Solar Support
A growing market for cables and connectors

June 30, 2021

There is a strong emphasis on scaling up solar power in India. With an increasing number of projects being installed across the country, there is more demand for quality equipment. Cables and connectors form a […]



Outside the Box
Innovations in junction box technology needed to improve solar performance

June 29, 2021

Although not extensively talked about, junction boxes are a crucial component of solar panels. These devices are pre-installed on the back of solar modules with silicon adhesives and are designed to protect the electrical systems […]



Production Line Market
Trends and developments in solar cells and module manufacturing equipment

July 31, 2021

The global solar manufacturing industry is undoubtedly dominated by China, which accounts for about 71 per cent of the world’s solar manufacturing capacity. Moreover, solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing involves both pre-cell and post-cell processes, and […]



Production Equipment Technologies
New trends and techniques in the manufacture of solar cells and modules from wafers

July 29, 2021

The manufacturing of solar modules can be classified into two stages – pre-cell or silicon-to-wafer stage and post wafer, that is, wafers-to-cells-and-modules. In India, however, there is very little incentive for domestic players to move […]



Set to Sail
Floating solar gains traction as land issues increase

March 31, 2021

If a 1 MW solar power project requires 4-5 acres of land for development, vast land banks will be needed for meeting India’s 100 GW solar power target. Moreover, solar power projects are location dependent […]



Cool Technologies
Innovations in floating solar plant components

March 29, 2021

The development of floating solar systems has witnessed a surge globally and in India as well. The key drivers have been land constraints, the availability of large waterbodies, and increased power generation due to the […]



Steady Demand
Promising market for mounting structures and tracking solutions

February 10, 2021

Solar module mounting structures and tracking solutions make the foundation of solar power plants. These are crucial across all types of solar projects as they determine how firmly the system is set up and how […]



Strong Support
Design and material considerations for solar mounting structures

February 9, 2021

As India continues to tap into its massive solar potential in order to reduce its carbon emissions, it has become clear that the country needs a lot more than solar panels and modules. In addition […]



Poised for Growth
Wind O&M market trends and outlook

January 20, 2021

Operations and maintenance (O&M) activities play a key role in ensuring the long-term sustainability and growth of wind power projects. According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), after-sales and services have emerged as a […]



Age of Automation
Advancements and digital integration in the O&M space

January 19, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic had put a halt to wind energy installation. Despite  this, the world is expected to have added about 65 GW of wind energy in 2020, as per the International’s Energy Agency’s estimates. […]



Critical Components
Technology trends in substations, switchgear and transformers

December 5, 2020

The Indian power sector has evolved greatly over the past decade with the influx of renewables in the form of mega projects and small distributed set-ups, and the emergence of the electric vehicle (EVs) market. […]



Better Connectivity
Advancements in cables, conductors and towers

December 4, 2020

The transmission and distribution sector has been a key focus area for the government. With a move towards providing round-the-clock power, high voltage transmission lines are being developed. Technologies such as flexible alternating current transmission […]



H2 Future
Applications and use cases of green hydrogen

September 25, 2020

Green hydrogen is perhaps the most widely talked about energy source today, owing to its immense possibilities to revolutionise both the power and transport sectors. This growing popularity stems from its potential for deployment to […]



Showing Promise
Growing global interest around green hydrogen

September 24, 2020

As the world moves towards low-carbon pathways, hydrogen is gradually paving the highway. Hydrogen, a clean-burning fuel, is a promising substitute to the pollution-heavy fossil fuels. It is produced by splitting water using an electrolyser. […]



Electric Ride
Scaling up charging infrastructure to meet the EV30@30 target

September 4, 2021

Electric mobility is a critical focus area in the energy transition space for governments worldwide. The electric vehicle (EV) market is set to revolutionise the global and domestic road transportation sector. In India, although the […]



“EV supply chain is set to become robust”
Views of NITI Aayog’s Sudhendu J. Sinha

September 3, 2021

Transitioning to electric mobility is a crucial element of the global green mobility movement as it can play a momentous role in decarbonising the transport sector. India is among the few countries that support the […]



Damage Control
Government initiatives to help the sector on its long road to recovery

