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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 […]

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 […]

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
Introduction
Maximising power generation – details
Minimizing costs – details
With solar trackers

Pessimistic assumptions
Acceptable assumptions
Optimistic assumptions

Without solar trackers

Pessimistic assumptions
Acceptable assumptions
Optimistic assumptions

Summary for small scale mw scale power plants
Highlights & inferences – repeated for ease of reading!

This blog […]

Solar Power Price in India Rs 4.2/kWh by 2020, Says KPMG, and Rs 3.69/kWh by 2025

Solar prices in India could be substantially lower than coal by 2020, according to a report by international consultancy firm KPMG.

KPMG’s report, ‘The rising sun: Disruption on the horizon’, predicts that over the next decade solar will scale up significantly, reaching a 12.5% market penetration by 2025.

On prices, KPMG predicts that by 2020 utility-scale, grid connected solar […]

How low solar prices can go, asks Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Here is an interesting article/analysis by Vandana Gombar from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In this article, she wonders how low solar prices can really go.

And goes on to show that the Rs 4.63/kWh by SunEdison is not exactly an oddity.

Interesting article, read it from here

While on this topic, it is instructive to note that, under optimal costs for […]

In Chile, Utility Solar Cheaper than Fossil Fuels – 6,5 cents/kWh vs. 8.5 cents/kWh

Solar and wind energy are lower cost than fossil fuels in Chile, reports Deutsche Bank, with solar the cheapest source of electricity generation.

In an industry note, Deutsche Bank writes that in the country’s last tender round, held on October 23, renewables were awarded 100% of the contracts to supply 1,200 GWh of energy to Chile’s […]

By |November 7th, 2015|Solar Cost, Solar Cost per kWh|0 Comments

Super Low Solar Prices Worldwide in 2015 – Lowest at 3.87 cents/kWh

I had written some time back about a price of Rs 4.63 per kWh (about 7 US cents) for solar power in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and had also wondered out loud whether such a price was indeed sustainable.

And what should I land up right next but an interesting compilation from SeeNews chronicling how there have been […]

Indian Govt Wants Solar Power at Rs 4 per Unit

Fresh from hearing the exhilarating news of the record low prices reached in the bid in the state of Andhra Pradesh, where SunEdison won the entire 500 MW at Rs 4.63/Wh (approx 7 US cents/kWh), India’s power minister Piyush Goyal is understandably on a high.

So high he has asserted that he would like to see the […]

By |November 6th, 2015|Solar - India, Solar Cost, Solar Cost per kWh|1 Comment

Is Rs 4.63/unit solar power price by SunEdison realistic and sustainable?

The recent bid by SunEdison of Rs 4.63/unit for the 500 MW solar PV block of Andhra Pradesh has set the market talking about how fast the cost of solar is coming down

At the same time, those in the know are asking whether SunEdison is quoting unsustainably low prices and shooting itself in the foot.

Well, […]

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