Solar energy

The latest updates from Vikram Solar

Solar energy

The latest updates from Vikram Solar

19th

Aug

Budget 2019 Guidelines Growth But More Support Needed for Progress

Taking a pragmatic approach, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman brought forward her first budget announcement, highlighting the Government’s approach to lead India’s economy to a $5 trillion target. The primary focus of the budget was to boost infrastructure and foreign investment at a time when the economy is showing signs of slowdown. It is important for …

9th

Aug

Rural Electrification in India Needs Solar Adoption Not Kerosene Subsidies

India aggressively moving towards solarisation has indeed opened up the opportunity for energy reliance and power for all. Government support and encourage takes credit for such rapid developments within the country that promises to initiate socio-economic growth. However, since more than 60% of the country’s population reside in the rural areas, the only way to …

1st

Aug

Rooftop Solar Energy Scenario in India and Why It Needs More Support

The recent initiatives, policy reforms, and growing investment towards promising sectors like Green energy testify the country’s intent. However, the recent budget for 2019 has failed to provide required support to Rooftop solar power sector, which has the potential to reach electricity to the furthest corners of India and make Power for All a reality. …

17th

Jul

The Future Looks Brighter as Sustainable Energy Increases Share in Global Energy Capacity

Acceptance towards Renewable energy worldwide has created an upheaval in the existing energy industry, giving sustainable energy sector more and more market share every year. Last year global Renewable energy growth was phenomenal, which showcased 171 GW of new capacity addition. Although, last year’s capacity addition was only 7.9% higher than 2017, consistent growth has …

28th

Jun

How Failure in Meeting RPO Targets Has Become a Hurdle for Solar Growth

In recent years, India has shown an unprecedented growth trajectory adding huge solar power capacities year-over-year. This growth rate has enabled India to become the third largest solar market in the world, overtaking Japan. However, what disappoints me is that growth in solar system installations has not increased solar energy adoption into electricity grids as …

14th

Jun

Solar Power Project Auctions Continue to Plummet in Q1 2019: Drastic Changes Needed

Indian Solar power industry has shown incredible growth, showing an inspiring trajectory of growing capacities from 5 GW in 2015 to 10 GW in 2016 to ~30 GW growth in 2019. Although there is growth, we should remember that India still has to install more than 20 GW of solar energy capacity each year for …

30th

May

Reasons Behind Failure of SECI’s Manufacturing Linked Solar Tenders

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd (SECI) has taken multiple initiatives to support and uphold Indian solar power industry and its priorities. However, its recent actions, mainly the 10 GW capacity solar project tender that came with a mandate to set up a 5 GW of manufacturing facility to win the privilege of bidding …

24th

May

CPSU Scheme and Its Impact on Domestic Solar Firms

The existing 1,000 megawatts (MW) central public sector undertaking (CPSU) scheme under the National Solar Mission (NSM) has recently been extended by The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), raising the total approved capacity under the scheme 12 GW. Additionally, we need to highlight that CCEA’s INR 8,580 crore approval for viability gap funding to …

16th

May

Why States in India should Follow Karnataka to Facilitate Renewable energy Revolution

With India consistently taking charge in building a sustainable energy infrastructure, it is clear that the future of the country is bright. However, to assess scale of growth and predict the success of countrywide green energy adoption, we need to identify progress rate state wise. States like- Telangana, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Gujarat …

6th

May

Pssst: Cheat Sheet for Career Growth

What you wish someone had told you before you started your first job! By Ms. Neha Agrawal, Head of Corporate Strategy and Support Services   Picking your career is one of the most important decisions of your life. And, your actions at the very beginning of your career determine your growth and success in the …

29th

Apr

Sunny Side Up- India has All the Opportunities for Green Energy Shift

The year 2019 has started with huge opportunities for solar in India, highlighting 10 GW to 15 GW new capacity additions in the renewable energy sector giving solar majority in this contribution by the end of 2019. Expected growth in utility-scale solar and Indian Government’s recent decision to focus on rooftop solar development will also …

20th

Apr

Utilizing Solar Energy for Medical Sector: Lessons India Needs to Follow

For obvious reasons the healthcare industry worldwide requires an uninterrupted supply of electricity. Although, globally we have made great strides in harnessing and utilizing energy, still more than 1 billion people (worldwide) are currently living without electricity. And interruptions in energy supply in developing countries, have created an enormous challenge for the health care industry. …

