Renewable Energy – General

India – Renewable energy installation at a five-year low in 2020

According to Bridge to India, solar capacity in India dropped from 5,013 MW in 2019 to 2620 MW whereas for Wind, the capacity dropped from 1,879 MW in 2019 to 1,309MW in 2020. The rooftop solar capacity addition in 2020 was 979MW which was 36% below installations in 2019. The reasons for the drop in …

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India’s “Solar-Powered revolution” – IEA Report 2021

Solar will match coal power generation by 2040. That is the main projection of the “India Energy Outlook 2021” by International Energy Agency(IEA). Other highlights include India could experience “the largest increase in energy demand of any country worldwide” within the next 20 years Currently coal accounts for over 70% of overall generation but only …

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Time to open up coal sector long gone – Opinion

Years ago, there used to be two arguments weighing against the use of renewable power. One, it was expensive. The lowest offer in the country’s first solar auctions, in 2011, was ₹7.95 — described then as a “sub-8 surprise”. The story since then is too well known to merit recounting here. Suffice to say, that wind …

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Draft Electricity Act (Amendment) Bill 2020 – Perspectives

The Ministry of Power had published the Draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 for comments on April 17, 2020. This post aims to collate the opinions on the topic by experts to understand the implications of the proposed changes. Council on Energy, Environment and Water has a blog series analyzing the various aspects of the proposed amendments. …

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Solar crosses 20 GW; Contributes to more than 75% of all new renewable energy installations in 2017-18

As per the data published by MNRE, Solar installations in the country crossed 20 GW. The total grid connected solar installations stood at 20.6 GW whereas the rooftop capacity crossed the 1 GW mark and stood at 1.063 GW as of 31 March 2018. Almost 10 GW of solar capacity was added during 2017-18, which …

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Budget 2014-15 : What is in it for the Renewable Energy sector? – An Analysis

By now, most of you would have read about the announcements related to the renewable energy sector made in the budget. While the headlines like “Rs. 1,000 Crores for solar projects” sound impressive, what is the real impact of these incentives? Here is a look at some of the incentives announced, and what they mean. …

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REC Trading November 2013 – Solar REC trade drops; Non-Solar REC trade doubles

In the REC trading for the month of November 2013, the trade volume of non-solar doubled from the previous month and touched an all time high this year.However, Solar REC sales dropped by 22% from October 2013. Both non-solar and solar RECs were traded at their floor prices(Rs. 1500/REC and Rs. 9300/REC respectively) in both …

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Budget 2013 : Some good news for the renewable energy sector

The budget proposals being announced today are matter of some joy to those involved in the renewable energy sector. The announced proposals breathes some much needed life into the wind energy sector which had lost steam due to the lack of clarity on the available incentives. There was also some good news for the solar …

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Rooftop PV – A revolution brewing in India?

After being in the shadows of large ground mounted systems during the first 3 years of the JNNSM, rooftop PV has started capturing the attention of policy makers across the country. With the announcement of Generation Based Incentives(GBI) by Tamil Nadu for residential rooftop PV systems, the real “mainstreaming”of PV is happening. It is not …

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Empowering Rural India using Solar and other Renewables – 28 Case studies

It is a well known fact that about 400 million people in India do not have access to electricity and about 625 million people use biomass as cooking fuel. Kerosene is also used in enormous quantities for cooking and lighting. The impact of these fuels is quite well documented – the smoke they produce cause …

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