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5 GW Indian solar park ‘crucial’

The Gujarat state government has approved a 5 GW solar PV park, to be located in the Dholera Special Investment Region. The development of what will become the world’s largest such project when complete, is seen as “crucial” on the back of Bangladesh’s recent interest to procure 2 GW of solar energy from India.
Markets & Policy

Bangladesh to buy 2 GW of solar power from India

Bangladesh will buy at least 2 GW of solar power from India, which will be mostly produced from large PV power projects in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, according to reports.

Markets & Policy

UK, India strengthen solar ties with new commitments

The governments of the U.K. and India have announced a new green fund, managed by Lightsource BP and the Everstone Group, which will see up to £500 million invested in green energy in India. The U.K. has also joined the Indian-led International Solar Alliance (ISA).

Technology

Microlink Devices hits 37.75% efficiency for triple junction cell

U.S. technology company Microlink Devices has achieved a record efficiency of 37.75% on its triple junction thin film cells. The lightweight cell achieves a power density of more than 3000 W/kg, and is designed for use in satellites and unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The new efficiency record is confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Technology

Swedish scientists develop new method to reduce defects in organic solar cells

The researchers found that printed solar cells achieved a better performance when they used an active polymer material as glue.

Installations

Andhra Pradesh: NREDCAP tenders 35 MW rooftop solar

New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd has issued a rooftop solar installations tender for 15 MW on government buildings, and 20 MW for residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The single project size should be in the range of 1 kW to 500 kW.

Markets & Policy

IRENA: Renewables can account for up to two-thirds of total energy use, and 85% of power generation by 2050

In the latest edition of its long-term renewable energy outlook, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) calls for at least six-fold deployment of renewables by 2050, compared to the levels set out in current plans. Investment in low-carbon technologies needs to increase by around 30% to $120 trillion to enable the energy transition and avoid escalating stranded assets, the report finds.

Installations

Uttar Pradesh: Azure Power commissions 40 MW

Azure Power, one of India’s largest independent solar power producers, has commissioned a 40 MW solar power plant in Uttar Pradesh.

Opinion & Analysis

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The sun shines brighter if the risks don’t cloud it

Finance in developing countries: Economics teaches that capital flows from where it is in surplus to where it is in demand. But that is not the case with renewable energy. The biggest pots of institutional capital in advanced economies are not shifting to developing ones. It is time to take a hard look and develop solutions that resolve this anomaly.

Greening India for a sustainable tomorrow

Actions taken today in the pursuit of environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive growth path in India stand to benefit more than 17 percent of the world’s population. A sustainable future for India carries an impact for the subcontinent and the entire world. At GGGI – the Global Green Growth Institute – our attention is captured […]

New budget brings path-breaking change for farmers

Budget 2018-19 has been watched with a lot of expectations and addressed three critical issues, agricultural distress being foremost, followed by employment opportunities for youth, and ways to kickstart manufacturing with large-scale private investments. ‘Saubhagya’ is one of the powerful tools that was at the top of the budget’s agenda, which Prime Minister Modi  launched […]

Safeguard duty – Indian government scores an own goal

India’s Director General of Safeguards (DGS) has proposed a provisional duty of 70% for a period of 200 days on solar cells and modules. It has issued its recommendations in a preliminary report, completed within just a month of submission of the petition by five Indian manufacturers including Mundra Solar, Indosolar, Jupiter Solar, Websol Energy and Helios […]

Public sector investment crowding out private investors

Since 2014, around 29 GW of utility scale solar tenders have been issued in India. Most of this capacity (81%, 23.5 GW) has been tendered by NTPC, SECI, DISCOMs and other public sector entities for project development by the private sector. But there is also a sizeable 19% (5.5 GW) tendered in the form of […]

Indian Solar Powered Rail Coaches

The Indian Railways, being one of the largest railway networks in the world, operates around 12,000 trains per day. It is also one of the largest consumers of diesel in the country, with an annual consumption of 2.7 billion liters, which includes traction requirement as well as the use of coach lights, fans, AC, etc. […]

Markets & Policy

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Current solar duties issues – a historical blunder that occurred in 1995

Jayant Parimal, Adani Green Energy Ltd CEO, speaks to pv magazine about the recent trade conflicts India is suffering. He talked about the background of the duties, why it all became so complicated and its impacts on installation growth and manufacturing sector.

