Study trip: Indian bankers rely on German expertise for renewable energies

Lincoln Electric Systems, Lincoln Nebraska, Solar power in the United States

India plans to invest more in renewable energies. To prepare as much as possible for the expansion, adelphi organised a study trip across Germany for the State Bank of India on the topic of photovoltaics.


adelphi hosted a delegation from the State Bank of India (SBI) from 24 - 30 November 2019. The Indian experts for renewable energy financing spent one week studying Germany's experiences with the energy transition. The study trip focussed on the differences and potential similarities between Germany and India. In this way, the participants were able to deepen their knowledge of financing, quality assurance, network integration and storage, as well as other topics related to project development.

In focus: Photovoltaics and energy efficiency

Since the solar sector in India continues to show high development potential, the study trip focused primarily on photovoltaic projects and considered both commercial roof and open space systems in the megawatt segment. Participants gained insight into the challenges of planning, development, design, operation and maintenance of PV systems and the storage of renewable energies. They also discussed cleaning, climate-dependent material wear and other specific risks that could affect the repayment of loans. The trip also covered the topic of energy efficiency in buildings using best practice examples. Some project visits offered opportunities to gain insight into test laboratories and stimulated exchange about the latest technological developments - the different types of modules and systems and their quality, for example. Many of the aspects presented were also embedded in the Indian context. At the end of the study trip, the Indian guests were very satisfied with its organisation and content.

Background to the study trip

The study trip to Berlin, Brandenburg, Frankfurt/Main and Freiburg im Breisgau was part of a KfW Development Bank project to introduce a credit line for renewable energies in India. adelphi was responsible for the planning, organization and implementation of the study trip. adelphi compiled the program and selected speakers on the topics of project financing, project development and quality assurance, grid integration and the construction of photovoltaic systems. In addition, adelphi moderated expert discussions and organized project visits. adelphi employees led the Indian delegation through the programme with additional technical contributions.

Additional information is available on the project page.

Contact: Karolin Blattmann