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KPI bags EPC order for 2.25 MW captive solar projects

The Gujarat-based power generator, which aspires to cross 100 MW capacity milestone in 2019-20, has touched 40.75 MW as an independent power producer and close to 4 MW as captive power producer.
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Perovskites meet the stability standard

European research group Solliance says its perovskite modules have passed three key industry standard reliability tests: Light soaking, damp heat and thermal cycling. The group said it is the first time perovskite modules of that size have achieved such ...
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Engie sells controlling stake in 813 MW Indian solar portfolio

Mumbai investor Edelweiss Group will gain a controlling stake in the generation assets in a deal which Engie says will allow it to reduce its debt by Rs3,160 crore.
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GE T&D India wins a Jammu & Kashmir project to help deliver 24/7 power

Under the order worth around Rs 1730 crore, the power transmission and distribution player’s latest supervisory control and data acquisition and advanced distribution management solution technology will help deliver 24x7 reliable power to the people of...
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Visaka’s solar roof receives IEC CB 2016 and UL 61730 certification

Compliance to revised IEC standards allows the ATUM roof with integrated solar panels to chart markets in over 50 countries.
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DISCOM reforms, access to finance key to solar uptake

Power distribution reforms and scaling up of solar adoption among MSMEs through captive renewable energy policy and comprehensive Credit Guarantee Mechanism are among measures expected from the budget.
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Adani rolls out roadmap to become largest renewable power player by 2030

India's largest private-sector thermal power producer—which ranked as the sixth largest solar player globally in 2019—will invest over 70% of its budgeted Capex for the energy vertical into clean energy and energy-efficient systems to fuel its transf...
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India’s solar cell and module exports grow 157% in nine months

Following a dip in 2018-19, India's exports of solar cells, whether or not assembled into modules, saw a massive surge with the figure estimated to have touched Rs 133,164.64 lakh during 2019-20 (March-November) as against Rs 84,764.11 lakh in 2018-19 an...
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Sterling and Wilson Solar wins Middle East award for utility-scale project

The Mumbai-based solar EPC solutions provider has to its credit 9.2 GWp of solar power projects (commissioned and under construction) globally, including 3.05 GWp in the MENA region.

A clean energy world would support millions of new jobs

A study from Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology has predicted solar and other renewables can provide a global energy jobs revolution – just as four European operations revealed recent struggles.

Loom Solar wins the ‘Fastest Growing SMB of the Year’ award at Amazon SMBhav 2020

The monocrystalline solar panel manufacturer aims to reach 100 million customers and achieve Rs 100 crore revenue by FY 2020-21.

Delta Electronics launches 22KW AC EV charger and 125KW string PV inverter

The wall-mount charger with a high power output of 22 KW AC maximum reduces electric vehicle charging time by up to 70% in comparison to common 7KW AC chargers. The 125 KW string inverter—a cloud-connected three-phase solution—enables cost-efficient decentralized photovoltaic systems for both ground-mounted and large commercial applications.

India will need 125,000 km2 land to achieve its renewable targets, says TNC research

The land required to meet India’s 2022 renewable energy target ranges from approximately 55,000 to 125,000 km2, or areas roughly the size of Himachal Pradesh or Chhattisgarh, respectively. This much land is likely to impact 6700–11,900 km2 of forest land and 24,100–55,700 km2 of agricultural land. The good news is that India’s already degraded lands have the potential of 1789 GW, which is more than ten times the 175 GW target.

Pinnacle and China’s Phylion launch lithium-ion battery assembly unit in Maharashtra

Madhya Pradesh based Pinnacle Industries–a commercial vehicle components manufacturer–plans to roll out electric vehicle battery packs with Phylion cells and semi-knocked-down kits.

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Tripura tenders solarization of 1300 agriculture pumps under KUSUM

Bidding closes on February 10 for the solar systems that are to be set up on turnkey basis. Completion period is eight months from the award of contract.

