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Weekly Update: Privatization of power distribution can create a better atmosphere for adoption of solar power

23 January 2013 | Jasmeet Khurana

Jasmeet Khurana, Market Intelligence Consultant at BRIDGE TO INDIA, works on project performance benchmarking, success factors for module sales, financing and bankability of projects in India. Solar in India will, in the medium term, benefit mostly from the...

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What makes the solar cowboys ride?

15 January 2013 | Jasmeet Khurana

Mr. Akhilesh Magal heads the Project Development team as Senior Consultant at BRIDGE TO INDIA. In an earlier blog post, my colleague Tobias Engelmeier suggested that the Indian market is for players...

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The market this quarter: The January 2013 edition of the INDIA SOLAR COMPASS

31 December 2012 | Jasmeet Khurana

BRIDGE TO INDIA provides a precise, analytical and in-depth update on the Indian solar market every quarter as a part of its INDIA SOLAR COMPASS. This is an excerpt from the January 2013 edition of the INDIA SOLAR COMPASS. The previous quarter (October to December 2012) has seen a flurry of new solar policy...

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The call of sirens: Is India really a good solar market?

28 December 2012 | Tobias Engelmeier

Dr. Tobias Engelmeier is Founder and Managing Director at BRIDGE TO INDIA. No doubt: the Indian solar market has strong fundamentals. Irradiation is very high, power is expensive and in short supply. Solar is getting cheaper. In addition, there are now a host of new policies (NSM phase II, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, etc. –...

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Finally, a manual to understand the challenges of project development in India

20 December 2012 | Akhilesh Magal

Mr. Akhilesh Magal heads the Project Development team as Senior Consultant at BRIDGE TO INDIA. Since the announcement of the National Solar Mission (NSM) in early 2010, there has been considerable development in the Indian solar market. The Indian solar market...

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Why the CERCs proposal to extend the validity of RECs is not a long-term solution

20 December 2012 | Akhilesh Magal

Mr. Akhilesh Magal heads the Project Development team as Senior Consultant at BRIDGE TO INDIA. The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has proposed to extend the validity of RECs beyond the current period of one year. The petition is listed for...

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RPOs v/s SPOs in Tamil Nadu – Whose obligations are they anyway?

12 December 2012 | Akhilesh Magal

The Tamil Nadu State Solar Policy (TNSSP) aims at achieving 500 MW till 2015 through the Solar Power Obligations (SPOs) mechanism (Read BRIDGE TO INDIA’s policy brief on Tamil Nadu for the complete analysis on the policy). SPOs are enforced on High Tension (HT) consumers of power...

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Tamil Nadu Solar Policy: Tariffs expected

11 December 2012 | Akhilesh Magal

Tamil Nadu Solar Policy: Tariffs expected to fall to INR 6.2 (EUR 0.09)/kWh for 1,000 MW of utility scale projects Tamil Nadu is the seventh Indian state out of 28 to announce an official solar target. In an overall target of 3GW, the policy is targeting 1,500 MW of capacity addition through utility scale installations till 2015. The Tamil Nadu Electricity Development Authority (TEDA) as the...

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Why the ‘I know the Chief Minister’ claim doesn’t work for solar in India

06 December 2012 | Tobias Engelmeier

Dr. Tobias Engelmeier is Founder and Managing Director at BRIDGE TO INDIA. Over the past two years, since we have been working in the Indian solar market, I have had numerous conversations with people who claimed to have access to the Minister of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy or the Chief Minister of a state and...

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What a good solar policy for grid connected plants should include

05 December 2012 | Tobias Engelmeier

Dr. Tobias Engelmeier is Founder and Managing Director at BRIDGE TO INDIA. The Indian solar market is picking up speed. A number of new policies have been announced: the (draft)

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Phase two of the NSM proposes direct incentives for states to increase solar PV installed capacity

04 December 2012 | Jasmeet Khurana

Jasmeet Khurana, Market Intelligence Consultant at BRIDGE TO INDIA, works on project performance benchmarking, success factors for module sales, financing and bankability of projects in...

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What are the trends in the Indian solar market?

03 December 2012 | Tobias Engelmeier

Dr. Tobias Engelmeier is founder and Managing Director at BRIDGE TO INDIA. He consults international companies on developing successful market strategies in India. The Indian solar market is at an interesting point at the moment: it has come from zero to 1 GW within a period of 1.5 years. Then, it held its breath for half a...

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