Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Building a Sustainable Energy Future for India: Learning from our award-winners

Earlier this month (8th-9th February) the Ashden Awards co-hosted a 2-day conference in Delhi, ‘Building a Sustainable Energy Future for India’. Delivered in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), this event brought together stakeholders involved in the renewable energy sector in the region to explore the challenges and opportunities for Indian local sustainable energy projects.

With over 100 delegates from business, government, energy enterprises, financial institutions and NGOs, the event stimulated a diverse range of ideas and proposals. Indian Ashden award-winners, as successful examples of local sustainable energy enterprises, presented and participated substantially in discussion sessions. Key figures from the renewable energy sector, business, and government also took a lead including Sumant Sinha, CEO of Suzlon Energy; Suresh Prabhu, former Minister of Environment and currently Chairman of Council for Environment, Energy and Water; Mr K Subramanya, CEO of Tata BP Solar; Andrew Steer, Director General of Policy and Research at DFID; and Sir Richard Stagg, the British High Commissioner.

The sessions raised a variety of interesting discussion topics. Finding ways of scaling up, replicating and financing energy enterprises, the challenges of end user finance and policy recommendations for the Indian Government were recurrent themes.

You can find out more about this event by visiting the conference’s microsite and you can find out more about all of our winners by visiting our website.

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