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Trina launches 670W Vertex solar module and tracking systems in India

The Chinese solar manufacturer has launched the 670W Vertex solar module in India that offers an efficiency of up to 21.6%. It has also fielded two models of panel tracking solutions from its TrinaTracker business. 
Manufacturing

UK’s Power Roll signs up Thermax to manufacture solar films in India

The UK-based flexible solar film developer is expanding into the Indian market with Thermax as its market development and manufacturing partner. 
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Adani Green awarded 150 MW solar project by Torrent Power

The PV plant—to be set up in Gujarat—will supply power for INR2.22/kWh for 25 years.
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French company unveils new rooftop PV mounting method

Axter, a French waterproofing specialist, has revealed a new mounting process for the installation of rigid solar modules on several types of buildings, including concrete, metal, and wood surfaces.
Energy Storage

The long read: Battery testing builds certainty

Owners and operators of energy storage systems, as well as investors, need transparent ways to evaluate battery performance. They need certainty that the selected batteries for their ESS projects will perform reliably, have predictable life expectancies,...
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SECI tenders 1.2 GW of wind-solar hybrid projects

Developers can compete for a minimum of 50 MW, up to all 1200 MW tendered capacity. The projects—to be developed on a build-own-operate basis—can be set up anywhere in India at the locations chosen by the developer. Bidding closes on May 28.
Installations

CSC partners Tata Power on installation of solar-powered microgrids and water pumps

Tata Power brings technology and financial strength to set up the distributed, small-scale solar power systems in rural areas and provide round-the-clock power supply to households and businesses. CSC brings to the partnership village-level entrepreneurs...
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Canadian Solar begins production of 640-665 W panel series

The panel was unveiled in October and is the most powerful product the company has brought to the market to date. The Chinese-Canadian manufacturer expects to reach, for this product, a 10 GW capacity by the end of the year.

Markets & Policy

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ReNew Power’s US$ 585-million green bonds list on India INX

The renewable energy producer plans to utilize the capital raised to repay outstanding debt. The bonds, with a maturity period of 7.25 years, carry a 4.5% per annum rate.

Implementing time-of-use tariff for peak load management

Time-of-use (ToU) tariff can be applied to encourage domestic and industrial consumers to shift their electricity usage to non-peak hours, thereby reducing the system’s load during peak periods. A new study examines the feasibility of the ToU tariff policy in the state of Gujarat. It also suggests a framework and effective roadmap for the utilities to understand the procedure and required infrastructure to implement ToU. 

Amplus acquires rooftop solar projects from Sterling and Wilson

The Gurugram-headquartered distributed solar energy company has acquired Sterling and Wilson’s 7.2 MWp of on-site rooftop solar projects across seven Indian states.

SwitchON, PNB sign MoU for solar pump financing

Under the partnership, the West Bengal-based not-for-profit organization shall set up a guarantee fund to facilitate the financing of solar pumps for unbankable small and marginal farmers without having to offer any collateral.

Larsen & Toubro secures 1.5 GW solar EPC order in Saudi Arabia 

The 1.5 GW Sudair Project is Saudi Arabia’s largest solar plant with power purchase agreement signed. It is also one of the world’s largest PV plants.

The long read: The feasibility of India’s solar auctions

The offtaker’s creditworthiness, the ease of land acquisition, infrastructure readiness, policy consistency and clarity, and access to low-cost funds are among the key determinants for the success of large-scale PV auctions in India, writes Uma Gupta in New Delhi.

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India’s electricity generation capacity addition in FY2021 lowest in twelve years

Capacity addition to conventional as well as renewable power generation slowed in FY2020-21. The nation added 6.2 GW of renewable energy generation capacity and 3.5 GW of conventional during the eleven months to February. 

Adani Green commissions 50 MW solar project in Uttar Pradesh

The latest addition in Chitrakoot follows the commissioning of a 25 MW solar plant in January this year.

Larsen & Toubro begins constructing 300 MW solar plant in Saudi Arabia

The Indian multinational will build the plant on an engineering, procurement and construction basis for the consortium of UAE-based renewable energy developer Masdar, France’s power utility EDF Renewables and Saudi Arabian company Nesma. 

