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CleanMax to develop 45.9 MW solar-wind project under PPA with Bangalore International Airport Ltd

Clean Max Enviro Energy Solutions (CleanMax) will develop a 45.9 MW solar-wind power project for consumption by Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL).
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GameChange Solar to expand US production of PV trackers to 35 GW

GameChange Solar says it will expand US production of solar trackers to 35 GW, supplying systems with 70% domestic content, and potentially increasing to more than 85%.
Manufacturing

Premier Energies unveils 555-590 W TOPCon bifacial modules

Premier Energies n-type TOPCon bifacial glass-backsheet modules are available in power outputs of 555 W to 590 W with efficiency up to 22.83%.
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BloombergNEF says global solar installations could hit 574 GW this year

BloombergNEF says in a new report that developers deployed 444 GW of new PV capacity throughout the world in 2023. It says new installations could reach 574 GW this year, 627 GW in 2025, and 880 GW in 2030.
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RenewSys to set up 1 GW of TOPCon cell production capacity by Dec. 2026

RenewSys also plans to expand TOPCon module production with the addition of 1 GW unit by April 2025 and another 2 GW by April 2026.
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Future Solar ramping up module manufacturing capacity to 1.2 GW

Gujarat-based Future Solar is expanding its solar module manufacturing capacity to 1.2 GW from 500 MW at present.
Manufacturing

Vikram Solar unveils 700-725 W bifacial HJT modules

Vikram Solar has introduced glass-glass bifacial modules based on n-type heterojunction (HJT) G12 half-cut solar cells. The modules are available in power ratings ranging from 700 W to 725 W with efficiencies between 22.53% and 23.34%, respectively.
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ACWA Power, L&T select Nextracker for 1.17 GW solar plant in Saudi Arabia

ACWA Power’s 1.17 GW Al Kahfah solar power project in Saudi Arabia will deploy Nextracker’s NX Horizon-XTR all-terrain solar tracker systems. Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is the EPC provider for the PV plant.

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ReNew posts $43 million profit in the first nine months of FY 2024

ReNew reported a total income of $870 million and net profit of $43 million in the first nine months of FY 2024.

India needs INR 30 lakh crore investment during FY 2024-30 to meet its COP Climate Pledges: IREDA CMD

The investment is required in building capacities across solar, hydro, wind, and waste-to-energy sectors, green hydrogen (including electrolyzers), batteries, and transmission.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches residential rooftop solar scheme for free electricity 

The PM Surya Ghar Muft Bijli Yojana offers a subsidy of INR 30,000 ($361) per kW up to 2 kW for residential rooftop solar systems, and INR 18,000 per kW for additional capacity up to 3 kW. The total subsidy for systems larger than 3 kW is capped at INR 78,000.

Siemens revenue up 22% in Q1 FY 2024

Siemens Ltd has reported strong double-digit profitable revenue growth across businesses for the first quarter of financial year 2024 ended Dec. 31, 2023.

Canada’s SPARQ Systems enters PV microinverters partnership with Jio

Canada-based microinverter company SPARQ Systems has entered into a partnership agreement with JioThings, a fully owned subsidiary of Jio Platforms Ltd. of Reliance Industries, to supply the Indian conglomerate with PV microinverters.

ALMM mandate reimposed: What it means   

The ALMM mandate reimposed from April 1, 2024 provides relief for solar developers with advanced progress in development and with expected commissioning post-March 31, 2024. It also allows exemption for open access-based and captive solar projects, enabling these projects to source modules from the most cost-competitive sources.

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Airtouch Solar secures a 48 MW PV project with Vena Energy

Airtouch Solar will supply and install water-free robotic cleaning systems for Vena Energy’s 48 MWp solar plant in India. The robots are scheduled for installation at the site by June.

Overhead vs. vertical agrivoltaics

A survey conducted by Dutch researchers has compared the visual impact of overhead and vertical agrivoltaics farms on nearby residents and has found that vertical arrays look less invasive.

O&M strategies to improve efficiency of solar assets

People, equipment, construction and technology best practices can optimize performance.

Nepal seeking consultants for power system expansion, including solar

Nepal is seeking consultants to expand its power system, which includes building more than 200 kilometers of new transmission lines, upgrading existing ones, and constructing solar and solar-wind hybrid energy systems for remote areas. The deadline for expressing interest is Feb. 27, 2024.

PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone for Torrent’s solar, pumped storage, green hydrogen projects in Uttar Pradesh

Torrent Group will develop 4.15 GW of pumped storage, a 150 MW solar power plant, and a pilot green hydrogen production facility in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

THDC seeks consultant for 1,292 MW solar park in Rajasthan

THDC India Ltd, on behalf of TREDCO Rajasthan Ltd, has invited bids to prepare a detailed project report for the development of a 1,292 MW solar power park in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan.

Technology

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Tata Chemicals, IITB-Monash join hands for perovskites research

Tata Chemicals Ltd has collaborated with IITB-Monash Research Academy for research on the transformative potential of perovskite materials in the field of clean energy.

Green hydrogen, power generation tech based on compressed air storage, solid-oxide electrolysis cells

Scientists in Korea have developed a compressed air storage system that can be used as a combined cooling, heat, and power system and provide heat and power to solid-oxide electrolysis cells for hydrogen generation. It showed an overall roundtrip efficiency of 121.2% and over-unity efficiencies in the range of 100% to 120%.

The Hydrogen Stream: ACME, Avaada begin work on green hydrogen and ammonia projects in the Indian state of Odisha

Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, laid the foundation stone for Acme Cleantech’s 1.1 mmtpa green ammonia plant and Avaada Green’s 0.5 mtpa green hydrogen/ammonia facility at Gopalpur Industrial Park.

