Highlights of Recent NSEFI activities
NSEFI Members’ luncheon meeting was arranged with MNRE Secretary Shri Anand Kumar, Joint Secretary Shri G. K. Gupta, TERI Director General Dr. Ajay Mathur, NTPC CMD Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD IREDA Shri K. S. Popli and other dignitaries at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi to discuss various problems affecting Solar Industry.
Similarly NSEFI Trustees Meeting and photo session was held with MNRE Secretary Shri Anand Kumar in his office at CGO Complex, New Delhi.
A seminar on ‘‘Innovative Financing for Solar Projects in India’’ was arranged at the India Habitat Centre New Delhi, with the participation of CMD, IREDA Shri K.S. Popli, leading bankers from SBI, PFC, REC, IDBI, YES Bank etc.
As a part of ongoing regular activities various issues like Custom’s Duty imposition by Chennai Custom’s office, Safe Guard Duty, Anti Dumping Duty matter, Issues with SECI, NTPC, CERC etc. were taken up by NSEFI, with the concerned ministries and authorities from time to time.
During the Union Budget 2018 and for the past more than 6 years NSEFI has been emphasizing increased Agricultural use of Solar by giving a slogan ‘‘Khet Khet Pe Solar’’. This suggestion has now been accepted in the Union Budget 2018 and it is taking shape in the form of KUSUM Yojana.
As is well known by now, NSEFI has become a credible platform for pursuing Tender related matters with NTPC, SECI and state governments, including obtaining extensions for Tender Submission dates and other similar issues.
NSEFI co-organised and supported many solar events of partners like GIZ-IGEF, Exhibitions India, REI event of UBM India, Solar Quarter events, EQ Magazine events, World Environment Foundation event etc. - wherein NSEFI members are offered 15-20 % discount on Delegate Fees, Exhibition Fees, Sponsorship, Advertisement Fee etc.
Apart from large Mega Watt Projects and their policy related issues, NSEFI made concerted efforts for Solar Rooftop awareness and penetration. Accordingly, the following notable actions were taken :
“Accelerating Solar Rooftop in India” workshop was arranged with the help of SECI and IREDA at the SCOPE complex new Delhi - with Shri Anand Kumar as the Chief Guest.
In Rajasthan, Solar Rooftop Awareness programs were arranged at Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and other cities along with Rajasthan Solar Association (RSA) with the participation of MNRE, RREL, RREC, and Rajasthan Energy Minister Shri Pushpendra Singh as the Chief Guest.
In Gujarat, with the help of Climate Change Department Government of Gujarat and the SNA - GEDA, NSEFI organised Solar Rooftop Awareness workshop in 6 cities viz. Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Anand and Gandhinagar with the help of MNRE, SECI, IREDA, Municipal commissioners, Mayors, Resident Welfare Associations, Lions Club, Rotary Club etc. - which greatly helped in Solar Rooftop penetration.
NSEFI & IGEF arranged “Solar Rooftop acceleration in India” event with the German Solar Association (BSW Solar) during the inter Solar Europe event at Munich in June 2018
With the success of these events, NSEFI is planning Pan India Solar awareness programs with the help of IGEF, MNRE, SECI and the concerned state Govt. and SNAs.