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SOLARCON India 2013 Begins With Charging The Solar Industry To Innovate, Collaborate & Execute

Speaking at the inauguration to the industry leaders Shri Amita Prasad, IAS, Energy Secretary, Govt.of Karnataka said, "Innovate, Collaborate and execute.

Solar power has the immense capacity to bring in stability to the fluctuating electricity tariffs in India as it is cheaper than thermal and domestic coal. States have realized that solar sector is positive as most solar radiation in the worst part of India is better than the best part of Europe. Solar is a serious area to work for large scale projects in India. We can add large capacities to rooftop solar projects and I am glad that states have understood the momentum of the big future of the grid connected roof tops included Shri. Tarun Kapoor, IAS, Jt. Secretary, MNRE.

Mr. K. Subramanya, Chairperson, SEMI India PV Advisory Committee sharing his views said, Standardization of the solar products is necessary. Bankers need to be involved to increase budgetary support. Technology up gradation is essential. Respectability for the sector needs to be attained. As investors are looking for uncertainty, solar lobbying is required to be made.

Dr. Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO India and winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award in the inaugural key note said, Off grid is the market for India. Innovation, resilience, guts to fight the challenges are the key takeaways for the solar industry leaders. Social engineering will alone make this industry succeed. Solar power industry can apply the insights taken from the business models existing in other industry sectors. And Prof. Pradeep Haldar, professor at the State University of New York (College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering)

and CTO of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium added, Innovation & entrepreneurship are to be encouraged at social level. Solar industry needs to innovate and create market opportunities to survive with the impending challenges. Government support is highly critical. Supply chain across the solar industry segment needs to be kept intact. On the inaugural day, addressing the JNNSM Phase - 2 (2013-2017) Policy Initiatives and Implementation in a session, Shri Tarun Kapoor, IAS, Joint Secretary, MNRE said, Developing manufacturers, system integrators, entrepreneurs was the mission of JNNSM Phase I. With initiatives and implementations in Phase II we would take India to the first five countries in the world in terms of solar power production. States are taking a better lead today. For the Phase II, 800 MW is the off-grid target. The thrust areas include energy access, diesel replacement, telecom towers, new innovative product, cooling, cold storage, water purification, space heating and water pumping. Speaking on the plans for off grid projects, he said, JNNSM II envisages development of cumulative capacity of 1000MW for off-grid solar power and target of15million Sq.M. collector area. The targets include improved energy access in remote areas, heating/cooling applications that would encourage employment generation opportunities, replacement of diesel and Kerosene: Telecom Towers, solar cities and solar cookers & steam generating systems

Speaking on the implementation perspective, Dr. Ashvini Kumar, Director, Solar Energy Corporation of India added, To scale up the JNNSM Phase II objectives, we have institutional arrangements on board, namely SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India), Solar Energy Research Advisory Council & Solar Energy Industry Advisory Council. These collectively aim at planning and executing integrated programs on development of solar energy technologies to achieve commercialization. These would be able to own, operate and manage both grid and offgrid power stations. They will promote R&D and assist MNRE in executing the mission objectives through appropriate mechanism. Although there are the issues of implementation connectivity norms, metering norms, business model-Tariff & PPA etc, performance, we are sure with our collective effort we would be able to transform them into opportunities. With the aim of facilitating the states role in empowering the domestic PV manufacturers to

help them in their internal growth and in positioning India as a global leader not only in consumption of solar technology but also as a provider, Ms. Bettina Weiss, President, SEMI India said, "Our conference theme this year reflects SEMIs view that PV manufacturing must complement the growth in solar PV adoption in India. Balancing PV supply and demand within regions provides greater economic benefits, reduces carbon emissions and the costs of transporting PV products, making a case for a strong regional manufacturing industry. In the last few years, a large chunk of solar PV installations in India have been based on components sourced from international suppliers and at different cost points. India must not become solely a consumer of solar technology as it has much to offer the world as a manufacturer.

At SOLARCON India 2013, companies will present their products on an exhibition space spread over 60,000 square feet. More than 4000 national & international trade visitors are expected to attend India's largest solar industry centric event this year.

The SOLARCON India 2013 conference includes: Opportunities for independent power producers under Indias REC mechanism; Balancing PV supply and demand in India: Reinvigorating Indian Manufacturing; Assessing the Indian Solar Market: Development Prospects and Problems the Big Picture; Perspectives on building a complete solar PV eco-system in India; Role of States in PV Market Growth in India; Financing Solar issues, options, perspectives; Rooftop Solar: The next big driver in India; Structures, safety, performance, reliability of PV installations and Energy conversion, storage and efficiency. The conference has more than 40 eminent speakers both national and international from the entire solar industry ecosystem including the government.

A unique workshop on PV Standards from Materials and Manufacturing to Systems in association with the IEEE Standards Association and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), will be offered. And a one-day tutorial on Solar PV System Sizing in technical collaboration with the National Center for PV Research and Education at IIT Bombay.

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The co-located SOLARCON India conference features the theme Balancing Energy Supply & Demand in the Region - The need for a complete PV eco-system from materials to power generation and will attract a solid audience of influential delegates who also attend the show. SOLARCON India Media Accreditation As a service to SOLARCON exhibitors, SEMI provides media accreditation to members of the working press. Accreditation is granted at SEMIs discretion and provides access to the exposition, working press room and scheduled press conferences solely for the purposes of reporting on the semiconductor equipment and materials industry, industry news events, new products, business development, and other news associated with SEMI expositions. Due to the number of requests received for press passes, media accreditation is limited to those acting in an editorial capacity for relevant publications or news organizations. Publishers/associate publishers, sales, advertising, PR, marketing, market research, technical support staff, consultants and exhibiting company personnel are not eligible for press credentials. SEMI requires proof of applicants professional status, including titled business card, publicatio n masthead and applicants name listed in an editorial capacity.

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employed by non-news organizations are not eligible for media credentials. Authors must be under current contract and provide an original letter from their publisher. Internet-based Publications Editors from online, Internet-based, newsletter or solicited-article publications are admitted at SEMIs discretion and must provide proof of a direct editorial coverage of the semiconductor equipment or materials industry or related technology to be considered for eligibility. Persons issued press credentials are prohibited from advertising sales while at SOLARCON India. Press credentials will be revoked for anyone engaged in sales or solicitation activities.

SOLARCON India 2013


SOLARCON India 2013 brings together the entire supply chain with a focus on PV manufacturing, production and technology and attracts equipment and materials suppliers; cell and module manufacturers; balance of systems (BOS) suppliers (inverters, batteries, tracking and mounting systems, integrators); distributors and project developers; academia and research; utility-scale developers and government. Industry leaders look to SOLARCON India to source the products, technologies, and solutions they need to meet the demand created by the Jawaharlal National Solar Mission, and the State solar policies and opportunities arising from Renewable Energy Certification and Renewable Purchase Obligations. SOLARCON India is the event of choice for the solar industry in India and is your best opportunity to benefit from and influence the direction of Indias solar market. This best-in-class exhibition attracts highly-focused visitors from across the Indian solar manufacturing supply chain. Secure a booth at SOLARCON India 2013 and network with more than 4,000 national and international trade visitors. Gain brand exposure and meet real buyers with purchasing authority. Discover new trends and products in the industry as well as tap into the full spectrum of solar professionals. Forge links with local partners in the Indian marketplace. Reach out to the growing solar markets in Andhra Pradesh, Karnatka, Kerala and Tamilnadu.

The SOLARCON Difference SOLARCON India is presented by SEMI India. SEMI India works year-round for the solar industry, guided by industry leaders in India and works to promote the best interests of the industry. In turn, SEMI India is supported by its parent company SEMI, the international trade association with global reach.

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Course Overview: Stakeholders are increasingly holding companies accountable for their activities and demand information that is consistent, material, comparable, credible and well structured. This course helps you to learn about international reporting standards and how to deliver your sustainability message effectively to support business objectives. Topics include: Identifying the key issues on which to report Transparency and accountability Developing priorities through stakeholder engagement International reporting standards Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Tools and strategies to deliver an effective sustainability message Tailoring reporting solutions to meet a companys unique needs Measuring and reporting on community investment Reporting CSR activities to key stakeholders Developing an effective communications plan Case studies of successful reporting strategies the fourth edition of Indias premiere solar energy focused event with the theme 'The Promise of Affordable Solar Power in India: Unraveling the Bottlenecks and Identifying Solutions 'kick-started in Bangalore this morning.

From (L-R): Debasish Paul Choudhury, Murugesh R Nirani, Jagadish Shivappa Shettar, Pashupathy Gopalan, Managing Director, South Asia & Sub Saharan Africa Operations, SunEdison; James CP Chen, Vice President - Solar Business Group, AUO Group, Taiwan; Anita George, Director, International Finance Corporation; K Subramanya, Former CEO, Tata BP Solar and Chairman, PV Advisory Committee, SEMI India and Bettina Weiss, Vice President, SEMI PV Group.

Organised by SEMI India in association with the Department of Industries and Commerce, Karnataka Government, Karnataka Udyog Mitra (KUM), Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) and supported by the Union Ministry for New and Renewable Energy, Government of India and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), the event was inaugurated Jagadish Shivappa Shettar, Chief Minister of Karnataka and Murugesh Rudrappa Nirani, Minister for Large and Medium Industries, Government of Karnataka. Speaking at the inauguration, Shettar said: Our government has given a new thrust to the solar power sector by implementing a new renewable energy policy. We have added 441 MW of renewable energy includes wind and solar during 2011-12. In our budget 2012-13 we have proposed to setup a Green energy fund by levying surcharge of 5 paise per unit on industrial and commercial consumers. The surcharge will be complimented by a support of Rs 25 crores from the government. The resources available in the fund will be utilised to encourage rooftop grid connected solar project". Karnataka aims to achieve the solar energy target of 200 MW by 2016. "What is more, our government has made it mandatory for all new houses to install solar water heaters. Apart from that the government and local authorities have taken the initiative to install large number of solar street lights and signals within Bangalore and few other cities, we plan to extend the solar street lights across the state", the Chief Minister informed.

Speaking on the occasion, Nirani said: The Karnataka state initiated by releasing Solar Policy 2011-16, proposes to install 200 MWs Solar power by 2015-16 for procurement by ESCOMs to meet the Renewable Purchase obligation RPO. Solar Power projects of 80MW capacities for 2011-12 and 2012-13 are awarded to successful bidders through competitive bidding. State owned Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd, KPCL has commissioned four solar power projects with aggregate capacity of 19 MWs, and yet to install five MW Solar power plant at Kaginele, Haveri district". The State government is planning to establish Solar parks in Bijapur, Gulbarga and Yadgir districts, in order to ensure to provide plug and play facility for speedy implementation of Solar projects. The cities of Mysore and Hubli-Dharwar are covered under model solar-city programmes and roof-top harvesting programmes are likely to be taken in these cities under Netmetering concept, the Minister informed. "Karnataka nodal agency KREDL has identified 1,000 major buildings across the state for implementation of Solar PV projects of capacity more than 100 kW. About 100 major commercial institutions have been identified for steam-cooking systems. Karnataka leads in the installation of solar water-heating systems in the country. KREDL proposed set up of a Solar Park in 5,000 acres land in Bijapur district and the State and Commerce and Industries Department is currently co-ordinating to get land and other pre-requisites on a top priority as facilitator", Nirani added. SOLARCON India 2012 kicked off in the presence of James CP Chen, vice president, Solar

Business Group, AUO Group, Taiwan, Dr Martha Symko Davies, Solar business manager, NREL, USA; Bettina Weiss, Vice President, SEMI PV Group, William Polese, Managing Director, Lux Research Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Singapore and Debasish Paul Choudhury, President - SEMI India. At SOLARCON India 2012 more than 100 companies are taking part and exhibiting their products on space spread over 60,000 square feet. More than 5,000 visitors are expected to attend India's dazzling event on solar energy. SEMI India facilitates the Government of Karnatakas Solar initiative to make the State the next Solar Hub of India. Choudhury, in his remark said: SOLARCON INDIA 2012 is a platform to give voice to the solar manufacturing industry and eco-system in India and to further serve the constituents through a wide range of initiatives, such as workforce development, industry standards, public policy, market research and environmental, health and safety (EHS) programmes. Also, we are pleased with the proactive efforts by the Government of Karnataka to support, collaborate and aid the companies in the Solar eco-system".

