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Sterling & Wilson bags EPC order for 1.09 GW DC solar farm in Middle East

Worth around US$635 million, the latest award follows the EPC contract for a 200 MW DC solar farm in Australia amounting to AUD 220.83 million.
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NTPC tenders BOS for 90 MW solar project in Rajasthan

November 21 is the last date to bid for the solar capacity which shall come up at NTPC’s Anta project in Baran district. Bids must be accompanied with Rs 20 million as bank guarantee.
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Commercial rooftops will lead renewables growth in the next five years

Although the International Energy Agency’s latest renewables report forecasts impressive solar growth there is still a nagging feeling it has produced conservative estimates and the emphasis on sharing costs with grid operators is predictable.
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Solar cells using imported blue wafers will not qualify as domestically manufactured: MNRE

The decision is likely to push upstream solar manufacturing in India, which currently has negligible wafer and cell production capacity to meet domestic content requirements for government projects.
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India plans 55 GW of renewables capacity along Pakistan border

An AFP newswire report this week said Anand Kumar had announced plans for 30 GW of generation capacity in Gujarat and 25 GW in Rajasthan, all of it along a 20-25km strip of semi arid land on the border.
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SunEdison launches rooftop solar arm

The Chennai-based solar components trader and EPC installer expects a surge in tenders for distributed rooftop solar plants across India with guaranteed purchase of power by government enterprises to reduce their energy costs.
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IIPA signs MoU with ISA for capacity building of member countries

The institute’s Centre of Environment and Climate Change will impart necessary training to the officials of the member countries of solar alliance in formulating their policies and programmes to generate solar energy.
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NTPC tenders 1 GW grid connected solar projects

November 18 is the last date for interested bidders who are allowed to use cells and modules of any origin in the plant, which can be located anywhere in India. The projects are to be set up on develop-build-demonstrate-transfer basis.
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Adani launches new solar and iron ore mining arms

Mundra Solar Energy will undertake installation and commissioning of solar projects. Kurmitar Iron Ore Mining, on the other hand, will carry out mining activities in the state of Chhattisgarh.

Bangladeshi developer accuses India of dumping poor quality panels over the border

Visitors to this year’s Solar Bangladesh Expo have called for the implementation of quality standards on solar imports – action which the government is currently pursuing – with one industry insider rubbishing Indian-made products.

SECI tenders 400 MW of renewables with storage option

The ISTS connected projects—to be developed on ‘build-own-operate’ basis—can be set up anywhere in India for round-the-clock power supply to New Delhi Municipal Council and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. December 3 is the last date for bidding.

White paper sums up e-transport policy progress across India

Range anxiety continues to be an obstacle to electric vehicle take-up but the nation’s willingness to embrace car-sharing and other workarounds offers plenty of promise to the sector, according a World Economic Forum report.

Interview: SunSource Energy says regulatory uncertainty is solar industry’s biggest challenge

The disparity between central and state government renewables policies must be resolved and renegotiating signed PPAs is an absolute no-no, according to the solar business’ bosses.

MG Motor gets eChargeBays to install home EV chargers for customers

The company has already partnered with Fortum for fast charging and Delta Electronics India for slow charging segments. The latest partnership follows Ministry of Power’s revised guidelines for EV charging infrastructure that permit private charging at homes and offices.

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ICRA downgrades 1.9 GW of wind, solar projects amid headwinds

Continuing delays in payments from utilities, regulatory uncertainty on tariff matters and tight financing have hit the industry hard.

Andhra Pradesh regulator approves solar power tariffs

The latest blow in the political battle between clean energy project developers and an anti-renewables state government has seen the electricity regulator order power distribution companies to honor PPAs signed after a public tender.

Rajasthan tenders for 61 solar operated water pumping systems

The selected bidders are required to install and commission solar-based water pumping systems in various villages and towns of Jaipur district. Bidding closes on November 5.

CEL tenders off-grid solar in 4 states

The hybrid solar plants (with battery bank) shall come up at 34 railway station sites in the 4 states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam and Bihar. Bidding closes on October 30.

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.

Assam tenders for installation of solar powered tube wells

A total of 476 tube wells are to be installed under four packages in districts under different divisions—Barpeta (100+80), Goalpara, Dhubri and Mankachar (151), and Kokrajhar (145). Bidding closes on November 1.

Technology

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A new battery mix to prevent dendrites

Scientists at the United States Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have discovered a root cause of dendrite formation, which can cause battery failure and even fires in lithium-ion technology. With this new knowledge, the group is now working on electrolyte recipes that eliminate dendrite growth entirely.

Proposals invited for transnational projects on energy storage solutions

The aim is development of sustainable, integrated solutions for both short- and long-term storage. November 12 is the last date for submitting expressions of interest. Projects are expected to start before December 15, 2020.

Manufacturing-linked solar tender scaled up to 7 GW

Solar generation capacity aggregating to 7 GW—as against 6 GW earlier—will now be awarded against setting up of 2 GW of annual manufacturing capacity. Tariff ceiling has also been increased to Rs2.93/kWh, from Rs2.75, for a period of 25 years. Bids can be submitted till October 31.

