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ISA to accelerate solar initiatives in Uganda

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the government of Uganda recently discussed accelerating the solar mini-grid project to address Uganda’s energy access challenge and advancing the solar water pumping project under the India, Brazil, and South Africa (IBSA) Fund. New areas of cooperation, such as establishing a Solar Technology and Application Resource Centre (STAR-C), were also explored.

Blended finance key to scaling small-scale solar projects  

Bringing together private and public capital in a risk-adjusted return structure, is key to scaling up financing for renewable energy assets such as solar mini-grids, says a new report.

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The importance of solar mini-grids in universalizing energy access

As solar energy becomes the most cost-effective form of energy generation in many countries, with clear climate, energy, and economic benefits, its acceptance and political support are growing. To enhance resilience and sustainability, strategies that incorporate a diverse energy mix, combining centralized and distributed renewable generation, are most effective, especially in underserved nations.

Statcon Energiaa launches plug-and-play microgrid inverter solution

India’s Statcon Energiaa has developed an outdoor inverter solution for microgrids that can integrate multiple energy sources including renewables (biomass, wind, hydro and solar), battery storage, and diesel generator and deliver continuous, voltage-stabilized power to the loads. It supports both AC and DC coupling.   

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Husk Power Systems secures $6 million from EU-funded EDFI ElectriFI

Bihar-based Husk Power Systems will use $6 million of newly acquired funds to build solar hybrid microgrids in 80 communities in rural India. The renewables services provider already owns and operates more than 120 microgrids in India.

Renewables offer $350 billion investment opportunity by 2030, says Aspire Circle India

A new report by Aspire Circle India estimates the potential of renewable energy and the clean-tech sector according to parameters such as revenue and job creation by 2030, and highlights the top 10 areas for investment.

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India calls for credit guarantee fund to drive solar adoption in electricity-deprived regions globally

RK Singh, India’s power minister, and president of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Assembly, called on nations to support solar investments in developing and under-developed regions, including Africa, through low-cost finance and credit guarantee fund.

Irena fleshes out chilling effect of Covid on off-grid solar

The clean power numbers published annually by the International Renewable Energy Agency provide a snapshot of the global solar market and, this year, a lot of figures were unchanged from the previous dataset, especially in the off-grid segment.

Husk Power Systems secures largest-ever debt finance for solar microgrids in rural India

The Bihar-based rural clean energy services provider has received US$4 million from India Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to construct 140 microgrids in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

NTPC awards India’s first green hydrogen microgrid project 

The project would be a test case to assess the potential of solar-powered hydrogen to displace costly and polluting diesel-based energy generation systems in far-off regions of the country like Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir. 

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