The award of the nation’s first solar project quality certificate may signal a renewed determination by the federal authorities to crack down on low-quality panels – with Far Eastern imports firmly in their sights.
Inspectors from solar risk management company PI Berlin visited six projects and exposed cost-cutting in installation, non-existent warranties, serious safety concerns and improbable performance figures.
India’s government must create a complete ecosystem to ensure the effective on-ground execution of its ambitious solar program, says Chakradhar Byreddy, Director–Renewable Energy, UL, Asia Pacific, during an interview with pv magazine. This includes investing in laboratory infrastructure, and skills for technical due diligence, energy yield assessment and forecasting.
MNRE head RK Singh delivers a lowdown on India’s current solar installations, recent policies that the government has initiated, and the customs issues with imported solar modules.
Vikalp Mundra, Joint MD and promoter of Ujaas Energy Ltd, speaks to pv magazine about the solar manufacturing and quality importance for India. The company has installed more than 200 MW of solar at utility-scale, rooftop, and residential. He also defended the Renewable Energy Certificate, but explained its drawbacks.
Last week’s Renewable Energy India exhibition was a busy, bustling affair that highlighted the rude health and impressive energy of India’s solar sector. There are still many hurdles to overcome, however, if India is to develop its own domestic manufacturing industry.
An engaging Quality Roundtable helped to shine a spotlight on the chief concerns affecting India’s installers, investors and stakeholders operating in this fast-paced solar market. Industry insiders confident the antidumping investigation against China will amount to nothing.
Agreement signed between India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy & GIZ Germany seeks improvement of framework conditions for grid integration and renewable energies.
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