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KPI Global signs 1.5 MW solar power supply agreement with steel maker

The Gujarat-based solar developer has announced the signing of a power supply agreement with China Steel Corporation India for a period of 20 years.
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Corporate funding for battery storage up 75%

Analysts at Mercom Capital Group have tallied up corporate funding, venture capital and debt and public market investment for battery storage, smart grids and energy efficiency companies. From a financial perspective, the industry appears resilient to th...
Technology

One-month bidding extension for 100 MW solar-plus-storage in Chattisgarh

Bidders now have until November 27 to submit bids for developing the ground-mounted, grid-connected project in turnkey mode.
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NHPC mulling 600 MW solar park in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh

The state-owned hydropower producer recently met PV developers represented by the National Solar Energy Federation of India to discuss the project's technical feasibility on an island.
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String monitoring boxes sought for 20 MW NTPC solar project 

State-owned engineering major Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has retendered supply of string monitoring boxes with wireless communication for NTPC’s 20 MW solar project at Gandhar in Gujarat. Bidding closes on October 27.
Markets & Policy

Indexed renewable energy tariffs could save discoms up to INR 21,880 crore over five years

A joint report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (Ieefa) and the CEEW-Centre for Energy Finance (CEF) has recommended indexed tariff structure over flat rate for future renewable capacity, with front-ending tariffs as low as IN...
Manufacturing

PV module innovations to lower solar costs in coming decade

A new report by Wood Mackenzie suggests that rapid solar module technology innovations in the next decade will lead to significant increases in module power class, better performance and more versatile applications. Technology and lower capex will be key...
Installations

Pune bus depots to get solar roofs

Developers have until November 18 to lodge bids to install 10 MW of rooftop generation capacity across bus depots, workshops, and charging stations.
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IndianOil turns to gas, not green hydrogen, to reduce Delhi bus emissions

The public sector energy company has opened a compact reformer plant at Delhi Transport Corporation's Rajghat bus depot. The facility will produce hydrogen-enriched compressed natural gas as a bus fuel. A trial period will see 50 gas-powered buses run on the blended fuel with fuel economy and emissions monitored.

Borosil Renewables records 65% YoY revenue increase for first half

The Indian solar glass maker posts revenue of INR 168.16 crore for the first half of FY2020-21, generating profits (after tax) of INR 12.19 crore. 

Ministry drafts policy for rural solar appliance roll-out

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is eager to ramp up deployment of solar-powered dryers, cold storage and charkhas across the nation’s 600,000 villages.

Fall in off-grid solar sales deprives 5m people of access to clean power

The latest edition of the Global Off-grid Solar Market Report by the World Bank and GOGLA has called for regulatory and financial support to help off-grid distributors create jobs lost to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Startups will get access to high-end R&D infrastructure at academic institutions soon

 To catalyze R&D and make India self-reliant, the government is supporting restructuring of science and technology infrastructure at universities to cater to industries’ high-end requirements.

NHDC seeks supplier for up to 350 MW of solar modules

The state-run hydropower company is targeting 340-350 MW of generation capacity in the 1.5 GW tender being held by SECI and state utility Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikash Nigam Limited. NHDC has opened a global tender to seek a panel supplier.

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Manufacturing a green solar bounce in India

The nation must look at innovative PV technologies that are low-cost and can be applied in a vast range of new applications.

Sterling and Wilson to build solar+storage hybrid power plant in Niger

The latest project is another African opportunity for the India-based EPC player after successfully commissioning Nigeria’s first solar-plus-storage hybrid power plant, which is also Africa’s largest battery energy storage system.

India re-elected as President of the International Solar Alliance

Launched in November 2015, the alliance aims to collectively address key challenges to the scaling up of solar energy in member countries that fall between Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. The Alliance is now supported by 68 member countries, and a further 20 countries are in the process of becoming members.

Adani Green, Total joint venture expands operating solar portfolio by 205 MW

With the latest acquisition, the total operating renewable portfolio of the joint venture between Adani Green Energy and the French oil and gas major has reached 2,353 MW. 

Three Indian firms among Top 11 solar EPC contractors outside China in 2019

Although the Wiki-Solar website ranking only provides a snapshot of PV project engineering, procurement and construction contracts outside of China, it is nevertheless a useful indicator of the changing global solar market landscape. Swinerton was the largest solar EPC contractor outside China in 2019. Of the top 11 companies, three are based in India, three in the United States, another three in Spain and two in the United States.

Total and Google Cloud develop tool to predict rooftop PV potential

The Solar Mapper uses artificial intelligence algorithms that compile data extracted from satellite images. It can estimate site solar potential and indicate the most suitable technology.

Technology

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Hydrogen needs strong public-private support with policies in place

India is in mission mode on researching different aspects of the hydrogen economy, including hydrogen production, storage and utilization for stationary, power generation and transport applications. The need is to demonstrate the scaled versions at a faster rate. 

Tata Power awarded 100 MW project at Gujarat’s Dholera Solar Park

The developer secured the grid-connected solar capacity in a 700 MW auction by state utility Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited which had a tariff ceiling of INR2.92/kWh.

Swedish truck maker develops solar cell-clad trailer

The 18-meter long solar cell-clad trailer is said to enable fuel savings of 5-10% in Sweden. Swedish thin-film manufacturer Midsummer is a partner on the project.

Self-assessment tool for renewable energy action

The Portal for Renewable Energy Action Assessment Metrics is an online rating system which enables businesses to self-assess their renewable energy consumption.

