Renewable Energy Experts discuss the future of clean energy at Reinvest 2018

The power-packed technical sessions at the 2nd Global RE-Invest India-ISA Partnership Renewable Energy Experts’ Meet & Expo (RE-Invest 2018), organized by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy saw industry experts, corporates and sector players discussing the opportunities and challenges held by the Renewable Energy sector at Greater Noida.
Reiterating the discussions of the ministerial sessions held on day one of RE-Invest 2018, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Renewable Energy, Government of India, Mr. G K Gupta, said “Like the telecom revolution, where prices were brought down from Rs. 16 per minute to a few paisas per minute, now is the time for a similar revolution for the Renewable Energy sector.”

Opening his views at the technical session: storage solution in Renewable, Chief Executive Officer, Emergent Ventures, Mr. Vinod Kala, who was the moderator of the session underlined the need for creating a conducive policy and regulatory framework that gives impetus to domestic manufacturing, demand creation and allows integrated e-mobility requirement seamlessly. Stating the demanding portfolio for renewable energy batteries he said, “Ancillary services market should also be kept in mind.”

Lauding the Kusum Yojana at the special session: India’s Energy Basket 2030, Chairman-Elect, Global Solar Council (GSC) Mr. Pranav. R Mehta, said, “With Kusum, instead of asking for electricity, our farmers will be supplying electricity.”

Laying impetus on private sector’s contribution to the renewable energy sector at the Technical Session: ‘Next Gen Renewables’, Head of Department Energy System Analysis, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems Dr. Thomas Schlegl, offered technological collaboration with Indian institutes at the Fraunhofer Institute, Germany. Fellow, Brookings India, Dr. Rahul Tongia, who was the moderator at the session, stated that the technological disruption should be analyzed for the renewable energy sector and should be factored in for application.

Stating the policy requirements for installation of solar rooftops, panelist at a session named ‘The Sun Overhead: India’s Rooftop Solar Programme’s panelists said “Awareness among customers about rooftop technology is critical. Rather than focusing on subsidization of rooftop panels for households, the industry needs to work together for faster installation capacity, in order to reach the target of 40GW of solar rooftops.”

The technical sessions on the 2nd day of RE-Invest 2018 witnessed participation of Executive Chairman, SoftBank Energy, Mr. Manoj Kohli, Regional Programme Officer – Asia, Country Support and Partnerships Division, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Mr.Prasoon Agarwal, and Managing Director, Hero Future Energies Private Limited Mr. Rahul Munjal, among others.

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NSEFI Chairman Pranav R Mehta presided over the Global Solar Council Board meeting at Anaheim, USA on 27 September

NSEFI Chairman Pranav R Mehta presided over the Global Solar Council Board meeting at Anaheim, the USA on 27 September.

The Board Meeting discussed its future plans and strategies to enhance solar growth throughout the globe.

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Gujarat leads India in approved capacity of solar parks

The state has so far received approval for three solar parks, which include India’s largest 5,000MW park at Dholera near Ahmedabad, 700MW at Radhanesada and 500MW at Harshad.

New Delhi: Gujarat has emerged has as the top state in terms of approved power generation capacity in various solar parks. Out of the total 26,449MW capacity approved in 45 solar parks in 22 states, Gujarat has received the nod from the Union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) for developing the maximum 6,200MW capacity spread across three solar parks.

The state has so far received approval for three solar parks, which include India’s largest 5,000MW park at Dholera near Ahmedabad, 700MW at Radhanesada and 500MW at Harshad. Both Radhanesada and Harshad parks are being developed in Banaskantha district.

Gujarat is followed by Rajasthan with the approved capacity of 4,331 across six solar parks and Andhra Pradesh with 4,160MW (four solar parks), states a report prepared by the Union ministry.

Gujarat government has already set the ball rolling for its biggest solar power project in Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR).

The bids for setting up the first 1,000MW power projects are likely to be invited this month.

“There is a new hope for Gujarat in the wake of the announcement of the new mega solar park at Dholera along with two other parks.

Dholera will be a very good location for the park as the government is giving a lot of importance to the project. However, the government should provide power evacuation facility on the priority basis,” said Pranav Mehta, chairman-elect of the Global Solar Council.

Industry players, however, also opine that invest tor sentiment in solar sector has been adversely affected due to issues such as ambiguity over GST and applicability of safeguard duty to pipeline projects.

“These bottlenecks should be cleared first,” said an industry player.

The speedy execution of these solar projects is likely to help Gujarat improve its position among solar power generating states.

