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Avaada Energy to set up 2 GW of open access solar plants in 5 states

Currently, the independent power producer has over 500 MW of open access solar portfolio, with leading IT and manufacturing giants among its client base.

Minister says India has surpassed 1.7 GW of non-commercial rooftop solar capacity

RK Singh told the upper house of the Indian parliament yesterday the nation had added 780 MW of new generation capacity in the last two years. The share of renewables in India’s power mix is rising too, but not fast enough to ensure electricity supply for all.


NSEFI seeks liquidity fund for utilities to clear solar power dues

The lobby group has written to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to create a fund for providing liquidity to State Discoms and thereby clearing the dues to independent solar power producers.

China’s air pollution reduces PV production potential by up to 13%

If China could travel back to the 1960s with its 2016 PV generation capacity it could harvest an additional 14 TWh of solar power, according to a study by academics at universities in Switzerland and the Netherlands. With a mixed record for reducing pollution, the country’s solar fleet output appears to be drastically affected by dimmed solar radiation.

Uttar Pradesh tenders 25 MW rooftop solar under ‘RESCO’ mode

Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has invited bids to set up an aggregate 25 MW capacity of grid-connected rooftop solar systems at government/semi-government buildings in the state. The systems—in individual capacities of 25 kWp to 500 kWp—are to be installed under RESCO model on gross-metering basis. Bidding closes on August 12.

Anti-dumping duty on coated steel will raise solar project costs by 2-4%: Care Ratings

India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has determined that flat steel products coated with aluminium and zinc are being dumped by manufacturers in China at dumping margins of 30-50%, South Korea (20-30%) and Vietnam (10-20%). It has proposed anti-dumping duty based on the same to offset material injury to domestic manufacturers.


Private utility AEML tenders 350 MW of wind-solar hybrid projects

Private-sector utility Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited has invited global bids to set up 350 MW of grid-connected wind-solar hybrid power projects. There is also the Greenshoe option to add another 350 MW. The projects—to be developed on build-own-operate basis—can be set up anywhere in India. Bidding closes on August 9.

CEL tenders 36,500 quantities of 75 W solar modules

Bids are invited for supply of 75 Wp solar modules based on crystalline silicon technology. The modules must be made into 9×4 arrays using 36 solar cells each. Bidding will close on August 3.

India needs to spend Rs 5 trillion on transmission to power $5 trillion economy

As the country races to add or upgrade infrastructure for electricity transmission, it needs to take steps to encourage private investments as also lower consumer prices—according to a white paper by Confederation of Indian Industry that includes recommendations on planning, operations and costs for a robust transmission system.

The long read: Battery recycling is possible

A gloomy atmosphere currently hangs over the lithium-ion supply chain. Stationary battery storage equipment and electromobility offer tremendous opportunities. Yet many experts have concerns about the raw material supply and recycling situation. Christian Hagelüken, the Director of EU government affairs at Umicore, a major recycler and supplier of cobalt, explains his view of the situation.


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