Off-grid solar

COP25: India calls for speedier expansion of International Solar Alliance

Launched in November 2015, the alliance aims to collectively address key challenges to the scaling up of solar energy in member countries that fall between Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. Out of 121 prospective member countries, over 83 have already joined it in a period of just four years.

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.

L&T bags order for solar pumps with standalone lighting in Maharashtra

These systems—to be deployed in Aurangabad, Nashik and Pune—will have provision for mobile charging, transfer of automated meter reading and water discharge reading data.

Clean energy investment in developing nations slumps as financing in China slows: BNEF

Clean energy investment across 104 emerging markets fell sharply by $36 billion in year 2018 from the previous year, even as their coal burn surged approximately 500 terawatt hours to a record high of 6.9 thousand terawatt-hours. Though the decline in clean energy investments was driven largely by China, inflows to India and Brazil also slipped by $2.4 billion and $2.7 billion, respectively. India, however, emerged as the market with greatest renewables potential.

Kerala extends off-grid solar incentive for two years

The order enabling payment of a rupee for every kilowatt-hour generated by off-grid PV systems has been extended until October 2021 because of anticipated delays in the state electricity board hitting its renewable purchase obligation.

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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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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Solar Village Project aims to raise $15,000 for 3 schools through crowdfunding

The US-based non-profit organization will use the amount to install solar panels in three schools of Maharashtra and also fund 300 solar lights for the students. Its partner in these projects, Think Sharp Foundation, will also use the power generated for digital learning tools and libraries.

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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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Off-grid solar sector witnesses sales of 4.1 million products in six months

Industry body Gogla and the World Bank’s Lighting Global program said the last six months set a record for off-grid solar deployment. Solar home systems and other small off-grid appliances are being used in ever larger numbers.

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