April 20, 2020

Six weeks of the nationwide lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, and India’s economy is set to take a hit that could have significant ramifications for the country’s growth prospects. The World Bank expects India […]



Solar Eclipse
Covid-19 casts a shadow across the the industry

April 19, 2020

As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, industries worldwide are shutting down operations due to lockdowns announced to contain the virus. Solar power plants, although classified under essential services, are also bearing the brunt […]



Waiting to be Tapped
Floating offshore wind set to become mainstream in the global energy market

April 20, 2020

The floating offshore wind (FOW) segment holds the key to an inexhaustible wind resource waiting to be tapped across the globe. In Europe alone, about 80 per cent of the entire offshore wind resource is […]



Offshore Wind Hurdles
High initial costs may hamper development

April 19, 2020

In June 2018, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) announced its offshore wind energy targets of 5 GW by 2022 and 30 GW by 2030. This announcement was made after the first-ever invite […]



Catching the Wave
Floating solar rides on favourable market dynamics

March 26, 2020

At the beginning of 2018, the government indicated that it may set up 10 GW of floating solar capacity by 2021. While considered far too ambitious by industry experts, the initiative was a step in […]



An Evolving Market
Global technology and industry trends in the floating solar space

March 25, 2020

The world market for floating photovoltaic (FPV) has witnessed increasing growth over the past few years, with the installed capacities of individual projects rising year on year. The two largest FPV systems of 150 MWp […]



Intelligent Upkeep
Predictive maintenance in solar O&M

October 19, 2021

The operations and maintenance (O&M) of solar plants is a key market area where technologies are continuously evolving. With the rapidly increasing size and scale of solar projects, there is now a greater focus on […]



Automation Age
Digital technologies to dominate the future solar O&M landscape

October 11, 2021

By Khushboo Goyal Ensuring optimum solar plant performance and quality of assets is perhaps the most critical consideration for a developer today. At a time when so­lar tariffs have hit rock bottom at sub- Rs 2.50 per […]



Revving Up
Battery advancements and government support to bring more EVs on the road

December 30, 2019

The emerging electric vehicle (EV) market is expected to significantly impact both the road transportation and the power sector. On the one hand, the increasing penetration of EVs will reduce the dependence of the transport […]



Driving Change
Industry stakeholders deliberate on the EV charging scenario

December 29, 2019

Governments across the world are deploying a carrot-and-stick strategy to drive auto sales towards electric vehicles (EVs) and India is not far behind. With a target to integrate 30 per cent electric vehicles (EVs) in […]



Sun Cities
Promoting solar power in urban areas to meet the growing power demand

October 25, 2019

By Khushboo Goyal Rapid urbanisation and changing lifestyles are increasing the electricity demand in Indian towns and cities. Many utilities are facing difficulties in keeping up with the rising power requirements, especially in summer months […]



Land of the Rising Sun

October 24, 2019

Solar cities are being developed across the country, including eight in the north–eastern region in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. While the cities of Guwahati and Jorhat in Assam are to be developed […]



Taking Stock
Energy storage technologies for electric vehicle applications

December 31, 2017

Running parallel to the evolution of the renewable energy sector is the innovation in energy storage technologies, which has caught the attention of the industry as well as policymakers across countries. The importance of efficient […]



Powering EVs
Renewable energy could facilitate the transition to electric mobility

December 31, 2017

In a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, meet climate change targets and reduce pollution in urban areas, the government has announced ambitious plans to introduce electric vehicles (EVs) and thus also change the face […]



Discom Finances
Cost coverage, tariffs and profitability trends

February 27, 2018

Renewable Watch recently organised a workshop, “Offtake Risks for Re-newable Energy”, to examine the financial health of discoms, discuss the risks and challenges pertaining to power offtake, study the alternatives and propose solutions. The workshop […]



Offtake Concerns
Regulators attempt to balance industry and consumer interests

February 26, 2018

As part of its efforts to meet the 175 GW renewable energy target by 2022, the government has released a series of central- and state-level tenders over the past few years. However, the actual capacity […]



Emerging O&M Practices
Move towards better technologies and cost-optimised models

March 6, 2018

The cost of solar energy has changed dramatically over the years, with module prices plummeting from $4 per watt in 2008 to $0.34 per watt in October 2017. Similarly, solar operations and maintenance (O&M) practices […]



