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SECI tenders 1785 MW of solar capacity in Rajasthan

Developers can bid for anywhere from 10 MW to all of the available capacity. The projects are to be developed on a build-own-operate basis in minimum sizes of 10 MW. Bidding closes on April 19.
Energy Storage

HPCL fuel stations get street lamp integrated EV charger

Magenta Power has installed street lamp integrated EV chargers at HPCL fuel stations in Delhi and Mumbai. The company aims to deploy 1000 units of these charging solutions across the nation this year.
Markets & Policy

Borosil Renewables posts a 74.3% y-o-y revenue growth in first nine months

The Indian solar glass manufacturer reported net revenue of around INR 300 crore during the current fiscal’s nine months ended December 2020, with the best-ever quarterly earnings of INR 140 crore coming from the third quarter.
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REIL seeks 150,000 multi-crystalline silicon solar cells

Bids are invited from Indian manufacturers to supply four-/five-busbar multi-crystalline silicon solar cells rated for 4.5W peak output. Bidding closes on March 15.
Markets & Policy

UN calls on Bangladesh to put renewables first

As it prepares to lift the nation out of its list of the world’s least developed countries, the supranational body said the country should turn its back on coal and other fossil fuels.
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Cabinet approves India, France MoU on renewable energy

The Memorandum of Understanding entails joint research and development projects in solar, wind, hydrogen and biomass energy.
Installations

Tata Power to set up 15 MW solar plant for Tata Steel

The solar plant in the Jamshedpur city of Jharkhand is expected to generate an average 32 million units of electricity per year, offsetting approximately an average 25.8 million Kg of CO2 annually.
Markets & Policy

Modular lift system for solar panels

Altrex, a scaffolding and ladder producer in the Netherlands, has developed a new modular lift solution for solar panels. The system can raise one solar panel at a time and can be operated by a single installer using nothing other than a cordless drill, ...

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Indian trough highlighted by Chinese solar glassmaker

Xinyi Solar has posted bullish annual figures on the back of an astonishing rebound in the global market following Covid travails at the start of 2020. There is one national market, however, which has not been invited to the party.

Siemens completes the acquisition of C&S Electric in India

Siemens has acquired C&S Electric’s around 99.22% equity share capital for INR 2,100 crore. The acquisition will allow it to address the rising demand for low-voltage power distribution solutions in India. Apart from gaining easy access to the Indian market, the transaction also aims to create an export hub.

Sterling and Wilson partners Enel X to enter EV charging infrastructure 

Under the joint venture, Sterling and Wilson will provide end-to-end services for electric vehicle charging stations across India. 

Ieefa proposes a three-pronged approach for grid firming 

A new report discusses battery storage, green hydrogen, and flexible coal-fired power generation as key grid firming options for India as solar and wind are poised to form 51% of the nation’s total installed generation capacity by 2030. 

ReNew Power to merge with US firm for NASDAQ listing

Proceeds from the transaction with RMG Acquisition will be used to support ReNew’s growth strategy, including the buildout of its contracted, utility-scale renewable power generation capacity and to reduce debt.

Essar Power to set up 90 MW solar plant in Madhya Pradesh

The private power producer will set up the proposed solar plant in the Datia district in two parts of 33.7 MW and 56.17 MW. The project is expected to be completed by June 2022.

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MSMEs can contribute 16 GW in meeting solar target

The Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises is working with the World Bank to bring in a credit guarantee mechanism to make financing accessible to unrated MSMEs for implementing rooftop solar projects.

India’s installed solar capacity reaches 41,689 MW 

The nation installed a cumulative solar capacity of 41,689 MW as of December 31, 2020, with 1298 MW added in the October-December period. Going forward, capacity addition in the current year’s first quarter could exceed 2 GW.

Bidding extended for 275 MW solar in Uttar Pradesh

Developers now have until March 11 to lodge their interest in building 275 MW of grid-connected solar capacity in Uttar Pradesh Solar Park. The projects are to be set up on a build-own-operate basis.

Madhya Pradesh: Ten-fold growth in renewable energy capacity since 2012 

Today, the State has 5042 MW of renewable energy capacity, a ten-fold increase from 491 MW in 2012.

WBPDCL to get a 5 MW floating solar plant at its thermal power station

The floating solar plant shall come up at the Santhaldih Thermal Power Station in the Purulia district of West Bengal. Bidders have until April 12 to lodge their interest in its installation and commissioning.

India added 3.2 GW of solar capacity in 2020

With large projects contributing 78% of the new capacity, the nation installed less than half the 7.3 GW added in 2019 and recorded its poorest figures in five years, according to a Mercom India report.

Technology

Australian firm launches 36 kW/120 kWh storage system made of second-life EV batteries

Relectrify said its new storage system is suitable for commercial and industrial applications and is designed for installations in the 120 kWh to 2 MWh range.

