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"Solar O&M in India - Scaling up to Support the Targeted Growth."inter soalr

Operation & Maintenance - A Burgeoning Business in India? 

[4:30 PM Thursday 20th October 2016] Session on O&M at Intersolar Mumbai.


The fundamental difference in the approach to O&M in conventional thermal projects and in solar PV projects is that for Solar, the fuel costs are NIL and therefore controlling and bringing down O&M costs directly reduces the cost per unit of electricity generated. This is a stark contrast to thermal and gas power plants, where the O&M budget is dominated by fuel costs so much that manpower costs do not matter so much.

Though IEC standards are commonly referred for all the equipment that goes into any solar PV plant, the IEC 61724 Standard is seldom referred for data acquisition, analytics and plant performance monitoring.  Interestingly, this IEC standard does not mention the word ‘SCADA’ which strangely in the Indian solar industry has become synonymous with performance monitoring. 

It is now being seen that the performance issues at some of the operating Indian solar plants are sufficiently alarming to demand an urgent focus on adoption of best practices and guidelines from matured markets, especially in view of the huge growth targets.

The three necessary elements, from an O&M perspective, that will support the targeted solar growth in India, are: 

-          robust data acquisition and performance monitoring which are essentially the eyes and ears of the solar plant

-          training of manpower in performance monitoring and operations management who will constitute the brains of the solar plant

-          disciplined approach to O&M through industry wide adoption of standards and best practices guidelines

An O&M practice built on these foundational elements can create value addition to the PV assets because good O&M, be it in-house or outsourced, can become a ‘profit center’ rather than a ‘cost center’.  Currently in India, costs of plant security and technical manpower constitute 30 to 40% of the O&M cost which with 5% y-o-y growth over the lifecycle, amounts to more than 15% of the capex of the plant and deserves the same top management attention bestowed on equivalent capex expenditures.

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Solar Operations and Maintenance in India - Podcast

Satya Kumar, Managing Director of Shri Shakti Alternative Energy gives his view of the solar trends in India and the implications for operations, maintenance and asset management in this Solar O&M Insider podcast and blog post content.
Anyone watching the solar news knows the industry is going through radical changes in India. There is a huge capacity being built and the build pipeline is over 10 gigawatts in the next 12 months. The size of the average project is expanding from what is considered small in India, 5 to 10 megawatt (MW’s), to much larger individual systems ranging from 250 MW’s to 500.
Within this fast moving market what are the trends and what are the implications for solar operations, maintenance (O&M) and asset management?  To get an insider voice on the solar O&M asset management landscape happening in India, we talked with solar pioneer, Satya Kumar of the IFC Washington incubated firm, Shri Shakti Alternative Energy Ltd.,based in Hyderabad, India.


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MNRE and US State Department have presented Shri Shakti a grant award for Remote Monitoring of Solar Pumps in India through PACEsetter Fund.

Online PR News – 29-May-2016 – United States Ambassador Mr. Richard R Verma and Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Dr. Upendra Tripathy announced Hyderabad-based Shri Shakti Alternative Energy Limited, as one of the winners of the PACEsetter Funds 1st Round of funding.

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Shri Shakti Alternative Energy Ltd (SSAEL), is a part of the Shri Shakti Group, Hyderabad, with over a decade of experience in the field of Clean energy, Consulting and Solar Project Development.

SSAEL has executed projects for World Bank, UNIDO, GVEP, kfW, IREDA and were Consultants to RERC.

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