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Conference Programme 2017

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 ChallengesPhotogallery
 
Chair: Mr. Pranav R. Mehta, Chairman, National Solar Energy Federation of India and Co-Chairman, Global Solar Council, India
 
CEO Speaks: Mr. Gyanesh Chaudhary, MD & CEO, Vikram Solar Pvt. Ltd., India
 
Lead Speaker: Mr. A.K. Jain, MD, REIL, India
 
Speakers:
• Mr. Amit Kumar, Senior Director, Social Transformation, Teri, India
• Ms. Paramita Sahoo, Tata Power Solar Systems Ltd., India
• Mr. Gerhard STRYI-HIPP, Head of Energy Policy , Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Germany
• Mr. Hiten Parekh, Head - Everest Solar, Everest Industries Limited, India
• Dr. Manish Karna, General Manager – Solar Business Development
ACME Solar, 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 REPhotogallery
 
Chair: Mr. K.S. Popli, CMD, IREDA, India
 
Speakers:
• Mr. Anchit Gupta, Director of Business Development, Focal Energy, India
• Mr. J. Krishna Sankar, Managing Director, Eastern Power and Systems Pvt. Ltd, India
• Mr. Karnam Sekar, DMD & CCO, Chief Sustainability Officer, State Bank of India, India
• Mr. Sanjeev Aggarwal, Managing Director, Amplus Infrastructure, India
• Mr. Sanjeev Gupta, Managing Director, NEXGEN Financial Services, India
• Mr. Y. Dinesh Babu, Chief of Party, USAID PACE-D, NEXANT, India
• Mr. V.S. Bisht, EVP, PTC India Financial Ltd., 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 FrameworkPhotogallery
 
Chair: Mr. Deepak Gupta, Director General, National Solar Energy Federation of India, India
 
Speakers:
• Mr. Chintan Shah, Consultant, Black and Veatch, India
• Ms. Garima Sharma, Director - Indirect Taxation, KGS Advisors, India
• Mr. Neeraj Menon, Partner, Trilegal, India
 
Discussion Points:
• Impact 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: Jobs and SkillsPhotogallery
 
Chair: Dr. Praveen Saxena, CEO, Skill Council of Green Jobs, India
 
Speakers:
• Mr. Ajay Prakash Shrivastava, Chairman, Mahrishi Solar, India
• Mr. Alfred Bucheli, EL. ENG. (FH), Basmni Technologies Pvt. Ltd., India
• Mr Tanmay Bishnoi, Head – Standards and Research, Skill Council for Green Jobs, India
 
Discussions 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?
1315-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-1530 hrs GSES Master Class on Solar RooftopPhotogallery
• Solar rooftop project development phases and challenges
• Solar rooftop project costing and feasibility
• Design and safety overview of solar rooftop system
• Maximising system performance through proper site assessment and planning
• Interconnection, metering, grid connectivity and testing procedure
• Solar rooftop installation best practices

By Mr. Dwipen Boruah, Managing Director, GSES India Pvt. Ltd., India
1530-1545 hrs Tea Break
1545-1730 hrs Session: Make in India- Solar Manufacturing SectorPhotogallery
 
Chair: Mr. Pranav R. Mehta, Chairman, National Solar Energy Federation of India and Co-Chairman, Global Solar Council, India
 
Speakers:
• Mr. Ajay Prakash Shrivastava, Chairman, Mahrishi Solar, India
• Mr. Rajeev Kumar Sharma, Honorary Secretary, National Solar Energy Federation of India, India
• Mr. V. Subramanian, Secretary General, Indian Wind Energy Association, India
• Mr. Vineet Tyagi, Head-Sales & Marketing, Insolation Energy, India
 
Discussions 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.Photogallery
 
Moderator: Mr. Karthik Ganesan, Research Fellow, Council of Energy Environment and Water, India
 
CEO Speaks: Mr. KVS Baba, CEO, POSOCO, India
Lead Speaker: Mr. Reji Pillai, President, India Smart Grid Forum, India
 
Speakers:
• Mr. Debi Dash, Director, Operations & Membership, India Energy Storage Alliance, India
• Mr. Manoj Pande, CEO, Statcon Energiaa, India
• Mr. Markus Wypior, Indo-German Energy Programme, Dy. Director, Green Energy Corridors and Director, GIZ, India
• Mr. V.K. Agrawal, Executive Director - Energy Management, ReGen Powertech Private Limited, India
 
Discussions 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 RooftopPhotogallery
 
Chair: Mr. Amit Kumar, Senior Director, Social Transformation, TERI, India
 
Speakers:
• Mr. Ashish Agnihotri, Business Development Leader (North), Oriano Solar, India
• Mr. Bhaskar Deol, Founder, Mynergy Renewables India Limited and Consultant, NRDC, 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, Managing Director, Juwi India, India
• Mr Tanmay Bishnoi, Head – Standards and Research, Skill Council of Green Jobs, India
 
Discussions 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
1400-1530 hrs Session: Off Grid SolarPhotogallery
 
Chair: Mr. Amit Kumar, Senior Director, Social Transformation, TERI, India
 
Speakers:
• Mr. Kartik Wahi, Co-Founder and Director, Claro Energy, India
• Mr. Rustam Sengupta, Chairman, Boond, India
• Ms. Shubhra Mohanka, Managing Director, Gautam Solar Pvt Ltd., India
 
Discussions 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
1530-1545 hrs Tea Break
1545-1730 hrs
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