Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Solar Energy - Is your site ready?

Solar Energy utilization for captive power proves to be the solution of choice, especially for Industrial Plants looking to utilize their rooftop spaces and additional land area for PV panel installation. Sometime back we published our Report on Solar Energy for Industrial Plants which talked about Solar Power solutions for Industries. Industrial and Commercial facilities should look at PV Solar as a viable option not only for cost saving but also as a step towards sustainability.

It is imperative to know the various aspects of PV Solar Power Project before the project is executed. There are various important stages of execution starting with the first and foremost PV Solar Site Assessment. These stages are as per Globally accepted norms of the Industry and results in an efficiently engineered system which ensures optimum output. Here we focus on the activities covered in the Solar Site Assessment and they are -

A. Site Study
B. Training and Discussions
C. Feasibility cum Viability Report

A. Site Study

Site Study covers visit to the various rooftops and adjoining land areas to get a first-hand view of the proposed sites.
  1. Structural Analysis
  2. Capacity Estimation
  3. Solar Radiation Measurement
  4. PV Technology Selection*
  5. Location Weather Conditions
  6. Site challenges
  7. Solution customization
* There are various PV technologies and the site needs to be understood before best-suited technology is recommended.


B. Training and Discussions

While a site visit is carried out for the above a detailed face to face discussion takes place with the key management and plant personnel. Our widely acclaimed and detailed training programme on Solar Energy ensures maximum benefits to the plant or Company we visit.

Additionally Solar Power projects are very well supported by Central and various States Governments in the form of subsidies and incentives - discussion about which are covered during the training as well as consecutive discussions held thereafter.

While this stage prepares the site for Solar Project execution and also prepares all the key people in getting further clarity on PV Solar in the following areas :
  1. Technology : Site Study + in depth understanding of PV Solar
  2. Policy : Various Government incentives and subsidies
  3. Commercial : Investment and RoI

C. Feasibility cum Viability Report

A detailed report submitted at the end of the exercise captures all the important points of the proposed projects for both roof and ground-mounted systems highlighting their benefits along with the RoI and cash-flow projections under various scenarios. This enables one to select the most viable projects based on the business priorities.

Basic engineering solution of each of the identified project along with key components is also covered in the report. The report also covers next steps of execution along with a plan and schedule for the same.

If you wish to arrange a visit to your site and know more please drop us a mail on solar@econserve.in

Enerco Energy Solutions LLP has been at the forefront of advising Industrial Clients on Solar Power utilization and execution of Projects. We have worked with Clients including Reliance Group, Emami Group, Essar Group, Aditya Birla Group, JSW Steel, CEAT Tyres etc. and International Clients of repute as well.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Solar Energy Training (Corporate and Online)

Solar Energy Training
(Updates of 18th July 2015 below)

Solar Energy in India has just started to take-off. It is expected that due to the various advantages that PV Solar offers, it will far surpass Wind energy in the Country. With a boost by the Government in 2009 / 10 under Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission, Solar Energy is all set to take the center stage for a long time to come.

Although PV Solar is already quite competitive and in most certain cases PV Solar Projects can become financially viable even in the absence of subsidies. Industrial plants and commercial facilities in several states are paying a very high price for power - INR 7.0 per kWh and above. In any case PV Solar makes tremendous sense for replacement of D.G. sets which run during the day.

[Others are reading : What are the job opportunities in Solar Energy?]

For an individual or corporate it is necessary to keep itself abreast of the latest in PV Solar technology. Our Solar Energy training imparted as part of Solar Energy Audit or separately will help in getting complete information about the same. Solar Energy Audit forms the first phase of execution of a PV Solar Power Project.

Solar Energy Training by our experts consists of (but not limited to)
  1. Power Scenario in India
  2. Renewable Power Scenario in India
  3. Solar Energy - General Principles of Solar Thermal and Solar PV
  4. Solar PV - Techincal Details including comparative analysis
  5. PV Solar Project - Key Components and Basic Engineering
  6. Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission (JNNSM)
  7. Various Subsidies and Incentives by Central and State Govt.
  8. Global PV outlook and major installations
  9. Upcoming Technologies
  10. Any other topic

Updates of 18th Jul 2015

The Government of India has revised it's Solar Energy Target to 1,00,000 MW which is 5-times jump in the previous target of 20,000 MW ! This is indeed an ambitious target considering a deadline of 2022.