Adani Green’s operating solar capacity grew 38% during FY2021

The developer added 825 MW of solar capacity during the fiscal. This, together with 100 MW of new wind, raised the developer’s total operating renewable capacity to 3,470 MW. 

Another bidding extension for 75 MW solar project in Uttar Pradesh

Developers now have until April 27 to bid for the capacity in the Uttar Pradesh Solar Park. Technical bid shall be opened on April 28.

GSECL tenders 312 MW grid-connected solar in Gujarat

The Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) has floated two separate tenders inviting bids to set up an aggregate 112 MW of grid-connected PV capacity across GETCO substations and 200 MW in Dholera Solar Park, respectively.

Technology

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Fraunhofer ISE develops front/back solar cell with 26.0% efficiency

The cell showed open-circuit voltage values of up to 732 mV. It was fabricated with a back junction (BJ) design with a full-area p-n-junction at the back surface.

Nickel-salen for a battery that charges in 10 seconds

Scientists in Russia introduce a promising new material for battery energy storage, the product of more than three years of research. Incorporating a nickel-salen polymer into the cathode, the group demonstrated a battery that can charge and discharge ten times faster than today’s lithium-ion batteries. And though the battery still lags in terms of overall capacity, the group is confident that its discovery will lead to big improvements for lithium batteries.

MNRE invites EoIs for installation of innovative solar pumps

The innovators will be required to showcase their technologies in actual field conditions. The shortlisted ones will be empanelled and allocated sites for installing solar pumps under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) Scheme.

UNIST, EPFL claim 25.6% efficiency world record for perovskite solar cell

Scientists have set a new efficiency record for a single-junction perovskite solar cell at 25.6%. The cell additionally showed operational stability for 450 hours, and intense electroluminescence with external quantum efficiencies of more than 10%.

Tata Power Solar expands cell and module capacity

The solar manufacturer and EPC player has added new lines to its existing factory at Bengaluru, widening its current product range to include half-cell and bifacial mono PERC panels.

Tata Power and Social Alpha invest in energy analytics startup ‘Urja’ 

The startup has developed an industrial Internet of Things-enabled sensor and analytics solution that allows manufacturing and power industries to track device-level energy wastage in real time. 

Manufacturing

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Cabinet extends manufacturing incentive program to solar modules

The national production-linked incentive scheme introduced to encourage domestic manufacturing will now encompass solar. The PV policy will offer increased rewards for the production of more efficient panels and for Indian content.

Waaree Energy Storage System secures seed funding of US$2 million

The energy storage manufacturer will use the funds to expand its manufacturing capabilities, and aid product development with emphasis on smart Internet of Things (IOT) based batteries and telematics.

German start-up develops anti-reflective film claimed to improve PV module performance by 10%

German start-up Phytonics has developed the film by taking inspiration from nanostructures in plants. In solar cells, the film enables a broader absorption spectrum and a higher angle of light-incidence tolerance.

The long read: Bifacial drives encapsulant switch

Suppliers of encapsulant materials – plastic sheets that are heated to laminate together the components in PV module stacks – are rapidly expanding to keep pace with module manufacturing in Asia and other parts of the world. Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) continues to dominate the market, but new developments in module technology are driving a slow shift to more costly polyolefins.

Managing solar PV waste in India 

A new report compares the European Union and Indian regulatory frameworks for managing end-of-life solar panels. It also assesses and analyses the PV waste market and processing capacities in India and shares recommendations for the Indian stakeholders.

JA Solar unveils 415 W solar module with 21.3% efficiency

The module can be used for residential and commercial PV projects. It is available in five versions with power outputs claimed by the company of 390-415 W and reported efficiencies of 20.0-21.3%.

Energy Storage

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Reliance Industries and US-based Chart Industries to lead India hydrogen alliance

Global and Indian industry players have created an India hydrogen alliance committed to building a hydrogen economy and supply chain in India. NYSE-listed hydrogen solutions provider Chart Industries and India's Reliance Industries will act as co-leads of the coalition that aims to help develop hydrogen production and storage, industrial and transport use-cases.

