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Narendra Modi government pushes for walk the talk on solar energy


According to reports, Governments in India are often seen exhorting people to adopt renewable power and save energy but now the NDA government wants to walk the talk on the issue. The union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has asked all the union ministries and public sector units to adopt solar energy and install rooftop solar units to not just save energy but inspire the common man too. A letter in this regard was sent by MNRE secretary ... Read More »

Telangana to give boost to solar energy


According to reports, with no short-term solution to overcome power crisis and traditional sources such as thermal and hydel being used to maximum extent, the Telangana state government is now seriously pursuing utilization of solar power to augment existing electricity supply. It also called for bids for generation of 500 MWs of solar power in all nine districts of Telangana. Though some enterprising farmers installed solar agriculture pumpsets in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and even in Tamil Nadu which have been ... Read More »

SunEdison signs 5 GW MoU with Rajasthan for Solar PV plants


SunEdison, Inc., today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Rajasthan Government aimed at developing Rajasthan as the global hub for solar energy.  SunEdison intends to establish 5 GWs of capacity in the form of multiple Mega Solar Projects, with the expected capacity of each Mega Solar project 500 megawatts (MW) or more. The MOU comes at an opportune time following the new Solar Policy announced by the Government of Rajasthan, which aspires to create 25 GW of solar ... Read More »

Acme, First Solar Submit Lowest Bids in India Auction


According to reports, U.S. panel maker First Solar Inc. (FSLR) and Acme Solar Energy Pvt. were poised to win licenses to build plants in southern India after pledging to sell power at rates about one-third cheaper than the global average. Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar bid to sell electricity for as low as 5,250 rupees ($86) a megawatt-hour, while Acme offered to supply for as low as 5,637 rupees a megawatt-hour, according to a list of qualified bids issued by the ... Read More »

Govt chalks out plans for massive solar power push


According to reports, India is about to witness a massive scaling up of solar power capacity to 100,000 Mw, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) to prepare an action plan by November first week. Aiming to reach this target in five years, before the next general elections, the government is expediting the work by directing states to identify suitable locations across terrains – deserts, wastelands, national highways, river banks and even over ... Read More »

Solar energy prices to come down with tech breakthrough


According to reports, as India gears up for solar projects under the recently-overhauled National Solar Mission programme, a breakthrough in polysilicon manufacturing promises to make solar energy at ₹6 or less per kilowatt-hour (kWhr) possible. Across the world, solar technologists have been grappling with the issue of converting more of sun’s energy falling on solar panels into electricity. While chasing ‘efficiency’ has been the primary means of achieving cost-reduction, a US-headquartered company, which is active in India, has achieved a ... Read More »

Solargise to use $200m to set up 3,000 mw projects


According to reports, UK-based solar power firm Solargise plans to invest $200 million or Rs 1,200 crore in seting up about 3,000 mw of both self-generated and EPC projects in the next two to three years through its Indian subsidiary Solargise Grapp Energies. The company has already bagged few projects under the state governments’ solar mission plans across Rajasthan and Bihar and is in the process of tying up few projects in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. H D ... Read More »

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