"An economy based on Hydro Carbon is unsustainable. We will be failing in our duty to the next generation unless we optimise the use of resources. The untapped potential in alternative sources of energy holds the key to a sustainable future. I complement SOLARCON India 2012 in helping re-focus on the issues that we now dwindle upon. I am sure the Conference will throw up many more new ideas and suggestions, which will lead us the way forward," MN Vidyashankar, Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industries Department, Governemnt of Karnataka added. Indian solar PV industry asked to innovate, collaborate and execute Features | CIOL Bureau BANGALORE, INDIA: SOLARCON India 2013, the fifth edition of India's premiere solarfocused technology and business event themed on "Balancing Energy Supply & Demand in the Region-The need for a complete PV eco-system from materials to power generation" organized by SEMI India. The event is supported by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL), and the Government of Karnataka was inaugurated today in the presence of Ms. Amita Prasad, IAS, Energy Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka and Tarun Kapoor, IAS, Jt. Secretary, MNRE at the KTPO Exhibition Complex, Bangalore. Prof. Dr. Roland Schindler, executive director, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems; Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki, National Center for PV Research & Education at IIT Bombay; K. Subramanya, chairperson, SEMI India PV Advisory Committee, and M.B Dyaberi, IAS, MD, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd also graced the ceremony. Ms. Amita Prasad, said, "Innovate, collaborate and execute!"

"Solar power has the immense capacity to bring in stability to the fluctuating electricity tariffs in India as it is cheaper than thermal and domestic coal. States have realized that solar sector is positive as most solar radiation in the worst part of India is better than the best part of Europe. Solar is a serious area to work for large scale projects in India. We can add large capacities to rooftop solar projects and I am glad that states have understood the momentum of the big future of the grid connected roof tops," said Tarun Kapoor. K. Subramanya, said: "Standardization of the solar products is necessary. Bankers need to be involved to increase budgetary support. Technology up gradation is essential. Respectability for the sector needs to be attained. As investors are looking for uncertainty, solar lobbying is required to be made". Dr. Harish Hande, MD, SELCO India and winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, in the inaugural key note said: "Off grid is the market for India. Innovation, resilience, guts to fight the challenges are the key takeaways for the solar industry leaders. Social engineering will alone make this industry succeed. Solar power industry can apply the insights taken from the business models existing in other industry sectors." Prof. Pradeep Haldar, professor at the State University of New York (College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering) and CTO of the US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, added: "Innovation and entrepreneurship are to be encouraged at social level. Solar industry needs to innovate and create market opportunities to survive with the impending challenges. Government support is highly critical. Supply chain across the solar industry segment needs to be kept intact." JNNSM Phase 2 updates On the inaugural day, addressing the "JNNSM Phase - 2 (2013-2017) Policy Initiatives and Implementation" in a session, Tarun Kapoor, added: "Developing manufacturers, system integrators, entrepreneurs was the mission of JNNSM Phase I. With initiatives and implementations in Phase II we would take India to the first five countries in the world in terms of solar power production. States are taking a better lead today. For the Phase II, 800 MW is the off-grid target. The thrust areas include energy access, diesel replacement, telecom towers, new innovative product, cooling, cold storage, water purification, space heating and water pumping." Speaking on the plans for off grid projects, he said: "JNNSM - II envisages development of cumulative capacity of 1000MW for off-grid solar power and target of15million Sq.M. collector area. The targets include improved energy access in remote areas, heating/cooling applications that would encourage employment generation opportunities, replacement of diesel and Kerosene: Telecom Towers, solar cities and solar cookers and steam generating systems." Indian solar PV industry asked to innovate, collaborate and execute Features | CIOL Bureau Speaking on the implementation perspective, Dr. Ashvini Kumar, director, Solar Energy Corp. of India, added: "To scale up the JNNSM Phase II objectives, we have institutional arrangements on board, namely SECI, Solar Energy Research Advisory Council and Solar Energy Industry

Advisory Council. These collectively aim at planning and executing integrated programs on development of solar energy technologies to achieve commercialization. These would be able to own, operate and manage both grid and off-grid power stations. They will promote R&D and assist MNRE in executing the mission objectives through appropriate mechanism. Although there are the issues of implementation - connectivity norms, metering norms, business modeltariff and PPA etc., performance, we are sure with our collective effort we would be able to transform them into opportunities." ith the aim of facilitating the state's role in empowering the domestic PV manufacturers to help them in their internal growth and in positioning India as a global leader not only in consumption of solar technology, but also as a provider, Ms. Bettina Weiss, president, SEMI India said: "Our conference theme this year reflects SEMI's view that PV manufacturing must complement the growth in solar PV adoption in India. Balancing PV supply and demand within regions provides greater economic benefits, reduces carbon emissions and the costs of transporting PV products, making a case for a strong regional manufacturing industry. In the last few years, a large chunk of solar PV installations in India have been based on components sourced from international suppliers and at different cost points. India must not become solely a consumer of solar technology as it has much to offer the world as a manufacturer." At SOLARCON India 2013, companies will present their products on an exhibition space spread over 60,000 square feet. More than 4,000 national and international trade visitors are expected to attend India's largest solar industry centric event this year. The three-day conference is themed "Balancing Energy Supply & Demand in the Region" suggesting the need for India's significant PV deployment growth to be matched by a strong manufacturing eco-system News | by CIOL Correspondent BANGALORE, INDIA: SEMI, the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chain for the micro- an d nano-electronics industries, is hosting its fifth SOLARCON India, a premier solar-focused technology and business event, from 1-3 August 2013 at the KTPO Exhibition Complex, Bangalore. The inaugural ceremony is scheduled at 9:30 AM on 1 August, 2013 at the venue. The event showcases the entire solar photovoltaic (PV) supply chain with a focus on manufacturing and technology. Inaugural keynotes will be delivered by Dr. Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO India and winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award and Prof. Pradeep Haldar, professor at the State University of New York (College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering) and CTO of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium. An inaugural day session on "JNNSM Phase - 2 (2013-2017) Policy Initiatives and Implementation" will see Tarun Kapoor, IAS, Joint Secretary, MNRE and Dr. Ashvini Kumar, Director, Solar Energy Corporation of India address the conference.

The three-day conference is themed "Balancing Energy Supply & Demand in the Region" suggesting the need for India's significant PV deployment growth to be matched by a strong manufacturing eco-system. Over 60 industry experts and leaders from across the country will also address the conference over the three days, including: Prof. Dr. Roland Schindler, executive director of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems; Prof. Richard Corkish, head of the school of PV and renewable energy engineering at the University of New South Wales, Australia; Dr. Bill Tumas, from the Materials and Chemical Sciences Directorate of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). SOLARCON India 2013 is supported by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL), and the Government of Karnataka. "Our conference theme this year reflects SEMI's view that PV manufacturing must complement the growth in solar PV adoption in India," adds Bettina Weiss, president, SEMI India. "Balancing PV supply and demand within regions provides greater economic benefits, reduces carbon emissions and the costs of transporting PV products, making a case for a strong regional manufacturing industry. In the last few years, a large chunk of solar PV installations in India have been based on components sourced from international suppliers and at different cost points. India must not become solely a consumer of solar technology as it has much to offer the world as a manufacturer." "I am delighted to be at SEMI's conference in India this year, and to discuss the importance of supply chain collaboration, common standards and technology roadmaps, and collaborative technology development and deployment programs as key elements in overcoming technology, manufacturing and deployment challenges, in achieving lower costs and spurring the transition to a low-carbon, renewable energy world economy," says Prof. Pradeep Haldar at State University of New York (College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering) and CTO, U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium. "Breathtaking innovations in photovoltaic modules, new materials, components, and systems integration are transforming the use and adoption of solar PV globally. India, with its solar advantage and immense energy needs will be an engine of PV market growth and can be a true beneficiary of the kind of applied research we conduct at Fraunhofer CSE. I am pleased to be presenting this perspective at SOLARCON India", adds Prof. Dr. Roland Schindler, Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems. The conference will also include presentations and discussions covering: Phase-2 of the JNNSM - Policy and implementation aspects. Opportunities for independent power producers under the REC mechanism. Balancing PV supply and demand in India: Re-invigorating Indian manufacturing. Assessing the Indian solar market: Development prospects and problems - the big picture

Perspectives on building a complete solar PV eco-system in India Plus discussions on state solar policies, sessions on financing perspectives, rooftop PV, Structures, safety, reliability of PV installations and Energy storage, conversion and efficiency. A unique workshop on "PV Standards - from Materials and Manufacturing to Systems" in association with the IEEE Standards Association and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), will be offered, as well as a one-day tutorial on "Solar PV System Sizing" in technical collaboration with the National Center for PV Research and Education at IIT Bombay.

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Off grid is the market for India Innovation, resilience, guts to fight the challenges- key learning for solar industry SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India), Solar Energy Research Advisory Council & Solar Energy Industry Advisory Council to assist MNRE to achieve JNNSM-II objective Energy access, diesel replacement, telecom towers, new innovative product, cooling, cold storage, water purification, space heating and water pumping- Thrust areas for JNNSM-II

Bangalore, India, 1 August, 2013 SOLARCON India 2013, the fifth edition of Indias premiere solar-focused technology and business event themed on Balancing Energy Supply & Demand in the Region-The need for a complete PV eco-system from materials to power generation organized by SEMI India and supported by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL), and the Government of Karnataka was inaugurated today in the presence of Shri Amita Prasad, IAS, Energy Secretary, Govt.of Karnataka and Shri Tarun Kapoor, IAS, Jt. Secretary, MNRE at the KTPO Exhibition Complex, Bangalore. Prof. Dr. Roland Schindler, Executive Director, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems; Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki, National Center for PV Research & Education at IIT Bombay; Mr. K. Subramanya, Chairperson, SEMI India PV Advisory Committee, Sri. M.B Dyaberi, IAS, Managing Director, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd also graced the ceremony. Speaking at the inauguration to the industry leaders Shri Amita Prasad, IAS, Energy Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka said, Innovate, Collaborate and execute.

Solar power has the immense capacity to bring in stability to the fluctuating electricity tariffs in India as it is cheaper than thermal and domestic coal. States have realized that solar sector is positive as most solar radiation in the worst part of India is better than the best part of Europe. Solar is a serious area to work for large scale projects in India. We can add large capacities to rooftop solar projects and I am glad that states have understood the momentum of the big future of the grid connected roof tops included Shri. Tarun Kapoor, IAS, Jt. Secretary, MNRE. Mr. K. Subramanya, Chairperson, SEMI India PV Advisory Committee sharing his views said, Standardization of the solar products is necessary. Bankers need to be involved to increase budgetary support. Technology up gradation is essential. Respectability for the sector needs to be attained. As investors are looking for uncertainty, solar lobbying is required to be made.

Dr. Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO India and winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award in the inaugural key note said, Off grid is the market for India. Innovation, resilience, guts to fight the challenges are the key takeaways for the solar industry leaders. Social engineering will alone make this industry succeed. Solar power industry can apply the insights taken from the business models existing in other industry sectors. And Prof. Pradeep Haldar, professor at the State University of New York (College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering) and CTO of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium added, Innovation & entrepreneurship are to be encouraged at social level. Solar industry needs to innovate and create market opportunities to survive with the impending challenges. Government support is highly critical. Supply chain across the solar industry segment needs to be kept intact.

On the inaugural day, addressing the JNNSM Phase 2 (2013-2017) Policy Initiatives and Implementation in a session, Shri Tarun Kapoor, IAS, Joint Secretary, MNRE said, Developing manufacturers, system integrators, entrepreneurs was the mission of JNNSM Phase I. With initiatives and implementations in Phase II we would take India to the first five countries in the world in terms of solar power production. States are taking a better lead today. For the Phase II, 800 MW is the off-grid target. The thrust areas include energy access, diesel replacement, telecom towers, new innovative product, cooling, cold storage, water purification, space heating and water pumping. Speaking on the plans for off grid projects, he said, JNNSM II envisages development of cumulative capacity of 1000MW for off-grid solar power and target of15million Sq.M. collector area. The targets include improved energy access in remote areas, heating/cooling applications that would encourage employment generation opportunities, replacement of diesel and Kerosene: Telecom Towers, solar cities and solar cookers & steam generating systems Speaking on the implementation perspective, Dr. Ashvini Kumar, Director, Solar Energy Corporation of India added, To scale up the JNNSM Phase II objectives, we have institutional arrangements on board, namely SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India), Solar Energy Research Advisory Council & Solar Energy Industry Advisory Council. These collectively aim at planning and executing integrated programs on development of solar energy technologies to

achieve commercialization. These would be able to own, operate and manage both grid and offgrid power stations. They will promote R&D and assist MNRE in executing the mission objectives through appropriate mechanism. Although there are the issues of implementation connectivity norms, metering norms, business model-Tariff & PPA etc, performance, we are sure with our collective effort we would be able to transform them into opportunities.

