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Let’s mitigate LID & LeTID!

Cell degradation: LID in p-type monocrystalline PERC cells has caused serious issues in PV plant performance. Now, it can be prevented with regeneration processes or by replacing boron with gallium. The cause of LeTID in multicrystalline PERC cells, meanwhile, is still a mystery, but researchers have proposed an industrial solution to address it.

India’s wind energy giant Suzlon commissions all of its booked 340 MW solar projects

The projects developed through special purpose vehicles (SPVs) are located across three states in India: Telangana (210 MW), Rajasthan (60 MW), and Maharashtra (70 MW). The company told pv magazine that it is looking at solar-wind hybrid projects, citing them as good solutions for better grid utilization.


Andhra Pradesh’s Sri City to see 200 MW PV cell manufacturing facility

CETC (India) has broken ground on an around US$49 million 200 MW solar PV cell manufacturing facility in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It will produce both standard polysilicon and PERC monocrystalline cells pv magazine has learned.

Markets & Policy

YES Bank lends $146.3 million to Mahindra Renewables for 250 MW project

The project is part of the 750 MW Rewa solar park in Madhya Pradesh. YES Bank has also reaffirmed its commitment to mobilize US$5 billion for financing solar power projects in India by 2030 with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the latter’s founding ceremony in New Delhi, held last week.


Q&A: JinkoSolar discusses half cut cells, multi-busbars and bifacial technology

Ahead of its upcoming webinar, on March 27, JinkoSolar’s Head of Technical Service Europe, Andrea Viaro, discusses the company’s new Half Cell (HC) Series, the benefits of multi-busbar and bifacial technology, and upcoming innovations, in a Q&A with pv magazine.


Uttar Pradesh lined up for 440 MW solar capacity

Uttar Pradesh largest solar plant of 75 MW at Mirzapur was inaugurated on March 12. In total 165 MW has been commissioned and another 225 MW is about to go to bidding in April.


Engie commisions 140 MW plant Bhadla, signs 250 MW solar PPA

French President, Emmanuel Macron, and Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi both inaugurated Engie’s 75 MW PV plant on March 12, 2018, in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. On the occasion, France-based Engie also announced the status of another two PV, and two wind projects.

Energy Storage

Panasonic begins supply of prismatic-type automotive Li-ion batteries, unveils new storage solution in India

Panasonic’s Chinese factory has started the mass production and global supply of prismatic-type automotive lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Its Indian subsidiary, Panasonic India, meanwhile has launched a new energy storage solution, CBPS 8000, for telecom towers at the Elecrama 2018 exhibition, currently taking place in India.

Opinion & Analysis


Greening India for a sustainable tomorrow

Actions taken today in the pursuit of environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive growth path in India stand to benefit more than 17 percent of the world’s population. A sustainable future for India carries an impact for the subcontinent and the entire world. At GGGI – the Global Green Growth Institute – our attention is captured […]

New budget brings path-breaking change for farmers

Budget 2018-19 has been watched with a lot of expectations and addressed three critical issues, agricultural distress being foremost, followed by employment opportunities for youth, and ways to kickstart manufacturing with large-scale private investments. ‘Saubhagya’ is one of the powerful tools that was at the top of the budget’s agenda, which Prime Minister Modi  launched […]

Safeguard duty – Indian government scores an own goal

India’s Director General of Safeguards (DGS) has proposed a provisional duty of 70% for a period of 200 days on solar cells and modules. It has issued its recommendations in a preliminary report, completed within just a month of submission of the petition by five Indian manufacturers including Mundra Solar, Indosolar, Jupiter Solar, Websol Energy and Helios […]

Public sector investment crowding out private investors

Since 2014, around 29 GW of utility scale solar tenders have been issued in India. Most of this capacity (81%, 23.5 GW) has been tendered by NTPC, SECI, DISCOMs and other public sector entities for project development by the private sector. But there is also a sizeable 19% (5.5 GW) tendered in the form of […]

Indian Solar Powered Rail Coaches

The Indian Railways, being one of the largest railway networks in the world, operates around 12,000 trains per day. It is also one of the largest consumers of diesel in the country, with an annual consumption of 2.7 billion liters, which includes traction requirement as well as the use of coach lights, fans, AC, etc. […]

Over the Rooftop: The Impact of Grid Infrastructure on Residential PV Adoption

The Government of India has set a target of installing 40 GW of rooftop solar PV electricity generation capacity in the country by 2022. At the end of 2016, only a little over 1 GW had been installed – 1,247 MW, to be exact. In the month of April, the National Institution for Transforming India […]

Markets & Policy


Roundup from the International Solar Alliance Summit 2018

The ISA founding ceremony, held on Sunday March 11 in New Delhi, India, was a highlight in the 2018 solar calendar. French President, Emmanuel Macron announced €700 million in support through loans and donations by 2022, while several other financial deals and MoUs were also signed. Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi further outlined 10 action points to help the spread of solar energy.

