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Round-up of ISIT Day 1
19 April 2012 |

The India Solar Investment & Technology Summit Day 1 saw 15,000 people gather to view the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi ‘dedicate 600MW of solar power to the nation’ at the inauguration of the Charanka Solar Park near Gandhinagar,Gujarat. The event was held amidst political fanfare in the middle of a 2,699 acre arid wasteland at a remote part of Gujarat. He…

Round-up of ISIT Day 1
19 April 2012 |

The India Solar Investment & Technology Summit Day 1 saw 15,000 people gather to view the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi ‘dedicate 600MW of solar power to the nation’ at the inauguration of the Charanka Solar Park near Gandhinagar,Gujarat. The event was held amidst political fanfare in the middle of a 2,699 acre arid wasteland at a remote part of Gujarat. He…


Karnataka allocates 80MW of projects under state solar policy
19 April 2012 |

The Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL) has announced the ten winners of the solar bidding it held in November 2011 under the Karnataka solar policy.  The KREDL had floated tenders for 80MW worth of solar projects under the Karnataka solar policy on August 9th 2011. The bidding process for these projects was supposed to be closed on November 24th…

Karnataka allocates 80MW of projects under state solar policy
19 April 2012 |

The Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL) has announced the ten winners of the solar bidding it held in November 2011 under the Karnataka solar policy.  The KREDL had floated tenders for 80MW worth of solar projects under the Karnataka solar policy on August 9th 2011. The bidding process for these projects was supposed to be closed on November 24th…


Demystifying Performance Ratio (P.R.) and Capacity Utilization Factor (C.U.F.) for a solar plant
10 April 2012 |

The worldwide standard for measuring a solar plant’s performance is the Performance Ratio (P.R.). However, most project developers, investors and EPC contractors in India use the Capacity Utilization Factor (C.U.F.) as the standard of measuring the performance of a plant. Our team sat down and attempted to demystify these differences. But soon enough, we realized that quite a few people...

Demystifying Performance Ratio (P.R.) and Capacity Utilization Factor (C.U.F.) for a solar plant
10 April 2012 |

The worldwide standard for measuring a solar plant’s performance is the Performance Ratio (P.R.). However, most project developers, investors and EPC contractors in India use the Capacity Utilization Factor (C.U.F.) as the standard of measuring the performance of a plant. Our team sat down and attempted to demystify these differences. But soon enough, we realized that quite a few people...


India Solar Compass : April 2012 Edition out now!
04 April 2012 |

The India Solar Compass is a quarterly analysis report with the latest updates on India solar policy, projects, industry and financing.  The key question in the April 2012 edition: ” Is the telecom tower market viable in India?” The report includes market outlook for the coming quarters with projections for addition to solar installed capacity and expected regulatory developments in India...

India Solar Compass : April 2012 Edition out now!
04 April 2012 |

The India Solar Compass is a quarterly analysis report with the latest updates on India solar policy, projects, industry and financing.  The key question in the April 2012 edition: ” Is the telecom tower market viable in India?” The report includes market outlook for the coming quarters with projections for addition to solar installed capacity and expected regulatory developments in India...


12 Key market findings from the latest India Solar Compass
02 April 2012 |

Fourteen projects have been penalized for missing the January 9th 2012 deadline for commissioning under the NSM. They have lost a cumulative amount of INR 280m (EUR4.3m) in bank guarantees. The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has imposed penalties on 370MW worth of projects for missing the December 31st 2012 deadline for commissioning under the Gujarat solar policy...

12 Key market findings from the latest India Solar Compass
02 April 2012 |

Fourteen projects have been penalized for missing the January 9th 2012 deadline for commissioning under the NSM. They have lost a cumulative amount of INR 280m (EUR4.3m) in bank guarantees. The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has imposed penalties on 370MW worth of projects for missing the December 31st 2012 deadline for commissioning under the Gujarat solar policy...

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Introducing the India Solar Compass April 2012
30 March 2012 |

BRIDGE TO INDIA’s quarterly report on the Indian solar market analyzes policy, projects, industry and financing; the key drivers of this market. The latest edition of the quarterly, explores the telecom tower segment as a significant opportunity that will emerge in the market in the coming 5 years. In the April issue, we’re looking at: The last quarter has seen…

Introducing the India Solar Compass April 2012
30 March 2012 |

BRIDGE TO INDIA’s quarterly report on the Indian solar market analyzes policy, projects, industry and financing; the key drivers of this market. The latest edition of the quarterly, explores the telecom tower segment as a significant opportunity that will emerge in the market in the coming 5 years. In the April issue, we’re looking at: The last quarter has seen…


Will Andhra Pradesh be India’s next solar boom state?
27 March 2012 |

Andhra Pradesh receives some of the highest irradiation in India. The state has significant renewable purchase obligations (RPO) stemming from its high power demand. In addition, Andhra Pradesh has India’s best performing state power utility (State Electricity Board, SEB). So far, the state has no solar policy in place but it has nevertheless signed a contract for a 100 MW…

Will Andhra Pradesh be India’s next solar boom state?
27 March 2012 |

Andhra Pradesh receives some of the highest irradiation in India. The state has significant renewable purchase obligations (RPO) stemming from its high power demand. In addition, Andhra Pradesh has India’s best performing state power utility (State Electricity Board, SEB). So far, the state has no solar policy in place but it has nevertheless signed a contract for a 100 MW…


Renewable energy policies in India are getting smarter
26 March 2012 |

India is moving rapidly from direct government support for renewable energies to more market-driven mechanisms. Soon no support will be needed. This opens up the Indian market to growth in a completely new dimension. Accelerated Depreciation was the early choice for government support for renewables. It allowed the Indian wind power sector to take off.Generation-Based Incentives came next...

