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New solar-wind hybrid parks mooted in Gujarat land policy

Solar-wind and wind-only projects will be set up in centralized renewable energy parks along the lines of successful solar installations to keep power evacuation simple, under the terms of the state’s new land policy.

NLC prepares way for 1 GW of solar in Tamil Nadu

State-owned NLC India Ltd – formerly the Neyveli Lignite Corporation – has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Tamil Nadu to set up a 1 GW solar project in the state.

Gujarat cancels 700 MW auction due to ‘high tariff’

Prices ranging from Rs2.84-2.89 have been deemed too costly by the state as the foreign developers who posted the lowest bids blamed high charges at the Raghanesda Solar Park where the projects had to be based.

Maharashtra’s 1 GW tender oversubscribed to the tune of 1.9 GW

Avaada Power and Adani lead the way with each bidding for half the 1 GW of capacity available, after the state distribution company raised the maximum tariff and extended the bid deadline.

Stable policy, varied financing options on solar industry’s budget wishlist

The solar industry seeks tailor-made financing options for end consumers, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and micro SMEs (MSMEs), in addition to supportive and stable government policies to ensure speedier progress.

Power outlook gloomy amid coal and solar woes

India Ratings and Research has maintained a stable-to-negative outlook on India’s power sector for FY2019-20 owing to issues such as slower resolution of the stressed [coal based thermal] capacity, domestic coal unavailability, and reluctance of DISCOMs to sign long-term power purchase agreements. The outlook is not sunny for solar either.

China ready to set 3 GW quota for residential solar in 2019

Sources have told pv magazine the authorities are ready to restart the nation’s residential rooftop segment and have also agreed upon subsidy payments for other distributed generation and utility-scale projects.

Lone bid for 10 GW solar tender rejected

Delhi-based solar developer Azure Power had bid for a 2 GW project on a single site, as well as 600 MW of manufacturing capacity. According to reports, the government has rejected the bid, however, stating that the quoted price is unreasonable.

This year could see a reckoning for ultra-mega PV projects

The fate of the clutch of 500 MW-plus projects due to break ground this year could determine whether such ambitious schemes have a viable future, says Wood Mackenzie in its solar 2019 forecast. And the Indian market should brace for consolidation, add the analysts, because of aggressive reverse-auction tariff pricing.

Swiss firm Talesun and EnergyX to set up 4 GW solar projects in India

Talesun Solar Switzerland is a subsidiary of Zhongli Talesun Solar, which has module manufacturing capacity of 2.8 GW per annum and over 6 GW solar assets across the globe.

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