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INDIA’S OFF-GRID MARKET2021-09-13 03:18:22

India is the world’s largest off-grid solar market in absolute terms, but with the grid now reaching nearly all households, the largest opportunities in the next three to five years will likely involve providing off-grid appliances to the unreliable-grid market.

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‘Green’ Building Rating Systems in India2021-08-29 09:20:05

In India, the Green Building Code is a mix of many of codes and standards contained in the by-laws of the National Building Code, the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) and in the norms set by the ratings programs, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-India (LEED-India), the standards and guidelines put down for the residential sector by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), TERI-GRIHA and other such certifications as well as Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). Basic and general guidelines for efficient energy usage in the National Building Code (NBC) do exist, but they are merely guidelines.

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Vehicle Scrappage Policy2021-08-27 05:58:12

The strategy intends to eliminate obsolete, inefficient and polluting automobiles by establishing an infrastructure for automated vehicle testing after the registration term for the automobile has ended. According to the law, a registration certificate for a passenger vehicle is valid for 15 years from the date of issue, and for a commercial vehicle, it is valid for a period of 10 years. After the 10- or 15-year session gets completed, the scrappage policy will take effect. After that, the vehicle must pass a necessary fitness test. Once a commercial vehicle reaches the age of 8 years, it is required by law to renew its fitness certificate every year. Such cars will be required to pass the test every 2 years for the first 8 years. The policy is expected to increase the use of environmentally friendly automobiles, reduce reliance on imported oil from other countries, and reduce pollution. Scrappage Vehicle Policy is intended to advance in the direction of environmentally friendly vehicles, encouraging green mobility, reducing reliance on importing oil from other countries, and lowering pollution.

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Summary of report on ‘Action Plan for the achievement of 175 Gigawatt (GW) Renewable Energy Target’2021-08-08 02:28:31

The Standing Committee on Energy (SCOE) presented its 17th report on 'Action Plan for the achievement of 175 Gigawatt (GW) Renewable Energy Target', in March 2021, relating to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), to the Parliament. In its report, while displaying its displeasure on the speed with which the Ministry has progressed in this significant area, i.e., Solar Energy of renewable energy during the last ten years, the Committee has suggested that the Ministry should speedily work out a strategic plan to achieve the target of 100 GW solar energy within the deadline of 2022 which is nearing very fast.

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DC solar products- What is driving the increased demand?2021-08-01 09:04:10

India is at a growth curve, largely fuelled by the expansion of domestic manufacturing. The country’s ‘Make in India’ initiative encourages a need for new infrastructure, which requires more electricity. India will add nearly 600 million new electricity consumers by 2040, as per the International Energy Agency (IEA). Considering the increasing population — along with a high policy priority to make power accessible across India — renewable forms of energy offer the best solution.

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Green Tariff in India2021-07-25 09:44:24

India will issue draft guidelines in a fortnight to enable power distribution companies to offer renewable energy to large consumers at a separate green tariff, a weighted average of the utilities’ cost of procurement of green energy, power and renewable energy India is running the world’s largest clean energy programme to achieve 175 gigawatt (GW) of renewable capacity, including 100 GW of solar power by 2022. Union Government is working on a ‘Green Tariff Policy’ with the objective of reinforcing India’s green energy credentials.

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Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) – Will Indian Solar sector grow or fall2021-07-18 09:34:24

On 12th May 2020 the term Atma Nirbhar Bharat or Self-Reliant India was coined by the Hon. Prime Minister Narendra ModiJi following this the PLI scheme was launched to encourage domestic manufacturing, reduce imports and generate employment in India. Under the PLI scheme INR 4500 Crore is allocated to promote manufacturing of high efficiency solar PV modules in India thus, reducing the dependency on import in the Renewable Energy sector. It is to be noted that incentive under this scheme is provided to companies on incremental sales from products manufactured in domestic units.

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GREEN BOND AND ITS POPULARITY2021-07-12 05:51:18

Climate change affects developing countries the most. It requires collaboration from everyone, all the countries to control environmental damages and climate change. Since it affects everyone alike, steps are taken to preserve the environment. In 2008, Strategic Framework for Development and Climate Change was launched by the World Bank to ensure cooperation from public and private sectors to work towards combating climate change. 

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BOT Model for Solar Rooftop Projects in Housing Society2021-07-04 09:22:03

Most of the housing societies aim to switch to solar energy which is a renewable source as well as an economical solution in the long run. The prospect of uninterrupted power at a considerably lower rate is attractive. However, there a few factors that stop housing societies from installing rooftop solar panels. A few of them are listed below:

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Solar Powered Charging Stations

2021-06-27 09:42:51

The combination of solar energy and electric vehicle (EV) charging is the key in drastically reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Electricity comes from a variety of sources and it’s crucial that electric vehicles will be powered by renewables. Electric vehicles are becoming immensely popular and coming years we expect nearly anyone who owns a solar energy system will install a solar charging station at its home. For this to happen we’ll need a fundamental change in how we think about refuelling our vehicles and a natural evolution of our energy infrastructure

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Why is open access quickly gaining momentum in India?2021-06-20 04:36:47

Most corporates today strive to source as much of their power as possible from renewable sources, particularly because of global commitments like RE100 gaining traction. While rooftop or onsite solar is a great way to get started, many of our clients don’t have sufficient space within their facilities to install a solar power plant to supply the bulk of their energy requirements.

