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On 21st and 22nd November 2022, a Sectoral Workshop and Study Tour on “Best Practices in Energy Efficiency in Aluminium Sector: A Path for Decarbonization” was organized at Aditya Aluminium, Odisha, by Idam Infrastructure Advisory Private Limited in association with KPMG India, KPMG UK and Carbon Trust UK. This event was conducted as a part of the ASPiRE Program (Joint UK-India Technical Assistance Program) and under the aegis of Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India and FCDO, Government of UK. 100+ stakeholders including senior officials from leading Indian aluminium companies (Hindalco, Aditya Aluminium, Mahan Aluminium, BALCO, NACLO, Vedanta Aluminium etc.), Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC) and technology providers from India and UK were in attendance. Enriching discussions revolved around technologies and policy interventions required to accelerate decarbonization of aluminium sector.
On 23 August 2021, Shri Debendra Dalai, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forest-cum-Chief Executive Officer, Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST), Chandigarh launched an IT based tool named ‘Unified Solar Rooftop Web Portal’ for Chandigarh for processing of solar rooftop applications. The portal is developed by Idam Infra in coordination with CREST Electricity Department, Chandigarh under the World Bank – State Bank of India, Sustainable Partnership for Rooftop Solar Acceleration in Bharat (SUPRABHA) Technical Assistance Program.
Here’s the link to access:http://solar.chd.gov.in/
On 17 August 2021, the Hon’ble Home Minister of Puducherry, Mr A. Namassivayam launched an IT based tool for rooftop solar power projects named ‘Unified Solar Rooftop Portal – Puducherry’. The portal is developed by Idam Infra in coordination with the Electricity Department, Puducherry (PED) under the technical assistance support available through Asian Development Bank (ADB) Solar Rooftop Investment Program (SRIP).
The portal provides provision for submitting interconnection application to PED, user manual for consumers to understand the procedures and to avail subsidy. In addition to these provisions, related documents were uploaded for ready reference on policy and regulations, subsidy schemes and bank offerings.
Here’s the link to access:http://solarrooftop.py.gov.in/
Balawant Joshi was invited as a speaker in the PV Invest Tech New Delhi 2021 conference organised by EQ Magazine (First Source Energy India Pvt Ltd) held on 18 August 2021 to talk about the emerging renewable energy industry along with other expert speakers from the industry.
The event witnessed participation of professionals from India’s leading solar industry such as Developers, IPPs, EPC’s, Government, Policy Makers, Regulators, Bankers, Financiers, Investors, Law Firms, Consultants, Advisors, etc.
Mr. Balawant Joshi, MD, participated as a speaker along with the co-speakers from the industry in the webinar “Draft National Electricity Policy 2021” organized by EQ Magazine (First Source Energy India Pvt Ltd). The session interestingly progressed discussing renewable energy issues, wherein, Mr. Joshi raised a few fundamental issues as listed below:
1. Rationale behind starting discussion on NEP while Amendment Act which proposes some radical changes in the sector.
2. Need for analysis/evaluation of NEP 2005. Unless we undertake evaluation of the success/failure of the existing policy how do we design new policy?
3. How do we make NEP enforceable? It is considered as ‘guiding’ in nature.
4. Country’s commitment of 450 GW and energy intensity target are important. How do Union Government allocate these targets to different states?
5. Need for mechanism that would force all states and center to come together and agree on common/binding agenda.
6. Need for National Electricity Council, statutory mechanism on the lines of GST Council to develop binding reforms.
7. Emphasis on market development issues given rapidly changing sector with trends such as electrification, digitalisation, distributed resources, EV, etc.
Ajit Pandit, Director, participated as a speaker in the RE100 India Policy Launch event. The event witnessed the voices of 70+ businesses operating in India (committed to procuring 100% renewable electricity to power their operations) on what it will take to build an enabling and inclusive environment for adopting a robust RE policy in the country.
Balawant Joshi, MD shared his expert insights in the webinar on “DISCOM Privatisation – Opportunities and Challenges” organized by EQ Magazine (First Source Energy India Pvt Ltd).
Ajit Pandit, Director, Idam Infra participated as a panelist in the Stakeholders’ Consultation Webinar on “Repowering Older Wind Farms in Southern Region” organised by Indian Renewable Energy Federation (IREF) in partnership with Indian Wind Energy Association (InWEA). The initiative was supported by Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau. (KfW). The objective of the Webinar was to discuss the issues and come up with possible strategies to overcome the bottlenecks.
