Hyderabad, April 13th, 2018 (GNS) : UBM India, organisers of the Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo inaugurated the third edition of RenewX, a two day exhibition (April 13 – 14) at Hitex, Hyderabad today. The expo witnessed a congregation of South India’s green economy community to discuss industry trends, challenges and market insights.
The inaugural ceremony took place in the presence of Shri G. Raghuma Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director, Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana Ltd.; Shri Ismail Ali Khan, Chairman, Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission; Mr. Uday Kiran, Director, Infrastructure, Government & Healthcare, KPMG in India; Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India and Mr. Rajneesh Khattar, Group Director, UBM India amidst an industry gathering.
This year, the show has grown in size and depth bringing together over 150 exhibitors that include manufacturers, EPCs, distributors and service providers. In its third edition, RenewX attracted an array of industry leaders and key exhibitors including Renewable Energy Corporation (India) Pvt Ltd., Tata Power Solar,Vikram Solar Limited, Havells India Limited,Anchor Electricals Pvt. Ltd. (A Panasonic Group Company), Havells India Ltd., Premier Solar, Phocos India, ORB Energy, Canadian Solar Energy Private Limited, Jinko Solar, Jiangsu Goodwe Power Supply Technology Co.,Ltd, Ginlong (Solis) Technologies Co Ltd., Oriano Clean Energy Private Limited, SolarEdge ,Power One Micro Systems Pvt Ltd., Enectric Projects and Solutions India Pvt Ltd. to name a few.
In its 3rd edition, the expo had dedicated pavilions for Start-ups as well as the Telangana State and China. The Chinese pavilion included firms such as Zhejiang Jinko Solar Co., Ltd; Goodwe Power Supply Technology Co., Ltd; Ginlong (Solis) Technologies Co Ltd.;Anhui Daheng Energy Technology Co., Ltd.; Tbea Xi’an Electric Technology Co. Ltd; and Zhuhai Gmee Solar Equipment Co., among others. Companies from Telangana included organisations such as Sri Savitr Solar Pvt Ltd., Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Ltd., (TSREDCO); Premier Solar Powertech Pvt Ltd.; Premier Solar Systems Pvt Ltd.; Archimedes Green Energys Pvt. Ltd and Cygni Energy Private Limited. The Start-up pavilion included companies such as RPK Green Trading; Ganco Energy India Pvt Ltd.; and Grace solar Systems, amongst others. All of them provided immense value addition and knowledge sharing for visitors.
RenewX is supported by central nodal agencies such as Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd., Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Ltd., (TSREDCO), Electronic Industries Association of Andhra Pradesh, Skill Council for Green Jobs, Indo-German Energy Support Forum, Indo-German Energy Support Forum, TELMA, The Federation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTAPCCI) and Indian Biogas Association (IBA).
Adjacent to the expo, a two-day dedicated conference on ‘Sourcing the Sun’ was held that talked about successful practices on integrating Renewables into business, and to find the best working models and practices that can lead to increased efficiency while optimising cost in the rooftop segment covering various aspects of the entire value chain.
This year, a new feature – the ‘Green Job Fair’ was added to the expo primarily forgraduating students, working professionals, and new entrepreneurs who want to explore opportunities in the clean energy sector. This addition, it is hoped, will help address the shortfall of skilled manpower in the industry. According to the SCGJ (Skill Council for Green Jobs), Government of India ‘Skill gap report for Solar, Wind, Small Hydro sector’, it is estimated that over 6,70,000 number skilled manpower will be required in the Solar PV sector alone. Taking note of the situation, UBM India in association with SCGJ organised the Green Job Fair to provide opportunities to candidates to work with the leading names in the Renewable energy sector across a plethora of job roles.
The expo also saw a full day training workshop on ‘Best Practices in Design and Implementation of Solar Power Plants with an Overview of Techniques in Energy Yield Estimation / Forecasting’. This workshop was conducted by Iacharya Silicon Limited in Partnership with Solar Radiation Resource Assessment & Advance Measurement Station (SRRA), a unit under NIWE which is an autonomous unit under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
Speaking at the inaugural session of RenewX 2018, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Directorsaid, “The rise of solar, alongside other renewable energy sources, such as wind, not only benefits a country that still uses coal for nearly 60% of its energy mix, but more broadly, for the world’s climate change agenda as a whole. Our country is the second most attractive renewable energy market in the world, endowed with optimal conditions for peak solar radiation along with numerous non-conventional energy resources. Consequently, the World Bank has described India as having “among the best conditions in the world to capture and use solar energy”. The government’s ambitious target of achieving 175 GW before 2022 has also created awareness about renewable energy in the country and is offering massive investment opportunities across the value chain. Along with other states in South India, Telangana has been playing an active role in aggressively supporting solar energy and holds promise for the sector. Significant financing from commercial and multinational investment banks has thus helped drive growth and launch major projects. Against this landscape, our third edition of RenewX intends to accelerate this growth in the Southern region and contribute to the country’s sustainable economic development.”
“The world is becoming more conscious about saving our planet and fixing the impacts we’ve made on the environment, it is headed towards a green energy revolution that will need more workers. As South India is the hot house for initiatives in the Indian power sector, the Green Job Fair which is our new initiative this year will be our contribution towards creating and nurturing a sustainable stream of competent professionals in the energy domain.” He further added.
India is taking a number of green initiatives and switching to renewable energy for its upcoming major projects. Trade ports, railway stations, and zoos are smartly and creatively being developed to minimise carbon emissions, making the country a fast growing green energy consumer. The country is also receiving aid from its international associates such as France and World Bank to achieve its ambitions. The country’s solar installed capacity reached 20 GW in February 2018, 8 times from 2,650 MW on 26 May 2014. The 20 GW capacity was initially targeted for 2022 but the government achieved the target four years ahead of schedule. On a pan Indian scale, while Telangana has the highest installed solar energy capacity, Andhra Pradesh, and Rajasthan follow closely along with Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Gujarat.ENDS