IGEF with big Business Delegation from India at Intersolar Europe 2016

Under the guidance of Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office a big Indian business delegation took part in Intersolar Europe 2016 at the end of June in Munich. Around 80 representatives from the Indian energy business mainly from ministries, the industry and associations joined the study tour from 20 to 26 June which put a special focus on “Photovoltaics and e-Mobility” and was jointly organized 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 by Director Dr. Arun Kumar Tripahti and Director Mrs. Veena Sinha. But also the federal level of India was joining with 26 Directors of energy agencies from different federal states of India. Mrs. Ursula Mumpro, Deputy Head of Division, bilateral Energy Cooperation of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) gave a very warm welcome to the delegation while a breakfast reception at Intersolar Europe 2016 on 23 June in the morning.

 This year Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office put a very special 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 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 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 the banks for solar rooftop projects. Also the experts of the round table talk were convinced that it is urgent 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) which ended in a lively discussion after 90 minutes.

More detailed information about the “Business and Investment Opportunities in India’s new Solar Rooftop Market” gave the Indo-German Energy Dialogue in the afternoon which was part of the official conference program of Intersolar Europe 2016. The Energy Dialogue was providing information about the full range of topics related to Solar PV Rooftop. New financial models were presented and discussed even though as billing-systems via cell phone and latest PV module technologies which maybe will dominate the market in future. One of the biggest challenges for India is to find enough rooftop space as especially residential rooftops are very often not very suitable. Internationally in average the share of PV-rooftop is about 57 % of the solar capacity but in India toady only 10 %. Therefor the surfaces of commercial and public buildings are of special interest. About 150 participants joined this conference session and used the reception afterwards for intense networking. A special highlight was a pitch within the program giving the representatives of the federal energy agencies and also from the industry the opportunity to introduce their targets or products. Mrs. Ursula Mumpro, Deputy Head of Division of BMWi was very pleased about the format and the outcome: “These kinds of events are an important link in our Indo German Energy Partnership. Here are joining the real experts.”

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