Ajit Pandit presented on ‘Repowering of Old Wind Turbines in Southern Region in India’ and emphasized on repowering potential assessment and repowering policies. The expert panel witnessed renowned experts from GE Renewable Energy, IWTMA, Vasudha Foundation, Enerfra Projects India Pvt. Ltd.
Balawant Joshi, MD, Idam Infrastructure Advisory Pvt. Ltd participated in the Expert Talk titled “Solar Policy Debrief” organized by SolarQuarter on 20 October 2020 on latest policy drafts, amendments and announcements by Central & State Government in Renewable Energy Sector. The Expert Talk witnessed speakers from GERMI, SECI, ICRA, CREDA & IEEFA.
He had delivered a presentation on State Monthly Policy Debrief with key points on Amendment to Tariff based Competitive Bidding, importance of Green Term Ahead Market (GTAM) and different types of contracts, amendments in One Sun One World One Grid initiative, SECI’s EOI on electric/ transformative mobility space, amendment in CSERC RPO and Solar Policy in Chhattisgarh.
Balawant Joshi, MD, Idam Infrastructure Advisory Pvt. Ltd. participated as a speaker in the Webinar on PV Invest West – Top Players in Utility Scale, Rooftop, RESCO and Renewable Sector in India organised by EQ Magazine and powered by LONGi on 29 September 2020. The webinar witnessed speakers from Hinduja Renewables Energy Pvt. Ltd., Amplus Solar, ATHA Group, Jakson Group, Adani Solar, LONGi Solar, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., KPMG, InfiAmp, Fourth Partner Energy, Prozeal Infra Engineering Pvt. Ltd., World Bank, Ernst and Young and L&T Construction.
He had delivered a presentation on ‘Regulatory Challenges and Emerging Business Models in Rooftop Sector’. He emphasized on the issues that shackled up the growth of solar photovoltaic (PV) in India and the need to bring out the benefits of rooftop solar to key stakeholders. He concluded that rooftop solar has more advantages than large projects and technical solutions exists for almost all challenges with strong policy and regulatory advocacy being a prerequisite.
Regulatory Challenges and Emerging Business Models in Rooftop Sector.pdf
Balawant Joshi, Managing Director, Idam Infra delivered the headline presentation at the event ‘How to Become A Solar + Storage + Hybrid Developer: The Right Strategy for Large Scale Portfolio Growth’ organised by SolarQuarter on 17 September 2020. The expert panel witnessed renowned experts from Wartsila, Black & Veatch, ICRA and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) Limited.
Balawant Joshi shared his insights on the benefits and limitation of hybridization and storage, value premium for photovoltaic (PV) and storage hybrids compared to standalone projects. He further highlighted the importance of analysing current hybrid solar setups in India.
The Expert Talk analysed financial and business parameters of solar + storage + hybrid system as solar + storage projects have been coming up around the country. The event also emphasized on why hybrid power plants need to be developed at a large scale.
Ajit Pandit, Director, Idam Infra participated as a panelist in the webinar on “Green Tariff Design and Deployment for Enhanced RE Integration” organised by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), under the second phase of Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Deployment (PACE-D) 2.0 Renewable Energy (RE) Program, on August 27, 2020.
Ajit Pandit shared his views on Green Tariffs – Design methodology, potential role in RE rich environment and opportunities for the Indian power market. He emphasized on the study of time of day (ToD) tariff for both the consumer and utility. He stressed on the need for applicability, behaviour, consumer slab and design for the study of ToD tariff. The webinar witnessed participation of distinguished personalities from USAID India, MNRE, Government of India, Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC), Tata Power, WRI India, Prayas Energy Group and Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Program aimed to share its findings and seek feedback from experts and relevant stakeholders through this webinar.
Webinar link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=7TQQ-lj5JuA
#RenewableEnergy #ToD #Timeof Day #Tariff #GreenTariff #DISCOM #Demand #Pricing #PPA
Ajit Pandit, Director, Idam Infrastructure Advisory Pvt. Ltd., participated as a panelist in the session titled “ Key Findings and Critical Aspects of EV Charging Tariff Framework” at EV – A New Entrant to India’s Electricity Consumer-Basket organised by Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) on 31 July 2020. The programme witnessed leading sector experts and stakeholders in panel discussion — Pramod Deo, ex-CERC Chairman, Abhishek Ranjan AVP, BSES Delhi (BRPL) and Mohan N Deputy General Manager (Head – EV Charging Infrastructure), Energy Efficiency Services Limited. The focus of the programme was to evaluate the impact of additional load from EV charging on the cost of supply (CoS) of DISCOM, setting up of a robust EV Tariff framework and importance of Time of Day (ToD) tariffs to increase the adoption of emobility in both rural and urban areas.
