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Dutch LPG major acquires majority stake in SunSource Energy

SHV Energy, a Netherlands-headquartered global distributor of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), has invested in India’s SunSource Energy as it seeks to realize new opportunities within distributed renewable energy. The investment also enables SunSource to expand its distributed solar portfolio.
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SECI extends bidding for 50 MW solar in Tamil Nadu

EPC contractors now have until May 19 to lodge their interest in setting up the grid-connected solar capacity—including 40 MW conventional ground-based and 10 MW agrivoltaics. The PV projects shall come up in Cuddalore and Tiruvannamalai districts.
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Bolivia launches call for lithium extraction

Bolivia has launched a second international call, after a first attempt failed in 2019, to seek potential investors for its huge lithium resources.
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Leclanché unveils modular, plug-and-play solution for utility scale storage

The proposed solution is claimed to be able to mitigate potential fire risk, improve logistics and reduce costs. It consists of a series of interchangeable wide blocks that are said to be easily movable for simplified transportation.
Markets & Policy

Industry reaction to production-linked solar incentive scheme

Solar manufacturers have welcomed the bidding criteria which apply to the incentives offered for setting up gigawatt scale, high-efficiency PV production lines but would like a bigger budget, to finance significant capacity build-up.
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Tata Power wins Maharashtra’s 250 MW solar auction with bid of INR 2.51/kWh

The solar project, spread over a 499.27 hectare area, is scheduled to be commissioned within 15 months from the power purchase agreement (PPA) date.
Manufacturing

Government to finance 100 MW Bangladeshi solar plant

The federal government will provide INR968 crore of soft loans for a INR1307 crore, 100 MW solar park near the Jamuna river in Bangladesh's Jamalpur district, where a second park of a similar size is being planned by Dhaka and a Chinese partner.
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Meyer Burger unveils 400 W heterojunction solar module

The solar module will be available in three versions – white, black, and glass-glass. The products have an output of up to 400 W, but when the bifacial effect is optimally used, the output of the glass-glass module can reach up to 430 W. Both the white...

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India installed 3.2 GW of solar in 2020

In large-scale solar, Adani was the largest developer by capacity, and Sterling & Wilson the preferred EPC partner. Tata Power Solar led in rooftop solar installations.

MNRE spells out the rules for its production-linked incentive scheme

Solar manufacturers who wish to apply for state cash to set up production lines must meet minimum requirements for manufacturing scale and module efficiency, and must produce at least solar cells and modules to be shortlisted. They will then bid for the amount of incentives they want over a five-year period, with extra weight given to applicants who will manufacture more of the supply chain, from polysilicon downwards.

RattanIndia forays into electric vehicle space

The private-sector power producer is investing an aggregate INR 150-crore amount into Revolt Intellicorp, a next-generation electric mobility company, as part of its strategy to diversify into new business avenues.

US-based EverGreen Power to assess feasibility of 300MW wind-solar-storage project in Gujarat

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is funding the 300MW wind-solar-storage project as part of its mission to promote sustainable infrastructure projects in partner countries like India.

Fourth Partner Energy secures INR 250 crore from UK investor CDC Group

The Hyderabad-based developer shall use the capital to expand its solar portfolio as it targets 3 GW of PV capacity across all its verticals by 2025. The investment, in the form of non-convertible debentures, marks CDC’s foray into India’s commercial and industrial solar segment. 

Green taxonomy first step towards building a resilient society

The second wave of Covid-19 reminds us to build a resilient society. Climate Change, not unlike Covid-19, will deliver devastating effects to our planet and disrupt our way of life. So, in this climate decade, India must channel investments into sustainable activities. The first step is to construct a robust “green taxonomy” – a green list of sustainable activities. 

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Goldi Solar supplies 24+ MW modules to a textile client

The Surat-based solar manufacturer has completed the supply of an aggregate 71,690 quantity of 335Wp polycrystalline solar panels to a textile company LS Mills.

Solar 101: Attaching your PV system to your roof

A solar racking system’s strength is determined in part by the metal racking, but it also depends on the roof’s underlying structure. Rafters and any supporting structures must be strong enough to withstand your region’s maximum wind and snow loads.

