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High air pollution levels may hit India’s solar power generation plans

According to reports, high pollution levels could play spoilsport in India’s solar power generation plans, say experts. For instance, in the National Capital Region (NCR) centred on Delhi, high pollution levels have hit the efficiency of solar rooftop projects to the extent of 10%, the experts said. Delhi is among the most polluted cities in the world. The World Health Organization ranked Delhi as the most polluted city in the world in 2014. In 2016, it ranked 11. “Ninety per ... Read More »

Gurgaon hospital, mini secretariat to go solar

According to reports, the mini secretariat and the general hospital in Civil Lines are going solar.As soon as the energy audit being conducted by the state government in the two buildings is completed, energy-efficient electrical devices will be installed there in a bid to conserve energy. Department of Renewable Energy and the electrical wing of public works department (PWD) are conducting a joint survey at the six-storey mini secretariat that houses the offices of district administration, and the general hospital ... Read More »

Before sunlight turns shadowy

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 »

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