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    Solar Auction at Risk as Tata Says ‘Not Bankable’: India Credit : Bloomberg Businessweek

    In a rather interesting report a few days back, Bloomberg had highlighted the fact that Tata Power, India’s largest non- state electricity developer, is shunning the country’s first major solar auction on concerns that terms set by the government will make it difficult for projects to be built profitably and that projects under the National Solar Mission would either be delayed or shunned. Panchabuta in its essay on the topic had detailed that while  the concerns could be genuine there ... Read More »

    Moser Baer Solar- first solar PV company from India to install 100 MW globally under its own brand

    According to reports in the media today, Moser Baer’s solar photovoltaic (PV) business has become the first Indian company to achieve over 100 MW solar power installation globally under its own brand. “This is indeed a moment of pride to be the only Indian solar PV company to have installations of over 100 MW globally. This achievement motivates us to put our global expertise to domestic use and help give a fillip to the nation’s solar mission. It is notable ... Read More »

    Mandatory Use of Local Content for Solar Projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission to continue in India

    The mandatory use of domestic content for utility scale grid connected solar power  is a topic that has witnessed a lot of debate and there have been strong views on both for and against the same sometimes from two group companies each on one side of the same corporate house. Panchabuta had reported recently, that the government may postpone mandatory use of locally made photovoltaic cells in solar power projects being set up under the national solar mission to speed ... Read More »

    Areva signs R&D cooperation agreement with IIT, Rajasthan in the field of solar thermal

    Anne Lauvergeon, AREVA CEO and Professor Prem Kumar Kalra, Head of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Rajasthan located in Jodhpur, signed a research and development cooperation agreement in the field of solar thermal. This works aim to develop hybrid energy solutions (gas/solar thermal), which are key to helping reduce India’s carbon footprint. Areva intends to contribute to the development of renewable energy sources in India. The group aims to position itself as a strategic actor in this domain, the company ... Read More »

    Air Liquide undertakes pilot project with Bharti Airtel to run telecom towers using hydrogen

    Just days after Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) awarded tender for powering cellphone sites using Solar Energy in Western Uttar Pradesh, there are reports in the media that French industrial gas company Air Liquide has undertaken a pilot project with Bharti Airtel to run telecom towers using environment-friendly hydrogen as fuel. “We have partnered Bharti to replace diesel-fuelled telecom towers with hydrogen — a technology that will not only be economical but also environment-friendly,” said Benoit Potier, chairman and CEO ... Read More »

    Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy comments on Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched the National Solar Mission as part of the government’s overall strategy to cut down the country’s carbon footprint. According to this report, a parliamentary panel has expressed concern over slow progress of the mission. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), headed by National Conference patriarch Farooq Abdullah, is the government’s nodal agency implementing the solar mission that aims at setting up 20,000 Mw of solar power generating capacity in the country over the ... Read More »

    Hinduja Group signs pact for joint development of Solar Energy in India with French Company

    Hinduja Group is one of the largest diversified groups in the world spanning all the continents. The Group employs over 40,000 people and has offices in many key cities of the world and all the major cities in India. Merchant Banking and Trade were the first two businesses of the group. Since the company has diversified and is now active in Banking & Finance, Transport, Energy (Oil & Power) as well as the new economy of Technology, Media and Telecom. ... Read More »

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