Chirantan Tripathy

How Solar Energy Industry is Faring in The Light of New Policy Reforms in India

Policy reforms in India have helped the country to rank higher in the list of Business ready countries. Jumping 32 places up from 2016 and acquiring 100th place in the list has huge implications for the growing solar industry. This has impacted the budding solar industry in India, bringing in more investment opportunities within the …

June 19, 2018

2018 Q1 Development in Global Solar Industry

Global solar predictions for 2018 were estimated to scale the industry to close the gap of solving world’s primary requirement of a greener cleaner mainstream energy. China installed 52 GW of new solar in 2017, while US added 12.5 GW, India ~6 GW, Japan 5.8 GW, essentially becoming the leaders of the solar revolution in …

June 11, 2018

Focusing on Manufacturing Capacity Enhancement Can Remove India’s Unemployment and Growth Hurdles

Recently India has shown intent towards socio-economic revolution by not just initiating energy transition but also improving the functionalities of the inner mechanisms. However, considering the growth patterns of the dominant economic super powers in the world, it is important for India to focus on manufacturing to boost its growth while curbing its unemployment rate. …

May 30, 2018

Basics of Solar PhotoVoltaic Panels

Solar energy is a major renewable energy source with the potential to meet several challenges we face as humankind. This power source is increasing in popularity because of its versatility and many benefits to people and the environment. Climate change has led to real crisis, with increase in flooding and hurricanes due to disturbed weather patterns. …

May 23, 2018

Collaboration is Needed To Stop Climate Change: Not an Option, A Necessity

Limiting global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius is a necessity now, as the alternative seems to introduce world dismantling consequences. The Paris Agreement has opened up a platform that showcases the benefit of collaboration in stopping climate change. If we are to assess, we would see that stopping climate change has inter-linked …

May 10, 2018

Orientation & Positioning of Solar Module Makes All the Difference in Energy Yield

Solar energy is ready to power our current generation and essentially lead us into the next with a brighter prospect for future in sight. And globally the awareness is rising to adopt the technology, aiding the growth and leaving fossil fuels behind. Although solar modules are at the centre of this technology, orientation and positioning …

May 5, 2018

In Pursuit Of The Sun: Where Do We Stand?

India is perfectly positioned at the North of Equator to receive 300 to 330 sunny days a year. This geographical position equips India to generate 5,000 trillion kilowatt-hours of solar energy, satisfying energy deficit in the country and leveraging industrial reform. The Potential India’s current peak power demand is approximately about 167 GW. And calculations …

April 24, 2018

Easy Ways to Make Climate Improvement Actions More Effective

The CO2 blanket that has enveloped the world constantly threatens to alter and eventually decimate the life sustaining qualities of the climate. Effects of climate change are no longer subtle. Frequent wildfires, shifting habitat, prolonged heat waves, spread of disease, stronger storms, melting artic ice cap, and raising sea levels are hinting towards the future …

April 9, 2018

The Importance of Solarising Cities to Build a Secure and Sustainable Future

Cities stand as the most advanced social engineering example of human kind. They have been the very centre of development, welcoming change, offering opportunities, and spreading (social, economic, political, and now technological) growth throughout the world. Therefore, it is understandable that the first step to build the sustainable future will start from cities in our …

April 2, 2018

Is Your House A Right Platform To Install Solar?

Our continuous usage of fossil fuel has polluted the world and left us with an unstable environment. Coupled with the fact that fossil fuels are limited, the shift towards solar can be identified as the immediate necessity for our world’s present and future. Technological, social growth has led us to a stage where we are …

March 21, 2018

Boosting Manufacturing is a necessity for India to pick up pace to reach the future

India is showing positive intent toward change, following the tried and tested methods of developed countries to initiate socio-economic transformation. By reducing time frame for construction, offering flexible financing solutions, protecting minority investors, skill development, resolving insolvency, enforcing contracts and creating favourable policy environment has helped India create a better position for itself in the …

