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Battery startup Gegadyne Energy raises INR 33.4 crore from V-Guard

The Mumbai-based battery startup develops advanced nano-material composites to enable quick-charging batteries for electric vehicle (EV), industrial storage, and consumer electronics space.
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World could add up to 194 GW of solar this year

Falling module prices will help PV post another record year after an estimated 132 GW was installed worldwide in 2020, according to an energy transition investment trends report published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
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Cabinet approves India, Uzbekistan MoU on solar energy and storage

The Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the National Institute of Solar Energy, under India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and Uzbekistan’s International Solar Energy Institute for cooperation in the field of solar e...
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Adani Green Energy commissions 150 MW solar power plant in Gujarat

The 150 MW solar plant in Kutchh is Adani Green Energy’s third PV commissioning within a month. Its other two solar capacities that became operational since December end include 100 MW at Khirsara, Gujarat, and 25 MW at Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh. 
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IFC says green recovery could drive $2.5tn renewables market this decade

The private-sector arm of the World Bank, which claims to leverage $3 of its own capital and $8 from third parties for every dollar invested in its blended finance funds, has attempted to quantify what devoting Covid recovery funds to green investment wo...
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Hartek Solar commissions rooftop PV project for a hospital

The EPC firm has synced the solar plant with a smart grid-interactive inverter system, which will enable the hospital to run its medical emergency services and diagnostic facilities without any glitches.
Manufacturing

BEL tenders for 2.86 MW of polycrystalline solar modules

Manufacturers have until January 28 to bid for supplying the modules to solar projects in the Akola and Amravati districts of Maharashtra.
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Floating solar plant operational at Cochin Airport

The 452 kWp array features 1,300 photovoltaic panels across an acre of water split between two artificial lakes at the airport golf course.

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Tesla launches solar inverter

The EV manufacturer with big solar ambitions has finally leveraged its expertise in power electronics technology and launched a solar inverter.

Total to acquire 20% stake in Adani Green Energy

The French oil and gas giant already owns half the stake in the Indian developer’s 2.3 GW operational solar assets in India through a joint venture.

Amplus Solar launches innovation challenge for clean energy start-ups

Applications are invited from start-ups with ready-to-deploy solutions in areas like distributed solar, Internet of Things (IoT) applications in energy, battery storage and electric mobility. Winners will be supported through seed capital to scale up.

New net metering rule will deter rooftop solar adoption, says NSEFI

The developers’ body has sought the power minister’s intervention to withdraw the restriction of 10 kW capacity for net metering under the recently notified Electricity (Amendment) Rules, 2020, saying the provision will prevent high-load industrial consumers from switching to solar.

Shell-backed smart EV startup raises additional seed funding

The Bengaluru-based TresMoto is developing a range of smart, electric two-wheelers designed exclusively for delivery fleet usage with artificial intelligence-driven remote diagnostics and detachable batteries. 

Developers’ body seeks wind-solar hybrid relaxations in Maharashtra’s RE policy

The National Solar Energy Federation has asked the State to consider a 15-year electricity duty exemption, transmission charges on the entire capacity instead of per-kWh basis, and delinking of the secondary RE source capacity from the rated power capacity of the primary RE source to promote hybrid project deployment.

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Madhya Pradesh to have 4.45 GW of new solar park capacity within three years

The State, which is home to 750 MW Rewa Solar Park, has a cumulative 4,450 MW of new solar park capacity under construction in Agar, Shajapur, Neemuch, Chhatarpur, Omkareshwar and Morena districts.

SECI tenders 25 MW solar for coal miner BCCL

Domestic bids are invited to set up a 25 MW (AC) grid-connected solar plant at Bharat Coking Coal Limited’s Bhojudih Coal Washery in West Bengal. Bidding closes on March 10.

The case for floating PV on hydroelectric facilities

A study has analyzed the technical and financial feasibility of floating solar at hydro power plants. The report concludes floating PV reduces evaporation from hydropower reservoirs and the water saved can be used to generate more electricity.

EESL tenders for 317,975 solar pumps across India

Bids are invited to supply, install and commission an aggregate 317,975 quantity of 1-10HP off-grid solar pumps across India. Bidding closes on February 4.

NTPC arm commissions 50 MW solar project in Kerala

The 50 MW project at the 200 MW Kasargod Solar Park in Kerala was completed well ahead of the scheduled date.

New mounting system to integrate small PV into wind farms

Switzerland’s Smartvolt has developed a special mounting system that facilitates the quick deployment of small ground-mounted PV systems at the base of ​​wind turbines.

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REIL tenders for supply of three lakh multi-crystalline solar cells

Manufacturers have until January 28 to bid for supplying the four-/five-busbar multi-crystalline silicon solar cells rated for a peak power output of 4.5 watts.

Anti-soiling nanocoating for large-scale PV

Dutch company Rads Global Business has developed an anti-soiling coating for solar PV modules that is claimed to reduce cleaning cost by around 60%. The anti-reflective and anti-corrosive coating is also said to mitigate potential-induced degradation (PID).

JinkoSolar announces 23.01% efficiency for n-type monocrystalline panel

The PV module relies on Jinko’s TOPCon mono cell technology, for which a record efficiency of 24.9% was announced last week. TÜV Rheinland has confirmed the result.

New method to build microgrids based on solar, hydrogen

The use of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells as backup power generation in solar microgrids could drive down costs and improve efficiency, according to an international group of researchers. They have proposed a new energy management system that could be ideal for hybrid solar-hydrogen microgrids in remote locations.

