Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (RE-INVEST 2020) on November 26 to woo investors for investing in clean energy in India. India has set an ambitious target of having 175GW of renewable energy by 2022 and 450GW by 2030.
During the last six years, over Rs 4.7 lakh crore were invested, making the country a preferred destination for investment in clean energy. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the virtual 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (RE-INVEST 2020), on 26 November 2020,” a Ministry of New & Renewable Energy statement said.
Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh said the 3rd RE-INVEST will build upon the success of the first two editions held in 2015 and 2018 and provide an international forum for investment promotion in renewable energy. It will also send signals to the global renewable community about India’s commitment to the development and scaling up of renewable energy to meet its energy requirements in a sustainable manner.
The RE-INVEST 2020 will include a two-day virtual conference on renewables and future energy choices and an exhibition of manufacturers, developers, investors and innovators engaged in the clean energy sector. The event will provide a great opportunity to various countries, states, business houses & organizations to showcase their strategies, achievements and expectations.
It would facilitate collaboration and cooperation with key stakeholders in India, which has emerged as one of the world’s largest renewable energy markets today. Ministerial Delegations from across the world, global industry leaders, and large number of delegates are expected to participate in the event.
The event will include 6 focused country sessions, alongside over 20 plenary and technical sessions and a special Chief Ministerial plenary session. According to the statement, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK & President COP-26; and the Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Denmark will speak in the inaugural session.
Over 200 speakers, including around 80 international speakers, will address various sessions. The RE-INVEST also includes an exhibition with over 100 exhibiting companies, it added. The minister also informed that during the last six years, India’s renewable energy capacity has increased by two and half times.
Solar energy capacity has increased 13 times. The share of non-fossil fuel energy sources in our power generation capacity has increased to 136 GW, or about 36 per cent of our total capacity, he added. share is expected to further increase to over 220 GW, he said.
“While COVID-19 has caused significant disruption, the renewable energy sector has rebounded remarkably. The pace of bidding for RE projects since the lockdown is even faster than in the corresponding period last year,” he said in the statement. He said that during the last six years, over Rs 4.7 lakh crore were invested in India and it has become a favoured destination for investment in renewables.
India’s plans for renewables for 2030 will translate into an investment opportunity of around Rs 1 lakh crore per year. India has very liberal foreign investment policy for renewables, allowing foreign investors, either on their own or in joint ventures with Indian partners, to set up renewable energy based power generation in India.
Singh highlighted the efforts being taken by the government for creating an enabling ecosystem for domestic manufacturing of solar PV cells and modules. Government schemes alone have created a domestic demand and assured market of around 40 GW of domestically manufactured solar PV cells and modules.
He further talked about the recently announced Production Linked Incentive for manufacturing solar PV, which is expected to give a fillip to domestic manufacturing. While referring to the role of renewables in the farm sector, the minister said PM-KUSUM scheme aims to replace 20 lakh diesel pumps with standalone solar pumps, solarize 15 lakh grid connected pumps, and 10 GW decentralized solar power plants in uncultivable lands of farmers within next four years.
In addition, initiative to include solarisation of agricultural feeders under the scheme has been taken, he said. This would significantly reduce the subsidy burden of states, he stressed.
The minister also stated that the government has taken a number of facilitative policy measures to ensure ease of doing business for renewable energy in the country, and to address any emergent challenges. The RE-INVEST will inform about the government’s plans and programmes and also foster engagement among industry, investors and other stakeholders to take forward India’s renewable growth story, he added.
The partner countries for the RE-INVEST 2020 are Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Maldives, the United Kingdom along with European Union and US agencies. The partner states are Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.