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Jakson Green wins repeat order for solar-plus-storage project in West Africa

Jakson Green has secured the order to build 20 MWp solar with 4.8 MWh storage after completing the 50 MWp capacity of the project earlier.
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“Commercial rooftop solar is growing by leaps and bounds”  

Panasonic Life Solutions India provides “Made-in-India” solar modules and high-quality solar EPC solutions for commercial and industrial consumers. Targeting an increased share of the Indian rooftop PV market, it plans to include solar-plus-storage s...
Manufacturing

Sunova Solar releases 575 W n-type PV panel with 22.2% efficiency

Sunova Solar is offering five versions of its new solar panels, with power outputs from 555 W to 575 W and efficiencies ranging from 21.4% to 22.2%. They have a temperature coefficient of -0.31% per degree Celsius.
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IRENA releases all-Africa dataset of locations for solar, wind

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published a dataset with 10,905 sites for PV deployment across Africa, with an estimated total capacity of 4.9 TW.
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Larsen & Toubro secures pumped storage project from Greenko

The Indian multinational EPC provider has secured the civil and hydromechanical works for a 10 GWh pumped storage project from renewables developer Greenko. The project is coming up in Madhya Pradesh.
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Fully autonomous solar panel cleaning robot from Greenleap Robotics

The Lotus A4000 cleaning robot, built with automotive-grade components, is a reliable and hassle-free solution to daily clean and maintain solar plants operating in harsh and arid regions.
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Assam seeks consultant for 1 GW solar project

Assam Power Distribution Co. Ltd (APDCL) has opened bids from consultants to prepare a detailed project report for a 1 GW solar power plant it is developing in Assam. 
Manufacturing

Floating PV for water pumping, desalination

An irrigation community has built a 786 kW floating solar array on a small water reservoir in Murcia, Spain. The facility will provide power for a solar water pumping system, a desalination unit, and the community itself.

Markets & Policy

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Transition VC launches INR 400 crore fund for energy startups

Transition VC will invest seed capital in 40 startups across sectors such as e-mobility, green hydrogen, energy storage, net-zero buildings and climate-tech over the next three years.

Enfinity Global adds 205 MW of solar energy capacity in India

US-based Enfinity Global has commissioned 135 MW of solar projects in Maharashtra. It has also acquired 70 MW of operational assets in Telangana and Karnataka.

Catalyzing energy transition in rural MSMEs through rooftop solar

Solutions for catalyzing rooftop solar in the rural commercial and industrial market have to be looked at in terms of geographic clusters. This allows for the aggregation of demand, making it easy to run awareness campaigns in a targeted manner.

Mobilizing green finance for Indian MSMEs

In the absence of immediate viable financial solutions, MEMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) need government intervention to get sustainable debt at a reasonable rate. A way forward could be a green finance platform for MSMEs.

Applications open for incentives under second phase of solar PLI Scheme

The Solar Energy Corp. of India Ltd (SECI) has started accepting applications from solar manufacturers under the second phase of the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme with an outlay of INR 19,500 crore ($2.4 billion).

Edelweiss energy InvIT raises $282 million

Edelweiss’ energy infrastructure investment trust, AnZen, will invest in a diversified portfolio of energy assets including transmission lines and renewable power projects to provide long-term predictable yield and growth to its investors.

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Prescinto to optimize Greek developer’s 70 MW of solar assets

Gujarat-based Prescinto, which provides software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for clean energy asset management, has entered the European market by securing a deal with Thessaloniki-based SunSolarWind for 70 MW of solar assets.

NLC targets 6.03 GW of renewables capacity by 2030

The state-owned thermal energy giant has deployed 1,421 MW of renewable power generation capacity so far, including 1,370 MW of solar and 51 MW of wind power plants.

Novel soiling loss measurement system for PV installations

An international research group has developed new technology to measure soiling losses in PV installations, by using a simple pocket light. They said the new system offers similar performance to their reference devices.

Is hydrogen about to have its solar moment?

As Longi and other solar manufacturers kick off massive growth in hydrogen generation capacity, expect large price decreases resulting from steep learning curves, echoing the rapid advances experienced by the solar power industry since the 1970s.

Roadmap to achieve CIGS solar modules with efficiencies above 20%

Japanese scientists have described the steps that need to be taken to improve the average efficiency of CIGS solar modules, from around 18.5% at present to more than 20%. They presented all of the critical technical factors that are currently holding the tech back from broader market adoption.

Sembcorp acquires Vector Green

Sembcorp Green Infra has signed the agreement to acquire Mumbai-based renewable power producer Vector Green, which has a cumulative 583 MW of solar and wind portfolio in India.

Technology

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NREL updates interactive chart of solar cell efficiency

The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a new, interactive version of its research cell efficiency chart for a range of PV technologies.

Longi claims world’s highest efficiency for silicon solar cells

Longi said it has achieved a 26.81% efficiency rating for an unspecified heterojunction solar cell, as confirmed by Germany’s Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH).

Elusive longevity

The expected lifetime of PV inverters is significantly shorter than that of modules. In many projects, inverter replacement is included in financial calculations from the start, despite the high costs. Research is being conducted into the causes of faults to develop more durable inverters and components. But plant design can already improve the lifespan of inverters in use today, reports pv magazine Germany’s Marian Willuhn.

Hydrogen, carbon prices and electricity markets

The hydrogen economy, particularly green hydrogen, has a long growth path ahead.

Israel’s Phinergy to present Tata car powered by its aluminum-air battery

The electric car powered by Phinergy aluminum-air battery will be on display in Auto Expo India 2023 at the booth of IOC Phinergy (IOP), a joint venture of Phinergy and State-run fossil fuel giant Indian Oil Corp.

