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Sterling and Wilson Solar commissions 66 MWp PV project in Jordan

The Al Husainiyah solar plant, 200km south of Jordanian capital Amman, is the Indian multinational EPC provider’s third project in Jordan.
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Solar on new-build homes has significantly shorter payback period

A report by BloombergNEF and Schneider Electric has pressed the case for governments to unlock the world’s potentially huge rooftop solar potential, and cited California’s solar mandate as a shining example.
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Tata Power awarded 250 MW solar project in Maharashtra

With this large-scale solar project, the company’s total renewable capacity will swell to 4,611 MW comprising an installed capacity of 2,947 MW and 1,664 MW under implementation.
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Residential rooftop solar in India

Established in 2015, Gurugram-based solar EPC player Corrit Energy and Infra caters to a diverse customer profile ranging from large-scale industries to residences. Director and CEO Mayur Misra speaks about the current state of residential rooftop solar ...
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How long do residential solar inverters last?

Multiple factors affect the productive lifespans of residential solar inverters. In the second part of our new series on resiliency, we look at PV inverters.
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The long read: Drones for solar – how useful are they?

Drones have already established themselves in industries as disparate as warfare, wedding photography, and burrito delivery, and increasingly the solar sector is taking the high road, too. Combined with thermal imaging, drones have the potential to obvia...
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Orsted’s transition shows the way for Indian utilities and renewable energy companies

Orsted transitioned from a coal-intensive utility to a global renewable energy leader creating immense shareholder wealth. A new report looks at what strategic decisions led to this transition and learning for Indian companies to look forward to the futu...
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Solaria unveils 430 W pure black residential solar panel

The new residential module of the U.S.-based manufacturer has a power conversion efficiency of 20.40%, a size of 1,076×1,957x35mm, and a weight of 21.3kg. The product is claimed to be compatible with next-generation, module-level power electronics.

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Transmission system expansion, digitalization critical to Southeast Asia’s grid modernization

To achieve its sustainability targets, Southeast Asia will require integrated strategy and execution across generation, transmission, and distribution, as well as planning that balances both capital and operational expenditures. The regional power industry will need partners who can merge data analytics with engineering expertise to deliver timely and actionable insights that realize the full potential of assets and facilities.

An open letter to power minister on Draft Electricity Rules, 2021

The current proposed draft policy has the potential to act as a game-changer for the renewable energy industry. However, the government needs to relook at certain elements.

Proposed power market reforms could reduce renewable energy costs further

A new IEEFA note discusses the impact of the proposed market-based economic dispatch mechanism for procuring bulk power, and regulations for frequency control ancillary services.

C4V signs 1.16 GWh lithium battery cell supply deal with Omega Seiki

The New York-headquartered technology provider will supply over 1.16 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of its lithium-ion battery cells to power India-based Omega Seiki’s lineup of electric vehicles. The cells, assembled into batteries, will be delivered over the next five years.

Lodha partners Tata Power on EV charging infrastructure

Under the partnership, Tata Power will provide end-to-end electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions across Lodha Group’s residential and commercial projects in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and Pune.

New solar-powered hydrogen tech from Japan

Moreover, two big Russian corporations have unveiled plans to produce hydrogen and Portuguese utility EDP said it wants to set up a a pilot project for a green hydrogen plant in Brazil.

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Pondicherry University gets a 2.4 MW solar plant

The rooftop solar plant, commissioned by Amp Energy India, will supply about 40% of the university’s energy requirement and help offset around 2,900 tons of carbon emissions every year.

BHEL commissions India’s largest floating solar plant 

The state-owned engineer and solar EPC has commissioned a 25 MW project at NTPC’s Simhadri thermal power station, in Andhra Pradesh.

Agrivoltaics to protect crops from heavy rainfall

BayWa r.e. and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have built a 258 kW agrivoltaic system that hosts apple cultivation under four different crop protection systems. The system utilizes agrivoltaic technology with permanent, light-permeable PV modules that block rain, and tracking PV module tech that blocks rain only if necessary.

SECI extends bidding for 100 MW solar in Chhattisgarh

Bidders now have until September 24 to lodge their interest in engineering, procurement, and construction of a 100 MW solar project. The responsibility for the land arrangement lies with the installer. 

NHPC tenders 45 MW solar EPC in Uttar Pradesh

Bidders have until October 22 to lodge their interest to set up the 45 MW grid-connected solar project in the Mirzapur Jagir village of the Jalaun district.

ReNew Power commissions 250 MW solar project in Rajasthan

The solar project, located in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, benefits from a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Solar Energy Corporation of India. It shall supply the electricity generated to the state of Bihar at a tariff of INR 2.55/kWh (US$ 0.035).

Technology

Indian solar manufacturers go big on high-output modules

Adani Solar, Jakson, Premier Energies, Vikram Solar, Waaree and other Indian manufacturers are showcasing their high-output modules (from 500 W to 600+ W) at this year’s Renewable Energy India Expo 2021.

Goldi Solar plans 210mm module production from next year

The Indian solar manufacturer will start producing its HELOC̣ Pro series M10 (182mm) modules from November, and add G12 (210mm) panels to its lineup next year.

How long do rooftop residential solar panels last?

Multiple factors affect the productive lifespan of a residential solar panel. In the first part of this series, we look at the solar panels themselves.

Axitec unveil 540Wp mono PERC solar modules in India

The German solar brand shall start commercial production of 540Wp mono PERC modules through its India subsidiary starting next month. The modules are 20.9% efficient. 

JA Solar, JinkoSolar, Longi reach consensus on 182mm module standardization

The three Chinese panel manufacturers found an agreement on the module size and the mounting hole spacing.

