Solar Installation

April 16, 2020

  1. MNRE is encouraging new solar pump technologies under KUSUM

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) have drafted guidelines for the installation of innovative solar pumps. Currently, the MNRE are open towards feedback and suggestions from stakeholders. The last day of submitting all opinions is April 15th. The draft proposes an expression of interest (EoI) for all solar providers to offer innovative applications that can help the pumps perform better in terms of efficiency, cost, and monitoring.

April 6, 2020

  1. No grid support charges on rooftop solar installations in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has announced that they will drop all grid support charges on rooftop solar installations until Maharashtra achieves its rooftop solar installation target of 2,000 MW. The grid support charges were fees paid to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MESDCL) as infrastructure costs of the grid.

March 27, 2020

  1. Top three leading solar countries collectively add 51GW solar installationin 2019

The leading three solar markets – China, USA, and India have collectively added 51 GW of solar electricity with China contributing 30.1 GW, USA contributing 13.3 GW, and India contributing 7.3 GW. USA claimed that the new additions have helped them achieve 40% of its total generation capacity via solar electricity. They further claim that the numbers are expected to rise to 47% with 20 GW solar installation planned by the end of 2020.  Similarly, India’s 7.3 GW solar installationhas brought the country’s solar capacity total to 35.7 GW of which 88% came from large-scale solar projects and only 12% came from rooftop solar installation.

March 21, 2020

  1. Kerala approved to set up 50 MW rooftop solar installation

Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) gets approval from the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) to install 50 MW rooftop solar PV systems. The move comes after MNRE has issued incentives to DISCOMs for successfully installing more than 18 MW rooftop solar installation. Also, the components of the Phase II program initiated by the MNRE states that DISCOMs will be provided Central Financial Assistance (CFA) on setting more than 4 GW rooftop solar installation.

March 13, 2020

  1. Anantapur plans to install 3 mega solar parks

Three mega solar parks are planned to be set up in three manuals namely Mudigubba, Tadipatri, and Obuladevacheruvu. With 1 MW solar power park under construction, the district collector has claimed that they are actively seeking to identify potential non-agricultural land to set up solar power parks that could generate a total of 9 MW of solar electricity.

The project is estimated to cost approximately Rs. 50,000 crore and an estimated 58,328 acres of land will be required to shape this project. The breakdown of the projects is

  • 9,559 acre in Mudigubbafor 1,911 MW solar power plant.
  • 2,589 acre in Tadipatri for 518 MW solar power plant.
  • 46,180 acre among 13 villages in Nallamada Mandal for 5,000 MW solar power plants.
  • 9236 MW power will be produced by private players among three special economic zones.

Till now, 2000 acre non-agricultural land has been identified in Chilamattur, Lepakshi, and Penukondamandals.

February 24, 2020

New Rundown, New Solar Energy Information!!
TSRTC saves big on 5MW solar installation.
Looking to cut down on electricity costs, the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) made the switch to renewables by installing approximately 5 MW of solar PV systems. The TSRTC has estimated to save around 3.9 Cr per annum since making the switch.
Upon installing solar, the officials have stated to pay Rs. 4.80 per kWh of consumption which has made the difference. According to TSRTC, they have set up 95 depots with rooftop solar installation on top of bus depots like Mahatma Gandhi, Jubilee, Kukatpally, Kacheguda and many more. The 5MW solar pv system is estimated to generate around 65 lakh to 75 lakh kWh per annum.

February 10, 2020

Following up on our previous rundown. Here is a quick recap to what happened this week.

  • Indian railways commits to generate 1000 MW by the coming year and 5GW by 2030
    Post the 2020 budget, Indian railways highlighted their vision of installing ground mounted solar on railway occupied land alongside railways tracks. The Indian railways have targeted to generate 1000 MW by 2021.
    This vision was stressed upon to reduce railway costs in the future and become self-sufficient by 2030. Also, with the availability of 50,000 hectare land pool, Indian railways have the potential to generate 10 GW of solar electricity.

January 30, 2020

Introducing our new section called the “Weekly Rundown”. Thisnew section is to share trending solar information.

  1. India ranks first among 104 emerging markets in clean energy investment.

A recent survey conducted by BloombergNEF evaluated the ability of emerging markets to attract and ease investment process for solar power, wind, hydro, biomass and other clean energy sources while working towards a sustainable economy. The study shows India holding the largest and most competitive auctions for renewable energy power-delivery contracts. It resulted in India procuring nearly equivalent to 19GW in 2018 alone.

Followed by India, countries like Chile, Brazil, China, and Kenya are listed among the top five countries. India has progressed from second in 2018 to first because of their aggressive policy framework and solar capacity expansion.

December 3, 2019

Depreciating solar prices

Once considered to be expensive to install globally, India is now encouraging ground-mounted and rooftop solar installation by slashing prices for individuals to switch to solar. Between the years 2010 and 2018, solar installation costs in India have dropped by 80%. With deflating prices, many industrial manufacturing companies have understood that it is cheaper to buy solar than to buy grid electricity generated through coal. In this article, we will analyze the factors involved in the depreciating costs of Solar PV Systems.

November 21, 2019

solar energy to fight climate change

We all know that climate change is real and is getting worse every year. With weather conditions getting irregular and extreme every year, climate change is more evident than ever. Understanding the seriousness of the issue, the majority of the population has now come forward to create an impact and act against global warming and climate change. Many individuals, government bodies, and organizations have come forward to develop a sustainable future by either supporting a cause or initiating sustainability projects. However, with more than ten environmental hazards happening every year, we need to work on developing a sustainable future faster than ever. With advanced technology and resources, various alternatives and measures are available to reduce the impacts of climate change.