Intersolar India 2016: Dynamic expansion in the Indian Solar Market
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 GW by 2022. Against the backdrop of this progress, Intersolar India was inaugurated in the Bombay Exhibition Center in Mumbai. Over 230 exhibitors presented their products, services and solutions for the solar industry until October 21. The exhibition was accompanied by the Intersolar India Conference, where the Indian solar market and private roof-mounted installations were the center of attractions.
Intersolar India 2016 was inaugurated by Mr. Falk Senger, Managing Director, Messe München, Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor – Solar Power Europe, Belgium, Dr. Daniel Strowitzki, CEO – Freiburg Management and Marketing International, 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 milestones by 2022.
The market conditions were 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 were at the exhibition space in the Bombay Exhibition Centre.
This year, the Intersolar India Conference was held on October 19–20 in parallel with the exhibition. It opened 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 offered visitors the opportunity to find out more about private roof-mounted installations. Experts, market analysts, architects and decision makers shared their experiences on regulations, client expectations and technical problems.
Another conference highlight: Experts from operations and maintenance discussed the question Operation & Maintenance – a Burgeoning Business in India? This session covered uncertainties, risks, challenges and other factors which companies in this field face in the Indian solar market.
Once again this year, Intersolar India was accompanied by ees (electrical energy storage) India. As many Indian companies operate in both the photovoltaic and energy storage sectors, this supplemented the event perfectly, and supported India on the path to a renewable future.
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