India recognized the importance of renewable energy sources as the best alternative
to conventional fuels, the Government of India set up a full fledged independent
department, the Department of Non-conventional Energy Sources in 1982, converted
into the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in 1992.
MNRE is the nodal agency of the Government of India for all matters relating to non-conventional/renewable
energy. It undertakes policy making, planning, promotion and co-ordination functions
relating to all aspects of renewable energy, including fiscal and financial incentives,
creation of industrial capacity, promotion of demonstration and commercial programmes,
R&D and technology development, intellectual property protection, human resource
development and international relations. MNRE also deals with emerging areas such
as fuel cells, electrical vehicles, ocean energy and hydrogen energy.
In order to provide concessional financial support to the renewable energy sector,
the Ministry has set up under its fold a financial institution - Indian Renewable
Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA).
MNRE activities are divided into different groups, as listed, on the basis of end
use applications and activities. These groups are:
1. Renewable Energy Policy and Legislation
2. Solar Energy
3. Power Generation
4. Energy from Urban, Municipal and Industrial Wastes
5. New Technology -geothermal energy, ocean energy, alternate fuel for surface transport
including electric vehicles, chemical sources of energy including fuel cells and
6. Research & Development
7. Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd
8. Information and Public Awareness
9. International Relations
10. Integrated Finance
11. Planning, co-ordination and administration
MNRE is giving a new thrust to its renewable energy programmes and more aggressively
moving into new areas and proceeding in new directions across the entire spectrum
of rural energy, solar energy, power generation and new technologies.
Dr. S. K. Nanda
Principal Secretary of Department of Forests & Environment ,Government of Gujarat
Chairman of Gujarat Ecology Commission. Ph.D in Rural Economics since 1978 and awarded
“Karansingh” medal by Delhi University. During his tenure in various capacities in
the state Governement, he has put in special efforts in prevention of tribal migration,
preparation of contingency plan for Indian Petrochemical Complex, installation of
small scale industry in tribal area, infrastructural and tourism development, installation
of water supply pipelines etc.
Dr. C H Gandhi
Director of Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency
Senior Official from Lanco solar
Lanco Solar is a global developer with presence in United Kingdom,
Germany, France, Italy, Spain, USA & Canada.
- Lanco Solar is a global Engineering, Procurement and Construction
Company to deliver EPC solutions
- Lanco Solar is establishing integrated manufacturing facility to
produce 300 MW Photovoltaic modules per annum
- Lanco Solar Holdings, Singapore, a subsidiary of Lanco Infratech Ltd. has unveiled
its solar plans. It is implementing a fully integrated business strategy as a Developer
of Solar Farms, EPC contractor and also integrated manufacturer of solar PV modules.
Lanco Solar is present in both solar PV and Solar Thermal technologies.
Under various policies of both state and central governments, Lanco Solar has already
signed power purchase agreements to the extent of 140 MW and aims to develop 200-300
MW of solar power over the next 2 years. Lanco Solar also offers turnkey engineering,
procurement and construction (EPC) services to other solar power developers and are
looking to build 300-500 MW of solar thermal and solar PV plants over the next couple
of years. Lanco Solar has also secured contracts for establishing solar power generation
projects to be built on Parliament house and Science City in Punjab.
Mr. Badal Shah
Managing Director of Gadhia Solar
Has been in the field of clean energy and environment from more then a decade. Started
his career by starting a solar company soon after by graduation. After successfully
running the company, he did his Masters in Environmental science specializing in
climate change. Started his own consultancy company and sourced many carbon projects
around the world. After couple of years started company with a vision to invest in
technology companies in the field of renewable energy he made investment in Gadhia
Solar Energy Systems. Has extensively traveled across the five continent and worked
in more then 50+ countries. He is passionate about Clean Energy and Environment.
Bachelors of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, Post Graduate from
State University of New York, Binghamton, Advisor – Uttarakhand Renewable Energy
Development Agency, Advisor – Uttar Pradesh Renewable Energy Development Agency,
MNRE nominated resource for audit and evaluation of 1MW power plant at Asansol, West
Bengal, Developed the master plan for solarization of the Dandi National Memorial
Under the World Bank funded ICZM project of government of India, Consultant – Task
Force on Climate Change & Green Jobs, Ministry of Labor and Employment (2010 onwards),
Consultant to M/s Crompton and Greaves Ltd, Consultant to Ministry of Science and
Technology and Power, Govt. of India (1995-97), Consultant to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
(1997-1999), Member of Telecom Advisory Committee, Dept. of Telecom, Govt. of India,
Member of the IT (Information Technology) Task Force of the Govt. of Uttaranchal
(2000-2004), Advisor, Science and Technology, Govt. of Haryana (2008- Present), Editor
in Chief, Solar Energy Review - Monthly Solar Magazine (2008- Present), Author “I
know Solar Now”– India’s first book on solar technology installation, financials
and commercial aspect. The book was inaugurated by Dr. Farooq Abdulla (Hon’ble Minister
of New and Renewable Energy, India) during DIREC 2010.
Coordenador da Fileira da Energia solar do Energyin
Eng. Vitor Rodrigues
Business Stream Manager of TÜV Rheinland Portugal
Engenheiro Químico licenciado pela Universidade de Aveiro, é gestor de processo na
TÜV Rheinland Portugal. Neste momento é responsável pelos processos de certificação
de produtos para as áreas de energia e inspector qualificado para fábricas de produção
de módulos fotovoltaicos.