Deepak Ushadevi | Managing Director at Ciel & Terre India

27/05/21

Deepak Ushadevi CEO of Ciel et Terre India career history

What does Ciel & Terre represent to you?

To me, Ciel & Terre India represents real opportunities and new frontline possibilities. We aim to deploy renewable energy and to provide an enriched contribution to the environment. With our expertise and experience over the past years, I believe we helped reducing the global carbon footprint.

According to you, what are Ciel & Terre’s spirit and most important values?

From my point of view, our strength comes from rom several characteristics strongly anchored in our DNA :

  • Our supremacy over the technology,
  • our innovative learnings,
  • our constant improvement,
  • never die attitude,
  • solid customer support

All these values are all part of our acumen spirit embedded inside each of us in Ciel & Terre family.

Ciel & Terre as an organization values the human emotions, respects the cultural diversity, and provide a splendid support system. In the organization everyone is caring about each other, for professional as well as for personal matters. We are all grateful of such handling acts. These are some of the core values that I’ve experienced here personally.

What qualities do you think Ciel & Terre’s people have?

I am grateful that my team is multi-talented, young, and composed of vibrant smart individuals. Above all, their countless contributions accelerate our immediate success story in India. To summarize, my team members are a combination of talent, positive attitude, ability to work in a team and dynamic behaviour. A righteous talent, irrespective of qualification or rank.

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So far, can you tell us the most memorable moment you remember for you and for your team/for the office?

I captured many memorable moments in this journey : the first float we produced in our contract manufacturer, the first float produced in our own factory, the contract PO signings of all 4 projects, the French Ambassador to India, Emmanuel Lenain’s visit to CIAL plant in December 2020 and countless enchanted favourite moments associated with Ciel & Terre.

In addtion to that, at Ciel & Terre, we are developing the floating solar market and interacting with major nodal agencies such as :

  • PSU,
  • top EPC
  • developers.

To sum up, our goals are to provide floating solar guidelines, knowledge transfer as well as know-hows to ensure quality and bankable floating projects in India. So far, a portfolio worth 21 MW floating solar has been developed in India (as of December 2020). We count 3 projects commissioned so far, and another 75MWp project currently undergoing in Kerala. This global experience is truly enhancing our position as true expert of the floating solar market. As I have noted, the industry is listening to our technical suggestions, proposals, recommendations, and this recognition gives me an immense satisfaction.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned from your experience in Ciel & Terre India?

Since I have started my journey at Ciel & Terre, the most important spirit I have integrated is to accept different ideas and give a free hand to our collaborators. This mindset characterises our growth. For this reason, we empower our employees, provide responsibilities and give them space for them to enhance the work productivity. If you envisage your technical expertise and domain experience, use that as a tool to solve all issues both internal as well as external.

What is your favourite mantra?

Deepak Ushadevi CEO of Ciel et Terre India mantra

Could you tell us what animates you in your role as managing director at Ciel & Terre India?

I have many serious topics to deal with. Undoubtedly, I’m very passionate about the decision-making situations. They are part of my job requirements and it boosts me in my daily activities.

What kind of opportunities do you foresee for Ciel & Terre India in the upcoming years?

We believe floating solutions will be one of the main enablers for the PV sector. Our contribution at the middle terms is to reach our target of 1GW Hydrelio® solutions to be installed in the upcoming next 2-3 years in India. To achieve our goals, on one hand we invest in quality machines to deliver quality project.
On the other hand, we constantly strive to improve our technical knowledge, implementing innovative product development programs, looking to accelerate engineering programs for compatible solutions, endeavouring sustainable quality deliverables.
Given these points, we want to keep on offering high quality projects for we aim to provide bankable solutions.

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What do you think the future will be like in 10 years?

India has a huge untapped potential for floating solar, and this can be effectively envisaged with proper planning and right vision. I wish to see more renewable projects realized with more and more Hydrelio® solutions across the globe as well.
As shown above, floating solar has become a realistic market now. We are positive and optimistic, floating solar is in high demand here considering water scarcity, land issues, as well as plenty of water bodies with power infrastructure already available.
In reality, human activity is already overloaded with CO2 and other global warming emissions, and this is a global issue. Without doubt, there is an emergency to increase renewable energy. Thanks to floating solar, it would allow us to replace carbon intensive energy resources and silently contribute to the reliability and resilience for clean, green energy revolution.

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