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Pranav R Mehta : Chairman of Global Solar Council

Today on 1st January 2019 our Chairman Shri Pranav R Mehta assumed the responsibility as the chairman of Global Solar Council. He will be chairing the Washington DC-based Global Solar Council in its first board meeting on 14th of January in Abu Dhabi. Join us in congratulating Shri Pranav Mehta on his assumption as Chair – GSC.

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NSEFI Issues Recommendations to Help Attain India’s Solar Targets India has set a target of 100 GW of solar PV by 2022

India has set a solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity addition target of 100 GW by 2022. According to Mercom’s India Solar Tracker, so far over 26 GW of solar PV capacity has been installed in India. Still, there is a deficit of over 73 GW of solar capacity to be installed in the next four years.

Now, the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has come up with a wish list to help attain India’s solar targets.

Wish list

  • Renewable purchase obligation (RPO) enforcement must be undertaken with further intensified effort.
  • Renewable energy certificate (REC) market and bankability should be strengthened.
  • Solar energy must be moved from ‘class’ to ‘mass’.
  • Every farm should be encouraged to set up and export solar energy to the grid through net metering. Farmers should be enabled to supply electricity to the grid.
  • Every taluka should go in for appropriate size solar project – thus ensuring decentralized solar power generation.
  • Large deployment of micro and mini grids must be undertaken.
  • Affordable low-cost solar finance should be made available.
  • High priority must be given to deployment of concentrated solar power (CSP) with new technologies.
  • Adaptation of new solar storage technologies must be prioritized.
  • There should be parity in taxes and duties.
  • Massive research effort and collaboration with world’s reputed laboratories should be undertaken to commercialize the already-achieved high efficiency (42% in NREL and other laboratories). If this is done, it will be a disruptive technology requiring half the land required presently.
  • Easy finance availability for residential rooftop, commercial and industrial establishments, especially MSMEs should be made available.
  • Support and encouragement should be provided for Indian manufacturing, including module manufacturing to become globally competitive.
  • Evacuation of renewable power should be state’s responsibility.
  • Ideally, there should be no open access charge for renewable energy. If this is not possible, then there should be uniform, low open access rates throughout the country for renewable energy.
  • Land should be made available on priority basis.
  • Solar should be accorded priority similar that of space and nuclear energy.
  • Renewable energy budget must be hiked. The budget should double every year. Even with this increase, it will be much smaller than fossil fuel subsidies.
  • E-mobility should be encouraged with utilization of solar energy.

In the wish list, the NSEFI has covered important bases in the renewable energy sector. If we combine mobility with renewable energy generation, it will be a great leap towards attaining our climate goals as a nation. It will help us attain our renewable energy targets, especially solar (100 GW) and curb emissions.

In the past too, NSEFI has come up with suggestions at times the industry has been uncertain. When safeguard duty was being levied, NSEFI had suggested that safeguard duty must not be levied on projects that have already been bid out as developers wouldn’t have accounted for a 25 percent duty which would increase projects costs by about 15 percent. Added costs will burden companies and impact their repayment of borrowings to lenders.

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Nsefi CEO, Mr. Subhramanyam Pulipaka met with Director of IESA, Mr. Debi Prasad Dash

Today our CEO Mr. Subrahmanyam Pulipaka met with the director of India Energy Storage Alliance(IESA), Mr. Debi Prasad Dash to discuss about upcoming 6th International Conference & Exhibition on Energy Storage, EV & Microgrids in India. They have also discussed about possible collaborations between NSEFI and IESA for upcoming NSEFI activities.


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SolarGenX Conference on Rooftop Solar, Ahmedabad

NSEFI is a supporting partner for Ahmedabad Edition of SolarGenX that includes Super Sessions, Panel Sessions, Product and Solution Showcase, Exhibits, Conference Luncheon and Networking Reception.

The conference will see participation from solar rooftop project developers, EPC Contractors, System Integrators, Solar Manufacturers, O&M Experts, financial institutions, consultants, advisers and officials from GEDA.

