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About Narasimhan Santhanam

I cofounded Solar Mango, and serve as its Director. After graduating from IIT Madras & IIM Calcutta, and after working in different industries, I have had the privilege to assist companies along the entire spectrum of the solar PV value chain – from polysilicon to power plants to offgrid solar products. My work in India also gives me hope that solar can be a real game changer for the country, both from economic and socio-development perspectives. If you or your company is interested in assistance in solar, do drop in a note to narsi@solarmango.com and I will do my best. You can connect with me at LinkedIn here.

Monkey Insurance Anyone?

Pic credit: Reuters/American Energy News

Just when you thought many uncertainties were coming to an end for solar in India and things were kind of settling down, you read about a new kind of uncertainty – this time from monkeys.

Apparently, monkeys like solar panels, or at least they frequent the rooftop solar panel installations in quite […]

Consolidation in the Indian Solar and Other RE Sectors

Recently, I had written a detailed blog post on the M&A and related investments happening in the Indian solar power sector.

Read an interesting article in the Hindu Business Line that reviewed the various M&A and investment activities happening in the Indian solar power sector in specific, and renewable energy in general.

Such an acceleration and consolidation […]

The Problem with Rooftop Solar is that…It is Not a Must Have

(pic credit: CAD-IT Consultants)

A year back, I had given a 10 minute speech at Intersolar India on the real challenge for rooftop solar.

Some of my co-speakers felt I had hit the nub, while some others felt I was being pessimistic.

After I finish my post here, you decide which camp you belong to.

My main point was this: […]

Solar to be 30% of global capacity by 2040, a 1500% growth story

From just 4% of installed capacity in 2015, solar will rise to become the largest installed capacity energy source by 2040, increasing to 30% of total, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

In 2015, the total global electricity installed capacity was 6412 GW, of which solar had 4%. By 2040, the total global electricity capacity would […]

By |July 13th, 2016|Solar Capacity|1 Comment

Should India Say WTF to WTO on Solar?

Recently, a WTO ruling on solar went against India, in the context of “discriminatory trade practices”. The case was filed by the US against India.

I am sure there are lots of Indians having a knee-jerk reaction to this adverse ruling – WTF!

But I beg to differ from them. Let me explain this better.

To ADD or Not to […]

Innovate or Suffocate – Solar Industry’s Watershed Moment

There’s a dark secret about the sunny solar industry.

It is not very profitable.

Surprised?

The surprise is justified: After all, you hear about the fantastic growth of solar sector. The world just crossed 200 GW in installations. It is already a $100+ billion industry worldwide. And is getting bigger, faster. India vows 100 GW by 2022. China ups the […]

Why Make in India Makes Enormous Sense for Solar

The Make in India campaign by the Modi government is in full flow.

There is a visceral “feel-good” factor about making something in our country, isn’t there? The economists among you will point out that feeling good viscerally is not enough, it should feel good economically too. And it is indeed true that making everything at […]

Can Solar Get Me a Date? – What Solar Can and Can’t

I am a solar evangelist by profession, and a realist by nature.

Not the best DNA to sleep in peace, but let’s just say this has made me write this post.

Having worked in almost all main alternative energy sectors (solar, wind, biomass, biofuels, small hydro and waste to energy) in the last 10 years, I can say with confidence […]

US Has SunShot for Solar. India Has Gunshot.

Every time I see our Power Minister Piyush Goyal sport a big smile while boasting that his government had brought down solar power tariffs even further, and in the same breath say that his government will ensure Make in India for solar, I wonder: Has he ever heard of the term innovation?

It makes me ask as well – […]

Could Rooftop Solar in Cloudy Cities Contribute More than in Sunny Cities?!

Here’s an interesting take on solar power generation.

In general, one would have thought that the contribution of solar power to the overall power mix will be higher in regions with significant sunshine.

But here’s a study that claims just the opposite – that the contribution of solar power could be higher for some cloudy regions.

Eh?

A bit of reflection however will reveal […]

By |April 30th, 2016|Sun is Fun|1 Comment