R Harikumar, Director of Energy Management Centre (EMC), Government of Kerala is a Graduate in Mechanical Engineering; Post Graduate in Energy Conservation and holds a Ph.D in Energy Management. EMC is the State Designated Agency (SDA of BEE, Govt of India) in Kerala for implementation of the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act 2001, which includes inter alia, Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), Perform-Achieve-Trade (PAT) scheme for energy intensive industries, Municipal & Agricultural DSM, Standards & Labelling for selected equipment, etc. He was on deputation from EMC to Agency of Non-conventional Energy & Rural Technology (ANERT) as its Director from September 2016 till December 2018. ANERT is the Kerala State Nodal Agency (SNA of MNRE, Govt of India) for promoting renewable energy. He was instrumental in launching the "Soura" - joint program of KSEBL & ANERT, targeting 1000 MW of solar by 2022. Got more than 28 years of experience in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Trained at National Productivity Council during 1992, he worked for a national energy consultancy organization in North India. Harikumar had a brief stint in a chemical processing industry and then worked for more than 2 years in the first Energy Services Company (ESCO) in Asia, at Bangalore, before joining EMC in 1997. From Sept 2006-Sept 2009, he was on deputation to ANERT as its Project Director, leading its district operations. A Certified Energy Auditor of Bureau of Energy Efficiency, he is the Honorary Founder General Secretary of the Society of Energy Engineers and Managers (SEEM), the professional body of Certified Energy Managers and Auditors in the country, established in 2005. Harikumar has travelled widely within the country for energy efficiency capacity-building programs as a faculty member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). On various energy-related missions, he has also travelled abroad to Bangladesh, France, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Netherlands, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.
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Rooftop Solar - Turning a Laggard to a Leader
40 GW out of the 100 GW of India's solar installation target by 2022 is to come from Rooftop Solar. According to MNRE, the actual total installed rooftop capacity in India stood at about 6.7 GW as of March 2022. Given its distributed nature and smaller scale compared to utility scale projects, rooftop solar segment is a hotbed for startups and has the potential to create thousands of jobs. In this session, we look at the