Renewable energy policies in India are getting smarter
26 March 2012 |

India is moving rapidly from direct government support for renewable energies to more market-driven mechanisms. Soon no support will be needed. This opens up the Indian market to growth in a completely new dimension. Accelerated Depreciation was the early choice for government support for renewables. It allowed the Indian wind power sector to take off.Generation-Based Incentives came next...


The National Solar Mission – Loopholes and Consequences
22 March 2012 |

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) was launched in 2008 with a goal of installing 22,000MW of solar power in India by 2022. The first phase, first batch bidding guidelines stated that a company is allowed to bid for only one 5MW solar PV and 100 MW solar thermal project. This was done to foster competition among project developers.These…

The National Solar Mission – Loopholes and Consequences
22 March 2012 |

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) was launched in 2008 with a goal of installing 22,000MW of solar power in India by 2022. The first phase, first batch bidding guidelines stated that a company is allowed to bid for only one 5MW solar PV and 100 MW solar thermal project. This was done to foster competition among project developers.These…


Solar thermal will now be exempt from import duty in India
16 March 2012 |

India’s finance minister, Dr. Pranab Mukherjee, declared that solar thermal plant and equipment in India will now be exempt from import duty. “In order to fully realize our potential in the realm of solar energy, solar thermal projects need encouragement. I propose to fully exempt plant and equipment etc. for the initial setting up of such projects from special countervailing…

Solar thermal will now be exempt from import duty in India
16 March 2012 |

India’s finance minister, Dr. Pranab Mukherjee, declared that solar thermal plant and equipment in India will now be exempt from import duty. “In order to fully realize our potential in the realm of solar energy, solar thermal projects need encouragement. I propose to fully exempt plant and equipment etc. for the initial setting up of such projects from special countervailing…

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Alex Green Energy wins 25MW at INR 7 per kWh
25 February 2012 |

In December of 2011, the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) had released an invitation for Request for Selection (RfS) for 25MW worth of solar projects in the state. The last date for submitting the bids was February 7th 2012.  Our sources reveal that the results of the reverse bidding process have now been finalized. The winning bid is a record…

Alex Green Energy wins 25MW at INR 7 per kWh
25 February 2012 |

In December of 2011, the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) had released an invitation for Request for Selection (RfS) for 25MW worth of solar projects in the state. The last date for submitting the bids was February 7th 2012.  Our sources reveal that the results of the reverse bidding process have now been finalized. The winning bid is a record…


What exactly is a ‘Smart’ Grid?
03 February 2012 |

There is a lot of talk on how smart grids are needed to solve intermittency in power generation introduced by renewable sources of energy. But what does a smart grid mean? An excellent paper from Carnegie Mellon University titled The Many Meanings of Smart Grid sums up the different aspects. At the level of the customer - Meters that can…

What exactly is a ‘Smart’ Grid?
03 February 2012 |

There is a lot of talk on how smart grids are needed to solve intermittency in power generation introduced by renewable sources of energy. But what does a smart grid mean? An excellent paper from Carnegie Mellon University titled The Many Meanings of Smart Grid sums up the different aspects. At the level of the customer - Meters that can…


Open Access – Not really an open and shut case
26 December 2011 |

The Electricity Act of 2003, allows power consumers to purchase electricity from any power producer not limited to the distribution company (DISCOM) in that area. The term open access refers to the distribution and transmission lines being open to all somewhat similar to our highways where anybody can use it as long as they pay a toll. This regulation was…

Open Access – Not really an open and shut case
26 December 2011 |

The Electricity Act of 2003, allows power consumers to purchase electricity from any power producer not limited to the distribution company (DISCOM) in that area. The term open access refers to the distribution and transmission lines being open to all somewhat similar to our highways where anybody can use it as long as they pay a toll. This regulation was…


National Solar Mission (NSM) Phase 1 Batch 2 Bid Results: Why they are more than just numbers
12 December 2011 |

The results of the round two of the NSM surprised everyone with the price of solar energy falling to INR 7.49 per unit. A large part of the success of the NSM must be attributed to the government. However, the larger implications of this would be outside solar projects driven by government subsidies. The next few years would see a…

National Solar Mission (NSM) Phase 1 Batch 2 Bid Results: Why they are more than just numbers
12 December 2011 |

The results of the round two of the NSM surprised everyone with the price of solar energy falling to INR 7.49 per unit. A large part of the success of the NSM must be attributed to the government. However, the larger implications of this would be outside solar projects driven by government subsidies. The next few years would see a…


India needs more power – Germany has excellent technology to help the subcontinent
06 December 2011 |

India is facing a green revolution. Government and business leaders recognize that the scarcity of fossil fuels is one of the major risks for economic growth and understand the urgent need to take countermeasures and make green energy viable. German companies have many of the solutions India needs and they in turn need the Indian market.India has a huge potential…

India needs more power – Germany has excellent technology to help the subcontinent
06 December 2011 |

India is facing a green revolution. Government and business leaders recognize that the scarcity of fossil fuels is one of the major risks for economic growth and understand the urgent need to take countermeasures and make green energy viable. German companies have many of the solutions India needs and they in turn need the Indian market.India has a huge potential…