The focus will be on ‘emerging technologies’ like the CST, which can revolutionize the energy sector, if implemented on a large scale.
In Gurgaon, as in other places, high price-tags of solar technology have kept the consumers at bay. Despite the efforts of the department for renewable energy to attract more investors — VAT on solar panels in Haryana has been brought down to a measly 5% — not many seem willing to convert to the green cause.
Experts believe that the whole approach, when it comes to alternative energy, needs to change. Or, in other words, what’s required is a new ‘solar road-map,’ which is just what the coming seminar on solar technology aims to offer.
The day-long event, to be held in Gurgaon on Thursday, is jointly organized by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India. "The objective of this workshop is to showcase, encourage and tap the enormous potential of ‘concentrated solar heat technology (CST)’ for the industrial sector," a CII representative said.
The focus will be on ‘emerging technologies’ like the CST, which can revolutionize the energy sector, if implemented on a large scale. Organizers say that Thursday’s workshop is the first such event to be held in Gurgaon, and is expected to see around 150 industrialists participate.
"Technical experts and professionals from the ministry will be interacting with the participants. It will be a great opportunity especially for the SMEs to learn from the experts and implement the use of solar technologies in their organizations," the organizer said.
Post-Gurgaon, the CST workshop will be traveling to other industrial strongholds of the region, including Noida. "The National Solar Mission has catalyzed solar energy growth in India, but a lot needs to be done to scale up sustainability," said a representative of the CII’s Haryana State Council.
The CST technology is being promoted in India by the ministry in coordination with the United Nations Development Programme, with the objective of meeting India’s rising industrial and commercial energy needs using solar power.