Brief update on Key Presenters at the WRETC 2012 – New Delhi

Tarun Kapoor – Joint Secretary MNRE had this to say

MNRE is working on monitoring RPO by pushing DISCOMs and States but there is confusion on the purchase of RPOs. The purchasers are focusing on the statement that purchases can be differed towards the end of the cycle which will be detrimental to REC sellers

The ministry has also allowed NABARD to directly finance solar without MNRE intervention. It is also promoting solar parks with a soon to be announced policy.

MNRE is also working on the next batch of the JNNSM to set the structure. This structure will be declared in a few months and should be a salve for those waiting for Gujarat Phase III.

The ministry is on track to achieve 10GW by 2017 with a mix of 3GW using PPAs and 7GW using other mechanisms (DISCOMs and State Policy).

A new more encompassing Mini & Micro Grid policy has been announced on the MNRE site.

A key note was that solar water heating subsidy has grown threefold from 30-40Cr in the past to 110Cr for the last year.

Dr. Pramod Deo – Chairman, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission

RE Certificates imbalance to be fixed and not onerous on Renewable positive states.

REC to have quarterly target but not a fixall.

CERC now mandating transmission i.e. Power Grid to enable sourcing from Renewable projects especially those with 50MW and above directly to the national grid.

Still 400 million Indians with no power and Off grid entrepreneurs providing 3-5 hour power in rural areas in Bihar and UP. After those areas are connected to the grid, CERC will give RECs to such entrepreneurs.

He also clarified to my question on commercial rooftop that the power has to supplied to the grid to receive RECs, captive use would not be eligible. There was a subsidy based on the difference but it wasn’t clear on how this would impact the RECs but a 30% subsidy would be applicable as per MNRE rooftop policy.

A K Balyan – MD & CEO, Petronet LNG

Food for thought, we rarely see the mainline energy czars at renewable energy conferences but without their support most technologies would fail.

Gas need to double by 2015 but generation significantly less.

Cautioned that if unabated use of fossil fuels continues then in 10yrs we will cross the point of no return for regeneration.

LNG power plants more viable than LPG. And can provide peaking power due to flexibility in varying load.

Share of LNG in Indian energy basket to increase from 11% in 2011 to 25% in 2025


The conference focused more on solutions with one CIGS panel provider committing to a watt rate of $ 40 cents by 2015 with an efficiency in the 15% range, that enables the success of renewable energy and was a refreshing change from the usual presentation based formats of conferences.

The last day had panels well moderated by senior ex-bureaucrats with a focus on diverse view of the 6-8 panel members. Ex-MNRE Secretary Deepak Gupta was the person of note who provided a cornucopia of information on current happennings.

Overall the conference stood out for its value delivery. Touching key topics like bio energy, bio fuels, hydro, PV, Solar Thermal, Heat, and more which offered a diversified view of the going ons in those segments.

Will post the links to the presentation’s if permitted, in the future

About Ritesh Pothan

Ritesh Pothan, is an accomplished speaker and visionary in the Solar Energy space in India. Ritesh is from an Engineering Background with a Master’s Degree in Technology and had spent more than a decade as the Infrastructure Head for a public limited company with the last 9 years dedicated to Solar and Renewable Energy. He also runs the 2 largest India focused renewable energy groups on LinkedIn - Solar - India and Renewables - India
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