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Flying High in Global Solar – Jinko Solar

Flying High in Global Solar – Jinko Solar

An Interview @REI 2016

According to the PV Manufacturing and Technology report 2016 by Solar Media (or PV Tech), the top three solar manufacturers are GCL, Trina Solar and Jinko solar. In this, if you ignore GCL as they are into completely integrated solar PV manufacturer starting from Polysilicon, […]

Bringing Spanish Solar expertise to Indian grounds – Immodo Renewables

Bringing Spanish Solar expertise to Indian grounds – Immodo Renewables

An Interview @REI 2016

There has been a tremendous influx of investments and market entry from international firms having solar offerings. The largest among these of course has been from solar panel manufacturers and solar inverters. Of late, at Solar Mango Consulting, we have also seen a […]

Karnataka Farmer’s Solar Scheme – Solar Mango Assistance in Financing Avenues for Farmers & Investors

The Karnataka farmer’s scheme, which was launched in 2015, has been one of the most attractive schemes.

It provides Rs 8.4/kWh as the tariff, one of the highest in the country, and farmers holding land in Karnataka could bid for upto 3 MW.

The scheme was so attractive that the online bidding, done on a first-come-first-served basis, concluded within […]

Don’t be Lakh Wise, Crore Foolish – Solar Mango’s Request to Solar Power Plant Developers

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OK, so you already know the stuff that’s presented above.

You have already read or heard about the fact that there are EPCs, and there are EPCs.

Given that it is well known that there are a number of rather average EPCs out there who could seriously harm your solar power plant investment, I find it […]

Solar Asset Management – An Introduction – and a North American Event for the Same!

Many of Solar Mango’s clients who are just about getting into installing solar power plants are already keen on knowing how to manage the operations & management of these power plants.

Most of these folks have in mind only O&M, and few, if any of them, discuss asset management. In fact, when I mention the term “asset […]

Robot Cleaning Technology for Solar Power Plants

Even in a low cost country like India, at Solar Mango we continue getting enquiries on automating O&M for solar power plants. Well, having done the math, our team is not entirely convinced that Indian solar power plants need highly automated O&M – perhaps what is optimal for our country is a mix of manual and automated maintenance.

At the same time, it […]

Azure Bags 150 MW Solar Allotment at Rs 5.12/kWh with DCR

And here comes the news that Azure has bagged a 150 MW solar power plant from NTPC in AP, at Rs 5.12/kWh. (#Update based on a comment to this post – Azure = 100 MW, the rest 50 MW has been bagged by Adani Power @ Rs 5.13/kWh).

This is part of the same series of solar power allocation by NTPC […]

Dos and Donts for Indian MW Solar Power Plant Developers

There are three main categories of solar power plant developers in India:

Super duper companies such as Sun Edison, Welspun Energy etc that are both large and financially well-heeled, as well have real professional expertise in putting up solar power plants, both large and small
Small-medium companies that are existing business keen on solar power, but not well versed with putting up MW solar power plants
Individuals (usually […]

Softbank Too Bids at Rs 4.63/kWh for 350 MW Solar – An Analysis of the Magic Number 4.63

All right, so a few weeks back, we were all circumspect when Sun Edison bid at Rs 4.63/kWh for 350 MW solar power plant in Andhra Pradesh under the National Solar Mission.

How could this be? – we asked among ourselves. Perhaps Sun Edison is quoting an unsustainable price?, wondered many; while a humbler few said – perhaps Sun Edison knows something […]

Timelines of a MW Solar Project Installation in India

One prominent distinction between solar power plants and many other conventional power plants, especially thermal or nuclear power plants, is the amount of time it takes to instal the power plant. While conventional power plants could take a few years from concept/design to commissioning, solar power plants, even those that are reasonably large (10+ MW) can be completed within a few months.

Once the PPA has been signed and […]