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12 GW ‘new solar’ proposal: Industry reaction

“While there are ample solar PV module manufacturers in India to meet the government demands, the proposal would provide impetus to existing and new players to venture into cell production”—according to Sunil Rathi, director, Waaree Energies.

Adani Green wins 390 MW hybrid renewable project

The facility is expected to have solar generation capacity of 360 MW and wind capacity of 100 MW, said the company in a financial update.

Budget 2019: Solar industry reaction

A proposed investment in railways and roads offers an opportunity to harness solar for commercial vehicles and public transport. However, the 2019 federal budget does not address the industry’s call for varied financing options for solar projects or a plea to treat consumers’ solar borrowings as home loans.


India’s private-player driven standalone solar products market could triple by 2023

The overall private player driven market could grow to Rs 26,178 million by 2023 from current Rs 7,051 million, while the government driven market would increase from Rs 31,700 million to Rs 75,000 million. Most of the future sales is likely to come from solar lanterns with additional services, for example, mobile charging, radio, and solar home systems—according to a latest report by GOGLA.

Exicom wins ASSOCHAM award for excellence in EV infrastructure

Exicom has won “Manufacturing Excellence (EV Infrastructure) Award” at 3rd ASSOCHAM Auto Forum held on the theme “Moving towards a greener transportation” held recently in New Delhi. These ASSOCHAM Awards are supported by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India and the NITI Aayog.

Haryana gives farmers solar connection option for tubewells

State owned Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has asked 1,703 farmers from Faridabad, whose applications for new tubewell connections up to 10 BHP are pending, to give their choice for off-grid solar connections from the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency or grid connections from the DISCOMs, reports The Tribune.

Maharashtra’s 1 GW tender oversubscribed to the tune of 1.9 GW

Avaada Power and Adani lead the way with each bidding for half the 1 GW of capacity available, after the state distribution company raised the maximum tariff and extended the bid deadline.

Government to launch Solar Energy Harnessing Centre at IIT Madras

Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan will launch the solar technology centre at IIT Madras on January 25, 2019. The Centre will focus on a wide range of research and development activities such as silicon solar cells that promise high efficiency and are suited for Indian conditions.

Pranav Mehta, India’s ‘Solar Man’ and GSC head, talks solar strategies

From a metallurgical engineer to India’s CNG warrior and later, the country’s Solar Man, Pranav Mehta’s story reads like a series of ‘renewable’ steps. In the first of pv magazine India’s new personality interview series, editor Preeti Verma Lal talks to the Global Solar Council’s new head. He discusses what’s on the to-do list and the strategies needed to succeed.


BHEL and Libcoin to build India’s first lithium-ion battery gigafactory

Government-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and Australian business Libcoin are in talks to form a joint venture to build a 1 GWh production capacity lithium-ion battery plant in India that would eventually be scaled up to 30 GWh.


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