Tulsi Tanti Blog

Renewables Growing by Leaps and Bounds

Renewables are growing by leaps and bounds. It is no more considered as an alternative source of energy.

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FY2017 – A historic year for the renewable sector

Indian wind energy sector witnessed a record installation of 5,400 MW in FY17, registering a 60% growth as against 3,400 MW in FY16.

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Believe in the power of your ideas and give it your all.

EY recently announced the winner of the 18th Entrepreneur of the Year award program and having been a recipient of this award, a few years ago, I had a few reflections which I’d like to share with all current and future entrepreneurs.

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Pre-Budget Expectations 2017-'18

India is gearing up for the Union Budget 2017-18. 2016 saw India make significant progress in its objective of combating climate change, with some strong statements made at the international stage in Paris. At COP21, Prime Minister Modi declared that by 2030, 40% of India’s installed power capacity will be based on non-fossil fuel.

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2017: Technology to lead the way for wind industry

Renewable energy (RE) has become pivotal to the movement against the risks of climate change.India’s commitment at COP21 to reduce 33-35% carbon emissions by 2030 and increase share of renewables to 40% of the energy mix by 2030, will truly expand the country’s RE portfolio.

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Solar bidding: A boon or a bane?

The question of solar bid viability has been doing the rounds for a while now. The point of concern is whether solar power projects are feasible for companies when bids are being benchmarked as low as Rs.4.43 per unit by the government. While some experts consider this trend to be a paradigm shift, there are many who have expressed caution over aggressive bidding. However, regardless of the stand one might take, the fact remains that the winning bids in state auctions have fallen by approximately 60% in the last five years – from an average of Rs. 12.16 per unit in 2010 to Rs. 4.63 per unit in 2015.

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'POWER' full year for wind energy in India: delivers record installations in FY16

FY16 was a historic year for the Indian renewable industry. Wind energy has surpassed all its previous records with ~3300MW installation. The previous highest installation was ~3196MW in 2011.

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RBI Rate Cut

We welcome the rate cut by 25 basis points announced by the RBI on April 5, 2016. This is aligned with the government's fiscal consolidation path. This will give momentum to the country's economic growth by infusing liquidity into the system and also help strengthen the rupee. We hope the banks will transfer the benefit to borrowers in the form of lower interest rates.

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Make in India week – My views

The Make in India week, was a good mix of the best of Indian industry and culture. The events of the week were filled with a right blend of professionalism, enthusiasm and optimism which is important when global headwinds are blowing north. The initiative has seen positive change in the few months after its formalization. FDI was 48% higher in the period of October 2014 to April 2015, as compared to the same period of the previous year. I am glad that the renewable sector has also witnessed positive change, especially on investments, thanks to the sector being made more attractive by government policies. We have already seen the sector do better in this financial year and expect that the total increase in installed wind energy capacity will be 30% by the end of March.

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Day 2 and 3 at WEF

Thursday and Friday were interesting days for the energy sector at WEF - leaders across governments and organizations took to discussing the need for change if we are to give our children a habitable, lush planet, as well as the progress of the energy sector.

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Day 1 at WEF

Climate change is the topic on everyone's mind today and the World Economic Forum (WEF) was the platform for dialogue on this phenomenon, its adverse effects on our planet and the need for countries, companies and people around the world to make a change. And, as the event told us, renewable energy plays a big role in this change as a primary enabler of economic growth.

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Union Budget 2016 – My views

The Union Budget 2016 put forth by Hon'ble Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is positive and growth oriented, with a view to uplift rural development.

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Union Budget 2016: Expectations

29th February is almost upon us – and it will bring with it much change as the Union Budget is announced. Today, India is an increasingly attractive investment destination, and the 2016 Union Budget should undertake reforms necessary to support this momentum.

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Nations need to collaborate to develop a framework for Carbon Tax

Climate change is the biggest threat to, and concern of, the world today. Countries across the world are doing what they can to reduce their carbon footprint. COP-21 brought leaders across the globe together and gave them the opportunity to share their thoughts and strategies on the topic.

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Recent visit to London – UK-India CEO Forum

Mid-November saw business leaders from India and the U.K. come together at Downing Street to discuss the trade practices and potential between the two countries. Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had been invited by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to be a part of this meeting.

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Panel Discussion: The Resource Recession: Renewables Perspective

Key Points: 1. Wind Energy Technology evolving towards a maturity phase – needs more disruption: : The wind energy market continues to mature as onshore turbine pursue evolutionary technology and upward learning curve shifts in offshore technology. Turbines are growing larger, more productive, cost effective and reliable due to new technology developments. Among the renewable technologies, wind has achieved economies of scale (365GW) and matured in terms of applications.

