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Electric Vehicle Sector will be a Special Feature of This Year in RenewX

Solar Power is Set for Explosive Growth in India
The Indian electricity sector is on the cusp of a solar-powered revolution. Solar power is set for explosive growth in India, matching coal’s share in the Indian power generation mix within two decades or even sooner. This dramatic turnaround is driven by India’s policy ambitions, notably the target to reach 450 GW of renewable cap...

Currently where Petrol Prices are Rising, EVs Make Perfect Sense for Last-Mile Delivery

There's a lot more than the Government can do for the start-up ecosystem in India
We think that the start-up ecosystem in India is growing but there is a lot more than the government can do other than lip service. As a startup entrepreneur, our expectations include - Special startup incubators, preference for startups with lower capital ability to compete with big guns in government contracts, etc.
In an exclusive in...

Driving Down the LCoE of Wind Power is the Biggest Ongoing Challenge

We Expect Indian Market to Recover, Supported by Solid Regulations
We expect the market to recover, supported by solid regulations that incentivize investment in new wind projects. Ingeteam, as well as other key players in the Indian market are seeking stability that can enable us to strengthen processes and relationships in order to optimize performance. From a manufacturing perspective, steps on this have a...

We Plan to Solarise 1,00,000 Homes in Near Future

Self interest of Discom’s and their aim to retain monopoly is hurting the long-term perspective of renewables
Sudden policy changes and complex regulatory aspect is the biggest challenge we face today. The self interest of power distribution companies (Discom’s) and their aim to retain monopoly in power management business is hurting the long term perspective of renewables in India and this needs to be taken care of.
On International Wom...

Subsidised Rate of Electricity to be Given to Small Rural Mfg Units to Lower their Running Cost

Supply Side has to be Incentivised to Keep up the Pace with Demand Side
We clearly see the demand rising continuously as it’s driven by distinct advantage to the user in terms of cost and environment norms. However, the supply side has to be incentivised to keep up the pace with demand side. There is large occurrence of failure in small manufacturers in this field. This is where the Government support is cri...

Availability of Skilled Manpower in Construction and O&M Remains a Challenge

Renewable Energy industry is growing very rapidly, and so are the jobs
The Renewable Energy industry is growing very rapidly, and so are the jobs in this sector. Yes, the female to male ratio is a bit low, but it is gradually improving as organisations are also looking at ways to make the workplace more equitable. I encourage women to apply for jobs in solar, as this is an exciting area to work in, with tremendou...

We are seeing digital transformation in the energy sector

In a few lines, what does your company offer to the sector and how many years has it been doing it?
MathWorks is focused on offering engineers and scientists’ tools and technologies that allow them to do their best work. Our products, MATLAB and Simulink are used extensively - in power & energy industry to develop and implement power system models, analyze big data, and automate processes, and develop embedded control and signal pr...

Technological Advancement, Innovation Key to Achieve AtmaNirbhar Bharat in Solar Manufacturing

There Must be Atleast 40% of BCD on Solar Modules for Indian Manufacturers to Compete
Building strong integrated solar industrial clusters along with clear policy framework from the government a must for solar manufactures to prosper in India. The government should also create a specialized infrastructure covering the entire value chain from R&D, testing, training center, and other required supporting services. We need a cl...

Working with India, its Govt, its Companies and its People is Very Attractive to us

NEOM will Offer Investors, Entrepreneurs an Attractive Environment for Investment, Biz
NEOM will offer investors and entrepreneurs alike an attractive environment for business and investment, all supported by a progressive law compatible with international norms and conducive to economic growth. THE LINE, in turn, will power NEOM as it becomes a hub for innovation where global business and emerging players can research, incubate...

Need to Boost Infrastructure Financing and Encourage Regional Collaboration in Power Sharing

Rs 5,000 Cr Worth of Transmission Projects Currently Delayed Due to ROW Issues
The construction and commissioning of transmission projects worth more than Rs 5,000 crore are currently delayed due to ROW issues. Linear projects like transmission have little leeway in negotiating ROW, forest, wildlife, defence, airport, coastal zone etc. and are therefore heavily dependent on active government support. The tight execution ...

