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Farmers find solar water pumps cost-effective

According to reports, a portable solar water pump invented to save fuel during irrigation was introduced by the officials of the Horticulture Department in Tirunelveli. The new device will make agriculture cost-effective and easy for the farmers. The solar-powered pumps will operate on half HP (Horse Power) and are proved to be a major substitute for diesel, for which they earlier paid Rs 50 per litre for a day. The pumps come with batteries and can sustain for 10 hours. ... Read More »

Solar power target tough

According to reports, the government’s plan to raise the country’s solar power generation capacity to 1,00,000 MW (100 GW) in seven years is seen as too ambitious. This means a five-fold increase from the target for 2022 set by the UPA government, which had itself been considered difficult to achieve. But some assumptions and situations have changed in the recent past, which might warrant the setting of a higher target. The plan now is to generate 40 GW through rooftop ... Read More »

Madhya Pradesh govt banks on rooftop solar projects policy

According to reports, to encourage the use of non-conventional energy, the Madhya Pradesh government is all set to notify the policy for rooftop solar power projects for individual households on net metering system basis, thereby allowing households to gain concessions by supplying excess energy to the main grid. At present, the government is fine-tuning the policy draft to incorporate the suggestions of all stakeholders. “Once the system is in place, individual consumers will be able to connect to the main ... Read More »

Solar projects: Japan’s Softbank offers to make Andhra Pradesh a model State

According to reports, Japan’s Softbank Corp. founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Masayoshi Son on Tuesday met Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and offered to make Andhra Pradesh a model State in solar and wind hybrid projects in the country. During the meeting, he informed Mr. Naidu that Softbank was interested to collaborate with the Government of Andhra Pradesh in renewable energy. Nikesh Arora, president of Japan’s Softbank Corp. and Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of Bharti Enterprises too were present. ... Read More »

SunEdison commissions 1-Megawatt Canal Top Solar Project in Karnataka

SunEdison, Inc. , announced the completion of a 1-megawatt  DC canal top solar power plant built for Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd (KBJNL), the Karnataka government agency responsible for the Krishna River and Dam. Pashupathy Gopalan, President of SunEdison Asia-Pacific said: “SunEdison is extremely proud to successfully install and commission this canal top system on the banks of the Krishna River for the Karnataka government. It is wonderful to see other state governments embrace this innovative use of solar technology, ... Read More »

‘Need easy solutions to achieve solar rooftop capacity target’

According to reports, easy credit availability and increased consumer awareness would help the government in achieving the target to add 40 GW solar rooftop capacity by 2022, Care Ratings has said. The government has announced a target of 100 GW of solar energy generation capacity by 2022, of which 40 GW is expected to be achieved through decentralised and rooftop scale solar projects. “Implementation of SPV rooftop systems can be accelerated in India if solar solutions are easily available and ... Read More »

SoftBank, partners eye $20 billion investment in Indian solar projects

According to reports, Japan’s SoftBank Corp, together with Bharti Enterprises and Taiwan’s Foxconn, will invest about $20 billion in solar projects in India, in one of the biggest investment pledges to date in the country’s renewable energy sector. SoftBank, which previously said it would invest $10 billion in India over time, said on Monday the companies had agreed a minimum commitment of generating 20 gigawatts of energy. SoftBank will have majority control in the newly formed company, SBG Cleantech, with ... Read More »

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