With the aim of facilitating the states role in empowering the domestic PV manufacturers to help them in their internal growth and in positioning India as a global leader not only in consumption of solar technology but also as a provider, Ms. Bettina Weiss, President, SEMI India said, Our conference theme this year reflects SEMIs view that PV manufacturing must complement the growth in solar PV adoption in India. Balancing PV supply and demand within regions provides greater economic benefits, reduces carbon emissions and the costs of transporting PV products, making a case for a strong regional manufacturing industry. In the last few years, a large chunk of solar PV installations in India have been based on components sourced from international suppliers and at different cost points. India must not become solely a consumer of solar technology as it has much to offer the world as a manufacturer.

At SOLARCON India 2013, companies will present their products on an exhibition space spread over 60,000 square feet. More than 4000 national & international trade visitors are expected to attend Indias largest solar industry centric event this year.

The SOLARCON India 2013 conference includes: Opportunities for independent power producers under Indias REC mechanism; Balancing PV supply and demand in India: Reinvigorating Indian Manufacturing; Assessing the Indian Solar Market: Development Prospects and Problems the Big Picture; Perspectives on building a complete solar PV eco-system in India; Role of States in PV Market Growth in India; Financing Solar issues, options, perspectives; Rooftop Solar: The next big driver in India; Structures, safety, performance, reliability of PV installations and Energy conversion, storage and efficiency. The conference has more than 40 eminent speakers both national and international from the entire solar industry ecosystem including the government. A unique workshop on PV Standards from Materials and Manufacturing to Systems in association with the IEEE Standards Association and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), will be offered. And a one-day tutorial on Solar PV System Sizing in technical collaboration with the National Center for PV Research and Education at IIT Bombay. . Exhibition Introduction: SOLARCON India 2013 brings together the entire supply chain with a focus on PV manufacturing, production and technology and attracts equipment and materials suppliers; cell

and module manufacturers; balance of systems (BOS) suppliers (inverters, batteries, tracking and mounting systems, integrators); distributors and project developers; academia and research; utility-scale developers and government. Industry leaders look to SOLARCON India to source the products, technologies, and solutions they need to meet the demand created by the Jawaharlal National Solar Mission, and the State solar policies and opportunities arising from Renewable Energy Certification and Renewable Purchase Obligations. SOLARCON India is the event of choice for the solar industry in India and is your best opportunity to benefit from and influence the direction of Indias solar market. This best-in-class exhibition attracts highly-focused visitors from across the Indian solar manufacturing supply chain. . Exhibition Scope: 1. PV Cells and Modules Cells Modules Thin Film 2. PV Wafers, Materials and Equipment Equipment: Ingots and Wafers Equipment: Feedstock: Polysilicon, UMG Equipment: Cells Equipment: Modules Equipment: Thin Film Equipment: Integration and Automation Equipment: Inspection and Metrology Materials: Ingots, Wafers Materials: Feedstock: Polysilicon, UMG Materials: Consumables (Pastes, Wire) Materials: Gasses, Liquid Chemicals Materials: Solar Glass, Encapsulation 3. PV Balance of Systems (BOS) Inverters Measurement and Control Technology Chargers and Batteries 4. PV Components, Tracking and Mounting Systems Cables, Connectors and Junction Boxes

Tracking Systems Mounting Systems Installation Aids 5. PV Applications Off-grid Systems Rooftop Systems Power Plants (Commercial, Utility-scale) BIPV 6. Solar Thermal Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment Automation Materials Production Machinery Solar Glass 7. Solar Thermal Applications 8. Solar Thermal Technology 9. Services Consulting Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) . Conference Introduction: SOLARCON Indias multi-track conference offers an excellent networking opportunity that gives you access, information, analysis and key insights. Through a series of presentations, papers and panel discussions featuring industry experts and operational leaders, SOLARCON India addresses issues and solutions for the Indian PV industry. And, the exhibition and conference are both located at the KTPO Exhibition Complex, Bangalore. Expand your presence beyond the exhibition floorcontact SEMI India to present at the SOLARCON India conference! . Why Attend? Secure a booth at SOLARCON India 2013 and network with more than 4,000 national and international trade visitors. Gain brand exposure and meet real buyers with purchasing authority. Discover new trends and products in the industry as well as tap into the full spectrum of solar professionals.

Forge links with local partners in the Indian marketplace. Reach out to the growing solar markets in Andhra Pradesh, Karnatka, Kerala and Tamilnadu. SOLARCON India 2013 brings together the entire supply chain with a focus on PV manufacturing, production and technology and attracts equipment and materials suppliers; cell and module manufacturers; balance of systems (BOS) suppliers (inverters, batteries, tracking and mounting systems, integrators); distributors and project developers; academia and research; utility-scale developers and government. Industry leaders look to SOLARCON India to source the products, technologies, and solutions they need to meet the demand created by the Jawaharlal National Solar Mission, and the State solar policies and opportunities arising from Renewable Energy Certification and Renewable Purchase Obligations. SOLARCON India is the event of choice for the solar industry in India and is your best opportunity to benefit from and influence the direction of India's solar market. This best-in-class exhibition attracts highly-focused visitors from across the Indian solar manufacturing supply chain. Solarcon India 2012, the fourth edition of solar-focused technology and business event will be held in Bangalore on September 3-5. The event, organised by SEMI India, includes an exhibition, a conference and parallel technical sessions to be held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC). Solarcon India has been providing platform for industry, government, NGOs and other ecosystem partners to come together to discuss and evolve plans to help the growth of the local solar industry. According to Debasish Paul Choudhury, president, SEMI India, this years event has already attracted over 100 exhibitors and expects 5,000 visitors. It will be inaugurated by Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah. Inaugural keynote addresses will be delivered by James CP Chen, vice-president, Solar Business Group, AUO Group, Taiwan; Martha Symko Davies, solar business manager, NREL, US; and William Polese, managing director, Lux Research Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., Singapore. Key events include CEO panel discussion on Key requirements of short-term and long-term solar manufacturing sustainability in India. CEO Forum to discuss Can India touch 100 gw installed solar power capacity by 2030? and Solar power project financing and price/KWH of solar power - setting realistic expectations. There will be off-grid sessions on Policy and regulatory enablers for off-grid solar PV growth in India and Rooftops, micro grids and other off-grid PV applications.

In addition, Solarcon India 2012 will feature a short skill development course on Thin film PV technology cells to systems in technical collaboration with the NCPRE (National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education) based at IIT- Bombay.

SOLARCON India Advances Solar Workforce Development Initiatives in India


SEMI India will host the third edition of SOLARCON India, the regions premier solar business and technology focused industry exposition and international conference from November 9 to 11 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre in Hyderabad, India. The theme for this years exposition, representing the widening solar value chain in India, will be: Showcasing the Solar eco-system: From polysilicon to power plants. SOLARCON India will also feature a certificate short course on Grid Connected Solar PV Systems: Design and Integration in technical collaboration with the prestigious National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education (NCPRE) at IIT Bombay. The short course is part of a workforce development initiative determined as a priority by the SEMI India PV Advisory Committee to support the solar industry in India and the goals of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. As a trade association we believe in bringing together our members with industry leaders to work collaboratively on issues such as workforce development said Debasish Paul Choudhury, president, SEMI India. SOLARCON India is not just another show in India. It is a platform to give voice to the solar manufacturing industry and eco-system in India and to further serve our constituents through a wide range of initiatives such as industry standards, public policy, market research and environmental, health and safety (EHS) programs. The SEMI India PV Advisory Committee represents companies that include manufacturers, equipment and materials suppliers, solar power project developers and academia, and connects the complete PV supply chain in India. The 15 members represent: Tata BP Solar, Applied Materials India, Lanco Solar, Solar Semiconductor, Moser Baer India, Titan Energy Systems, Oerlikon Solar, Websol Energy Solutions Ltd., SunEdison Energy India Pvt. Ltd., AES Solar Energy Pvt Ltd., Department of Energy Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and Siemens Ltd. Prior to SOLARCON India, SEMI, is organizing a short course on Solar PV Power Systems: Concepts, Operation and Applications, in technical collaboration with the NCPRE from August 24-26 in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Rajasthan is emerging as a major destination for solar PV investment and solar power plants activity in India.and is one of three regions in India that will make up 70% of Indias market growth in 2011 due to favorable state policies. (Source: Solarbuzz, August 2011) About SEMI and PV Group

SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano and microelectronics manufacturing. The SEMI PV Group represents SEMI member companies involved in the solar energy supply chain. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. SEMI maintains offices in Beijing, Bengaluru, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. SEMI India, the Indian arm of the global industry organization SEMI was established in 2008 in Bangalore. For more information visitwww.semi.org and www.pvgroup.org. Follow SEMI India at http://in.linkedin.com/in/semiindia and http://twitter.com/SEMIIndia China has recently boosted its targets for solar power installations in its current 12th Five Year Plan (2011 to 2015) to 40 gigawatts (GW) by the year 2015 and 10 GW this year alone. Given the rapid growth in PV installations, China will likely emerge as the leader in new PV installations this year. Large-scale PV continues to be the dominant market segment in China. PV power plants with a capacity of 6 megawatts (MW) or more are considered to be in this category and the Chinese government has introduced new policies and measures to further improve this sector. Following a successful launch at last years Solarcon China, this conference will discuss the latest government initiatives and technical and operational best practices to boost plant quality and performance. Two out of five sessions, as well as an in-depth panel discussion, will focus on the key issue of electricity quality and how to turn PV electricity into a grid-friendly power source China and other countries can rely on. The event will again be targeted to driving forward the technical optimization of large-scale PV plant design (including site and component selection), construction, operation, maintenance and monitoring. Quality assurance over the lifecycle of the power plant will also feature prominently. In 2012, around 200 project developers, component manufacturers (modules, inverters, junction boxes, transfer stations, monitoring systems, etc.), energy suppliers and grid-network operators, designers and planners, financiers and representatives from politics, the media and trade associations discussed topics such as yield optimization, cost structures, grid integration and stabilization, financing and monitoring. The SOLARCON India 2013 conference with the theme of Balancing Energy Supply & Demand in the Region- The need for a complete PV eco-system from materials to power generation will be conducted at the KTPO Exhibition Complex, in Bangalore. The conference, in its fifth edition is being hosted by SEMI, the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chain for the micro- and nano-electronics industries. The conference is supported by IREDA and IEEE. The inaugural ceremony is at 9:30 AM on 1 August, 2013 at the venue. The conference will bring about networking for around 4000 domestic and international visitors.

The event aims to bring together the entire supply chain with a focus on PV manufacturing, production and technology and attracts equipment and materials suppliers; cell and module manufacturers; balance of systems (BOS) suppliers (inverters, batteries, tracking and mounting systems, integrators); distributors and project developers; academia and research; utility-scale developers and government. The conference will also include presentations and discussions covering:

Phase-2 of the JNNSM Policy and implementation aspects. Opportunities for independent power producers under the REC mechanism

Indias solar power industry is grabbing headlines with a flood of new announcements coming out of SolarCon 2011, currently taking place in the city of Hyderabad. India appears to be on track to becoming the worlds biggest solar nation, as its National Solar Mission opens new avenues for foreign investment in Indias growing economy. New Delhi-based consultancy firm, BRIDGE TO INDIA, have used SolarCon 2011 to release details of a new report conducted with GTM Research that reveals proactive government support programs for solar projects at the state and federal level is predicted to boost Indias total installed solar energy capacity from just 54 megawatts (MW) in 2010 to more than 3,000 MW by 2016. "The India Solar Market: Strategy, Players, and Opportunities" report contains analysis of the ongoing growth of solar power throughout the nation. It identifies the National Solar Mission as the major contributing factor in fuelling this growth, along with various state-based incentives such as the Gujarat, Rajasthan and Karnataka Solar Policies. India's National Solar Mission is a government-backed solar investment scheme aimed at achieving grid parity with fossil fuels and installing 200,000 MW of solar energy capacity by 2050. National solar manufacturing in India will also rise to 1,500 MW of solar panels and 600 MW of solar cells by the end of this year, according to the report. This capacity is expected to double by 2015. Another major sponsor of the Hyderabad conference and winner of the 2011 Solar Industry Award for Silicon innovation, REC, announced it has been chosen to supply its high performing REC Peak Energy Series solar panels for a 5 MW solar farm being developed by Kanoria Chemicals & Industries Ltd., in Rajasthan. REC says it is expanding sales of panels into India due to increased demand. "REC is honored to be selected as the supplier for this landmark project which will help Rajasthan and India to benefit from solar energy," said Anil Yadav, from REC Solar Asia Pacific. REC solar panels have already become a common sight on Australian residential rooftops since

national provider Energy Matters introduced the modules to the local home solar power market in the middle of 2010. The panels proved so popular, in late 2010 Energy Matters entered into an agreement for the purchase of 20 megawatts of the modules, one of the largest single solar panel supply agreements in Australian history at the time.

