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Pvt players keen on setting up solar pwr plants in MP:Official

According to reports, with Madhya Pradesh emerging as a solar power hub, private developers including Tata Power are keen on setting up such projects in the state, a senior state government official said today. Madhya Pradesh currently has an operational capacity of 356 MW of solar power from 114 projects and expects to reach 700 MW this fiscal.  ”Various public and private sector firms are coming forward to set up solar projects in the state. Tata Power is also planning ... Read More »

Cheap electricity for poor squeezing out solar in India

According to reports, the villagers of Dharnai in northern India had been living without electricity for more than 30 years when Greenpeace installed a microgrid to supply reliable, low-cost solar power. Then, within weeks of the lights flickering on in Dharnai’s mud huts, the government utility hooked up the grid—flooding the community with cheap power that undercut the fledgling solar network. While Greenpeace had come to Dharnai at Bihar’s invitation, the unannounced arrival of the state’s utility threatened to put ... Read More »

India plans solar army, to train 50,000 people

According to reports, the government is planning to train around 50,000 people in areas related to solar power—a so-called solar army that would help India achieve ambitious targets in harnessing the power of the sun. The workforce will be trained through organizations such as the industrial training institutes (ITIs) under the government’s national skill development mission. While India has a solar generation capacity of 2,900 MW, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has substantially revised an earlier target of achieving ... Read More »

India’s solar generation capacity crosses 3,000 MW

According to reports, India’s solar power generation capacity has crossed 3,000 MW even as overall capacity addition this year is expected to be lower at about 800 MW than seen in 2013, according to a report. Mercom Capital on Wednesday said the country has seen installation of 734 MW solar power capacity so far this year, taking the overall installed capacity to more than 3,000 MW. “However, 2014 will be a disappointment with calendar year installations forecast at about 800 ... Read More »

Solar boost: TN tops in rooftop installations

According to reports, shortage of sufficient grid power, resulting in people looking up to the Sun, has turned Tamil Nadu into a leading state for installed rooftop solar power systems in India. Tamil Nadu accounts for 50 megawatt (MW) of the total 285MW of installed rooftop solar power capacity in India, according to data from German renewable power consultancy firm Bridge To India. Companies say that the installations are driven by adoption of solar power amongst industries in TN which ... Read More »

Madhya Pradesh government to invite bids for first solar UMPP in March 2015

According to reports, the Madhya Pradesh government is likely to commence the bidding process for the 750 MW ultra mega solar power project from March next year, a senior energy department official said here today. The 750 MW project, which would require an investment of over Rs 4,000 crore, is being developed on public private partnership (PPP). “We have already completed the ground work of clearances, approvals and the basic feasibility studies. We believe, by March next year, the government ... Read More »

GERMI holds ‘Train the Trainer’ programme with support from Arizona State University

According to reports, Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute’s (GERMI) eight-day comprehensive workshop – ‘Train-the-Trainer’ on off-grid solar photovoltaic energy systems began on Monday at its premises in Gandhinagar. The workshop has been organized in collaboration with the Arizona State University (ASU), USA as a part of ASU’s Vocational Training and Education for Clean energy (VOCTEC) Programme. This training programme is fully funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Dr Omkar Jani, principal research scientist, Solar Research ... Read More »

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