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The long read: Netting true value from batteries

Net metering reforms in the US are a missed opportunity to harness residential battery storage, argue researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Compensation rules for residential rooftop solar are evolving toward a model that encourages customers to use battery storage to maximize solar self-consumption. However, is this a good thing? Galen Barbose, Sydney P. Forrester, and Chandler Miller investigate.

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Making India a manufacturing hub for solar-based, decentralized energy products

A new report by GOGLA highlights the opportunities and challenges in establishing local manufacturing and assembly of solar-based decentralized energy solutions in India. It also explores the actions needed to maximize available opportunities.

Avaada to invest $5 billion in green hydrogen, ammonia plant with 6 GW captive renewables in Rajasthan

Ravi Verma, senior executive vice president at Avaada, told pv magazine that the Group would invest $5 billion into setting up an integrated green hydrogen and ammonia plant with 6 GW of captive renewable energy capacity in the state. The green ammonia facility will have a production capacity of 1 million tons per annum. 

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India’s power market design must evolve as renewables’ share rises, says IEEFA  

A new report by IEEFA says India’s power market design must evolve to transition faster to an ultra-low-cost renewable energy-based electricity system. 

PV with gravity storage, redox flow batteries in buildings

Indian researchers have developed a new hybrid system featuring a conventional rooftop PV system, a solar tree, two gravity power modules for building (GPMBs), and a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB), with power exclusively provided by the two solar installations.

India installed 1.9 GW of ‘open-access’ renewables in FY 2021-22

India has surpassed 10 GW of overall renewables capacity installed for offtake through open access.  

Amended Energy Conservation Bill to drive renewables adoption

The amended Energy Conservation Bill sets a minimum usage clause for non-fossil fuel by high carbon-emitting sectors such as power, transport, industry, and buildings. It also includes provisions to incentivize decarbonization efforts by allowing carbon trading.

India may fall behind its 2030 EV sales forecast

A new report says India will have only 50 million electric vehicles (EVs) on road by 2030 despite a ramp-up in domestic manufacturing, falling behind by 40% on the cumulative sales projections by NITI Aayog. It also recommends policy measures to improve India’s chances of realizing 80 million EV sales by 2030.

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TERI draws up roadmap to India’s 2030 renewable energy goal

A new report by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) examines the challenges before India in achieving its ambitious target of having 500 GW non-fossil fuel capacity and meeting 50% of its energy requirements from renewables by 2030. It also discusses feasible pathways for achieving these.

Emmvee eyes early-mover advantage with wafer-to-module production 

Bengaluru-based Emmvee Photovoltaic has a 1.25 GW module manufacturing facility that can produce polycrystalline and mono PERC solar panels, with the ability to upgrade to TOPCon. By the end of 2023, it will raise its module capacity to 3 GW by adding new units, including 1.5 GW of wafer-to-module capacity. Suhas Donthi, director-sales and operations, spoke to pv magazine about current demand for Indian manufacturers and what’s in store.

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