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8 July 2011 Invitation to Workshop for Solar Energy and Smart Grid at the Sun City, India 13-15 September 2011 The Taj Gateway Hotel, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India The Regional Task Force (RTF) will have a workshop to exchange views and information on specific solar and smart grid project in the region on 13-15 September 2011 at Taj Gateway Hotel in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. It is expected that the Government of India, the Government of Rajasthan, Indian Institutes of Technology, Rajasthan (IIT), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will jointly host the workshop. Many government guests from the region and developed countries will be invited as resource persons. It is the best opportunities for the private sector to directly access the latest information of specific projects, e.g., Rajasthan 1GW Solar Park, Gujarat 500 MW Solar Park, large scale CSP Project in India, Smart Grid project in India, Solar heating industrial application in India, Maldives' small solar and smart grid projects, and other regional projects. All the projects will be presented by the concerned government officials and round table meeting will be held after the each session. In addition to the first two days (13-14 Sep) panel discussions and roundtable meetings with the government officials, we plan to have a field visit to the Rajasthan Solar Park on the third day (15 Sep). The participation fee for the first two days is 200USD and for the third day is 100 USD per person. Only RTF member can participate in the workshop and it is free to subscribe RTF for first six months. For the workshop, we are looking for sponsorships. Please check the attachment 1 for the detail and contact RTF secretariat if you are interested in. If you accept this invitation, please send your reply to RTF secretariat through email at (with attention to Ms. Kate Malilay ([email protected]) and Ms.Clarissa Santos ([email protected]) by 1 August 2011. Please indicate if you want to join the field trip on 15 September 2011. The detailed information is uploaded at the RTF website http://rtforce.blog.fc2.com/ We look forward to your confirmation of participation in the Workshop. Yours sincerely, Secretariat, Regional Task Force

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Sponsorship opportunities - Workshop for Solar Energy and Smart Grid at the Sun City Workshop Benefit Number of sponsors Complimentary invitations for the workshop sessions (No participation fee) At the Visibility with company's name registration and logo will be displayed at the centre of the Registration Centre on the: workshop Inclusion of the sponsors brochure and literature in the delegate kit 1 Full page colour advertisement in the Event Directory Prominent logo placement at the venue, website, backdrops, and banners at workshop venue Endorsement and recognition on all media exposures Sponsorship Fee Platinum Partners 1-2 10 Backdrop (large) Gold Partners 4-5 8 Backdrop (small)

Brochure and literature

Only brochure

Yes (inside front and back cover page) 5,000USD

Yes (full page)

2,000USD

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 ­ Opening Ceremony (Session1) at Sir Guman Court 08:00-09:00 09:00-10:30 Moderator Welcome Address Registration Opening Ceremony t.b.d. Minister, the New and Renewable Energy, the Government of India Chief Minister, the Government of Bangladesh Keynote Address Ministers from other Countries Dr. Karla, Director, IIT Rajasthan Dr.Hafeez Sultan Rahman, Director General, Asian Development Bank Dr. Vijay Lyer, Director, Energy Department, World Bank Co-Chairs, Regional Task Force

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 ­ Session2 at Sir Guman Court 10:30-12:00 Agenda Regional Solar Energy Development (Task 10 of RTF) The government officials and utilities from the developing countries in the Region will make a presentation on the latest development of their policy and regulatory framework including feed-in-tariff and power purchase agreements. The government officials and utilities will also explain its specific needs for smart grid development needs. t.b.d. t.b.d.

