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Weekly Update: NSM domestic content batch of 375 MW caught in crossfire between the developers and manufacturers

01 April 2014 | Jasmeet Khurana

National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), one of the several solar industry associations in India, has written a letter to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) suggesting that domestic manufacturers do not have adequate capacity to supply the 375 MW of capacity allocations under the domestic content requirement (DCR) category of batch one of phase two of the National...

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The Indian solar market is ready for the NSM boost

01 April 2014 | Jasmeet Khurana

The April 2014 edition of  BRIDGE TO INDIA’s quarterly publication, the India Solar Compass, has been released. Following are some highlights. • India signs 1,232 MW of PPAs in the first quarter of 2014• India to add 1,065 MW of solar PV capacity in the next financial year• India added 89 MW of solar PV capacity in the last quarter, lowest since Q3 2012 Project...

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What are India’s strategic energy options? Part 4: A game changing shift to solar

25 March 2014 | Tobias Engelmeier

India has two choices to make. The first choice is: should it actively develop and follow an energy strategy? Or should it continue to sputter along in an ad-hoc manner, with inefficient private investments into back-up infrastructure and with power deficits that inhibit development? The second choice, if India opts for a strategy, is: what should the strategy be? Should it focus on the...

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Weekly Update: Restricting open access power purchase- a regressive move?

25 March 2014 | Akhilesh Magal

Gujarat has restricted industries in the state from procuring power from outside the state through open access as per news reports. This restricts the choice of private industries in Gujarat to either purchase electricity from the state discoms or via on-site captive power plants. This comes as an unexpected move since Gujarat has been on the forefront of power sector reforms in...

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What are India’s strategic energy options? Part 3: Cost trajectories of fossil and renewable energy

20 March 2014 | Tobias Engelmeier

So far, in its process of industrialization, India has been relying heavily on its own coal reserves and on imported oil (mostly from the Middle East). Attempts to build a strong nuclear industry based on domestic Thorium reserves have so far been unsuccessful. Despite the shale gas revolution in the US, it seems like fossil fuels will become more and more expensive in India. At the same time,...

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Weekly Update: India’s subsidy scheme for de-centralized solar to stay subdued in 2014 as well

19 March 2014 | Jasmeet Khurana

Last financial year (April 2013- March 2014), the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had received a budgetary allocation of INR 15.2 billion (USD 250 million) for various renewable energy programs. However, there was a mid-term course correction due to India’s high current account deficit situation and the actual disbursement ended up to be only INR 4.4 billion (USD 72 million). As...

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A unique learning experience at the GSES Solar PV workshop

18 March 2014 | Karan Raj Chaudri

Global Sustainable Energy Solutions (‘GSES’) – a leading Australian firm engaged in providing training and resources for solar PV- held its first workshop in Delhi in the first week of March. The four day workshop was focused on technical and operational aspects of solar PV projects with a guided site visit to a solar plant to give participants an informative tour of a typical PV...

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What are India’s strategic energy options? Part 2: Comparisons with the US, Germany and China

18 March 2014 | Tobias Engelmeier

If India industrializes and quadruples its energy consumption to over 2 billion tons of oil equivalent per year, it needs to come up with a more thought out energy strategy than just the current “more of everything, whenever available”. Three countries comparable in size to India have been prominent in formulating and executing energy strategies. These are the US, Germany and China. This is...

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What are India’s strategic energy options? Part 1: The energy demand

12 March 2014 | Tobias Engelmeier

So far, in its process of industrialization, India has been relying heavily on its own coal reserves and on imported oil (mostly from the Middle East). Attempts to build a strong nuclear industry based on domestic Thorium reserves have so far been unsuccessful. Despite the shale gas revolution in the US, it seems like fossil fuels will become more and more expensive in India. At the same time,...

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Weekly Update: Jammu & Kashmir signs an agreement for a 7,500 MW solar power plant

11 March 2014 | Jasmeet Khurana

The state government of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to set up 7,500 MW of solar power projects in the state(refer). The...

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India’s energy future – BP’s thoughts and ours

07 March 2014 | Tobias Engelmeier

On the 28th of January, the Chief Economist of BP and lead author of the “BP World Energy Outlook”, Christof Rühl, gave a talk at the Delhi think tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF) on the major global and Indian energy trends. His main takeaways were: there is enough energy to meet demand, prices will rise, the climate will suffer. I think that the main source of error in the forecast...

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Weekly Update: Should Indian developers be worried about rising solar costs in 2014?

04 March 2014 | Jasmeet Khurana

A recent report by GTM Research claims that new global capacity addition announcements can bring about a turning point in the PV supply-demand dynamics in 2014 (

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