Growing Scope
Rapid global capacity additions call for effective wind O&M strategies

July 2020

The competitive wind power tariffs combined with a mature technology have led to continued high capacity additions in the wind power segment across the world. With 651 GW of cumulative wind capacity installed by the […]



Advanced Bolting Solutions: The Industrial Bolting Experts
Interview with Mr. L Balasubramanian, Managing Director, ABS group, India (Sponsored)

July 2020

What are your product offerings in the wind O&M space?  Advanced Bolting Solutions (ABS) with a two decade strong partnership with HYTORC, USA offers a variety of products and services to the wind power industry […]



“We are continuously evaluating industry need”
Interview with Fortum’s Awadhesh Jha

August 2020

An early mover in the electric vehicle (EV) charging space, Fortum commercialised its electric transportation programme in 2011 under the Charge & Drive brand. Since then, its operations have spread across Europe and India. Fortum […]



Gaining Momentum
Key trends and developments in the global EV charging space

August 2020

In recent years, the electric vehicle (EV) and charging infrastructure industry has received a major fillip, with governments around the world focusing on e-mobility as part of their climate and energy strategies. The trend is […]



H2 Future
Applications and use cases of green hydrogen

September 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 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. […]



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

April 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 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 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 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 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 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 […]



Weak Sentiment
Multiple challenges in the solar segment dampen investor interest

January 2020

The solar power segment has been going through a rough patch over the past one year. With the rapid scaling up of solar deployment, numerous concerns have emerged. These issues have dampened investor interest. Chief […]



Automation Gains
Increased digitalisation in solar O&M for better plant performance

January 2020

With the growing deployment of solar power projects and increasing portfolio sizes, proper operations and maintenance (O&M) of these plants is attracting greater interest from developers. While solar O&M was limited to module cleaning, plant […]



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

December 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 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 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 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 […]



Support Structures
Need for cost-competitive tracking and mounting systems

June 2020

Module mounting structures have an important part to play in the functioning of a solar power plant, in the case of both utility scale as well as rooftop. They are the supporting structures that hold […]



Mounting Practices
Material and design considerations to improve cost competitiveness

June 2020

Mounting structures, contrary to popular opinion, are not just support structures for solar panels. They serve a much more important purpose, of ensuring that the optimum solar radiation reaches the solar panels in solar power […]



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 […]



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

May 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 […]



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 […]



Mounting Challenges
Changes in the wind power segment lead to market upheaval

August 2019

By Dolly Khattar The wind power segment entered a phase of turbulence as it transitioned from the feed-in tariff (FiT) to an auction-based regime in 2017. While the latter has helped bring down wind power […]



“The new tender guidelines are more liberal”
Views of SECI’s J.N. Swain

August 2019

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) is the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) arm responsible for holding wind and solar auctions. At a recent Renewable Watch conference, “Wind Power in India”, SECI’s […]



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 […]



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 […]



Pumping Solutions
Need for capacity building and subsidy support to drive solar irrigation

April 2019

By Khushboo Goyal Reliable and affordable power supply for irrigation is essential for increasing agricultural productivity. However, the power supply situation in the agricultural sector remains dismal as many farmers continue to rely on erratic […]



Driving Uptake
Central and state schemes provide an impetus for solar pump adoption

April 2019

By Sarthak Takyar The solarisation of pumps will help farmers and the agricultural sector in several ways. First, it will help farmers reduce their dependence on conventional sources of energy supplied by discoms. Second, it […]



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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