IREDA, EIB sign €150 million loan for RE financing in India

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has extended a line of credit totaling €150 million, without insisting on a sovereign guarantee by the Government of India. Over one million Indian households are set to benefit.

Big weekend: What will happen at the International Solar Alliance Summit 2018 on March 11 in New Delhi?

International Solar Alliance (ISA), now registered under the United Nations, is organizing its first summit to be held this Sunday March 11. It is also set to host a founding ceremony of ISA in the presence of French President, Emmanuel Macron, Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi President, Abdul Hamid. Government dignitaries of member countries are joining, and 51 solar projects will be signed, by announcing the concrete instrument to facilitate the project execution.

‘Groundbreaking’ $40 million green bond issued by Singapore’s Sindicatum for Indian PV projects

Global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright has advised GuarantCo, the international development finance institution, on a landmark INR 2.5 billion ($40 million) dual-tranche unsecured wrapped and rated bond, issued by Sindicatum Renewable Energy Company Pvt Ltd. Such green bonds are beneficial to the country, since they offer low interest rates and long-term repayment schemes, says Dharmendra kumar, an analyst from IHS Markit.

EIB to sign clean energy loan with India, prior to ISA founding ceremony

The European Investment Bank (EIB) today said it will ink an agreement tomorrow, Saturday, March 10, to provide a loan for both small- and large-scale clean energy projects in India, which will form part of its €800 million (around US$984 million) investment in the country.

India launches national electric mobility program, aims at 30% electric fleet by 2030

India has revised its e-mobility policy, and now aims to reach 30% electric of total fleet by 2030. MNRE head, RK Singh launched the program and informed about the tender for 10,000 electric vehicles (EVs) to be released tomorrow. He invites industry players to invest in EV manufacturing and batteries, and work for ‘Healthier World.’



THDCIL invites bid for up to 100 MW PV in Uttar Pradesh

Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Limited India Ltd has issued a domestic competitive bidding tender for 50-100 MW solar PV power projects, to be set up anywhere in Uttar Pradesh.

NTPC tenders 2.75 GW of solar projects

NTPC Ltd has released two solar tenders totaling 2.75 GW. The first will see 750 MW tendered in the state of Andhra Pradesh, while the second is tendering 2 GW for interstate transmission system (ISTS) PV to be installed anywhere across in India. Out of the Indian government’s 20 GW tender plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year, around 15 GW has already been tendered.

Diu India’s first union territory to run 100% on solar

The Union Territory of Diu, located in the western part of India is reportedly generating up to 13 MW of solar every day, which is more than its daily electricity demand.

MNRE distributed one million solar study lamps

The scheme was sanctioned in 2014 for empowering underserved communities of the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra.

NLC India issues tenders for Andaman storage project, $394 million in finance for 709 MW Tamil Nadu PV project

Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Ltd (NLCIL) has re-tendered the 2 x 10 MW grid-connected solar PV power project with the reduced 8 MWh battery energy storage capacity. It has also invited bids to lend INR 25.52 billion ($394 million) in finance required for the proposed 709 MW solar project in Tamil Nadu state.

The recent trade conflicts will reduce India’s total solar installed capacity to 6 GW in 2018

According to the Bridge to India’s ‘India Solar Compass’ report, the total capacity addition in 2017 was 9,255 MW, up 94% over 2016. However, Q4 2017 was slow in terms of project commissioning with only 1,503 MW of utility scale projects being commissioned. Moreover, the execution costs have shot up by about 18% in just six months.



Interview: Sustainable water-less PV module cleaning system

Ecoppia, CEO and co-founder, Eran Meller discusses the company’s latest E4 water-less robotic cleaning systems, which have been deployed in both India, and globally. He also speaks about the challenges Ecoppia faced working in India, in addition to operations and maintenance, and intelligent solutions for solar plants.

Vikram Solar partners with France’s CEA to drive innovation in solar PV, storage technologies

Vikram Solar and CEA will look to enhance research and development on high-efficiency crystalline silicon cells, modules and systems. A host of high-efficiency generation and storage technologies for French and Indian markets are also in the planning.

Berkeley Lab scientists confirm century-old theory of high performance batteries

Researchers in the U.S. have confirmed the existence of a novel state of the element manganese, first proposed in a journal dating from 1928, which could allow for the development of low-cost, high performance batteries for grid level, and other energy storage applications.

