5th Smart Cities India 2019
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Conference Programme

DAY 1: 22 May 2019 (Wednesday)
Time Conference Room A
0930-1100 hrs Opening Ceremony
1100-1130 hrs Tea break
Time Conference Room B: Solar India
1130-1300 hrs CEO Speaks: Solar energy for a sustainable future:
Session focus:

• Why should India go big on solar?
• How do we reach not just 2022 targets but also create a sustainable ecosystem to meet NDC target of 2030?
• Required policy interventions
• Required regulatory nudges
• How to scale up the deployment of rooftop solar to meet 2022 targets?
• Can the Indian government facilitate the business of Indian IPPs in foreign geographies?
1300-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-1515 hrs Accelerating renewable energy in India by creating more bankable projects
Session focus:

• Specific provisions required for the bankable PPAs such as REWA
• Indexing financial closure timelines, etc. to approvals and land acquisition
• Factoring in risks to receivables, etc.
• How to factor in the resource risk?
• Is two-part tariff possible in renewable energy PPAs?
• Is the change in law robust enough in SECI and state PPAs?
• Performance of the plants over 25 years
• Other provision such as termination clause, etc.
1515-1530 hrs Tea break
1530-1645 hrs Solving the grid integration issue to accelerate the uptake of solar energy
Session focus:

• Innovative financial solutions/guarantees to allocate the risks efficiently
• Bankable and robust PPAs
• How to improve the forecasting and scheduling guidelines in states?
• How to achieve better coordination between SECI and states?
• Is must run status even tenable with the current Indian RE targets?

DAY 2: 23 May 2019 (Thursday)
Time Conference Room B: Solar Rooftop Summit
1000-1130 hrs Harnessing solar energy in cities: Role of residential consumers
Session focus:

• Untapped market potential to achieve 40GW target
• Government policies and schemes for residential consumers
• Opportunities for cities to go solar
• Market challenges and drivers
• Consumer perspective towards rooftop solar in residential categories
• Role of discoms
1130-1145 hrs Tea break
1145-1315 hrs Creating solutions and innovative business models to upscale rooftop solar deployment
Session focus:

• Provision of group and virtual net-metering
• New business models for rooftop solar deployment: community solar, on-bill finance, demand aggregation etc.
• Do it yourself: portable and standardised solar kits for small systems
• Applications and processes to install rooftop solar
• SHRISTI scheme and role of discoms
• Use of blockchain for solar energy
1315-1400 hrs Lunch break
1400-1515 hrs Building an investment ecosystem for rooftop solar in India
Session focus:

• Which one of the CAPEX and OPEX model would lead?
• Recent investment trends in rooftop sector
• Access to capital: challenges faced by consumers in availing solar loans
• Are banks financing rooftop solar systems – learnings from their experience
• Role of financing institutions in bridging the capital gap
• Challenges faced by developers
• Solutions to promote capital investment in rooftop solar sector
• Mechanisms to assess credit worthiness of consumers
• Innovative solutions and learnings from outside India
1515-1530 hrs Tea break
1530-1645 hrs Off-grid solar applications: opportunities and challenges
Session focus:

• What are the current and emerging applications of off-grid solar
• Government scheme and initiatives to promote off-grid solar
• Solar energy for energy access in rural India
- Solar lighting
- Solar home systems
- Mini/micro grids
• Solar agriculture and solar pumps
• Solar for productive use

DAY 3: 24 May 2019 (Friday)
Time Conference Room B: Solar India
1000-1130 hrs Addressing manufacturing challenges
Session focus:

• Challenges faced by domestic manufacturers
• Availability of finance to set up manufacturing units
• Effectiveness of policies encouraging manufacturing
• Impact of trade barriers like safeguard duty
• Revisiting DCR in wake of WTO order
• Effect of quality control orders like BIS and ALMM
• Roadmap to achieve backward integration and economies of scale
1130-1145 hrs Tea break
1145-1315 hrs Digitisation ushering a new solar era
Session focus:

• Need of digitisation
• Innovation in O&M technologies
• Reducing evaluation cost & time for rooftop solar
• Solar industry 4.0
• Smart modules and inverters
• Impact of big data in solar projects
• Improving forecasting mechanisms
• Use of blockchain technology for energy trading
• Efficient energy management with IoT
• Putting “Digital Twins” to work
1315-1400 hrs Lunch break
Time Conference Room A
1400-1600 hrs Smart Cities India Awards

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