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Resource Recession: Providing for Greater Emphasis on Renewable Energy

Between June 2014 and January 2015, the Brent crude price per barrel registered a sharp decline – to the extent of ~60%. This is the highest slump recorded in crude oil prices since the financial crisis of 2008. However, contrary to the popular notion, the plummeting prices should not be construed as the harbinger of yet another economic downturn.  In fact, the downturn is a balancing act providing inflationary relief for oil importing countries, particularly economies such as India. Additionally, fair level prices of crude oil will rationalize the economies of alternate sources such as shale oil....

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Mr. Tulsi Tanti, Suzlon Group speaking at S97 120M Launch in Kutch, Gujarat

All of us are aware of the fact that today weather is changing drastically due to global warming. Recently this area was under threat of Nilofar hurricane. But due to God's grace we have been saved from this natural calamity.

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Riding the axis – from one pole to the other

I have recently returned from a splendid place. In a way, it wasn’t very different from my usual business meetings; it seemed that I was surrounded by men in black suits – only that they were very short and with beaks. If you haven’t guessed it yet, I was with the penguins at the South Pole!...

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Winds of change are knocking, could Brazil be the next powerhouse?

I was in Latin America last week and was, once again, amazed at the abundance of Nature’s gifts in the region. Brazil is blessed with perhaps the greatest share of renewable energy sources compared to anywhere in the world. With the weighing scales tipping so far over, isn’t it only fair to expect them to deliver far more than just the norm?

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Working together to improve the state of the world

The annual World Economic Forum summit in Davos is frequently seen as the bellwether of the global economy. As some (or even most!) of the world’s most influential politicians, opinion leaders and businessmen gathered late this January to discuss the state of the world, the discussion revolved around the theme for this year’s summit – ‘Shared norms for the new reality’.

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Kick-starting 2011

My business takes me across the world and 2011 is no different. I am currently in Paris for the Economist India Business Summit. This summit aims to look ahead into the future; a really good GDP growth rate brings along with it certain challenges and we should be prepared for them. The rapid growth of India, quite expectedly, has seen unparalleled energy demands. I am honored to be invited to discuss this very same issue on the “Energy and Infrastructure: Challenge” panel.

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The future has only just begun

My constant endeavor is to push forward, to go a few steps ahead – in thinking and in action. But as we look ahead, it’s also important to look at the past and learn from it. And what better time to take stock, and to set our sights to the future, than the New Year? To me this New Year is especially important; it marks not only the beginning of a new year, but of a new decade. I look to this decade from the prism of the last ten years which have been a whirlwind of momentous events – a decade where my dreams took shape, and our vision drew closer to reality despite the very real economic pressures of the global crash.

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Hope Survives

Now that the dust has settled from the latest round of climate negotiations, it is time to take stock of where we really are and how far we have come. Hopenhagen was the buzz word only a year ago. Through all the political agendas, negotiations and debates - hope shined through. At the end of COP 15, we did not have the outcomes we vied for, but left Copenhagen with an accord which, though fallible, has carried us through the year....

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Renewing the French connection

" We are on the path to failure if we continue to act as we have" - French President Nicolas Sarkozy. I wholeheartedly agree with President Sarkozy's words of caution at the U.N. Climate Summit on back in 2009. We need change - drastic change - and we need it now.

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India’s Growth Story – In Search of Inclusivity

I spent the last weekend at yet another enlightening chapter of the World Economic Forum. The India Summit held in the capital, to say the least, touched on some very important topics that are very close to my heart.

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Festival of Lights

This week marks Diwali - the ‘festival of lights’ in India, and indeed, around the world. All over India days are marked by bright, colourful lights, sparkling diyas (tiny lamps), delicious food and, of course, the resounding thunder of fireworks....

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Race to sustainability

The advantage of employing renewable energy sources or, rather, the dire need of a low-carbon economy is no longer a topic of debate. It is an irreversible fact – and whether or not we accept it, the fact remains unchanged....

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Is The Centre of Gravity Shifting?

This week India plays host to a senior delegation from the newly elected UK government. At the head is David Cameron - his first visit to India as the new British Prime Minister. But that said, he is no stranger to our country - on a visit to India in 2006, he wrote "...as the world's centre of gravity moves from Europe and the Atlantic to the south and the east, I think it's time for Britain and India to forge a new special relationship for the twenty-first century."...

