Daily Archives: July 15, 2013

REC July 2013 Amendment brings only minor changes, a major disappointment for Renewable Energy Developers

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Terms and Conditions for recognition and issuance of Renewable Energy Certificate for Renewable Energy Generation) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2013. Click here for the notification Click here for the Statement of Reason Below the Gist of the … Continue reading

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How it works: Solar power towers with integrated storage – the much needed evolution of CSP!

The 110MW Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant, located near the town of Tonopah in the Nevada desert, will be the largest solar tower plant with integrated energy storage facility built to date. But what exactly is it? What does storage … Continue reading

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India Renewables – Good bye winter, hello spring – HSBC report states that Wind is now at grid parity and Solar will follow suit

Wind energy is now cost competitive with new-build coal capacity in India, and solar is likely to follow suit sometime between 2016-18, according to a report by HSBC. The report on India Renewables, Good bye winter, hello spring, published on April … Continue reading

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Thin film CdTe PV breakthrough may cut solar costs by one third to lower than 40 $ cents

A new Silicon Valley developer of thin film solar PV modules, backed by an Australian venture capitalist, has claimed an engineering breakthrough that could cut the manufacturing costs of PV modules by one third. RSI has broken cover after five … Continue reading

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Subsidies hold rooftop solar projects – Lack of funds and no clarity hampering adoption

With the government aggressively promoting installation of rooftop solar systems, the key factor that is driving adoption – subsidies – are running dry, subsequently hampering installations. Several solar power companies say that subsidies promised by the government in the National Solar … Continue reading

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TN’s power utility rated worst among 4 southern states – And thats saying something. Raising debt for the 690 MW allocated will be a tough job for developers.

Tamil Nadu has the worst performing power utility among the four southern states. The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company (Tangedco) has been rated below average in both operations and financial performance among various power utilities in the country as … Continue reading

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