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Hon'ble Cabinet Minister Farooq Abdullah (MNRE) during his visit to The 5th Renewable Energy India 2011 Expo
11 August, 2011, New Delhi - Unfolding the holistic potential of renewbles, the 5th
Renewable Energy India 2011 Expo being held at Pragati Maidan from 10-12 August ,
reverberated with industries’ confidence in various opportunities available in the Indian
market. Addressing the delegates during the inauguration, Shri Deepak Gupta, Secretary,
Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India said, “For the first time
ever, we have exceeded capacity additions of more than 3000MW a year for renewable
energy. In India, the current installed capacity from renewable sources constitutes 11.5%
of the total power generation, a sizeable increase from the 3% recorded in 2003,”
Speaking further, he remarked, “Wind will continue to be the main driver of RE in India;
we are targeting 4000MW of capacity additions a year from the current benchmark of
2000MW a year” .
Despite the intermittent rain, over 10,000 trade visitors flocked to the 5th edition of
Renewable Energy Expo during the first two days of the event.. Spread over 10,067 sqm
of display area, the expo has received prominent international participation .With 527
exhibitors from 33 countries, the event has evolved from a niche solar event in 2007 to
a global renewable energy event. Country pavilions from Belgium, Canada, Korea and
Poland and large contingent of trade delegations, made an impressionable international
presence at the expo.
The strongest buzz was seen in the solar halls which has received the most aggressive
push from the government through their recently launched Jawaharlal Nehru National
Solar Mission. Attending the event today, Dr Farooq Abdullah, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister
of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India interacted with the solar participants
and viewed the various technologies and products on display.
The highlight and biggest draw during the concurrent conference session was the panel
on Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission which was chaired by Shri Deepak Gupta and
moderated by Kuljit Singh, Partner, Ernst & Young. An impressive line-up of over 185
eminent speakers, brought in solar world leaders and innovators who were upbeat about
the opportunities in the Indian solar sector.
“The role of solar power in India is undergoing a profound change; the Renewable
Energy India Expo is a one stop window to the future of renewable energy in India.
The tremendous turnout of over 500 exhibitors reflects the dynamic opportunity
that India offers today. With government support through initiatives like Jawaharlal
Nehru National Solar Mission, India will offer a stable and continuous opportunity for
renewable energy players in coming years.”said Dr. Charlie Gay, President Applied
Solar, Applied Materials, Inc. on the side of the conference.
Dr. Shi Zhengrong, CEO and Founder, Suntech Power, who has several innovations
and patency to his credit, said, “We are very excited about India’s goals to power its
impressive economic growth through renewable energy. With one in every three people
in India lacking access to a reliable power source, we applaud India’s initiative to invest
in nature’s most abundant energy supply – the sun”.
Johannes Rehm, CEO of the company, further exuded his optimism about India’s solar
market and to future developments, “We have come to realise the importance of local
representation. We know that it’s essential that we are close to customers in order to
react flexibly to the highly diverse requirements of individual markets - our experience in
China in particular has taught us this over the last few years. As an emerging economy,
India similarly displays huge market potential in the solar sector. Participation at south
Asia’s largest expo is a perfect opportunity to explore the market and showcase our
products’ competitive advantage to prospective customers in India. We are closely
following market developments in this region and are committed to the gradual expansion
of our distribution network here.”
Commenting on the pace of solar, Mr. Sandip Ghosh, Director, Renewable Business-
Schneider Electric said, “The Indian solar market is growing at a pace which is much
higher than many developed nations.”
Concurrent to the event, the conference sessions covered aspects of policy, technology,
market developments, challenges and opportunities in the Indian renewable energy
sectors. The expo, concluding tomorrow, is playing an integral role and is an excellent
platform to allow worldwide new energy companies to access the Indian market and
forge partnerships and collaborations with local players.
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