Interview | Podcast interview on Indian solar C&I
13 May 2022
Tune in to our analysis explaining specificities of the fast-paced corporate renewable market in India. Mr. Vinay Rustagi also talks about future evolution of the industry in this podcast. Please click below to listen and download the podcast.
Report Launch | Technical Standards for Balance of Systems In Solar Projects
6 May 2022
Accelerating technology changes and intense market competition have brought immense commercial pressure on the solar industry. In absence of clear technical standards and certification regime, -Balance of Systems (BOS) components, including transformers, junction boxes, cables, mounting structures, module cleaning systems, earthing and lightning systems bear most of the brunt of cost cutting. It has been shown by several studies that faulty BOS equipment selection and installation, accounting for around 40% of solar project cost, has a disproportionate impact on power output. BRIDGE TO INDIA, in partnership with International Copper Association, has launched a report titled Technical Standards for BOS in Solar Projects. A recording of the launch session features a presentation by BRIDGE TO INDIA on key findings of the report and a panel discussion comprising Dr. Arun K. Trivedi (Adviser, MNRE), Mr. Rajneesh Shrotriya (CTO, Sterling & Wilson), Mr. Gaurav Wadhwa (Head of Design Engineering, ReNew Power) and Mr. Nataraja MS (Head of Technology, Sungrow).
Webinar | Maximising Solar Plant Efficiency
25 February 2022
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a webinar to discuss key areas that can impact power generation from a solar plant. We were joined by senior industry stakeholders comprising Mr. Natarajan Mani (Head of Engineering, Tata Power Solar), Mr. Amresh Mahajan (Vice President – Technology, O2 Power), Mr. Jitendra Morankar (Vice President – Design, Nextracker), Mr. Sai Charan Kuppili (Technical Director, Jinko Solar) and Mr. Nalin Kumar Sharma (Vice President – Asia and Pacifics, Ecoppia).
Webinar | India Residential Rooftop Solar Market
25 January 2022
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a webinar to discuss recent developments and outlook for the residential rooftop solar market. We were joined by a cross-section of renewable industry stakeholders comprising Mr. Manoj Nair (Senior Director – Sales, Enphase Energy), Mr. Arijit Mitra (Head of Distributed Generation, Longi), Mr. Shah Masood Jafar (Regional Sales Head – Tata Power), Mr. Gaurav Keswani (Associate Vice President, Amplus) and Mr. Ashutosh Puntambekar (Executive Vice President, Electronica Finance Limited).
Conversation Series | Net Zero: Concerns about stability, reliability and affordability of energy supply
9 December 2021
India has committed to decarbonise its energy sector by 2070. But the path to net-zero is strewn with challenges. Vinay Rustagi, Managing Director, BRIDGE TO INDIA, discussed India’s ongoing clean energy transition and its challenges at MDI Gurgaon’s Practitioner Conversation Series. The panel, consisting of industry experts, discussed Net Zero: concerns about stability, reliability and affordability of energy supply.
REviews | TOPCon and other module technologies
25 November 2021
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a live discussion with senior industry representatives Mr. Sai Charan Kuppili (Technical Director, Jinko solar) and Mr. Vincent Weeda (Manager – Solar Development, Fortum) for sharing their insights on new module technologies. The interactive session also highlighted Jinko’s new TIGER PRO series in the module market.
REviews | Open access solar market outlook and new business models
20 October 2021
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a live discussion with senior industry representatives Mr. Kartikeya Narain Sharma (Head – Growth and Strategy, Sunsure Energy) and Mr. Harshal Kalamkar (Associate Director, Cleantech Energy) for a detailed outlook of the open access solar market. The interactive session also shed light on market’s policy challenges, state-wise potential and new business models.
Conference: India Corporate Renewable Market | Keynote address
21 September 2021
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a conference on India Corporate Renewable Market on 21-22 September 2021. The two-day conference began with a keynote address from honorable Mr. Amitesh Kumar Sinha (Joint secretary, MNRE) who shared his valuable insights on key aspects of the sector. Mr Sinha also touched upon impending opportunities and overall growth prospects of the C&I renewable power market.
Conference: India Corporate Renewable Market | Financing structures and solutions
22 September 2021
Key discussion points for this session were: key lender concerns, catalysing consumer demand, risk considerations, cost of capital, consolidation and M&A opportunities, bankability of rooftop solar and open access businesses. We were joined by Mr. Ramesh Tenjarla (Associate Vice President, Tata Cleantech), Mr. Darius Lilaoonwala (Managing Partner, Augment Infrastructure) Mr. Anders Blom (Vice President – Clean Energy, Norfund), Mr. Kunal Mehta (CEO, BECIS) and Ms. Nikita Kanodia (Head of Customer Financing for Solar Rooftop, TATA Power).
