Solar Association honoured and privileged to inform you about our Interactive Solar Meet “Savera Conclave” on April 12th, 2018 03.00 PM – 11.00 PM in New Delhi at Hotel The Ashok
REPORT OF SAVERA CONCLAVE
Solar Association has arranged Savera Conclave at Hotel The Ashok on 12th Apr 2018. The Conclave was inaugurated and lightened by our Chief Guest Shri Karia Munda, MP and Ex-Minister of MNRE. More than 150 participants had attended the conclave and had taken the opportunity of interaction and networking.
Karia ji in his speech put emphasis on the use of Renewable energy against conventional energy to reduce pollution and shortage of coal and other resources. He suggested making use of natural resources such as solar and wind. Solar has one advantage is that it has negligible O&M cost. Now the cost of a solar plant has reduced and near to grid parity so we may make the best use of solar energy to reduce pollution. He appreciated the work of the solar association and congratulate solar association for arranging such a good conference.
Total 7 expert speakers had delivered their Presentation/Paper
- Shri Parag Bhamre- Apson Solar
- Topic- Degradation of Solar Modules in India – A Serious Challenge for the Solar Industry
The solar plant is being set up considering the life of solar panel life as 25 years. However, this depends upon the quality of solar panel /cells, care taken while installation of plant/panels and climatic conditions. Various analysis of the degradation of solar panels was discussed. Poor quality Chinese panels were flooded in the Indian market which is having more degradation than defined up to 10 yrs of the plant. The survey by IIT NCPRE (National Center for Photovoltaic Research and Education) has identified two categories -Class -X-having degradation less than 1.2 % and Class-y having more than 1.2%. Hot climate shall also play a vital role for degradation of solar panels. It is observed that young site is having degradation than old sites which questions about the quality of solar modules used at the young sites. Problems discovered during NCPRE surveys are Discoloration of the encapsulant, Front side delamination, Snail tracks, Discoloration on metallization, Glass degradation
The decrease in tariffs is good news – However amongst all this euphoria let us collectively ensure that it does not come at the cost of long-term performance. He suggested to prepare the white paper on BEST PRACTICES IN GRID CONNECTED ROOFTOP SOLAR AND BENCHMARK PRICING and the benchmark pricing should be updated time to time. He emphasized on the use of good quality materials, use the good and safe practice of installation so as to have better performance of the plant.
Shri Sujoy Ghosh- Country Head, First Solar – Topic- TRADE DISPUTE MECHANISMS
Trade Dispute Mechanism – Anti-Dumping Duty and SafeGuard duty and its impacts on solar industry were discussed at length. Various aspects and suggestions discussed are China has dominance on the solar PV supply chain, 2/3RD of China’s domestic manufacturing capacity would be exported, Economic Nationalism is on the rise,Regulators to devise pass-through mechanisms for impacts of trade disputes, putting up tariff barriers wouldn’t create new manufacturing capacity,to focus Manufacturing Policy creation on competitiveness and quality. He described the use of solar panels after 25 yrs and its effects. Solar panels can be landfilled or recycled.
Shri Rajeshwar Bhat- MD Juwi India – Topic -Roadmap to 100GW
Govt has given a target of 100GW (Land Mounted -60GW and Rooftop -40GW) of the solar plant by 2022. Various Markets and Technologies are Free Field: Parks, non-Solar Parks, ISTS (through SECI), Solar Pumps: Farmer Driven less burden on Discoms, C&I: Open Access (Perceived to be non-favourable to Discom), Commercial Rooftops, Storage, Floating, EV Charging thro Solar, Roof Top, Car Port. The potential of Rooftop solar in 2015 was 102GW and Potential in 2022 is considered. Current status is 20GW (Land mounted/free field +Roof top) and 15 GW is auctioned. We have installed 5 MWp per day at two sites (15 companies in 1200 days =4 years). So it is achievable if properly planned and there is assured sustained market and Industry PPA to stay at Rs 3.50 to Rs 6 per unit depending on off taking the risk to make it sustainable. There should be support from DISCOM and Regulatory to achieve this target. Hybrid PV with the battery can also be thought of since price of Solar Panels and battery has reduced in last 2 yrs and battery prices are likely to go down so it shall be cheaper than DG set use by C&I.For Reverse bidders, request for sustainable companies on Net worth, EBIT etc to get quality Plants as we have bettered grid parity.
Shri Sachin Agrawal- Functional Head Solar -Godrej & Boyce -Topic- Growth of RE
He discussed Renewable Energy – Global, Renewable Energy – National, Growth Drivers, New Trends, Economic Analysis- Case studies. India has moved up to the third position globally in terms of capacity addition with Installed cumulative capacity as on 31st March 2018 is 19580 MW. Developed countries are slowly shifting towards utility-scale projects whereas, in emerging markets, governments are trying to encourage more rooftop solar growth. In India, rooftop solar has maintained a 10-12% share of overall solar capacity. This is much lower than other key markets such as US, Germany, China, Spain and Australia. Growth Drivers are Various Governments (State & Central Government) are coming up with many Solar projects, Demand of electricity and scarcity of conventional Electricity at some places, Expected rise in tariff rates in coming years, Mandatory RPO for Industrial customers
- Shri Kapil Maheshwari,
He suggested to have national wise net metering policy instead of state wise net metering policy, Residential consumers should also be encouraged to go for solar energy, more regional players should come up, smart grid set up may be developed, solar with storage should be worked out, many institutes campus should go for off-grid solar plants, RESCO model should be encouraged. He discussed the threat of recycling of Li-Ion battery. Charging of EV takes about 1.5 to 2 hrs. Further Electricity code did not allow the sale of power/electricity by a private player since charging of EV is nothing but the sale of power. Institute may put the solar plant at their parking porch to charging the EV.
Shri R G Rajan, Ex-Chairman SCOPE,
He suggested having land and transmission connectivity for the plant in time. O&M should be given due importance. In North Eastern part of India, there is more dust and that too sticky and water is also hard and dirty. So, O&M cost is high. Finance interest rate is very high in India so Indian Govt should make arrangement for funding at a lower interest rate so that project cost can also come down. Storage of energy is a beginning and costly however we should focus on it and Govt should frame out a policy for that.
Shri Anirudha Joshi, Clean Tech Solar –Topics-Rooftop solar growth in India – Key Challenges
Various key challenges for Rooftop solar growth in India are Lack of focus on quality and workmanship in the industry, Transparency and accountability in permitting/ approval processes, Fly-by-night EPCs/ Developers with short-term vision, High counter-party risk and untested legal recourse, Ease of access to project financing
Various participants asked good questions to speakers and have wide interaction.