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Power Trading Platforms, Renewable Purchase Obligations and various Trading Mechanisms2021-06-13 09:18:30

India has set a target of 175 GW of renewable power by 2022, which would be raised to 450 GW by 2030. To meet this target, it is imperative to meet the challenges such as the need for a stronger electricity grid while maintaining a perfect balance of demand and supply. Long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) are replaced by the medium-term, short-term, day ahead, intraday, and real-time markets where the day is divided into 96-time-blocks of 15-minutes each. Efforts are underway to fine-tune the blocks to five minutes, as the measure ensures a higher accuracy of predictability.

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O&M practices for solar rooftop plant2021-06-06 06:09:49

O&M practices for solar rooftop plant “A building with good operation and maintenance that is poorly designed will outperform a well-designed building with poor operation and maintenance.” As any other thing, operation and maintenance of solar rooftop modules is necessary.  Although a rooftop solar module is a long-lived asset and requires less maintenance, still it is not like “set and forget”.  Operation and Maintenance is necessary for improving performance after a certain time period.

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Importance of Cybersecurity of Grid Connected PV Inverters2021-05-30 07:31:02

Importance of Cybersecurity of Grid Connected PV Inverters Smart Inverters (SIs) are becoming more popular with their ability to support voltage and frequency in a grid. This helps overcome the natural limitation of renewable energy deployments. More companies are looking at using SIs in their networks and closely study their impacts of these devices on the power system operation. Carefully controlled test environments show that necessary auxiliary support can be received from SIs. However, these modes actively inject power into the grid and may cause unknown problems. Especially if a hacker compromises the SI control block, these problems may have disastrous consequences. With the integration of Information Technologies (IT) and automation in power systems, cybersecurity has become a real threat and a concern. Most of the cybersecurity research focuses on large-scale power plants that are connected at transmission level. 

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ISKCON’s Govardhan Eco Village- Sustainable village2021-05-23 07:31:00

Govardhan Eco Village is a farm community and retreat centre spread over a scenic landscape of 100 acres at Galtare in Wada taluka. Since its inception in 2003, the village has made steady progress in organic farming, cow protection, rural education, rural development, alternative energy, eco-friendly constructions and sustainable living Govardhan School of Sustainability (GSOS) is an education initiative based in Govardhan Ecovillage (GEV), an eco-community located around 90 kms from Mumbai. With its 250 residents, Govardhan Ecovillage is striving to set up a role model village, nested in an ecological infrastructure amidst a picturesque landscape of the Sahyadri Mountains. Now GEV has broadened its outreach by being host for the GSOS, a learning centre oriented towards studies of ecology and transformation of self and society.

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Solar start-ups: The time is now2021-05-16 03:37:32

Last year the pandemic hit India like no-other country. With a complete lockdown starting March-April extending for months, all the economic activities came to a dead halt. Naturally, this translated to a plummet in the energy demands. This came as a boon to the renewable energy sector. Year 2020 saw the most favorable new policies and policy amendments for the RE sector specifically solar sector in India. Gujarat launched a ‘New solar policy’ which largely helped consumers (Domestic and industrial) set up power projects for their consumption or subsidized solar energy from grid. Increased no. of tenders released for solar projects for domestic as well as neighboring countries suggests that the demand side rightly used this opportunity to adopt to cleaner energy sources and move away from coal-based/traditional power sourcing. In the fall of 2020, Minister of MNRE announced, “India will soon tighten provisions for imports of solar equipment in order to encourage more domestic manufacturing”. This, in conjunction with central PLI schemes in place is the right mix for the budding solar startup ecosystem in India. With an aggressive target of 100GW of solar power by 2022, and govt. aggressively to promoting domestic manufacturing, there is an abundance of opportunities for new as well as existing players in the sector.

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Solar industry, providing sustainable jobs to sustainability mindsets2021-05-09 05:08:31

Solar industry is a budding industry which is yet to make its mark upon the global market scales. The 100 GW solar power capacity by 2022 target set by India seems a bit farfetched but when various factors taken into consideration, especially the fact that Solar industry is a labor-intensive industry we find the milestone astonishingly achievable! With example states like Gujarat and Rajasthan we find the roadmap all laid down in front of us in the form of state-level policies employed by the aforementioned states. ‘India Today’ has projected that the solar industry has the potential to create over 300,000 jobs in areas like manufacturing, project designing, construction, business development and operation & maintenance. It is no surprise that time and again Indian govt. has demonstrated its support for transitioning to solar in the form of various incentives offered to manufacturers and consumers alike.

