SolarPower Europe and NSEFI sign MoU on solar cooperation

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Brussels-based trade association SolarPower Europe and the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation and explore new business opportunities for solar companies in the European and Indian solar market.

The two have identified operation & maintenance (O&M), installation quality, digitalisation and storage as key areas of cooperation.

“India is one of the world’s fastest growing markets, expected to surpass 25 GW of cumulative capacity in 2018. Many SolarPower Europe members are already active or highly interested in entering the Indian market, thus it is the perfect moment to launch a close cooperation with NSEFI. We look forward to exchanging knowledge and best practices to benefit both the European and Indian solar industry,” said Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe.

“We have always learnt from the European countries during our [solar] journey so far, with India achieving a place amongst top 5 countries globally,” said Pranav R. Mehta, Chairman of NSEFI, who is also the Chairman of the Global Solar Council, headquartered at Washington DC, USA.

“We are already in advanced discussions with SolarPower Europe for creating the Indian edition of best practices guidelines for O&M document and are also closely working with SolarPower Europe to ideate a programme for promoting women participation and employment in solar energy in India through capacity building and training platforms,” Mehta added.

Notably, SolarPower Europe, a leading European association, aims to ensure that more energy is generated by solar than any other energy source by 2030 and lead its members to make solar the core of a smart, sustainable and inclusive energy system.

The NSEFI is an umbrella organization of all solar energy stakeholders of India. It works in the area of policy advocacy and is a national platform for addressing all issues connected with solar energy growth in India. Consisting of leading international, national and regional companies—including solar developers, manufacturers, EPC contractors, rooftop installers, system integrators, balance-of-plant suppliers and manufacturers, and small and medium enterprises—it works with the central and state governments to achieve India’s national solar target of 100 GW by 2022.