Jul 14, 2019

Gujarat Solar Rooftop Policy : Key Points

There is good news for residents in Gujarat, atleast the ones who are looking to install solar power plants, for homes. Very recently, Gujarat announced its renewable energy friendly budget for the financial year 2019-20. It is clear that the state administration is bullish on renewable energy and

Jul 4, 2019

DISCOMs new policy ; MNRE issues scheme, to tender 12 GW of Solar Rooftops, for Government Entities

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification regarding scheme for power to be produced by Government Producers and the role of distribution companies (DISCOMs) for the smooth implementation of the second phase of the Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) program. This government program aims to provide for use of 4000 MW of power in the next 3 yrs, each year being 4000 MW and the total being 12,000 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects. The power can be used by government entities for self-use or use by other government entities.

Interestingly, the scheme provides for a maximum cap of

Jul 1, 2019

Electric Utility and Distribution Players : Catalysts for Growth for Solar Rooftops

With the costs of going solar, coming down, almost halving over the past 3 years, the take off stage for solar rooftop is fast approaching. The state utilities are well poised to take advantage of the increased attractiveness and feasibility of the solar rooftop model for multiple customer segments. Let us look at the different segments in general and then specifically, segment wise, to evaluate the role that a utility

Jun 29, 2019

Solar Power helps slums to be cleaner than cities : Gujarat model

The Government of Gujarat plans to launch a solar power generation scheme for slum dwellers. Not only will slum dwellers get free power, but also the government will also pay them for surplus power that they generate by installing solar panels.

The state government in Gujarat has unveiled a new scheme to promote solar power generation in slums. This is one of the slew of measures that the state government has been launching to promote solar power generation. In the first phase, the government had launched a scheme for solar rooftop, for residential houses. 

Now, it seems that the opportunity and target segment being slums, it presents

Jun 23, 2019

Renewables : A business case that is established, when will consumers tip over

It is increasingly becoming clear that renewables are going to rule the roost, in terms of adding new power generation capacity. With Europe taking a lead, it is expected that about 92% of the electricity needs shall be met using renewables. [Source : New Energy Outlook]
EU has a region has massive ambitions and becoming carbon neutral. US on the other hand, is starting out, and

Jun 10, 2019

Chandigarh : Solar Rooftop Policy, and easy steps for going solar for residents

In early 2018, it was announced with a lot of media visibilty, that UT of Chandigarh would go solar and all residents having plot area more than 500 sq. yds, would have to install a solar rooftop plant by June 2018. The provision was already existing in Haryana, and all new residential buildings had to comply with the same. Compliance, as per experience has been weak. Even cities like Gurugram, where there is no dearth of wealth, has not seen a lot of uptake, though in the very recent past, a take off of sorts is happenning. 
Fast Forward to 2019, and it is now noted that the Chandigarh administration has extended its deadline for mandatory installations of solar rooftop (SRT) systems to June 30, 2019 — second such extension since 2018, when it was first announced. This is now updated and its seems there is a new deadline of September 2019. This is the third extension provided by the administration.
All new establishments (residential and non-residential) with an available area of more than 500 square yards to adopt SRT. Old buildings were mandated to adopt it within two years of issuing the order.  
Why should consumers go solar ?
A clear benefit that accrues to an average household