Gujarat was once the top state with the highest installed generation capacity. However, the state has slipped to fifth position with other states racing ahead.

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President Elect, GSC talks about new ISA partnership, plans for global solar promotion

In a significant development, two major international solar coalitions – the Global Solar Council (GSC) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) – signed a MoU for the cooperation and collaboration of solar growth in all ISA-member countries. Pranav Mehta from the GSC talks to pv magazine about the move.
Mr. Pranav Mehta, President Elect, GSC, (left) and Mr. Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General of ISA after the signing of MoU in Munich, Germany.

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SC decision in ReNew Power case a major positive: Solar industry body

The firm had won the project through competitive bidding in 2015 at a tariff of Rs 5.45 per unit. MPPGCL had issued a termination notice in August 2017.

New Delhi: The latest judgment by Supreme Court that set aside the cancellation of a Power Purchase Agreement signed by Madhya Pradesh government with Renewable energy producer ReNew Power is a shot in the arm for companies, industry body National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has said.

The court had also slapped a penalty of Rs 119 million on the company for delaying the commissioning of a 51-Mw solar project in the state by over 210 days. The firm had won the project through competitive bidding in 2015 at a tariff of Rs 5.45 per unit. Madhya Pradesh Power Generation Corporation (MPPGCL) had issued a termination notice in August 2017.

ReNew challenged the decision in the High Court which disallowed the termination. The state government had later moved the apex court. “The Supreme Court has passed a landmark judgment wherein it has upheld the order of the Madhya Pradesh High Court in favor of ReNew Power, which labeled the termination of the contract by MPPGCL as unlawful and arbitrary,” Pranav Mehta, Founder and Chairman of NSEFI said in a statement.

He added that the judgment has come as a shot in the arm for the renewable sector as it is an investment-intensive sector and the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) put in substantial capital investment upfront – to the tune of $1 million per Megawatt of installed capacity.

“In this backdrop, it is imperative that the sanctity of the PPAs signed with various IPPs is maintained. Otherwise, it will dampen the image of India as a preferred investment destination for renewables,” Mehta said.

The renewable energy sector requires Rs 6.6 lakh crore investment over the next five years if India has to achieve its target of 175 Gigawatt (Gw) of renewables by 2022.

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NSEFI Both Happy and Unhappy about Union Budget 2018

“We as NSEFI are both happy and unhappy about Union Budget 2018” said Pranav R Mehta,Chairman NSEFI whilst commenting on Union Budget 2018 announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

“We are happy because one of our main suggestion was for generating electricity using solar panels on farms and farmers supplying surplus electricity after that captive use to the grid wherever the grid is available. Where the grid is yet not available a cluster of farms can form a Mini Grid. This will not only benefit the farmers but the country as a whole by distributed solar generation and equitable growth. In this manner the Farmers will contribute their might to the cause of global warming and climate change” said Mehta

However, we as NSEFI are not very happy because many of our suggestions like electricity supply to be brought in the GST network , zero GST rate for Solar Generation, A comprehensive package for solar Manufacturing in India, Restoration of 80% accelerated Depreciation for industrial, commercial and social institutions categorical statement that Anti dumping Duty, Safeguard Duty – if imposed – not to be applicable to already bid out projects, Incentives for State of Art Battery manufacturing for storage,New schemes for technology upgradation and absence of any substantial measure worth mentioning for solar and Renewable Energy in the Union Budget 2018 are indeed, disappointments.

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Pre – Budget NSEFI Suggestions to Union Government

“In the Union Budget 2018 the Government should re-iterate its strong commitment and push for Renewable Energy with Increased Emphasis on Agricultural Use of Solar”– says NSEFI Chief Pranav R Mehta

NSEFI has already submitted the following suggestions to the Union Government for solar sector growth.

NSEFI Suggestions for Union Budget 2018 – 19

1. Increased Emphasis on Agricultural Use of Solar :

Agricultural use of solar energy should be encouraged with greater emphasis than at present. A separate scheme needs to be evolved whereby farmers not only generate electricity for their own captive use but supply the surplus to the grid through the net metering mechanism. In addition, the use of solar Sheffler and other parabolic dishes for drying applications should be encouraged.

2. Electricity Supply by Solar and RE Companies to be brought in the GST Network :

Electricity Supply by solar and RE companies should be brought in the GST Net with marginal 2 percent rate.

3. GST Rate for Solar Generation plants :

GST Rate for Solar Generation plants, including for solar modules, all Balance of System components for solar use – including inverters, structures, cables, wires, nuts, bolts and services for the same should be reduced to Zero GST Rate.

