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Conference Programme

Day 1: 23 May 2018 (Wednesday)
Time Room A
1000-1100 hrs Opening Ceremony
1100-1130 hrs Networking break
1130-1300 hrs Inaugural Conference Session: Implementing Smart Cities…. Transforming India for our Citizens
1300-1400 hrs Lunch
Time Conference Room B (Swacch)
1400-1515 hrs Session: Examining the Solar Policy Roadmap to Achieve Ambitious Targets
  A global energy transition is well under way, with record new additions of installed solar energy capacity. Solar is an innovative and more sustainable way of meeting our energy needs. The Government has set a target of 100 GW of solar power by 2022, of which 60 GW is to come from utilities and 40 GW from rooftop solar installations. India’s push for solar energy has resulted in a considerable drop in solar price which has led to solar power installed capacity of 17.05 GW by end of 2017. This session examines the policy, which is intended to support new solar business models, create innovative financial infrastructure, provide access to affordable finance and foreign investment in the sector, etc. Energy-efficient upgrade of buildings, storage and grid integration are other special focus areas.
1515-1530 hrs Tea Break
1530-1645 hrs Session: International Solar Alliance – A Holistic Approach
  India's brainchild, the International Solar Alliance (ISA), is a common platform for cooperation among sun-rich countries that aim to efficiently exploit solar energy, and to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Countries, bilateral and multilateral organisations, development banks, companies, industries, and stakeholders aim to reduce the cost of finance and cost of technology for the immediate deployment of competitive solar generation, storage and technologies adapted to countries' individual needs, and to mobilise billions of dollars for solar. This session discusses whether there is enough industry support for solar energy, and what more needs to be done?

Day 2: 24 May 2018 (Thursday)
Time Conference Room B (Swacch)
1000-1130 hrs Session: Financing RE Projects -Real-Life Examples
  Access to clean and stable energy, meeting SDGs, fossil fuel dependency and depletion, are some reasons that have negated developing countries from transforming the business as usual to a more sustainable economy. Access to affordable finance is a major challenge for many developing countries. Financing renewable energy projects requires access to significant resources, by multiple parties, at varying points in project life cycles. We investigate sources and new trends for financing RE projects in developing countries, and to understand the gaps and limitations.
1130-1145 hrs Tea Break
1145-1315 hrs Session: Solar Manufacturing in India- Boost the Make in India Initiative
  Solar power is a strategic need for India as solar power can potentially save around USD20 billion in fossil fuel imports annually by 2030 (KPMG). Sustainable domestic manufacturing can save USD42 billion in equipment imports by 2030 and create 50,000 direct jobs, and at least 125,000 indirect jobs in the next five years, besides providing equipment supply security. The current annual solar module-making capacity in the country is about 8.5 GW. Therefore, to boost the Make in India initiative in the solar manufacturing sector, the government plans to tie-up solar project development with domestic manufacturing, for which, expressions of interest are to be invited to gauge the expectations of the industry.

To make India globally competitive in renewables manufacturing, amendments to the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme, India vs China prices, introduction of standards, promotion of small existing manufacturers, and encouragement of large new players, are significant steps. The WTO ruling against India’s separate solar programme for the domestic solar cell and module industry are factors for discussion in this session.
1315-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-1515 hrs Session: Skill Training for Green Jobs
  Green jobs are those that contribute to preserve or restore the environment, be they in traditional sectors such as manufacturing and construction, or in new, emerging green sectors such as renewable energy and energy efficiency. There are various skill development initiatives such as the Sauryamitra programme launched by the Indian government. We discuss the kind of skills needed in the solar energy industry, and steps needed to close the skills gap.
1515-1530 hrs Tea Break
1530-1645 hrs Session: Evolution of Solar Thermal Process Heating in India
  Solar thermal can fulfill 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.

Day 3: 25 May 2018 (Friday)
Time Conference Room B (Swacch)
1000-1315 hrs Session: Solar Rooftop Summit
  Government support has been the driving force behind the growth of the solar sector in India. Large tracts of land required for large scale solar projects is often a barrier to widespread adoption. This is where solar rooftop projects can fill in the gap and address the ever-increasing domestic energy requirements. Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), launched in 2010, the Government set a target of deploying 20,000 MW of grid-connected (including rooftop installations) and 2,000 MW of off-grid solar power by 2022 in three phases. The solar target was ramped up in 2015 by five times, to achieve 100 GW by 2022. The target will principally comprise of 40 GW rooftop and and 60 GW through large and medium scale grid connected solar power projects. Off-grid solar applications include solar lighting systems (lantern, home and street), solar power plants, charging stations and pumping systems. JNNSM has set a target of 20 million solar lighting systems for rural areas by 2022. The JNNSM Phase II policy document has declared Phase I (up to 2013) a success story, with encouraging response from project developers. A World Bank report shows that the JNNSM Phase I is well-poised to make India a global leader in the development of solar power, and that it has been instrumental in bringing down the cost of solar power to a level that is competitive across the world. Solar rooftop projects also improve productivity as transmission and distribution losses reduce, and they require a low gestation time.

The rooftop photovoltaic (PV) and small solar power generation programme (RPSSGP) scheme (under JNNSM) aims to encourage states to set up small solar grid-connected projects. This effort will help creating a database of performance of solar plants under different climatic and grid conditions. RPSSGP is a generation based incentive (GBI) scheme and the projects are connected to the grid at voltage levels below 33 kV. Interestingly, though, a Centre for Science and Environment report states that almost all projects under the RPSSGP are actually ground-based. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy launched a pilot scheme for promotion of large area grid-connected roof top solar PV projects in cities. It is primarily targeted at cutting the dependence on diesel generators for backup in commercial establishments. A 30% subsidy on the system cost is provided through the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a government-run implementation agency.

Solar rooftop projects pose challenges that need to be addressed before solar panels on rooftops across India become a common sight.

- Though government support is considered to be the primary force behind solar growth in India, lack of clarity in policies, guidelines and regulations are key obstacles in solar power development.
- Multiplication of different solar programmes is also a major barrier. Solar power, being more unpredictable than conventional power, poses an important challenge to grid stability due to multiple small solar projects connected to the grid. This can cause misbalancing of the electricity network.
- Monitoring of grid stability is vital as the number of these projects increases.
- Effective storage becomes an important issue during India’s monsoon season.
- The installation cost of a domestic solar system remains high for most consumers in India even with the subsidies.
- Solar projects are bound to be affected as they rely largely on MNRE funding, however, loans given to individuals to set up off-grid solar and other renewable energy solutions for households were allowed to be classified as priority sector by the Reserve Bank of India.
- The feed-in-tariff model presents some challenges in implementation. Possibility is that the power generated from other sources such as utility supply and power generated from subsidised fuels, is fed into the grid, and a model like feed-in-tariff could end up being misused.
- The dynamic nature of the solar energy market also makes it difficult to fix the tariff.
- Getting the domestic consumer interested in solar power is perhaps the most important step to popularise rooftop solar installations.
- An expansion of the service network, large scale visibility/ publicity and provision of information to customers is required.
- Involvement of state and local civic authorities and residential associations is also challenging.
- Introduction of star rating system for solar components and devices.
- Refurbishment of roofs for installation
- Implementation and adaption of Renting the Roof policy

Despite the difficulties involved in harnessing solar power on a smaller scale, rooftop solar projects present a real opportunity for energy security for India’s vast populace, especially the large majority who lack access to modern forms of energy. The Solar Rooftop Summit has been designed to address these issues and will showcase and demonstrate the latest solutions and technologies.
1315-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-1600 hrs
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