Taking Stock
Energy storage technologies for electric vehicle applications

December 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 […]



Renewables Route

May 2018

Rail transport is one of the most important modes of transit in India and is referred to as the backbone of the country’s transport infrastructure. Not surprisingly, the world’s fourth largest railway network has huge […]



Green Run
Metro rail systems turn to solar energy to save costs

May 2018

Metro rail systems are rapidly becoming the most convenient means of commuting for India’s urban population with metro rail systems already operational in 10 cities across the country, and in the construction or planning phase […]



Rooftop Solar Goals
Capacity addition picks up, but not enough to meet the targets

June 2018

India’s biggest solar parks are being built in states like Karnataka, Telangana, Rajasthan and Gujarat – essentially, in regions with sunshine and vacant arid land. But across the country, transit systems, airports, hospitals, campuses, malls, […]



Rooftop Roadblocks
Lack of uniform net metering guidelines and implementation issues constrain growth

June 2018

The solar power segment in India has been witnessing unprecedented growth recently. As of March 2018, the total installed solar power capacity stood at 21.6 GW, of which 9.6 GW was added in 2017-18. However, […]



Attracting Equity
Changing risk profile calls for innovative financing mechanisms

September 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 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 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 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 […]



Solar Trends
Challenges persist despite favourable policies

July 2018

India has become the third largest solar power market in the world. High capacity tenders and additions have become the trend as the country progresses towards the 100 GW target by 2022. Over the past […]



Still Stressed
Discoms continue to grapple with financial challenges

July 2018

The financial well-being of discoms is critical not only for ensuring a strong power distribution system in a country but also for capacity generation and unhindered power supply. However, a number of discoms are facing […]



Patchy Progress
Green energy corridors finally get going

June 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 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 […]



Achieving 60 GW
Need for progressive wind power policies and technologies

September 2018

Introduced in 2017, competitive bidding for wind power projects has yielded several positives. The bidding mechanism has created a more transparent and competitive industry, as tariffs are determined based on developers’ analysis of location, counterparty […]



Views of SECI’s Shailesh Kumar Mishra
“Resolving transmission issues”

September 2018

The advent of competitive bidding had brought in a period of inactivity for the entire wind power segment. However, the segment has started regaining traction after a year of lull, with about 15 GW of […]



Cutting Costs
BoS suppliers try to cope with price pressures

March 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 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 2017

Status of sanctioned projects […]



Hurdles in the Way
Implementation challenges in solar park development

February 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 […]



Panel Support
Mounting structure market expands with emerging solar applications

January 2018

The Indian solar power industry has grown rapidly over the past two years. This has increased investor confidence in the segment, leading to greater capacity additions and new solar power applications. The growth is also […]



Gaining Ground
Growing uptake of solar trackers for improved power output

January 2018

Solar trackers have emerged as a popular technology to increase the power output of a solar plant. By tracking the path of the sun, single- and dual-axis tracking systems can deliver a performance gain of […]



Design Innovations
Emergence of new, compact solar inverters

December 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 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 […]



A Way Out
WtE deployment necessary to tackle India’s waste crisis

October 2018

Anukriti Despite the slow growth in the waste-to-energy (WtE) segment, there has been an overall increase in the grid-interactive as well as the off-grid WtE capacities in the country. In fact, the capacity addition (16 […]



Utilising Waste
MNRE gives a fresh impetus to the WtE segment

October 2018

By Khushboo Goyal  The total installed capacity of bioenergy in India stood at 9.8 GW as of July 2018. Of this, biomass and cogeneration projects contribute 9.5 GW and waste-to-energy (WtE) contributes the rest. In […]



Solar EPC Trends
Emergence of end-to-end players

August 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 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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