Solar Profits


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: […]

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 […]

Captive Solar Power Plants Becoming popular with Indian Companies

I had earlier written a blog post Captive Solar Power Plant – Is it Good for My Company? that received quite a few queries and comments, with some of them saying it is a bit too early for Indian companies for think of captive solar as the business case might not be strong enough.

I would […]

A Passionate EMail to Help Struggling Karnataka Farmers through Solar

I received this mail from a retired officer from the Indian Navy.

It was really motivating to see how he was trying to find a solution through solar, for the plight of farmers suffering from water shortage.

I am not revealing the name of village and person’s name for privacy and confidentiality. But the lack of these hardly matter. The subject he […]

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 […]

Costs for Small MW-Scale Grid Connected Power Plants in India – LCOE and Optimal Tariff

Within this section you will find

Highlights & inferences
Maximising power generation – details
Minimizing costs – details
With solar trackers

Pessimistic assumptions
Acceptable assumptions
Optimistic assumptions

Without solar trackers

Pessimistic assumptions
Acceptable […]