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WTO verdict on India’s solar dispute with US soon

According to reports, the WTO ruling on the US’ stand-off with India over the latter’s solar power programme is expected soon as the dispute settlement panel of multilateral trade body will have its final meeting next week. “This will be the final meeting of the panel. After that, its ruling will come,” an official said adding “we have kept our fingers crossed on the ruling”. In February last year, the US had filed a complaint in the WTO alleging discrimination ... Read More »

What will be the fate of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission

According to reports, with a view to push solar energy, the Government of India announced the ambitious Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) bundling scheme – blending of the solar energy along with the unallocated thermal energy in 2:1 ratio. The idea of bundling scheme was aimed with a view to promote consumption of solar energy, however, this scheme is yet to kick off for many reasons. The states now has become circumspect about the bundling scheme because of various ... Read More »

Solar energy plan to create 1 million jobs

According to reports, India’s target of 100 gw installed solar energy by 2022 may remain a pipe dream, unless the industry and the government address the issue of human resources shortage. India will be requiring nearly one million full-time efficient manpower to put up and manage this solar capacity. “With prime minister Narendra Modi setting a target of adding one lakh mw of solar power by 2019, there is a need for over one million full-time employs to operate and ... Read More »

Solar power: Sunny side up

According to reports, the number of buildings on solar power will only grow now. It is inevitable,” says renewable energy consultant Adarsh Vansay, founder of Aeon Green Power Solutions, a small firm that offers consultancy and project implementation support for solar projects. In his own JP Nagar home, Vansay has had solar panels and a wind turbine since 2011, which produce enough energy to meet his small family’s needs. But he is turning energy entrepreneur by installing a solar system ... Read More »

Households in NDMC areas to install solar panels on roof tops

According to reports, households in the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) areas will now be able to install solar panel on rooftops to generate electricity but would have to sell it to the civic body and cannot utilise it for their consumption. In a first-of-its kind scheme launched by NDMC, the households in areas under its jurisdiction are being encouraged to install solar panels and get them linked with the civic body’s power grid. NDMC will purchase the electricity from ... Read More »

Rooftop solar makes sense, but slow in take-off: Experts

According to reports, rooftop projects will help the Centre realise its ambitious target of adding 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar power by 2022 even as the green energy has its own challenges, say industry experts.  Solar power producers are of the view that the concept of rooftop solar solutions for households is a step in the right direction but will yield results only in due course of time. “Rooftop solar makes sense on paper for many customers, yet it is ... Read More »

SECI to set up PV projects totaling 100 MW in the state of Kerala

According to reports, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in April 2015 finalized the modalities for development of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the State of Kerala including transfer of land for solar parks. A tripartite arrangement has been signed among utilities Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Tehri Hydro Power Development Corporation India Limited (THDCIL) and SECI, the government group conducting India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), to set up a 50 MW PV project in Kasaragod District ... Read More »

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