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SolarQuarter India magazine had an exclusive conversation with Bharat Bhut – Co-founder & Director, of Goldi Solar, and learned about the company’s journey and evolution. He also told us about the types of modules the company manufactures, their specialties, and how they ensure manufacturing excellence to develop world-class products.
As India’s leading solar brand, how has the journey of Goldi Solar been in the last 11 years?
The company was born in 2011 with the vision of harnessing an abundant power source to produce sustainable energy. This was also expected to further develop skills, as well as meet the energy requirements of a burgeoning Indian population.
Right from its inception, Goldi’s growth has never stopped. In just eleven years, we have grown from 10 MW to 500 MW manufacturing capacity. We have now added 2000 MW with our new facility in Navsari, leading to a capacity of 2.5 GW. We also plan to add a 2 GW solar cell manufacturing line and 5 GW by 2025.
Today, we supply modules to international brands in 20+ countries. As we continue to explore global export opportunities and strengthen our production, technological, and marketing capabilities, we intend to further consolidate our leadership position in the Indian solar industry.
Goldi Solar is synonymous with quality products. What are some ways by which Goldi ensures manufacturing excellence?
Each panel manufactured in Goldi Solar’s production premises undergoes a series of stringent tests at reputed third-party laboratories to ensure international quality standards. We check for efficiencies and output capacity in different geographical areas, and most importantly in challenging climatic conditions.
There are also multiple quality checkpoints to ensure that only the best quality product reaches our consumers. Goldi Solar has a history of exceptional power generation and strong performance of modules in various locations. Performance is usually higher than promised and all modules come with a positive tolerance.
What are the types of solar modules you provide. What are their specialties?
Our modules have undergone all stringent quality tests and checks at each stage of the manufacturing process and a reputed third-party laboratory, along with being certified for PID resistance. Our modules are also marked for “CE” certification and also tested at certified laboratories as per STQC/MNRE standards for projects initiated under the policy of the Government of India. We are certified with Integrated Management System, which includes ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, and ISO 45001:2018.
We cater to international business requirements and have met all the standard quality criteria in all major countries. Our modules are tested and listed for UL Certification and CEC. Our panels have successfully passed all the stringent quality tests at internationally recognized laboratories. We are certified for IEC61215, IEC61730, IEC 61701 (Salt Mist Test), IEC 62716 (Ammonia Test), IEC60068-2-68 (Sand & Dust).
You have recently launched high-efficiency “HELOC Pro” modules. Tell us more about it.
The name HELOC̣ stands for High-Efficiency Low on Carbon. The name is our ode to a solar-powered, energy-efficient, low-carbon economy. The manufacturing processes are more efficient, leading to low carbon emissions. The new module features mono-facial and bi-facial modules with the latest M10 wafer size. The new modules can be widely used in utility, agriculture, industrial, institutional and rooftop applications. Vigorous quality tests have been undertaken and the modules have shown to provide mechanical support up to 5400 Pa snow load and 2400 Pa wind load. The panels come with a 12-year product warranty and a 30-year performance warranty.
Goldi Solar’s massive job creation news has stormed the industry. How important is green job creation for India’s solar growth journey?
An independent study estimates, that the Indian renewable energy sector is a significant part of India’s climate action plan and could employ around a million people by 2030 – ten times the number of people currently employed. Presently it has been estimated that about 1.1 lakh people are working in this sector, which will increase tremendously. Also, India has set 2030, 2050, and 2070 targets for combating the impacts of changing climate in its action plan. In November last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid out an ambitious agenda for India’s contribution to the global fight against climate change. Looking at the entire approach, it is clear that green job creation is critical to the country’s solar growth journey.