To view the video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y4X9HfFmD80YzFJMERNc0jHLZo2qfKQY/view
To read the joint report by AEEE and SHAKTI Foundation, https://bit.ly/2DnD1MA
Video-interview – Ajit Pandit-Q2 .m4v
‘Is India on Track for Meeting Its Renewable Energy Target?’ was the main question for debate in the session in which Balawant Joshi, MD, Idam Infra participated. He opined that while Ministry of New & Renewable Energy is taking several initiatives, 175 GW could prove to be an uphill task. He further emphasised on the need to relook at the targets in view of the current slowdown in the economy, existing idle generation capacity and precarious health of distribution companies.
Annual Media Conclave is a flagship event of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in which media persons from print and electronic media participate. This year Annual Media Conclave was organised on February 9-11, 2020 at Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI) in Rajasthan.
Balawant Joshi participated in Maharashtra Power System Transformation Workshop organised by International Energy Agency (IEA) in partnership with NITI Aayog and Prayas on 18 February 2020.
In his presentation, he shared insights on system operation and planning and the role of transmission planning, pricing for high variable renewable energy (VRE) in Maharashtra. The workshop provided a platform for experts to share their ideas and identify key recommendations for power system planning, operation and flexibility for a successful increase in integration of VRE in Maharashtra.
Anant Sant participated as a panellist in the 5th International Wind Conference, WE60 by 2022, organised by Indian Wind Power Association (IWPA) on 21 and 22 October, 2019 in Chennai.
He expressed his views on India’s power scenario, growth in renewable energy and factors affecting wind tariff through the bidding process.
Sonia Shukla delivered a presentation on ‘Demand Side Management (DSM) Framework in India and Overview of Cost Effectiveness Assessment of DSM Programme Adopted by Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERCs)’ during the second Behavioural Energy Efficiency Conference organised by BSES Rajdhani Power Limited on 11 November 2019, in New Delhi.
In this presentation, she spoke about the importance of cost-effectiveness framework and cost benefit analysis in designing DSM programs. She expressed her views on the need to monetize non-energy benefits/co-benefits and behavioural aspects in DSM regulatory framework.
DSM Framework in India and Overview of CEA Framework Adopted by Other ERCs
Balawant Joshi and Sonia Shukla participated in Energy Evaluation Conference 2019 held on 30-31 October 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Balawant Joshi delivered a presentation on “Energy Conservation Opportunities in MSMEs“ during the TeckXpert Meet #38 held on 17 August 2019, at Hotel Monarch Luxur, Bangalore. The event witnessed Facility Managers, Maintenance Staff, Project HODs, Managers, Engineers and Auditors from different sectors.
In this presentation, he spoke about the IFC-EU Partnership for Eco Cities in India and listed the services offered by Enfragy (a wholly owned subsidiary of Idam Infra) to MSME units. Mr. Joshi also stated that based on preliminary understanding of energy intensity of MSMEs, Commercial Building, Machine Tools, Auto Component, Chemical Sector, Injection Moulding, Forging, Foundry & Casting, Garment & Hosiery, Drugs & Pharmaceuticals and Corrugated Box/Sheet are the potential MSME sectors selected in Bengaluru.
IFC has appointed Enfragy Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. as a Technical Firm & ESCO to work with PRGFEE’s Partner FIs in preparation of IGDPRs for MSME units in Bengaluru City.
The fourth of the workshop series titled ‘Financing of Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic for Cooperative Housing Societies in Mumbai’ was held on 21 July 2019, at Diamond Event Space, Mulund in collaboration with Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association (MSWA). The previous workshops were held at Juhu, Borivli and Dadar. The purpose is to connect with the societies and interact with them about their interest in the uptake of rooftop solar photovoltaic power systems, their willingness to seek financial support from banks for installation and hurdles faced by them while trying to avail loans from financial institutions.