Moderator Presenters

12:00-13:00

Follow up meeting by the Task 10 Team members and presenters at the room of Jhrokha.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 ­ Session3 at Sir Guman Court 13:00-14:00 Maldives Solar Energy and Mini-Grid Project (Task 1 of RTF) Agenda The government of the Maldives is working to improve their energy infrastructure in a way that will reduce its dependence on imported fuel, compliment their economic growth objectives, and maintain the quality of their environment. Traditional energy sources such as coal, natural gas, and oil are largely imported resources that are expensive and create few in-country jobs during their extraction and refinement. Since the Maldives is island nations blessed with extensive renewable resources particularly solar, it made sense to investigate the potential for a more expansive plan to exploit these resources. The Maldives can be a showcase for the small scale solar PV projects. Once a commercially and technically viable small PV project will be developed and implemented in a sustainable manner, the best practice can be spread all over the world. The Government has a strong commitment to mainstream solar power generation in this country. Many private sector expressed interest in Maldives. Many development partners have tried to develop solar projects. However, the result is mixed. Unfortunately, the public-private partnership (PPP) has not been realized at this moment in this particular segment. Therefore, the Task 1 of RTF will exchange views and information among the public and private sector contributing to formulation of "Real PPP". The most critical issue for sustainable solar energy development in this country would be commitment, ownership, and capacity of local private sector or utilities to run the project. Solution should be provided in this context. One lesson from the past experiences for the development partners would be to listen to the view of the private sector community at the initial project designing stage to ensure commercial and technical viability. From public sector perspectives, there are some concerns that the global private sector may not be interested in such a small business. Thus, they need to know position of the global private sectors. On the other hand, the key interests of the private sector will be on (i) what will be the timeline and development plan, (ii) how the private sector can apply for the project, (iii) what would be the eligibility criteria, (iv) how the government expect the global private sector to participate in the project, and (v), if yes, how the global private sector participation would be ensured. At this kick-off meeting of Task 1, the government official will make a presentation on its plan for solar energy development. Then, development partners will explain their past and ongoing project. Knowledge institutions and other countries' government officials may provide inputs from their perspectives. Then, active and lively dialogues between the public and the private sector would be expected at the session. After the main session, the government officials, development partners, and the Task 1 members will move to the room of Jhrokha and continue the dialogue. The future work plan of the Task 1 will be discussed then. Moderator Presenters t.b.d. Mr. Mohamad Aslam, Minister, the Government of Maldives Mr. Sanjaya Man Shrestha, Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO Mr. Len George, Energy Specialist, ADB Follow up meeting by the Task 1 Team members and presenters at the room of Jhrokha.

14:00-15:00

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 ­ Session4 at Sir Guman Court 14:00-15:00 Bangladesh 500MW Solar Energy Development (Task 2 of RTF) Agenda Bangladesh aims to meet 10 percent of its total power demand from renewable energy sources by 2020. Renewable energy contributes less than 1 percent to overall power generation. The government, facing growing public anger over power and utility shortage, says it is exploring various means, to overcome the problem, which is one of the key constraints to growth and is considered as a big barrier to foreign investments. In this context, the Government of Bangladesh explores development of 500MW solar power generation. In fact, Solar power is in place in nearly a million homes in rural Bangladesh, which is drastically short of electricity. More than 870,000 homes and shops in remote rural areas have installed solar home systems with support from the World Bank and other development partners. The World Bank had provided additional financing of $130 million in 2009 to support the government's efforts to reach more households in rural areas with solar home systems. Access to electricity has many benefits including better quality of life, more time spent by children for study, and opportunities for new village enterprises. Barely 45 percent of Bangladesh's 150 million people have access to power but they still face frequent power cuts that often trigger protest. The impoverished country faces 2,000 megawatts of electricity shortages. In addition, population growth, increased industrialization, additional connections, and rise in the use of modern, electrical appliances have boosted demand for electricity, currently growing at a rate of over 500 MW a year. Solar home systems have proven to be a viable option to provide electricity to villages the national grid cannot reach. In order to mainstream, solar energy development, the active private sector participation is required. Promotion of communication among the private sector, the public sector, and the development partners is the first agenda for RTF. RTF will organize a workshop together with other development partners. Moderator Presenters t.b.d. Mr. Mohamad Aslam, Minister, the Government of Maldives Mr. Sanjaya Man Shrestha, Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO Mr. Len George, Energy Specialist, ADB Follow up meeting by the Task 1 Team members and presenters at the room of Jhrokha.

