Solar trick

Solar trick

A number of solar mission projects operational only on paper

The truth about solar mission

The truth about solar mission

For the Government of India the first phase of the national solar mission has been a grand success. It not only managed to attract industry to invest in the generation of an energy considered costly, but also dramatically drove down the cost of producing this energy. In its celebration, little did the government realise that a major conglomerate had subverted rules to acquire a stake in the solar mission much larger than allowed legally

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  • A well researched and

    A well researched and informative article. However, clear cut government plannning and the ability to implement measures seem to be totally lacking. Any suggestions on measures to formulate and implement a short and long term working policy. Who can do this? If one one leaves it to the govt, nothing much will happen for years!

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • I agree with Arun Guha. clear

    I agree with Arun Guha. clear cut government plannning is the need of the hour. In a number of externally aided projects either the funding agency tries to ensure that implementing/ executing agency is an off shoot of a company of the country of funding agency or products of that country are adopted for the project. If Rahul Gupta of Indosolar can put it on record that solar energy will be reliable and comparable in cost of generation of power from Diesel Gensets, then it should be possible to seek support of the Govt as well as the Environmentalists to go for Solar power because it will surely be eco friendly.
    PK Jain

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  • Nice article.But I feel

    Nice article.But I feel other story of other side of coin also could be added to this aticle to make it complete. Among all other generation industry solar is the only industry with subsidy!!! comercial tarrifs in few states has already crossed the grid parity mark.there is very big market for roof top systems, there is very good opportunity for manufacturers to go for long term tieup with taking advantage of MNRE subsidy, REC and agreed energy generation tarrief with individuals. Peolpe should try to make the modules cost effective with local contents. As per i Know except glass, every thing is imported!!!!. there is opportunity to increase subsidiary industry. I agree chinise govt has given good tax exmptions. but at the same time, investors also have gone for volumes to reduce there cost. Wait for few more months. once subsidy on diesel is lifted, you will see shoot in PV market. With the present problems in coal mine issues, there is still a ray of hope for solar. Only threat is Nuclear. but due to japan incident, there will be heavy opposition for that.. cheer people.. this is hard phase for solar.. but not the end. new busness modules will evolve.. technology will improe due to pricing pressure and it will be back soon.. :) Rajendra Kulkarni

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  • An article written with a

    An article written with a preconceived conclusion of why there should be an absolute protectionisn in Indian solar market. The author should be a lobbyist for uncompetitive and inefficient Indian manufacturers by asking for complete domestic content. Indian manufacturers failed in the years when there was the highest growth in international markets 2010-2011. The author also shows his lack of knowledge of utility scale solar PV projects by not mentioning at all what bankers think of Indian manufacturers. Project financing is the bottleneck for solar in India. Most of the Indian banks would not finance modules of Indian manufacturers because they believe these companies cannot survive beyond a few years.
    May be the author would have showed some maturity by asking government to support the industry through tax breaks, soft loans, etc. rather than suggesting complete domestic content.
    This mentality of protectionism has resulted in Indian companies becoming incompetitive to China in every single manufacturing sector.

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  • Outstanding article. I must

    Outstanding article. I must congratulate Kushal Pal Sing..., Jonas Hamberg for their painstaking effort to go deep into the matter with critical analysis.
    In India the Solar PV Manufacture got a boost expecting that there will be great demand. Everybody knows that present Solar Cell efficiency of the commercially available solar cells is low and obviously the cost of solar power production high. The trend in Solar Energy expansion is the same as earlier Wind Energy, started in 80s. The Prime Mover is Incentives by the Government. As it always happens liberal incentives offered by the Government for Renewables must be matched by the production. Hitherto the criticism for Conventional power is that there are hidden subsidies. But the same argument cannot be for Renewables. Unlike Conventional power, Renewables can be decentralized in many cases. As such the success of Renewables will have a chain reaction for expansion on a massive scale in a vast country like India.
    In microeconomics, supply and demand is an economic model of price determination in a market. It concludes that in a competitive market, the unit price for a particular good will vary until it settles at a point where the quantity demanded by consumers (at current price) will equal the quantity supplied by producers (at current price), resulting in an economic for price and quantity.
    The four basic laws of supply and demand are:
    1. If demand increases and supply remains unchanged, a shortage occurs, leading to a higher equilibrium price.
    2. If demand decreases and supply remains unchanged, a surplus occurs, leading to a lower equilibrium price.
    3. If demand remains unchanged and supply increases, a surplus occurs, leading to a lower equilibrium price.
    4. If demand remains unchanged and supply decreases, a shortage occurs, leading to a higher equilibrium price.
    The above basic economics apply to Renewables as well.
    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

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