Idam Infra is working with MacArthur Foundation to facilitate loans for Solar Rooftop Systems in Housing Societies. In this regard, Idam Infra is soliciting Expression of Interest from Housing Societies in Mumbai who are interested in installing Solar Rooftop Systems and need to borrow money to install the same. Idam Infra would support societies in estimating solar potential on rooftop, conducting transparent process for engaging EPC contractor and making application to banks for loans.
Mr. Balawant Joshi, Managing Director, Idam Infra, participated as a panellist at the Energy Efficiency Global Forum 2019, Pre-Conference Workshop organised by The World Bank on 11 June 2019 at Washington DC.
He expressed his views on the strategies for scaling up implementation and financing energy efficiency in space cooling sector. He briefly spoke about the launch and implementation of Cooling Action Plan in India, its current and projected capacity, energy consumption and emissions.
Energy Efficiency Global Forum 2019 – Presentation on Indian Cooling Action Plan 2019
Idam Infra is undertaking an initiative supported by the MacArthur Foundation in enabling conditions for housing cooperatives in Mumbai to make the transition to rooftop solar systems as their preferred source of energy. This endeavor focuses on overcoming financial barriers encountered by the Cooperative Housing Societies wishing to undertake solar rooftop projects. It is proposed to develop a framework for financing rooftop solar systems in housing societies, undertake capacity building of bankers and assist around 5-10 societies in Mumbai in adoption of rooftop solar systems.
In this context, the third of the workshop series titled ‘Financing of Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic for Cooperative Housing Societies in Mumbai’ was held on 02 June 2019, at Chhabildas School, Dadar in collaboration with Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association (MSWA) Women’s Legal Forum for Housing Society. The next event is being planned to be held in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai. The previous workshops were held at Juhu and Borivli. The purpose is to connect with the societies and interact with them about their interest in the uptake of rooftop solar photovoltaic power systems, their willingness to seek financial support from banks for installation and hurdles faced by them while trying to avail loans from financial institutions.
Mr. Balawant Joshi, Managing Director, Idam Infra, chaired the session ‘Rooftops and Distributed Solar’ at PV InvestTech + SuryaCon conference organised by EQ International held on 21 May 2019, at JW Marriott, Mumbai.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Joshi stated that while the Government of India has set an ambitious target of 40,000 MW for rooftop sector, actual installed capacity is around just 4,500 MW. Further, commercial and industrial consumers have dominant share of more than 80% in this capacity. In terms of business models, RESCO business model has recently started picking up. Though very little capacity has been installed, rooftop sector has already started witnessing headwinds.
Mr. Joshi stated that weak financing framework, uncertain and changing net-metering regulations and non-cooperative distribution companies are some of the important challenges faced by sectors and requested panel members to elaborate their concerns on these issues.
Idam Infra is undertaking an initiative supported by the MacArthur Foundation in enabling conditions for housing cooperatives in Mumbai to make the transition to rooftop solar systems as their preferred source of energy. This endeavour focuses on overcoming financial barriers encountered by the Cooperative Housing Societies wishing to undertake solar rooftop projects. It is being proposed to develop a framework for financing rooftop solar systems in housing societies, undertake capacity building of bankers and assist around 5-10 societies in Mumbai in adoption of rooftop solar systems.
In this context, the second of the workshop series titled ‘Financing of Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic for Cooperative Housing Societies in Mumbai’ was held on 14 April 2019, at the Gyan Vihar Library, Borivli in collaboration with Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association (MSWA). The first workshop was also held in collaboration with MSWA on 03 March 2019, at the Rotary Club, Juhu. The purpose of these workshops is to connect with the societies and interact with them about their interest in the uptake of rooftop solar photovoltaic power systems, their willingness to seek financial support from banks for installation and hurdles faced by them while trying to avail loans from financial institutions.
Balawant Joshi participated as a speaker at the Solar Plant Performance: Best Practices, Standards and Solutions Seminar organised by Renewable Watch in association with DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions on April 11, 2019, at ITC Maratha, Mumbai.
The mission was to provide a realistic overview of the performance of solar power projects in India; study the operational and plant performance experience of key solar power developers; and discuss the emerging standards and best practices adopted by various stakeholders. Representatives of key stakeholder groups (government agencies, developers, contractors and consultants) participated in this event. The seminar included five sessions – Solar Plant Performance Trends, Government Perspective, Industry Perspective: Operating the CE current 25 GW and preparing the next 75 GW, New Technologies, Best Practices and Standards and focused on the best practices for reliable performance, quality standards and solutions for achieving higher lifetime returns.
