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BASIC takes forward India’s concern at Durban climate talks

According to reports, The BASIC appears to have finally shed its reticence. For the first time, the four advanced developing countries – India, China, Brazil and South Africa – put out their positions at the formal opening session of the negotiations at Durban.  For India, which put in an official proposal for the inclusion of the issues of trade, equity and intellectual property rights in the agenda of the conference, this was good news. Not only does it signal that India is ... Read More »

Surat on road to become solar city in India

According to reports, the draft master plan to make Surat a solar city suggests setting up of a solar generating equipment on top of a multi-storeyed building to operate elevators and passage light. The master plan, which was placed on Tuesday before the stakeholders committee comprising academicians and industrialists among others, “Contains a detailed mechanism on how to make Surat a solar city,” said Jatin Shah, city engineer. It has been submitted 15 months after Surat and 60 other cities in ... Read More »

ABB India takes 90 MW worth of orders for solar inverters

ABB has recently launched its central inverter, PVS800, on the Indian market. The launch was conducted right after the national policy was implemented. Since the launch, ABB India has seen a steady growth in solar inverter orders. Within a year, ABB’s solar inverter business in India has received orders worth a capacity of 90 MW. The major customers have been EPCs such as Tata BP and system integrators and developers with whom working relations have been established. “Of the orders ... Read More »

Gemini Communication to tie-up with telecom operators to provide solar energy solutions

Gemini Communications earlier this year in its announcement of results for the first quarter mentioned that the company has secured financial closure for its 1 MW solar project in Tamil Nadu and has started commissioning of the plant. It is expected to be connected to the grid by end of September 2011, which has yet to be commissioned. Further the company’s Telecom Services Group(TSG) had announced that it had partnered with M/s Aspiration Energy Pvt limited, to form a Joint venture company, M/sTelesolar ... Read More »

Tata Power, Khosla funded Sunborne Energy & Kiran Energy Among 22 Bidders for Karnataka Solar Projects

According to reports, Tata Power Co. (TPWR) and Welspun Group are among 22 bidders for solar projects in India’s Karnataka state as India seeks to build 20,000 megawatts of capacity by 2022. Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. will open the bidding on Dec. 2, Managing Director N.S. Prasanna Kumar said by phone today. Other companies applying include Sunborne Energy LLC, Kiran Energy Solar Power Pvt. and Jindal Aluminium Ltd. The auction will award licenses to build 30 megawatts of solar ... Read More »

Renewable Energy sector will soon have to abide by stricter grid laws in India:CERC

According to reports, the renewable energy (RE) sector will soon be in for stricter grid laws and standards compliance regime, a member of Central Electricity Regulatory Commission said here today. CERC, a power sector regulator, also expressed concern over the high cost of wind power in the nation and blamed the wind equipment manufacturers for ‘exploiting’ the market, owing to lack of transparency. “The renewable energy sector must follow the grid laws and standards strictly. The metering at their end ... Read More »

India provisions Rs. 5.4 billion subsidy for Decentralized Distributed Generation

Village mini-grids are important components of universal access to electricity in the country particularly for those villages where grid connectivity is either not feasible or not cost effective. Under the RGGVY scheme launched by Government of India for attainment of Goal of providing access to electricity to all households, a provision of Rs.540 crore has been kept as  subsidy requirement  for electrification of  villages where grid connectivity is either not feasible or not cost effective for  Decentralized Distributed  Generation (DDG) ... Read More »

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