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India’s solar push drafts Army, PSUs for WTO compliance

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According to reports, India has raised the stakes in an ongoing trade battle with the US at the World Trade Organization (WTO) by rolling out an ambitious campaign to promote solar energy through the Indian Army and central public sector units (CPSUs)—providing them with grants on the condition that they source equipment from domestic manufacturers. Even Indian Railways may be enlisted in the campaign at a future date. According to the plan, reviewed by Mint, the government will provide financial ... Read More »

Solar power bills could turn bigger in Chandigarh

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According to reports, rooftop solar power plants installed by the Chandigarh Renewal Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) on buildings across the city could force you to shell out more on electricity bills. The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) is all set to increase power tariff for sale of electricity, generated by solar power plants of CREST, to the UT electricity department. On its part, the UT electricity department will recover additional charges, which will be borne by city ... Read More »

Govt looks at solar power for office buildings

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According to reports, in a move to cut reliance on conventional sources of energy, the government is considering installing solar panels on rooftops and open spaces at official buildings to meet day-time electricity needs. The possibility of installing solar photovoltaic panels on roofs of various buildings as well as grounds or open space belonging to all ministries, departments and PSUs to meet the day-time load was discussed at Ministry of Renewable Energy’s presentation to the Prime Minister in June. “I ... Read More »

AIIMS challenge for solar expert

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According to reports, union health minister Harsh Vardhan has approached solar expert SP Gon Chowdhury to make the half-century-old All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) campus in Delhi climate-responsive. In addition, Gon Chowdhury is also advising the ministry to ensure that the new AIIMS units proposed in different states — including West Bengal — become ‘green buildings’. Speaking to TOI, Gon Chowdhury—a pioneer in solar energy use in India—said he was delighted to head the unique initiative. “AIIMS is ... Read More »

Transphorm And Tata Power Developing Inverter For India’s Solar Market

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According to reports, California-based power conversion company Transphorm Inc. has partnered with India-based electronics manufacturer Tata Power Solar to produce a solar inverter for the Indian market. Under the partnership, Transphorm will supply its gallium nitride (GaN) transistors for the 600 V inverter units, which Tata Power Solar will manufacture locally and market. The first product is scheduled to be released in early 2015. According to Transphorm, its EZ-GaN transistors, currently used for LED lighting applications, have 50% lower switching ... Read More »

India Court Dismisses Gujarat’s Appeal for Solar Rate Cut

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According to reports, an Indian court threw out an attempt by a government utility in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state to backtrack on contracts by cutting the rate paid to solar plants for their power. India’s Appellate Tribunal for Electricity dismissed an appeal by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. to reduce the solar-power tariff as “devoid of merits,” according to a copy of the judgment. That upholds an August 2013 decision by the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission. “In effect, ... Read More »

Hareon Solar China partners with Nereus Capital to develop 150 MW solar assets in India over two years

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Hareon Solar Technology Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of solar panels, announced that it will partner with alternative asset manager, Nereus Capital (“Nereus”) to develop over 150MW of solar power projects in India over the next two years. “India is a compelling and growing market for solar PV projects,” said Dr. Jie Zhang, VP of Global Business Development of Hareon. “By partnering with a leading Indian private equity firm, we are able to apply leading technology and end-to-end financing to ... Read More »

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