Ajit Pandit participated as a key speaker at Milaap 2.0: An OTPC Conclave, 2019 organised by OTPC at Pragna Bhavan, Agartala, Tripura, which was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tripura, Shri Biplab Kumar Deb. The Conclave witnessed participation from various distinguished personalities from power sector in the North Eastern Region, NLDC, NERPC, NERLDC, Generating Companies, Transmission Utilities and Distribution Utilities in the region.
Idam Infra is undertaking an initiative supported by the MacArthur Foundation for creating enabling conditions for housing cooperatives in Mumbai to make the transition to rooftop solar systems as their preferred source of energy. This endeavour focuses on overcoming financial barriers encountered by the Cooperative Housing Societies (CHS) wishing to undertake solar rooftop projects. It is being proposed to develop a framework for financing rooftop solar systems in housing societies, undertake capacity building of bankers and assist around 5-10 societies in Mumbai in adoption of rooftop solar systems.
In this context, the first of the workshop series titled ‘Financing of Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic (RTSPV) for Cooperative Housing Societies (CHS) in Mumbai’ was held on 03 March 2019, at the Rotary Club, Juhu in collaboration with Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association (MSWA). The purpose of the workshop is to connect with the societies and interact with them about their interest in the uptake of rooftop solar photovoltaic power systems, their willingness to seek financial support from banks for the installation and hurdles faced by them while trying to avail loans from the financial institutions.
Ajit Pandit delivered sessions on “Renewable Energy – Market Development“ and “Competitive Bidding in Renewable Energy Projects” during three-day training programme in “Renewable Energy Regulation” organised by the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) on January 21-23, 2019 in Hyderabad. The programme was specifically designed for Senior Executives of Distribution Utilities, Renewable Energy Companies, Senior Staff of Regulatory Commissions and Senior Executives of organizations involved in the power sector. The objective of the program was to provide an overview of policy, legislative and regulatory provisions for renewable energy resources in the country, insights into regulatory aspects of RE feed-in tariffs, discovered prices, monitoring compliance to Renewable Power Purchase Obligations of obligated entities.
Session I: Renewable Energy – Market Development
Session II: Competitive Bidding in Renewable Energy Projects
Balawant Joshi’s thought-provoking session on “Evolving Trends in the Electricity Sector” on 23 May 2018 at Lucknow, Noida Campus, during the Leadership Talk Series (LTS) conducted by IIM-Lucknow to foster industry connect and relevance was a privileged and interactive experience to the students of International Program in Management for Executives (IPMX), the one-year full-time residential PG program.
With his rich and diverse experience, he emphasized on the challenges and innovation currently sweeping through the electricity sector of India. He delivered his viewpoint on disruptive technologies such as blockchain and its role in the energy sector. He highlighted the key business aspects of these technologies and featured the future of electricity market in the country.
Ajit Pandit delivered a training session on State Level Deviation Settlement Mechanism and F&S Framework – An Indian Experience on 02 May 2018 at IIT Kanpur Campus organised by IEX and IIT Kanpur. The objective of this program was to provide insights into the development of electricity markets in India. The residential course had been designed for Senior to Middle Level professionals from the industry and practitioners from the entire power sector spectrum.
In this session, Ajit Pandit emphasised the various stages of implementing deviation settlement mechanism and its objectives at state level. He also highlighted the regulatory development for introduction of F&S regime and central level development of F&S framework.
Ajit Pandit’s research paper on “Addressing Challenges for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy in Indian Power System and Framework for Hybrid Renewable Energy Development” was selected to be presented at the International R&D Conclave organised by Central Electricity Authority (CEA) on 20-21 February 2018, in New Delhi. Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable Energy, R. K. Singh inaugurated this two-day conference on “Emerging Opportunities and Challenges of R&D in Indian Power Sector”. The conference stressed upon the need of a dedicated R&D department in CEA to coordinate the research in the power sector. R. K. Singh congratulated all the researchers and awarded them with a certificate as a token of appreciation to encourage the efforts they have put in for improving the system.
The sessions focussed on Thermal, Hydro, Renewable, Transmission, Grid Operation, Distribution and Trading/Marketing and Tariff. Ajit Pandit’s research paper was presented in Trading/Marketing and Tariff session. His research paper covered key thematic issues, challenges and potential mitigation measures associated with large scale proliferation of renewable energy with specific focus on framework for hybrid renewable energy development.