15:00-16:00

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 ­ Session 5 at Sir Guman Court 15:30-17:00 Agenda India Large-scale CSP Demonstration CSP Project (Task 9 of RTF) Guided by Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced a list of solar thermal CSP demonstration power projects (50MW-150MW) which would eventually help the projects developers to plan large-scale thermal power plants in the second phase of JNNSM. MNRE notes that most of the solar thermal power capacity in the worked is based in parabolic trough reflectors and intends to promote there advanced technologies. MNRE intends to set up, through project developers, pilot thermal power plants based on advanced technology configurations so as to achieve higher efficiency and capacity utilization factor. The projects would be based on various technology configuration to study the most economically viable combination with an ultimate aim to achieve grid parity. Pilot demonstration projects would be closely aligned with the Mission's R & D priorities and designed to promote technology development and cost reduction. The Mission, therefore, envisages the setting up of the following demonstration projects in Phase I, in addition to those already initiated by MNRE and those, which may be set up by corporate investors: (i) 50-100 MW Solar thermal plant with 4-6 hours' storage (which can meet both morning and evening peak loads and double plant load factor up to 40%). (ii) 100-MW capacity parabolic trough technology based solar thermal plant. (iii) 100-150 MW Solar hybrid plant with coal, gas or bio-mass to address variability and space-constraints. (iv) 20-50 MW solar plants with/without storage, based on central receiver technology with molten salt/steam as the working fluid and other emerging technologies.

At this session, MNRE will make a presentation on how to implement the demonstration projects including the possible international competitive bidding. Then, the Task 9 Members will conduct with the dialogue to exchange views and information. After the main session, the government officials, development partners, and the Task 9 members will move to the room of Jhrokha and continue the dialogue. The future work plan of the Task 9 will be discussed then.

Moderator Presenters

t.b.d. Mr. Deepak Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Government of India World Bank Representative

17:00-18:00

Follow up meeting by the Task 9 Team members and presenters at the room of Jhrokha.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 ­ Session 6 at Sir Guman Court 17:00-18:00 Agenda Moderator Presenters t.b.d. UNIDO Solar Heating Industry Application in India

