In Conversation with Mr. Krishnendu Mukherjee, COO, Sova Solar Limited
Tell us more about the latest innovations in your product and solution offerings for the Indian market.
We realise the ecological and environmental impact of electricity generation through the fossil fuel, therefore we are trying to promote innovative solutions for providing the quality power using the renewable energy like solar system. In recent times, it is noticed that the demand of the PERC (Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell) cell for manufacturing high power and high efficiency solar panels are increasing. PERC cells provide the more freedom in solar system design because it has higher density per square foot. It can perform well in low light and hot environment. We will promote this PERC cell for solar module manufacturing in near future. Besides this, we are introducing solar panel with maximum system voltage of 1500 volt which increases power density and performance of the solar PV module. Besides this, it will reduce the losses in DC cables, reducing capital costs, susceptibility to PID increases. It is expected that in the next five years 1500V system would see an increased market penetration around 95%.
What are your growth plans for the Indian market? What are the milestones you wish to achieve by the end of this fiscal?
As solar power is the fast developing industry in India, we also try to expand our solar capacity in recent times. In India, the target has set by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy to 100GW solar power by 2022. The capacity of our plant is 200 MW which we want to increase up to 1GW by 2022. In this financial year we have a target to reach 500 MW to contribute in the solar target taken by the Indian Government for a green environment in near future.
As a module manufacturer what trend do you expect in the race in Module Technology?
Panels incorporating PERC cells give more freedom in solar panel manufacturing. When total energy production rather than peak wattage is considered PERC panels are most efficient. It is expected that PERC technology will capture the market as it produces more energy in a given aperture area. Higher energy density per square meter improves the performance under low light condition and high temperatures. Therefore, using fewer PV solar panels we can achieve maximum output goals. We know that our clients want to pack more power as possible in a lower cost. To accomplish this, we have to develop Mono PERC cells for the solar PV modules. It can be said that we are going slow but steady for the Mono PERC cells for our future productivity.
Would you be focussing on international or export market?
Yes, of course we have a focus on it. We have already exported our solar modules in Japan, Germany on regular basis. They are very quality-conscious countries regarding solar module implementation. Apart from this, we have got appreciation from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, USA and other countries. As well as we catered to the market of Nepal in the previous years. Besides this, discussion is going on to tie up with a Canadian Company for exporting our modules in Canada. We will also promote some products of them in India as their Indian associates to make the business deal more effective.
Quality, Costs and Performance are key concern areas for Indian project developers. How would you like to address these issues for your offerings in India?
We, Sova Solar Limited, are in the solar module manufacturing market for last 10 years. We couldn’t survive if we compromise with quality of the product. We have the expertise of IIT engineers for maintaining and enhancing the quality and effectiveness of PV solar modules. We want to develop our product quality to move forward in near future. We have signed the technical collaboration with them to gain long term business in this solar market. We are thankful to the R&D division of IIT Kharagpur for getting guidance and support for an end to end production.
Our initial target is increasing our productivity up to 500MW at the end of this fiscal year. The large productivity will help in reducing the costs of manufacturing. Besides this, we have to introduce the PERC cells PV modules for higher efficiency of the solar products.Our initial target is increasing our productivity up to 500MW at the end of this fiscal year. The large productivity will help in reducing the costs of manufacturing. Besides this, we have to introduce the PERC cells PV modules for higher efficiency of the solar products.As per Government norms, we have all IEC certificates for solar PV modules as well as we are certified by the BIS for manufacturing grid connected solar panels. MNRE issued this quality control measure for maintaining the productivity of the solar panels and quality of solar equipment. Besides this, we have decided to manufacture the modules of PERC cells which have the higher productivity than the Polycrystalline Solar modules.
What support domestic manufacturing is getting from government for the development of the sector? What more can be done by the Government?
The Indian Government has already taken the initiative for procurement of the solar power throughout the country. The public sector undertakings department of the central Government call for the tenders for setting up of the power projects. The Government has several schemes (like, Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, Rooftop Scheme, Solar Park Scheme, Viability Gap Funding Scheme, UDAY scheme etc.) for developing the solar power sector. We think the power sectors needs to reduce Aggregate Technical & Commercial Losses for the domestic manufacturers. Besides this, Government may take some measures for smart metering, feeder replacement etc for controlling technical losses. We hope all the measures taken by the Government will be beneficial for us.