KPI Global secures 12.5 MW captive solar project

Gujarat-based solar developer KPI Global has received a letter of intent from Anupam Rasayan India to execute a 12.5 MW solar project under captive power producer category.

Bidding extended for 15 MW floating solar in Himachal Pradesh

Solar power developers have until June 15 to lodge interest for setting up the 15 MW grid-connected solar PV project in the Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh.

REIL tenders 8 MW rooftop solar capacity in Rajasthan

Bidders have until May 10 to lodge their interest in installing and commissioning the grid-connected solar capacity at various training and educational institutions across the State.

Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France

French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.

Technology

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Gautam Solar doubles capacity with new production line

Gautam Mohanka, managing director of New Delhi-headquartered Gautam Solar, told pv magazine its Haridwar module factory, now scaled up to 250 MW, is producing panels with a power output of up to 400 W, using mono PERC and polycrystalline cells.

Graphene aluminum ion batteries with ultra-fast charging

The “graphene revolution” is almost here. Australian scientists specializing in aluminum-ion batteries are now working with Brisbane-based Graphene Manufacturing Group to commercialize a technology that could transform energy storage.

Fraunhofer ISE achieves 35.9% efficiency for III-V triple-junction solar cell based on silicon

The cell, which looks externally like a device with a two-terminal architecture, was built with III-V semiconductor layers that were connected to the silicon sub-cell on the atomic level. The cell may be used in electrically powered aircraft and drones.

PV-powered desalination system for rural areas

Italian start-up Genius Watter has developed a solar desalination solution that is claimed to be particularly suitable for remote areas with no connection to grid electricity. The system is able to produce up to 1,000 cubic meters of potable water per day at an opex of €0.20 per cubic meter.

One-stop portal launched to provide all-India renewable energy generation data

The Central Electricity Authority, CEEW’s Centre for Energy Finance, and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation have launched an online dashboard that captures daily generation data at the state, regional and national levels for the aggregate 93 GW of installed RE capacity in India. It also captures this data at a plant level for a subset of projects.

First Solar claims lowest module degradation rate in the industry

The US cadmium telluride thin-film module maker said its Series 6 CuRe panels are able to retain 92% of its performance at the end of the 30-year warranty. The improved stability of the product was achieved by eliminating copper and placing Group V elements such as antimony or arsenic onto the tellurium crystal sites.

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The long read: A deeper understanding of LeTID

Australia’s University of New South Wales (UNSW) has built a reputation for strong collaboration with the PV industry, from cell passivation through to the causes of degradation. Malcolm Abbott, a senior research fellow, directs one of the UNSW teams that is continuing its work into light and elevated temperature-induced degradation (LeTID). He recently spoke with pv magazine to provide an update.

Solar kit for gardens and balconies, from France

French start-up Ekwateur is offering a solar kit consisting of a 330 W panel, a micro-inverter, a metallic structure, a monitoring sensor, and a few cables.

ReNew Power to employ Israeli bots for solar panel cleaning

Israeli firm Airtouch Solar has landed a $7.6 million deal to deploy its water-free cleaning robots for the Indian developer’s three solar farms in Rajasthan.

Longi unveils two PV modules for distributed generation

The two new products will be part of the Hi-MO4m panel series for rooftop applications. Their efficiency ranges from 19.2% to 21.2%.

Premji-backed Indian firm to make solar glass

Float glass manufacturer Gold Plus Glass Industry confirmed to pv magazine its plans to establish a solar glass factory with a capacity of 300 tonnes per day. The plant, located in south India, will be operational by September 2023.

REC launches 405 W black solar module with gapless design

The new heterojunction panel series features an efficiency of up to 21.9 % and an operating temperature coefficient of -0.26% per degree Celsius.

Energy Storage

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Ola to provide 100,000 charging points for electric two-wheelers

Ola has announced it will set up a Hypercharger Network for its electric two-wheeler customers. The company claims the charging network would be the world’s largest and densest, spread over 400 cities with more than 100,000 charging points.

