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Rooftop Solar

The wild side of rooftop solar

While keeping rooftop solar panels clean and regularly maintained can deter most unwelcome visitors, householders may sometimes have to take more concrete measures to avoid wildlife taking up residence.

AmpIn Energy Transition secures 6 MW solar project with Nagpur Metro Rail

AmpIn Energy Transition (formerly Amp Energy India) has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for a 6 MWp solar project with the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corp. Ltd (MMRCL), Nagpur Metro Rail Project.

Israel raises tariffs for commercial PV by up to 33%

Israel’s Electricity Authority says it has reached a decision on tariffs, as current rates do not ensure the viability of large rooftop PV projects. It has also raised the tariff for stored electricity sold at peak times.


Ayodhya set to become UP’s first solar city

The temple town of Ayodhya’s 40 MW solar plant will become fully operational by March 2024. In rooftop PV, a total capacity of 1,073 kW has been established on residential, commercial, and industrial buildings in the city. Solar-powered boats, water kiosks, and streetlights showcase Ayodhya’s dedication to harnessing solar energy across diverse sectors.

Fraunhofer IWU unveils online tool for sizing of rooftop PV systems

Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (Fraunhoer IWU) has developed a new online tool to calculate the size of rooftop solar arrays, heat pumps and batteries.

Solitek launches solar carport for residential, commercial applications

Lithuania-based Solitek has launched a carport product line featuring 370 W glass-glass frameless modules. It is designed to withstand a snow load of up to 2.5 kN/m2 and 27m/s of wind loads.

California deals blow to rooftop solar

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has prohibited the use of battery-tied solar exports to offset delivery charges, following its decision to slash the value of standalone solar exports in order to encourage the pairing of systems with battery storage.

Dutch startup unveils 600 W two-module residential rooftop PV system

Netherlands-based developer of lightweight PV systems, Rable Group, claims its new rooftop PV solution can be installed in 20 minutes without the need for special permitting or modifications to the fuse box.

Residential PV for urban loads as an antidote to solar curtailment

Researchers in the Netherlands have proposed the use of residential PV capacity to supply electricity to urban loads such as tram substations and dwellings, potentially reducing PV curtailment and demand for additional storage.

India’s residential rooftop solar potential estimated at 637 GW

A new report by CEEW says residential rooftops in India could accommodate 637 GW of solar capacity. Tapping just one-third of this potential could support the entire electricity demand of the Indian residential sector.


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