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Solar A Big Contributor To Brahma Kumaris Drive For Sustainable Energy

The Brahma Kumaris, the now global spiritual movement with its Headquarters in Mount Abu, Rajasthan has grown to be a massive organisation today. With hundreds of thousands of members and centers across almost a 100 countries. One of the driving ethos of the movement today is a push to be sustainable, and while that can […]

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Extreme Events & O&M of Solar PV Plants

Background Extreme weather events, driven by climate change, can have huge risks for solar PV systems too. For investors, reassurance of ongoing financial security of their solar system is critical to securing initial investment. PV plants are installed outdoors and whilst generating electricity, they also endure the test of nature and all her elements. How […]

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Goan Students Create Solar E-cycle With 20 Li-Ion Batteries

Students from Goa’s Agnel Institute of Technology and Design have created a custom solar e-cycle, powered by 20 lithium-ion batteries, that can cover the distance between Panaji and Vasco on a single charge. The batteries can be charged by two solar panels or a conventional power supply point at home. The five mechanical engineering students […]

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MNRE Issues Benchmark Costs for Rooftop Solar PV Systems for FY22

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification with the latest benchmark costs for the installation of new grid-connected rooftop solar PV systems for the present financial year i.e. 2021-22 (FY22). Benchmark costs for FY22 for general category states/UTs are as follows: Benchmark costs for Special Category States/UTs (i.e. North-Eastern States including Sikkim, Himachal […]

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Researchers Devise New Methods for ‘Solar-to-fuel’ Production

In an article published in Coordination Chemistry Reviews, researchers have highlighted the potential of covalent organic frameworks (COFs), a new class of light-absorbing materials, in solar-to-fuel production. Photocatalysts absorb energy from light to make a chemical reaction happen. The best known photocatalyst is perhaps chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants that helps turn sunlight into […]

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The 7-Point Checklist Before You Finalize Your Rooftop Solar System

Solar power is still considered new in India. It was in 2010 when Government of India launched National Solar Mission (NSM) as a key initiatives with an aim to promote sustainable ecological growth while solving for country’s energy security. From 1.2 GW in 2012 to 40 GW in 2021, Solar Energy in India today is […]

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Trade-led Solar PV Deployment Likely to Create 40 M Jobs by 2050: Study

A new joint report by International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) examines how trade policies can support cost reductions, deployment of components & job creation in the solar PV sector. The report entitled “Trading into a Bright Energy Future: The Case for Open, High-quality Solar Photovoltaic Markets” finds, among other things, that trade-led solar […]

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First Solar Signs Up For Make in India With 3.3 GW Manufacturing facility in India

First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced that it intends to invest $684 million in a new, fully vertically-integrated photovoltaic (PV) thin film solar module manufacturing facility in India. Contingent upon permitting, and pending approval of Indian government incentives that are satisfactory to First Solar, the advanced facility is expected to commence operations in the second […]

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Floating Solar On A Growth Path

In Solar’s rise to pre-eminence from a fringe renewable energy option just a decade back, it’s time to consider the rise of floating solar (also called floatovoltaics in many cases). To think that it did not even exist at any scale till 2013. The earliest patent on floating solar was taken out only in 2008. […]

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