Sep 12, 2017

Smart Poles : Innovative Streetlighting Architecture

Innovation in Street Lighting

EESL has been going all out to promote energy efficiency and incorporating the use of LED streetlights. The Streetlighting National Program (SLNP) program has been instrumental in saving over 486 million units of energy ( 0.4 million tons of CO2 emissions) during the past 4-5 years with an estimated 3.5 million streetlights already been replaced. The program is getting extended to multiple states, and state capitals are racing to copy the model applied in New Delhi with remarkable savings and results. The aim is to get to replace 14 million streetlights.

Perhaps this is the start. More exciting innovations can be planned around the conventional streetlight pole. How can conventional streetlight poles be used to deliver more ? There are innovations happening the world over

Aug 9, 2017

Air Pollution : The Solar Connection !

It has been estimated that Air Pollution causes a huge drop in the generation potential of the solar PV plants installed in the North India region. Yes, while the hot and sunny conditions do make it feasible for solar PV plants to be installed in this part of India, research by several agencies has shown that the dusty conditions during certain months of the year, and the smog like effect mostly prevalent in winter months, reduces output and generation by as much as 35% causing a big drop in overall yield of the solar PV plants

May 26, 2017

New Solar Policy for Delhi : All of it explained here

With the New Delhi government bringing out the new solar policy for Delhi, it may be indeed good times for the building owners and residents. We try and bring out the various perspectives and elements here, and help consumers make a choice for themselves.

Who can install solar ?

All residential and commercial rooftop owners are eligible to install solar panels on rooftop. Infact, the government has also identified certain govt offices and buildings, where solar panels can provide electricity. For most government owned buildings and campuses, it is mandatory to install solar PV

May 16, 2017

RFID Tags in Solar Panels / Solar Plants

Various policy measures have been put in place, based on recommendations of experts. These relate to power evacuation, subsidies and eligibility of solar panels to be used for setting up plants, even players who can and who cannot put solar plants based on recommendations / user experiences. All of this is good, and sign of a maturing solar economy that India is moving towards. Rightly so, since now India is poised to be the third largest solar market in the world, and has pipped Japan and the US in the ranking order. We draw attention to one such policy related to solar panels being manufactured in India, and use of RFID tags. This is one step that the department has taken to ensure that the minimum technical standards are reached, and maintained by quality manufacturers. This is also become a requirement for any government project, or a project that envisages some form of subsidy that the government provides on installing solar panels ( such as solar rooftop plants on institutions, NGOs, or schools and colleges).
The MNRE mandates that

Mar 14, 2017

Solar : Solution for electrifying the Unelectrified

Energy access in any developing country is an important goal. For any government, delivering on the promise of energy access for all is a significant promise. If they deliver well on this promise, chances are bright that the voter mind set turns favourable as it is one of the most visible signs of improvement in standard of living for people living in the dark.
In India, there is an ambitious program that has been started by the current Government to ensure electricity reaches all in a time bound manner. All efforts are being made, and appear sincere by all counts, to ensure that the last remaining village also gets connected either to the grid. The other solution that exists is providing renewable power via solar. Few experiments have been carried out that have a mix of solar and wind. Perhaps finding an overlap of unelectrified regions, and

Feb 13, 2017

Solar on Rooftops : The 'why' answered...

Typically, most householders / office owners are looking to install solar on the rooftops for the following reasons

Lower Monthly Electricity Bills

India is a hot country and most homes and offices run air conditioning for 5-6 months in an year on a regular basis. Some of the upper middle class owners would run on climate control for atleast 8-9 months. These appliances are the biggest consumers of energy. With most electric utilities charging between Rs. 8-10 for electricity costs, monthly bills spiral upwards in the hot summer months. Solar Power costs are much lower in the vicinity of

Feb 7, 2017

Solar Power makes sense, only if you scale

A Game of Scale

It is a game that has played out in the Western world already, Solar Power business is more and more getting tilted towards the larger players. Smaller entities are getting pushed to being Tier 1 or Tier 2 sub contractors. Solar power, which once fostered small enterprises, is transforming into a scale-based opportunity. As tariffs hit record lows crimping returns, smaller firms are either scaling down or selling out. The main components in any solar plant installation are the solar modules. The international market has plenty to offer, at low rates. The Chinese manufacturers of solar cells and modules are willing to offer this at very competitive prices, as compared to local players, for chosen players who are able to provide them with scale. Indian players have their production capacity full at times and really cant lower and compete with this level of pricing.
The top players have moved quickly, and data shows that the top 10 solar project developers have raked in new business quickly in the FY 2015-16, to jump from a 35% share to over 60% share in new business / new plants set up.

Funding holds the key 

The solar industry is no longer a technology play. It never was. Building and installing solar plants is more project management. But the key really is

Jan 25, 2017

Solar Energy : Financing for projects

there has been a spurt in growth of project funding based capital, for solar projects in India. All this is helped by the fact that the government has already announced plans for an increased target of 175 GW by 2022 of installations in the country. 

This translates into about Rs. 875,000 Cr ( around 145 bln USD)  of investment into the sector at the current pricing for setting up utility scale projects. Over time, this pricing may come down and hence the need for capital required may reduce a bit. Nonetheless, the capital requirement is huge and requires different capital pools to come together. 

Below is a list of some funds and organisations that have become active to help India move towards a cleaner future. This list, by its very nature is an evolving list and updates shall continue to be published. Do note that some of these are announcements and the fund may / may not finally materialize in its objectives.