Fate of electricity
There is increasing opportunity to innovate in the solar markets of India, courtesy the rapidly declining price of photovoltaics (PV). While large-scale ground-mounted solar parks are witnessing tremendous growth, an area that still remains largely untapped is gaining open access (OA) for the sector. OA was one of the main components of the Electricity Act (2003), introduced in an effort to attract private investment in the electricity generation sector, thereby encouraging competition. OA allows bulk consumers (>1 MW) to enter into agreements with independent power producers (IPPs) for procuring electricity via power trading markets. The involved parties would use the existing electricity network by paying a nominal fee, per kWh, to the operators.