Author: Prasanna Singh

MNRE’s Draft Policy Framework for DRE Open For Comments Till Nov 2

In an office memorandum issued on October 19, the MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy) has issued a Draft Policy Framework for DRE (Distributed Solar Energy) to promote DRE livelihood applications in rural areas of the country. The aim is to provide a conducive environment for the development and large-scale adoption of these applications. […]

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Total and Google Cloud Effort Spawns Solar Mapper, To Gauge Solar Potential

French energy major Total and Google Cloud from Google have pooled their expertise to jointly develop an innovative tool, Solar Mapper, which aims to accelerate the deployment of solar panels for individuals (B2C) by providing an accurate and rapid estimate of the solar energy potential of their homes, first in Europe and then worldwide. The […]

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Magenta Strengthens Executive Team With Scott Pharr As Advisor

The Magenta Group of companies, the Mumbai based group with a strong presence in affordable renewable energy solutions, has been making big moves to grab opportunities in the changes the energy transition is driving. The firm has announced that Mr. Scott Pharr, Global Managing Director at Accenture, has joined the Magenta Board of Advisors, to […]

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IEA Predicts Global Energy Demand Recovery Only In 2025, Key Solar Role

The International Energy Agency (IEA), in its annual World Energy Outlook 2020, (WEO-2020) has predicted a return to normalcy for world energy demand only by 2025. This is mainly due to the sluggish recover being experienced from the Covid pandemic worldwide, including fears of a second wave of infections in key markets like Europe and […]

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As China Starts Giant Solar Park, Four Giant Parks For the Future Beckon

The world’s largest single location solar plant, of 2.2 GW capacity was inaugurated in China’s Quinghai province this month. Built by state owned utility Huanghe Hydropower Development, the massive plant touts a special achievement along with its size . It has been built in the shortest time   among plants of comparable sizes. That single fact […]

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“We need to increase our per capita energy consumption three-fold”

Jaideep Mukherji, CEO, Smart Power India (SPI), has been a strong advocate of access to reliable electricity for the last mile. SPI, a subsidiary of The Rockefeller Foundation, was established in 2015 to develop and scale sustainable models to accelerate electricity access and spur economic development amongst the rural underserved communities. In recent years, SPI […]

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IIM-Tiruchi’s 2 MW Solar Plant Rings in Savings For Institute

The Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirapalli (Tiruchi) inaugurated its 2 MW solar plant early this month. With this, the country’s 11th IIM became the first to have such a large scale solar plant to power its campus. Started in 2011, IIM-Tiruchi took support from the Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) by securing a ₹ 14.2 […]

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MEDA Allowed to Get Rs 2.25 to Rs 2.52 for Wind Projects With Expired EPA’s

The MERC (Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission) has allowed, with conditions, MEDA’s demonstration wind projects, which had outlived their EPA (Energy Purchase Agreement)  period with MSEDCL, to earn revenues on the basis of MOU’s with the state discom. The Commission accorded approval to proposed power procurement arrangement between Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited and Maharashtra […]

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