Ajit Pandit delivered a presentation on Forecasting, Scheduling and Deviation Settlement Framework for Wind and Solar Generation at the Prayas Roundtable Meet organised by Prayas Energy Group on 21 August 2017 at World Trade Centre, Mumbai. The objective of this roundtable discussion is to deliberate on the various challenges around forecasting, scheduling and deviation settlement regulations for renewables and to understand the different perspectives of stakeholders.
In this presentation, he spoke about the regulatory issues and challenges in wind and solar, comparative analysis and implementation aspects for Forecasting and Scheduling Framework at the state level.
Roundtable Discussion on Forecasting, Scheduling and Deviation Settlement Framework for Wind & Solar Generation
Balawant Joshi delivered a theme presentation on “Wind and Solar Energy Operating Together” during the WINDERGY INDIA 2017 International Conference on 26-27 April, 2017, New Delhi.
In this presentation, he spoke about RE proliferation along with the various options for addressing RE challenges and the strategies to improve RE integration.
Prodyut Mukherjee delivered a presentation on “Powering Indian Railways – 5 GW at 2025” in the Second Annual Conference on “Energy Needs of Indian Railways” organised by India Infrastructure on 06 and 07 April, 2017 at The Lalit, New Delhi.
In this presentation, he spoke about the strategy and progress of solar ground-mounted projects along with the challenges and key success factors.
Balawant Joshi delivered a presentation on “Odissa Renewable Energy Policy, 2016” at the Odissa RE Policy workshop held on 06 and 07 April 2017 in Bhubaneshwar.
In this presentation, he spoke about the objectives of Odissa Renewable Energy Policy, targets envisaged, grid-connected renewable energy projects and off-grid renewable energy applications along with the institutional mechanisms.
Idam has been supporting Government of Odisha (GoO) in the development of renewable energy for the state under World Bank funding. A national level workshop will be organised by Idam under the aegis of GoO and World Bank on 10 April 2017, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, with subsequent consultation meetings held in Mumbai and Delhi.
Prodyut Mukherjee delivered a presentation on “Powering Indian Railways: 5 GW by 2025” at the International Conference on Decarbonisation of Indian Railways – Mission Electrification held on 02 November 2016.
In this presentation, he spoke about the energy use in Indian railways along with the benefits to Indian railways.
Ajit Pandit delivered a presentation on “Developments in Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff and REC Market” at FOR’s 10th Capacity Building Program for officers of Electricity Regulatory Commission held on 14 October, 2016 organized by IIT-Kanpur, Noida.
In this presentation, he spoke about the evolution of RE, its legal and regulatory framework and emerging scenarios for the development of RE in India.
Ajit Pandit delivered a presentation on “Solar-Wind Hybrid Systems” on 22 September 2016 at the Indian Infrastructure conference, New Delhi.
In this conference, he spoke about the need and development of framework for wind-solar hybrids along with the issues and challenges to set up wind-solar hybrids.
Balawant Joshi delivered a presentation on “Solar Rooftops in India” during the ‘Global Summit on Smart Secure and Sustainable Cities’ held from 17-20 July 2016 in UK.
The Global Summit on Smart, Secure and Sustainable Cities is the summit where decision makers, industry and other stakeholders from around the world gathered to discuss the latest issues such as challenges, requirements, funding and innovative solutions in building Smart Cities. The main focus was on opportunities and challenges for international companies in India, areas where international organizations and businesses can contribute, bridging the urban-rural divide in the context of smart cities – water, transportation, infrastructure to name a few.
In this presentation, Balawant Joshi spoke about the evolution of solar sector in India, its development, challenges and proposed solutions to derisk investments in Renewable Energy.
The EQ Cleantech Finance Summit was held in New Delhi on July 29-30, 2015. In this Summit, Balawant Joshi spoke about the ‘Sectoral Risks in the Renewable Energy (RE) Projects’.
Ajit Pandit delivered a presentation on ‘Integrating Renewable Energy (Policy and Regulatory Support)’ during ‘Wind Energy Conference’ held on 01 February 2016.
In his presentation, he spoke about the growth of RE sector in India and the challenges in RE grid integration and mitigation services.
