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First Solar plans a 3.3 GW facility in India

The US-based manufacturer is planning a fully vertically integrated thin-film solar module manufacturing facility in India. The facility will likely come up in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu and become operational in the second half of 2023.
Technology

CATL claims to have made sodium-ion batteries a commercial reality

The manufacturer has launched sodium-ion products online. Production has begun and will be easily scalable, according to the CATL chairman. Researchers have been keen to make the technology work as it offers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alter...
Installations

ABC Renewable signs 380 MW solar-wind PPA with SECI 

With this power purchase agreement, ABC Renewable, a joint venture between Canadian asset manager Brookfield and clean energy firm Axis Energy Ventures India, has enhanced its RE portfolio to 1,080 MW comprising solar and solar-wind hybrid projects.
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Roundtables Europe 2021

Our July Edition is out!

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  • PV resilience in the Gaza Strip,
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  • Module manufacturing
  • Corporate procurement
  • SNEC Trends
  • Europe’s Gigafactory boom

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Financial feasibility of behind-the-meter solar-plus-storage in India

A new report says solar-plus-energy storage will become an attractive investment option for commercial consumers in India as early as 2023 for electricity bill reduction. For high-tariff paying residential consumers, the system will reach grid parity pos...
Markets & Policy

IFC makes $126 million equity investment in India’s Federal Bank

The equity investment is expected to see Federal Bank increase the financing for green projects including energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate-smart agriculture, green buildings, and waste management.
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Manufacturing

Premier Energies unveils new solar facility

The Indian manufacturer has opened a new facility in Telangana with an annual cell and module production capacity of 750 MW.
Manufacturing

Jakson unveils 21% efficient mono PERC solar modules

The Indian solar manufacturer has released the Helia series of high-efficiency mono PERC PV panels. Ranging from 450W to 600W outputs, the multi-busbar modules are designed for use in residential, commercial and utility-scale installations.
Installations

Arc-shaped PV system for agrivoltaics from Germany

The PV mounting system was developed by Germany-based Goldbeck and will initially be available in the Netherlands from 2022. The company will test the new technology in a 45 MW PV project.

Markets & Policy

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Electric vehicles account for 1% of overall vehicles annually sold in India

The government provides subsidy support under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme and reduced taxation rates to promote EV uptake in India. Purchase of 3,61,000 EVs with incentives cumulating to about INR 600 crore has been supported to date under the FAME Scheme.

Solar manufacturers warn of 12-18 months disruption for standalone products

Potential price rises of 14% for the solar home systems that are driving access to electricity in the world’s under-served regions could signal further arrested progress towards the UN goal of universal access by 2030.

Prioritizing efficient plants in coal power dispatch could save INR 9,000 crore annually

A new report proposes a scenario that prioritizes efficiency over variable costs in India’s coal power dispatch mechanism. It goes on to estimate the efficiency improvements and cost savings achieved in this scenario. 

Revisiting the net metering cap for rooftop solar

The Ministry of Power has issued a draft amendment to Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020, which allows net metering for rooftop solar systems of loads up to 500 kW or up to the sanctioned load, whichever is lower and net billing (gross metering) or net feed-in for above 500 kW.

India has reached 42.3 GW of grid-interactive solar

India has installed 42.3 GW of cumulative grid-connected solar capacity, with additions led by Karnataka (7,409 MW), Rajasthan (6,581 MW), and Gujarat (5,132 MW). 

Fourth Partner Energy acquires 8.9 MW solar portfolio from Statkraft

The acquisition is in line with the Hyderabad-based corporate solar developer’s plan to ramp up. For Norwegian developer Statkraft, the selloff is part of its strategic plan to exit the distributed solar segment in India and focus on developing large-scale projects.

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Mahindra & Mahindra adopting a 58 MWp solar plant for self-consumption

The captive solar plant will quadruple Mahindra & Mahindra’s renewable energy share from 12% to 56% in Maharashtra. It shall be developed by ReNew Power arm on a build-own-operate basis. 

Commercial and industrial rooftops in India could deploy 1,875 MW of solar in 2021

According to a new report, India’s commercial and industrial sector will increase its rooftop solar deployments by 47% year-on-year, with bifacials and large-size high-wattage modules offering cost-effective support for reducing electricity costs.

Uttar Pradesh tenders 3 MW off-grid solar

The scope of work includes supply, erection, testing, commissioning, and five-year warranty maintenance of the standalone solar photovoltaic power generators. Bidding closes on August 2.

South Eastern Coalfields targets 142 MW solar in three years

The Coal India Limited arm plans a 40MW ground-mounted, grid-connected solar power plant initially as it eyes an overall 142 MW PV capacity in three years.

IndianOil to build India’s first green hydrogen plant

The state-run oil and gas major will set up a green hydrogen plant at its Mathura refinery in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. The green hydrogen will replace carbon-emitting fuels used in the refinery to process crude oil into value-added products such as petrol and diesel.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids commissions ultra-high-voltage DC link connecting Indian states 

The 1,800-kilometer link connecting Raigarh in Chhattisgarh to Pugalur in Tamil Nadu can deliver 6 GW. Power can be transmitted in either direction, depending on demand.

Technology

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Waaree completes supply of 300+ MW solar modules for American project

The Indian solar manufacturer supplied its 385Wp and 390Wp mono PERC solar PV modules for US-headquartered CIM Group’s 250 MW solar photovoltaic project.

New tech may bring heterojunction solar cells based on p-type wafers closer to mass production

An Australian-Russian research group has developed a silicon heterojunction solar cell based on p-type gallium-doped wafers with an efficiency of 22.6% and an improved stability. The scientists are convinced that these wafers may become a mainstream solution for the SHJ segment within the next decade.

