Monthly Archives: April 2019

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World Bank Provides Over $200 Million to Help Increase Access to Electricity in West Africa and the Sahel Region

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2019— The Board of the World Bank Group approved on April 17, 2019 the Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP), which includes $150 million in the form of credit and grant from the International Development Association (IDA)* and $74.7 million contingent recovery grant from the Clean Technology Fund to help the West African [...]

2019-04-26T05:50:32+00:00April 26th, 2019|News|Comments Off on World Bank Provides Over $200 Million to Help Increase Access to Electricity in West Africa and the Sahel Region

Soon, a solar-powered device will bring online entertainment, education to villages

Soon consumers in rural India will be able to access TV and online educational material using a solar-powered device. Chicago-based Veriown Global has developed an internet-connected solar energy platform that will be launched on a pilot-basis in villages in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The system includes a rooftop solar panel that will power the device, [...]

2019-04-26T01:30:16+00:00April 26th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Soon, a solar-powered device will bring online entertainment, education to villages

GIP in talks to buy RattanIndia solar power assets for $300 mn

“Due diligence of solar assets by Global Infrastructure Partners(GIP) is over and currently the documentation work is on. The deal is expected to be closed in a month,” said one of the persons cited above.  Mumbai: Leading infrastructure investor Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) is in advanced negotiations to buy the solar portfolio of RattanIndia Power [...]

2019-04-26T01:24:01+00:00April 26th, 2019|News|Comments Off on GIP in talks to buy RattanIndia solar power assets for $300 mn

Caffeine gives solar cells an energy boost

Scientists have discovered that caffeine can help make a promising alternative to traditional solar cells more efficient at converting light to electricity. Their research may enable this cost-effective renewable energy technology to compete on the market with silicon solar cells. This image shows the solar cells the researchers enhanced with caffeine. Credit: Rui Wang and [...]

2019-04-26T01:09:00+00:00April 26th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Caffeine gives solar cells an energy boost

Proposals invited for joint Indo-Swedish R&D on renewables, energy storage

The Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, and the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova) have created funding mechanisms through which companies may seek support for joint R&D projects. The projects should aim to develop renewable, energy storage and waste management technologies that can be commercialized over two years through joint [...]

2019-04-26T00:59:23+00:00April 26th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Proposals invited for joint Indo-Swedish R&D on renewables, energy storage

Bihar Offers High Diesel Subsidy to Farmers after delay in Launch of Solar Irrigation Pump Scheme

The delay in the launch of solar irrigation pump scheme that the Central Government had announced in its previous Budget has left States like Bihar with no alternative but to raise diesel subsidy offered to the farmers. Nitish Kumar led Bihar government had received around 23 lakh applications for diesel subsidy from the farmers in [...]

2019-04-26T00:45:40+00:00April 26th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Bihar Offers High Diesel Subsidy to Farmers after delay in Launch of Solar Irrigation Pump Scheme

Canadian Solar sells 80% of 482 MW portfolio in Brazil to Qatar’s Nebras

There are four PV projects and all the facilities will use bifacial panels provided by the Brazilian factory of the Chinese-Canadian manufacturer.   Chinese-Canadian module maker Canadian Solar has sold an 80% stake in four of its PV projects in Brazil to Nebras Power Investment Management BV, the Dutch subsidiary of Qatari company Nebras QPSC. [...]

2019-04-25T10:37:00+00:00April 25th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Canadian Solar sells 80% of 482 MW portfolio in Brazil to Qatar’s Nebras

Now, place power-related plaints at sub-stations instead of discom headquarters

The state ministry of power has made the provision for people to lodge electricity-related complaints at a sub-station level. Earlier, monitoring of public grievances and implementation of government orders would take place at headquarters of the distribution companies (discoms) or Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL). According to a senior official of the ministry of [...]

2019-04-25T09:25:57+00:00April 25th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Now, place power-related plaints at sub-stations instead of discom headquarters

Power to the kitchen: Govt to promote electricity as cooking fuel

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has requested the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) to divert a part of the cooking gas and kerosene subsidy (around Rs 25,000 crore/year) towards solar photovoltaic (PV) cooking.  After the completion of 100% household electrification through the Saubhagya scheme, the government is now exploring ways [...]

2019-04-25T03:02:45+00:00April 25th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Power to the kitchen: Govt to promote electricity as cooking fuel

Tesla solar installations slide 36 percent in first quarter

April 24 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc on Wednesday reported a 36 percent slide in solar installations and said it had implemented a new selling strategy months after ending a partnership to sell the rooftop systems in busy Home Depot stores. In its first-quarter investor letter, Tesla said solar deployments were 47 megawatts during the period, [...]

2019-04-25T02:52:52+00:00April 25th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Tesla solar installations slide 36 percent in first quarter
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