12nd

Apr

What Second Phase of Rooftop Solar Power Program Holds and Sector Scenario

Recently, President of India launched 2nd phase of grid-connected rooftop solar energy photovoltaic (PV) program, which is a promising news indeed. According to the plan, 38 GW of rooftop solar power capacity will be targeted for installation. Government has also announced support to provide ₹118.14 billion financial assistance to promote this initiative, which will surely …

4th

Apr

Climate Change and Solar Industry Relation and Revelations

In the last 130 years, fossil fuel extraction and consumption has led to increase of global temperature. Daily CO2 emission levels stand at 406.47 ppm (parts per million globally) and with population increasing (7.7 bn in 2019), pollution: which is causing climate change will surely show much severe results in the near future. Research shows …

29th

Mar

Collaboration of Nations: The Only Way to Combat Climate Change

Our fossil fuel generation and consumption have led to critically damaging the climate. Although, the world is turning towards green energy generation, in comparison to the damage, the restoring process is quite slow. And, we are not considering completely phasing out fossil fuel. Currently, the target we have in front of us is to limit …

18th

Mar

Spain Government Suspending Solar Power Tax Should Be an Example for India

Government of Spain has announced plans to suspend sun tax to reduce electricity bills, which stand as the highest in Europe and continues to rise. Increasing electricity expenses in the country has reportedly led to harming business competitiveness as well as shrinking consumer’s capacity to purchase power. The removal of Sun tax, which stood at …

11st

Mar

Predictions for Indian solar sector in 2019

2018 has been a trying year for solar power in India, with policy change in China, tender cancellations and tax/duties being levied upon the domestic solar panels manufacturing sector. Calculation shows that nearly 35 GW of solar energy projects were tendered between Jan-September 2018 in India, upon which only 13 GW of projects were auctioned …

21st

Feb

Delhi’s new Virtual Net Metering policy: A Guideline for Rooftop Solar India should Adopt Nationally

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) introduced revisions on their Solar Policy 2016, adding group net-metering and a virtual net-metering framework. Understanding the importance of rooftop solar energy growth for the country, this policy is expected to encourage people to opt for commercial, industrial and residential solar rooftop solutions, even without having a suitable roof …

19th

Feb

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13rd

Feb

Energy Storage: A Sector India Must Invest in For Rapid Greenification

Depleting conventional energy reserves and climate change due to fossil fuel usage have made it a necessity to shift focus towards green energy- mainly solar. Although, reliable and green, solar energy source is not available throughout 24 hours of the day. Therefore, the merit behind investing in energy storage is as relevant as investing in …

7th

Feb

How did Indian Solar Sector fared in Year 2018: A Review

India became the 2nd largest solar power market in the world in terms of deployment after overtaking United States in the first half of 2018. In 2018 China added more than 24 GW of solar energy capacity while India added approximately 7 GW. However, this should not define Indian solar sector’s performance within 2018 as, …

1st

Feb

Energy Sustainability in India Needs Resource Efficiency Policies

Continuously depleting natural resources pose a great threat to the world as its population continues to rise. Starvation, lack of energy, and important requirements to sustain life throughout the world has made it obvious that current consumption and production patterns are unsustainable, especially for energy. Management of lifecycle of resources, from their extraction to consumption …

22nd

Jan

Rising Oil Price Should Re-Focus India on Solar Energy Growth

India has made exceptional and inspiring strides towards renewable energy growth, focusing on solar Power. However, the country is still one of the largest (3rd) oil consumers in the world, consuming 4.69/million barrels per day, having a 4.8% share of the world’s total oil consumption. It is expected that China and India will account for …

14th

Jan

Meeting India’s Energy Demand through Domestic Manufacturing

International Energy Agency has highlighted in their recent report that India’s primary energy demand will double by 2040, surpassing countries like China in energy demand growth. Although this growth will be around half that of China’s energy generation today, it is certainly considerable. Current energy demand in India is ~172 GW, and although India’s total …

8th

Jan

A Decline in Solar Growth: Root Cause Analysis

Although India currently has ~24 GW of installed grid-connected solar power capacity, the country needs to install near about 18 GW of solar energy capacity for the next 4 years to reach the set 100 GW target. In such a scenario, slowing down solar panels installations should be considered as a threat to the solar …

4th

Jan

CERC Providing GST Relief: A Great Move but More Efforts Needed For Solar Growth

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (CERC) recent order to allow reimbursement of additional GST under “Change in Law” for two project developers due to introduction of GST law, can be considered a progressive decision. According to the decision, solar energy project developers (SPD) would receive a total of ₹2,153.9 (~$30.1) million from government agencies. Nearly 15 …

19th

Dec

‘Make in India’ Can Transform the Country through Subtle Policy Realignment

Make in India, announced by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi brought forward an initiative focused towards manufacturing, promising- manufacturing growth, new investment, job creation, and economic revolution for India. The initiative worked as expected- bringing revenue, initiating technological growth and industrial development in solar power sector. New and lucrative sectors like solar energy in …

10th

Dec

Tax and Duties Are Acting As Road Block for Power for All!

