100 speakers and 700 attendees are also exchanging the latest information on the topics of photovoltaics (PV), PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies until the conference draws to a close on November 14.

Mumbai/Pforzheim/Freiburg, November 11, 2013: From today, the international solar industry is gathering at the Leela Kempinski Hotel in Mumbai for the Intersolar India Conference to discuss current developments and trends within the Indian and international solar markets with experts from around the world. The some 100 speakers and 700 attendees are also exchanging the latest information on the topics of photovoltaics (PV), PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies until the conference draws to a close on November 14. The exhibition kicks off at 10:00am (IST) on Tuesday, November 12. Around 170 exhibitors are set to present the solar industry's cutting-edge technologies, products and services at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) in Mumbai. This year's Intersolar India exhibition, which runs until November 14, is expected to welcome a good 8,500 visitors from more than 80 nations. The "renewables – Made in Germany" special exhibit, which gives an overview of the resources, technologies and systems used by the major renewable energy sectors, is making its debut at this year's event. A particular highlight of the exhibition is the official ceremony held on its first day, November 12, to honor the winners of the Intersolar Award in the category Solar Projects in India.

In September of this year, the total installed capacity of solar energy in India surpassed the 2 gigawatts (GW) mark for the very first time.

However, this is not the only reason why the solar industry is eagerly awaiting this year's Intersolar India: On October 29, the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) announced the launch of the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). Solar projects with a maximum capacity of 750 megawatts (MW) are eligible to receive funding from the scheme.On top of this, the Indian federal states, in particular Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, have been driving forward their solar programs. For example, Madhya Pradesh announced plans in October to extend its installed capacity to 1.4 GW by 2015. 2014 is therefore gearing up to be an extremely important year for the Indian solar market and the total installed capacity is already expected to exceed 4 GW by 2015.

Shining the spotlight on the future of the Indian solar market

Following on from the opening ceremony, the presentations held at the Intersolar India Conference today focus on the development of global solar markets and, in particular, the status and future of the Indian market. The current opportunities and challenges of the Indian solar market are put under the microscope by the PV Executive Panel, which examines this topic from 4:15pm–6:00pm (IST). Discussions center around both the current developments of the national solar mission and the programs being run by the federal states as well as the progress being made to the Indian solar industry and specific market areas such as rural electrification. Participating in the panel discussion are Anurag Garg, Vice President & Leader Solar Business, Schneider Electric, India, Sujoy Ghosh, Country Head India, First Solar Inc., India, Thierry Lepercq, Chairman, Solairedirect, France, and Inderpreet Wadhwa, Chief Executive Officer, Azure Power Co., India.

This year's conference also focuses on the topic of the operation and maintenance of PV power plants. In the course of five presentations given on Tuesday, November 12, experts speak about improving the performance of PV power plants under normal operating conditions, ways of detecting problems early and tried-and-tested maintenance practices.

The solar industry's latest technologies, products and practical expertise

The exhibition, which is held in hall 1 of the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), opens its doors on Tuesday, November 12. Around 170 exhibitors in the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies offer a variety of opportunities for visitors to find out about the solar industry's technologies, products and services, forge new contacts and consolidate business relationships. For the first time, Intersolar India is working in cooperation with Solar Energy International (SEI) to offer daily practical training sessions.

In addition, the "renewables – Made in Germany" special exhibit provides an overview of the resources, technologies and systems used in the renewable energy sector. The special exhibit presents the advantages of a number of systems as well as the technical processes, essential parameters of various technologies and expert knowledge of German companies. It takes place in the presence of the German Consul General Michael Siebert in hall 1, booth 1940 at 11:00am (IST) on November 12.

A particular highlight this year is also the presentation of the Intersolar AWARD for Solar Projects in India in hall 1, booth 1170 at 3:00pm (IST) on November 12, when the winners in the fields Off-Grid Solutions, Industrial and Commercial Use and Utility-Scale Projects are announced at a special ceremony.

Intersolar India 2013 takes place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) in Mumbai from November 12–14, 2013.

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