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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 […]

Business Models for MW Solar Power Plants in India

For those keen on becoming a solar power developer in India, it is important to understand the various business models under which solar power plants get built.

Power plant development belongs more to the infrastructure sector than to consumer product sector, in the sense that these are investments that pay off well in the long term, and in that these are businesses […]

Captive Solar Power Plant for My Company – Is It a Good Idea?

What are captive solar power plants?

A captive solar power plant refers to a solar power plant that has been implemented by a company for its own captive consumption. That is, the power generated by the solar power plant is consumed entirely by the developing company itself.

Now, you might easily recognise one type of captive solar power plant, and that is the rooftop solar power plant. Most times, the power generated […]

Solar Zones, Solar Parks and Floating PV for India, according to MNRE

At the recently concluded Intersolar conference, MNRE officials put forth a number of ideas they are working on for the growth of the solar industry, especially grid-connected solar industry in India.

To this end, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has written to state governments instructing them to set up new ‘solar zones’ to encourage private sector […]

Solar PV O and M Market to be 400 GW by 2020

According to a new report from GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting, Megawatt-Scale PV O&M and Asset Management 2015-2020: Services, Markets and Competitors, the global market for utility-scale PV operations and maintenance will reach 488 gigawatts by 2020, almost triple the estimated market of 133 gigawatts by the end of 2015.

More of this market has come […]

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 […]

71 MW Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Plant in Arizona with Solar Tracking! Wow, that’s Cool!

I was quite excited to read about a rather unique combination of renewable energy technologies

“Array Technologies(ATI) has announced the commissioning and completion of the tracking system for the 71 MW Red Horse 2 combined wind and solar project, which is expected to provide power for 13,500 Arizona homes.

The plant generates energy from Vestas V110 wind […]

Quality of India’s Solar Installations Compromised in the Race to Low Tariffs

Now, this should not come as any surprise at all: Many leading personalities from the Indian solar sector feel that the quality of many solar power plant installations in the country could be suffering as developers try to execute costs at really low costs to meet the low tariffs that are resulting from many of the government auctions.

I mean, it […]

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 […]

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