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Is Wind Power Really This Cheap? And Are Indian Wind OEMs Really that Innocent?

Is Wind Power Really This Cheap? And Are Indian Wind OEMs Really that Innocent?

OK, we all heard the latest on wind power – Rs 3.46/kWh was the tariff arrived at in the competitive bidding held by SECI. Expectedly, there are a number of industry honchos who are not convinced that Rs 3.46/kWh is a sustainable tariff. Of course, the loudest of them all is the IWTMA (Indian Wind […]

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Posted in: Onshore Wind, Policies and Regulations, Wind Energy

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Wind industry looking forward to wind-solar hybrid policy to thrive

At the recent 750 MW Rewa solar park auction in Madhya Pradesh, solar tariffs witnessed a dramatic crash. Levelized tariff for 25 years hit the record low of of Rs.3.29/kWh — a full Rs. 1 lower than previous record of Rs.4.34/KWh at a Rajasthan auction in Jan 2016. The low for first year tariff was […]

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Posted in: Policies and Regulations, Solar Energy, Solar Photovoltaic, Wind Energy

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It’s Odd Even IIT-educated Politicians Can’t See Beyond Obvious – The Case of Delhi’s Odd-Even Rule

  Delhi’s Odd-Even Oddly Doesn’t Even Address the Root of the Problem, if Research Data are to be believed. I read an interesting take in Financial Express on the actual problems that result in Delhi’s air pollution (written by PP Sangal, a UN Consultant and former director of CSO – ISS). This shows why the […]

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Posted in: New Delhi, Policies and Regulations, Pollution, Society and Community, Transportation, Waste Management

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Doubling Renewables by 2030 will Boost Global GDP by up to USD 1.3 Trillion – IRENA REPORT

Savings would be up to 15 times higher than costs, thanks to avoided expenditures on air pollution and climate change Berlin, Germany, 17 March 2016 – Doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030 can save up to USD 4.2 trillion annually by 2030 – 15 times more than the costs […]

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Posted in: Climate Change, Energy Investments, International, Policies and Regulations, Pollution

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Should India Say WTF to WTO? India’s Solar DCR, US and WTO Ruling.

  I have always maintained that in the context of solar, the Indian government wants the cake and eat it too. Our government wants solar power plant installation to grow at a rapid pace, which can happen only if solar power becomes cost competitive. In order for solar power to be cost competitive, the panels and inverters […]

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Posted in: Policies and Regulations, Solar Energy, Solar Photovoltaic

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Offshore Wind to Blow in India Soon? Hey, Hold Your Bets!

Ever since I started my journey in the Indian renewable energy sector 8 years back, I have been hearing central and state governments blowing hot and cold on offshore wind energy. Anyone listening to them could have been excused in thinking that offshore wind was round the corner. We are in 2015, and you would […]

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Posted in: Offshore Wind, Onshore Wind, Policies and Regulations, Wind Energy

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SunEdison’s Plan for 2000 MW Renewable Energy Projects in Tamil Nadu

At the recently concluded Global Investor’s Meet at Chennai, SunEdison has signed MoUs for 2000 MW of renewable energy development in Tamil Nadu. While no fan of either MoUs or these gala investor’s meets, I do hope that these intentions translate to reality. With SunEdison already operating a number of RE assets across the country, […]

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Posted in: Chennai, Events, Policies and Regulations, Solar Energy, Solar Photovoltaic, Wind Energy

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Backing Down Wind Mills in Tamil Nadu – There are two sides to every coin

Read an interesting article in The Economic Times today how there is a tussle between wind power generators and private conventional power generators, with TANGEDCO and MNRE being the other actors in the drama. The script goes like this: MNRE would like wind generation to have “must run” status, meaning they should be backed down as […]

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Posted in: Chennai, Coal, Electricity Generation and Transmission, Gas, Onshore Wind, Policies and Regulations, Wind Energy

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Can Indian Discoms Afford Solar?

In all the din of 100 GW, one crucial question does not get asked. Who is gonna pay for solar? Now, this is a somewhat tricky answer. And that’s perhaps why it doesn’t get asked or answered too many times. Let us look at the picture a bit more closely. The 100 GW, or whatever […]

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Posted in: Policies and Regulations, Solar Energy, Solar Photovoltaic

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2500 MW of Solar in India in 2015

Mercom Group says India is all set to instal 2500 MW of solar power in 2015. India installed 1000 MW in 2013 and about 900 MW in 2014 – there was thus a reduction in installed capacity in 2014, with the earlier government not doing anything because it was leaving, and the new government not doing […]

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Posted in: Policies and Regulations, Solar Photovoltaic

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