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Can Indian Discoms Afford Solar?

In all the din of 100 GW, one crucial question does not get asked. Who is gonna pay for solar? Now, this is a somewhat tricky answer. And that’s perhaps why it doesn’t get asked or answered too many times. Let us look at the picture a bit more closely. The 100 GW, or whatever […]

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

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2500 MW of Solar in India in 2015

Mercom Group says India is all set to instal 2500 MW of solar power in 2015. India installed 1000 MW in 2013 and about 900 MW in 2014 – there was thus a reduction in installed capacity in 2014, with the earlier government not doing anything because it was leaving, and the new government not doing […]

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Posted in: Policies and Regulations, Solar Photovoltaic

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Solar Federation Welcomes Gujarat’s New Solar Policy – NSEFI’s Pranav Mehta’s Press Note

Press release == Pranav R Mehta Chairman 18 August, 2015 Press Note National Solar Federation Welcomes Comprehensive New Gujarat Solar Policy encouraging All Categories – Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Residential Users. Attractive features include Rooftop Solar, Net Metering, Agricultural Pumps, Solar Park, Canal Top, ensuring RPO Compliance and REC Benefits Much awaited New Gujarat Solar […]

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Posted in: Policies and Regulations, Rooftop Solar, Solar Energy

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RISEN Energy & RAASI Green Earth Sign MoU for 100 MW Solar Plant in Ramnad, TN

Press release RISEN Energy Co. Ltd, China & RAASI Green Earth Energy (P) Ltd, India, signed a landmark MoU to jointly invest and develop a 100 MW Solar Plant in Ramnad district, Tamilnadu, India.RISEN Energy’s joint investment and development of  this 100 MW Solar Power Plant with Raasi Green Earth Energy in Tamilnadu makes it […]

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Posted in: Chennai, Solar Photovoltaic

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Cost of Storing Solar in Lithium Ion Batteries – Conflicting data

Was reading an interesting article in today’s Financial Express on the use of Li-ion battery for solar power storage. This article was based on perspectives from Samir Sharan, CEO of Acme, the Indian solar and telecom equipment maker that is unveiling a LIB based solar storage solution called EcoGrid. Sure, LIB has its advantages – […]

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Posted in: Energy Storage, Solar Energy

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Surya Raitha Scheme of Karnataka – Solar Water Pumps Made Economically Feasible?

A recent article in the Hindu Business Line dwelt on how, in spite of its advantages, solar water pumps have hardly taken off in India. The article quoted a figure of about a measly 25,000 solar water pumps installed all over the country when there are some 20 million grid powered and an additional 8 million […]

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Posted in: Agriculture and Forestry, Diesel, Rural Sector, Solar Photovoltaic

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Gujarat to be 4th largest state in rooftop solar projects by 2022

It is a bit difficult to figure out how Mercom CapitalGroup makes its estimates. I am not complaining. At the same time, I am not envying them. Getting estimates done for how much rooftop solar India will do in the next few years is as tricky as it can get. While grid connected, utility scale solar is […]

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Posted in: Rooftop Solar

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36 GW of Solar MoUs for Rajasthan from Adani, Reliance, IL&FS, Essel, SunEdison & Azure

Here is an interesting interview with Rajasthan Chief Secretary CS Rajan in The Financial Express in which he mentions that while the state had set itself a 25 GW target for solar within the next few years, they already have MoUs for 36 GW, from just 6 companies – Adani (10 GW), Reliance (6 GW), IL&FS […]

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Posted in: Policies and Regulations, Solar Energy

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My Visit to NCPRE – National Centre for PV Research & Education, IIT Bombay

I had been to NCPRE at IIT Bombay, about a month back. Had been intending to do this for almost a year, and finally did. It was an interesting two hour experience. Firstly, I must say I was quite impressed by the extent of interest taken for my visit by the IIT Bombay staff attached to […]

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Posted in: Colleges, Energy Education, Innovations, Mumbai, Solar Photovoltaic

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Solar Thermal Getting Hotter – Oorja Energy, Hyderabad Offers Solar Heating & Cooling for Industrial & Commercial Sectors

I have known Madhusudhan Rao (Madhu) for a while, from 1998 to be precise. He even “claims” that I was his first boss while we were both at Sify – though fortunately for him I was his boss exactly for a day, as I was fired over some trouble I had with the management the day after […]

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Posted in: Innovations, Solar Thermal

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