Energetica India spoke to Industry Leaders participating at the upcoming Renewable Energy 2012 Wind Conference in Pune on 29th May 2012. The editorial team analysed the industry trends and challenges and brings the a summary of the discussion for the readers.
Renewable Energy 2012 Wind Conference:
Over the past decade, India has established itself as one of the world leaders in the Wind energy sector. Ranked third globally, the Indian wind sector added a record 2,827 MW of capacity in 2011 and is expected to add over 3,000MW in 2012.
Supply Chain management is key to wind turbine supply. The relationships between manufacturers and their component suppliers have become increasingly crucial, with soaring demand, required faster ramp-up times, larger investments and greater agility to capture value in a rapidly growing sector.
With the government roll back of tax breaks for the wind sector this year, the industry is gathering at the Renewable Energy 2012 Wind Conference on 29 May 2012 in Pune to deliberate on cost optimization through lean manufacturing, innovative financing models, automation technology and effective supply chain management that dictates delivery capabilities, product strategies and pricing for turbine manufacturers.
Some of the speakers included Mr.Ravindra Utgikar. Head- Corporate Marketing, Suzlon Energy; Mr. Rajarshi Sen, CEO, Luminous Renewable Energy Solutions Pvt; Mr.K Bharathy, CEO, Windar Renewable Energy; Mr.Nithin Kaimal, Director, IDFC; Mr.Mr.Shirish Garud, Senior Fellow,TERI; Mr. D.V Giri, Secretary General, Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association and Mr. Ish Bagga, VP- Projects, RRB Energy.
Energetica India discusses the Indian Wind Energy Industry with the Speakers to arrive at the following Conclusions:
Removal of accelerated depreciation incentive on wind projects is expected to temporarily result in a dip in sales. But overall this move has been welcomed by the industry because it encourages quality generation. However, the government will still need to make sure that wind energy projects remain financially attractive for investors.
Depreciation incentive may be needed to boost off-grid small wind projects.
Land continues to be a challenge for the industry. The industry is calling on the Government to smoothen the process. It may take some time keeping in mind that land dealings in India is complicated.
Power Evacuation is another challenge that not only wind energy developers but other energy players are also facing in India. The effort is going on to upgrade the infrastructure system and the industry expects some relief from 2013 onwards.
The wind turbine manufacturers are moving towards designing turbines for low-wind speed locations, that is more prevalent in India.
Indian Wind Sector saw an integrated model where the wind turbine company provided complete turnkey solution to wind developers. This was because wind projects were mostly done by corporates / investors to avail of tax subsidy and these investors did not have necessary skills to work on project management on their own.
This trend is expected to change with more IPPs in the sector now. The value chain will attract investments from IPPs to gain control, cut costs and increase margins.
To read the complete article, please wait for our upcoming May 2012 issue.
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News published on 25 / 05 / 2012 by Bharat Vasandani