Solarcon India 2009, India’s first focused event for the solar/PVspace, which was inaugurated by K. Rosaiah, Hon’ble Chief Minister ofAndhra Pradesh on November 9 successfully concluded today.
SEMI,the main organization behind the show also shared that with the firstedition successful and receiving overwhelming industry and governmentresponse, it is going to be back in Hyderabad with a bigger, betterSolarcon India 2009 between November 15-17, 2010.
The Inauguraledition of Solarcon India saw 3,000 high quality business visitorsattend of which 63 percent were senior management including executivesat the Board level with the rest occupied by middle managementprofessionals.
Majority of the visitors were from thedevice/equipment manufacturing, materials, sub-systems, component andpart manufacturing segments reinforcing the growth of the Indianindustry backwards and forward to encompass the entire supply chain.
Theconference highlight with high profile speakers ranging from Prof.Eicke Weber (PhD), Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for SolarEnergy Systems (ISE), K. Subramanya, CEO of Tata BP Solar, G.Rajeswaran, CTO of Moser Baer Photovoltaic, Dr. Charlie Gay, Presidentof the Solar Business Group at Applied Materials, Dr. Pramod Deo IAS,Chairperson, CERC, Dr. Rajiv Arya, CEO, Moser Baer India, AnandRangachary, Managing Director – South Asia and Middle East, FrostSullivan to Prof. Peter Adelmann, Ulm University of Applied Sciences,Germany among others.
There were multiple major announcementsmade on the sidelines of the event including the government of AP’sannouncement of a Solar City in Anantpur and a policy at the statelevel building on the National Solar Mission, which is slated laterthis week, besides those from global majors to Indian companies.
Itwas estimated that$16 billion in investments will be attracted by thestate of Andhra Pradesh in this space once the policy incentives kickin.
Addressing a media briefing on the concluding day, DanMartin, Executive Vice-president, and Head of the PVGroup worldwide,said: "The inaugural edition exceeded our expectations and am pleasedwith the response from all stakeholders to Solarcon India 2009.
"Beinga key initiative of SEMI in the Indian market, it provides us theconfidence to now pick up the learning and inputs provided by thisplatform and take it forward through the time tested collaborativeapproach of SEMI globally. Am personally excited about the role we canplay in the Indian solar/PV market which is at a nascent stage.”
Speakingon the key challenges currently not focused upon in the Indian solar/PVspace which SEMI India will take it forward in the coming months andyears, Sathya Prasad, President, SEMI India, said: “We have identifiedEnvironment, Health and Safety (EHS) and standards (Global) as theareas of focus. Already, we have brought for the first time aninternational technology workshop in EHS to India and we will follow itup with other initiatives.
"In standards, the focus will be tostart the engagement of the country in the global standards processwhich is critical as the Indian industry starts growing in the space. Iwould like to thank all the stakeholders for making this a success andlook forward to being back bigger and better in 2010.”