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Open-access solar faces regulatory headwinds amid favorable PPA demand

The overall open access charges in case of third-party sale of solar power have increased over a period of time. These vary widely across the key states ranging between INR 2-5 per unit. 

‘World’s cheapest wafer’ maker 1366 Technologies plans 2 GW cell and wafer fab

The American business is looking for module manufacturing partners as it plans to bring its ‘direct wafer’ production technique to India. The company uses molten silicon to form wafers rather than sawing ingots, thus eliminating dust waste and speeding up the process.

New microinverter from the US

Yotta Energy’s new micro-inverter is claimed to be an ideal solution for commercial rooftop PV systems linked to between 500 kWh and 1 MWh of storage. The device has a peak efficiency of 96.5% and a nominal maximum power point tracking (MPPT) efficiency of 99.5%.

NTPC seeks offtakers for 735 MW Nokh solar project 

Applications are invited for procurement of power generated from NTPC’s 735 MW solar power project in Nokh, Rajasthan. To qualify, the applicant must have a sanctioned load greater than 2 MW.

NHPC tenders 50 MW floating solar EPC in Kerala

Bidders have until August 5 to lodge their interest in engineering, procurement, and construction of the 50 MW grid-interactive floating solar capacity in the Kollam district. The successful bidder shall also provide comprehensive operation and maintenance of the plant for ten years.

India added 1.2 GW of renewables during Covid-hit April and May

The nation installed 1 GW of solar power capacity and 0.2 GW wind during the pandemic-hit first two months of the current fiscal. The cumulative addition was double that of the same period during the previous year. 

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Now Acme gets Brookfield for a 450 MWp solar project in Rajasthan

After raising equity investment for a 250 MW project, the Indian developer has signed a deal with Brookfield Renewable to develop a 450 MW solar project in Rajasthan. 

PLI Scheme will help India emerge as clean-tech factory of the world

The Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme in batteries and solar will help India graduate from a passive recipient to an active driver in the global clean-tech story.

Fortum to sell off 500 MW of India solar assets to Actis

The Finnish clean energy company, which works primarily on a build-operate-transfer model in India, has signed the agreement to divest its 250 MW solar plant in Karnataka and 250 MW in Rajasthan to UK investor Actis. The transaction is valued at approximately EUR 280 million and will enable Fortum to invest in building new projects.

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Transmission charges waiver for renewables extended till June 30, 2025  

The power ministry has announced that the exemption on grid charges is now available to solar and wind projects to be commissioned up to June 30, 2025. The waiver is also allowed for pumped-hydro storage and battery energy storage system projects.

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