Indo German Energy Forum present with two conference sessions at RE India Expo 2016
Joerg Gaebler of GIZ India said that rooftop solar in India is “a no-brainer”, and presented a series of compelling cost analyses that GIZ has undertaken. Bridge to India highlighted their belief that the high growth phase of India’s rooftop solar market has only just begun. These were just two key messages from the sessions organized by Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office within RE India Expo 2016 official conference program.
On 8 September the first session deliberated on both commercial and technical aspects related to rooftop photovoltaic plants with a special focus on the residential sector in India. India is poised to achieve its 40 GW target set for rooftop solar photovoltaic plants by 2022 and like in other countries residential electricity consumer segment shall play an important role here as well. At the session, Mr. Joerg Gaebler, a German-American citizen and principal advisor to GIZ, discussed about the reasons of growth in the rooftop PV markets in US and Germany. He also presented the financial viability of a residential rooftop solar photovoltaic plant in India and urged the business community to focus in this segment more aggressively. As against the general impression that distribution companies are against rooftop solar photovoltaic plants, Mr. Kaushik Sanyal from Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd and Mr. Kiran Kumar Alla from BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd expressed their interest and highlighted their initiatives to promote rooftop solar photovoltaic plants on a large scale. Wanting to be a model discom, they discussed about the benefits which a distribution company may get if more and more distributed generation comes in the grid. Mr Tobias Winter from Indo-German Energy Forum thanked all the speakers and participants in the session and highlighted that globally about 40-50% of the overall investments in the solar segment are done in rooftop category and this can happen in India as well.
The second session, organized as panel discussion was moderated by Mr Vinod Kala founder of Emergent Ventures India, globally recognized and leading business firm in climate change mitigation and sustainable development. How to enable bankability and invest ability in PV rooftop was the key question for the panelists. The discussion focused on some clear defined take away points to the banking community to make solar PV rooftop projects bankable. The panel comprised a good mix of experts including public sector financier, knowledge partners experienced in advisory, one of the leading solar energy developers in India as well as KfW, the German Development Bank. Bridge to India highlighted their belief that the high growth phase of India’s rooftop solar market has only just begun. This market has got a great potential and it is very encouraging to see the government addressing some of the key challenges. Mr Arjun Guha Sector Specialist Energy of KfW, highlighted some of the main success factors of which drove the German solar energy market, and which of those could be intelligently customized in the Indian context. Mr. Khekiho Yeptho Assistant General Manager of IREDA spoke about the challenges and mitigation methods for accessing low cost debt for solar rooftops. The panel was 45 minutes of moderated discussion and 30 minutes of audience interaction which was an effective way to have a constructive dialogue. Presentations are available at our website http://energyforum.in/downloads.html