Technology

NTPC mulling solar power project without a power purchase agreement

With continuous decline in costs of solar power generation, the chorus for shortening the 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) period is growing louder.

Bidding extended for Telangana solar tender

In the second amendment to the tender, the financial and technical criteria have been further relaxed and the bidding deadline extended from June 7 to June 10.

Waaree Energies commissions 49.5 MW in Vietnam

The Mumbai-based EPC contractor and module manufacturer expects its international business to account for more than 15% of its overall revenue. The company’s latest installation, in Vietnam, marks the completion of over 600 MW of solar EPC projects, with an additional 100 MW in its international pipeline.

MNRE invites gravity storage, solar-driven hydrogen production research proposals

The preliminary proposals must reach the ministry by June 30. These will be examined by a committee and the shortlisted parties will be invited to submit final proposal.

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India leads the way as PV threatens coal-fired power

Falling PV panel prices led to notable year-on-year falls in the cost of developing solar plants around the world. India led the way with PV projects costing a weighted average of just $793/kW of capacity installed in 2018. Costs in China dipped to $879/kW last year, while solar projects in US and Australia cost $1,500.

SECI trims 100 MW Telangana solar project

The tendered solar PV capacity for state-owned coal mining company Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) is now revised to 90 MW (AC). Further, the commissioning period has been increased to 12 months.

Tata Power to develop 100 MW project at Gujarat’s Raghanesda Solar Park

The company’s renewable capacity under implementation has now swelled to 500 MW, which is in addition to the operating capacity of 2,268 MW.

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Hindustan Petroleum tenders 1530 KW grid-connected solar capacity in 3 states

The ground-mounted solar PV plants are to be set up at the oil and natural gas company’s terminals in the states of Telangana (750 KW), Uttar Pradesh (550 KW) and Punjab (230 KW). Bidding closes on June 4.

Adani Solar eyes 50% market share within 2 years

Chinese solar modules currently meet around 80% of India’s demand. Domestic modules face stiff competition from those imported from China, which cost 10-20% less, even after the imposition of safeguard duties.

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The long read: Saline solutions

By 2030, according to the United Nations nearly half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas if no preventive actions are taken. Water reuse technologies and measures to reduce water usage can only serve as temporary relief for the upcoming water crisis. Jiajun Cen, CTO at Desolenator, lays out the case for solar powered desalination as a solution.

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