INAUGURAL SESSION

PLENARY I: India's Wind Vision 2032

This session will analyse policy and regulatory frameworks, financing and incentives, project development, grid integration and power procurement, and recommend strategies to capitalise on emerging opportunities.

PANEL I: The Next Frontier: Offshore Wind in India

The Government of India intends to add 30GW offshore wind capacity by 2030, and has identified Gujarat and Tamil Nadu as potential sites. This panel will discuss sectoral outlook, central and state policy rationale, tariff drivers, prospects for investment, resource characterisation, grid integration, operation and maintenance of transmission infra, project development, manufacturing, and supply chain management.

PANEL II: Money Talk: Financing the Winds of Change

India's renewables sector faces several financing challenges, including general issues such as short loan tenors, high capital costs and inadequate debt financing, as well as sector-specific concerns: low return on equity; payment delays by DISCOMs; insufficiency of preferential tariffs in many states to clear debt even with structured repayment; mismatch in energy estimation and actual generation of IPPs which exposes lenders to repayment risk, and an overall need for rationalised prices. This session will explore solutions to create a favourable investment climate and bring in innovative financing.

CXO CONCLAVE

Closed-door conversation with key policymakers and 30 chief executives from the global wind industry. By invitation only.

PLENARY II: Make In India: Wind

India's wind industry is championing the Government's 'Make in India' initiative with over 75% localisation, and offers immense potential to scale up into a global manufacturing hub. India has 45 world-class manufacturing units of international and domestic players, spanning 60 models and investment of over INR 25,000 crores (USD 3.5 billion). 16 R&D centres serve as catalysts for indigenous innovation, while 4000+ small and medium enterprises (SMEs) produce turbine components and provide large scale employment. This session will discuss policy to drive skilling, technology innovation, investments, and market expansion for India's wind manufacturing sector.

PANEL III: Fast Forward: Next-Gen Wind Technology

Longer blades and taller towers are driving the race to make turbines more powerful, efficient, durable and cost-effective; however, equally important are innovations to make turbine manufacturing easier and cheaper; systems to collect and interpret real-time data for smarter operations, and modelling of plant flows and turbine configurations to maximise wind harvest. This session will explore the next-gen technologies to boost onshore and offshore wind turbine productivity.

PANEL IV: Mix & Match: Solar-Wind Hybrid Systems

Solar-wind hybrid systems offer efficient land use, reduced cost of power evacuation and transmission, better inverter efficiency, and an improved power generation profile. Many existing solar PV plants and wind farms have scope for hybridisation, and clubbed with battery storage, could help ensure uninterrupted power supply, especially in remote regions. This session will examine key issues and challenges, and showcase promising technologies, business models and noteworthy hybrid projects.

VALEDICTORY SESSION