Green energy transition can mark a new beginning for the country as it promises ‘Power for All’. Championing installing solar panels stand to offer technological growth, industrial growth, and the opportunity to claim the export market, all of which developing countries like India needs. And considering Government of India’s support to solar energy adoption, we …

13rd

Nov

Growing Air Pollution is Affecting Green Energy Transition in India

India’s success in becoming a leading country in green energy revolution within just a couple of years, shows exemplary policy and support structure established by the Government of India. Installed solar energy capacities growing by leaps and bounds (from 5 GW in 2015 to 10 GW in 2016 and ~23 GW in 2018) clearly highlight …

1st

Nov

Transmission & RPO Issues: Hurdles for Indian Solar Energy Growth

India has shown an aggressive move towards solar energy implementation, and recent capacity additions that nearly doubled in recent years (5 GW in 2015- 10 GW in 2016- ~22 GW in 2018) testify the country’s intent. The growth trajectory is undeniable indeed, but there have been challenges. Transmission & RPO issues can be considered as …

25th

Oct

Why Huge Corporations Are Going Solar?

Businesses all over the world are rapidly going through solar energy transition. And this exceptional rate of solar adoption clarifies that positive PR and wanting to reduce carbon footprint are not the only reasons fuelling this growth. The reason is much more complex. When a company chooses to install solar panels, they are actually incorporating …

3rd

Oct

Renewable Energy Projects in Dire Need of Funding

Confusion regarding safeguard duty on SEZ based solar panel manufacturers, lack of efficient solar energy transmission infrastructure, ambiguity over GST rate, falling tariffs are leading to diminished marginal returns for investors engaged in funding solar energy projects. And this is slowing down solar energy growth within India, even though solar power solution has been championed …

27th

Sep

Borrowing The Sun When It Should Be Free

By Hatem Hamam, head of sales, MENA, Vikram Solar   Let’s agree that the limited reserves of fossil fuel and its growing impact leading to environmental degradation highlights a very costly, dangerous, and unsatisfactory future for our world. It is easy to understand that as the fossil fuel reserves near depletion, the cost of fossil fuels …

18th

Sep

Solar Energy Demand in India Is Suspected to Drop after the implementation of Safeguard Duty

Government of India’s commitment to install 100 GW solar energy by 2022, created huge opportunities, brought foreign investment opportunity (more than $100 bn), created 416,000 jobs in India in 2015, brought opportunity of industrial development, and made India the second most attractive renewable energy market in the world. However, on July 30th 2018, India’s Ministry …

27th

Aug

China’s New Renewable Energy Policy and Its impact on India

China’s new renewable energy policy, which terminates approvals for new subsidized utility-scale solar panel systems, has reduced the demand for solar components in world’s leading solar installer. Over the last decade, China created solar manufacturing scale and became the biggest supplier of solar equipment in the world. After gaining such a mantle, reducing its own …

23rd

Aug

New RPO Target Can Increase Solar Adoption But Only With Boosted Efforts

Government of India has made incredible strides in speeding up solar energy growth. Country’s recent initiative to revise the renewable purchase obligation (RPO) goals for up to FY 2012-22 is expected to improve solar panels adoption scenario. For FY19-20, solar electricity RPO is set at 7.25% and for FY20-21 solar RPO is set at 10.50%. …

16th

Aug

Climate Change: How it is Affecting India

The effects of climate change are not subtle anymore. The challenges it presents are threatening- not just our way of life, but putting the future of the world on unstable grounds. As a growing country, India needs to focus on how climate change impacts its development and take initiatives that are sustainable in nature. The …

9th

Jul

Effects of Climate Degradation and How Renewable Energy is the Answer

Energy has been one of the most neglected issues in international development. Look at how far we have come in industrial, medical, architectural, and entertainment sectors. Even interplanetary leaps are not science fiction for us anymore. Still, somehow our society didn’t really progress that much in utilizing clean energy. We are still heavily dependent on …

28th

Jun

Making a Case for Residential Rooftop Solar Energy in India

Industrial and commercial solar sectors in India have been way ahead of residential solar growth in past few years. However, with Government of India focusing on the residential solar to raise awareness and to involve common man into the fold, residential solar adoption has picked up recently. Residential solar capacity, which is currently at 130 …

