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PWD in Kerala all set to copy energy experiment tried in the Thrissur electrical office

It seems that the Public Works Department (PWD) in Kerala has wholeheartedly embraced the Kerala State Electricity Board's mantra of energy conservation.

The PWD is all set to copy a successful energy saving experiment that it tried out in its Thrissur electrical wing office, throughout the state. As part of the scaling-up, the Division offices in all districts in the state will install facilities to generate atleast one kilo watt of solar power, within the next three months. 

The Thrissur electrical wing office had recently installed 1024 watts capacity solar panels which generates 5 units of power a day. In place of the usual mono-crystalline modules, the PWD Electrical wing has proposed flexible thin film triple junction technology, which was piloted in Thrissur and found effective.



Haste to set up solar projects in TN by govt worries industrialistsPower-starved Tamil Nadu recently unveiled an ambitious solar policy with the aim of adding three gigawatt of solar power within the next three years from almost nothing now, the steepest target for any Indian state

But the aggression and manner of the rollout are bothering those in the industry who worry that there are too many risks. The main criticism pertains to the haste with which the state wants to put up solar projects.

Tamil Nadu has said projects must be commissioned within eight months of signing the power purchase agreement. Under the Union government's National Solar Mission, on the other hand, this is 18 months. It's far more difficult to set up a project in Tamil Nadu, considering the onus on land acquisition rests with the developers.



TNEB does not anticipate any difficulty in getting draft power purchase agreement cleared

The State electricity regulator is ‘broadly on board’ regarding the solar energy policy and Tamil Nadu Electricity Board’s plans to enter into long-term power purchase agreement with potential solar power generators, according to K. Gnanadesikan, Chairman and Managing Director, TNEB.

Addressing potential bidders for the 1,000 MW of solar power that the utility hopes to tie up early in 2013, he said the State Government’s solar policy has been submitted to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission, which has floated a consultation paper for feedback by December 28.

“Leave it to the TNEB to get the draft Power Purchase Agreement cleared,” Gnanadesikan said responding to a question on the need for an approved PPA document for bank finance. The board “does not anticipate any difficulty,” he said



 Centre's solar plan too ambitious say industrialists

Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO), funding for solar projects and active participation by States are key issues that need to be addressed in Phase II of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).


Industry players feel these are the main hiccups that may dampen the Centre’s ambitious solar plan, which is likely to be unveiled shortly.


“There should be strict penalties for not meeting RPO. Every State should fulfil the obligation. Otherwise, there are no buyers for electricity produced from solar projects,” said Managing Director of a PV solar modules manufacturer, requesting anonymity.


According to the RPO norm, every electricity distribution utility, captive or open access, must buy a part of their electricity needs from renewable sources.



MANIT monitoring solar power plant to understand power generation and consumption

MANIT authorities can now actually keep a real time tab about the efficiency and power generation from the solar power plant set up in the campus. With an objective of making better use of solar power plants on the campus, the energy department of MANIT recently launched 'remote monitoring' of the newly installed solar power plant. 

"This is for the first time that monitoring of solar power plant has been started on the campus. The objective is to understand the power generation and consumption," head of the energy department, said professor Saroj Rangnekar, who can now monitor the solar power plant from remote locations as it is connected through internet facility.



99 percent of the solar energy is being generated by private sector

There has been no violation of policy guidelines for implementation of schemes under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, the Government informed Rajya Sabha.“There is no loss to the Government whatsoever,” Minister of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah said during the Question Hour.He was replying to Supplementaries during which some members wanted to know his response on the alleged scam of Rs 13,000 crore by a private company Lanco Infratech.

The Minister said a committee was set up to look into the issue and no violation of guidelines was found. Abdullah said the committee consisting of three Joint Secretaries was set up well before the media reports in this regard appeared. He said if any irregularity is proven and it warrants cancellation of award contracts to private firms, “such an action can be taken by the appropriate authority as Government of India does not award any contract directly”.



54 cities to be developed into solar cities

The Minister of New and Renewable Energy, DR. Farooq Abdullah informed Rajya Sabha that in-Principle, approval has been given to 54 cities for developing as Solar Cities.

The draft Master Plans have been prepared for 28 cities, out of which 8 Master Plans have been approved by his Ministry for implementation. So far, an amount of Rs.19.23 crore has been sanctioned for preparation of Master Plans, Solar City Cells and Promotional Activities for 41 cities, out of which Rs. 4.22 crore has been released. Further, an amount of Rs.11.98 crore has been sanctioned for execution of renewable energy projects in 5 cities, out of which Rs.3.87 crore has been released. The minister further informed that the criteria set by the Ministry for the identification of cities include a city population between 50,000 to 50 lakh (with relaxation given to special category States including North-East States), initiatives and regulatory measures already taken along with a high level of commitment in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy.



Cost effective solar hooter developed by engg students

What do you do when wild boars attack the crop in your field? Especially, if it happens to be at night.

Livewire-linked fencing system being used by some farmers is resulting in the death of animals, and sometimes even of humans. Though the solar power-based fencing also is in use by some farmers, it involves huge costs. As such, the farmers are left with no option but to stay in the field during nights to save the crop.

To overcome this problem, the students of Indur Institute of Engineering and Technology have developed a solar hooter that generates sound and light to scare away these animals and birds as well. The solar hooter offers a cost-effective solution.



TN govt should increase subsidy to 50 percent to help small and medium householdsTamil Nadu government should raise the subsidy for establishing solar power generation to 50 per cent with immediate effect so that the small and medium households and trader and business community also could opt for it, said the State BJP Vice President and National Executive member H Raja.

Mr. Raja pointed out that the State had been undergoing one of the worst periods of power outage ranging from 12 to 16 hours.

Dismissing the claims of Union government that power could not be given to Tamil Nadu citing technical reasons such as grid and transmission congestion, the BJP’s former MLA said that it was any Central government’s responsibility to ensure equitable distribution of all, including power to all States.



Availablity of lands at airports for solar power projects a viable optionOne of the problems often cited by solar power developers in executing a large project, is availability of land. But here is one easy option: Airports.

Think of solar panels in the vast spaces that surround runways, you instinctively feel that it is not a good idea. Would the light reflecting off the panels affect landings?

But apparently, it is a done thing. A German company called Enerparc, a specialist in putting up solar projects in airports, has done over 240 MW of solar installations in active airports. “The largest solar plant we have installed is in the Neuhardenberg airport (picture), which is a 70 MW plant,” Stefan Mueller, Chief Operating Officer, Enerparc said.



Ramanathapuram to be made  hub for solar energy generation

The drought prone Ramanathapuram district would soon become a hub for solar energy generation as more and more private companies were evincing interest in setting up units in the 100 MW Solar energy park to be established in over 500 acres in Paramakudi Taluk, Minister for Handlooms and Textiles S. Sundararaj has said.

He said “applications from private companies are pouring in after Chief Minsiter J. Jayalalithaa had announced the establishment of the energy park at a cost of Rs. 920 crore.

The Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Raasi Green Earth Energy in the presence of the Chief Minister, on 13th Dec for establishing the park, a first of its kind in the country.



2496 solar powered houses to be built in Tiruchi district

As many as 2,496 houses are to be constructed under the Chief Minister’s Solar Powered Green House Scheme in Tiruchi district this year. All the 2,206 green houses sanctioned at an estimated cost of Rs.39.71 crore during 2011-12 have been completed and handed over to the beneficiaries. Of these, 718 houses are located in Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s Srirangam constituency.

During the current year, 2,496 houses have been sanctioned, and so far 15 units have been completed, according to G.Radha, Project Director, District Rural Development Agency. This year too, 718 houses would be located in the Srirangam constituency.



Govt aims to encourage individual consumers to supply at least 1000 MW of solar power by 2017

The government is considering changes in laws that would allow customers to be paid for the solar power they generate and feed into the grid. This will persuade individual consumers, rather than power distribution companies, to supply at least 1,000MW of electricity to India’s grid by installing solar panels on rooftops of residential and commercial buildings by 2017, the government hopes.If successful, this would generate more than one-tenth of the renewable energy capacity of 9,000MW of solar power that the government plans to add under the marquee Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), and more than a hundred-fold increase from the current levels of power generated by rooftop solar power systems..



First solar to supply thin film modules to two solar plants in Rajasthan

Arizona-based First Solar has signed a deal to supply more than 585,000 advanced thin film modules for two solar plants in Rajasthan, India. The adjacent 30 MW and 20 MW schemes, already under construction and set to be completed in the first quarter of 2013, are being developed as part of the second batch of projects approved under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, which is targeting 20 GW of generation capacity by 2022.


Renewable purchase obligation forcing states to come up with solar policies

Gujarat accounts for close to 58 per cent of the country's total solar power output of 1190 MW, followed by Rajasthan with nearly 17 per cent. Rest are way behind. But thanks to Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) targets specified by state electricity regulatory commissions, state governments are coming out with schemes to promote solar power generation in a big way.



Solar devices installed in 100 manufacturing units in Faridabad

Faridabad industrial units have been reeling under a power crisis for many years. This has resulted in players either moving out or closing down their production units in the city. 

Seeing the situation worsening, Faridabad Small Industrial Association (FSIA), with the help of Bosch - a German firm, ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) and Small Industrial Development Bank of India (SIDBI), have taken an initiative to reduce the power deficit through solar energy.



Raasi Green Energy signs MoU with TN Govt to set up solar farm

Excellent location to set up solar park as Ramanathapuram has the maximum solar irradiation in the state!!

Raasi Green Energy Private Ltd today signed a MoU with the Tamil Nadu Government to set up a solar farm in the state of Tamil Nadu with an investment of around Rs 920 crore. The new plant will come in the southern district of Ramanathapuram district.

The company exchanged a MoU with Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) in front of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at Chennai.

Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the state government will give total co-operation and stated that the company is planning to expand to 1000 MW and hope this project will be launching platform for many more such solar power projects in the state.



Tata power solar, India's largest solar cell and modules manufacturing facilityTata Power Solar, a 100 percent subsidiary of Tata Power, continues to be one of India’s largest solar cell and modules manufacturing facility. Tata Power Solar was founded in 1989 as a joint venture between BP Solar and Tata Power, and after the recent de-merger with BP Solar, operates independently as a fully owned subsidiary of Tata Power.

The company currently operates world class facilities in Bengaluru for the production of solar cells and modules that are known for their quality, high efficiency and durability. Tata Power Solar has 125MW of module and 84MW of active cell manufacturing capacity; an additional 96MW of cell capacity is available for rapid ramp in coming year.



ACME Solar power bags 25 MW solar project in Odisha with a tariff of 7.28 per KWhr

ACME Bikaner Solar Power Pvt Ltd has emerged the winner in the 25 MW solar PV programme of the Odisha Government, quoting a tariff of Rs 7.28 per kWhr. The company, a subsidiary of ACME Tele Power Ltd, will invest Rs 200 crore in putting up the project.

Among the other bidders were Welspun Renewable (which quoted Rs 9.40) and Essel Mining and Industries Ltd (Aditya Birla Group venture in Solar) (Rs 9.50). ACME expects solar power to achieve ‘grid parity’ (same price as conventional power) soon, “which is clearly visible in the tariff offered for the Odisha project,” the company has said



Bridge to India predicts tarrifs will fall to its lowest possible yet in Tamilnadu's competitive bidding

Bridge to India has released a new policy brief that predicts that tariffs will fall to INR 6.2/kWh in Tamil Nadu's newly opened round of competitive bidding for solar electric projects.

This would be the lowest tariff yet seen in the Indian market, lower than the INR 7/kWh (USD 0.13/kWh) tariff for PV projects allocated by Odisha. The Tamil Nadu Solar Poli
cy aims to have an installed capacity of 3 GW by 2015, of which 1.5 GW will be utility-scale solar.



Solar powered university campus under MNRE scheme set up in Pondicherry

Pondicherry University’s Silver Jubilee Campus is looking at converting itself into a solar campus where they generate the energy required for their functioning from the sun. The project will be supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

This will be the first project in the country for a solar powered university campus under the MNRE scheme, co-prinicipal investigator of the project G. Poyyamoli said.


865 solar street lights in Tiruchy sanctioned with a total allocation of 1.95 crore

About one-third of streetlights in the panchayats in Tiruchi are likely to be converted into solar-powered ones over the next four years. Solar-powered streetlights were being installed in the panchayats under a special scheme announced by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa through the rural development department.

During 2011-12, the district was sanctioned 865 solar streetlights with a total allocation of Rs.1.95 crore. An equal sum has been sanctioned for 2012-13 for installing another 865 solar streetlights.


Agricultural Engineering College student has come up with an innovative solar powered multipurpose sprayer system for farmers

A third year student of the Agricultural Engineering College of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur, has brought out an innovative solar-powered, multi-purpose sprayer system for farmers.

Sangappa Sankannagowda, of Siruguppi village in Jamkhandi taluk of Bagalkot district, has invented a solar-powered sprayer which can be operated even at night using powerful lights charged through the solar panels installed atop a three-wheeled frame. The power generated in the solar panels allows the sprayer to operate for a minimum of 10 hours.



Households with over 1500 sq ft must compulsorily go for solar water heaters

If things go as planned, the Coimbatore Corporation may ask households in the city to compulsorily go in for solar water heaters.

The civic body was asked to do so at a meeting the Union Government's Ministry of Urban Development conducted in association with the State Government in Chennai recently.

According to sources, the Corporation, like other urban local bodies (Municipal Corporations and Municipalities) had been asked to make it mandatory for residents in its jurisdictions to install solar water heaters. But this comes with a caveat – that this is applicable only for those households with over 1,500 sq.ft.



Consumers may fulfill their obligation by captive generation, buying from third party solar power generators or renewable energy certificates from solar power projects in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu state energy Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has invited comments and suggestions from stakeholders on its consultative paper on issues related to the government's solar energy policy.

The Tamil Nadu Energy Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has called for the comments/suggestions by Dec 28 on issues like solar purchase obligation, net metering, renewable energy certificate (REC) for solar power generators, banking of solar power, transmission and wheeling charges, cross subsidy surcharge, reactive power charges, adjustment of generated power for captive use and others.According to TNERC, the consultative paper is necessitated as the state government has come out with Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy 2012 and also directed it to take necessary action on it under Section 108 of Electricity Act 2003.



Lack of subsidies and incentives finds very few takers for residential rooftop

The Tamil Nadu government's initiative to get residents to 'solarise' their residential spaces seems to have fallen flat. A month after the state announced a solar policy which promised residents generation-based incentives for putting up rooftop solar systems, companies say enquiries from households has been negligible.While there would be early movers who would like to adopt new technology, the incentives are not enough to make this a mass movement, experts say."The policy has certainly generated larger volume of enquiries but people are disappointed that there is no subsidy or financial schemes," said the managing director of Solkar Solar IndustriesK E Raghunathan.



Tamilnadu aims 1 GW  solar capacity by 2013 

The southern Indian state Tamil Nadu has put out calls on 1 gigawatt (GW) of new solar capacity in 2013, as part of the state’s goal of reaching 3 GW by 2015. The local government plans to reach its goal from Renewable Energy Certificates (REC), rooftop installations, and utility style projects.Successful bids will have 10 months to put the new solar energy on-line, along with providing proof of purchase of the land to complete the projects.



Grappling with power cut, church in Coimbatore goes solar


With more than 10 hours of power cut in Coimbatore for the last three months, electricity consumers have started looking at options to meet the energy needs.

Domestic consumers, industries, and commercial establishments are tapping solar energy by installing solar systems.

St. John Church here has installed a one kw solar panel to meet its energy needs.Church secretary S.J. Chandrakumar told The Hindu that because of long hours of power cut here, the church tried using generators for its electricity needs. After exploring the other options for a couple of months, it had now installed one kw solar panel on the rooftop and this was expected to save Rs. 3,000 on its energy bill every month.






Thin-film solar cell can potentially provide electricity at grid parity


This breakthrough could help in reducing the production costs substantially!


Global Photonic Energy Corporation, a leading developer of a sustainable Organic Photovoltaic technology that enables ultra low-cost solar power generation and exciting new product capabilities, announces the demonstration of a thin-film solar cell that can potentially provide electricity at grid parity, or the cost of traditionally provided electricity.

Dr. Stephen R. Forrest of the University of Michigan said the breakthrough, presented at the Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society, is the result of substantially reduced production costs. It is based on a patent-pending invention that reuses the same Gallium Arsenide wafer multiple times to produce solar cells. This unlimited wafer reuse approach to conventional "epitaxial lift off" technology that typically leads to wafer damage, and hence only a very limited number (1 to 2) of wafer reuses, has the potential to reduce the cost of a typical Gallium Arsenide solar cell to below $1 per Watt (peak).





Hidco to install solar panels over all the canals flowing through Rajarhat

In a bid to generate green energy, the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) has decided to install solar panels over all the canals flowing through Rajarhat. It will be a part of the Rajarhat-New Town solar city project and will also prevent pollution of the canal water.

Hidco officials recently reviewed the progress of the solar city project report. "There will be a component in the report on installation of photovoltaic panels over canals through New Town, including Bagjola canal and other link and periphery canals," said Hidco chairman cum managing director Debashis Sen.



RInfra and Tata Power have blamed their failure to meet the RPO targets on delays in commissioning of various solar plants

Private utilities Tata Power and Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) have blamed inordinate delays in commissioning of solar projects for their failure to meet the solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO) targets for the last two completed fiscals.

The companies, in separate representations, informed the sectoral regulator MERC in October they could not meet the mandated power purchases for want of solar power availability.On December 5, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory

Commission (MERC) allowed these firms to carry forward the shortfall to the current fiscal, considering their petitions expressing inability to meet the targets due to non- availability of solar power as well as RECs (renewable energy certificates).



Installation of solar streetlights in 46 village panchayats to counter the acute power shortage and to scale down expenses

Village panchayats in Dindigul district have intensified installation of solar streetlights not only to face acute power shortage but also scale down expenses.

To begin with, installation commenced in 46 village panchayats at an estimated cost of Rs.1.1 crore. On completion of the first phase, the rest of the villages will be covered in subsequent phases, according to Collector N. Venkatachalam. Installation of solar lights was being executed in 14 panchayat unions as per guidelines of the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency. The State Government had already instructed village panchayat administration to switch over to solar lights to tide over power crisis



Expo organised to help people avail of loan for installing solar systems 

Central Bank of India would provide loans to the people willing to install solar systems in their houses to overcome the power crisis, said D.Lakshmi Narayanan, assistant general manager of the bank.

He told presspersons after inauguration of a retail expo organised by the bank to provide loans for solar power equipment, houses and vehicles that people could avail of the loan depending upon the cost of the equipment.

He said that in Tiruchi region comprising 10 districts and Karaikal in Puduchery the bank had disbursed Rs.1,200 crore as loans this year



Bus shelters costing 4.50 lakh declared open in Karumandapam, Tiruchy

Two solar-powered bus shelters, established with funding from the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), were declared open by Collector Jayashree Muralidharan at Karumandapam.

The bus shelters are fitted with solar panels which will power the LED lights inside them, mobile phone charger, and FM radio.

The two shelters have been established at a cost of Rs.4.50 lakh each.



Objective of SERIIUS is to accelerate development of solar electric technology by lowering cost per watt of photovoltaics and concentrated solar power

Solar Energy Research Institute for India and US (SERIIUS) was launched in Mumbai. It is the largest of the three Joint Clean Energy Research and Development 

Centres (JCERDC). SERIIUS is jointly funded by Govt of india, dept of science and technology and US department of energy. It is funded over a five-year period starting October, 2012 with funding of 25 mn dollars for 5 years with 50-50 split between india and US.

The lead institutes for SERIIUS are Indian Institute of Science in India and National Renewable Energy Laboratory in US.



BHEL plans on diversification to solar energy and defence sector to overcome power sector woes

State-run BHEL plans to invest up to Rs 2,000 crore for setting up solar equipment manufacturing facility having a capacity of 600 MW.

BHEL, grappling with persisting headwinds in the power sector, is betting on business diversification spread across various areas including solar energy and defence sectors.

"Initial investment could be around Rs 500-600 crore and then when we (can) expand it. (Overall investment) can go up to Rs 2,000 crore for a 600 MW capacity," BHEL Chairman and Managing Director B P Rao said.

Bhel's move to foray into solar equipment manufacturing comes at a time when the import of cheap solar gears, especially from China, as well as overcapacity are hurting the Indian players.



Various schemes that have been included in JNNSM tabled in Lok Sabha

The Minister of New and Renewable Energy, DR. FAROOQ ABDULLAH informed Lok Sabha today that suitable clauses detailed below have been included in various schemes of the JNNSM viz Rooftop PV and Small Solar Power Generation Programme (RPSSGP), Batch-I&II and Off-grid and Decentralized Solar Applications to encourage domestic manufacturing.

i. All Grid Solar Power Developers under RPSSGP of JNNSM, using Crystalline Silicon Technology, are required to procure Modules manufactured in India. 

ii. All Grid Solar Power Developers under Batch-I, Phase-I of JNNSM, using Crystalline Silicon Technology, are required to procure Modules manufactured in India. 

iii. All Grid Solar Power Developers under Batch-II, Phase-I of JNNSM, using Crystalline Silicon Technology, are required to procure Cells and Modules manufactured in India. 

iv. Under off-grid solar scheme of Government of India, only modules made in India are allowed to be used.



137.62 crores provided as subsidy to various beneficiaries on solar water heater

The Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah informed Lok Sabha that the Government provides a capital subsidy of 30% of the benchmark cost of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems including solar

water heaters to the beneficiaries in general category states through state nodal agencies, system integrators and other channel partners. However, in case of special category states, this subsidy is up to 90% of benchmark cost of 

solar photovoltaic for certain applications and 60% for solar thermal systems including solar water heaters. A total amount of Rs. 137.62 crore has been provided as subsidy to various beneficiaries in the country on solar water

heaters during the last three years.



Pioneer PV Solutions sees potential in small solar solutions

Pioneer PV Solutions, a thin-film microsolar company, has officially launched, with plans to provide high-quality, off-the-shelf, compact solar solutions for rechargeable and DC power applications.

The company sees a vast market available for the taking with applications such as mobile consumer electronics, parking meters, remote industrial sensors, rural water filtration and purification systems, and lighting for the developing world



1,000 MW will be created under solar energy plants to support agriculture pumpsets

The government is planning to tap solar energy in a big way to support agriculture pumpsets during daytime as a long-term strategy, even while reiterating its commitment to seven-hour power supply to farm sector during the present rabi season.

A policy decision, however, is taken to restrict the utilisation of the solar energy, availability of which initially would be limited, to support 3 HP-5 HP power pumpsets linked to drip irrigation systems and sprinklers.

Initially, an installed capacity of 1,000 MW will be created under solar energy plants in Andhra Pradesh under private sector, by offering incentives to developers.



*Solar boats to be used to reduce the fuel cost

Even as transport development agencies discuss the need to integrate various modes of transport, the state water transport department (SWTD) has come up with a plan to revamp its fleet and utilize solar energy to bring down the fuel cost.

The department plans to introduce solar boats and set up chemical toilets in existing boats.

Speaking on the project, SWTD director Shaji V Nair said that the decision to introduce solar boats on a trial basis would be taken after scrutinizing a report submitted by the ship technology department of Cochin University of Science and

Technology ( CUSAT). The state government took the initiative to authorise the university to conduct the study. "After analysing the report, we will look into the project cost and feasibility," he said.



Food container powered by solar energy to be released in India

Seems to be a good device but will it be affordable?

A food storage device which runs on solar energy could soon be rolled-out in India to help cut the nation’s food waste.

Named the SolerCool (pictured), the container has a solar panel covered roof that supplies energy to the cooler inside. The system also works as a solar generator, which stores energy to provide a cool transport of food items even after dark.

It is expected to help preserve crops on the way to the market as around 30-40% of harvest is lost due to lack of cold-chain facilities to store and transport food.



BHEL aims to invest Rs 2,000 crore for manufacturing solar equipment 

State-run BHEL is pitching for duties on imported solar equipment to safeguard the domestic manufacturing industry that is being hurt by cheap imports primarily from China. 

BHEL's move comes close on the heels of the government slapping higher levy on imported power equipment, a development that would provide succour to domestic sector already grappling with sluggish business prospects. 

"The domestic (solar cell manufacturing) industry has to be given that protection otherwise cheaper imports will come and domestic industry will close down," BHEL Chairman and Managing Director B P Rao said.



Phase II of JNNSM to focus more on domestic solar equipment production

Among various support measures under phase –II plan of National Solar Mission to expedite the solar power projects in the country, Indian government plans to provide stronger thrust on domestic solar equipment production and is considering incentive package for the manufacturing sector.

Phase I of solar mission had relatively smaller capacity addition targets and bundling scheme and generation based incentive mechanism proved sufficient and successful for proliferation of solar power in India during initial stage of the Mission. However, phase II has aimed for significantly higher scale of targets and the ministry of new and renewable energy is contemplating all the possible options for implementation of the mission. Several measures like viability gap funding for large solar projects (range of 750 mw-1,000 mw) and pre-fixed tariff, among others are being proposed under phase II plan,” according to the draft policy document on National Solar Mission, phase II.



TN generates a paltry 15 MW through solar energy

Considering the amount of sunlight TN recieves, it has the capability of generating much more through solar energy!!

In a year's time all higher educational institutions in the state will have to ensure that they use solar energy to meet at least 6% of their energy needs. The Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (Teda) will co-ordinate with colleges and universities to facilitate this. 

Speaking to heads of higher educational institutions in the state minister P Palaniappan said, "The higher education department has a big responsibility of implementing the Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy 2012. We should not stop at just teaching, but be an example to others by implementing this policy." He was addressing principals and vice-chancellors of higher educational institutions in the state at a meeting to promote solar power installations on Thursday. Institutions are expected to meet the 6% requirement by January 2014.



Solar power expected to be cheaper than conventional power by 2017

These are encouraging signs!!

 By 2017, the cost of generating solar power in India could be as low as the cost of buying conventional electricity if the National Solar Mission sticks to its target.

A draft policy document on the second phase of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, prepared by the ministry of new and renewable energy, hopes that the country will achieve grid parity five years ahead of the original target of 2022.

"We hope to see solar tariff rate coming down to Rs 6/unit in the second phase," Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary at the ministry, said.



Solar city project aims at minimum 10% reduction in projected demand of conventional energy at the end of five years

Krishna district Collector Budha Prakash M. Jyothi has set the ball rolling for transformation of Vijayawada into a solar city by approving the proposals submitted by the New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP).

In the wake of a rapid rise in demand for electricity, development of solar cities is seen as the most viable proposition. It is designed to encourage local governing bodies to prepare a road map to guide their cities in becoming ‘renewable energy cities’ or ‘solar cities’.



Solar Energy Association of Tamil Nadu’ (SEAT) to promote tapping and use of solar energy through a consortium approach

With severe power crisis continuing to threaten industrial prowess, a group of industrialists from Tirupur region have come together to float ‘Solar Energy Association of Tamil Nadu’ (SEAT) to promote tapping and use of solar energy through a consortium approach in industrial clusters across the State.

“Though only nine persons from the area are initially in the association for registration purpose, it will soon be enrolling entrepreneurs from various industrial clusters all over the State so as to help the industries become self-sufficient in its power needs within a year,” Raju V.R. Palanisamy, a leading textile entrepreneur and president of the SEAT, said.