250 MW solar plants to be setup by Astonfield

According to reports, Astonfield Renewable Resources Ltd is going to develop 250 MW of solar projects over the next two years. These solar projects will be established across three to four Indian states. The total cost will be around Rs 2000 crore. The company has solar plants in Rajasthan, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. Astonfield has projects under development in India, Africa and the Middle East. Its goal is to develop about 250 MW of new solar capacity in India over the next two years. The Rajasthan 5MW solar plant of Astonfield was in news recently for receiving Indias First CRISIL A Credit Rating. Read more here About Astonfield Renewable Resources Astonfield Renewable Resources Ltd. is a leading provider of affordable renewable energy in emerging markets. Astonfield develops, owns, and operates a rapidly growing portfolio of utility-scale solar plants. Through strategic partnerships with global technology and finance leaders, Astonfield deploys the worlds most advanced, proven renewable energy solutions to power communities in India, Africa, and the Middle East. For more information visit following links

Solarcon 2013: PV Restructuring in China


22. March 2013 | Global PV markets, Investor news, Markets & Trends | By: Eckhart Gouras

It is clear the fall from grace of one of the worlds largest PV manufacturers a key topic at this years Solarcon China 2013 will impact other Chinese top-tier companies. Other discussion points at the event included shifting policy models and the imminent overhaul of Chinas PV FITs.

The Chinese PV market is mirroring this shake-out among its manufacturers and going through its own significant restructuring. Astronergy

The big news at Solarcon China 2013, held in Shanghai from March 19 to 21, was the bankruptcy of Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd, the PV module manufacturer based in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, and the main subsidiary of U.S.-listed Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. As reported, it is widely expected that Suntech will not disappear completely, but undergo a thorough restructuring to emerge as a leaner player, most likely with more local government involvement in its management and control. Tarnished The companys downfall will affect other Chinese top-tier manufacturers, which up until now could point to their top-tier status and prominent stock market listing in New York as indications that they were very bankable as suppliers to PV markets around the world. Of course, the steep slide in stock market valuations, along with increasing reports from PV auditors that module production facilities of top-tier manufacturers are not necessarily superior to the workshops of lesser known manufacturers, have already tarnished some of the sheen of these celebrity manufacturers. While it is hard to predict the medium- to long-term impact of the Suntech crisis, the restructuring of Chinas PV manufacturers will now enter a critical phase, with some players

emerging as the new leaders and others, like Suntech, emerging with new owners and a very different range of assets and liabilities. Significant restructuring As became clear at Solarcon China this week, the Chinese PV market is mirroring this shake-out among its manufacturers and going through its own significant restructuring. If Suntech is the big victim on the manufacturing side, Golden Sun will most likely be the victim on the PV policy front later this year. Already on March 18, at this years PV Project Implementation Conference China, part of Solarcon China, and organized jointly by Solarpraxis AG and SEMI China, Wang Hai Sheng, Chief Analyst, Minsheng Securities, told the audience of Chinese and foreign PV professionals that "it is very likely that Golden Sun will be cancelled soon." This was echoed on March 21 by NPD Solarbuzz analyst Qiming Han at a separate event organized by econet china, part of the German Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai who also sees an end to this program later this year. Han mentioned, however, that Golden Sun would likely remain as a Ministry of Finance new energy subsidy program, though rather than supporting PV projects, it would instead back other forms of renewable energy, such as solar thermal. Shifting policy models At the Solarcon China 2013 Symposium on Green Energy, Power Grid, Policy and Market on March 20, Wang Sicheng of the Energy Research Institute, part of Chinas top economic planning authority NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission), talked about a paradigm shift from a capacity-based PV subsidy model (Golden Sun), to a performance-based PV subsidy model. According to Wang, by making "the principle of stable income" the key driver of PV subsidies, "low cost and high quality" PV installations will be encouraged. Conversely, with the generous up-front subsidies awarded by Golden Sun, project developers have little incentive to build robust PV systems with little degradation over a lifetime of 20 or more years. While this shift to performance-based subsidies should be a good thing for Chinas PV development as is the restructuring and consolidation of its bloated manufacturing base many players in Chinas PV market are not thrilled by the prospect of Golden Sun ending. As Wang of Minsheng Securities pointed out at the PV Project Implementation Conference China, Golden Sun developers have enjoyed a return on investment (ROI) of 19.1%, which is more than 12% for large-scale ground-mounted plants and much more than 5.7% for distributed PV projects.

The "principle of stable income" advocated by NDRCs Wang calls for an ROI of 8% over 20 years, which might be the lucky number in China (the Chinese word for 8 sounds similar to the Chinese word for wealth), but is a far cry from the 19.1% earned under the Golden Sun program. Distributed PV While the future of Golden Sun at least for PV in China is not golden, distributed PV should get a big boost in the course of this year. In keeping with "the principle of stable income," the likely subsidy for distributed PV projects will be RMB 0.35/kWh (around US$0.056, 0.044), on top of the savings of the local electricity tariff, which can range from RMB 0.4/kWh to RMB 1.4/kWh, depending on the location in China. Distributed PV is premised on the self-use of the PV power generated, so the higher the electricity rate in the location the PV system is being installed, the more attractive the ROI of such distributed PV projects. As Han of Solarbuzz made clear at yesterdays econet china event, any excess power sold to the grid is only compensated at the regular electricity rate for desulfurized power, which is in the range of RMB 0.3 to 0.4/kWh. Han further pointed out that these subsidies are still preliminary and that there are efforts underway, also from his organization, to improve the "stable income" of distributed PV, for example, by adding RMB 0.2 to the desulfurized rate to make the revenue stream of the feed-in part more attractive. Whether the restructuring on the PV manufacturing side will have an impact on NDRCs PV subsidy overhaul this year remains to be seen. However, it would be surprising if the two processes developed completely independent from one another. New FITs If one other big theme at Solarcon China 2013 the imposing and comprehensive European Union trade tariffs on Chinese PV products turns out to be a major burden on Chinese manufacturers this year, we can be sure that NDRC will tweak its subsidy regime to further boost the attractiveness of the domestic PV market. This applies also to the countrys PV feed-in tariff (FIT), which is also poised for an overhaul in the coming months. Instead of a single nationwide rate, the new FIT will be based on four irradiation levels with the highest subsidy going to areas with an irradiation below 1,050 kWh/sqm followed by the tiers 1,050 to 1,400 kWh/sqm, over 1,400 to 1,750 kWh/sqm and over 1,750 kWh/sqm. The FIT rates proposed in the current draft are RMB 1, RMB 0.95, RMB 0.85 and RMB 0.75 for these four tiers. Perhaps it is the uncertainty on the regulatory side that is making industry insiders and observers skeptical that the official government PV installation target for this year of 10 GW can be

reached. The uncertainty on the supply side with the crisis at Suntech and other Chinese manufacturers will only make matters worse. So instead of confirming this very ambitious target, which would almost certainly turn China into the worlds largest PV installation market this year, Bohua Wang, Secretary-General of the China Photovoltaic Industry Alliance, only mentioned 8 GW as the likely figure for this year in his keynote address at this Mondays PV Project Implementation Conference China. During the same conference, Minsheng Securities Wang delivered an identical forecast, which he broke down further into 3 GW Golden Sun projects, 4 GW large-scale ground-mounted projects and only 1 GW distributed PV plants. And yesterday, Han from Solarbuzz was even more cautious with a prediction of 7 GW for this year. 2013 will undoubtedly go down as a year of uncertainty and painful restructuring. However, many participants at Solarcon China 2013 are optimistic about 2014, especially regarding Chinas domestic market and the anticipated rise of distributed PV.

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as per reports, Su-Kam has set itself a target of Rs 350 crore from various solar projects that are going to be set up in this financial year. We have set a target to achieve sale of Rs 350 crore which will come up from setting up solar power projects in current fiscal, said Dhananjay Sharma, GM, Solar Network-Domestic & Global Business Division. Su-kam Power Systems Limited is an India-based power solutions provider, with a presence in more than 70 countries. The power situation in the country is abysmal at the moment. To overcome the same, we are offering our customers these pocket friendly range of solar products that shall not only help them in cutting down their hefty electricity bills but also reduce their carbon footprint in the long run, Sharma said. Solar energy is one of the most abundantly available forms of energy. The Earth receives 174 petawatts (PW) of incoming solar radiation in the upper atmosphere. If the solar plant starts injecting electricity in the grid, it can help to displace equal amount of electricity that would have otherwise been generated from the GHG intensive grid. Hence such projects are also eligible to earn carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

Solar Photovoltaics Cells


Tags: Monocrystalline silicon Solar PV Solar Technologies Sunlight

Continued from -Part I (This is a series of articles on the various technologies that can be employed to trap the suns energy. This is the 2nd part of the series.) Solar PV (photovoltaics) converts sunlight directly into electricity by utilizing the photoelectric effect which is the knocking of electrons into a high energy state. Solar cells produce direct current electricity from light, which can be used to power equipment or to recharge a battery. When more power is needed, cells can be electrically connected together to form photovoltaic modules, or solar panels. Materials used for making these cells are monocrystalline/ polycrystalline/ microcrystalline silicon, cadmium telluride, and copper indium selenide/sulfide. Silicon is preferred because it is easily available and also because of the huge technological base developed over the years in the semiconductor industry. In case of a monocrystalline silicon, pure material is required and efficiency is high but it is also expensive; in polycrystalline type, liquid silicon is poured into shaped blocks which are then made into arrays, defect appears at borders so the resulting cell is less efficient but more cost effective; amorphous type is when a layer of silicon is deposited say on glass or other medium, efficiency is lowest here but cost is also very low. Amorphous type finds application in low power devices such as watches or calculators. Silicon is very reflective, and this makes utilising sunlight a challenging affair. To overcome this, an antireflective coating (titanium dioxide or silicon nitride) is applied to the top of the cell to reduce reflection losses. This coating imparts the blue colour to solar cells instead of usual grey that silicon has. Advantages:

1. PV cells are comparatively light and have no moving parts and therefore require almost zero maintenance. 2. They have a long life, high durability and low operating costs. 3. A PV system can be constructed to virtually any size based on requirements. A user can easily add more if his requirements change.

Disadvantages:
1. Some toxic chemicals, like cadmium and arsenic, are used in the PV production process. However, their environmental impacts are not significant and can be easily overridden if proper recycling and disposal is practiced. 2. Solar panels need to be inclined at an angle as close to the areas latitude as possible to absorb the maximum amount of energy year-round. Not every roof has the required orientation. 3. Care should be taken to ensure that the cells are not shaded as the energy production is hampered.

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Silicon is usually preferred for making solar cells because of the large industrial base the element has and also because of its easy availability. Silicon has 14 electrons, arranged in three different shells. The first two shells are full while the outer shell is half full with four electrons. A silicon atom in order to fill up its last orbit looks to share electrons with four nearby atoms. With energy addition in silicon, like heat, it can cause some electrons to break free of their bonds and leave their atoms. A hole is left behind. These electrons also known as free carriers wander around looking for another hole to fall into and in the process carry what is called an electrical current. Impure silicon takes a lot less energy to knock loose one of the extra phosphorous electrons because they arent bonded with any neighbouring atoms. Most of these electrons break free and we have a lot more free carriers than we would have in pure silicon. The process of adding impurities on purpose is called doping. A new class of solar cells that are known as organic solar cells and mimic photosynthesis have the potential to bring about a revolution in how we use solar energy. Currently, their efficiency is very low, only 12% which is about half of what silicon based cells achieve. However researchers from the Universities of Cambridge and Washington, have discovered that once the spin of these electrons is manipulated, then the solar cell has increased efficiency. Findings have been published in the journal Nature. As stated on the website of University of CambridgeResearchers from Cambridges Cavendish Laboratory developed sensitive laser-based techniques to track the motion and interaction of electrons in these cells. To their surprise, the team found that the performance differences between materials could be attributed to the quantum property of spin. Researchers found that by arranging the electrons spin in a specific way, they can block the energy collapse from recombination and increase current from the cell. This discovery is very exciting, as we can now harness spin physics to improve solar cells, something we had previously not thought possible. We should see new materials and solar cells that make use of this very soon said Dr. Akshay Rao, a Research Fellow a t the Cavendish

Laboratory and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, who lead the study with colleagues Philip Chow and Dr. Simon Glinas. This may ultimately lead the way towards designing cheaper, more efficient solar cells.

