Solar Power is a life saver in Chhattisgarh – Survey

The solar energy revolution may be all about saving the environment, but for the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, it’s impact is more immediate, and life-saving. According to a first-of-its-kind study conducted on primary health centers in the state, PHCs with solar backup admitted 50% more patients and conducted almost twice the number of child deliveries […]

Tata Power renewable generation up four times last year

Tata Power said it generated more four times as much power from renewable sources like solar and wind in the financial year ended March, compared to the year before. This was achieved partly due to an acquisition. During the year, its renewable arm Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited completed the acquisition of WREPL which had […]

India achieves only 14% of rooftop solar power target

Even as India more or less sticks to the target on adding large solar farms under its ambitious Solar Mission project, the other leg of the plan — rooftop solar — remains woefully behind target. Under the solar mission, India is supposed to have put in 5,000 megawatt of solar plants on the roofs of […]

SLOW START: India adds 8.3% of 2017 target solar capacity in three months

India added only 827 megawatt of solar power generation capacity in the first three months of the current financial year, indicating a slow start to the yearly program. The addition of the first three months represents only 8.27% of the 10,000 megawatt that it is supposed to come online this year. According to India’s ambitious […]

IREDA to sell 14 cr shares in IPO to help meet India’s renewable targets

The central government has okayed the listing of India’s premier renewable energy agency, IREDA, via an initial public offer. The move will help the non-banking finance company “increase its equity base which will help them raise more debt resources for funding renewable energy projects,” the government said. IREDA supports the non-traditional energy sector by giving […]

India to add 34.5 GW of hydroelectric capacity in 10 years

India will set a target of adding 34.5 GW of hydro-power generation capacity in the next ten years, according to power ministry sources. “The target for the 13th plan has been set at 13.31 GW and that for the 14th plan will be 21.15 GW,” said a power ministry official. This will take India’s total […]

Can’t block imports of cheap chinese solar panels – Nirmala Seetharaman

The government of India said it cannot seek to slow down imports of solar power generation equipment from China as it has to watch out for the interests of Indian consumers as much as those of Indian industrialists. Responding to questions from the opposition in Lok Sabha on why India was not taking action to help the […]

Chhattisgarh leads as India uses solar to take power to villages

The central Indian state of Chhattisgarh has come out as a leader in India’s quest to take electricity to remote villages where grid-based power cannot be supplied due to economical reasons. The state accounts for 550 of the 852 ‘decentralized distributed generation’ schemes set up with central assistance so far, according to data sourced from […]

At 4.5¢ per unit, solar achieves grid parity in India with coal power

About a week ago, India witnessed an event that environmentalists in India, and perhaps many across the world, have been waiting for — the achievement of grid parity between solar and coal in India. India depends on coal for meeting about 75% of its power needs. The country accounts for about 7% of the world’s […]

India may miss national solar mission target for 2016-17

After having met its solar power installation target for last financial year with relative ease, India could end up missing its target for the year ending March 2017. India had around 6 GW of installed solar power generation capacity at the end of March 2016, and by this year, it was supposed to rise to […]

Mumbai’s Viviana Mall installs India’s largest rooftop solar plant

Viviana Mall in Mumbai has installed one of the largest single-site solar plants in India. The mall, located in Thane, has constructed a 900,000 volt-ampere rooftop solar power plant, which the company said was the biggest in India. 900,000 volt-ampere refers to the peak capacity of the power plant. It implies that at full power […]

Adani Group commissions India’s largest tracker solar plant

Infrastructure company Adani Enterprises Ltd said it commissioned India’s largest tracker-based solar power plant at Bhatinda in Punjab. The 100 megawatt plant is also the largest solar project in Punjab. Tracker plants are those with motorized panels that keep tracking the sun as it moves across the sky. Compared to fixed panels, tracking panels generate 30-35% […]

ABB to install 600 KW solar energy in its Vadodara facility

ABB, a power and automation technology company, today said it will install a 600 KW fully integrated and standardized microgrid solar energy at its Vadodara facility in Gujarat to help boost renewable energy generation while reducing dependency on fossil fuel. This microgrid with a rooftop photo voltaic field at the company’s biggest manufacturing location in […]

Wonderla Hyderabad waterpark installs 500 kW solar plant

Wonderla amusement park had set up a solar plant with an installed capacity of 500kW at it´s newly opened unit in Hyderabad. The installed solar plant will generate 2000 units of power daily and it is expected cater to 25 percent of Wonderla’s daily power requirement. The capacity can be enhanced to 1000kW. By this […]

Jain Irrigation unit to supply €18.7 mn solar-powered irrigation system to Eritrea

NaanDanJain Irrigation Ltd., a producer and provider of tailor-made irrigation solutions company, said it entered into an agreement worth 18.7 million Euros with Ministry of Agriculture and National Development, Eritrea, for the supply and installation of solar-powered drip irrigation systems. NaanDanJain irrigation Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jain irrigation and is head quartered […]

ABB India doubles solar inverter manufacturing capacity in Bengaluru

ABB India, a power and automation technology company, inaugurated a new solar inverter manufacturing facility at Nelamanagala in Bengaluru, said the company. The facility is set to double the solar inverter manufacturing capacity of the company to 2GW in a span of five months, added the company. ABB inverters manufactured at  Nelamanagala help power 40% of […]

India’s National Solar Mission gets off to a jump start, to exceed target this year

India is set to nearly double its solar power generation capacity in the ongoing financial year and comfortably exceed its target of adding 1.8 GW of extra capacity during the year. According to numbers obtained from various government sources, the country is all set to end the current financial year with a total solar power generation capacity of about […]