4. A comprehensive Package for Solar Manufacturing in India :

It has been our long pending demand that there should be a comprehensive package to encourage Solar Manufacturing in India to make Indian solar cells and modules globally competitive both in terms of quality and price. Such a package may include Interest Subvention, Capital Subsidy, Electricity at concessional rates, speedy land acquisition etc.

5. Anti Dumping Duty – if imposed :

If Anti Dumping Duty is to be imposed it should be with prospective effect and should not be made applicable to already bid out and awarded projects.

6. Accelerated Depreciation for an industrial, commercial and social institution to be restored at 80 percent:

Accelerated Depreciation@ 80 percent should be restored for all solar installations, including for Rooftop installations on Commercial and Industrial premises.

7. State of Art Battery Manufacturing to be incentivized :

In view of the anticipated rapid transition to Electrical Vehicles in the country, it will be desirable that large-scale, distributed, State of Art Battery Manufacturing plants consistent with the Prime Minister’s “ Make in India” plans, should be suitably incentivized – with an emphasis on rapid charging Batteries.

8. Some of these measures are already under the consideration of the Govt. of India and should be given a concrete shape by the allocation of proper funds in the Budget.

9. No Import Duty or GST applicability for all the supply items for Solar Manufacturing in India.

10. Skill Development and Employment Generation :

There is further need for increased emphasis on skill development in all areas of Solar development that is for solar plant installation, Manufacturing, Planning, Management, as also Operation and Maintenance.

11. R&D and Technology Demonstration Budget to be generously increased to at least three times the present Budget.

12. New Scheme and Funds for Technology Up gradation and Expansion of Solar Industry :

A suitable scheme for Technology Upgradation and Expansion of Solar Industry should be announced with an initial fund allocation of Rs. 2500 Crores and the unutilized portion of this budgeted amount to be carried forward to the next year.

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India set new benchmarks for Energy Storage, Electric vehicles, 24×7 Electricity access to all and Renewable at Energy Storage India 2018

  • Policy makers, World-renowned experts, thought leaders and industry stakeholders discussed the roadmap to accelerate adoption of energy storage in India
  • Addressed the key drivers to implement the country’s ambitious National Energy Storage Mission
  • New Delhi: Addressing the larger issues, challenges, emerging trends and wide array of opportunities for Energy Storage, Micro-grids and Electric Vehicle solutions in India Energy Storage India (ESI) 2018 today started with a big bang. Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry of India delivered a special welcome address emphasizing a need for Energy Storage for greener, cleaner and more stable grid in India.

    ESI 2018 is organized by India Energy Storage Alliance and is supported by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of science and technology, Government bodies including Invest India, Start-up India, Skill Council and other industry pioneers such as Fluence, EnerBlu and Delta Electronics. ESI 2018 showcases new avenues, ideas, and advanced technologies in Energy Storage space to implement the awaited National Energy Storage mission. This event opened new doors to accelerate Make in India, EV transformation and much-anticipated dream of electricity to all by developing the country as a global manufacturing hub for advanced energy storage technologies.

    Addressing ESI 2018, Honourable Minister of Commerce & Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhu said, “Energy storage can change the dynamics of energy profile of the world and thus energy storage is a critical component in global energy strategy. We should be the leaders, we should invest in R&D.” He encouraged participants to work together globally for R&D considering local needs. He hoped that ESI 2018 will help in addressing various issues related to energy storage ecosystem.

    Mr. RV Deshpande, Minister of Large and Medium Scale Industries and Infrastructure Development, Govt. of Karnataka (First state to release electric vehicle and energy storage policy in India) was the keynote speaker for electric vehicle session. Other eminent dignitaries including Pankaj Batra, Member, Planning, CEA, Reji Pillai, President, India Smart Grid Forum, Karthick Athmanathan, Head-EV & eMobility, Ashok Leyland, Daniel Elliot, President & CEO, EnerBlu and Ajay Goel, COO, Sun Mobility, shared their valuable insights on the critical role of energy storage infrastructure in mass scale shift to electrification of Indian railways and electric vehicles (EVs). Addressed by Saurabh Kumar, MD, EESL, Naveen Munjal, MD, Hero Electric, Anil Chutani, Vice President, ACME CleanTech Solutions, Pramod Kulkarni, Customized Energy Solutions-USA and other key players, Electric Vehicles session paved new hope to accelerate India’s ambitious target of EV transformation.