Strategic Shift
EPC players evolve from contractors to solution providers

March 5, 2018

Shrinking revenues owing to low solar power tariffs are exerting a downward pressure on developer margins. This calls for a change in project development strategies at all levels in order to reduce costs and improve […]



Big Goals
Update on Saubhagya implementation

April 23, 2018

The Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) was launched on September 25, 2017, with the aim of providing electricity to every willing household in rural and urban areas by March 2019. The scheme […]



Right to Light
Solar study lamp scheme brightens the future of students in villages

April 22, 2018

It is pitch dark as we near Nagwa village, 150 km from Varanasi. No lights emanate from any of the hamlets that we cross. Then, we see a bunch of barefoot boys and girls emerge […]



Clear Skies
Airports turn to solar power to reduce their carbon footprint

May 10, 2020

In March 2019, the Ministry of Civil Aviation introduced the National Green Civil Aviation Policy, 2019 to create an ecosystem for the sustainable development of the aviation sector in India. The aviation industry is one […]



Green Track
Indian Railways focuses on renewables to meet its growing energy needs

May 9, 2020

Indian Railways (IR), the country’s largest electricity consumer, accounting for 2.4 per cent of the total consumption, and the third largest user of high speed diesel (2.6 billion litres annually), now plans to become the […]



Decentralised Energy
Focus on clean distributed generation for a flexible power system

December 26, 2018

By Anita Khuller Distributed generation (DG) refers to a variety of technologies that generate electricity near the end users. Some of the DG technologies are solar panels, and combined heat and power (CHP). They may […]



Rooftop Rules
Industry perspective on opportunities and challenges

December 25, 2018

The rooftop solar segment is set to grow because of the benefits it offers and the government’s increased focus on promoting the development of decentralised sources of energy through various rooftop programmes supported by comprehensive […]



Changing with the Times
Moving towards non-preferential treatment of renewable-based captives

March 27, 2019

By Sarthak Takyar Captive power plants (CPPs) play a significant role in meeting the power generation requirements of commercial and industrial (C&I) users and reducing their dependence on the grid while optimising energy costs. According […]



A Promising Market
Case and outlook for renewable-based CPPs

March 26, 2019

By Khushboo Goyal In recent months, a number of renewable-based captive power plants (CPPs) have come up across industries and corporates. In January 2019, Suzlon Energy commissioned an 8.4 MW wind CPP for Hindustan Aeronautics […]



Future Power
Hydrogen could play a key role in the decarbonisation of India

May 28, 2019

By Ashay Abbhi The search for alternative fuels has led to the largest energy revolution across the world. New technologies for power generation have emerged as all countries move away from fossil-fuel- based sources. Renewable […]



Versatile Fuel
Hydrogen promises multiple applications across energy segments

May 27, 2019

By Dolly Khattar Over the past two decades, hydrogen technologies have experienced cycles of high expectations followed by discontent. However, the situation seems to be changing as a growing body of evidence now suggests that […]



Sunlit Roofs
Key trends and outlook for the segment

February 28, 2020

The government has set a target to install 100 GW of solar power capacity by 2022, of which 40 GW is to be achieved by the rooftop solar segment. Several policy measures have been announced […]



Chequered Growth
Net metering gains marred by implementation hurdles

February 27, 2020

India’s rooftop solar segment has grown from a mere 3 MW in 2011 to around 2,300 MW as of December 2019. While this jump might seem significant, it is inconsequential when compared to the growth […]



Attracting Equity
Changing risk profile calls for innovative financing mechanisms

September 22, 2017

India’s ambitious targets, record capacity additions and a steep fall in tariffs in 2016-17 have attracted global attention, with domestic as well as international investors and developers expressing interest in the country’s renewable energy sector. […]



Debt Surge
Bonds and borrowings drive capital influx in the renewables market

September 21, 2017

With the constantly evolving ecosystem of the Indian renewable energy market, financial instruments too have developed over the years. The government envisages an investment requirement of $100 billion to realise the renewable energy targets over […]



Patchy Progress

August 26, 2017

Over the past 12 months, there has been a growing impetus to rooftop solar deployments, which has translated into a sharp increase in installed capacity. According to BRIDGE TO INDIA, the installed rooftop solar capacity […]