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Learning from Nature

“The rain to the wind said, you push and I'll pelt.” - Robert Frost At this very moment I feel blessed to watch it rain. It’s a rare occasion that I can sit in my office, here in Pune, and gaze out through the French windows. Our vision for ‘Suzlon - One Earth’ was to make the architecture such that everyone here can feel at one with nature and actually witness the seasons change; that we have been able to achieve this is ever so evident in the monsoon.

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On the occasion of World Environment Day 2010

United Nations Environment Program celebrates World Environment Day every year on the 5th of June as a call to ‘Join Worldwide Celebrations for Positive Action for the Environment’. As a natural ideological ally I and my company not only support the initiative but endeavor to promote the same aiming to convert a lot of good intent into positive action....

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Speaking for change, and walking the talk

The week before started for me at the prestigious Milken Institute’s annual conference in Los Angeles: I had been invited to participate on three panels. Two of them were environmentally focused and one of them looked specifically at India. The environment panels were a great platform to bang the drum for renewables with some of the most influential and powerful players in corporate America.

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2010-Picking up the Pace

In the blink of an eye, we are already six weeks into 2010! It's astonishing, considering that in the midst of the financial crisis, every day in 2009 seemed to last an age!...

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Rethinking the World in Davos

I was woken early by the noise of snow-ploughs working on the main road - the Promenade - here in Davos to clear snow five inches deep that had fallen overnight. It is almost as if they picked Davos because of the weather - if you can't get out you're forced to stay indoors with everyone else and talk work!...

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Stand and Deliver

As I again check my air tickets and pack warm clothes, I am feeling a true sense of déjà vu. Last month it was COP15 in freezing Copenhagen; this time it's the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. In addition to focusing on the tragedy in Haiti, where no words adequately describe the staggering human suffering, Forum participants will again consider the issue of climate change. On that topic, surely the question is this: Can we wait until COP16 this fall in Mexico to reach an agreement?...

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My learning's from COP15

The world was watching the negotiations unfold in Copenhagen, hoping for strong action from our political leaders. The 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) has long been held as the critical milestone in shaping a truly global agreement to tackle climate change.

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COP15- 17th December

On my last day on the ground in Copenhagen, I had the opportunity to be part of REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) , and potentially the most concrete outcome out of COP15. The gala featured prominent personalities from across the world. I had the privilege of speaking alongside leaders of rain forest nations such as Sir Michael Somare - Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Bharrat Jagdeo - President of Guyana and Ali Bongo Ondimba - President of Gabon, Kevin Conrad Climate Envoy for Papua New Guinea and the man behind REDD+; celebrities such as Dame Vivian Westwood and Bianca Jagger, and a true legend Dr. Jane Goodall.

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COP15 - 15th December

Tuesday started on an exciting note, with high profile Climate Group events filling up a majority of our day. But the real excitement was yet to come – when I forgot my Blackberry in the taxi on the way to the venue! And once there, we find protesters clashing with the police! All in all, quite a start to the day....

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COP15 – 14th December

Tuesday was an exciting day in Copenhagen. As the temperature plummeted, people's excitement seemed to rise. Queues outside the Bella Center - the hub for the COP15 meetings and negotiations - wound on for miles. As the day progressed, it became clear that the Copenhagen administration - which is usually the byword for efficient planning and management - was simply overwhelmed by the sheer mass of humanity that had come to Copenhagen to be in some way part of these historic talks....

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Day 1 at COP15

Today I had the opportunity to attend the AWEA CEO panel alongside Ditlev Engel of Vestas, Jan Blittersdorf of NRG Systems, Ian Mays of RES Group and Denise Bode of AWEA. It was an interesting discussion, with the wind industry presenting a unified vision across a variety of subjects, and laying down clear expectations from the summit. I also participated in a GWEC dinner following the event, attended by policy and government officials from denmark and the US....

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Bridging the Gap

COP15 - probably the single most important 'conference' of our lifetime - kicked-off this week, and now the world waits with bated breath for historic decisions. But even as the world comes together to find sustainable solutions to save our planet, we continue to struggle with our differences - mainly the divide between developed and developing nations.

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COP15: On the brink of hope

Climate change and COP15 are today's priority topics. While these issues touch each and every one of us, and will shape the lives of generations to come, I fear the wave of excitement in the run up to COP15 is perhaps masking where we really are....

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Back to the future

1995 is a year I will never forget. For that is when wind energy stopped being just a way to control power costs and ensure regular power supply for my textile business, and became both work and passion for me. I set up Suzlon Energy Limited, India’s first home-grown wind technology company. We started out with a small 3 MW wind farm project in one Indian State (Gujarat) and few thought......

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