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Tamil Nadu to sign PPA for 2,000 MW of solar energy: Minister

According to reports, cashing in on growing significance of solar power, Tamil Nadu government will soon sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) for 2,000 MW, of which 1,000 MW of solar power has already been inked, State Electricity Minister ‘Natham’ R Viswanathan today said. “The government will sign a new PPA for 2,000 MW. Of this, 1,000 MW has already been signed and another 1,000 MW will be signed by the end of this month”, he said at the 14th ... Read More »

Farmers find solar water pumps cost-effective

According to reports, a portable solar water pump invented to save fuel during irrigation was introduced by the officials of the Horticulture Department in Tirunelveli. The new device will make agriculture cost-effective and easy for the farmers. The solar-powered pumps will operate on half HP (Horse Power) and are proved to be a major substitute for diesel, for which they earlier paid Rs 50 per litre for a day. The pumps come with batteries and can sustain for 10 hours. ... Read More »

Solar power target tough

According to reports, the government’s plan to raise the country’s solar power generation capacity to 1,00,000 MW (100 GW) in seven years is seen as too ambitious. This means a five-fold increase from the target for 2022 set by the UPA government, which had itself been considered difficult to achieve. But some assumptions and situations have changed in the recent past, which might warrant the setting of a higher target. The plan now is to generate 40 GW through rooftop ... Read More »

Modi Embraces the Dollar to Spur India’s Solar Power Boom

According to reports, India will soon invite bids for its first dollar-linked solar power contracts, seeking to cut costs and woo investment as Prime Minister Narendra Modi targets an unprecedented expansion in clean energy. State-owned NTPC Ltd., India’s largest power generator, will award the tenders for 500 megawatts to 1,000 megawatts of electricity in July, Tarun Kapoor, a joint secretary in India’s Renewable Energy Ministry, said in an interview in New Delhi. “NTPC will show the way in dollar bidding ... Read More »

TN government, Adani likely to sign solar deal today

According to reports, the state government is likely to sign the agreement for the 648MW solar power plant to be set up by the Adani group at Kamuthi in Ramanathapuram district on Tuesday, sources said. An Adani group representative will fly down to Chennai to sign the power purchase agreement with chief minister J Jayalalithaa at the secretariat. The project is expected to give a major boost to solar power initiative in Tamil Nadu, sources said. While Tangedco has managed ... Read More »

SunEdison Inaugurates 50-Megawatts solar plant in Madhya Pradesh

SunEdison, Inc., today announced the inauguration of the Dammakhedi 50-megawatt (MW) DC solar power plant in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Dammakhedi is the first solar power plant in the state to use single axis tracker technology to maximize energy production. The project created more than one thousand jobs during construction, and was completed two months ahead of schedule. “As India’s economy continues to grow, it will need access to clean, cost effective, and reliable electricity,” stated Pashupathy Gopalan, ... Read More »

Madhya Pradesh govt banks on rooftop solar projects policy

According to reports, to encourage the use of non-conventional energy, the Madhya Pradesh government is all set to notify the policy for rooftop solar power projects for individual households on net metering system basis, thereby allowing households to gain concessions by supplying excess energy to the main grid. At present, the government is fine-tuning the policy draft to incorporate the suggestions of all stakeholders. “Once the system is in place, individual consumers will be able to connect to the main ... Read More »

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