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.

Hard carbon for a high-energy sodium battery

Scientists in Japan demonstrated a hard-carbon electrode that can greatly increase the capacity of a sodium-ion battery. With further work on the long-term performance, the discovery could make sodium-ion batteries better able to compete on energy density with their lithium-ion counterparts.

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Solar manufacturer Websol Energy’s EBITDA rises 374% Q-o-Q

The performance improvement in the current fiscal’s third quarter was singularly derived from solar cells manufacture and sales, said the company, which has secured orders equal to its complete cell production capacity for the next six months. 

Sungrow solar inverter sales in India cross 7 GW

The Chinese manufacturer, which has a central and string inverter factory in Bengaluru, sold a minimum 3 GW of the cumulative sales last year alone. Going forward, it has a strong order book for the upcoming solar capacity too.

JinkoSolar claims 24.9% efficiency for n-type monocrystalline cell

The result was confirmed by Germany’s Institute for Solar Energy Research (ISFH).

India needs to adopt a balanced approach for solar manufacturing

A new report says the imposition of safeguard duties and basic custom duties is only a partial solution to help the domestically produced solar modules remain competitive with imported panels. The government needs to adopt a long-term strategy towards PV manufacturing that supports backward integration and sustained innovation.

Vikram Solar launches 505W modules with M6 wafer

The Indian manufacturer has unveiled Series 6 mono-PERC modules in 120, 144, and 156 half-cell versions with claimed efficiency between 18.34% and 21.02%.

BHEL tenders for supply of minimum 8 million solar cells

Manufacturers have until January 11 to bid for the supply of an aggregate 8,352,000 quantity of multicrystalline and mono PERC silicon solar cells using five bus bars.

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Renewables cheaper than fossil fuel plants by 2030

A report by McKinsey & Company reinforces the widely-held view renewables will supplant fossil fuels in the energy system but also joins the chorus of voices warning the world is on track to fall well short of limiting global temperature rises this century to 1.5C.

SECI tenders for 20 MW solar-plus-storage in Ladakh

Bids are invited to set up a 20 MW (AC) grid-interactive solar plant with 20 MW/50 MWh battery energy storage under turnkey mode in Leh district.

Batteries and hydrogen to make residential off-grid PV technically feasible

Researchers in Finland have demonstrated the technical feasibility of an off-grid residential PV system combined with short-term battery storage and seasonal hydrogen storage. The proposed model is applicable only to northern climates, as higher levels of solar radiation in southern locations would mean a reduced need for seasonal storage. It was tested in an existing single-family house in Finland with a 21 kW rooftop array and a ground source 6 kW heat pump.

Telangana plans solar-powered floating restaurants and boats on water bodies

The floating restaurants and boats shall have on-board Li-ion battery storage to continuously power main motors and utility loads for six hours on a single charge. The batteries shall be charged by solar power and AC current from the shore to ensure the loads’ uninterrupted operation.

Green hydrogen cost could fall more than 50% by 2030

With this, green hydrogen (hydrogen produced using renewable energy) would become cost-competitive with hydrogen from fossil fuels in certain industrial applications such as ammonia production for fertilizers.

NTPC invites proposals for solarization projects in ISA member countries

The selected applicants are required to execute projects across categories like solar-powered cold storage, solar water pumps, solar-powered reverse-osmosis water systems and off-grid solar systems for primary health care centers on a turnkey basis. The work includes engineering, supply, erection, commissioning along with maintenance support for three years.

Opinion & Analysis

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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?

India’s path away from climate disaster lies in the rapid growth of renewable power

The nation is already firmly positioned to lead the world in the clean energy revolution. Consolidating this position would unlock significant economic growth and competitiveness by attracting domestic and foreign investment, creating jobs, and improving public health.

INR 2.0/kWh tariff is a new milestone in Indian solar PV history 

The minimum solar tariffs discovered fell by 131.5% over the last five years, with an 18% drop achieved in the last five months alone.

Driving a just clean energy transition

Climate Policy Initiative and REConnect Energy have developed an innovative mechanism called Garuda to retire old, inefficient thermal plants with equivalent renewable capacity. The scheme proposes a blended tariff that would include the normal tariff for the new renewable energy plant plus the cost of decommissioning the old fossil fuel plant, while making the provision for green bonds to finance RE. 

Rooftop solar market in 2020 

It has been a rocky year for installers with issues like availability of modules from Chinese suppliers, restricted construction due to local lockdowns, and uncertainty over import duties. Going forward, the market could see a dramatic rebound if net-metering is allowed with a current cap of 1 MW and re-introduced in the states that have shifted to gross-metering.

Press Releases

Ola adopts Siemens’ Digital Enterprise to build EV manufacturing facility

Ola will have access to Siemens’ integrated Digital Twin design and manufacturing solutions to digitalize and validate product and production ahead of actual operations.  

Tigo Energy raises $20 million in funding

Tigo’s solutions are deployed in solar energy generators ranging from single kilowatt residential solar installations to multi-megawatt utility scale sites, roof-top, ground mount and floating systems. The investment will be used to improve upon existing products and develop next generation solutions that maximize returns for PV customers.

ReNew Power’s Gift Warmth campaign extends to six states across India

50,000 Blankets to be distributed across Delhi-NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh.

L&T Construction awarded transmission line project in Malaysia

The proposed overhead line will facilitate power evacuation from an upcoming combined-cycle power generating facility in the region.

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