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Conference Programme

DAY 1: 22 May 2019 (Wednesday)
Time Conference Room B: Solar
0930-1100 hrs Introduction & Welcome: Mr. Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group
Address by Industry Partner: Mr. Ankur Malhotra, Director, Mazars Advisory LLP
Address by Knowledge Partner: Mr. Sameer Jain, Partner & Lead – Urban Transformation, KPMG
Address by Knowledge Partner: Mr. Rahul Bagdia, Director & Co-founder, pManifold
Inaugural Address: Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, IAS, Secretary, Minister Housing & Urban Affairs Government of India
Release of reports:
Synchronizing a SMARTER India: by Mazars
Internet of Things in Smart cities: by KPMG
City EV Readiness: Bottom-up approach to scale EVs: by pManifold
Vote of Thanks and Ribbon Cutting: Mr. Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group Exhibition Tour
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?
o Required policy interventions
o 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?

Chair: Shri Pranav Mehta, Chairman, National Solar Energy Federation of India, India
Keynote and Industry Partner Address: Shri Deepak Gupta, Director General, National Solar Energy Federation of India, India

• Mr. Ravi Khanna, CEO, Aditya Birla Solar, India
• Mr. Sujoy Ghosh, Managing Director, First Solar, India
• Mr. A.K. Jain, Managing Director, Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Limited, India
• Mr. Anil Gupta, Managing Director, Okaya Power Pvt.Ltd., India
• Dr. Praveen Saxena, CEO, Green Jobs Skill Council, India
• Mr. Rahul Gupta, Founder and Director, Rays Power Expert Pvt. Ltd., India
• Mr. R.K. Sharma, Executive Director, Refex Energy, India
• Mr. Sunil Rathi, Director – Sales & Marketing, Waree, India
• Mr. Sunil Badesra, Business Leader (India), Sun Grow, India
1300-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-1530 hrs Accelerating renewable energy in India by creating more bankable projects
Session focus:

• Specific provisions required for the bankable PPAs such as REWA
o Indexing financial closure timelines, etc. to approvals and land acquisition
o 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.

Chair: Shri K.S. Popli, Former CMD, IREDA, India
Keynote Address: Mr. J.N. Swain, IAS, Managing Director, SECI, India

• Dr. P.C. Maithani, Adviser, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), India
• Mr. Ashok Aneja, Director, Dr. Gopal Energy Foundation, India
• Mr. Amit Jain, Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank Group, India
• Mr. Neeraj Menon, Partner, Trilegal, India
• Mr. Raj Singh Niranjan, Managing Partner, Trans India Law Associates & Legal Advisor, International Solar Alliance, India
• Mr. Sunay Shah, Director, Navitas Solar, India
• Dr. Pawan Singh MD & CEO PTC India Financial Services Ltd., India
• Mr. Sandeep Upadhyay, MD & CEO, Centrum Infrastructure Advisory Limited, India
1530-1545 hrs Tea break
1545-1715 hrs Solving grid integration issue to accelerate uptake of solar energy
• 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?

Chair: Mr. Pankaj Batra, Former Member, Central Electricity Authority, India

• Mr. Rajesh Kumar, Senior Deputy General Manager, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., India
• Mr. A.K. Naik, AGM (Power Systems), SECI, India
• Mr. Abhishek Ranjan, AVP and Head Renewable, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited, India

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

Chair: Dr. Ashvini Kumar, Senior Director, TERI, India
Keynote Address: Sri G.Raghuma Reddy, Chairman & Managing Director Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana Ltd. Hyderabad

• Mr. R.K. Jain, AGM (Solar), SECI, India
• Ms. Selna Saji, Research Analyst, CEEW, India
• Mr. Raushan Kumar, Head-Channel Sales, Havells Solar, India
• Mr. Alok Varma, Associate Director, HCL Foundation, India
• Mr. Abhishek Ranjan, AVP and Head Renewable, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited, India
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

