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 […]



Strong Backbone
Demand for solar mounting structures set to surge

June 2019

Mounting structures are the backbone of a solar power plant as they provide support to modules. These support structures raise solar panels at appropriate angles to ensure that they receive maximum solar irradiation. Without these, […]



Materials Analysis
Cost and quality considerations for solar mounting structures

June 2019

Mounting structures are more than just racks for panels. They form the backbone of solar power plants. They adjust the tilt of the panels to ensure maximum irradiation per unit area. The tilt determines the […]



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 […]



Greening the Tracks
Growing uptake of solar and biodiesel in Indian Railways

September 2019

Indian Railways (IR) plans to be a net-zero carbon emitter by 2030. To this end, it intends to increase the use of renewable energy in its operations. This presents a huge potential for renewable energy […]



Cleaner Skies
Aviation sector moves towards renewables

September 2019

By Sarthak Takyar The aviation industry is carbon intensive and heavily dependent on oil and gas for flight operations. This is taking a toll on the environment. Thus, the industry is facing increasing pressure from […]



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 […]



Growing Acceptance
Rooftop solar shines despite challenges

February 2019

For the past one year, the solar industry has been focusing more on rooftop solar development. An increasing number of states are reforming their net metering regulations. In Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, new net […]



Big Consumers
C&I segment emerges as the mainstay of the rooftop solar business

February 2019

The current rooftop solar capacity in India stands at 3.4 GW. Of this, rooftop solar projects set up for commercial and industrial (C&I) consumers account for 70 per cent. Moreover, rooftop solar uptake in the […]



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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