Vikram Solar completes 1.4 MW solar rooftop project

The Indian module manufacturer and EPC contractor has commissioned a 1.46 MW rooftop solar PV installation for Century Plyboards (India) Limited.

Growing awareness of quality, but still a need for more

There is no doubting the tough environmental challenges facing PV modules and systems among the varied climactic conditions of India. These conditions have created earlier failures than seen in mature solar markets, with less diverse temperature fluctuations, such as Europe. DuPont’s Rajaram Pai says awareness of this is growing, however more needs to be done.

Ensuring quality will bring “reputation, prestige” to Indian PV

“Profitable yet risky”: This was one of the findings of a recent study, released in July, conducted by PI Berlin on behalf of Germany’s National Metrology Institute (PTB) when examining six Indian PV projects from the viewpoint of project quality. The report’s author Asier Ukar spoke to pv magazine in advance of his presentation on the subject at the Quality Roundtable at the Renewable Energy India conference next week.

Renewables penetration unbalanced across sectors, off-grid solar boosts access to electricity – report

According to a tracking report from five international agencies, the world is lagging behind its sustainable development goals for the period 2015-2030, although significant progress has been made in reducing electrification deficit in the least developed countries, and industrial energy efficiency. Off-grid solar solutions, meanwhile, are emerging as one of the key drivers of rural energy access.

SECI announces 3.4 GW of RfS for solar projects

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has announced a slew of Requests for Selection (RfS) for the installation of various PV projects totaling 3.37 GW across the country.

Bids for bankrupt Moser Baer Solar expected this week

Expressions of interest (EoI) for the assets of bankrupt Moser Baer Solar are likely to be invited this week, resolution professional Arvind Garg announced. The company owes over Rs 1,000 crore (around US$149.8 million) to a number of lenders.

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IRENA: Renewables can account for up to two-thirds of total energy use, and 85% of power generation by 2050

In the latest edition of its long-term renewable energy outlook, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) calls for at least six-fold deployment of renewables by 2050, compared to the levels set out in current plans. Investment in low-carbon technologies needs to increase by around 30% to $120 trillion to enable the energy transition and avoid escalating stranded assets, the report finds.

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Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE announces 33% efficiency for multi-junction solar cell

Together with Austrian equipment manufacturer EVG, Fraunhofer ISE has achieved an efficiency of 33.3% on a multi-junction solar cell. The highlight of the cell is the ultra-thin II-V semiconductor layer. However, it will be a few years before mass production is possible.

US researchers mull zinc oxide as solar cell manufacturing alternative to titanium dioxide

The group of scientists has identified a new process by which holes get trapped in nanoparticles made of zinc oxide.

Municipal bonds may help India get close to its 40 GW rooftop solar target

Although the development of rooftop solar is not progressing in India as planned by the government, a group of international experts is suggesting to use municipal financing to raise debt availability, and to reduce PV system costs.

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