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The long read: China’s battery boom

The global energy storage market is poised to grow rapidly in the coming years, with Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) predicting $620 billion in investment over the next two decades will push cumulative global installations to 942 GW/2,857 GWh by 2040. Declining lithium-ion battery costs are driving much of this growth, with BNEF expecting the cost of utility-scale storage systems to fall roughly 52% through 2030, following an approximate 80% slide in the average price of lithium-ion battery packs in the first seven years of the current decade.
Technology

Uttarakhand floats global tender for 40 MW grid-connected solar projects

The Irrigation Department of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, has retendered 27 MW solar PV project at Haripura dam and 13 MW project at Tumariya dam in district Udham Singh Nagar of the state. The project–to be developed under 'build-own-operate-transfer' (BOOT...
Installations

Removal of priority-sector lending cap: Solar industry reaction

The power minister’s proposed move is a step in the right direction towards meeting the 40 GW rooftop solar target as it removes the financing hurdle for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Technology

Latest 1.2 GW of solar capacity awarded at Rs2.54 ahead of safeguarding duty fall

SECI’s 1.2 GW solar auction saw four companies – Ayana Renewable, ReNew Power, Azure Power and Mahindra Susten – secure a combined capacity of 1.15 GW at Rs2.54/kWh. Avaada Energy won the remaining 50 MW, at Rs2.55.
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Europe announces plans for battery gigafactories

In news that will add urgency to Indian government efforts to establish a domestic storage industry, funding has apparently been secured for 16 GWh-plus production lines in Sweden and Germany. Is India at risk of being left in the starting blocks?
Markets & Policy

Bifacial beats Trump’s tariffs

Federal trade authorities in the U.S. have ruled bifacial solar modules will no longer be subject to the Section 201 ruling which applies a 25% tariff to solar panel imports.
Energy Storage

Plug-in hybrid cars have no longevity – stick to pure electric

A report on the prospects for a mooted $2.6tn electric vehicle market over the next decade says PHEVs – part electric, part gas-guzzling – are already losing market share rapidly to pure electric rivals, and will be extinct by 2030.
Installations

Solar trees find more homes

Solar trees—like the ones at The National Salt Satyagraha Memorial in Gujarat—are set to make their way into the residential complexes of central government employees as the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) looks to harness solar energy to the ...
Technology

Mahindra launches renewable energy asset care company

Starting its journey as a department within Mahindra Group’s solar EPC company Mahindra Susten, the newly formed comprehensive asset care company for renewable energy customers aims to reach a 20 GWp global portfolio by 2022 from 4 GWp currently.
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Markets & Policy

NTPC tenders 1 GW solar PV projects across India

State-owned power generator NTPC has invited bids for development of 1 GW grid-connected solar PV projects under Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) scheme Phase-II (Tranche-I). The projects are to be set up on turnkey basis under domestic content requirement category, anywhere in India. These will be awarded through domestic competitive bidding followed by reverse auction.

Azure Power turns a profit

The NYSE-listed developer appears to have turned the corner after reporting a full year profit of Rs138,493 after a Rs10 lakh loss a year ago. Borrowings are on the rise though, as the company plans to drum up an ever larger project portfolio.

Lithium gigafactory target is raised to 50 GW, tender likely soon

The government is considering financial incentives such as import and export duty waivers to woo battery manufacturers to set up a globally competitive manufacturing base in India.

Power minister seeks removal of priority sector lending limit for renewable energy sector

Easy access to finance topped the agenda of the minister’s meeting with various stakeholders, wherein issues related to land acquisition and Goods and Services Tax (GST) were also discussed.

Visaka Industries installs solar rooftop on pushcarts

The ATUM integrated solar roofing system using 320W panels generates enough electricity to power a light bulb, a fan and a mobile phone.

BHEL wins 135 MW solar EPC projects

Cumulatively valued at Rs 520 crore, the projects include a 50 MW plant for Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd, a 75 MW plant for Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd and a 10 MW plant for Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd.

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Telangana pitches for 5 GW lithium-ion battery plant

Following the Indian government’s 40 GW plan for the states, Telangana has pitched for setting up a 5 GW lithium ion plant by announcing the ready availability of 200 acres of land and power and water for the fab at a concessional rate.

