The Indian solar market is experiencing strong growth, bringing it ever closer to the Indian government’s goal of increasing the installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity to 100 gigawatts (GW) by 2022. Against the backdrop of this progress, Intersolar India opened today in the Bombay Exhibition Center in Mumbai. Over 230 exhibitors are presenting their products, services and solutions for the solar industry until October 21. The exhibition is accompanied by the Intersolar India Conference, where the Indian solar market and private roof-mounted installations are the center of attention.
Intersolar India 2016 was inaugurated by Mr. Falk Senger, Managing Director, Messe München GmbH, Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor – Solar Power Europe, Belgium, Dr. Daniel Strowitzki, CEO – Freiburg Management and Marketing International GmbH, Dr. Amarpal Singh, Chief Executive – Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), Dr. Robert Habeck, State Minister – Ministry of Energy, Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Areas, Schleswig Holste in Germany, Mr. Gregory Taevs, Commercial Consul of United States in Mumbai, Dr. Florian Wessendorf, Managing Director – Solar Promotion International Co. Ltd., Bhupinder Singh, Chief Executive Officer – Messe München India.
Big steps towards the 2022 target
The Indian solar market is growing at a breathtaking pace. According to the India Solar Map 2016, published in September this year by the consultancy firm Bridge to India, India’s installed solar capacity grew by 80% to 8.1 GW from mid-2015 to mid-2016. 75% of the deployment took place in four states in the south. When all the projects currently under construction are added to the current installations, the result is a total photovoltaic capacity of 23 GW. And this is only the beginning – as the Indian government plans to reach the 100 GW milestone by 2022.
The market conditions are therefore ideal for Intersolar India, with the event once again anticipating positive figures to mark the 25th anniversary of the Intersolar exhibitions in 2016. A total of 230 exhibitors and over 11,000 visitors are expected at the exhibition space in the Bombay Exhibition Centre.
This year, the Intersolar India Conference is taking place from October 19–20 in parallel with the exhibition. It is due to be opened today (Wednesday) by distinguished speakers, including Dr. Robert Habeck, the Minister of Energy, Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Areas for Schleswig-Holstein and Dr. Amarpal Singh, Chief Executive – Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA).
The session titled Residential Rooftop Systems – System Design and Field Experience in India (auditorium, hall 1 on October 20, 2016, 2:30pm–3:55pm) offers visitors the opportunity to find out more about private roof-mounted installations. Experts, market analysts, architects and decision makers are set to share their experiences with regulations, client expectations and technical problems.
Another conference highlight: Experts from operations and maintenance will be discussing the question Operation & Maintenance – a Burgeoning Business in India? on October 20 in hall 1 (4:30pm-6:00pm). This session will address uncertainties, risks, challenges and other factors which companies in this field face in the Indian solar market.