· At the CII-HREDA ‘Seminar on Green Growth- Renewable Energy Opportunities in Haryana’, Mr R N Prasher Chairman, Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission, Government of Haryana said that there is need to change the paradigm of interaction between users and government. He advocated ‘Net Metering’ for the success of solar power in Haryana and requested industry to submit a set of recommendations for creation of draft Renewable Energy Policy in Haryana.
He encouraged Industry including Hotels, Hospitals, Govt Buildings etc to co-generate the electricity from renewable sources, especially to tap the Roof Top Solar energy. He requested Government of Haryana to provide suitable measures for connectivity with the grid and sale of electricity through distribution companies through Net Metering. He further emphasized that stand-alone solar plants are not a very successful model rather roof top solar should be promoted in Haryana.
· Mr Vikram Hans, Co-Chairman, Regional Committee on Power Reforms & Renewable Energy emphasized that HAREDA must incentivize green buildings and provide Grid Connectivity to Roof Top Solar energy and promised that CII will provide the crucial recommendations for Draft Policy for Renewable Energy, including Net Metering at the earliest.
· Mr Pushpender Singh Chauhan, Additional Deputy Commissioner cum Chief Project Officer, Renewable Energy, Gurgaon, Government of Haryana represented DG, HREDA at the Seminar as she could not join due to flight cancellation. He shared various incentives including 30% subsidy provided by Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) for implementation of the Roof Top Solar Plant in Industrial units; exemption in change of land use charges; exemptions in electricity duties, besides transmission/ wheeling charges and banking facilities etc. He also informed that HAREDA is promoting off-grid solar power generation for captive use in industries, institutions and Govt Buildings. The department is also in the process of promoting Net Metering concept in the State and has taken up the issue with the state utilities & regulator, HERC. The state government has also created State Energy Conservation Fund(SECF) and an amount of Rs Two (2) crore has been earmarked as revolving fund for providing interest free loan for energy efficiency investments.
· Mr Sameer Munjal, Vice Chairman CII Haryana State Council & Managing Director, Satyam Auto Components Ltd said that Promotion of energy conservation and increased use of renewable energy sources are the twin planks of sustainable energy. Although renewable energy technologies currently represent a fraction of the energy market in India, they have tremendous potential to undergo rapid growth and provide alternative solution to fossil fuels. With varied agro climatic zones providing sufficient raw sources like sunlight, wind, flowing water and flora, India offers ample opportunities to shift to large scale use of new renewable energy sources.
· The Panel Discussion witnessed deliberations from eminent speakers like Mr G C Narang, Convenor – Power & Water Panel, CII Haryana State Council & Managing Director, Zenner Aquamet Pvt Ltd, Dr Satyendra Kumar, Managing Director, Saurya Enertech, Mr Harish Goyal, Chief Marketing Officer, ACME Cleantech Solutions Ltd, Mr Parag Sharma, Chief Operating Officer, Renew Power, Mr Mithun Walvekar, Head – Sales, Energy Division, Bosch Ltd, Mr Prabhpreet S Shah, Executive Director, Creative Group, Mr B S Yadav, Chief Executive Officer, Elcomponics Group and Mr R Ravi Chander, Senior Counsellor, CII – Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre.
· The conference witnessed participation of over 70 delegates from large, medium and small enterprises, Architects & Developers, Government Institutions, Academia and RWAs from across the region.
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