Top News

Uttar Pradesh to become solar hub with 6 GW planned in Bundelkhand

The state is also reportedly set to this year unveil ‘Asia’s largest floating solar plant’, in the shape of the 150 MW Rihand Dam installation.
Installations

Gujarat extends solar power policy till December 31

The state’s Solar Power Policy 2015 was due to expire since April 1, 2020. With a 9-month extension, solar power plants installed and commissioned till December end become eligible for the benefits and incentives declared under this policy.
Energy Storage

The long read: Scientists at Argonne develop new kind of thermal battery

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new kind of thermal battery that can greatly increase the energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness of many industrial processes and shows great promise for...
Announcements

Virtual Roundtables Europe - all videos are now available!

Special Edition developed with Growatt

pv magazine Spotlight

pv magazine Webinar

Central vs. String Inverters: Myth & Reality

Registration Link

pv magazine Webinar

Wind directionality and stowing position: A new nexus for single-axis tracker safety

Registration Link

Grid code compliance in Europe – Ways to a fast and safe grid connection

Registration Link

#stayhomewithpvmag

Sponsored
Energy Storage

EESL, Noida Authority sign agreement on EV charging infrastructure

Noida Authority has selected Energy Efficiency Services Limited to deploy public charging stations under the second phase of the FAME India Scheme. A total of 162 public EV charging stations comprising 108 122kW fast chargers and 54 Bharat DC001 (15kW) a...
Covid-19

Solar lobby group seeks blanket deadline extension till November 30

The National Solar Energy Federation of India said the project timeline relaxation provided by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is insufficient as construction continues to be severely hampered. Labour exodus and procurement delays (due to restri...
Highlights

Narendra Modi to inaugurate 750 MW Rewa solar project tomorrow

The project—set up in Madhya Pradesh—is one of the world’s largest single-site solar power plants. It is also India’s first PV project to supply power to an inter-state open-access customer.
Electric Vehicles

Hitachi ABB Power Grids India wins Rs 120-crore order

The company has bagged an order from state-run Chittaranjan Locomotive Works to supply transformers for goods and passenger locomotive engines.
Covid-19

Enel joins the Indian solar gold rush

The Italian utility, fresh from securing its first 300 MW of PV generation capacity in the recent, record-setting tender held by SECI, has teamed up with the state-owned Norwegian Investment Fund to commit to further clean energy facilities in India.
Sponsored

Markets & Policy

Featured

BP commits $70m to UK-India green growth fund

The fossil fuel company will become a partner in the fund, which invests in clean energy projects.

UK investor NextEnergy acquires 27.4 MWp solar project in Odisha

The plant—constructed and operated by Germany-headquartered IBC Solar Energy—is NextEnergy’s first investment in India as part of its strategy to acquire ready-to-build or operational solar projects across high-growth international markets.

Delhi lockdown has seen solar irradiation rise

Scientists measuring air pollutants and PV performance in the city have found the lockdown conditions imposed since late March have brought about a significant reduction in air pollution which has led to an 8% increase in solar irradiation reaching rooftop arrays.

India will add just 50 GW of solar in the next five years, according to company bosses

The expected return would leave the nation woefully short of its ambitious 175 GW clean energy target, which was laid down with a 2022 deadline. Chief executives who criticized aggressive clean power auctions said they would like to see more fossil fuel facilities thrown into the mix.

India needs solar modules worth Rs 15,000 crore annually

The country—which meets over 80% of the solar module demand through imports—can turn the present crisis into an opportunity by ramping up domestic manufacturing with measures like fiscal incentives.

Prioritising clean energy will be key to economic recovery

Cost savings associated with switching to least-cost energy solutions like wind and solar can be redeployed for economic recovery. At the same time, building resilience on fronts like energy system design and supply-chain management is crucial to deal with unexpected shocks and crises.