The conference will highlight the emerging opportunities in the rooftop solar space in India, examine and analyse key challenges, and showcase most promising technologies, business models and noteworthy projects. The conference will provide a platform to key industry players, government officials, and rooftop project owners to share their experience and exchange ideas.

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend SolarGenX Ahmedabad Edition, the most influential and highly successful conference on rooftop solar. SolarGenX is the best place to experience under one roof promising technologies, innovative business models, projects, products and ideas that is sure to energize industry veterans.

SolarGenX Conference on Rooftop Solar, Ahmedabad

Topic: Rooftop Solar- Emerging Trends, Solutions & Lessons Learned

Location: Ahmedabad

Venue : AMA Ahmedabad, Doctor Vikram Sarabhai Marg, University Area, Ahmedabad, India.

Date: 28th Nov 2018

Timing: 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Followed by Dinner)

To Attend the conference register using the following link.

(The Conference is free to attend for NSEFI members for first 40 seats. Pre-registration is mandatory. Without pre-registration and confirmation no one will be allowed entry. The free seats are limited and available on first come first serve basis. Registration only using the above link.)

For details regarding the conference or any assistance on booking ticket reach the organizers at +91 9820716970/ +91 9820692203.

Topics on Deliberation:

  • Solar rooftop scenario in India and Benefits of Rooftop solar for Industrial and Commercial Consumers.
  • Policies for Promoting Solar Rooftop in the state- Government Initiatives and Industry Perspective
  • Technology Trends in Module, Inverter Technology, cables and BoS for Rooftop Projects.
  • Solar Rooftop Best Practices
  • Challenges and Future Outlook in Lending to Rooftop Solar Projects
  • Current Trends and emerging technologies in Energy Storage.
  • O&M Strategy
  • Commercials, Contracts and Taxation issues for RT Solar projects.
  • Industry Consumer Dialogue
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IIT Roorkee and CSIR-NCL jointly develop dyes to increase efficiency of solar cells

Researchers from IIT Roorkee have developed organic dyes in collaboration with CSIR-NCL Pune that can increase the efficiency of Dye-Sensitised Solar Cells (DSSC).

The team of researchers led by Dr. M. Sankar, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Roorkee, have worked to improve the photovoltaic conversion efficiencies of an organic dye called porphyrin for DSSC applications.

Their latest research results have been published in a journal of the American Chemical Society (ACS) called ACS Applied Energy Materials.

Solar cell technologies fall into three generations; the first and second generations comprise photovoltaic cells that use inorganic semiconducting materials such as single crystal silicon (Gen I) and thin film silicon and CdSe type semiconductors (Gen II).

Inorganic semiconductors of both generations continue to be expensive and challenging for scale up.

The third generation, which is in the research stage, includes dye-sensitized solar cells or DSSC, which use a combination of cheap organic dyes and nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, to convert light into electricity.

Although the cost of DSSC is much lower than the earlier generations of photovoltaics, their conversion efficiencies are also very low, necessitating further research into dyes used in such cells.

Porphyrin is a complex organic molecule and is the building block of chlorophyll, the key chemical that allows plants to harvest light energy for photosynthesis.

The first study on the use of porphyrins in DSSC dates back to 1993, in which, porphyrin containing copper, resulted in power conversion efficiencies of 2.6%, too low for practical applications.

Since then, various modifications of porphyrin have been studied for use in DSSC. Zinc-containing porphyrins have been found promising and the research team at IIT Roorkee uses this type of porphyrin for its studies.

One way of improving the efficiency of the dye is to add molecular pendants or groups to it, which can result in a ‘push-pull’ architecture that involves the shuttle of electrons released in the molecule.

Such push-pull mechanisms also improve the absorption of light in the red and infrared regions, thereby increasing the efficiency of the dye in photo-electric conversions.

For dye molecules like porphyrin, these functional groups are introduced through reactions that involve many complex steps and need expensive palladium and platinum-based catalysts. Compounds made by these reactions have low efficiencies.

Dr. Sankar and the research team have developed a process to produce functionalized porphyrins, without the use of platinum and palladium catalysts.