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 ­ Session 7 at Sir Guman Court 9:00-10:30 Agenda India Rajasthan Solar Park Project (Task 4 of RTF) Guided by Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), several state governments of India start to develop the solar park. The development of solar parks will streamline the project development timeline by letting government agencies undertake land acquisition and necessary permits, and provide dedicated common infrastructure for setting up solar power generation plants largely in the private sector. This approach will facilitate the accelerated installation of private sector solar power generation capacity reducing costs by addressing issues faced by stand alone projects. Common infrastructure for the solar park include site preparation and leveling, power evacuation, availability of water, access roads, security and services. The government of Rajasthan (GOR) plans to develop a large scale solar park. Each solar park will serve as a concentrated zone of solar development in Rajasthan and will included 3000 to 5000 Megawatts of solar generation as well as manufacturing over a period of time. The Government Agency, Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation (RREC) is developing an interim master plan for the first phase. RREC considers it is necessary to have a dialogue with the global private sector e.g., technology providers, financiers, and developers, to finalize the master plan ensuring the private sector participation. On the other hand, the key interests of the private sector will be on (i) what will be the timeline and development plan, (ii) how the private sector can apply for the land allocation and PPA, (iii) what would be the eligibility criteria, (iv) how the government expect the global private sector to participate in the project, and (v), if yes, how the global private sector participation would be ensured. He process of setting a tariff could be also a key to success. Smart grid is another important aspect for the solar park. The challenges are how to stabilize the electricity connected to the state grid in terms of voltage and frequency. The needs assessment for investment of the batteries and advanced IT driven management system may be considered. ADB together with other partners have provided extensive supports at the initial stage. With the success of the Gujarat Solar park, ADB will continuously provide a full fledged support to the Rajasthan Solar Park Development with lessons learned at Gujarat. This session will facilitate exchange of information and views between GOR, RREC, regulator, utilities and the private sector. At the follow-up meeting, another one-hour dialogue will be continued by the government officials, RREC and the Task 4 Members at the room of Jhrokha. Moderator Presenters 10:30-11:30 t.b.d Mr. Pandey, Principal Secretary, the Government of Rajasthan Mr. Naresh Gangwar, Chairman, Rajastahn Renewable Energy Corporation Follow up meeting by the Task 4 Team members and presenters at the room of Jhrokha.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 ­ Session 8 at Sir Guman Court 10:45-12:15 Agenda India Gujarat Solar Park Project (Task 3 of RTF) Guided by Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), several state governments of India start to develop the solar park. The development of solar parks will streamline the project development timeline by letting government agencies undertake land acquisition and necessary permits, and provide dedicated common infrastructure for setting up solar power generation plants largely in the private sector. This approach will facilitate the accelerated installation of private sector solar power generation capacity reducing costs by addressing issues faced by stand alone projects. Common infrastructure for the solar park include site preparation and leveling, power evacuation, availability of water, access roads, security and services. The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) announced feed-in-tariff to mainstream solar power generation which will be applied for solar power generation plants in the solar park and the government of Gujarat (GOG) launched the Solar Power Policy 2009 to meet the objective. Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) is the responsible agency for developing the solar park of 500 megawatts and will lease the lands to the project developers to generate solar power. Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited (GETCO), with the mandate to develop transmission infrastructure in Gujarat is one of the Executing Agencies for the Project and will develop the transmission evacuation from the identified interconnection points with the solar developer. Smart grid is another important aspect for the solar park. The challenges are how to stabilize the electricity connected to the state grid in terms of voltage and frequency. The needs assessment for investment of the batteries and advanced IT driven management system may be considered. This session will facilitate exchange of information and views between GOG, RREC, regulator, GETCO and the private sector. At the follow-up meeting, another one-hour dialogue will be continued by the government officials, GETCO and the Task 3 Members at the room of Jhrokha.

