India’s 17GW solar tender plan at mercy of states’ willingness to buy power

Representatives of India’s two largest solar power off-takers, SECI and NTPC have said the central government’s plan to tender 17GW of solar PV before April next year is totally reliant on the willingness of states to buy power.

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Construction imminent on major solar-wind-storage hybrid plant in Queensland

Construction on Australia’s first utility-scale wind, solar and energy storage hybrid project to be connected to the national grid is about to start near Hughenden in northwest Queensland.

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Maoneng signs Australia’s ‘largest’ solar PPA

Developer Maoneng Australia has signed what it claims to be Australia’s largest solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with utility AGL Energy for 300MW of PV projects in New South Wales.

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SMA surpasses 3GW of solar inverter sales in India

Major PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology has sold more than 1GW of solar inverters in India during 2017 and has now exceeded 3GW of cumulative sales in the country.

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Karnataka tenders 860MW of dispersed solar

The Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) has issued a request for proposal (RfP) for 860MW of solar, split between 43 taluks with 20MW in each.

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Indian solar tariffs overdue a major correction

Indian solar tariffs are overdue a major correction and many smaller players are likely to drop out of the sector over the next few years, according to panellists at Intersolar India 2017 in Mumbai.

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Enphase opens India R&D centre, provides inverters to Bangalore solar plant

Solar microinverter supplier Enphase Energy has opened its first R&D centre in Bangalore, India, in order to support its expansion into India’s rapidly growing PV market.

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IFC backs grid-connected distributed generation with CleanMax Solar investment

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has made an equity investment of US$15 million into Indian rooftop solar specialist CleanMax Solar, the financier’s first foray into grid-connected distributed generation.

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India’s new ‘power for all’ scheme launched in Manipur for 175,000 households

The Saubhagya scheme to bring electricity to every household in India was launched in the state of Manipur by the Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy.

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Indian residential solar to pick up rapidly post-2021 with or without Discom help – BNEF

Rooftop PV is the fastest growing renewable energy sub-segment in India, with individual system sizes increasing and the C&I sector maturing, but a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) predicts that India will still only reach 9.5GW out of its 40GW target by 2022.

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‘Comprehensive’ National Energy Plan for India in pipeline – Narendra Modi

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has announced that his government is working on a National Energy Policy.

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