The unexpected (and strange) silence on the duty-free period for solar imports!

August 13 2021
The unexpected (and strange) silence on the duty-free period for solar imports!

India’s growing position as a global climate leader needs to be maintained and strengthened with policies that support it. It has been more than 15 days since safeguard duty on solar modules ended. However, there has been an unprecedented and uncanny silence from the government and industry participants. There is a clear 40% customs duty to be enacted from 1st April 2022, and there was a safeguard duty at 14.5% until 29th July 2021. This duty-free window is a policy tool that is hard to understand. Moreover, the silence of an official announcement presents multiple risks. Should one place a bid based on the assumption of Zero duty, or should one assume a certain number? How much will this hurt domestic manufacturing? ...

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How do Renewable Energy Projects Make Money?

November 21 2020
How do Renewable Energy Projects Make Money?

The best way to understand how renewable projects work is to compare it to a bond or an annuity. A bond involves an investment of a fixed amount upfront from an investor to a borrower. After the investment, the borrower pays an interest (fixed or variable) at fixed intervals till he returns the principal borrowed. ...

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Why investing in renewables is a win-win for all!

November 11 2020
Why investing in renewables is a win-win for all!

With the recent IPO of Sterling & Wilson in India, more awareness and interest has been generated in renewable energy within the investor community. Many investors approach me with questions on the technology, its future viability and how and where to take exposure, how to manage the investment and its associated risks. Hence, I thought of putting my knowledge as a Developer, Investor, 4th generation entrepreneur, Asset Owner and Operator into a series of articles. These articles aim to create awareness amongst the investor community on the viability, safety and financial returns from investing in Renewable Energy, as well as alert them of common pitfalls and how to navigate through them. This is the first in the series and should lay the foundation argument for investing in Renewable Energy ...

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Wind Vs Solar — Which is more Efficient?

November 03 2020
Wind Vs Solar — Which is more Efficient?

This year’s pandemic has renewed investors’ interest in Renewables, as it’s a clean energy source that generates a stable income. Many experts have made various claims regarding the efficiency and viability of Renewable Energy sources, such as Wind & Solar. As an expert in this field in India — I thought it would be best to lay down the facts about which of these two energy sources is more efficient, their benefits & drawbacks, and investment returns. ...

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