US government, NREL seek consortium leaders for thin-film PV module advancement

U.S. DoE released $20 million funding to solicit participation in a consortium of leaders, organized by the NREL, that will focus on thin-film cadmium telluride module development. The program seeks to enable cell efficiencies

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CESL, WRI India sign pact to build strategy for renewable energy sector

CESL and the WRI India have entered a pact to work on strategizing for India's transition towards a net-zero emission trajectory.WRI India will support CESL in building adaptative business models to help state governments realize 

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Earth sciences ministry revisiting weather forecast approach to suit solar sector needs

Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) plans to strengthen meteorological forecasting activities in sync with the demands of the solar and wind energy sector stakeholders. The MoES will decide upon, and IITM (Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology)

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New Maharashtra EV Policy Hikes Subsidies, Incentives

Maharashtra government has announced an upgrade to its EV policy of 2018, earlier than its previous plans from April 2022.The new policy exempts EVs from road tax and registration charges to have 10% of all new registrations 

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BSES Rajdhani to Empanel Private EV Charging Infrastructure Providers in Delhi

BRPL invited proposals to empanel vendors for deploying EV charging infrastructure across various sites in Delhi.The empaneled agency need to provide two quotes each under the CAPEX and subscription model – one without 

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Two years of perovskite progress

Scientists in China examined some of the key achievements in the development of perovskite solar cells in 2020 and 2021. The group divided progress into four areas: Efficiency, Stability, Perovskite-based tandem solar cells and lead-free perovskites. The paper

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NTPC Signs MoU with Ladakh For Country’s First Green Hydrogen Mobility Project

NTPC REL to develop Green Hydrogen Mobility project in Leh city, Ladakh. The MoU will enable it to help Ladakh develop a carbon-free economy based on renewable sources and green hydrogen. NTPC has already set two standalone 

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New York Allocates $12.5 M for Green H2 Exploration

New York has made $12.5 million state funds available for green hydrogen production to facilitate the state’s decarbonization. This includes long-duration energy storage technologies and pilot projects exploring the potential 

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India’s peak power demand surpasses 200 GW for first time

Peak demand reflects the highest power requirement level reached at a particular moment. According to IIT-Kanpur’s Energy Analytics Lab, 67% of the load was met by thermal power plants when demand was at its peak, while...

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MoP Allows Option for DISCOMs to Exit PPAs After Completing Tenure

MoP provided an option for DISCOMs to continue or exit from PPAs for projects that have completed 25 years of operation, or the tenure specified in the PPA with the CGS. Before exit, DISCOM need to give six months’ notice along 

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IEEFA: India’s biggest oil and gas giant takes a leap into clean energy

In late June this year, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, announced a Rs75,000 crore (US$10bn) investment plan into clean energy in India over the next three years. This announcement was met with the usual eye roll...

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Australian government backs new hydrogen research program

The Australian government has awarded AUD 5 million ($3.7 million) to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to support hydrogen research. The national science agency will use the funds 

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India Explores Aluminium-Ion Battery As Demand For Lithium Spikes

India seeks to develop Aluminium-ion Batteries for EVs. In order to minimize dependency on oil and fuel imports, India is advancing in a battery technology that uses aluminum rather than lithium as the key ingredient. Aluminium 

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Gujarat Not to Allow Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Over 10 kW

GERC proposed amendments to the Net Metering Rooftop Solar Grid-Interactive Systems Regulations, 2016. Net metering will be allowed for loads up to 10 kW, gross metering for loads above 10 kW, and total capacity will be in 

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German government study to evaluate potential of floating solar on lakes at former mines

The German government will fund a research project to explore the economic potential of installing floating solar on the open-pit lakes left behind by lignite mining. Around 500 open-pit lakes left behind as a legacy of Germany’s 

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Government approves Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems up to 500 kW Capacity

On June 28, 2021, the Ministry of Power has issued the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) (Amendment) Rules, 2021 to further amend the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020. The following amendments have been made...

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MNRE’s Recent Notification Clarifies Applicability of ALMM Order

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has received representations seeking clarifications about certain aspects of ALMM (Approved List of Models and Manufacturers) Order, 2019. In response to this, the Grid Solar

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New tool to evaluate economic benefits of hydrogen storage

Developed by U.S. scientists, the Hydrogen Energy Storage Evaluation Tool (HESET) can assess the economic and technical characteristics of individual system components and the modeling of each hydrogen pathway. Furthermore...

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China set to mandate solar on at least 20% of residential roofs in pilot counties

State body the NEA has given its provincial offices until July 15th to suggest counties where a solar mandate – which rises to at least half of all government roofspace – can be rolled out. Selected companies will be awarded...