Conference: India Corporate Renewable Market | Behind the meter storage: market potential and applications
22 September 2021
Key discussion points for this session were: application and business models, financial viability of storage and evolving policy framework. We were joined by Mr. Rajesh Sharma (AGM, Hero Motorcorp), Mr. Anil Srivastava (Advisor, NITI Aayog), Mr. Rupam Raja (Market Director – India & South Asia, Fluence Energy) and Mr. Randeep Bora (Vice President, SunSource Energy).
Conference: India Corporate Renewable Market | Policy and Regulatory Framework
21 September 2021
Key discussion points for this session were: Policy hurdles, suggestions for improvements, lessons from other countries, need for uniformity in policy across states, role of center and states, favourable states from policy perspective. We were joined by Mr. Ashish Upadhyaya (Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, Ministry of Power – India), Ms. Aditi Vijay (Lead – Sustainability and Agro Development, AB-InBev),Mr. Neeraj Menon (Partner – Trilegal), Ms. Ann Josey (Fellow – Prayas (Energy Group), Pune), Mr. Debashis Ghosh (Head – Energy & Green Energy, Hindalco Industries) and Mr. Manikkan Sangameswaran (CEO, Radiance Renewables).
Conference: India Corporate Renewable Market | CEO Roundtable
21 September 2021
Key discussion points for this session included: growth potential of the sector, its competitive landscape, upcoming technologies, business models and more. We were joined by Mr. Umakant Shende (Vice President and Country Head – India, Cleantech Solar), Mr. Vivek Subramanian (Co-founder & Executive Director, Fourth Partner Energy), Mr. Manikkan Sangameswaran (CEO, Radiance Renewables), Mr. Ravinder Singh (Chief of Rooftop Solar, Tata Power), Mr. Pinaki Bhattacharyya (MD & CEO, Amp Energy).
Conference: India Corporate Renewable Market | Rooftop solar – beyond net metering
21 September 2021
We discussed current status and outlook for rooftop solar market including evolution in terms of business models, system configuration, technology and regulatory environment in this session. We were joined by Mr. Arijit Mitra (Head of distribute Generation, LONGi Solar), Mr. Adarsh Das (Co-founder & CEO, Sunsource Energy), Karthikeyan V (Head of Business Development for Solar Rooftop, TATA Power), Anand Marathe (Deputy General Manager – Group Sustainability, Mahindra Group), Rahul Dasari (MD, BECIS), Ashwin Gambhir (Fellow, Prayas (Energy Group), Pune).
Conference: India Corporate Renewable Market | Achieving 100% RE – opportunities and challenges
21 September 2021
We discussed opportunities and challenges in achieving 100% RE for corporate consumers in this session. We were joined by Mr. Bose Varghese (Head of Green Initiatives, Infosys), Mr. Kuldeep Jain (Founder and Managing Director of CleanMax), Mr. Akhil Agarwal (Director of Power Management, STT GDC India), Mr. Bipin Odhekar (Head – Operations Excellence & Sustainability, Marico), Mr. Srini Viswanathan (CEO, Vibrant Energy) and Mr. Sai Charan Kupili (Technical Director, Jinko).
Conference: India Corporate Renewable Market | Beyond power – energy efficiency, renewable heat and more
22 September 2021
We discussed energy efficiency beyond power, harnessing renewable heat, available challenges and policy initiatives. We were joined by Mr. Siddharth Malik (Managing Director, Megawatt Solutions), Mr. Sunil Kumar (Head – Engineering, KIMS Hospital), Mr. Jatin Pandya (General Manager – Apollo Group), Mr. Kishore Venugopal (Senior Manager – Technical Operations, Smart Joules) and Mr. Rahul Dasari (India Managing Director, BECIS).
Conference: India Corporate Renewable Market | New procurement routes: green tariffs, VPPA, P2P, green exchanges, IRECs and more
22 September 2021
In this session, we discussed emerging power procurement options for C&I consumers. We were joined by Mr. Vikram Sridharan (General Manager, Public Policy, Amazon), Mr. Sriram Madapura (General Manager, Solar and Storage (Asia), Shell), Mr. Pinaki Bhattacharyya (MD & CEO, Amp Energy India), Mr. Amar Narula (Partner – Energy & Infrastructure, Trilegal) and Mr. Rajesh K Mediratta (Director – Strategy & Regulatory Affairs, Indian Energy Exchange (IEX).
