Solar and/or wind are said to be the cheapest source of new energy generation in all major economies, apart from Japan, finds BloombergNEF. It adds that China’s utility-scale PV market has contracted by over a third this year; and that battery costs are set to drop a further 66% by 2030, driven by EV adoption.
India’s Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has ordered government agencies to reimburse nearly US$30 million incurred by solar power developers as additional capital expenditure under the Goods & Services Tax (GST) laws, which came into effect on July 1, 2017.
State is struggling to hit an ambitious distributed generation target that calls for another 1.6 GW of rooftop capacity within four years.
The projects, in Maharashtra, will be commissioned through a reverse auction with technical bidding to close on December 19. The deadline for the submission of financial bids and the date for the reverse auction after the opening of financial bids, will be published in due course.
India added 1.2 GW of large-scale projects in the third quarter of 2018-19, taking new capacity in the first half to 1.9 GW. The numbers are down 43% and 44%, respectively, on the same periods of the previous year, according to Bridge to India’s quarterly India Solar Compass.
The world is witnessing a major shift in energy demand from advanced to developing economies, with demand growing fastest in India – according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest World Energy Overview.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) have locked horns over the power pricing of a 970 MW solar project.
The first companies are demonstrating that today it can be worthwhile commercially to back electric vehicles in combination with solar generation and storage. Particularly in the case of public charging stations, solar power used for electric vehicle charging could become the basis for a profitable operator model in the future.
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