PFORZHEIM, Germany and FREIBURG, Germany, October 22 /PRNewswire/ -- In association with SOLARCON(R) India, Intersolar India will take place for the first time from November 9 - 11, 2009 in Hyderabad, India and is the country's premier photovoltaics conference. Approximately 50 renowned experts will speak about current trends and new markets in the international photovoltaics industry across 12 sessions. Additional panel discussions and workshops will offer plenty of opportunity for information exchange. The event will focus specifically on the development of the Indian PV solar market.

The solar industry in sun-rich India is currently experiencing a strong course of growth. The contents of the National Solar Mission initiated by India's Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will be published in November. The Indian government's plan is ambitious: the capacity of Indian solar installations is to be expanded from the current 2.1 megawatts (MW) to a total of 20 gigawatts (GW) by the year 2020. To reach this goal, India will be supporting both photovoltaic installations and solar thermal power plants.

The government estimates the costs of this solar offensive will total around US$ 20 billion over the next 30 years. The Solar Mission is to be financed by increased taxation on gasoline and diesel fuels, which have been heavily subsidized to date.

International experts hold discussions at Intersolar India

Set against the backdrop of developments in the Indian solar market, members of the international photovoltaics industry will meet at the International Convention Centre in Hyderabad, India, for the first time from November 9 - 11, 2009. Around 50 international experts will discuss the importance of political, media and technological influences on industry development, as well as the Indian National Solar Mission. In addition, themes that traverse both environmental policy and technology will be brought to light, as will product innovations and examples of trend-setting applications.

The keynote speaker on the first day of the event will be Prof. Eicke Weber (PhD), Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg. As part of the program, Dr. Murray Cameron, Vice President of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and COO of Phoenix Solar AG, will provide participants with an assessment of European PV policy from the point of view of EPIA. Innovations in the field of PV inverter technology will be presented by Professor Bruno Burger (PhD), head of the Power Electronics Group at Fraunhofer ISE.

Other participants to grace the podium include Debashish Majumdar, Chairman and Managing Director of the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency; K. Subramanya, CEO of Tata BP Solar; G. Rajeswaran, CTO of Moser Baer Photovoltaic; Dr. Charlie Gay, President of the Solar Business Group at Applied Materials and Prof. Peter Adelmann, Ulm University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

The three-day conference program will be complemented by an exhibition, which will feature approximately 50 exhibitors. From 2010 onward, the exhibition will be greatly expanded.

SOLARCON(R) India and Intersolar India 2009

Just as is the case with Intersolar North America, Intersolar India is jointly organized by Solar Promotion International GmbH and Freiburg Management and Marketing International GmbH (FMMI). SOLARCON(R) India is organized by the PV Group. The PV Group is an initiative of SEMI, the international association of the semiconductor and photovoltaics industry. SOLARCON(R) India and Intersolar India are supported by the leading Indian solar companies.

Further information regarding Intersolar India can be found at

About Intersolar

The international trade fair Intersolar in Munich is the largest solar technology exhibition in the world and has taken place annually since its inception in 2000. It is organized by Solar Promotion GmbH, Pforzheim, in cooperation with Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH Co. KG. Intersolar focuses on the fields of photovoltaics and solar thermal technology. Since it was first held, it has established itself as the industry's leading international trade fair attracting manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers and service providers alike.

Intersolar North America in San Francisco was launched in 2008 to further assist in joining together international solar technology markets. Intersolar India will take place for the first time in 2009 in Hyderabad. Both trade fairs are organized by Solar Promotion International GmbH, Pforzheim and Freiburg Management and Marketing International GmbH (FMMI).

Contact: Solar Promotion International GmbH Kiehnlestr. 16 75172 Pforzheim, Germany Markus Elsasser Tel.: +49-(0)7231-58598-0 Fax: +49-(0)7231-58598-28

SOURCE: Intersolar

CONTACT: Contact: Solar Promotion International GmbH, Kiehnlestr. 16,75172 Pforzheim, Germany, Markus Elsasser Tel.: +49-(0)7231-58598-0, Fax:+49-(0)7231-58598-28,