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Return expectations coming down

22 February 2022 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

Soaring costs and aggressive competition for new projects have made it a tough time for project development business. Module costs have edged down from the exceptional highs of around USD cents 0.30 in November to USD cents 0.27 but are still up about 16% over prices a year ago. Shipping freight rates, aluminum, copper and steel prices are also relentlessly firm. Total solar EPC cost, excluding...

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Consumers need a reliable pathway to 100% renewable power

15 February 2022 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

Leading corporates are increasingly adopting RE 100 pledges to decarbonise their businesses in response to demands from investors and consumers. There are now eight Indian companies alongside many international companies operating in India that have signed up to RE100...

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2021 recap in five charts

15 February 2022 | Dhruv Tyagi

We present five charts summarising key developments in the renewable power sector in 2021. Soaring module prices and other costsMono-crystalline module prices surged to USD cents 30/ Wp before falling marginally by year end, a rise of 21% over previous year due to rising component prices and shutdown of factories in China. Higher costs affected project viability leaving project developers in...

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New dawn for solar manufacturing

04 February 2022 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

The government has approved basic customs duty (BCD) for cells and modules as well as an enhanced budget of INR 240 billion (USD 3.2 billion) for production-linked incentive (PLI) for domestic manufacturers. As per the

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Solar EPC business undergoing a churn

31 January 2022 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

NTPC completed EPC auction for 3 x 245 MW solar projects based in its Nokh solar park in Rajasthan last week. The tender attracted strong interest from a mix of existing (L&T, Sterling & Wilson, BHEL, Jakson) and new players (Amar Raja, Premier Energies, Rays Power Infra, Axis Energy, BVG and NTPC GE Power, an NTPC-GE JV)....

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Financial risks building up at the wrong time

24 January 2022 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

Listed renewable IPP stocks have taken a battering in the last few months. ReNew stock touched a low of USD 5.65 this week after listing on NASDAQ in August 2021 at USD 8.50, a fall of 33%. Azure stock fell from a high of USD 48.39 in January 2021 to USD 15.55 this week, a fall of 70% in one year. Both stocks are down between 36-44% over the broader indices in the last four months. Another...

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ALMM: Walled garden for domestic solar manufacturers

18 January 2022 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

MNRE has expanded scope of the ALMM policy by bringing open access and rooftop solar projects under its purview. As per an order released last week, all open access and net-metering based projects applying for approval from 1 April 2022 onwards may procure only modules approved under ALMM policy. The...

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2022, best to keep hopes in check

10 January 2022 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

Here’s wishing all our subscribers a very happy new year. We hope that the new year brings good health and better tidings all around. Last two years have been tough for the sector with sharp cost rises, COVID, extensive project delays, muted power demand, worsening of DISCOM financial position and

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2021, nary a dull moment

13 December 2021 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

As 2021 draws to an end, we look at major developments that shaped the renewable sector. It was a nervy year, beginning with a severe second COVID wave followed by an unexpected disruption in module supply chain sharply hitting project viability and execution. These are our top developments of the year and their impact on the sector. Module prices shoot upFor the first time ever,

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ISTS open access restricted to a few states

06 December 2021 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

The Ministry of Power has offered a series of concessions on waiver of Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS) charges and losses. The most significant concession involves extending the waiver to open access projects – both third-party sale and captive use. The 100% waiver for ISTS charges over 25 year project life would now apply...

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India Renewable Power Tenders and Policies Update – October 2021

30 November 2021 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

This video presents a summary of major sector developments including tender issuance, auctions, policy and regulatory developments, financial deals and related market trends in October...

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REC scheme due for an overhaul

29 November 2021 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

Trading of Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) resumed on 24 November 2021 after a suspension lasting over 16 months due to a legal tussle over regulated prices. The first trading session saw an enthusiastic response on the back of huge pent-up demand with over 3.5 million RECs traded, out of...

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