Top News

The long read: Rising hopes for floating PV in India

The full house at the Future PV Roundtable at this year’s Renewable Energy India Expo was evidence of the buoyant expectations for the application of floating PV in the Indian market. But with the technology still at a relatively early stage in the country, many concerns are rising to the surface.
Energy Storage

Petroleum minister calls for making hydrogen fuel cell technology affordable

Hydrogen can be produced from various sources including biomass, renewables and LNG and possesses high energy density and long-time storage—said the minister, who recently took the test drive of a hydrogen fuel cell based car manufactured by Toyota Kir...
Installations

Coal India arm tenders 20 MW solar project in Jharkhand

Developers have until January 15, 2020 to submit bids for the project that shall come up at Central Coalfields Limited’s plant in Piparwar of Jharkhand.
Announcements

Dowload our new calendar 2020!

Sponsored
Technology

SECI seeks global bids for 1.2 GW wind-solar and 1.2 GW solar projects

The Solar Energy Corporation of India shall enter into a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the developers that can set up the projects anywhere in India on “build own operate” basis.
Markets & Policy

Coupling pumped hydro with renewables and other storage technologies

The combination of pumped hydro with other storage technologies can increase renewables penetration, improve operational safety and reduce maintenance costs at large-scale hydropower plants, according to new research. The study also focuses on techniques...
Markets & Policy

Sembcorp to buy remaining stake in Indian arm for Rs 4060 million

Following equity injection of about Rs 5169 million, Singapore-based integrated energy player has signed an agreement to invest another Rs 4060 million in Sembcorp Energy India Ltd to gain complete control over it and pursue growth in the India renewable...
Installations

Corporate renewable power procurement: Global models and their suitability for India

Commercial and industrial (C&I) sector consumes 51% of the total electricity generated in India, with a mere 3% of this consumption coming from renewable energy. To increase renewable energy uptake among C&I consumers, India needs to explore new ...
Highlights

BHEL seeks 231,200 quantities of minimum 330W solar modules

Global bids are invited for manufacturing and supply of multicrystalline PV modules with peak power output of minimum 330 Wp, for the state-owned engineering major’s projects in Gujarat. Bidding closes on December 11.
Sponsored

Markets & Policy

Featured

Assessing metal leaching from PV modules dumped in landfill

An Indian Institute of Technology research team analyzed around 300 studies about PV panel waste containing carcinogenic metals. The researchers said solar module recycling is not economically profitable and policy support is necessary to avoid panels being dumped in landfill.

LONGi Solar inks 1.2 GW bifacial module deal with Adani

The Chinese module maker will supply Adani Green Energy with 1.2 GW of Hi MO4 bifacial modules that offer cell efficiency reaching 22.5% and module power peaking at 430W (72 cells).

India and German development lender to launch rooftop solar scheme

Program aims to drive down the cost of solar electricity to a maximum of Rs2.50/kWh in a nation where tariffs vary wildly from state to state.

L&T bags order for solar pumps with standalone lighting in Maharashtra

These systems—to be deployed in Aurangabad, Nashik and Pune—will have provision for mobile charging, transfer of automated meter reading and water discharge reading data.

NTPC looks to purchase power from 100 MW solar projects

December 26 is the last date for generators to submit bids for supply of power from their existing 100 MW solar plants. Technical bids will open on December 27.

SECI tweaks 1.2 GW renewables plus storage tender

Energy storage installation to back up at least half of the generation capacity, increase in project size to 600 MW maximum as well as increased off-peak tariff of Rs2.88/KWh are among the major amendments. Bidding is allowed till December 16.

Installations

Featured

BHEL tenders BOS for 100 MW plant at Raghanesda Solar Park

Bids are invited for supply, installation and commissioning of Balance of System (BOS) items for the state-owned engineering major’s 100 MW (AC) solar plant in Gujarat. The last date for bid submission is December 10.

Making Delhi A Solar City

The Indian capital has so far installed only 146 MW of rooftop solar capacity, against year 2019 target of 606 MW set under the Delhi Solar Policy. The slow growth is primarily due to certain myths among consumers which need to be debunked with better installer-consumer connect—says Delhi Solar Campaigner Sandeep Dahiya who currently leads the 100% UP, SeeNow, Energy & Power Sector reform work in India as a Campaigner at Purpose Climate Lab.

