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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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Solar Federation Welcomes Gujarat’s New Solar Policy – NSEFI’s Pranav Mehta’s Press Note

Press release == Pranav R Mehta Chairman 18 August, 2015 Press Note National Solar Federation Welcomes Comprehensive New Gujarat Solar Policy encouraging All Categories – Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Residential Users. Attractive features include Rooftop Solar, Net Metering, Agricultural Pumps, Solar Park, Canal Top, ensuring RPO Compliance and REC Benefits Much awaited New Gujarat Solar […]

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

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36 GW of Solar MoUs for Rajasthan from Adani, Reliance, IL&FS, Essel, SunEdison & Azure

Here is an interesting interview with Rajasthan Chief Secretary CS Rajan in The Financial Express in which he mentions that while the state had set itself a 25 GW target for solar within the next few years, they already have MoUs for 36 GW, from just 6 companies – Adani (10 GW), Reliance (6 GW), IL&FS […]

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National Renewable Energy Act – Right First Steps

The central government is proposing a National Renewable Energy Act. The objective is to give a much bigger thrust to development of renewable energy in India. Details of the Act have been published and the government is seeking public feedback and comments on the same. The formal draft document seeking feedback is available here; we have […]

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Sigh of relief – No More Rooftop Solar Subsidy for Commercial, Industrial Sectors

In a long decision overdue, the MNRE has decided to remove the capital subsidies for commercial and industrial sectors. What a relief. This subsidy, which arrives late, if at all, had probably enriched more babus and their lackeys than those putting up rooftop solar. As a result, it was just a pain in the neck that […]

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Posted in: Policies and Regulations, Rooftop Solar

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