Madhya Pradesh suffered from bumpy roads in its solar journey

For two separate projects, Madhya Pradesh state is witnessing delaying and associated losses. In one, ReNew Power has been slapped with $1.68 million fine for delays to a 51 MW PV project, and in another case, BHEL’s proposed 10 MW solar plant obstructed by state government.

Enphase Energy announces IQ Microinverters across India

The U.S. headquartered inverter company has mentioned that the new Enphase IQ microinverter enables faster installation and reduce maintenance costs for installers. Moreover, new technology will produce 18% more power and will be 31% lighter and 15% smaller than the current M-Series microinverters.

ReNew Power looks for $900 million initial public offerings

ReNew Power Ventures Pvt Ltd has expected to raise $800-900 million through the IPO, which it is planning to file in the coming two weeks. The renewable company has asked nine investment banks to manage the IPO.

Government initiates anti-dumping investigation for the imports of EVA film for PV modules

RenewSys India has filed an application before the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties for the imposition of anti-dumping duty on imports of ‘Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) Sheet for Solar Module’ from China PR, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Thailand.

Solar modules with bypass diodes will be classified under 8541, hence no custom duty

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs have issued a clarification regarding solar module equipped with bypass and blocking diodes. Market analysts assert that this step will increase PV installation in the second half of 2018.

Installations

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Solar to top 104 GW of new installations this year, finds GTM Research

Latest Global Solar Demand Monitor from GTM Research forecasts 6% annual increase in PV installation growth although current largest markets will register 7% contraction while geographic diversification poised to grow.

United Nations backs solar powered irrigation

A new report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization outlines the benefits of solar powered irrigation systems to both large and small scale farming operations in developing countries. The report also stresses the need for comprehensive management and regulation of such systems, to avoid unsustainable water use.

KREDL retenders 650 MW from 1.2 GW Pavagada PV project

For 1.2 GW tender, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL) had received bids only for 550 MW capacity. KREDL has now retendered the remaining 650 MW grid-connected solar PV project to be installed at Pavagada Solar Park in Karnataka.

Global investments in small-scale solar rise 16% in Q1, one of few sectors to buck downward trend, finds BNEF

New quarterly figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) show that investments in solar PV arrays of less than 1 MW hit US$14.3 billion worldwide in Q1 against 10% year-on-year contraction in global renewable investments.

Sterling and Wilson to develop 300 MW of solar in Vietnam

The Indian-headquartered EPC has set a June 2019 deadline for its plans to install 300 MW of new solar PV capacity in Vietnam, a market that is poised to boom over the next few years.

Apple claims to be 100% renewable-powered

Technology multinational, Apple Inc. has announced that its global operations are now 100% powered by clean energy. Additionally, another nine of Apple’s manufacturing partners have committed to powering their production with 100% clean energy, meaning a total of 23 suppliers have now made this commitment.

Technology

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Solliance achieves 14.5% cell efficiency on perovskite module

Scientists at European solar research organization, Solliance have announced the achievement of 14.5% conversion efficiency on a perovskite module. The module uses a glass substrate, and the efficiency was measured on an aperture area of 144 cm².

Australian researchers unveil new sodium-ion battery design

Scientists from the University of Wollongong in Australia have developed battery cells based on sodium-ion technology which the university says can achieve excellent cycling stability and easily be scaled up to mass production.

Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE announces 33% efficiency for multi-junction solar cell

Together with Austrian equipment manufacturer EVG, Fraunhofer ISE has achieved an efficiency of 33.3% on a multi-junction solar cell. The highlight of the cell is the ultra-thin II-V semiconductor layer. However, it will be a few years before mass production is possible.

German scientists use germanium to improve performance of kesterite solar cells

Although current efficiencies for solar cells based on kesterite do not exceed 12.6%, the use of germanium may enable the development of cells with a higher energy band gap.

US researchers mull zinc oxide as solar cell manufacturing alternative to titanium dioxide

The group of scientists has identified a new process by which holes get trapped in nanoparticles made of zinc oxide.

India is key to world’s sustainable growth – GGGI Interview Part I

Dr. Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), South Korea, speaks to pv magazine about its ventures in the Indian solar and storage market. Rijsberman outlines that the country’s growing and diversifying economy, with its ambitious renewable targets, can help to capitalize on the demographic dividend. As a result, it can become the world’s primary consumer sustainable growth market.

