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Adani Green Energy defers its polysilicon manufacture plans

According to reports, Adani Green Energy has deferred its plans for manufacturing polysilicon, the basic material of solar panels and modules, in absence of promised incentives from the government. Adani’s 1,200 MW panel-cum-module manufacturing unit is the largest in the country but is facing a huge hurdle. “The module manufacturing unit is running at only 40% capacity because of lack of demand,” said a person close to the development. “All the investment has been made,” said the source. “The company is ... 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 »

India should accelerate, not slow down, solar adoption

According to reports, Swaminathan Aiyar recently argued in a column that an accelerated adoption of solar energy by India could bring down some thermal power stations and hurt their financiers, further burden inefficient power distribution companies, and ultimately bankrupt some of the expensive solar plants too. His prescription: slow down the solar mission, let polluting thermal plants and their financiers gain while other countries sweat, through their faster adoption and innovation, to make solar energy cheaper and more efficient so that ... Read More »

18% tax under GST for solar modules to increase project costs: report

According to reports, the GST Council’s decision to set 18% tax rate for solar modules as compared to a present effective rate of zero will increase overall project costs by about 12%, consulting firm Bridge to India said in a note on Monday. Bridge to India also said that the new rates would hit more than 10 gigawatt of ongoing utility scale solar power projects and pose a threat to their viability. The firm, however, clarified that they believe long-term ... Read More »

Despite subsidy, Indian cities slacking on solar rooftop system

According to reports, despite a substantial subsidy offered by the government, installation of solar rooftop systems has been “dismal” in metros including Delhi and Mumbai, an analysis by a green body on Tuesday said. Rooftop solar systems are those in which electricity is generated by installing solar panels on rooftops of residential or commercial buildings. Greenpeace India in its new analysis – ‘Indian cities slacking on rooftop solar’ said that despite policies and net metering guidelines in several states, installation ... Read More »

NTPC’s auxiliary power may be sourced from domestic solar equipment

According to reports, despite facing flak at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for the domestic content requirement clause in the National Solar Mission, the government is still looking at means to aid the solar equipment manufacturing industry. Towards this end, the NTPC may be mandated to meet its entire auxiliary power requirement through domestically manufactured solar equipment, a top government official told BusinessLine. The US had dragged India to the WTO three years ago for the domestic content requirements under ... Read More »

A tricky path to India’s solar-powered future

According to reports, a new tariff war is playing out in the Indian solar power space. Tariffs plunged to a new low of Rs2.44 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) last week during an auction for 500 megawatt (MW) capacity at the Bhadla solar park in Rajasthan. Tariffs in the solar space have declined significantly over the years and have come down from levels in excess of Rs 10 per kWh at the beginning of this decade to the present record lows, as capacity ... Read More »

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