With present installation less than the 4% of the target - there is a long way to go !

This brings up immense opportunities in the field of Solar Energy for Corporates, Individuals, Businesses, Entrepreneurs, Investors and Job-seekers in this field. As per one estimate Solar field will create 1 Million (1000000) job opportunities by 2022.

New business opportunities exist in the following areas in Solar Energy:
1.     EPC Services
2.     Solar Advisory, Consulting and Training
3.     Operation & Maintenance
4.     Technology Tie-ups
5.     Financing

[Have you seen our Presentation on : Why Invest in Solar?]

So far most of the projects have been on the utility scale but the rooftop market, which is largely unexplored, has an excellent potential to grow manifold. Owing to this several experts would be required at local levels too. Moreover with 40% target it would translate into project capacities of 40,000 MW. This would encourage entrepreneurship, investment and several opportunities for people to engage in this field. 

In our endeavor is to train and equip manpower to maximize from the Solar Opportunities in India we have introduced several training programmes as follows :

1.     Corporate Solar Training : Recommended for Corporates or Businesses or Industrial Plants planning for Solar Power at their sites or who just wish to enhance the knowledge of their workforce.

2.     Solar Energy Online Training : Recommended for Individuals wishing to understand all the key aspects of Solar Power Project, market size and business opportunities. This is 100% online and could be attended from any location with flexibility to choose from weekday / weekend slots.

Presently with PV (Level-01) training which is the foundation programme and touches upon all important aspects of PV Solar Project.

Enerco Energy Solutions LLP is one of the most renowned and well-established Solar Energy Companies in India with highly reputed Clients across India. We are engaged in 360 Degree consulting for Solar Projects as well as 100% BOOT financing of Solar Projects. 

To know more please contact us - SOLAR@ECONSERVE.IN with subject "Solar Energy Training"

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Solar Energy Power Project : Execution Stages

Solar Energy Power Projects using Photo Voltaic (PV) technology is gathering momentum in India due to deeper penetration in understanding of the Technology, Commercials and supporting Government policies. Of course improved affordability due to fall in PV module costs is another major factor fueling the momentum. In fact as observed earlier - PV Solar Power has the potential to exceed Wind Power in terms of generation.

Industrial plants and Commercial Facilities opt for PV Solar Project due to several reasons. The most significant ones include –
  • Ever-increasing price of grid power (anything above INR 5.0 per kWh for grid power can be considered expensive)
  • Availability of good rooftop space
  • Excellent subsidies and incentives for captive projects
  • Long and maintenance-free life of the installation
Details of the same are also included in our generic Solar Energy Industrial Report.

PV Solar Power Project execution consists of various stages as depicted below


Solar Energy Power Project : Execution Stages
Solar Energy Power Project : Execution Stages


The Pre-Project Stage consists of site visit by a Solar Expert for Site Survey + Analysis + Techno-Commercial Viability Report Preparation. It is the most important stage of a PV Solar project as it enables one to understand complete Techno-Commercials of the Project primarily the RoI and IRR calculations which form the basis of the investment decisions.

We also include Solar Energy Training as part of this first stage which enables one to get answers to various queries such as :
  1. Is my plant suitably located to generate Solar Power?
  2. What capacity installation is possible at my site?
  3. Are there any technical challenges in PV Solar project execution at my site?
  4. What are the major technical components in the project and what is their life?
  5. How many units (kWh) per day, per month, per year can I expect from PV Solar?
  6. What is RPO Obligation?
  7. What are the various Government subsidies and incentives and which is the best for my projects?
  8. What is the investment required for the projects at my site?
  9. What is the RoI and IRR of the identified projects?
  10. What are various technologies and what is the most suitable technology for my site in terms of output and durability?
  11. What are the short, medium and long-term REC (Renewable Energy Certificate) benefits?
  12. What kind of loads can Solar support in my plant and what part of such load should I focus on for PV Solar?
  13. Will these projects be grid-synchronized or will these projects require batteries?
And More....

