Distributed solar

India and German development lender to launch rooftop solar scheme

Program aims to drive down the cost of solar electricity to a maximum of Rs2.50/kWh in a nation where tariffs vary wildly from state to state.

Assessing metal leaching from PV modules dumped in landfill

An Indian Institute of Technology research team analyzed around 300 studies about PV panel waste containing carcinogenic metals. The researchers said solar module recycling is not economically profitable and policy support is necessary to avoid panels being dumped in landfill.

Distributed Energy’s rooftop solar aggregator platform raises Rs 100 million funding

The platform connects credible renewable energy projects with investors, and has already delivered 5 MW of energy to a range of companies in Southern India and Rwanda.

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ADB extends $250 million loan to EESL for energy efficiency initiatives

The investment—part of a $592 million assistance package—will be used to promote adoption of smart meters, distributed solar photovoltaic systems and e-vehicles in India.

German company Phaesun installs solar-powered water desalination plants in Gujarat

The pilot plants—installed at a temple and a school—work on a membrane-based electrodialysis technology to provide clean drinking water.

Cheap Indian imports claim prompts Bangladesh to introduce solar standards

Dhaka has heeded complaints about Indian manufacturers allegedly dumping sub-standard PV products over the border and issued a requirement for modules, inverters, charge controllers and batteries to attain IEC electrical standards.

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AIIB expects $100 million annual investment in India’s renewables sector

The Beijing-headquartered Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank—which recently approved a US$75 million loan to Tata Cleantech Capital—sees private-sector investment flowing into the nation’s solar and wind projects next month onwards.

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Pay-as-you-go solar provider Greenlight Planet partners telco Orange in Africa

The partnership allows Orange subscribers to access Greenlight Planet’s off-grid solar systems via simple mobile pre-payment, wherever they are and regardless of their total energy needs.

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UNDP tenders 91.5 KWp off-grid solar in Assam and Jharkhand

Prospective developers have until November 18 to submit bids for standalone PV systems, with inverter and lead-acid batteries, at various government high schools, health sub-centres and Anganwadi Centres.

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Goa to replace traditional clay tiles with solar ones

State energy minister Nilesh Cabral says householders will be offered the chance to reduce energy bills without any upfront cost by leasing roofspace to installers as part of plans to add 15 MW of solar capacity in Goa by March.

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