Moderator Presenters 12:15-13:15

t.b.d. Mr. Pandian, Principal Secretary, the Government of Gujarat Mr. Negi, Managing Director, Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited Follow up meeting by the Task 4 Team members and presenters at the room of Jhrokha.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 ­ Session 9 at Sir Guman Court 13:00-14:30 India Indian Institute of Technology ICASET Project (Task 7 of RTF) Agenda (http://www.iitj.ac.in/CoE_Energy.html) Sustainable infrastructure development is essential for the economic growth and well-being of any country. Energy security is at the core of this effort. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Rajasthan intends to provide solutions to the acute problems that humankind is facing due to the gradual depletion of the earth's finite energy resources which are largely non-renewable (fossil fuels). Deploying renewable energy technologies is at the heart of this endeavour as they have a much lower environmental impact than the conventional energy technologies. Exploiting the role of renewable energy in sustainable urban and rural infrastructure development is the central theme of the centre of excellence (CoE) in Energy. IIT Rajasthan is located in Jodhpur, the sun city of India. Hence harnessing solar energy to generate power is one of the primary objectives of this CoE. IIT Rajasthan has earmarked a 200 acre land on its permanent campus for creating a solar park, comprising all the existing technologies under one roof. The power generated from such solar plants can be used with in the local communities employing micro and DC smart grids. Excess power can be fed to the national grid. The waste energy from the solar power plant will be utilised to heat/cool the main campus, thereby demonstrating the concept of green campus. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has given a mandate to the IIT Jodhpur in Rajasthan to set up a centre of excellence on solar thermal energy to complement the existing facilities at the solar energy centre in Gurgaon. The establishment of the center of excellence on energy to pursue R&D activity at IIT Rajasthan is a significant advancement in this direction. It is envisioned that specific targets for R&D and Product Design shall be met by addressing the following themes: (i) Solar device testing and certification (ii) Smart ac and dc grid for electricity distribution (iii) Solar Thermal plants (Concentrating solar power) plants for power generation and process industries (iv) Hybridization of wind and other renewable energy plants with solar energy (v) Solar refrigeration (vi) Material design for solar devices The global development partners including the World Bank and Asian Development Bank are exploring collective support for this initiative together with the private sector. The RTF will assist IIT Rajasthan, to develop such PPP mechanism for implementation of the center. In addition, RTF encourage its member to have a bilateral collaboration with IIT Rajasthan. Moderator Presenters 14:30-15:30 t.b.d Dr. Prem Kalra, Director, Indian Institute of Technology Rajasthan Dr. E Dan Hireman, Dean School of Engineering, University of California, Merced Follow up meeting by the Task 4 Team members and presenters at the room of Jhrokha.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 ­ Session 10 at Sir Guman Court 14:45-16:15 India Urban and Off Grid Application (Task 8 of RTF) Agenda A key opportunity for solar power lies in decentralized at on-grid and off-grid applications. In remote and far-flung areas where grid penetration is neither feasible nor cost effective, solar energy applications are cost-effective. They ensure that people with no access, currently, to light and power, move directly to solar, leap-frogging the fossil fuel trajectory of growth. The key problem is to find the optimum financial strategy to pay for the high-end initial costs in these applications through appropriate Government support. Currently, market based and even micro-credit based schemes have achieved only limited penetration in this segment. The Government has promoted the use of decentralized applications through financial incentives and promotional schemes. While the Solar Mission has set a target of 1000 MW by 2017, which may appear small, but its reach will add up to bringing changes in millions of households. The strategy will be learn from and innovate on existing schemes to improve effectiveness. The Mission plans to: Provide solar lighting systems under the ongoing remote village electrification programme of MNRE to cover about 10,000 villages and hamlets. The use of solar lights for lighting purposes would be promoted in settlements without access to grid electricity and since most of these settlements are remote tribal settlements, 90% subsidy is provided. The subsidy and the demand so generated would be leveraged to achieve indigenization as well as lowering of prices through the scale effect. For other villages which are connected to grid , solar lights would be promoted through market mode by enabling banks to offer low cost credit. Set up stand alone rural solar power plants in special category States and remote and difficult areas such as Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Ladakh region of J&K. Border areas would also be included. Promotion of other off grid solar applications would also be encouraged. This would include hybrid systems to meet power, heating and cooling energy requirements currently being met by use of diesel and other fossil fuels. These devices would still require interventions to bring down costs but the key challenge would be to provide an enabling framework and support for entrepreneurs to develop markets. Solar energy to power computers to assist learning in schools and hostels, Management Information System (MIS) to assist better management of forests in MP, powering milk chilling plants in Gujarat, empowering women Self Help Groups (SHGs) involved in tussar reeling in Jharkhand, cold chain management for Primary Health Centres (PHCs) are some examples of new areas, being tried successfully in the country. The Mission would consider up to 30 per cent capital subsidy (which would progressively decline over time) for promoting such innovative applications of solar energy and would structure a non-distorting framework to support entrepreneurship, up-scaling and innovation. In order to create a sustained interest within the banking community, it is proposed to provide a soft re-finance facility through Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) for which Government will provide budgetary support. IREDA would in turn provide refinance to NBFCs & banks with the condition that it is on-lend to the consumer at rates of interest not more than 5 per cent. The Mission would provide an annual tranche for the purpose which would be used for refinance operations for a period of ten years at the end of which the funds shall stand transferred to IREDA as capital and revenue grants for on-lending to future renewable energy projects. Moderator Presenters

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 ­ Concluding Session 16:30-17:30 Concluding Session Moderator Summary Messages Closing Remarks t.b.d. t.b.d. t.b.d. t..b.d.

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