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Govt to float tender for adding 20GW of solar energy capacity

The government plans to seek bids globally for 20 GW of solar generation capacity by companies ready to set up manufacturing facilities in India. “Twenty GW will be auctioned with condition that only those companies can participate that will set up manufacturing here,” RK Singh, minister of power… read more →

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Officials wrongfully charging duty on solar panels: RK Singh

Renewable energy minister Raj Kumar Singh has complained to finance minister Arun Jaitley that customs officials are demanding duty on imported solar equipment, which has led to ports getting jammed with shipments and jeopardised the prime minister’s flagship programme of accelerating renewable energy… read more →

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Govt planning ‘rent a roof’ policy in solar power push

The Union government is working on a “rent a roof” policy to support its ambitious plan to generate 40 gigawatts (GW) of power from solar rooftop projects by 2022, said Anand Kumar, secretary in the ministry of new and renewable energy. The government is also planning to bid out wind power contracts… read more →

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Greenko, ReNew eye SkyPower’s India solar power projects

Canadian solar energy developer SkyPower is in separate talks with Hyderabad-based Greenko Group and Sumant Sinha-led ReNew Power Ventures to sell stake in its Indian projects, said two people aware of the development. These talks come against the backdrop of increased consolidation in India’s clean… read more →

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Butterfly wings help boost solar cell efficiency

Scientists have successfully reproduced nanostructures found on butterfly wings in solar cells to enhance their light absorption rate by up to 200 per cent. Sunlight reflected by solar cells is lost as unused energy, according to the study published in the journal Science Advances. The wings of the… read more →

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Global fund for de-risking solar projects on the anvil

A taskforce set up under the aegis of the International Solar Alliance has recommended the setting up of a ‘guarantee fund’ that would function as a sort of insurance against various risks in developing solar power plants. The taskforce, comprising India’s Council on Energy, Environment and Water… read more →

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KREDL retenders 200 MW Pavagada Solar Park

The 200 MW Solar park at Pavagada, located in Tumakuru District in Karnataka is once again for the grasps. KREDL, Karnataka’s renewable energy implementing agency has issued a tender for the park to be developed. The deadline for the same is January 3, 2018. The tender was first issued in July 2017;… read more →

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Solar companies protest Tamil Nadu’s move to not pay for excess power

Solar developers are up in arms over Tamil Nadu’s decision not to pay for power they produce by achieving higher efficiencies, which they claim has already cost them over Rs 100 crore. In a memorandum to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Co (Tangedco), the National Solar Energy Federation… read more →

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India says developed countries should earmark financial assistance for solar projects in developing nations

India has said the developed countries should earmark a part of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan towards solar energy projects in developing countries. “Multilateral Development Banks and other financial institutions (should) provide whole-hearted support for solar projects through low… read more →

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International solar alliance to support setting up 1000 GW of solar energy capacity

As US touts coal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sunshine club gets ambitious. Just weeks before it is recognized as a United Nations treaty organization, the International Solar Alliance announces a target to support setting up 1000GW of solar energy capacity by 2030 across its member countries.… read more →

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