Moderator: Mr. Subrahmanyam Pulipaka, CEO, NSEFI, India

• Mr. Amit Barve, Head Business Development, Enerpac, India
• Mr. Radhika Choudary, Co-Founder, Freyr Energy, India
• Mr. Rohit Gadre, Regional Analyst, BloombergNEF, India
• Mr. Neeraj Kuldeep, Programme Associates, CEEW, India
• Ms. Mani Khurana, Senior Energy Specialist, The World Bank, India
• Mr Pradeep Menon, Head – Strategy & Technical, Havells Solar, India
• Mr. Rajan Munjal, Channel Business Leader, Sun Grow, India
• Mr. Honey Raza, Head-Sales, Solis India, India
1315-1400 hrs Lunch break
1400-1530 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

Chair and Keynote Address: Mr. Sudhir Garg, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Govt. of India
Special Address: Mr. Chintan Shah, Director (Technical), IREDA, India

• Mr. Tanmay Bishnoi, Head – Standards and Research, SCGJ, India
• Mr. Sidharth Das, Head Roof Top Projects, Havells Solar, India
• Mr. Pradyumna Dwivedi, Sr. Manager Growth & Strategy, Navitas Solar, India
• Mr. Ruchir Gupta, Regional Head - Projects, Waree, India
• Mr. Thorben Glaser, Project Manager, KfW
• Mr. Harshit Poddar, Co-Founder, SafEarth Clean Technologies Pvt Ltd., India
• Mr. Dhruba Purkayastha, Director, US-India Clean Energy Finance, India
• Mr. Shravan Sampath, Chief Executive Officer, Oakridge Energy, India
1530-1545 hrs Tea break
1545-1715 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
Chair: Mr. S.K. Mahajan, Director, IB Solar, India

• Dr. Ashok Das, Founder CEO, SunMoksh, India
• Mr. Arush Gupta, Director, Okaya Power Group, India
• Mr. Abhishek Jain, Sr. Programme Lead, CEEW, India
• Mr. Yash Roongta, Partner, Litron Energy, India
• Ms. Priya Vakil, Co-founder, ThinkPhi, India
• Mr. Sunil Tiku, President SBU - Inverter, Waree India

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

Chair: Mr Shirish S Garud, Senior Fellow, Renewable Energy Technologies, TERI, India

• Mr Pushpender Singh Bais, Domestic Head, Adani Solar, India
• Shri Atul Bhargava, General Manager, Central Electronics Ltd., India
• Mr. Rishabh Jain, Manager – Market Intelligence, Centre for Energy Finance, CEEW, India
• Mr. Manish Narula, Senior Director – Business Development, South Asia Market, Jinko Solar, India
• Mr. P. Vinay Kumar, Founder & CEO, Varp Power P Limited, India
• Mr. Paritosh Tripathi, Sr. GM - Sales, Waree, India
• Mr. Vineet Tyagi, Head- Marketing & Sales, Insolation Energy Pvt. Ltd., India
1130-1145 hrs Tea break
1145-1315 hrs Digitisation ushering a new solar era
Session focus:

• Need of digitisation
o Innovation in O&M technologies
o Reducing evaluation cost & time for rooftop solar
• Solar industry 4.0
o Smart modules and inverters
o Impact of big data in solar projects
o Improving forecasting mechanisms
o Use of blockchain technology for energy trading
• Efficient energy management with IoT
• Putting “Digital Twins” to work

Moderator: Mr. Prasidh Kumar, President, India Africa Youth Energy Forum, India

• Mr. Manish Das, Co-Founder, Skilancer Solar, India
• Mr Alekhya Datta, Area Convenor, Electricity & Fuels Group, TERI, India
• Mr. Siddharth Gangal, CEO, The Solar Labs, India
• Mr. Alok Kumar, Director & Country Manager India- Advisory, DNV GL, India
• Mr. Gaurav Mamik, President, Veriown Global Inc., India
• Mr. Richard Shacklock, Africa Region-Sales Manager, Geosense South Africa Limited
1315-1400 hrs Lunch break
Time Conference Room A
1400-1600 hrs Smart Cities India Awards
1600-1730 hrs Film Screening of SuryaGanga, a new award-winning documentary movie on water, energy and climate
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