In­dia will have huge growth po­ten­tial of ad­di­tional 5-6 GW in the next 12 months, says Marc Jar­rault, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, LAPP In­dia Pvt Ltd, in an in­ter­view.

Says Marc Jar­rault, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, LAPP In­dia Pvt Ltd, in con­ver­sa­tion with R Srini­vasan.

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Kindly com­ment on the cur­rent sce­nario since Lapp In­dia ex­pects a sig­nif­i­cant jump in busi­ness (kindly men­tion the fig­ure or per­cent­age) in the so­lar ca­bles sec­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to a Mer­com re­port, the share of re­new­able power in In­dia’s en­ergy mix is in­creas­ing con­tin­u­ally with cu­mu­la­tive in­stal­la­tions now ex­ceed­ing 50 GW. In In­dia, the so­lar sec­tor ac­counts for al­most 18 per cent of all re­new­able en­ergy gen­er­a­tion. Cater­ing to the grow­ing de­mand, LAPP In­dia, is con­stantly in­no­vat­ing to de­velop prod­ucts and so­lu­tions to meet the in­creas­ing de­mand and garner greater mar­ket share in the In­dian so­lar cable sec­tor. With so­lar cable in­dus­try ex­pected to touch 1500 VDC sys­tem by next fis­cal, LAPP In­dia, aims to cater to more grid-con­nected projects that re­quire PV ca­bles.

Com­ment on busi­ness po­ten­tial in view of the gov­ern­ment thrust and sub­si­dies for so­lar.

Once GST is rolled out, it is ex­pected to give a boost to the gov­ern­ment’s ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive by im­prov­ing com­pet­i­tive­ness of In­dian man­u­fac­tur­ers of so­lar cells, pan­els and mod­ules. GST will also elim­i­nate the cas­cad­ing ef­fect of the ex­ist­ing tax struc­ture, thereby, in­tro­duc­ing an in­put tax credit. Analysing this po­ten­tial for busi­ness, LAPP In­dia, will now be able to think of an ad­di­tion of over 4 GW eas­ily per year which is up by over four times what we were two years back. This is slated to in­crease fur­ther with an­nual ad­di­tions ex­pected to cross 6 GW. Our busi­ness po­ten­tial has def­i­nitely in­creased be­cause of this in­creased ac­tiv­ity and we stand to gain with sup­port from our val­ued cus­tomers. Thus, we are aim­ing to garner a wider mar­ket share with sup­port from our val­ued cus­tomers.

Kindly elab­o­rate on fac­tors be­hind the com­pany’s ex­pec­ta­tion of busi­ness of €7-8 mil­lion this GW year from so­lar plant in­stal­la­tions in In­dia from hardly €1 mn last year?

In­dia is rapidly grow­ing. En­ergy will de­ter­mine In­dia’s devel­op­ment am­bi­tions. Ow­ing to the coun­try’s sub­stan­tial growth, en­ergy re­quire­ments too are in­creas­ing at a rapid rate. In­dia’s 6-lakh crore so­lar mis­sion and the new wind en­ergy plan is ex­pected to make In­dia a re­new­able pow­er­house glob­ally with the largest re­new­able en­ergy base. The gov­ern­ment is also tak­ing ini­tia­tives to re­duce In­dia’s de­pen­dency on coal-fu­elled elec­tric­ity. As re­new­able sources have an ad­van­tage of be­ing cost-com­pet­i­tive as com­pared to fos­sil fuel-based gen­er­a­tion, In­dia’s tar­get is to reach 175 GW of re­new­able en­ergy ca­pac­ity by 2022, which in­cludes 100 GW so­lar power, 60 GW of wind power, 10 GW of biomass-fired power and 5 GW of small hy­dro power. With the so­lar tar­get, re­cently be­ing re­vised to 120 GW, In­dia will have huge growth po­ten­tial of ad­di­tional 5-6 GW in the next 12 months. Keep­ing this in mind, we at LAPP In­dia, aim to tap this po­ten­tial and con­trib­ute to In­dia’s growth story.

Com­ment on the ex­ports sce­nario from In­dia.

In­dia’s cur­rent eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment is vi­brant and con­ducive for higher growth for Lapp In­dia. The busi­ness poli­cies and skilled man­power avail­able in here is giv­ing us at LAPP In­dia, an op­por­tu­nity to eval­u­ate ex­port­ing so­lar ca­bles to Mal­dives and other SAARC coun­tries, where we are see­ing im­mense po­ten­tial for so­lar sec­tor. As a part of Gamesa last year, LAPP In­dia, catered to a 20 MW project in Sri Lanka by sup­ply­ing so­lar ca­bles for over 50 MW projects.

Com­ment on man­u­fac­ture of so­lar ca­bles at its Ban­ga­lore fa­cil­ity and de­tails in terms of JVs etc.

Lapp In­dia started its first man­u­fac­tur­ing unit out­side Ger­many, at Ji­gani, Ban­ga­lore. Hav­ing made an in­vest­ment of 2.1 mil­lion euro, the Ji­gani plant is the sec­ond largest man­u­fac­tur­ing unit of the Lapp group. The plant has a ca­pac­ity to man­u­fac­ture about 120,000 km of multi-core ca­bles and 78,000 km of sin­gle core wires per an­num. All our prod­ucts for pho­to­voltaic seg­ments are sourced from our sub­sidiary com­pa­nies as th­ese are not presently man­u­fac­tured in In­dia.

How is the com­pany tweak­ing its man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses in Ban­ga­lore so that so­lar ca­bles could be pro­tected from UV ra­di­a­tion and can last longer? Since the com­pany is in­vest­ing around €1 mn for this tweak­ing, what is the to­tal an­nual spend on R&D over­all for so­lar ca­bles?

The cur­rent gov­ern­ment’s fo­cus on re­new­able en­ergy has in­creased the de­mand for spe­cial ca­bles re­quired in so­lar sec­tor. The grow­ing promi­nence of re­new­able en­ergy in In­dia pro­vides LAPP In­dia, an op­por­tu­nity to con­stantly in­no­vate. The group is plan­ning to also in­vest in R&D to con­trib­ute to in­no­va­tion across sec­tors and de­velop so­lu­tions like OLFLEX® SO­LAR XLWP wa­ter proof ca­bles, to meet the de­mand of an ever-evolv­ing ecosys­tem. With its head­quar­ters in Stuttgart, Ger­many, the group is a lead­ing sup­plier of in­te­grated so­lu­tions and branded prod­ucts in the field of cable and con­nec­tion tech­nol­ogy. To make sure that it stays that way in the fu­ture, we al­ways keep a close eye on the mar­kets. Fur­ther­more, over the years we have demon­strated a keen per­cep­tion for in­di­vid­ual cus­tomer needs. We are con­stantly fur­ther de­vel­op­ing our prod­ucts and sys­tem so­lu­tions and set­ting stan­dards in safety, qual­ity and func­tion­al­ity.

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