ReNew Power to use Dassault Systèmes’ 3D virtual platform for RE project management

The Indian developer will use the 3DExperience virtual platform to manage its utility-scale solar, wind, and hybrid energy projects more efficiently. The platform enables users to track the progress of multiple complex projects, quickly act on insights and ensure best-in-class delivery.

German start-up offers 5.2 kWh AC battery that works without inverter

Sax Power has developed a new residential battery which it describes as a game-changer in the battery technology.

Longi claims 25.19% efficiency for p-type TOPCon solar cell

Longi’s 25.19% efficiency rating for its new p-type TOPCon solar cells, confirmed by the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hamelin, is reportedly a world record.

Solar module for floating PV from Hyundai

The bifacial panel has a power output of up to 485 W and an efficiency of up to 21%. It relies on a transparent backsheet and is encapsulated with polyolefin elastomer (POE).

Manufacturing

Israel’s SolarEdge launches expanded line of commercial inverters

SolarEdge’s new three-phase inverters are available in variants up to 120 kW, with integrated monitoring and a modular design.

‘Polysilicon shortage will continue through 2021’

The latest global PV industry outlook published by trade group SolarPower Europe, has indicated tight supply of the solar panel raw material is expected to persist this year but the trade body said it would be unlikely to drive further price rises.

CEO survey shows renewable energy industry in upbeat mood

A survey conducted among top executives in the renewable energy industry elicited positive feedback on most fronts, including government policies, demand for renewable power as well as land. 

GameChange Solar to set up India operations

The New York-headquartered solar racking solutions provider is opening an India office with an eye on business development, engineering, and manufacturing support. The company has more than 12 GW of projects either operating or under development across the world.

Vikram Solar opens 1.3 GW mono PERC module factory

Vikram Solar has reached an overall module production capacity of 2.5 GW with the opening of a 1.3 GW fab in Chennai. The Chennai facility will produce mono PERC modules with a peak output up to 640 watts.

Grevol to use CATL lithium cells for EV battery packs

The New Delhi-based electric mobility firm has launched electric vehicle (EV) battery packs using lithium-ion cells from China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL).

Energy Storage

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SECI to issue 2 GWh energy storage system tender by August end

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) shall sign a 25-year power purchase agreement with the successful bidders for these energy storage system projects. The projects are to be set up on a build-own-operate basis.

India’s first solar microgrid with MW-scale hybrid energy storage

Indian manufacturer Vision Mechatronics has deployed a lithium-lead-acid hybrid battery storage system coupled with a rooftop solar plant at Om Shanti Retreat Centre (ORC) in the State of Haryana. The 1MWh storage system uses a combination of 614.4 kWh Lithium batteries with a 480kWh tubular-gel lead-acid battery.

New residential lithium-ion battery from Germany

The battery system, which is aimed at increased self-consumption, can handle a maximum DC input power of 18 kW and 1000 V.

Tata Power to set up EV charging stations at HPCL petrol pump stations

Tata Power owns an expansive network of over 500 public electric vehicle chargers in 100+ cities across India. Partnering with HPCL allows it to further expand its base in line with the Indian government’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan to promote electric mobility.

Sonnen battery still running after 28,000 full charge cycles

Sonnen has published test results indicating the longevity of its storage systems after extended use.

Portable hydrogen fuel cell generator with power output of 400 W

The generator can be combined with batteries, solar panels, or small wind turbines. It is based on a proton exchange membrane fuel cell technology and is claimed to have a minimum lifetime of 5,000 working hours.

Opinion & Analysis

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One Nation, One Grid, One Price

The Indian power sector is set for a revolution with the proposed market-based economic dispatch (MBED) mechanism. MBED aims to establish a uniform pricing framework that prioritizes the least cost and most efficient generators while backing down more expensive ones, thereby creating a national merit order.

No excuses, India must ramp up solar manufacturing to reduce reliance on imports

Through various initiatives and schemes, the Indian government has created a conducive environment for industry stakeholders to expand domestic manufacturing. The industry should seize the opportunity to ramp up capacity and manufacture emerging technologies such as monocrystalline (mono-Si), bifacial and half-cut cells, micro-inverters, and tracking equipment, all of which promise further solar efficiency gains over the coming years.

Where the ALMM listing requirement went wrong for India’s solar mission

The idea behind introducing the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) was to have a quality benchmark for solar modules. However, in its current form, it is more of a non-tariff barrier for foreign manufacturers and limits solar developers in terms of the choice of module wattage and make.  

Solar photovoltaic quality control and waste management in India 

As PV waste is set to rise rapidly in the coming decades, India needs to invest in efficient recycling technologies and devise a clear-cut policy for the safe disposal of PV waste. Guidelines for stringent quality checks and validation for both imported and locally produced solar panels are also needed to avoid early-loss solar waste.

PLI Scheme will help India emerge as clean-tech factory of the world

The Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme in batteries and solar will help India graduate from a passive recipient to an active driver in the global clean-tech story.

Flagging off the energy transition decade 

With the draft National Electricity Policy (NEP) 2021, India is providing the right policy direction for this decade of the energy transition. Yet, there is room for further improvement. 

Press Releases

Tata Power tops CRISIL’s ESG scores for power companies in India

The company has fared well on all Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) parameters and scored an impressive 67 out of 100.

Microchip launches 1700V silicon carbide alternative to silicon IGBTs

Silicon carbide portfolio with 1700V MOSFET die, discrete and power module devices extend designers’ options for efficiency, power density.

Government plans to commission more nuclear power plants for augmenting power generation

There are presently 22 reactors with a total capacity of 6780 MW in operation and one reactor of 700 MW has been connected to the grid on January 10, 2021.

ABB to divest mechanical power transmission division for $2.9 billion

The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the year 2021, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory review.

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