Integrating Renewable Energy (Policy and Regulatory Support)
Mr. Balawant Joshi delivered a presentation on ‘Wind Vision 200 GW by 2032’ during “ConnectKaro” Event organized by World Resources Institute (WRI).
In his presentation, he spoke about the vision for wind sector in India and potential challenges/ barriers for implementation and solutions.
Views of Mr. Balawant Joshi on ´Wind Energy Forecasting and Scheduling in India´ published in ‘Indian Wind Power Magazine’
Views of Mr. Balawant Joshi
Mr. Ajit Pandit delivered presentation at IGEF session during Renewable Energy Expo India 2015 on 23 September 2015. Mr. Pandit spoke on ‘Repowering of Old Wind Power Projects in India’.
Ajit Pandit Presentation on Repowering at RExpo 23 September 2015
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has published draft FIT Regulations for Wind Power & Solar Power (Utility Scale & Small Solar) prepared by Idam Infra on its website for public consultation. Idam Infra was involved in the preparation of this Regulation in consultation with BERC and Institute of Energy, Dhaka University.
Asia Regional Workshop on Strengthening Public Private Partnerships for Sustainable Electricity and Energy Efficiency
Mr. Balawant Joshi, Idam Infra moderated a session titled “Perspectives from the Private/Business Sector in Strengthening PPPs” in “Asia Regional Workshop on Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Electricity and Energy Efficiency” held at New Delhi during November 27-28, 2014. During his Opening Remarks, Mr. Joshi emphasised on the need to involve private sector in development of renewable energy, especially wind and solar sector in the country. He also explained various initiatives taken by the Government of India over last two decades and analysed success/failure of these initiatives.
Policy and Regulatory Challenges in Solar Power
Mr. Ajit Pandit delivered presentation at Inter Solar India Conference in Mumbai on 19 November 2014 on the topic “Policy and Regulatory Challenges in Solar Power”. Mr. Pandit spoke about Solar Power Market in India, Key drivers: National and State policy & regulatory initiatives and RPO Regulations: status update & limitation and its way forward.
Key Trends and Outlook of Indian Solar Market and Status of Solar RPO Compliance factors
“Mr. Ajit Pandit delivered presentation at Seventh Annual Conference – Solar Power in India: Progress, Potential; Issues and Opportunities organised by Indian Infrastructure in Delhi on 26 June 2014 on the topic “Key Trends and Outlook of Indian Solar Market and Status of Solar RPO Compliance factors. Mr. Pandit spoke about the evolution of solar power market, statutory framework of RPO, compliance and enforcement framework of RPO/SPO its issues and way forward etc. His presentation was highly appreciated by the experts/audience during the event.”
Innovative Business Model for Refurbishment of Distribution Transformers
Distribution Transformer is key equipment in the distribution sector. India has more than 4 million distribution transformers. It is estimated that significant losses occur in these distribution transformers. There is urgent need to improve efficiency of these transformers. Mr. Balawant Joshi, presented “Innovative Business Model for Refurbishment of Distribution Transformers” during the Conference on Power Distribution in India: Issues, Challenges, Strategies and Solutions. His presentation covered various issues such as quantity and quality of DTs, salient features of the installed DTs in India, the economic trend of losses in DTs, need for innovative business model and the Proposed Innovative Business Model for Refurbishment of DT (IBMRDT)
Regulatory Framework for Storage Micro grids
Mr. Balawant Joshi captivated the audience with his informative presentation on Regulatory Framework for Storage Microgrids during India’s 1st International Conference and Exhibition on Energy Storage and Microgrids in India in Mumbai in December 2013. Mr. Joshi, spoke about the rural electrification regulatory framework, the Off-Grid Distributed Generation Based Distribution Franchisee Model, the institutional and contractual structure and the advantages of this model etc which was well accepted by the experts during the event.
Qualitative Improvements in Manufacturing Practices of DT and Guidelines for Qualitative Improvement of DT Asset Management Practices of Utilities
At the International Conference cum Exhibition on “Innovative Quest for Transformer Technology for Efficient and Reliable Power, Mr. Balawant Joshi, presented the key factors behind the failure of the DTs. His presentation on “Qualitative Improvements in Manufacturing Practices of DT and Guidelines for Qualitative Improvement of DT Asset Management Practices of Utilities” suggested changes that need to be implemented by transformer manufacturers and utilities to improve quality of distribution transformers in the country.