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The impact of corporate tax rates cut on solar industry

The government’s move to slash corporate tax rates to 22% from 30%—and to 15% for new manufacturing companies—has largely been hailed by the solar industry even as it feels impact will be limited.
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The long read: The curious case of utility-scale storage in India

India’s transition toward electric vehicles and renewable generation makes a strong case for grid-scale battery storage. And with the government going all out to ensure that demand is met through local manufacturing, ample opportunity is being created ...
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Rising interest in floating PV at Future PV Roundtable

High levels of interest in floating solar installations in the Indian market was demonstrated on the second day of the Renewable Energy India Expo, which concludes today in New Delhi. The pv magazine Future PV Roundtable addressed the theme in a full-hou...
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2019 Sustainability Award window opened

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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Green capital at scale urgently needed for emerging economies: CEEW

Lower-middle and low-income countries, which account for 40% of the world's population, get less than 15% of energy investment.
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Fourth Partner commissions 10 MW solar for Bharathi Cement

The ground-mounted plant—located at the Kadapa cement manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh—was completed in a record two months for captive electricity consumption.
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Indian renewables leaders split over need for regulation

While some of the industry insiders gathered at REI 2019 have made predictable calls to be free of the restrictions imposed by regulators, others maintained policy support is crucial and audience members voiced concern about India’s lack of recycling r...
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In leaps and bounds

Policies, non-government initiatives and market forces have started driving the adoption of more rigorous quality-assurance practices in Indian PV project and module manufacturing this year.
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Preventing PV failures and fires hot topic at Quality Roundtable REI 2019

pv magazine’s Quality Roundtable at this year’s Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo in Greater Noida saw industry experts touch upon issues arising out of wrong component selection and handling—including for cables and connectors to module mounting s...
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Trina opens trade show by announcing more than 4 GW of module shipments to India

The Chinese manufacturer claims to be the first company in the nation to supply that volume of solar modules. The news is unlikely to be welcomed by a government desperate to foster its own solar manufacturing sector.

The specter of PV protectionism: Shifting destinations

Trade tariffs are spreading across the global PV industry. The United States has been especially active with its sandwich of old antidumping and countervailing duties coupled with new Section 201, 232 and 301 duties. Some of these are part of the Sino-U.S. trade dispute; others impact not only Chinese producers, but manufacturers around the world. So, what will be the impact of this new era of PV protectionism on the solar sector?

Solar-plus-storage can boost investor confidence

A British study has found co-location of solar and storage may accelerate the deployment of profitable merchant renewable energy projects in the United Kingdom. The report predicts installed solar capacity in the U.K. could increase from around 13 GW next year to 19 GW in 2030 and 32 GW in 2040.

India Ratings downgrades solar outlook for FY2019-20

Revision in the outlook to ‘stable’—from ‘positive’—stems from resurfacing renegotiation fears and continued delay in payments from some of the offtakers.

Vikram Solar commissions 2.15 MW single-shed rooftop solar plant in West Bengal

The project—commissioned for food processing firm Keventer Agro—is spread across 250×70 m2 and uses 6240 numbers of Vikram’s high-efficiency 345Wp monocrystalline modules.

Tata Power commissions 150 MW solar capacity in Rajasthan

The plant—with Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd as the offtaker—is the company’s first ISTS connected solar project.

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Uttarakhand invites EoI for off-grid solar plus battery projects

The projects—in various capacities ranging between 1 KWp and 25 KWp—are to be set up across the state. Proposals can be submitted till October 4.

The long read: Floating PV – niche market or transformative disruptor?

Why on earth would you want to install PV on water? There seem to be plenty of safer sites for solar PV on solid ground or stable rooftops. Nicolas Choleur of Everoze highlights the key requirements for the bankability of floating PV, right through the project life cycle, from development to dismantling.

IRENA and the UN ink agreement in New Delhi to combat desertification with renewables

A memorandum of understanding signed by the institutions was not solar specific but the use of PV modules for shading, especially in agriculture, can reduce water consumption and help halt the expansion of deserts.

SECI to supply almost 1.3 GW of clean power through deals signed in the last four weeks

With the power minister hinting a new renewable energy tariff policy could be in the works, the federal agency responsible for solar – which has come under fire after the latest delay to a troubled PV manufacturing tender – has boasted of the volume of clean power it has signed deals for recently.

The energy transition is easily affordable but all hope of 1.5C warming will vanish in 2028

Technical consultancy DNV GL has published its Energy Transition Outlook 2019. While the electric vehicle, storage and renewable energy industries are likely to see significant rises in demand, the sobering conclusion is the world will miss carbon reduction targets by a long shot.

SECI extends 6 GW manufacturing tender deadline again

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has extended the deadline yet again for a procurement exercise originally intended to secure 5 GW of PV manufacturing capacity and 10 GW of generation assets 13 months ago. The deadline for bidding for 2 GW of production and 6 GW of generation capacity is now October 11.

Technology

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Aligning infrastructure to accelerate Asia’s energy transition – Black & Veatch interview

Integrated power infrastructure offers an emerging investment opportunity in Asia as the region expands and adapts its energy mix to address sustainability and resilience goals. Narsingh Chaudhary and Mitesh Patel, of engineering, procurement and construction business Black & Veatch, tell pv magazine more.

