REI 2017

REI Expo Greater Noida 2017- Our Experience

This year was my 6th consecutive participation at the Renewable Energy India Expo (REI), Greater Noida- twice as an exhibitor and competitor and four times as a visitor. Over these past six years, I can certainly say that REI successfully captures the mood of the renewable energy industry. Here were my key takeaways from the expo this year:

  • Over the past years, REI has been a lot about hype, with a large proportion of only curious visitors. This year, having visited on the second day, I felt that even though the footfall was lower, but there was a larger proportion of serious business visitors. The spread in terms of number of stalls was also less than the last two years but stalls represented the serious long term players in the industry.

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The Global Grid: Cooperation for Sustainability

Abstract
The world today faces four faceted energy challenges of supply, security, access and de-carbonization. In a highly interdependent world where renewable energy is becoming an increasing part of the global energy mix, this paper proposes global energy connectivity as an important part of the solution. We analyse the technical and political aspects of energy connectivity and present several case studies to be referred to by policy makers as they prepare for global energy connectivity.

Download complete paper: The Global Grid

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#covfefe Exiting the Paris Agreement: Beginning of the End of America’s Powers

The color of the global empire may well be green. ~ Yuval Noah Harrari

In his bestseller about the human species, Yuval Harrari makes a compelling argument about the direction in which we are headed. He states that slowly nationalism is being replaced by a deep global co-operation over matters that affect the entire humanity. Our deep sense of national identity is being over-ridden by our identification with the human species and the urge to save and sustain it.

This is obvious in the formation of groups such as the European Union and the United Nations, which transcend political boundaries.
Mr. Harrari argues that as it becomes easier to conduct business, transact culturally and economically across boundaries, countries will soon merge into a single unified empire.

Every empire requires a bedrock for collaboration- preservation of the Earth and environment as we know it will be the bedrock for our global empire. (more…)

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GST Rate Schedule for the Solar Industry

The past few months were marked by substantial speculation around how GST will affect the solar industry. Sunkalp Energy had run a few analyses which had indicated a 12-15% increase in the cost of solar. Further we had made some recommendations for including solar and components in ‘zero’ lists.

This Friday the Government released final Goods and Services Tax (GST) rates under the new indirect tax regime proposed to be rolled out from July 1. Below GST rates will be applicable on solar goods:

  • Solar Panel -5%
  • Solar Cells -18%

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