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UNDP tenders 91.5 KWp off-grid solar in Assam and Jharkhand

Prospective developers have until November 18 to submit bids for standalone PV systems, with inverter and lead-acid batteries, at various government high schools, health sub-centres and Anganwadi Centres.
Manufacturing

New metallization tech to reduce microcracks in solar cells

A U.S. research group has developed a metal-carbon-nanotube composite – MetZilla – which can be embedded in commercial, screen-printable silver pastes and is said to reduce the formation of hotspots in solar modules and to prolong panel lifespan. The...
Installations

Gujarat seeks to empanel rooftop solar installers for government buildings

November 28 is the last date for EPC installers to submit the rates for different capacities of grid-connected rooftop solar systems on government buildings.
Announcements

Lead-free PV?

Should lead still be used in solar? Are there realistic alternatives?

These are some of the questions pv magazine is seeking to answer in Q4 2019, as part of our UP sustainability initiative.

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Technology

European carrier plans hydrogen buses for long-distance routes

German coach company planning start-up Flixbus will test hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on long-distance routes.
Manufacturing

New material for radiative cooling of solar panels

Spanish researchers have discovered a material said to offer radiative cooling and self-cleaning of devices which undergo critical heating during operation, such as PV panels. The thermal emitter enabled the scientists to lower the daytime temperature of...
Markets & Policy

Abu Dhabi’s Masdar invests $150 milion in Hero Future Energies

The clean tech company will use the amount to fund its expansion as it plans to reach 5 GW of solar capacity in the next two or three years.
Technology

Tata Power to develop 50 MW in Gujarat’s Dholera Solar Park

With this award, the company’s solar capacity under implementation in the state has now swelled to 400 MW, including another 250 MW in Dholera Solar Park and 100 MW in Raghanesda Solar Park.
Technology

Uttarakhand tenders 10 MW grid-connected rooftop solar

November 29 is the last date to bid for projects that are to be set up in sizes of 1 KWp to 500 KWp across the state. The entire project cost is estimated at Rs 500 million.
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Markets & Policy

Coal India tenders 100 MW solar projects in Chattisgarh

The projects—to be developed in ‘Capex’ mode—are part of the coal producer’s planned solar capacity of around 3 GW to emerge as a net zero energy company. Bidding closes on November 25.

Distributed storage market to grow nearly twentyfold by 2028

Market intelligence company Navigant Research has developed a country forecast of the global market. Incentives and pricing will be the main driver of installations, though the market will continue to be concentrated in certain key regions, including India, for now.

Austrian company Aerocompact to make solar racking in India

The ‘intelligent’ racking solutions provider has joined hands with Norwegian aluminium producer Hydro Extrusion’s India arm to manufacture PV racking for rooftops. The manufacturing unit—located in Bengaluru—is eyeing at least 20 MW of business from India in the next six months.

U GRO Capital, Sunvest Capital to co-lend Rs 200 million to MSMEs for rooftop solar

The partnership will leverage the market intelligence of Sunvest and the tech-driven platform of U GRO in lending to MSMEs for rooftop solar.

Solar plant developers can set up excess capacity: MNRE

The requirement of design and installation of additional DC panels may emanate from the contractual need to supply the committed energy and does not cast any obligation on the procurer to buy generation in excess of the contracted energy range—stated the ministry in its advisory issued recently.

E-waste company opens battery recycling plants in Singapore and France

TES issued a press release announcing the new facilities that is light on detail but claimed the plants would position it as ‘a leader’ in battery recycling. The company also announced an intent to move into the reuse of spent electric vehicle batteries in commercial and residential applications.

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Goa to replace traditional clay tiles with solar ones

State energy minister Nilesh Cabral says householders will be offered the chance to reduce energy bills without any upfront cost by leasing roofspace to installers as part of plans to add 15 MW of solar capacity in Goa by March.

French consortium develops hybrid storage and co-generation system

The Smart Energy Hub can operate in electrolysis mode to store renewable energy as hydrogen, or in fuel cell mode to produce electricity and heat from previously produced hydrogen or methane. Its developers are the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and start-up Sylfen.

