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According to reports, the per unit price of solar power in India has dropped from ₹15 to ₹2.44 in 5 years In fact, it has fallen from ₹4.50 within one year. Has the technology improved so much in the solar sector to facilitate this fall? Has solar become commercially viable and attractive for everyone? Have government incentives enabled this price fall? How much further will prices fall in the next five years? Is this sustainable? If this sector is in ... Read More »

Tata Power Solar, Dell India build vertical solar farm

According to reports,  Tata Power Solar and Dell International Services India have jointly put up India’s largest vertical solar farm of 120 kw. “The first-of-its-kind, 45-metre structure built on Dell’s Bengaluru campus provides the dual benefit of producing sustainable green energy and insulation of the building, thus helping reduce power consumption,” Tata Power Solar statement said. According to the statement, the south-facing vertical solar farm is a “very complex” project since it was to be integrated on the facade of ... Read More »

MP govt to provide subsidised solar water pumps to farmers

According to reports, the Madhya Pradesh government would soon provide nearly 18,500 solar-powered water pumps to farmers in the state at subsidised rates. “We are going to make available solar borewell and surface pumps fitted with remote monitoring system to the farmers under the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Solar Pump Scheme shortly,” New and Renewable Energy Department Principal Secretary Manu Srivastava told PTI. “The rates of solar pumps already arrived at after the bidding are the lowest in the country. ... Read More »

Govt to give customs, excise duty benefits to boost solar rooftop sector

According to reports, in a boost to India’s lagging solar rooftop sector, the Union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has decided to give custom and excise duty benefits to it for ensuring high growth. The move will not only bring down the costs of setting up projects but also that of generation. Solar power developers setting up grid-connected solar PV (photovoltaic) projects have been seeking “grant of duty benefits” (custom and excise duty) from the MNRE for installation ... Read More »

Solar targets: High time government takes cognizance of huge potential of BIPV

According to reports, BUILDING INTEGRATED photovoltaic has a much wider application than rooftop solar alone. The government has set up an ambitious target to develop 175 GW renewable energy by 2022, comprising of 100 GW Solar, 60 GW wind and 10 GW biomass and 5 GW small hydro.Of the total 100 GW solar installations,40 GW would be rooftop and balance 60 GWwould be ground-mounted utility scale. The draft NEP (National Electricity Plan) envisages another 1,00,000 MW of renewable energy during 2022-27. ... Read More »

Solar power to light up remote Arunachal Pradesh villages

According to reports, India will power close to 900 remote villages in Arunachal Pradesh bordering China using advanced off-grid renewable energy kits that will bring electricity to about 16,000 households, power minister Piyush Goyal said here. The government will later this week invite price bids from companies for the project which also involves installing more than 4,000 off-grid street lights. The falling cost of renewable energy makes this a better power supply option in far flung areas than laying transmission ... Read More »

Govt frames solar scheme to promote powerloom sector

According to reports, the government today said it has formulated a scheme to provide incentives and concessions to loom weavers to utilise solar energy to increase production. Minister of State for Textiles Ajay Tamta said that for the development of the powerloom sector, the government has formulated the Solar Energy Scheme. “The scheme will come into force from April 1,” he said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. Under the scheme, the government will provide financial assistance and ... Read More »

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