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Solar sector today is matured and time tested


Rajeshwar V. Bukey (B.E., Civil),
Managing Director, belongs to well reputed agriculture family. After opening up of the sugar industry he immediately decided to set up a sugar industry, in the area and gathered a group of young and enthusiastic progressive farmers from the area and formed Shree Saibaba Sugars Ltd. with 2,500 tccpd capacity. Shree Saibaba Sugars Ltd is today well established sugar factory and is growing day by day under his able leadership. The net worth of the company as on 31/03/2012, is at Rs 25.97 crore.




Under Government's Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission plan, India is poised to add 20 gigawatts of solar power by 2020. Discuss

We firmly believe that the target will be achieved by 2017-18 and by 2020. Another 10 GW will be added making total to 30 GW by 2020.


The MoEF has exempted solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects from falling under the ambit of environmental clearances. Comment.


This is one positive step by the MoEF and we welcome it. We believe that the case should be followed by many other State and Central Departments such as, Revenue, Energy, finance.


Several hurdles including financing remain clouding the possibilities of a successful solar sector that is seen as vital to India's energy security plans. Your comments.


Technology available in the Solar sector today is matured and time tested. Willingness of the entrepreneurs to enter this sector has been proved in the response to RFS of NVVN and many other state RFS. We believe that the Financial Institutes and bank will change their conservative approach towards the sector once the actual performance results from one GW commissioned projects start coming in.


Are you troubled by generation/setting up costs being so high? How do you think the government can help?


We feel that the era of direct cash incentives by government is over and expecting same will not be fair. However, we feel that the government can reduce the burden of entrepreneurs by developing Solar Parks With all common infrastructure facility viz,Land, Power Evacuation, Security, Finance. Clear Policy for developing private solar parks wherein the infrastructure can be shared by investors in line with Wind Farm will also help a lot to this sector.


A smart grid/distributed generation combination could have a large role to play in the future of electricity systems in terms of both supply and use. How do you think your company could contribute to these measures?


With open access and generators spreading across the country smart grid will be essential to the country to stabilise the system and same will solve many problems. However, we feel that the utility scale projects like ours will not be affected much by the move.


What do you think is the future of solar in India and globally in the next 5- 10 years?


Solar is a revolution which has just begun in India and world. We feel that this revolution will be one of the most significant revolutions that the mankind has witnessed till date. This revolution will leave behind the mobile telecom revolution in coming days.

We visualize that with the present momentum, solar industry will see the technologies which we have not seen and it will be hard to find the roof top without solar panels in coming decade.


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