The potential of microgrids and storage for India

“The addition of microgrids creates opportunities for developers to penetrate areas which were not previously explored while allowing the government to meet its renewable energy targets,” says Dr Jayashri Ravishankar—senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney—in an interview with pv magazine.

Global bill for replacement inverters and other solar maintenance could hit $9.4bn by 2024

This year will see strong growth for the global PV market, to 114 GW, and that pattern will continue in the years ahead, according to analyst Wood Mackenzie. A report has highlighted soaring inverter replacement costs for PV project owners as a side-effect of the solar success story.

“Solar curtailment in Andhra Pradesh, a willful violation,” NSEFI writes to power minister

Plant load factor for thermal power generators ramped up to 70-80% between July 2019 till date while solar power projects were arbitrarily backed down by more than 60-70% of their operational capacity during the same period.

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AEPPL signs Rs 4930-crore MoU for Li-ion battery plant in Gujarat

The joint venture between Japanese majors Toshiba, Denso and Suzuki aims to achieve annual production capacity of 30 million lithium cells by year 2025.

Central Electronics Ltd now tenders for supply of monocrystalline solar cells

Bids are invited for supply of 5-busbar cells with peak power output of 5.1W or greater and an efficiency of minimum 18.8%. The quantities to be supplied are 1000. Bidding closes on October 16.

Central Electronics Ltd tenders for supply of multicrystalline solar cells

Bids are invited for supply of cells using 5 busbars, providing an efficiency of minimum 18.8%. The quantity to be supplied is 500,000. Bidding closes on October 15.

Australia’s Townsville battery gigafactory reaches new milestone

Plans to develop an 18 GWh lithium-ion battery factory in northern Queensland have reached an important milestone with the project feasibility study submitted to the Queensland government.

Shell acquires 20% stake in Orb Energy

The fossil fuel giant, like many of its global peers, is making inroads into renewable energy activity and has invested an unspecified amount in becoming a significant shareholder in a business which installs rooftop PV systems for commercial and industrial clients.

Now Europe is pushing domestic battery manufacturing plans

EU industry body EUROBAT has called for the bloc to adopt a battery industrial strategy and has pushed the claims of domestic manufacturers in the same manner as India has, as the race hots up to dominate the global energy storage market.

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Ministry issues bidding guidelines for solar-wind hybrid projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has suggested minimum 25-year power purchase agreements and also opened up the option of including energy storage in solar-wind hybrid generation projects procured under its public tender regime.

EESL to install EV charging stations in BSNL’s Punjab Telecom Circle

Under the MoU, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd will make the investment on services along with the operation and maintenance of the public charging infrastructure, while the telecom operator would provide the space and power connections.

Goa to roll out 50 electric buses by March

The state bus company had originally sought central government funding for 250 vehicles but was given the green light for the smaller figure. A pre-bid meeting related to the tender is planned on Friday.

SECI tenders 500 quantities of solar cooking systems

Bids are invited for design, supply, installation and commissioning of solar home cooking systems in five districts of different states (Meghalaya, Chhattisharh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat). Bidding closes on November 8.

Gujarat tenders for 100 battery-operated school vans

Manufacturers have been invited to compete for the tender by submitting expressions of interest by October 22. The vehicles must be ready to hit state roads by the end of March.

Visaka’s solar roofing to power battery houses for Indian Army in Ladakh

The solar battery house—an innovative design by education reformist Sonam Wangchuk—will shelter soldiers of the Indian Army from the extreme Ladakhi winters.

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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.

A window to the ‘inclusive’ green energy economy

India needs special institutional structures within leading public financial institutions to cater to market segments that do not attract commercial capital at competitive terms.

Policy can spell success or failure for EVs in Europe

Since 2017, several European governments have announced bans on sales of conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles. Countries like France and the United Kingdom have set bans to come into force by 2040, while Norway has set a more ambitious goal of 2025. Raquel Soat, Research Analyst at Navigant, looks at how policy might affect European electric vehicle markets over the coming years.

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Press Releases

Adani Solar partners with ‘Amplifymart’ for retail distribution of solar panels in Telangana

Having announced the retail channel partners in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Adani Solar has been speedily expanding its retail presence across the country.

Vikram Solar appoints Timo Heinrich as General Manager, Europe

In this role, Heinrich will be responsible for promoting and managing products and project sales in the international market, while Identifying new geographies and developing clients to improve Vikram Solar’s market share globally.

CleanMax Solar commissions a 1.2 MWp rooftop solar plant for Dubai’s Danube Group

The build-own-operate project spans four buildings and is owned and operated by CleanMax Solar, with Danube paying for solar power as and when it is generated.

‘Smart Asia 2019’ comes to Mumbai with focus on solar and water management system

The Smart Asia Expo & Summit 2019, organized by The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), in association with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), is being held in Mumbai for the first time at Bombay Exhibition Centre from October 17 to October 19, 2019. The event will focus on smart city solutions, smart technology applications and city development products and services.

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