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Bürkle presents faster lamination for crystalline modules at EU PVSEC

Bürkle has optimized its current process time for glass-backsheet and glass-glass modules by more than 20%, which will reduce the manufacturing cost per module by up to 10%, depending on the module configuration.
Markets & Policy

Fortum-NBCC and ABB pledge to build EV charging stations in India

Fortum will collaborate with NBCC, India to develop 150 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in India over the next 18 months, while ABB has bid for the tender to provide 4,500 charging stations across the country.

Markets & Policy

U.S. PV system prices have already increased due to Section 201 (w/ charts)

The latest report by GTM Research puts numbers on the increase in H2 2017 system prices and analyzes the potential damage from a range of scenarios.

Markets & Policy

AECEA: 50 GW within reach for 2017 installations in China

According to the latest briefing from Asia Europe Clean Energy Consultants (AECEA), China is likely to install more than 50 GW of PV in 2017, a second consecutive record breaking year for the world’s leading market.

Installations

India installs largest floating solar plant to date

The 500 kW floating solar plant in the Wayanad District of Kerala, commissioned by Adtech System Ltd, is the largest floating solar plant in India.

Energy Storage

CLEAN invites proposals for storage-backed mini grids in India

The Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN) has requested lithium-ion battery OEMs to demonstrate the efficacy of mini grids in the range of 15-20 kW, based on a lithium-ion battery storage system.

Installations

Orange Renewable Commissions 140 MW Solar Projects in Gujarat and Maharashtra

The power developer has installed 40 MW in Gujarat and 100 MW in Maharashtra under VGF scheme and will receive power tariff of INR 4.43 ($0.07)/kWh for the next 25 years.

Installations

Azure power wins 250 MW solar PV project at auction

One of the most prominent solar developers in India, Azure Power has gained 100% of the total allocated capacity in an auction conducted by NVVN.

Markets & Policy

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Raj Kumar Singh kicks off Global RE-Invest 2017 and Founding Ceremony of ISA

Addressing the gathering, R K Singh, Minister for MNRE, said, “by 2030, 40% of India’s energy needs would be met by Renewable Energy.” Also, at the event Kiribati signed the ISA framework, becoming the 41st country to do so.

Madhya Pradesh signs state guarantee for 750 MW Rewa PV plant

The guarantee is a unique initiative by the state government of Madhya Pradesh for its Payment Security Mechanism, which had a role to play in the phenomenally low tariff achieved for the Rewa solar project.

Reliance Capital signs $46m deal with IREDA for renewable projects

Reliance Money has announced that it will receive INR 3bn ($46 million) from IREDA for financing renewable projects across India.

European Investment Bank partners with International Solar Alliance, confirms €800m ($940m) Indian RE support scheme

The EIB has also confirmed that it will provide $940 million in financial support for Indian renewable Energy.

MNRE urges Tamil Nadu to prevent curtailment of solar

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has confirmed that renewable energy in Tamil Nadu should have “must run” status and there should not be any more backdowns in solar power.

Installations

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Adani’s Australian subsidiary signs PPA for Rugby Run solar plant in Queensland, Australia

Adani Australia is planning to construct a 300 MW and 10 0MW solar PV farm at Rugby Run in Queensland and Whyalla, South Australia, respectively.

Essel Infraprojects installs 55 MW solar in two Indian states

Essel Infraprojects, part of Essel Group, has added 55 MW of solar in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, bringing its total installed PV capacity to 220 MW nationwide.

REC Group brings globally successful channel programs to India

REC, one of the biggest European brand of PV panels, is expanding in India with Redington as designated partner.

Sachin Tendulkar bats for solar, plays straight drive by lighting up rural areas in India

The Bharat Ratna awardee and India’s most beloved cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar has collaborated with Schneider Electric for its “Spreading Happiness in Diya Foundation (SHIF)” campaign with solar home lighting systems.

Tamil Nadu cancels 500 MW of solar projects

The government of the Tamil Nadu state decided to cancel an auction held Jan-Feb 2017, as developers rejected offer to reduce tariff bid of INR 4.40 ($0.07)/kWh.