The much awaited solar tender in Tamilnadu is out

The Tamil Nadu government has come out with its tender for award of solar power projects in the State — the largest ever issued in India — even as the threat of anti-dumping duty on imported cells and modules from select countries looms large over the programme.

The tender is for the “procurement of solar power from developers establishing solar power plants of 1 MW or above capacity in the State of Tamil Nadu at the rate to be finalised through competitive bidding.”

The basic contours of the tender are the same as communicated to the public by the state electricity distribution utility, Tangedco — that projects would be awarded to the bidder who quotes the least tariff. Payments to developers will be secured by an “unconditional, revolving and irrevocable letter of credit’ mechanism. 



100 solar street lights to be installed in the first phase in villages adjoining the Indo-Nepal border

The central government has approved the project to illuminate backward villages on the Indo-Nepal border with solar energy under the border area development scheme.

The service would be free for the villagers and the responsibility of looking after the solar street lights would be entrusted to the villagers themselves.

A large part of the district comes under the Sohelwa forest division which is spread across 452 square kilometers and includes several gram panchayats of Gaisdi, Pachpedwa, Haraiyya and Tulsipur development blocks.


Consumers have to meet 3 per cent of their electricity needs from solar power from January 2013 and 6 per cent from 2014.

With the Solar Purchase Obligation (SPO) set to kick in from January 2013 for industrial and commercial consumers in Tamil Nadu, the details of its implementation need to be finalised for clarity, say industry representatives.

Industrial consumers with captive wind capacities are worried. To them, the SPO is an added expense even as they try to meet the 9 per cent Renewable Energy Purchase Obligation (RPO) in place under the prevailing laws . Those ‘obligated’ to meet the RPO are: distribution licensees, grid-connected captive power consumers and open access consumers.



Mahindra EPC to set up two solar photovoltaic power plants

Mahindra EPC Services will set up two solar photovoltaic power projects in Rajasthan along with a French company, Fonroche Energie S.A.S through its special purpose vehicles in India worth Rs. 100 crore ($18 million). 

A consortium of lenders comprising of KKR India Financial Services, Tata Capital Financial Services and Aditya Birla Finance are providing the term loan for the financing of the two projects.


Phase 2 of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) released 

Phase 2 has a number of options for domestic requirement which is encouraging!

On December 4th, 2012 India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) released a draft document of phase 2 of the nation's Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). 


Phase 2 would leave the majority of work up to Indian states, calling for only 4 GW out of a 10 GW goal for solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) to be developed through the central program. The draft also proposes a 70-30 share of 2.52 GW of PV and 1.08 GW of CSP projects.




One day seminar on December 8th scheduled in Chennai

 A one-day seminar scheduled in Chennai on December 8 will go into the various aspects of solar energy against the backdrop of the recent solar policy announced by Tamil Nadu government.

Organised by the Movement for Green Revolution and Enfuse, the event aims to help developers keen on participating in the State’s mission of generating 1,000 MW.

The seminar will discuss solar energy, solar grid projects, emergent technologies, tender details, project financing, operation and maintenance and return on investments.



Plans to install four solar units of 30 KW each and one of 1 megawatt in the next six months 

That a state with abundant sunshine should set an example in using solar energy to meet most of its requirements is still a distant dreamBut, the Central University of Rajasthan, in a first-of-its-kind initiative, has shown the way by meeting 60% of its energy needs through solar energy.

The university is the first in the state and among the eight central universities formed by the HRD ministry to have successfully channelized solar energy to meet daily requirements.The university campus has four buildings with a monthly requirement of 600 kilowatt electricity (for November), of which 420 KW is generated by solar panels.

The energy is used to heat around 80,000 litres of water and light up 62 electric poles in the campus.



 Line of credit (LoC) is available for all renewable energy projects with greatest priority for  solar

The World Bank has agreed to make available a $200 million (Rs 1,100 crore) line-of-credit to IIFCL (India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd) for lending to solar power projects in India. This will pave the way for cheaper loans for solar projects.

Confirming this to Business Line, the Chairman and Managing Director of IIFCL, S. K. Goel, said that after the World Bank’s acceptance of the proposal, “we are proceeding with the general terms and conditions.”

He expects the LoC to be operational by the end of this month. The LoC is available for all renewable energy projects but “our priority is solar,” Goel said. IIFCL is already a major lender to solar projects with exposure of Rs 570 crore. It is learnt that the government-owned non-banking finance company has co-lent to 210 MW of solar projects.



Solar Developers in India devise strategy to counter anti dumping duty

Solar power developers in the country have united to devise a strategy to counter any anti-dumping duty on solar cells and panels imported from China and the US. (Anti-dumping investigations were notified by the Ministry of Commerce on November 28.)


With only 40 days to submit a reply, 12 solar power developers participated in a conference call on Friday to discuss means to thwart any anti-dumping duty.


Developers decided to activate the dormant Solar Independent Power Producers’ Association, for effective lobbying. They will also hire a consultant to generate data to back the Association’s case, and a law firm to argue the case



Proposed energy production is at an estimated 148 MWh per year with a capacity of 100 kilowatts-peak (kWp)

Cochin International Airport is set to become the first airport in the country to use solar power for running its utility grid system.


A Kolkata-based solar module manufacturing company, Vikram Solar, would be installing a 100 kWp solar power facility at the airport situated at Nedumbassery in Cochin.


Giving details of the system, a senior company official said Vikram Solar would design, install and commission the solar photo-voltaic (PV) power system consisting of mounted solar panels.

"The panels would generate DC electric power, which unlike the general practise, would not be fed directly into the utility grid," Gyanesh Chaudhary, Director of the company said.

 "Instead, inverters would convert the direct current output from the solar array into a grid-compliant AC voltage which will feed it into the utility grid system to be used for lighting in the terminal building," Chaudhary said.



21 solar bus shelters planned in TiruchyTwo modern bus shelters built at Karumandapam with lights powered by solar panels are ready and set to be inaugurated next week.

These will be part of 21 modern bus shelters planned to be installed in Tiruchi, with funds released by P.Kumar, Member of Parliament, from his Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADs). Mr.Kumar had already sanctioned Rs.83.50 lakh for the project. The modern bus shelters would be on the lines of the one installed in New Delhi and fitted with solar panels for lighting and come with a mobile phone charger, according to Mr. Kumar. Each of the shelter is being established at an average cost of about Rs.5 lakh.



Solar inverters have become affordable todayAs part of its programme to spread awareness on shifting to more renewable and cleaner source of energy to protect the earth, Exnora International recently conducted a meeting to discuss the benefits of solar energy in T. Nagar. Stressing on the need to promote utilisation of solar power by every house, Anand Laxman, Senator, Exnora International, said that solar energy should be used for at least five per cent of household power consumption.

R. Venkateswaran of Solkar Solar Industry Ltd said that solar inverters have become affordable today. He also gave details of products available in the market. Exnora will conduct similar awareness programmes in other parts of Chennai.



Electricity bills have reduced hugely due to use of solar power in govt offices
Use of solar appliances has helped in reducing Uttar Pradesh government's electricity bills by Rs 7.42 lakhs. This became possible after solar appliances helped in generating an average of 1.83 lakh units of power every month for Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhavan which is better known as the state annexe.

The development has given officials in the power starved state a reason to smile. There are some 20 government buildings in the state that consume volumes of power each day to fulfill the usual demand of lights, fans and air conditioning. Electricity is also needed to run the elevators and provide a back up to computer servers.The energy saved would therefore be a significant contribution to the pool.



Investors worry about payment security

Although the mood over the upcoming 1,000 MW programme of the Tamil Nadu Government is palpably upbeat, many prospective investors have pointed out several pain points in the visible contours of the programme. They want these to be addressed before the tender is out.

The biggest worry still remains payment security. Tangedco has said payments will be backed by letters of credit. Still, many questions remain unanswered. LCs for what duration? Will the LCs be enforceable? Will they be irrevocable? Will they cover the first year’s tariff or also the annually hiked tariff too? Absence of specifics at this stage cause concerns among investors.The other concern is the ‘pro-rata’ allotment of projects. Given the huge interest from developers, it is expected that the bids submitted may exceed the 1,000 MW offered. If it happens, Tangedco says the projects will be awarded on ‘pro-rata’ basis.



 The minimum loan limit is Rs.1 lakh the maximum is Rs.10 lakh but subsidy up to 30 per cent is available from the government

While Gujarat and Rajasthan lead the country in solar power generation , there is wide scope for tapping solar power in Tamil Nadu, said S.Raghu Vatsa Chari, Chief Regional Manager, Indian Overseas Bank.

Speaking at a meeting on renewable energy - solar power - organised by the Thanjavur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr.Chari said that Gujarat generated 900 MW of solar power while Tamil Nadu generated only 12 MW. There is wide scope for improving solar power generation in Tamil Nadu.



30% rise in demand for solar products in the last few years

To combat power shortage and frequent power cuts, people in the Millennium City are opting for alternative renewable sources of energy. Solar-powered products are a hot favourite. No wonder, Gurgaon's sunshine sector is beaming happily. 

"Although solar energy has been around for well over four decades, it has now started picking up and the demand has really picked up in the past one year. The reason for this is probably the fact that this technology is now relatively cheaper than it was earlier. In some cases, solar energy now can compete with diesel generators," said Sanjay Dhawan director and promoter, Punchline Energy, which deals in solar water pumps (for farming/irrigation purposes), solar power packs, mini/micro grids, solar lighting, as well as high-end LED streetlights.




75 million of its 226 million households in India are bereft of power, the largest such demographic globally

Of the nations participating in the Doha Climate Change Conference, India holds an unenviable distinction—it faces what is probably the greatest challenge to electricity access in the world. About 75 million of its 226 million households are bereft of power, the largest such demographic globally.

This is a debilitating situation for an economy straining for growth. In its vast hinterland, agricultural demand is so high that about 20 per cent of India’s total power demand is accounted for by water pumps. And, the paucity in its households is so acute that Indian families spend about $2.2 billion to buy heavily subsidised kerosene every year, according to an International Finance Corporation report. Much of this is in rural areas, where the electrification rate hovers around the 50-per cent mark.



AP govt wants 1000MW solar power projects ready by June 2013

The state power utilities are going to select private developers as well as private procurers for 1,000 Mw solar power projects, which the government wants to be established by June, 2013.

The Andhra Pradesh government has come up with this novel idea to ensure a buyer-seller link outside the state power utilities to minimise the subsidy burden.

According to the guidelines issued by the AP energy department, the discoms will have to include the cost of solar power in their filings with the state electricity regulatory commission (APERC). However, the extra cost to the extent not covered by tariff order will have to be recovered through sale at the rate at which it was procured.



New Delhi takes to solar power

Hopefully other stations would follow suit

In what could crown the New Delhi railway station as the first ‘green’ station in the city, the Delhi Division of Northern Railway is looking at the option of using solar energy to power the premises.

Under the pilot project, solar panel of 1 megawatt (MW) capacity will be installed in the non-utilised portion of the rooftop. Authorities highlighted the need to conserve energy and reduce the power bill of the station.

At present, New Delhi pays around Rs 1.5 crore as its monthly power bill and draws 5 MW electricity. “The solar panels will help reduce the dependence on the conventional source of power. We will install higher capacity solar panels in a phased manner,” Divisional Rail Manager A K Sachan said.



Jewellery Manufacturers in Coimbatore go in for rooftop solar panels

Even as industries in Coimbatore region reel under long hours of power cut, suffering sharp decline in production, one segment is studying the solar option as a joint initiative to tackle the power problem.

The jewellery manufacturers in Coimbatore, numbering over 350 and supporting about 25,000 goldsmiths, plan to go in for rooftop solar panels for the work sheds.

B. Muthu Venkatram, president of Coimbatore Jewellery Manufacturers’ Association, said that some of the members of the association visited solar exhibitions in other cities and are holding talks with solar companies. The jewellery industry needs power supply for lighting and for several processes, such as polishing.



HT consumers in Tamilnadu will have to meet 3-6 per cent of their power requirement from solar power under the purchase obligation

Grid connected solar power producers in Tamil Nadu can be confident of timely tariff payments and evacuation, assured the Electricity Minister, Natham R. Viswanathan.


The State-owned utility, Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company, will soon be calling for bids from solar power generators to enter into long-term power purchase agreements with it.


The utility plans to tie-up 1,000 MW of solar power in line with the plans outlined in the Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy 2012 announced last month.



Gujarat bags 5 awards at Enertia 2012

Other states could take a cue from this achievement!!

Gujarat's power utility companies and its officials have bagged five awards at the 6th Enertia Award 2012 for sustainable energy and power.

The five awards consisting of three state levels and two individual levels were given away by the union minister of new and renewable energy Dr Farooq Abdullah, who was the chief guest at the award function held recently at New Delhi.

Gujarat has won award in 'Top investment and infrastructure excellent state in energy and power' category for fifth consecutive time since the introduction of this category in 2008.



Industries planning on giving 10% property tax for using solar energy

Industries have sought concessions inproperty tax for those using solar energy from theNashik Municipal Corporation (NMC). The civic body is contemplating to give the concession to the industries in Satpur and Ambad industrial areas of Maharashtra Industrial Devel- opment Corporation (MIDC).

The proposal is to be tabled at the next general body meeting of the NMC.

NMC's deputy municipal commissioner (Octroi), Haribhau Phadol, said, "Industries are already given 5% concession in property tax for using solar energy. Following the demand, we are planning to give 10% concession. But we will have to get the approval of the general body. We are preparing a proposal in this regard and will table it at the general body meeting."



Rajasthan state is auctioning contracts for 100MW of photovoltaic and 100 MW of solar thermal plants

Rajasthan has called for bids to set up 200 megawatts of solar-power projects after delaying the process for almost a year.

The state is auctioning contracts for 100 megawatts of photovoltaic plants and 100 megawatts of solar-thermal plants, according to bidding documents posted on the website of the state-run Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corp.

While the northwestern state, which has some of India’s most promising terrain for sun power, called for bids last December, it never carried out the auction. Bids this time are due by Jan. 11 and will be opened the same day, according to the documents.Rajasthan receives on average the most solar irradiation in India after the neighboring state of Gujarat, according to a joint study by the India Meteorological Department and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.



MP solar energy generation is likely to reach upto 650 MW by the end of 2013

Owing to new projects in of renewable energy are being set up, the state government hopes that Madhya Pradesh would become pioneer state in generation of solar, wind, small hydel and biomass energy in the coming decade. This information was given at a review meeting of the new and renewable energy department chaired by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on MondayUndertaking a detailed review of the department's action plans, Chouhan said it is necessary to encourage renewable energy on a large scale with a view to making Madhya Pradesh a leader in the energy sector. He also directed to install solar plants in government buildings and to accelerate pace of installing solar streetlights in selected streets of major cities.



Punjab govt needs to decentralise the process of solar energy

Emphasising on the need to create awareness amongst the people on solar energy for domestic consumption, Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil today asked the state government to make a concerted effort and decentralise the process of harnessing solar energy.


Presiding over a high-level meeting to review the untapped potential of solar energy, the Punjab Governor said every household across the state should be encouraged to have Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) Panels on their rooftops to augment such energy generation, an official release said.


He opined that solar energy should be made a mass movement to meet the power supply in domestic, agriculture and industrial sectors besides being used by religious institutions and shrines.



The need to introduce alternative sources of energy is the need of the hour in TN 

Industrial experts in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, have claimed that using solar energy is extremely beneficial in the wake of consistent and acute power shortages in the area.

According to media reports, nanotechnology has the potential to make solar energy affordable and cost-effective at the same time.

Coimbatore is well-known for windmills, but it has now made its foray in the realm of solar energy.

A one MW solar plant has been set up in Coimbatore and the energy generated is supplied to the grid.

Solar plants can be established anywhere in the state, especially on rooftops where solar panels are installed.

In the future, it is said that nano-materials may be used to transform heat generated from various equipment.

R. Challappan, solar energy producer and an industrial expert, on Monday, said that the alternative energy source was becoming increasingly popular to solve the problem of power cuts.

"We are getting a lot of enquiries, particularly from the manufacturing segment and hospitals and institutions. It looks like solar energy is the best option for establishing power continuity and improving productivity. So, with the help of the new policy, there is enormous hope and potential for the solar companies to contribute to society," he said.

Challapan said that Tamil Nadu was going through a dark phase, thus the need of the hour is to introduce energy sources that could increase productivity.



Solar power developers have 90 days to achieve financial closure from the date of issue of the letter of intent

Solar power developers who are interested in putting up projects in Tamil Nadu are worried over the tight deadlines and power evacuation arrangements.

Developers who win rights to put up solar projects in the State in a competitive bidding process have 90 days to achieve financial closure from the date of issue of the letter of intent.

While even this is a very tough deadline to meet, a third of this time will be taken up by the State electricity utility, Tangedco, to do the ‘load flow study’ for the site and give its clearance. The load flow study is needed to ensure transmission stability, determine the suitability of the site and thus impact the very viability of the tariff offered. This is critical in today’s context in Tamil Nadu where wind power projects are often hampered by non-availability of the grid.



The New and Renewable Energy Policy to provide employment to more than 25000 youth

The New and Renewable Energy Policy, 2012 would attract an estimated investment of Rs 18,000 crore besides providing direct and indirect employment to more than 25,000 youth in Punjab.


Disclosing this here today, Non-Conventional Energy minister Bikram Singh Majithia, said that the revolutionary policy approved by the Punjab Cabinet would not only change the energy scenario in the state but also generate more employment avenues for the people.


Besides attracting large investments, it would also generate 10 per cent of the total power installed capacity thus bridging the gap between demand and supply, he said.




Schools in Kerala teach lessons in  energy conservation

In an effort to conserve energy, the state government has joined hands with CBSE schools. Students in CBSE schools will be given lessons in energy conservation and preventing wastage at schools and home. This is part of the 'Energy Smart Schools' project launched by Kerala CBSE School Management Association along with the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Energy Management Centre on Sunday.

Through the project, the government hopes to reach at least 15-lakh homes in the state. To give a boost to the project, power minister Aryadan Mohammed has announced Rs 1 lakh cash prize for the CBSE school that conserves maximum energy. A cash prize of Rs 25,000 will be awarded at the district level and Rs 500 at the school level. "Our requirement is 3,400MW but we are able to generate only 1,700MW in the state and have to spend a fortune to import power. Therefore, we have to now focus on power conservation more than power generation," said Mohammed.



15 mw capacity canal top solar photovoltaic plant at DVC canal, Burdwan,West Bengal planned

Taking cue from Gujarat, Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) proposes to set up solar power plant atop 2,494 kilometres long network of canals that has the potential to generate up to 1,000 mw green solar power.

Gujarat has shown the way with the commissioning of the world’s first one mw canal top solar power plant in Mehsana district over 750-metres stretch of canal in February this year.

Setting up solar power plant atop water canal eliminates the need for land acquisition and water evaporation from the canal that is quite high in India with sunshine for nearly 300 days in a year. DVC told a parliamentary panel last week to begin with 15 mw capacity canal top solar photovoltaic plant at DVC canal, Burdwan in West Bengal, was planned.



Bihar to come up with solar policy soon 

Suffering huge power shortage, the Bihar government has devised a policy to encourage the use of solar energy in the state that would provide tax incentives for installing such plants on wastelands.

The state government has done a survey which revealed that there is a tremendous scope for development of solar energy, state's Energy Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav told PTI.

Accordingly, the state government has devised a solar energy promotion policy to popularise solar energy. As part of this policy, the state government has decided to exempt registration and entry taxes on installation of solar energy plants on wastelands, Yadav said.

Proposals for generation of 250 MW through various solar power projects have been sent to the state Cabinet for approval, he said.




Delhi does not have wind energy potential but has ability to harness energy from solar 

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today pitched for harnessing renewable energy to decrease pollution load and said citizens would be sensitised about their role in making the city more cleaner.

Delhi does not have potential to harness wind energy and the only possible renewable energy options are solar and waste to energy projects, she said.

"Harnessing renewable energy is a must for Delhi as it shall help in decreasing the pollution load. We shall sensitise the citizens towards their duty of contribution to make this historic city a cleaner and better place to live in," she said.



India targetting 54000 MW through alternative energy by 2017

India would take its new and renewable capacities to 54000 MW by 2017, the terminal year of the 12th Five-Year Plan, Gireesh B. Pardhan, Secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, said on Saturday. Currently, the country has around 27,000 MW of renewable energy capacity.


India produced solar energy at an average tariff of Rs 18 a unit in 2009, which now stands at Rs 7.40 per unit, Pardhan said at an industry event organised by FICCI.


“This fall in tariff for solar energy witnessed in such a short period has encouraged policy makers to explore greater possibilities to harness solar energy at a faster pace,” he added.



Farmers in BIhar take help from Claro Energy 

Bunty Singh is a large farmer in Bihar ’s Gopalganj district. In the absence of reliable supply of electricity, he used to incur Rs 2.42 lakh a year on diesel to fire his diesel generator (DG) set and a 5-HP pump to irrigate his 40 hectares of farm land. Last year, he bought a solar power solution for Rs 9.5 lakh and hopes to recover this cost in four years by saving on diesel expenses and maintenance of the DG set.

Singh doesn’t mind the investment. Besides irrigating his fields, the solar system leaves him with some surplus power to charge mobile phones or run a thresher for harvesting grains. More importantly, he can now grow three crops a year against two earlier—he used to skip the garma season (in between kharif and rabi season) as evaporation is very high in this season, and hence, the diesel consumption. Many farmers in Bihar’s Gopalganj and Nalanda district, home to chief minister Nitish Kumar , have started adopting this solar solution offered by Claro Energy , a Delhi-based start-up which has sold 65 installations in Bihar. Many of these have been bought by state governement departments and big farmers, Claro is now working with lenders to come up with a financing plan to bring down the upfront cost for farmers.

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Soleckshaw, the non polluting tricycle introduced in Bhubaneswar


Rickshaw pullers in Bhubaneswar may soon join the green brigade. With a view to promote clean energy transport, Orissa government is exploring the feasibility of promoting solar-fuelled rickshaws in Bhubaneswar, which can drive up to a speed of 35 km per hour.

Christened as 'Soleckshaw' and designed and promoted by Council of Scientific & Industrial Research ( CSIR), the non-polluting tricycle was introduced in several metros, including Delhi recently.



Nagpur, Gandhinagar among model solar cities

41 cities including Chandigarh, Nagpur, Mysore and Gandhinagar will be developed as model solar cities. 

"New and Renewable Energy Ministry has given sanction for 41 cities to be developed as solar cities and Gandhinagar, Nagpur, Chandigarh and Mysore are being developed as model solar cities."The Ministry has approved the master plans for the 28 cities and the project installations have already started in a few cities," the Ministry said in release.



TANGEDCO to procure 1000MW to supply HT and LT industrial establishmentsTamil Nadu has promised the solar power producers that it will pay the dues to them. The promise comes at a time the state electricity board owes a little over '1,000 crore to the wind energy sector. Today’s promise comes against the backdrop of Tamil Nadu’s plan to add around 3,000 Mw of solar power in three years.While addressing the prospective bidders consultation meeting for 1,000 Mw state distribution company Tangedco ’s Managing Director K Gnanadesikan said, the main part of the project is that the payment is guaranteed and there will be a payment support mechanism as a letter of credit and the bid will be on the basis of a rate contract.



 Five KW solar power plant has been installed at 5 stations in MP

Bhopal Rail Division’s five stations, designated as ‘green’, are fulfilling their entire electricity requirement through solar power.

This is helping the division save a substantial amount of money which was earlier being paid as electricity charges, officials said.

“We are saving about Rs 40,000 each per month by turning these stations into ‘Green Stations’. Their entire electricity requirement is being generated by tapping solar energy,” newly appointed Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Rajiv Choudhary said.



Andhra has capacity to generate 2000 MW power through alternative sources 

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy assured the industry representatives of taking all possible measures to tide over the power shortage crisis in the State and hoped that by December 2013, the crisis would be over.

While inaugurating the TiE-ISB Connect Conference, the Chief Minister said that in the short-term, within six to eight months, 2,000 megawatts of power from alternative sources such as wind and solar energy would be generated in the State.




With buyers showing little enthusiasm, the market for renewable energy certificates (REC) in the non-solar energy segment appears to have tanked. 

RECs are market-based instruments that were created to promote renewable energy development in India. They enable entities such as distribution utilities and large captive consumers as well as open access consumers to meet their renewable purchase obligation (RPO). 

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Solar Lamps mandatory in Karnataka

A big step in promotion of solar energy in Ktka

Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said the government will consider suggestions to make installation of at least four solar lamps in houses mandatory in the State.

He was responding to various suggestions by K.L.H. Raya, Chief Executive of Deepa Solar Lighting Systems, Bangalore, at the inauguration of its new production facility.



The country targets to install 20,000 MW of solar power 

India would see additional 1,100 MW of grid connected solar power installed in the national solar mission soon, said G.B. Pradhan, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

The country targets to install 20,000 MW of solar power under the national mission by 2022. Till now, it has renewable energy capacity of 27,000 MW.



UPPCL will now be able to perform power exchanges

UPPCL will be able to trade energy on daily bidding basis directly from power exchanges


Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) on Wednesday decided to become a Trading and Self Clearing Member (TSCM) of Power Exchange India Ltd (PXIL) and Proprietary Member of Indian Energy Exchange Ltd (IEX) to ensure better power availability in the state.



Solar Park in Gujarat inaugarated

The Gujarat Power Corporation (Gujarat Solar Park) has been conferred upon the 10th Wartsila-Mantosh Sondhi Award for significant contribution to the Indian energy sector. The award was given by Wartsila India Ltd.

Gujarat accounts for 66% of India's total solar power. The Solar Park was launched at Charanka village in Patan district as a part of the Swarnim Gujarat celebrations.



Suzler pumps gets into Solar CSP

Sulzer Pumps has been selected in 2012 for the supply of pumping solutions for several Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) projects in Spain and India.

The scope of supply for the orders includes the design, manufacture and installation of cooling water pumps, feed water pumps, condensate extraction pumps and auxiliary pump packages. The pumps will be manufactured and packaged from Sulzer’s global manufacturing network and will be installed in 2013 and 2014.



Intersolar India 2012 draws to a close
The fourth Intersolar India, India's largest exhibition and conference for the solar industry, drew to a close on November 8th, 2012. 200 exhibitors from 17 countries presented their products, solutions and services in an exhibition space covering 20,000 square meters at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) in Mumbai.  



AP government issues an amendment in solar policy

A good move!

The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday issued an amendment to the solar policy it brought out on September 27. The amendment clarifies that the solar project developers will be eligible for ‘renewable energy certificates’ “subject to applicable CERC/APERC guidelines”.





Solar power projects may be delayed

Not a good sign!

India may be on its way to becoming a major solar market, but that path is far from obstacle-free. Already reports are emerging about tales of growing pains, including component shortages, dust storms that impair solar projects and policy changes that threaten the use of renewable energy credits to bolster more solar development.

A Bloomberg story, quoting an Indian government official, reported that roughly two-thirds of the planned 500 MW of solar thermal power projects will likely be delayed or shelved before they are due for completion in the first half of 2013.



