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DISTRIBUTED SOLAR IN INDIA

December 5, 2018,
  • Although officially, all villages in the country have been connected to the power grid, nearly 240 million Indians continue to lack access to electricity. In this scenario, distributed solar power is a good way to electrify remote habitations in a cost-effective way. This could be in the form of setting up rooftop plants, solar-based microgrids, etc. Distributed solar power generation can play a major role in the country's energy security as well as economic progress.

  • While subsidies are crucial for this market, sustainable growth cannot depend purely on financing support. The distributed solar segment is now at a pivotal point where market forces have made it economically viable to function without the need for financial assistance. A drop in the costs of solar power equipment, increased awareness and the existence of multiple business models have all precluded the need for financial assistance from the exchequer.
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  • The challenges in handling this type of power now pertain to the regulatory and technical aspects. To encourage distributed generation of solar power, the government needs to provide support by ensuring that commercial and industrial customers are not subjected to adverse charges or approval processes by their local distribution companies when they decide to invest in a rooftop solar system

  • Further, a long-term goal needs to be set for the microgrid segment for lowering the investment risks in this space. This market faces a number of challenges pertaining to the lack of a regulatory framework, and these need to be sorted out at the earliest.

  • Going forward, the distributed solar segment is bound to grow because of the benefits it offers and the government's increased focus on promoting the development of decentralised sources of energy through various rooftop programmes supported by comprehensive state-level net metering regulations.

  • The mission of this conference is to highlight the emerging opportunities in the distributed solar space in India; analyse the performance of operational projects; examine the key challenges; and showcase the most promising technologies, business models and noteworthy projects. The conference will also provide a platform to industry players, government officials, rooftop project owners and microgrid operators to share their experience and exchange ideas.

O&M FOR SOLAR PROJECTS

December 6 2018,
  • Solar plants are built to last 20-25 years. After the engineering procurement and construction (EPC) period is completed, developers need to ensure that the operations and maintenance (O&M) activities are seamless for sustained energy generation over the project lifetime.

  • In the initial years of solar power development in India, O&M was often coupled with EPC and performed by the same vendors. But of late, solar O&M has emerged as a separate market with its own landscape, trends and dynamics. These trends are derived from the broader developments in the sector, which is growing at a CAGR of over 65 per cent. Project sizes are getting larger, tariffs are declining and there are large capacities in the pipeline for development.

  • As a result, a large number of O&M-focused players are coming up, some as hive-offs from existing EPC companies and others as independent specialists. These include vertically integrated players providing O&M as part of a broader package, EPC players venturing into the O&M space and specialised/stand-alone O&M contractors.

  • The total addressable market for solar PV O&M is expected to reach 30 GW in 2018-19. It is likely to more than triple by 2022 to exceed 100 GW, clearly presenting a significant business opportunity.

  • Going forward, digitalisation and automation will play a key role in providing efficient O&M services, thereby changing the O&M cost composition, which is currently dominated by manpower expenses.

  • The mission of this conference is to highlight the emerging opportunities in the solar O&M space in India, examine the key issues and challenges, discuss the role of digitalisation and automation, and showcase the most promising technologies, business models and noteworthy projects. The conference will also provide a platform to industry players, government officials and technology providers to share their experience and exchange ideas.

 
       
 
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