Utility Scale PV

Covid-19 lockdown: MNRE asks Discoms not to stop payments to renewable power producers

The clarification came after States reacted wrongly to the power ministry’s recent order providing a moratorium on conventional power payments and started stopping payments or curtailing renewable power.

Malaysian firm acquires 37.5% stake in Rising Sun Energy

Yinson will pay Rs 554 million (RM32 million) for the stake, and additional funding of Rs 600 million (RM35 million) to repay certain outstanding liabilities of the Indian independent power producer which has two plants in the massive Bhadla Solar Park.

Covid-19: The right treatment for India’s solar sector with comorbidities

This article talks about the areas the government needs to address both immediately and in the long run to help the ailing solar industry in the country.

Cooling down PV panels with water

France’s Sunbooster has developed a technology to cool down solar modules when their ambient temperature exceeds 25 degrees Celsius. The solution features a set of pipes that spread a thin film of water onto the glass surface of the panels in rooftop PV systems and ground-mounted plants. The cooling systems collect the water from rainwater tanks and then recycle, filter and store it again. The company claims the technology can facilitate an annual increase in power generation of between 8% and 12%.

Covid-19 Impact: Electricity demand has dipped by 25% since mid March

Disruptions in the industrial and commercial activities due to Covid-19 lockdown have further dented electricity demand in India which already registered a discernible decline in annual electricity demand. India’s electricity demand in the first 11 months of 2019-20 (April 2019-February 2020) grew by 2.2% (to 1191 billion units) compared with 5.4% annual growth in the same months of previous year.

SECI invites queries online as pre-bid meetings get cancelled

Prospective bidders for 34 MW solar project in Telangana and 14 MW solar plus storage project in Ladakh have been asked to submit any queries online as pre-bid meetings get cancelled due to Covid-19 lockdown. Further, bidding deadline for Ladakh project has been revised to June 1.

NTPC tenders inverter-transformer package for solar project in Maharashtra

Bidding closes on April 29 for supply and installation of minimum cumulative capacity of 23 MVA, which is to be installed for the power generator’s Solapur solar project in the state of Maharashtra.

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Can solar industry tide over the Covid-19 crisis?

Planning ahead is crucial to ensure the Indian solar industry bounces back quickly and the slowdown is not carried forward to 2021-22, say BloombergNEF analysts even as they estimate 75% fall in PV imports in the first quarter of year 2020 over the previous quarter and revise annual capacity addition forecasts.

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Covid-19: MNRE terms utility-scale solar power generation ‘essential service,’ allows related material and personnel movement

The ministry further announced waiver from section 144, Nationwide Lockdown, Curfew, or any other limitation on the number of people required for operation and maintenance of solar power plants. The directive came a day after lobby group National Solar Energy Federation wrote to the ministry asking for waivers.

Covid-19: Discom revenue dip could spell trouble for PV producers

Sliding electricity demand and declining commercial and industrial activity could prompt distribution companies to block or delay payments to solar power producers.

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