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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.

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 […]

India Rooftop Solar Policy Risks being ‘Non-event’, Says Solar Consulting Firm

At the cost of annoying you, I am forced to say “I told you so.”

I had always maintained, in the context of Indian solar power plant targets laid down by the MNRE, that while they are on a good wicket for the grid connected solar power plants (target of 60 GW by 2022) and might even come close to achieving […]

Choosing the Right Panels and Inveters for Your MW Scale Power Plant

All right. So you have obtained that much coveted PPA. You have navigated the stormy, choppy financial waters and convinced your bank to give you a loan at a good rate.

Why, you have even figured out from where to get your equity component and the collateral.

And, after elaborate analyses, you have selected the EPC who you feel could be […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for Solar Power Plants in India

Ask anyone who is looking at putting up a MW-scale solar power plant as to what the most important part of a solar power plant is, and he will tell you that it is that of getting the PPA.

So, what indeed is a PPA and why is it such an important aspect of solar power plants?

What is a PPA?

Power Purchase Agreement is a […]

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