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India to host new 1 GWh lithium-ion battery factory

LNJ Bhilwara has set up a joint venture with India’s Replus Engitech to create lithium battery solutions for e-mobility and stationary applications. The venture aims to have 1 GWh of capacity operational in the city of Pune by 

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NHAI plans EV charging stations along national highways

NHAI has already invited bids for 138 sites out of the 650 sites identified. It has already received several responses from private entities to help them in this development project. Installing EV charging stations along the national 

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Floating PV and flow batteries to power highways’ junction in the Netherlands

A floating PV array coupled to flow batteries is planned to power the operations of a new road under construction to connect two highways in the Netherlands. The project is aimed, in particular, at powering ventilation, lighting, 

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India’s NTPC launches tender for 1 GWh of grid scale storage

State-run power producer NTPC has kicked off an expression of interest (EoI) among Indian and global companies to set up 1 GWh of grid-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) at its power plants in India.The BESS could be 

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Finance Minister Announces ₹3.03 Trillion for Upgrading DISCOMs

The Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the ‘Economic Relief from Pandemic’ package and declared several sops for power distribution companies (DISCOMs), including ₹3.03 trillion (~$40.82 billion) outlay for

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Using the oceans’ depths to store renewables, compress hydrogen

Underwater gravity energy storage has been proposed as an ideal solution for weekly energy storage, by an international group of scientists. The novel technology is considered an alternative to pumped-hydro storage for coasts 

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Validity of FAME-II Program for Electric Vehicles Extended Until March 31, 2024

The government has extended the validity of the second phase of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME)-II program for all approved electric vehicle (EV) models. The validity has been extended 

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US senator calls for solar manufacturing tax credit to drive down ‘prohibitive costs

Senator Jon Ossoff has introduced legislation that would establish a tax credit for US-based solar manufacturers to help them better compete with Chinese rivals. The proposed tax credits available, included within a draft bill 

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The Great Indian Bustard And India's Renewable Energy Challenge

In an effort to save the great Indian bustard from flying into power lines, a Supreme Court order is asking for transmission lines in a large swathe of the region to go underground. Pity the great Indian bustard.The majestic, endangered bird is massive, 

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Anti Dumping Duty Battle-Delhi High Court Asks DGTR To Take Feedback Till July 19

In the now familiar tussle between domestic solar manufacturers and solar power developers, the Delhi High Court has set a new date. July 19. That is the new date for feedback on the anti dumping investigation launched 

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Inside Indian auto sector’s race to harness the PLI scheme

Over the past few months, even amidst intense uncertainty about vehicle sales and supply chain bottlenecks, automakers like Maruti Suzuki India Ltd have been dreaming up plans about the future plans about the …

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CERC Shunts SP Infra Plea On Rihand Floating Solar UPERC’s Way, Citing Jurisdiction

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), in an order that will hopefully show the way to many similar pleas, has refuse to consider a plea by Rihand Floating Solar Private Limited…

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SoftBank sells renewable-energy
unit in India

SoftBank Group Corp. is selling its Delhi-based renewable-energy unit to an Indian rival, a step that effectively pulls the plug on what was once the world’s most ambitious solar investor…

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Solar power companies seek UP CM intervention for LOI award

Private solar power companies have sought the intervention of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath in securing the award of contracts they won in February last year…

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CERC Judgement on SB Energy’s 300 MW Bhadla Project Compensation

A plea by SB Energy at the CERC, with SECI and Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam as respondents, was disposed off by the commission with a now predictable template on most of the contentions.

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India launches anti-dumping probe for solar cells from China, Thailand and Vietnam

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) under the commerce ministry stated the Indian manufacturers provided sufficient evidence to warrant the initiation of an investigation …

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LONGi increases wafer prices as polysilicon prices rise again

Leading solar module and wafer provider LONGi has increased its wafer prices by around 12%, reflecting increased material and components prices being felt across the industry…

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Israeli firm produces solar technology in India for project in UAE

The Israeli embassy on Thursday said a partnership has been initiated by the International Federation of Indo-Israel Chambers of Commerce (IFIICC) through which an Israel-based company …

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Indian solar power companies on edge as Chinese vendors exit deals

Leading solar module suppliers from China including Longi Solar and Jinko Solar are backing out of signed contracts with Indian power developers, citing rising commodity prices

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Power transmission lines single-biggest threat to Great India Bustard

Research on Bustards across the world and studies carried out by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) have identified power-lines, particularly overhead transmission lines, as the biggest …

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Budget 2021: How to boost power, clean energy sectors

The COVID-19 disruption left the power sector gasping for breath, especially the renewable energy segment.

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SPDA Makes a Case for 18 Month Deferment of BCD On Solar Equipment

Just a week after the manufacturers association, the All India Solar Industries Association (AISIA) made a plea for 50 percent BCD.

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India set to cross 100GW renewable energy capacity mark in 2020

India is all set to cross the 100GW renewable energy capacity mark in 2020 and can make rapid strides towards the ambitious 175GW clean energy .

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Relook GST on solar sector, HC tells panel

The Delhi High Court has directed the Goods and Services Tax Council to review the tax structure for solar power projects.

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Commissioning time brought down for solar power projects

The government has reduced the time allowed for commissioning and financial closure of solar power projects, a move that could accelerate the pace.

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The Effective Rate of GST on Solar Projects is 8.9%, Argues SPDA in Letter to Jaitley

Keeping in view the lingering uncertainty regarding the applicable rate of GST on various components that go into the making of a solar project., the GST Council, in its 31st meeting, gave its recommendations on solar power..

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