March 14, 2018

State Bank of India’s Initiatives in Enhancing Rooftop Solar Growth Should Be a Guideline

The Indian solar growth is not confined to only utility scale development and installations. The Rooftop Solar Sector is also showing incredible growth in the recent years. The Rooftop sector in India has been adding from 72 MW to 227 MW capacity per year since 2013. In 2016, this sector surpassed the 1 GW mark …

February 21, 2018

2018: How Progressive It Is Going To Be for Solar

Indian solar industry witnessed huge capacity additions and expansions in 2017 globally. Not only China which led the growth in solar with 52 GW, but US, India, Japan, and Germany showed incredible growth trajectory. New solar markets like South Korea, Chile, and Turkey came forward and became GW markets in 2017. Growing awareness and interest …

January 19, 2018

EPC Challenges in India and Possible Way Forward

Government support and encouragement has helped Indian solar industry to reach ~16.6 GW solar capacity. Government of India should be commended for bringing in (and incentivizing) solar venture for private players, which has played a major role in green energy capacity ascension. It is a fact that solar in India has scaled a great height …

January 12, 2018

Viability of Rooftop Solar in India and Best Way to a Rapidly Progressive Future

Country wide solar adoption depends upon growth in awareness and involving the common man. Understanding this, the Government of India has focused on rooftop solar development while taking enormous leaps in utility scale solar installations. It is important to note that India has a rooftop solar energy generation potential of 124 GW (current total energy …

January 3, 2018

More Focus Needed On Solar Mini-Grids in India for Rural Electrification

Government and private players working in a unison has created a favourable environment for solar in India. The growth has been incredible till date, showing considerable increase in energy generation rate (India is estimated to become energy surplus country at the end of 2017). Solar favouring policies, strategies, and systems in place have done a …

December 29, 2017

Solar Energy and Engineering Excellence: Building The Future

Accepting and promoting green energy through solar is amounting to be the one in a million ideas that promise to revolutionize and reform the world in a hurry. And Indian Government is decisively supporting solar, envisioning an energy rich country that fosters socio-economic reform. However, India being home to 17.86% (and growing) of global population, …

December 22, 2017

Disastrous Climate Change is Just Years Away

The effects of climate change are quite clear and continuously growing as a threat to Earth’s life sustaining environment. Although we are still heavily depended on fossil fuels, the world is now trying to phase out conventional energy and shifting towards renewable energy. However, recent studies show that ‘what’s next after all fossil fuel reserves …

December 18, 2017

Choose Solar to Save Water and Protect the Environment

In pursuit of saving the planet, and to find a more feasible energy source, we readily accepted solar. Little did we know that the simple decision to ‘go back to the basics’ would not only connect us with an infinite energy source, but also offer a way to save natural resources. And by saying natural …

December 12, 2017

To Reap On Energy Growth, India Needs to Focus On T&D losses and Solar Implementation

With India moving rapidly towards green energy shift, championing solar, and making efforts to transform the country as a favourable environment for business, the future promises wholesome growth and development. However, taking a closer inspection of the infrastructural efficiency of the energy transmission sector (since energy is interconnected with economy) of the country would highlight …

December 4, 2017

Manufacturing Sector: The Golden Ticket for India to Become a Global Leader

Greater manufacturing capacity and efficiencies hold the key to India’s growth and success in becoming the global leader. And recent initiatives by Government testify the country’s intent on claiming the mantle of the fastest growing manufacturing hub in the world. However, prioritizing the fastest growing manufacturing sector within the country (which is solar sector) and …

November 24, 2017

ISA: India is Ready to Write Its Own Solar Success Story

India’s growth trajectory in solar sector indicates rapid change of the energy landscape. By practically doubling its solar capacity in recent years (since 2015), Indian has inspired developing countries and has instilled global trust on solar. Although, currently India has 14 GW of solar capacity, the country is still far from reaching its 100 GW …

