SOLARCON India 2013 to Focus on Need for Complete PV Ecosystem in India - ahead of JNNSM-Phase II Announcements

BANGALORE, India — July 18, 2013 — SEMI, the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chain for the micro- and nano-electronics industries, is hosting its fifth  SOLARCON India, a premier solar-focused technology and business event, from 1-3 August 2013 at the KTPO Exhibition Complex, Bangalore. The event brings together the entire supply chain with a focus on PV manufacturing and technology.  Inaugural keynotes will be given by Dr. Harish Hande, managing director, SELCO India and winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, and Prof. Pradeep Haldar, professor at the State University of New York (CNSE) and CTO of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium. An inaugural day session on “JNNSM Phase 2 (2013-2017) Policy Initiatives and Implementation” will feature Shri Tarun Kapoor, IAS, Joint Secretary, MNRE and Dr. Ashvini Kumar, director, Solar Energy Corporation of India.

The associated three-day conference is themed “Balancing Energy Supply & Demand in the Region” reflecting the need for India’s PV deployment growth to be matched by a strong manufacturing eco-system.  Over 60 industry experts and leaders from across the country will also address the conference over the three days, including:

  • Prof. Dr. Roland Schindler, executive director of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Prof. Richard Corkish, head of the school of PV and renewable energy engineering at the University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Dr. Bill Tumas, from the Materials and Chemical Sciences Directorate of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

“I am delighted to deliver an inaugural keynote address at SEMI’s conference in India this year, and to discuss the importance of supply chain collaboration, common standards and technology roadmaps, and collaborative technology development and deployment programs as key elements in overcoming technology, manufacturing and deployment challenges, and in achieving lower costs and spurring the transition to a low-carbon, renewable energy world economy,” says Haldar.

The conference will include sessions and discussions on:

  • Opportunities for independent power producers under the REC mechanism
  • Balancing PV supply and demand in India: Re-invigorating Indian Manufacturing
  • Assessing the Indian Solar Market: Development Prospects and Problems — the Big Picture
  • Perspectives on building a complete solar PV eco-system in India, an interactive session on the second phase of the JNNSM
  • Plus discussions on state solar policies, sessions on Financing perspectives, Rooftop PV, Structures, safety, reliability of PV installations and Energy storage, conversion and efficiency.

“Our conference theme this year reflects SEMI’s view that PV manufacturing must complement the growth in solar PV adoption in India,” adds Bettina Weiss, president, SEMI India. “Balancing PV supply and demand within regions provides greater economic benefits, reduces carbon emissions and the costs of transporting PV products, making a case for a strong regional manufacturing industry. In the last few years, a large chunk of solar PV installations in India have been based on components sourced from international suppliers and at different cost points. India must not become solely a consumer of solar technology as it has much to offer the world as a manufacturer.”

A unique workshop on “PV Standards — from Materials and Manufacturing to Systems” in association with the IEEE Standards Association and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), will be offered, as well as a one-day tutorial on “Solar PV System Sizing” in technical collaboration with the National Center for PV Research and Education at IIT Bombay.

SOLARCON India 2013 is supported by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL), and the Government of Karnataka.

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About SOLARCON®India 2013 

 SOLARCON India, now in its fifth year, is the event of choice for the solar industry in India. It brings together the entire supply chain with a focus on PV manufacturing and technology and attracts equipment and materials suppliers; cell and module manufacturers; balance of systems (BOS) suppliers (inverters, batteries, tracking and mounting systems, integrators); project developers; academia and researchers; utility-scale developers and government agencies. SOLARCON India visitors are influential: on average, 89% of visitors are involved in the evaluation, recommendation, and final purchasing of PV manufacturing materials, equipment, and services and 81% of visitors are management level or above providing an excellent platform for product announcements and launches via exhibition presence or sponsorships with over 5,000 focused visitors expected at the event. For more information, visit

About SEMI

SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano- and microelectronics manufacturing supply chains. The SEMI PV Group represents SEMI member companies involved in the solar energy supply chain. Our 1,900 member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit and

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