Conference: India Corporate Renewable Market | Open access renewables – finding the next big opportunity
21 September 2021
In this session, we discussed key states, consumer considerations, and policy outlook. We were joined by Mr. Manish Narula (Senior Director of Business Development, Jinko), Mr. Nishant Raj (Senior Business Development Manager, Radiance Renewables), Ms. Pallavi Bedi (Partner, Luthra & Luthra), Mr. Arvind Bansal (CEO, Continuum Green Energy) and Mr. Animesh Jain (Director & Finance Head, Global R&D at Cipla).
Conference: India Corporate Renewable Market | SME solutions
22 September 2021
In this session, we discussed drivers, challenges, Consumer awareness on quality and technology, possible new business models and incentives offered by government. We were joined by Mr. Ashutosh Puntambekar (Sr. Vice President & Head, Electronica Finance Limited), Mr. Rohan Shelar (Deputy Manager – Channel Business (India & Sri Lanka), LONGi Solar), Mr. Ramesh Naledath (Co-founder & COO, Orb Energy) and Mr. Rajiv Chawla (Chairman, IamSMEofIndia).
Webinar | Shaping the Solar Future beyond 2022
8 September 2021
BRIDGE TO INDIA moderated a roundtable discussion on “Shaping the Solar Future beyond 2022” organised by The Economic Times on 8 September 2021. The discussion focused on key issues like domestic supply chain, technology options, project development business outlook, industry expectations from government, funding and investment plans. We were joined by leading industry representatives comprising Srivatsan Iyer (CEO, Hero Future Energies), Goutam Samanta (Head PV Technology, Juniper Green Energy), Prerak Thekadi (Category Lead Techno Commercial, Adani Green Energy Limited), Umakant Shende (Vice President & Country Head – India, Cleantech Solar) and Pradeep Kumar M (Director of Business – India & Sri Lanka Region, LONGi Solar).
India solar pumps market – current status and outlook
10 August 2021
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a live and interactive discussion with Tata Power Solar for better understanding of the market. Mr. Ramakrishna Sataluri (Chief – Products and Marketing) represented Tata Power Solar for this discussion. Key discussion topics included KUSUM scheme, targets and performance, role of subsidies, market drivers and challenges, on-the-ground scheme implementation, competitive landscape and tender results and growth outlook.
Webinar | Project operations and asset management
28 July 2021
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a webinar to discuss operations and maintenance issues on solar power plants. We were joined by a cross-section of renewable industry stakeholders comprising Mr. Ashwini Kumar Patil (CEO, Tata Power Renewables), Mr. Idrish Khan (CTO, Solis), Mr. Sudhir Pathak (Head of Engineering – Hero Future Energies), Mr. Nalin Kumar Sharma (VP – Asia and Pacifics, Ecoppia), Mr. Puneet Jaggi (Founder, Prescinto Technologies) and Mr. Aakash Trivedi (Senior General Manager, TUV SUD).
REviews | Evolving Solar Module Technologies
23 June 2021
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a live and interactive discussion on (Wednesday) 23 June 2021, with senior industry professionals Ms. Chris Liu (Technical Head, LONGi) and Mr. Vijay Kumar Shimpi (Chief – Procurement, Tata Power -Renewables) to discuss latest module technologies with specific relevance to the Indian market. Key discussion topics included new and upcoming technologies, large format modules, BOS and project design issues, supply bottlenecks, policy aspects including BCD, ALMM – BIS and pricing outlook.
Webinar | Solar tariff of INR 2.00 arrived sooner than expected
25 February 2021
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a webinar to discuss reduced tariffs and various contributing factors. We were joined by a cross-section of renewable industry stakeholders comprising Mr. Sanjay Varghese (President & Head – Solar, ReNew), Mr. Sanjay Kumar (Head BD & Proposals, Larsen & Toubro), Mr. Andrew Gilhooly (Head – Trina Pro, Trina solar – APAC), Mr. Lim Cheong Boon (Head – Product & Marketing, Trina solar – APAC), Mr. Honey Raza (Head – Sales, Ginlong Solis) and Ms. Zia Nariman (Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation).
Interview | Phenomenal growth of renewable energy in India
2 February 2021
The last decade has seen a phenomenal growth of renewable energy in India, but many challenges remain even today. Vinay Rustagi, Managing Director, BRIDGE TO INDIA joins the inaugural episode of the India Energy Hour, a podcast by 101reporters, to look back at the journey of renewable energy in India and to discuss the current challenges and future opportunities.
