Rising Competition in India’s Solar Market has Cut Margins to the Bone

Rising Competition in India’s Solar Market has Cut Margins to the Bone: Interview

Mercom India’s news team recently had the opportunity to speak with energy solutions provider GoodWe’s sales head for south and east Asia, James Hou. Hou shed some light on the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
DISCOMs Should Have a Defined Timeline for Installing Grid-Tied Solar Inverters: Interview

DISCOMs Should Have a Defined Timeline for Installing Grid-Tied Solar Inverters: Interview

There has been a lot of talk lately echoing the sentiment that the next big market in India at the residential level will be solar integrated with power back-up technology ...
EESL Leading the Clean Energy Charge in India

EESL Leading the Clean Energy Charge in India

On October 2, 2016, India became the 62nd country to ratify the Paris Agreement and set a goal of generating 40 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by ...
Interview: Safeguard Duty Does Not Seem to Safeguard Interests of Project Developers

Interview: Safeguard Duty Does Not Seem to Safeguard Interests of Solar Project Developers

India’s solar sector is currently dealing with a plethora of issues from all sides, while trying to keep pace to meet the 2022 goal of 100 GW it has set ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Interview: Safeguard Duty Cost Impact on Rooftop Solar Could be as much as 20%

Interview: Safeguard Duty Cost Impact on Rooftop Solar Could be as much as 20%

India’s rooftop solar sector has installed approximately 2 GW so far. Without a conducive environment and a variety of supportive policy initiatives for it to truly take off, it will ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Interview: Utilities Need to Enable Prosumers for Rooftop Solar to Flourish

Interview: Utilities Need to Enable Prosumers for Rooftop Solar to Flourish

Rooftop installations in India are well behind utility-scale installations. Only 2 GW of rooftop solar has been installed as of Q1 2018 out of the 40 GW by 2022 target set ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
MNRE Invites Expression of Interest to Study the Biomass Potential in India

Interview: If Implemented Properly, Biofuels Policy Can be a Game-Changer for India

Recently, central government’s cabinet, headed by prime minister Narendra Modi, approved the National Policy on Biofuels – 2018. Biofuels in India are of strategic importance as they integrate well with ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
Interview: A Cheaper Inverter is Not Always a Better Option for Solar Projects

Interview: A Cheaper Inverter is Not Always a Better Option for Solar Projects

For solar project developers in the country, the decision to choose one inverter over the other is becoming increasingly difficult, given the rapid expansion of the segment, and numerous entrants ...
Interview: Public Market May Not Have the Appetite for More Than 2-3 Large Renewable IPOs

Interview: Public Market May Not Have the Appetite for More Than 2-3 Large Renewable IPOs

In the past couple of months, a slew of government regulations have been announced for the domestic renewable sector. Mostly, these policies have been aimed at dealing with the ongoing ...
Interview: Well-Defined Value Chain Required for Biofuels Sector to Grow in India

Interview: Well-Defined Value Chain Required for Biofuels Sector to Grow in India

In a country like India, where the overall economic growth is fueled by its agrarian sector, biofuels assume great significance in light of the country’s ambitious goals of doubling farmers’ ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
Interview: Solar & Non-Solar REC Generators Could Lose ₹18 Billion if Relief is Not Provided

Interview: Solar & Non-Solar REC Generators Could Lose ₹18 Billion if Relief is Not Provided

The solar REC trading in the country was stalled for the past one year. In April 2018, both, solar and non-solar renewable energy certificates (REC) were traded for the first ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
UL Interview_ New quality standards for solar modules will help consolidate growth in the Indian solar sector

UL Interview: New Quality Standards for Solar Modules Will Help Consolidate Growth in the Indian Solar Sector

The government’s recently introduced Quality Control Order has received mixed reactions from domestic solar sector stakeholders. A plethora of project developers are unhappy with the timing of the order, though ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Interview: Government Should Strike the Right Balance When it Comes to Safeguard Duty

Interview: Government Should Strike the Right Balance When it Comes to Safeguard Duty

