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India’s air pollution could decrease solar power generation by 17%, study says

According to reports, air pollution might cast a cloud over India’s solar power ambitions. Providing another reason for the Indian government to tackle the poor air quality, a new report found that pollutants can dampen solar power generation by as much as 17%. The problem is particularly bad in north India. Both dust and manmade sources contribute equally to the reduction in power generation. In some pockets of northwestern India the depression in solar power generation can be as much ... Read More »

Solar power: US gives India time till year-end to scrap local sourcing rules

According to reports, the United States has agreed to give India time till December 14 this year to remove the requirement for mandatory domestic sourcing of solar panels and modules under its national solar power generation programme. “This means that all contracts for solar power production entered into with power producers after December 14 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) should not include compulsory domestic sourcing norms which the World Trade Organisation has ruled against,” a government official ... Read More »

Sri Lanka, India to set up solar unit soon

According to reports, Sri Lanka will soon kick-start the process of setting up a solar power plant in eastern port town Trincomalee after discussions with India, which is partnering the Government in the initiative. “The next step would be to undertake a feasibility study and do the groundwork,” spokesman of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy Sulakshana Jayawardena told The Hindu on Wednesday. In April this year, the governments of Sri Lanka and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding, ... Read More »

BHEL bags 15 Megawatt solar photovoltaic plant order in Gujarat

According to reports, State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has secured an order for setting up a 15 MW solar photovoltaic power plant on EPC basis in Gujarat. Gujarat Alkalies and Chemical Limited placed the order for setting up plant at Gujarat Solar Park in Charanka, the power equipment maker said in a statement. This will be BHEL’s first ground-mounted Solar PV project in Gujarat. The company is presently executing over 180 MW of ground-mounted and rooftop Solar PV projects across ... Read More »

Dark clouds loom over local solar companies even as renewable energy getting popular

According to reports, solar energy may be growing in popularity, but that seems to be of little cheer for most domestic solar companies which are hurting from a deluge of Chinese imports. During FY17, India exported solar modules and cells worth USD 69 million and imported USD 3.2 billion. Compared to FY16, solar imports grew by 36 percent and exports declined by 60 percent. Of the total imports, 88.1 percent came from China in FY17, this accounted for about 5.7 ... Read More »

Indian renewable energy market to witness strong growth: Moody’s

According to reports, as India is moving towards meeting its commitments under the Paris agreement on climate change, its renewable energy market is likely to witness a strong growth over many years, says Moody’s Investors Service. “However, renewable energy projects face challenges related to the weak credit quality of offtakers, an evolving regulatory framework, as well as financing and execution risks,” Moody’s vice-president and senior analyst Abhishek Tyagi said in a statement issued here. According to the rating agency, India’s ... Read More »

Indian Railways to add 400 Megawatt solar power capacity current fiscal

According to reports, the Indian railways, which is working on an ambitious plan to reduce its dependence on conventional fuels and cut down energy bill, is planning to award 400 Megawatt (Mw) of solar energy generation capacity in the current financial year. The transporter plans to award 200 MW of rooftop solar and 200 MW of land-based solar energy capacity in the current fiscal. Overall, railways has a target of installing 1,000 Mw of solar power and 200 Mw of ... Read More »

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