India is a key market for the wind industry, presenting substantial opportunities for both the international and domestic players. in 2010, the indian wind sector experienced its strongest annual growth ever, with 2.1 GW of new installations. With strong political will and the right incentives in place, wind energy can play a major role in securing a sustainable and clean energy future for india.
We are very pleased to release the ‘india Wind Energy Outlook 2011’ produced jointly by GWEC, WiSE and iWTMA. This report is a valuable tool for members of the wind industry and policy makers alike to learn about the market opportunities and the legal and regulatory framework in india. in addition, it gives us insights into the challenges going forward and offers suggestions for overcoming remaining hurdles for wind power development.
The indian government has been committed to exploring the country’s vast renewable energy resources for the last three decades, and the time has now come to elevate this political will to concrete action, both to reap the domestic benefits from renewable energy development, and to build on india’s growing leadership internationally in resolving both the energy and climate challenges.
The work done by the Ministry of New and renewable Energy under the guidance of the Hon’ble Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah is laudable. We look forward to working closely with all stakeholders to strengthen the role that india can play in driving wind power development globally; while also supporting the efforts towards developing a comprehensive renewable energy law which would reinforce the National Action plan on Climate Change target of 15% renewable energy for india by 2020.
The ‘india Wind Energy Outlook 2011’ is the wind industry’s contribution to these discussions, and the wind energy sector looks forward to continuing the dialogue with decision makers in order to allow india to reap the full benefit of this indigenous and clean energy source.
by The International Energy Agency
While its use is small today, solar photovoltaic (PV) power has a particularly promising future. Global PV capacity has been increasing at an average annual growth rate of more than 40% since 2000 and it has significant potential for long-term growth over the next decades. This roadmap envisions that by 2050, PV will provide 11% of global electricity production (4 500 TWh per year), corresponding to 3 000 gigawatts of cumulative installed PV capacity. In addition to contributing to significant greenhouse gas
emission reductions, this level of PV will deliver substantial benefits in terms of the security of energy supply and socio-economic development.
Achieving this target will require a strong and balanced policy effort in the next decade to allow for optimal technology progress, cost reduction and ramp-up of industrial manufacturing. This roadmap also identifies technology goals and milestones that must be undertaken by different stakeholders to enable the most cost-efficient expansion of PV. As the recommendations of the roadmaps are implemented, and as technology
and policy frameworks evolve, the potential for different technologies may increase.
For all those who would like a keener understanding of the thought process for India’s RE Ministry, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) strategy document is a must read providing keener insight into the workings of the ministry
The key components of the Strategic Plan cover the following aspects:
Vision, Mission and Objectives; Aspiration
Priority list for sources and technologies to be promoted
Important External and Internal factors which would impact the sector
Opportunities and threats for the sector
Key stakeholders; Government support needed for achieving the objectives /
Strategy for promotion of the sector and achieving the desired outcomes
Implementation Plan outlining the timelines, resources required and tools for
tracking and measuring success
India Energy Handbook 2011 by PSI Media
The United States Energy Association (USEA) created a Handbook on Best Practices for the Successful Deployment of Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation in India based on best practices found in the U.S. and other countries on the following topics:
- Financial issues including tariff pricing, incentives, and insurance;
- Interconnection technical issues including equipment requirements and system protection/stability; and
- Policy, regulatory and legal issues.
The publication dates back to 2008 but captures a number of best practises for the energy industry from across multiple countries and can be used as a reference guide.
Utility Scale Solar Power Plants: A Complimentary Guide for Developers and Investors
This guidebook published by the International Finance Corporation features (IFC) best practices for development, construction, operation and financing of utility-scale solar power plants in India and can be used as a manual for developers and investors. While the guidebook is focused on utility-scale grid-connected solar projects, much of the technical content is equally relevant to off-grid solar applications. All case studies are based on a real 5 MWp thin film plant located in India.
IFC intended to be a practical toolkit, the guidebook includes an annex that covers Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology and highlights aspects of the CSP project development process that differ from the PV equivalent. It also has annexes on construction, operation and maintenance contract terms. It should be noted that, although the guidebook is focused on utility-scale, grid-connected solar projects, much of the technical content is equally relevant to off-grid solar applications.
The India Solar Handbook was launched by BRIDGE TO INDIA in collaboration with Solar Promotion at Intersolar Conference & Exhibition in Mumbai on December 13th 2011. At over 30 pages, The India Solar Handbook report is a primary examination of India’s solar market and includes analysis on solar policy roadmaps, state-by-state demand drivers, domestic manufacturing and technology positioning. In addition, the report pinpoints the opportunities, timeframe and obstacles for industry leaders looking to monetize the Indian opportunity.
The India Solar Handbook contains intelligence for investors, module manufacturers, EPC companies, consultants and market analysts looking at the solar market in India. The report is available for download on the ‘Reports’ section of the BRIDGE TO INDIA website.
Value-Add Report Elements:
- Detailed policy analysis on India’s National Solar Mission (NSM) and state-level analysis on Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka.
- Factors affecting project bankability and the models that developers and financiers are employing to achieve bankability.
- Analysis of the competitive landscape for project developers, as well as foreign developer and EPC strategies for engaging the market.
- Breakdown of India’s domestic module market, with domestic production share by manufacturer.
- Examination of opportunities in off-grid solar market.