Monthly Archives: August 2013

Poor Chinese power imports: Consumers to bear the brunt

Poor quality of Chinese equipment imports to add to power production woes For years, Indian power equipment manufacturers have been complaining to the government over cheap imports from other countries, especially China. On their part, government did bring in some measures to protect … Continue reading

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Uttarakhand comes up with innovative rooftop solar policy – Rs. 9.2 per KWhr injected into the grid is quite attractive

With power demand growing 10-15 percent annually, and the hydropower sector taking a beating in Uttarakhand, the government has come out with a new policy to harness solar energy using unutilised space on rooftops and wasteland around buildings. “Uttarakhand has … Continue reading

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German Utilities Hammered in Market Favoring Renewable Energy

Natgrp: Indian Discoms will follow once Solar gains significant traction and fear renewables for the right reasons. Lets endeavour to make Solar a reality everywhere Dusseldorf, Germany — Germany, Europe’s biggest electricity market, is beating up its traditional utilities. RWE AG and … Continue reading

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Fueled vs Electric Cars: The Great Race Begins

The amazing success of the Tesla model S proves that electric cars may have a chance of replacing liquid fueled vehicles in the long run. Skeptics point out that most of our electric power today comes from coal, which is … Continue reading

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First Solar Won the Race; The Environment Lost – First Solar Panel recycling now the system owner’s responsibility. It cost the DOE at the very least $0.20/watt to encapsulate the modules in concrete for Abound Solar

In 2011, I wrote about the CdTe Horse Race in which the three US companies making cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) modules, First Solar (FSLR), Abound Solar and General Electric (GE Solar, stock ticker GE) jostled for position.  Abound and GE were challenging … Continue reading

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Water + Sunshine = Biofuel as Lab in California Chases Dream

It sounds like magic, far-out fiction, a California dream. Yet earnest scientists are hard at work on a new alchemy: brewing fuel for cars — synthetic gasoline — from little more than water and sunshine. Mimicking the way plants turn … Continue reading

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First floating solar power station in India

A floating solar power station is due to be tested in Kolkata, India. An expert team is currently working on the prototype which is funded by the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The project is scheduled to be … Continue reading

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Global microinverter market to quadruple by 2017

Sales of microinverters will increase by a factor of four in the next four years in view of growing demand in foreign markets, according to a new report by market research firm IHS. Commercial systems are expected to account for … Continue reading

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Technology not materials to drive down Chinese solar costs: GTM

  The falling cost of PV manufacturing 2013-2017. Image: GTM Research. Improving technology not the falling cost of materials will be the dominant factor in the ongoing fall in costs of Chinese module manufacturers, according to a report by GTM … Continue reading

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Karnataka Approves 135 MW of Solar Farms with Bids from Rs. 5.51 per KWh to Rs. 8.05 per KWh

Opening of Financial Bids of 130 MWs Solar RFP on 19th August 2013 Capacity to be allotted (MW) 130 Technology SPV KERC  approved Tariff for SPV (Rs./Unit) 14.50 Results of Financial bid Sl.No Name Capacity (MW) Proposed Capacity  for allotment(Mw) … Continue reading

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