Manufacturing

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Record inverter shipments in 2017, three-phase string inverters overtake central for first time

According to the latest GTM Research statistics, global inverter shipments increased 23% in 2017, and revenues 11%, thus representing another record year. A market first, three-phase string inverter shipments overtook those of central inverters.

GCL Group, Softbank sign MOU for 4 GW of solar manufacturing in Andhra Pradesh

The Asian companies will form a joint venture in India to execute the plan. The project’s total investment is expected to be around US$930 million, which will be used for the production of solar PV ingots, wafers, cells, modules and batteries.

Cell manufacturer ranking

pv magazine teams up with solar market analysts at IHS Markit to run through the top 10 crystalline silicon cell manufacturers of 2017, and the events that shaped their market landscape throughout the year.

TÜV Rheinland exposes inverter, battery hacking vulnerabilities

Testing from TÜV Rheinland has revealed that PV inverters and battery storage systems are vulnerable to hacking. By changing system parameters, a hacker could potentially cause a battery system to corrode, “making it like a ‘bomb’.”

SolarWorld files for insolvency – again

Roughly seven months after its new beginning, the German solar PV manufacturer has again filed for insolvency at the District Court of Bonn – the second time in one year. SolarWorld blames the planned phasing out of anti-dumping measures by the EU Commission against Chinese competition and the further drop in prices.

A multi-layered battle

Lamination innovation: The ongoing ambition of laminator manufacturers is to develop machines that can deliver high output through a faster lamination process, while simultaneously reducing their footprint by combining several machines into one. However, an in-depth process know-how is essential in order to produce defect-free modules. Which players possess such knowledge?

Energy Storage

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Storage pipeline grows to 10.4 GW, installations reached 1.9 GW in 2017, finds IHS Markit

Analyst data records 53% annual growth in storage in 2017, rising to 1.9 GW as South Korea climbed to top of the tree in terms of cumulative capacity. Global project pipeline has soared to 10.4 GW.

Sterling and Wilson creates new hybrid and storage business, targets 1 GW installations

The Indian multinational EPC has this week unveiled a new global division that will focus on the development of power+storage hybrid solutions. The new unit will focus initially on lighting up remote islands and has an installation target of 1 GW.

Wipro, State Bank of India lead corporate drive for EV

Wipro Limited and State Bank of India (SBI) has become the first from India to join The Climate Group’s global Electric Vehicle initiative, EV100. Wipro expects to scale up the EV to 1000 by 2023, whereas, SBI will set up charging stations in major residential spaces.

Shell envisions central role for solar in new report

Shell’s new report shows a world where solar meets the largest portion of primary energy demand as soon as 2050.

Partnership with the International Solar Alliance – GGGI Interview Part II

Dr. Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), South Korea, speaks to pv magazine about his recent participation in the International Solar Alliance founding ceremony held on March 11, 2018. He mentioned that in ISA member countries, correct energy policies, and risks in the investment are critical and need to be addressed.

Fossil fuel global grip being loosened by holy trinity of affordable PV, wind and storage, finds BNEF

‘Unprecedented challenge’ for fossil fuels as low LCOE for solar and wind power, allied to tumbling storage costs, sees renewables claim a larger share of bulk and dispatchable generation while adding vital flexibility to the global energy mix.

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Press Releases

Meerut Institute of Engineering & Technology (MIET) selects again Orb Energy to install a cumulative 728 kW rooftop solar system

The four-phased installation has reduced the cost of power from INR 8/kWh to estimated INR 2. 11/kWh.

RK Singh inaugurates Solar Lamp Assembly & Distribution Center; distributes solar study lamp to students

Singh flags off UJALA van from Arrah to initiates the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan and lays the foundation stone for PV Module Manufacturing Plant in Gaya.

To push the uptake of residential rooftop solar in NCR, MYSUN Introduces a mega cashback offer this summer

Company’s customers stand to win several cashbacks including the largest cashback of INR 50,000

Fourth Partner Energy commissions solar PV Plant powered by Fronius inverters at Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), Pune

The solar plant has a capacity of 434 KWp. MIT is one of the first few colleges in Maharashtra to implement a 'Rooftop Solar Power Project.