India gets first community energy storage connected to grid

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited has installed a 150 kW/528 kWh battery energy storage system at Ranibagh Substation in New Delhi. The system will support the utility in managing the peak load, voltage regulation, power factor improvement, frequency regulation, and deviation settlement mechanism at the substation level. Besides, it will provide a power backup of 150 kW for 4 hours duration to preferential consumers in case of a grid outage.

The long read: Green hydrogen more than just a pipe dream

When coupled to gigawatt-scale solar and wind generation, green hydrogen could be the clean fuel to unlock hard-to-electrify sectors of the economy. But first it must be transported cost-effectively to where it’s needed.

‘Solar could supply half of a new 600 GW clean energy ambition’

U.S.-based researchers have modeled the costs of achieving 200 GW, 400 GW and 600 GW of renewables capacity in India this decade and concluded PV should supply no more than half of the generation facilities and policymakers should shift their focus to wind power.

IISc sets up off-grid EV charging station powered by Vikram Solar modules

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore has set up a solar-powered charging station to conduct the system’s impact assessment. The system—designed by UK-based renewable energy advisor GreenEnco—uses Vikram Solar’s 16 mono PERC solar modules of 400 Wp each, a hybrid inverter, and battery storage.

Could India establish itself as the global leader in energy storage?

In India, the lack of suitable fiscal incentives and relevant experience, combined with high upfront capital costs, has hindered the adoption of battery energy storage systems (BESS) in comparison to other developed countries. However, there is potential for the country to take the lead.

Opinion & Analysis

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Drones playing a critical role in India’s solar boom

Drones, in combination with artificial intelligence, are helping to drive powerful insights, allowing teams to make better-informed decisions throughout the solar project development lifecycle.

Indian solar developers must capitalize on advances in resource risk management

For developers to close the emerging gap as the market becomes more competitive – and, crucially, build projects that perform to investors’ expectations in the long term – they need to not only develop better understanding of the factors influencing project performance but also take steps to adopt advances made in other established solar markets worldwide in the use of solar data.

Rooftop solar: How to mitigate the impact of a new net metering limit

A net feed-in tariff could offer a solution for consumers, developers, and distribution companies.

Budget expectations for solar manufacturing

The government should consider offering a 50% capital subsidy for setting up R&D and quality testing infrastructure within the manufacturing units and a 200% super-deduction for the R&D expenditure on new and clean solar technology development. Simultaneously, it should look at implementing tariff barriers on imports for at least four-five years.

Catalyzing the growth of rooftop solar in India

Challenges like frequent policy and regulatory changes, high capital costs, low awareness, non-uniformity in approval processes across states, restriction on net metering, and additional charges by DISCOMs need to be addressed for rooftop solar to take off in India.

Debunking feeder segregation

Feeder segregation, i.e., the installation of dedicated electricity supply lines for agriculture, is often celebrated as the solution to the electricity utilities’ pain point of free or highly subsidized electricity supply for agriculture. But does it address the root cause of the issue?

Press Releases

KirloSmart: An intelligent, IoT based remote pump monitoring system

The intelligent IoT based KirloSmart technology helps the user to remotely and wirelessly monitor pump from the Smart devices, receive preventive and predictive maintenance alerts, spare notifications and carry out the analysis based on the historical trend.

Azure Power Solar’s notes unaffected by rooftop projects sale

All of the cash flows related to such projects will remain in the restricted group to service debt and cannot be upstreamed until the refinancing and the remaining 51. 4% stake is transferred to Radiance.

Etrio partners with Zypp Electric to supply 3-wheelers for last-mile delivery

Under this association, 100 Etrio flagship brand Touro electric three-wheelers are going to be operational soon and this will scale up to 1000 three-wheelers in the next 6-8 months.

cKers Finance lends to Altigreen for deployment of electric three-wheelers in India

This facility will be used by Altigreen for working capital to manufacture the EV components and its cargo L5 electric three-wheeler.

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