Solar irrigation product converts sunlight directly into motion

The invention converts energy produced by PV cells directly into mechanical motion without batteries or power electronics. Its developers claim the solar motor can drive irrigation water pumps and ventilation turbines for more than 20 years without maintenance.

Proposals invited for joint Indo-Israeli R&D on solar and storage

The Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, and the Ministry of Science and Technology of State of Israel will fund joint research on advanced materials for next-generation solar energy utilization and energy storage. The deadline for the submission of proposals is December 5.

Kerala tenders 200 MW grid-connected solar projects

October 16 is the bidding deadline for rooftop and ground-mounted solar plants that are to set up in various sizes—10 KWp or smaller, 11-100 KWp, above 100 kWp and combinations thereof—within consumer premises across the state.

Rajasthan tenders 50 MW rooftop solar for government buildings

October 3 is the bidding deadline for the ‘RESCO mode’ projects that can be developed using Indian or foreign make crystalline silicon solar modules.

IEEFA: India needs a multi-technology approach to renewables integration

In addition to accelerated deployment of battery based energy storage systems, the country needs to look at a combination of technologies to manage peak electricity demand whilst maintaining grid stability at least overall cost.

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Value of local manufacturing demonstrated, utilization up but still a long way to go

Indian module makers are gearing up for an end-of-year surge of procurement for solar projects in the country and hoping that their investments in incorporating global manufacturing benchmarks will translate into enhanced sales offtake.

Eric Luo: China will see just 20-25 GW of solar per year through 2025

The GCL System chief executive made comments that fly in the face of an expected solar gold rush in China that analysts predict will start this month. Though rising overseas demand will address overcapacity fears, according to Luo, the soundbite is sure to chill PV boardrooms across the world’s biggest solar market.

Innolia Energy to invest Rs225 crore in solar module and EV product manufacturing

The U.S. company claims its 300 MW manufacturing plant in Hyderabad will deliver a fully integrated and customizable system solution of solar panels, lithium battery packs and controllers under a single roof.

The long read: Both sides of the debate

Choosing the best material to cover the backside of a module has long been a contentious issue, and the rise of bifacial technology has brought further complexity to the debate. With transparent backsheet materials quickly making their way to market, the Intersolar Europe edition of the Quality Roundtable event series sought to bring some clarity to the rear side of modules, and illuminate some of the issues that can occur in the field – both with glass-glass and glass-backsheet modules.

REIL tenders for supply of 4.6W solar cells

Jaipur based Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Limited has invited bids for supply of 10,00,000 quantities of 4.6W multicrystalline silicon solar cells. Bidding closes on September 19.

Telangana targets 5 GW of renewables next year

Decentralized model of solar project development has avoided the need to spend huge amounts on grid upgrades in India’s newest state. With EV charging plans advancing Telangana now intends to change policy to reflect falling solar costs.

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REIL tenders for installation of 270 EV charging stations

The chargers will be set up in six cities (Agra, Bengaluru, Goa, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Shimla) and along Delhi-Jaipur-Agra-Delhi and Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai highways.

VPPs as congestion buster

Two related challenges have become barriers to increasing penetration levels for rooftop solar: the hosting capacity of the grid, and the need to maintain stability during periods of peak demand. The Future PV Roundtable, held alongside The smarter E event in Munich, looked at how distributed energy resources such as PV and battery storage, along with demand-side flexibility, can help to meet these challenges – all thanks to VPPs.

Chinese company Ganfeng Lithium prepares solid-state battery test line

The energy storage company is ramping up R&D efforts to try and fast-track commercialization of the more productive – and more expensive – battery tech. The news was announced as part of an uninspiring first-half update thanks to falling lithium salt prices.

Dutch government treats 21 municipalities to smart EV chargers

Vehicle-to-grid functions could soon become increasingly important. While policymakers discuss the necessary regulations in other nations, the Netherlands government is motoring ahead with the technology.

Tata Chemicals launches Li-ion battery recycling operations

Pilot-scale operations at a facility near Mumbai successfully recycled the spent Li-ion batteries. The company seeks to eventually scale up the capacity to recycle 500 tonnes of spent Li-ion batteries.

BHEL launches 5 solar EV charging stations on Delhi-Chandigarh Highway

The charging stations—located at the resorts of Haryana Tourism Corporation Ltd at Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat and Samalkha (Sonepat)—are equipped with a rooftop solar power plant each to supply green energy for electric vehicle chargers.

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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.

Policy can spell success or failure for EVs in Europe

Since 2017, several European governments have announced bans on sales of conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles. Countries like France and the United Kingdom have set bans to come into force by 2040, while Norway has set a more ambitious goal of 2025. Raquel Soat, Research Analyst at Navigant, looks at how policy might affect European electric vehicle markets over the coming years.

An overview of the world’s largest solar parks

Solar pioneer Philip Wolfe lists the world’s largest solar parks. In these articles, a ‘solar park’ is defined as a group of co-located solar power plants.

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