Webinar | PV module technology landscape
28 January 2021
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a webinar on Thursday, 28 January 2021 to discuss PV module technology landscape in India and its impact on project performance and LCOE. We were joined by an eminent industry panel comprising Ms. Chris Liu (Technical Head, LONGi), Mr. Ivan Saha (Chief Technology Officer, ReNew),Dr. NIkhil Agrawal (AGM Technology, Mahindra Susten) and Mr. Sai Charan Kuppili (Technical Director, Jinko).
Webinar | India rooftop solar policy round up
3 December 2020
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a webinar to discuss rooftop solar policy status at national and state levels. We were joined by an eminent industry panel comprising Mr. Chintan Shah (Director – Technical, IREDA), Mr. Arijit Mitra (Head of Distributed Generation, LONGi), Mr. Pramod Kalyanshetti (CCO, Mahindra Susten), Dr. Anuvrat Joshi (Head – BD – India, Cleantech Solar) and Mr. Damian Miller (CEO, Orb Energy).
Webinar | Residential rooftop solar – ready for take off
3 November 2020
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a webinar on 3 November, 2020 to discuss residential rooftop solar market status and prospects. We were joined by an eminent industry panel comprising Mr. Ravinder Singh (Chief – Solar Rooftop Business, TATA Power), Mr. Harsha Venkatesh (Director, Enphase Energy), Mr. Shravan Sampath (CEO, Oakridge Energy), Mr. KP Baiju (DGM, State Bank of India), Mr. Suyog Malviya (National Lead – BD, Bajaj Finserv), and Mr. Madhulal J (Sr. Project Manager, Kerala State Electricity Board).
Webinar | Open access renewables
29 September 2020
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a webinar on Tuesday, 29 September 2020 to discuss India’s open access renewable market. Participants included Mr. Dinesh Jagdale (Joint Secretary, MNRE) and a cross-section of renewable industry stakeholders comprising Mr. Arvind Bansal (CEO, Continuum Wind Energy), Mr. S Manikkan (CEO, Radiance Renewables), Mr. Tejus Arsikere (Chief – Solar farms, CleanMax), Ms. Bhavna Prasad (Director -Sustainable Business, WWF India), Mr. Arijit Mitra (Head of Distributed Generation, LONGi), Mr. Vivek Bhardwaj (Head of Sales – India, GoodWe) and Mr. Amar Narula (Partner, Trilegal).
We also had two C&I consumer representatives on the panel – Mr. Debasish Ghosh (AVP, Hindalco Industries) and Mr. Ashwin Kak (Associate Director, AB InBev).
Webinar | Rooftop solar for MSMEs
28 August 2020
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a webinar on Friday, 28 August 2020 to discuss rooftop solar adoption by MSME consumers. We were joined by eminent industry panel comprising Ravinder Singh (Chief – Solar Rooftop Business, TATA Power), Ashutosh Puntambekar (Sr, Vice President & Head, Electronica Finance), Kushagra Nandan (Co-founder, SunSource Energy), Vivek Bhardwaj (Head of Sales- India, GoodWe) and MSME representatives as Sandeep Kishore Jain (Managing Director, The Solo Group) and Rajesh Nangia (CEO, Encoders India).
Webinar | Renewable energy growth forum
11 August 2020
India has consciously chosen to tread the path of Upscaling and Mainstreaming Renewable Energy solutions in creating Clean, Green and Sustainable environment. The objective of this session is to have domain experts to discuss the challenges in-hand, deliberate upon solutions & timelines and define the roadmap of India Inc. scripting success stories moving forward.
Webinar | COVID-19: implications for domestic manufacturing
3 June 2020
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a webinar on Wednesday, 3 June 2020 to discuss impact of COVID-19 on domestic solar manufacturing prospects. We were joined by Amitesh Kumar Sinha, Joint Secretary, MNRE and an eminent industry panel comprising Ashish Khanna (CEO, TATA Power Solar), Ramesh Nair (CEO, Mundra Solar), Ranjit Gupta (CEO, Azure Power) and Saibaba Vutukuri (CEO, Vikram Solar).
Webinar | Coronavirus: impact on distributed renewables
9 APRIL 2020
BRIDGE TO INDIA and WWF India jointly hosted a webinar to discuss impact of Coronavirus on rooftop solar and distributed renewables. We were joined by Mr. Amitesh Kumar Sinha, Joint Secretary, MNRE and senior representatives from TATA Power, Amplus, Fourth Partner, Ginlong Solis, ACC Cement and The World Bank.
Webinar | Coronavirus: impact on renewable sector in India
30 MARCH 2020
BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a webinar to discuss fallout from Coronavirus on the renewable sector in India. Speakers included senior representatives from LONGi, Avaada, Mahindra Susten, Vikram Solar, Huawei and Luthra & Luthra.