The long read: Back to the drawing board

The combined use of trackers and bifacial modules can result in significant power gains, but they are not distributed equally. For single-axis tracking R&D teams, the process of optimizing the output from arrays that use bifacial modules requires experimentation and a steep learning curve in terms of what is going on underneath the module.

Maheswari Mining & Energy secures the largest slice of 97.5 MW rooftop solar

The developer won 9 MW under RESCO mode. Other major winners include SunSource with 8 MW, Ampsolar and Varp (5 MW each), and Hero Future and HFM Solar Power (4.075 MW each).

SECI tenders 1.2 GW wind-solar hybrid, 4 MW floating solar plus storage

Developers have until February 25 to bid for ISTS connected wind-solar hybrid projects to be set up anywhere in India at the location of their choice. Bidding for 4 MW of grid-connected floating solar project with 2 MW/1 MWh battery energy storage system—to be set up in Andaman & Nicobar Islands—closes on February 13.

Technique Solaire commissions its second photovoltaic power plant in India

The first Indian power plant, with a capacity of 5.5 MWp, was inaugurated in 2017 in the state of Uttarakhand. With the just commissioned photovoltaic power plant of 27 MWp, the developer claims to offer the lowest price of solar electricity in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

NTPC tenders 50 MW solar plant operations and maintenance in Madhya Pradesh

Domestic bids are invited to provide operations and maintenance services for the solar plant at NTPC Rajgarh. Bidding closes on January 30. Techno-commercial bids will open on February 8.

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Longi claims 22.38% efficiency world record for PERC mono panel

The Chinese manufacturer said the result was confirmed by Germany’s TÜV Rheinland. The achievement beats the company’s previous record of 21.65%, set last month.

Energy Storage: Top 5 Li-ion battery trends to watch out for

The Internet of Things, cloud analytics and artificial intelligence will find their way into battery management too, enabling OEMs to precisely measure and improve the life of their deployed assets. Lower battery costs and increased adoption in high-power commercial electric vehicles and grid support are the other trends shaping the market.

Stretching exercises for crystalline silicon solar cells

Researchers from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have created flexible solar cells made of crystalline silicon. They claim to have stretched a crystalline silicon cell’s surface by around 95% while maintaining conversion efficiency of around 19%.

Magenta Power opens R&D centre for EV chargers and energy informatics

The R&D facility in Navi Mumbai will house three automation labs to ensure EV charger design and development as per the international quality and safety standards for cells and battery packs, rapid prototyping, and reliability and environmental tests.

Andhra Pradesh: Care Ratings puts 26 renewable developers on negative watch

Ratings may be downgraded if there is a persistent delay in resolving the tariff related dispute or any adverse revision in the tariffs by the state regulator and/or continued delays in receipt of payments from DISCOMs.

The long read: Quality management and our new robot overlords

When talking about processes to ensure quality in renewable energy – whether in the production of materials or the operation of a power plant – it can be a struggle to avoid excessive jargon and keep things simple enough to translate into effective improvements on the ground. Experienced project manager Nabeel Ismeer decrypts some of the geekspeak from the world of quality.

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CEL amends 5 MW module supply tender for Maharashtra

Eligibility criteria has been relaxed to include authorized distributors, resellers and dealers as well. Further, there are relaxations in the supply order carried out in the last one year. Bidding now closes on January 22.

Half-cut modules from Sharp

The Japanese electronics giant has unveiled three monocrystalline half-cut cell modules said to provide 2-3% better performance than standard, full cell panels. The claimed efficiency of the modules exceeds 19.5% and Sharp says power output ranges from 330-395 W.

Loom Solar launches IoT based AC modules

The emerging startup has become the second Indian module manufacturer to launch AC panels integrated with Enphase microinverters, after Waaree announced its partnership with Enphase in 2007.

2020 Solar Match: Chasing the Target

While openers like SRISTI scheme for rooftop solar and KUSUM for farmland solar are likely to give a promising start, their implementation on the ground will determine our winning trajectory this year. Simply going by the connotation of 6 balls an over in the game of Cricket, this article looks at 6 factors that will push India to achieve its 2022 solar target.