Uttar Pradesh cabinet approves tariffs for 72 MW solar projects

The power produced by NTPC (40 MW) and Sukhbir Agro Energy (32 MW) will be purchased by Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited at tariffs of Rs 3.02/KWh and Rs 3.05/KWh, respectively, for a period of 25 years.

Gujarat solar capacity just shy of 2.7 GW

The state this week raised its clean energy ambition to 30 GW of generation capacity within three years as figures showed ground-mounted solar is expanding at a faster rate than rooftop installations.

Haryana retenders 57 MW grid-connected solar capacity

Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited has retendered ground-mounted solar capacity of 57 MW with relaxation in eligibility criteria. The projects—to be set up on build, operate and transfer basis—shall come up at three sites in the state and will be awarded through international competitive bidding. Bidding closes on November 25.

Odisha fire stations to go solar

The state will contract for a total 1.73 MWp of rooftop generation capacity with all the panels supplied manufactured in India.

Technology

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Now green urban mobility to get one billion euros boost from Germany

Having extended around two billion euros for clean energy projects, Germany will now support India in improving green urban mobility infrastructure, solutions and services in cities. Furthering its support for clean energy transition, it will also provide concessional loan of 200 million euros for a DISCOM investment facility in India.

Lithium batteries – 12 lakh tons ready for recycling by 2030

The recycling market will experience a tenfold expansion between last year and 2030, driven by EV battery usage and portable electronics. Retrieving valuable metals and minerals is becoming a high priority and several dozen companies are already in position for the first big wave of end-of-life batteries.

France based IBS partners with ION Energy for Lithium battery pack manufacturing

The company aims to emerge as a global leader in battery pack manufacturing with plans to set up a manufacturing unit in India in 2020-21 and the USA.

BHEL tenders for operations and maintenance of 50 MW solar plant in Madhya Pradesh

November 4 is the last date to bid for the NTPC Mandsaur plant, which uses 40 numbers of 1250 KW grid-interactive power conditioning units (inverters).

Assam will begin producing quantum dots for solar cells in Q1 2020

Amtronics’ Tech City facility—constructed to a 75,000 sq.ft footprint—will use US firm Quantum Materials Corp’s technology to manufacture quantum dots and thin-film quantum dot solar cells.

7 GW solar tender gets one-week extension—but will it help?

The manufacturing linked ISTS tender may face a ‘no bid’ situation even with amendments and bidding extensions, industry insider Gopal Lal Somani tells pv magazine as he explains the major reasons for developers’ cold response to some of the recent tenders.

Manufacturing

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The long read: Considering the competitive landscape for HJT

The benefits of heterojunction technology are well known. But as the first modules come onto the market from REC Group’s new HJT lines, the competitive landscape is crowded, but not without opportunity.

JinkoSolar launches Tiger module Down Under

The Chinese manufacturer officially unveiled its high-efficiency product in Melbourne after celebrating a 13.6 MW panel order from the nascent Hungarian PV market.

Indigenisation of technology key to successful EV transition for auto industry: CEEW

Indigenisation of electric powertrain components and battery pack assembly could produce a 5.7% higher output value addition (US$ 2.7 billion) for the Indian auto industry in case of an electric vehicle (EV) transition.

Solar cells using imported blue wafers will not qualify as domestically manufactured: MNRE

The decision is likely to push upstream solar manufacturing in India, which currently has negligible wafer and cell production capacity to meet domestic content requirements for government projects.

Bangladeshi developer accuses India of dumping poor quality panels over the border

Visitors to this year’s Solar Bangladesh Expo have called for the implementation of quality standards on solar imports – action which the government is currently pursuing – with one industry insider rubbishing Indian-made products.

White paper sums up e-transport policy progress across India

Range anxiety continues to be an obstacle to electric vehicle take-up but the nation’s willingness to embrace car-sharing and other workarounds offers plenty of promise to the sector, according a World Economic Forum report.