EET Hydrogen enters final negotiations with UK Govt to develop low-carbon hydrogen plant in Ellesmere

The hydrogen plant will have an initial production capacity of 350 MW. Construction is expected to begin later this year.

JSW Energy secures LoA for 6.5 ktpa green hydrogen capacity under govt incentives scheme

JSW Neo Energy Ltd, an arm of JSW Energy Ltd, has secured the Letter of Award (LoA) for building 6.5 ktpa green hydrogen production capacity under the Strategic Interventions for Green Hydrogen Transition (SIGHT) Scheme.

Subsea pumped hydro for utility scale storage at deepwater

Researchers in Norway have investigated the technical potential of implementing subsea pumped hydro storage at water depth not exceeding 2,000 m. They also identified potential locations for these storage systems based on energy density.

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Waaree Energies obtains BIS certification for TOPCon modules

Waaree Energies Ltd has obtained the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification for glass-to-backsheet TOPCon solar modules with power rating of up to 625 Wp.

Emmvee to start TOPCon solar cell production from June

Emmvee is setting up a 1.5 GW TOPCon solar cell manufacturing facility in the Indian state of Karnataka. The unit will start production from June.

Intersolar India 2024: Adani Solar unveils TOPCon bifacial DCR module

Adani Solar has unveiled an n-type TOPCon bifacial solar module built with indigenously produced cell. The module is available in power range from 550 W to 575+ W and an efficiency of 21.4% to 22.4%.

US researchers develop 108 cm2 perovskite solar module with 19.21% efficiency

The scientists built the panel with perovskite solar cells treated with trifluoromethane sulfonate to combat iodide defects. The mini module reportedly achieved the highest efficiency ever recorded for its size to date, with the result being confirmed by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The Hydrogen Stream: NTPC secures land lease agreement for 1,200-acre green hydrogen hub

NTPC Green Energy Ltd (NGEL) hax signed a land lease agreement with Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corp. (APIIC) for the development of an integrated green hydrogen hub on 1,200 acres land in Andhra Pradesh.

Pahal Solar ramping up module capacity to 1.8 GW

Gujarat-based Pahal Solar is ramping up its PV module production capacity to 1.8 GW per year from 800 MW at present.

Energy Storage

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The Hydrogen Stream: ReNew begins work on 1.2 mmtpa green ammonia plant in Odisha

ReNew E-Fuels is developing a green ammonia plant with a production capacity of 1.2 mmtpa (million metric tonnes per annum) in the Indian state of Odisha.

5 ways to recycle Li-ion batteries

Recycling end-of-life lithium-ion batteries can help address the problem of material scarcity by reducing dependence on lithium mining by 25%, and cobalt by 35%. It would also ensure the local availability of recycled critical materials. Here’s a look at the different ways to recycle batteries.

Global electrolyzer manufacturing capacity could outpace demand by 2030

According to a recent report by Clean Energy Associates, China, North America and Europe will reflect some 93% of the electrolyzer capacity global market share.

LG launches new residential storage solution

LG has developed two versions of its new enblock E storage system, each with usable energy capacities of 12.4 kWh and 15.5 kWh. It says the two models, sized at 451 mm x 330 mm, can be easily deployed in small spaces.

JSW Group to set up 50 GWh EV battery fab in Odisha

JSW Group has signed an agreement with the Odisha government to set up integrated electric vehicles (EVs) and 50 GWh battery manufacturing facilities with an investment of INR 40,000 crore in the state.

Trane debuts air-to-water heat pumps

The new products use propane (R290) as a refrigerant and have heating and cooling capacities ranging from 8 kW to 30 kW.

Opinion & Analysis

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Solar wafer prices momentarily stable, masking turbulence of industry consolidation

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, OPIS, a Dow Jones company, provides a quick look at the main price trends in the global PV industry.

Climate change mitigation: Embracing transparency, speed, and zero cost 

Emerging technologies are enabling transparency, speed, and affordability across climate mitigation. Blockchain platforms like Poseidon impart radical transparency regarding carbon credits’ origins and impacts, resolving offset greenwashing issues.

Wafer prices stable ahead of Chinese New Year festivities

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, OPIS, a Dow Jones company, provides a quick look at the main price trends in the global PV industry.

Mitigating the challenges in solar project development

Developing the solar market in India has been a multifaceted journey marked by commendable achievements and occasional challenges. While the government’s support has been instrumental in fostering growth, addressing the challenges, ensuring policy stability, and promoting technological innovation will be critical to reignite momentum and achieve India’s renewable energy targets in the coming years.

Mixed signals for solar cell price prospects

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, OPIS, a Dow Jones company, provides a quick look at the main price trends in the global PV industry.

The scope for emerging solar cell technologies

In the fight against climate change, solar PV technology must increase its share in global electricity generation. This presents a mammoth challenge to the PV industry and research community. Intensive research efforts are necessary for developing various types of PV technologies parallel to Si-based solar panels.

Press Releases

Saatvik Solar n-type TOPCon modules certified by Bureau of Indian Standards

Saatvik Solar announced today that its 16-busbar bifacial n-type TOPCon modules are now certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

REC organizes workshop on Integrated Digital Platform for DISCOMs

The workshop was focused on highlighting the importance of the Integrated Web platform, primarily developed to operationalize the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) and to familiarise with the usage of the platform to regularly update and monitor the progress under the scheme.

Luminous Power Technologies showcases innovative, sustainable energy-storage solutions at Intersolar India 2024

The products on display in the solar panel and solar battery categories products are the ones offering range of 40W to 550W and 40Ah to 200Ah respectively.

Vikram Solar ranked in BNEF’s Tier 1 Module Manufacturers List

The Bloomberg NEF team confirmed that Vikram Solar met the new criteria for qualification as a Tier 1 module manufacturer adequately in 1st quarter 2024.

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