Technology

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Interview: JinkoSolar CEO discusses half-cut cell technology

Kangping Chen, the CEO of Chinese solar manufacturer JinkoSolar, speaks to pv magazine about the company’s solar technology development, the efficacy of half-cut solar cells, and the future of the PV industry.

Secunderabad Railway Station is India’s first to get Green Certificate

South Central Railway (SCR) of India has announced today that Secunderabad is the first railway station on Indian Railways to get the Green Certification. The station has a 500 KW Solar PV installation, generating 2500 kWh per day.

Wärtsilä to offer energy storage solutions in India

Wärtsilä, one of the largest global supplier of flexible and efficient energy solutions, has announced that it will provide technically and environmentally advanced energy storage solutions to the power markets in India.

EU PVSEC: New Polyolefin-based backsheet challenges traditional PET-based backsheets

At EU PVSEC 2017, which took place in Amsterdam last week, two companies presented Polyolefin-based backsheet performance and claimed these are superior to polyester-core-layer-based backsheets.

Enphase and Waaree partner to bring AC modules to Indian market

The U.S. microinverter specialist has partnered with Indian solar module manufacturer Waaree to produce AC solar modules integrated with its microinverter technology.

Manufacturing

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Borosil opens 2mm fully tempered solar glass production facility

Indian company Gujarat Borosil claims to have developed the world’s first 2mm fully tempered solar glass for glass-glass solar modules.

Havells ties-up with SolarEdge to provide inverter solutions in India

Electrical equipment group Havells and Israeli inverter maker SolarEdge have revealed plans to provide inverter solutions for 50 MW of residential, commercial and industrial rooftop solar projects across India in financial year 2017-18.

Jinchen to install 600 MW of lamination equipment in India by November 2017

Jinchen Machinery Co Ltd, has commissioned 2 GW of manufacturing lines in India, and to continue its growth in the country the company is further planning to open its own service and spare part centers.

SC-Solar to ship 1.5 GW of module manufacturing equipment by March 2018

The leading automation equipment supplier installed 15 GW of module manufacturing lines worldwide in 2016, where 1.2 GW is installed in India.

REI: upstream and downstream review of the Indian solar show

Last week’s Renewable Energy India exhibition was a busy, bustling affair that highlighted the rude health and impressive energy of India’s solar sector. There are still many hurdles to overcome, however, if India is to develop its own domestic manufacturing industry.

Energy Storage

NTPC cancels Andaman’s energy storage tender

This is the third instance where an energy storage project has been cancelled in India, after MNRE EoL and SECI’s derailed projects in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

IESA presents ambitious India Energy Storage Policy

The Indian Energy Storage Association’s Forum 2017 covered two broad topics – first, policy discussion on Electric Vehicles (EV), manufacturing and innovation in the energy storage sector. Secondly, the forum examined the integration of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) with the renewable energy sector.

Indian energy storage market estimated to reach 70 GW by 2022

India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) estimates the market for energy storage will grow to 100-200 GWh between 2017-22.

Interview: India’s storage market readies the ground for growth

The executive director of the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) Rahul Walawalkar, talks to pv magazine about India’s vast energy storage potential ahead of next week’s World Energy Storage Day.

India’s SECI cancels 950 MW of solar tenders, seeks re-tender at lower rate

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has scrapped large amounts of solar+storage tenders at both the Pavagada and Kadapa solar parks as it seeks to renegotiate with states for lower tariffs.

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TÜV Rheinland expands in India with new 2.5 million Euro Bangalore facility

TÜV Rheinland India, a subsidiary of the TÜV Rheinland Group, Germany, a worldwide leader in testing, training, inspection, consulting and certification, has expanded its footprint in India with a new 2. 5 million Euro facility located at Electronic City in Bangalore.

Solar Project Management solution launched in India by ENACT SYSTEMS, in partnership with Everest Industries

New Delhi: ENACT SYSTEMS, the leading enterprise software platform for solar projects in the US market has now launched its offering for the India solar market. ENACT’s software platform automates sales proposals, design, financing, installation and asset management for commercial and residential solar projects, improving workflow efficiency, reducing cost and helping scale new energy businesses.

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar receives Renewable Energy India Award

PUNE, INDIA–(Marketwired – September 19, 2017) – Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, Executive Director of India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) and President & M.