Energy Storage

Tata Power, Rockefeller Foundation partner on microgrids

TP Renewable Microgrid—the joint venture of India’s integrated power company and the US-based impact investor—is said to become the world’s largest microgrid developer and operator with plans to set up 10,000 microgrids by 2026.

Closing the information gap will drive rooftop solar, says Freyr Energy

Up to 70% of prospective customers have shied away from owning a rooftop solar system due to lack of readily available information on how to assess various solar options, says Saurabh Marda, co-founder and managing director of Freyr Energy – a Hyderabad-based rooftop solar firm that has completed over 1200 installations in just 5 years since inception in 2014.

SECI tenders 400 MW of renewables with storage option

The ISTS connected projects—to be developed on ‘build-own-operate’ basis—can be set up anywhere in India for round-the-clock power supply to New Delhi Municipal Council and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. December 3 is the last date for bidding.

Interview: SunSource Energy says regulatory uncertainty is solar industry’s biggest challenge

The disparity between central and state government renewables policies must be resolved and renegotiating signed PPAs is an absolute no-no, according to the solar business’ bosses.

MG Motor gets eChargeBays to install home EV chargers for customers

The company has already partnered with Fortum for fast charging and Delta Electronics India for slow charging segments. The latest partnership follows Ministry of Power’s revised guidelines for EV charging infrastructure that permit private charging at homes and offices.

CEL tenders off-grid solar in 4 states

The hybrid solar plants (with battery bank) shall come up at 34 railway station sites in the 4 states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam and Bihar. Bidding closes on October 30.

Opinion & Analysis

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Captive solar plants, a lucrative proposition for growing MSMEs

By going for captive solar plants, MSMEs can not only contribute in addressing the challenge of global warming but also generate additional cash flows to their business. Ample funding is available for them to make the switch.

The roadmap to 40 GW rooftop solar

Streamlining the Discoms, better financing options, customer-centric approach, data sharing and push for residential through standardization are a few steps that can help India achieve its ambitious rooftop solar target.

All eyes on the Indian government

India’s total installed solar capacity touched 34.1 GW on June 30, 2019. The total was split between 27.9 GW of utility-scale PV, 4.6 GW of rooftop solar and 1.26 GW of off-grid solar. The nation’s total project pipeline – projects allocated to developers and those in various stages of development – stood at 19.69 GW as of June 30. Bridge to India’s Sai Nandamuri looks at the outlook for Indian solar in 2019 and 2020.

SuryaKranti Solar Challenge will forge deeper links between industry and academia

The goal of the ‘SuryaKranti Solar Challenge’ is to develop a deeper collaboration between Indian industry and its engineering colleges. The event, on the lines of World Solar Challenge-Australia, aims to drive the culture of innovation in India by trying to solve a great challenge of climate change: building a sun powered car and driving it for a significant distance.

There is a need for online solar platforms in India

Most residential customers buy PV systems by obtaining quotes directly from PV installers. However, this can prove time consuming, costly and ineffective. Homeowners need an online quote platform, which offers a seamless buying experience. This can increase solar power awareness among Indian homeowners and help grow the adoption of rooftop solar power in the Indian residential market.

A window to the ‘inclusive’ green energy economy

India needs special institutional structures within leading public financial institutions to cater to market segments that do not attract commercial capital at competitive terms.

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Deepak Malhotra appointed as a Director on Azure Power Global’s Board

Azure Power has appointed Deepak Malhotra, Director, Infrastructure, South Asia at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), to its Board of Directors, taking CDPQ's total number of board seats to two.

ADB, KfW expand cofinancing partnership with additional $2 billion

The amount will be used to fund infrastructure in Asia to promote sustainable economic development, a cleaner environment, and renewable energy.

Vikram Solar wins Best Employer Brand Award for Kolkata

The module manufacturer and rooftop solar &EPC solutions provider was recently conferred with prestigious Best Employer Brand Award for Kolkata for the year 2019.

ABB Electrification launches virtual ‘Smart City’

The online tool breaks down the collective technical elements of smart buildings, e-mobility, energy management and data centers, all of which can contribute to the design of a comprehensive ‘smart city’.

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