UP Govt recently announced 1 GW solar policy

Much attention has been paid to the distributed clean energy revolution brewing in Bihar. But for all the hype generated by Minister Kumar, what's happening next door in Uttar Pradesh may be even more exciting. The state is quickly becoming a hotbed for distributed solar activity. Two companies OMC, and Mera Gao, are leading the way already reaching thousands of villagers with innovative solar mini-grid models. Now it appears these models have caught the attention of the UP government which recently announced a 1 GW solar policy. While much depends on how that policy is designed, what these companies are doing today is already putting UP at the forefront of India's attempts to deliver on energy access.



2000 students to participate in solar fest

More such initiatives would be welcome!

To make students aware about the scope and use of Solar Energy and renewable resources, Aryans College of Engineering, Chandigarh is organizing a solar fest on Nov 21.



SEI to support solar PV power plant project in Rajasthan

Such support is encouraging!

SEI Solar Power is planning to raise loan of $34.3 Mn from IFC to support 24 MWp greenfield solar PV power plant project in Rajasthan.

The total output of the project will be sold to the state owned power trading company, NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd, under a year 25 PPA signed on January 2012.



Solar Market expected to reach 68 GW by 2022

The Government is looking at adopting the viability gap funding model for the second phase of the National Solar Mission, said Gireesh B. Pradhan, Secretary, Ministry for New and Renewable Energy.



Akshardham Temple in Delhi uses solar technology to cook daily meals

The Akshardham temple in the capital has switched from piped natural gas to solar technology for cooking its daily quota of close to 4,000 meals every day. 

The solar concentrator, named ARUN®100, produces steam which powers the cooking process. "It works on the principle of a parabola. It uses an ingenious, two-dimensional, fresnelized mirror arrangement scheme to get the parabola effect.



Some technological advances that seem promising in Solar energy

For nearly three decades, solar energy has been a future source of sustainable energy. Optimists still stand their ground but many analysts think that it will continue to be in this position for quite some time, incapable of surviving without subsidies. 



Veer energy plans to diversify into solar energy

Veer Energy & Infrastructure Ltd, a Mumbai-based wind power developer, plans to invest Rs 500 crore to augment capacity on its existing projects and also to diversify into solar energy.


The company has successfully completed a 200-Mw wind farm project and another 115-Mw project is currently in pipeline. The firm also plans to launch a 200-Mw of project in Gujarat.



104 villages in UP to be illuminated with solar power Stage is all set to illuminate 104 of the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Grams (villages) with solar streetlights in Allahabad, Kaushambi, Fatehpur and Pratapgarh. In fact, Allahabad region of UP New & Renewable Energy Development Authorities (UPNEDA), has sent a proposal to their headquarters in Lucknow to install a total of 1,680 solar-powered street lights in 104 villages of the region including in 35 villages of Allahabad, 21 each in Kaushambi and Fatehpur and in 28 villages of Pratapgarh after these villages were selected as Dr Ram Manohar Lohia grams for development.



Solar energy to power Shimla city

To meet the ever increasing demand for electricity in Shimla city and to reduce the dependence on hydro-power, the Shimla Municipal Corporation has decided to give final touches to a proposed ‘solar city plan’.


The project is an initiative of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and aimed at developing solar cities to ensure supply of renewable energy. Shimla has been chosen on a pilot basis .



Solar power to light up school in Belgaum

Solar power will soon light up the prestigious Kittur Rani Channamma Residential Sainik School for Girls, Kittur, in Bailhongal taluk in Belgaum.As many as 208 LED-based solar streetlights were installed on the 100-acre campus at a cost of Rs 43.68 lakh. It has been taken up under Karnataka government's ambitious project Soura Belaku Yojane.

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Coimbatore residents take to solar energy due to acute power shortage

A good initiative!!

Residents of Coimbatore are finding the use of solar energy extremely beneficial after experiencing consistent and acute power shortage in the area.


According to media reports, nanotechnology has the potential to make solar energy affordable and cost-effective at the same time.


Coimbatore is well-known for its windmills, but it has now made its foray in the realm of solar energy.


A one MW solar plant has been set up in Coimbatore and the energy generated is supplied to the grid.



Policies are the way to go

Clean energy is an intrinsic, inevitable reality which we need to accept. Having realised its relevance, policy makers are incepting means to further growth of this sector. The MNRE too is devising ways to bolster renewable energy. Details on how this is being made possible. 

In recent years, renewable energy has witnessed significant growth in India and today, the country is one of the global leaders as far as investment and installation of clean energy projects are concerned. The sector is getting due recognition at the policy level too, amid concerns of climate change and depleting fossil fuel reserves.



 Solar energy a real asset for India

With conventional sources unable to meet the rising demand for power, states such as Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have mooted policies favouring the solar sector. Sayantani De writes on what this augurs for the industry in India.
The sun is seemingly shining bright on them and missing a blink may be a missed opportunity. State polices which aim at easing procedural hurdles, are likely to find investors. Recently, Andhra Pradesh came up with a policy to attract investment and harness solar power, abundant for most part of the year. On the other hand, some states are opting for a more participatory approach to policy-making - for instance, Uttar Pradesh has released a draft policy inviting suggestions.



Solar vehicles in Chile

Fifteen solar panel vehicles, some that look like small space ships, raced across Chile's Atacama desert as part of a contest to build low-cost environmentally-friendly cars.


Teams from countries like Argentina, Chile, India and Venezuela have crafted aerodynamic racers to speed across 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) of the world's driest desert in the second edition of the Atacama Solar Challenge.



Greenpeace expects renewable energy jobs to multiply in the coming years

Greenpeace has launched the second version of the Indian Energy Revolution - a roadmap to secure India’s growing energy needs without having to depend on the depleting and polluting fossil fuels

The roadmap comes at a critical time when the country is facing massive power shortage due to the inability of fossil fuels to meet its economic aspirations. 



Solar power plants may not face power evacuation problem

Solar power plants, to be promoted under the Tamil Nadu Government’s policy on solar energy, may not face the problem of evacuation some windmills face.

Solar power is more dispersed than wind power and the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) and Transmission Corporation (Transco) have about 1,350 substations across the State, say power managers.

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Feed in tariff structure proposed by KSERC

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) has proposed a feed-in-tariff structure for the electricity generated by solar systems set up under private initiative.

A detailed discussion paper on the proposal has been put up on the commission’s website for eliciting the views and suggestions of the stakeholders.

This assumes relevance as 1,500 megawatt (MW) of the targeted 3,000 MW for the next three years is to be generated through utility scale projects. 

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 Voltech group to set up solar plant in TN

Voltech Group, an Indian provider of services to the power industry, plans to set up a solar plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu to supply companies facing mandatory clean-energy targets.

The Chennai-based company will set up a 2-megawatt farm by March using panels from NanoPV Technologies Inc., the company said in a statement. It plans to expand capacity to 10 megawatts, according to the statement, which didn’t give a timeframe.

Demand for solar power is set to surge in Tamil Nadu after the state announced a policy last month requiring large consumers of electricity, including exporters, manufacturers and operators of telecommunications towers, to source at least 6 percent of their electricity from solar by 2014. India has a national goal of building 20,000 megawatts of sun-powered capacity by 2022.

 Intersolar India 2012

The fourth Intersolar India, India's largest exhibition and conference for the solar industry, drew to a close on 8 November, 2012 and the final attendance figures showed a truly worldwide audience.

200 exhibitors from 17 countries presented their products, solutions and services in an exhibition space covering 20,000 square meters at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) in Mumbai. 54% of the exhibitors in 2012 came from India, with 27% from Europe and 19% from across the rest of the globe.


India's $1.4 billion solar thermal project delayed

India, planning $1.4 billion of solar-thermal power stations, expects half of the projects to be delayed and some to be scrapped as U.S. supplies stall and dust- clouds diffuse the radiation required to drive generation.


Of the 500 megawatts of projects due to be completed in February and May, only a third of that capacity may be ready on time, said Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Three of the 10 ventures are unlikely to be built, he said in an interview in New Delhi.



Solar power should be more affordable, says AP Governor Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan today stressed the need for reducing the cost of production of solar power and asked scientists to suggest ways for making it affordable. 

"Solar energy cannot be an effective alternative to the traditional thermal and hydel power unless its production cost is drastically reduced. Scientists should device ways for making solar power affordable," he said.



Gamesa to create solar EPC jobs

Gamesa India, the Indian arm of the global wind turbine major, intends to take a plunge into the growing Indian solar industry. Gamesa’s Chairman and Managing Director, Ramesh Kymal, said that the company would start doing solar ‘engineering, procurement and construction’ jobs, which is basically building solar power plants for others.



Students in engineering college in Dindigul design a hybrid autorickshaw 

The EEE students of PSNA College of Engineering and Technology, Dindigul, have come up with a novel of idea of designing a hybrid autorickshaw powered by solar and wind energy with the additional support of petrol. But they never use petrol to run the vehicle but only to recharge battery.



Power Demand in India to go up

The combined share of electricity demand from India, China and Asean is expected to grow from 27.5 per cent in 2010 to 40.1 per cent in 2030. The traditionally developed countries will eventually lose ground in electricity demand to these emerging countries.Thats not all. According to Frost & Sullivan, the growth of coal-fired generation is expected to fall massively during the subsequent decade, as developed countries decommission capacity and emerging nations become more diversified in their fuel mix.



Khadak Police station in Pune goes solar

The Khadak police station in Pune recently started its solar power unit. One of the first police stations in Maharashtra to use solar power for its daily power requirements, the unit was inaugurated by state minister for home Satej Patil.The project cost Rs 5.3 lakh and was backed by Mohan Joshi's MLC fund



*ReneSola to supply solar panels in the local Indian market

Chinese wafer and module maker ReneSola will supply solar panels made in India to the local market as it seeks to expand sales thereThe company is supplying wafers to Indian firm Websol, which manufactures cells and modules for the local market, according to a report by Indian newspaper Business Line.

ReneSola says it already has orders for 17MW in India and expects to sell 250MW of India-made panels over a two-year period.

It is the first time the company has sold locally-produced PV modules outside China, it says in a statement.



Odisha Governor sets an example
The Raj Bhawan in Bhubaneswar is all set to make a green statement by embracing solar power, which is regarded as one of the most non-polluting sources of energy.Officials said a 30 kilowatt solar power plant will be set up on the premises of the governor's house at an estimated cost of Rs 1 crore by the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency(OREDA).

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*India's over relaince on coal

Last summer, nearly half of India’s sweltering population suddenly found the electricity shut off. Air-conditioners whirred to a stop. Refrigerators ceased cooling. The culprits were outmoded power generation stations and a creaky electricity transmission grid.But another problem stood out. India relies on coal for 55 percent of its electrical power and struggles to keep enough on hand.



*Aalborg recieves an order to deliver a CSP project in Gujarat

Aalborg CSP A/S (Aalborg, Denmark) has received an order to design and deliver a steam generator for a 25 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) project in the Indian state of Gujarat from Cargo Power and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd. (New Delhi, India).The plant will be the first CSP plant in India to supply thermal energy storage, with the capacity to supply electricity for an additional nine hours. The plant will be also be Gujarat's first CSP plant upon scheduled completion in the third quarter of 2013.




*Solar Plus launches its operations in Kerala

International Solar Energy producing company Solar Plus today started its operations in Kerala by launching 39 products.


The company proposes to provide the benefits of solar energy at a nominal cost to the domestic-industrial customers who are facing acute power crisis, Director Anil R Thampi told reporters here.


With the sunlight which falls on one square feet for six hours, five units of power can be produced per day. Poor monsoon in the state is a blow to hydel power, while wind energy was not viable barring in Palakkad and Ramakkalmedu.


Sunlight was the lone sustainable and eco-friendly power source, he said.


The company’s aim is to make India self-sufficient in power production with technical support of the US, the UK, Hong Kong, Canada and Australia.




Water shortage drives India to move towards solar and other sources

In 2010, more water – 583 billion cubic metres – than is discharged each year by the mighty Ganges River in India was used to meet the world’s growing energy needs.


It’s an interesting statistic, but why should that matter? Well, if the world continues on its merry way, power capacity – particularly with water-hungry energy technologies such as coal and nuclear – and water-dependent extractive techniques such as coal, shale gas and tar sands, are going to grow quickly, and, according to the International Energy Agency, the world’s demand for water will grow at twice the pace, putting pressure on increasingly scarce water resources.




*AREVA SA abandons $1 billion solar thermal project in Australia

A venture including Areva SA (AREVA) abandoned plans for a A$1 billion ($1 billion) solar-thermal project in Australia after failing to get government funding.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency, established last year to spur investment in the industry, is “no longer pursuing development” of the 250-megawatt Solar Dawn plant in Queensland state, it said today in a statement. ARENA also said it won’t fund a solar power project in Victoria state proposed by CLP Holdings Ltd. (2)’s Australian unit, EnergyAustralia.

While Paris-based Areva and its partner, Wind Prospect Group Ltd., won’t go ahead with Solar Dawn, the venture “remains committed to Australia’s large-scale concentrated solar power industry,” it said in an e-mailed statement.



Tata Solar and Regen power tech confirm participation in World Future Energy Summit

Tata Solar and the Chennai-based Regen Powertech are among the over-25 companies that have confirmed participation in the World Future Energy Summit that is scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi between January 15 and 17, 2013.


“We’re seeing increasing interest from Indian companies in the renewables and alternative energy sector,” says Naafia Mattoo of ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller, the official public relations agency of Madsar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, which has hosted the summit each year since 2008.


Solar PV expected to grow enormously in India states new report

Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology has been transformed into a commercially viable energy-generating technology in the past decade, and has shown robust growth even during economic slowdown, states a new report by energy expert GBI Research (New York, U.S.).

The new report cites that continuous technological advancements and a growing demand for clean and sustainable energy sources have led solar power to become a rising force, with Europe’s enthusiasm translating across the globe.

 India, China along with Australia expected to grow enormously.

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*Vera Solaris releases new solar software Polysun

 Leading software provider Vela Solaris has released a new version of its solar software Polysun. Polysun consistently improves and builds on its already high design standards with a series of effective regional adjustments.Up-to-date, reliable worldwide weather data, 12 different languages, European, American and Chinese product databases as well as comprehensive databases including schemes from a wide range of providers – all in a singleproduct – enable Polysun to remain the most popular design software amongst ambitious designers.



*Voltech group to set up solar park near Madurai

Attempting to expand its solar energy business, Voltech Group today started a new venture 'Solacon Energy Park Pvt Ltd' amalgamated with Arab Gulf Pearl Trading Co, UAE and NanoPV, USA.

Solacon would have a solar park established over 100 acres of land at Kadaladi near Madurai, M Umapathi, Chairman, Voltech Group, told reporters here.

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*Kamraj university in Madurai to go solar in wake of severe power shortage

In the wake of severe power crisis, Madurai Kamaraj University is all set to join the solar bandwagon soon.

Having completed a comprehensive review of power requirements in its campus, the university is betting on solar power. A proposal has been prepared under the ‘green campus’ initiative and submitted to the appropriate authorities, including Finance Committee, for fund support.



Infineon keen on India, but has no plans to set up plant in near future




 *L&T commissions India's largest solar photovoltaic plant in Rajasthan

Leading engineering major Larsen & Toubro today said it has commissioned the country’s largest solar photovoltaic plant of Reliance Power in Rajasthan with a generation capacity of 40 MW.

The group’s construction arm L&T Construction executed the project owned by Reliance Power at Dhursar Village in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan from concept to commissioning in 129 days, the company said in a statement issued here.



*Darewadi to celebrate Diwali using solar power

In a region known for its forested, hilly terrain and legendary for its leopards, sunset sets the curfew, especially if there is no electricity at all. For Darewadi, a hamlet of 39 families in Junnar located around 37 km from Pune, life was pretty much bound by the parameter of darkness since India’s independence from British rule.Till three months ago, when German major Bosch together with Gram Urja Solutions Pvt Ltd decided to light up Darewadi with solar power. Now, with 10 KV solar panels, 17 street lamps, three lights per home, Rs 75 lakh in capital investment and a 50x30 ft piece of land donated by villager Shivaji Shelke, this village will celebrate Diwali for the first time with more than oil lamps and torches — a far cry from hiring generators for Rs 500 per hour for festivals.



*Solar bicycles a viable option

Solar bicycle is the need of the hour since it is less polluting and will save fuel, says Shyam Kumar S, technical director, Innovation Experience, a Thiruvananthapuram-based non-profit organisation.

In a major initiative the organisation has developed two solar bicycles at a cost of Rs 40,000 each, these are now in use in the Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram campuses of UST Global, the founding and funding partner of Innovation Experience.



*Solar panels can generate excess power

Every household can generate the power it needs and also a little more, if only it were to install solar panels on the roof. “Our study reveals that a household will be able to not only meet its average requirement of 6,480 units but will also have a surplus of over 1,200 units,” says Ekanath Rangan, a Plus One student of Amrita Vidyalayam, Ettimadai.

He, along with classmates R.V. Manoj Kumar, Yadhu J. Kishan, S. Karthik Raj and E. Akhil, conducted a survey in Ettimadai to ascertain the power consumption of the households there. They then installed solar panel in the area to ascertain the power generated.

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*A dark Diwali for Western Tamilnadu residents

This year, it looks like the festival of lights will be celebrated in darkness. The entire western Tamil Nadu has been suffering power cuts that extend beyond 14 hours daily. On Wednesday, just four days ahead of Diwali, the region including Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode and Salem, plunged into darkness at 9pm. The power returned early morning on Thursday, but just for an hour, affecting the festival shopping plans of many residents.

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*Congress using up land meant for solar plants, allege BJP

The Opposition BJP in Rajasthan on Friday alleged that the UPA Government at the Centre and Congress Government in the state has unduly facilitated companies, owned by party supremo Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra in procuring 10,000 bighas of land in the prime solar zone of Bikaner and Jaisalmer districts.

Addressing a press conference here, BJP secretary Kirit Somaiya said the Non-Conventional Energy Ministry at the Centre and the state government officials here had extended all help and cooperation to Vadra’s companies in establishing his solar land bank.



*Voltech to expand its solar energy business at Kadaladi, Madurai

Attempting to expand its solar energy business, Voltech Group today started a new venture 'Solacon Energy Park Pvt Ltd' amalgamated with Arab Gulf Pearl Trading Co, UAE and NanoPV, USA.

Solacon would have a solar park established over 100 acres of land at Kadaladi near Madurai, M Umapathi, Chairman, Voltech Group, told reporters here.The operation and production of Solacon is intitially set up a 2 MW plant by end of March 2013 and gradually ramp to 10 MW. The plant will be using NanoPV technology," he said.

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*Environ Energy ties up with Canadian based Electronaya for lithium ion batteries

Kolkata-based Environ Energy Corporation (formerly Bhaskar Solar) has tied up with a Canadian company called Electrovaya for providing lithium-ion-based batteries for use in solar-powered telecom towers.

Environ Energy’s Managing Director Jyoti Poddar told Business Line today that the company has orders for energising 3,000 telecom towers with solar power over the next one year, and 15,000 towers over the next three years. At present, the company uses the ‘deep cycle tubular batteries’ for storage of power (storage is necessary because telecom towers need to be up all the time, even, for instance, when a cloud passes overhead.)

Environ Energy, which has received private equity funding from the SREI group, has so far solar-powered 500 telecom towers and is now in a ramp-up mode. The company operates on the ‘resco model’, (or, renewable energy service company, which sells energy rather than equipment.) This means, Environ Energy will provide (and own) the equipment used for energising telecom towers — the telecom operator will pay the company on the basis of energy supplied.

Typically today using a diesel generator costs the telecom operator Rs 50,000 per tower, whereas with Environ Energy it would typically spend Rs 35,000, Poddar said.

“We look at this as a $2-billion opportunity, over the next three-five years,” Poddar said.



*DRDA calls for uniform procedure for setting up of solar power plants in Tamilnadu

The District Rural Development Agency should evolve and implement a uniform procedure for setting up solar power units, with a view to achieving the State government’s objective of supplementing the growing demand for energy, said a cross section of councillors at the District Panchayat Council meeting held here on Friday. They wanted a coordinated effort to be taken by the district-level officials and block-level rural development officers.

Initiating a discussion, Rajkumar (AIADMK) said Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has been taking serious efforts to tide over the crisis due to shortfall in production. Setting up of solar energy-based installations has been one of the important initiatives in this regard.

He alleged lack of proper guidance on the part of rural development officials in achieving the goals. “Although I have been seeking the procedure for setting up the solar installation in villages in and around Manapparai, the block-level officials failed to coordinate,” he said.



*Solar Power Plant at a park in Ranchi inaugurated 

The much awaited solar power plant at the city-based Sidho Kanhu Park was inaugurated on Thursday.

The ‘State Level Energy Park’, exhibition hall related to non-conventional energy resources and the solar powered toy trains were inaugurated by Chief Minister of the state, Arjun Munda, who was the chief guest for the inauguration ceremony. Afterwards, he keenly observed the showcased exhibits.

The solar power plant has been set up with the objective to fulfill the energy needs of the park. The electricity produced by the solar power plant is to be used in powering the lighting system of the park along with the musical fountain and two toy trains in there.



*Off Grid PV subsidy program launched in Kerala

The Indian state of Kerala has launched a subsidy program for off-grid rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants for 2012-2013.

Under the Solar Rooftop Power Plants program the state will provide INR 39,000 (USD 720) per 1 KW system, and anticipates an additional central government subsidy of INR 81,000 (USD 1,500) per system. The program will be limited to 10,000 1 KW systems, for a total of 10 MW of PV capacity.



*Public responds well to small scale solar power plants in Kerala

The state government's attempt to popularize solar-based small-scale power plants is getting a solid response from the public.

The Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (Anert), which is implementing the scheme, has received around 4,000 applications for setting up power plants of 1 kWp capacity.

"The initial public response is pretty good. Our target is to set up 10,000 rooftop solar powerplants in the current fiscal. Once we finalize our technology partners and the cost per plant, we expect more people to take up the scheme," Anert director P Valsaraj said.



*Andhra invites bids for 1000 MW solar project

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy today approved a bidding process for 1,000 MW of solar power capacity, signing up of power purchase agreements with wind power units after regulatory nod, and increase in tariff for bio-mass units.

In a major boost of renewable energy, the Chief Minister directed officials to facilitate the early execution of renewable energy projects by signing up power purchase agreements.

In the first phase, bids for 1000 MW of solar power project will be invited. The focus will be on the early completion of solar, wind and bio-mass power projects, by sorting out their concerns with regard to implementation.

Following a detailed review of the renewable energy sector, the Chief Minister cleared the solar and wind power policy guidelines. These decisions were taken at a meeting attended by several Ministers, Chief Secretary, Minnie Mathew and officials from the power sector and renewable energy sector.



*India aims to achieve 55 GW in renewable power by 2017


The first ASEAN India Ministerial Meeting on cooperation in Renewable Energy was held in the capital on November 8th 2012.

Dr Farooq Abdullah minister of New and Renewable Energy while inaugurating the meeting said that this meeting is a unique opportunity to catalyze the India ASEAN Renewable Energy family. He underlined the importance of Renewable Energy in India’s energy security, for achieving its goal of providing reliable energy supply and access through a diverse and sustainable energy mix.

Mr Abdullah said that ASEAN member countries and India have several commonalities in their quest for targeting renewable energy. Globally, renewable energy has started making a positive impact on energy supply. The Global Renewable Energy Status Report 2012 reveals that renewable energy has grown to supply 16.7% of the global energy consumption.

He said that India stands among the top 5 countries of the world in terms of renewable energy installed capacity and at present renewable power with over 26 GW installed capacity, represents about 12.5% of the total installed power generation capacity in India.

He added that India aims to achieve about 55 GW of renewable power by 2017.



*A race against time to complete projects by 2013

In December 2010 the Phase I bidding process of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) in India was completed with more than sixty companies submitting bids. It is now widely agreed that Phase I resulted in aggressive bidding on the part of project developers in India, which saw a total of 470MW awarded to local players. The reverse bidding mechanism that was introduced under the JNNSM meant that solar projects were awarded to the lowest bidder, regardless of their previous experience in developing CSP plants. The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission had previously set the feed-in tariff for CSP at 15.31Rs/kWh, with the winning developers proposing even lower discounts varying from between Rs.10.49 to Rs.12.24. Despite the undeniable interest and support for CSP in India since the first round tender was awarded, the overall progress made by project developers has been questioned. With the project completion deadline looming, important steps are now being taken to successfully complete these plants by May 2013.



*Coca Cola provides solar coolers for villagers without electricity

As the first rays of the winter sun hit the small solar panels perched on the roof of Roop Devi's kirana store in a remote village in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, a direct current compressor motor whirrs into life. It refrigerates a small, opaque, boxstyled cooler inside her shop. A few hours later Devi opens the box and makes her first sale — an ice-cold bottle of Coke.

It's just another Coke sold, except that the sale has been made in a village that doesn't have any electricity. As the thirsty villager gulps down the fizzy chill gushing out of the bottle, Coca-Cola India moves another step closer to prying open the market in 80,000 Indian villages that do not have any electricity. Of these, 25,000 have little chance of being connected to the power grid.



*Tokelau islands to derive electricity completely from Solar Energy

A commendable achievement!!

The remote Pacific islands of Tokelau have become the first territory in the world to generate their electricity entirely from solar energy, in a project hailed as an environmental milestone.

Before the solar power grid was completed, the New Zealand-administered grouping of three coral atolls, with a population of just 1,500, relied on diesel generators for electricity.

Project coordinator Mike Bassett-Smith said the diesel was not only environmentally unfriendly, it also cost the islands, which lie about halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, around NZ$1.0 million ($825,000) a year.

Bassett-Smith, from New Zealand firm PowerSmart Solar, said the change would allow Tokelau to switch money from fuel purchases to social welfare projects.

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The Panindia Premium Partner Network supports the sales efforts of German brand manufacturers in the largest growth market in the Asia Pacific region.

Alongside large solar parks, the number of residential solar systems in India is increasing: SolarWorld is presenting complete systems designed for this purpose at the Intersolar show in Mumbai, one of the largest solar technology trade fairs in the world, from 6 to 8 November.

The German brand manufacturer sells its kits via its Panindia Premium Partner sales network, which consists of certified installers, distributors, system integrators and premium contractors throughout the country. Together with residential systems, the company is also presenting its 'Made in Germany' and 'Made in USA' quality standard for large solar parks and off-grid applications.

According to Dr.-Ing. E.h. Frank Asbeck, CEO at SolarWorld AG, 'India is one of the largest growth markets for solar energy worldwide. The conditions for clean solar power couldn't be better, as a result of which the solar power sector will grow significantly here in the coming years. In addition to that, solar makes a decisive contribution to ensuring a reliable energy supply to the people in India.'

Since the unstable power grid is above all a source of concern, SolarWorld is presenting a plug-and-play solution with integrated storage at the trade fair for the first time. The solar power system is suited in particular to private households, has a typical capacity of 1 kWp, and can be operated independently of the grid if power fails.



Swiss firm ABB announced a breakthrough in technology to carry electricity over long distances, making desert solar plants and ocean wind farms much more viable. 

Its new circuit breaker makes it easier to send electricity through high-voltage direct-current (DC) lines into the grids that link power stations to consumers, the engineering company said.

DC lines are much more efficient over long distances than the alternating current (AC) lines that are largely used at the moment. They are also more compatible with some forms of renewable power generation.

But using DC lines widely has been impractical without a heavy-duty circuit breaker that can cut power when need be.

The search for such a circuit breaker has taken more than 100 years and ABB has been battling rivals Alstom and Siemens to invent one first - potentially giving it an important advantage in what it hopes will be a multi-billion dollar market for DC grids.