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Renewable energy is helping many countries to complete its economic transformation and achieve energy security. Solar energy is one of the most abundantly available forms of energy that is be a solution to our everincreasing energy demand. The Earth receives 174 petawatts (PW) of incoming solar radiation in the upper atmosphere. Out of that,

approximately 30% is reflected back to space while the rest is absorbed by clouds, oceans and land masses. There are very few technologies available to harness solar energy and convert it into usable form. One of the well known technologies is the solar photovoltaic cell. It is a device that converts solar radiations into electric current using the photoelectric effect. A number of solar photovoltaic cells when electrically connected to each other and mounted in a support structure or frame is called a photovoltaic module.

Solar PV projects are growing worldwide due to its nature of converting solar energy directly into electricity. It is also a good option where grid electricity is economically univiable. Although the cost associated with solar PV projects are high but project developers are still interested in solar PV technologies by considering the future expansion in the industry. Many governments are providing subsidies e.g. feed in tariff, generation based incentives and other benefits for solar projects. Recently India proposed National Solar Mission under its National Action Plan on Climate Change to promote solar energy in the country. Solar PV projects are environment friendly and help in reducing GHG emissions that would have otherwise occurred due to the fossil fuel based power generation. If the Solar PV plant starts injecting electricity in the grid, it can help to displace equal amount of electricity that would have otherwise been generated from the GHG intensive grid (Most of the power grid have electricity from coal based power plants). Hence such projects are also eligible to earn carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). CDM It is an arrangement under the Kyoto Protocol allowing industrialized countries (called Annex 1 countries) with a GHG emission reduction targets to invest in projects that reduce emissions in developing countries as an alternative to more expensive emission reductions in their own countries. Such projects can earn Carbon Credits in the form of GHG emission reductions (One carbon credit is equivalent to one ton of carbon dioxide). (Know more about CDM) Presently, In India, only one Solar PV project is registered under the CDM and one project is awaiting registration. There are also other solar energy based CDM projects registered in India other than solar PV technologies. Following tables shows registered CDM projects from India under the solar PV and other solar energy category (Note: Data as on Nov 2011);

Registered CDM projects - Solar PV


Ref No Project title Project Developer Emission Annual emission Registration reductions till reduction 2020 (Carbon Date (Carbon Credits) Credits) Requesting registration

5129 Project

Solar Power Generation Reliance Industries Ltd. M/s Sapphire Industrial Infrastructures Private Ltd.

7,184

9,585

5 MW Solar PV Power Project in Sivagangai 4615 Village, Sivaganga District, Tamil Nadu

16-May-11

7,862

12,816

Registered CDM projects Other solar energy


Ref No Project title Project Developer Emission Annual emission Registration reductions till reduction 2020 (Carbon Date (Carbon Credits) Credits) 10-Jan-11 28,350 2,84,757

4024

iHOT I water heating service Bundled Solar Water Heater Project D.light Rural Lighting Project Rural Education for Development Society (REDS) CDM Photovoltaic Lighting Project

Anu Solar Thermal Private Ltd.

3757

G K Energy Marketers 12-Nov-10 Pvt Ltd D.light Energy Pvt Ltd 30-Oct-09

22,746

2,27,460

2699

30,052

3,00,523

2279

Rural Education for Development Society 10-Aug-09 (REDS)

21,060

2,10,600

414

Solar steam for cooking Gadhia Solar Energy 22-Aug-06 and other applications Systems Pvt Ltd.

562

9,056

Carbon Credits approval for RPower Solar Project


Tags: Carbon credits CER Reliance power Solar

The solar project of 100MW capacity of Reliance power in Rajasthan received carbon credit approval under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The Clean Development Mechanism is one of the instruments created under the Kyoto Protocol to facilitate carbon trading. It is the first of the flexible mechanisms governed by a regulatory body the CDM Executive Board under the UNFCCC. Concentrated solar power systems use mirrors or lenses to focus sunlight into a high energy intensity beam. A CSP is comprised of four basic components: Concentrator, Receiver, Transport or storage and a Power converter unit. This is the worlds largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project ever registered with the Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board (CDM EB), the company said in a statement. Learn more about CSP here The advantage of CDM registration is that it will enable the project to sell Certified Emission Reductions (CERs or Carbon credits). These CERs result into direct source of revenue. However, CER pricing is market driven and dependent on the European market. European countries have around 80% share in CER trading and hence any market based crisis in this region affects the price of the CER. For the past one and a half year, the price of carbon credits has dropped considerably (Read more on the status of carbon market). The company also has a 40MW Solar PV project and around 94MW of operational wind farms.

Renewable energy policies by the Government of India

Renewable energy sources are being used all over the world. Brilliant minds have devoted their lives to finding resources that do not leak greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, or cost large amounts of money. In the Video entitled New Energy Revolution, it shows some of the renewable energy sources being used all over the world. For example, wind energy, solar power, Hybrid cars and using methane gas for stove fuel. These are all excellent examples of renewable energy as they are all affordable and convenient as well as being efficient. The question is, will people use them, or stay with the atmosphere damaging fossil fuels of today? Solar power is an excellent energy resource. The sun gives us free rays, so why not use them as a power source. The video shows Japan as a country which is educating their people about the risks of over use of natural resources and benefits of renewable energy sources, like solar power. Solar power is set out in a row of panels (Solar PV) which take in the suns energy and provides electricity for homes and other things. Cars can now be solely power by solar panels, creating huge possibilities for less or zero carbon intensive transportation. If solar energy was used worldwide, along with other renewable sources, the world would be cleaner and more pleasurable to live in, knowing that the greenhouse gases are under control. Hybrid cars are the cars that run on both electricity and gasoline or CNG. The Hybrid car was invented to cut down the gaseous pollutants that are emitted by normal cars. The Hybrid car emits around 90% less greenhouse gases than the normal car and inventors want to make it 100% efficient. Toyota is leading in the production of usable and affordable Hybrid car. The car is charged at places similar to petrol stations with an electric charger that easily plugs into the front of the car. This marvelous invention can pick up the speed of 100 Km/h or more. It means, these cars are excellent for city use. If more people can invest in Hybrid cars, there would be less pollution than the conventional cars of today. India has aggressive renewable energy targets and industrial energy efficiency policies, but facing significant infrastructure challenges which may derail the otherwise good policy, according to a new report by Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), a U.S.-based global policy effectiveness analysis and advisory organization.

The topic entitled The Policy Climate, which was released recently, says that despite the rapid economic growth, India represented eight per cent of the increase in global energy-related CO2 emissions between 2000 and 2010, while Chinas contributed by 68 per cent. The report finds that, in China, closure of inefficient coal-fired power plants saved the equivalent of more than 100 million tonnes of coal, while renewable electricity grew 661 per cent between 2000 and 2010. Still, renewable electricity sources in China only produced the equivalent of 0.68 per cent of the electricity from conventional sources by the end of 2010. In India, as compared with China, most new energy generation since 2000 came from conventional sources (particularly coal), though the past decade saw exponential growth in renewable energy generation (especially wind, which grew 1,250 per cent from 2000-2010). The report says that implementation of policy relevant to climate change and its impact accelerated markedly over the last decade, despite the slow pace of international climate negotiations. The study presented three decades of evidence from five key economies India, China, Brazil, the European Union (EU) and the U.S. which together house slightly more than half of the worlds population and account for nearly two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions. In the U.S. and India, renewable energy targets have been given to the States, even as the national governments develop policies to incentivize it while China experiments with special economic zones, incentives, and regulation for its low carbon cities and low carbon provinces, according to the report. In India, both emissions and power generation have increased dramatically, more than doubling in 15 years, the report points out. Recently, under the Electricity Act 2003, Government of India enforced Renewable Purchase Obligations mandatory obligations to buy renewable energy by Electric utilities and other eligible entities in the states. As of 2010, these State-wide targets translated to an approximate 5.5 per cent nationwide target for renewable energy. Since the early 1990s, industrial productivity has tripled, but emissions have gone up by about 70 per cent and while the Indian industry largely improved its efficiency, performance at a sectoral level was mixed. The steel industry emissions intensity increased due to an increase in primary steel production v/s scrap, the report notes. The good news is that in 2012, India was the worlds fourth-largest market for new wind power projects, it has ambitious solar energy targets, and it has significant government programmes focused on energy efficiency (Global Wind Energy Council 2012). On the flip side, the report says that because it is also about improving energy security, reducing energy imports, improving the nations balance of payments, creating new and profitable industries, India also pursues th e largest build-out of coal-fired power plants, coal mining, and related infrastructure anywhere outside of China. The report says that Indias climate policy challenge, and one shared by the other rapidly developing countries in this study, is to ensure that it can realise the full long-term economic benefits of low-carbon development, without sacrificing short-term growth.

Outlining the challenges of low-carbon development in India, the report says that, the particulars of the Indian economy and frequent change in financial markets will transform the way policy will act and this could make low carbon investment more difficult. The key sectors driving emissions in India are power, industry, and agriculture, the report says. Rapid growth in electricity demand mirrored rapid economic growth in China and India. In both countries, the most readily available source of indigenous fuel was coal. China was better at exploiting its coal resources, while India had to rely on imports. As far as agriculture sector is concerned, the consolidated emissions have been increased, driven mainly by an increase in fertilizer use. For India as well as Brazil, exports might have driven increased cropland expansion or agricultural intensification. Despite rising fertilizer use, nitrous oxide emissions didnt rise dramatically, the report adds. Regrettably, while agriculture and forestry are important emission sources in India, there is little policy focus on these sectors. Indias renewable energy contributes around 11% of total installed capacity. Renewable sources of energy vary widely in their cost-effectiveness and in their availability across the world. Although water, wind, and other renewables may appear free, their cost comes in collecting, harnessing, and transporting the energy so that it can do useful work. On the other side Renewables themselves are non-polluting, while the structures built to harness them can have positive or negative environmental impacts. For example, dams may affect fish migration but may also create wildlife habitat.

Solar credits maximiser deals:


Look no further for your grid connect solar power system. You'll find no unknown, generic brands or grey market components in our systems! We do not cut corners in quality of components or installation. Our considerable buying power simply allows us to offer you the best of the best at very low prices. Try our new instant online quoting tool We only use quality, certified top brand name panels in our systems:

REC Phono Solar Daqo Suntech Sharp Sanyo

The inverters we use are from leaders in the industry, components that have proved themselves time and again in Australia's often harsh conditions:

SMA Aurora

A component often overlooked when shopping for solar power is the mounting system. It's a critical aspect - after all, you can't nail solar panels to a roof! We use Sunlock, a system designed by installers for installers. Sunlock is 100% Australian made - in fact, it was developed by Energy Matters' parent company, drawing from the decades of collective experience of our BCSE accredited installation team!

Make money from your system!


A grid connected solar power system installed can generate cash for you under various state feed in tariff programs whereby you'll be paid for electricity generated by your system that's exported to the mains power grid! It's another great reason to go solar!

Here's what you get!


Quality solar panels Leading brand grid connect inverter Full manufacturers warranties on all components Standards compliant genuine SunLock mounting frames to suit tin roof All safety labels required by Australian Standards (AS4777) Installation by electrical contractors and solar accredited BCSE team Cabling, conduit, DC & AC circuit breakers and enclosures Assistance in applying for Solar Credits - we remove the paperwork hassle! Certificate of Electrical Safety

Off-grid/remote solar power - special packages


Since 2005, Energy Matters has been designing and installing stand-alone, off grid solar power systems for customers across Australia.

Using our extensive technical expertise we have developed six easy-to-install systems of various sizes, to suit most household applications. With these ready-made solutions, Energy Matters is making stand-alone solar power simple.

Each kit is designed to deliver a certain amount of electricity over each 24 hours, under specific environmental and user conditions.

Through our pre-assembled, centralised DC control boards, these off grid kits allow the safe collection and distribution of almost any combination of DC charge sources, and the safe distribution of energy to loads.

The key components of each off grid kit are listed below. Please contact us for current pricing and further details.

