The very first Solar Today Awards 2016 was successfully held at the InterSolar Exhibition in Mumbai on October 21, 2016, in the presence of the industry´s best and brightest.
The Solar Today Awards 2016 function began with the lighting of the lamp by G Adhiseshu, Managing Director, Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Private Ltd; Pratap Padode, Managing Director, ASAPP Info Global Group and Sumit Banerjee, Chairman, Advisory Board, ASAPP Info Global Group.
This was followed up with an introductory address by Padode, wherein he spoke about the business climate in the country and how despite tough times - financially and otherwise - India Inc is now moving forward in the solar sector. He stated confidence in businesses geared towards sustainability, solar energy and energy storage, which can be the game changers that the country needs.
After the address, an expert panel comprising Prafulla Pathak, Secretary General, Solar Energy Society of India; Preetam D´Souza, Partner, Kochhar & Co; Shirish S Garud, Director and Senior Fellow, TERI and Santosh Janakiram, Partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and moderated by Vinay Rustagi, Managing Director, Bridge to India, discussed ´Competitive bidding for solar projects in India´.
For the first six awards - Utility Scale Solar (Project Developer and EPC Contractor); Rooftop Solar (Project Developer and EPC Contractor); Module Manufacturer and Inverter Manufacturer - winners were decided purely based on the size or capacity. The decision of the top three players has been adjudged on the basis of data collected by Bridge to India. The latter four awards - Top Manufacturer in India - Quality and Cost Competitiveness; Best Innovation in the Sector; Best Start-up in the Sector and Emerging State - were selected by the Jury, based on discussions conducted and the nominations received.
The winners of the 1st inaugural Solar Today Awards 2016:
The ceremony ended with Adhiseshu speaking on how AP is augmenting its plan to add 4,107 MW of solar power capacity during FY17 to FY22.