"If they've managed to do this it's very significant," said Roger Kemp, an engineering professor at Lancaster University in northern England. "DC transmission is a much higher efficiency way of moving electricity around."

It could bring closer the idea of huge solar power arrays in the Sahara Desert supplying electricity to Europe, Kemp said.

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Social Enterprise has announced a campaign to bring solar lighting to households in India that have no access to electricity.

Milaap raises funds to help the poor get access to essential needs such as clean drinking water, sanitation, education, clean energy apart from livelihood opportunities through their website These funds are disbursed as loans, rather than donations. Anyone with an internet connection and the desire to do good can lend to the borrowers on the site, starting with as little as Rs. 500 or US$20. 100% of the money goes to the borrower chosen, and when the borrower repays the loan, 100% of the money is returned to the lender. The lender can then choose to withdraw the money, or re-lend it to someone else in need, thus multiplying the impact.

Microlending or microcredit is the extension of small loans to the poor who have no access to banking facilities or have no collateral to borrow money. Microfinance institutions bridge this gap by lending small sums of money without collateral and at interest rates that typically range from 24-36%. Milaap’s interest rates are 50% cheaper compared to traditional microfinance lending rates. Typically, microfinance programs focus on livelihood generation, but Milaap goes beyond just loans to micro entrepreneurs and raises funds for basic needs for those at the bottom of the pyramid.

Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights and is celebrated across India by lighting up homes with lamps and lanterns. Through the 'Light a 1000 homes' campaign, Milaap is urging people to include the underprivileged sector as part of their Diwali celebrations by helping them get access to lighting at home too. With a loan of $200 or Rs 10,000, families can install solar panels at home that will help power 3-4 CFL bulbs, two fans and an electrical socket for up to 6 hours each day. The loan recipients are often unable to afford the system at home upfront, but with the loan they will be able to pay for it over a period of 24 months in small, affordable installments.

The loans for solar lighting will serve villages on the Eastern coastal parts of India in the Sunderbans region in West Bengal and Koraput, Kalahnidi, Balangir villages in Orissa. The loanprograms extend to Southern India as well, to villages in and around Hubli, Dharwad, Koppal in Karnataka. Households that live without electricity often rely on kerosene lamps for light. Kerosene is subsidized by the government for domestic use, but the rationed quantity is hardly sufficient – this means they rely on the black market and end up paying upto three times the price. Installing solar panels at home will mean that a one-time investment can help them save a lot of money spent on kerosene in the long run and prevent potential health hazards from this unclean source of energy.



*National Solar Mission Phase II to focus more on off grid solar applications

Grid connected rooftop solar projects will come in a big way in the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru national solar mission (JNNSM) and there will be a huge impetus to off-grid solar applications, said Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary, ministry of new and renewable energy at the 6th Renewable Energy Expo. 

In the second phase, government plans to add 3,000 mw of solar power to the current capacity of 1100 mw. It also plans to roll out new means of financing for the solar projects. "" We plan to include various financing measures along with power bundling with conventional power like viability-gap funding (Vgf) and generation-based incentives. Vgf will be given greater importance and the newly formed Solar energy corporation of India (SECI) will take care of it,"" said Kapoor.

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*The policy, which was announced earlier in October 2012, has an ambitious target of 3 gigawatts (GW) of solar installations by 2015. The Tamil Nadu solar policy plans to reach 1,150 megawatts (MW) through allocation of projects under the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) mechanism. 

However, it does not provide any specific push to the REC mechanism through incentives, stringent penalties towards Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) enforcements, or tax rebates, according to Bridge to India.

Tamil Nadu has not taken concrete steps such as tax exemptions and removal of transmission and wheeling charges to achieve its target for REC based projects. Setting a target for REC projects without added incentives will make achieving such a target unlikely for Tamil Nadu, Bridge to India explains.





ReneSola Ltd ("ReneSola" or the "Company")  a leading global manufacturer of solar photovoltaic ("PV") modules and wafers, today introduced its new Virtus II® multicrystalline modules to the Indian market at the 6th Renewable Energy India 2012 Expo, a three-day event held in New Delhi that concludes on November 9. In addition, ReneSola has started providing locally produced PV modules to the Indian market and expects to provide 250 MW of India-made PV modules over a two-year period. The India launch follows the successful introduction of the Virtus II ® solar modules to the U.S. and Australian markets.

ReneSola continues to implement its sales and marketing strategy of "professionalization, internationalization and localization" in India. Given the substantial demand for solar panels in India, ReneSola foresees a total quantity of 250 MW of India-made ReneSola modules over a two-year period. This is the first time the Company has provided locally produced PV modules outside of China, emphasizing the importance of the India PV market. The Company will realize this target through collaborating with local strategic partners in India. In order to import its world-leading technology to India and take advantage of India's local management and talent resources, ReneSola is dedicated to providing localized and customized products and services to the India market.

"Considering the strong and growing demand the India PV market presents for electricity, coupled with the government's strong support and generous subsidies for solar energy, ReneSola considers India to be a key market within Asia," said Mr. Stephen Huang, APMEA president for ReneSola. "We believe traditional PV sales and trading platforms cannot satisfy local demand, so we intend to invest more in India and are determined to establish roots there, ideally joining forces with the India PV industry to provide customized energy solutions."



*India has emerged as the fourth most attractive place globally in terms of its market potential for renewable energy after China, the US and Germany, a Ernst & Young report says. 

According to the latest study by Ernst & Young-UBM India, India was ranked fourth on the renewable attractiveness index, while it was placed in the second position on the solar index and third on the wind index. 

Others in the top 10 include, the UK (5th), followed by France and Italy in the sixth place (6th), Canada (8th), Japan (9th) and Brazil (10th). 

India has been consistently ranked among the top five countries globally in terms of its market potential for renewable energy, as per the report. 

With power generation from renewable sources on the rise in India, share of renewable energy in country's total energy mix rose from 7.8 per cent in FY08 to 12.1 per cent in FY12. 

"India's growing rate of urbanisation, rising per capita energy consumption and widening access to energy, are expected to significantly increase its total demand for energy," Ernst & Young Partner & National Leader - Cleantech Sanjay Chakrabarti said and added renewable energy is expected to play a vital role not only from an environment angle but also from energy security perspective. 

India had around 26 GW of installed renewable energy capacity as on August 31, 2012 and plans to more than triple its renewable energy capacity in the next 10 years, driven mainly by wind and solar. 

The report further added that investments in clean energy in India have increased by 54 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y), representing the highest growth rate across any significant global economy, to reach USD 10.2 billion in 2011. The wind energy sector attracted investments amounting to USD 4.6 billion, while the solar energy sector witnessed investments of USD 4.2 billion. 

India has abundant untapped renewable energy resources, provides ample opportunities for the establishment of land-based renewable energy generation and offshore wind farms. India's primary energy consumption between 2006 and 2010 increased at a CAGR of 8.3 per cent, from 381.4 million tonnes of oil equivalent (MTOE) to 524.2 MTOE. Read More


Tata Power Co.  plans to expand its renewable power capacity to 6,000 megawatts by 2020, a senior company executive said.

India’s top private power utility by capacity is also in talks to acquire renewable assets in India to fuel its expansion, Rahul Shah, Chief Business Development-India Business and Renewables, said.

Faced with a shortage of coal, which fires more than half of the country’s installed power generation capacity, Indian utilities are looking at tapping alternative electricity sources to maintain growth.

The government offers various tax incentives to encourage the development of renewable energy. It has targeted increasing the share of renewables to 15% of total installed capacity by 2020 from 6% now.

Mr. Shah said the company’s move will help achieve “quick returns” on investments and also reduce its carbon emissions.

Tata Power’s generation capacity is 6,899 MW now, of which 6,047 MW is coal-based and the rest renewable.

In a bid to fast-track the capacity addition, Tata Power is in talks with many companies whose core business isn’t power generation to buy their wind and solar power assets set up to obtain tax incentives, Mr. Shah said.

“The financial market is stressed and their [the companies'] core business needs cash. They are seeing if they can monetize non-core businesses,” Mr. Shah said.

The company will focus on building a portfolio in order to attract investors as its renewable growth plans would require funds.

Tata Power will consider multiple options to raise funds for its renewable power units, including roping in a strategic investor and a maiden public offering.

Mr. Shah didn’t elaborate on the size of the funds it would need for the planned expansion.

“We never have enough cash. It is a question of timing it. We obviously would want that somebody ascribes a good value to all the efforts and the risk that you have taken, and that can best be monetized when you have actually demonstrated you have a good operating portfolio,” Mr. Shah said.




Welspun Renewables Energy Ltd (WREL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a 100 MW photovoltaic project in India’s Raipur. Welspun aims to commission a total of 1.7 GW of solar and wind projects in the next three years.

In a statement released, the India-based company said it signed the MOU with the government of Chattisgarh for the installation of 100 MW, which is scheduled to be commenced in 2015. Around Rs. 1,000 (US$183.7 million, €143.6 million) is expected to be invested in the project. "The Government of Chattisgarh will facilitate the necessary approvals, permission, land acquisition, registration & clearances for the project," it added.

Overall, parent company, Welspun Energy Ltd is developing over 250 MW of solar and 800 MW of wind projects in India. It aims to commission a total of 1.7 GW in the next three years. Recently, it completed financial closure on a 50 MW solar project in Rajasthan, and was awarded a contract to develop a 130 MW solar project in Madhya Pradesh.

"A careful balance needs to be maintained for meeting India’s accelerating energy needs," stated Vineet Mittal, co-founder and managing director of Welspun Energy. "The state governments have to adopt a proactive role to meet their RPO targets. Green energy can be made affordable if more and more states take initiatives to expand their renewable portfolio …We want to bring a change in this power equation and with this MoU we are taking our first step in this direction in Chhattisgarh."

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*Solar energy the only way out for Kerala in the future

With no additional power generation on the cards, the only way for Kerala to prevent a blackout is to go green and tap solar power, an expert said Tuesday. The state requires another 2,000 MW of power in the next five years.

Presently while neighbouring states is reeling under blackouts, Kerala today has an hour's load shedding with half an hour duration in the morning and in the night.

"From what we have come to know from our studies is that in the next five years the state would require an addition of a minimum of 2,000 MW in addition to the present various energy sources that is around 3,000 MW and solar power is the only option," said Subind Kamalasanan, managing director of Eliotec, who are into solar energy using German technology.

Today the state's power sources come from hydel (1,997 MW)which constitutes a giant share, followed by thermal (559) ,central pool and a minuscule share through wind energy.

Kamalasanan told reporters here that Germany went for 'green power' way back in the early nineties and today their company is making giant strides in the various Middle-East countries.




Chhattisgarh became the new destination for global investors with the signing of 300 MoUs between the state government and the Indian industry at the two-day Global Investors Meet, held in Naya Raipur on Tuesday. The industrialists will invest Rs. 1,22,419 crore to set up units for supply of cooking gas through pipelines, monorails, selling solar energy and establishing agro-processing factories in the state. Addressing the 12th anniversary statehood celebrations, chief minister Raman Singh said, “We have heralded a new era for industrial growth with faith reposed by investors.”



Welspun Energy Ltd co-founder and Managing Director Vineet Mittal has been awarded the 'EQ Solar Man of the Year: India 2012 Award' by the EQ International Magazine.

"Under his dynamic leadership, Welspun Energy is today the largest solar project developer in India with more than 250 MW of projects. We are proud to recognise Mittal's efforts in the Industry," a company press statement quoted EQ International Magazine as saying on conferring the award.

"His passion for making the world a better place to live and his efforts driven towards widespread sustainable energy development and equal opportunities for the under-served is inspirational," said Anand Gupta, Editor, EQ International Magazine.

Mittal said, "This award is recognition of Welspun Energy's commitment to innovation and continued focus in green energy projects. Our sensitivity towards the triple bottom line has helped in implementing impactful CSR strategies in the area of social inclusion."

Welspun Energy, a part of the USD 3.5 billion Welspun Group, is setting up 750 MW of solar power and 1 GW of wind power plants across India.

Apart from having solar and wind power projects in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, it is also making major green energy investments in Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

Welspun is among the lowest bidders in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission's second batch of projects and has achieved financial closure for 50 MW project in Rajasthan.

During the JNNSM's Phase-1- Batch-2 auction, 27 bidders were awarded projects to be implemented in various parts of the country. Welspun Solar AP Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of WEL, emerged as the only successful bidder for the 50 MW capacity, the maximum capacity allowed to a single bidder.



Web portal on Indian solar market launched


The website,, has been developed to facilitate dissemination of information to project developers and other stakeholders on the solar market.

New and renewable energy minister Farooq Abdullah and deputy chief of the German mission Cord Meier-Klodt launched the "solar guidelines", a web-based platform.

The information on the portal envisages enabling investment and rapid development of the solar sector.

Klodt said: "Both India and Germany have to master equally ambitious challenges in their energy sectors in the years ahead.

"This is why we wish to join hands with our Indian partners in order to benefit from each other's experience, jointly seek state-of-the-art responses to those huge challenges and do business together," he said. source



*   RPO implementation for corporate and industrial majors in india : tharun kapoor

Top 50 corporate and industrial majors and most of the electricity generation and distribution companies in the country belonging to various state governments may face punitive action for not meeting the solar power generation targets mandated under the renewable purchase obligations (RPO).

According to the RPOs, every company generating, consuming or distributing power has to ensure its nearly 9% energy component came from the renewable or non-conventional energy resources such as wind, solar, hydro, biogas etc. The generation targets through various resources have also been fixed for them.

"The country's shortfall in solar energy obligation is 30%.We recently wrote letters to top companies and state power authorities reminding them of their shortcomings on the RPO front and they must now improve on their targets," said Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary of the ministry of new and renewable energy, government of India.

"We have also recommended to the electricity regulatory authorities in the country to amend their rules and regulations

so that they just not only remind but also take some punitive actions against these companies to ensure better targets," he said while talking to the media on the outskirts of the inter-solar conference here.

Kapoor said companies which have missed RPO targets over the last couple of years should be asked by the regulators to achieve them in the days to come

Anil Kakodkar, chairman of the Solar Energy Corporation of India & Solar Energy Research Advisory Council, JNNSM, India also addressed the conference.

According to Kapoor, by the year-end around 2,500MW is the target set for solar power but only 1100MW capacity is likely to be installed. "Except Gujarat no other state has progressed up to the mark. Among companies Reliance IndustriesSteel Authority of India and several others have to improve upon their captive renewable power generation targets," he said, pointing out that certain projects were delayed due to shortage of heat transfer fluid (HTF) required for running turbines based on steam after heating water with the help of solar energy.

"India has achieved 1,044MW capacity in 2012 compared to 10MW in 2010. This trend will hopefully continue on, as more states realize the potential of solar power. As part of the next 5 year plan, the renewable energy capacity is set to be increased up to 55000MW from the current 25000MW. Out of this, 10000MW will be contributed purely by solar power. Though the industry feels that this is an over-ambitious projection, I am very confident that we will achieve more that 10000MW solar contribution to over all renewable energy power supply."







On November 5th, 2012 at 10:00am (IST), the Intersolar India Conference re-opened its doors at the Leela Kempinski Hotel in Mumbai. The organizers expect to welcome some 700 attendees over the four days of the conference, which is taking place in parallel to the Intersolar India exhibition. 

Tomorrow, on November 6th, Intersolar India opens its doors to the global solar industry for the fourth time at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC). 


200 exhibitors in an exhibition space measuring 20,000 square meters 

A total of 200 exhibitors from 17 countries are presenting their products, solutions and services in the fields of photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal technologies and production technologies in an exhibition space measuring 20,000 square meters in Hall 1 of the Bombay Exhibition Centre until November 8th.

This year sees the first Intersolar AWARD being conferred in the category Solar Projects in India. The celebrated solar prize is being presented in a ceremony at the Innovation Exchange (booth 1180) at 4:00pm on November 6. Further highlights include the CEO Panel Discussion and panel discussions on the topic of electricity storage.

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Tamilnadu Solar Prospects and Challenges 


Industrial consumers, frustrated by long hours of power outage, are now “taking solar very seriously,” says Pasupathy Gopalan, Managing Director of SunEdison, an American.

SunEdison is among the companies that are keen on developing solar projects in the State Most developers prefer to sell power directly to industrial consumers, who luckily for them are mandated to buy solar power under the State-imposed solar purchase obligations. Only NanoPV-Voltech, perhaps because the Indian partner already has business links with Tangedco.


Zynergy’s Managing Director & CEO Rohit Rabindernath finds tariff discovered through ‘reverse bidding’ un-remunerative. Selling to the utility at the ‘average pooled purchase cost’ (Rs 2.54 in Tamil Nadu) and getting tradable renewable energy certificates (RECs) is also not an option for him because no banker recognises REC income.

Further, selling power to Tangedco would call for some kind of payment security mechanism. Otherwise given the payment track record of the utility, no banker will lend on the basis of a PPA with Tangedco, developers say.


Selling power to paying consumers is more lucrative. Zynergy for one is confident of getting tariffs of Rs 9 and above — any income from RECs would be shared with the customer.

These project developers also have some common concerns. The first is about the enforcing solar purchase obligations, for, unless the obligations are fulfilled there would be no RECs.

The second concern is the cross-subsidy charges in Tamil Nadu (Rs 2.07 a unit for an industrial consumer and Rs 3.28 for a commercial establishment), which are levied when a generator sells power directly to a consumer.

Unless exempted from ‘cross-subsidy charges’, developers will have to get into the ‘group captive’ model to avoid the levy. This entails forming a separate company with power purchasers as shareholders. This model is messy and expensive because you need to incorporate separate companies for various projects and customers will have to invest in the equity.

However, many developers seem to be confident that the Tamil Nadu Government will exempt solar power from cross-subsidy levy.

Land availability seems not to be a big deal (unlike, say, in Rajasthan, where land ceiling law is a hurdle). In the last two decades, the wind industry has spawned a number of ‘infrastructure developers’ in the State who provide the service of buying land, organising grid connection and dealing with the local people and panchayats. source


India’s power sector regulator CERC today suggested establishing a South Asian power trading market to help ease acute electricity shortages facing many nations in the region.

The suggestion comes at a time when discussions are on between India and South Asian countries such as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for setting up inter-regional electricity transmission lines.

“A SAARC sub-regional power trading market will be beneficial to member countries. It will help in reaping the benefit of competition and efficiency through trading on power exchanges,” Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) Chairperson Pramod Deo said.

Such a market would help in trading electricity between India and other countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, he said.

Deo was speaking at the inaugural session of the three-day global power exchanges conference, co-organised by the country’s largest electricity bourse, Indian Energy Exchange (IEX).

He said with political will and an institutional framework in place, South Asian nations can have a regional power trading market.

According to him, Pakistan has also shown interest in importing electricity from India.

Going by estimates, energy demand in the SAARC region is projected to grow at an annual rate of five per cent.

India has power transmission links with Bhutan and Nepal while discussions are progressing for similar lines with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

In India, electricity trading is at a nascent stage and there are two operational power bourses — IEX and Power Exchange India Ltd (PXIL).

Such a thing will bring about right pricing for electricity. Great move by CERC. Pakistan has always wanted to buy power from India.

Only question is do these countries have enough money to buy power .



The Amul model can be extended to solar power generation.



Could the Amul milk cooperative success serve as a model for solar-based electricity in rural India? I believe the “white” revolution can extend to the “light” revolution for 400 million Indians without electricity, who burn kerosene for cooking and illumination. Just as they daily contribute milk to the cooperative, farmers could lease their rooftops or land for solar panels.

Some electricity generated will be for personal use, and the excess may be sold, or stored in community micro-grids for use at night or when clouds block sunlight. Just as a cow is a local, standalone source for milk, solar panels are local, standalone sources of electricity.

Verghese Kurien, as chairman of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), wrote “Cooperative dairy development on the Amul Pattern has been instrumental in securing rural livelihoods in many parts of India through income generation, agricultural diversification, risk distribution, female empowerment and assured employment.” Cooperatives could augment these benefits by getting into the solar business.


India experimented with rural electricity cooperatives in the 1960s; five pilot cooperatives were established in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh. The movement did not take off. One reason: absence of autonomy.

Focused on distribution, electricity cooperatives relied on the State Electricity Boards (SEB) for generation and transmission. SEBs are plagued by mis-governance and burdened by “free power for farmers” type political schemes. In 2005, India launched the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY). The programme also has made limited dent in rural electrification.

In contrast, the US has 1,000 rural electric cooperatives serving 30 million Americans. They own nearly half of all distribution lines and cover three-fourths of the nation’s land. In 1932, 10 per cent of America’s farms had electricity compared with 70 per cent of urban homes.

Says a cooperative’s Web site: “While his urban brethren basked in electricity’s glow, the American farmer lingered in the past, toiling by kerosene lamp … The farmer’s desire for electricity was passionate but the means elusive. The vast distances between farms made stringing lines and setting poles costly …”


* India invites investment from ASEAN in renewable energy sector



Rajasthan will set up two automotive zones in Alwar district in a bid to develop the state as an automobile manufacturing hub, Rajasthan Industries Minister Rajendra Pareek said in Gurgaon Sunday.

The state already has a special auto engineering zone at Pathredi. The new automotive zones will come up at Khushkheda extension and Tapukara extension in Alwar district, the minister said.

Addressing "Invest North" conclave organised here by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here, Pareek said Rajasthan is emerging as a hub for automotives and original equipment manufacturing with a huge untapped potential in key sectors like minerals, oil and gas exploration and solar power.

Pareek said Rajasthan has 79 different mineral deposits, of which only 58 are being extracted.

"Rajasthan also has rich reserves of oil and natural gas. Some of it is already being extracted. The Mangla oilfield discovered in our state in 2004 is the largest hydrocarbon find in the country since 1985," he said.

Pareek said similar opportunities existed in cement, ceramics, glass and farm products. Initiatives were also being taken to encourage investment in renewable sources of energy, especially in solar, wind power and bio-mass, he added.

Rajasthan ranks fifth among all states in producing power from renewable sources. Around 8,000 hectares of land has been earmarked for solar parks in the state.

He said IT sector was employing around 15,000 people.

Pareek said the government of Rajasthan has among the best investor-friendly policies. He said the Investment Promotion Scheme of 2010, the Statutory Single Window System and the Online Electronic Clearance Mechanism were ensuring timely and transparent approvals for investments.

Rajasthan's Principal Secretary Sunil Arora said opportunities were particularly significant in infrastructure, power, ceramic and glass, auto and auto ancillaries, solar energy, information technology, outsourcing, cement, mineral and stone-based industries, agro processing, textiles and garments, tourism, gems and jewellery and education.

He said a Greenfield Integrated Township will be developed in the Bhiwadi-Neemrana-Khushkheda belt, with high-speed physical connectivity to the national capital. This, he said, was the first major project along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial corridor.

"Around 170 sq km had already been delineated for this futuristic city. It will be a high-tech industrial and agricultural area with a knowledge city, besides residential areas. The proceedings for notifying the master plan of the city have already been initiated," Arora said.




The state of Tamil Nadu has attracted an incremental investment of over Rs 1.74 lakh crore in the last 18 months. With these, the investments, which are in the pipeline in Tamil Nadu stand at around Rs 9.25 lakh crore in September 2012, as against Rs 7.50 lakh crore at the end of March 2011.

Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony with 12 companies, which would bring investment to the tune of around Rs 20,925 crore to the state, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said that investments in the pipeline in Tamil Nadu stand at Rs 9,25,285 crore in September 2012, as against Rs 7,50,579 crore at the end of March 2011.

This implies that Tamil Nadu has attracted an incremental investment of Rs 1,74,706 crore in the last 18 months.


“If we go by past trends, this marks a quantum jump in investment flows into Tamil Nadu. This includes a substantial amount of investments in Infrastructure projects such as power generation & distribution, road improvement, water supply augmentation, port development, health care, education, etc. All these will substantially improve the quality and reliability of our infrastructure and strengthen our competitive advantages in attracting investments into the Manufacturing Sector”.

The Chief Minister noted, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India publication titled SIA Statistics published in June 2012, Tamil Nadu has attracted Rs 4,01,537 crore of investments in the Manufacturing Sector as against Rs 3,33,010 crore at the end of April 2011. The Incremental investment attracted by Tamil Nadu in the 14 months period from May 2011 to June 2012 is Rs 68,527 crore. 

“This is testimony to the fact that the investment environment in Tamil Nadu is very conducive to growth and expansion. Once again,Tamil Nadu is emerging as the destination of choice for making investments”.

“FDI is often a double-edged sword, and the Government needs to handle it, dexterously. FDI in some fields is purely based on private rationality with the underlying principle Private gain at social loss. The recent decision of the Government of India to open up our retail business to FDI is one such example, fraught with the danger of destroying our small business ventures that provide jobs to millions of our people,” said the Chief Minister, who objected the FDI in retail earlier.

She further said that Tamil Nadu Government is planning to introduce new policy reforms that include a New Industrial Policy, Automobile and Auto Parts Policy, Aerospace Industry Policy, Biotechnology Policy and much more. 

The Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy 2012 promoting solar and wind power projects has been unveiled on the October 20, 2012. The Automobile and Auto Parts Policy to be shortly released. “We are confident of attracting over Rs 1 lakh crore of new investments, in the Manufacturing Sector, surpassing all records and achievements made so far. I am confident of making Tamil Nadu the “numero uno” in all spheres of development.

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*Tremendous Response to the adoption of solar energy in schools and colleges

From powering street lamps in colleges and water heating systems in hostels to lights and fans in classrooms, solar energy is the new kid on campus in Tamil Nadu. 

In its solar policy, the state government imposes a solar purchase obligation (SPO) on colleges, mandating them to meet 6% of their power usage from solar energy, and colleges are getting down to business. 

Going by the policy, commercial establishments, colleges, government buildings, residential schools, IT parks, industries, and buildings with a built-up area of 20,000sqm come under this obligation. They can meet this by generating their own power, purchasing solar power from the state electricity board, or purchasing power from private power producers. 

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*Bangalore-based Anu Solar, manufacturers of solar water heaters and energy products has partnered Germany based Smart Energysystems International AG. As part of the joint venture Anu Solar will manufacture solar generators using German technology for the Indian market at its manufacturing facility in Bangalore. We were looking for a partner to enter the India market as the market opportunity is high in the country. With this joint venture we can use our technology and the expertise of Anu Solar and we are bullish about this,” said Erich Hauck, CEO, Smart Energysystems International AG. He also said that there is a huge need for looking at alternate forms of energy.


Anu Solar which has a manufacturing facility in Bangalore is building a new facility which is expected to commence operation by first half of 2013. With the new plant becoming operational it expects to increase the production capacity of all its products.

Presently, the company has over 40 per cent market share in the Bangalore water heater market and with this partnerships expect to bring new innovative products to the market. It also said that the company is initially looking at South India as the market and will widen its presence across India going forward.

T J Joseph, MD Anu Solar said “The new solar generators are over ten times more cost effective than traditional generators. Traditional generators incur a cost of Rs 23 per unit whereas the cost per unit for solar generators is as low as Rs. 2.5”  

The new solar generator Anu SMART is priced at Rs 40,000 and is aimed private sector.




