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Local content norms for solar projects ineffective: First Solar

According to reports, emphasising that local content requirements for solar projects are “ineffective”, solar gear maker First Solar has said creating a transparent market with significant demand is the best way to promote local industry. The comments from US-headquartered First Solar come against the backdrop of the US dragging India to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over alleged discrimination by New Delhi’s national solar mission against American products. First Solar has supplied equipment for over 360 MW installed solar power generation ... Read More »

India worried over WTO’s verdict on Ontario solar case

According to reports, the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) recent ruling against Ontario’s domestic content requirements for renewable energy projects is setback for India, which is defending a similar case filed against it by the US. But the country has not given up hopes of a favourable verdict, as it believes that the finer details of its case are different. “Our situation is very different from Ontario’s. In our case, production is for Government procurement, which cannot be brought under WTO discipline. ... Read More »

India retains fifth position in global wind energy market

According to reports, despite poor pace of capacity addition in the states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra , India retained its position in top five world wind energy markets in 2012 . India remained third largest market for new turbines in 2012 with capacity addition of 2441 mw, revealed World Wind Energy Report 2012. World’s wind turbine capacity addition grew at 19% to 44,609 mw, which is lowest in more than a decade. “The Indian wind market ... Read More »

Mumbai paying Rs 350 cr more a year for power

According to reports, over 1.6 crore residential power consumers in the state, including 25 lakh in the Mumbai region, are paying about Rs 350 crore more annually for power they use. The Maharashtra Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDL) has blamed this on unrealistic benefits granted to captive power plants (CPP) and renewable energy (RE) generators in the state. The state power supplier warned that continuing with the facility extended to CPPs to stock power with MSEDL and draw it anytime, ... Read More »

More power to solar energy

According to reports, the government has received a white paper from the industry suggesting steps to enhance solar energy projects A demand for the creation of a separate window under the National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) has been made by the industry. It may provide a boost to the country’s domestic solar energy projects by providing easy access to finance for such clean energy technology, the industry has stated in a FICCI white paper. The paper on reducing the cost of ... Read More »

Solar unit set up at Nedcap office in Kakinada

According to reports, the industry as well general consumers should make full use of the subsidies and incentives given by the State Government and the Union Government to tap solar energy and reduce pressure on conventional sources of energy, according to M. Kamalakara Babu, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the AP New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation Ltd (AP Nedcap). He was speaking here on Tuesday after inaugurating a 3-kw solar power unit atop the local Nedcap office at a cost ... Read More »

Electric vehicles makers hit subsidy hurdle in India

According to reports, the Government’s delay in announcing subsidy schemes for electric vehicles has led many companies to either close shop or cut back operations. Despite the Government’s announcement of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 that envisages around seven million electric and hybrid vehicles in seven years, the subsidy schemes that would help achieve the target are yet to see the light of the day. The Prime Minister had seen all the documents and proposals related to the Policy ... Read More »

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