An unexpectedly large gathering of international bifacial PV experts convened in Denver, USA in early September, at the 2018 bifiPV Workshop to trade notes on the performance of bifacial PV modules, lauded by some as the most promising advance in solar for a decade. pv magazine was in attendance.
The tipping point, where the world shifts from oil and gas to renewables, will be the year 2035, says Wood Mackenzie. This is when renewables and electric-based technologies converge, with around 20% of global power needs being met by solar or wind, and roughly 20% of miles traveled by cars, trucks, buses and bikes using electricity. Will the transition come soon enough, however?
Developers have successfully secured relief from the federal government to mitigate the effects of GST on PV projects. One-off compensation will be paid and tariffs may be adjusted to reflect any ongoing rise in maintenance expenses.
The farming sector offers the largest green energy innovation opportunity, with rice transplanting, pesticide spraying and grain harvesting together having a market potential worth $40 billion – says the Council on Energy, Environment and Water.
The nation installed 4.9 GW of solar, surpassing the USA – which installed 4.7 GW – to become the second largest solar market in the first half of the year, second only to China’s 24.3 GW.
November is the deadline for interested bidders, who will be permitted to use cells and modules with any origin in the plant, which is planned for Kayamkulam.
Factors including the ability to reach less credit worthy clients, standardised regulatory support and a rating mechanism for developers could promote rooftop solar uptake in India.
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