7 June 2016 | One Whitehall Place, LONDON
Connecting foreign investors to the Indian Solar Market

Solar Finance & Investment: India

Tuesday 7 June 8:00 - 19:00
Time Title Speakers
8:20 - 9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00 - 9:10 Keynote Speech

The potential of the Indian Solar Sector and the opportunities for European and North American firms 

Virander Paul, Deputy High Commissioner , Indian High Commission
9:10 - 9:40 Government policy session: Investment opportunities in Indian Solar

  • How government planned solar parks will help to drive down capital and operational costs
  • Dealing with the off taker- what do you need to know
  • Global bids in the Indian market and their effect
  • Initiative from different states and cross state energy trading
  • Grid outlook in the next 5 years, can additional solar energy be accommodated?

Priya Rawat, Assistant Vice President, Invest India
9:40 - 10:40 Providing start up finance for PV projects in India

  • Choosing the right segment of the solar sector from MW scale grid connected to distributed energy and rural electrification
  • What needs to be done to make current PPA bids viable?
  • Future investments in the Indian renewable sector- the development bank’s role
  • How to make your project an attractive investment?

Brian O’ Hanlon, Director of Renewable Energy & Sustainable Development, OPIC
Amit Rama, Director, Green Investment Bank
Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bond Initiative
10:40 - 11:10 Networking refreshment break sponsored by SolarEdge
11:10 - 12:10 Hear from Equity and Investment Funds that are looking into the Indian market

  • How to make your project an attractive investment?
  • What are the return expectations for equity investors?
  • The future of equity investments in India
  • What needs to be done to attract pension funds?

Adam Gordon, Head of Power and Infrastructure Advisory, Investec Bank
Katherine Vinnicombe, Investment Analyst, Foresight
Abid Kazim, Managing Director, Next Energy Capital
Bob Smith, EVP, Mytrah
Rahul Agrawal, Investment Principal, Actis
12:10 - 12:40 Hear from industry experts: one panel and one inverter manufacturer speak

  • Choosing the right equipment to fit the Indian climate- considerations for northern and southern states
  • How to reduce operation and logistic costs  when you are working within tight profit margins 
  • Consideration for commercial rooftop projects

Lior Handelsman, VP Marketing and Product Strategy, Founder, SolarEdge
Philipp Matter, President Europe , GCL
12:40 - 13:40 Networking Lunch
13:40 - 14:40 Roundtables
13:40 - 14:40 Round-table discussion: Structuring PPAs for large scale grid connected projects

  • PPA bid outlook- how to submit an attractive bankable bid
  • How to reach financial closure in time for the 12 month deadline
  • Are the auctions stimulating growth? What is a more sustainable alternative?

Giles Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Primrose Solar
13:40 - 14:40 Round-table discussion: Asset Management in Indian solars

  • Managing PV data from portfolio with different size projects
  • Cash flow estimations: Translating kw/h into pounds accurately
  • Applying best practice from European projects to India 

Abid Kazim, Managing Director, Next Energy Capital
13:40 - 14:40 Round-table discussion: Entering the End User market

  • Picking credible and bankable partners
  • How to ensure contracts are properly enforced
  • Guaranteeing the future of your investment
  • How to assess if storage is something suitable for your client 

Jonathan Selwyn, CEO , Solar Consulting
14:40 - 15:50 Accelerating commercial solar rooftop deployment

  •  Assessing the bankability of the off-taker
  • How to reduce operation and logistic costs  when you are working within tight profit margins
  •  How to ensure contracts are properly enforced 
  • Working with corporate clients- what you need to know

Giles Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Primrose Solar
Ryan Levinson, CEO, Sunfunder
Dr. Steve Mahon, Director, Armstrong
Anand Nagarajan, Founder and CEO, Dexler
Amit Khurana, Managing Director, Madhav Corp
15:50 - 16:20 Networking refreshment break sponsored by SolarEdge
16:20 - 17:30 Different Indian market perspectives: Industry veterans and newcomers share their expertise

  • Making accurate and sustainable bids
  • Land acquisition challenges and how to overcome them
  • Risk mitigation and what would make your project bankable
  • What would an investor want to upscale investment

Pablo Otin, Vice President - Emerging Markets, 8minutenergy
Ketan Mehta, Director of Operations, Rays Power Infra
Sunil Singh, CEO, OPG POWER
18:00 - 20:00 Networking Drinks Reception

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