Monthly Archives: March 2012

Despite protests, CM Jayalalitha now pushing the nuclear project, the Kudankulam plant is to be commissioned in 2 months

Source: DNA The GW Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu being built with Russian assistance will be commissioned in the next two months. Also being commissioned is the second nuclear reactor, that would produce another GW of electricity, within … Continue reading

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Commissioning Status of Solar PV Projects under Batch – I, Phase – I of JNNSM

Source: MNRE Under the Rooftop PV and Small Solar Power Generation Programme (RPSSGP) to date only 37.8 MWp has been installed while the remainder of the total 98.05 MWp is yet to be commissioned. Click here for the detailed names and status … Continue reading

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Class action lawsuit filed in US District Court against First Solar

While we had initially covered the unsuitability of First Solar for Hot Climates and then a reply by their PR Director, more heartache was in store for the company A class action lawsuit was filed against First Solar by Pomerantz … Continue reading

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Lanco Group granted incorrect commissioning certificates for seven solar power plants as part of JNNSM Phase 1 Batch 1

In a major scam, seven associates of the Lanco Group, an infrastructure company owned by Congress MP Rajagopal Lagadapati, were granted commissioning certificates in January by a Rajasthan government body for seven 5 MW solar power plants each in Askandra village, Jaisalmer, … Continue reading

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Bank guarantees of Lanco, Amrit Engineering and others encashed

Source: Business Line With companies missing deadline for the National Solar Mission, NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) has encashed bank guarantees of 14 project developers including Lanco, Aftab Solar, Amrit Engineering and Alex Solar. Of the 14 projects, Lanco is … Continue reading

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CERC issues tariff guidelines for Biomass as well as other renewable energy forms

The Hindu Business Line CHENNAI, FEB. 13: The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued the norms for determining tariffs of electricity generated from various renewable energy sources. These norms apply for the five-year-period beginning 2012-13. SOLAR ENERGY An interesting … Continue reading

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Gujarat Phase III Solar Policy to be announced at the Indian Solar Summit 2012, Gandhinagar on 19-20 April 2012

The worlds largest ‘multi-developer’ solar park is situated in Charanka, in Northern Gujarat and will be officially inaugurated by Gujarat Chief Minister, Sri Narendra Modi on 19th April 2012. Members of our groups are being offered a mega discount of … Continue reading

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First Solar PR Director explains further on hot climate issues, in reply to our post

In reply to our earlier post, Brandon Mitchener, director of public relations at First Solar said, this report was based on a misreading of what First Solar said and the Hindu Business Line is (belatedly) in the process of correcting it. … Continue reading

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Renewable energy, grid parity – myth today or tomorrow’s reality!

Ritesh Pothan provides an exhaustive analysis of the cost of renewable energy and the path towards grid parity. “There is a tremendous amount of benefit that renewable energy can provide to a nation already bogged down by increasing inflation and … Continue reading

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First Solar admits to unsuitability of its products to hot climates

The Hindu Business Line – M Ramesh American company First Solar, major supplier of cadmium telluride-based thin-film photo-voltaic modules to India, has admitted that its products are not suitable for hot climates. Reliance Power is a major customer of First Solar. … Continue reading

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