The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and Intersolar India are delighted to invite you to the Off-grid Power Workshop in Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai on 7 December 2017. The aim of the event is to discuss market and policy conditions, business opportunities, cross-sector cooperation, standards as well as to showcase financial and technical instruments supporting rural electrification projects in India and South Asia.

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10.10 - 10.20

Welcome and introduction

  • Florian Wessendorf,  Managing Director, Solar Promotion International GmbH
  • Jens Jaeger ARE Policy & Business Development Officer, Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

10.20 - 10.45

Keynote speeches: Lessons learnt from the Indian mini/microgrid market

  • Sidhartha Vermani, Director - Strategy and Development, Smart Power India
  • Sukla Chandra, Global Product Leader – Hybrid Distributed Power, GE Power

10.45 - 11.30

Business enabling policy frameworks for off-grid renewable energy in India

  • William Brent, Director, Communications, Media & Content, Power for All (moderator)
  • Nishtha Satyam, Head, Strategic Partnerships, Policy Impact (M&E) & Public Relations, UN Women
  • Manik Jolly, Founder & CEO, G.R.I.D.
  • Debajit Palit, Associate Director, Rural Energy and Livelihoods Division, TERI
  • Mohua Mokherjee, Program Ambassador, International Solar Alliance


11.30 - 11.50

Coffee Break

11.50 - 12.40 

Generating demand to scale up markets for off-grid renewable energy in India and South Asia

  • Praveen Kumar, Rural Marketing and Distribution Expert, IFC (moderator)
  • Evan Mertens, Co-Founder & CTO, Rural Spark India
  • Sameer Nair, Director & Co-Founder, Gram Oorja Solutions
  • Amar SamarapallyGlobal Partnerships Manager - Middle East and Asia, Greenlight Planet, Inc.


12.40 - 13.40

Lunch Break

13.40 - 14.30 

Creating cross-sector partnerships to accelerate productive use of renewable energy (PURE) project

  • Rahul Pruthi, CGPL, Tata Power
  • Sudeep Tuladhar, Head of Operations, Gham Power
  • Symon Miedema, Director of Business Development, Solaris Off-grid
  • Ashok Chaudhuri, Vice President – Business Development, Ankur Scientific Energy Technologies
  • Shyam Sundar, Head of Operations IndiaStuder Innotec SA


14.30 - 15.15

Developing standards for off-grid PV mini-grids and stand-alone appliances 

  • Michal Müller, IEA PVPS T9 (moderator)
  • Rajeev Sharma, Director- ETD Head, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
  • Andy Schroeter, CEO, Sunlabob Renewable Energy
  • Harsh Thacker, Project Manager, CES-India - MICRO
  • Johanna Diecker, Program Manager, GOGLA


15.15 - 15.40

Coffee Break

15.40 - 16.25

Creating processes to scale up access to finance for off-grid RE projects

  • Chris Prengels, Founder / CEO, Tiger Power (moderator)
  • Jayant Prasad, Executive Director, Ckers Finance
  • Sagar Gubbi, Co-founder / Managing Partner, Ecoforge
  • Sanjoy Barua, Vice President-Product Management, Simpa Networks
  • Swathi Murali, Program Manager - Incubation, SELCO Foundation


16.25 - 16.30

Closing remarks

  • Jens Jaeger ARE Policy & Business Development Officer, Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

16.30 - 17.00


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Date events
07 December 2017
Auditorium 1 - Bombay Exhibition Centre - NSE Nesco Complex, Off Western Express Highway, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400063, India


Jens Jaeger

Director of Policy & Business Development

+32 2 400 10 00