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Solar Water Heaters – Even Jerks Can Save the World

Almost everyone knows about solar water heaters, but sadly, only a small proportion of those who know actually use solar water heaters. A lot many more can use and benefit from this simple, but very useful device. If you live in countries with a decent amount of sunshine in winter too, and good sunshine in […]

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Posted in: Solar Energy, Solar Thermal

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Wind industry looking forward to wind-solar hybrid policy to thrive

At the recent 750 MW Rewa solar park auction in Madhya Pradesh, solar tariffs witnessed a dramatic crash. Levelized tariff for 25 years hit the record low of of Rs.3.29/kWh — a full Rs. 1 lower than previous record of Rs.4.34/KWh at a Rajasthan auction in Jan 2016. The low for first year tariff was […]

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Posted in: Policies and Regulations, Solar Energy, Solar Photovoltaic, Wind Energy

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Railways becomes the focus of India’s solar ambitions easing country’s energy burden

Indian Railways is the fourth largest route network in the world connecting over 8000 stations. Calculations for the year 2015 Indian Railways show that it accounted for (traction and non-traction combined) roughly around 1.5% of India total electricity consumption. Being India’s largest power consumer, deficit in power supply has long been a concern for the […]

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Posted in: Solar Energy, Solar Photovoltaic, Uncategorized

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Want to produce both heat and electricity from the Sun?

When it comes to using solar for your heat and electricity requirements, the obvious solution is to have a separate solar PV system for producing electricity and solar thermal collectors for water heating. It is not uncommon for many industries, commercial enterprises and even residential units to go for both the solutions. Now, imagine if […]

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Posted in: Solar Photovoltaic, Solar Thermal

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What are Li-Fi solar panels and how do they work?

We have all heard of Wi-fi. Now, what is Li-fi, and what has it got to do with solar power, of all things? Just like Wi-Fi, Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) is a high-speed wireless communication technology. Instead of using radio frequency, light is the medium of transmission. Harald Haas, the person who coined the term ’Li-Fi’, […]

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How beneficial are solar panels on parking lots?

Parking lots are one nice location to have solar panels. Why? You have vacant space that is not used for anything, your cars and other vehicles get better shade (if there was none earlier) and well, you generate some electricity as a bonus! Thus, solar panels on industrial and commercial parking lots have seen significant […]

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Posted in: Rooftop Solar, Solar Photovoltaic

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About Bifacial solar panels….

The typical solar panels you and I know are fairly straightforward – light hits the solar cell from above and generates electricity. Any light that passes on and gets reflected from the ground and hits the backside of the panel is just wasted, because the typical solar panel’s back side just has a polymer backsheet and […]

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Posted in: Innovations, Solar Photovoltaic

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Are solar panels on greenhouses a good idea?

One of the main attractions of Solar PV is its ability to provide us with a distributed source of power. Owing to this, one can find solar panels on all sorts of places. Some of these places you would never imagine – like, on a donkey, I am serious! But there are less exotic and really […]

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What are flexible solar panels and what benefits do they offer?

What are flexible solar panels? And more to the point, why would someone require flexible solar panels? Flexible solar panels or rather cells are an innovative solar technology that is largely at the research level currently. In conventional solar panels, the glass, frame etc. can be costlier than the PV materials used. Flexible solar cells […]

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Posted in: Rooftop Solar, Solar Photovoltaic

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What is the relevance of building-integrated photovoltaics in the current solar market?

While the most common place for solar panels on a building is the rooftop, it need not always be the case. There are enough folks worldwide who would like more parts of their building covered by solar panels, so that they can get more power generated from the sun by utilizing as much as area […]

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