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    Modi government’s big solar push could run into land hurdle

    According to reports, the Union cabinet decided last month to double India’s solar power generation capacity, from 20 GW to 40 GW, by setting up 50 solar parks, which are solar projects with a capacity of 500 MW or more concentrated in one area. But this additional 20 GW would mean acquisition of at least 80,000 acres of land, thrice Jaipur’s area, and possibly a problematic move in a land-starved country. There are already signs of trouble with three recorded ... Read More »

    Tata Power, RInfra jump to solar rooftops

    According to reports, thanks to ‘net metering’, grid-connected solar rooftop photovoltaic systems are gaining popularity among commercial and residential users, and power distribution companies (discoms) such as Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) and Tata Power are making the most of it by helping them with the installation. Under the ‘net metering’ policy, if a consumer installs rooftop solar plant, his electricity meter is replaced by ‘net meter’ which can measure import and export of energy. Hence, there is no need to store ... Read More »

    Solar power capacity crosses 12 GW last year

    According to reports, with the NDA government aggressively pushing green energy projects, India’s solar power capacity crossed 12 GW, with the addition of 5,525 MW solar power generation capacity last fiscal year. As the Centre is estimating 748 GW of solar power potential in the country, the government is planning 4,800 MW from rooftop solar and 7,200 MW from large scale solar power projects in the current fiscal, said an official in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Among ... Read More »

    JA solar exports 1,000 MW solar modules to India

    JA Solar, a leading Chinese company has exported solar modules with a total capacity of 1,000 MW to India. The company is into manufacturing of silicone wafers, cells and modules used in solar PV systems. The company said that by the end of 2017, its production capacity is expected to reach 3 GW, 7 GW and 6 GW respectively, as mentioned on a national news portal. For the last two years, the company is striving to establish its footprint in ... Read More »

    Govt to give customs, excise duty benefits to boost solar rooftop sector

    According to reports, in a boost to India’s lagging solar rooftop sector, the Union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has decided to give custom and excise duty benefits to it for ensuring high growth. The move will not only bring down the costs of setting up projects but also that of generation. Solar power developers setting up grid-connected solar PV (photovoltaic) projects have been seeking “grant of duty benefits” (custom and excise duty) from the MNRE for installation ... Read More »

    Solar targets: High time government takes cognizance of huge potential of BIPV

    According to reports, BUILDING INTEGRATED photovoltaic has a much wider application than rooftop solar alone. The government has set up an ambitious target to develop 175 GW renewable energy by 2022, comprising of 100 GW Solar, 60 GW wind and 10 GW biomass and 5 GW small hydro.Of the total 100 GW solar installations,40 GW would be rooftop and balance 60 GWwould be ground-mounted utility scale. The draft NEP (National Electricity Plan) envisages another 1,00,000 MW of renewable energy during 2022-27. ... Read More »

    Gamesa India commissions more than 2 GW wind capacity in a year

    According to reports, Gamesa India has commissioned 2,050 MW of wind power capacity in India during 2016–17. The Indian arm of the Spanish wind turbine maker is the first ever wind company in the country to have achieved this capacity in a year. The company has doubled its efforts as compared to last year. It has a total installed capacity of over 4,800 MW across seven states in the country, according to a statement. Gamesa India is confident of sustaining ... Read More »

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