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New Delhi, India, 22 May, 2018 − Less than a year after rolling out its partner program in India, REC Group, the leading European brand for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, this month completed the first wave of training for rooftop solar installers for close to 100 companies nationwide. Active in many countries worldwide, the hugely popular REC Solar Professional Program promotes and rewards long-term alliances between REC and the EPC companies which install the solar systems, ensuring excellence along the downstream value chain.New Delhi, India, 22 May, 2018 − Less than a year after rolling out its partner program in India, REC Group, the leading European brand for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, this month completed the first wave of training for rooftop solar installers for close to 100 companies nationwide. Active in many countries worldwide, the hugely popular REC Solar Professional Program promotes and rewards long-term alliances between REC and the EPC companies which install the solar systems, ensuring excellence along the downstream value chain.


The REC Solar Professional Program is one of two platforms of support for the company’s partners in India and around the world. The REC Global Partner Program provides distributors with a range of services, tools and benefits to grow business profitably with REC products. The REC Solar Professional Program offers installers a unique package of training, skill-building and certification to ensure global best practice in system installation. Alongside India, the successful channel programs are in operation in several countries in the APAC region, including Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and, the latest addition, Taiwan.


Training and certification under the REC Solar Professional Program, which wraps up in India this month, was held in six cities across the country: New Delhi, Jaipur, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Pune. 156 solar professionals from 95 companies are the program’s first graduates in India, gaining expertise on the technical and commercial aspects of rooftop solar installations, aligning them to the global best practices of rooftop solar. The freshly-certified installers are eligible for a range of benefits, including an extended product warranty and a range of sales and marketing tools to promote their own business.


These results were achieved in a remarkably short time. It was only last September that REC launched its channel programs in India and designated the country’s first Platinum Partner, Redington, provided a strong platform to help secure solar installers and system integrators for installations with REC’s award-winning solar panels.


Feedback from training participants in India has been consistently positive, with many applauding REC for its commitment to engaging directly with installers. Rohit Kumar, Head of Indian Subcontinent at REC Group, outlines why the program is such a success: “The REC Solar Professional Program is unique as it works on two levels: it forges a direct connection between the small installers and REC as the manufacturer, and it also gets everyone on the same platform, connecting the end consumer, installer and manufacturer with one another. It’s also unique in that it provides a structured approach to rooftop installations. This is becoming crucial in India, as there are many skill gaps since it is a relatively new segment.”


To date, more than 1300 installers have come through REC’s Solar Professional Program worldwide, with numbers set to surge in 2018: training and certification for a further 300 installers is planned. The focus on training solar professionals in India reflects the country’s importance for REC. Shipment volumes have surged upwards in this rapidly expanding market, with REC recording year-on-year shipment growth in excess of 120% to year end 2017. As stated in the REC’s Q4 2017 Solar Market Insight report, cumulative shipments to India totalled over 260 MW to the end of 2017, making REC the largest European player in the market.


RSA delegation led by Shri Sunil Bansal, General Secretary met Mr. Devendra Bhushan Gupta, Hon'ble Chief Secretary-Government of Rajasthan today to discuss critical issues of solar sector. The delegation included leading industry stakeholders from Hindustan Zinc Ltd, Fortum India, Diwakar Solar, Ohms Energy, Shri Shakti Alternative Energy, Malpani Group, and Tecso projects, Rays Power Infra, Rays Power Expert and Sungrow. The delegation congratulated Shri Gupta on his new appointment. RSA delegation explained the burning issues faced by Solar Power Industry in State. Some of the significant issues are: Open Access,Renewable Energy Certificates, and Clarity on status of GST in state. 


Open Access: Some of the issues from industry are: Electricity Duty: - It should be waived for 5 years or lifetime of project. Further Banking Facility should be provided & Cross Subsidy Charges for purchase of RE Power should also be waived for 5 years or life time-25 years. Transmission & Wheeling Charges and losses for captive & Bilateral Sale & purchase of RE Power should also be waived for 5 years or lifetime of project. Intra State Transmission Charges should also be applicable on actual PLF of the renewable projects. Clarity on Additional Surcharge should also be provided. Water Cess is not justified and also should be removed.

 


Renewable Energy Certificate (REC): RERC order to leave on State Govt to renew PPA for REC Projects beyond March 2019 was also highlighted. Big question for solar Renewable Energy Certificate (REC)investors is as they have invested Crore of rupees in state and currently No Solar REC certificates are traded since past one year or so and furthermore, there is no light of relief in near future. Discoms giving indication to sign PPA's at lowest discovered solar tariff which is decreasing every year. Clear Policy mandate from Govt of Rajasthan to sign PPA atleast at last discovered APPC of 2019 i.e. more than 3.7 (APPC for 2018) was requested. 


Clarity on GST / Tax applicable: -This is common problem with solar power related companies as tax authorities claim that only solar module is VAT exempted (earlier) / now GST 5% applicable. But in fact all PV solar energy systems and solar energy equipment is in purview of GST 5% applicable slot. RSA requested to issue necessary directions to commercial taxes department to specifically implement above. 
Chief Secretary attentively heard the grievances of Solar Power Stakeholders and assured to solve the possible issues and do his level best towards bring Rajasthan on top of national solar map.


RSA thanks again Chief Secretary for his valuable time and efforts.

 Sunil Bansal General Secretary

Albioma Solar Réunion carried out the refinancing of the portfolio of photovoltaic projects in the Indian Ocean and established credit facilities to finance the Group’s new projects in the same area for the next 18 months.

The financing, amounting to nearly €110 million, will enable the Albioma Group to optimise the financing of its existing projects and to extend the maturity of the current debt while securing the future financing of projects won under recent invitations to tender launched by the French Energy Regulatory Commission or under feed-in tariffs.

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At One Mega Event 2018, find out how mobile and futuristic technologies, and intelligent mobility in smart cities can tackle gender-based harassment and violence in public spaces. The expo will be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 23-25 May 2018.

Since women and girls are subject to the threat of sexual harassment and violence worldwide, this May, One Mega Event 2018 will host a special session titled, Metropolitan strategies to achieve Safe Cities for women and girls: The NUA and SDG as a real opportunity at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

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Sungrow, the global leading inverter solution supplier for renewable energy, In continuous series of Sungrow Technical Roadshows in India, Mumbai Roadshow was a successful event attracted with the unique Mobile Showroom to better demonstrate its String and Central inverters and solar system itself.

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