    In its endeavour to make India a global investment and manufacturing hub for energy storage, the Make in India session created an impactful ideas exchange platform for veterans such as Manuj Khurana, AVP, Invest India, Daniel Elliot, President & CEO, EnerBlu, Hiren Shah, Sr. Director, Energy Storage, Delta Electronics India Pvt Ltd, Anant Nahata, MD, Exicom Tele Systems, Arun Tripathy, Head, Energy Storage, Hero Future Energies and Subodh Kumar, CGM, India Oil.

    An interesting session on Renewable integration was attended by Dr. P. C. Maithani, Director, MNRE, Pranav Mehta, Chairman, NSEFI, Dr. K. Balaraman, Director General, NIWE, Dr. O. S. Shastri, Programme Director, ISA, S. K. Soonee, Former CEO, POSOCO, Vishwanathan Iyer, Sterling & Wilson, Naresh Panchal, Suzlon and highlighted the significance of energy storage innovation in enabling RE integration in the country.

    Highlighting the impact of ESI 2018 with respect to advanced need for advance energy storage technologies in current promising scenario and positive policy framework, Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, Executive Director, Indian Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) said, “ESI 2018 has proved itself as the largest transformation platform by setting right expectation for India’s ambition to become a global pioneer in renewable, micro grids and electric vehicles. This event has gained global attention and recognition with participation from more than 1000+ industry experts, 100+ speakers, 50+ exhibitors and partners participating from over 25 countries. With the fifth edition of Energy Storage India, we are confident that 2018 will be the year of the action, where we will start seeing the large scale deployments of energy storage technologies.”

    “From being the industry awareness generator and knowledge hub to the successful draft roadmap announced in 2015-16 for energy storage and micro-grids, now IESA’s honest efforts can expect the actual Energy Storage Mission to be announced within the next three to six months,” he further added.

    With the boom in EV and energy storage start-up disruption, IESA launched India’s first start-up competition & innovation pavilion with the support of Startup India, Mumbai Angel Network, TiE- Delhi, Sangam ventures & GESA. ESI 2018 also hosted the 2nd IESA Awards recognising the best in Energy storage,, Electric Vehicle and Micro Grid industry. ACME Cleantech Solutions Pvt Ltd. received the award in the Energy Storage Project of the Year category for Electric Vehicles project and EXICOM Tele Systems Ltd. bagged the award in Energy Storage Company of the Year category.

    About India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA):

    IESA was launched in 2012 to assess the market potential of Energy Storage Technologies in India, through an active dialogue and subsequent analysis among the various stakeholders to make the Indian industry and power sector aware of the tremendous need for Energy Storage in the very near future. It aims to make India a global hub for research and manufacturing of advanced energy storage technologies by 2022.

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    MOU with Spanish Solar Association

    Facilitating Spanish Investment and Technology Transfer in Indian Solar Sector.

    India’s NSEFI signs MOU with the Spanish Photovoltaic Union(UNEF) at Madrid, Spain

    India’s apex solar association National Solar Energy Federation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate Spanish Investment and Technology transfer at Madrid last week during the Annual Solar Meet known as SOLAR FORUM where over 600 delegates from Spanish Solar industry were present.

    The MOU was signed by the President of the Spanish PV Association (UNEF), Jorge Barredo, from the Spanish side and Founder Chairman of the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), Pranav R Mehta from the Indian side, who is also the Chairman-Elect of the Global Solar Council. Also present was Mr. Jose Donoso, General Manager of UNEF and Co-Chairman of the Global Solar Council.

    “India is the third largest solar market and with exponential growth in the last few years achieving 16.2 GW installed capacity, is poised to achieve 100 GW by 2020. India offers very attractive investment and technology transfer opportunities for Spanish solar industry which has a rich experience, thus creating a win-win situation” said Pranav R Mehta on the occasion.

    According to the agreement, the collaboration includes commercial missions, the sharing of best-practice, as well as of technical and policy information. “In India, PV is already more competitive than coal, and it is one of the countries with the most potential to develop PV, with the forecast of reaching 100 GW in 2022. We hope we will implement a fruitful cooperation” said Jorge Barredo of Spanish Solar Union.

    Shri Mehta also met Spain’s Secretary of Energy Daniel Lavia and extended an invitation to the Spanish Government and Renewable Energy industry to participate actively in Global Renewable Energy Investment Summit REINVEST 2018 being organized by the Government of India and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) 19 – 21 April, 2018 at Greater Noida, near New Delhi, India.

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