Can solar industry tide over the Covid-19 crisis?

Planning ahead is crucial to ensure the Indian solar industry bounces back quickly and the slowdown is not carried forward to 2021-22, say BloombergNEF analysts even as they estimate 75% fall in PV imports in the first quarter of year 2020 over the previous quarter and revise annual capacity addition forecasts.

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Covid-19: MNRE terms utility-scale solar power generation ‘essential service,’ allows related material and personnel movement

The ministry further announced waiver from section 144, Nationwide Lockdown, Curfew, or any other limitation on the number of people required for operation and maintenance of solar power plants. The directive came a day after lobby group National Solar Energy Federation wrote to the ministry asking for waivers.

Europe’s Wamtechnik, ION Energy partner to enable electric excavator

The European Li-ion battery manufacturer has partnered with the Mumbai based battery management system provider on the design and deployment of an electric excavator that would operate in subzero temperatures (below -20°C).

Sungrow signs 650 MW PV inverter supply deal with Avaada Energy

The Chinese inverter manufacturer will supply its 1500V 3.125 MW central inverter solution for Indian developer Avaada Energy’s upcoming PV projects in India.

Covid-19: Discom revenue dip could spell trouble for PV producers

Sliding electricity demand and declining commercial and industrial activity could prompt distribution companies to block or delay payments to solar power producers.

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Prospects of India-UK partnerships in creating digitalized energy systems

India’s energy system immediately needs a shift from centralized commands to dynamic interactive structures. While the UK is already spearheading digitalization of its energy systems, India has ample areas demanding interventions, such as integration of decentralized energy systems using digital innovation and analytical tools.

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IndiGrid acquires Sterlite Power’s transmission project worth US$134 million

The project—East North Interconnection Company Limited (ENICL)—provides critical inter-state connectivity for evacuation of power from generation plants in the north-eastern region. It also aims to end power shortfall in Assam during non-monsoon months.

India is third largest producer of electricity in the world: Power minister

The government has signed Memorandum of Understanding with Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Myanmar to inter-alia improve power connectivity and enhance energy trading in the region.

SECI tenders another 32 MW (AC) solar projects for SCCL

The solar panels shall be installed on the coal miner’s over burden (OB) dump at Ramagundam (22 MW) and Dorli (10 MW) sites in Peddapalli district of Telangana. Bidding closes on April 22.

Pumped electricity storage makes a comeback in India, and the world is taking note

India’s energy storage juggernaut is on a roll with the country discovering the cheapest renewables cum storage tariff in history, anywhere in the world. The technology chosen is pumped storage. And by setting up an enabling environment, the government has signalled its commitment to boosting the market!

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