Distributed Energy’s rooftop solar aggregator platform raises Rs 100 million funding

The platform connects credible renewable energy projects with investors, and has already delivered 5 MW of energy to a range of companies in Southern India and Rwanda.

ADB extends $250 million loan to EESL for energy efficiency initiatives

The investment—part of a $592 million assistance package—will be used to promote adoption of smart meters, distributed solar photovoltaic systems and e-vehicles in India.

EESL to install 75 EV charging stations for South Delhi Municipal Corporation

The electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure will come up in South Delhi Municipal Corporation area over a 10-year period, starting with installation in 18 locations within 6 months from the effective date.

German company Phaesun installs solar-powered water desalination plants in Gujarat

The pilot plants—installed at a temple and a school—work on a membrane-based electrodialysis technology to provide clean drinking water.

Technology

Ather Energy to set up Li-ion, EV production unit in India

Ather Energy, an Indian electric scooter maker, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Tamil Nadu to open a new production facility for lithium-ion batteries and electric vehicles.

Urban Mobility: Focus on last-mile solutions

There will be plenty of opportunity for electric three-wheeler penetration in the Indian market through the model of battery swapping as well as local charging points available at delivery hubs.

$451 million ADB loan to strengthen power connectivity in Tamil Nadu

The investment will be used to establish an extra-high-voltage transmission link between Virudhunagar and Coimbatore to transfer the additional generation capacity of 9 GW, including 6 GW from renewables, by 2025 to meet the increased power demand in the Chennai–Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor.

ISRO transfers space-grade Li-ion cell technology to BHEL

While BHEL will primarily produce Li-ion cells for ISRO and other strategic sector programmes, it can also suitably modify the space-grade cells—and thus leading to cost reduction—to meet the requirements of commercial applications.

MG Motor partners Exicom on EV battery recycling

Exicom Tele-Systems will recycle electric vehicle batteries at the end of their lifecycle to develop custom battery packs for non-automotive applications such as home inverters, commercial & industrial UPS, and renewable energy storage.

Websol Energy mulling solar manufacturing capacity expansion

The crystalline solar cells and modules manufacturer—which has 200 MW of cell line and 250 MW of module line capacity—has secured orders equal to full production capacity for both cells and modules till March 2020.

Manufacturing

Featured

The long read: How large of a problem is thermal derating?

In its Inverter Scorecard, PV Evolution Labs examines thermal derating, a long-known problem among experts. With the data the lab collects, it provides insights as to how different devices behave when exposed to high temperatures.

Government in the process of finalizing new energy policy: NITI Aayog Additional Secretary

Apart from thrust on energy efficiency and clean energy, the new policy will focus on Make in India for cells used in electric vehicle batteries and measures for demand creation and incentivizing investments.

The long read: Model progress

While it has often been referred to as “the future of PV” in recent years, discussions surrounding bifacial technology are now very much in the present. Modules are beginning to roll off production lines in significant numbers, and industry players are boasting of gigawatts of bifacial projects that are already installed or in the late stages of development. But it’s still early days for the technology, and there are questions to answer for it to achieve its full potential. pv magazine investigates the modeling and optimization of bifacial PV’s performance.

MG Motor mulling EV battery assembly plant in India

The British carmaker, which is launching its electric SUV early next month in India, plans to set up a battery assembly plant in two years for its electric car models.

Cheap Indian imports claim prompts Bangladesh to introduce solar standards

Dhaka has heeded complaints about Indian manufacturers allegedly dumping sub-standard PV products over the border and issued a requirement for modules, inverters, charge controllers and batteries to attain IEC electrical standards.

The smarter E comes to India

The smarter E India event for the new energy world will bring together Intersolar India, ees India and Power2Drive India at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), from November 27 to 29.

Energy Storage

Featured

FAME India so far

The government has supported 425 electric buses on pilot basis since the launch of FAME India [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India] scheme that—in its second phase—aims to support (through incentives) about 7000 e-buses over a period of three years commencing from April 1, 2019.

Assam tenders for supply of 100 electric buses

The selected operator will also provide operation and maintenance support for the buses which shall be deployed in the cities of Guwahati, Silchar and Jorhat. Bidding closes on December 7.

