Sunday, April 28, 2013

Solar Energy Workshops in Chennai

Workshops 1
  • Solar Greenhouses in Tamil Nadu – Implementation & Challenges
  • Delivering low-cost, high-impact solar solutions that transform lives at the bottom of the pyramid
    • A demo of how the team from Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) went about implementing the ambitious Tamil Nadu CM’s solar greenhouse scheme, for houses and streetlights. This program intends to create 300,000 such homes
    • Use of Smart Power Conditioning Units that charge batteries from the grid only on rainy or cloudy days
    • Technical specifications for solar panels, LED lights and cluster streetlights
    • Innovative use of IT to ensure efficiency of delivery and quality
    • Efficient use of remote monitoring
    • Details of technology & operational challenges faced
    • Innovative concepts designed to overcome challenges
    • Lessons learned and the way forward
Conducted by: The Solar Greenhouses session will be conducted by TEDA along with technical experts from IITs and companies involved in this program.
Workshop 2
  • Solar PV Rooftop Systems – Policies, Technologies, Operational Clarifications
  • This is a pioneering ‘rent-a-roof’ model, where the owner of a roof may rent it out to a project developer who will put up the solar power plant and sell the electricity to the grid. Directed by SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India), this has the potential to significantly accelerate adoption of large-scale rooftop solar in India.
    What you will learn
    • Details on MNRE’s rooftop scheme – financial incentives to abate diesel consumption
    • International experiences in solar rooftops
    • Perspectives from Developers shortlisted for projects in Chennai
    Whom you will learn from
    The session fill feature expert speakers from
    • Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI)
    • GIZ
    • SunEdison
    • Thermax
    • Azure
Conducted by:The workshop will be conducted by an MNRE team led by Dr Ashvini Kumar, Director of both MNRE and SECI.
Workshop 3
  • Solar Purchase Obligations – Concepts & Guidance
  • An in-depth walkthrough on SPO with a focus on Tamil Nadu Solar Policy
    • Concept, Motivation and Reasons for SPO
    • How is the SPO in Tamil Nadu different from SPO in the rest of country?
    • Who are the obligated entities?
    • Avenues to satisfy SPO – details will be provided on all the prominent avenues
      • Generation and consumption through captive rooftop solar power plants
        • Fully owned rooftop power plants
        • Leased rooftop power plants
        • Rooftop power plants under the BOO (Build Own Operate) model
      • Generation and consumption through captive power plants off the premises and power wheeled to premises
      • Consumption through PPAs with third party solar power plants
      • Through purchase of RECs
    • Next steps for satisfying SPO
    • Types of companies providing SPO support
    • Rooftop solar power plants and SPO
    • Private solar power plants and SPO
    • Solar RECs and SPO
Conducted by:The SPO Workshop will be conducted by SunEdison, a global leader in solar PV power plants.
To know more about SPO, read this whitepaper – SPO Overview & Way Forward
Workshop 4
  • Implementing Solar PV Power Plants in India – An Overview
  • Energy Alternatives India is one of India’s foremost consulting and research firms in Solar Energy. Together with business and technical experts, they will conduct a classroom session program that provides inputs and perspectives on the solar PV sector in general and solar PV power plants in specific. Their workshop includes:
    • National and State Solar Policies – Salient features, comparisons, and pros and cons of national (JNNSM) and state (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu) solar policies
    • Business models – Examination of various alternatives such as Build Own Operate (BOO), Build Own Transfer (BOT), Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT)
    • Financing – Discussion on bilateral and multilateral financing, project financing, and making your project bankable
    • Land selection – Analysis of critical factors such as proximity to evacuation points
    • Technology choices – Elaboration and analysis of the various technologies available at the inverter level (String vs. Central) and panel level (Thin film vs. Crystalline)
    • Approvals – Discussion on the number and scope of clearances required from various government departments
    • Certifications – Interpreting the certifications, standards, and ratings of various components in your power plant
Choosing an EPC – Factors to consider and examination of liability clauses in contracts
Conducted by:The workshop will be conducted by Energy Alternatives India.
Workshop 5
  • Implementing a Large-scale Rooftop Solar Power Plant
  • L&T’s first grid-connected solar photovoltaic power system in association with Sharp Corporation (Japan) on the rooftop of its buildings at L&T campus in Chennai is the largest such power system in operation since 2009 in India.
    L&T has tried to introduce a number of innovations in this project, including the use of multiple technologies, in both panels and in balance of systems:
      • Trackers
      • BIPV
      • Unique system configuration
    • CdTE Thin film
    • CIGS Thin film
    • Concentrating PV
    • Hybrid PV
    Detailed demo
    The L&T expert team will be providing a one hour demonstration of this pioneering project, comprising the following:
    • The background of the project and how L&T approached it as a pilot project
    • Significance of its tie-up with a world leader (Sharp)
    • Details on the approach to design of this rooftop power plant
    • Obstacles that were faced and how they were overcome
    • Technology test-bed adaptation details
    • Details on their latest extended efforts on micro-grid implementation
Conducted by: A workshop demonstrating the learnings from real-life implementation by L&T.
Workshop 6
  • High Performance MW Scale Grid Connected Power Plants
  • India has about 1200 MW of grid connected utiliity scale solar power plants currently, but will be having orders of magnitude higher scales within the next few years. This workshop will demonstrate the critical parameters for designing and operating high efficiency MW scale SPV power plants
    • Importance of design
    • Parameters to select panels and the BoS (specifically inverters)
    • O&M challenges and solutions to overcome these challenges
    • Availability and Use of SPV Power Plant Monitoring Systems

Interested in attending the workshop?, Talk to Sindhu-8489663663 /
SMS “W13″ to 8489 663 663

WHEN will these workshops be conducted?
The Solar Workshops @ RENERGY 2013 will be conducted on all three days of the event – May 9-11, 2013. The workshops will be conducted on all days post the lunch networking session. Please see the Event Schedule for more details.
Each of the 6 workshop sessions will have a duration of approximately one hour.
WHO will conduct these workshops?
Other than TEDA and EAI, these workshops will be conducted by leading Indian and global solar EPCs, developers and technical consultants. More details on this will follow soon.
WHAT is unique about these workshops?
One, this is the first time a mainstream renewable energy conference comprises so many workshops at one place. Two, instead of one company conducting the workshops, we will have 5-6 different companies conducting the various workshops. Thus, delegates have access to expertise and talent from many companies.
WHERE will the workshops be conducted?
These workshops will be conducted as part of the RENERGY Conference, at the Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai. The workshop will be conducted in the same halls where the rest of the conference sessions are conducted.
HOW can I register for these workshops?
To register for these workshops, talk to Sindhuja 08489663663, send an SMS to her with W13′in text, or send an email to
WHAT is the fee for these workshops?
The workshops are part of the RENERGY 2013 Conference. Anyone who is a delegate for the conference can attend the workshops.
The fee for the conference is Rs 5000 (excluding service tax). The fee includes your admission to workshop and to all the other sessions (networking and expert sessions) at the conference. The fee also includes lunch, tea and coffee for all three days.

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