Another 500 MW Solar Power Tender Floated In India

Another 500 MW Solar Power Tender Floated In India January 7th, 2016 by Saurabh Mahapatra  The Solar Energy Corporation of India is moving ahead with another solar power tender as it looks to achieve the highly ambitious targets set by the government of India. The Solar Energy Corporation of India SECI has floated a tender of 500 MW of solar photovoltaic power projects under the National Solar Mission. The tender is part of the Phase II Batch III of the National Solar Mission which pertain...

5 Solar Energy Trends for 2016 in the Residential Market

The U.S. has enough installed solar energy capacity to power 4.6 million homes. Solar energy accounted for 32 percent of total new power generation in 2014, exceeding coal and wind energy but lagging behind natural gas. In just nine years, the installed cost of solar energy has fallen by more than 73 percent setting up the industry for explosive growth.TriplePundit spoke with Vikram Aggarwal, founder and CEO of EnergySage, the so-called “Expedia of solar,” about solar energy trends ...

Eureka! Serbian maths prof creates his home solar power heating

With winter temperatures plummeting across Europe a Serbian maths professor has come up with a novel, not to mention economical, way of heating his house for free - by using empty beer cans to create a solar power heating system.Darko Milicevic has turned the empties into solar panels which look set to save him as much as 500 a year on heating bills, which is almost twice the average salary in Serbia.So far his invention for the beer can solar panels on the roof and radiators has cost the 39-yea...

High-flying solar balloons could produce clean electricity night and

Combining solar photovoltaic PV panels, hydrogen production, and fuel cells, these solar balloons are meant to be deployed above the clouds.A team of researchers at NextPV, a lab jointly operated by the French National Center for Scientific Research and the University of Tokyo, are working toward building a prototype of a unique solar energy solution that could overcome some of the limitations of standard ground-based PV arrays.Solar has a lot of potential for being a major part of our renewable...

Stable Perovskite Cell Boosts Solar Power

By adding cesium to a kind of crystal known as a perovskite, researchers say they can create tandem solar cells that may be much better at converting light to electricity than conventional solar cells while also being far more stable than previous comparable tandem cells. Photovoltaic cells based on silicon currently make up about 90 percent of the global photovoltaic market. However, the rate at which the power conversion efficiency of silicon photovoltaics has improved has slowed dramatically,...

Solar power firms racing against time

With the deadline for the expiry of the control period fast approaching, solar power companies that have signed power purchase agreements with the Tamil Nadu government are racing against time to finish their projects.The rains in November and December across the State either slowed down or completely halted operations at the construction sites, the companies claim. But the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission TNERC has put its foot down and declined any extension of the control period w...

Is this sunny state trying to kill solar power?

Nevada has turned into a sunny battleground for the future of solar in the U.S., with regulators there moving to make solar power less attractive to homeowners and businesses and pitching utilities against solar-power companies. SunRun Inc. RUN, -9.71% on Thursday said it was pulling out of Nevada, which the company said will result in hundreds of job losses. A day earlier, SolarCity Corp. SCTY, -6.24% announced the same move, saying that about 550 jobs would be lost. The Solar Energy Industri...

Sunny Nevada is killing the solar industry in the state with new net

To drive out solar power companies out of sunny Nevada, you have to do something pretty bad. This is exactly what happened while most of us weren't paying attention, enjoying the holidays or stressing out, depending... . The Nevada Public Utility Commission PUC changed its rules surrounding net metering and increased fees charged to the owners of solar systems who said the sun was free? :"The base service charge is rising from $12.75 to $17.90 per month [a 40% increase] for southern Nevada solar...

Bypass electricity grid: As costs plunge, consumers go solar

by Amit BhandariThe price of solar energy has fallen by half over two years, with prices dropping from Rs 10-12 per unit to Rs 4.63 per unit in 2015, the price at which Sun Edison, a US company, offered to supply electricity in Andhra Pradesh recently, closely followed by another project.At these levels, solar power is competitive with newly-built thermal, hydro and nuclear power plants, although it still faces issues of being available mainly when the sun shines. Nevertheless, these rates are e...