, India
• Mr Arjun Dutt, Programme Associate, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India
1100-1200 hrs PhotogallerySession: Challenges and its solutions for solar rooftop deployment

Chair: Dr. Ashvini Kumar, Senior Director, Renewable Energy Technologies, TERI, India

• Mr. Al Mudabbir Bin Anam, Programme Coordinator, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme, Deutsche Gesellschaft fϋr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Bangladesh
• Mr. Ankit Jain, Founder & CEO, Lume Solar Energy Private Limited, India
• Mr Neeraj Kuldeep, Programme Associate, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India
• Mr. Rohit Kumar, Head of Indian Subcontinent, REC Solar and Director, REC, India
• Ms. Ritu Lal, VP – Business Development & Institutional Relations, Amplus Energy Solutions, India
• Mr. Sugata Mukherjee, Head of Group - Solar & New Business, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Co. Ltd.
• Mr. Vaibhav Singhal, Business Head, Jakson, India
1200-1300 hrs PhotogallerySession: Best practices in solar rooftop

Chair: Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Programme Director & Sr. Consultant, International Solar Alliance, India

Keynote Address: Mr. P R Kumar, CEO, BSES-Yamuna Power Ltd., India

• Mr. Pradeep Menon, Head – Technical & Strategy, Havells Solar, India
• Mr. Daniel Lepori, CEO, Designergy SA, Switzerland
• Mr. Gautam Mohanka, Director, Gautam Solar Pvt. Ltd., India
1315-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-1600 hrs PhotogallerySmart Cities India Awards 2018

Smart Cities India Awards is an annual event designed to felicitate, recognize and encourage individuals, policy makers, companies, government bodies and associations working behind the successful execution of the mammoth dream of developing 100 smart cities and rejuvenation of 500 cities in India. With its 3rd iteration, the award recognizes pioneering projects that aim to make cities more liveable, sustainable and economically viable by honouring best practices and models in the smart cities concept. The objective is to foster development of future cities enhancing quality of life, innovation, competitiveness and efficient management.
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