Solar: Is It Shining
10 MW in 2010 to 21 GW of installed grid-connected solar capacity in 2018 shows the testament of the Government of India's success in supporting renewable energy, especially solar, in India.
Institutionalise generation-based incentives
In an exclusive interview to POWER TODAY, Sanjeev Aggarwal, Managing Director & CEO, Amplus Energy Solutions emphasises that generation-based incentive needs to be institutionalised to boost the solar rooftop segment. Amplus is also proposing a model to discover the value of rooftop solar power.
Despite its huge potential in a largely agrarian country, biomass lacks competitiveness in India. It is also meagre in comparison with the other green energy sources.
Renewable capacity addition catches up with thermal power in India
Energy transformation has arrived in India. According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), India’s total renewable capacity including solar, wind, biomass and small hydro grew by around 11.2 GW in FY2016-17, at par with thermal capacity addition, which registered a decline of 50 per cent in the year.
IWTMA express need for more policies in Rajasthan
The apex body in wind sector, Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) addressed the media to discuss the wind power development in Rajasthan. In the year 2015-16, Rajasthan installed 688 MW and the current total installation is 4,237 MW till January 2017. The wind sector expressed confidence of growth of wind energy in the state.
Technology and innovation will continue to be the catalyst
Aligned with the´Make in India´ initiative and the government´s green commitments, we aim to install 20 GW in the next six years. This is more than our installations till date but, is well within reach. We have established a multi-prolonged strategy that covers R&D, manufacturing and design as we endeavour to meet our goals.
The Long Shot
Wind energy has been identified as a potential response to India´s crucial power challenges since the 1990s. The sector has undergone a major shift in India, and even after a good 25 years, we still await the full potential of this renewable source to be realised.
Biomass energy is generated through organic matter and can be utilised for various applications, to produce heat and electricity, or used in combined heat and power (CHP) plants; in combination with fossil fuels (co-firing) to improve efficiency and reduce the build up of combustion residues; to replace petroleum as a source for transportation fuels.
Biomass plays a vital role especially in rural areas, as it constitutes the major energy source to majority of households in India, but this resource has been small in terms of comparative scale in India, when compared to the other green energy sources.