November 13, 2017

Sustainable Manufacturing is Needed to Realize Sustainable Energy Vision

India’s renewable energy push is a commendable shift that promises to bring socio-economic change and drive progress. Government support has been the primary force behind this growth and scaling from 10 MW of solar capacity in 2010 to 13 GW in 2017. Besides utility scale installations, Government support has spurred a growth trend within rooftop …

November 3, 2017

Solar energy policy in Gujarat

This page outlines all the available funding and incentive schemes for solar energy in the state of Gujarat in India, both at the Federal and State level. If you notice anything that is incorrect or out of date, please let us know via our contact page. Gujarat is the fourth leading Indian state in terms …

June 28, 2017

Solar PV Module: The Future Ahead

A few years ago, Solar was considered experimental and was a niche industry in the huge sector of energy generation. However, all it took for the world to accept solar was a close inspection of green energy benefits that it offered. Today, Solar PV panels have a huge demand, global capacity additions nearly reached 77 …

June 15, 2017

Steep Tariff Fall Can Keep Solar Growth Hanging On a Cliff

India’s solar growth has become a shining example and an inspiration for developing countries to venture in solar. With Countries investing huge in renewable energy ($286 billion in 2016), a plethora of new opportunities are in line, ready to be claimed in the market. And Indian solar growth showing an impressive trajectory reaching 12 GW …

June 9, 2017

City Wide Rooftop Solar Growth in India Needs More Focus

India has successfully surpassed 1 GW milestone for rooftop solar growth, showing near about 113 per cent growth in 2016 over 2015. This is a considerable growth factoring in the lack of industrial environment in India. Although, Central Electricity Authority of India’s (CEA) latest plan to add about 24 GW rooftop solar capacity within 2027 …

June 1, 2017

GST Tax Burden Could Lead To a Hiatus in Indian Solar Growth

Indian solar growth is a trajectory impressive enough to compete with dominant solar players. Lack of an industrial backing could not stop India from introducing renewable energy installations within the country. Current solar power capacity standing at 12 GW, and 14 GW capacity projects under construction and 6 GW to be auctioned assured a quick …

May 30, 2017

Solar energy policy in Maharashtra

This page outlines all the available funding and incentive schemes for solar energy in the state of Maharashtra in India, both at the Federal and State level. If you notice anything that is incorrect or out of date, please let us know via our contact page. Maharashtra has 430 MW of cumulative capacity of solar …

May 25, 2017

Indian Rooftop Solar Target Facing Challenge

Indian solar sector has done a great job surpassing 1 GW capacity for rooftop sector out of the set 40 GW target. Given, that the numbers are not pretty impressive if we are to compare it with improvement in the dominant countries, we have to consider that the current growth shows 113 per cent growth …

May 24, 2017

How Can India Become Globally Competitive In Solar Module Manufacturing

India has journeyed a long way gaining global recognition as a major solar player. As of now, the country has 12 GW of cumulative solar energy generation capacity, with 14 GW under construction and 6 GW to be auctioned. Considering the fact that India has doubled its capacity within a bit more than a year …

May 16, 2017

Solar is Ready to Fill Up the Energy Gap in India

Indian total installed energy generation capacity stood at over 320 GW (326848.53 MW) on 31st March 2017. Although the country has added 93.5 GW of power generation capacity within its ‘12th Five Year Plan’, more than 4000 villages in the country still remain without access to electricity, and power failures still plague the ever demanding …

May 9, 2017

Renewable Energy to Surpass Thermal Energy Growth in India: But Solar Vision needs boost!

