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Solar mission: Govt to turn 20,000 jobless graduates into entrepreneurs

According to reports, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is working on a strategy to turn some 20,000 unemployed graduates into entrepreneurs to help it meet its ambitious solar power generation targets—a plan it will implement in concert with state administrations. State governments will choose these graduates, preferably engineers, who will then be trained by the central government for around 3-6 months so they have the entrepreneurial and technical skills to set up solar power plants with a capacity of ... Read More »

Banks to fund your rooftop power plant

According to reports, the government proposes innovative debt scheme for renewable energy sector by allowing funding of rooftop solar (photovoltaic) panels as part of overall housing loan taken by households. The move is being contemplated to boost the use of solar energy across the country, with the government having set an ambitious target of reaching 100,000mw of capacity of solar energy in five years at an estimated investment of over Rs 8,00,000 crore. Government officials in know said that the ... Read More »

1,500 Gujarat farmers to be given solar-powered water pumps

According to reports, the Gujarat government plans to give solar-powered water pumps to 1,500 farmers with the dual aim of providing electricity connections to farmers living in far-fetched areas as well as reduce burden of subsidy on the state treasury, it was officially announced here today. Making the announcement, Gujarat Energy Minister Saurabh Patel said in a press release issued here, that the scheme would benefit farmers awaiting regular electricity connections. Patel said it is difficult and costly for the ... Read More »

Telangana mulls replacing water pumps with solar pumps

According to reports, the Telangana Government has constituted a committee of five senior officials to study the feasibility of replacing all the water pump sets in the farm sector with solar pump sets. This move follows a directive by State Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao after a review of the progress of solar pump project. He wanted a detailed analysis of the savings and the estimation of the overall cost before a massive project to change the pumps sets is considered. ... Read More »

Cheap electricity for poor squeezing out solar in India

According to reports, the villagers of Dharnai in northern India had been living without electricity for more than 30 years when Greenpeace installed a microgrid to supply reliable, low-cost solar power. Then, within weeks of the lights flickering on in Dharnai’s mud huts, the government utility hooked up the grid—flooding the community with cheap power that undercut the fledgling solar network. While Greenpeace had come to Dharnai at Bihar’s invitation, the unannounced arrival of the state’s utility threatened to put ... Read More »

India plans solar army, to train 50,000 people

According to reports, the government is planning to train around 50,000 people in areas related to solar power—a so-called solar army that would help India achieve ambitious targets in harnessing the power of the sun. The workforce will be trained through organizations such as the industrial training institutes (ITIs) under the government’s national skill development mission. While India has a solar generation capacity of 2,900 MW, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has substantially revised an earlier target of achieving ... Read More »

Waree Energies ties up with US-based GTAT for ‘Merlin’ technology

According to reports, solar module manufacturer Waaree Energies has entered into a tie-up with US-based GT Advanced Technologies for incorporating the American company’s ‘Merlin’ technology into its production process. The technology is said to result in reduction in cost of modules by 10 per cent. GTAT, a company that has filed for bankruptcy under the US “Chapter 11” (whereby the company will not have to pay its creditors until it comes out of bankruptcy), announced its new technology for connecting ... Read More »

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