Several such questions are answered through our onsite discussions with your team and also in our Detailed Techno-Commercial Viability Report submitted at the end of Pre-Project stage. This Report forms the basis of an informed decision and is thus no wonder that several leading Industrial Plants are opting for PV Solar Power Project beginning with the first step of Pre-Project assessment. In consecutive posts we will update the information about the next stages.

If your plant or commercial site is paying anything above INR 5.0 per kWh for power it makes tremendous sense to opt for PV Solar power for at least a part of your requirement. 


Enerco Energy Solutions LLP is a leading Consulting and Advisory Company in PV Solar and Energy Optimization with Clients such as :
Solar Energy Clients of Enerco

And More.....
Visit - www.econserve.in 

Monday, 11 February 2013

Solar Energy Capacity to exceed Wind Energy?

Primary Renewable Energy sources in India are Wind, Biomass, Small Hydro and Solar. By installed capacity - Wind Energy dominates the RE space with nearly 18,000 MW (18 GW) of installed capacity.
Distant second is Small Hydro and Biomass with around 3 GW of installed capacity each. Solar Energy - which has just started picking up - is just over 1 GW.

Renewable Energy - Solar Energy, Wind Energy Installed Capacity Breakup
Fig. 1 - Renewable Energy - % Breakup in India 
as on Dec 2012

Solar Energy usage for power generation started in 2011 - nearly 20 years after the use of Wind Energy. Moreover Wind Energy was supported with several incentives and benefits including tax breaks. It is therefore natural for Wind Energy to lead the pack of RE in India. In fact Solar power is also supported by various incentives and subsidies - in fact more than wind. But interestingly quick penetration / adaption of Solar power, technology improvements and high demand has resulted in significant reduction in cost of power generation from PV Solar. One of our other posts stresses on the fact that PV Solar power project can also become financially viable even in the absence of subsidies and incentives.

While it has taken Wind Energy around 20 years to reach about 18 GW it has taken Solar Energy less than 2 years to reach a cumulative figure exceeding 1 GW. There are reasons for strong growth of Solar Energy in India and there is no doubt that further growth will be exponential. In fact capacity-wise PV Solar Power generation will  far exceed that of Wind Energy in the years to come because :
  1. Solar radiation across 85% Country can be termed as good to excellent and hence majority of Country is ideal for use of Solar Energy. As compared to this Wind Energy can only be used in around 30% of the Country as per CWET.
  2. Cost - which plays a major factor in deciding the success of a RE - is a bit higher for PV Solar. However the cost of power generation from PV Solar has come down significantly in recent times and now the cost of generating PV Solar power is almost at par with that of wind. With advancement in technology and opening up of new markets cost of power generation from PV Solar will continue to come down and PV will perhaps achieve absolute grid parity in India by 2014/15. 
  3. Life of a PV Solar project is around 25 to 30 years with appropriate warranties for major components in place. Moreover the wear and tear is very low as in a static PV Solar system there are no moving parts. This far outweighs the Wind energy which has moving parts and requires periodic maintenance as well - not to mention the loss in output due to maintenance. PV Solar is a fit-and-forget system with upfront Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) and ZERO Operational Expenditure (OPEX).
  4. Solar PV is highly modular and easily scalable and installations can be as small as sub-kW level as well. Smallest wind turbines are in kW level. Hence PV Solar is the most ideal for decentralized power for home use. For a Country like India which has one of the highest T&D (aka ATC) losses decentralized power will prove to be a game-changer. PV Solar will thus prove a boon for areas where grid has not yet reached.
  5. PV Solar is the most ideal for captive use for Industrial Plants especially in States like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh etc. where per cost of power (per kWh) is around INR 6.0 to INR 8.0.  It may not be suitable for these plants to go for smaller wind turbines due to maintenance and other issues. More about PV Solar's suitability for Industrial Plants can be seen in our FREE Solar Energy Report.
Once the above benefits and facts are commonly known among the masses PV Solar will gain popularity and  hence result in rampant use of PV Solar at all levels. In this post we have given detailed comparison between Wind and Solar. However it is a known fact that PV Solar scores over other Renewable Energy Technologies as well as can be seen here - How and Why PV Solar scores over other Renew Techs?