The long read: A new era for battery materials

Every year, chemical and energy companies produce $15 billion worth of commodities such as carbon black, silicon oxide, and aluminum oxide, for manufacturing purposes. Engineers do this by pumping chemicals into a flame and collecting material formed in the fire, in an approach known as flame spray pyrolysis. This approach, according to scientists at Argonne National Laboratory, has the potential to create more advanced materials for use in next-generation storage batteries.

Indian researchers improve perovskite-based solar cell structure

A numercal study by researchers at India’s Chitkara University has shown enhanced charge extraction in metal-perovskite-metal back-contact solar cell structure through electrostatic doping. The proposed design yielded a 59.4% improvement in power conversion efficiency over previously reported structures.

EESL tenders 100 MW solar EPC work in Maharashtra

Solar module manufacturers, grid-tied inverter manufacturers and PV system integrators with requisite EPC experience can bid for the grid-interactive PV capacity. The plants—to be set up in sizes ranging from 2 MW to 10 MW—shall come up in various districts of the state. Bidding closes on March 17.

Adani launches joint venture for renewables-powered data centers

AdaniConneX, the joint venture with US-based data center solution provider EdgeConneX, will develop renewable energy-powered data centers with up to 1 GW of power demand in India over the next decade.

TERI, POSOCO partner on grid balancing research 

The partnership will lead to enhanced power system modeling backed with rich data-sets to identify interventions for addressing power sector problems like grid instability.

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Indian startup Solavio Labs raises Canadian fund

The solar panel-cleaning robot startup, which saw its sales jump 125 times last year, has thus far raised three levels of funding amounting to INR 2 crore from government bodies in India, Dubai, and Canada. 

Viridian Solar unveils roof-integrated solar panels with power of 335/340 W

The new devices feature efficiencies ranging from 20.7-21%. The panels are said to be compatible with a wide range of slates and tiles, include special fixings for different batten thicknesses, and achieve the highest fire rating and wind resistance without modifications to the roof.

High hopes from PLI scheme for solar manufacturing 

India’s production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme—which targets 10 GW of integrated solar PV manufacturing capacity within two years—will spur demand for locally produced materials like ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) sheets, solar glass, backsheet and junction boxes, too.

Roshan Energy signs lithium battery production agreement with US firm

The Telangana-headquartered lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery manufacturer has teamed up with Las Vegas-headquartered Barrel Energy to develop and manufacture lithium batteries for electric vehicles. The joint venture will establish factories in India and North America.

Quantum dot solar cells and the search for stability

In various forms, quantum dot technology has attracted plenty of attention among PV researchers recently. And as efficiencies have crept past the 15% mark, the community is beginning to look at other factors limiting the viability of quantum dot solar cells in a commercial setting. Scientists in Germany examined the degradation mechanisms affecting different quantum dot materials; and suggest a standardization of stability testing to enable comparability of results.

Battery major Amara Raja plans 50 MW solar plant

The Indian automotive battery major has announced the setting up of a 50 MW solar power plant in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. The plant—to be built at INR 220-crore investment—will help reduce the manufacturer’s carbon footprint while lowering its electricity bill. The firm, which has already set up a pilot plant facility for Lithium-ion cell development, is also mulling investments into energy storage for the renewables sector.

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Tesvolt launches commercial battery with inverter and energy management system

According to the German manufacturer, the TS-I HV 80 can combine a wide variety of applications such as optimized self-consumption and intelligent peak load capping.

Another bidding extension for 20 MW solar-plus-storage in Ladakh

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has allowed a two-week bidding extension for the installation of a 20 MW (AC) solar plant (50 MWp DC) with 20 MW/50 MWh battery energy storage in the union territory of Ladakh.

IESA partners Norway’s Greenstat to support India’s hydrogen mission

India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) and Greenstat Hydrogen India will collaborate on establishing a Norwegian Centre of Excellence on Hydrogen in India and supporting the development of green hydrogen technologies.

Spanish EV startup selects ION Energy’s battery management system

The Spanish startup will use ION’s advanced battery management and intelligence technologies for its electric scooter, the RAY 7.7.

Bidding extended for 20 MW solar-plus-storage in Ladakh

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has issued amendments to the procurement and extended the bidding deadline by two weeks.

India has the opportunity to build a new energy future 

India is set to see the largest increase in energy demand of any country over next 20 years, a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report says, highlighting potential for policies and investment to accelerate clean energy transition.

Opinion & Analysis

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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?

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.

Press Releases

Short-term power prices on the rise

The short-term power price at Indian Energy Exchange continued its improving trend on a yoy basis (January 2021: INR3. 18/kWh; January 2020: INR2.

FedEx commits to carbon-neutral operations by 2040

Ambitious plan includes electrifying the global parcel pickup and delivery fleet and establishing the Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture to advance sequestration solutions.

Kalpataru Power Transmission bags new orders of INR 1,554 crore

The EPC contractor has won orders from India, CIS and Latin America in the power transmission business. Besides, its international subsidiary has secured new power transmission projects in Europe.

Frost & Sullivan and TERI open nominations for the Sustainability 4.0 Awards 2021 in India

The last date to nominate companies that have successfully managed to integrate sustainability into their business is March 31, 2021.

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