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Achieving power sufficiency with solar

We are focused on solar power generation capacity addition and micro grid concept and we will continue to contribute till the real power sufficiency is achieved.
Sanjay Garudapally, Director – Business Development, Rays Power Infra
  The ongoing power scenario in the country is good but it is only restricted demand, believes Sanjay Garudapally, Director – Business Development, Rays Power Infra.”Power surplus is a relative term. Yes, India is poised to have over 1 per cent power in excess to the demand in FY 17. Even now, once can see over 3.5GW is the surplus at power exchanges. But when you talk about this demand, this is restricted demand. Unrestricted actual demand is at least 25 per cent more than the current demand,” he says.
However, it has been a transformation, generation has gone up, energy efficiency and demand side management has helped in checking the unproductive demand. Solar capacity addition has played its part in meeting the morning peak.
“However, it is only the restricted demand which is met. A lot of scope still exists in direction. Last mile consumer should be provided with reliable power supply 24/7,” he suggests.
“Energy efficiency measures, demand side management, ease of power evacuation and renewable energy capacity addition have helped in this transformation,” he adds.
Focusing solar power“We are focused on solar power generation capacity addition and micro grid concept and we will continue to contribute till the real power sufficiency is achieved.  We intend to be the chariot pullers of this transformation,” he says.  Rays’s turnaround storyWhile sharing the turnaround story Garudapally said, “Started in the labs of IIT Roorkee as solar engineering consultancy to one of the largest EPC companies in India  – was not an easy task, but the intention to add value to the customer and grab every opportunity helped us to be in this position. In future, you will see us growing even better.”
Adding more capacityRays Power Infra wants to take its IPP portfolio from existing 23MW operational capacity to more than 1,500MW in the next 5 years. “We are just around 15GW auctioned capacity and there are lot of opportunities to be grabbed. We are also planning to step in the other developing and under developed economies,” he says.

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