The long read: Floating PV’s watershed moment

With PV’s cost declines, the growing question is: where to put it all, particularly in densely populated areas. Ingenuity to the rescue – a technology that took its first steps in 2007 is entering full market maturity. And its potential is rather impressive.

Solar power helps OFB cut electricity cost by around 70 per cent in 3 years

The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) cut its cost of electricity consumption from Rs 463.22 lakh during 2015-16 to Rs 163.78 lakh during 2018-19, using solar power generated from grid-connected PV projects installed at its various units.

Asun Trackers and IIT Delhi design a solar tracker for Indian market

Pitched as a solution between dual-axis and single-axis trackers, the 2-axis solar tracker offers a yield increase comparable with dual-axis trackers at a significantly lower cost.

UPNEDA floats solar plus battery tender

Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has invited bids for the supply, installation and commissioning of an aggregate 6 MW capacity of solar power generation projects along with LiFePo4 battery backup at various sites in Uttar Pradesh. Bidding closes on June 24.

NTPC mulling solar power project without a power purchase agreement

With continuous decline in costs of solar power generation, the chorus for shortening the 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) period is growing louder.

Technology

Madhya Pradesh tenders 500 MW grid-scale energy storage

State-owned Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) has invited domestic and global players for providing grid-scale energy storage services of up to 500 MW with 8 hours of daily discharge and setting up a storage manufacturing facility in the state. The deadline for proposal submission is August 2.

UK scientists observe LID in action

A team of researchers from Manchester University claims to have identified the dominant process causing light-induced degradation in silicon solar cells. The process, termed “trap-assisted auger recombination”, arises from a defect in the bulk of the silicon material which lies dormant until exposed to sunlight.

Bidding extended for Telangana solar tender

In the second amendment to the tender, the financial and technical criteria have been further relaxed and the bidding deadline extended from June 7 to June 10.

Waaree Energies commissions 49.5 MW in Vietnam

The Mumbai-based EPC contractor and module manufacturer expects its international business to account for more than 15% of its overall revenue. The company’s latest installation, in Vietnam, marks the completion of over 600 MW of solar EPC projects, with an additional 100 MW in its international pipeline.

MNRE invites gravity storage, solar-driven hydrogen production research proposals

The preliminary proposals must reach the ministry by June 30. These will be examined by a committee and the shortlisted parties will be invited to submit final proposal.

India leads the way as PV threatens coal-fired power

Falling PV panel prices led to notable year-on-year falls in the cost of developing solar plants around the world. India led the way with PV projects costing a weighted average of just $793/kW of capacity installed in 2018. Costs in China dipped to $879/kW last year, while solar projects in US and Australia cost $1,500.

Manufacturing

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Battle of the module reliability rankings

While module makers are attempting to get the best possible scores for their products on third-party tests, third-party testing providers are also offering competing products to rank products. We look at what’s similar and what’s different in the tests.

New global sustainability standard for solar modules in the works

Dustin Mulvaney is a solar industry veteran. Associate professor at the Department of Environmental Studies, San José State University, in the United States, he recently published a new book this April, Solar Power, Innovation, Sustainability, Environmental Justice, which looks at creating a “more sustainable and just solar industry for the future.” A part of this is the creation of a new global sustainability module standard. He spoke with pv magazine as part of the launch of our new UP initiative.

India’s solar cell exports to USA lose preferential treatment

Having acted against Turkey, the Trump administration has removed India too from the list of nations exempt from import tariffs on solar cells and modules.

India set to acquire lithium for EV batteries in 6 months

The acquisition would be made through Khanij Bidesh India Ltd (KABIL)—a joint venture of three public-sector mining units—which recently visited the Lithium Triangle countries in South America (Chile, Argentina and Bolivia) to explore the possibility of lithium acquisition.

Protectionist measures working as Chinese export destinations shift

While the world’s biggest solar manufacturers are confident there are plenty of alternative markets for a rising volume of panel exports, the message spelled out by first-quarter shipment figures is that protectionism works.

