Past events

2016-10-19 (Wednesday)

IGEF Session at Intersolar India 2016: Indo German Energy Dialogue: Promising Technologies and Business Models for Grid-Connected Rooftop Photovoltaic in India

14:30 - 17:30


With 40 GW of grid connected solar rooftop installations as part of India's overall solar target of 100 GW by 2022, grid-connected residential solar rooftop considered to have an enormous development in the upcoming years. In 2015 more than 3 GW PV capacity has been added in India. The annual growth rate of the market is higher than 80 % per year. As per the last renewable energy country attractiveness index by Ernst and Young, India is now rated the 3rd most attractive market in solar energy worldwide. Which rooftop market segments will boost within the next 5 years? Will also solar thermal technologies combined with solar PV come up in India? Which new business opportunities will come up with as much as 30 % of grid connected rooftop investment costs being eligible for public funding? Which business models would drive the market? What are the key policy interventions that could transform the market? This Indo-German dialogue focuses on upcoming technologies for solar rooftop and public support schemes. Well-known market players will share up to date sector insights directly from the market.

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2016-10-06 (Thursday)

Switch Global Expo

2016-10-06 - 2016-10-10

As a part of Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' initiative, the Government of Gujarat under the Gujarat UrjaVikas Nigam Limited will be hosting India's largest biennial electrical expo named Switch Global Expo. The Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) is the organizing and implementation partner for the event, which will be held in Vadodara, one of the country's largest hubs for power and electrical manufacturers. The Expo will offer one of the biggest business networking opportunities for electrical manufacturers, buyers, service providers, innovators, technology providers, start-ups and partners from across the world. On display will be the widest range of switch gears, cables, conductors and fiber optic wires, transmission line technologies, control and automation, transformers, among many other products.

Expo Highlights

  • Platform for industry players to showcase products and explore business opportunities with globally reputed companies
  • Business networking opportunities for electrical manufacturers, innovators, technology providers, start-ups and partners
  • Dedicated pavilions for academia from engineering colleges; safety and security; and resale and refurbishing
  • World Electrical Buyers Summit, Power Ministers Conclave, Innovation & Technology Summit

The World Electrical Buyers Summit (WEBS), Power Minister Conclave and Innovation & Technology Summit will also be hosted here. 

WEBS is a focused attempt to get quality buyers on a single platform to offer an efficient way to do business. It has garnered confirmed participation from Power Ministers of over 15 countries of the world, 30 Power Ministers from India, Power Secretaries of States of India and Delegations from 95 foreign Utilities and 102 Indian Utilities, along with about 1,150 large corporates of India

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2016-09-29 (Thursday)

7th Indo-German Energy Forum

The 7th meeting of the Indo-German Energy Forum, jointly chaired by Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India, Mr. Pradeep Kumar Pujari and State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Government of Germany, Mr. Rainer Baake held on 29 September 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

The meeting provided a unique opportunity for public and private sector stakeholders to convene and develop a common understanding of the most promising opportunities for Indo-German cooperation in the energy sector.

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2016-09-28 (Wednesday)

IFAT India - India's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse, Recycling and Energy Conservation

2016-09-28 - 2016-09-30

2016-09-27 (Tuesday)

Wind Energy Hamburg 2016

2016-09-27 - 2016-09-30

Business meets Policy: wind outside Europe - how far can it go? Wind Europe Summit 2016. Secretary Pujari, Ministry of Power  (MoP), India is a speaker in the session. (Access to this session is restricted to previously registered delegates)

GIZ IN has negotiated a 20% reduction for Indian companies when they register for a 1- or 3-day pass for WindEurope Summit 2016, CCH – Congress Centre Hamburg, 27-29 September.

To benefit from this 20% reduction register here

At the bottom of the first page enter the following discount code: GIZWES2016

Disclaimer: This discount code is valid from 14 September at 09:00 (CEST) to 25 September 23:55 (CEST) for individual registrations only. This code is only valid for non-member normal 1-day and 3-day summit passes. This code is not retroactive and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions.

For registration assistance, please contact the WindEurope Registration Secretariat at +32 2 213 1866 or at Customer support hours are Monday-Friday, 09:00-18:00 CET.

If any company would like to register 10 or more staff members they get an additional pass free. Please contact the WindEurope Registration Secretariat for details.

WindEurope Summit 2016

Fatih Birol, Michael Liebreich, Jeremy Rifkin, Sigmar Gabriel. The WindEurope Summit 2016 features several of the world’s most prominent new energy thought leaders and politicians – from the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency to the German Vice Chancellor.

Cooperation with WindEnergy Hamburg:

The leading wind energy conference is teaming up with WindEnergy Hamburg, the top exhibition for the wind industry. The two events will run side-by-side in Hamburg, which is a global industrial hub for the wind energy sector.

Summit information:

  • The leading wind energy conference in Europe organised since 1984
  • 50 session on 7 comprehensive topic, 300 speakers, 200 poster presenters
  • Organised by WindEurope (formerly EWEA the European Wind Energy Association), the non-profit association representing the wind energy industry’s interested in Europe.

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2016-09-07 (Wednesday)

Renewable Energy India Expo 2016

2016-09-07 - 2016-09-09

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

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2016-08-21 (Sunday)
2016-07-28 (Thursday)

World Congress and Exhibition on Wind Energy

2016-07-28 - 2016-07-30

2016-07-25 (Monday)

Indian renewable energy experts on study tour to Germany

2016-07-25 - 2016-07-29

A delegation of senior officials from fourteen different states, responsible for promotion of renewable energies across the value chain including electricity distribution licensees, State Governments, Government of India, and electricity regulatory commissions visited Germany from 25-29 July 2016. Study tour was organised by GIZ India, keeping its commitment for the renewable energy sector.

The trip focused on sharing experiences on high penetration of renewable energies in the energy market of Germany. The key topics addressed were complex grid operation & management with large scale integration of distributed generation, transition in energy markets, technological innovations in glass-glass photovoltaic modules, new operation and maintenance practices in photovoltaic power plants, electro-mobility, grid-scale battery storage and flexible coal based power generation technologies etc. With respect to India, the model of a self-sustainable renewable energy village like Feldheim, Brandenburg is utmost relevant. India is aiming to provide electricity to 59.8 million un-electrified households by 2018.

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