Popular Politician, Harry Sidhu Honors Indian Solar Power Delegation
California, Oct 28, 2009
About 15 Indian Solar Power Development Delegation for 12- Day
Orientation Visit (OV), was sponsored by the US Trade & Development
Agency (USTDA). They represented private and public sector development
interests, renewable energy regulatory bodies at both State and
Federal levels, and related renewable energy agencies.
The key objectives of this OV are:
- To highlight U.S. technologies and services related to Indian
goals to increase power generation and efficient utilization of
solar energy resources to help meet electric power deficits. India
is one of the fastest growing markets for clean energy technologies.
- India’s national solar plan, “Solar India,”
seeks to make the country a global leader in solar energy through
an ambitious roadmap of solar generation, distribution, and implementation
targets. U.S. products, technologies and practices, as well as
policies, in the solar power industry can serve to promote greater
indigenous power production and solar energy development in India.
On the evening of Sunday October 25th, 2009 Anaheim city Council
Member Harry Sidhu gave a very Special Dinner reception at Gandhi
Palace (Inside Ramada Plaza Hotel) 515 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim,
honoring the India Solar Power Development delegation on their visit
to orange county. The social hour started around 6pm with sweet
spicy snacks and the guests were having good time and sharing their
views. Harry Sigh also invited some prominent business entrepreneurs
to share their views with Solar Delegation team members.
Featured Speakers were: Marcie Edwards, General
Manager, Anaheim Public Utilities & Asst. city Manager: Jigar
shah, Sun Edison, Founder & Executive Board Member for the Carbon
War Room and host Anaheim City Council Member Harry Sidhu.
Anaheim Public Utilities’ commitment to help customers install
new solar electric generating capacity throughout our community
is nothing new. In 2001, we installed the first grid-connected solar
energy array in the City at the Anaheim Convention Center. Since
then we have worked with individuals who have installed solar energy
systems at their homes, as well as businesses and customers such
as the Tiger Woods Learning Center, where a unique solar-electric
curtain wall was installed in the auditorium lobby to add style
to the functionality of solar power.
Anaheim Public Utilities’ introduced solar energy incentive
programs for homes, business and schools in 2001. Available incentives
are shown in the following table through the end of calendar year
2016. For incentive information specific to Residential, Income
Qualified, Commercial, and Sun Power for Schools Program, please
see the links at the bottom of this page.
On Wednesday, Anaheim City Council Member Harry Sidhu, other officials
and Indian Solar Power Development Delegation went for Anaheim Energy
Field for Solar Facility Tour, 1625 Ninth Street, Anaheim, CA
Delegation List, India Solar Power Development OV, Oct 24-Nov 6,
Government / Public Sector: Federal :
1) Debashish Majumdar, Chairman and Managing Director, Indian Renewable
Energy Development Agency Limited
Government / Public Sector: Rajasthan
2) Mr. Naresh Pal Gangwar, IAS..... Chairman & Managing Director,
Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Ltd.
3) Mr. D.C. Samant, Chairman, Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory
4) Mr. Shreemat Pandey, IAS...... Principal Secretary-Energy, Government
5) Mr. V. Saibaba, Chief Executive Officer, LANCO Green Power Pvt
6) Mr. M. K. Prasad, Senior General Manager, Jindal Power
7) Mr. Haziq Beg, Senior Vice President, IL&FS Energy Development
U.S. Government Representatives
8) Mr. Henry Steingass [Oct 26-27 only], Regional Director, South
and Southeast Asia, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
9) Mr. P Srinivas, Senior Commercial Specialist, U.S. Commercial
10) Ms. Cynthia Torres, U.S. Commercial Service, 11) Mr. Richard
Swanson, U.S. Commercial Service
12) Peter Lowenthal, Group Director, Renewable Energy / Clean Tech
/ Sustainability Practice, 360jmg
13) Rajita Majumdar, Project Manager, BCS, Incorporated
14) Sarah Ruen, Technical Research Analyst, BCS, Incorporated
According to the delegation, India has the best solar resource
in Asia. All technologies work in India, even technologies that
generate electricity only from direct normal and areas where utility
scale solar farms will be deployed.
The Prime Minister’s council on climate change gave the green
signal to the Indian National Solar Mission on August 3. It has
two major components: solar power generation and manufacture of
equipment to achieve it.
India’s capacity to generate solar power is negligible now:
less than 10 megawatts (MW). The mission aims at 20,000 MW by 2020.
Thereafter, it would aim at producing a tenth of the country’s
power from solar. This would amount to 100,000 MW by 2030. The mission
aims to increase domestic capacity to manufacture solar power equipment.
For this, it plans to have in place by 2017 manufacturing capacity
of 5,000 MW per year.
Several energy analysts see solar thermal as an answer to India’s
quest for low-carbon growth.
Over all the program was very interesting and Anaheim City Council
Member Harry Sidhu also asked guests for their views regarding Solar
Energy. Dinner was served around 9pm .This special program ended
World's largest solar steam
system comes up in Shirdi, Maharashtra
Hindu and Muslim pilgrims visiting the shrine of Sai Baba in this
town will be served food cooked with the help of a solar steam system,
inaugurated by New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah
Thursday, that officials say is the world's largest.
The solar steam system can generate 3,500 kg of steam every day
- enough to cook food for 20,000 people. It has been designed for
cooking food for devotees visiting the shrine devoted to Sai Baba,
a 19th century Sufi saint who was revered by Hindus and Muslims
The total cost of the new system at Shirdi, some 90 km from Nashik,
is estimated at Rs.1.33 crore for which a subsidy of Rs. 58.4 lakh
has been provided by the new and renewable energy ministry.
The system will result in annual savings of 100,000 kg of cooking
gas. It has been designed in such a way that it will generate steam
for cooking even in the absence of electricity to run the feed water
pump for circulating water in the system.
The ministry offers support of up to 50 percent of the cost of such
systems set up by non-profit bodies and up to 35 percent cost support
to profit making bodies.
'Over 40 systems covering a dish area of about 12,000 sq metre have
been supported by the ministry so far for various applications,
though the major application is cooking only,' an official statement
Some of the large solar steam cooking systems installed include
those at Mount Abu in Rajasthan for serving 10,000 people every
day, and at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh and Satyabhama university
in Chennai, which cater to about 15,000 people a day. (Source: