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Govt’s Ambitious Thrust to Boost Renewables – Explained for Investors

Govt’s Ambitious Thrust to Boost Renewables - Explained for Investors

Introduction

The article discusses the Indian government’s push for renewable energy expansion to 500GW by 2030, which is spurring investments and stock gains for the sector. I analyze the implications across relevant industries and companies while evaluating potential opportunities and risks for retail investors.

Analysis for Layman

The Indian government has set a target to expand renewable energy generation capacity like solar and wind power to 500 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, up from current levels below 100 GW. This ambitious aim is making many renewable energy companies attractive for investors over the last 6 months, with stocks like Suzlon, SJVN, NHPC, and NTPC surging 25-225%. However, future outsized gains may be limited as valuations stretch. Peak power deficits show strong demand for wind energy, while high afternoon peak usage underscores solar energy growth needs.

Original Analysis

The renewable push aligns with India’s aim to reach net zero emissions by 2070 and cut reliance on imported fossil fuels. But it requires mammoth investments of an estimated $500-$600 billion. Execution risks lurk given the steep capacity buildout needed – 4X current levels within 7 years. Land acquisition for greenfield projects and evacuating power to deficient states are key challenges. Yet falling solar tariffs to ₹2/unit and policy support like must-run status, priority banking, and dispatch for renewables boost viability. This further aids Make in India manufacturing goals. Overall the thrust if achieved can be transformative for emissions, energy security, and grid stability.

Impact on Retail Investors

For retail investors, the renewables push offers opportunities but also risks. Stocks like Suzlon, SJVN, Tata Power, and Adani Green seem attractive owing to expected earnings growth from new capacity wins. But valuations after the recent run-up seem stretched, implying lower future returns. Investors must evaluate balance sheet strength, especially debt levels in the face of rising interest rates. Execution track record is also key as cost/time overruns can negatively impact margins/cash flows. Government policy changes closer to 2030 elections pose regulatory risks too. Investors should pick players with diversified renewables portfolios, strong technical expertise, and financial position to weather downcycles. Avoid undue concentration.

Impact on Industries

The renewables expansion if achieved can positively transform industries like wind turbine/solar panel manufacturing, EPC contractors, storage systems, and grid transmission/distribution. Solar module makers like Waaree Energies and Premier Energies benefit from import duty protections and PLI schemes aiding domestic output. RE EPC players like Sterlite Power, Power Mech Projects expand opportunities in plant construction, operation, and maintenance over the life of assets. Battery storage providers also see growth. But the ambitious buildout strains resources across industries in terms of manufacturing capacities, skilled labor, equipment, etc necessitating action to boost supply chains domestically. Power distribution companies require investments of $25 billion by 2030 to manage grid integration challenges posed by intermittent renewable energy sources.

Long Term Benefits and Negatives

Achieving 500GW of low-cost renewable energy by 2030 can provide substantial economic benefits like affordable power access spurring industrial growth, saving $42 billion/year in imported fossil fuels per government estimates, creating numerous green jobs and enabling sustainable GDP growth. But excessive reliance on weather-dependent intermittent sources poses threats to grid stability without adequate investments in flexible generation assets, transmission networks, and storage solutions. The displacement of conventional baseload generation assets could negatively impact companies invested in thermal power, equipment manufacturing, and system integration in the long run.

Short Term Benefits and Negatives

In the short term, renewable energy companies see share price spikes from anticipated capacity growth. Local manufacturing may get boost but most modules/turbines currently still imported. Export opportunities in areas like railways supporting power evac needs offer positives. But rising interest rates coupled with bid-based competitive intensity posing margin pressures have negative near term implications. The recently announced 27% basic customs duty on solar imports from April 2023 to boost self-reliance also poses headwinds for solar developers in cost and time overruns until domestic manufacturing scales up. Overall short term gains seem limited vs potential execution risks.

Companies Gaining

Indian renewable majors to benefit include ReNew Power with 17.9GW portfolio across solar/wind, Greenko Group with 7GW operational assets and 30GW capacity aim by 2030, Adani Green Energy with the world’s largest under construction hybrid 45GW portfolio, Tata Power renewables business growing at 30% CAGR. These companies gain from policy support, growing demand driving competitive bidding, financial wherewithal for growth. Government-owned majors like SJVN, NHPC, and NTPC also expand renewable presence aided by strong balance sheets. Equipment manufacturers including Siemens Gamesa, Inox Wind, and GE Renewable Energy benefit from strong order pipeline for turbine/inverter supplies while Sterling & Wilson, Power Mech Projects gain from EPC demand uptick.

Companies Losing Out

Thermal power generators face output reduction risks as comparatively expensive coal/gas-based generation backs down to accommodate cheaper ‘must-run’ renewable energy. NTPC has been adapting its large coal fleet to provide grid balancing via flexible operations. But IPPs like Tata Power, Adani Power relying on imported coal face higher heat rate losses and grid curtailments. Their ability to redeploy thermal capacities to manufacturing or invest in integrating hybrid renewable capacities will determine competitiveness. With over 100GW of distressed thermal assets, structural overhaul of DISCOMS, privatization of state electricity boards appear key to sustain thermal generators financially amid the renewable disruption. Another loser is BHEL engaged in thermal power plant equipment manufacturing where market size may gradually shrink.

Additional Insights

As the world’s 3rd largest renewables market overtaking EU by 2027 (per IEA), India’s success in navigating this energy transition through policy support and investments across renewables, storage, and grid modernization is pivotal for its growth and global climate impact.

Conclusion

India’s decisive thrust towards 500GW renewable energy capacities by 2030 brings significant opportunities while navigating execution challenges for both the renewable energy sector participants and financial markets. Investors stand to gain from this transformation but must evaluate players diligently on merits to maximize returns.

Citation

Lukka, Kairava. “Govt’s Ambitious Thrust Makes Climate Suitable for Renewable Energy Cos.” Economic Times, 06 Dec. 2023,

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