- 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.
- India unlikely to meet its 2022 solar target
The standing committee on energy presented the third report on their demands for grant from the MNRE for the financial year 2020-21. The representative said major initiatives and measures need to be taken to make the 2022 renewable target achievable. India is estimated to have a potential of generating 749 GW via solar electricity.
One of the key highlights mentioned was the low budget estimate from previous year to meet the requirements. For now, a total of ₹21.5 billion has been allocated to set up solar PV systems for an additional 9 GW of power. The KUSUM program, which is a government initiative to provide solar water pumps for farmers has allocated ₹3 billion.Talking about the status of the ongoing solar projects, the ministry confirmed that 63.5 GW is still under the pipeline with 24 GW under developmentand 39.5 GW tendered.
Responding towards the slow growth of rooftop solar installation, the Ministry notified that the involvement of multiple stakeholders and the reluctance of DISCOMs to avoid loss are some of the core reasons for the slow progress.
- Kerala is ready to set up 50 MW water solar installation.
The Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEB) has approved the proposal of installing a 50 MW solar projects in Kollam district under the Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Parks (UMREPP) program of the MNRE. Additionally, they have agreed to install 72 MW wind projects in Palakkad district by National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC). This comes after a decision was taken among senior officials from KSEB and NHPC. The NHPC has shared that a detailed project report for 50 MW floatovoltaicshas been prepared of which 10 MW will be developed in the first phase. It is also reported that Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) have also proposed a 22 MW floating solar installation in Kerala.
It is analysed that states that have land shortage for development of large-scale solar installation are opting for water floating solar projects instead.According to sources, Kerala has 90 MW solar PV systems installed with an additional 120 MW under pipeline. Out of the 120 MW, 100 MW consists of floatovoltaics.
- Canadian Solar says to achievesa record breaking 23.81% solar cell efficiency.
As stated in our previous rundown, normal solar panels provide efficiency up to 21%. The new development will pave way for higher efficiency panels to become the new norm.At such a prestigious moment, ABS Renew Power takes pride in claiming to be one of Canadian Solar’s associates in offering customers highly efficient solar panels for homes and businesses.
- 50 MW solar installation coming soon in Leh
After analysing that Leh has the potential to generate 35 GW solar electricity, the Lok Sabha has decided to set up a 50 MW solar project in Leh through Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI). Lehand Kargil have suddenly created a huge potential to generate renewable energy despite the challenging terrains because of their recent connection to the national electricity grid. This struggle for 72 years was made possible by the PowerGrid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) which is state utility.
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