Installations

UK university to research solar-powered cold chains for Indian agriculture

The University of Birmingham is a research partner on the Solar Cooling Initiative of International Solar Alliance that aims to spread the use of solar and solar-hybrid energy in agriculture.

Commercial solar at grid parity in China but a hard line is needed on soft costs

Deploying commercial and industrial PV in China without subsidy is already profitable in some areas, according to a new study, but prohibitive soft costs and cheap electricity are the main barriers for such installations in areas where grid parity remains out of reach.

BHEL tenders for supply of grid-connected power conditioning units

Bids are invited for supply, installation and commissioning of eight 1250kW 3-phase grid-connected power conditioning units for a 10 MW (AC) solar power plant in Charanka Solar Park of Gujarat. Bids will open on August 26.

5595 electric buses sanctioned under FAME II Scheme

Of these, 5095 e-buses have been allocated to 64 cities for intracity operation, 400 for inter-city operation and 100 for last-mile connectivity to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

The long read: Tracking in the wind

Extreme wind events are the biggest cause of failure and insurance claims for any PV plant, according to Thorsten Kray, Head of the Building Aerodynamics Department at Institut für Industrieaerodynamik GmbH, Aachen. For structural reasons, single-axis trackers are more prone to the issues than fixed-tilt structures. In this two-part series, pv magazine will examine the ways that wind impacts trackers and what EPCs and investors need to look out for, in addition to outlining a range of approaches from big tracker suppliers that were designed to mitigate wind-related damage.

No bidders for NTPC’s 1.2 GW solar project despite deadline extensions

National Thermal Power Corp. (NTPC), India’s largest energy conglomerate, has suffered a serious blow to its reputation after it failed to attract bids for its 1.2 GW solar project, despite multiple deadline extensions.

3rd International Electric Vehicle Conclave to kick off tomorrow at Manesar

Jointly organised by India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) and The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), the conclave on EV and charging infrastructure will take place on August 9, 2019 at ICAT’s Manesar Campus in Gurugram with over a hundred participating companies.

NLC commissions 100 MW solar plant in Tamil Nadu

The plant—located at Maranthai and Pudur Villages in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu—is part of 709 MW solar power projects awarded by utility Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation.

Gujarat’s solar capacity crosses 2.6 GW mark

Gujarat’s total installed solar capacity has crossed the 2.6 GW mark, according to the latest data released by the Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA).

Discoms still not issuing letters of credit against power purchases – NSEFI

The National Solar Energy Federation of India has warned the Ministry of Power that PV developers may be deterred from participating in state tenders because distribution companies are still not issuing letters of credit as a payment security mechanism.

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