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Understanding the solar energy consumer2021-05-02 06:27:02

As of 2020, India’s total active solar energy capacity stood at 39 GW. With Solar energy as one of the leading RE source, India has set up a target of having active solar installations of 100GW by 2022. Giga-scale solar manufacturing and the continuous adoption of innovations to reduce prices have been identified as the key drivers for increasing solar deployment. Moreover, Solar PV manufacturing has been identified as one of the strategic sectors, announced by the Indian government, for the post-COVID Aatmanirbhar Bharat recovery initiative. But this is the story from the manufacturer’s standpoint; what drives the change in the consumer behavior towards transitioning to solar energy? What all factors does a potential solar consumer takes into his/her calculation to finally convert to a solar consumer? We will try to answer these questions by taking a deeper look at the fundamental consumer behavior drivers towards opting for Solar PV systems. Researchers have suggested that social influence, environmental knowledge and customer attitude generate green purchase intentions among customers. They have attributed the intention to go for PV (Solar Energy) Systems to be influenced by six factors:

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The New Solar Mall: SolarMarts2021-04-25 09:15:34

SolarMarts has come up with a great initiative, the one which completely encapsulates the entire Solar industry within its reach, starting right as an online platform for solar equipment such as solar inverters, solar panels, solar pumps, etc. and going many steps forward to double up as a platform that connects the prospective employees looking for jobs in the solar industry with recruiters for companies active in the Renewable sector.

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बहुपर्यायी सौर ऊर्जा - डॉ. भागवत कराड (राज्यसभा सदस्य)2020-12-27 05:04:27

सध्या थकित अन टाळेबंदीतील वाढीव विज बिला वरून राजकीय गदारोळ सुरु आहे. लॉकडाऊन काळातील आठ हजार कोटी रुपये सह महावितरणचा एकूण थकबाकीचा बोजा एकावन हजार कोटी रुपये वर पोहचल्याने महावितरणचा बळी जातो कि काय अशी स्थिती निर्माण झाली आहे. तर दुसरीकडे शाश्वत आणि अपारंपरिक उर्जा निर्मितीत जग विकसित होत असताना, आपल्या कडे महावीतरण असो कि राज्य सरकारने अपारंपारिक उर्जा धोरणाकडे साफ दुर्लक्ष केले. आज कृषी पंपाची थकबाकी वाढली सौर उर्जेने काहीसा दिलासा मिळाला असता. बिलाच्या प्रश्नावरून सत्ताधारी आणि विरोधक आरोपाची राजकीय आतिषबाजी करीत आहे.

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ग्राम विकासातील सौर ऊर्जेचा वाटा2020-11-23 06:08:52

आजच्या आधुनिक युगामध्ये वेगवेगळ्या ऊर्जा स्त्रोतापासून आपण आपली ऊर्जेची गरज भागवत आहोत. कोळसा, लाकडे, रॉकेल, पेट्रोल ह्या पारंपरिक ऊर्जा स्त्रोताबरोबरच आज सौर ऊर्जा. पवनचक्की पासून तयार होणारी ऊर्जा, सीएनजी सारखे biofuel ह्यांच्यापासून सुद्धा आपली ऊर्जेची गरज मोठ्या प्रमाणात भागवली जात आहे. आधुनिक संशोधनाने हे स्त्रोत आता विश्वसनीय वाटत आहेत. सौर ऊर्जा तर भारतासारख्या देशात सर्वत्र मुबलक प्रमाणात मिळणारा ऊर्जा स्त्रोत आहे. त्याचा जास्तीत जास्त वापर आपण आपल्या वापरासाठी कश्या पद्धतीने करून घेऊ शकतो हे आपण आज पाहणार आहोत.

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Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneur2020-06-15 07:47:25

Being an entrepreneur is not that easy for everybody, you should have those guts to be an entrepreneur. There are many things involved in the process of being an entrepreneur. Firstly, you have to make up your mind to become an entrepreneur.

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IMPROWATT – Improve the watt !2020-06-15 07:40:05

We at Improwatt Energy LLP are group of Energy Engineers trying to improve the way people are using Energy in quantity as well as in quality. Improwatt Energy LLP was founded in a hostel room of Savitribai Phule Pune University by three classmates of M.Tech Energy program with an aim to make a difference in Energy field.

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The GreenerXia Journey2020-10-05 08:12:21

We at GreenerXia EnerCorp Pvt. Ltd. are a group of energy enthusiasts working in the field of Energy. Established on 1st of February 2017, we are first company incubated by Savitribai Phule Pune University for research done in the field of battery life Enhancement. We won best business plan competition organized by Vishwakarma Institute of Information Technology(VIIT), Pune. We also won best innovative idea award in Bharat Innovation Summit, 2018.

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