Maharashtra bets on agriculture feeder projects

BRIDGE TO INDIA | 10 December 2018

Last year, the state government of Maharashtra had announced a solar agriculture feeder scheme with the aim to solarise such feeders across the state. Under the scheme, developers would be selected through competitive bidding for project sizes up to 50MW…

Rooftop solar needs a new policy paradigm

BRIDGE TO INDIA | 03 December 2018

BRIDGE TO INDIA has just completed the latest round of rooftop solar data compilation exercise. India added new rooftop solar capacity of 1,538 MW in the year ending September 2018, up a remarkable 75% over previous year. Total installed capacity is estimated to have reached 3,399 MW…

Floating solar needs new technical standards

SHIPRA ARORA | 29 November 2018

SECI recently completed auction for India’s first large-scale floating solar plant. The 50 MW project at Rihand dam in Uttar Pradesh was won by Shapoorji Pallonji with a bid of INR 3.29/ kWh. The winning tariff is about 10% higher than observed in respective…

Chinese companies boost their presence in the Indian inverter market

BRIDGE TO INDIA | 26 November 2018

After occupying a dominant position in module supply, the Chinese companies are aggressively expanding their presence in the Indian solar inverter market. Their combined market share in utility scale projects in the latest available 12-month period…

Module industry going through step changes

BRIDGE TO INDIA | 19 November 2018

Global solar demand is expected to fall for the first time ever this year – to about 85-90 GW from 103 GW last year. Most of the leading countries including China, India, US and Japan are reporting significant declines in capacity addition. Result – multi-crystalline module…

Gujarat aims for the SKY

Arti Mishra Saran | 15 November 2018

In June 2018, the state government of Gujarat launched a new scheme – Suryashakti Kisan Yojna (SKY) – for developing distributed solar plants in rural areas. Under the scheme, farmers can set up solar PV plants up to a capacity of 1.25 kW per horsepower of contracted load. The pilot…

RE market forced to consolidate through the primary route

BRIDGE TO INDIA | 13 November 2018

In the first nine months of this year, 10,081 MW of utility scale solar capacity has been auctioned, up nearly 70% over the entire year 2016. A close look at the auction results shows some very interesting trends – despite the sharp increase in auctioned capacity, number of winning bidders…

Sputtering RE needs decisive government help

BRIDGE TO INDIA | 05 November 2018

India added total solar and wind capacity of 2,074 MW (up 70% over previous quarter) in Q3 2018. Total installed capacity reached 61.1 GW on 30 September 2018 – including 23.2 GW utility solar, 3.4 GW rooftop solar and 34.5 GW wind. Quarterly capacity addition has been…

Solar sector faces growing water risk

VINAY RUSTAGI | 30 October 2018

India’s solar sector is growing rapidly – total installed capacity has risen from just 1 GW in 2012 to over 25 GW at present and is expected to go up by over 10 GW every year. Fast growth and concentration in water-stressed areas exposes solar to growing water risks…

RE debt financing gets tougher

BRIDGE TO INDIA | 29 October 2018

RE projects are facing increasing financing challenges. Liquidity in the Indian financial system has dried up considerably pushing up cost of debt finance by 1.0-1.5% over last year. To make matters worse, we understand that most private banks and non-banking finance…

Impressions from an international module conference

VINAY RUSTAGI | 25 October 2018

I attended one of the world’s leading solar module industry events – PV ModuleTech in Penang, Malaysia – this week. There were about 200 participants from across the world including mainly all leading module manufacturers, various testing agencies…

Solar sector needs robust quality standards

Surbhi Singhvi | 23 October 2018

A recent report by PI Berlin, supported by MNRE, NISE, SECI and KFW, has highlighted major risks facing Indian PV projects – sub-optimal design, inadequate EPC contracts, poor installation and lack of proper maintenance. The study confirms longstanding concerns…

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