Indian Business Delegation and Study Tour at Intersolar Europe 2016

Under the framework of Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office, an Indian business delegation visited Intersolar Europe 2016 in Munich. The delegation included fifty siz representatives from the Indian energy sector including ministries, industries and, associations joined the business delegation and study tour from 20 to 26 June. The study tour had a special focus on “Photovoltaics and e-Mobility” and was jointly organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) and, Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office (IGEF-SO). The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) was represented Dr. Arun Kumar Tripathi, Head of Division and Mrs. Veena Sinha, Director. The delegation also included directors of different State Nodal Agencies (SNAs) for renewable energy (RE) in India, and was led by Mr. Varshney, Executive Director - Association of Renewable Energy Agencies of States (AREAS). Mrs. Ursula Mumpro, Deputy Head of Division, bilateral Energy Cooperation of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) warmly welcomed the delegation at Intersolar Europe 2016.

This year Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office put a focus on the upcoming Solar Rooftop Market in India. It is the ambitious target of the Government of India to increase the solar capacity of the country to 100 GW until 2022 and out of this 40 GW should be of Solar Rooftop. Moderated by Dr. Jürgen Welschof, Head of Division Energy South Asia of KFW Development Bank experts from IBC-Solar, Suntrace, TERI, GIZ ComSolar-Project and BMWi discussed the most important and necessary steps for the future to create a booming Indian PV solar rooftop market. Central topic was the lack of capital available to fuel the market. One of the main challenges are special credit schemes offered by banks for solar rooftop projects. The experts of this roundtable talk were convinced that it is an urgent need to create much more public awareness in India for PV solar rooftop. Moreover they requested a special and trustworthy legal framework to attract more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Nearly 80 participants joined this expert roundtable about the Indo-German Partnership in Solar Energy at the stall of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The Indo-German Energy Dialogue on Business and Investment Opportunities in India’s new Solar Rooftop Market was part of the official conference program of Intersolar Europe 2016. This event provided detailed information about governmental support schemes, upcoming business models for new market segments and the outlook from different private sector perspectives. Internationally, in an average the share of PV-rooftop is about 57 % of the solar capacity but in India, today it is only 10 %. Therefore the surfaces of commercial and public buildings are of special interest with the mass market on residential level evolving in a second phase.  About 160 participants joined this conference session and used the reception afterwards for intense networking. New ideas such as financing through pay per use via mobile phone, self-consumption for peak-shaving and solar rooftop for diesel generator replacement were discussed. Consul General of India, Mr. Sevala Naik inaugurated this session. Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber, Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems gave an insight into international trends in self-consumption and large scale manufacturing. Dr. Arun Kumar Tripathi gave an introduction to the development of India’s solar market. Mrs. Veena Sinha presented the present rooftop policy and future perspectives. Dr. Yashodhan Gokhale, Senior Consultant of the India Energy Storage Alliance spoke about replacement of captive power by photovoltaics and energy storage. Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Director of Solar Energy Corporation of India presented new promoting schemes for solar rooftop in India. A following pitch session gave the representatives of the State Nodal Agencies and also the industry an opportunity to introduce their institutions and companies. The conference closed with an expert dialogue with market leaders giving insights in their perspective for the upcoming Indian solar rooftop market. Mr. Pranav Mehta, Chairman of the National Solar Energy Federation of India and Co-Chairman of the Global Solar Council together with Mr. Jörg Mayer, Managing Director of the Solar Association of Germany (BSW) had a fruitful discussion with senior representatives from Tata Power Solar Systems, Schletter, Harsha Abakus Solar and Vikram Solar. Another highlight was the celebration of the association’s partnership between BSW and NSEFI jointly organised by IGEF and the Consulate General of India. The MoU signed here gives important benefits to the members of both organisations. “All these kinds of events are important links in our Indo-German Energy Partnership. Here are joining the real experts.” said Mrs. Ursula Mumpro from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy.