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Employment in distributed renewable energy sector

A new report by Power For All says the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector will be a significant driver of job growth in the Indian distributed renewable energy sector in the next few years. 
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Credence Solar unveils 670 W bifacial module

India’s Credence Solar has unveiled Quasar-Bi line of bifacial PV modules with power outputs between 650 Wp and 670 Wp. The panels are built with 132 mono PERC half cells and 12 busbars.
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Sunpower launches two new batteries for residential applications

The two batteries have a storage capacity of 13 and 19.5 kWh, respectively. Both lithium-ion systems use LiFePO4 as the cathode material and have a round-trip efficiency of over 86%.
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Enel unveils 680 W n-type heterojunction solar panel for utility-scale applications

Enel Green Power’s new solar panel has average efficiencies ranging from 22.6% to 22.9% and a temperature coefficient of -0.24% per degree Celsius. It is based on an n-type solar cell with G12 format and a power conversion efficiency of 24.6%.
Manufacturing

Goldi Solar unveils 710 Wp HJT module, plans for massive expansion by 2025

The Indian manufacturer has unveiled a 710 Wp bifacial solar module based on the heterojunction (HJT) technology. It also announced plans to invest over INR 5,000 crore ($613 million) to expand its module capacity to 6 GW, build 5 GW of new cell manufact...
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SECI tenders 50 MW rooftop solar

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has invited bids to set up grid-connected rooftop solar projects on the buildings owned by various Central Armed Police Forces under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). It may also empanel the successf...
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IEA PVSP predicts high-cost, low-revenue scenario for solar recycling

A recent report by the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVSP) reviews the current regulatory and industrial landscape for end-of-life PV management in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, South Korea, China, Australi...
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The long read: Integrated solar manufacturing giants emerge

The giants of the Chinese PV industry are now integrated along both ends of the supply chain, amid expectations for strong demand and price volatility. Module makers are adding polysilicon capacity, while poly and wafer producers are making module produc...

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Reliance New Energy to invest in perovskite solar startup Caelux

The new energy arm of Reliance Industries has signed the agreement to acquire a 20% stake in California-based perovskite solar startup Caelux for $12 million. The investment will accelerate Caelux' product development and commercialization.

Tamil Nadu could lower carbon emissions by over 36 million tonnes with 5-10% conversion to EV use

A new report says Tamil Nadu could lower carbon emissions by over 36 million tonnes if 5-10% of all two-, three- and four-wheeler vehicle sales in the state during 2022-30 are converted to electric. 

KKR, Hero Group to invest $450 million in Hero Future Energies

The investment will support Hero Future Energies in expanding its renewable energy capacity and capabilities across the solar, wind, battery storage, and green hydrogen technologies.

Vikram Solar signs 350 MW module supply deal with US customer

The Indian solar manufacturer will supply 350 MW of PV modules for a project located in the state of Arizona in the United States.

Solar PV employed around 3.4 million people in 2021

Almost half of the workers were employed in China, around 280,000 in North America, over 260,000 in Europe, and some 50,000 in Africa, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The vast majority of workers were employed in manufacturing and installation of new capacity, with solar jobs paying lower wage premiums than the nuclear, oil, and gas industries.

Waaree Renewable Technologies to merge three arms

The solar equipment manufacturer and power producer announced this week its board of directors had approved the scheme for the merger of Sangam Rooftop Solar, Waaree PV Technologies, and Waasang Solar with the company.

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Sterling and Wilson signs 961 MWp/455 MWh solar storage deal with Nigerian government

Sterling and Wilson Solar Solutions has signed an agreement with the Nigerian Government to build solar projects aggregating to 961 MWp along with total battery storage capacity of 455 MWh in Nigeria.

India could cut electricity costs by about 40% with transition to fully renewables-based power system by 2050

A new study by Finland’s Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT) shows a 100% renewable energy-based power system is technically possible and is the least-cost option for India in 2050. 