Greaves Cotton mulls Li-ion battery manufacturing for EVs

The Mumbai-based engineering company, which acquired a majority stake in electric scooter maker Ampere Vehicles last year, is currently building a supply chain for the proposed EV battery manufacturing plant.

Energy Storage

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The long read: Gearing up for power on wheels

Apricum’s Florian Mayr, partner and Head of the Energy Storage and Green Mobility Practices, Stephanie Adam, senior consultant, and Jesselyn Malimata, explore the true impact of e-mobility on stationary energy storage markets and applications.

IGL extends bid deadline for solar PV system plus battery tender

Bidding is now allowed up to June 20. Bidders are required to submit the respective corrigendum along with the bid, duly signed and stamped.

IGL floats solar PV system plus battery tender

CNG distributor Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) has invited bids for supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 1 KWp solar PV system (4x260W panels) along with Lithium-ion batteries and inverter for 12 hours backup. A total of 76 such system combinations are to be supplied. Bidding closes on May 30.

Enertrag, Enel and Leclanché commission German storage project

With Leclanché due to open a module and battery pack assembly line in Gujarat alongside JV partner Exide Industries by the end of next month, the Swiss storage solutions company has been active nearer its home market.

The long read: V2G: The journey to commercialization

Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) is the technology that enables bidirectional charging – where an electric vehicle (EV) can both charge from and discharge into the grid. With V2G, EVs can play the same role as static batteries in managing local loads and participating in energy market value streams. Alexander Lewis-Jones, head of electric vehicles research at Delta-ee looks at the opportunities this technology provides, and remaining challenges to wider adoption.

PV+storage opportunity looms in Asia-Pacific region: WoodMac

Solar-plus-storage could be competitive against gas peaking power plants in Australia within the next five years, as the average solar-plus-storage LCOE across the Asia-Pacific region is set to fall from $133/MWh this year to $101/MWh by 2023, according to a newly released research report.

Opinion & Analysis

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An overview of the world’s largest solar parks

Solar pioneer Philip Wolfe lists the world’s largest solar parks. In these articles, a ‘solar park’ is defined as a group of co-located solar power plants.

Andhra Pradesh pulls back on open access solar

The state has decided to withdraw almost all incentives available to open access solar, including exemption from electricity duty and distribution losses for projects injecting power at 33 kV or below. The policy reversal—clearly to appease state discoms—is likely to impact capacity addition.

Manufacturing the Manufacturing Policy for Indian Solar Modules

India needs a manufacturing policy that is scalable, secure, strategical and supportive and promotes both the growth and spread of solar while protecting the interests of domestic manufacturers.

Developing an energy sector vision in Andhra Pradesh – IEEFA India

Situated in south-east India, the state of Andhra Pradesh is a leading producer of renewable energy with 7.2 GW of installed capacity as of December 2018. The state’s share of renewable energy as part of total capacity has trebled in the last four years from 11% in 2014 to 30% in 2018.

Solar in India: The 10 Year Challenge

The last 10 years have seen India emerge as a solar superpower, setting an example from which many emerging countries in Africa and Southeast Asia are eager to learn.

Flexing India’s energy system

India has set exceptionally ambitious renewable energy targets including 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewables by 2022, 275GW by 2027, and to achieve 40% of electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuels by 2030. India seeks to tender another 80GW of renewables in total over the coming two years.

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Press Releases

Tata Power Solar unveils its residential solar rooftop campaign

Flagged off from the holy city of Tirupati, the campaign intends to cover 100 cities across India to raise awareness on residential solar rooftop and save up to Rs 50,000 per 5kW per year.

CRISIL grades Tata Power with AA- (Positive)

The ratings agency reaffirms the company’s long-term AA – (Stable) rating to ‘CRISIL AA-’ and short-term rating to ‘CRISIL A1+’ post clearance of all dues.

CSE helps Gurugram chart a course to a cleaner, pollution-free, solar-powered future

Gurugram, till March 2019, and as per estimates from HAREDA, had only 40 MW worth of installed rooftop solar capacity, which is a mere 2% of the city’s peak load.

Adani Solar modules top PVEL ranking for second consecutive year

Mundra Solar PV Limited (Adani Solar) received the Top Performer title for the second consecutive year for its high efficiency products by PVEL – the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts.