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The power of nature especially the sun has been spoken about since ages, its importance was espoused even in ancient times but it is now with the awareness of saving the fragile environment that governments all over the world have been emphasizing to tap solar energy. The Government of India (GoI) too is keen and Telangana in particular has been making rapid strides. Sample this: At the time of the formation of the new state in 2014, the installed solar capacity in Telangana was just 40 MW. Cut to 2021, the solar production leapfrogged to over 4200 MW; a massive feat as more than a ten thousand per cent increase was achieved in just seven years.

Courtesy the government’s policy push, congenial eco-system and proactive decision making, Telangana has quickly risen to be counted amongst the top states in the country in terms of Solar power production. In Rooftop Solar installations, Telangana is among top-3 states in the country along with Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Premier Energies is among the leading companies that have played a key part in ramping up solar production in Telangana since it came into being in 2014.

Floating solar projects is the new buzz word. In a recent visit to Hyderabad, Union Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy Mr Bhagawanth Khuba heaped praises on Telangana’s efforts in the Solar space. Scaling up rooftop panels usage is going to rev up the sector and Telangana government is giving all indications to give it a big fillip.

Telangana is targeting to ramp up solar capacity by another 25 per cent to 50 per cent in the next five to ten years, with more emphasis on floating solar projects on minor and major irrigation projects and canals in the state. There is a scope to generate 20,000 MW of solar power through the alternative floating solar projects in Telangana alone.

Rooftop solar panels usage also increased considerably in the new state. From a negligible figure in 2014, the count has increased to over 11,000 consumers as many government buildings, institutions, societies and individuals, especially in GHMC limits have shifted to the environment-friendly power thus reducing money spent on monthly power bills. 

The focus is on powering solar energy across the length and breadth of the country as India races to achieve the target of 175 GW Renewable Energy capacity by 2022 and 450 GW capacity by 2030. Some of the big feats achieved in solar energy by India include an increase in Solar capacity from around 2.6  GW to over 42 GW in the last 7 years, nearly 20 times increase in Solar pumps installation (from 11,626 till 2014 to 2.25 lakh solar pumps by 2019), Solar Park scheme doubled from 20 GW to 40 GW to name a few. All these measures paved way for India to stand at 5th position in the World in terms of installed Solar Power capacity and 4th in the World in terms of installed Renewable Energy capacity.


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Priyadarshan Bhatewara, CFA

Chief Financial Officer

He has 15 years of experience in Corporate Finance, Project Finance, Project Management, Business Development, and Financial Analysis of Climate Change Projects. He has worked in Hydro Power, Thermal Power, Wind Power and Solar Power projects. He has expertise in closing Investment deals, Management Information systems, Data Analysis, Financial Modelling. He has worked with companies like Azure Power, ReNew Power, Asian Development Bank, Rattan India, SNC Lavalin and Mott MacDonald. Priyadarshan has been awarded Zee Yuva Award (2017) for best practises in water conservation, Water Crusader Award (2017) by Hindustan Unilever and Energy Conservation Award (2016) by Vigyan Bharti. He holds a Bachelor in Engineering from VJTI, Mumbai, M.Tech from IIT Delhi and has earned CFA Charterholder from CFA Institute, USA.

Kasturi Roy

Advisory Team

Ms. Kasturi Roy Choudhury is on the Advisory team at Premier Energies. She has over 3 decades of professional experience with ‘Consultancy for Change and Growth’ and specializes in the areas of Management Consultancy and Corporate Training. At CFCG, Kasturi works as a Senior Consultant anchoring key client relationships & accountable for deliverables.

In her personal capacity, Kasturi is associated with social organizations like Jeevika Development Society, Garbage Free India & Sanjeevani Life beyond Cancer. Her distinguished academic career includes:PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad (1988), DBF from ICFAI, Hyderabad (1990), BE (Electrical) from Jadavpur University (1986).


Founder & Chairman

A visionary, Surender Pal Singh is an eminent energy expert and accomplished business leader with over 40 years of rich industrial experience. His work states achievements in both conventional as well as non-conventional power projects. Known for his resourcefulness and deep knowledge on Solar, he has been conferred with national and international awards such as the International Project of The Year from Renewable Energy World, USA 2013, National Awards for Excellence in Renewable Energy for Rural Electrification from World Federation Of CSR Professionals, 2015, Udyog Bharti & Udyog Patra awards from the Vice President of India. A mechanical engineering graduate from Dharwad University, today he oversees operations and finance of the organization in addition to mentoring the young leaders.


Founder & Managing Director

He is one of India’s 100 Most Influential Solar Business Leaders and a visionary who transformed the company from a solar enterprise to an integrated renewable energy solutions provider. Steering the company from a 5 MW production capacity in 1995 to 500 MW in 2018, he is now leading Premier Energies towards growth by expanding the production capacity to 750 MW solar cells and 1.2 GW solar modules.

He is a Founding Member of Premier Solar Power Tech and has built over 650+ MW of EPC and 130 MW of IPP. He serves as a Director on board for over 10 companies in the Solar Manufacturing and IPP space and the All India Solar Industries Association (AISIA). He is a member of the Governing Council of Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad.


Executive Director

A distinguished engineer from JNTU, Hyderabad; an MS from Colorado University and an MBA from ISB, Sudhir has worked with PwC, USA before taking on a directorial mantle at Premier Energies. He heads the EPC business, as well as the construction of our new state of the art manufacturing facility. Sudhir is actively involved in all day-to-day operations of the organization, from managing external relations to defining policies, supervising department heads, and working on strategies for growth and business expansion.


Chief Operating Officer

He brings over 14+ years of rich consulting experience in BFSI, Pharma and Healthcare sectors, having worked at JP Morgan Chase, Anthem, Infosys, Cognizant and Deloitte. He holds a MS (Mechanical Engineering) from Western Michigan University. At Premier Energies, Vishnu is responsible for managing the entire spectrum of operations of the manufacturing division.


Director & CFO-designate

She has served the Government of Telangana for over 30 years and retired as an Additional Commissioner of Commercial Taxes. A graduate in Agricultural Sciences, she brings in with her a rich, on-ground experience in indirect taxation and government regulatory affairs. A trailblazer and an expert in legal and commercial taxes, she now leads all financial and government related matters of the organization.



She comes in with over 16 years of experience in Talent Management, Leadership Consulting & Organization Development. She is proficient in a variety of methodologies including leadership framework development, psychological profiling & assessment, and design of talent management frameworks.

Niyathi holds an MBA in HR from the Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Development, Pune and an executive certification in organization development from ISB Hyderabad. She leads People Operations for the group and double hats as a member of the marketing & branding team. She recently joined the elite Business World People 40 under 40 2020 list.

Jasveen Saluja


She’s been a serial entrepreneur and comes in over a decade of experience in running her own company specialising in interior design. With an astute sense of business, she is responsible for business development, procurement, project planning and government liaisoning. She has a degree in commerce and fashion designing.

Dhruv Sharma

Advisory Team

Mr. Dhruv Sharma, has been associated with Solar Manufacturing in India since 2008. As the CEO of Jupiter Solar, he has played a pivotal role in the transformational journey of the company. He is responsible for leading the development and execution of the company’s vision, strategy and plans.

His understanding of the business has been instrumental in evolving growth strategies and significantly contributed to implementation of the group’s expansion and diversification into solar power sector.

Additionally, as Chief Business Manager at Premier Energies, he holds the responsibility of leading the foray of the Company into Solar cell manufacturing, focusing on Technology, Vendor relationships, Project management, Organization building and Key Account Marketing.