Program aims to drive down the cost of solar electricity to a maximum of Rs2.50/kWh in a nation where tariffs vary wildly from state to state.
Ather Energy, an Indian electric scooter maker, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Tamil Nadu to open a new production facility for lithium-ion batteries and electric vehicles.
The technology brings environmental, economic and social benefits, says the senior VP of Ciel et Terre’s Indian business. However, the nation’s obsession with price dictating business decisions, he adds, ignores the truism that ‘in the long run, cheap products lead to more cost’.
The order enabling payment of a rupee for every kilowatt-hour generated by off-grid PV systems has been extended until October 2021 because of anticipated delays in the state electricity board hitting its renewable purchase obligation.
Developers will be spared interstate transmission system charges if their projects are secured through public capacity auctions held to enable electricity distribution companies to achieve their renewable purchase obligations, and provided the facilities are commissioned before 2023.
State energy minister Nilesh Cabral says householders will be offered the chance to reduce energy bills without any upfront cost by leasing roofspace to installers as part of plans to add 15 MW of solar capacity in Goa by March.
Jal Shakti minister Mahendra Singh wants to achieve a win-win by wiping out his department’s Rs3,000 crore electricity bill and selling clean energy to the Ministry of Power. His solution involves ambitious plans for floating PV in Uttar Pradesh.
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