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Pradeep Randhawa (Tony) is a Founder of Solar Association and proudly serves as the organizations first Executive Director. I create this NGO to make solar power as a revolution.

REC takeover: PFC to draw Rs 10K crore from own reserves; lending to power projects to be hit

  Contrary to an earlier plan to fund its acquisition of the Centre’s 52.63% stake in Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) mainly through borrowings, state-run Power Finance Corporation (PFC) will likely draw Rs 10,000 crore from its ‘reserves and surplus’ to carry out the Rs 14,000-crore purchase. The deal will materialise later this month, making a [...]

2019-02-11T10:35:09+00:00 February 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on REC takeover: PFC to draw Rs 10K crore from own reserves; lending to power projects to be hit

Jaipur UDH prepares draft of amended bylaws for green buildings

  The urban development and housing (UDH) department has prepared a draft of amended model building bylaws to promote green buildings in the state. Following the proposal of Indian Green Building Council, Rajasthan has prepared a draft to provide relaxation in bylaws to motivate more developers to construct green buildings. A senior town planning official [...]

2019-02-11T10:22:55+00:00 February 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Jaipur UDH prepares draft of amended bylaws for green buildings

SECI project winners buying expensive land as state stays reluctant on leasing for central projects

Over the past several months, Gujarat has been giving preference to projects bid out by the state-run discom GUVNL and being reluctant to lease out revenue land to the winners of auctions conducted by central agencies. Bengaluru: Wind developers have begun acquiring more expensive private land in Gujarat for central government projects as the state continues to [...]

2019-02-11T10:21:02+00:00 February 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on SECI project winners buying expensive land as state stays reluctant on leasing for central projects

Editorial: Tesla’s solar operation has Buffalo still waiting for the promised jobs

We worry about Tesla and its Buffalo solar business. Tesla’s survival depends on its new Model 3 electric automobile succeeding. The Model 3 is off to a rocky start, so Tesla has put its solar business on life support to focus cash and attention on the Model 3. Put in the same bind, most business [...]

2019-02-11T07:07:30+00:00 February 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Editorial: Tesla’s solar operation has Buffalo still waiting for the promised jobs

Lucknow gets Rs 500 crore funding for smart roads, solar panels, PNG

The iconic Kaiserbagh crossing will be beautified and solar panels will be installed on rooftops of government buildings in the area. LUCKNOW: With a clear focus on the Centre’s flagship schemes of Smart City and AMRUT, the city will get around Rs 500 crore for civic projects. While Rs 350 crore has been allocated under [...]

2019-02-11T05:22:42+00:00 February 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Lucknow gets Rs 500 crore funding for smart roads, solar panels, PNG

Goa govt notifies solar energy policy

The policy, which was notified on Thursday, came into force with immediate effect. Panaji: The Goa government has notified the Solar Energy Policy to promote unconventional electricity generation in the coastal state.  The policy, which was notified on Thursday, came into force with immediate effect.  As per the policy, the consumer and the producer of [...]

2019-02-11T02:43:50+00:00 February 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Goa govt notifies solar energy policy

Sun Shines over Ladakh: First mega solar power project of region expected to get good response

Response to the tender for the first phase of the region’s mega solar project is expected to be good.  The Centre IS thinking big as far as tapping the solar potential of Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region is concerned. On its agenda is the creation of 23-GW solar capacity in the region, entailing investments of [...]

2019-02-11T01:55:48+00:00 February 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Sun Shines over Ladakh: First mega solar power project of region expected to get good response

Solar industry wary of government’s product localization norms

The concerns come in the wake of cabinet’s nod to 12GW of forthcoming grid-connected solar projects The move by the cabinet will lead to an investment of ₹48,000cr and will support domestic manufacturers  MUMBAI: The solar industry is wary about the government rules regarding use of only locally made products in 12 gigawatts (GW) of forthcoming solar projects as [...]

2019-02-11T01:35:48+00:00 February 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Solar industry wary of government’s product localization norms

With sector in trouble, solar players’ hopes singed in Budget

The energy sector’s reactions to the Interim Budget have been a mixed bag, with solar sector players expressing disappointment that nothing concrete was announced for them at a time when the sector is floundering, and energy storage players welcoming the steps taken to make imports cheaper. Those in the hydrocarbon space welcomed the government’s intent [...]

2019-02-11T01:30:03+00:00 February 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on With sector in trouble, solar players’ hopes singed in Budget

Safeguard Duty Impact: Solar imports from Thailand, Singapore & Vietnam surge

  While the safeguard duty imposed in July last year on solar module imports from China and Malaysia and ‘developed countries’ has put the brakes on shipments from these locations, the imports have since surged from a few other countries, including Vietnam, Singapore, and Thailand. In April-November 2018, imports of solar cells and modules from [...]

2019-02-08T10:08:13+00:00 February 8th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Safeguard Duty Impact: Solar imports from Thailand, Singapore & Vietnam surge
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