Welspun Energy today said it will invest Rs 1,000 crore in setting up a 100 MW solar power project in Chhattisgarh. Welspun Renewables Energy Ltd (WREL), a subsidiary of Welspun Energy, has inked an MoU with the Chhattisgarh Government for installing 100 MW solar power project, the company said in a press statement here. The MoU was signed in Raipur. “The project is to start in 2015, entailing an estimated investment of Rs 1,000 crore,” the company said. With this project WEL will achieve an annual CO2 emission reduction of 158,118 tonnes. The project will de-carbonize state’s energy portfolio by 2015. The State Government will facilitate the approvals, land acquisition, registration and clearances for the project. Welspun is developing more than 250 MW solar and 800 MW wind capacity in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. It plans to commission 1.7 GW of solar and wind power projects within the next three years. “Welspun Energy...has been in talks with various state governments for expansion of their renewable energy generation portfolio,” the statement said. Recently, it won Asia’s biggest solar power project of 130 MW through bidding, to be developed in Madhya Pradesh.

“A careful balance needs to be maintained for meeting India’s accelerating energy needs. De-carbonising production and accelerating economic activity has to be balanced,” said Vineet Mittal, co-founder and MD of Welspun Energy Ltd. “The state governments have to adopt a proactive role. Green energy can be made affordable if more and more states take initiatives to expand their renewable portfolio. Dependence on fossil fuels must decrease,” he said. WEL said it is confident that it will be able to source appropriate funding for this project in time. Mittal said that by successfully commissioning its solar projects within committed timelines, the company has been able to earn the support of private investors.

Testament to this is the recent financial closure of Welspun Energy’s 50 MW solar project in Rajasthan; a consortium of banks led by Central Bank of India have supported this project, he added. Mittal said however that uncertain policy framework, payment security issues create edginess in investors to support power projects. Welspun Energy is part of the $3.5-billion Welspun Group, with businesses in power generation, infrastructure, exploration and production of oil and natural gas, steel pipes and textiles. Welspun Energy is setting up 750 MW of solar power and 1 GW of wind power plants across India, amongst the largest capacities for power generation in the country.




It  was obvious that solar energy was primed to take off in India and it was clear there were two paths the country could take – distribute that boom to benefit the 300 million people still waiting for the grid, or forcibly centralize a resource that is most effective when distributed. Now a year later installations have grown at a blistering pace - from 80 MW a year ago to over 1 GW but they are almost entirely centralized. As Indian states line up exciting new solar policies the central question remains: To centralize or not to centralize?

Let’s start with hard reality: The grid is never coming to rural India. No matter what ‘very serious policy makers’ want to believe, decades of attempts and huge gains in supply have yielded little increase in electrification. More importantly, off grid solar installations have been dramatically cheaper than grid installation because they compete with the huge costs of extending the grid and the huge costs of diesel and heavily polluting kerosene. That’s why the future of rural electrification is decentralized clean energy something even the very serious IEA recognizes IEA recognizes.

But it’s not just the IEA that gets this; politicians are catching on as well. Take Nitish Kumar the chief minister of Bihar whose sole political platform is delivering energy access to the 100 million people of Bihar. To achieve this lofty goal (only 18% of the population currently has access) Bihar’s going to need a distributed clean energy revolution clean energy revolution because coal-gate has deepened the already immense problems of the coal sector making the possibility of a coal fired future impossible. If Kumar wants to remain in office, he has to rely on distributed solar.

And, of course, distributed grid tied installations reduce peak load which can help avoid blackouts. You know, like the historic one India just suffered.In short, distributed is the way to go.
But despite the clear benefits of distributed solar a wave of recently announced solar policies have failed to internalize its importance. From Uttar Pradesh (UP) where 1 GW of solar is planned for 2017, to Andhra Pradesh where a slew of tax benefits and reduced charges will help meet its Renewable Purchase Obligation to Tamil Nadu where a whopping 3 GW are planned by 2015 it’s not at all clear that distributed installations will dominate deployment (except perhaps in Tamil Nadu).



* Schneider Electric supplies inverters for over 100 MW of Indian PV projects


 * Declining sales makes First Solar look to India and other markets

* Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd and Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt Ltd have said they planned to use solar energy to power some of their requirements in future.

We are going for solar energy model to power our main office,” said Biju Balendran, vice president, plant engineering, Nissan.

He said the company was into various activities to reduce usage of water, and emission of carbon dioxide as part of its efforts to save the environment.

Balendran was delivering his keynote address during the launch of Auto Sustain, a public-private partnership project to be implemented by management system certification firm UL DQS.

Daimler India too was looking at setting up a solar power generation system to meet some of its energy requirements, said Florian Laudan, its spokesman.

The company would have a solar power facility in an upcoming warehousing and logistics facility in Chennai. However, he refused to comment more on the plans.

Daimler, in India, has been following a policy of maintaining 85 per cent localisation for its products for the market. It is also expected to launch light duty trucks in nine and 12-tonne rigid and 12-tonne construction segments by 2012



* India and China to collaborate in Space solar power program




* Gestamp and Zynergy’s joint venture (JV), Southern Solar, will complete the first 25MW of the project by March

It has been noted that Rohit Rahindernath, CEO and MD of Zynergy stated that the Southern Solar will buy 202 hectares in the Madurai and Ramnad districts, with the JV planning to sell the power generated by the plants directly to industrial consumers.

Supposedly, the JV has already signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with possible buyers for the distribution of power for 10MWs of the project and is in the midst of negotiating power purchase agreements (PPAs) with them. Rahindernath explained that the PPAs will more than likely be for 25MW and so the initial phase for the solar projects will be for the same capacity.

RTT noted that Rahindernath confirmed that Southern Solar will sell the electricity at Rs.9 (US$0.17) and above per unit. Benefits that the JV would get from trading in the renewable energy certificates are to be shared with the electricity buyers. source




The TN govt has announced its new Solar Energy Policy, which envisages generation of around 3,000 Mw of solar power within 2015

Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd and Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt Ltd have said they planned to use solar energy to power some of their requirements in future.

This comes on the back of the state government’s new Solar Energy Policy, which it announced on October 21 envisaging generation of around 3,000 Mw of solar power within 2015 in the state.The TN govt has announced its new Solar Energy Policy, which envisages generation of around 3,000 Mw of solar power within 2015



*Puri Jagannath Temple turns to solar

 Vikram Solar, a Kolkata based leading solar module manufacturing company, announced on Wednesday that it would be installing 30KW solar power facility at the famous Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha.


The project is part of the initiative of Odisha Renewable Energy Development Authority (OREDA). 

The successful implementation of this project would result in a pioneering move by this ancient historical temple, by reducing its dependence on grid power during the day time and using the power generated from the SPV for its self consumption. 

As per the agreement, Vikram Solar will extend comprehensive service support to the Temple Management Committee for the next 15 years.

Vikram Solar will be fully responsible for supplying the solar photovoltaic modules and other associated equipment including installation and commissioning of the facility.

Vikram Solar said it is taking special care to ensure that the installation causes least inconvenience to the visitors from all over the world and at the same time the design of the installation is done in such a manner so as to retain the feel and texture of the ancient architecture for which the temple is known for as one of the “Chardhams”.

Gyanesh Chaudhary, Director, Vikram Solar, said, “We are honored to get an opportunity to install our facilities at the esteemed Jagannath temple. 

"We are thankful to the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Authority (OREDA) for giving us an opportunity to showcase our expertise. I am confident that we would be able to successfully implement this prestigious project.”




Farmers who are finding it difficult to irrigate their lands in view of acute power shortage can heave a sigh of relief, as a solar power unit is available now to meet their power demand to energise their pumpsets.

Under a pilot project under Indira Jala Prabha, a Rs. 5.50 lakh unit was launched in the remote Potluru village in Prakasam district on Tuesday by Municipal Administration Minister M. Mahidhar Reddy.

The Minister exhorted farmers to go for solar power-based unit, taking advantage of the subsidy of up to 30 per cent provided by the Centre.

Based on the success of the pilot project, the solar-powered borewells would be extended to more areas, said district Collector Anita Rajendra.

The solar panel of the unit, with a photovoltaic system rating of 5 kilowatts, produces enough power to run a 5 HP motor for eight hours, explained Sunbright Energy Solutions Limited Director (finance) Ch. Ravi.

The unit was installed to irrigate 10.87 acres of mango orchard belonging to five ST beneficiaries by the District Water Management Agency.



Tamil Nadu, the most urbanized state in India, has released a new solar policy, which aims to install 3 GW by 2015, and establish the province as a hub for solar energy development. 


The "Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy - 2012" will implement net metering, solar purchase obligations (SPO), competitive bidding and generation-based incentives. The policy seeks to achieve grid parity by 2015 and encourage solar manufacturing in the state, along with larger goals of industry and skill development.


The policy aims to install 1500 MW of utility-scale solar photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP), 350 MW of rooftop PV, and 1,150 MW of PV and CSP through the renewable energy credit mechanism.




SPO mechanism involves direct sales to customers


The policy implements a 3% SPO until December 2013, which will increase to 6%, for multiple classes of consumers including special economic zones, industries with guaranteed power supply, IT parks, schools, and buildings of 20,000 square meters or more.

In doing so, the policy will allow solar developers to sell directly to these customers, however Bridge to India (New Delhi, India) notes that this allows the state to transfer the financial costs of meeting program goals to these entities.

TANGEDCO (Chennai, India) will administer the SPO program. Bridge to India also notes that these requirements are in addition to pre-existing renewable purchase obligations.




GBI to last for six years at declining rates


The generation based incentive (GBI) will be set as INR 2 (USD 0.037) per unit for the first two years, to fall to INR 1 (USD 0.018) per unit for the next two years, and INR 0.5 (USD 0.009) per unit for the final two years for plants installed before March 31st, 2014. The policy will primarily aim to increase rooftop PV.


Electricity generated from solar plants for self-consumption and sale to utilities will also be exempt from electricity taxes for five years.




Solar lighting, mandatory solar water heating included


The policy will additionally seek to install solar lighting in 300,000 homes by 2015-2016 under the Chief Minister's Solar Powered Green House Scheme, as well as energizing 100,000 street lights by that date, and installing solar rooftops on all new government/local body buildings.


Through the policy Tamil Nadu will also require solar water heating systems to be installed on all new homes, buildings, marriage halls and hotels.


Finally, the program contains provisions for support for PV manufacturing as well as research and development, to be administered through the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency.




Moser Baer’s Rs. 100- crore 5-MW solar grid interactive photovoltaic (SPV) plant in Sivaganga has technology suited specifically for Indian climate


Located in the hinterland is a project that proved to be a trump card for those advocating solar power as a solution to the power crisis in the State.


Spread across 65 acres in Rettai Pillai Ayyanarkoil, a tiny hamlet near Muthupatti in Sivaganga district, the 5-MW solar grid interactive photovoltaic (SPV) plant has exceeded the targets set in the planning stages, according to government and company officials.




Constructed at a cost of Rs. 100 crore, the plant has come up with funding from IDBI and the International Finance Corporation, a part of the Washington-based World Bank Group.


The Sivaganga project, identified by the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) and implemented under the Generation Based Incentive (GBI) scheme of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, was commissioned on December 20, 2010. A power purchase agreement was signed with the erstwhile Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) for Rs.4.50 per unit. A GBI pact was concluded with Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) for Rs. 10.50. Totally, the plant yields Rs.15 per unit.


Being operated by Moser Baer Clean Energy, the project has a plant load factor of above 20 per cent against the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s stipulation of 19 per cent, according to its senior manager Kanagaraj Ramachandran.


The average daily production of the plant has been around 24,500 units. Excluding four per cent of the production for internal consumption and loss, the remainder is fed into the grid. In March 2011, the highest monthly generation was achieved with 31,500 units. This month, it was so far 31,200 units. Even in recent days of heavy rains, the plant has generated around 15,000 units, he says


Tamil Nadu has a major advantage over Rajasthan and Gujarat, leaders in the field, as the State does not have sand storms which damage solar panels and reduce their efficacy.


Further, he says, the Sivaganga solar farm uses amorphous silicon thin film technology, considered better for Indian climatic conditions. Even though crystalline film technology occupies 90 per cent of the solar photovoltaic market, it is more suited for European conditions. Thin film technology requires double the quantum of land compared to the crystalline film method, Mr. Ramachandran says. However, the land is not a problem in the Sivaganga region where most of the area is dry and arid.


Welcoming the Solar Purchase Obligation mooted recently by the State government, he says it will greatly attract investors to this technology as they would have assured returns.


In the Solar Energy Policy 2012 which targets 3,000 MW through solar power by 2017, it has been made mandatory for large power consumers to buy six per cent of their consumption from solar energy producers or from the State generation and distribution utility at higher prices or by buying solar renewable energy certificates.




Government officials say the Sivaganga project can serve as a model for similar ventures in the State.


The estimated gross potential for land-based grid connected Solar PV in Tamil Nadu is in the range between 4,000 MW and 21,700 MW, according to World Institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE), a Pune-based organisation.


The State government, the official says, is imparting a major thrust to solar power through, among other measures, setting up of solar parks in public-private-partnership (PPP) mode.



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*Solar energy fever catching up

Go solar is now the catchword among many. The long hours of power cut has prompted several households to go in for the system.

R.R. Balasundaram, who runs an industry In Coimbatore, has installed a 1.2 kilo watt (KW) solar photovoltaic system at his house seven months ago. Later, he augmented it with another 0.4 KW.

The 12 solar panels on the rooftop of his house and six batteries had cost him Rs. 2.5 lakh. He had connected lights, fans, television, computer, mixer-grinder and washing machine to the system. Besides, there was a separate solar water heater. Only an air-conditioner and a refrigerator were not covered.

“The bi-monthly consumption of electricity has gone down to about 300 units from 700 units. I am paying at least 50 per cent less than what I was paying earlier,” he says.

“When there is no power supply during the evening or night, I still watch the television. The power comes from the batteries that store the solar energy. The batteries carry a guarantee for five years. We need to clean the panels once a week or if it rains, just once a month,” he adds.

Some months ago, K.V. Kuppusamy, chairman of RVS educational institutions here, installed the system at his house. Satisfied with it, he was planning to have 600 KW of solar system in the premises of his six educational institutions. “Though the capital cost is high, subsidies are available and you are assured of 24 hour power supply,” he says.

Non-availability of dedicated feeders discourages private colleges from opting to wind power as they do not get much relief during load shedding. But, solar panels provide instant relief, says Mr. Kuppusamy. Yet, there are persons such as M. Kandasamy, an industrialist, having reservations over the utility of solar power. “I spoke to some suppliers and they say solar is not that attractive for houses. I have to study the installed systems before taking a decision,” he says.


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The solar energy policy unveiled by the State Government has been evoking mixed response among the High Tension (HT) consumers in the district.

Though the initiative to promote tapping of solar energy was widely hailed, the HT consumers are of the opinion that the 6 per cent Solar Purchase Obligation (SPO) (ie starting with 3 per cent till December 2013 and 6 per cent thereafter) mandated in the policy would result in substantial increase in expenditure for them.


“Considering the financial and operational crisis presently encountered by entrepreneurs in sectors like textiles and engineering, it is been requested that the authorities concerned could defer the mandatory obligation of 6 per cent for HT consumers for some more time,” M. Ramaswamy, managing director of Alpine Spinning Mills which is HT consumer.

S. Dhananjayan, an industrial consultant to HT consuming units, is of the view that if at all the 6 per cent SPO need to mandated, the HT consumers going for the solar power generation should be extended incentives/sops to subsidize the capital expenditure for installation of solar power projects at a large scale.


“The prevailing cost of setting up solar power plants of 1 MW capacity comes to around Rs. 9 crore which is a huge sum to bear for people operating spinning mills who are presently starving for funds to meet working capital needs,” he said.

The industrialists are of the view that some of the points mentioned in the policy like exemption from demand cut to the extent of 100 per cent of the installed capacity assigned for captive use purpose and tax concessions were excellent.




State owned Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has decided to open 'Akshay Urja' shops in nine districts of the state for sale and repair of the solar and energy efficient devices.

The shops would be opened in Fatehabad, Rohtak, Sonipat, Bhiwani, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Palwal, Mewat and Jhajjar districts, a HAREDA spokesman said.




The computers at police stations across the state will not shut down in case of a power failure in the near future. Reason: the state police headquarters has initiated the process of providing solar power back-up to the police stations.

With computerisation of police stations across the state expected to be completed by December 2014, the state police headquarters has been offering solar power backup to electric gadgets including computers, printers and scanners to police stations.

In fact, the solar power backup project has been completed in 12 districts under the first phase. These districts include three Naxal affected districts of Sonbhadra, Chandauli and Mirzapur. The other districts are Khiri, Pilibhit, Bahraich, Balrampur, Maharajganj, Siddarthnagar and Shravasti and two on UP-Bihar border - Ghazipur and Ballia.

Deputy SP, police welfare, Ashutosh Mishra told TOI that "we will be giving solar power backup to electronic gadgets at police stations for uninterrupted power supply through solar power plants so that work at police stations could not be affected."

The solar power back-up will enhance the working of police stations in rural areas and aid in the smooth running of the Crime Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS).

With power-backs available round the clock, internet linking and exchange of data too would be ensured all the time.

CCTNS aims at creating a national database of crime and criminals through their biometric profiles to enable easy sharing of information across police stations at the state level as well as national level. Prisons, courts and immigration wings will also be linked under CCTNS.

Under the first phase, four solar power plants of 10 KW were installed in 12 districts and with the help of solar power plants and it will be giving power backup to all electric equipment including computers, printers, scanners and other apparatuses for more than six hours.

He said, "The problem of power cuts could be tackled at police stations and offices after electronic gadgets will be getting power backup. It will also help in energy conservation. Solar power backup is more required in the police stations located in rural areas which face long power cuts."




The Kerala State Electricity Board will soon take a count of households relying on electrical inverters to deal with the planned power restrictions in the state. It doesn't intend to declare a war on inverters, though. The aim is to persuade consumers to explore the solar energy option to charge their inverters.

Board finance member S Venugopal said the widespread use of electrical inverters was a reason why KSEB fails in achieving the desired results of power restrictions. He said any reduction in power used to feed the inverters would benefit both consumers and the board alike. The board is looking at several options to take a census of household inverters. "Our meter-reading employees can gather the information but the data would need a secondary validation. We have not yet finalised the secondary validation option. I hope most consumers would heed to our appeal as it would be mutually beneficial," Venugopal said. The state electricity regulatory commission has set proliferation of energy conservation methods and promotion of green energy production as two key responsibilities of KSEB, but the latter is yet to come up with any major initiative of massive nature.

Board sources said the consumers can be offered subsidies to set up solar units once it puts forward the solar energy option for charging the inverters. "A two-page pamphlet, in English and Malayalam, would be distributed among consumers from this month. It will give the best practices in power consumption and the reasons for our appeal to reduce it during peak hours," an official said.

KSEB had earlier identified the increasing number of induction cookers in households as the main reason for a sharp rise in power consumption early in the morning. However, the board and the government later clarified that there was no move to restrict the use of induction cookers by law, considering the general sentiments.

With a view to enhance usage and harnessing solar energy, check leakage and create awareness on energy efficient electrical and electronic gadgets, a Green Engineers’ Association (GEA) was launched at the Jayalakshmi Institute of Technology, Thoppur recently.

A release from the college said that Dr. S. Ragunathan, Principal, inaugurated the association, the brainchild of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of the college.

The GEA will involve itself to create awareness on usage of energy efficient devices through energy conservation and management.

The GEA would be headed by N. Sivakumar, Head of the Department, Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

As an initial initiative, the GEA will commission 10 solar street lights within the campus and would establish 5 KW solar power generation plant in the campus. After assessing the programme, it will be extend to commercial as well as consultation activities for the industries.

The inauguration was followed by a seminar on 'Energy Conservation and Management'.



Trichy will soon experience solar power modern bus shelters as their construction, similar to those in New Delhi, has commenced. As many as 18 modern bus shelters and solar power lights will be set up in the city to improve infrastructure.

The construction of four bus shelters began a few days before the chief minister unveiled the 'Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy 2012'.

The fibre glasses on the roof of the bus shelters will generate around 200 watts' power that can be used to illuminate a 11-watt light near the bus shelter. In addition to that, mobile phone chargers powered by solar energy will be fitted in all 18 bus shelters. People henceforth can charge their mobile phones while waiting for a bus.

"The idea came about after I witnessed modern solar power bus shelters in New Delhi. After studying the feasibilities of setting up such structures in Trichy, I identified 18 places and sanctioned Rs 92.5 lakh for bus shelters and Rs 7.20 lakh for solar power lights," Kumar told TOI.The places where the bus shelters will be erected are: four in Karumandapam, two each near government hospital, Ponmalaipatti and KK Nagar areas, and one each at Veereshwaram, Linga Nagar, Thennur, court, head post office, TVS toll gate, G Corner and Anna Statue.



The 40 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant of Reliance Power in Rajasthan has generated over 30 million units of solar power in the first six months of the current financial year, company officials said.

Confirming this, a company spokesman said that the project benefited from delayed monsoon this year, and its location advantage in Rajasthan.

The unit is located in Dhursar, Pokaran in Rajasthan and was constructed in record 129 days. Since commissioning, the plant generated 3.0378 crore kW/hr of energy.

According to company officials, the higher generation was on account of the plant using thin film solar modules which are highly suitable for hot areas like Rajasthan.

Apart from this, the location of the plant is in one of the highest sun irradiance areas in India. With the absence of sand dunes in surrounding areas, the loss on account of soiling is lower.

It was set up with an investment of Rs.700 crore.


With the state facing acute power shortage, the Tamil Nadu government in its solar energy policy has made it mandatory for large-scale power consumers to meet six per cent of their energy requirements from solar power by 2014.

The new solar energy policy envisages production of over 3,000 MW of power, exclusively from solar power, in the next three years.As per the policy, it will be mandatory for high-tension consumers in SEZs, IT parks, telecom towers, colleges and residential schools, industries guaranteed with round the clock power supply and buildings with 20,000 sq mt built up area to go in for 6 per cent Solar Purchase Obligation (SPO).

 "The state will mandate 6 per cent SPO (starting with three per cent till December 2013 and six per cent from January 2014)," the policy note said.

On the other had, the domestic consumers, huts, cottage and tiny industries, powerlooms, LT industrial and agricultural consumers are exempted from the solar purchase obligation.

Stating that the state electricity board would administer SPO by industries, it said consumers may meet their SPO by generating captive solar power or buying equivalent to or more than their SPO from third party developers or purchasing power from Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd (TANGEDCO) at solar tariff.

*Solar Energy important for India's energy future

A recent report released by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), an independent policy research institution in collaboration with the U.S. based Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC), has shown that concentrated solar power could play an essential role in achieving a secure and diversified energy future for India, especially to deal with the issues of energy blackouts.

The report titled “Concentrated Solar Power: Heating up India’s Solar Thermal Market under the National Solar Mission” states that India has jump started its solar energy industry in just over two years, thanks to Phase-I of the National Solar Mission. A major contributor to this growth is solar thermal power, including seven large-scale concentrated solar power (CSP) projects now underway in India.

Concentrated solar power involves systems of mirrors that concentrate a large area of sunlight onto a small area. The concentrated light is converted to heat, with a turbine and electrical power generator — converting the heat into electricity. Since CSP allows for storage of electricity, large-scale CSP presents several potential benefits for India’s energy profile. These include supplying electricity to help India meet its base-load needs, providing supplemental electricity during times of peak usage and ensuring grid stability.



 *  Gov supplied power price to increase to Rs 13 per unit 

a Bangalore-based solar firm with German technology has been invited to the southern districts to discuss technological and commercial viability. K.R. Thangaraj, president of Tamil Nadu Small and Tiny Industries Association (TANSTIA), told The Hindu on Tuesday that as per one of the proposals, the Bangalore firm would bear the initial expenditure for installing the solar equipment but subject to a minimum capacity of 250 KW. The firm would sell the power with a toll.

This proposal was attractive to the micro, small and medium enterprises, which are spared both the huge capital investment and the dependency on generators, which has become expensive after the recent diesel tariff hike.

“We are confident that this project will be successful and we are meeting the representatives of the firm in Tiruneveli on Wednesday. Industries in Hosur and Tiruchi are already contemplating putting up solar power plants,” he added.

Madurai District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (MADITSSIA) president V. S Manimaran said that delegations from two companies were coming here on Thursday. Several units would be joining together to install a solar power plant. “Small industries going for this solar project can source 60 per cent of their power from this power plant while reducing the dependency on the State power grid drastically,” according to Guna Singh Chelladurai, Chairman of TANSTIA-FNF Service Centre, which is coordinating with the solar firms.

With policies on subsidies for diesel, coal and commercial gas changing, the tariffs of government supplied power would increase to Rs. 13 to Rs. 14 per unit in a few years. However, with China having entered the solar field in a big way, the cost of panels would come down soon.

Companies could adopt a cluster approach and go for solar power, which was both a constant and a clean source of power.

While 250 KW was the entry threshold, the industrial units could scale up based on the demand. Also, in the power sector, the country was constantly facing a significant gap in supply-demand.

The TANSTIA-FNF Service Centre, which provides supporting services to small scale industries, is a collaborative venture between TANSTIA and Friedrich Naumann Foundation, a German organisation established in 1958 by Theodor Heuss, the first president of the West Germany. source

Madurai District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (Maditssia) is holding a dissemination meeting on ‘Solar Power Generator’ at Maditssia Hall at 5.30 p.m. on October 18.

V.S. Manimaran, President of the association, in a release here said that TANSTIA FNF Service Centre (TFSC), Chennai, a joint venture between Tamil Nadu Small and Tiny Industries Association and FNF, Germany, working for welfare of micro and small units in the State, in a bid to find out a solution for the present power crisis, has come out with a solution of providing renewable energy through ‘Solar Power Generator’.

The original equipment manufacturer would put up solar power generators on the roof top of industrial units or at barren lands at its own cost and the industrial units would pay only the cost of power generators. source



Welspun Energy Limited win accolades for its Solar Power project in Anjar Gujarat

 Welspun Energy Limited (WEL), one of India's leading renewable energy companies and independent power producers (IPP),has been recognized as one of the most innovative power producers in Asia for their 15 MW solar power project at Anjar (Gujarat).


Commenting on this momentous occasion, Mr Vineet Mittal, Managing Director, Welspun Energy Ltd said, "We are very pleased to win the Asian Power Award. This award is recognition of Welspun's commitment to innovation and continued focus on renewable energy projects. Our engineering and construction teams have been working round the year to commission projects such as Anjar through several challenges and hardships.This accolade is a wonderful gift for their efforts and will certainly drive us towards achieving greater heights and build on our successes."



*Solar energy the only option to overcome power shortage in Karnataka: Deputy CM

Speaking after inaugurating the first Solar HCPV power plant in India and LED street lights at Kollur on Wednesday, the Deputy CM of Karnataka, KS Eshwarappa said that it is inevitable for the state to depend upon thermal plant to generate electricity. There is also shortage of coal, for thermal power plants. 

Eshwarappa said, despite making attempts to generate sufficient power, the state is still facing acute shortage. “There is a need to produce additional power to overcome the problem. The NTPC is taking more time than expected to complete the project of 4000 MW power station at Kodgi in Bijapur,” he added.

He urged the NTPC to hasten the work. 

Lauding the newly introduced solar power plant at Kollur, the minister said that the government will take measures to introduce similar projects in Gram Panchayats, CMCs and TMCs.Earlier, the Deputy Chief Minister participated in ‘Chandika Yaga,’ at the Kollur Mookambika temple.