2.0 kW.h/day Kit

6 x Daqo 190W monocrystalline solar panels (1.140kWp) 1 x Plasmatronics PL60 solar regulator 1 x SMA Sunny Island 2224 inverter/charger (2200W) 1 x Raylite 24V 600Ah deep cycle battery bank 1 x EM Medium Capacity SAPS DC Switchboard (pre-built) 1 x Standard Label and Signage Kit DC cables, string fusing and ancillaries

3.0 kW.h/day Kit

9 x Daqo 190W monocrystalline solar panels (1.710kWp) 1 x Plasmatronics PL60 solar regulator 1 x SMA Sunny Island 2224 inverter/charger (2200W) 1 x Raylite 24V 900Ah deep cycle battery bank 1 x EM Medium Capacity SAPS DC Switchboard (pre-built) 1 x Standard Label and Signage Kit

DC cables, string fusing and ancillaries

4.0 kW.h/day Kit

12 x Daqo 190W monocrystalline solar panels (2.280kWp) 1 x Plasmatronics PL60 solar regulator 1 x SMA Sunny Island 5048 inverter/charger (5000W) 1 x Raylite 48V 600Ah deep cycle battery bank 1 x EM Medium Capacity SAPS DC Switchboard (pre-built) 1 x standard label and signage kit DC cables, string fusing and ancillaries

6.5 kW.h/day Kit

9 x REC 250W polycrystalline solar panels (2.250kWp) 1 x SMA SIC40 MPPT solar charge controller 1 x SMA Sunny Island 5048 inverter/charger (5000W) 1 x Raylite 48V 1050Ah Battery bank 1 x EM High Capacity SAPS DC Switchboard (pre-built) 1 x standard label and signage kit DC cables, string fusing and ancillaries

9.0 kW.h/day Kit

14 x REC 250W polycrystalline panels (3.500kWp) 1 x SMA SIC40 MPPT solar charge controller 1 x SMA Sunny Island 5048 inverter/charger (5000W) 1 x SMA SunnyBoy 2000HF inverter (used for AC charging) 1 x Raylite 48V 1380Ah Battery bank 1 x EM High Capacity SAPS DC Switchboard (pre-built) 1 x standard label and signage kit DC cables, string fusing and ancillaries

12.0 kW.h/day Kit

16 x REC 250W polycrystalline panels (4.00kWp) 1 x SMA SIC40 MPPT solar charge controller 1 x SMA Sunny Island 5048 inverter/charger (5000W) 1 x SMA SunnyBoy 3000HF inverter (used for AC charging) 1 x BAE 48V 1200Ah deep cycle battery bank (Sealed gel) 1 x EM High Capacity SAPS DC Switchboard (pre-built) 1 x standard label and signage kit DC cables, string fusing and ancillaries

Notes:

1. The SAPS kits do not include any mounting hardware as standard. This is because there are many different array installation methods used with off-grid systems (e.g. ground-mount, shed roofs, tilt frames). A variety of mounting hardware solutions can be ordered with the base kit as an option contact your local AE / EM representative for more details.

2. These SAPS kits are designed for general household usage, and are intended to supply most of their power output as 230V AC (via the inverter). The solar array has been sized to produce the required daily energy demand during most months of the year. Depending upon the customers location, and site conditions such as prevailing weather and shading, backup charging from a generator may be necessary during winter months and to cover short-term peak power usage.

3. Other regulated DC charging sources, such as wind turbines or hydro turbines can also be connected to the system to provide supplementary charging.

4. The kits are intended to be installed by a Clean Energy Council accredited installer with standalone design-and-install accreditation (SPS D&I), while all low voltage wiring and connections must be installed and signed off by a licenced electrician.

Custom off grid system design

Off grid and remote solar power system enquiries and estimates are totally free and provided with no-obligation, however a final quote and site inspection (if required) will incur a $250 design consultation fee; but this can be redeemed against the cost of the system. As part of the consultation fee, you receive:

A comprehensive consultation, quote and analysis of load profile from BCSE accredited SAPS designer and installer Quote for installation by our in-house network of BCSE accredited installers and electricians Access to a vast range of manufactures products and technology. We deal directly with manufactures, meaning that if any warranty issues arise, they will be handled swiftly with minimum of disruption to you.

REC / Solar Credit Rebate eligibility

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs/STC's) provide rebates on off grid systems. The rebate is based on the size of the system in conjunction with the area in which the system will be installed. To determine the zone in which you live, use this table (PDF)..

Bengaluru, Karnataka, September 3, 2012 /India PRwire/ -- SOLARCON India 2012, the fourth edition of India's premiere solar energy focused event with the theme "The Promise of Affordable Solar Power in India: Unraveling the Bottlenecks and Identifying Solutions", organized by SEMI India in association with the Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of Karnataka; Karnataka Udyog Mitra (KUM); Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) and supported by the Union Ministry for New and Renewable Energy, Government of India and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) was inaugurated today by Shri Jagadish Shivappa Shettar, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka and Shri Murugesh Rudrappa Nirani, Hon'ble Minister for Large and Medium Industries, Government of Karnataka. Speaking at the inauguration, Shri Jagadish Shivappa Shettar, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka said, "Our government has given a new thrust to the solar power sector by implementing a new renewable energy policy. We have added 441 MW of renewable energy includes wind and solar during 2011-12. In our budget 2012-13 we have proposed to setup a Green energy fund by levying surcharge of 5 paise per unit on industrial and commercial

consumers. The surcharge will be complimented by a support of Rs. 25 crores from the government. The resources available in the fund will be utilised to encourage rooftop grid connected solar project. Our state aims to achieve the solar energy target of 200 MW by 2016. Our government has made it mandatory for all new houses to install solar water heaters. Apart from that the government and local authorities have taken the initiative to install large number of solar street lights and signals within Bangalore and few other cities, we plan to extend the solar street lights across the state. " Shri Murugesh Rudrappa Nirani, Hon'ble Minister for Large and Medium Industries, Government of Karnataka said, "The Karnataka state initiated by releasing Solar Policy 2011-16, proposes to install 200 MWs Solar power by 2015-16 for procurement by ESCOMs to meet the Renewable Purchase obligation RPO. Solar Power projects of 80MW capacities for 2011-12 & 2012-13 are awarded to successful bidders through competitive bidding. State owned Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd., KPCL has commissioned 4 no's. Of Solar Power projects with aggregate capacity of 19MWs, and yet to install 5 MW Solar power plant at Kaginele, Haveri district. The State government is planning to establish Solar parks in Bijapur, Gulbarga and Yadgir districts, in order to ensure to provide PLUG & PLAY facility for speedy implementation of Solar projects. The cities of Mysore and Hubli-Dharwar are covered under model solar-city programmes; and roof-top harvesting programmes are likely to be taken in these cities under Net- metering concept. Karnataka nodal agency KREDL has identified 1000 major buildings across the state for implementation of Solar PV projects of capacity more than 100kW. About 100 major commercial institutions have been identified for steam-cooking systems. Karnataka leads in the installation of solar water-heating systems in the country. KREDL proposed set up of a Solar Park in 5000 acres land in Bijapur district; and the State and Commerce & Industries Department is currently co-ordinating to get land and other prerequisites on a top priority as facilitator." SOLARCON India 2012 kicks off in the presence of Mr. James CP Chen, vice president, Solar Business Group, AUO Group, Taiwan; Dr. Martha Symko Davies, Solar business manager, NREL, USA; Ms. Bettina Weiss, Vice President, SEMI PV Group; Mr. William Polese, Managing Director, Lux Research Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., Singapore and Mr. Debasish Paul Choudhury, President - SEMI India. At SOLARCON India 2012 more than 100 companies will present their products on an exhibition space spread over 60,000 square feet. More than 5000 visitors are expected to attend India's dazzling event on solar energy. SEMI India facilitates the Government of Karnataka's Solar initiative to make Karnataka the next Solar Hub of India. Mr. Debasish Paul Choudhury, President, SEMI India, added,

"SOLARCON INDIA 2012 is a platform to give voice to the solar manufacturing industry and eco-system in India, and to further serve the constituents through a wide range of initiatives, such as workforce development, industry standards, public policy, market research and environmental, health and safety (EHS) programs. Also, we are pleased with the proactive efforts by the Government of Karnataka to support, collaborate and aid the companies in the Solar ecosystem." "An economy based on Hydro Carbon is unsustainable. We will be failing in our duty to the next generation unless we optimize the use of resources. The untapped potential in alternative sources of energy holds the key to a sustainable future. I complement SOLARCON India 2012 in helping re-focus on the issues that we now dwindle upon. I am sure the Conference will throw up many more new ideas and suggestions, which will lead us the way forward," said Mr. M.N. Vidyashankar, IAS, Principal Secretary, Commerce & Industries Department, Governemnt of Karnataka. Notes to Editor About SOLARCON India 2012 SOLARCON India 2012 is the premier solar energy focused exhibition and conference in India. It combines a best-in-class international exhibition & a three-day conference at the Bangalore International Exhibition Center (BIEC), Bangalore between September 3-5, 2012. The theme for this year will be: "The Promise of Affordable Solar Power in India: Unraveling the Bottlenecks and Identifying Solutions". The conference attracts high- profile participation of solar energy leaders from all segments of the industry supply chain, academia and the government from India and around the world. The event attracts highly-focused business visitors including industry executives and professionals, researchers, entrepreneurs, financiers, academics, architects/builders and other end-users. For more information, please visit, www.solarconindia.org. About SEMI and PV Group SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano- and microelectronics manufacturing supply chains. The SEMI PV Group represents SEMI member companies involved in the solar energy supply chain. Our 2,000 member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. SEMI maintains offices in Beijing, Bengaluru, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. SEMI India, the India office of the global industry organization SEMI, was established in 2008 in Bangalore. For more information, visit www.semi.organd www.pvgroup.org. Follow SEMI India at: http://in.linkedin.com/in/semiindia and http://twitter.com/SEMIIndia. The SEMI India PV Advisory Committee represents companies that include manufacturers, equipment and materials suppliers, solar power project developers and academia, and connects the complete PV supply chain in India. The 15 members represent: Tata BP Solar, Applied

Materials India, Lanco Solar, Solar Semiconductor, Moser Baer India, Titan Energy Systems, Oerlikon Solar, Websol Energy Solutions Ltd., SunEdison Energy India Pvt. Ltd., AES Solar Energy Pvt. Ltd., Department of Energy Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and Siemens Ltd.

Solar Technologies- What do you feel about its future?


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(This is a series of articles on the various technologies that can be employed to trap the suns energy. This is the first part of the series.)

Almost every discussion on solar technology begins with the inevitable question- What about the low efficiency and high cost? People doubt whether solar can be economical enough; if it will ever be able to compete with coal? But is there any technology which did not have these two hurdles initially? I feel solar has the potential to succeed the way telecom has done in India. Remember the time when customers were charged for incoming calls and possessing a cell phone was luxury. While government policies no doubt helped the telecom sector penetrate each and every corner of India, credit also goes to the brave Indians who embraced the cell phones without prejudice. The people who paid initially for incoming calls made it possible for modern mobile telephony to succeed. R&D efforts usually go into technologies that people like and sadly, no matter how good a technology is; unless it is efficient and cheap- it will not succeed. Almost all of us have used solar power in one way or the other. Most people have their first experience in childhood when they use a lens to light up a piece of paper. I had a solar powered watch for a long time and it served me well. Solar is ideal for small applications such as calculators and watches. For remote locations, solar lanterns are a good alternative. In the wake of the Fukushima incident, people have had a rethink on technologies such as solar. There can be no arguing on the fact that solar energy is clean energy; is infinite (will always be there as long as we have the sun) and that nobody can stop it. While supplies of oil are worst hit in times of a crisis or war, solar energy doesnt suffer from such drawbacks. Perhaps the cleanest among all solar technologies would be the Solar PV (photovoltaics) which convert sunlight by employing the photo electric effect. If batteries are not used then it becomes a very convenient technology but batteries ensure that we have power during the night time. Safe disposal of used batteries or reuse will ensure that the energy source remains clean. Solar energy doesnt pollute or generate toxic waste in its operation. It is especially advantageous for tropical countries as a good alternative source of energy for it can be used in a variety of locations unlike Hydro for example. However, solar is also unreliable as a cloudy sky means the efficiency would dramatically reduce. Broadly speaking, Solar Technologies can be clubbed into the following two categories1) Solar PV, and 2) CSP or Concentrating Solar Power The CSP consists of various technologies such as Parabolic Trough, Linear Fresnel Reflectors, Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR), Stirling Solar Dish, Solar Power Tower, Solar Pond etc. The economics of the various solar technologies will depend on the efficiency of the process which is employed for utilizing them. Unless the operating costs are pretty much similar if not equal to conventional technologies that make use of fossil fuels, they will not be attractive. However, in order to design more efficient operating systems, a reliable solar energy database is an absolute requirement. The location, amount of solar insolation and the atmospheric and

climatic conditions would all be instrumental in designing more efficient systems that can incorporate effective corrections according to the locations and the changing weather conditions

An introduction of Concentrated Solar Power


(This is a series of articles on the various technologies that can be employed to trap the suns energy. This is the 3rd part of the series.) We talked about Solar Photovoltaic cells in the previous article. This article will cover CSP or concentrated solar power. CSP aims to focus suns rays to a point which is used to boil water which generates steam and that is in turn used to produce electricity. Alternative systems may also use oil or molten salt for generating electricity but the basic principle remains the same. Also sometimes called as Solar thermal power, the heat generated maybe used directly or maybe used for generating electricity depending on the users requirement. A CSP has essentially four basic components1. 2. 3. 4. Concentrator Receiver Transport or storage And a Power converter unit

Concentrated solar power systems use mirrors or lenses to focus sunlight into a high energy intensity beam. Since the sun travels between the tropics in its journey throughout the year and also during the day, all such systems need a tracking system for tarcking the sun in order to have a high efficiency.

