Building upon its success of the first four editions, the fifth edition of SolarGenX that took place on 25th Oct 2018 at Hotel Parle International, Mumbai saw participation from the solar rooftop industry that outnumbered its earlier editions. The outstanding number of attendees once again underlines SolarGenX’s role as a driving force for solar rooftop industry particularly during the times when the rooftop industry is underperforming, and facing challenges on various fronts like DISCOMs, quality, cost, policy and government support. Over the past four editions SolarGenX has become important for the players of the solar rooftop players as a networking platform and a reliable indicator of the industry. The topic of deliberation at the Mumbai Edition of SolarGenX was ‘Rooftop Solar- Emerging Trends, Challenges, Solutions and Lessons Learned’.
The inaugural session saw attendance from Dr. Ashok Pendse- Chairman, Energy Committee-Thane Small Scale Industrial Association (TSSIA), also the Chief Guest of the Conference, Mr. Sanjay Kulkarni- President, Maharashtra Solar Manufacturers Association (MASMA) and Ms. Kirti Kalvikatte, Project Officer-Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA).
Addressing the Conference Dr. Ahsok Pendse highlighted the various challenges faced by the solar rooftop industry. He emphasised on the need for evolving the business model of DISCOMs and making them more relevant.
Mr. Sanjay Kulkarni underscored the need for the solar players to get organise and stressed on the need to focus on the quality of projects being executed by EPC Players.
The inaugural session was followed by knowledge session that saw presentations and deliberation on the Trends and Challenges for the rooftop industry, benefits of Solar Inverters manufactured in India, innovative mounting solutions and upcoming opportunities in rooftop solar and energy storage.
The conferences helped key players explore strategies for development and deployment of rooftop solar. The knowledge sharing sessions served as a platform to showcase key technology trends, potential of rooftop solar and government’s effort to scale up rooftop capacity.
The highlight of the Conference was the Panel discussion on the topic of ‘Accelerated Deployment of Rooftop Solar PV: Way Forward’. Mr. Sachin Rele, Promoter & CEO, Autonic Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Harshal Akhouri, Director, Strolar Mounting Systems Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Ashish Mehta, Founder and MD, Second Nature Sustainable Solutions, LLP and Mr. Chintan Valia, Manager BD- West India, Chemtrols Solar Pvt. Ltd participated in the discussion. The session was moderated by Mr. R K Nehera, Solar System Consultant.
Bringing together rooftop project developers, EPC Contractors, system integrators, service providers, professionals and rooftop owners, the conference saw participation from over 80+ delegates and players from the solar rooftop industry.
The conference was supported by SaiCab Tech P. Limited, PowerOne Microsystems Pvt. Ltd, and Mounting Solar-Kit India Pvt. Ltd. Other Partners Included Giraffa and Suninfra Energies Pvt. Ltd.
The Next edition of SolarGenX is going to take place on 29th Nov 2018 in Ahmadabad, Gujarat.