The Solar HCPV power plant at Kollur is first of its kind in India, and is built at a cost of Rs 13.57 lakh. The high concentrated solar power plant with triple junction solar chips reflects over modules of sunlight to transform it into solar energy. 

The use of frenal lens in the technology has increased the efficiency of the plant up to 36 per cent as against the usual 14 to 16 per cent efficiency. It works from 6 am to 8 pm with dual axis sun tracker. It generates around three to four units of solar power. 

The technology is introduced by Enolar Systems Company in Bangalore in collaboration with Hong Kong-based Meridian Green Energy International Company. Seventy LED street lamps will be lighted using solar energy, in Kollur. 

Meridian Green Energy International Company Hong Kong Director (Worldwide) Girish said that plans are on to introduce vertical axis wind turbine technology, that adds 700 watts turbine, that can generate four to five additional units besides working for all 365 days. This project would cost an additional Rs 4.5 lakh investment, he said.





 * Solar water heaters made compulsory in Surat

Surat could well become the first city in India to make solar water heating in all buildings, residential and commercial, mandatory.

Earlier, this year, the Union urban development ministry had made it mandatory that civic bodies of all 58 cities identified to be made "solar cities" change their construction bylaws to make solar energy compulsory for water heating systems.

The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) will make the necessary changes in the bylaws of construction within a month. There are 10.2 lakh houses and nearly 65,000 commercial buildings in the city, which will have to switch over to solar water heating.

"We are ready with draft master plan with a detailed mechanism for solar water heating," said Jatin Shah, city engineer SMC.

However, solar water heating is just one of the steps being taken to make Surat a 'solar city'. The civic body plans to undertake photovoltaic roof top programme, installing solar panels atop all its vital installations and replacing regular street lights with CFLs and tube lights with T5 lights.

"We are aiming to bring down the conventional energy usage by at 10-15 per cent in the next two years," he added. In the next five years, it aims to use at least 30 per cent solar power in place of electricity.

SMC has also scheduled a meeting with New Delhi-based World Institute of Sustainable energy (WISE), which was appointed as consultant in advisory capacity by the Centre, to chalk out the implementation plan for solar water heating systems.

Dr Omkar Jani, principal research scientist at Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI ) said, "We will replicate the Gandhinagar's solar city model in Surat too."



Pilgrimage Centres in India turn to solar energy 

What is common between Delhi's Jama Masjid, Amritsar's Golden Temple and Maharashtra's Shirdi temple? Besides being famous places of worship and pilgrimage, where devotees visit in large number, they have shifted from using conventional resources to solar power usage, to cook meals for devotees besides lightning up the premises. Now, more and more places of pilgrims are adopting renewable sources of energy to cook 'prasadam' (offering to god) and meals for devotees, besides generating power for lightning and cooling systems.

 The trend was started by the Brahma Kumari Spiritual Trust at Mount Abu in 1997 followed by Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra's Shirdi temple and the ISKCON temple at Ujjain. The Golden Temple, the Jama Masjid and the Jagannath temple in Puri, Odisha, have recently rolled out plans to draw on solar energy.


Dedicated buildings have been built at the holy places to cook meals for devotees using solar energy. Turning to renewable energy has dramatically cut down the cooking gas and diesel costs and provides uninterrupted electricity. Moreover, the solar cooking is clean, hygienic and efficient, especially when large quantities need to be cooked.Various companies have come forward to provide solar solutions and have helped to install solar panels in many holy places, temple authorities told IANS.

"The solar cooking system installed by us in Tirupati in 2001 serves food to 20,000 devotees per day and it results in an annual saving of Rs. 600,000-800,000," Shubi Gupta, spokesperson of Flareum Technologies, the company that installed the system, told IANS.

The company has also set up the world's largest solar steam system at the Saibaba temple in Shirdi that cooks food for 50,000 devotees every day."The solar cooking system saves Rs. 20 lakh and 70,000 tonnes of carbon emission annually.

Nowadays, institutions are becoming aware of green and clean power. Although the initial investment is high, the long-term saving is huge," she said. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the body incharge of gurdwaras across India, last month approved a proposal to shift the cooking of 'langar' (community kitchen) to solar energy.  "The project, costing Rs.1.5 crore, has been given to a Pune-based company and it will be functional in about 3-4 months. Once executed, the project will save a great deal of wood, LPG and electricity," an SGPC member told IANS.

The Delhi government is also planning to light up the Jama Masjid and the Lotus Temple of the Bahai faith using solar energy.  "We are also in talks with the Delhi Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to install a solar power plant at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib," a Delhi government official told IANS.

The Odisha government has also sanctioned Rs.50 lakh for converting the conventional lighting system at the Jagannath temple to solar power.

The solar energy market is growing in India and many education institutions, hotels, hostels, private companies and residential complexes are shifting to renewable energy.

New solar energy investments in India increased to more than Rs.12,000 crore (about $2.5 billion) in 2011, according to the Council on Energy, Environment and Water. The Indian government has launched an ambitious National Solar Mission to generate 20,000 MW of solar energy by 2022, up from a little over 1,000 MW at present.



Solar movement in India gathers steam as Odisha announces 25 MW project

Odisha has announced a 25 MW solar power project. Solar power plant developers can bid for the project and the one that sells the power at the lowest tariff to the State will be awarded the project.

The Odisha project tender requires applicants to submit a refundable Rs 3-crore earnest money deposit. Only companies with networth not less than Rs 3 crore can apply. The successful bidder will need to provide a Rs 30-crore bank guarantee at least seven days before signing the power purchase agreement. The guarantee should be valid for 22 months from the date of submission.

Further, the tender requires the successful bidder to complete the project in 13 months from the date of signing the PPA or 15 months from the date of issue of the letter of intent, whichever occurs earlier. The State Government will not offer any facilitation for either land or connectivity to the grid. Typically, a 1 MW solar photovoltaic plant costs around Rs 9 crore to put up and requires 5 acres of land.

This is the second solar photovoltaic project from Odisha. The first was another 25 MW, which was won by a company called Alex Green, a subsidiary of Shree Ganesh Jewellery House Ltd. The company won by quoting a tariff of Rs 7 a unit, which is till date an unbeaten record-low in the Indian solar power industry.

The opening of bids for the 25 MW project is the third announcement in India in the last five days.

On September 27, the Andhra Pradesh Government came out with its solar policy, which basically gave several exemptions from standard charges and refund of taxes paid on project inputs. The next day, the Gujarat Government announced a 25 MW rooftop solar initiative.

For long, solar power developers have complained of lack of “project visibility”. The three announcements have raised hopes of more solar projects coming up in India.



RECs Drive India’s Renewable Energy Sector

In India, renewable energy certificate (REC) trading is playing a role in meeting renewable purchase obligations (RPOs). Being such a vast land area, parts of India have much more sunshine and wind than others, therefore, some areas are not prime targets for power generation from solar or wind. While power producers and distributors are obligated to purchase a set amount of energy from renewables, in those areas with lesser resources, the producers and distributors can buy RECs to meet their obligation. Likewise, those in areas with an abundance of resources may sell the RECs, thus spawning a strong REC trading market. This article is the first in a two-part series that looks at the REC mechanism in India.

Government support in India

Government financial support helped launch the grid-connected renewable energy sector in India. The support was offered in the form of a preferential tariff allocation against which reverse bidding may or may not be allowed in green power promotion policies.

Other government support came in the form of accelerated depreciation, generation-based incentives (GBI)) and other tax benefits. The National Tariff Policy of 2006 mandates State Electricity Regulatory Commissions (SERC) to buy a minimum amount of green power, taking into account the availability of the renewable source. However, this restricted investors and entities in the states (having abundant renewable sources) for green power generation above fixed RPO and hindered states with low renewable sources to meet RPO standards. Source 15/10/2012


Install a solar panel on your rooftop to generate energy and sell it to the distribution company through the grid for money.

To encourage green energy, the Centre is planning a programme under which it will provide incentives, either financial or through a subsidy, to home owners installing a rooftop solar panel for own energy consumption, and who will sell the extra power to the grid during daytime. 

The programme also contains a proposal in which a building owner can rent his rooftop to investors to set up a solar power plant.

The plan, which is still in a preliminary stage, says the electricity distribution companies can buy the power from households, either by paying money to the seller or giving subsidy in the seller’s electricity bill.

To introduce the system in India, which is prevalent in many European countries including Germany, there is a need to modify the current Electricity Act as well as develop locally suited technology, Union Minister of Power K C Venugopal told Deccan Herald.

Delhi to be first

The Delhi government is likely to be the first to implement the scheme as the government has started working on the issue. As per the Delhi Government’s proposed policy, residents can get solar power plants installed on their rooftops by signing a power purchase agreement with the company supplying power in their respective areas.

The cost of setting up such a plant in an area of 200 square metres will be between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 9 lakh.

According to the policy, house owners can either lease out their roofs to a developer, who will then set up the unit, or pay 30 per cent of the cost of installation.

The remaining 70 per cent will be financed through banks. The cost of generating each unit of power from the rooftop plant will be Rs 17.50 which the owner of the rooftop can sell to any of the power supplying companies.

The plants will be set up using the solar photo-voltaic technology as they can be easily mounted on rooftops, said an official in the Power Ministry.

The Centre which aims to produce 10,000 MW of solar energy in the 12th five year plan ( 2012-2017) with an investment of Rs 50,000 crore, has already set up 61 solar energy monitoring units across the country.

The government has started collecting radiation data from these monitoring centres and accordingly it will encourage setting up solar plants, he said.

While Gujarat and Rajasthan are ahead with installed capacity of 3,000 MW and 1,000 MW solar energy, the Centre wants other states to follow suit.  

Source Deccan Herald 14/10/2012


Punjab to set up Solar Photo Voltaic Packs

Punjab is all set to set up Solar Photo-voltaic Power Packs in households across the state in a major move to encourage use of solar energy for basic electricity needs, Non-Conventional Energy Minister Bikram Singh Majithia today said.

He said the government was making all efforts to fulfil the gap in demand and supply of electricity by installing more generating capacity in the renewable energy sector as well as conventional sector.

Majithia said Punjab has considerable sun light available for more than 330 days in a year and this abundant energy could be utilised for generation of power during the day time through solar photo-voltaic power plants.

He said the state is endowed with vast potential of solar energy estimated at 4-7 KWH per one sq mt of solar insulation level and added that Punjab Government was committed to tap this resource.

 He also said the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has planned installation of Solar Power Packs at households in the state of capacity 500Wp to 1000Wp.

Majithia said the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has sanctioned the Central Financial Assistance of Rs 3.03 crore as first instalment and with total project cost of Rs 10 crore.

He said that besides generating power, Solar Photo-voltaic Power Packs were environment friendly and carbon neutral and were easily produced and consumed.

The Punjab Government has set up Akshey Urja shops in all districts of the state, where people can buy these at 30 per cent subsidy. Source Business Standard 30/09/2012



The recent decision of the Reserve Bank of India to include loans given by banks to individuals for purchasing off-grid solar products will be a major growth driver for the solar industry, says Sarah Butler-Sloss, Founder-Director of Ashden. Ashden is a London-based not-for-profit organisation that seeks to promote universal access to sustainable energy.

Sarah Butler-Sloss, a philanthropist and an internationally recognised authority in the field of green energy, was in India to take part in the International Seminar on Energy Access that was held in New Delhi a few days back.

In July the RBI included “loans sanctioned by banks directly to individuals for setting up off-grid solar and other off-grid renewable energy solutions for households” under ‘priority sector’ loans.


Sarah feels that the solar power movement in India has taken root and is growing. Falling solar prices and rising diesel costs are contributing to this, making it ever more attractive for people and businesses to invest in solar rather than diesel generators.


She said that India is home to a number of good examples of innovative, end-user finance models that enable people to buy individual solar home systems. For instance, Aryavrat Grameen Bank, a Regional Rural Bank sponsored by Bank of India, explained to rural folk how they could save money by switching over to solar from kerosene lamps. The bank, which won the Ashden award in 2008, has provided finance for 52,000 solar home systems in Uttar Pradesh.


Similarly, Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project, a microfinance provider has funded over 20,000 homes to buy solar home systems, bio-gas plants and family-scale hydro plants.


* Mumbai-based energy firm, Waaree Energy is likely to invest a sum of Rs 800 crore in solar energy sector in Indoreand its surrounding areas. Once operational, its plant will have a capacity to generate 100 MW of solar energy. 

The plant would be selling power to MPEB which in turn will offer it to industries in the city. Association of Industries in MP is acting as a facilitator for the project. Its secretary Vijay Agrawal said, "Currently we are purchasing power from the MPEB for Rs 7 per unit. However, we are likely to buy power to the tune of 40 MW from the company at a subsidised rate of Rs 6 per unit only. Thus, each industry, located at Sanwer Road Industrial area in the city which will buy power from the agency, will be able to cut a cost of nearly Rs 2-3 lakh on power tariff per month." 

Every plant in the area consumes nearly 2-3 lakh units of power in the industrial area. There are 95 industrial units of 33 KV each in Sanwer Road area alone. 


*Tidco awaits policy push to boost solar capacity

With the state electricity board not in a position to offer any concession to private power producers, Tidco is banking on the new policy, expected to be unveiled by the state government anytime, to prepare a base for inviting private players, a Tidco official said. A few months back, Tamil Nadu government had announced its plan to establish solar parks across various districts. The idea is to establish 1,000 mw of new solar power capacity in the state over five years in a phased manner and in association with the private sector. Tidco, the principal industrial development agency, was named as the nodal agency to implement the same. “We have done our preparatory work to implement the same, especially given the grim power scenario the state is witnessing. However, with the state electricity board expressing its inability to offer any form of concession, including a power purchase agreement, to private power producers, we are awaiting direction from the state government to take this forward,” a senior Tidco official told FC on condition of anonymity.
The state is expected to announce a Clean Energy Policy outlining initiatives and incentives that the state is likely to extend for investors investing in new projects to produce clean energy, including solar power.
“Such a policy will bring in better clarity on what support the investors can expect from the state agencies, including assured power purchase,” the official said, while adding, “Several private sector companies focused on solar power have already approached us, evincing interest in the project. We have assured that we will get back to them once the clarity emerges on the policy side”.
In fact, the TN vision 2023 document, which was unveiled by the present government soon after it came to power in May, 2011, envisaged total investments of Rs 450,000 crore in the energy sector over the next 11 years for new thermal capacity addition of 20,000 mw, renewable energy capacity addition of 10,000 mw including 5,000 mw solar power and in augmenting transmission and distribution infrastructure to support the new capacity additions, among others.
According to a study by Pune-based World Institute of Sustainable Energy, the gross potential for solar PV in Tamil Nadu is estimated at over 4,000 mw and for CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) it is over 400 mw. A KPMG report on India’s solar energy sector has also revealed that Tamil Nadu is best suited for solar thermal power plant locations after Rajasthan and Gujarat.


Odisha woos investors to invest in solar energy

Energy minister Arun Sahu today invited the investors from all across the country to invest in the state for producing renewable energy.

There is enough scope to generate solar power in the state, which can be used as alternative energy to meet the demand of the consumers. The investors should come to the state to produce solar energy, he said while inaugurating a solar conference here.

Efforts are on by the state government to fulfill the gap in demand and supply of electricity by installing more generating capacity in the renewable energy sector as well as conventional sector, he added

He also gave importance to reserve the depleting fossil resources for the next generation by adopting cleaner projects, such as, solar, small hydro etc, which will go a long way in terms of reducing green house gas.

Present on the occasion, chairman of Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) SP Nanda said that the Commission has given more importance to scalability in terms of roof-top projects giving reference to the recently commissioned 10kwp roof-top project on OERC building on net-metering concept.

Also present on the occasion, BK Misra, member of OERC said the regulator had given more stress on creating a very amicable platform for investment in green projects in the state.

The OERC member recommended major companies including Nalco, Hindalco and Vedanta to go for large roof-top projects in their smelter plants for captive usage and to fulfill their RPO (Renewable Purchase Obligation) and to sell surplus power to other entities for fulfilling their RPO.

JB Pany, president of TiE Bhubabneswar proposed a wish list for solar industry development in Odisha and submitted it with the state government.

He requested the state government to give importance to manufacturing of solar equipments to bring down the cost through economies of scale.

Speaking about the formation of Odisha Green Power Corporation Ltd (OGPCL), Sahadeb Khatua, Managing Director of Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) said that OGPCL, as a subsidiary will promote solar and other renewable energy projects to promote green and clean energy projects in Odisha on a large-scale.

OHPC has a plan to do 22.5MW solar project in one of its hydro project locations. The corporation is having talks with the water resources department to have solar projects on the canals of Odisha for multiple benefits.


Bescom to curb power loss with smart meters

The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) plans to instal smart meters at every level to monitor the flow of power from its feeders to the consumers and thereby curb wastage and loss of power. 

The company would instal 80,000 meters at the distribution transmission centres in its jurisdiction, Bescom managing director P Manivannan said at an interaction programme organised by the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) on Tuesday.
Bescom has already installed the meters in Bangalore City and they will be installed on the City outskirts and in towns like Kolar and Doddaballapur soon. 
“We have already embarked upon installing three lakh meters at the consumer level to monitor energy flow. These smart meters will help us curb wastage during transmission or by way of commercial misuse,” he said.
Manivannan said the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) had given them time till next year to bring down wastage of power. 
Average interruption
“We have already brought down the average interruption time from one and half hours to 12.7 minutes, with an average improvement of 41 per cent in supply. 
“There is an addition of 10 per cent, in terms of power supplied to consumers every year. However, the hike in tariff has only been four per cent every year,” Manivannan said.
Speaking on the occasion, KERC member V Hiremath said monitoring feedback from consumers and increasing awareness among citizens to approach the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (CDRF) for their problems regarding electricity must be encouraged. 
He said KERC kept aside a part of its annual revenue to deal with customer satisfaction issues. 

“The sooner Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum  is implemented effectively, the better it is for customer satisfaction,” he said.

  * Malls to have rooftops : MNRE

Government is preparing a framework for energy-guzzling shopping malls and very large institutions in the country to tap renewable sources like solar.

"Now we are working on roof top (solar energy panel). We are going to push the roof-top now. We have to give a frame- work. Once we are ready with basic frame work...We have to start with commercial buildings, very large institutions etc," New and Renewable Energy Ministry Secretary G B Pradhan told reporters here today.

The Centre's move came at a time when several environmentalists and a section in the government are demanding certain regulations on shopping malls and big commercial institutions using lots of electricity.


Pradhan said the government will spend at least Rs 1,200 crore for the research and development of renewable energy technology during the 12th plan period.
"In the 11th plan, we have a budget of Rs 600 crores. In the 12th plan, it is going to be double. We have not taken into account the money be spent by various other scientific departments and organisations," he said. source

* Solar energy is the alternative for Indoreans

The US-based space agency, NASA, in its study, had recently said that Indore was the most suitable place for investing in solar energy, thanks to its strategic location. Secondly, the country boasts to have 300 sunny days on an average. source

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has said it would facilitate the installation of 45,000 square metres of solar collectors — panels that generate heat from the sun’s rays — by March 2017.

(Only last month the Ministry had indicated a target of 15,000 sq m by 2016. Yet, the estimated reduction in carbon di-oxide reduction has been kept unchanged at 39,200 tonnes.)

 The Ministry has identified five user industries which require low and medium temperature heat (60 to 250 degrees) for a demonstration of ‘concentrating solar technology’. These are dairy, textiles processing, hospitals, chemical processing and miscellaneous institutions that require low temperature process heat. source


The Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group company recently signed a pact with Asian Development Bank, Dutch development bank FMO, US-EXIM and Axis BankBSE -0.08 % to raise the foreign debt.

Reliance Power, through its subsidiary Rajasthan Sun Technique, is setting up the solar power plant at a total cost of Rs 2,250 crore, which would be funded through 75% debt and 25% equity. source



The government of Odisha has decided to form a separate company, Odisha Green Power Corporation Ltd (OGPCL), exclusively for the purpose of promoting large-scale solar power plants and other renewable energy projects.

The decision to form OGPCL was announced by the State’s Energy Minister, Mr Arun Kumar Sahu, at a solar conference organised in Bhubhaneswar by the local chapter of TiE along with Canyon Consultancy Pvt Ltd, a firm that focuses on renewable energy technologies on Saturday. source


 Energy minister Arun Sahu today invited the investors from all across the country to invest in the state for producing renewable energy.

There is enough scope to generate solar power in the state, which can be used as alternative energy to meet the demand of the consumers. The investors should come to the state to produce solar energy, he said while inaugurating a solar conference here. source





* Keltron to manufacture solar power inverters and power conditioners. source

* "SunCarrier Omega Net-Zero Energy Building" has been selected as one of the top entries by the Intersolar AWARD 2012 expert panel in the "Solar Projects in India" category. source

India's first commercial Net Zero Energy Building



* When I was a kid growing up in the sleepy (at that time!) little town of Palakkad, my teacher once asked me to make a solar cooker. And so I started... scrounging for a suitable box, pestering Dad to buy glass, painting the cooker black to prevent heat loss. I did a lot of work on that cooker. Funnily enough, it never really worked! But have a heart, I was just 8. And you see it was the monsoon season. In Palakkad the rains can be wicked. an interesting article on what should keral gov should do. source 


* MANIPAL: Manipal University has set an example in energy conservation. The varsity, which is home for over 25,000 students, has installed 39 solar water heater units to provide hot water to its hostels, medical colleges, and hospital. These units cover as many as 163 building blocks on the campus. 

"At present, the university is heating about 3.7 lakh litres of water using these solar water heaters and through this we are saving approximately 9000 units of electricity in a year. Students in hostels get hot water round-the-clock every day. Solar heaters are eco-friendly, and this year four more units will be installed in new hostel blocks," said Derrick I Joshua, environment executive of Manipal University. source 

The recently-concluded meeting of the US-India Energy Dialogue has decided to constitute a group to discuss financing options for encouraging electricity generation from renewable sources.

The US-India Energy Dialogue was formed in May 2005 to promote trade and investment in the energy sector.

Under the auspices of the Dialogue, four working groups (on oil and gas, coal, power and energy efficiency, new technologies and renewable energy) met in Washington DC this week. Among the issues discussed were assessment of solar and wind resources, integration of renewable energy grids and testing of solar modules.

“The Dialogue stressed the need for both countries to actively enhance generation of energy from renewable and low carbon resources, and, in this context, the possibilities of large scale cooperation in integration of renewables with the grid, storage technologies, and RE technologies was discussed,” says a press release from the Indian Embassy in Washington DC. 

So long as the funding is not just based on First solar's thin film thru Exim bank, it is great.

Indian solar industry needs low cost capital. source



KARIMGANJ: The much-awaited 100kW solar power project planned and engineered by NIT Silchar in south Assam's Barak Valley was formally launched.

The Rs 2.7-crore project, the first of its kind in the northeast, was inaugurated by the commissioner of hills and Barak Valley division, Mahammed Ariz Ahammed, Monday at an event at the institute.

The plant, 90 per cent of the funds for which were provided by the Centre, will not only electrify the entire campus of the institute but also the neighbouring areas. source



 * KOLKATA: Representatives from the ministry of new and renewable energy and the United Nations Development Programme came at the city on last Saturday as they met officials of Kolkata, Howrah and Durgapur civic bodies and other senior government officials to discuss on the proposal to make installation of solar water heaters mandatory in all multi-storied commercial establishments, including hospitals and five-star hotels. The civic bodies have agreed in principle to make this a mandatory provision. The Arka-IGNOU community college for renewable energy is providing technical support to these civic bodies in this matter. So, solar energy is catching up in Kolkatta too. That is very nice. more



Punjab is all set to set up Solar Photo-voltaic Power Packs in households across the state in a major move to encourage use of solar energy for basic electricity needs, Non-Conventional Energy Minister Bikram Singh Majithia today said.

He said the government was making all efforts to fulfil the gap in demand and supply of electricity by installing more generating capacity in the renewable energy sector as well as conventional sector.

Majithia said Punjab has considerable sun light available for more than 330 days in a year and this abundant energy could be utilised for generation of power during the day time through solar photo-voltaic power plants. more



* MNRE to come up with Solar rooftop policy 

This was disclosed by B. Venkateswara Rao, General Manager (Technical), Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA).

Rao was speaking at Solarcon 2012, a conference-cum-exhibition event of the solar industry.

The details of the policy are being given final shape by the Ministry. But Rao said that it would be a ‘rent-a-roof’ kind of project, where an owner of a roof may rent it out to a project developer. The developer would put up the solar power plant and sell the electricity to the grid.

Rao said it had not yet been decided as to in which cities the rooftop plants would come up, but he stressed the projects would come up in places that had no grid stability issues.

Gujarat rent-a-roof model

The first rent-a-roof model rooftop programme was brought out by the Gujarat government, which awarded 2.5 MW each to two developers—SunEdison and Azure Power. Under the State’s programme, these two developers would sell the power to the Gujarat distribution utility at fixed tariffs.

Business Line has learnt from one of the developers that a 2.5 MW project could well be spread across 50-60 buildings.

Rooftops—the in-thing

With the state-owned electricity distribution companies being financially weak, large, MW-scale projects have dried up. India today has 1,030 MW of solar power plants, but 680 MW of them came under a Gujarat government’s feed-in tariff-based programme.

Some more have come up under the Government of India’s National Solar Mission, which addressed the payment issue by mixing the solar power with unallocated conventional power, thereby increasing the weighted average cost of the combined electricity only marginally. more


AP solar policy worries industry experts


After Gandhinagar, five more cities in the state, including Vadodara, Mehsana, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Surat, will soon get rooftop solar power projects.

These projects will have a combined power generating capacity of 25 MW. more


Acute power deficiency in rural police stations is delaying the implementation of much-vaunted cyber link project -- Crime Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) -- in odisha  state, prompting the government to opt for solar power backup.

During a review meeting on CCTNS in Bhubaneswar recently, the government identified 125 police stations in different districts to develop solar power systems in the first phase. The Centre-sponsored CCTNS will link all police stations in the country with a cyber network. State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) is the implementing authority of the project in Odisha. source



Being presented with a huge power bill of Rs70 lakh this month, appears to have given the Kochi corporation a wake-up call. It has now asked ANERT, the nodal agency for the project, to submit a list of consultants it can choose from for preparing a detailed project report, within a week.

“A meeting will be convened soon to review the proposal for the Solar City project which will reduce the city’s dependence on electricity supplied by the SEB,” said mayor Tony Chammany, adding that the corporation intended to focus on projects for tapping solar energy in a big way in the 12th five year plan and also come out with an energy-saving policy. source  kerala solar policy

“The streetlights will be replaced with energy efficient lamps and solar panels will be installed at the Edappally and Vyttila zonal offices,” the mayor explained.




The Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) is planing to set up some more solar energy systems in the city and identified eight places.

Officials said the tenders process for installing the systems will be completed soon.

The civic body has installed 145 watt solar panels at Sampathnagar, Gujjanagundla, Housing Board Colony, Srinmivasaraothota and Nallacheruvu parks at a cost of `35 lakh two months ago.

These panels are said to be functioning well.

That is good news for Guntur.

Now, the civic authorities are planing to install solar panels atop the district collector’s office, corporation vehicle shed, compost yard and five municipal high schools in the city.

 The civic body is paying nearly Rs 1 crore as electricity charges every month.