Gujarat becomes the fourth state to surpass its 2022 renewables target

A new report shows Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan, and Telangana have already surpassed their 2022 targets for renewable capacity installations. However, India is still 58 GW away from its 175 GW national target, with 61% of the target shortfall in just four states.

Amazon announces 420 MW of utility-scale solar projects in India

The U.S. e-commerce group has announced three solar farms in Rajasthan with a combined capacity of 420 MW. It will also add 23 new solar rooftop projects to generate 4.09 MW of renewable energy.

Gensol commissions 6.7 MWp captive solar plant for cement manufacturer

The ground-mount solar plant will supply power to Shree Cement’s cement manufacturing facility in Panipat, Haryana

Hydrogen to play limited role in building energy supply

How much hydrogen is actually needed? Several German research institutes have examined 40 energy scenarios for hydrogen ramp-up and found that 15 million GWh of hydrogen will be needed worldwide by 2050.

Technology

India’s electrolyzer manufacturing capacity will reach 8 GW per year by 2025, says Rystad

India will have six hydrogen electrolyzer gigafactories operational by 2025, aggregating to a combined annual capacity of over 8 GW. 

US startup unveils 5 kW solar canopy for EV charging

Paired Power said its new 5 kW solar canopy measures 3.2 meters x 5.2 meters x 3.7 meters and can host up to 10 bifacial solar panels. It can be used in on-grid or off-grid modes and can be paired with lithium-ion battery storage systems up to 40 kWh in size.

Streamlining EPC functioning with SaaS 

With software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, EPC users can manage different silos as per the solar project requirements. The software ensures that the silos are integrated and accessible during all phases of the EPC to maintain transparency. 

Agrivoltaics for arable crops

French developer TSE has commissioned its first agrivoltaic pilot project in northeastern France. The 2.4 MW installation spans 3 hectares and is installed on arable land devoted to the cultivation of soya, wheat, rye, barley, and rapeseed.

Mindtree solution to manage Larsen & Toubro’s green hydrogen plant 

Mindtree’s digital solution enables remote monitoring and control of all services at Larsen & Toubro’s green hydrogen plant in Gujarat. It drives the effective utilization of resources such as solar and battery energy storage systems.

Husk Power Systems secures $6 million from EU-funded EDFI ElectriFI

Bihar-based Husk Power Systems will use $6 million of newly acquired funds to build solar hybrid microgrids in 80 communities in rural India. The renewables services provider already owns and operates more than 120 microgrids in India.

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Navitas unveils 605 W mono PERC module

The Indian solar manufacturer has unveiled Bonito Max series 605W mono PERC module featuring 156 half-cells and a 10-busbar design. The module’s power conversion efficiency is 21.64%.

A new era of made-in-USA solar

There are both challenges and benefits to boosting solar manufacturing in America. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 includes a host of measures to support the production of US renewable energy technologies and could foster a new era for made-in-America solar. pv magazine USA Senior Editor Anne Fischer explores the current status and outlook of US solar manufacturing.

Panasonic presents 22.2% efficient all-black heterojunction solar module compatible with its Evervolt battery

The new module series has a power output ranging from 420 to 430 W, a temperature coefficient of -0.26% per degree Celsius, and an efficiency of up to 22.2%.

Cabinet approves second tranche of PLI Scheme for solar manufacturing

The second tranche of the production-linked incentive scheme for high-efficiency solar module manufacturing has a budgetary outlay of INR 19,500 crore.

Azure Power places order for 600 MW of First Solar modules

US manufacturer First Solar will supply its first ‘made in India’ PV modules to Indian developer Azure Power.  

Servotech launches lithium battery manufacturing arm

The New Delhi-based solar and EV charger manufacturer has formed a new arm, Techbec Industries, to manufacture lithium batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and solar energy storage applications. 

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Canadian pension fund invests in Mahindra’s renewables arm 

Mahindra Group has agreed to sell a 30% equity stake in Mahindra Susten to the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan for around $300 million. The two parties have also agreed to set up an infrastructure investment trust so Mahindra Susten can strengthen its solar, hybrid energy, and integrated storage businesses, as well as its round-the-clock green energy plants.

