Opinion & Analysis

Safeguard duty – Indian government scores an own goal

India’s Director General of Safeguards (DGS) has proposed a provisional duty of 70% for a period of 200 days on solar cells and modules. It has issued its recommendations in a preliminary report, completed within just a month of submission of the petition by five Indian manufacturers including Mundra Solar, Indosolar, Jupiter Solar, Websol Energy and Helios […]

Public sector investment crowding out private investors

Since 2014, around 29 GW of utility scale solar tenders have been issued in India. Most of this capacity (81%, 23.5 GW) has been tendered by NTPC, SECI, DISCOMs and other public sector entities for project development by the private sector. But there is also a sizeable 19% (5.5 GW) tendered in the form of […]

Indian Solar Powered Rail Coaches

The Indian Railways, being one of the largest railway networks in the world, operates around 12,000 trains per day. It is also one of the largest consumers of diesel in the country, with an annual consumption of 2.7 billion liters, which includes traction requirement as well as the use of coach lights, fans, AC, etc. […]

Over the Rooftop: The Impact of Grid Infrastructure on Residential PV Adoption

The Government of India has set a target of installing 40 GW of rooftop solar PV electricity generation capacity in the country by 2022. At the end of 2016, only a little over 1 GW had been installed – 1,247 MW, to be exact. In the month of April, the National Institution for Transforming India […]

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SOLAR MODULE QUALITY STANDARDIZATION

The Solar industry in India is growing at an incredible rate. Going from current solar capacity (13 GW) to aggressive initiatives (14 GW under construction and 6 GW to be auctioned), and policies to make green energy a mainstream energy source is impressive, inspiring even. The industry growth is supposed to realize the vision of […]