Installations

Featured

SJVN invites enlisted parties to bid for 100 MW solar in Gujarat

The solar plant—to be set up under a ‘build-own-operate’ basis—is part of the Dholera Solar Park capacity tendered by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd under ninth phase. July 16 is the last date to lodge the interest.

Railways sets up a solar plant to directly power the traction network

The 1.7 MWp solar project—in Bina town of Madhya Pradesh—has been installed by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) to feed the Railways’ overhead traction system directly.

Indian coal majors to jointly set up 3 GW solar projects

Coal India Ltd (CIL) and NLC India—both under India’s Ministry of Coal—would form a joint venture with 50:50 equity participation to develop 5 GW of power assets, including 3 GW solar and 2 GW thermal.

The long read: Shadow boxing

The amount of non-uniform shading an array will experience determines the technology choices that can be made. However, it can be complicated to formulate more general rules for when to use what type of technology. Most would agree that module-level power electronics are better at handling non-uniform shading, but how do they handle the sun? A recently promoted study brought the discussion into sharp relief.

SunSource Energy bags Lakshadweep’s largest solar-plus-storage project

The 1.95 MW solar plant with 2.15 MWh battery storage will power four islands of the union territory—Agatti, Kavaratti, BangaRam and Thinnakara. 

NHPC tenders EPC work for 50 MW floating solar project in Kerala

Domestic bids are invited for engineering, procurement and construction of a 50 MW floating solar project that shall come up over a 303-acre water body in Kollam District. Bidding closes on August 11.

Technology

Featured

There’s something fishy about this flow battery innovation

Scientists led by MIT have suggested chitin, a carbon and nitrogen-rich material made from waste shrimp shells, could produce sustainable electrodes for vanadium redox flow batteries and other energy storage technologies.

ARCI develops easy-to-clean solar panel coating 

The super-hydrophobic coating using functional nanoparticles repels dust deposition on the solar panels and cleans itself by the action of water on the modules. 

Italy’s Enel scores its first solar win in India

The renewable energy developer—which owns and operates 172 MW of wind capacity in India—has claimed its first solar tender win in the country with a SECI award for 300 MW power.

India sets new record-low solar tariff of Rs2.36/kWh

The winning bid, for 300 MW of generation capacity by Spanish developer Solarpack in a 2 GW auction is 3.3% lower than the previous record of Rs2.44.

Sterling and Wilson bags 194 MW solar project in USA

The PV plant—the EPC provider’s largest in USA—will use bifacial modules and likely be commissioned by November 2021.

Avaada Energy to set up 350 MW solar plant in Maharashtra

The electricity generated will be supplied to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

Manufacturing

Featured

Post Covid support required for electric vehicles: FICCI

The industry body has recommended a series of measures including a continuation of FAME II Scheme to 2025, short-term booster incentives for consumers and support for in-house R&D to boost the electric vehicle sector. 

NTPC seeks to empanel vendors for bulk solar module procurement

The state-owned power generator plans to procure around 1 GW of crystalline solar modules in the current financial year. The requirement will increase to 2-2.5 GW capacities per year in subsequent years. 

Hearing about solar cell safeguarding duty on Friday

The Directorate-General of Trade Remedies has called a meeting of concerned parties as it considers whether to extend the duty on solar cells.

Solar panel imports to face 20-25% customs duty from August

The levy on modules will then almost double to 40% within a year and cells will see a similar rise, from an initial rate of 15%.

CEL opens tender for supply of 2 million solar cells

July 9 is the deadline to bid for supply of five-busbar, multicrystalline ‘PERC’ solar cells with an efficiency of minimum 19.60%.

Energy and Economy: Rewriting the Indian story for the World

India is running the world’s largest renewable energy expansion program with a mind-boggling target of 450 GW by 2030. Can the country with a growing energy demand do more than this? Can it do what developed countries should have done years ago?

Energy Storage

Designing behind-the-meter solar-plus-storage program for India

A new report outlines key considerations for Indian regulators and other stakeholders when designing behind-the-meter distributed solar-plus-storage system programs, based on evidence from similar programs in the United States.

