Surbhi Singhvi


Five charts summarising RE development in 2018
14 January 2019 |

2018 was the first year to see a dip in RE capacity addition in India. The highest reduction was in wind (-52%), followed by utility scale solar (-29%) but rooftop solar continued to grow healthily (+73%). 2018 saw a huge surge in new tenders. However, actual project allocation was much less due to multiple instances of tender cancellations. Tender issuance was…

Five charts summarising RE development in 2018
14 January 2019 |

2018 was the first year to see a dip in RE capacity addition in India. The highest reduction was in wind (-52%), followed by utility scale solar (-29%) but rooftop solar continued to grow healthily (+73%). 2018 saw a huge surge in new tenders. However, actual project allocation was much less due to multiple instances of tender cancellations. Tender issuance was…


Solar sector needs robust quality standards
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 about poor quality in the Indian solar sector. There are multiple reasons that explain quality problems in the solar sector in…

Solar sector needs robust quality standards
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 about poor quality in the Indian solar sector. There are multiple reasons that explain quality problems in the solar sector in…


Tracker market slowing down
10 August 2018 |

In the midst of increasing competition, falling tariffs and shrinking profit margins, the market for solar trackers picked up sharply in India in 2017. Developers were increasingly keen to use trackers to enhance project performance to maximize returns. Commissioned capacity using trackers increased from 86 MW in 2016 to 1,427 MW in 2017....

Tracker market slowing down
10 August 2018 |

In the midst of increasing competition, falling tariffs and shrinking profit margins, the market for solar trackers picked up sharply in India in 2017. Developers were increasingly keen to use trackers to enhance project performance to maximize returns. Commissioned capacity using trackers increased from 86 MW in 2016 to 1,427 MW in 2017....


Need to step up battery manufacturing in India
08 August 2018 |

In an encouraging move for prospects of domestic battery manufacturing, two government run institutions — Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) — have announced plans to transfer their cell manufacturing technology to private companies. Various private players including Exide, Suzuki ...

Need to step up battery manufacturing in India
08 August 2018 |

In an encouraging move for prospects of domestic battery manufacturing, two government run institutions — Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) — have announced plans to transfer their cell manufacturing technology to private companies. Various private players including Exide, Suzuki ...


Installation activity to slowdown in 2018
28 June 2018 |

Q1 2018 saw commissioning of a record 3,766 MW (+100% over Q4 2017) of utility scale solar projects. Cumulative utility scale solar capacity has crossed the 20,000 MW mark and now stands at 21,331 MW. The record capacity addition came despite significant delays faced in many projects under SECI tenders in Maharashtra, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Karnataka accounted for more…

Installation activity to slowdown in 2018
28 June 2018 |

Q1 2018 saw commissioning of a record 3,766 MW (+100% over Q4 2017) of utility scale solar projects. Cumulative utility scale solar capacity has crossed the 20,000 MW mark and now stands at 21,331 MW. The record capacity addition came despite significant delays faced in many projects under SECI tenders in Maharashtra, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Karnataka accounted for more…


Energy goes missing from the Union Budget
07 February 2018 |

The Indian Finance Minister announced budget for the financial year 2018-19 last week. Being this government’s last budget before general elections due in early 2019, the focus was unsurprisingly on populist measures related to agriculture, rural development and health. But we still found it remarkable how little attention was paid to the entire energy sector. Focus is on rural electrification,…

Energy goes missing from the Union Budget
07 February 2018 |

The Indian Finance Minister announced budget for the financial year 2018-19 last week. Being this government’s last budget before general elections due in early 2019, the focus was unsurprisingly on populist measures related to agriculture, rural development and health. But we still found it remarkable how little attention was paid to the entire energy sector. Focus is on rural electrification,…


ISA makes slow progress
15 December 2017 |

International Solar Alliance (ISA), launched by India and France at COP 21 summit in November 2015, finally became a recognized organization under United Nations charter on December 6, 2017. It has initiated three programs so far – scaling solar applications such as solar water pumps and lighting systems for agricultural use, ensuring sufficient flow of affordable finance and promoting installation...

ISA makes slow progress
15 December 2017 |

International Solar Alliance (ISA), launched by India and France at COP 21 summit in November 2015, finally became a recognized organization under United Nations charter on December 6, 2017. It has initiated three programs so far – scaling solar applications such as solar water pumps and lighting systems for agricultural use, ensuring sufficient flow of affordable finance and promoting installation...


Public sector investment crowding out private investors
28 November 2017 |

Since 2014, around 29 GW of utility scale solar tenders have been issued in India. Most of this capacity (81%, 23.5 GW) has been tendered by NTPC, Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI), distribution companies (DISCOMs) and other public sector entities for project development by private sector. But there is also a sizeable 19% (5.5 GW) tendered in the…

Public sector investment crowding out private investors
28 November 2017 |

Since 2014, around 29 GW of utility scale solar tenders have been issued in India. Most of this capacity (81%, 23.5 GW) has been tendered by NTPC, Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI), distribution companies (DISCOMs) and other public sector entities for project development by private sector. But there is also a sizeable 19% (5.5 GW) tendered in the…


Draft National Energy Policy lacking in both vision and substance
10 August 2017 |

NITI Aayog, India’s central planning agency, recently released the draft National Energy Policy (NEP). The document sets out national objectives and planning framework for the energy sector for the next 23 years (up to 2040). It comes at an opportune time when India is going through a critical energy transition period. Its main thrust is to let market-based mechanisms guide…

Draft National Energy Policy lacking in both vision and substance
10 August 2017 |

NITI Aayog, India’s central planning agency, recently released the draft National Energy Policy (NEP). The document sets out national objectives and planning framework for the energy sector for the next 23 years (up to 2040). It comes at an opportune time when India is going through a critical energy transition period. Its main thrust is to let market-based mechanisms guide…


Southern region to lead the nation in grid integration of renewable energy
29 May 2017 |

India’s southern region comprising Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala accounts for 25% of national power consumption but 45% of total wind and solar power capacity in the country. Penetration of variable wind and solar energy, defined as generation from both these sources as a percentage of electricity consumption, in the southern...

Southern region to lead the nation in grid integration of renewable energy
29 May 2017 |

India’s southern region comprising Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala accounts for 25% of national power consumption but 45% of total wind and solar power capacity in the country. Penetration of variable wind and solar energy, defined as generation from both these sources as a percentage of electricity consumption, in the southern...


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