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 longstan...

Surbhi Singhvi | 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 retur...

Surbhi Singhvi | 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 c...

Surbhi Singhvi | 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 signific...

Surbhi Singhvi | 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 electrificatio...

Surbhi Singhvi | 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 installat...

Surbhi Singhvi | 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 form of EPC contracts, where capital...

Surbhi Singhvi | 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 growth in various ene...

Surbhi Singhvi | 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 region was 9% in 2016-17 as against the ...