India’s aggressive push towards green energy shift is finally picking up speed, catching up with country’s current primary energy generation source, thermal energy. In FY 16-17, while the thermal energy generation capacity stood at 11.5 GW, renewable energy reached 11.3 GW capacity, promising to surpass thermal power in a short time span. It is great …

May 6, 2017

The Grid Parity Race: Will Solar Make It

The 100 GW by 2022 target has created an urgency driving up the solar capacity of the country. Besides highlighting India’s step to curb carbon emissions in the UN, this move towards green energy shift has also given India the opportunity to bridge its continuously increasing gap between energy generation and demand. India’s electricity consumption …

May 3, 2017

Solar Energy Can Save the Environment but Protective Measures Are Needed To Get Better Energy Yield

India’s pursuit towards green energy, upholding solar as the tool to build an energy rich future has translated into nearly 12 GW cumulative installed solar capacity in 2017. Considering, that the country stood at 5 GW of capacity in 2015, it is commendable how Indian solar industry has progressed more than doubling the capacity within …

April 29, 2017

Setting MIP for Imported Solar Modules in India Can Help Domestic Manufacturers Survive

Indian solar industry has scaled great heights surpassing 10 GW in 2017, from a meagre 10 MW in 2010. Even without huge industrial muscles that other countries keep on flexing, India braved all odds showing continued growth in the solar vertical. From 2015 to the beginning of 2017, Indian solar sector has successfully doubled its …

April 25, 2017

Challenges in Solar Manufacturing in India

India’s peak power demand is expected to rise from current demand 153 GW to about 690 GW by 2035-36. And since, half of the country’s CO2 emissions come from the power sector (805.4 million tonnes in 2016), quick energy transition is not just an option anymore, it is a necessity. Solar shows a way out …

April 21, 2017

Energy Related CO2 Emissions: How Much Our Fossil Fuel Dependency Contributes To The Growing Issue?

Currently, the daily CO2 emission levels stand at 406.47 ppm (parts per million globally). And considering the growing population which is estimated to be 7.5 billion in 2017, showing a 1.11% growth rate, it is fairly easy to understand that our world needs a change to preserve its nourishing atmosphere that is quickly fading. We …

April 18, 2017

Transforming Challenges into Opportunity: Only Way Indian Rooftop Solar Can Succeed

Of the 40 GW solar capacity target announced for Indian rooftop sector, the country has surpassed 1 GW capacity recently. Although these numbers stack up pretty low in comparison with rooftop solar capacity in dominant countries, this development shows more than 113 per cent growth rate over 2015. Such a growth rate can be considered …

April 14, 2017

Solar Lingo Explained For Better Understanding of the Future to Come

With global acceptance of solar rising, having a comprehensive understanding of the technology and its terms would keep you at an advantage. You would not want to miss out on opportunities that renewable energy is bringing alongside the promise of an energy rich future. Knowing the important technical terms and its meaning can better your …

April 11, 2017

Success of UDAY Scheme to further boost Solar Growth in India

Current success of the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) really marks the beginning of a better and energy rich future for the nation. In the previous blog, we have given you a brief idea on the transformations needed for a better power transmission throughout India. In the same breath, we need to highlight the recent …

April 6, 2017

Feeble Transmission and RPO Obligation Issues Restraining Solar Growth

India’s aggressive move toward green energy implementation has helped the country to nearly topple dominating solar installers (countries) and claim their position in the world. Solar capacity additions in India have gathered incredible speed, doubling the solar capacity (from 5 GW in 2015 to 10 GW in 2017) within a year (give or take a …

April 3, 2017

3 INITIATIVES TO MAKE CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE BRIGHTER WITHIN JUST 5 YEARS

Zero emission future may be a bit further than our envisaged solar development processes can illuminate now, but it is very much tangible and achievable with continued growth. Countries are moving towards energy shift faster and more aggressively. They are trying to claim as big a part of the growing solar market as they can …

March 28, 2017

Focusing on Challenges to Facilitate Growth: Through an Interaction of Worth

The driving force behind Vikram Solar, Mr. Gyanesh Chaudhary appeared in an exclusive CNBC feature on 28th January 2017, providing a detailed scenario of the Indian solar sector and the journey of Vikram Solar in the last decade. Vikram Solar was incorporated in 2006 and hasn’t looked back since. How do you think solar power …

March 24, 2017

Indian Solar Sector: Is It Ready for The Future?

