Slowdown in the Indian Solar Industry The India solar growth story is sputtering, with only 1500 MW of solar capacity getting installed till date. The main growth drivers – Gujarat and JNNSM have become pale shadows of themselves. Gujarat which is India’s solar shining star is facing a problem of overcapacity. The state has installed [...]

List of Institutes/ Agencies under MNRE MNRE has six different institutes to manage six different aspects of renewable energy – solar, wind, bioenergy and hydropower. These six institutes under MNRE to promote renewable energy in India are: 1) Solar Energy Center Established in 1982, SEC is a body under MNRE to develop solar energy and [...]

Only 1 Solar Thermal Plant built out of 5 Plants India had allotted 50% of the power target to be generated during Phase 1 of the JNNSM to thermal power energy. That was a stupid policy move as I had pointed out at that point of time. Not to beat my own drum but the [...]

Indian Solar Industry hit by Corruption India and corruption have pretty much become synonymous with no sector immune to fraud and scams in India. Now the super fast growing solar energy sector in India has hit the corruption hurdle in India’s southern state of Kerala. Two conpersons have been arrested in relation with a small [...]

India’s western state of Gujarat has been the poster boy of solar energy success in India installing almost 1 GW of solar capacity in a couple of years. The state gave a fixed tariff and a hassle free experience to solar energy developers that attracted more than $2 billion in solar investments. The top Indian [...]

The State of Indian Solar Industry This headline may seem a bit dramatic but that is the current reality being faced by the Indian industry today. The main reasons being: a) low cost competition from China and b) thin film solar panels by First Solar (FSLR), which have battered the small Indian manufacturers. India’s total [...]