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August 29, 2020


Solar Rundown

Maharashtra DISCOMs have asked staff to adhere timelines while processing rooftop solar applications

Recent inspection determined that a significant amount of rooftop solar applications had been pending for more than two years. The Chief Engineer made a note of this and has asked all the concerned engineers to speed up the rooftop solar processes. The application processing will be done through an online portal within the scheduled timeline by the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC).

August 3, 2020


Solar EPC

While many might know the environmental and financial benefits of solar installation, many myths surrounding the concept are a massive hurdle contributing to the slow growth of solar EPC. With the development in technology and cheaper components, people have adopted solar despite the myths. However, there are still certain myths that continue to hinder the progress of solar EPC. In this article, we will break 5 such popular myths regarding solar installation and PV systems.

July 28, 2020


Optimizing rooftop solar electricity generation

As mentioned in our previous article, operations and maintenance is important to optimize solar electricity generation. Depending on the size of the project, scheduled maintenance is necessary to achieve the end goal of reducing utility costs and generate maximum clean energy. The scope of work under every project’s operations and maintenance differs and is decided after surveying the project. In this article, we will talk about how our team evaluated a project in Navi Mumbai and offered scheduled operations and maintenance services to optimize the solar PV system’s generation capacity.

July 3, 2020


India offers $100 million loan for solar installation in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka have recently decided to implement solar PV systems on their government infrastructures. To successfully achieve their ambitious vision, India offered a $100 million loan. According to Sri Lanka’s cabinet, these funds will be dedicated to commission solar PV systems in low-income households in districts of Hambantota, Trincomalee, Moneragala, Hambantota, and Anuradhapura.

June 20, 2020


Free Solar Electricity

Tamil Nadu plan to procure 500MW solar electricity from SECI

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has gone ahead with the procurement of 500 MW solar electricity plan from the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). Both parties have agreed to pay ₹2.78/kWh for the procurement which will also help meet Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited’s (TANGEDCO) solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO).

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently came forward to state that Tamil Nadu needs 9 GW of solar electricity to meet its solar purchase obligation in FY 2021-22. Tamil Nadu has already installed 3.6 GW generating solar PV systems as of Q1 2020. However, reports suggest that Tamil Nadu still lag by 5 GW of solar power in the target set by the MNRE to achieve in the next two years. 

June 12, 2020


Solar Case Study


Installing solar PV systems is only the first step taken towards reducing utility bills. It is important to maintain the panels and systems to optimize the solar electricity generation capacity and achieve the desired efficiency. In this article, we will talk about the benefits of scheduled maintenance and the scope of work involved through our case study.

ABS Renew Power recently commissioned a 100 MW operations and maintenance contract for a solar park in Karnataka. The scope of work involved non-technical activities such as cleaning modules, grass cutting, maintaining cable laying, panel tilting and herbicide spraying to prevent any kind of energy loss due soiling effect, shading or heat ventilation around panels. With the project beginning during the pandemic outbreak in April 2020, our team worked with available resources to ensure our customer received the desired generation.

June 5, 2020

Lowest residential rooftop solar installations in Delhi cost revealed

The Indraprastha Power Generation Company (IPGCL) has revealed the lowest bidding quoted for the residential rooftop solar installation projects under the capital expenditure (CAPEX) model of B and F. The tender was floated in February 2020 for the complete Engineering, Procurement, Installation, and Commissioning of solar PV systems in the national capital.

These on-grid systems will range between 1 kW – 10 kW and 10 kW – 500 kW. The contract will be valid for 5 years under the CAPEX investment model. A total of 30 MW project has been planned with 12 MW under CAPEX and 12 MW under RESCO and 6 MW under open category.

The CAPEX model is projected to cost Rs. 32,400/kW. The costs include structure and solar PV system costs. Additional costs to be incurred per height meter. With subsidies for grid-connected solar PV systems from 1 – 10 kW priced down to Rs 22,200, solar system integrators in Punjab complained the lowest price in Delhi to be high.

May 15, 2020

ISA aims to offer solar electricity to 47 million households.

International Solar Alliance (ISA) aims at powering 47 million households with 20 GW solar park. Mr. R. K. Singh, Union Power Minister and the President of ISA announced the launch of eight new innovative initiatives. Some of the important initiatives will help develop technician’s solar PV skills, make solar bankable, developing solar projects in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and Least Developed Countries (LDC). Another key initiative was to initiate a global bid for providing solar electricity to 47 million households by offering solar PV systems. This project is proposed with an action plan of developing 20 GW of solar parks.

May 11, 2020

MNRE asks Haryana Government to treat every solar installation important

With around 1,050 MW of open access solar installation projects being allocated to the state, the MNRE has asked the government to honor all the allocations made to the solar parks and projects and treat them as sacrosanct. This decision was made after one of the solar providers from the state raised their concern of open access projects being canceled due to constant updates in regulations. These newly imposed conditions lead to considerable losses for developers allowing them to cancel ongoing projects.

The letter of concern states that the hurdles created by the state DISCOMs and lack of support from the government are not only losing the investor’s money but also their confidence to invest in such projects. These lose include costs like land acquisition, infrastructure, and components. The letter further states that with DISCOMS were taking advantage of their position and denying signing for the connection agreement of Long-Term Open Access (LTOAs) to solar power parks and projects allocated by the Haryana VidyutPrasaran Nigam Limited (HVPNL).