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Top 5 States for Solar Energy Investments in India

Solar in India is growing at a fat clip.

With many states already in the fray for increasing their energy capacities, the possibilities for solar investments seems limitless.

Unlike in wind power, in which some states have much higher potential than others, there are many states with equivalent potential in solar. But, as always, even in societies where […]

What Do Financial Investors Look for When Funding Solar Projects?

Solar is like Any Other Business for Investors

On the surface, the world of solar might be perceived as a very different business, as a business that is about to save the world and the environment through reducing carbon emissions etc., but to investors, solar power projects are like any other business investment – they evaluate […]

By |October 8th, 2015|Solar Financing, Solar Investments|1 Comment

What are the Initial Investment and O&M Costs Required for a MW Solar Plant in India?

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The major portion of the expenditure for a solar plant is taken up by the initial investment required. There are other expenses which we need to consider initially as part of utility scale solar costs, such as the inverter replacement cost, operations and maintenance cost, insurance charges and such.

Initial Capital Investment Required

This should […]

What is the Rate of Return of Utility Scale Solar in India?

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Internal Rate of Return
Before going into Internal Rate of Return of a utility scale solar power plant, we need to understand the concept of Net Present Value (NPV). NPV negates the problem of having to compare cash flows in different time periods. The value of a rupee now wouldn’t be the same five […]

What are the Financing Options Available for MW Solar Plants in India?

Sun’s energy is free but setting up a MW Solar plant is capital-intensive. Financing options is one of the biggest hurdles faced by MW solar plant investors. It is critical to select a solar financing option that suits your company. The usual cost of setting up a plant comes to around 6 Crores/MW. 30% of […]

By |September 15th, 2015|MW Solar, Solar Financing, Solar Investments, Solar Payback Period, Solar PV Power Plant|Comments Off on What are the Financing Options Available for MW Solar Plants in India?

Which Sectors within Solar PV Manufacturing Require High Capital Costs?

Sweet Answer from Solar Mango: (updated Jul 2015)

The solar PV value chain looks thus (for crystalline solar panels):

Polysilicon ==> Ingots & wafers ==> Solar Cells ==> Solar Panel ==> Solar Power Plants/Off-grid Solar Products.

Stages requiring high capital expenses

Within the solar PV value chain, Polysilicon manufacturing and ingot/wafer manufacturing facilities require high capital costs, in the order of […]

How are the Prospects for Solar Manufacturing in India?

Sweet Answer from Solar Mango: (updated Jul 2015)

With the Indian Government’s Make in India program in full swing, there is a significant interest among businesses and entrepreneurs, both from India and abroad, in investing in manufacturing opportunities in solar.

What indeed are the prospects?

The following are the broad perspectives for solar manufacturing in India:

Upstream Opportunities Only […]

How Does Value Addition Vary across the Solar PV Manufacturing Value Chain?

Sweet Answer from Solar Mango: (updated Jul 2015)

An interesting question that is often asked of Solar Mango is on the value addition at each stage of the solar PV value chain – from polysilicon to module. We provide a brief insight on this below.

Broadly, there are four stages in the crystalline silicon module making process

Polysilicon
Ingot/wafer
Cell
Module/Module

PV […]

Is Solar Power the Best Sector for Me to Invest My Money in?

Sweet Answer from Solar Mango: (updated Jul 2015)

Is Solar Power the Best Sector for Me to Invest My Money in?

Hundreds of entrepreneurs and businesses ask this question to Solar Mango every month. And we have to admit that is one of the more difficult questions we have encountered
The reason why this is a difficult question […]

I Wish to Do Business in the Solar Energy Sector. Which is the Best Biz Opportunity?

 

So you wish to invest in a solar energy business but not sure which specific opportunity to invest in.

This is one of the more difficult questions we at Solar Mango are asked. Not because of a lack of attractive business opportunities in the solar energy sector, but because of the wide canvas of opportunities available.

You see, […]

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