Shell to install over 10,000 charging points across India by 2030

The energy major launched the first of these electric vehicle (EV) chargers for the four-wheeler and two-wheeler segments in Bengaluru today. 

Battery energy storage systems as an alternative to diesel generators

A new study suggests that battery energy storage systems charged with solar are the most attractive power backup option for commercial and industrial entities in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. 

Prescinto secures deal with energy storage major in USA

Gujarat-based Prescinto, which provides software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for clean energy asset management, has expanded beyond wind and solar into the rapidly accelerating energy storage market and added North America to its growing international portfolio. 

Flipkart to deploy 400 electric cargo vehicles for Delhi NCR

E-commerce retailer Flipkart has partnered with electric fleet operator Magenta Mobility to add 400 electric cargo vehicles to its fleet in India’s national capital region.

PV-powered direct air electrolysis module to produce hydrogen from moisture in air

Scientists in Australia have developed a new way to produce hydrogen using water from the atmosphere. They claim their new module can ensure stable performance and provide green hydrogen for remote areas.

Opinion & Analysis

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Solar power plants with smart batteries: It’s just a matter of time

At the end of 2021, the total capacity of the solar power plants throughout the world was estimated to be 940 GW. According to the forecasts of solar association SolarPower Europe, the total capacity could reach 2 TW by 2025. With the rapidly growing popularity of solar power plants, experts predict that the next breakthrough in this sector will be smart batteries. In the future, solar power plants will not be able to operate without them.

Flasher for a solar PV lab

Sun simulator is considered to be the heart of a testing or a calibration lab used to test solar PV panels, indoor under controlled and repeatable conditions. There are various parameters to be considered while selecting one.

Perovskite: The disruptive element

Perovskite solar cells have the potential to produce more energy at significantly lower costs than conventional silicon PV cells. Efforts are underway to speed up their commercialization by addressing issues such as limited stability.

Technologies revolutionizing solar energy

Advanced solar panels, inverters, batteries and plant monitoring technologies are revolutionizing the solar sector.

Higher solar module prices: rainy days ahead for developers?

CareEdge Ratings has analyzed the key drivers of rising PV module prices and the impact on projects in India. It has also assessed the tariffs expected in upcoming bids, to ensure that developers get the same returns they were previously getting. 

No end to solar supply/demand imbalance

The solar supply chain problems that began last year with high prices and polysilicon shortages are persisting into 2022. But we are already seeing a stark difference from earlier predictions that prices would decline gradually each quarter this year. PV Infolink’s Alan Tu probes the solar market situation and offers insights.

Press Releases

Birla Carbon releases its 10th Sustainability Report

The 2022 report focuses on its net zero aspiration by 2050, the significant progress with Continua™ Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials (SCM), and the role of Birla Carbon in contributing to a decade of sustainability engagement and accomplishment.

Navitas Alpha Renewables raises INR 70 million in seed round to accelerate sustainability in India

The company will use these funds to further invest in R&D and product development. The funding round was led by Niveshaay with participation from Madhusudan Sarda, IVY Growth Associates, and others.

EV Startup Esmito raises INR 10 crore in seed round led by Unicorn India Ventures

Esmito is a battery swapping solutions provider working with OEMs and last mile delivery players to enable Energy as a service. It will use the funds primarily for expansion of swapping solutions and further strengthening the technology team to bring out world class products.

Commemorate World Energy Storage Day with 150+ global thought leaders driving green energy and clean transportation

Once again, the 3rd World Energy Storage Day (WESD) Global Virtual Conference & Expo is set to bring together the world’s energy storage, e-Mobility and green hydrogen community together on 22nd September. The event will witness participation of 100s of CXOs from leading companies as well as some of the top industry minds, researchers, and policymakers from 100+ countries to listen to 150+ though leaders from around the globe.

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