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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

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.
1300-1400 hrs Lunch
Time Conference Room B (Swacch)
1400-1515 hrs Session: Examining 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, curtailment of RE generation, losses to states on account of DSM pool.
o Where are storage tenders?
o Will transmission infra catch up with the generation infra?
o Electricity markets are central to 100 GW targets

Addressing the issues surrounding sluggish rooftop solar deployment
o Centrality 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 Are the newly announced measures to spur domestic bond market enough?
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?

• How is ISA different from other existing organisations such as IRENA?
• Is ISA close to achieve anything substantial?
• What will you rate ISA’s success in the next one or two years?
• What is ISA’s target for member countries by 2020?
• A lot has been said about a global solar pump tender for ISA member countries. Where did that reach?
• How is Common Risk Mitigation Mechanism (CRMM) shaping up?
• What are the next steps in CRMM? Is Indian govt aboard for the capitalisation of CRMM?
• What is ISA doing under DRE technologies?

Day 2: 24 May 2018 (Thursday)
Time Conference Room B (Swacch)
1000-1130 hrs Session: Financing RE Projects -Real-Life Examples
  Access to affordable finance is a major challenge for scaling up RE deployment in India, particularly distributed RE generation such as solar rooftop. In this session, we try to understand

• The risks constraining the lagging sub-sectors such as solar rooftop, storage, etc.
• Existing sources of finance for solar energy deployment. Where will the new money flow from?
• What is the next frontier in RE financing?
• New paradigms of financing RE projects: Catalytic finance versus direct project finance
• Green Banks: Institutional mechanisms to crowd-in private sector capital into financially underserved segments
• Financial instruments for risk mitigation
• International examples of innovative RE finance
1130-1145 hrs Tea Break
1145-1315 hrs Session: Solar Manufacturing in India- Boost the Make in India Initiative
  India imports close to 85% of its requirements for solar PV modules. The annual domestic solar module and cell making capacity as of July 2017 was 8.8 GW and 3.1 GW respectively, with capacity utilisation rates for both types of manufacturing capacities below 50%, largely as a result of the price-competitiveness of imports. Based on petitions by the domestic manufacturers, Indian authorities have considered the imposition of safeguard duties on imported modules, with a view to protect the domestic industry from alleged unfair competition. The development of a robust solar manufacturing industry could lower the dependence on imports, thereby lessening the trade deficit and generate jobs in the process. However, domestic manufacturing needs to be price competitive in order to ensure the continued competitiveness of solar tariffs.

This session will
• Take stock of and critically evaluate the range of measures proposed/implemented by the government to support domestic manufacturing as outlined in the concept note on Solar PV Manufacturing Scheme
• Identify the steps to be taken to ensure the success of the proposed interventions/suggest new interventions in order to ensure the competitiveness of solar manufacturing in India
• Formulate a view on balancing the needs of developers (need for low-cost modules) and manufacturers
• Take stock of existing trade-related cases such as anti-dumping and safeguards duty cases going on in India. And, evaluate the effectiveness of these instruments.
1315-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-1515 hrs Session: 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
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.

• 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?
• What are CSP’s advantages over PV? Do these advantages command a premium in the current market?

Day 3: 25 May 2018 (Friday)
Time Conference Room B (Swacch)
1000-1315 hrs Session: Solar Rooftop Summit
  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
o 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.
o This has been manifested through long delays in granting approvals for net metering connections, restrictions on system size for consumers etc
o 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
o Giving DISCOMs a central role in implementation, thereby reducing execution delays due to involvement of multiple agencies
o 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
o Could address many issues including offtaker risk, access to finance for developers

Solar City Initiative
o Solarize Dwarka

o Promoting the uptake of RESCO model to circumvent problems such as high upfront costs of systems in CAPEX model
1315-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-1600 hrs
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