The international solar sector convenes at India's largest exhibition and conference for the solar industry

Mumbai/Pforzheim/Freiburg, November 5, 2012: Today at 10:00am (IST), the Intersolar India Conference re-opened its doors at the Leela Kempinski Hotel in Mumbai. The organizers expect to welcome some 700 attendees over the four days of the conference, which is taking place in parallel to the Intersolar India exhibition. Tomorrow, on November 6, Intersolar India opens its doors to the global solar industry for the fourth time at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC). A total of 200 exhibitors from 17 countries are presenting their products, solutions and services in the fields of photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal technologies and production technologies in an exhibition space measuring 20,000 square meters in Hall 1 of the Bombay Exhibition Centre until November 8. This year sees the first Intersolar AWARD being conferred in the category Solar Projects in India. The celebrated solar prize is being presented in a ceremony at the Innovation Exchange (booth 1180) at 4:00pm on November 6. Further highlights include the CEO Panel Discussion and panel discussions on the topic of electricity storage.

Today at 10:00am (IST), the Intersolar India Conference got underway in Mumbai. The organizers are delighted at the distinguished figures from India and around the world taking part in the opening panel discussion: The keynote speakers are Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), India and Sunil Gupta, Global Head of Technology & CleanTech at Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore. Dr. Winfried Hoffmann, President, European Photovoltaic Industry Association, Belgium and Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chairman Solar Energy Corporation of India & Solar Energy Research Advisory Council (JNNSM), India are also among the opening speakers.

India – an upcoming solar market

The Indian solar market is currently undergoing sweeping developments. According to figures from India's Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), only 10 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic capacity were installed across the country in 2009. By the end of 2011, the cumulative installed capacity had risen to more than 200 MW and this year is set to cross the 2 gigawatt (GW) mark. The session entitled India's PV Market on November 5 looks at the solar projects currently being planned in India as well as their financing models and the challenges and opportunities they hold for the Indian and international solar industries.

A further focal point of the Intersolar India Conference highlights the project development, installation and operation of large-scale PV plants, which are playing a central role in the growth within the Indian solar market. Additional sessions explore topics including the Indian off-grid PV market and the global PV markets in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

The session featuring India's Solar Thermal Market on November 5 examines the political conditions required for the further development of the Indian solar thermal market. Several international companies are presenting their latest solar thermal innovations for private households, public institutions and industrial applications in the subsequent session, New Solar Thermal Products.

New category for the Intersolar AWARD: Solar Projects in India

As part of the Solar Projects category, which was first introduced in 2012, the Intersolar AWARD is being presented in the category Solar Projects in India for the first time at Intersolar India.

Conferral of the AWARD in India has been preceded by prize-giving ceremonies in other categories: The solar industry's 2012 innovation awards for Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Technologies and PV Production Technologies were presented at Intersolar Europe on June 13 in Munich. The Indian award ceremony for outstanding projects is being held at Intersolar India's Innovation Exchange in booth 1180 at 4:00pm on November 6.

Growing international diversity and new joint booths

Thanks to positive market developments, an increasing number of international solar companies are engaging in the growing Indian market, working closely with developers and system integrators in the country. 46 percent of Intersolar India exhibitors are from abroad – 27% from Europe alone. The increasing international presence in the market is also reflected in the new joint booths from Germany, Spain and China that are for the first time giving interested companies new opportunities to enter the market in 2012.

Intersolar India 2012 takes place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) in Mumbai from November 6–8.
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About Intersolar
With over 3,100 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors spanning three continents, Intersolar is the world's leading exhibition series for the solar industry.
Intersolar India is India's largest exhibition and conference for the solar industry and, as a leading industry platform, focuses on photovoltaics and solar thermal technology. In 2011, 264 companies from 18 countries attended the exhibition. Intersolar India supports the development of the Indian solar market and promotes cooperation between key players from industry, commerce, service providers and politics.

Intersolar's storied history of international exhibitions and conferences spans more than 20 years. Taking place in addition to Intersolar India in Mumbai are Intersolar North America in San Francisco and Intersolar China in Beijing, which was launched in December 2011. The world's largest exhibition for the solar industry is Intersolar Europe in Munich.

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