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UP power watchdog approves rooftop solar regulation

According to reports, the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has approved the state rooftop solar regulation, which would allow consumers in the state to install solar rooftop systems. Such systems could both be harnessed for self-consumption and also feed the state grid with excess solar power generated. The power regulator has notified provisions regulating to the rooftop solar segment contained in the state Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant Policy, 2014. UPERC (Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Grid Interactive System Gross/Net Metering) ... Read More »

Waaree Energies Launches Beta Version of its Solar Power Calculator Mobile App

Waaree Energies Limited, has announced the launch of its solar power calculator application (beta version) for mobile phones. This app helps you estimate the size of solar power system. It can generate a customised cost estimate for the given location with basic inputs like monthly electricity bill, units consumed, battery backup and area available. Apart from tax depreciation, it will also calculate area needed for solar array. The prices and calculations are indicative and gives the user a broad level ... Read More »

Solar Capacity Addition Awaits North Block’s Push to Power Rs 8 L crore Investment Potential

According to reports, the government’s ambitious plan of raising solar power generation capacity to 100,000 MW by 2022 is likely to face major roadblocks. According to Finance Ministry sources, it is yet to accept the Renewable Energy Ministry’s proposal for growth in solar generation capacity. Sources said that without incentives, getting investments to the tune of Rs 7-8 lakh crore in the sector would be impossible. Sources also said that the North Block is yet to accept renewable ministry’s proposal ... Read More »

SunEdison Purchases 1,000 Energy Storage Systems From Imergy for rural Indian Minigrids

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), today announced that it plans to purchase up to 1,000 vanadium flow batteries (over 100 megawatt hours) from Imergy Power Systems, a leader in advanced energy storage solutions. The vanadium flow batteries will be used to store solar-generated electricity for SunEdison’s rural electrification and solar powered minigrid projects in India. “Energy storage is the perfect complement to solar powered minigrids because it enables us to provide dependable, 24/7 electricity,” said Ahmad Chatila, President and Chief Executive ... Read More »

India has Rs 5K crore market for off-grid solar products

According to reports, the largely untapped market for the off-grid solar products and equipments in India is to the tune of Rs 4000 crore to Rs 5000 crore, said Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary of India’s Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. He was speaking at a Solar Lantern Press Meet in New Delhi. According to Kapoor more than five crore households in India need the off-grid products. Open market will be helpful for furthering the cause of solar energy in ... Read More »

Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy stadium: World’s first solar-powered cricket ground

According to reports, this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League in Bengaluru will be played on what the state cricket association claims is the world’s only solar-powered cricket ground. The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has commissioned a 400-KW solar plant to power the entire M Chinnaswamy stadium, except for the high-intensity floodlights, before the IPL season commences next month. The company executing the project has proposed powering the floodlights too using solar energy as the next step in ... Read More »

The solar way to 100% power access in India

According to reports, India, with an installed generating capacity of around 256 gigawatts (gW), is presently the world’s third largest producer of electricity. Despite this, the country’s demand for electric power outstrips supply and per capita consumption of electricity, is abysmally low. The International Energy Agency publication on World Energy Statistics 2013, places the country at the 110th position in ranking based on per-capita consumption of electricity. Additionally, more than 300 million Indians have no access to electricity. For this ... Read More »

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