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Azure Power commissions 30 MW solar power plant in Durg

NEW DELHI: Azure Power today said it has commissioned the first large scale solar power plant of 30 MW capacity in Durg, Chhattisgarh. Azure, an independent solar power producer, had won the project under the Chhasttisgarh Solar Policy 2012-2017 to supply power to Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited CPDCL , for 25 years. "Spread across 150 acres of land, the power plant installation in Chhattisgarh completed in three phases of 10 MW each. The first phase was completed in the ...

Canadian Solar Announces Partnership in 200 Megawatt

GUELPH, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. the "Company", or "Canadian Solar" NASDAQ: CSIQ , one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, one of North America's largest solar project developers, signed an agreement with Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company NYSE: SO . Southern Power will acquire a controlling interest in the 200-megawatt MW Tranquillity Solar Power Project in Calif...

Fossil Fuels Losing Cost Advantage Over Solar, Wind, IEA Says

The cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind has dropped significantly over the past five years, narrowing the gap with power generated from fossil fuels and nuclear reactors, according to the International Energy Agency.The costs of renewable technologies -- in particular solar photovoltaic -- have declined significantly over the past five years, the Paris-based IEA said in a report called Projected Costs of Generating Electricity. These technologies are ...

Solar Sunflower harnesses power of 5000 suns

The latest in solar power comes to us from Swiss inventors working for Airlight Energy, Dsolar a subsidiary of Airlight , and IBM Research in Zurich, reports Ars Technica. It's called the Solar Sunflower, and like its namesake, it tracks the sun and cools itself by pumping water through its veins like a plant.Aside from its aesthetically-pleasing design, the Solar Sunflower also makes use of some innovative technology. It uses something called HCPVT Highly Efficient Concentrated PhotoVoltaic/The...

Start-up Infratech's floating solar rafts hold promise for Australia's

An Australian start-up is helping rural communities get off the grid using floating solar rafts that sit atop water reservoirs.Infratech Industries, based in Jamestown, South Australia, is home to a 300-kilogram floating solar array, which it claims generates 57 per cent more energy than rooftop solar and can deliver consumers 10-15 per cent saving on black energy.With four more arrays in the pipeline, a United States subsidiary, and plans to expand to Europe and Indonesia, the company want...

Finance Ministry pledges to reform solar energy sector

Following a meeting with representatives of Greenpeace Israel, Finance Ministry officials pledged on Sunday to reevaluate certain barriers blocking the solar energy industry’s advancement.Finance Ministry director- general Shai Babad held the meeting with Greenpeace representatives, who presented reforms they felt could revolutionize the field and generate profits to private citizens, a joint statement from the ministry and the organization said. After the meeting, officials declared thei...

DMRC awarded for harnessing solar power in stations, depots

NEW DELHI: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has bagged the top spot for highest capacity installation of solar power plants in stations and depots across its vast network. Union Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal handed over the award to officials of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation DMRC at a ceremony held in Bengaluru on the first foundation day of Association of Renewable Energy Agencies of States AREAS on 27 August. AREAS is an initiative of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy MNRE in consulta...

Largest Solar PV Manufacturing Facility In Brazil To Date Inaugurated

Largest Solar PV Manufacturing Facility In Brazil To Date Inaugurated August 31st, 2015 by James Ayre  The 180-megawatt solar photovoltaic PV manufacturing facility in Valinhos, So Paulo — now the largest such facility in the whole of Brazil — was recently inaugurated in a service put on by Globo Brazil. With the completion of the quite large PV manufacturing facility, the country’s domestic solar PV project market should get a boost. With more locally made solar PV p...

Assaad W Razzouk :Why Cutting Solar Subsidies Will Speed Up the

The UK government has just announced that people will get close to 90% less money than before for installing solar panels on their homes.Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are in despair. But for a maturing UK solar power industry, the proposed cuts are a blessing in disguise - and, if implemented, will end up meaning more and cheaper solar panels across the UK. Just look at Germany. There, solar subsidies have been cut significantly over the last few years, but the solar industry kept on grow...

Solar power solves crisis in holy month

DEOGHAR: The temple town of Deoghar has reduced usage of coal-based power and resorted to solar energy to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply to Baba Baidyanath Dham and its adjacent areas, especially during the month-long celebrations in the holy month of shravan. The district administration, to tide over power crisis in the festive time, commissioned solar power plants in the vicinity of the town in 2012. "Electricity supply was infrequent during shravani mela. At night, when the roads w...