Installations

The long read: Back to the drawing board

The combined use of trackers and bifacial modules can result in significant power gains, but they are not distributed equally. For single-axis tracking R&D teams, the process of optimizing the output from arrays that use bifacial modules requires experimentation and a steep learning curve in terms of what is going on underneath the module.

India will need 125,000 km2 land to achieve its renewable targets, says TNC research

The land required to meet India’s 2022 renewable energy target ranges from approximately 55,000 to 125,000 km2, or areas roughly the size of Himachal Pradesh or Chhattisgarh, respectively. This much land is likely to impact 6700–11,900 km2 of forest land and 24,100–55,700 km2 of agricultural land. The good news is that India’s already degraded lands have the potential of 1789 GW, which is more than ten times the 175 GW target.

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Maheswari Mining & Energy secures the largest slice of 97.5 MW rooftop solar

The developer won 9 MW under RESCO mode. Other major winners include SunSource with 8 MW, Ampsolar and Varp (5 MW each), and Hero Future and HFM Solar Power (4.075 MW each).

SECI tenders 1.2 GW wind-solar hybrid, 4 MW floating solar plus storage

Developers have until February 25 to bid for ISTS connected wind-solar hybrid projects to be set up anywhere in India at the location of their choice. Bidding for 4 MW of grid-connected floating solar project with 2 MW/1 MWh battery energy storage system—to be set up in Andaman & Nicobar Islands—closes on February 13.

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Technique Solaire commissions its second photovoltaic power plant in India

The first Indian power plant, with a capacity of 5.5 MWp, was inaugurated in 2017 in the state of Uttarakhand. With the just commissioned photovoltaic power plant of 27 MWp, the developer claims to offer the lowest price of solar electricity in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

NTPC tenders 50 MW solar plant operations and maintenance in Madhya Pradesh

Domestic bids are invited to provide operations and maintenance services for the solar plant at NTPC Rajgarh. Bidding closes on January 30. Techno-commercial bids will open on February 8.

Driving India’s energy transition

India needs to look at a diverse set of flexibility options such as natural gas capacity, variable renewables themselves, energy storage, demand-side response and power grids, to ensure successful integration of wind and and solar PV, says an International Energy Agency (IEA) report.

Tata Power Solar bags 250MW solar project from NTPC

The project—valued at Rs 15,050 million—is to be set up using only domestically manufactured cells and modules. Completion period is 20 months.

Andhra Pradesh: Care Ratings puts 26 renewable developers on negative watch

Ratings may be downgraded if there is a persistent delay in resolving the tariff related dispute or any adverse revision in the tariffs by the state regulator and/or continued delays in receipt of payments from DISCOMs.

India’s first “fully solar powered” railway section

South Central Railway’s Nandyal-Yerraguntla section in Guntakal Division has been declared as the first solar section in India that has all of its stations in one stretch powered by solar panels.

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