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Sun to shine on solar, wind power may lag: Icra

According to reports, solar capacity addition, at 7-7.5 megawatt (mw), is likely to exceed wind’s this fiscal even as experts have flagged risks such as not enough buyers and debt leverage in the renewables sector. Credit rating agency Icra said on Tuesday that the share of the wind and solar capacity is estimated to be 35% and 55% respectively, out of the total 65 gigawatt (gw) capacity addition estimated during fiscals 2018 to 2022. Sabyasachi Majumdar, senior vice-president and group ... Read More »

NLC India tenders for 709MW of solar in Tamil Nadu

According to reports, Indian state-run mining and power firm NLC India is to invite bids for the setting up of 709MW(AC) of solar PV projects in the state of Tamil Nadu. Projects will have a minimum size of 50MW(AC) capacity in a single location and must be commissioned 12 months from the date of the Letter of Award. The tender is for the design, engineering, manufacture, inspection at supplier’s works, supply insurance, transport, storage, erection, testing and commissioning, as well as performing O&M ... Read More »

Solar energy storage manufacturers want lower GST levy on batteries

According to reports, solar energy storage manufacturers have sought lowering the Goods and Services Tax levy on batteries. In a letter to Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, and Mines, Piyush Goyal, the India Energy Storage Alliance said, “We believe the rates currently proposed for these components if applicable also to secondary batteries (that is rechargeable batteries/energy storage) could hinder the adoption of energy storage in grid applications such as energy access/Renewable Energy (RE) integration ... Read More »

GE arm in talks to invest in Avaada Power’s renewable energy projects

According to reports, GE Energy Financial Services (GEEFS) is expanding its Indian renewable energy portfolio and is in talks with Avaada Power to invest in the renewable energy projects of the Vineet Mittal-promoted firm, two people aware of the development said. Avaada Power is Mittal’s second innings in India’s clean energy space after Tata Power Co. Ltd bought the entire 1.1 GW renewable energy portfolio of Welspun Energy Ltd for $1.4 billion last year. “GE Energy Financial Services is in ... Read More »

Andhra Pradesh mulls floating solar power plant at Mudasarlova

According to reports, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has planned to set up India’s largest floating solar power plant at Mudasarlova reservoir as part of the Smart City project. The project will have a power generation capacity of 2,000 kilowatt peak (KWp), nearly 20 times the capacity of the recently-launched floating solar power plant in Kayamkulam, Kerala. Besides being environment-friendly, the project reduces demand for land and makes use of the unutilised surface area of the reservoir. The solar panels will also help in reducing ... Read More »


According to reports, the Chhattisgarh Government will implement 21,255 Kw grid connected solar PV system scheme for Government buildings located in Raipur city under Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model. A total of 159 Government schools in Chhattisgarh were using solar energy to meet their power supply requirements during the last financial year (2016-17), officials informed. The State currently also has total renewable energy potential of 4,500 MW which includes solar (grid connected and roof top), wind biomass and small hydro, ... Read More »

Tamil Nadu to tax rooftop solar, cut support

According to reports, at a time when the popularity of solar power as a cheap source of energy is growing, the state-owned power utility has come out with a proposal that will reduce the return on investment for citizens installing rooftop solar plants. It has also proposed to add a tax on the power generated. Currently, units of electricity generated by roof-top solar plants are subtracted from the consumer’s bi-monthly use of power from EB source before billing. Now, Tamil Nadu Generation and ... Read More »

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