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Indian solar developers must capitalize on advances in resource risk management

For developers to close the emerging gap as the market becomes more competitive – and, crucially, build projects that perform to investors’ expectations in the long term – they need to not only develop better understanding of the factors influencing project performance but also take steps to adopt advances made in other established solar markets worldwide in the use of solar data.

Vikram Solar launches 505W modules with M6 wafer

The Indian manufacturer has unveiled Series 6 mono-PERC modules in 120, 144, and 156 half-cell versions with claimed efficiency between 18.34% and 21.02%.

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Tracking rooftop solar trends in India

Simarpreet Singh, director at EPC firm Hartek Group, speaks to pv magazine about the impact of the Covid pandemic on the rooftop solar sector, technology trends shaping the market, and the outlook for 2021.

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Structural factors driving down solar tariffs in India

An analysis by India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) says improvements in PV panel designs and costs, lower financing costs, and state-specific sectors such as the location’s solar potential and certain waivers have driven the decline in Indian solar tariffs.

SECI tweaks 100 MW solar-plus-storage Chhattisgarh tender

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has issued amendments to the procurement and extended the bidding deadline a second time.

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One-month bidding extension for 100 MW solar-plus-storage in Chattisgarh

Bidders now have until November 27 to submit bids for developing the ground-mounted, grid-connected project in turnkey mode.

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Engineering drives next-generation solar power in Southeast Asia—Black & Veatch interview

Mitesh Patel, Renewables Director-Asia, US-headquartered EPC player Black & Veatch, speaks to pv magazine about the key trends driving the solar market, especially in Southeast Asia, and strategies to improve the bankability of PV projects.

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Sterling and Wilson bags 194 MW solar project in USA

The PV plant—the EPC provider’s largest in USA—will use bifacial modules and likely be commissioned by November 2021.

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Integrating agriculture and solar energy production

A study by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems has evaluated the feasibility of horticulture PV at the site of Paras in Akola district of Maharashtra, where the state utility Maharashtra State Power Generation Co. Ltd (Mahagenco) is considering to install a ground-mounted solar system on more than 100 hectare (ha) of arable land.

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Solar set for boom after a gloomy 2019

Solar installations in year 2020 are set to exceed 10 GW after a year hit by political uncertainties, module price increases associated with safeguard duty and a fewer number of awarded tenders. The outlook for battery energy storage installations for solar projects, however, is bleak as such combinations in India can cost 3-5 times more in 2020 than standalone renewable projects.

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