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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.

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

Futurist Ray Kurzweil Says Solar Will Dominate Energy Within 12 Years

Ray Kurzweil apparently gets an astonishing 86% of his predictions right, puts him pretty close to God, in my opinion.

Now, he predicts that solar will dominate the energy sector within 12 years. Now, that’s a lot more optimistic than most other folks out there, include we at Solar Mango, who had been rather prosaic in our predictions that it could take […]

What is the right solar tariff for India – 4.78, 4.63 or 4.34?

After an avalanche of low solar tariffs ending with a super low solar tariff of Rs 4.34/kWh in the latest reverse biddings held in Nov ’15 and Jan ’16, the market suddenly seems to be retracting.

The recent lowest discovered tariff for Karnataka was Rs 4.78/kWh, a good 10% higher than the previous lowest.

The chart, courtesy ICRA Research […]

How Choosing High Quality Components will Make a High Impact for Indian Solar Sector

As India races towards an aspirational 100 GW of solar power, there are some serious challenges that lie in the way.

One of the key challenges is the growth of the distributed or the rooftop solar sector.

While the government wants this sector to contribute 40 GW of the 100, the sector is growing way too slowly right […]

Keen on Solar Business? Make Sure You Read This

The solar energy sector is one of the fastest growing industrial segments worldwide. This naturally makes many businesses and entrepreneurs keen to enter this sector.

But once they start taking their first steps into solar, they realise that things are not as easy as they thought.

At Solar Mango, we have seen how entrepreneurs and businesses are […]

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 […]

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 […]

Floating Solar Power Plant in a Dam in Wayanad, Kerala

The idea of floating solar power plants has been doing the rounds for a while.

A few years back, I had the opportunity to have a brief discussion with the founder of Ciel et Terre, Bernard Prouvost. At that time, very few thought that floating solar power plants will be anything more than novelty.

Since then, the company has grown. While floating solar power plants […]

By |February 9th, 2016|Solar - India, Solar Inventions|4 Comments

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 […]

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