Memorable Stories

Top 10 covers from Renewable Watch’s archives

Renewable Watch has been faithfully and extensively covering all the major developments, issues, deals and events that have taken place in the renewable energy sector over the past 10 years. Our coverage has been entirely without bias and is backed by strong facts and analysis. We present 10 stories from our archives that we are particularly proud of, stories that marked the biggest developments in the sector and that hold relevance even today…

Bid Surprise
JNNSM Batch II yields unexpectedly low tariffs

Bidding under the second round of JNNSM Phase I resulted in an unexpectedly low solar power tariff of Rs 7.49 per unit, setting a new record at the time and giving the first indication that grid parity for solar power was indeed a real possibility. This article took a calibrated look at this landmark event.


Plugging into Rooftops
Net metering policy to leverage solar PV potential

Net metering for rooftop solar was a key policy element of the JNNSM, but its implementation remained limited with only a few projects being set up. The article focused on the MNRE’s plans for transforming the net metering concept into enabling regulations and policies, many of which are applicable even today.


A Viable Alternative
Third-party PPAs emerge as an attractive option

With industrial consumers with a connected load of 1 MW and above being designated as open access consumers, it made commercial sense for both buyers and renewable energy generators to bypass discoms and enter into mutual power supply agreements. The story captured the nuances of this new dynamic.

 


Price Parity
Renewables become increasingly competitive

with coal-based power

This article marked a key transition point in the power sector. With technology advances, grid improvements to handle intermittent sources of energy and an increase in installed capacity, renewables inched closer to cost competitiveness with conventional power.


Pressure Points
Evacuation and offtake challenges in renewables growth
The government announced an ambitious target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022. This article examined the fundamental issues – power evacuation and offtake – that were likely to be faced in scaling up renewables to significant levels and increasing their share in the total installed capacity.

 


GST Unfolds
Will the new tax regime hurt or help renewables growth?

The goods and services tax (GST) – which is grounded in the essential ideology of one nation, one tax, one market – was to be implemented with effect from July 1, 2017. This article evaluated the real pitfalls and benefits of this key reform move for the renewables sector, which had so far benefited from multiple tax exemptions.

 


Ground Realities
Land issues continue to constrain renewable energy growth

In what could be termed as the first significant move towards removing land constraints in renewable energy project development, the Gujarat government released its land policy for such projects in early 2019. This story delved into the land acquisition issues plaguing the renewables sector, their impact on its growth and possible solutions.

 


Auction Route

FiTs to give way to competitive bidding in the wind power segment

After its success in the solar segment, the government decided to switch from feed-in tariffs to competitive bidding for wind power projects. In June 2016, it introduced a scheme for awarding 1,000 MW of wind power projects through competitive bidding. Would the move be a game changer for the segment? This article attempts to answer this and other related questions.


Environment of Uncertainty

Safeguard duty row adversely impacts solar power development

On July 30, 2018, the Ministry of Finance announced the levy of a 25 per cent safeguard duty on solar cells imported from China and Malaysia to secure the interests of domestic manufacturers against their foreign counterparts. The story highlighted the industry response and the confusion surrounding the duties that threw the segment into a state of flux.


Shock and Disruption

Covid-19 threatens to derail the renewable energy supply chain

In early 2020, as the novel coronavirus tightened its grip across the world, businesses attempted to grapple with its economic fallout. Renewable energy companies too were left staring at major logistical challenges and supply chain disruptions. This story analysed the likely impact of Covid-19 on the Indian renewable energy sector and the possible mitigation measures.

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