Note: Mostly all CSPs are hybrids ones. They use fossil fuel to supplement the solar output during periods of low solar radiation. Molten salt: after working with a variety of fluids, molten salt is regarded as best for it is a low cost, efficient, non-toxic and has higher operating temperatures. The molten salt is a mixture of 60 percent sodium nitrate and 40 percent potassium nitrate, commonly called saltpeter. The salt melts at 221 C (430 F). It is kept liquid at 288 C (550 F) in an insulated cold storage tank. The liquid salt is pumped through a solar collector where the focused sun heats it to 566 C (1,051 F). It is then sent to a hot storage tank. This is so well insulated that the thermal energy can be usefully stored for up to a week. The molten salt can be heated and stored in insulation tanks for electricity generation at night when the sun is no longer available. This allows CSPs to provide electricity at night too. One of the main drawback of CSP technologies is the huge land requirement. Yet the advantages of lowest materials demand, good land-use factor, modularity, thermal storage etc. make CSP technology the most preferred for large solar power plants.

Solar Parabolic Trough


September 2, 2012 11:16 am

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Continued from Part 3 (This is a series of articles on the various technologies that can be employed to trap the suns energy. This is the 4th part of the series.)

A parabolic trough employs parabolic mirrors that act as collectors (can be coated silver or polished for more efficiency). A Dewar tube runs along its focal length. In case of a parabola, incoming rays which are parallel (suns rays arriving are nearly parallel) will be reflected always to the focus regardless of where they arrive on the dish. It tracks the suns movement from east to west. The number of parabolic troughs can be varied according to the systems requirements. The mirrors used in parabolic troughs are in the shape of a parabola and are usually of a single piece of unit. However, 2 mirrors can also be used which are inclined at an angle to make the shape of a parabola. Since 2009, metal sheets have replaced glass in the parabolic troughs. Silver polymer is employed for constructing it. Advantage is in the form of much less weight and less cost. The efficiency is not compromised upon. The suns rays concentrate on the focus of the parabola which has a Dewar tube running along its length. It can contain water, oil, or as in modern technology available nowadays- molten salt. The heat generated is used to produce steam which generates a turbine producing electricity. The fluid is passed again after heat exchange and the process is repeated.Efficiency is around 15%. Thermal storage insulated tanks can be used for storage of molten salt for use at

night time. The next challenge is to increase night time operations to twelve hours from the current six hours to provide all round electricity. Since the sun moves through the tropics, the entire solar assembly should also track the sun otherwise efficiency will be severely compromised. This was done manually earlier but nowadays, motors and computer simulation models are used that automatically calibrate for the position change of the sun. Advantages:
1. The low cost provided by parabolic troughs is the greatest advantage. The cheapest source at present is solar parabolic troughs. Considerable working experience has been gained from their working over the years. 2. Parabolic troughs generate very high temperatures which are suitable for steam generation. Thermal storage in insulated tanks can provide electricity at night. 3. Solar PVs are expensive and more area can be covered by parabolic troughs which employ cheaper mirrors.

Disadvantages:
1. Sun tracking is necessary to maintain solar collection by parabolic troughs otherwise the output will reduce. This increases cost and maintenance associated in maintaining the moving structures. 2. High concentrated sunlight is essential for good working of a parabolic trough. In diffused light, there is an inability to focus sunlight efficiently and the output decreases dramatically. Solar cells can provide some output even in diffused light, not so the case in solar parabolic troughs. 3. Parabolic trough plants require large amount of land while solar PVs can be conveniently places on rooftops. 4. Molten salts freeze at high temperatures in the range of 120C to 220C. There is a risk of it freezing at night which affects plants operations

Indias first solar PV project registered under the CDM


On 16th May 2011, Indias first 5 MW of installed capacity solar power project registered under the Clean Development Mechanism that uses solar PV technology for power generation. This project is now eligible to earn carbon revenue from year 2011 onwards. Please find following details relevant to the project activity;

General Info

Project Title: 5 MW Solar PV Power Project in Sivagangai Village, Sivaganga District, Tamil Nadu

Project Developer: Sapphire Industrial Infrastructures Private Limited (SIIPL is a subsidiary of Moser Baer Clean Energy Limited) Capacity: 5 MWp Type: Grid connected solar PV Location: Rettaipillai Ayyanarkulam Village, Arasani Muthupatti Panchayat, Sivagangai, District: Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu Expected power generation: 8322MWh of net electricity per annum Electricity buyer/PPA with: Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) (southern grid)

Financial Information

Total project cost: Rs. 96,78,84,274 Project IRR without CDM revenue: 10.84% Project IRR with CDM revenue: 12.78% Power tariff: 4.50 Rs/KWh (+10.50 Rs/KWh MNRE incentives)

CDM info

Methodology used: AMS I.D./Version 16 Annual average of the estimated emission reductions (CERs) over the crediting period: 7866 tCO2 e Crediting Period: 7 years (Renewable) Additionality: Investment analysis Benchmark: Prime Lending Rate (PLR) published by RBI

Technical description
1. The project activity is solar photovoltaic based power generation. The rated capacity of the power plant will be 5MW at standard test conditions of 1000W/m2 solar radiation, 250C ambient temperature and 1.5 Air mass. 2. North south oriented and layout with flat panel of thin film type modules of PV array 3. Capacity of each Module is 78W (P) / any other compatible size. 4. Inverters Capacity 500 kW each 5. Land area 66 acres 6. The DC electric power generated by the photo voltaic modules are converted into 415V, 3 phase, 50Hz, AC power in a number of outdoor inverters, stepped up to 11000V through a set of outdoor transformers located in a distributed manner all over the plant. 7. The total power generated will be stepped up to 110kV in a 6.3MVA, 11/110kV power transformer with its associated 110kV outdoor switch gear located in a switch yard for interconnection to the 110kV transmission line of TNEB. 8. Plant load factor: 19% 9. Grid emission factor: 0.944793 tCO2/MWh

We are expecting more solar PV based Indian CDM project in near future. Following table shows solar PV CDM projects under the validation stage from India;

The amount of solar energy produced in India is less than 1% of the total energy demand. The grid-interactive solar power as of December 2010 was merely 10 MW (Read more on Indian electricity scenario). Government of India has taken initiative to promote solar energy in the country and have started Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) in 2010 (as a part of NAPCC). Under the JNNSM, a total of 150 MW (each for 5 MW) of grid connected solar plants were awarded to 30 companies by Dec 2010. JNNSM include generation based incentive to the each kilowatt hour of power produced by solar PV project and as a result of it, solar PV based power plants are becoming an exciting business opportunity. Carbon credits projects based on solar PV technologies are also helping the project developers to cover their project cost associated with the technology and equipments.

China: Big PV project possibilities, but grid and policy issues exisit
19. March 2012 | Top News, Storage & smart grids, Industry & Suppliers, Markets & Trends, Global PV markets, Applications & Installations | By: Becky Stuart

The consensus at Solarpraxis' first "Project implementation conference - China 2012" in Shanghai is clear: the potential of photovoltaic project development in China is huge, particularly in light of falling system costs. However, overcoming policy and grid connection issues is key.

China has massive photovoltaic potential, but there are development issues. Thomas Beetz

IBC Solar (China)'s Sebastian Trimpl believes that China's solar industry has more potential than any other country in the world. However, in order to access it, it is essential to address the policy and grid issues. As has been widely reported, in 2011, 2.89 gigawatts (GW) of new photovoltaic capacity was added to China's grid, thus bringing cumulative capacity to just over three GW. This year, most are in agreement that between four and five GW will be installed, while by 2020, there is a 45 GW pipeline in the planning. Trimpl added that China is "significantly different" from other solar markets, due to its focus on large-scale projects. Currently, he said average project sizes are 10 megawatts (MW). However, this is expected to grow to 50 MW in the future. Meanwhile, small-scale and rooftop projects are projected to remain a niche market. In his presentation, Tairan Guo, VP of BaySolar expanded by saying that under the Golden Sun Program, brought into play in 2009, one GW of projects are expected to be installed in 2012. However, the government is planning to end it this April. Irradiation In his keynote address, Peter Xie from GCL Energy spoke of China's high solar irradiation. Tibet and the western regions of China are said to hold the best development potential, particularly for large-scale plants. However, as Trimpl pointed out to the packed audience, while there is high electricity yield in these areas, grid structure is poor. Consequently, how to use the electricity produced needs to be considered, and not simply how to generate as much energy as possible. This, he said, is also a big problem in Germany, particularly in light of the bigger projects. Falling costs

Xie went on to speak of China's solar cost advantage, and rapidly falling costs. Already, he said, system costs in the country have "dramatically" decreased, from US$2.37 per Watt (/W) in the third quarter (Q3) of 2011, to between $1.74 to $1.90/W in Q1 2012. Average selling prices (ASP) for photovoltaic modules have also fallen to $0.81/W in Q1 2012. Meanwhile, for a typical solar system of 20 MW, installation costs are around US$1.95/W. He explained that land, development and interconnection costs are minimal in comparison to, for example, the U.S. As such, average development costs are around $0.23/W, interconnection costs $0.32/W, module costs $0.81/W and balance of system costs $0.32/W. According to Xie, GCL expects to be installing large-scale projects in China at grid party in 2014. The company has a global photovoltaic pipeline of three GW this year. Challenges Both policies and grid connection were identified as the main challenges to photovoltaic development in China, despite the implementation of the feed-in tariff (FIT) last July. These, Trimpl said, are "key" to its further development, as is project financing. Construction problems were also identified, due to the inexperience of installers, as was dust and, specifically, how the modules can be effectively cleaned. He added that in terms of quality, standards for solar systems are lacking on a global level. Component testing is also important. Sebastian Meyer, director of research and advisory at Azur International, went on to say that as soon as the domestic photovoltaic market becomes meaningful, it will face management issues. For example, it is expected that module companies will need to establish regional assembly operations, since many local subsidy programs favor locally-produced components. Meyer further compared the development of China's solar sector to its wind industry, in his presentation. Until now, wind has dominated, but he said that there is "growing clarity" regarding the economics of solar in China. Looking ahead, he believes that interconnection queues and curtailment will occur as the country's wind and solar pipelines intersect: wind has currently installed 65 GW compared to solar's 2.89 GW; in the future, 350 GW of wind and 45 GW of photovoltaics is expected to be added to the grid. He went on to say that compared to wind, solar is faster to implement, and requires less heavy equipment. Overall, he believes that solar is likely to see a domestic market birth similar to wind's development between 2005 and 2010. Meyer concluded by stating that the "popular strategy" by companies of expanding downstream into project development is "risky" due to the dominance of the "Big 5" energy companies. Watch out for more China solar news this week from Solarcon and Asia Solar.

