Now Punjab Wants to Tear Up Solar Contracts

Even as the issues from Andhra Pradesh are still to be resolved, comes the news of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), the key state discom, pushing for a 10 percent discom from solar power producers. PSCL’s logic? The hit to collections during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the amazing argument that while determining the rate, […]

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Solar Subsidies. Is It Time To End Them?

Solar subsidies, like every other subsidy before them, had a noble purpose. To encourage, and enable the adoption of solar power, a cleaner power. It also joined a relatively select group of subsidies, by being open to almost every category of consumers for a while, before being restricted lately to the rooftop solar category. However, […]

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Solar Rooftop: Over to the States

The Missing Player Rooftop Solar. Right up till 2014, when India shifted gears in solar with an ambitious new target and a new focus on utility scale solar, solar usually meant rooftop solar, or even solar water heaters and other distributed solar products. And this was not because we had a lot of rooftop solar […]

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Rs 22,000 per kW Solar Rooftop in Punjab. Reality Bites

Rs 22,200 per kW. Yes, that was the final rate arrived at after a call for grid-connected solar rooftop bidding from vendors looking to get empaneled with the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). This was after the  L1 rate of Rs 37,000 received  for 1 kWp – 10 kW category. After the 40 percent […]

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Punjab Lags in Installation of Solar Rooftop Power Plants

Punjab has seven buildings each fitted with a solar power plant of certain generating capacity across the districts of Mohali, Bathinda and Ludhiana. As the country sees a surge in the solar energy development, Punjab state government is said to have a blind eye towards India’s aggressive approach towards solar power development. Punjab government is […]

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Hartek Group Bags Smart Grid Order From PSPCL For Three Upcoming Smart Cities

These smart grid enabled substations, including 29 in Ludhiana, 14 in Amritsar and 12 in Jalandhar, will cater to a population of about 40 lakh by maximizing operational efficiency through a more responsive power system network. The Chandigarh-based Hartek Group,  has bagged smart grid order from the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) for the […]

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