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Low-Cost, Eco-friendly Solar Cells Made Possible Using Kumkum Dye

A team of researchers has developed low-cost, environment-friendly solar cells by employing an off-the-shelf dye used to make kumkum in India. A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT-H) have developed low-cost, environment-friendly solar cells by employing an off-the-shelf dye used to make kumkum or vermilion in India. According to the research published […]

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Energy Horizons 2019: The Curtailment Issue

On day 2 of Energy Horizons 2019, a session titled ‘Circumventing the Challenge of Grid Adoption” was actually a session about the challenge of curtailment of renewable power by Discoms. A topic so sensitive, that even calling it that is an issue, apparently. Thankfully, a healthy discussion did follow, although a solution was still elusive […]

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Still Elusive: Jumpstarting Solar Manufacturing in India

The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi rarely misses an opportunity to highlight the success of its renewable energy push, when given an opportunity. And it has good reason to do so. Besides taking installed renewable capacity (wind +solar) from barely 25 GW to an estimated 70 GW plus till now, the government has also […]

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Union Budget 2019: A Mixed Bag for the Solar Industry

As expected from Modi Government 2.0, India’s first full-time woman Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had few eggs in her basket for the renewables sector. Here’s how the key stakeholders of the solar industry, including policymakers, think tanks, leading private players have reacted to the government’s Budget for FY19-20: After the budget, Power Minister R. K. […]

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Jobs in Solar – The Untold Story

  In 2015, when the government hiked the solar energy target from 20GW to 100 GW (in a new 175 GW renewables target) by 2022, it was considered wildly ambitious. Also, it was enough to spark strong interest in the sector finally, and with it, big bets. As it turned out, the sector did not […]

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UNDP and IRENA to Accelerate Low-Carbon Energy Transition

UNDP and IRENA announced a global partnership to accelerate the low-carbon energy transition. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have announced a global partnership to accelerate the low-carbon energy transition and offer concrete steps to achieve sustainable development.  Under the cooperation, the organizations will explore joint initiatives aimed […]

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India Finally Investing More in Solar than Coal: IEA

Renewable energy investments in India are finally outpacing its expenditure on fossil fuel power generation says IEA The International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed in a new report on worldwide energy investment that the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States, and home to more than one-sixth of humanity India […]

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SOLshare’s Nano Grids Work In Bangladesh. Opportunity Awaits

Dr Sebastian Groh, the Founder of SOLShare might have started the firm to prove a point to detractors. But now, the innovative firm has acquired a life of its own, spreading out with its nano grids to Bangladesh, and soon, India too. The story of Dhaka-based SOLShare is as interesting as one can think of. […]

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