China, India Lead Global Solar Power Expansion

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India and China are driving a rapid global expansion in large-scale, solar power developments as the cost of building new projects falls, according to an analysis by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “Solar energy is taking an increasingly prominent role in driving the ongoing transformation of global electricity generation markets alongside gains in storage, wind, hydroelectricity and energy efficiency,” IEEFA said in a report. The world’s largest operating utility-scale solar projects are concentrated in China and India, according to IEEFA. Based on company and press reports, as well as its own estimates, those include: Ranking Project Name Size MW Country Proponent 1 Tengger Desert Solar Park 1,547 China China National Grid Zhongwei Power Supply Co 2 Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park 1,000 India Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Pvt Ltd 3 Datong Solar Power Top Runner Base 1,000 […]

How to get “Grid Connected” Solar PV Rooftop System in India – A Step by Step Procedure

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Solar PV technology for generating electricity from solar energy has been in India since quite some time now, but for a long time, it was not economically feasible for most Indians to take benefits of. But due to a drop in the prices of solar PV in the last few years coupled with significant policy-level implementations by Government in India, now, in 2016, Solar PV technology looks quite lucrative. Who would not want to use solar energy, a free renewable resource readily available at their disposal, to effectively reduce their electricity bills and increase green footprint! With this post, we would try to make you aware of the step-by-step procedure to implement Solar PV system for your house, office or any commercial complex.   What brought in the big change? As we discussed in one of our older posts (link), […]

World’s largest solar park launched in Karnataka

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The world’s largest solar park set up at an investment of Rs 16,500 crore at Pavagada in Karnataka’s Tumakuru district   BENGALURU: The world’s largest solar park set up at an investment of Rs 16,500 crore at Pavagada in Karnataka’s Tumakuru district was launched by Chief Minister. The 2,000 MW park, named as ‘Shakti Sthala’, spans across 13,000 acres spread over five villages and is a benchmark in the unique people’s participation in power model put on ground, according to officials. The park’s development is anchored by the Karnataka Solar Power Development Corp. Ltd (KSPDCL), an entity formed in March 2015 as a joint venture between Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL) and Solar Energy Corp of India (SECI). The chief minister said Karnataka has emerged as the third largest producer of renewable energy in the nation and was taking […]

National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy

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Ministry of New & Renewable Energy issued draft National Wind-solar Hybrid Policy in June 2016. The Policy has been finalized after having detailed consultation with stakeholders.   NATIONAL WIND-SOLAR HYBRID POLICY: 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 India has set an ambitious target of reaching 175 GW of installed capacity from renewable energy sources by the year 2022, which includes 100 GW of solar and 60 GW of wind power capacity. Various policy initiatives have been taken to achieve this target. At the end of 2017-18 the total renewable power installed capacity in the country was almost 70 GW. 1.2 Solar and wind power being variable in nature pose certain challenges on grid security and stability. Studies revealed that in India solar and wind resources are complementary to each other and hybridization of these two technologies would help in minimizing the variability apart […]

A solar gear shift

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The government needs to tilt its green manufacturing mix in favour of nascent industries of the future The Indian government is switching gears on solar energy. The 2018 Economic Survey identifies renewable energy as a champion sector under the Make in India 2.0 programme. India currently meets almost 90% of its annual requirement of solar panels through imports (mainly China), impeding the growth of a nascent domestic solar manufacturing sector. Policy support for the solar sector is increasingly focussed on domestic manufacturing, both in the form of capital subsidies and considerations of trade regulation. However, are these interventions the right signals to send to an already uncertain solar sector? Do they comply with the global trade regime? And will they keep our renewable energy (RE) ambitions on track? These questions warrant examination through four lenses. First, implementing trade remedies that have anti-competition […]

Rooftop energy: on boosting solar power

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Surveys to map usable rooftops for solar power must be undertaken nationwide   Bengaluru’s aerial mission to produce a three dimensional map of rooftop solar power potential using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data can give this key source of power a big boost. Similar mapping exercises have been carried out in several countries over the past few years to assess how much of a city’s power needs can be met through rooftop solar installations. A survey helps determine usable rooftops, separating them from green spaces, and analyses the quality of the solar resource. With steady urbanisation, solar maps of this kind will help electricity utilities come up with good business cases and investment vehicles and give residents an opportunity to become partners in the effort. An initiative to rapidly scale up rooftop solar installations is needed if the target of […]

‘Solar project developers must not cut quality’

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Sun down: A plant, meant to work for 25 years, may not last if quality is compromised, says Sameer Gupta.   When tariffs are as low as ₹2.5, then everybody wants to bring down their costs, compromising on quality: Jaskon CMD Solar power project developers in India must be careful not to compromise on quality in their drive to lower costs to meet the tariffs set in project bids, according to Sameer Gupta and Sundeep Gupta who head Jakson, an Indian energy company. Importing low-quality components from China to meet cost requirements runs the risk of the power plant not reaching its 25-year lifespan, they added. “Even in China, there are good quality manufacturers,” said Sameer Gupta, chairman and managing director, Jakson. “But when PPA (power purchase agreement) rates are as low as ₹2.5, then everybody wants to bring down […]

Solar goal for 2022 too hot to handle

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Mirage of a target: ”In the last 10-12 years, we have come from 10 MW to 20 GW. Now, we have to do 20 GW every year to achieve the target,” says Gyanesh Chaudhary.   Uncertainty on duties, sluggish rooftop sector make 100 GW a difficult target to meet: industry players India had been on track to meet its target of 100 Gigawatt (GW) of solar energy capacity by 2022 but momentum has been severely eroded in the last few months, according to industry players. Issues such as uncertainty around import duties and future tax rates on existing power purchase agreements have dampened investor sentiment. “If you look at the trajectory India is on, [with] regard to solar capacity addition, real volumes have started to come and it’s accelerating too,” Andrew Hines, co-founder and head of business development (South India), […]

Bengaluru maps its solar wealth

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Sun seekers: Bengaluru’s rooftops are getting ready to harvest free power   On a hot Tuesday, a helicopter hovering over the rooftops of the city had a singular mission: to help people make hay while the sun shines. It was mapping the solar potential of rooftops. This data, which will be put in the public domain, could help people reduce their electricity bills and also make some money by consuming and/or selling the solar energy generated. Flying over villas, high-rises, independent, smaller houses and large apartment complexes, the ‘web-based rooftop photovoltaic tool using aerial LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) project’, being executed by the Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) for the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom), has been mapping rooftop solar prospects. Taking off from Jakkur Aerodrome, the helicopter lingered particularly over dense concrete stretches, as […]

Aerial mapping of Bengaluru’s solar energy potential takes off

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A helicopter armed with LiDAR system at Jakkur aerodrome on Sunday. It will fly across the city over the next fortnight. Bescom commissions initiative to meet the target of generation of 1,000 MW of rooftop solar energy by 2022 from Bengaluru alone Laser mapping technology — where aerial light pulses are directed at the ground from an aircraft — recently helped archaeologists discover an ancient Mayan city under the jungles in Guatemala. In Bengaluru, the same technology — light detection and ranging (LiDAR) — is being used, but for a different reason. Over the fortnight, a helicopter armed with LiDAR system will fly across the city, mapping its potential to generate rooftop solar energy. The initiative, which is based on a 2016 agreement of Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) with the Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) […]