Indian firm purchases American hydrogen cylinder maker Catalina Composites

New Delhi-headquartered Uttam Group of Companies has purchased California-based Catalina Composites as it sees a surge in demand for clean energy solutions, including hydrogen. The company will invest at least $20 million in staff, equipment, and research and development of high-pressure cylinder production for hydrogen and compressed natural gas.

The long read: Battery testing builds certainty

Owners and operators of energy storage systems, as well as investors, need transparent ways to evaluate battery performance. They need certainty that the selected batteries for their ESS projects will perform reliably, have predictable life expectancies, and meet projected revenue and contractual obligations over their lifetimes. The economic viability of entire projects depend on this confidence, writes Michael Kleinberg of DNV.

CSC partners Tata Power on installation of solar-powered microgrids and water pumps

Tata Power brings technology and financial strength to set up the distributed, small-scale solar power systems in rural areas and provide round-the-clock power supply to households and businesses. CSC brings to the partnership village-level entrepreneurs to provide quick, low-cost service support. 

Nickel-salen for a battery that charges in 10 seconds

Scientists in Russia introduce a promising new material for battery energy storage, the product of more than three years of research. Incorporating a nickel-salen polymer into the cathode, the group demonstrated a battery that can charge and discharge ten times faster than today’s lithium-ion batteries. And though the battery still lags in terms of overall capacity, the group is confident that its discovery will lead to big improvements for lithium batteries.

Waaree Energy Storage System secures seed funding of US$2 million

The energy storage manufacturer will use the funds to expand its manufacturing capabilities, and aid product development with emphasis on smart Internet of Things (IOT) based batteries and telematics.

Opinion & Analysis

Gujarat is progressing towards its solar PV rooftop target 2021-22

Gujarat tops the list of Indian states with respect to installed solar rooftop capacity, as it has already achieved around 40 percent of its allotted target. The persisting pandemic has slowed down the pace of capacity addition but policy incentives like SURYA- Gujarat are paving way towards Gujarat's clean energy transition.

Could India establish itself as the global leader in energy storage?

In India, the lack of suitable fiscal incentives and relevant experience, combined with high upfront capital costs, has hindered the adoption of battery energy storage systems (BESS) in comparison to other developed countries. However, there is potential for the country to take the lead.

Drones playing a critical role in India’s solar boom

Drones, in combination with artificial intelligence, are helping to drive powerful insights, allowing teams to make better-informed decisions throughout the solar project development lifecycle.

Indian solar developers must capitalize on advances in resource risk management

For developers to close the emerging gap as the market becomes more competitive – and, crucially, build projects that perform to investors’ expectations in the long term – they need to not only develop better understanding of the factors influencing project performance but also take steps to adopt advances made in other established solar markets worldwide in the use of solar data.

Rooftop solar: How to mitigate the impact of a new net metering limit

A net feed-in tariff could offer a solution for consumers, developers, and distribution companies.

Budget expectations for solar manufacturing

The government should consider offering a 50% capital subsidy for setting up R&D and quality testing infrastructure within the manufacturing units and a 200% super-deduction for the R&D expenditure on new and clean solar technology development. Simultaneously, it should look at implementing tariff barriers on imports for at least four-five years.

Press Releases

IIITH and MeitY launch Smart city startup challenge

The finalist will pitch to ten leading smart city tech MNCs and the winner will receive an equity-free grant of INR 10 lakh.

Gautam Solar installs solar pumps at 1000 different locations for farmers in Haryana under the Pradhan Mantri Kusum Yojana

Being the only solar manufacturer in the country that produces all the solar pump components in-house, Gautam Solar can maintain a steady supply as per the demand and serves as a single point of service for the farmers so they do not have to run from vendor to vendor.

Vikram Solar appoints Milind Kulkarni as chief technical officer

Kulkarni has a PhD in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

Grinntech emerges a winner in the NXP India Start-up Challenge

The Lithium-ion battery startup employed many NXP products to achieve the stringent safety requirements needed in automotive applications while being cost competitive.

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