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Reliance Industries’ new energy arm to acquire 40% stake in Sterling and Wilson Solar 

The acquisition gives Reliance New Energy Solar access to Sterling and Wilson Solar’s PV plant engineering and project management skills as it aspires to become a global leader in green energy based on the latest and most cost-competitive technologies and development capabilities. 

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The long read: Drones for solar – how useful are they?

Drones have already established themselves in industries as disparate as warfare, wedding photography, and burrito delivery, and increasingly the solar sector is taking the high road, too. Combined with thermal imaging, drones have the potential to obviate expensive maintenance costs for large-scale solar plants, as well as C&I and growing niches like floating PV. But how useful are they, and what role does AI play in making the most of a bird’s eye view?

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Sterling and Wilson Solar announces Q1 FY2022 results 

The company’s revenue from EPC and operations and maintenance business stood at INR 1,195 crore, a 12% growth over the same period in the previous fiscal year. The gross margins remained suppressed owing to an increase in module and commodity prices.

Sterling and Wilson wins INR 890-crore solar project in USA

The Indian multinational has landed a second order from an existing client for the turn-key execution, operation, and maintenance of a solar project. With this, its cumulative order book in the USA has swelled to around US$ 260 million (INR 1,880 crore).

ABB hits 5GW milestone in delivering solar plant automation solutions in India

The company attributes this milestone to many significant solar power projects that it won across India for its utility-scale SCADA and string monitoring solutions.

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NTPC amends 600 MW solar EPC tender

The state-owned power generator has reduced the tendered capacity from 600 MW to 500 MW. Further, the plants are to be located in Gujarat. Bidding closes on November 19.

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NTPC tenders for solar EPC contractors and developers

The state-run power company has invited engineering, procurement and construction services contractors and developers to bid for its solar project contracts, excluding the supply of PV modules. Applications can be submitted until November 19.

Indian-led start-up raises Swiss funding for solar diagnostic tool

Swiss-based SmartHelio claims to have witnessed a near 200% jump in demand for its deep-data driven solar asset management solution, which plugs into solar panels or energy storage systems. Sales of the internet-of-things enabled, cloud product have leapt in the last six months.

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Gujarat extends bidding for 110 MW grid-connected solar and floats new 210 MW tender

Developers now have until September 23 to lodge bids for the 110 MW procurement round and can toss their hat into the ring for a new tender in the district of Jamnagar which closes on October 5.

Maharashtra utility seeks installers for 25 MW of solar rooftops

The state electric company has issued a call for expressions of interest in installing the residential arrays.

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