Solar Power

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bengal's tea companies to instal solar plants in estates

KOLKATA: Tea companies including Goodricke and McLeod Russel are gearing up to set up solar plants in the unused land in their estates as West Bengal has joined the list of states that have done away with the 5% value-added tax on solar photovoltaic cells and other solar equipment. The removal of VAT is expected to bring down the cost of solar generation on a par with that of thermal power generation or even less. Goodricke Group's managing director and chief executive AN Singh said the company...

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...

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...

India Needs to Make Silicon for Solar Power: Expert

India has set an ambitious target of generating 100,000MW of solar energy by 2022 but does not have the technology to process sand into silicon, forcing its import in huge quantities, a top scientist said."As silicon is not produced in the country, we are totally import-dependent for it. Though we have plenty of sand as raw material, we don't have the technology to process it into silicon wafers for solar cells or panels," former Atomic Energy Commission chairman Srikumar Banerjee told IANS in a...

KSA Signs for Middle East's Largest Solar Energy Factory

On Tuesday, The Royal Commission signed a contract with the Saudi group Al-Afandi Solar,in Yanbu West Saudi Arabia , for founding the largest ,across the Middle East, commercial complementary factory responsible for silicon panels and Solar cells manufacture in Saudi Arabia. The contract was signed with Dr. Alaa Nassif, Chief Executive of the Royal Commission in Yanbu, and Board Director of Al-Afandi Solar group, Mr. Ibrahim Al-Afandi. Moreover, the factory is expected to fill in a substantial ...

India, Russia Sign Agreement For Solar Power Development

India, Russia Sign Agreement For Solar Power Development January 5th, 2016 by Saurabh Mahapatra  Russia has become the latest company to join hands with India to help the latter achieve its massive solar power targets. The Solar Energy Corporation of India SECI and Russian Energy Agency REA have recently signed a memorandum of understanding MoU to set up large scale solar photovoltaic PV projects in India between 2016 to 2022. Under the terms of the agreement, initially a 500 MW pilot sol...