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Why “Swaminomics” is wrong – solar has passed the point of no return in India

06 July 2015 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

On Sunday, 5th June 2015, one of India’s leading economic journalists, Swaminathan Aiyar, in his weekly column “Swaminomics”, wrote that India should wait for five years before trying to implement big plans for solar (refer). He...

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India plans to make renewables mandatory on rooftops

22 June 2015 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

Last week, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister formally gave its approval for stepping up India’s solar power capacity target to 100 GW by 2022 (refer). The press release included some bold policy ideas to achieve the goal. They include:...

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As India adds over 1 GW of solar in the last year, Rajasthan emerges as the leading investment choice

18 June 2015 | Jyoti Gulia

The past financial year has seen a marked uptake in solar activities in India with new capacity installations and many new allocations and policy announcements. Rajasthan has emerged as a preferred investment choice and will likely remain so in the coming years. Please download our free India Solar Handbook 2015 for more information (

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India to realistically install 31 GW of solar until 2019: BRIDGE TO INDIA

15 June 2015 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

Last week, BRIDGE TO INDIA released the yearly India Solar Handbook (2015 edition) at InterSolar, Munich (download the report here). While the report examines various aspects of the Indian solar market, one of the most commonly asked questions that it tries to answer is: How much solar will India really...

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Why India just might achieve 24×7 power

09 June 2015 | Gayrajan Kohli

Since taking over office, the central government, under the aegis of Mr Piyush Goyal, Minister for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, has repeatedly stated its goal of providing 24-hour power supply across the country. Mr Goyal has laid out a detailed plan to accomplish this critical and difficult goal, the effects of which we are seeing today. A careful inspection reveals though, that...

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Maharashtra has the potential to become India’s leading solar state

08 June 2015 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

With the formation of the new BJP-led government at the state level 3 months ago, solar power is finally gaining momentum in Maharashtra. Last week, the state government cabinet approved a renewable energy policy with a target of 14,400 MW by 2020. Out of this, 7,500 MW has been earmarked for solar power. The policy document has not yet been released in the public domain but the ambitious...

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Solar margins may rise in India

03 June 2015 | Jasmeet Khurana

From 2010 to 2013, solar costs have come down dramatically. For the past two years, experts had been saying that solar prices would remain stable. However, at least in India, cost reduction, while slowing, has not halted. Project implementation costs have fallen by almost 10% in 2013 and another 12% in 2014. While module costs have fallen by roughly 10%, a similar, if not higher, cost reduction...

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New “entrepreneur” scheme for solar seems a non-starter, unlikely to work in current format

02 June 2015 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

Last week, India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) released a new policy designed to encourage unemployed youths and farmers to install renewable energy plants (refer). The idea is to increase employment as well as...

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Can India achieve power for all by 2019?

26 May 2015 | Jasmeet Khurana

The Modi government has set itself the target to achieve electricity for all by 2019. While this is not the first time such a target has been set in India – in fact, similar targets have been set by previous governments for 2007 and 2012 – many observers think that if it can be achieved than by this government. However, it will not be easy. Let us look at what challenges needs to be...

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Trina Solar, JA Solar and Canadian Solar to explore India manufacturing

19 May 2015 | BRIDGE TO INDIA

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China last week, 3 MoUs were signed, potentially worth USD 260 million (refer) for solar cell and module manufacturing units. Trina Solar and JA Solar have signed MoUs with Welspun Energy...

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Solar in the Circular Economy: a New Business Model

15 May 2015 | Tobias Engelmeier

Solar is great. It is an abundant, free and omnipresent source of energy. We just need to convert it into a form of energy we can use: heat/cool or electricity. The only problem is that in order to convert it, we need to manufacture specific equipment (collectors, panels, inverters, etc.) – and that is costly. This is where our global energy transition is stuck. What we try to do is reduce the...

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Why Net-metering is failing – Part 2 – The DISCOM’s side of the story

13 May 2015 | Gayrajan Kohli

From generation to delivery, India incurs one of the highest electricity losses globally. it needs to plug these losses – and grid modernization has to be a very important component of this. In a bottom up approach, a larger integration of distributed generation can be an important part of the puzzle. It can help bypass the inefficient grid altogether. In the absence of cost effective storage,...

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