DST calls for Indo-Israel joint research on solar energy and storage

December 5 is the last date to submit proposals for the joint research program on advanced materials for next-generation solar energy utilization and energy storage that will sponsor around 10 projects. The maximum funding available for all research projects approved is Rs40 million for the Indian side and 4,000,000 NIS for the Israeli side, for a period of two years.

Magenta partners real estate developer Lodha Group on EV charger installation

Under the partnership, Magenta will install its electric vehicle charging solution ChargeGrid Pro at Lodha Group’s real estate projects in Mumbai, delivering installation to charging support, round-the-clock service, and maintenance support.

UNDP tenders 91.5 KWp off-grid solar in Assam and Jharkhand

Prospective developers have until November 18 to submit bids for standalone PV systems, with inverter and lead-acid batteries, at various government high schools, health sub-centres and Anganwadi Centres.

Distributed storage market to grow nearly twentyfold by 2028

Market intelligence company Navigant Research has developed a country forecast of the global market. Incentives and pricing will be the main driver of installations, though the market will continue to be concentrated in certain key regions, including India, for now.

Opinion & Analysis

Featured

Net metering policy change could mean end of rooftop solar in Maharashtra

The recently proposed guidelines allow electricity cost reduction of only Rs 3.64/unit for commercial and industrial consumers, which is not even sufficient to recover the capital costs of setting up the solar infrastructure.

Captive solar plants, a lucrative proposition for growing MSMEs

By going for captive solar plants, MSMEs can not only contribute in addressing the challenge of global warming but also generate additional cash flows to their business. Ample funding is available for them to make the switch.

The roadmap to 40 GW rooftop solar

Streamlining the Discoms, better financing options, customer-centric approach, data sharing and push for residential through standardization are a few steps that can help India achieve its ambitious rooftop solar target.

All eyes on the Indian government

India’s total installed solar capacity touched 34.1 GW on June 30, 2019. The total was split between 27.9 GW of utility-scale PV, 4.6 GW of rooftop solar and 1.26 GW of off-grid solar. The nation’s total project pipeline – projects allocated to developers and those in various stages of development – stood at 19.69 GW as of June 30. Bridge to India’s Sai Nandamuri looks at the outlook for Indian solar in 2019 and 2020.

SuryaKranti Solar Challenge will forge deeper links between industry and academia

The goal of the ‘SuryaKranti Solar Challenge’ is to develop a deeper collaboration between Indian industry and its engineering colleges. The event, on the lines of World Solar Challenge-Australia, aims to drive the culture of innovation in India by trying to solve a great challenge of climate change: building a sun powered car and driving it for a significant distance.

There is a need for online solar platforms in India

Most residential customers buy PV systems by obtaining quotes directly from PV installers. However, this can prove time consuming, costly and ineffective. Homeowners need an online quote platform, which offers a seamless buying experience. This can increase solar power awareness among Indian homeowners and help grow the adoption of rooftop solar power in the Indian residential market.

Subscriptions

Keep up to date

pv magazine India offers weekly updates of the latest photovoltaics news. Stay informed. Join our newsletter.
  • Hold Ctrl or Cmd to select multiple editions.

Subscribe to our global print magazine

Independent, professional reporting on the latest technological trends and market developments worldwide. 12 issues per year including free worldwide delivery and access to our online archive.

Subscribe

Press Releases

Azure Power announces results of the 2019 special meeting of shareholders

Specifically, the shareholders authorized the company to issue equity shares or share equivalents for more than 10% of the share capital of the Company, and approved that section 55 of the Mauritius Companies Act shall not apply to the aforesaid issuance of shares.

Government measures to increase solar energy generation

Foreign direct investment (FDI) up to 100% is allowed under the automatic route, besides measures like waiver of Inter State Transmission System (ISTS) charges and losses for inter-state sale of solar power for projects to be commissioned up to December 2022

PETRONAS ramps up efforts to strengthen footprint in India

Malaysia’s national oil company, PETRONAS is accelerating efforts to strengthen its business footprint in India by providing more innovative, tailor-made solutions that add value to the country’s energy aspirations.

In October, subdued energy demand led to a decline in thermal generation

India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has published the October 2019 edition of its credit news digest on India’s power sector. The report highlights the trends in the power sector, with a focus on capacity addition, generation, transmission, merchant power, deficit, regulatory changes and the recent rating actions.

This website uses cookies to anonymously count visitor numbers. To find out more, please see our Data Protection Policy.

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close