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Off the grid, but not powerless

According to reports, rural electrification is an oft-heard buzz word in development circles. Yet, according to the 2011 census, only 54 per cent of rural households have been electrified, many of which are in areas too remote to be connected to the power grid. That is why in the last five years, off-grid solar power has emerged as a viable strategy for rural electrification. Gram Power, a startup by University of Berkeley alumni Yashraj Khaitan and Jacob Dickinson, is doing ... Read More »

Solar edge

According to reports, India is blessed with renewable sources, be it wind or solar. But the big question is their viability. Today, in the country, solar has about 3000 MW of installed capacity, wind has about 21000 MW and biomass about 2600 MW. The focus on renewable energy began about a decade-and-a-half ago. The wind energy companies were the first to seize the opportunity. Naturally, wind has the largest renewable energy generation share in India. However, it has its challenges, ... Read More »

4,000-MW renewable energy projects set up in FY-15

According to reports, more than 4,000 MW of grid-connected renewable energy power projects were set up in 2014-15, beating the targets by 8.5 per cent. At the end of March 2015, India had 35,777 MW of renewable energy capacity. The highlight of the year was the addition in solar capacity, which stood at a record 1,112 MW, compared with the 948 MW achieved in 2013-14 and slightly higher than the target of 1,100 MW. A comparison of installations figures at ... Read More »

NTPC to invest Rs 1,779 cr to set up AP solar plant

According to reports, state-run NTPC today said its board has approved Rs 1,779.25 crore investment to set up a solar photo-voltaic project at Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh. “The Board of Directors of the company has accorded investment approval for Anantpur 250 MW Solar PV Project in Andhra Pradesh at an appraised current estimated cost of Rs 1,779.25 crore,” NTPC said in a regulatory filing. Country’s largest power producer plans to set up 3,000 MW capacity solar power projects across the ... Read More »

Demand for talent rises across levels as solar firms double headcount each year

According to reports, sunshine seems to be pulling idle talent at ‘stuck’ infrastructure projects out of a dark zone. ‘Solar’ is the new buzzword for talent looking for a more secure future, even as firms expanding aggressively in the sector jostle for skilled manpower. The demand is huge: The government has set a target of installing 100 gigawatt (GW) of solar power projects by 2022, which is expected to create over seven lakh jobs. The country currently has only 3 ... Read More »

Madhya Pradesh government gives nod to 750 MW solar power station

According to reports, Madhya Pradesh government today cleared a project for setting up the world’s largest 750 MW solar power station at Gudh tehsil in Rewa district of the state. The cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh here approved the proposal for commissioning the world’s largest solar power station at Gudh in Rewa, state government spokesperson and MP Minister Narottam Mishra told reporters. He said that a loan from the World Bank will be sought for commissioning the ... Read More »

Solar panels to provide shade for vehicles in airport parking area

According to reports, the Coimbatore International Airport (CIA) has plans to install solar panels at its four-wheeler and two-wheeler parking area. The initiative is aimed at generating power that could meet a substantial portion of the electricity requirements of the airport and also provide cover for vehicles. The parking area has space for close to 270 cars and a few hundred two-wheelers. But there are less than a handful of trees providing shade. Airport authorities said that it would be ... Read More »

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