Azure Roof Power, a subsidiary of Azure Power, will install solar panels on Indian government buildings across 10 states, after winning the right to build 50 MW of PV capacity in an auction held by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).
The systems, which do not include inverters, pair a 125 W solar panel with a 1 kWh storage battery.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India has scrapped large amounts of solar+storage tenders at both the Pavagada and Kadapa solar parks as it seeks to renegotiate with states for lower tariffs.
The $625 million program, which is being financed by the World Bank, will provide private developers with financing for viable grid-connected rooftop PV projects.
Swansea University will lead a consortium of 12 British and Indian universities on a £7 million project to build five solar-powered buildings in remote Indian villages that will be fully self-sufficient.
French clean energy developer Engie is reportedly discussing a partnership with Indian roofing manufacturer Everest Industries to develop “solar-ready” rooftop solutions for the under-served distributed generation market.
Report by market analysts forecasts India to become world’s third-largest solar market for 2017 but warns of headwinds including rising competition forcing down tariffs, uncertainty caused by anti-dumping issue, and potential rising module prices.
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