19th

Jun

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 …

11st

Jun

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 …

30th

May

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. …

23rd

May

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. …

10th

May

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 …

5th

May

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 …

24th

Apr

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 …

9th

Apr

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 …

2nd

Apr

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 …

21st

Mar

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 …

14th

Mar

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 …

21st

Feb

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 …

19th

Jan

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 …

12nd

Jan

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 …

3rd

Jan

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 …

29th

Dec

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 …

22nd

Dec

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, …

18th

Dec

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 …

12nd

Dec

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 …

4th

Dec

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 …

24th

Nov

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 …

13rd

Nov

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 …

3rd

Nov

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 …

28th

Jun

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 …

15th

Jun

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 …

9th

Jun

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 ($200 billion in 2018), a plethora of new opportunities are in line, ready to be claimed in the market. And Indian solar growth showing an impressive trajectory reaching from 12 …

1st

Jun

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 …

30th

May

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 …

25th

May

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 …

24th

May

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 …

16th

May

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 …

9th

May

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 …

6th

May

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 …

3rd

May

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 …

29th

Apr

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 …

25th

Apr

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 …

21st

Apr

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 …

18th

Apr

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 …

14th

Apr

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 …

11st

Apr

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 …

6th

Apr

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 …

3rd

Apr

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 …

28th

Mar

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 …

24th

Mar

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 …

20th

Mar

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 …

15th

Mar

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 …

10th

Mar

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 …

7th

Mar

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; …

28th

Feb

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 …

24th

Feb

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 …

17th

Feb

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, …

10th

Feb

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 …

7th

Feb

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 …

3rd

Feb

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. …

31st

Jan

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 …

23rd

Jan

Solar panel maintenance: simple and affordable

After decades of fossil fuel usage and surviving its not so subtle environmental effects, it is time for us to go back to cleaner modes of living, yet without lowering our standard of living. Glass-covered silicon-based cells generate energy from solar rays for our daily use. Sounds pretty neat, doesn’t it? Well, it is. And frankly, …

18th

Jan

Solar water pumps: strengthening the grassroots

Agriculture was the first step we took to create a new life for ourselves. It was also the first step towards forming a larger community. And agriculture is still the single largest employer in the world, sustaining the livelihood of about 40% of the world’s population. And the primary factor for successful agriculture yield – …

7th

Jan

Progress vs evolution: What does the world need?

Mankind is hardwired to overachieve. That is why even when we scaled the highest mountain peak, we stretched our hands out to the sky, trying to reach for the celestial bodies. Our progressive nature has led us to the socioeconomic growth and development we are a part of today. We depended on fossil fuels to …

3rd

Jan

Smart Cities: For Energy Rich Future

The term Smart city sure does sound futuristic. But what does it mean actually? Some of us may be imagining life with androids as personal assistants, while others may be getting a warm fuzzy feeling thinking about free internet access at any place, any time. But, are we being too objective here? A smart city …

29th

Dec

Solar energy policy in Tamil Nadu

This page outlines all the available funding and incentive schemes for solar energy in the state of Tamil Nadu 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. Tamil Nadu is now the leading Indian state …

28th

Dec

Growing under the Sun: Our Decade Long Journey on the Solar highway

The Indian solar industry is quickly turning into a $100 billion investment opportunity. It is quite hard to believe that India made the quantum leap from 825 KW in 2005 to today’s cumulative solar capacity of 8.06 GW. Continuous Government support was the key to this incredible energy transition. This growth story started in 2006, …

14th

Dec

Know your climate to save your world

It is widely acknowledged that fossil fuels have driven our technological, economic, and social progress for many decades. So our dependence on them is natural and obvious. But before dreaming up a future world (a utopia if you will), powered by fossil fuels, we need to look at the world around us. Surely rising temperatures, …

2nd

Dec

Know your solar module: Are clouds and shades still a threat to your energy generation?

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels use sunlight to generate green energy. So what do solar panels do at night? They sleep, just like us. No sun, no energy generation – that’s a straightforward equation. But what happens to the solar panels when the sky is cloudy or they are covered in shade? Do they stop generating …

21st

Apr

EROI of solar energy

What is energy returned on energy invested (EROI)? Energy returned on energy invested (known as EROI or sometimes EROEI) is the ratio of the amount of useable energy produced by a given energy source to the amount used by humans to acquire it. For example, if an oil extraction facility requires 1 gigajoule (GJ) of …

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