JinkoSolar’s n-type TOPCon cell achieves 24.58% efficiency via hydrogenation treatment

The Chinese manufacturer and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have improved the average cell efficiency by 0.68% through a post-cell hydrogenation process. The cell’s average open-circuit voltage increased by 7 mV from 696 to 703 mV, and the average fill factor from 82.03% to 83.07%.

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Indian solar manufacturer to expand panel capacity to 700 MW

Insolation Energy director Vikas Jain told pv magazine about their plans to expand solar panel manufacturing capacity to 700 MW with the addition of a 500 MW facility. The new facility would be equipped to produce poly, mono, mono PERC, and bifacial panels with individual panel output up to 600 Wp.

Cylindrical solar panel for street lighting

Developed by an Italian manufacturer, the panel is available in three versions with a power output of 100, 120, and 240 W and has a weight of 5 kg. It is encapsulated in thermoformable plastic technical polymers and can be connected in series with other modules around the same post.

Impact of the increasing solar panel prices

Modules account for a huge percent of the project’s total cost, and since independent power providers (IPPs) have lower margins in the Indian solar energy sector, even a small increase in module pricing will put them under more strain.

New mounting system for rooftop PV, from Austria

The mounting structure relies on a 5.8m long support rail that does not lie on the roof but is connected directly to a purlin placed below with self-drilling support screws.

Solar module for east-west installations on flat rooftops

Dutch startup Solarge has developed a 500 W panel that weighs 50% less than conventional glass-backsheet modules. The new product can be fixed to rooftops with roofing anchors, which eliminates the need for ballast, according to the manufacturer.

Mapping the future of cleaner transportation

Eight key developments are accelerating the advancement of electric vehicles. These range from the improvements in cost and performance of electric vehicle (EV) batteries to hydrogen-powered vehicles.

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The long read: The untapped potential of hybrid EVs

The electric vehicle conversation is dominated by all-electric options, and sales figures back up the shift from the age of the Prius to the age of Tesla. However, the timeline for the Global South is very different and hybrid EVs are better than ever. Hybrid EVs shouldn’t be considered a legacy technology, and may be greatly significant for their role in the path to decarbonization, explains Gautham Ram, assistant professor at TU Delft.

Hydromet to set up lithium-ion battery recycling plant in Gujarat 

The Gujarat-based extractive metallurgy technology solutions provider will set up a 1,000 tonnes per annum (TPA) lithium-ion battery recycling plant, primarily based on the hydrometallurgy process developed in-house. It plans two more such facilities, taking the overall capacity to 10,000 TPA. 

A new spin on battery manufacturing

Scientists in Germany developed a new process for manufacturing battery electrodes, that they say could be both more cost effective and environmentally friendly compared to current technologies. The technique could be applied to a range of different battery materials/chemistries and its creators say they are in discussion with a number of battery cell manufacturers regarding pilot production.

GSECL tenders EPC work for 35 MW/57 MWh solar-plus-storage

Bidders have until September 29 to lodge their interest to set up the solar-plus-storage system at Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited’ Kutch Lignite Thermal Power Station in the Kutch district of Gujarat.

The long read: Battery material concerns

Shouldn’t we all be driving in affordable electric cars with 800-plus kilometers of driving range by now? Surely yes, according to many of the announcements coming from battery scientists over the past decade. Yet for all the scientific breakthroughs, few in fact “break through” into commercial applications. Christian Kuss of the University of Manitoba makes the case for a holistic approach to battery materials development, and reminds us to look beyond the stars of the show and consider their interactions with the auxiliary materials that hold the whole thing together.

Storing wind, solar power with silica sands

NREL researchers developed a system that uses heated silica particles for thermal energy storage. The baseline technology is designed for a storage capacity of up to 26,000 MWh and is claimed to have a cost of of between $2 and $4 per kWh.

Opinion & Analysis

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Looking at the world’s largest solar power stations

Solar energy pioneer and founder of Wiki-Solar, Philip Wolfe updates his series of blogs on the world’s largest solar power stations, first published in pv magazine in 2019. At that time, there were no single solar power plants over 1 GWAC. The record now is 2.2 GWAC.

The substantial sustainability benefits of smart meters

Power generated by renewable sources and corresponding action taken by business layers is not predictable. So it’s imperative that the latest controls are leveraged in the service of smart grids.

Solar parks get off to a good start in India, but challenges remain

Large-scale solar parks will be key to India’s transition to clean and green energy. Such parks are already being built or planned in States like Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. However, there is still scope for forward-looking and well-aligned policies across States to make the most of this global phenomenon. 

The impact of electricity rules amendment on rooftop solar sector

The amendment to Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020 provides multiple options in addition to net metering, which will balance out the concerns of all the stakeholders.

Local solar will lead the energy transformation over the next five years 

The adoption of local, community-based energy solutions like rooftop solar and batteries can help make the energy grid more flexible and reliable. Home solar and batteries will enable the growth of ‘prosumers’ who produce and share energy, as well as consume it.

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.

Press Releases

Gautam Solar launches new trading division for cost-effective solar panel components

The new division will focus on components, such as cells, EVA, back-sheet, ribbon, and aluminium profile.

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh calls for greater Indo-US cooperation in the field of clean and green energy

Dr Jitendra Singh said, with the rapid introduction of biofuels, renewable energy and green hydrogen, India is well poised to play an important role towards Carbon neutrality.

Vice President calls for increasing the production of solar PV cells and modules in India

Observing that India still relies heavily on imported components such as solar cells and modules, he stressed the importance of self-reliance in solar energy through active participation of the states. He also called for encouraging small players in the industry.

Bridge To India’s virtual conference on India Corporate Renewable Market

On September 21-22, 2021, Bridge To India will bring together industry experts to discuss a comprehensive range of issues and growth outlook for the India Corporate Renewable Market.