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The Indian government has introduced a number of subsidies under various categories of solar projects, from big PV parks to small rooftop and off-grid installations, in order to achieve its 100 GW solar target by 2022. The current status of the subsidies are summarized below.
Azure Power, one of India’s leading independent solar power producers, has commissioned a 100 MW NTPC solar power plant in Telangana.
The Indian state of Maharashtra is considering a floating solar application and is conducting a feasibility study to install solar panels on the Irai dam, located in the Chandrapur region of Maharashtra.
Three firms, Mahindra Renewables, Actis, and ACME group, will receive a combined loan of $440 million from the IFC for developing the Rewa Solar Park in Madhya Pradesh.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India has postponed the 2 GW PV project tender until further notice. The company has also extended the deadline for expression of interest for setting up the solar manufacturing plant in India until January 29.
The investments from Netherlands-based FMO and the U.S.’s OPIC will help to grow the company’s platform in India, which finances rooftop solar for SMEs. Orb Energy will also expand its Kenyan operations.
Adding another notch to India’s impressive solar growth, Delhi’s power utility company, BRPL has launched a solar city initiative to boost India’s solar PV rooftop sector.
India has proposed to impose safeguard duty at the rate of 70% for a period of 200 days on imported cells and modules coming from China PR and Malaysia.
Gyanesh Chaudhary, General Secretary of All India Solar Industries Association, speaks to pv magazine ahead of an ongoing tax hearing regarding imported solar cells and modules. On behalf of AISIA, he recommended solutions that should be considered for the benefit of local manufacturers.
India hit back on Monday at Washington’s latest legal assault on its solar power policies at the World Trade Organization, rejecting a US legal claim and exploring possible new protection of India’s own solar industry.
Azure power has won a 200 MW solar PV project to be developed at the Bhadla Solar Park in Rajasthan, in an auction conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).
Tamil Nadu generation and distribution company will be the first to set up such a large-scale photovoltaic plant in India.
Emmvee, a Bengaluru based solar manufacturer and developer, has commissioned a 40 MW solar PV plant in Karnataka.
SECI has had a busy day, releasing three tenders worth 1.2 GW. Following on from a 275 MW tender this morning, it has now announced a 950 MW tender for grid connected solar PV projects in the state of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, under the National Solar Mission of Phase-II, Batch-IV.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has announced 275 MW worth of grid connected solar PV plants in Uttar Pradesh at six different locations, under the National Solar Mission of Phase-II, Batch-IV.
Silvia Blumenschein, Vice President – Sales at Solare Datensysteme GmbH, speaks to pv magazine about the importance of scheduling, forecasting and monitoring for the efficient functioning of PV plants. She also discusses the Gateway product launched at REI India in September by Solar-Log c/o Solare Datensysteme GmbH, including its compatibility with inverter suppliers.
Using water as the source of electrons, microbial bio-photovoltaic (BPV) cells have the capacity to exploit the ability of cyanobacteria and microalgae to convert light energy into electrical current.
US company has entered India’s solar market with creation of R&D center and microinverter supply deal for 1 MW solar installation in Bengaluru in partnership with RenXSOl Ecotech.
Eric Daniel, Head of India at QOS Energy, speaks to pv magazine about his views on the Indian market, specifically how a fully digitalized solar O&M and asset management helps enhance asset profitability.
IESA and IEEMA have together organized a masterclass to develop advanced energy storage manufacturing in India. The event has also witnessed increased government support for the sector as energy storage opportunities in India are expected to attract investment of more than $3 billion in the next three years.
All India Solar Industries Association (AISIA) has urged the government to remove the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from the balance of systems for solar equipment. The association said that components like inverters, cables and transformers under GST are charged at 5-8%. Previously, they were charged 2% central sales tax and no excise duty.
MNRE head RK Singh delivers a lowdown on India’s current solar installations, recent policies that the government has initiated, and the customs issues with imported solar modules.
Five Indian solar firms have filed an application for the imposition of import duties on solar cells with the Directorate General of Safeguards in a move designed to boost domestic manufacturing and protect local interests.
India invites suggestions and feedback for its new solar PV manufacturing scheme, which aims to ramp up domestic manufacturing capacity of modules, cells, wafers and ingots, and polysilicon. The scheme is expected to be implemented at the beginning of 2018.
The Dutch solar energy company is hoping to attract investors in a proposed 200 MW solar manufacturing facility in the Indian state of Assam.
Trina Solar may scrap planned Indian PV fab amid tumbling prices driven by solar auctions, reports Bloomberg New Energy Finance during its Shanghai summit. Demand for lithium, meanwhile, poised to reach record high on back of expected EV growth.
There is potential for solar PV and storage to snap a significant share of the distributed energy industry in frontier markets, says BNEF. Both telecoms and agriculture present interesting opportunities; SE Asia is an emerging micro grid hotspot; pay-as-you-go solar is seeing strong growth; and China is recording substantial business.
Azure Power’s new initiative Azure M-Power has won a project to electrify 320 households across 11 villages in Jharkhand through development of mini and micro grids.
The project will improve stability on Canada’s largest transmission grid by managing unbalanced supply-demand situations. Similarly, Indian PSUs owned EESL, through EPAL, will also be a part of $175 million investment in clean energy initiatives in the UK’s public and private sectors.
The Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN) has requested lithium-ion battery OEMs to demonstrate the efficacy of mini grids in the range of 15-20 kW, based on a lithium-ion battery storage system.