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AGENDA


DAY ONE
 
WELCOME REMARKS
  • Welcome remarks by Alok Brara, Publisher, Power Line

KEY TRENDS AND OUTLOOK

Questions/Topics:
  • What have been the key trends in the solar power segment over the past year?
  • What are the key business drivers with regard to solar power?
  • What are the key risks and challenges and how can they be mitigated? What is the future outlook?

  • Presentation by Anvesha Thakker, Advisor, KPMG
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: MNRE’S PERSPECTIVE - POLICY ROADMAP

Questions/Topics:

  • What are MNRE’s plans and perspective with regard to scaling up solar power to 100 GW?
  • What is the update on rooftop solar, utility-scale, PSU-led and solar park projects, and other initiatives?
  • What policy initiatives are required for building investment momentum and fuelling growth?
  • Keynote remarks by Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, MNRE

KEYNOTE SESSION: SECI’S PERSPECTIVE

Questions/Topics:

  • What is the roadmap for the roll-out of Phase II and Phase III of the JNNSM?
  • What have been the key learnings so far?
  • What is the current status of schemes and initiatives like solar parks, rooftop solar and off-grid?
  • What are the key challenges being faced by SECI and how does it plan to address these?
  • Presentation by Dr Ashvini Kumar, Managing Director, Solar Energy Corporation of India

INNOVATIVE FINANCE STRUCTURES

  • Presentation by Pawan Kumar Agrawal, President, Corporate Finance, YES Bank

KEYNOTE SESSION - DEVELOPERS’ PERSPECTIVE

Questions/Topics:
  • What is the developers’ outlook for the Indian solar market?
  • What are their investment plans and strategies to meet future demand?
  • What are their expectations from the government and other stakeholders?

Panel discussion among (in alphabetical order):

  • Sanjay Aggarwal, Managing Director, Fortum India
  • Amit Khurana, Group Managing Director, Mi Solar
  • Rohit Modi, Chief Executive Officer, Solar - Business, Suzlon
  • Gaurav Sood, Managing Director, Solairedirect
  • Sunil Wadhwa, Managing Director, IL&FS Energy Development Company

KEYNOTE SESSION - SPOTLIGHT ON “MAKE IN INDIA”: MANUFACTURERS’ PERSPECTIVE

Questions/Topics:

  • What is the manufacturers’ perspective on the Indian solar power market?
  • What are the expectations from the government under the Make in India initiative?
  • What are the issues faced by OEMs? What are the possible solutions?

Panel discussion among (in alphabetical order):

  • Sujoy Ghosh, Country Head - India, First Solar Power India
  • Ashish Khanna, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tata Power Solar Systems India
  • K.N. Subramaniam, Chief Executive Officer, Moser Baer Solar

DISCOM FINANCES AND OFFTAKE RISKS

Questions/Topics:

  • What is the current state of discom finances across various states?
  • How do the financial losses of discoms impact their credibility and capability to buy solar power?
  • What has been the progress so far under the UDAY scheme?
  • Presentation by Sabyasachi Majumdar, Senior Vice President & and Head, Power Sector Ratings, ICRA

INVESTMENT AND FINANCING

Questions/Topics:

  • What has been the financiers’ experience in this space? What are the key risks?
  • What are the financing requirements of the sector likely to be in the next two to three years?
  • What can the industry do to facilitate solar project financing?

Panel discussion among (in alphabetical order):

  • Mayank Bansal, Director, Infrastructure, IDFC Alternatives
  • Nirupama Guruprasad, Joint General Manager, Project Finance Group, ICICI Bank
  • Sitesh Kumar Sinha, Vice President, PTC India Financial Services
  • Abhilakh Singh, General Manager, Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency
 
DAY TWO
 

RECAP OF DAY ONE

  • Recap of Day One by Power Line Research

COST AND TARIFF TRENDS

Questions/Topics:

  • What are the current project economics of solar PV plants?
  • What are the key material and equipment price trends (inverters, cells, batteries, etc.)?
  • What are the likely future tariff trends in the solar space? What will be the key drivers?
  • Presentation by Gurpreet Chugh, Principal, Consulting Director, ICF International

LEGAL CHALLENGES

Questions/Topics:

  • What are the legal issues and challenges involved at different stages of solar project development?
  • What should be the key considerations of developers while signing solar EPC contracts?
  • What are the key risks faced by developers in this regard? What are the best practices?
  • Presentation by Dibyanshu, Partner and Nishant Beniwal, Counsel, Khaitan & Co
GREEN CORRIDORS AND GRID INTEGRATION
Questions/Topics:
  • What is the status of the planned green corridors for power evacuation from renewable sources?
  • What are the plans for evacuation of power from the proposed solar parks?
  • What will be the impact of large-scale renewable integration on the grid?
  • Presentation by Rajesh Kumar, Chief Manager – Smart Grid, Powergrid Corporation of India

FOCUS ON BALANCE OF SYSTEM

Questions/Topics:

  • What have been the cost trends for key BoS components (inverters, mounting structures, trackers, cables, etc.)?
  • What are the major issues and challenges pertaining to these components?
  • What have been the key technology advancements in the BoS space?
  • Presentation by Bhuwan Mehta, Senior Consultant, GENSOL Consultants

FOCUS ON STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Questions/Topics:

  • What is the economics of storage solutions for solar power technologies?
  • What are the various types of storage technologies? What are their comparative advantages and disadvantages?
  • What is the uptake and potential of these solutions in India?
  • Presentation by Shyam Ragupathy, Director - Strategy, Customized Energy Solutions

SPECIAL SESSION – NTPC’s PLAN AND PERSPECTIVE

Questions/Topics:

  • What has been NTPC's experience so far in the solar power segment? What are the current and upcoming projects?
  • What are the company’s investment plans and strategies? What role is NTPC likely to play in promoting solar power development?
  • What is NTPCs’ outlook for the Indian solar market?
  • Presentation by Subhash Muley, Executive Director, NTPC

SPECIAL SESSION: STATE POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES: PUNJAB

Questions/Topics:

  • What are the existing state policies and programmes in Punjab?
  • What has been the experience from ongoing programmes?
  • What are the upcoming programmes? What are the opportunities for private developers?
  • Presentation by M. P. Singh, Joint Director, Punjab Energy Development Agency

SPOTLIGHT ON SOLAR ROOFTOP MARKET AND OFF-GRID SOLAR

Questions/Topics:

  • What is the potential of the solar rooftop market in India? What have been the key challenges?
  • What is the status of the ongoing rooftop programmes? What is the update on net metering?
  • What are some of the innovative/successful models?
  • What is the current size and potential of the decentralised solar power market?
  • What are the key government initiatives and subsidy programmes?
  • What are the major issues and challenges in the uptake of solutions like solar pumps, mini-grids and lighting?

Presentations by:

  • Dr G. Prasad, Director, Off-grid & Decentralised Solar Application Programme, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy on “Off-grid Solar”
  • Vinay Rustagi, Managing Director, Bridge To India on “Solar Rooftop Market”
 
       
 
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