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Covid-19 and dependence on China’s PV supply chain

By : Sustainability ..., Mar 31, 2020

Debate about the world’s dependence on the Chinese solar manufacturing industry has been constant over two decades and particularly intense since the nation’s supremacy was confirmed before the onset of the 2008 global financial crisis. Despite years of trade wars, anti-...

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IIT Bombay group suggests method of detecting early-stage discoloration in EVA encapsulants

By : Sustainability ..., Mar 20, 2020

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, funded by a Ministry of New and Renewable Energy grant, have proposed a new, non-destructive method of detecting early-stage photobleaching and discoloration in EVA encapsulants. Identifying early-stage...

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Solar power equipment manufacturers need interest subvention: Industry body

By : Sustainability ..., Mar 20, 2020

Domestic solar power equipment manufacturers need interest subvention to stay competitive in the market and enjoy level playing field against foreign firms, according to National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI). "Interest subvention will encourage the industry and...

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China's solar power giant LONGi eyeing production base in India

By : Sustainability ..., Mar 2, 2020

LONGi Group, China’s solar power major, is looking at the possibility of setting up a production facility in India for which it has already carried out some preliminary preparations, the company’s director told ETEnergyWorld. At present, the solar technology firm has a branch...

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Gujarat: Last day to apply for solar rooftops is March 15

By : Sustainability ..., Mar 2, 2020

The state government has extended the last date of filing applications for rooftop solar panels till March 15. Earlier, the last date for filing applications was February 28. The government has allocated Rs 912 crore for the year 2020-21 for the solar rooftop project. The...

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India's largest solar tender stuck, firms await greenshoe option nod

By : Sustainability ..., Feb 27, 2020

India’s first and largest tender for setting up solar manufacturing in the country is yet to conclude. Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has yet not finalised the letter of authorisation (LoA) for the greenshoe option in the tender, which allows companies to build...

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A few policy tweaks would boost renewable energy investment, says IEEFA India

By : Sustainability ..., Feb 14, 2020

A number of recent policy positions have undermined growth in India’s renewable energy sector. However, a course correction now can put the country back on track to reach the ambitious “450 GW by 2030” renewable energy target—finds a new report by the Institute for Energy...

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Tamil Nadu: Manufacturers raise concerns over central govt’s announcement on solar pumps

By : Sustainability ..., Feb 12, 2020

Pump manufacturers from the city say they have little to cheer about the announcement in Union Budget that the central government would provide funds to 20 lakh farmers to set up solar pumps. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced in the Union Budget on February 1...

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Govt set to privatise solar products manufacturer CEL, invites bids by March 16

By : Sustainability ..., Feb 11, 2020

The government is set to privatise Central Electronics Ltd, a CPSE under the Department of Science and Technology, by selling its 100 per cent stake with management control and has invited the Expression of Interest for the same by March 16. The selected bidder will be...

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Energy firms cry foul over hike in customs duty on solar equipment

By : Sustainability ..., Feb 3, 2020

Solar power developers in India are crying foul over the government’s move to raise tariffs on imports of green energy equipment such as solar cells and modules in the budget. The step is aimed at driving local manufacturing of such equipment and discouraging low-quality...

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