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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.
Energy Storage

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.
Installations

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.
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  • PV resilience in the Gaza Strip,
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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 suc...
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.
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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. 
Energy Storage

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.
Technology

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.

Markets & Policy

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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.

‘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. 

MYSUN secures INR 15 crore for rooftop solar expansion

The rooftop solar solutions provider will utilize the funds for its existing and new pipeline of distributed PV projects under its asset vehicle MYSUN+.

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ReNew Power wins 200 MW in MSEDCL solar auction

The Haryana-based developer secured the solar power project from the Maharashtra utility at a tariff of INR 2.43/ kWh (US$0.033). The project will likely be located in Gujarat or Rajasthan. It shall use mono PERC modules produced from ReNew Power's upcoming 2 GW factory in Gujarat.

Panasonic Life Solutions commissions 7 MW agrivoltaic project in Maharashtra

The agrivoltaic project was commissioned for Gro Solar Energy under the state government’s Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Vahini Yojana. It uses 30,300 Panasonic solar modules and string inverters, and occupies a land area of 50 acres.

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.

Sunseap announces 2.2 GW floating PV project at Indonesian water reservoir

If built, the project would be the world’s largest floating PV power plant and would reach the same capacity as the largest ground-mounted facility currently in operation.

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.

Technology

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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.

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).

Rayzon Solar to add 1.2 GW of mono PERC module capacity

The Gujarat-based manufacturer is scaling its production lines up to 1.5 GW with the addition of 1.2 GW of mono PERC output capacity by the end of December. The new line will produce up to 600Wp panels with an efficiency of 21.4%. 

Micro-inverter for balcony solar modules

Two different devices designed by German manufacturer Bosswerk can feed up to 300 or 600 watts into the home network. The company offers a 12-year guarantee.

The long read: SNEC’s solar trends in 2021

All eyes are drawn to China every year for SNEC, the world’s biggest solar PV expo, as it invariably features a large number of new products from the key Chinese manufacturers. Vincent Shaw was on the scene in Shanghai this year and took the opportunity to take the industry’s pulse.

Manufacturing

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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).

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.

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.

Solar module cooling techniques for the desert

Saudi scientists have tested several cooling technologies for solar panels and have found that active techniques work better than passive ones under harsh climatic conditions. The most effective one consists of a system based on four heat pipes immersed in a box of liquid, as liquid bulk, integrated with the back of the solar panel.

JinkoSolar claims 23.53% efficiency for n-type, TOPCon, monocrystalline panel

The PV module relies on Jinko’s TOPCon mono cell technology, for which a record efficiency of 25.25% was announced in late May. TÜV Rheinland has confirmed the result.

Energy Storage

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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.

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.

Magenta opens India’s largest public EV charging station

The Magenta electric vehicle charging station in Mumbai has 21 AC/DC chargers, including four DC chargers of 15-50 kW capacity and 17 AC chargers of 3.5-7.5 kW capacity.

Solar-plus-storage at a hilltop ashram

Loom Solar has installed a solar plus storage system at a small ashram in the hills of Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. The system comprises 6x440W Shark Super high-efficiency PV panels, a 5kWh (100Ah/51.2V) Atom lithium battery, and a 5kVA high-frequency design (string) inverter.

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.

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. 

Surge in solar panel and polysilicon prices may impact projects in India

Modules represent 45 to 55% of the project capex. In a very competitive market like India, independent power producers have lower margins, and even a modest increase in module prices will put more pressure on them.

Press Releases

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.

IEX partners with the Belgian scale-up N-SIDE to implement its power matching solution

Indian power exchange IEX has partnered with the Belgian scale-up N-SIDE to implement its power matching solution based on mixed-integer linear programming for price discovery in its day-ahead market.

Fitch rates India Cleantech Energy’s proposed USD notes first-time ‘BB-(EXP)’; outlook stable

The rating benefits from the fully contracted revenues of the operating assets, whose counterparties include sovereign-owned entities and distribution companies owned by various Indian states. The rating is also supported by the adequate financial profile of the restricted group.

Tata Power set to reduce emissions in alignment with Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

SBTi is a partnership between CDP, UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute, WWF and We Mean Business Coalition to drive climate action in private sector.