US scientists claim clear-sky irradiance model provides better results for module testing

Researchers at the American Institute of Physics have used the clear-sky irradiance model developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to measure the degradation rates of solar panels at a testing field in Germany over five years. The scientists say the model, when combined with real-world data, offers an efficient tool to evaluate the aging of PV technology.

AEPPL to invest Rs37.15 billion in second phase of lithium battery plant

The joint venture between Japanese majors Toshiba, Denso and Suzuki will make the investment in the Gujarat plant over the 2021-25 period, having pumped Rs12.5 billion into the first phase of development.

Energy Storage

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Driving India’s energy transition

India needs to look at a diverse set of flexibility options such as natural gas capacity, variable renewables themselves, energy storage, demand-side response and power grids, to ensure successful integration of wind and and solar PV, says an International Energy Agency (IEA) report.

India’s first “fully solar powered” railway section

South Central Railway’s Nandyal-Yerraguntla section in Guntakal Division has been declared as the first solar section in India that has all of its stations in one stretch powered by solar panels.

SunEdison’s rooftop solar arm acquires Sherisha Solar

The Chennai-based solar EPC contractor and trader, which formed SIL Rooftop Solar as the new subsidiary in October, has included battery-based energy storage as a focus area in addition to renewable energy projects.

Solar set for boom after a gloomy 2019

Solar installations in year 2020 are set to exceed 10 GW after a year hit by political uncertainties, module price increases associated with safeguard duty and a fewer number of awarded tenders. The outlook for battery energy storage installations for solar projects, however, is bleak as such combinations in India can cost 3-5 times more in 2020 than standalone renewable projects.

Renewable energy MoU with Saudi Arabia gets cabinet nod

Project development and value chain localization are the focus areas for cooperation between the two countries.

UK University to help design EV batteries for Indian climate

The university researchers will provide expertise in the operation and management of lithium-ion batteries, environmental test facilities for battery modules and advanced battery analysis techniques.

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After much criticism, Maharashtra issues final regulations restoring net-metering for rooftop solar

Net metering benefits are now allowed across categories, including commercial and industrial consumers. Further, under net metering mechanism, consumption limit of 300 units for the residential category has been removed. This will help consumers set off their entire consumption against their system’s self-generation, benefiting them greatly.

Emissions, EVs and renewable energy: Reflections and outlook for India

India, one of the most diversified energy markets in the world, has recently become the lowest-cost producer of solar power. This reflects a steady and encouraging shift toward renewable power—a shift that’s in line with the targets set by the government. At the Climate Action Summit that was held earlier this year, Prime Minister Narendra […]

Urban Mobility: Focus on last-mile solutions

There will be plenty of opportunity for electric three-wheeler penetration in the Indian market through the model of battery swapping as well as local charging points available at delivery hubs.

Net metering policy change could mean end of rooftop solar in Maharashtra

The recently proposed guidelines allow electricity cost reduction of only Rs 3.64/unit for commercial and industrial consumers, which is not even sufficient to recover the capital costs of setting up the solar infrastructure.

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.

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All-India energy demand continued to contract in December 2019, but shows early signs of recovery

India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has published the December 2019 edition of its credit news digest on India’s power sector. The report highlights trends in the power sector, with a focus on capacity addition, generation, transmission, merchant power, deficit, regulatory changes and the recent rating actions by Ind-Ra.

CSIR-CMERI organizing national workshop on advances in energy storage

Future trends in energy storage technologies for transport electrification, renewable energy and defence applications are among highlights of the workshop that shall be conducted on January 23 and 24 at CSIR-CMERI Durgapur.

Renewable Energy Investors’ Meet organized by Indian Railways

Leading financers and leading renewable energy organizations attended the meet and shared their expectations of being partners in the journey of renewable energy of Indian Railways.

1,000 Mahindra electric vehicles power Lithium Urban Technologies fleet

Having clocked 100 million ekms, with over 500 Mahindra EVs running more than 100,000 ekms, this partnership is further set to transform employee transportation solution in India and spur electric mobility adoption in the country.