“Our continuous efforts to develop simple, efficient, stable, and cost-effective sensitizers involving fewer synthetic steps have resulted in five porphyrins Zn(II) complexes with a power conversion efficiency ranging from 5.3% to 7.1%”, explains Dr. Sankar
“We have also shown the scalability of the synthetic approach”, he adds, on the advantage of the method developed.

The researchers have used the Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations to understand the electron density distribution in frontier molecular orbitals (FMOs) and for geometry optimization.

They have studied the photoelectric properties of the dyes by standard methods such as optical and fluorescence spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy and PV measurements, all of which have shown improved performance of the dyes.

Aggressive research all over the world on improving the light-to-energy conversion efficiencies of DSSC has made it a credible competitor to first and second generation solar cells.

This collaborative work by IIT Roorkee and CSIR-NCL on the improvement of sensitizers for DSSC could lead to dyes with higher conversion efficiencies, which in turn could lead to better and low-cost DSSCs than possible today.

The research team comprises Ravi, Kamal and Dr Sankar from IIT Roorkee and Sudhakar, Dr Krishnamoorthy from CSIR-NCL, Pune.

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Green Power Conference & Exposition

NSEFI is a supporting partner for Green Power 2018.
As  NSEFI Member can avail 20% discount in the Registration fee
Pre-registration is compulsory. You can register online @ 
For more details:- you can contact Apoorva Santhosh, CII email:-
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NSEFI and Solar Quarter jointly organized a Solar Rooftop Event

NSEFI and Solar Quarter jointly organized a Solar Rooftop Event in Hotel Mount View, Chandigarh, On 16th November 2018,

This innovative conference received a great response from Solar Developers, EPC Players, senior Government officials (CREST, REIL, and HAREDA) and other Business communities.

Shri V.P. Singh Badnore, Hon’ble Governor Punjab & Administrator, UT, Chandigarh was the Chief Guest and started the event with an Inaugural address. He emphasized that Green Energy is the key element to climate change and also discussed Government of India plan to implement over 100,000 MW of solar capacity by 2022 out of which 30,000 MW already achieved.  He also discussed as the cost of solar energy implementation has decreased over the period, it has helped a country to achieve clean energy and also has become the cheapest source of electricity in the country. He also mentioned the contribution of CREST, PEDA in helping the growth of Solar Energy in Chandigarh and Punjab and also cited some good examples of solar energy implementation in UT and Punjab.


Shri Debendra Dalai, IFS, Director-cum-CEO, CREST-UT shared his views regarding the potential that Chandigarh has in emerging as a leading Solar City. He also talked about the initiative of CREST in Rooftop Segment. He also discussed on the steps taken by Crest to achieve the targets to make Chandigarh Solar City. He also informed that under Smart City mission there are plans to promote green energy, clean environment, better lifestyle and also to ensure a healthy and secure environment to its citizens. Regular monitoring of Air, Soil, And water is also part of this green initiative which will give Chandigarh a climate change plan to make the city a low Carbon City


Balour Singh, Director, PEDA,   shared his views regarding Government of India plans to achieve the target to100GW total from renewable energy by 2030 with different states switching over to Green energy. He also added that in order to achieve Govt. of India Plans for Solar Energy targets, we have to save electricity then we can target to achieve the most sustainable and cheaper energy. He also emphasized that as Punjab doesn’t have much land to be covered for Solar Installation so more focus has been put on Roof Top Solar Segment and until now Punjab generates 1500MW from Renewable Energy and out of which 920MW is From Solar.

Shri A. K. Jain, MD, REIL highlighted the role played by a Mini – Navratna PSU (REIL) in the overall development of Solar Rooftop. REIL Electric mobility has to happen in the country by 2030 or 40-50% to be done by 2030.

Shri Shailendra Shukla, Chairman, HAREDA explained about the policies related to Institutional Initiatives of Haryana Solar Rooftop and Open Access. He also discussed that in Haryana 80% of the institutions are not getting the benefit of Subsidy.