We will Put Much More Resources into Marketing to Further Expand Our Brand Reputation

We will ramp up marketing both online and offline
Kehua will put much more resources into marketing actions that covers both online and offline activities. We have built connections with the most influential organizations in different countries. What’s more, numerous of road shows and regional promotion activities will be organized together with our local partners to further expand our ...

We expect that by 2022, 30% of Projects to be Executed in Utility Segment with String Inverters

We are Targeting Over 600-800MW in India Next Year
We are targeting more than 600-800MW in India next year. This includes balanced product spread across residential, C&I and Utility segments. Our new advanced state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will also be ready by Feb – Mar, this will further fillip our shipments. With this new facility the total annual capacity will reach more...

We Must Understand that an Equal World is an Enabled World

Rooftop Solar Sector Needs its Own Set of Policies
Rooftop solar in India has not been able to scale up to the level and attained critical mass although it has tremendous potential. This has been primarily due to inadequate policy push and more focus been given to utility scale solar. Rooftop solar sector needs its own set of policies directed to promote rapid deployment of assets such as remo...

EV Still at Nascent Stage in India, Challenges have been Multi-Fold and Multi-Dimensional

There is More that Can Be Done for Promoting Start-Ups in India
There are a few good schemes which are launched by the Government for Start-ups; however, they are not implemented in true letter and spirit. So essentially a start-up is not able to utilise it properly and the scheme stays as marketing exercise only. In my view there is more that can be done for promoting start-ups in India. In an exclusive i...

Energy Sector has Potential to Play Major Role in Economic Revival & Creating Jobs after Crisis

To Achieve Most Competitive Tariffs in India, Investment Cost Must be Continuously Optimized
In order to achieve the most competitive tariffs in India, the cost of investment must be continuously optimized. This context will allow the implementation in the Indian market of improved technologies such as bifacial and higher efficiency solar panels, more performant wind turbines with higher capacity and larger diameter, or also other inn...

LiFePO4 Battery will Rule the Market in Coming Years

With Breakthrough of Technology and Rise in Market Demand, Price of LFP Battery will Drop in Near Future
The battery system is the core part of Energy Storage System (ESS), we think the LFP (LiFePO4) battery will rule the market in the coming years. Customers are concerned about the safety issue of the battery system especially when they get one installed inside their house. LFP battery is more stable and safer, also with reasonable energy densit...

Changing Consumer Behavior is Key Challenge for the Energy Industry

If World has to Transition to Greener Distributed Energy, Consumers will have to Co-Participate as Energy Prosumers
While climate change is a big problem to solve and energy transition is going to be bigger than let us say, the telephony transition; however, changing consumer behavior is the key challenge for the energy industry. Having to sensitize business consumers to stop viewing energy as a commodity and see it as a finite resource has been a challenge...

Apart from Cells, Modules Govt Should Support Setting up Silicon Ingots, Wafer Mfg in India

We have plans in place to double our capacity to 200 MW by next fiscal
There is a clear need for restricting cheap imports and boosting domestic manufacturing. Apart from cells and modules the Govt. Should support setting up of silicon ingots and wafers manufacturing units hence achieving vertical integration. The total self reliance can be achieved only by having complete control over the entire value chain. We ...

2020 has been a Milestone Year for FIMER

We have utilised the coronavirus pandemic time to focus on transitioning our operations and to create one team
2020 has been a milestone year for FIMER. In our bid to create a bold new era for solar, we acquired ABB’s solar inverter business in March 2020, establishing our position as the fourth largest inverter manufacturer in the world, with a global footprint across five continents and operations in more than 100 countries. While the coronavir...

We Want to Install Solar on the Roofs of 1 Million Home-Owners in Next 5 Years

Absence of Single Window Approval for Net Metering and Govt Subsidies is a Big Challenge
Lack of single window approval for net metering and government subsidies is one big issue which is a bit out of our hands - takes too much time and resource and hits our customer satisfaction scores negatively. In an exclusive interaction series with startup companies in the energy sector, Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India, intera...
 
 
 
 
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