Interview: Su-kam is building solar hybrid inverters

Su-kam Power Systems Ltd, Managing Director, Kunwer Sachdev talks about the latest developments in Inverter technology. Moreover, he talks about the solar market in India from the inverter perspective, Su-Kam products Solarcon and Brainy, and he explained why DC electricity is superior to AC.

China’s Longi claims 23.6% efficiency for its PERC monocrystalline cells

Only one month after announcing a PERC module efficiency of 20.41%, the Chinese solar manufacturer announced it has now achieved a 23.6% efficiency for its PERC monocrystalline cells, thus beating its own previous records.

Unique properties of organic polymer solar cells expected to open niche market opportunities

While they cannot match the durability and efficiency of inorganic silicon-based solar cells, organic polymer solar cells show potential to provide power to remote microwatt sensors, wearable technology and the Wi-Fi-connected devices constituting the Internet of Things.



Topaz Solar, Appolon Solar sign bifacial manufacturing MOU

India’s Topaz Solar Private Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with France-based Appolon Solar SAS for the supply of a complete turnkey system for manufacturing bifacial PV modules.

An arm and a leg

Robotics in PV: The momentum of China’s solar growth appears unstoppable, driving the hunger for faster, qualitative automated solutions for the domestic PV manufacturing industry. Thus, most new solar manufacturing facilities or production upgrades are equipped with nearly fully automated lines.

Topaz Solar plans 1.2 GW solar module, 500 MW cell manufacturing fab in Odisha

As a first phase, Topaz Solar Private Limited has said it will set up a 500 MW solar PV module manufacturing facility in India’s northeastern state of Odisha. It will seek to increase this capacity by another 700 MW, and add 500 MW of cell manufacturing under a second phase.

ACME Cleantech plans 2-3 GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing by 2020

Clean energy solution provider ACME Cleantech is planning to expand its current li-ion production capacity of 350 MWh to as much as 3 GWh by 2020. The company has also designed a charging plus swapping station for li-ion batteries to provide clean transport solutions.

China’s LONGi doubles Indian solar manufacturing plans to 2 GW

LONGi Solar has upgraded its Indian project, and now the solar manufacturer will set up 1 GW each for monocrystalline cell and module manufacturing capacity at the fab in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Tata Power unveils $2.25 million smart energy incubation hub

Delhi DISCOM, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) is planning to launch the Tata smart energy incubation hub. The Tata trust will provide INR 150 million ($2.25 million), while the Indian government’s Science & Technology department will pay out an undisclosed sum. The company is also planning the installation of a 10 MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS).

Energy Storage


Government makes surprising u-turn on electric vehicle policy

Minister for road transport Nitin Gadkari drops plans to introduce national policy to support growth of electric vehicles in surprising reversal on earlier ambitions.

Global storage growth of 4.6% in 2017 reflects patchy state of sector, finds BNEF

Despite hitting a record 1.17 GW of new grid-scale storage capacity in 2017, growth was a mere 4.6% on 2016 having surged 61% the year prior. Industry’s reliance on policy support means foundations for growth remain uneven, report finds. Average costs, however, fell by 24% last year.

Energy Access Summit 2018 highlights

The India Energy access summit held in India on February 12-13, 2018 in New Delhi, saw discussions on the decentralized renewable energy sector from various organizations and institutions, including few announcements.

U.S. researchers develop new redox flow compound

A team of scientists from the U.S. University of Rochester has developed a compound which it says could double the effectiveness of redox flow batteries, and ‘transform the energy storage landscape’.

Philips, Orb Energy lighten Barefoot College in Rajasthan

New 116 kW solar off-grid system will power the old Tilonia campus of the Barefoot College – working in various fields, including women empowerment, for the advance of rural communities through solar power.

Interview: Combining umbrella with solar

In an interview with pv magazine, Thinkphi founder Samit Choksi discusses the company’s expansion into sustainable product development and how solar energy is being harvested through it.

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Press Releases

“Solar energy will serve millions of unserved people through indigenous innovations” – Dr. Harsh Vardhan

A Solar Revolution is in the offing, as solar energy fuels the energy growth story in the country. Briefing media persons on the initiatives taken with the support of Department of Science & Technology in New Delhi today, Union Minister for Science & Technology, Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Earth Sciences, Dr.

IBC SOLAR connects 3 MW solar power to the grid in India under open access

The 3 MW solar park built for a tea company is IBC SOLAR's seventh project in India and its first one in Tamil Nadu.

ISA-ADB, NDB, GCF, AfDB and AIIB joint declarations of financial partnership

ISA is working for deployment of over 1000 GW of solar energy and mobilising more than US$ 1000 billion into solar energy by the year 2030.

IRENA welcomes establishment of International Solar Alliance as a platform to advance solar energy

Joint Declaration by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and International Solar Alliance (ISA) pledges close cooperation to promote solar energy globally.