You can check Andhra solar policy here

 It is said that following the success of Operation Solar energy system at five parks in the city, the director of municipal administration, Hyderabad, has advised the corporation authorities to install similar systems to reduce electricity bills. source





* Flareum has installed a 10 TR solar air-conditioning system which uses the vapour absorption mechanism (VAM) to cool, Siemens offices in Bengaluru 


Solar power to run air-conditioners? Soon Siemens Technologies' Bangalore office will have a system that runs the cooling system entirely on solar thermal technology. Siemens has recently tied up with Flareum Technologies to provide this green solution which would not only translate into considerable savings for Siemens, but also reduce the company's carbon footprint.


The savings from this system for Siemens is an estimated Rs 6.50 lakh annually. It is also expected to reduce 30,000 ton of carbon emissions per annum, with a payback period of 4-5 years. 

"It is our pleasure to offer solutions to Siemens Technologies," says Badal Shah, CMD of Flareum Technologies."We comprehend the use of green technology and are elated to have provided them with a vibrant cooling solution that will enable them to work completely on solar power, making their building green and reducing their carbon footprint." source



* AP Solar Policy

The government of Andhra Pradesh today announced its solar policy. The policy does not specify any limit on the total capacity of solar power plants that can be put up under it. It also neither provides for a fixed feed-in tariff (like Gujarat did), nor does it make way for price discovery through a reverse bidding process (as in the case of the National Solar Mission).

However, the policy spells out the state’s stand on issues such as banking of power, wheeling and transmission charges, cross subsidy charges and open access.

In other words, a project developer may put up a project of any size in the State. He can either sell the power to the State’s electricity distribution company at the ‘average pooled purchase cost’ that is determined by the state electricity regulatory commission (which is today Rs 2 per unit), or can sell it to any other consumer directly, whether within or outside the State.


* Algae to power solar cells?!Scientists have long been fascinated by algae’s extreme capability to harness solar energy. In the last couple of years, research teams on various institutions across the globe have been looking at how we can boost the efficiency of solar cells by learning from algae.
Planetsave ( algae shell (or skeleton)

Image credit: SINTEF

The orange “box” in the photograph above is actually a unicellular type of algae called a diatom. If you look at it’s upper surface you can see the shell is covered in small holes. This is only one of many similar layers that are stacked on top of each other making cylindrical holes into the organisms. These are large enough for nutrients to flow through, but stop dirt and filth to enter. This is also where photons are let through and bounce around much in the same way a pinball would do.

 Powering Sustainable Development', in Goa, the tourism industry is already adapting to alternative energy sources, like solar energy.

For the industry, this brings benefits in two ways: hoteliers save on energy and there are economic advantages.

"The tourism industry is already using sustainable energy sources. Most hotels have solar-powered water heaters and use CFL light bulbs. Besides, kitchen equipment that use a lot of energy are being replaced by energy-saving appliances. These cost more, but in the long run the industry saves on energy and running costs," Travel and Tourism Association of Goa spokesman Ralph de Souza said. source

P. Kandaswamy, Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, and Member, Programme Advisory Committee, Department of Science and Technology, has submitted a proposal on “Green Energy for Higher Education Institutes in Tamil Nadu”, the implementation of which suggests that from 2017 all higher education institutions will shed their dependence on conventional energy.

Among the renewable energy sources, solar energy tops the list due to its abundant presence and even distribution in nature when compared to other energy types such as wind, geothermal, wave and tidal energies. Tamil Nadu has very good solar energy potential with 300 clear sunny days in a year. Hence, higher education institutions can gradually switch over to this energy over the next five years, says Mr. Kandaswamy.

According to his proposal, the first solar power plant with a capacity of 1 MV can be installed in Bharathiar University in 2012. Solar panels can be installed on 25 acres of land.

Each year, the capacity can be increased by 2 MV by extending the plant in the available land.

Plants with 1 MV capacity can be installed in the similar manner in Madurai Kamaraj University, Alagappa University, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University and Tamil University, which have enough land. source The Hindu

Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp. will produce power conditioners for solar power generation in China and India, the Nikkei newspaper said today.

The venture between Toshiba Corp. (6502) and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (6503) plans to set up production sites for conditioners for large-scale solar power stations in China in 2013 and India in 2014, the newspaper reported, without saying where it got the information.

The company plans to manufacture about 10 power conditioners a month in each country, according to the paper.

Power conditioners convert direct current from solar panels to alternating current suitable for thepower grid.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chisaki Watanabe in Tokyo  source

charity brings solar-powered lamps to rural India

At Ranipet, BHEL has a sprawling complex of 163 acres. A 5 MW photo voltaic solar plant, based on crystalline silicon technology, would need about 25 acres. Land, therefore, is no issue for BHEL.

BHEL itself manufactures PV modules at its plant in Bangalore. It produces both mono and poly silicon-based cells and modules from wafers bought (mostly) from Japan.

With the main inputs — land and key equipment — available inhouse, BHEL believes it would be able to put up the plant in quick time, in order that it is able to reduce its dependence on diesel-based power that it uses, whenever grid power is not available — which is for 6-8 hours a day.

Under the extant rules of the REC mechanism, an entity that puts up a solar (or renewable energy based) plant and itself consumes the energy, it is still eligible to get trade-able renewable energy certificates.

Typically, a 1 MW solar PV plant could yield between 15-18 lakh units a year. source

Veer Energy & Infrastructure Ltd. (JHI), a Mumbai-based wind-power developer, bought solar panels for its first project in India from U.S.-based New Millennium Solar Equipment Corp.

Veer plans to install 400 thin-film panels of 58.5 watts each for a rooftop project in the Sanand district of the western Indian state of Gujarat, the company said in a filing today.

It will be Veer Energy’s first solar installation. The company, which plans to pursue larger megawatt-sized projects after this pilot, expects to earn an additional 20 million rupees ($374,111) profit in the year to March 31, 2014, from its solar business, it said.

New Millennium Solar was acquired in September 2011 by Sunlogics Inc., a Rochester Hills, Michigan-based company backed by General Motors Co. (GM) Sunlogics has changed its name to ViSole Energy Inc., according to its website. source

Uttar Pradesh government has decided to replicate Gujarat model of installing canal based solar power projects. The five districts where the pilot projects are being planned Jhansi, Ghaziabad, Etawah, Ballia and Lucknow.

According to reports UP government is planning to put to use its vast canal network, spanning over 74,000 km, to produce solar power. source

First Solar’s Sujoy Ghosh and S Ramesh of Businessline


In the two years it has been in India, the American solar panel manufacturer, First Solar, has gathered as much mind-share as market share. The company has been in the news for both positive and negative reasons. On the positive side it is seen as an aggressive company that has quickly bagged orders from developers and EPC contractors.

Today, it has about a fifth of the market under its belt. The country’s first grid connected utility scale plant — Moser Baer’s 5 MW plant in Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu — has First Solar’s thin film panels. Recently, the company secured an order for 25 MW of panels from Green Infra, a sizeable order in the solar industry.

On the negative side, First Solar is seen as a company that has succeeded on the back of some aggressive lending by the US Exim Bank. Besides, the company’s Cadmium Telluride-based technology is frowned upon by environmentalists and its order book has been fattened by an ill-advised skew in the procurement policy of India’s largest solar programme. The National Solar Mission allows developers to import thin-film based modules, but mandates local procurement if they opt for crystalline silicon technology.

Sujoy Ghosh took over in May as the country head of First Solar India, which contributes 8 per cent to First Solar’s revenues ($2.8 b in 2011). Sujoy earlier worked for GE and Tata Honeywell. In an interview to Business Line, Sujoy speaks on the maths and myths of First Solar. Excerpts:

What is your order book position today?

Today, there are 225 MW of operating assets with First Solar modules. There are several more under construction by developers who won projects in Batch-II (of the first phase of the National Solar Mission), but I would not like to disclose the details because it is up to our customers to disclose them.

We now have about 20 per cent share of the Indian solar market and we will maintain the market share.

You have incorporated your company here. What is the idea?

When we entered India in 2010 —that’s the time National Solar Mission was taking off — we had a fairly satisfactory run of the market, in terms of selling modules to either third-party developers or EPC contractors — first to some of the ‘migration projects’ and then to Batch-I of Phase-I of the NSM and then Gujarat. Over the two years we have developed confidence in the Indian market that solar is here to stay. Solar has a space in the overall generation mix of the country.

What prompted us to open an entity is we want to build local capabilities on the ground and have a much broader relationship with the solar market in India.

Could you amplify on that?

Sure. When I say local capabilities — look at First Solar’s capabilities. We have the expertise to develop projects, do EPC, get financed, both on debt and equity, maintain those assets for the investors. The thing which we like about the development business is it helps to develop a pipeline. While the programme in India has been successful, it is lumpy in terms of demand. All the PPAs get signed on one day, everybody wants COD on the same day, decisions are delayed till the last moment, either on expectations of a drop in prices or to work through the documentation. This creates stress on the system in terms of people like us or EPC contractors who have to stock inventories and keep people on the bench, or let go of the opportunity.

For us as a company, our manufacturing process is continuous, unlike crystalline silicon. We are still the lowest cost manufacturer because we run out production lines optimally to full capacity to hit those cost points. If we run out lines only three months in a year we can’t.

Therefore, it helps if we start developing our own pipeline of projects, it helps us to bring predictability of demand which then enables us to leverage our backend organisation — not just manufacturing, but system design and EPC and plan for building capacity as it comes. That helps us become more competitive.

That’s what prompted us to look at India as a key market. One of the five ‘sustainable solar markets’ for us based on their natural economic need, good irradiation or the country wanting to conserve their fossil resources are India, Australia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Chile — India and Chile because of the high penetration of diesel.

Our technology enjoys a good footprint in India and we want to broad base that relationship and get into a bit of development from our side, bring in our systems engineering expertise. A lot of these plants — the first wave of plants, either under NSM or Gujarat — have been built, in a lot of cases, by EPCs who don’t have much experience in doing solar. Yes, there have been a lot of European EPCs who have plenty of solar experience in terms of building assets, but there have also been an equal number of home-grown EPCs who have come in and built plants.

I think asset quality in some cases might have been compromised. Fifty per cent of the cost of energy is the funding cost. I think, as a stakeholder in the industry, it is our duty to make lenders comfortable with the asset. Only then will they lower their risks and only then will we see good quality capital. Right now, many of these projects have been built with recourse to the balance sheet. That is not really project financing. For Indian banks, ‘will it work’ is the question that they want to see because there is not much record of generation. Large Indian lenders, for instance PFC and REC, who lend to other parts of the power sector, have not really got into solar and unless that happens you cannot sustain an industry in India.

Do you organise funding for your customers?

Our customers have been able to organise finance, a combination of local banks and foreign banks, we are not privy to the nature of the …

There is an impression that you have been successful in India because of the backing you have received in the form of low-cost financing by the US Exim Bank.

Well, first of all, US Exim is not captive to First Solar — there are other US manufacturers in the market besides First Solar.

The other thing is — while I am not sure about the exact percentage — a majority of our 225 MW is not financed by US Exim. The number of projects financed by US Exim is probably a third.

The point is, we are selling because our technology, at least in hot climatic conditions, produces more power than polycrystalline silicon.

We hear very divergent views on that.

See, it is like this. Our nameplate efficiency figure is about 12.7 per cent. The poly guys maybe at 15.5 to 16 per cent. The mono crystalline may go up to 20 per cent. All these efficiencies are at ‘25 degrees C, one atmosphere’ conditions. Now, each manufacturer publishes what is called a temperature co-efficient. The degradation curve — as your ambient temperature rises, your efficiency will fall. For the First Solar modules, that degradation is 0.25 per cent per degree rise in temperature. For the average polycrystalline, it is 0.45.

So, as the ambient starts hitting 40 and above, our modules start producing more. This is ambient 40. Typically, the cell temperature is 15-20 per cent higher than the module temperature. FS modules typically produce 8-10 per cent higher energy under high ambient conditions.

The second thing about thin films generally is that the impact of diffused sunlight —cloudy conditions, or dusty conditions — that causes poly output to drop further, compared with TF. India is a combination of high ambient and diffused. So generally we find that we get a higher energy yield in India. That’s been fundamentally the reason for our success. That helps to lower the LCOE (levelised cost of energy).

Thin Films, in general, and First Solar panels, require more space. But the incremental cost of land is outweighed by the incremental yield.

In how many months in a year in India would the temperature be higher than 40 degrees?

Rajasthan and Gujarat practically nine months in a year.

First Solar modules are best suited only for these states then?

In other places, even if the ambient temperature is lower, the cell temperature is 15 per cent higher. If the ambient temperature is 35, then the cell temperature is 50. I am saying, at more than 40 degrees our panels start producing more electricity.

The other impression going around is that thin film has a market in India because of the skew in Government policies (that permits import of thin film modules, but requires crystalline silicon modules to be made here.)

In Gujarat there is no such policy lacuna. The National Solar Mission was 150 MW, and Gujarat was 600 MW. We got more share in Gujarat than in NSM competing against Chinese companies.

I think people have bought us primarily because of our yield performance. Second, they see First Solar as a profitable company. In projects that are financed on non-recourse basis, the lenders demand a great amount of due diligence and look at the solvency of the supplier for enforceability of guarantee and warranty obligations.

True, US Exim has indeed helped people who have bought from us. But then exim financing is available from other countries too. Exim is not a captive product of the US. Exim is an enabler, but people first make a technology choice. If they go for Chinese technology, they have access to the same level of funding from the Chinese banks. It is unfair to say that the only reason why we are successful or we got this kind of installed base in India is because of EXIM.

Some experts say that thin film modules made sense when the price differential between thin film and crystalline silicon was large. But now the delta is so small and hence thin film modules do not make sense.

That argument is absolutely correct under temperate conditions and rooftops. Because you end up paying higher price for ‘balance of system’ for marginally higher price of the modules. But because of the yield and because of the diffused sunlight and relatively low cost of land in the overall economics of the project, there is still a significant amount of advantage that the thin film brings.

The other point that we must remember is that crystalline silicon pricing seen in the market today — in our view and as is evident from the balance sheets of the companies — they are selling below their manufacturing cost. So, the question is whether this cost is sustainable.

So, you have the balance of systems penalty for TF and the higher yield advantage. Net-net, thin film is still advantageous.

Within thin film, do you think your Cad-Tel technology will continue to rule the market?

Within thin film, we have CIGS, Cad-Tel and amorphous silicon. I don’t know whether you are aware or not, First Solar was also looking at CIGS, very actively, trying to build an alternative technology. The cost of CIGS in our view is at a point that it will take them a long time to catch up with us.

It is one thing to say ‘we have hit a certain efficiency level in the lab’ and quite another thing to say ‘we are bringing such efficiencies on a sustainable basis in our production line’. That’s a considerable gap.

Second, are the efficiency levels (claimed by CIGS manufacturers) bankable? How much data do you have to back that efficiency? Any lender will say, you have reached that efficiency in the lab, fine, but show me where it is working.

Crystalline guys would then have the same argument against you? Do you have the same performance data as they do?

Why, we have performance data for 16 years.

In India?

In India also we have data. In India, even the crystalline guys have date only for two years, because the grid-connected plants are only two years. Off-grid is not a real measure of efficiency.

What about amorphous silicon?

In today’s world any new breakthrough technology requires a lot of money to scale up commercially. The incumbent technology people will also continue to improve their technology. Even we are working on our technology to improve our efficiencies. It will be incremental.

On the poly side, you put in more material you will get more efficiency. If you scan the global solar scale, you might see a lot of interesting concepts. But if a company like GE, which was pursuing its own solar programme gave it up, I’m sure other smaller players will find it very difficult.

Thin film is really about the manufacturing process. How you lower your rejection rate? How you are able to consistently produce the same module-after-module, deposit the same material in the same way so that you get the same results? It is about consistency in the process. It takes considerable amount of time before you hit that. Till you hit that there is a lot of rejection.

We have passed that point. Relatively we are pretty stabilised.

Is the market then a blue ocean for you?

I am not saying that. It is not a blue ocean. India has got other challenges. We are just discussing technology. I think from a technology standpoint we have got certain advantages when it comes to utility scale solar. That’s one dimension.

The challenge is our competition pricing their products at probably below cost. I think the bigger challenge, as these programmes get built in India is about ‘will this policy sustain’? Will the grid keep pace? You can build a solar plant, but you do face grid congestions.

Finally, solar has to reach a point where wind is today, for it to be really sustainable. Pricing of power, cost of power from that aspect, has to be something where you need a FIT (feed-in tariff) to keep the wheels turning. As an industry, all of us are trying to look into that point. Because all of us do believe there is a shortage, and if we can bridge some of the gap — it may not be huge in energy terms — people might be willing to pay a higher price because right now the alternative is no power.

Do you see a situation where for a want of funds for FiT, the industry is pushed to only bilateral PPAs?

The National Solar Mission is going to be there. The Government has made a commitment.

But where is the money for NSM?

Look at it this way. The average price of Batch-II was Rs 8.50. The average HT price is at Rs 6 — and in the southern states even if you pay the price you get power for three days a week. So, there is a demand. Question is, are people willing to pay more for the demand? Second is, how much are they willing to bet on the future price of coal. Solar is a good hedge against that, because fuel is free.

A lot of us in the industry are trying to discover a demand outside of FiT. But at the same time I think the NSM will be needed to give scale. Indian industry needs to scale up. For that, both forms of programmes (FiT and bilateral PPAs) need to co-exist.

Who is going to pay for the FiT?

Today, the gap between the price of conventional power on the higher end and the price of solar power coming from FiT is not that big. The differential has come down. You should intuitively believe that coal prices should go up. Who predicted coal prices will be $140 a tonne. That’s where you hit the grid parity point.

The question is, even if grid parity happens, will it uncork large demand? Just by doing grid parity, it may not. You need other things such as open access, how you are going to wheel and bank this power … really the grid and the grid operator being comfortable with this kind of power coming in. The solar assets which one creates also need to have features that make them dispatch-able.

We are building assets such as a 550 MW A/C in the US. These are large chunks of power coming into the grid. There is a well defined grid code which we have to install in the design of the solar plant which will make this power-grid-friendly.

I think as the plants in India, NSM Batch II come up, people will begin to see some of those features being installed. Same like wind. From the 250 kV class machines today you have 2 MW class machines. A 2 MW machine has got a lot more features in terms of voltage ride-through, voltage control, and some of those features which allow the machine to not go off-grid when there is a grid disturbance — it rides through the disturbance.

A solar plant is also similar in nature. In wind you have what’s called a converter. In solar it’s an inverter. It’s virtually the same thing. What these Government programmes will do is, to help people to scale, demonstrate that the power can be integrated into the grid properly, which will give confidence.

Bilateral deals will happen, but again, we will not see bilateral deals such as 100 MW happen in year one. People will test the waters. Even if I have a PPA — even if I am generating, who is assuring me that the grid is available? That’s where in this whole ‘bilateral deals’ we will still have to figure out how to take the grid companies along with us.

So you still continue to depend upon these Government-sponsored programmes?

We need both. I am saying that while the Government programmes are important to scale…

Look at it this way. We’ll see probably the first few deals happening on bilateral basis. If it works, I am sure there is enough demand for people to move into these bilateral deals.

Today it is not about the appetite to take power — there is the appetite. There is appetite to put the assets up. The key is really the grid.

What are First Solar’s ambitions in India?

Our goal is to see if we can create a pipeline which is predictable enough for us to then figure out if the Indian market is mature enough for us to put in manufacturing operations here.

How do you intend to create a pipeline?

By developing our own projects. We are in discussions. As you would recognise, when we do development … development and EPC construction requires a lot of local expertise. We do believe that in India there is enough local expertise available already.

So what we are trying to do is to structure partnerships. Like: you got local developers who want to build projects. First Solar is here. We’ve got the technology, got the experience to do this. We know how to put a quality asset together. We also have some leverage in terms of financing. So we are trying to put our combined expertise together instead of recreating competencies.

Does it mean that you will not own the assets?

We ideally would not. We are not an IPP. We are a technology company. What we want to do by development is really try to enable a pipeline.

Are you going to adopt the ‘wind model’, where a manufacturer puts up a wind farm and then sells slices of it to investors or IPPs?

We are trying to make that a model. The challenge for us, unlike say Suzlon building a farm, is the price of power. Also, the Suzlon model was built around ‘accelerated depreciation’. Whereas what we are trying to do is to enable more solar energy coming into the grid. Slight differences, but in the end the model remains same.

We want to create the assets and then ultimately transfer the ownership to somebody who wants to own it long term and then have an O&M agreement so that we deliver our performance for as long as the guy wants to be comfortable with the asset. This is what we do in the US, Canada and elsewhere.

At what stage is this thinking?

It would be premature for us to disclose to plans, but we are looking at States where there is good solar irradiation, and States which have good demand. Bilateral PPAs make more sense in South India. Currently, that is where the power constraint is more. The Southern grid is starved of energy. The bilateral PPAs will immediately make sense here.

What are your major concerns?

The big question mark is the enforceability of the RPOs (renewable purchase obligations). It has not really happened, even if it happens in the industrial sector —because in energy terms they are a big consumer — if you start enforcing it across discoms, how are you going to monitor, there is not enough monitoring capacity available — even if you enforce it on a limited scale on the industries, I think that will give a fillip to the market. REC/RPO is a good programme, but without enforcement it has no meaning.

We are in the initial development stages with some partners, looking at land options, looking at how we get the optimal PPA pricing and as soon as we sort out some of these things we could probably begin construction.

Will the removal of accelerated depreciation for wind power developers work in your favour?

There is some interest from some of those who have AD appetite, but to my knowledge no deal has got closed. But remember, these AD customers will start placing orders in February. So, it is early days yet.

What is your take on the manufacturing in India? Should the Government mandate local procurement or not?

Our view, as a developer, is that there should not be any restriction on their ability to source stuff. For the manufacturers, it is a function of predictable demand — solar manufacturing is all about scale. Also cost of power, cost of utilities in India is extremely high. We have to really see what kind of incentives Government is giving to people who are putting capital. That is secondary. The biggest issue is, is there enough scale domestically created which can justify manufacturing at the same time not impact the developers.

Because, if you set up a smaller scale manufacturing plant…globally there is over capacity. The solar developer community is trying to lower the cost of power so that it creates more demand, and at this point in time if you impose restrictions on them, saying they have to source only from domestic, they lose the advantage.

Therefore, it is a function of a) on the front-end, how do you create scale, which will come if policies are consistently enforced. Enforce RPO, you immediately create a market. If it is a natural economic need, definitely people will come and put up manufacturing. We cannot have and should not have a policy where you restrict the ability of the developer to bring to you the lowest cost of power. If you do that, if cost of solar power goes up, it is going to shrink the market, and it will be a non-starter. It will have exactly the opposite effect of what you are trying to create.

Do you think there is scope to bring down costs outside modules, say, in Balance of Systems?

I am not an expert on that subject, but here is what I would say: the amount of cost focus that has been there has not been there on the BoS front. But at the same time, remember, the BoS has got like fifty different components.

Take the biggest — the inverter — is there a good scope for cost reduction?

Even if you take 30 per cent cost of the current inverters—inverter is like 2 cents per watt in an overall project cost of, say, $ 1 .75. It is not going to make much difference.

But the module is only 50 per cent of the overall cost. In some cases it is just about engineering, more than taking cost out — things such as structures. In the first wave, the good ones, the EPCs mostly came from abroad, because there was no Indian. They adopted the global designs to do the first level of projects. People have learnt from that.

The Indian EPCs looked at their experience in non-solar and built something. They have learnt from that. The way you do electrical systems, foundations etc. There is scope to take BoS costs out, but a lot of it is about how you engineer the plant and get more efficiencies around engineering—how do you design the plant for Indian conditions. People have learnt a lot.

What would you say about the high warranty claim reserves set off by your parent company?

Any semi-conductor material which goes into higher temperature will experience more abuse. It is physics. What we said was historically 90-95 production used to go to temperate climates. Over the past few years, India had about 8 per cent of our global revenues, we are building a lot of plants in the US in very hot conditions. What we said was as our demand changes from 90-10, to exactly the opposite, we will have more warranty reserves, because we could naturally expect some recall of projects, because of the more abusive conditions. That’s all to it.

The Chinese government today asked solar panel makers from China and India to continue with talks and cooperate to solve trade frictions, state run Xinhua reported.

Reacting to reports that panel makers in India filed applications for an anti-dumping investigation against solar panels made in China and other countries, Commerce Ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said, "producers from both countries should diffuse disputes through dialogue", it said.

( Subhendu (Cuttack) 

19 Sep, 2012 10:17 PM
Trade should be there between two asian titans India and China but at the same time India should be extremely cautious when dealing with china especially India must not integrate its economy with china to a maximum level just like japan whose economy have maximum exposure to china making it china's largest trade partner and the result of such exposure is today when china an japan disputes are in a boiling point and china is threatening japan to cripple its economy if japan doesn't back off the so called Diaoyu islands by the Chinese and senkaku by Japanese ,the same can be happen to India on India's arunanchal so India can continue with trade but must not have maximum exposure of its economy to china.Today china wants to resolve trade disputes with Indian solar panel companies is not a coincidence but a result of growing rift with japan i.e on one hand risk japans economy and on the other hand protect its own economy by substituting japans share of trade with India.) source
Ninan's power requirement is nearly 19 units per day and with this facility, the power consumption has come down to 14 plus units, which means he is saving 4-5 units a day and about 120-150 units a month. He is waiting for the power bill to calculate the savings in money. Ninan is spending nearly Rs 2900 every month on power bills and a major share of power consumption was going for recharge of his electric car.Amazing that his electric car is not costing much of power!!

Ninan decided to generate solar power in April, this year, and then contacted Global renewable energy and power Inc (GREPI), a Mysore-based firm, which helped Ninan to install the facility within few months. He was introduced to the people in the firm by one of his friends. Ninan has spent nearly 2.2 lakh to create the solar facility.source

 Achieving a cell efficiency of 19.6% without selective emitter using an industrial screen printing process flow. 

* The Punjab Government has set a target to generate 400 megawatt power through solar power plants in the state.

"Punjab has abundant sunlight which is available for more than 330 days in a year with good insulation levels, so the abundant energy can be utilized for generation of power during the day time through solar power plants," an official release said here today.

"The projects which were earlier considered uneconomical are now considered acceptable and viable in view of the steep increase of cost of several other forms of energy and the rapid depletion of conventional sources," it said.

The state government has recently set up a one MW solar power plant at village Phullokhari in Bathinda district at a cost of Rs 13.10 crore, the release said.


The power generated from the solar power project is evacuated to 66KV grid sub-station of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited through dedicated transmission line. source

Punjab solar policy and opportunities

* Codissia seeks subsidised solar power in tamilnadu

The Tamil Nadu Government should provide solar power to MSMEs at a subsidised rate to beat the impact of the acute power cut, according to the Coimbatore District Small Industries’ Association (Codissia).

It has also demanded that the Government ensure a level playing field for industries in the region by distributing equally the available power among all regions in the State.

Codissia President R. Ramachandran, in a statement, said the MSMEs in the region have been reeling under the impact of the nearly 12-hour power cut imposed in the region every day. The industrial units had to depend on captive power generation but with diesel prices going up, this had become unviable. The small scale units also could not afford to run their units on captive power as it pushed up the cost of production, making them uncompetitive in the domestic and international markets.  source

Morigaon College in central

Assam's Morigoan district today became the first educational institution in this part of the country to have its own captive solar power plant.

