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Microsoft Makes Largest Solar Deal in US, Buys 315 MW from 750,000 Solar Panels

The power will come from 750,000 solar panels spread across 2,000 acres at projects called Pleinmont I and II. The company says its total renewable energy portfolio will reach 1.2 gigawatts globally, which a Microsoft representative described as “enough power to light up 100 million LED bulbs. Microsoft just announced what it calls “the single […]

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BUY or LEASE Your Solar panel system?

Rooftop solar market in India is speculated to add new capacity of 700 MW in 2016 – 15% of total solar capacity addition this year. According to Bridge to India, the cumulative capacity crossed 1 GW by September and is growing at a sizzling 300% over last year. Ministry of Finance has reduced depreciation rate […]

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US Solar Manufacturers Come Out With Prescription for Domestic Manufacturing

A new report commissioned by the Solar Energy Manufacturers for America (SEMA) Coalition and authored by Guidehouse Insights Inflection Point makes a case for stronger government efforts to ensure the US domestic solar manufacturing industry withstands the challenge mounted from China or Chinese  linked imports. “Thanks to the efforts of Congress and the Administration, with […]

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MNRE Enlists 11 Companies Offering Solar Insurance To Cover Risks 

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has updated its list of insurers covering risks for solar project developers. India’s Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDAI), which offers solar insurance, forwarded the MNRE the approved list of 11 such players. The ministry last published the list of solar insurance firms on February 26. It has […]

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COVER STORY: Increased Govt Thrust Set To Give Rooftop Solar Financing A Fillip

Days after the announcement of PM Suryodaya Yojana on January 22, its impact was felt in different parts of the country. Several states, ministries, energy regulators and companies seem to be in a race to enable faster adoption of rooftop solar.  Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy already announced increasing subsidies for residential rooftop […]

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COVER STORY: Rooftop Solar Enters Mission Mode In India

The signs were already there. In the first week of 2024, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) created ripples in the Indian solar market when it announced a 23 percent increase in subsidies for residential rooftop solar. As per the government notification, the ministry increased subsidies from Rs 14,588/kWh to Rs 18,000/kWh for […]

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Could These Be Solar’s 5 Biggest Threats?

Solar has had a lot of time in the limelight, from being heralded as the energy source of the future to being the number 1 pick for home installation. However, a few other sources of energy have slipped under the radar and we’re here to talk about them for their potential to disrupt the rise […]

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Solar Became Cheapest Fuel Source For Newly-Built Power Systems: EY

The latest report by Ernst and Young (EY) claimed that solar energy emerged as the cheapest fuel source for newly built power systems globally, fueling a faster energy transition. The report said that despite the challenges like inflation and price rises, solar power seemed to be the leader. It claimed that with its lowest Levelized Cost […]

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Solar Rental Marketplace OTOVO Raises €40mn Funding

Norwegian solar startup Otovo has secured €40mn from its existing investors including Å Energy, Axel Johnson Group, and Nysnø, the Norwegian government’s Climate Investment Fund. The funding will help the firm expand its rent-to-buy online marketplace for solar panels, as it seeks to ride the strong residential solar market growth across the EU. This latest […]

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