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Solar power costs trend down, wind blows away tariff advantage

According to reports, wind and solar, the two major renewable sources of energy being harnessed in India, offer a study in contrast. While the price of solar energy has come down by 50 per cent in the last five years, primarily due to the introduction of competitive bidding based on tariffs, wind energy continues to be paid ‘feed-in’ or preferential tariffs, leading to a visible surge in tariffs the same period. For instance, in 2011, when the government invited bids to ... Read More »

Solar energy projects fail to light up as crunch hits Tamil Nadu

According to reports, It has been a year since the Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy was announced, but no power projects have come up under this yet; only the power cuts are back. With the state in a severe power crunch, the government in October 2013 planned to add 3,000 megawatt (MW) of solar power by 2015, — 1,000 every year from 2013, but there has been little progress. If things had gone on track, the power situation in the ... Read More »

World Bank to soon release Indian power sector review report

According to reports,  at a time when the country’s power sector is facing tough times, the World Bank will soon come out with an elaborate sectoral review report listing out challenges as well as initiatives to improve current scenario. The report would have extensive review of Electricity Act implementation, performance and governance of various power utilities, including distribution companies ( discoms). An official said the report is expected to be released early next year after incorporating comments and feedback from ... Read More »

Andhra Pradesh to have 2 solar cities

According to reports, Andhra Pradesh will have two solar cities – one each in Telangana and coastal Andhra regions. They will be developed as part of the national plan unveiled by the Union Ministry of Renewable Energy. The Ministry has identified Vijayawada in coastal Andhra and Mahabubnagar in Telangana regions to be developed as solar cities. The MNRE has so far given in principle approval for 54 locations in the country to develop solar cities. In 2011, it announced a ... Read More »

Solar plants at Rubber Board Research Institute Kerala

According to reports, Minister for Power and Transport Aryadan Mohammed inaugurated two solar plants of 50 KW each at the Rubber Research Institute here on Friday. Chairperson of Rubber Board Sheela Thomas presided over the function. The solar plants have the capacity to produce 400 units daily. The board expects that the solar plants will help it attain self-sufficiency in electricity to a certain extent and the capital investment will be recovered within 10 years. Minister for Power and Transport ... Read More »

Delhi airport hosts mega solar power plant

According to reports, the GMR Group-operated Delhi International Airport has become the first in Asia to host a mega solar power plant on its premises. A 2.14 MW solar plant has just been set up and is all set for ribbon-cutting, it is learnt. The airports of Kochi and Bhubaneswar have solar plants, but they are of 100 kW capacity each. Delhi is the first to have a megawatt scale, ground-mounted system. As a thumb rule, at latitudes such as ... Read More »

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