Q4 utility-scale solar down 46%: Bridge To India

India’s utility-scale solar capacity addition during October-December 2018 went down 46 per cent over the corresponding period of 2017. In contrast, rooftop solar grew strongly at 47 per cent.

Vikram Solar commissions 200 MW utility-scale solar in Andhra Pradesh

The plant, situated in district Anatapuramu of Andhra Pradesh, is segregated into two blocks of 100 MW each for better management and higher efficiency. It is expected to power nearly 150,000 homes once connected to the grid.

20 MW floating solar-plus-60 MWh storage tendered for Lakshadweep

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has invited bids for the development of an aggregate capacity of 20 MW of lagoon-based floating PV with 60 MWh of battery-based storage systems in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.

Maharashtra auction sees tariffs hit Rs 2.74 per unit

Tariffs retracted distinctly from Rs 2.84 per unit seen in the 700 MW Gujarat solar auction recently, inching closer to the Rs 2.71-2.72 level of Maharashtra’s previous tender.

Magenta Power and Mahindra Susten partner to offer customised rooftop solar solutions

Magenta Power, a Mumbai-based solar power and electric vehicle charging solutions provider, and Mahindra Susten, renewable arm of US$20.7-billion multinational Mahindra Group, will jointly work towards developing technological solutions and rooftop solar power installations.

Actis calls off plans to buy Essel Infra’s solar assets

Earlier, UK-based private equity investor had reportedly agreed to buy 685 MW of Essel’s solar power projects (including installed and under-construction) for around Rs 4,700 crore.

Singapore fund and British developer eye stake in UK government’s south Asian renewables company

U.K. developer Lightsource BP – in which oil and gas giant BP has a significant minority stake – and its Singapore fund partner EverSource Capital are reportedly ready to take up all the $100 million slice of Ayana Renewable Power which is being put up for sale.

Sterlite Power forays into grid-connected battery storage

The power transmission infrastructure developer has submitted bids for two battery energy storage projects, with a cumulative capacity of 400 MW, in the recently concluded auction of Salt River Project utility in Arizona, USA.

India’s renewable consumption will grow 15 times by 2040, says BP Energy Outlook

India’s renewable power consumption will surge from around 20 million tons of oil equivalent (toe) today to 300 million toe by 2040, predicts oil and gas major BP, mainly in the power sector and driven largely by growth in solar capacity. Yet coal will continue to dominate the country’s power generation mix, accounting for 80% of output, according to BP’s Energy Outlook 2019 report.

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Interview: Hindustan Powerprojects CEO on stepping into new territories

Hindustan Powerprojects has executed more than 350 MWp in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Japan, Korea and the U.K. since its establishment in 2008. It claims to have been the largest solar project developer in the UK from 2011-13 and commissioned its first utility-scale project in India in Tamil Nadu in 2010. In an interview with pv magazine, Lalit Jain, CEO for the firm’s international solar business, shared his experience from developed markets, and what it takes to be successful doing business overseas.

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