A massive crowd gathered yesterday for day one of the India Solar Investment & Technology Summit (ISIT) event in Gujarat. The event’s aim of bringing together senior government officials, leading solar cell manufacturers, module manufacturers, equipment suppliers and solar developers from all over the world was realized with with over 10,000 attendees who came to see Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi dedicate over 600MW of solar power to the nation at the inauguration of the Charanka Solar Park near Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
Minister Modi gave out certificates to projects worth 604.89MW commissioned under the Gujarat solar policy at the ceremony, which took place in a remote region within Gujarat on a 2,699-acre wasteland area. The first day of the event was mainly comprised of the visit to the project by interested parties; video footage of the inauguration ceremony can be seen here.
Day one of the event also saw the donation of funding in the region of US$500 million from the Asian Development Bank, represented by Naoki Sakai, Senior Energy Specialist, to the Gujarat Government for solar R&D, training and project developments. Furthermore, Peter Haas, Consul General from the US Consulate at Mumbai, donated another half a billion dollars for the support and advancement of the country’s clean energy sector.
Chief Minister Modi delivered the India Solar Investment & Technology Summit Inaugural address at the second day of the three-day show. The conference on day two, which was attended by over 800 delegates, featured two panel discussion and several presentations, forums and seminars expounding the potential for success in India’s solar market.
Further information on the three-day India Solar Investment & Technology Summit event is available here.