Solar energy growth has quadrupled in recent years with the help of Government backed policies and financial aids. Standing at a cumulative 10 GW energy capacity in March 2017. Keeping the impressive growth rate in mind, we can assume that India is very likely to reach 100 GW capacity by 2022. Currently Indian solar sector …

March 20, 2017

Investment Scenario in Indian Solar Sector: Driving Growth

Indian solar sector reaching 10 GW milestone recently has made the 100 GW by 2022 goal more tangible than ever. The growth rate is quite commendable, considering India had only 2.6 GW solar capacity in May 26, 2014. Granted that soaring global solar acceptance and support from Indian Government has played a major role in …

March 15, 2017

Solar Mini-Grids In India and the Challenges to Overcome

Indian solar leap has become the toast of the world with continued improvements. Policies, strategies, and systems is place have done a great job in showing a way for the country to turn around and become the 4th largest economy in the world (already the 7th largest economy in 2016). India has high hopes of …

March 10, 2017

Rooftop Solar To Flourish Under Government Initiatives

With 513 MW of capacity addition within the last 12 months, the Indian rooftop solar industry has surpassed the 1 GW mark. This development shows more than 113 per cent growth rate over 2015. Drastically falling PV module prices (12 per cent per annum in last four years) played a major role in such growth; …

March 7, 2017

5 Solar Energy Myths Debunked

Merits of using renewable sources for energy have received global acceptance. Global investment in renewable in 2016 ($286 billion), far surpassing investment in fossil fuels ($130 billion) clearly portrays the future of renewable energy in the world. And among different types of renewable energy, solar energy is quickly introducing itself as the perfect alternative for …

February 28, 2017

A Walk through a Solar Manufacturing Plant

Renewable energy is making quite the noise around us. Especially solar. From educational institutions to residential establishments, people are seriously considering solar solutions, trying to save up on their electricity bills, and doing their part in environment improvement. And with developing countries like India, Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, taking a more courageous stance, showing acceptance towards …

February 24, 2017

ROOFTOP SOLAR in INDIA: UNDENIABLE GROWTH, YET CHALLENGES EXIST

Image Source: Vikram Solar, 3.4 MW Rattan India Project, MP Indian solar growth has received commendations globally. MNRE’s pursuit to reach 40 GW capacity from grid connected solar rooftop installations by 2022 has been a primary driver behind this incredible growth. From 525 MW installations in 2015, to crossing the 1 GW mark in 2016, …

February 17, 2017

The Catch Phrase Is: Climate Awareness

By saying climate awareness, we do not mean to imply that we want our climate to become sentient. No, that burden befalls on us to understand, develop, and act on maintaining a few regulations that can contribute to climate betterment, which ultimately decides the future of human kind. Till now, we are used to making …

February 10, 2017

Why Safeguarding MSMEs and Large scale manufacturers in solar sector is necessary!

If India is to transform itself into a global leader in the future, by leveraging industrial growth, becoming self-sufficient is the key. If we compare the solar industry scenario in China and the US, the countries that are currently dominating the supply chain market, we would see how they have aggressive measures in place to …

February 7, 2017

Solar Power: The most effective solution for controlling Carbon Footprint

‘Carbon Footprint’ is one of the many phrases that have warmed their way in our daily conversations from the climate research papers. As we grew more aware about our own environment, it happened naturally. What it means is the amount of greenhouse gases that are dispersed in our atmosphere through direct or indirect (human) activities. …

February 3, 2017

The Whys and Hows Before Going Solar

In comparison to the idea of generating energy using solar panels, digging holes in the ground to extract energy seems quite primitive, and needless to say dangerous to the environment. Frankly, we have evolved to a stage where we can maintain synergy between the needs of the environment and that of ourselves. And solar panels …

January 31, 2017