A plant, which has been built with at a cost of Rs 1.30 crore, went on stream on an experimental basis

Once fully operational, the plant would generate 50 KW of solar energy.


Morigaon College principal H K Dev Sarmah said the project was funded by the Union ministry of Non Conventional Energy, while the college contributed 10 per cent of the amount.

"The formal inauguration of the plant would be made soon in presence of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi," Sarmah said.

He added: "Once fully operational, we may also think of supplying some power to Morigaon town in case we are able to achieve surplus." source

*  Delhi Gov seeks financial support for solar power in schools and hospitals 
The Delhi environment department has identified 25 government schools and 10 government hospitals that will get independent solar power systems. 

The pilot project is looking at generating 500kW of power through rooftop solar photovoltaic cells under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. Environment secretary Sanjiv Kumar said the department had sent a proposal to the union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) and was expecting financial support from it under the off-grid decentralized scheme. "If the project is approved, MNRE will finance 30% of the cost and the rest of the expenditure will be borne by the Delhi government," he said. source
* OREDA of Odisha plans to use solar power for hospitals and health centres

The objective is to make provision for adequate back-up power to tide over frequent power disruptions and maintain uninterrupted supply while reducing dependence on conventional energy.

The move will also save consumption of diesel by DG sets, contributing to  lowering of GHG emissions.

The Orissa Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) has submitted a proposal to the Health department on setting up Solar Photovoltaic (PV) power plants of varied capacities as per the size and necessity of the different hospitals __ district headquarters hospitals (DHHs), community health centres (CHCs), primary health centres (PHCs) and health sub-centres.

The agency has proposed to set up solar PV power plants on hospital premises, either on rooftop or on the ground depending on  availability of sunlight which would generate power for operation of lighting systems, fans, baby warmers and vaccine refrigerators. source

Applied Materials will display its new products aimed at improving cell efficiency and lowering manufacturing costsIt will feature its fine line double print technology that uses the Baccini Esatto TechnologyTM, which makes the conducting lines of a solar cell more efficient. This technology results in cost savings, as only 110mg of the expensive front silver paste is required for each wafer as opposed to the more than 132mg normally required. Moreover, it improves absolute efficiency of cells by 0.2%. The overall impact is that return on investments can be reduced to just about six months. The company will also present the Solion® ion implanter system, which enhances the p-n junction quality, thereby improving the c-Si cell efficiency by 20%. source

India's solar renewable energy credit market set to flourish

A total of 480 million solar renewable energy credits (RECs) are expected to be traded in India by 2016, according to new analysis released by Bridge To India, a solar market consulting firm based in New Delhi, India.

The company says this prediction may come as a surprise to most industry players, as India's REC market has been largely inactive so far. The first trading of solar RECs took place in May, even though the overall REC market has been active in India since February 2011. In May, REC demand was 1,637 - far greater than a total of 149 available on the supply side. read more →

Fortum is looking for growth in CHP and solar power in India

Fortum has today announced the opening of its Indian office in New Delhi. In the near future, the main focus for Fortum in India will be to assess investment opportunities in the area of combined heat and power (CHP) in order to provide power and steam for industrial clusters. Fortum also announced that it is exploring the possibilities in the field of solar power production in India.

"Our aim is to look into investment opportunities contributing to the development of India's energy infrastructure. Considering our long track record in sustainable power and heat production and our energy market competence, I believe that Fortum has a lot to offer to the rapidly developing Indian energy market", says Fortum's President and CEO Tapio Kuula. read more →

China for resolving trade disputes with Indian solar panel companies

The Chinese government asked solar panel makers from China and India to continue with talks and cooperate to solve trade frictions, state run Xinhua reported. 

Reacting to reports that panel makers in India filed applications for an anti-dumping investigation against solar panels made in China and other countries, Commerce Ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said, "producers from both countries should diffuse disputes through dialogue", it said. read more →

Shortfall in funding for solar training in U.S.

The U.S. solar industry is facing a shortfall in funding for solar worker training over the next four years of close to $70 million, suggests Doug Payne, the outgoing executive director of the SolarTech Workforce Innovations Collaborative (SWIC), based in San Jose. "We anticipate that there will be less and less federal and state funds available for solar job training, so there needs to be recognition in the industry that new business models for solar training need to emerge," he says.

"Our SWIC program cut the cost of acquiring a trained solar worker in half – from an industry average of up to $30,000 per worker – and reduced the acquisition time from 90 days to 30 days," says Payne. The SWIC project, which ran for four years until June of this year, was an integrated, systematic approach to talent acquisition by identifying, training and placing "the right people for the right jobs at the right time" to meet the specific needs of employers in Silicon Valley’s solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle industries. read more →

Spinach powered solar cellsResearchers have developed a way to use spinach to create “biohybrid” solar cells, which could lead the way to a new generation of less expensive, more efficient solar panels.

For several years, scientists have extracted the photoelectric protein known as Photosystem 1 (PS1) from leaves in order to create biohybrid solar cells able to produce an electrical current when exposed to sunlight. However, these cells are less much less efficient and have a shorter lifespan than commercially produced cells. read more →

Bank of India to finance solar-power systems to curb blackouts
Bank of India plans to offer loans to homes and businesses for solar-power systems as the country seeks to avoid a repeat of the July blackout that affected half the nation’s 1.2 billion people.

The state-owned bank signed a memorandum of understanding with Gautam Polymers’ Solid Solar unit to finance lanterns and rooftop panels for residential and commercial consumers, the companies said in a joint e-mailed statement.

Bank of India, based in Mumbai, will offer the funding through its 4,157 branches. Access to loans will make it easier for consumers to buy solar products that have high upfront costs, according to the statement. read more →

Solar water heaters must in all Surat buildings
Solar water heaters must in all Surat buildings

Surat could well become the first city in India to make solar water heating in all buildings, residential and commercial, mandatory.

Earlier, this year, the Union urban development ministry had made it mandatory that civic bodies of all 58 cities identified to be made "solar cities" change their construction bylaws to make solar energy compulsory for water heating systems.

The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) will make the necessary changes in the bylaws of construction within a month. There are 10.2 lakh houses and nearly 65,000 commercial buildings in the city, which will have to switch over to solar water heating. read more →

India to reach solar market potential of 12,500MW by 2016-17

With solar PV capacity rising from under 20MW to more than 1,000MW in two years, all eyes are turned towards India. The latest energy report from KPMG, The Rising Sun, predicts that India has a solar market potential of 12,500MW, calculated to be reached by 2016-17.

India currently has a power deficit of 9%, expected to continue its steady increase over the next few years. This has generated net losses of INR 88,170 crores this year.

Author of the KMPG report, Arvind Mahajan, insists that, “To realize this, utilities and regulators should create an enabling environment recognizing the specific characteristics of solar power.” read more →

FLEXcon and Spire noted that they have developed a new PV module design and bill of materials, which features FLEXcon’s multiGUARD backsheet. The BOM was recently granted the Master UL Listing by Underwriters Laboratories with both companies noting that UL tested and evaluated Spire’s solar module design and deemed that it had met UL 1703 standards for safety and performance.

“Backsheets are a key component to building a safe and effective solar module design,” said Michelle Ostiguy, director of Photovoltaic & Barrier at FLEXcon. read more →

West Bengal to get its first REC solar plant
“Aradhana Investments Ltd” has proposed to setup the project on the roof top of “Auckland Jute Mills”, both being unit of “M/S Kankaria Group”.

The project division of Vikram Solar will implement the project as Engineering-Procurement-Construction contractor (EPC). 

The 1 MW Roof top Grid Connected Captive Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant has been recommended to be implemented under Renewable Energy Certificate Mechanism (REC). more


Solar3D has unveiled a working 3-dimensional silicon solar cell, which the company states produces at least 250% of the power of a basic silicon solar cell. Dr. Changwan Son, Solar3D’s director of technology, commented, “When measured relative to a conventional solar cell design, our working prototype produces electricity beyond our previous expectations. First, we fabricated our working prototype. Then we created a simple cell based on the conventional design, using the same fabrication environment, to serve as a control sample.” read more →


Malaysian homeowners get in on solar action

Malaysia’s Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) will open its solar feed-in tariff scheme to owners of landed homes on 24 September. The scheme has allocated up to 2,000 kilowatts of residential rooftop photovoltaic solar capacity for the fourth quarter and up to 6,oookW in 2013.

Homeowners should recover the costs of installing rooftop solar – which can earn about Rm500 per month for 21 years – in about six years, according to SEDA estimates. read more →


Bahadurgarh railway station, Delhi, to run on solar energy

Aimed at tapping more non-conventional energy, the Delhi division of Northern Railway is developing Bahadurgarh railway station, on the outskirts of Delhi, as a 'green' station.

While the energy requirement of the station would be met with solar energy, a water harvesting system is also being developed at the station premises for optimum utilisation of the resource.

Railway officials said solar panels would be installed on the station building and other suitable places. read more →

Solar heaters a must for Kolkata highrises

Civic bodies of Kolkata, Howrah, Durgapur and Siliguri are bringing some provisions in the building by-laws, which will make installation of solar water heaters in all multi storied commercial establishments, including hospitals and five-star hotels, mandatory.that the state government came out with earlier this year.

Representatives from the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are coming to the city on September 29 to meet the officials of these four civic bodies. where this matter will be looked into.

Officials of the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) and West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA) will also attend the meeting. read more →

Delhi monuments to use solar energy
More and more of the capital’s best known monuments may now be illuminated through solar energy. Building on the experience gained over the last three years and keen on promoting the use of environment—friendly solar energy, the Delhi government plans to light up more of the capital’s historical… read more →

AP Transco to tap wind, solar energy to solve power crisis

All efforts are being made to provide adequate power supply by encouraging renewable sources of energy like solar and wind in the state, said AP Transco chairman-cum-managing director Hiralal Samariya.

Speaking at a function organised to commemorate the 152nd birthday of Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, he said they are procuring additional power, apart from optimising generation at the AP Genco and other generating stations. read more →

Odisha Govt to set up solar power plant at the Sri Jagannath temple premises

Orissa government has decided to set up a solar power plant including air-circulators and air-conditioners at the Sri Jagannath temple premises soon.

According to Arabinda Padhee, Revenue Divisional Commissioner, Central Range, and chief administrator of Sri Jagannath Temple Administration, the Odisha Renewal Energy Development Agency (OREDA) has been assigned to install a of Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) power plant inside the temple at a projected cost of Rs 39.42 lakh sanctioned by the Centre to the state science and technology department. read more →

Making efforts to popularize solar energy: Farooq

Union New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah said his ministry is making consistent efforts to popularise Solar Energy which is cheap and environment friendly.

Various policies, regulatory and fiscal incentives have accelerated development of renewable energy generation and because of these initiatives, large capacity addition through renewable generation is envisaged in the 12th Plan period, he said.

Renewable energy has the inherent advantage of greater resource flexibility of a distributed energy system. Transmission plays a central role to facilitate seamless flow of electricity in a reliable and affordable manner, he said. read more →

Power-starved Bihar lights up with cheap solar panels

Daily wager Bijendra Sao is fussing about at Exhibition Road in Patna to shop for his daughter’s dowry. The doting father wants the best that he can afford—a solar panel that can power two compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and a table fan. What better gift to give in a state that suffers perpetual power crisis. And what better place to shop for but the world’s biggest off-grid solar market that does an annual business of Rs 500 crore.

Sao is spoilt for choice here. This one-kilometre road has numerous narrow bylanes that cater to the energy needs of people with text-rendering: optimizelegibility; border: 0px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; outline: none; text-decoration: none; color: #479307; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Regular, all pocket sizes. Solar lanterns and streetlights, besides panels of all makes and sizes, are hoarded in matchbox-sized shops. A 75 watt panel can cost from Rs 2,500 to Rs 10,000. read more →

Kerala to announce solar energy policy soon

Minister for Power Aryadan Mohammed has said that the state will announce an exclusive solar energy policy within a few weeks, during the session on ‘Energy, Including Green Energy and Environmental Technologies’ at the ‘Emerging Kerala’ meet .

“The policy is in its final stages and it will be announced soon,” said the Minister. He said that the policy will facilitate private investment and measures would be taken to provide incentives for the investors interested in the sector.

“The government will launch 10,000 solar homes in the state as a pilot programme under the National Solar Mission,” he said. Stressing the need for green energy in the state, the Minister emphasised that facing the challenge of climate change is the only way forward for the state. read more →

0 Solar power: With right policy vision, it's possible to tap the 'power of sun'

In the domain of public policy, the most promising development currently must surely be the increasingly attractive economics of solar power.

The prices of photovoltaic modules, for example, have reportedly dropped some 40% in about 18 months, and the easier trend seems very likely to continue in the medium term and beyond.

With the right policy vision, it should be possible to leverage the path-breaking improvements in tapping the power of the sun to vastly improve our public finances, greatly boost mobility across the board and purposefully bring down soot, smoke and indoor pollution as well. read more →

Green energy device for power needs, Madurai

With the intention of providing uninterrupted power supply through green energy, a hybrid model of utilising wind and solar energy was launched by Borg Inc in Madurai. Borg's off-grid power generation system combines solar PV panel with a small wind turbine. The system was born in NASA's heliophysics science laboratory in Washington with more than 10 years of experience, company sources said. The product is claimed to recover only the differential current from the grid supply and helps reduces the power tariff besides providing uninterrupted power supply for residences. Further it is said to save 0.82 kg of CO2 emission equivalent for every 1 kw/h generated, they said. read more →


0Solectria Renewables' new commercial inverters achieve 97.0% CEC efficiency and 97.5% peak efficiency

Solectria Renewables, LLC has announced its new commercial 50-100 kW inverters at Solar Power International, the industry's largest, most comprehensive solar energy event in North America.

The new commercial PVI line has five inverter power levels, including 50, 60, 75, 85 and 100 kW. The premium efficient models have the highest peak and CEC efficiencies in the industry. Solectria Renewables continues to focus on enhancing development, reliability and efficiency to guarantee our customers and future customers the features they seek from solar inverter products. read more →

Walmart on top in US corporate solar user ranking, report reveals

According to a report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Vote Solar Initiative, US retail giant Walmart ranks number one in a list which identifies the top corporate companies using solar energy in the US for on-site consumption.

Released at Solar Power International, North America’s largest solar event, the report, called Solar Means Business: Top Commercial Solar Users in the US, analyzes 42 companies in the US using solar energy. Together, they have deployed at least 321MW of PV capacity at 750 locations in 26 states and Puerto more →


  Shoppers Stop turns to solar power to avoid service tax on electricity

On the roof of Shoppers Stop's first department store in the suburbs of Mumbai, a green initiative is underway in the form of solar panels feeding power to the store. It's not just a drive to go green but also an effort to offset the skyrocketing cost of power. 

"The company is trying to rework power consumption as mall owners and retailers will have to pay 12.5% service tax on electricity with effect from July this year according to a recent government notification," Govind Shrikhande, managing director at Shoppers Stop, says. "The difference between solar power cost and our power bill will be minimal after the new tax." The country's largest department store chain paid over Rs 70 crore on power bills last year. read more →



  Agartala to be Northeast India's first solar city

To reduce dependency on conventional energy, the Tripura government announced ambitious plans to make Agartala a 'solar city', replacing at least 10 percent of usual power use by solar energy. "Agartala city would be the first 'solar city' in northeast India within the next few years," Tripura's Urban… read more →


IIM-A switches to solar power, takes 66% off bill  

The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) is practising what it teaches-making the most of available resources. The premier institute may soon become an energy independent business school by using solar energy and other energy-efficient products. IIM-A alumnus Akshat Khare and his partner… read more →

Global solar energy providerSunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., was awarded “Best Solar Power Producer in India” at the Regulators & Policymakers Retreat (RPR) 2012 organized by Independent Power Producers Association of India. SunEdison has become a solar power leader in… read more →

Is America 'celling out' India’s solar mission?

Is the United States helping to finance and fulfill the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) – or "helping itself" to a large, unprotected segment of India’s solar market? On August 17, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a not-for-profit advocacy group based in New Delhi, accused… read more →

10th sep, 2012Welspun ties up funds for 50 MW solar project in Rajasthan

Welspun Energy Ltd has tied-up finances to set up a 50-MW solar power project in Rajasthan. Announcing the financial closure for the project, the company said it has secured a long-term project funding of Rs 355 crore from a consortium of lenders comprising three public sector banks and one infrastructure… read more →


  U.S. solar installs more than doubled in second quarter

U.S. solar-panel installations more than doubled in the second quarter from a year earlier led by demand in California, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Installations totaled 742 megawatts in the quarter, up 45 percent since the first quarter, and may reach 3.2 gigawatts by year… read more →


  Canadian Solar to Brighten North Carolina Energy Picture

Canadian Solar is adding to its already-impressive portfolio by breaking ground on a project in the United States. The company, one of the world’s leading solar energy providers, has started construction on a 2.5-megawatt photovoltaic solar installation in North Carolina. Canadian Solar will handle… read more →


7-crore project for solar street lights in Amritsar

Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, chief parliamentary secretary health and family welfare Punjab, met the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) director Balour Singh at Punjab Bhawan Chandigarh to discuss the issue of using solar energy to power street lights in Amritsar. The meeting concluded that a Rs. 7-crore… read more →


Remi to set up solar lighting plant in Gujarat

Having forayed with automotive comfort enhancer products in Gujarat, Mathura-based Remi Overseas is now setting up a solar lighting product manufacturing plant in the state. To come up near Ahmedabad, the plant will annually produce 10,000 units of solar street and residence lighting products from the… read more →


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Workshop for solar energy entrepreneurs

Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) along with SELCO Incubation Centre would provide operational guidance and mentoring support to aspiring entrepreneurs to those aspiring to set up solar energy business. IIE director Sunil Kumar Saikia inaugurating a day-long workshop for entrepreneurs of the… read more →
Golden Temple goes eco-friendly, langar to shift from LPG to solar energy

Buildings are among the major consumers of energy. The need for power is high from the commencement of construction work. However, long hours of power cuts slow down construction activities. In the recent years, with increasing use of renewable energy, solar panels are used to meet energy needs during… read more →


0 Govt to spend at least Rs.2,000 crore on solar mission

The government may have to spend at least Rs.2,000 crore to get private solar companies to generate clean electricity, and keep the ambitious Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) on track. The mission aims to generate 20,000 megawatts (MW) by 2022. Two officials in the ministry of new and… read more →

IREDA: 257 MW commissioned under National Solar Mission

The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) has released new information on the status of projects under the nation's National Solar Mission (JNNSM), as well as plant load factor (PLF) data for participating plants. IREDA reports that 255 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and 2.5 MW of concentrating… read more →

Solar mobile chargers for Kendrapada district, Orissa
The Centre has provided 80 solar mobile charging facilities to 15,000 people living in 20 seaside villages of Kendrapada district. Union ministry for communications and information technology implemented the project in collaboration with Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). A local woman has been… read more →

Pay-as-you-go solar tech firm targets India

Eight19 Ltd launches a new company called Azuri Technologies Ltd to carry forward its Indigo pay-as-you-go solar technology for off-grid markets such as India and Africa. Eight19, a start-up formed in 2010, will continue to focus on the development of its printed plastic solar cell technology, while… read more →

Kiran Energy plans solar farms in TN, Karnataka

Kiran Energy Solar Power Pvt Ltd intends to put up a 50 MW solar farm in Tuticorin in southern Tamil Nadu, Ardeshir Contractor, Managing Director & CEO told Business Line on Tuesday. He said that the power would be sold to industrial consumers in Chennai. Kiran Energy is a solar power developer that… read more →

Inter-ministerial panel has submitted report on National Solar Mission: Government

An inter-ministerial committee, set up to look into allegations of violations of the National Solar Mission (NSM) guidelines, has submitted its report, the government said. "An inter-ministerial committee was constituted to inquire into the allegations made in a magazine regarding violation of guidelines… read more →


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Govt to spend at least Rs.2,000 crore on solar mission
The government may have to spend at least Rs.2,000 crore to get private solar companies to generate clean electricity, and keep the ambitious Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) on track. The mission aims to generate 20,000 megawatts (MW) by 2022. Two officials in the ministry of new and… read more →

IREDA: 257 MW commissioned under National Solar Mission
The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) has released new information on the status of projects under the nation's National Solar Mission (JNNSM), as well as plant load factor (PLF) data for participating plants. IREDA reports that 255 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and 2.5 MW of concentrating… read more →

Solar mobile chargers for Kendrapada district, Orissa
The Centre has provided 80 solar mobile charging facilities to 15,000 people living in 20 seaside villages of Kendrapada district. Union ministry for communications and information technology implemented the project in collaboration with Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). A local woman has been… read more →

Pay-as-you-go solar tech firm targets India

Eight19 Ltd launches a new company called Azuri Technologies Ltd to carry forward its Indigo pay-as-you-go solar technology for off-grid markets such as India and Africa. Eight19, a start-up formed in 2010, will continue to focus on the development of its printed plastic solar cell technology, while… read more →


0 Kiran Energy plans solar farms in TN, Karnataka
 intends to put up a 50 MW solar farm in Tuticorin in southern Tamil Nadu, Ardeshir Contractor, Managing Director & CEO told Business Line on Tuesday. He said that the power would be sold to industrial consumers in Chennai. Kiran Energy is a solar power developer that… read more →

Price gap between local and imported solar modules trouble manufacturers in Andhra

Power holiday for three days in a week in Andhra Pradesh is proving beneficial to China and European solar module importers indirectly. Though various module manufacturing companies are seeing an increase in number of enquires for solar modules, they are not sure if they would be converted into sales… read more →

Inter-ministerial panel has submitted report on National Solar Mission: Government

An inter-ministerial committee, set up to look into allegations of violations of the National Solar Mission (NSM) guidelines, has submitted its report, the government said. "An inter-ministerial committee was constituted to inquire into the allegations made in a magazine regarding violation of guidelines… read more →


0 Taiwanese co BenQ Solar keen to enter Indian market

Taiwan-based integrated solar photovoltaic cell manufacturer, AU Optronics, is keen to enter into the Indian market, and is looking for local partners to work with. The company sells solar products under the brand name ‘BenQ’. The offered solar solutions are expected to be available for the Indian… read more →

Solid Solar signs MOU with Bank of India to facilitate financing of solar systems

Solid Solar by Gautam Polymers, India's largest solar lights manufacturer has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Bank of India for financing of solar systems through its network of banks across the country. This MOU would enable bank financing on solid solar home systems and solar power… read more →

Solar Powered Green House Scheme in Karur, Tamil Nadu, gets the top billing

Chief Minister’s Solar Powered Green House Scheme gets the top billing in development activities in Karur. It has been planned to construct 1,033 green houses under the scheme in the current year in the district for which Rs.15.50 crore has been allotted. read more →

President flags off solar powered passenger car

President Pranab Mukherjee flagged off a solar-powered passenger car developed by Delhi Technological University at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday. The car has been designed and developed by a team of interdisciplinary group of under-graduate students headed by Dhiraj Mishra of the Electronics and Communication… read more →

After ownership and name change,Tata Power Solar changes focus

Following a change of ownership and a change of name, there has been a change of strategy at Tata Power Solar Systems Ltd. The company was for over a quarter century called Tata BP Solar. A few months back, Tata Power bought out British Petroleum’s stake in the joint venture and consequent upon that… read more →

Qbotix sees tiny robots reducing solar costs, boosting output

Qbotix Inc., a closely held robotics company, is developing systems that may cut the cost of energy from solar farms by as much as 20 percent. Its robotics technology is an alternative to currently available dual-axis or single-axis tracking systems, which rotate solar panels toward the sun to increase… read more →

Karnataka may get first solar city

If everything goes as planned, Karnataka will soon be housing India's first solar city. Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Monday said the state is aiming to add 200 MW of solar energy by 2016. "The state has a capacity ranging between 4.5 and 7 kWh per sqm . We are looking at establishing the country's… read more →

Singapore’s new solar-powered culture

The site is powerful. Here at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, the half mushroom, half alien vessel are powered by solar energy and alternative sources to give the small city-state a unique blend of futuristic appeal that fits smoothly into the traditional. “It is pretty neat what we are seeing,”… read more →

ESolar’s modular solar power towers with storage

ESolar’s CEO puts it directly: “Our objective is to compete straight up with the best-in-class PVs.” “What is so unique about our technology is the modular nature of it and the scalability,” explained eSolar President/CEO John Van Scoter . “Instead of one-size-fits-all,” he said, “we… read more →

Delhi soon to join solar city club, calls for proposals

Delhi will soon join the list of solar cities. Recently, the New Delhi Municipal Council floated tenders inviting proposals from consultants for the solar city project. Officials say a consultant will be appointed soon. "We are in the process of appointing a consultant for the solar city project. For… read more →

Baring Private Equity Partners, Aditya Birla Private Equity eye 20 per cent stake in Anu Solar Power

Baring Private Equity Partners and Aditya Birla Private Equity are in the running to buy a 20 per cent stake in Anu Solar Power in a transaction which could value the Bangalore-based company at Rs 500 crore. The deal to invest Rs 100 crore is expected to close by the end of September, a person with… read more →

Kerala move for solar streetlights

The State government plans to install solar streetlights in all municipalities across Kerala shortly. The programme will be launched in Aluva municipality by installing 100 solar streetlights, Electricity Minister Aryadan Mohammed has said. read more →

Delhi gets first solar water treatment plant

Around 750 families from the economically weaker section living near east Delhi's Surajmal Vihar will soon be receiving solar treated potable water. The first water treatment plant that operates on solar technology was inaugurated at the Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya on Saturday and will treat 5,000… read more →

Sunways and LDK unveil development goals

By 2017, Sunways AG said it intends, along with its majority shareholder, LDK Solar, to become 1 of the top 3 photovoltaic inverter manufacturers globally. It added that it will return to profitability in 2014, and will enter the Canadian, U.S. and Chinese markets in the coming years. read more →

MY forms joint venture with Huaneng Renewables on wind and solar power development in China

China Ming Yang Wind Power Group Limited, a leading wind turbine manufacturer in China, today announced that Guangdong Mingyang Wind Power Group Limited, a subsidiary of Ming Yang, has formed a joint venture with Huaneng Renewables Corporation Limited specializing in the development of wind and solar… read more →

Solarcon India - 2012 to be held in Bangalore, Sep 3-5

Solarcon India-2012, a solar energy-focussed technological and business event, said to be the largest in the country, will be held in Bangalore from September 3 to 5. The event, to be held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), is the fourth annual edition of the Solarcon. read more →

TN starts implementing solar home lighting programme

The Tamil Nadu Government has commenced the implementation of its ambitious programme to provide solar-powered lights to 300,000 homes in the State. Work on this has been going on in the last couple of weeks in tphe Tiruchi district and 60,000 homes would be lighted in the current financial year, Sudeep… read more →,

Sops sought for wind power, solar units in Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh Government , which has shown no foresight in tackling the power situation in the State, should wake up now at least and make earnest efforts to tap solar power and wind power, industrialists here have pleaded. At a meeting organised by the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Industries (FAPI)on… read more →

Sops sought for wind power, solar units in Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh Government , which has shown no foresight in tackling the power situation in the State, should wake up now at least and make earnest efforts to tap solar power and wind power, industrialists here have pleaded. At a meeting organised by the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Industries (FAPI)on… read more →

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