NREL scientists build all-perovskite tandem solar cell with 23.1% efficiency

The U.S. based researchers have developed a new wide-bandgap perovskite layer – called Apex Flex – which they claim is able to withstand heat, light, and operational tests, and at the same time provide a reliable and high voltage. With this material, they built tandem solar cells with 23.1% power conversion efficiency on a rigid substrate, and 21.3% on flexible plastic.

India could have 20 GW more solar manufacturing

Power Minister RK Singh has revealed interest from manufacturers in developing more production lines even before incentive schemes being drawn up by the government are taken into account.

Manufacturing

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The long read: In the long run

PV module makers are under growing pressure to increase the power output and longevity of their products, which leads in some cases to rapid changes in the technologies and materials they utilize. pv magazine recently sat down to speak with Kaushik Roy Choudhury and Mark Ma of DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions about the changing landscape for quality in solar PV materials.

BHEL tenders for 32 MW of crystalline solar modules

Bids are invited from Indian manufacturers to supply 32,102 kW of modules for the state-run engineering major’s Chad project in Africa. Bidding closes on October 26.

Trump pulls tariff exemption for bifacial panels – again

The U.S. president issued a proclamation on Oct. 10 that cites the impact of imported bifacial panels on U.S. solar manufacturing, while also raising the scheduled fourth-year tariff rate from 15% to 18%.

Mitigating supply chain risks

Rajendra Khandalkar, group head of supply chain management at infrastructure EPC services company Sterling and Wilson, speaks to pv magazine about learning from the Covid-19 crisis and the importance of smart supplier management to bolster company resilience.

Odisha tenders for 10 MW of solar in Konark town

Developers have until November 10 to submit bids for the grid-connected, ground-mounted solar generation capacity. The project will be set up on a build-own-operate basis in Kalahandi district to meet the electricity needs of the town.

Renewsys announces giga-scale expansion of solar encapsulant and backsheet manufacturing

The solar manufacturer will expand its annual encapsulant manufacturing capacity by 1.35 GW and backsheet production by 1 GW.

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Proposals invited to install EV charging stations on major highways and expressways

The second phase of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME II) program offers incentives to deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

SM Auto partners Taiwan’s Gotech on EV battery packs and BMS

Pune-based SM Auto Engineering, in technical collaboration with Taiwan based Gotech Energy, will set up a state-of-the-art plant in Pune to design, develop and manufacture advanced battery packs and battery management systems for electric vehicles.

India’s wind-solar hybrid capacity could grow 80 times in three years

A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (Ieefa) and JMK Research estimates India to have about 11.6 GW of operational wind-solar hybrid capacity by 2023.

Magenta Power and ematrixmile partner on EV charging network

Magenta’s tie-up with the app-based electric scooter rental service provider is aimed at setting up EV charging infrastructure in Maharashtra, and later nationwide.

Off-grid solar and storage solutions for Himalayas

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has issued a call for expressions of interest to supply clean energy to isolated off-grid communities and warned components will probably have to be transported manually.

Indian-led start-up raises Swiss funding for solar diagnostic tool

Swiss-based SmartHelio claims to have witnessed a near 200% jump in demand for its deep-data driven solar asset management solution, which plugs into solar panels or energy storage systems. Sales of the internet-of-things enabled, cloud product have leapt in the last six months.

Opinion & Analysis

India still nowhere near energy sufficiency

The government is trying to harness renewables to increase domestic output but will need a more liberal energy market and to consider the structure of procurement auctions, cloying red tape and the financial travails of state utilities if it is to achieve its goals, says Rakshika Kaul of Amp Energy India.

India aims to become a hub for cutting-edge solar manufacturing

With a huge market and relevant manufacturing advantages, the country aspires to become a giga-scale manufacturing destination for the breakthrough PV technologies across the value chain.

India’s solar future: Domestic first, international second 

The International Solar Alliance signals India’s hope to be a global competitor in emerging technologies and cement its place as an institution builder. But how does India’s vision translate into domestic policy? Has India led by example? 

Financing in rooftop solar

There is a need to innovate and pay attention to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), SMEs, and residential society consumers to activate the next leg of growth in the rooftop solar market.

Impact of strained India-China relationship on the solar sector

India’s entire solar industry is dependent on Chinese imports to function. Hence, there is a comprehensive need to relook at the current policies and focus on building wafers and ingots capacity that will be used to manufacture the cells and eventually, modules.

One Nation, One Sun, One DSM

The government needs to rationalize and ensure uniformity of Deviation Settlement Mechanism (DSM) regulations across the country for the seamless integration of renewable energy. 

Press Releases

HPL Electric & Power establishes state-of-the-art R&D center for smart meters

The new R&D center for smart meters aims to incorporate the recent advancements in smart technologies and materials for the development of new generations of smart metering products.    

On World Energy Day, Racold encourages consumers to use smart home appliances

The water heating solution provider has curated complete renewable solutions for hot water and provides smarter solutions for smarter, greener homes. Some of the water heaters can also be controlled remotely through apps and smartphones.

All-India energy demand increases after a consistent decline for 6 months

In September 2020, the all-India energy demand increased 4. 0% yoy after declining for the six consecutive months to 112.

Suzlon Group appoints Ashwani Kumar as Group CEO

Having led construction of over 6,000 MW of power projects from bidding to commercial operations, Ashwani Kumar has proven expertise in closing and managing large, complex contracts, effectively leveraging corporate affairs and leading transformations resulting in agile and responsive organizations.

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