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Solar’s tumble starts claiming victims as Trina rethinks India

Solar auctions are having their intended effect: Prices for developers are tumbling across Asia. While that’s good news for consumers, solar companies might have to reconsider the economics of projects already under way. That was the message from the world’s biggest solar panel maker, Trina Solar… read more →

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Guj, TN powerlooms reaped max benefits of solar energy scheme: Official

Textile Commissioner Kavita Gupta today said maximum benefits of government's promotional schemes for powerloom textile industry have been taken by entrepreneurs from Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. "The ministry of textiles has announced several promotional schemes for powerloom textile industry but there… read more →

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Nagpur Metro to get solar power at less than Rs 4.50 a unit

Nagpur Metro has decided to go in for captive solar power generation and will get it at Rs4.50 a unit. It will use costly conventional power in evening. Mahametro managing director Brijesh Dixit said that the earlier state power generation company Mahagenco was to generate solar power for Nagpur Metro.… read more →

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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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