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Small-scale solar installations hold huge potential in India-Sebastian C. Dürr, iPLON, Germany

‘Small-scale solar installations hold huge potential in India’ “While India’s strategy to connect large solar farms to the grid is a good idea, the next thing should be small solar installations, besides development of a smart grid,” says Mr Sebastian C. Dürr, Director of iPLON, a German-based technical project management and consulting firm. With over a decade’s experience in the renewable energy technology domain, Mr Dürr talks to Business Line about solar energy markets globally and India’s potential in this ... Read More »

Renewable Energy-Based Mini Grid in Gumla in Jharkhand

The Government has provided central financial assistance for installation of a 20 kWp SPV power project operated in a mini-grid mode in village Jhargaon in Gumla District, Jharkhand. The plant being operated by a village level Committee is providing electricity for home lights, street lights, community centre, atta chakki/rice mill, RO plant and a pump set. This information was given by Minister of New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha. ... Read More »

Local sourcing mandatory for solar mission projects in India

According to reports,  in what may provide a major relief to domestic solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment manufacturers threatened by cheaper Chinese imports, the government has made it mandatory for developers to use locally-sourced cells for the implementation of solar projects proposed to be auctioned under the second round of the flagship Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) programme, sources said. Cells account for about 70% of the cost of solar PV projects. The government is expected to allocate solar PV projects ... Read More »

Mecon plans to diversify into sectors including renewable energy

According to reports, the Rs 641-crore public sector engineering enterprise Mecon Ltd is considering diversification into solar energy, wind and nuclear power as also defence production. The company currently functions in three operational verticals – metals, oil & gas and infrastructure. According to the Mecon’s perspective plan document, it is looking for cooperation agreement with a few other public sector engineering companies, such as Bridge & Roof Co and Hindustan Steelwork Construction Ltd, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Engineers ... Read More »

Bihar’s first biomass-basedcaptive power unit by December

According to report, Bihar’s first biomass-based multi-fuel captive power plant, being set up by a new paper unit, is likely to come up at Giddha industrial growth centre near Ara by December this year. This plant will use rice husk for electricity generation. When rice husk is not available, the plant will be run by coal, according to general secretary of Bihar Industries Association (BIA) Sanjay Goenka. He said that the paper mill installing the captive power plant would manufacture ... Read More »

REFUsol GmbH-German solar inverter- to set up manufacturing base in India

According to reports, REFUsol GmbH, a manufacturer of solar inverters, will start local production of its products from the end of this year and first deliveries by early 2012. This manufacturing facility will be located in Pune, where it has already set up a customer support office. REFUsol displayed some of its light, compact and powerful string inverters at the recently concluded 5th Renewable Energy India 2011 Expo in New Delhi. Its three-phase string inverters with power classes from 8 ... Read More »

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