Shri Deepak Gupta, Hon. Director General, NSEFI and Former MNRE Secretary, Govt. of India started with the welcome address and explained the policy initiative that government has taken to ensure the overall development and to provide ease of life for residents.

Pranav R Mehta, Chairman, NSEFI, and Chairman-Elect, Global Solar Council explained about the energy revolution and the energy translation to solar. It is a dream comes true for all of us that 27.4GW we have achieved presently, which is the matter of great pride of our country. He also agreed on the fact that solar energy is rocking and marching ahead globally despite the roadblocks.

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Solar Roof Top Event 2018

NSEFI is organizing a high profile Chandigarh Solar Roof Top Event 2018 in association with Solar Quarter on 16th Nov 2018 at Hotel Mount View Chandigarh wherein the Chief Guest will be Governor of Punjab Shri V. P. Singh Badnore.
Event to be attended by senior officials from PEDA, HAREDA, CREST, REIL, HimUrja.
Agenda and Registration details will be shared with all of you in the next couple of days.
As the NSEFI Members, you can avail 20% discount on delegate fee, Advertisement, and Sponsorship.
To avail, the discount kindly sends the names to Samriti Bajaj on 
Looking forward to your active participation in the event.
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New sop on power connection for new industries : UP Govt

Ahead of the second ground breaking ceremony for the launch of the projects worth Rs 1 lakh crore, Uttar Pradesh government in a major relief to the investors has directed that the new industries will be given power connection under open access regime under the provisions of the Indian Electricity Act 2003.

The open access regime empowers the industry to choose the power supplier and they will no longer at the mercy of the UP Power Corporation Limited, the monopoly power utility in the state. The MoUs for the second breaking ceremony was signed during the UP investor’s summit held here in February and the first ground breaking ceremony was held here in July.

UP government has also issued the warning to the different government agencies and department of stern action in case of laxity granting required approvals and providing the infrastructure facilities to the investors. The directives were issued by the industries minister Satish Mahana who on Friday presided over a meeting to review the preparation for the second ground breaking ceremony proposed to be held in December. As many as 150 new industrial projects are expected to be launched in December during the ceremony. Representatives of over 50 companies participated in the meeting.

The minister Satish Mahana said here on Friday that the government has decided to implement the open access regime for the new industries so as to ensure uninterrupted quality power supply to the new units. He said the UP power transmission corporation has also been directed to furnish the information regarding its installed power transmission capacity for the transmission of power generated by the solar power plants.

The Board of cricket control of India (BCCI) it will soon start the process of construction of international cricket stadium in NCR region of Ghaziabad and the land has been made available by the state government. The Singapore electric vehicles will set up a plant in UP for the manufacture of battery powered electric vehicles in the state. The Essel group informed the meeting that the group will soon start operation of 500 electric buses in Ghaziabad.

Chief Secretary and the Industrial development commission Anup Chandra Pandey said the meeting here on Friday was organized for the one to one dialogue with the investors ahead of the second ground breaking ceremony for the redressal of their problems. He said the investors invited for the meeting are those who are to launch their projects during the second ground breaking ceremony. He said all the government departments have been asked to extend the benefit to the investors as per the policies for the different sectors announced by the state government. The different sectors represented in the Friday meeting were from cement, food processing, garments and textiles, information technology, electronics, construction, renewable energy, dairy and electric vehicles.

Source: UNI
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Sigma Summit 2018 Solar

International Exhibition cum Conference on Solar Standards, Skills & Manufacturing – 28th to 30th December 2018


Enxpo Infomedia Pvt Ltd & Skill Council for Green Jobs (SCGJ) are jointly organizing a 3 day International Exhibition cum Conference on Solar Energy – Standards, Skills, Manufacturing, Innovations & Applications on 28th to 30th December, 2018 at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi with Oil & Natural Gas Corporations (ONGC), National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) & National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) as various partners.  

NSEFI is a supporting partner for the above event and you can avail 20% discount if you are NSEFI Member.

Be a part of this unique exhibition and experience the new age services and solutions available in the renewable industry.

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