India is well-placed to benefit from the successful development of the solar energy industry. It is hoped that this guidebook will encourage project developers and financiers in India and elsewhere to adopt industry best practices in the development, construction, operation and financing of solar projects.

India plans to install 20,000 MW of solar capacity over the next decade - 10,000 MW each in the concentrating solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) segments. A huge market has been created along with supportive policies to optimise the abundant direct normal irradiance (DNI), large engineering tool and technical know-how on the power blocks.

This guidebook has been developed to provide and overview of National Solar Energy Generation Programs within the umbrella Mission for the solar energy development in India i.e. the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) under the National Action Plan for Climate Change.

Because the price of solar panels is plummeting, large ground-mounted photovoltaic plants are squeezing solar thermal power plants out of the market. Is the future of concentrated solar power already over?

Emerging changes in the environmental scenario have compelled governments across the world to look for alternatives that help reduce carbon emissions and keep climate change under tabs. In India too, plans are on to harness power from solar energy, via concentrated solar power.

Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) was launched by Prime Minister of India in January 2010 with an aim to promote ecologically sustainable growth while addressing India’s energy security challenge. This is the proposed technology configurations for grid connected solar power demonstration projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission

This report aims at providing a clear and comprehensible description of the current status of the developing Photovoltaic power generation world-wide and its untapped potentials and growth prospects in the coming years. During 2010, the Photovoltaic (PV) market has shown unprecedented growth and wide-spread deployment of this environmentally friendly source of power generation.

Concentrating solar power can contribute significantly to the world

India is currently the world's fifth largest consumer of energy, accounting for 3.7% worldwide energy consumption. The energy for cooking accounts for 36% of the total primary energy consumption. In this regard, solar cookers are expected to contribute considerably towards meeting the domestic cooking energy requirement in a country like India, which is blessed with abundant sunshine.