Metering Market
Moving towards widespread implementation of AMI

August 24, 2017

Net metering is usually employed using two types of metering arrangements – unidirectional and bidirectional. A bidirectional meter displays both the energy consumed and supplied by the consumer on the same meter. In another metering […]



Patchy Progress
Green energy corridors finally get going

June 4, 2017

As India moves rapidly towards its target of 175 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2022, it is experiencing some hiccups in integrating the new capacity into the country’s underdeveloped grid. Solar plants are […]



Lending a Balance
Storage systems to complement intermittent renewable power

June 1, 2017

Efficient grid integration has assumed prime importance in the country’s energy and power sector, considering the impetus being given to the growth of renewable energy capacity over the next five years. Given the variability and […]



Second Wind
New strategies aim to revitalise the segment

April 3, 2021

It has been roughly four years since the end of the feed-in tariff (FiT) era and the launch of competitive bidding for allocating wind power projects. However, the wind segment continues to be in a […]



Dynamic Developments
Wind power segment deploys innovative technologies for efficiency gains

April 2, 2021

Transformative technology advancements are under way in the wind power space, across its various sub-segments. The size and shape of wind turbines are undergoing a change with the use of different types of foundations, increase […]



Cutting Costs
BoS suppliers try to cope with price pressures

March 5, 2017

Solar power tariffs saw a steep decline in the recent Rewa Solar Park auction. While this is being seen as a significant achievement in the country’s solar growth story, industry stakeholders are wary of the […]



Generation Gains
Tracker installation ensures higher yield

March 5, 2017

With the steep fall in solar tariffs, there is an increasing pressure on the solar industry to continuously optimise the cost of various plant components. The past few years have seen a significant decline in […]



Solar Parks
Status of sanctioned projects

February 5, 2017

Status of sanctioned projects […]



Hurdles in the Way
Implementation challenges in solar park development

February 5, 2017

Nearly 20 cent of the country’s solar installed capacity target for 2022 is slated to come from solar parks. These parks have a number of solar power projects with a cumulative capacity of over 500 […]



Design Innovations
Emergence of new, compact solar inverters

December 19, 2016

Solar PV inverter technology has witnessed limited progress in terms of design, size, efficiency improvement and manufacturing cost reductions as compared to other electronic devices like computers and TV sets. The maximum power ratio (per […]



Gaining Traction
Solar rooftop inverter market witnesses significant growth

December 19, 2016

The rooftop solar market in India has been gaining traction in recent years, with the segment reaching a total installed capacity of 1,020 MW as of September 2016. In line with the target of achieving […]



Sunny Farming
Collective effort needed to realise the true potential of solar pumps

May 31, 2021

With a major portion of the Indian population being dependent on agriculture for their livelihood, there is a need for proper irrigation facilities in the country. However, power supply to rural farmlands is often unreliable, […]



Incentive to Switch
Government schemes need to prioritise small farmers to improve solar pump uptake

May 30, 2021

India has been making rapid progress in adopting solar energy. With growing climate concerns and falling prices of solar technology, the country has planned an energy overhaul. Significant progress has been made in the utility-scale […]



Twin Goals
Southeast Asian countries look to WtE plants for waste and energy management

October 6, 2020

The rapid pace of urbanisation and industrialisation in Southeast Asia has led to a big surge in the volume of waste generated in the region. Major cities in several countries are running out of landfill […]



Opportunities in Waste
Current status of WtE projects and future potential

October 5, 2020

As the country moves ahead with industrialisation and urbanisation, there is expected to be significant waste generation. As per the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, municipal solid waste generation across India will reach […]



Solar EPC Trends
Emergence of end-to-end players

August 24, 2018

By Khushboo Goyal and  Anukriti As the country moves towards achieving its 100 GW solar capacity target by 2022, the segment is beginning to witness increased capacity additions. The total installed solar power capacity has […]



Changing Business Models
Competitive bidding regime disrupts the wind EPC market

August 23, 2018

By Ashay Abbhi The adoption of competitive bidding for project allocation and tariff determination completely disrupted the wind power market in 2017. Tariffs plummeted to Rs 2.44 per kWh, putting huge pressure on developers and […]



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