New algorithm to identify underperforming strings in PV systems

German researchers have created an algorithm to predict and identify string yield losses or underperforming strings without additional weather data. It could be used to inspect modules, strings, arrays, inverters, and transformers.

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NTPC seeks 461 MW of solar modules for Shajapur PV projects

NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd (NTPC REL) has invited bids from manufacturers to supply a cumulative 460.55 MW DC capacity of crystalline PV modules for its Shajapur solar projects in Madhya Pradesh. The modules must be rated a minimum of 530 Wp each. Bidders have until Dec. 19 to lodge their interest.

Polycab unveils grid-tie string solar inverters

Polycab has unveiled compact-size, light-weight grid-tie string solar inverters with power ranging from 1 to 5 kW, a maximum efficiency of 98.1%, and total harmonic distortion below 1.5%.

All-perovskite two-terminal tandem solar cell tech with 32.3% efficiency

Indian scientists have designed a new all-perovskite tandem solar cell configuration that can reportedly achieve higher efficiencies than similar devices built with the same materials. The top perovskite cell has a wide bandgap of 1.75 eV and the bottom perovskite cell has a bandgap of 1.25 eV.

BCD pass-through to benefit up to 6 GW of solar projects

Tariffs will rise by 50-70 paise/kWh for up to 6 GW of solar projects as developers are allowed to pass on the impact of basic customs duty on cells and modules under ‘change-in-law’.

Saatvik Solar secures 4 MW module order for PV projects at thermal power plants

Saatvik Solar will supply 4 MW of mono PERC modules to Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd for PV projects at two thermal power plants in Uttar Pradesh.

Schüco warns of more solar modules with defective backsheets

Schüco has expanded its recent warning letter about potential solar panel defects to include more products. The new list includes PV modules the company delivered between 2010 and 2014.

Energy Storage

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US battery maker unveils solid-state storage systems for residential applications

Amptricity has emerged from stealth mode with plans to manufacture solid-state batteries for residential and commercial installations.

Uttar Pradesh targets 22 GW of solar in next five years

The state government has announced its Solar Policy 2022, which places a special focus on the setting up of solar parks with storage systems. The policy also provides big incentives for the adotion of rooftop solar systems and the solarization of tubewells for agriculture.

ReNew Power to build $8 billion green hydrogen plant in Egypt

Developer ReNew Power has signed an agreement with the Egyptian Government to establish a green hydrogen plant in the Suez Canal Economic Zone. The $8 billion project will produce 220,000 tons of green hydrogen per year.

Serentica Renewables signs 1.5 GWh storage deal with Greenko

Serentica Renewables will source 1.5 GWh of pumped-hydro storage capacity from Greenko’s upcoming projects in Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, to provide firm power to its industrial off-takers.

World’s first utility-scale, rock-based storage facility goes online in Italy

Enel is testing a 24 MWh thermal energy storage system that could be used for seasonal renewables storage. The facility uses rocks that store excess energy as heat, then releases that heat to generate steam for electricity.

GR Promoter Group forms green hydrogen JV with Spain’s H2B2

India’s GR Promoter Group has entered the green hydrogen market in a joint venture with Spanish hydrogen technology solutions provider H2B2. The JV will manufacture water-based electrolyzers and develop green hydrogen production plants based on off-taker agreements.

Opinion & Analysis

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Tipping point for African C&I solar

With installers who cater to African businesses making the headlines this year, Jasper Graf von Hardenberg – whose C&I solar business was recently bought by Shell – explains here how the story of the continent’s commercial and industrial (C&I) solar segment was far from an overnight success.

Addressing challenging terrains; optimizing production

Faced with undulating terrains, solar PV companies are leveraging modern technologies to achieve terrain flexibility across challenging sites to deliver unmatched efficiency improvement and bring production gains to solar projects.

Automating maintenance for solar power plants 

Robotics is evolving to ease the maintenance of solar power plants. From drones combined with thermal imaging to the robotic cleaning crew for large-scale solar PV plants, automation and robotics are constantly evolving for the cleaning and maintenance of PV plants.

Challenges to utility-scale solar in India

The growth of utility-scale solar PV in India is marred by several challenges such as availability of land, limited local manufacturing capacity, high transmission and distribution losses, grid integration, and other inefficiencies.

Streamlining EPC functioning with SaaS 

With software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, EPC users can manage different silos as per the solar project requirements. The software ensures that the silos are integrated and accessible during all phases of the EPC to maintain transparency. 

Solar power plants with smart batteries: It’s just a matter of time

At the end of 2021, the total capacity of the solar power plants throughout the world was estimated to be 940 GW. According to the forecasts of solar association SolarPower Europe, the total capacity could reach 2 TW by 2025. With the rapidly growing popularity of solar power plants, experts predict that the next breakthrough in this sector will be smart batteries. In the future, solar power plants will not be able to operate without them.

Press Releases

PTC India’s consolidated PAT for FY22 jumps by 21%

Consolidated profit after tax (PAT) increased to INR 552 crore for the FY22 compared to INR 458 crore in FY21, an increase of 21%.

Sustainable energy transition study for the Indian power sector carried out by Wärtsilä and LUT University

The study, which is first of its kind for India, highlights the urgent and continuous need for additional investments in renewable capacities and flexible technologies for maintaining power system reliability.

Schneider Electric sustainability initiative Green Yodha reaches 10 million in the first year

The initiative targeted at building collective climate action through conscious citizens, businesses, and institutions reached over 10 million individuals & businesses in the last one year.

PMO to monitor Mumbai Urja Marg (MUML) through PRAGATI Portal

Regular review to help in resolving key issues and moving the project swiftly to commence operations by December 2023. Once implemented Mumbai Urja mag will drastically improve the power situation in MMR.

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