The long read: Collaborative digital fixes for the energy transition

Straddling two state borders, the West Murray region in southeastern Australia has become a microcosm of technical challenges that can plague the energy transition. Faced with serious curtailment of solar farms in this electrically remote region, a remarkable inverter-based technical feat may have changed the game.

Financing solar projects amid the Covid-19 crisis – thinktank interview

Vaibhav Pratap Singh, senior analyst at the CEEW Centre for Energy Finance, tells pv magazine about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Indian solar sector, green finance and investment down the line.

Hybrid and RTC projects to boost India’s RE and energy storage market

The global hybrid energy market, including energy storage, is projected to touch $40 billion by 2025. It is an opportunity that India has capitalized upon, earlier than others.

The long read: Scientists at Argonne develop new kind of thermal battery

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new kind of thermal battery that can greatly increase the energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness of many industrial processes and shows great promise for use in the solar industry. Liz Thompson reports that Argonne’s Thermal Energy Storage System (TESS) can rapidly capture and store surplus heat so that it can be used as needed. With its pioneering modular design and material advancements resulting in greater efficiency, TESS is a big step forward in thermal battery technology.

India can become electric vehicle manufacturing hub within five years: Nitin Gadkari

The industry needs to cut a dependence on electric vehicle battery imports from China, according to the road transport minister, who said the government is looking to support research into alternatives to lithium-ion technology.

Opinion & Analysis

Featured

One Nation, One Sun, One DSM

The government needs to rationalize and ensure uniformity of Deviation Settlement Mechanism (DSM) regulations across the country for the seamless integration of renewable energy. 

Bringing back India’s solar sector to the front foot in 2021

The ‘175 GW by 2022’ renewable energy target seems unachievable, necessitating the benchmark be moved to ‘450 GW by 2030’ instead. But even that will require the sector to move back to the front foot from 2021.

The EV story in post-Covid India

The near-term outlook for electric vehicles (EVs) remains bleak owing to supply and demand headwinds coupled with the expectation of sluggish investment to scale up the support ecosystem.

Decelerating PV module prices may start increasing in fourth quarter

Market dynamics may again alter the global supply-demand picture for solar modules, leading to an increase in prices or price stabilization.

Three signs that battery energy storage is mainstream today

With the inclusion of battery energy storage into new building codes and safety standards, it’s obvious just how mainstream storage is today.

Water scarcity and the growing need for smarter solutions in solar projects

The inefficiency and irregularity of cleaning the solar panels manually, and the associated use of water defeat the purpose of shifting to renewable energies.

Subscriptions

Keep up to date

pv magazine India offers weekly updates of the latest photovoltaics news. Stay informed. Join our newsletter.
  • Hold Ctrl or Cmd to select multiple editions.

Subscribe to our global print magazine

Independent, professional reporting on the latest technological trends and market developments worldwide. 12 issues per year including free worldwide delivery and access to our online archive.

Subscribe

Press Releases

NSEFI welcomes successful SECI IX tender

NSEFI chairman Pranav Mehta said, “This tender and the price discovered scripted a new chapter in the history of Solar in India. ”

Online portal for issue of NOC for power projects launched

Defence minister Rajnath Singh today launched a new web portal for issue of No Objection Certificate (NOC) for power projects and Research Survey Exploration Exploitation (RSEE) activities in the Indian territorial waters (TW) and exclusive economic zone (EEZ).  

Continued decline in all-India power demand affecting thermal PLFs

In May 2020, the all-India energy demand decreased 14. 9% yoy to 102.

PFC ends FY 2019-20 on a strong note

Power Finance Corporation (PFC), India's leading NBFC in power sector and a central PSU under Ministry of Power, sanctioned loans amounting to more than Rs 1 lakh crore during the year.

This website uses cookies to anonymously count visitor numbers. To find out more, please see our Data Protection Policy.

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close