Read more: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/china--big-pv-project-possibilities--butgrid-and-policy-issues-exisit_100006154/#ixzz2brckUCUE

India may decide on anti dumping case soon


Tags: Anti-dumping duty Solar

India may decide as early as next week as to whether it will impose duties on imports of solar equipment, as per reports citing Solar Independent Power Producers Association lobby (SIPPA). India is presently considering a case which may result in imposition of anti dumping duties on US, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, and some local importers after a case in this regard was filed. These countries are exporting solar products at very low prices that is hurting the local solar industry in the country. What is an anti dumping duty? Domestic governments impose such a duty when there is sufficient reason to believe that the imports reaching a country have been deliberately priced below their market value and this is affecting the local industry. This is done to protect domestic industry and save jobs which otherwise may have to shut shop because they cannot compete with the imported low priced products. Although, it may seem a bit like anti competition policy but its not. Some companies deliberately indulge in this practice of introducing products at lower prices and driving out the local industry and after establishing themselves, they can then raise the price. The Indian solar industry manufacturers allege that they have suffered losses because of the inability to compete with cheap imported products. The initial case related to imposition of anti-dumping tariffs on China, Malaysia, Taiwan and USA but later the petitioners wanted it to be extended to Japan and EU also. The case has divided the solar industry with groups on each side. While those is favour argue that cheaper products have hurt the domestic industry, those against imposition of duties argue that Indian manufacturers are unable to meet quality and capacity demands. Imposition of such duties often also results on retaliatory measures by affected countries. EU recently settled such a similar dispute with China. Read more on i

Solar Shipments show a rise


Tags: Solar Trade

Solar shipments exceeded sale projections by 32% in Asia as per reports. Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ) , Guelph, Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. (YGE) and Trina Solar Ltd. (TSL) also surpassed their own projections. Yingli said shipments will rise 23 percent to 24 percent from the first quarter, compared with an earlier estimate of gains in the low- to mid-teens. China accounted for 23 percent of the Baoding, China-based companys shipments last year, up from 6 percent in 2010. Throughout the world, solar industry is increasingly being looked at a clean energy option. EU and China recently averted a trade dispute and reached a compromise with regard to the trade dispute of solar products. Read more here China is aiming to increase its solar power generation four times its present capacity and reach up to 35 GW by 2015. Read more here Closer home, Su-Kam has set itself a target of Rs 350 crore from various solar projects that are going to be set up in this financial year. Read more here Long pay back periods, low plant load factors and requirement of large area of land are the main barriers behind the slow growth of solar energy. All this seems to be changing with a renewed interest and growth in the sector

EU and China have reached a compromise with regard to the trade dispute of solar products

Tags: China EU Solar Trade

EU and China have reached a compromise with regard to the trade dispute of solar products. Chinese solar panels had been subjected to tariffs of 11.7% which could have been raised to 47.6% as anti dumping duties but the two parties were able to reach a consensus. Throughout the world, solar industry is increasingly being looked at a clean energy option and such a move can only help trade. Some EU member countries had cut back on subsidies because of recession. The competition from low priced Chinese solar products is often touted as a reason for the solar industry problems by many countries but this is not the real picture. Critics point out that the cost of panels is not the only investment and inverters and installation costs cannot be ignored. While European counterpart firms accuse Chinese products of availing benefits of subsidies and resorting to dumping, the tariffs would have cut down trade between EU and China and resulted in more pollution and less installations of solar PV. The full text of the agreement is not yet available but according to reports, member states were unanimous in their decision to not impose duties on Chinese solar panels. A minimum price was set for the products and would apply to initial 7GW. However, European firms are not satisfied and this might lead to further legal battles in the coming weeks. The price undertaking measure resorted to in this case is legally applicable and may set a precedent for settling other such disputes.

Booming solar energy market in India


Tags: Government schemes for solar energy projects Solar power plants in India

Indian Renewable Energy sector is rapidly growing with the share of total capacity rising from 2% in 2003 to around 10% in 2010. Total installed power generation capacity of Renewable Energy in India is around 18 GW (Ministry of Power). Out of that Wind Energy contributes almost 70% followed by Small Hydro at 15%, Biomass Energy at 12% and remaining 3% includes solar and others RE sources. Long pay back periods, low plant load factors and requirement of large area of land are the main barriers behind this slow growth of solar energy. The share of solar energy in Indias total installed power generation capacity is very low but however it has shown considerable growth in last decade. What does science say? Earth receives 174 peta watts (PW) of incoming solar radiation at the upper atmosphere. Out of that approximately 30% is reflected back to space. Rest of the radiations are absorbed by clouds, oceans and land masses. The amount of solar energy reaching to the earths surface is about two times that of all other conventional sources such as coal, oil, natural gas, and mined uranium available on earth. This itself shows the huge potential of solar energy. Why go for Solar in India? India has a vast solar energy potential. About 5,000 trillion kWh/year of energy is incident over Indias land area with most parts receiving 4-7 kWh per sq. m per day. (JNNSM document) The reasons behind encouragement of the Indian solar sector are as follows India has very high solar isolation (as discussed above), India has a huge electricity demand supply gap , Lack of power grid availability, Increasing expenses and unreliable electricity supply, availability of more efficient solar technologies and GovernmentSupport (Discussed below) How MNRE helps solar energy projects? The worlds first exclusive ministry for renewable energy development, the Ministry of NonConventional Energy Sources (MNES was established in 1992. Since Oct 2006 it is known as Ministry of New and Renewable Energy) implements various schemes to help the Renewable Energy sector. Following points elaborate the kind of governments support to RE developers in the country. 1) National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) induced Governments policy mandating an increased percentage of electricity to be generated from Renewable Energy (NAPCC envisages renewable energy to constitute approximate 15% of the energy mix of India till 2020)

2) Subsidy Scheme to Promote Solar Energy through the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSMWith target of 20,000MW till 2022) 3) International Climate Change treaties (e.g. Kyoto protocol) Power Deficient regions with regular blackouts of 8-10 hours (Load shedding) and large power demand from Indias fast Growing Economy triggered governments attention to invest considerable time and money in this sector. (Know more about Indian electricity scenario) How many governments schemes are available for solar energy development? Ive mentioned only those schemes which I am aware of. There is a possibility of the existen ce of more such schemes.
Sr. No 1 MNRE Schemes for Solar Projects

Generation based incentive for grid interactive solar power generation projects (January, 2008) (PV and Thermal both) Programme on Accelerated development and deployment of solar water heating systems in domestic, industrial and commercial sectors during 2008-09 & 2009-10 (Dated: 18th August, 200) Revised Scheme on Demonstration and Promotion of Solar Photovoltaic Devices/ Systems in Urban Areas & Industry Continuation of the Scheme on Promotion of Solar Thermal Systems for air heating/Steam generating applications, Solar buildings and Akshay Urja Shops for implementation during the financial year 2010-11. Implementation of the programme on Development of Solar Cities during 11th Plan period including 2010-11.

Is Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) mechanism applicable to Solar projects? Yes, REC mechanism includes solar power projects. A brand new REC mechanism was launched by the Indian government in 2010. Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are a type of environmental commodity intended to provide an economic incentive for electricity generation from renewable energy sources. One REC is created when one megawatt hour of electricity is generated from an eligible renewable energy resource. There is also provision to separate RECs from the solar projects and non-solar projects by considering high cost associated with solar power generation. Presently solar REC have fixed price band of 12000-15000 INR/REC. (Know more about REC mechanism) How many solar energy plants are functioning in India?

Well, it is difficult to find out the number of solar energy plants in India as I did not find any such list on government departmental websites and other credible sources. Ive some data of solar energy plants but it is not complete so please dont consider these numbers to be actual.
Sr. No Power plant developers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Capacity

Titan Energy ,KPCL, Yelesandra village near Bangarpet, District- Kolar, Karnataka 3 MW Azure Power, Awan, Punjab India. Photon Energy Systems, Itnal & Chikodi towns, Belgaum, Karnataka State. North Delhi Power Ltd (Tata Power), Delhi. Lanco Energy, Gujarat. Titan Energy, Jamuria, West Bengal Moser Baer, Chandrapur Maharashtra Reliance Power, Thyagaraj Stadium Plant, Delhi 2 MW 3 MW 1 MW 5 MW 2 MW 1 MW 1 MW

From the above information it is clear that solar energy market is picking up its pace in India. However there is a need to encourage Incubators for Solar Energy enterprises. MNRE, Department of Science and Technology and some University departments are also providing assistance for solar energy projects in the country. These institutions create scheme, provide technological solutions, infrastructure support and guidance to help convert ideas into marketable products. On another side, there is a lack of investments in this sector due to financial un-viability of the project (Long payback periods and less PLF). It can be minimised by using governments support and evolving more efficient technology. We also lack solar energy potential map of every possible part of the country. Using Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System can help to create solar resource maps.

Booming solar energy market in India


Tags: Government schemes for solar energy projects Solar power plants in India

Indian Renewable Energy sector is rapidly growing with the share of total capacity rising from 2% in 2003 to around 10% in 2010. Total installed power generation capacity of Renewable Energy in India is around 18 GW (Ministry of Power). Out of that Wind Energy contributes almost 70% followed by Small Hydro at 15%, Biomass Energy at 12% and remaining 3% includes solar and others RE sources. Long pay back periods, low plant load factors and requirement of large area of land are the main barriers behind this slow growth of solar energy.

The share of solar energy in Indias total installed power generation capacity is very low but however it has shown considerable growth in last decade. What does science say? Earth receives 174 peta watts (PW) of incoming solar radiation at the upper atmosphere. Out of that approximately 30% is reflected back to space. Rest of the radiations are absorbed by clouds, oceans and land masses. The amount of solar energy reaching to the earths surface is about two times that of all other conventional sources such as coal, oil, natural gas, and mined uranium available on earth. This itself shows the huge potential of solar energy. Why go for Solar in India? India has a vast solar energy potential. About 5,000 trillion kWh/year of energy is incident over Indias land area with most parts receiving 4-7 kWh per sq. m per day. (JNNSM document) The reasons behind encouragement of the Indian solar sector are as follows India has very high solar isolation (as discussed above), India has a huge electricity demand supply gap , Lack of power grid availability, Increasing expenses and unreliable electricity supply, availability of more efficient solar technologies and GovernmentSupport (Discussed below) How MNRE helps solar energy projects? The worlds first exclusive ministry for renewable energy development, the Ministry of Non Conventional Energy Sources (MNES was established in 1992. Since Oct 2006 it is known as Ministry of New and Renewable Energy) implements various schemes to help the Renewable Energy sector. Following points elaborate the kind of governments support to RE developers in the country. 1) National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) induced Governments policy mandating an increased percentage of electricity to be generated from Renewable Energy (NAPCC envisages renewable energy to constitute approximate 15% of the energy mix of India till 2020) 2) Subsidy Scheme to Promote Solar Energy through the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSMWith target of 20,000MW till 2022) 3) International Climate Change treaties (e.g. Kyoto protocol) Power Deficient regions with regular blackouts of 8-10 hours (Load shedding) and large power demand from Indias fast Growing Economy triggered governments attention to invest considerable time and money in this sector. (Know more about Indian electricity scenario) How many governments schemes are available for solar energy development? Ive mentioned only those schemes which I am aware of. There is a possibility of the existence of more such schemes.

Sr. No 1

MNRE Schemes for Solar Projects

Generation based incentive for grid interactive solar power generation projects (January, 2008) (PV and Thermal both) Programme on Accelerated development and deployment of solar water heating systems in domestic, industrial and commercial sectors during 2008-09 & 2009-10 (Dated: 18th August, 200) Revised Scheme on Demonstration and Promotion of Solar Photovoltaic Devices/ Systems in Urban Areas & Industry Continuation of the Scheme on Promotion of Solar Thermal Systems for air heating/Steam generating applications, Solar buildings and Akshay Urja Shops for implementation during the financial year 2010-11. Implementation of the programme on Development of Solar Cities during 11th Plan period including 2010-11.

Is Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) mechanism applicable to Solar projects? Yes, REC mechanism includes solar power projects. A brand new REC mechanism was launched by the Indian government in 2010. Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are a type of environmental commodity intended to provide an economic incentive for electricity generation from renewable energy sources. One REC is created when one megawatt hour of electricity is generated from an eligible renewable energy resource. There is also provision to separate RECs from the solar projects and non-solar projects by considering high cost associated with solar power generation. Presently solar REC have fixed price band of 12000-15000 INR/REC. (Know more about REC mechanism) How many solar energy plants are functioning in India? Well, it is difficult to find out the number of solar energy plants in India as I did not find any such list on government departmental websites and other credible sources. Ive some data of solar energy plants but it is not complete so please dont consider these numbers to be actual.
Sr. No Power plant developers 1 2 3 4 Capacity

Titan Energy ,KPCL, Yelesandra village near Bangarpet, District- Kolar, Karnataka 3 MW Azure Power, Awan, Punjab India. Photon Energy Systems, Itnal & Chikodi towns, Belgaum, Karnataka State. North Delhi Power Ltd (Tata Power), Delhi. 2 MW 3 MW 1 MW

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Lanco Energy, Gujarat. Titan Energy, Jamuria, West Bengal Moser Baer, Chandrapur Maharashtra Reliance Power, Thyagaraj Stadium Plant, Delhi

5 MW 2 MW 1 MW 1 MW

From the above information it is clear that solar energy market is picking up its pace in India. However there is a need to encourage Incubators for Solar Energy enterprises. MNRE, Department of Science and Technology and some University departments are also providing assistance for solar energy projects in the country. These institutions create scheme, provide technological solutions, infrastructure support and guidance to help convert ideas into marketable products. On another side, there is a lack of investments in this sector due to financial un-viability of the project (Long payback periods and less PLF). It can be minimised by using governments support and evolving more efficient technology. We also lack solar energy potential map of every possible part of the country. Using Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System can help to create solar resource maps. The future is bright with the SUN