Intersolar India 2017 a success once again
The Indian solar market is experiencing strong growth, bringing it ever closer to the Indian government’s goal of increasing the installed photovoltaic capacity to 100 gigawatts (GW) by 2022. Against the backdrop of this progress, Intersolar India opened on the 5th of December 2017 in the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. Over 260 exhibitors were there presenting their products, services and solutions for the solar industry till 7th of December 2017. More than 12,000 international visitors were offered a free of charge program at the exhibition stage with three presentations on smart renewable energy, a forum on skill council for green jobs and further exhibitor presentations. The exhibition was accompanied by the Intersolar India Conference, where the Indian solar market as well as ground-mounted and rooftop installations are the centre of attention.
Inaugural Ceremony and Conference Session Highlights
Intersolar India as per tradition started its program with the Lamp Lighting Ceremony at 10:30am on the first day and was followed by the Welcome Notes of distinguished speakers, including Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General of International Solar Alliance, Kuljit Singh Popli, Chairman & Managing Director of Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA), Dr. R. Harikumar, Director of the Agency for Non-conventional Energy & Rural Technology (ANERT), Govt of Kerala, Dr. Thomas Reindl, Deputy-CEO of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and Gregory Taevs, Commercial Consul, Consulate General of the United States of America Mumbai.
The Intersolar India Conference once again took place at the same time as the exhibition from December 5-7, 2017. There were 26 conference sessions covering topics that were of interest to industry professionals across the value chain, researchers, consultants, policy makers and others. The Conference started with a Solar PV Intensive Technical Training Course at 11:00 am and with a market session titled ‘India-A Neck Breaking Boom’ at 11.30 am where leaders from the industry will share their insights on the market, challenges and opportunities in India.
Furthermore Intersolar India’s Knowledge Partner, Mercom India (a subsidiary of Mercom Capital Group) exclusively released a white paper on the drivers and challenges of India’s PV market. This white paper covered details of the 7 GW of solar added as of Q3 and the cumulative installations that touched 17 GW in September 2017. Also covered is the pipeline of utility-scale projects, which stood at 11.5 GW with another 5.6 GW of tenders that are pending auction. It captured the conditions, that have slowed down the installations in the Indian solar market and the challenges faced during the third quarter such as a spike in Chinese module prices, the pending anti-dumping case, PPA renegotiations in some states, issues surrounding incomplete infrastructure and evacuation, and confusion about the Goods and Services Taxes (GST). Based on these factors, Mercom India forecasts in the white paper that total solar installations in India will be approximately 9.5 GW-10 GW in the 2017 calendar year.
Exhibition and free of charge Presentation Stage Program
Over 260 exhibitors, covering the entire value chain showcased their latest products and solutions. Visitors met senior executives from the exhibiting companies and explore mutually benefiting business collaborations. Some of the leading exhibitors presented their products and solutions free of charge to solar professionals at the Presentation Stage. The central focus of this year’s exhibition program was Smart Renewable Energy with 3 key topics mini-/micro grid, electrical energy storage and e-mobility being covered at the Presentation stage –accessible free of charge to all visitors.