The domestic solar sector is in need of help, but the recommendation to impose a 70 percent safeguard duty, in all likelihood, is going to roil the sector, according to ...
Interview: Commercial and Residential Rooftop Will Thrive Over the Next 5 Years in India

Interview: Commercial and Residential Rooftop Will Thrive Over the Next 5 Years in India

The pace of rooftop solar adoption in India has gathered speed in recent years, particularly during the fourth quarter of 2017. To date, over 1.6 GW of rooftop solar projects ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Interview: India Needs to Strengthen the Battery Energy Storage Manufacturing Sector

Interview: India Needs to Strengthen Battery Energy Storage Manufacturing Sector

India’s renewable energy sector needs a strong backbone in the form of a robust energy storage industry in order to sustain its growth trajectory, according to Naveen Sharma, vice president ...
Greenko Interview: Recent Low Wind Tariffs Cannot be Compared with Solar

Greenko Interview: Recent Low Wind Tariffs Cannot be Compared with Solar

The introduction of reverse auctions in the wind sector is making the power generation source increasingly competitive with solar and thermal power in India. In a recently concluded 500 MW ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Interview: Cancelling Energy Storage Tenders Sends a Wrong Signal to the World

Interview: Cancelling Energy Storage Tenders Sends Wrong Signal to the World

India’s energy storage industry is not yet at the same level as more advanced global players, but the pricing, efficiency, scale, and technology of the country’s domestic manufacturers is undergoing ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Oriano Interview: India needs a proper rating system to drive rooftop solar adoption in SMEs

Oriano Interview: India Needs Proper Rating System to Drive Rooftop Solar Adoption in SMEs

Rooftop solar installations are definitely going to be a big part of India’s renewable growth story. In a country of billions, generating solar power at the point of consumption is ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Interview_ India Should Follow US and European Model for Import Duties

Interview: India Should Follow US and European Model for Import Duties

The current absence of an anti-dumping duty is hampering manufactures’ aspirations for expansion, according to Surana Solar Executive Director Manish Surana. Surana says India would benefit from analyzing the approach ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Anti-Dumping Duty Would Not Be Good for India in The Long Run

Longi Interview: Anti-Dumping Duty Would Not Be Good for India in The Long Run

The ongoing anti-dumping investigation has domestic manufacturers wondering about their fates. As the country looks toward a greener future with an expansion of the renewable energy sector in coming years, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Market Forces Should Determine Solar Growth in India Without Subsidies

Interview: Market Forces Should Determine Solar Growth in India Without Subsidies

In line with the government’s ambitious renewable energy targets, India has seen an impressive increase in the rate at which these energy sources are being tapped for utilization. But given ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Indian Solar Developers Need Accurate Data Sets to Reduce Financing Costs

Interview: Indian Solar Developers Need Accurate Data Sets to Reduce Financing Costs

Solar project developers can reduce the financing costs for their projects by obtaining quality solar irradiance data and accurate generation estimates, according to two executives at companies that provide these ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
L&T Interview_ Government Should Focus More on Decentralized Solar

L&T Interview: Government Should Focus More on Decentralized Solar

The Indian solar sector has witnessed exponential growth in the past few years, thanks to supportive policies and the increasing experience of implementing agencies. The country has set an impressive ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Interview - Now is the Time to Invest in Solar Cell Manufacturing Lines in India

Interview: Now is the Time to Invest in Solar Cell Manufacturing Lines in India

With domestic solar module manufacturing capacity announcements on the rise and an anti-dumping investigation pending, now is an opportune time to start new solar cell manufacturing lines in India, according ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Interview - Government needs to ‘Handhold’ Local Solar Manufacturing for 5 to 10 Years

Interview: Government needs to ‘Handhold’ Local Solar Manufacturing for 5 to 10 Years

India’s domestic solar manufacturing sector is finding it difficult to cope with the falling prices of modules globally. In order to expand their businesses, local manufacturers need the government to ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar