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Nach China fängt jetzt auch Indien an, die PV zu entdecken.

Da ich bisher keine in Deutland handelbaren Werte gefunden habe, aber zunehmend interessante Quellen find, lege ich diese ab jetzt hier ab.

So kann man sich einen Überblick über dieses spezifische Thema verschaffen.

Der bekannteste Wert dürfte MoserBaer sein, die AMAT-Kunde und in Indien notiert sind.
Solar Semiconductor wins module certification from TUV Rheinland
18 June 2008 | PV Modules: News


Solar SemiconductorSolar Semiconductor has had its photovoltaic modules certified by TUV Rheinland to IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 after stringent tests were conducted, the company said. According to Solar Semiconductor, it has become the first company in India to have certification for high power 295Wp modules.

"It gives me immense pleasure to see that Solar Semiconductor, a multinational company, with large scale manufacturing facilities in India, has world-class facilities and quality processes," said Enrico Ruhle, Managing Director of TUV Rheinland. "This demonstrates the emphasis this company places on the quality of their Solar Photovoltaic modules, and unequivocally gives Solar Semiconductor a leadership status in the Photovoltaic manufacturing market."

"All TUV Rheinland tests are followed by a very stringent factory inspection, ensuring that all manufactured products are consistent with certified products. Solar Semiconductor has shown that they are committed to producing quality products each and every time, by complying with the globally-accepted product safety, quality codes and tests governed by TUV's strict guidelines. Solar Semiconductor has proven that they have consistency in their production process and their product quality is exceptionally high. I am proud to be associated with a company such as Solar Semiconductor," added Mr. Ruhle.

"We have been growing rapidly and setting up multiple manufacturing facilities to meet our business goals. Having a strategic cooperative partnership with a certifying body like TUV Rheinland is a tremendous asset for us as we continue to build the highest quality PV modules," said Ravi Surapaneni, Vice President of Solar Semiconductor Pvt. Ltd., India. "Our products were certified to the toughest performance and safety standards of the IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 after stringent tests were conducted by TUV Rheinland. Solar Semiconductor is the first company in India, and amongst the few in the world, to have certification for high power 295Wp modules. The TUV certifications further validate Solar Semiconductor's commitment of producing the highest quality solar panels on the market. Our pledge is to simply make the world's best Solar Photovoltaic modules."

Billed as a ‘strategic cooperative partnership’ with TUV Rheinland, Solar Semiconductor has now put in place the systems and processes it expects to enable the validation of its future products more quickly.

Solar Semiconductor
Signet Solar: Dünnschichtsolar-Produktion in Indien geplant

Das Solarunternehmen Signet Solar (Palo Alto, Kalifornien) plant den Aufbau einer Produktion für Dünnschicht-Solarmodule in Indien. Das meldet das Internationale Wirtschaftsforum Regenerative Energien (IWR). Im vergangenen Monat hatte der Konzern bereits den Bau eines ähnlichen Werks in Dresden angekündigt, wo ab Mitte 2008 knapp 6 Quadratmeter große Dünnschicht-Module hergestellt werden sollen.

Die erste Produktionslinie in Indien soll eine Jahreskapazität von 60 MW haben, innerhalb der nächsten 10 Jahre soll der Output bis auf 1 GW pro Jahr ausgebaut werden. Einer früheren Meldung zufolge plant Signet Solar weitere Produktionsstandorte in Asien und den USA.

In Döbeln nahe Dresden will das 2006 in den USA gegründete Unternehmen mit Hauptsitz in Palo Alto speziell preis- und leistungsoptimierte Fotovoltaik-Module entwickeln und produzieren. Zum Einsatz kommen sollen diese Module aufgrund ihres Megaformats vor allem in Solarfarmen und –kraftwerken sowie bei großen kommerziellen Installationen.

Die breit angelegte Produktion auf Basis der Dünnschicht-Technologie soll Mitte 2008 in Döbeln starten und in der ersten Ausbaustufe etwa 130 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter beschäftigen. In den Fertigungslinien werden die bisher weltweit größten Solarmodule mit Abmessungen von 2,2 m auf 2,6 m auf Glasträgern hergestellt, die als Gesamt- und Teilmodule montierbar sind, teilt Signet Solar mit.

Quelle: IWR
12.06.2007
aus solarportal24.de
CENTRAL ELECTRONICS Ltd.

www.celindia.co.in

Central Electronics Limited (CEL) is the pioneer and the largest manufacturers of Solar-Photovoltaic (SPV) Cells, Modules and Systems in India. Through sustained in-house development and constant R&D efforts, spread over a decade of continuous efforts, the company has converted a laboratory concept into an industrial technology. ...
Antwort auf Beitrag Nr.: 34.332.541 von onkelxiao am 19.06.08 13:24:41ist das nur ein Schreibfehler?


Quelle: IWR
12.06.2007
aus solarportal24.de


Wenn nicht, wäre es nett zu wissen, was bis jetzt in dem verstrichenen Jahr passiert ist.

LG Makalu
Antwort auf Beitrag Nr.: 34.333.103 von Makalu8000 am 19.06.08 14:26:492007 war schon richtig, aber da ist wohl seither noch nicht viel passiert:

Asian Headquarters: India

Signet Solar India was founded in June 2007 with plans to set up three solar photovoltaic manufacturing centers over a ten year period. The first plant will be located in the Sriperumbudur Special Economic Zone (SEZ) near the port city of Chennai. Chennai is a growing manufacturing center with a well developed infrastructure, electronics manufacturing ecosystem, world class educational institutions and large pool of engineering talent.

Quelle: www.signetsolar.com
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SolarWorld Konzern schließt Liefervertrag über weitere 750 Mio. Euro ab
Auslastung für Produktionsneubau auf 1 Gigawatt in Sachsen gesichert
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Die SolarWorld AG baut mit ihrem Tochterunternehmen Deutsche Solar AG ihre führende Position als Produzent hochwertiger Solarsiliziumwafer aus. Das Unternehmen vereinbarte einen 10-Jahreskontrakt über die Lieferung der hauchdünnen Siliziumscheiben mit einem Gesamtvolumen von über 750 Mio. Euro mit dem indischen Unternehmen Solar Semiconductor Pvt. Ltd. Damit verfügt der SolarWorld Konzern im Wafergeschäft bis 2018 über einen langfristigen externen Auftragsbestand von mehr als 6 Mrd. Euro.


Produktionsneubau ist Bekenntnis zum Standort Deutschland
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„Mit dem neuen Wafervertrag sichern wir die Auslastung unserer neuen Fertigung im sächsischen Freiberg“, sagte Dipl.-Ing. Frank H. Asbeck, Vorstandsvorsitzender der SolarWorld AG. Am 7. Juli wird der Konzern die Bauarbeiten für die neue Waferfertigung aufnehmen. Den ersten Spatenstich wird Bundesminister Wolfgang Tiefensee als Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für die neuen Bundesländer vornehmen.

Asbeck: „Wir bekennen uns klar zum Standort Deutschland. Die Bundesrepublik ist international Vorreiter beim Ausbau erneuerbarer Energien. Entsprechend hoch sind Motivation und Beschäftigungsqualifikation. In diesem Umfeld sind unsere Investitionen bestens aufgehoben.“

Geplant ist die Erhöhung der bisherigen Produktionskapazitäten am Standort Freiberg von 500 Megawatt auf 750 Megawatt bis Ende 2009. In 2010 sollen weitere 250 Megawatt folgen. Insgesamt investiert die SolarWorld AG auf dem neuen, 200.000 Quadratmeter großen Gelände in den nächsten beiden Jahren 350 Mio. Euro und schafft etwa 500 neue Arbeitsplätze.
Solar Semiconductor Announces Strategic Supplier Relationship with SolarWorld AG
Solar Semiconductor Announces Strategic Supplier Relationship with SolarWorld AG
Solar Semiconductor Announces Strategic Supplier Relationship with SolarWorld AG

(pressebox) HYDERABAD, INDIA AND SUNNYVALE, CALIF., 01.07.2008 - Solar Semiconductor strengthened its position as a rapidly growing international manufacturer of high-quality solar photovoltaic (PV) modules today by concluding a comprehensive delivery agreement with SolarWorld AG subsidiary Deutsche Solar AG, which operates one of the largest factories worldwide for the production of multi-crystalline solar silicon wafers. The agreement is a multi-year contract for the delivery of wafers worth over $1.2 billion U.S. dollars (750 million euros).

Significant and Proven Step Ensuring a Steady Module Supply

"We are very pleased to conclude a long term wafer-delivery agreement and are proud to be associated with SolarWorld AG," commented Hari Surapaneni, Chief Executive Officer of Solar Semiconductor. "Solar Semiconductor has a reputation for delivering the highest quality modules to the global marketplace. One of the key raw materials is the cell which derives its high quality from the source wafer. As a rapidly growing manufacturer of high-quality modules, it is important to assure our customers that we not only use cells from reputed manufacturers, but also employ high-quality wafers to ensure high-quality cells. With the addition of Deutsche Solar AG as our strategic supplier, we are continuing our tradition of exclusive partnering with world-class organizations."

Capacity Utilization Ensured

"We value our partnership with Solar Semiconductor who is known for high quality and proud to be associated with Solar Semiconductor as our long-term business partner. With this wafer contract we are securing the capacity utilization of the first expansion stage of our new wafer factory in Freiberg," said Dipl.-Ing. Frank H. Asbeck, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SolarWorld AG. Shortly, the Group will start construction of the new wafer factory in an industrial park near Freiberg, Saxony. In the first expansion step the capacity at the Saxony location will be increased to a total of 750 Megawatts (MW) by adding 250 MW by the end of year 2009. The ground-breaking ceremony for this new, highly advanced industrial complex of the SolarWorld Group will take place on July 7, 2008.

About Solar Semiconductor

Solar Semiconductor is a global producer of innovative, high-quality PV modules using mono- and multi-crystalline cells and offers its products and services to the worldwide solar PV module market. As a socially responsible, global energy producer, Solar Semiconductor offers an unwavering commitment to its customers. Awarded the prestigious ISO 9001 certification for its advanced manufacturing plant Solar Semiconductor focuses its attention on customers' power and efficiency needs for today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.solarsemiconductor.com.
Antwort auf Beitrag Nr.: 34.414.781 von meinolf67 am 01.07.08 18:47:50Solar Semiconductor bezieht sehr gern dt. Qualität:

Roth & Rau vor paar Tagen:

Der größte Einzelauftrag kam von der indischen Solar Semiconductor, die eine Lieferung von insgesamt vier Turnkey-Produktionslinien im Gesamtwert von 33,4 Millionen Euro wünschen.

Q-Cells vor knapp einem Jahr:

Die deutsche Q-Cells AG hat mit der indischen Solar Semiconductor einen Liefervertrag über mehrere Jahre unterzeichnet. Demnach wird die Q-Cells 156 mm mono- und multikristalline Zellen für rund 170 Mio. USD an die Solar Semiconductor liefern.

Ersol 09/2007:

Erfurt (aktiencheck.de AG) - Der Solartechnikkonzern ersol Solar Energy AG (ISIN DE0006627532/ WKN 662753) hat einen Großauftrag erhalten.

Wie der im TecDAX notierte Konzern am Donnerstag erklärte, wird man dem in Indien und in den USA ansässigen Modulproduzenten Solar Semiconductor Pvt. Ltd. ab dem Jahr 2008 multi- und monokristalline Silizium-Solarzellen liefern. Das Lieferabkommen hat eine Laufzeit bis zum Jahr 2017. Im Rahmen der gestern geschlossenen Vereinbarung soll ersol von Solar Semiconductor Anzahlungen (sog. "Downpayments") erhalten, die dem international tätigen Modulfertiger später beim Bezug von Solarzellen in Form einer Kaufpreisreduzierung angerechnet werden. Die Module, die mit ersol Solarzellen gefertigt werden, verwendet Solar Semiconductor neben dem US-Markt auch in Projekten in Indien, hieß es weiter.



Und nun der Mega-Deal mit Solarworld...:cool:
India expands solar energy initiatives

K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times
(07/01/2008 7:49 AM EDT)


BENGALURU, India — In a country where millions of people worship the sun, the government has launched a "National Mission on Solar Energy" that seeks to tie India's economic development to energy efficiency.

A separate initiative on energy efficiency has also been launched. Specific projects and funding will be announced soon. The announcement of the National Action Plan in New Delhi on Monday (June 30) comes as India is participating in United Nations talks on combating climate change.

"We must pioneer a graduated shift from economic activity based on fossil fuels to one based on non-fossil fuels and from reliance on non-renewable and depleting sources of energy to renewable sources of energy," said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. "The sun occupies a center stage, as it should, being literally the original source of all energy."

Singh said India seeks "to develop solar energy as a source of abundant energy to power our economy and to transform the lives of our people."

Officials said the solar energy initiative will require government financial and institutional support along with private initiatives. India has formed a federal ministry focused on new and renewable energy. The ministry is seeking to generate at least 10 percent of India's power from solar energy over the next several years.

Private investors have put up nearly $20 billion build plants in India to make photovoltaic cells and panels. Some are seeking federal and local subsidies and other concessions under a national program to promote solar manufacturing. One of the projects, announced - Signet Solar - is backed by EDA industry veteran Prabhu Goel.


Government officials concede that the cost of generating power through large solar energy installations faces high initial start-up costs. The federal ministry for new and renewable energy has already funded 33 grid-interactive solar photovoltaic power plants with a total capacity of 2.125 megawatts.

http://www.eetimes.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml?article…
Noch paar indische Solarfirmen:

Photon Energy Systems Limited,

established in 1995, is a leading manufacturer of

• Solar PV Modules,
• PV Systems
• Solar Thermal Systems

The Quality Management Systems (QMS) at Photon are Certified by TÜV, to be in conformance with the ISO 9001:2000 Standards.
PV modules up to 220Wp are certified by TÜV, to be in conformance with IEC 61215 & IEC 61730 standards.
Photon's modern manufacturing facility is located near Hyderabad in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh in India.
Photon's Products are exported to a number of countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

http://www.photonsolar.com/


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EMMVEE SOLAR

http://www.emmveephotovoltaic.com/
Himachal Pradesh set to get first solar grade silicon plant
State Bureau
Posted online: Chandigarh, Jun 25 IST


Thursday , June 26, 2008 at 2220 hrs Himachal Pradesh, is all set to house country's first solar grade silicon manufacturing plant. A proposal has been submitted to the state government by Indo-Norwegian Solar Pvt Ltd, a joint venture company, which intends to invest between Rs 1,200 -1,500 crore for setting up a Solar Grade Silicon manufacturing facility.

Sources in the industry department informed, that the company will submit the final proposal soon and is scouting for land.

“We have suggested the company, to establish the project in Una, as the land requirement is upto 80 acres. The total manufacturing capacity of the plant is likely to be around 5,400 tonnes of silicon per annum. Power requirement is expected to go upto 30 MW,”said an official.

Based on a unique Norwegian patented technology, Solar Grade Silicon, the core material for making solar cells, would be manufactured at the plant. This technology would reduce cost of production, consume less power during the production process, and cost of the plant is much lower than the conventional Siemens technology based process, said company officials.

The company will set up the plant in the first phase, to produce 600 tonnes of silicon per annum. On completion the plant would produce 5,400 tonnes per annum, major portion of which would be for the export market. A facility for cutting the Silicon ingots into wafers, suitable for making solar cells would also be set up.

Once the facility becomes fully operational, the company expects to touch a revenue target of $1 billion in a year. The plant is expected to generate employment for about 500 persons.
[Made in India] Competition Heating up in Solar-cell Market [Part 2]

http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20080606/152919…


[Made in India] Manufacturers Boosting Solar Cell Production [Part 3]

http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20080619/153528…


[Made in India] India to Produce Solar Cell Manufacturing Equipment [Part 4]

http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20080708/154484…
11.06.2008

COLEXON Energy: Rahmenvertrag über die Lieferung von mikro-amorphen Dünnschicht-Modulen bis 2012 abgeschlossen

Die COLEXON Energy AG, eine Projektierungsgesellschaft für schlüsselfertige Fotovoltaik-Großanlagen, hat mit Moser Baer Photo Voltaic Ltd. (New Dehli) einen Rahmenvertrag bis 2012 über Lieferungen von Solarmodulen von über 130 MWp geschlossen. Darin sei ein Teil des Volumens verbindlich festgelegt, die andere Menge wurde optional vereinbart und kann je nach Marktentwicklung abgerufen werden, so das Unternehmen in einer Pressemitteilung. Die Moser Baer Module werden laut Colexon mit 5,7 Quadratmeter zu den weltweit größten Solarmodulen gehören.

Ab dem vierten Quartal 2008 bis in die erste Jahreshälfte 2009 werden der Colexon Energy AG vorwiegend Module amorpher Technologie, ab der zweiten Jahreshälfte dann Solarmodule der innovativen mikro-amorphen Dünnschicht-Technologie geliefert. Die Herstellung mikro-amorpher Dünnschichtmodule gilt nach Angaben der Colexon als eine der aussichtsreichsten Fotovoltaik-Technologien. Marktexperten sähen die Vorteile dieser Module im dem rohstoffarmen und kostengünstigen Herstellungsprozess sowie in dem höheren Wirkungsgrad gegenüber amorphen Dünnschicht-Modulen.

Aufgrund der überdurchschnittlich großen Modulfläche – mit 5,7 Quadratmeter werden die Moser Baer Module zu den weltweit größten Solarmodulen gehören – ergeben sich laut Colexon erhebliche Kosteneinsparpotenziale bei der Unterkonstruktion und Verkabelung. Je nach Einsatzart (gebäudeintegriert, Aufdach oder Freifläche) könnten diese Module auch in halber oder viertel Größe geliefert werden. Produziert werden die mikro-amorphen Solarmodule in Moser Baers Fotovoltaik-Fabrik im indischen Neu Dehli in einer vollautomatisierten Gen 8.5 Produktionslinie des US-amerikanischen Herstellers Applied Materials.

Colexon setzt eigenen Angaben zufolge als eines der ersten Unternehmen der Branche bereits seit 2005 vorwiegend Solarmodule aus Dünnschicht-Technologie ein und führt mit dem geschlossen Vertrag die Strategie fort, diese langjährige Expertise im Dünnschicht-Bereich konsequent auszubauen.

Moser Baer Photo Voltaic Ltd (MBPV) aus New Dehli ist nach Colexon-Angaben eine hundertprozentige Tochtergesellschaft von Moser Baer India Ltd und im Bereich der Fotovoltaik-Zell- und Modulproduktion tätig. MBPV produziert Solarzellen und -module in kristalliner Silizium-, Konzentrator- und Dünnschicht-Technologie. Die Muttergesellschaft Moser Baer India Ltd. ist ein weltweiter Technologie-Konzern und der zweitgrößte Hersteller von optischen Speichermedien in der Welt.
India's Solar Energy Industry Gains Momentum

Nikkei Electronics Asia -- May 2008
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With the government's recent announcement of a new set of initiatives for bolstering solar energy generation, the future for companies involved in the design and manufacture of solar cells and panels in India has brightened up significantly.

Solar energy units that generate up to a maximum capacity of 50 megawatts are to be supported by financial incentives of around 30 US cents for each kilowatt of solar power generated per hour. Incentives for feeding thermal power through to the power grids will be only slightly lower, according to a government statement.

Also, under the special incentive package scheme, the Indian government is prepared to provide 20% of capital expenditure during the first 10 years for solar-related technology projects located in special economic zones (SEZ). For units located outside the SEZs, 25% of capital expenditure will be provided.
Rush to Invest

The announcement of these incentives for manufacturing solar cells and panels has spurred a number of companies into investing in photovoltaic power plants. The most substantial investment so far proposed has come from Reliance Industries, India's top-ranking corporate house. Senior government officials said that Reliance has submitted proposals for two facilities - one for a US$4.6 billion wafer fabrication, testing and packaging facility, and the other for a US$2.9 billion facility to manufacture polysilicon, ingots, wafers and photovoltaic modules.

Earlier this year, Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of State for Commerce, announced that four companies had submitted proposals for solar manufacturing units. These were: India-based Titan Energy Systems Ltd, which proposed a US$50 million investment in producing solar photovoltaic cells; Nano Tech Silicon India, which wants to invest US$2.1 billion to manufacture a thin-film solar cell fab; India-based XL Telecom & Energy Ltd, which is looking to invest US$76.25 million to make solar cells and solar modules; and KSK Energy Ventures, a Hyderabad-based VC fund, which will set up a unit for solar photovoltaic panels with an investment of US$70.25 million.

Ramesh added that the government has also provisionally approved a further five projects, for a total investment of about US$7 billion. These projects have been proposed by Chandradeep Solar (for an R&D unit); Neotech Solutions; Photon Energy Systems; Surana Ventures; and RamTerra Solar Pvt Ltd (for a photovoltaic module unit).

Meanwhile, another Indian optical storage manufacturer, MoserBaer PV Technologies, had earlier announced that it would be investing US$1.5 billion to manufacture silicon cells and photovoltaic modules.

Hyderabad-based Solar Semiconductor is another major company in the solar energy domain. It plans to invest US$1.1 billion over a 10-year time frame to manufacture solar cells and panels in the first phase. During the second phase it will focus on solar thin-film technology, and in the third it will scale up manufacturing capacity.
Older Companies Expand

Among the older manufacturers that are operating in India, Tata BP Solar, a joint venture between the Tata Group of India and BP Solar of the UK, is also expanding its equipment manufacturing facility located on the outskirts of Bangalore with a US$100 million investment, while SunTechnics Energy, a subsidiary of SunTechnics Gmbh of Germany, has also drawn up expansion plans for its manufacturing plant in Bangalore.

The solar energy industry in India has undoubtedly gained momentum, and should be able to keep pace with the government's aim of achieving 10% of the country's total electricity requirements through solar power by 2012.

by Sufia Tippu
Orb Energy Investor Increases Shareholding
Bangalore (India), July 28, 2008

Orb Energy ("Orb") today announced that Cleantech Europe, a technology fund managed by zouk, has agreed to increase its shareholding in the company by purchasing shares held by Renewable Capital.

Orb CEO Damian Miller commented, “We welcome zouk's move to increase their shareholding in Orb and appreciate the vote of confidence this represents. zouk was an early investor in Orb and has contributed to our early growth and success.”

Samer Salty, CEO of zouk said, "Orb has managed growth extremely well and is fast becoming a major player in the region. We believe the company has the right team, strategy and delivery model to tackle this very large market opportunity".

Orb has already built a strong presence in India. In just over one year, the company has established 40 branches throughout the state of Karnataka. By the end of the year it is targeting 60-70 branches. At an Orb branch, customers can purchase solar photovoltaic systems for back-up power, solar thermal systems for hot water, and a range of solar lighting solutions. Orb also helps customers arrange a loan and provides long-term service.

About Orb Energy
Orb's sales and assembly operations are headquartered in Bangalore, India. Orb's main activities are product development, assembly, sales, marketing, installation and servicing of solar systems through a network of branches and dealers.

About zouk
Founded in 1999, zouk is a London based investment manager focusing on Cleantech as well as renewable and environmental infrastructure. Zouk currently manages two technology funds and invests in solar infrastructure projects through zouk Solar Opportunities Limited. For further information please visit www.zouk.com
India's first solar housing complex

Gargi Gupta in New Delhi

August 02, 2008
Rajarhat, the new township coming up on the outskirts of Kolkata, is a series of gated residential colonies, each more high-profile than the next.
All the big local builders have flagged their presence here, and so have a number of reputed national ones. But there's one recently completed development that's truly revolutionary.

This is Rabi Rashmi Abasan, India's first "solar housing complex". Piloted by the West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Authority (WBREDA), the 26 villas in this complex are a showcase for the exciting possibilities that BIPV - building integrated photovoltaic - technology offers for residential projects of a similar nature.

BIPV refers to solar panels integrated into the architecture - mostly into the roof, the facade or the glazing - that convert the sunlight to which they are exposed through the day into electricity.

According to Lyn Toh, spokesperson for SunTechnics India, the firm that supplied the hardware at Rabi Rashmi: "BIPV makes a building highly energy-efficient and reduces carbon emissions, while ensuring basic functions of standard building elements, such as water tightness, light transmittance and thermal insulation."

BIPV is all the rage in the West. Indeed, it makes a lot of sense in a world that's fast running out of oil and coal - the two, extremely polluting sources of energy that have powered industrialisation.

According to S P Gon Choudhuri, director, WBREDA, BIPV constitutes around 15 per cent of the around 5,000 mega watts of installed capacity of solar power, and is growing at 50 per cent annually.

So each house in Rabi Rashmi will generate 2.2 kwh - which will account for 40 per cent of the power needed to run the standard household electrical appliances. Whenever these are not being used, the power generated will be fed into the grid.

In addition, each house has a solar water heating system which is good enough to supply 100 litres of hot water every day. The design of the houses uses elements of "solar passive architecture" to keep the house cool in summer.

Essentially, this means ensuring cross ventilation so that the cool breeze from the water bodies to the south can circulate through the house, and making the most of natural light. "The houses are carbon neutral," says Gon Choudhuri.

BIPV sounds great, but like all good things it has downsides too - primarily the high cost of installation. As Toh says, "The cost of an installed BIPV system can vary from $12-20 per watt peak, or even higher, depending upon the complexities of installation or type of solar modules. The payback will significantly depend upon the local utility's willingness to buy the green energy at a preferential feed-in tariff [the rate at which the power utility buys the power from the producer]. This is what drives the urban PV market the world over, and we envisage that it is going to happen in India as well in the years ahead."

At Rabi Rashmi, the cost of each house - around Rs 45 lakh - was quite a notch higher than similar developments in the vicinity.

Says Debabrata Dutta who's bought one of the houses, "We were given an estimate that we were paying about Rs 6 lakh more for all the BIPV paraphernalia, which was okay because we would be paying far less for our electricity and recovering the cost in a few years."

As for maintenance, WBREDA has contracted SunTechnics India and Mackintosh Burn, the civil contractor for the project, to help the residents' association for five years.

Given the costs, the maintenance and all that, it takes some amount of push by government to make people turn to such technologies. That's been the experience in the West where a number of European countries, the US and Japan offer financial incentives to encourage the adoption of BIPV, whether as subsidies on the cost of installation or as a generous "feed in" tariff.

The West Bengal government's contribution in this regard has been two-fold. It put in around Rs 50 lakh, which went into the street lighting, the landscaping and so on. Of the rest of the total project cost of around Rs 12 crore (Rs 120 million), Rs 11.5 crore (Rs 115 million) came from the sale of the houses. "In that sense," says Gon Chaudhuri, "Rabi Rashmi was a completely commercial project."

But the government has also stepped in with a feed-in tariff of Rs 5.60 per kilowatt hour, which is the peak slab for domestic power in the state.

"There is a benefit of Rs 7 per kilowatt hour to the residents," the WBREDA director calculates. Incidentally, West Bengal, he adds, is the only state in the country which allows domestically generated solar power to be fed into the grid. "No other state allows this."

But as Lyn Toh of Suntechnics says, "We must realise that switching to solar is not just about payback. It is also about taking that all-important first step towards securing your own energy source and about making a 'green' choice."

Already Gon Choudhuri says DLF and a few local builders have signed MoUs with WBREDA to build similar houses in the state, and officials from the Centre and other states are trooping down to Rajarhat to check out Rabi Rashmi.


http://www.rediff.com/money/2008/aug/02solar.htm
Solar projects top Indian IC prospects
Posted: 06 Aug 2008

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The Indian government is reviewing a dozen proposals worth $23 billion under its IC and electronics manufacturing policy to determine which are eligible for an incentive package announced last year.

Most of the proposed investments are for manufacturing solar photovoltaic panels.

Among the proposals are a semiconductor wafer fabrication plant and a plan to manufacture TFT and LCD flat-panel displays. All proposals will be examined by a panel of technical experts created by the federal Department of Information Technology, according to A. Raja, minister for communications and information technology.

The proposals will be screened for their technological and economic viability. Some will be given government subsidies and other benefits.

Based on the incentive scheme aimed at boosting India's electronics manufacturing, the government would provide 20 percent of capital expenditures during the first 10 years for technology projects located in special economic zones. It would also give 25 percent of capital expenditures for projects outside these zones. Incentives include financial subsidies and equity participation.

The single largest project is the $4.4 billion wafer fab submitted by Reliance Industries, which also proposed a $2.7-billion project to manufacture solar photovoltaic panels and polysilicon materials that will be used to make panels.

A $2-billion proposal by consumer electronics manufacturer Videocon Industries calls for manufacturing TFT and LCD displays. Earlier, it acquired the picture tube manufacturing unit of Thomson Multimedia.

Other proposals included a $3-billion plan to make photovoltaic panels and polysilicon by Lanco Solar (Private) Ltd and a $2.7-billion proposal by Solar Semiconductor to manufacture PV panels.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times


Clinton Foundation mulls world's largest solar project in Gujarat

Maulik Pathak & Ashish Amin / Ahmedabad August 8, 2008, 0:59 IST

US-based foundation to set up Rs 20,000-crore Integrated SolarCity.


This could well be the world’s largest solar power project at a single location if all goes as planned.

The US-based Clinton Foundation is in talks with the Gujarat government to set up an ‘Integrated Solar City’ project with a capacity to generate a 5,000 Mw over a period of time.

The project, tagged as one of the largest foreign direct investment (FDI) into the state, will also be a landmark project as the cost of power generation is likely to be 70 per cent less — around Rs 20,000 crore — than the conventional cost of generation, say sources close to the development.

The project envisages an integrated solar city wherein all the raw materials including glass and panels will be produced by them, bringing down the cost substantially, said a senior government official.

The cost of generation for thermal energy is about Rs 10-11 per unit. However, according to estimates of Clinton Foundation, the power produced in the solar city will cost around Rs 4 per unit, going by the scale of the project and technology advancement they have on hand.

The Gujarat government has roped in US-based Nobel Laureate John Byrne for charting the state’s solar roadmap and is considering Kutch and Banaskantha as favourable locations for the mega project.

“The Foundation, supported by the likes of GE Energy and Microsoft, already has a war chest of $12 billion which it wants to utilise for green energy initiatives,” sources said.

The world’s largest solar power plant is currently in Mojave Desert of California with a capacity that will go up to 900 Mw in few years.

The Clinton Foundation is also in talks with governments of Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan for setting up solar power projects.

A number of corporates including Essar, Indiabulls, Reliance, ADAG, Tata Power, Suryachakra and Euro Group have also lined up solar projects in the state.

The Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance and Euro Solar have already been given letters of intent of 5 Mw each from the 10 Mw quota allotted by the Centre to each state.
Motech Lands Big Order for 120 Megawatt of Solar Cells From Indian Client
2008/08/18
Taipei, Aug. 18, 2008 (CENS)-- Motech Industries Inc., one of Taiwan`s leading suppliers of solar cells, has won a huge order from India`s third-largest solar cell module supplier, Solar Semiconductor Pvt., Ltd., for 120 megawatt of solar cells, valued at over NT$10 billion, according to company sources.

With India planning to invest US$5 billion in building the world`s largest solar power generation system, which needs for 5,000 megawatt of solar cells, the big order would accelerate Motech`s plan to tap the Indian market to seize the huge business opportunity in the future.

Noteworthy is that although having not focused its operation in India over the past few years, Motech has been actively trying to expand its business in the market starting this year and seen the effort rapidly pay off with the big order from Solar Semiconductor.

On the other hand, to improve its domestic electricity supply, India has reportedly started building a solar power generation system in the country`s western state of Gujarat and even invited John Byrne, a globally distinguished professor of energy and environmental policy, to help the country carry out the project. At the moment, an estimated 390 million people live without electricity supply in the country.

According to local officials, they have made big technical progress in the system and successfully cut the cost of power generation to only 10 pennies per kilowatt-hour from an original estimate of 25 pennies. Unsurprisingly, construction of the system has piqued intense interest of quite a few foreign solar cell companies and is expected to attract investment worth about US$17 billion from these companies in the country in the future.
August 24, 2008


Lanco Infratech to foray into solar sector

It is reported that Lanco Infratech is planning to foray into solar modules' manufacturing and solar power generation. A special purpose vehicle is being formed for this purpose.

As per report the move follows the company’s recent initiative for wind energy equipment manufacturing facility, which will later lead to wind energy farms in India and abroad with investment of about INR 1,000 crore initially.


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August 25, 2008


TATA BP Solar to become USD 1 billion firm by 2012

It is reported that TATA BP Solar, a JV between TATA Power and BP Solar, will expand capacity to 300 MW and has set a target to become a billion dollar company by 2012.

Mr Amit Kumar TATA BP Solar North India Head told reporters that "We are hoping to become a one billion dollar company by 2012 and the installed capacity of the company would reach 300 MW by the year 2012.”

TATA BP Solar has already invested INR 400 crore in the current financial year for manufacturing 180 MW of solar cells and 125 MW of solar modules.

TATA BP Solar provides services to the Defense forces, North Eastern states, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, educational institutions like IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi, IIM Bangalore and has also electrified 20 villages in Orissa. It has also signed a MoU with TATA Agrico for distributing solar products targeting consumers who are deprived of electricity in the rural areas of the country.

TATA BP Solar is currently harnessing the potential of solar energy for providing telecom infrastructure in Bhutan. It is also supplying solar power equipment to Afghanistan, Pakistan etc and export products to countries in Western Europe and the US. The company's clientele includes corporate such ONGC, Indian Oil Corp and Hindustan Petroleum Corp.


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OTB Solar LINEx in-line cell production line debuts in India

New Delhi, 29th August 2007 – Euro Multivision Limited has entered into an equipment and
technology supply contract with OTB Solar BV of the Netherlands for a 40MW in-line solar
cell manufacturing facility to be set up in state of Gujarat, India.

Mr. Hitesh Shah, Managing Director of Euro Multivision says: “Indeed we are very pleased
with this tie up. After a thorough evaluation of various suppliers in this business, we found
OTB Solar to be the ideal partner for our requirements. We have been involved in the past
with other divisions of OTB Group which has always been very successful and
satisfactory, so the preference to do the solar business with OTB Group was always there.
The huge emphasis and the set up of the process group at OTB Solar was also a big
factor in our decision as we could see the immense advantage this provides to startup
companies like Euro Multivision.”

Mr. Leo van Doorne, Executive Vice-President OTB Group comments: “Demand for solar
energy is growing rapidly worldwide and India will undoubtedly realize its potential to be a
big player in global solar cell manufacturing market. Euro Multivision is already quite
experienced in setting up high technology projects in manufacturing, working on
economies of scale and it is our belief that they will replicate the same success with photo
voltaic as they have done with their other projects. With additional support from OTB Near
East office in India, project implementation and successful completion will be a reality in
the shortest possible time.”

About Euro Multivision Limited
Euro Multivision Limited (EML) is a part of the multi-million, multi-product “Euro Group”
having interests in plywood, MDF, prelaminates, veneer, decorative inlay strips, camphor,
laminates, glass (with all its decorative forms), aluminum, hardware items, shower panels,
bathroom accessories, vitrified tiles, electronics, retail counters and more.
EML was incorporated on April 29, 2004 to set up a facility to manufacture Compact Disc
Recordable (CDRs) and Digital Versatile Disc Recordable (DVDRs).
04.09.2008 09:28
Moser Baer India's unit raises 4.11 bln rupees from global investors

MUMBAI (Thomson Financial) - Optical storage media manufacturer Moser Baer India Ltd. (News) said its photovoltaic (PV) unit Moser Baer Photo Voltaic Ltd. has raised 4.11 billion rupees from a consortium of global investors including Nomura, CDC Group, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, IDFC PE and IDFC to fund its growth plans.

The transaction values Moser Baer's PV business at 63.50 billion rupees or $1.44 billion, the release said.

Moser Baer said it plans to use the capital raised for capacity expansion of its high efficiency crystalline silicon and thin film solar verticals.

At 12:36 p.m. local time Moser Baer's shares were trading 8.71 percent higher at 115.40 rupees on the Bombay Stock Exchange while the Benchmark Sensex was 0.62 percent lower at 14,956.46.
Ministry seeks more sops for solar power

Sudheer Pal Singh in New Delhi
October 14, 2008 09:51 IST

To tap India's solar power potential, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has sought an increase in the 50-Mw cap imposed by the government for availing the benefits of the solar power incentive scheme.

The government had earlier said it would give incentives of around Rs 12 per unit of solar power sold. Companies have, however, already lined up capacities to the tune of 3,000 Mw involving investments of around Rs 48,000 crore (Rs 480 billion).

This means that of the total planned solar power capacity, only 50 Mw will be incentivised, while the rest will continue to be very expensive.

"The proposal is not just to increase the cap on total capacity of 50 Mw to be added under the scheme. We have written to the prime minister and are waiting for a response," said Vilas Muttemwar, minister of state for new and renewable energy.

Setting up a solar power plant costs around Rs 16 crore (Rs 160 million) per Mw, which is almost four times the cost of building a coal-based power plant.

This high cost is one of the reasons the sector has not attracted too many players. Reliance Industries [Get Quote], the country's largest company by market capitalisation, has already said that it will invest about Rs 30,000 crore (Rs 300 billion) to set up solar power plants.

If the cap is not raised, such investments may dry up, industry officials say.

"A 50-Mw cap is too low to accommodate all the manufacturers compared with the potential India has. The government should increase it. But before that, it has to come up with adequate policies to address problems like short supply of photo voltaic silicon wafers," said Ravi Kumar, chairman and managing director of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd [Get Quote], India's largest power equipment manufacturer, which also supplies solar panels.


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GreenBrilliance To Obtain Spire Turnkey Solar PV Module Assembly Line

Spire Corp. has received a contract from GreenBrilliance to provide a turnkey photovoltaic module assembly line for the company's operations in India.

Spire will provide GreenBrilliance with a semi-automated crystalline silicon module manufacturing line capable of producing up to 12 MW of solar modules per year. Spire will supply the process technology and training to operate the factory, as well as offer assistance in qualifying the factory and its modules to international standards and certification.

The line is designed to be expandable at a later date, and it will integrate Spire's key assembly, lamination and testing machines, along with intermediate tooling stations.

SOURCE: Spire
October 27, 2008 02:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Trans-India Acquisition Corporation to Merge with Solar Semiconductor Ltd.

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Trans-India Acquisition Corporation (AMEX: TIL) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire not less than 80% of privately held Solar Semiconductor Ltd. (Solar Semiconductor).

Solar Semiconductor designs, manufactures and sells solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for industrial, commercial, public utility and residential applications internationally.

Solar Semiconductor was incorporated in the Cayman Islands and has subsidiaries in the United States and India. Solar Semiconductor has manufacturing plants located in Hyderabad, India, with current annual capacity for 75 Megawatt (MW) of module production, which management believes makes the company the largest PV module producer in India. Solar Semiconductor is nearing completion of a “campus” facility with capacity for both PV module and solar cell manufacturing. This facility is expected to add additional PV module capacity of 120MW by the first quarter of 2009 and PV cell capacity of 30MW by the second quarter of 2009, and another 30MW of PV cell capacity by the fourth quarter of 2009. This new 50-acre facility is located in Fab City, near Hyderabad, which has been designated by the Indian government as a Special Economic Zone to promote the semiconductor and solar energy industry.

Solar Semiconductor had consolidated revenue of approximately $15.2 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, and approximately $27.3 million and $27.2 million for the three-month periods ended June 30, 2008 and September 30, 2008, respectively, based on unaudited financial statements for such periods. Based on an anticipated production increase to meet current orders, Solar Semiconductor expects consolidated revenue for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009 of approximately $140 million.

“Solar Semiconductor’s strategic positioning in the high growth-potential clean energy sector and its remarkably rapid expansion excited us to merge both companies to deliver attractive returns to our shareholders,” said Mr. Bobba Venkatadri, President and CEO of Trans-India Acquisition Corporation. “Access to capital markets is critically important for us to become market leaders in our sector. We are pleased to merge with Trans-India Acquisition which will enable us to fuel our rapid growth and timely execute our business strategy,” commented Mr. Hari Surapaneni, President and CEO of Solar Semiconductor.

Transaction Summary

The parties to the definitive agreement are Trans-India, Solar Semiconductor, Solar Semiconductor’s subsidiaries in California and India, and certain shareholders of Solar Semiconductor. Shareholders holding an aggregate of approximately 85% of the outstanding capital stock of Solar Semiconductor are parties to the agreement as of today.

Pursuant to the definitive agreement, Solar Semiconductor’s shareholders will receive in exchange for their stock shares of Trans-India common stock valued at $8.00 per share. The holders of Solar Semiconductor options and warrants will receive Trans-India options and warrants based on the closing exchange ratio. The number of shares and options and warrants to be issued at closing will be based upon a purchase price of $375,000,000, minus the aggregate amount of Solar Semiconductor’s long-term indebtedness on the closing date in excess of $50,000,000. In addition, the purchase price will be increased or decreased based on certain performance-based measurements. Upon the closing, the current shareholders of Solar Semiconductor will hold a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock of Trans-India.

The performance-based component of the purchase price (referred to as the deferred purchase price amount) is based on Solar Semiconductor’s adjusted net income for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010. If that adjusted net income exceeds $50,000,000, the purchase price will be increased by the lesser of: (1) $100,000,000; or (2) four times the amount by which the 2010 adjusted net income exceeds $50,000,000. If Solar Semiconductor’s adjusted net income during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010 is less than $50,000,000, the purchase price will be decreased by the lesser of: (1) $175,000,000; or (2) eight times the amount by which the 2010 adjusted net income is less than $50,000,000. For purposes of the calculation of the deferred purchase price, adjusted net income differs from GAAP net income. Certain expenses are added back to GAAP net income to determine adjusted net income. These include certain stock related compensation expenses, expenses associated with the Trans-India acquisition of Solar Semiconductor and any costs associated with a listing on a national exchange. This will be more fully described in Trans-India’s proxy statement.

The above consideration is calculated based on the presumed acquisition by Trans-India of all of the capital stock of Solar Semiconductor. Any and all purchase price consideration will be reduced proportionally by the percentage of any outstanding capital stock of Solar Semiconductor not acquired by Trans-India. The definitive agreement allows for any minority Solar Semiconductor shareholders to be added as a party to the agreement prior to the initial closing and for a limited period in subsequent closings. The initial closing, which will include not less than 80% of the outstanding capital stock of Solar Semiconductor, is contemplated to occur on or before February 14, 2009, subject to extension up to June 30, 2009 if Trans-India seeks and obtains approval of its stockholders to amend its certificate of incorporation to permit the extension.

An aggregate of 24,375,000 shares of Trans-India common stock, representing $195,000,000 in value, will be placed in escrow at closing. Up to 21,875,000 shares of Trans-India common stock, or $175,000,000 in value, will be released to the Solar Semiconductor shareholders upon determination of Solar Semiconductor’s 2010 adjusted net income. Up to 4,687,500 shares of Trans-India common stock, or $37,500,000 in value, is subject to claims for indemnification obligations of the Solar Semiconductor shareholders under the definitive agreement. The balance of the escrow shares will be released to the Solar Semiconductor shareholders 18 months following the closing.

All of the Solar Semiconductor shareholders that are party to the definitive agreement have agreed to enter upon closing into lock-up agreements with Trans-India that provide they will not sell or transfer any securities of Trans-India held by them upon closing for a period of 12 months. However, Trans-India may release from this lock-up up to an aggregate of 5,000,000 shares of common stock at any time following 6 months after the closing date.

Certain key shareholders and employees of Solar Semiconductor have entered into non-competition and non-solicitation agreements with Trans-India that will become effective upon closing. These agreements provide that such individuals will not compete with the business of Solar Semiconductor in India, the United States and the European Union for a period of two years following termination of employment with Trans-India.

The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including, among others, the approval of the transaction by the stockholders of Trans-India and the listing of the shares of common stock of Trans-India to be issued to the Solar Semiconductor shareholders on the American Stock Exchange. In addition, the closing is conditioned on holders of not more than 24.99% of the shares of Trans-India common stock voting against the transaction and electing to convert their Trans-India common stock into cash, as permitted by the Trans-India certificate of incorporation.

Trans-India and Solar Semiconductor have customary rights to terminate the definitive agreement, including, among others, by mutual consent of the parties, by Trans-India if Solar Semiconductor’s historical financial statements are not audited by November 30, 2008 or by Trans-India or Solar Semiconductor if the closing does not occur by February 14, 2009 (or such later date up to June 30, 2009 if the Trans-India stockholders approve an extension for the time to complete the transaction). The existing management of Solar Semiconductor will continue as the management of Trans-India upon the closing of the transaction and the board of directors of Trans-India will consist of five directors, of which Solar Semiconductor will designate four members and Trans-India will designate one member.

Trans-India will change its name upon closing to Solar Semiconductor Corporation.

About Trans-India

Trans-India is a blank check company organized under the laws of the State of Delaware to effect the acquisition, through a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition or other similar business combination, of one or more target businesses with operations primarily in India. Trans-India consummated its initial public offering of 11,500,000 units on February 14, 2007.

About Solar Semiconductor

Solar Semiconductor designs, manufactures and sells solar photovoltaic products to its global customers for industrial, commercial and residential applications. Solar Semiconductor is currently expanding its module manufacturing capacity and installing cell manufacturing capacity as part of its value added strategic backward integration plan. Solar Semiconductor is the recipient of ISO 9001certification for its state of the art manufacturing plant in Hyderabad, India. Social responsibility and unwavering commitment to its customers is at the core of Solar Semiconductor’s mission. For more information, visit www.solarsemiconductor.com.
6 firms to set up 12-mw solar power plants in Haryana
Preeti Parashar
Posted online: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 23:44 hrs
Chandigarh, Aug 26 Considering the huge potential of harnessing solar energy to generate power, the Haryana
Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has issued letters of intent on August 22 to six independent
power producers for setting up solar power projects of 12-mw in the state.
The firms include M/s RS India Wind Energy from New Delhi (3-mw), M/s Astonfield Renewable Resources from
Kolkatta (3-mw), Epuron Renewable Energy-New Delhi (2-mw), M/s Azure Power India-New Delhi (2-mw), Omax
Autos-Gurgaon (1-mw) and Selecto Systems-Faridabad (1-mw). These independent power producers (IPPs) will
soon be signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with HAREDA for setting up of solar photo voltaic (SPV)
power projects in the state in phase I.
The tariff for generation of through solar energy has been fixed at Rs 15.96 per unit by the Haryana Electricity
Regulatory Commission (HERC) for projects to be commenced up to December 31, 2009 and Rs 15.16/unit for
projects commencing between December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2010. A few leading groups like Reliance
Industries Ltd, ACME Telepower, Admire Energy Solutions (Moser Baer company) etc had also sent proposals to
set up solar power plants in Haryana amongst the 20 proposals received by HAREDA .
Director of HAREDA Sumita Misra told FE, “As per the new scheme of the ministry of new & renewable energy, a
maximum of 10-mw grid interactive SPV power plant can be set up in a state. We have requested the ministry to
extend this cap to 12-mw for Haryana as two of our IPPs— Omax Autos and Selecto Systems will be having rooftop
installations which require no extra land or expenses.”
25 Nov 2008
India / Solar
Maharashtra sets draft solar tariff

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission has proposed a tariff of INR 3/kWh (USD 0.06/kWh) for PV and STEG projects in the state.

The proposed tariff is only for solar power projects eligible for generation-based incentive scheme announced by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy that offers an incentive of INR 12/kWh (USD 0.23/kWh) for PV and INR 10/kWh (USD 0.2/kWh) for STEG. To avail this scheme the projects will have to be commissioned within Maharashtra before 31 March 2010. According to MERC, it has received applications from various PV project developers to set up 1MW and above solar projects. MERC has adopted the generic tariff approach since different technological options and multiple types of materials such as thin film and polycrystalline will make the performance parameters and cost structure of...
November 27, 2008

Chennai, India: Refex Energy Partners with IBC Solar

Refex Energy, a Chennai based company, has partnered with IBC Solar, Germany to address the utility-scale and stand alone photovoltaic projects in India. This business partnership will specialize in PV system integration that will include planning, engineering, implementation and maintenance of solar installations ranging from small scale systems to megawatt solar PV power plants.

Refex Energy a part of Chennai based Refex group of industries incorporates the underlying values and vision of its parent company to strive towards providing clean and futuristic technological and power solutions. Refex Energy is foraying with its core concentration on solar and wind technology. The company strives to be the leading renewable energy producer in India with the state of the art technology partners.

IBC solar, a German based company has been exclusively active in the photovoltaics sector. The IBC group of companies with several subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, currently supplies the global market with high-performance systems of every magnitude, from single-family home roofs, to large-scale solar projects. To date more than 350 MWp of photovoltaic power have been delivered in more than 50,000 solar systems around the world.

Udo Mohrstedt, IBC Solar AG Chairman said, "India could become an important market. IBC solar has been a solar pioneer since 1982 in the area of photovoltaics and is an excellent role model for “Renewables made in Germany".
23.12.2008 14:01
China Sunergy Signs Sales Agreement With Ajit Solar

NANJING, China, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China Sunergy Co. (News), Ltd. , a specialized solar cell manufacturer based in Nanjing, China, today announced that it has entered into a one-year agreement with Ajit Solar Pvt Ltd ("Ajit Solar"), a privately-owned module manufacturer based in Jaipur, India.

Under the terms of the agreement, China Sunergy will supply and deliver a total volume of 12MW of multi-crystalline solar cells. It is expected that China Sunergy will deliver 5MW to Ajit Solar in the first half of the year, and the remaining 7MW in the latter half.

Commenting on the agreement, CEO of China Sunergy, Dr. Allen Wang, said: "Our partnership with Ajit Solar marks a significant step for China Sunergy as we venture into the growing Indian solar market. Despite the challenging market conditions, we continue to receive orders for our solar cells. We look forward to working closely with Ajit Solar and to further penetrating the Asian markets."

Located in Jaipur, India, Ajit Solar is a privately owned company of the Gehlot Group which manufactures world class photovoltaic modules.
09 Jan 2009
India / Solar
Indian state-run power firm to set up two PV projects

The Karnataka Power Corporation has said that it intends to set up two PV projects of 3MW each in Kolar and Belgaum districts of the state.

The power generation company has already issued a tender seeking a developer for the projects to be located in the Yelasandra and Itnal villages of Kolar and Belgaum respectively. The firm had earlier spoken of diversifying its energy mix. KPCL currently has four small hydro projects with a total capacity of 25MW and two wind power projects totalling nearly 5MW. Karnataka offers a tariff of INR 3.40/kWh (USD 0.07/kWh) for PV and STEG projects to be commissioned before 31 December 2009.
Indian company to assemble solar panels in Mozambique PDF Print E-mail


Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 13 January 2009 at 07:17

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Indian company, Central Electronics Ltd is to set up a solar panel assembly line in Mozambique, under the terms of a memorandum of understanding to be signed this week in New Delhi by Mozambique’s National Energy Fund (Funae).

Mozambican newspaper Notícias also reported that the memorandum would be signed on the sidelines of the Conference on Energy Independence with Global Cooperation, at which Mozambique will is represented by Energy Minister, Salvador Namburete.

Of the issues to be dealt with at the meeting, the most worthy of note are issues of energy security based on cooperation between nations and rural electrification in order to promote rural development.


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Astonfield to set up 200 MW project in Gujarat PDF Print E-mail


Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 14 January 2009 at 07:36

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Astonfield Renewable Resources Ltd (ARRL) will execute a mega 200 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project across Gujarat. The venture is touted as the largest renewable energy project in India.

'Gujarat is our top priority,' said Ravinder Raina, the company's new president of Indian operations, in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. The company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the project with the Gujarat government on Monday.

Raina said the company's agenda also included educating the Indian masses about renewable energy, and what it could mean for economic growth, pollution control, as well as electrification of more remote areas.

With the addition of the 200 MW solar PV venture in Gujarat, ARRL currently has over 300 MWs in its project portfolio.

In addition to solar PV projects, ARRL is also developing renewable energy plants using biomass and municipal solid waste-to-energy technologies. It has project allotments and/or active business development operations in eight different states in India.

'ARRL is greatly enthused with such a significant allotment in Gujarat. We look to Gujarat as a leader and steadfast partner in promoting the renewable energy story in India,' said Sourabh Sen, Co-Chairman, Astonfield Renewable Resources Ltd.

After India, the group is looking at similar projects in the Middle East and African countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda over the next three to four years.
Indian state reduces solar tariff
19 Jan 2009 / Solar / Policy & regulation / India
The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission has revised its tariff for PV and STEG projects to INR 3.10kWh (USD 0.06/kWh) and INR3.70/kWh (USD 0.07/kWh) respectively.
Spire and HHV Enter into PV Strategic Relationship

Spire and HHV develop a strategic relationship to provide the Indian PV Industry with an enhanced portfolio of equipment and services

BEDFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 20, 2009--Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing turnkey factories and capital equipment for manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) modules and cells worldwide, today announced it has finalized a strategic relationship with Hind High Vacuum Company Private Limited (HHV) located in Bangalore, India. Spire and HHV shall cooperate to better address the Indian PV industry by offering a more complete and competitive portfolio of solar manufacturing equipment and service capabilities.

"We are delighted to finalize a cooperative relationship with HHV that will allow both companies to offer a stronger portfolio of solar manufacturing equipment and services to the local market and beyond," said Roger G. Little, Spire's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Little went on to say, "While this cooperation will initially focus on module manufacturing equipment, both companies are keen to explore additional areas and ways that can offer our clients better and more competitive equipment and services."

India is one of the world's largest solar power markets and is among the fastest growing for manufacturers of both solar cells and modules. In addition to the large export market, PV demand in India is expected to grow exponentially in the near future.

Mr. Prasanth Sakhamuri, Managing Director of HHV, said, "Both companies are leveraging their inherent strengths. This is to ensure our customers get the most cost effective products with the highest quality, a key in establishing a competitive advantage. Both Spire and HHV have built their capabilities and reputation in the past by providing the highest quality goods and services. Our relationship is being built-up in stages and will endure the test of time."

About Hind High Vacuum Company Private Limited

HHV is a premier high vacuum technology company, established in 1965. The company is focused exclusively in the field of vacuum technology, manufacturing a wide range of products from vacuum furnaces and ovens, thin film coatings, vacuum pumps, and special infrastructure contracts involving vacuum technology and turnkey plants for amorphous silicon PV panel manufacturing.

HHV has manufacturing plants in Bangalore, Peenya and Dabaspet, all of which are with an ISO 9001-2000 certified quality system. HHV's endeavor is to provide a world class service support to all of its customers. For further information on HHV, please visit www.hhv.in or contact by telephone +91 (80) 4193 1000 or email info@hhv.in.
Indien: Dünnschicht-Photovoltaik-Produktionslinie des Technologiekonzerns Moser Baer bereit zur Herstellung extra großer Solarmodule

Der weltweit aktive Technologiekonzern Moser Baer (Neu Delhi, Indien) berichtete am 21.01.2009, dass sein Photovoltaik-Tochterunternehmen bereit sei zur Produktion von Dünnschichtmodulen am Standort Greater Noida. Die Zertifizierung der "SunFab"-Dünnschichtfertigungslinie des kalifornischen Anlagenbauers Applied Materials, Inc. sei bereits erfolgt. Mit der Zertifizierung sei sichergestellt, dass die SunFab"-Produktionslinie sämtliche Anforderungen an die Fertigung, den Modulwirkungsgrad und den Energieertrag der Module erfüllt. "Der Produktionsbeginn ist sowohl ein Meilenstein für Applied Materials als auch für Moser Baer, den ersten Kunden, der eine SunFab-Linie von Applied Materials erwarb", heißt es in der Pressemitteilung. Die Single-Junction-Fertigungslinie mit einer Kapazität von 40 Megawatt ist die größte Dünnschichtproduktionsanlage in Indien. Nach Herstellerangaben ist dies zugleich die weltweit höchste Kapazität zur Produktion von 2,2 mal 2, 6 Meter großen Solarmodulen.

Den Traum von der Solarenergie Wirklichkeit werden lassen

Deepak Puri, Vorsitzender und geschäftsführender Direktor von Moser Baer kommentiert: " Moser Baer verfolgt eine differenzierte Strategie im wachstumsstarken Photovoltaik-Geschäft und der Start der SunFab-Linie ist von großer Bedeutung bei unserem Bestreben, den Traum von der Solarenergie Wirklichkeit werden zu lassen. Mit der Dünnschichtlinie werden wir unsere Produktionskapazität deutlich ausweiten und unsere Kunden mit Modulen versorgen. Die enge Zusammenarbeit mit Applied hat uns in die Lage versetzt, unsere Fabrik in Greater Noida rasch hochzufahren". Mike Splinter, Präsident und Vorstand. von Applied Materials fügt hinzu: "Wir sind hoch erfreut, dass wir die Anlage bei diesem wichtigen Kunden freigeben konnten, die erste SunFab-Linie in Indien. Besonders danken wir Moser Baer als erstem SunFab-Kunden für seine Unterstützung bei unserm Bestreben zur Kostensenkung von Solarstrom durch den Einsatz von 5,7m2 großen Substraten.


Bewährte Technologie aus der LCD- und Halbleiterindustrie

Die SunFab-Linie ist eine vollständig integrierte Photovoltaik-Produktion, die eine herausragende Produktionstechnologie bietet, einschließlich fortschrittlicher Verarbeitungstechnik und Ausrüstung sowie weiterer unterstützender Technologien. Die damit hergestellten PV-Module sind von der Internationalen Elektrotechnischen Kommission (IEC) hinsichtlich der Leistung (IEC 61646) und der Modulsicherheit (IEC 61730) unter extremen Einsatzbedingungen zertifiziert. "Diese wichtige Zusammenarbeit ermöglichte die erste fortschrittliche Dünnschicht-Solarfabrik in Indien, auf Grundlage der bewährten Technologie von Applied Material, die aus der LCD- und Halbleiterindustrie stammt", sagte Dr. Rajiv Arya, Vorstand von Moser Baer Photovoltaic. "Mit unserem Produktions-Know-how verbunden mit der Technologie von Applied Material werden wir innovative Photovoltaikprodukte liefern, welche den Strompreis deutlich senken und eine kosteneffiziente Lösung zur sauberen Energieproduktion aus erneuerbaren Quellen darstellen".

21.01.2009 Quelle: Moser Baer India Ltd.; Applied Materials Inc. Solarserver.de © Heindl Server GmbH
29 Jan 2009
India / Solar
XL Telecom clarifies term loan agreement for PV factory

India's XL Telecom & Energy (BSE: 532788) has clarified that the firm has not raised loans for its PV factory by pledging shares of the promoters as the main security.

Local media earlier suggested that the promoters of XL Telecom have pledged 12% of equity out of the promoters holding to raise INR 1.9bn (USD 39m) from banks to part finance its PV factory in Fab City, Hyderabad. However, the PV cells and modules manufacturer has issued a statement to the Mumbai Stock Exchange stating that “the banks have lent the loan repayable in next seven years based on the total project assets being created of the INR 2.6bn (USD 73.5m) as main security”. “The shares of the promoters which are incidentally locked in till 2010 will form as collateral security to the said loan. The fluctuation in market price of these shares will not hampe...
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Solar Semiconductor Adds New PV Cell Line

Solar Semiconductor, a manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) modules in India, is gearing up to enter the cell manufacturing segment as part of a US$100 million expansion plan.

The plant is based in the southern city of Hyderabad, which is fast becoming India's solar manufacturing hub, where a number of solar energy projects are either coming up or pending approval. About half of the 18 companies setting up plants in India are doing so in Andhra Pradesh, as part of the Fab City project being developed as a public-private partnership initiative of the Andhra Pradesh Government.

"We are coming out with a cell line in addition to the module manufacturing in our new plant being built in the Fab City. Our intention is to make the most efficient and the best PV products in the world," said Ravi Surapaneni, vice president, Solar Semiconductor.

Currently, Solar Semiconductor has an 80MW manufacturing facility in Gundlapochampally, near Hyderabad, which started commercial production in September 2007. The company is now in the first phase of a 50-acre project, and expected an additional 120MW PV module capacity by the end of December 2008, as well as PV cell capacity of 30MW, which will be doubled to 60MW in the first quarter of 2009.


Growing Success
The company generated revenues of US$15 million during the year ending 31 March 2008, and is expecting to earn over US$140 million for the year ending March 2009.

In July 2008, Solar Semiconductor entered into a US$1.2 billion, multi-year contract for the supply of wafers from SolarWorld AG, a subsidiary of Deutsche Solar AG, which operates one of the largest multi-crystalline solar silicon wafer factories. In the same month it also signed a US$695 million agreement with AS Solar GmbH, a large reseller of solar PV products in Europe, to supply its high-quality modules for the European market.

In March 2008, the company secured a US$575 million order from IBC Solar, Germany, a large PV module manufacturer. Through this contract, Solar Semiconductor will supply high quality PV modules over the next three years. IBC Solar will also be using Solar Semiconductor's products to service its Europe and US customers.

Solar Semiconductor's family of multi- and mono-crystalline PV modules includes models ranging from 135W to 270W.

These modules employ 156mm cells and are designed for grid connect applications such as large commercial systems, residential systems, PV power plants, and off-grid applications.


Manufacturing Expertise
"All our expertise in manufacturing comes from our engineers, who come with a great deal of experience from the semiconductor industry," said Surapaneni. "Some of the senior engineers have hands-on experience and have set up semiconductor fabs. Our entire line of machinery is imported, and amongst the best in the world, equipped with the latest robotics at every critical step in the manufacturing process to ensure high quality. Also, we are one of the few manufacturers in the world to manufacture certified modules with power as high as 295W."

The "state-of-the-art" plant is equipped to work with 125mm or 156mm mono and multi-crystalline cells - cells less than 180um or 160um thick and with two or three bus bars.

In October 2008 Solar Semiconductor entered into a reverse merger agreement with US-based Trans-India Acquisition Corp (TIAC). Under this agreement, TIAC would acquire no less than 80% in Solar Semiconductor and its subsidiaries in India and the US. It will pump US$92 million into expansion activities. Solar Semiconductor, meanwhile, will have access to capital markets for raising funds, bypassing the process of going public. After the completion of the process, the entity will be named Solar Semiconductor Corp.

by Sufia Tippu, Bangalore

http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/HONSHI/20090120/164316/
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Indian solar firm bags pilot order for modules in Europe
17 Feb 2009 / Solar / Contracts & procurement / India
India's XL Telecom & Energy (BSE: 532788) has secured pilot orders for USD 3.3m of PV modules from undisclosed customers in Germany and Czech Republic.
Antwort auf Beitrag Nr.: 36.549.652 von lieberlong am 10.02.09 15:31:57und der Merger ist schon wieder abgeblasen
Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 17 February 2009 at 23:39

XL Telecom & Energy has announce that solar panels exported to Spain through large European EPC Company have been installed by the end client in their largest 30 MW Solar Farm.

XL Telecom & Energy has announce that solar panels exported to Spain through large European EPC Company have been installed by the end client in their largest 30 MW Solar Farm. The installed has implemented its 30 MW Solar Farm project near the city of Arnedo in La Rioja province, Spain.

The project covers a total surface area of around of 70 hectares. The project has total power of 34 MW and overall project investment is about Euro 181 million with average Euro 5.3 million per MW as average cost. The installer has total of 28 PV Solar Parks with total capacity of 143 MW.

XL Telecom and Energy is going to continue its focus in Spain and other parts of the Europe going forward, countries like Germany and Czech Republic in particular.

With its sustained marketing and sales campaign, XL Telecom & Energy is successful in making inroads in to large German market and emerging Czech Republic markers.

The company has received its initial pilot orders valued Euro 2.6 Million from these to European union countries and is confident of winning several orders for its Solar PV Panels going forward.

For more information, please visit www.xltelenergy.com.
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India shortlists four solar manufacturing proposals
19 Feb 2009 / Solar / Manufacture & Scale-up / India
Local media reports suggest that the Indian government has shortlisted solar manufacturing plant proposals from Moser Baer, KSK Energy, Titan Energy and Solar Semiconductor.
24 Feb 2009
India / Solar
India sets target of 1.75MW for rooftop PV in FY10

The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said it plans to have 1.75MW of PV installed on rooftops by end of March 2010.

The MNRE said that it particularly keen to promote rooftop installations to replace diesel-based generating systems that are being used for back-up power even during the day time. The ministry claims that the payback period for such installations is around five years for all beneficiaries. The MNRE provides a financial assistance of INR 75 (USD 1.5) per watt of PV panels to a maximum of 30% of the cost of systems to profit making bodies availing depreciation benefits. For non-profit making organisations the financial assistance is INR 100 (USD 2) per watt to a maximum of 40% of the cost of systems. By the end of the 12th five year plan, 2007-2012, the MNRE expects to have 4.25MW of rooftop PV instal...
Webel-SL Energy Systems to invest over $35 million in 30MW Indian module plant
27 March 2009 | By Síle Mc Mahon | News > PV Modules


Webel-SL Energy Systems Ltd. has, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, revealed it is to invest approximately 1.8 billion rupees ($35.7 million) to build a second cell and module manufacturing facility in Kolkata, eastern India. The facility will bring Webel’s annual manufacturing capacity from 12MW to 42MW.

Rising demand in India, as well as increasing sales orders from Europe, the U.S. and Australia, prompted the company to establish what will be its second module plant in India. The recent news of China’s introduction of a solar subsidy program is also a potential boon for the company.

It is expected that the new facility will be operational by the end of April.
P2 Solar, Inc. announces government approval to build 25MW solar power station in Punjab, India PDF Print E-mail


Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 07 April 2009 at 10:53

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P2 Solar, Inc. announces that it has submitted plans to the Indian State of Punjab for the construction of a 25 MW Solar Power Plant. On March 20, 2009, the Company received governmental approval to build the 25MW Solar Power Station in the Indian State of Punjab. The present intention of the parties is to enter into a written agreement memorializing the terms of the project after May 20, 2009. The contract will include a Power Purchase Agreement for 33 years.

Mr. Raj-Mohinder Gurm, CEO of P2 Solar, Inc. stated, "We are extremely pleased to be working with the Indian Government with its need for electrical power. This initial phase of 25MW is part of a larger planned Power Station for the State of Punjab, and is being closely watched by a number of additional Indian States. We would like to thank all of the local, state, and federal agencies that assisted in making this project possible and look forward to working with them for years to come."

For more information about P2 Solar, please visit www.p2solar.com.
June 2, 2009

Lakshadweep, India: BHEL Commissions Two Solar Power Systems in Lakshadweep

As part of India’s largest Solar Power-based Island Electrification Project in India, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has successfully commissioned two Grid-Interactive Solar Power Plants of 100 KWp each in Lakshadweep.

With this, the company has commissioned a total of eleven Solar Power Plants in the Lakshadweep islands, adding over 1 MW of Solar Power to the power generating capacity of the coral islands in the Arabian Sea. The plants have been set up at Chetlat and Amini islands of Lakshadweep.

BHEL has earlier commissioned Solar Power Plants of various ratings up to 150 KWp at the islands of Agatti, Andrott, Bangaram, Bitra, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy. Notably, BHEL’s Solar Power Plants cater to about 15% of the Union Territory’s energy demand and Lakshadweep boasts of having the country’s largest solar power-based island electrification project.

Till recently, the Lakshadweep islands were wholly powered by distributed generation sets using diesel transported from the mainland (Kochi). Transportation of diesel is a cumbersome and costly process, largely depending on sea conditions. Continuous running of the diesel generators was also leading to noise and air pollution. Besides, contamination of the ground water by the stored diesel was another concern which prompted the Lakshadweep Administration to opt for environment-friendly Solar Power.

Apart from substantial fuel savings up to 3 Lakh Litres per year, the projects will greatly reduce the problems faced in transportation and storage of diesel, besides safeguarding the fragile ecology of the coral islands hitherto threatened by the use of diesel. The Solar Power Plants supply energy to the main Diesel Generator grid which in turn powers the entire island including Tourist Cottages, Residential Houses, Cottage Industries etc.

The Photovoltaic modules convert sunlight to electricity directly and using state-of-the-art Power Conditioning Units (PCUs), the DC power is converted to AC and synchronised with the diesel grid. Backed by a vast experience of over two decades, BHEL is one of the few leading players in the field of Solar Photovoltaics and SPV power plants in India. The SPV modules are manufactured at its ultra-modern manufacturing facility located at Bangalore.

Starting from small applications like Solar Powered Street Light, Rural Water Pumping System, Railway Signaling, Offshore Drilling Platforms, BHEL has supplied and commissioned large size Stand-alone as well as Grid Inter-active Solar Power Plants in a number of major cities and remote areas of the country. The Solar cells and modules manufactured here are also exported to various countries like Germany, Australia and Italy. The company’s PV modules are certified to international standards by JRC, Ispra, Italy.
Indian government working on massive solar energy plan PDF Print E-mail


Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 05 June 2009 at 13:12

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A draft Indian government plan, obtained by Greenpeace, outlines plans for a national target of 20 Gigawatts of solar generation capacity by 2020. The massive green plan is a clear example of how developing countries are acting on climate change, while in the industrialised world, the EU and the US are still struggling with their reduction targets, and delaying concrete financial support needed by developing countries for clean energy.

Greenpeace is calling on EU finance ministers, meeting next Tuesday in Luxembourg, to recognise the need for financial support of €110 billion annually for green energy investments in developing countries, measures for adapting to climate change and stopping deforestation.

The Indian solar plan would put India in the global forefront in the fight against climate change. The Solar Mission document is a national solar energy plan that makes a significant contribution to a sustainable development strategy for the Indian economy.

"This would be the most ambitious solar plan that any country has laid out so far, but in order for India to take concrete steps to fulfill this solar mission, India needs international support. The industrialised world needs to come up with solid proposals on technology and finance to help developing countries deliver on ambitious plans like this one," said Siddharth Pathak, climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace India, from the UN climate talks in Bonn.

On 9 June, the EU's finance ministers will meet in Luxembourg to discuss financial support for green investments in developing countries. To date, the ministers have been reluctant to quantify any specific funding that developing countries need - and have been promised - for additional investments in clean energy, forest protection and adaptation to climate change.

"EU leaders are happy to agree quick-fix solutions to save failed banks, but do not help countries like India to invest in green measures needed to save the climate," said Joris den Blanken, Climate and Energy Policy Director of Greenpeace European Unit, also at the climate talks.

"Next week they have a fresh chance to put money on the table. That will not only boost new plans like the Indian solar plan, it could also break the current deadlock in the international climate negotiations here in Bonn," he said.

There are hopeful signs. The German Financial Times today reported that EU government experts have advised the finance ministers that at least €100 billion annually is needed for the developing countries.

Last update: 05 June 2009 at 13:12
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Modi's touted Vibrant Gujarat summit seems to become a burden for Gujarat, if all solar power projects are materialised for which MOUs are executed.
The Gujarat government had announced that about 45 MoUs with a combined worth of Rs 61,019 crore, at least on paper, were inked at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit (VGGIS) this year, projecting to generate a whopping 3,275 MW of solar power in the state. But if those MoUs signed over a span of 24 hours are taken seriously, the state would be violating its own generation ceiling prescribed in its solar policy that was announced barely a week earlier, by no less than six-and-a-half times, and the Central government ceiling by over 65 times. But that is nothing compared to what the state government will need to cough up to buy all the phenomenally expensive Solar Power Generators (SPG), if even a portion of the MoU signatories actually mean business.

The state government had announced its Solar Power Policy 2009 on January 6, less than a week before the VGGIS, with an operating period up to March 31, 2014. The policy clearly said only a maximum of 500 MW SPGs shall be allowed for installation during the operative period of the policy.

According to V H Buch, Director of the Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA), which is the nodal agency for facilitation and implementation of the Solar Power Policy, this meant the total solar power generated in Gujarat cannot exceed 500 MW until 31/03/2014.

"This is the combined cap in Gujarat for generation from both Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) as well as Solar Thermal (ST) projects," he affirmed to this newspaper.

Incidentally, the MoU signing flurry at VGGIS, which saw a total of 8,500 of them rushed through in less than 48 hours, was even after the government had firmed proposals for setting up Solar Power Projects from firms such as Euro Ceramics (100 MW), Reliance, Surya Chakra, Tata Power (200 MW), Essar (50 MW), Indiabulls (150 MW), among others.

No answers could be had on how and why the government got MoUs signed for an additional 3,275 MW at VGGIS, while its own cap remains 500 MW. "I am too small a man to answer that. You should ask those above," maintained the GEDA chief, who is directly responsible for solar power in Gujarat. Industries Minister Saurabh Patel and Principal Secretary S Jagdeesan remained unavailable for comments.

Government sources say a firm cap on Solar Power generation is because it is a very expensive affair. According to data from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) of the Government of India, the estimated cost of setting up a solar power plant is in the range of Rs 16-20 crore per MW and the cost of electricity generation comes to around Rs 12 to 15 per unit, depending on the technology used.

In comparison, the capital cost of a coal-based power plant is Rs 4 crore per MW and that of Hydropower is Rs 6 crore per MW, and the cost of electricity generation from these are an average Rs 3 to 4 per unit.

It is because solar power generation is costlier and the tariffs a lot higher that the state governments chip in with sops. The Gujarat government has announced a tariff of Rs 13 per unit for the first 12 years for SPV projects, and Rs 10 for ST projects commissioned before December 31, 2010; for projects commissioned after that date and before March 31, 2014, the tariffs would be Rs 12 per unit for the first 12 years for SPV and Rs 9 per unit for the ST projects.

Since such sops are obviously unaffordable beyond a point, a firm cap is placed on solar power generation. As in the case of the Central government, under its generation based incentive scheme, putting the cap at 50 MW for the whole country during the entire 11th Five Year Plan. The Rajasthan government, too, has already announced a solar policy with a firm 50 MW cap.
Suryachakra Power Corporation Acquires Suryachakra Power Venture
Tuesday June 09, 2009 03:29:00 EDT

(RTTNews) - Suryachakra Power Corporation said that the company acquired its subsidiary Suryachakra Power Venture Pvt. Ltd. Suryachakra Power Venture is setting up a 50 MW concentrated solar thermal power project in state of Gujarat and entered into Memorandum of understanding with the department of Energy and Petrochemicals representing the Gujarat Government.
Gujarat to get world's largest solar power project

Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 09 June 2009 at 06:08


The Clinton Foundation, founded by former US President Bill Clinton, has firmed up its plans to set up the world’s largest solar park in Gujarat. In a closed-door meeting, a delegation led by Clinton Foundation Chairman Ira Magaziner met Chief Minister Narendra Modi and other top government officials today to discuss their plans to set up a 3,000-5,000 MW solar park in the state.

“The Clinton Foundation is keen on signing an MoU for this project anytime next week. The investment for the project could be close to $10 billion, depending on the size of the project,” a top government official, who was present at the meeting, told Business Standard.

Last update: 09 June 2009 at 06:08
Ucilia Wang June 4, 2009
Making Money From the Indian Sun

The Indian government could expand its small solar subsidy program announced last year, prompting domestic solar companies to gear up for what they believe would be a lucrative local market.

India has lots of sunshine, but not enough government investments to make it a hot solar market. At least not yet.

It's not for a lack of political will. Last year, the government announced its first-ever solar energy subsidies for both grid-connected projects using solar panels as well as solar thermal technologies.

The same ruling party that announced the feed-in tariff program has held on to the helm after an election in May, a result that bodes well for solar companies, said Gopalan Rajeswaran, chief technology officer at Moser Baer Photovoltaics in New Delhi.

"The government returned to power with a clear mandate, and it's good for the solar policies," said Rajeswaran at the Photovolatics Summit in San Francisco this week.

The feed-in tariff program, which requires utilities to buy solar power at premium prices, was a good start but a small one. It capped the installations at 10 megawatts per state and 5 megawatts per developer.

The government is now considering a more ambitious plan to boost solar power production 20 gigawatts by 2020, 100 gigawatts by 2030 and 200 gigawatts in generation capacity by 2050, according to The Hindu.

The country installed only about 2 megawatts of installed, grid-connected solar power systems by March 2008, according to India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The country is big enough to accommodate 600 gigawatts, the government has said.

"The prize for us is to grow the Indian market," said Rajeswaran. Moser Baer's parent company is one the world's largest maker of CDs, DVDs and laser discs, and it started a solar business in 2005 that ships its panels mainly to Europe.

India has roughly 10 solar panel makers, who all export a vast majority of their products, said Rajeswaran.

Together these solar panel makers had 80 megawatts of solar panel production capacity in 2007, up from 65 megawatts in 2006 and 45 megawatts in 2005, he added.

Moser Baer added 40 megawatts of amorphous silicon thin film panels over the last year (see Moser Bear Rolls Out Thin Film, Builds Power Plant).

India is attracting developers of other solar technologies as well. Solar thermal power could play a role, though the 5-megawatt cap for each developer makes the market unattractive at this point.

Solar thermal power plants promise deliver cheap power but only if they are built in much larger scale. Arizona Public Service, the largest utility in the state, recently signed a power purchase agreement to buy solar thermal power from a 290-megawatt project.

India "has such a small cap that it's not going to attract the initial investments," said Reese Tisdale, a research director at Energy Energy Research in Cambridge, Mass.

Still, some Indian companies are prepping themselves for what they believe will be a large domestic market, Tisdale noted.

Acme Group, for example, plans to start building a 100-megawatt solar thermal power project in India later this year. It has licensed the technology developed by Pasadena, Calif.-based eSolar for the project (see eSolar's Transformation Continues With Indian Deal).
Bangladesh mulls loan scheme to promote solar and biogas projects
15 Jun 2009 / Solar / Policy & regulation / Bangladesh
Bangladesh Bank is planning to provide a BDT 2bn (USD 29m) revolving fund to promote solar, biogas and effluent treatment projects in the country.
Indian Government sets ambitious plans for solar industry infrastructure
17 June 2009 | By Mark Osborne | News > Market Watch


The Indian Government is set to initiate a three-phase strategy to significantly increase the country’s adoption of solar energy, according to a detailed analysis and exclusive checks made by Barclays Capital Solar Analysts, Vishal Shah and his team. The program, which is part of India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change, also provides customs and excise duty exemptions on capital equipment and other critical materials to help build a sustainable infrastructure that includes between 2-3 dedicated PV industrial parks and polysilicon production plants to meet the targets of 20GW of solar generation capacity by 2020, 100GW by 2030 and 200GW by 2050.

Implementation of the three-phase plan is expected to begin in 2010 with the Indian Government spending approximately US$20 billion over a 30 year period. In the first 5 years, the government will spend US$1 billion on projects that include installation of approximately 100MW on public sector buildings and incentives and creation of industrial parks for PV manufacturing.

Between 2013 and 2017, US$3 billion will be allocated as the Feed-in-Tariffs take hold as no official cap on installations is planned, according to Barclays Capital. The tariffs are said to be set for 20 years with initial tariff of approximately Rs.16-18/kWh for ground based systems and ~Rs.18-20/kWh for roof-top/BIPV systems.

The Indian government plans to introduce a National Solar RPS. Regional states would then be required to generate 1-3% of electricity from solar resources by 2017.

A target of 4-5GW of solar manufacturing capacity within India is planned by 2017. Approximately 2GW of that production would be met by internal polysilicon production, according to Barclays Capital.
Moser Baer to set up solar unit in Sivaganga
BS Reporter / Chennai October 16, 2008, 0:22 IST

The Tamil Nadu government has identified two companies for setting up two 5 Mw capacity solar photovoltaic power generation units in the state. The units are expected to be commissioned by December 2009.

Moser Baer is one of the companies that will set up a solar power unit in Sivaganga district. Sivaganga is the constituency of finance minister P Chidambaram. The name of the other company has not been disclosed.

Addressing a one-day conference on ‘Energy and Environment meet’ organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci), Arcot N Veeraswamy, state electricity minister, said Tamil Nadu a leader in developing renewable energy, especially wind energy, was also now focusing on solar power.

In may be recalled that three companies had submitted bids to set up solar photo voltaic power generation projects in the state in response to the tender called by the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (Teda) under a programme by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

To promote solar power generation in the country, MNRE had recently announced a generation-based incentive of Rs 12 a killo watt hour for solar photovoltaic projects and Rs 10 a killo watt hour for solar thermal power generation projects.
India Govt wants financial closure by Aug 31 for solar PV projects

Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 14 July 2009 at 00:10


Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) projects in the country have taken another step forward. The Department of Information Technology has asked the 12 applicants who recently received in-principle nod for PV projects filed under special incentive package scheme (SIPS) to complete their financial closure by August 31, reported Hindu Business Line.

“They will come back with the financial close and the financial details as approved by various financing partners and the application would then be placed before the Appraisal Committee,” Mr R. Chandrasekar, Secretary, DIT, told Business Line today.

On whether the applicants would be able to meet the deadline given the global liquidity crunch, the DIT Secretary said, “Most of these companies have indicated their optimism in reaching the financial closure in the given timeframe. We will monitor the situation.”

The Appraisal Committee will recommend whether the Government can approve financial support to a particular project.

The release of funds under the SIPS will happen once the companies have incurred threshold expenditure on projects (Rs 2,500 crore for fab units, and Rs 1,000 crore for eco-system units including PV).

Last month, the Government accorded in-principle clearance to 12 PV applicants including Titan Energy Systems, Reliance Industries, Tata BP Solar Power, and PV Technologies India (a subsidiary of Moser Baer), KSK Surya PV Ventures, Signet Solar, Indo-Solar Ltd (formerly Phoenix Solar India), Solar Semiconductors, TF SolarPower, Lanco Solar, EPV Solar and Bhaskar Silicon. Together these projects involve an investment of Rs 76,500 crore over a 10-year period. The initial nod implied that prima facie these proposals have met the basic technical criteria as laid down under SIPS.

Project conditions:

The issuance of the in-principle letter is based on three conditions. The project parameters should be clearly visible with a proper report detailing the product line and technology. This is critical for determining whether the project falls within the technical parameters of the scheme or not.

Second, the applicant and the investor should be clearly identifiable; and, third, the applicant must have identified the location for the project and taken steps to acquire or take possession of the land.

In all, the Government has received 17 proposals worth Rs 1,57,000 crore under the SIPS. Under the programme, the Centre will provide incentive of 20 per cent capital expenditure during the first 10 years for the units in Special Economic Zones and 25 per cent of the capital expenditure in non-SEZ units.

Last update: 14 July 2009 at 00:10
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Gujarat issues draft tariff for solar power projects
28 Jul 2009 / Solar / Policy & regulation / India
The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission has proposed a tariff of

INR 14/kWh (USD 29 cents/kWh) and
INR 10/kWh (USD 20 cents/kWh) for

PV and STEG projects respectively.
US firm to invest $2 bn in India's renewable power sector


Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 25 July 2009 at 02:36


Renewable energy player Astonfield will invest around $2 billion in India over the next five years to generate about 1,000 MW of power, most of it from solar sources.

Renewable energy player Astonfield will invest around $2 billion in India over the next five years to generate about 1,000 MW of power, most of it from solar sources.

'We are going to make an announcement in the next 30-60 days. It will be a billion dollar initial investment on photo-valtics,' said Ameet Shah, co-chairman of Astonfield Renewable Resources to IANS at Delhi today.

Photo-valtics technology is being used to generate solar energy. Astonfield Renewable is the Indian unit of the US-based infrastructure major Astonfield Management. Much of the proposed $2 billion investment will be for building solar-powered projects with a capacity of 500 MW, he said.

'It will be the largest single investment in the renewable energy sector in India,' Shah added.

The company will also bring a solution to ensure that the energy produced from these solar plants will be fed into its electricity grid on a consistent basis. This will come in handy in many places where the grid has a tendency to break down, which will result in power losses.
Antwort auf Beitrag Nr.: 37.429.293 von R-BgO am 19.06.09 17:41:11India to unveil 20GW solar target under climate plan
Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:42am EDT

* National Solar Mission aims to cut reliance on coal

* $19 bln plan aims to kick-start solar industry in India

* Plan to help India's bargaining power in climate talks

By Krittivas Mukherjee and David Fogarty

NEW DELHI, July 28 (Reuters) - India will unveil its first solar power target as soon as September, pledging to boost ouptut from near zero to 20 gigawatts (GW) by 2020 as it firms up its national plan to fight global warming, draft documents show.

The target, which would help India close the gap on solar front-runners like China, is part of an ambitious $19 billion, 30-year scheme that could could increase India's leverage in international talks for a new U.N. climate pact in December, one of several measures meant to help cut emissions.

If fully implemented, solar power would be equivalent to one-eighth of India's current installed power base, helping the world's fourth-largest emitter of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions limit its heavy reliance on dirty coal and assuaging the nagging power deficit that has crimped its growth.

The "National Solar Mission", yet to be formally adopted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's special panel on climate, envisages the creation of a statutory solar authority that would make it mandatory for states to buy some solar power, according to a draft of the plan, which provided detailed proposals for the first time, obtained by Reuters,

"The aspiration is to ensure large-scale deployment of solar generated power for both grid connected as well as distributed and decentralised off-grid provision of commercial energy services," the policy draft said.

Confirming the proposed plan, a top Indian climate official told Reuters that the mission contained "quite stiff" targets that could be announced in September. In June a senior climate official had hoped it could be submitted this month.

"The draft should not change much and the target of 20 GW will be there," the official said on condition of anonymity because the issue was still under discussion.

Money would be spent on incentives for production and installation as well research and development, and the plan offers financial incentives and tax holidays for utilities.

It envisions three phases starting with 1-1.5 GW by 2012 along with steps to drive down production costs of solar panels and spur domestic manufacturing. The world now produces about 14 gigawatts (GW) of solar power, about half of it added last year.

The move could unlock India's huge renewables potential and benefit companies such as Tata BP Solar, a joint venture between Tata Power (TTPW.BO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and BP plc's (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) solar unit, BP Solar, and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL.BO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), a state-run power and engineering equipment firm, and Lanco Infratech (LAIN.BO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Shares in Chinese solar equipment firms like Suntech Power Holdings (STP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Trina Solar (TSL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) have tripled since March, when Beijing first announced subsidies; Beijing is widely expected soon to raise its solar target to up to 20 GW by 2020.

Japan is targetting 28 GW of solar power by 2020.

India's climate plan released last year identified harnessing renewable energy, such as solar power, and energy efficiency as central to its fight against global warming. At the moment only about 8 percent of India's total power mix is from renewables, although it is a leading provider of wind power technology.

Experts say the voluntary domestic action will add to India's bargaining power in international negotiations, although India's refusal to commit to any binding emission targets has angered many rich countries demanding greater commitment.

"Such unilateral action will give India the moral high-ground because the rich countries have not committed to anything (in terms of finance and technology)," said Siddharth Pathak, Greenpeace India's chief climate campaigner.

Nearly 200 countries meet in Copenhagen in December to try to agree on a broader climate pact to replace the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol, whose first phase ends in 2012.

MANDATORY

The draft policy document estimated that India could cut about 42 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions with its new solar plan, which aims to provide access to solar-powered lighting for 3 million households by 2012.

The plan is to make the use of solar-powered equipment and applications mandatory for hospitals, hotels and government buildings, and encourage use of solar lighting systems in villages and small towns with micro financing.

The plan also outlines a system of paying households for any surplus power from solar panels fed back into the grid.

India's long-neglected power sector is regarded by many observers as the greatest infrastructure investment opportunity in a country where nearly 56 percent of the 1.1-billion plus population do not have access to electricity.

In spite of its pledge to clean technology, coal remains the backbone of India's power sector -- accounting for about 60 percent of generation -- with the government planning to add 78.7 GW of power generation during the five years ending March 2012. Of this, 15.1 GW has been commissioned.

In comparison, China's power generation capacity rose to 792.5 GW in 2008, more than five times India's capacity.

India says it must use more energy to lift its population from poverty and that its per-capita emissions are a fraction of those in rich nations, which have burned fossil fuels unhindered since the industrial revolution.

India, whose economy has grown by 8-9 percent annually in recent years, contributes around 4 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. (Editing by David Fogarty)

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Indian mining firm warms up to solar energy
29 Jul 2009 / Solar / Projects & asset finance / India
India’s Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals is planning to set up PV project with between 5MW and 10MW of capacity on a fast track basis in the state.
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Spire delivers turnkey solar module manufacturing line to Sova in India

Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 30 July 2009 at 14:13

Spire Corporation, a global solar company providing turnkey solar factories and capital equipment to manufacture photovoltaic (PV) cells, modules, and solar systems worldwide, today announced that it has delivered a PV module assembly line to Sova Power Limited (“Sova”) located in Durgapur, West Bengal, India. Stepping up into the green and renewable energy sector, Sova, along with Spire’s industry expertise and superior equipment line, will provide a state-of-the-art PV module assembly line in India.

Spire has provided Sova with a semi-automated crystalline silicon module manufacturing line capable of producing up to 12 megawatts of solar modules per year. It will integrate Spire's key interconnect, lamination, and testing machines, along with intermediate tooling stations. Spire will supply the process technology and training to operate the factory, as well as assistance in qualifying the factory’s modules to international standards and certification. The line is designed to be easily expandable at a later date.

“We are excited Sova has chosen Spire to provide our turnkey line solution. This order demonstrates how India is becoming a major player in the solar industry and continuously strives to be the leader,” said Roger G. Little, Chairman and CEO of Spire Corporation. “Spire’s ability to deliver a complete solar factory, as well as the training needed to succeed in the solar market, enables companies with limited exposure to the industry to efficiently add solar module manufacturing to their business portfolio,” concluded Mr. Little.

“We are excited to work with Spire, the industry leader, on this important new venture,” said Sajal Das, CEO of Sova Power Limited. “The solar market is expanding rapidly in India and Spire offers the quickest, most efficient path to joining the industry. We are confident that Spire’s industry expertise and superior manufacturing equipment position us for success as we integrate solar manufacturing into our existing business.”

About Sova Power Limited

Sova Power Limited, a group company of “Sova Group,” having the expertise and experience in the iron and steel industry, is keen to be a leader in the solar PV business. Sova Power Limited provides solar module panel products service, technical support and installation of solar modules. Sova Group has its headquarters in Kolkata, India with its Sova Power Limited manufacturing facility located in Durgapur, West Bengal, India.

For corporate or product information, visit www.spirecorp.com.
India sets out ambitious solar power plan to be paid for by rich nations

India plans to generate 20GW from sunlight by 2020, putting green energy targets of developed nations in the shade

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India has decided to push ahead with a vastly ambitious plan to tap the power of the sun to generate clean electricity, and after a meeting chaired by the prime minister, Manmohan Singh, it wants rich nations to pay the bill.

Although India has virtually no solar power now, the plan envisages the country generating 20GW from sunlight by 2020. Global solar capacity is predicted to be 27GW by then, according to the International Energy Agency, meaning India expects to be producing 75% of this within just 10 years.

Four-hundred million Indians have no electricity and the solar power would help spark the country's development and end the power cuts that plague the nation. It would also, say some analysts, assuage international criticism that India is not doing enough to confront its carbon emissions. It is currently heavily reliant on highly polluting coal for power.

The plan provoked prolonged discussion at a meeting of the national climate change council in New Dehli yesterday, which resulted in major changes from early drafts. The draft document had envisaged a government subsidy of around $20bn (£11bn), and falling production costs, in order to achieve a long-term 2040 target of 200GW of solar power.

But experts pointed out that a large government subsidy contradicted the Indian government's stated position in the negotiations to agree a treaty to fight global warming. India, along with China and others, has demanded that the costs of clean technologies should be carried by developed nations, which have grown rich through their heavy use of fossil fuels.

Under the revised plan, India's solar mission will seek to achieve its targets by demanding technological and financial support from the developed nations. "In order to achieve its renewable energy targets, the Indian government expects international financing as well as technology at an affordable cost," said Leena Srivastava of the TERI energy research institute.

The move suggests New Delhi could use its solar energy plan as a bargaining chip at the forthcoming climate change summit in Copenhagen. The government reaffirmed its hardline position last month when the environment minister, Jairam Ramesh, told the visiting US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton: "There is simply no case for the pressure that we, who have been among the lowest emitters per capita, [have] to actually reduce emissions." If rich nations do fund the solar plan, the aim of both sides – economic growth for developing countries but with low-carbon emissions – will have been met.

Nonetheless, the plan's optimistic cost projections were debunked at the meeting, leaving it unclear how much money the 2020 target would need. "In terms of vision, it's a very good plan," said Kushal Singh Yadav of the Centre for Science and Environment. "But the nuts and bolts will remain uncertain until we get a fix on how much money is needed, and where it will come from."

Yadav pointed out that India has taken significant strides in wind energy production thanks to a shift in government policy.

Spain, for instance, added 3GW of solar power capacity in just one year in 2008.

In another significant policy shift following the meeting, solar thermal power (which heats water) will be given as much importance as photovoltaic (which generates electricity).

The Tamil Nadu government has already asked for New Delhi's assistance for setting up a 100MW solar thermal plant in the southern state.
ET Solar Group Providing Modules For 1 MW Ground-Mounted Plant In India
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ET Solar Group Corp., a Nanjing, China-based system integrator and manufacturer of photovoltaic products, has signed a 1 MW module supply transaction with a large system integrator for an Indian project.

Module shipment was completed in July, and more sizeable volumes are being planned for. According to Indian government's 11th five-year plan, the nation is targeting 20% electricity generation from renewable energies by 2020, where at least 10 GW will be achieved through solar power generation, the company notes.

SOURCE: ET Solar Group Corp.
Tata BP Solar, NXP Semiconductors Partner On Electronic Solar Products
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NXP Semiconductors has signed a development partnership with Tata BP Solar India Ltd., a joint venture of BP Solar and Tata Power, under which Tata BP intends to use various electronic solutions for solar applications developed by NXP. These solutions have been developed by NXP as per the requirements of Tata BP.

The two companies have signed a letter of intent stating that they will roll out electronics controls products starting in 2010. Both companies are looking at a long-term partnership that will see the development of a range of products.

SOURCES: NXP Semiconductors, Tata BP Solar
ZEBASOLAR INC's Indian subsidiary awarded 10MW PV power station in the state of Gujarat


Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 17 August 2009 at 13:46


ZEBASOLAR INC is proud to have been chosen out of the numerous applicants as one of the allotted companies for India's first major allocation of Solar farms in the State of Gujarat. The 743MW award of Solar concessions thus far is the largest in India and one of the largest allocations in the world to date by a Government.

The Gujarat PV Project involves an investment of 35 million euro on the part of ZEBASOLAR PVT LIMITED INDIA, a 85% subsidiary of ZEBASOLAR INC USA. This plant will have an annual power production of 16.37 million kWh, and a franchised operation term of 25 years. This win, the first for ZEBASOLAR in India, is on the heels of more than 500MW of Solar plant applications the company has made in various Indian states in early 2009.

In late January 2009, The Gujarat State Energy Agency (GEDA) planned an open tender to confirm the on-grid electricity price and technical solutions. An estimated total of 70 International majors and domestic energy players bid for with over 5,400 MW worth of tendered applications.

"We are very proud to have won our concession in The State of Gujarat, we commend the Honorable Chief Minister of the State, Mr. Narendra Modi as well as the Secretary of Energy Mr. Jagdeesan, for their vision and foresight in bringing Gujarat as the State which is not only leading the push in India to go GREEN, but also making an impact on the world market by announcing a concession of this size. ZEBASOLAR will bring its partners and technology to ensure that the State succeeds in its plans and initiatives and helping India become a renewable energy leader", stated Shahal Khan, Founder and President of ZEBASOLAR INC.

"The project is expected to start construction within 5 months and has to be completed within the 6 following months. Coming online estimated in mid-2010 and supplying the State with clean and efficient Solar Power", commented Majid Khan, Director of ZEBASOLAR INDIA.

All PV systems will be PV tracker panels, installed on land. ZEBASOLAR is in the process of setting up the GUJARAT joint venture company and confirming the EPC contract.

More about ZEBASOLAR is available on www.zebasolar.com.
AES Solar to invest USD 20m in Indian solar project
24 Aug 2009 / Solar / Projects & asset finance / India
US-based AES Solar is setting up a 5MW thin film project in Rajasthan, India with an investment of INR 975m (USD 20m).
Seven developers eye solar panel manufacturing units in Gujarat


Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 02 September 2009 at 15:15


After allotting capacities to 34 developers for generating a total of 716 Mw of solar power, as many as seven developers have come calling to the state for setting up solar panel manufacturing units here.

The seven players who have shown interest in setting up solar modules manufacturing units in the state include Lanco Solar, Moser Baer, Mumbai based PLG Power, Hyderabad based Solar Semiconductor, Sunkon Energy, Gandhinagar based Top Sun Energy Ltd and Surat based Waree Energies, said a government official close to the development.

While the exact size of the project and related investment details are awaited from the developers, the cost of setting up a solar module manufacturing unit would be about Rs 500-1,000 crore, depending on the size,
the official further said.

Lanco Solar has proposed an investment of about Rs 4,000 crore in the state which includes a 200 Mw solar photo-voltaic power plant. The proposed investment includes Rs 1,000 crore for solar module manufacturing unit.

All the seven players have meanwhile been allotted different capacities under the state's solar policy for setting up power plants that will generate power using solar photovoltaic cells.

The state government meanwhile is considering to set up a Solar SEZ and aims to rope in manufacturers in the special economic zone.

"The manufacturers can plan their capacities once we allot them capacities. And this we did it very recently. Apart from the solar modules being required for their own PV plants, the modules produced by the seven
players can also be sold to various other players whose projects would come up in the SEZ. Besides there is a good overseas market too," sources said.

Meanwhile, Clinton Foundation's proposed 'Solar Integrated City' project may also come up in the proposed SEZ.

The Central government has recently approached the state to consider setting up a 'Solar SEZ' in Gujarat.

A senior official from the Department of Commerce, government of India had written a letter to the state's energy department for considering a Solar SEZ in the state, sources privy to the development said.

Besides Kutch, two more locations including one in Jharad in Banaskantha and Shantalpur in Patan district are being considered for the project. Clinton Foundation is scouting for about 15,000 acres of GIDC land for
the project that will generate about 3,000 Mw of solar thermal power.

Source: Business Standard.
Moser Baer to develop a one megawatt solar farm project in Maharashtra, Western India


Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 11 September 2009 at 11:00

Moser Baer India Limited, the global technology company, is developing a one megawatt solar project in Chandrapur, Maharashtra. It has been has been awarded an EPC contract to this effect by Mahagenco, a Government of Maharashtra power generation company. The solar power plant was awarded on the basis of a global tender, in which 20 global companies participated. The project will be commissioned in consortium with SunEnergy GMBH, a specialised PV systems company based in Germany. The Chandrapur solar farm is among the largest projects anywhere in the world using amorphous silicon (thin film) photovoltaic technology.

The agreement terms include commissioning of the project by January 2010 and maintenance of the project thereafter.

Ratul Puri, Executive Director, of Moser Baer India Limited, said: “It is a matter of pride for us that Moser Baer is pioneering the setting up of large scale solar farms in India. This project, I am sure, will herald the widespread deployment of such solar farms in the country. What this project, which is being undertaken by a utility company of the Maharashtra government, also underlines the role utility companies can play in adopting large solar PV farms in India.”

Rajiv Arya, the Chief Executive Officer of Moser Baer’s photovoltaic business, said: “This project provides a significant opportunity towards showcasing our EPC and project development capabilities. It is heartening that solar energy is being seen as an affordable source of energy in India and Moser Baer has been instrumental in bringing about this change.”

SunEnergy has more than ten years of experience in commissioning large solar projects.

Photovoltaic industry growth

Higher cost of project financing and lower cost of natural gas, both outgrowths of the current economic setup, have made it tough for the solar industry in recent months. However, the key long term industry variables continue to be strong with countries continuing to implement solar-friendly incentive and feed-in tariff programmes. Continued demand for clean and renewable energy is expected to drive solar energy costs towards grid parity in the next couple of years. Moreover, the drop in prices for solar power equipment could make solar energy more competitive with burning fossil fuels to generate electricity. Currently less than one per cent of the world’s electricity comes from solar power. While investors are very selective due to the low finance availability, they still see PV as a low-risk asset class.

Being a densely populated region in the sunny tropical belt, the Indian subcontinent has the ideal combination of high solar insolation, a big potential consumer base density and government-led subsidy schemes. Apart from the 50 MW Government of India incentive scheme, the forthcoming National Solar Mission aims to make India a global leader in solar energy and envisages an installed solar generation capacity of 20,000 MW by 2020.

To know more, visit: www.moserbaer.com, www.sunenergy.eu.
Clinton Foundation to set up 3000MW solar plant in Gujarat

Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 09 September 2009 at 01:01


The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), a programme of US-based William J Clinton Foundation, on Monday announced setting up of the world’s largest solar power plant in Gujarat with an estimated investment of Rs 50,000 crore likely to flow into the state over the next five years.

The proposed 3,000MW plant —one of the four being set up by CCI across the globe — promises to make Gujarat the solar power hub of India. Gujarat has identified four locations along its international border with Pakistan for solar projects.

“We are setting up similar plants in California, South Africa and Australia. We chose Gujarat because of the state’s potential and its policy framework. A lot of people are talking about renewable energy, but Gujarat has acted,” said Ira Magaziner, chairman of CCI, who was in Ahmedabad to sign an agreement with the state government.

CCI is in talks with at least a dozen large companies from across the globe willing to invest in the project, which is likely to come up over 5,000 hectares along border districts of Kutch and Banaskantha. With the state government planning a large gas grid in the region, CCI is also exploring possibilities of making the plant hybrid.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on the occasion that his government plans to convert the border into a solar hub. “We would identify land and create infrastructure for the project. We want Gujarat to become a hub for manufacturing solar power equipment, R&D and generation. The initiative will generate 20,000 jobs,” said Modi.

Source: The Times of India.

Last update: 09 September 2009 at 01:01
Seven solar makers eye Gujarat for new production facilities
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Moser Baer, Solar Semiconductor, Lanco Solar and others are in talks with government officials following the recent go-ahead for 716 MW of solar power plants.

The western Indian state of Gujarat is being wooed by seven different solar companies looking to set up new manufacturing facilities for solar modules, according to a report in tomorrow's edition of the Business Standard.

The newspaper quoted a government official saying that the companies that have expressed interest are: Lanco Solar, Moser Baer, PLG Power, Solar Semiconductor, Sunkon Energy, Top Sun Energy, and Waree Energies. Each production facility could draw an investment of between Rs 500 crore and Rs 1,000 crore ($102.5 million to $205 million), according to the paper.

The interest in establishing manufacturing facilities is tied to the recent wave of approvals from the Gujarat government for solar power plants. Earlier this month, the government gave the OK to 34 solar power projects totaling 716 megawatts, which is nearly 3 percent of the state's power requirement.

The power projects are expected to draw an estimated Rs 12,000 crore ($2.4 billion) in investment by the private firms, with 24 using photovoltaic technology and 10 using solar thermal (see Inside cleantech India: Kal, Aaj aur Kal! and Zebasolar wins 10 MW Gujarat power station bid). Lanco Solar has proposed building a Rs 3,000 crore 200-MW solar PV plant, in addition to a Rs 1,000 crore module manufacturing facility.

The Business Standard reported that the government is now considering establishing a special economic zone (SEZ) for solar module manufacturers.

"Apart from the solar modules being required for their own PV plants, the modules produced by the seven players can also be sold to various other players whose projects would come up in the SEZ," a source told the paper.

In January, the Gujarat government announced a policy to encourage solar energy through March 2014 for projects between 5 and 500 MW (see Tata Power plans geothermal, solar for Gujarat). Gujarat plans to sign 25-year fixed-rate tariff contracts that exempt companies from paying an electricity duty on solar power sent to the grid or used on-site.

The policy immediately prompted a number of announcements for solar power plants (see Solar farms flock to Gujarat for new tariff plan). Gujarat is viewed as an ideal place for solar power generation because of its abundant open space and high solar radiation.

By 2012, Gujarat is expected to have a demand for 14,000 MW of electricity. The government has targeted 10 percent of the energy sold from renewable resources.
Antwort auf Beitrag Nr.: 37.967.973 von R-BgO am 12.09.09 16:16:29Seven developers eye solar panel manufacturing units
Maulik Pathak / Mumbai/ Ahmedabad September 1, 2009, 1:06 IST

After allotting capacities to 34 developers for generating a total of 716 Mw of solar power, as many as seven developers have come calling to the state for setting up solar panel manufacturing units here.

The seven players who have shown interest in setting up solar modules manufacturing units in the state include Lanco Solar, Moser Baer, Mumbai based PLG Power, Hyderabad based Solar Semiconductor, Sunkon Energy, Gandhinagar based Top Sun Energy Ltd and Surat based Waree Energies, said a government official close to the development.

While the exact size of the project and related investment details are awaited from the developers, the cost of setting up a solar module manufacturing unit would be about Rs 500-1,000 crore, depending on the size, the official further said.

Lanco Solar has proposed an investment of about Rs 4,000 crore in the state which includes a 200 Mw solar photo-voltaic power plant. The proposed investment includes Rs 1,000 crore for solar module manufacturing unit.

All the seven players have meanwhile been allotted different capacities under the state's solar policy for setting up power plants that will generate power using solar photovoltaic cells.

The state government meanwhile is considering to set up a Solar SEZ and aims to rope in manufacturers in the special economic zone.

"The manufacturers can plan their capacities once we allot them capacities. And this we did it very recently. Apart from the solar modules being required for their own PV plants, the modules produced by the seven players can also be sold to various other players whose projects would come up in the SEZ. Besides there is a good overseas market too," sources said.

Meanwhile, Clinton Foundation's proposed 'Solar Integrated City' project may also come up in the proposed SEZ.

The Central government has recently approached the state to consider setting up a 'Solar SEZ' in Gujarat.

A senior official from the Department of Commerce, government of India had written a letter to the state's energy department for considering a Solar SEZ in the state, sources privy to the development said.

Besides Kutch, two more locations including one in Jharad in Banaskantha and Shantalpur in Patan district are being considered for the project. Clinton Foundation is scouting for about 15,000 acres of GIDC land for the project that will generate about 3,000 Mw of solar thermal power.
India’s Orissa state fixes tariff for PV projects
14 Sep 2009 / Solar / Policy & regulation / India
The Indian state of Orissa has set a “provisional” PV tariff of INR 15/kWh (USD 3 cents/kWh) from the first year to 12th year and INR 7.5/kWh (USD 15 cents/kWh) from 13th to 25th year.
Antwort auf Beitrag Nr.: 37.972.126 von R-BgO am 14.09.09 10:03:43OERC fixes tariff for solar photovoltaic power
BS Reporter / Kolkata/ Bhubaneswar September 12, 2009, 0:32 IST

The Orissa Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) has fixed the tariff for solar grid connected photo voltaic power in the state. While the tariff has been fixed at Rs 15 per KWH from the first year to 12th year, it will be Rs 7.5 per KWH from 13th to 25th year.


The above tariff is generic and all the incentives/subsidies received by the developer from the Union ministry of new and renewable energy sources (MNRE), Government of India and Orissa government will be factored into it.

So the state owned Grid Corporation of Orissa (Gridco) will pay the net amount after deducting the incentives and subsidies. However, both Gridco as well as the developer are free to negotiate for an agreed tariff within the above ceiling rate.

This will be applicable to solar photo voltaic projects which would be established in the state by March 2010. The commission said, the connectivity of these 5 Mw solar projects will be at 33 KV level.

OERC referred to various orders of the other State Electricity Regulatory Commissions (SERC) before the determination of the the tariff. However, the fixed tariff will be provisional as OERC is in the process of formulating a comprehensive renewable energy policy, consequent to the consultative paper floated for the purpose.

It has roped in Pune based World Institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE) to prepare a report on the development of renewable energy policy guidelines for Orissa, which is in final stages.

It may be noted, Solitaire Energies Pvt. Ltd., Lanco Solar Pvt. Ltd., Sahara India Corporation Ltd. and New Era Power Corporation, had applied OERC for determination of tariff for solar photo-voltaic power in the state. The Commission also conducted a public hearing on the matter.

Solitaire Energies Pvt. Ltd proposes to set up a 5 Mw Grid interactive solar photo voltaic project at Katapalli village in Jharsuguda district and Lanco Solar Pvt. Ltd proposed to set up its 5 Mw unit at Ramdaspur in Cuttack district. Similarly, Sahara India and New Era Power Corporation also proposed to set up 5 Mw solar power plant each in the state. The determination of tariff is expected to pave the way for setting up of more solar photo voltaic power projects in Orissa.
New solar power policy soon

HYDERABAD: The Central Government is gearing up to launch a new solar power policy, Solar Mission, incorporating a slew of concessions and ‘lot of financial inputs’ for those involved in the manufacture of solar power generation equipment.

Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah said here on Wednesday that the new policy would be announced on November 14, the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, but refused to divulge any details of the new policy except for claiming “it is very good”.

He was speaking after formally releasing the brochure SolarCon India 2009, the global exhibition-cum-conference on solar energy related issues slated to be held in Hyderabad from November 9 to 11. The event, expected to see participation of 75 exhibitors and 500 delegates, will be hosted by Fabcity with India Semiconductor Association and Semiconductor Equipment & Materials International.

Dr. Abdullah said he would take up with Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee the issue of reducing the customs and other levies being imposed on manufacturing solar power devices shortly.The Government was planning to extensively use solar and renewable energy sources in places like Tirupati, Shirdi, Ajmer and other religious sites which were thronged by large number of people “so that people can see the benefits” of their use.
Lanco unit eyes 200MW solar plant in Orissa
17 Sep 2009 / Solar / Projects & asset finance / India
Lanco Solar, a unit of India’s Lanco Infratech (BSE: 532778), is planning to set up a 200MW PV project in the state of Orissa requiring an investment of nearly USD 600m.
INDIAN PV FIRM SHIFTS FOCUS TO STEG, SEEKS USD 12.3M
21 Sep 2009 / Solar / VC / PRIVATE EQUITY / India

India’s vertically integrated PV manufacturer Maharishi Solar is planning to raise INR 600m (USD 12.3m) to expand operations of its solar thermal division.

According to a company spokesperson, the shift in business focus is due to three key reasons - high cost of PV, current demand and supply ratio and the potential for STEG in India.

“The Indian government is also reviewing the earlier announced national solar mission to focus more on solar thermal,” he said.

The New Delhi-based firm currently has a 10MW production plant in Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh where it has set up a research and development unit to make solar grade silicon.

Maharishi has now tied up with two global firms, Abengoa Solar and Scheffler, for technology transfer and engineering support for commercial use of STEG such as hot water and drying applications. In particular, these firms will provide training on monitoring and diagnostics for solar systems for different applications.
INDIAN FIRM TO FUND PV CELL FACTORY VIA IPO
18 Sep 2009 / Solar / PUBLIC MARKETS / India

Indian optical storage device maker Euro Multivision is planning to raise nearly INR 660m (USD 14m) from the capital market to fund its proposed 40MW PV cell manufacturing plant.

EML had first announced in January 2008 that it intends to foray into the solar sector and fund the new business by going public. However, the plan was delayed as the firm did not get approval from the market regulator for its proposed IPO for many months.

In an interview with New Energy Finance in August last year, a company spokesperson had said that the firm had shelved the IPO plans and was looking to raise funds via the equity route.

However, the company is now reverting to its original plans and the IPO will hit the market by 22 September 2009.

“We feel the market has stabilised now and it is the right time to raise funds”, said a company spokesperson.

The firm’s proposed PV cell manufacturing unit in the Kutch district of Gujarat will require an investment of nearly INR 1.6bn (USD 35m). The company spokesperson said that EML has signed a new term loan agreement with local banks totalling INR 1bn (USD 20.7m).

The remaining funds for the factory will come from the IPO proceeds.

Euro Multivision is India’s second largest manufacturer of VCDs and DVDs after Moser Baer (BSE: 517140). The firm seems to be following the footsteps of its key competitor which has a significant presence in solar manufacturing.
INDIA’S FIRST GRID-CONNECTED SOLAR PROJECT FURTHER DELAYED
22 Sep 2009 / Solar / PROJECTS & ASSET FINANCE / India

The West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation’s 2MW PV project has been delayed as the firm is still waiting for generation-based incentive from the central government.

The 2MW Burdwan plant was expected to be fully commissioned in May this year but heavy rains in the region hampered the construction work.

WBGEDC partially commissioned the project by June and said that the project will be fully online by September 2009. However, the firm now claims that it has “no funds” to carry on the work.

“We commissioned 1.25MW of the project earlier this year and are eligible for the generation-based incentives from the Ministry of New and Energy,” said a company spokesperson. “We are waiting for MNRE to disburse the funds which we require to complete the remaining 750kW of the project.”

WBGEDC expects to receive the cheque by early October and bring the complete plant online by November this year.

WBGEDC will get INR 10/kWh (USD 20 cents/kWh) from the MNRE under the GBI scheme and INR 5/kWh (USD 10 cents/kWh) from state utility Dishergarh Power Supply Company with which it has signed a power purchase agreement.
Antwort auf Beitrag Nr.: 38.005.834 von R-BgO am 17.09.09 23:39:03LANCO UNIT EYES 200MW SOLAR PLANT IN ORISSA
17 Sep 2009 / Solar / PROJECTS & ASSET FINANCE / India

Lanco Solar, a unit of India’s Lanco Infratech (BSE: 532778), is planning to set up a 200MW PV project in the state of Orissa requiring an investment of nearly USD 600m.

In its proposal to the Orissa Electricity Regulatory Commission, Lanco has said that it will set up a 5MW project in Phase I in Ramdaspur district followed by 200MW in Jharsuguda district under Phase II.

The firm expects to bring the Ramdaspur project online in phases between 2011 and 2014. OERC recently approved two PV projects of 5MW each in Orissa from private developers.

Lanco Solar has also tied up with the state government of Gujarat to set up a 200MW PV project in the region.

The firm is setting up an integrated solar manufacturing unit in Orissa which it hopes will reduce the capital cost of its proposed power projects.
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Order focus: BOC India signs four new long-term gas supply deals with leading PV manufacturers
09 November 2009 | By Syanne Olson | News > Materials

BOC India (BOCI), a member of the Linde Group, has signed four new long-term gas supply deals with PV manufacturers Moser Baer, Euro Multivision, Solar Semiconductor and Indo Solar. With India readying itself for the unveiling of its first solar power target, which pledges to boost output from near zero to 20GW by 2020, BOCI’s new deals reinforces Linde’s standing as a key gas supplier in the PV industry.

“As India plans its solar energy production targets, BOCI is committed to the common goal of bringing the cost of solar electricity to grid parity for mass adoption, by reducing cost per watt of solar cell production,” said Srikumar Menon, managing director, BOC India. “Our relationships with this growing list of leading Indian manufacturers are testament to the value of our investment in establishing world class execution capability to serve this rapidly growing and technically demanding industry.”

For Moser Baer, BOCI will provide on-site manufacturing of critical gases for the Greater Noida, India facility. They will also focus on using technology solutions to provide the most advantageous gas usage and India’s first on-site Total Gas Management (TGM) service.

The deal with Indo Solar will see BOCI as the exclusive supplier of bulk nitrogen, silane and other specialty gases. BOCI will supply the facility with TGM services and install the distribution and monitoring systems.
BOCI will lead the way for the development of a gas supply infrastructure in Fab City Hyderabad. Solar Semiconductor’s new crystalline silicon cell plant in Fab City will use BOCI to expand its gas and chemical delivery to support future investments.

Finally, working with Euro Multivision in Gujarat, BOCI is supplying the bulk and special gases needed for their new 40MW crystalline cell manufacturing facility in Kutch.
Project focus: Enfinity, Titan Energy team for 1GWp PV installations in Andhra Pradesh, India
10 November 2009 | By Syanne Olson | News > Power Generation


Enfinity and Titan Energy have announced their plans to work in partnership to finance and construct 1GWp photovoltaic installations on 3000 acres of land in Andhra Pradesh, India, over the next five years. The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) will distribute, in long lease, the 3000 acres in the villages of Thumalla, Dademavaripalli, Pulikuntapalli, Karimireddypalli and Lokogipalli and at the industrial park of Amadugur near Kadiri.

“This collaboration is of major strategic importance in the further development of our activities in the high potential PV market in India”, said Gino Van Neer, founder of Enfinity and CEO of Enfinity Asia.

Enfinity will take on the development and financing aspect of the project while Titan will be the contractor and supplier of PV modules. The two companies have established a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for this venture.

"Receiving the allotment letter for 1GWp solar power plant from APIIC is a testimony of Titan's ability and competency in establishing large utility scale solar power plants. Our SPV with Enfinity would be the right vehicle in implementing such large projects”, commented Sankar Rao, managing director of Titan.

With India’s increasing need for primary energy and electricity needs, the country is turning to renewable energy sources to take advantage of its average 300 days of sun per year. India’s National Action Plan of Climate Change looks toward a National Solar Plan, which is expected to come into play this month. The solar plan sets an ambitious goal by the government to reach 20GW by 2020, 100GW by 2030 and 200GW by 2050.
Punj Lloyd Group forays into solar utility projects

Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 12 November 2009 at 00:36


Punj Lloyd Group, the diversified engineering, procurement & construction conglomerate, announced its foray into the solar utility space. Punj Lloyd, which has already established itself as one of the foremost process contractors in the design and construction of related renewable facilities namely biofuels, will provide solar photovoltaics (SPV) and solar thermal solutions with a strong emphasis on technology and providing application specific solutions. This initiative will be driven by Punj Lloyd Delta Renewables, headed by CEO, Dr Tariq Alam.

On this landmark move, Mr. Atul Punj, Chairman, Punj Lloyd Group stated, “It is logical for us as EPC leaders to partner with Delta Solar of Singapore, who are already established in India and are the chosen provider for solar lighting solutions for the Commonwealth Games Village. This initiative will enable us to address the immediate need for significant energy savings and clean energy sources globally.”

Punj Lloyd Delta Renewables will develop, engineer and execute renewable energy based projects throughout the world. Acutely aware of the environmental and sustainability issues associated with the production of fuels and energy using conventional methods, and the growing global demand for alternative renewable sources, Punj Lloyd Delta Renewables will provide turnkey integrated development and sustainable solutions within the power, building and infrastructure sectors.

While initially focussing on solar energy, Punj Lloyd Delta Renewables will diversify into other forms of renewable energy like biomass and wind.

Dr Tariq Alam, CEO, Punj Lloyd Delta Renewables said, “The amalgamation of Punj Lloyd’s global presence and management expertise and Delta Solar’s comprehensive understanding of key applications, together with leading edge designs and technology provides the ideal foundation for us to become a dominant global force in the renewable energy sector. “

Further information is available at www.punjlloydgroup.com.

About Delta Solar
Delta Solar is a turnkey solar solutions provider whose approach encompasses all facets of solar energy systems design and manufacturing, component sourcing, installation and maintenance for both the urban and rural communities. Headquartered in Singapore, Delta Solar has wholly owned subsidiaries in New Delhi, India and Dhaka, Bangladesh.

About Dr Tariq Alam
Dr Tariq Alam is Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of DELTA Solar Group Pte. Ltd. Dr Alam gained his PhD from University of Leeds, UK in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 1998. He then went on to join a leading US Semiconductor company where he had several years of experience in semiconductor design and manufacturing. He held a number of key roles across the company in engineering and marketing and eventually held the position of Vice-President, Global Sales and Customer Support.
Titan announces completion of India's first utility-scale solar power plant

Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 09 November 2009 at 08:46


Titan Energy Systems, Hyderabad announced the completion and commissioning of the first megawatt scale solar electric power plant in Jamuria, West Bengal. Titan designed and built the power plant for the West Bengal Energy Development Corporation, a government of West Bengal Enterprise. While the current capacity is slightly more than 1 MW, a further 250 KW will be added early next year. The electricity from the facility is fed into the power grid of utility provider, viz., DPSC Ltd, Seebpore, Asansol. This power plant is expected to power over 500 homes and few coal mines in the local Asansol district.

This power plant was powered by Titan’s latest modules built using patented mono-crystalline cells from their partner, Suniva®. These latest panels provide their customers with the highest efficiencies at an affordable cost. The power plant was also designed to operate with 800 VDC, to significantly reduce losses. The project was completed within 5 months, in spite of several constraints experienced being the first of its kind in India.

Rao SYS Chodagam of Titan Energy and Dr.S.P.Gon Chaudhuri of WBGEDCL took part in the commissioning and grid evacuation of the power plant. “Having established as a reputed and quality manufacturer of Solar Photovoltaic Modules in India, Titan has since launched into Engineering, Procurement and Construction of the large-size power plants with initial assistance from Beck Energy, Germany”, says Rao SYS Chodagam, Managing Director and Founder of Titan Energy. “It was our great pleasure to work with WBGEDCL and there was a great team work between the two companies to have completed the project successfully”.

“In spite of several difficulties envisaged in getting the project through, WBGEDCL could swim through and make it happen as the FIRST project of India”, says Dr. S.P.Gon Chaudhuri, MD of WBGEDCL.

About Titan:

TITAN is a pioneer in the design, development and manufacturing of solar photovoltaic modules ranging from 2Wp to 300Wp. Established in 1991, it is the only company of its kind in India to have established international credibility in the manufacture of Modules using crystalline and thin film based technologies.

TITAN has established a quality management system and meets the ISO 9001-2008. Titan’s modules are certified to meet the performance as per international standards IEC 61215:2005 and for safety as per IEC 61730-2 and UL 1703-Third Edition by TUV, Germany and UL, USA.

Titan currently operates a capacity of 100 MW and is expanding significantly its module production to achieve manufacturing capacity of 500 MW. Titan also plans on delivering Utility-Scale power projects in India exceeding 1000 MW by 2015. For more information, visit: www.titan-energy.com

About WBGEDCL:

WBGEDCL is an enterprise totally owned by the Government of West Bengal with an objective to develop generate energy through Renewable Energy Sources viz., wind, solar, mini-hydro, bio-mass etc. in pursuit of achieving the set objectives in respective field. It is head quartered at Kolkatta and is spearheading to establish power projects in West Bengal as well as acting as an consultancy organization to various Government Agencies to meet their set goals in the Renewable Energy.

Last update: 09 November 2009 at 08:46
India targets 1,000mw solar power in 2013
Nitin Sethi, TNN 18 November 2009, 12:42am IST
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Mission under the National Action Plan on Climate Change, with plans to generate 1,000 mw of power by 2013.

The Union Cabinet is going to consider the mission document, which requires India to generate 1,000 mw of solar power every year by 2013. A complete package has been proposed to propel the power sector into `solar reforms' that could lead to annual production of 20,000 mw by 2020 if phase I of the solar mission goes well. The country currently produces less than 5 mw every year.

In the first phase, between 2010 and 2013, the government is also proposing to generate 200 mw of off-grid solar power and cover 7 million sq metres with solar collectors.

The mission, if approved by the Cabinet, will entail three phases with the ambitious targets and financial mechanisms for the latter two phases being reviewed on the basis of performance in the first three-year phase.

By the end of the final phase in 2022, the government hopes to produce 20,000 mw of grid-based solar power, 2,000 mw of off-grid solar power and cover 20 million sq metres with collectors.

Solar lighting systems would also be provided to 9,000 villages under existing schemes by providing soft loans which would be refinanced by the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited.

Instead of the large direct subsidy to solar power producers suggested earlier, the government has decided to integrate solar power production and sale into existing power purchase mechanisms.

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN) shall in the first phase be made the nodal agency to buy solar power from producers at the rate recently established by Central Electricty Regulatory Commission. It would then sell it to state utilities which would be credited against the compulsory renewable energy purchase targets which the respective state electricity regulatory commission sets up. Specific targets for solar power may also be set up for the utilities to buy as part of their power portfolios.

NVVN will bundle solar power with the unallocated central pool to sell it to state utilities.

The government also plans to do away with customs and excise duty on import of capital equipment as well as ease the duty rates for raw material and inputs.

Roof-top solar power will be promoted by providing a generation based incentive for self-use as well as putting the power on to the grid.

To enhance human resources involved in the sector, it wants to train at least 1,000 engineers to specialise in the field besides providing scholarships to 100 engineers to study abroad in the first phase of the mission. IITs and other engineering institutes will be asked to set up specialised courses to meet the industry's demand.

To promote innovative uses of solar power, a venture capital fund will be set up to promote start-ups in collaboration with institutes like IIMs. A national centre of excellence for research on solar power is proposed as well to push research and development in the emerging field.

The government has proposed a Solar Energy Authority or a Mission with an additional secretary rank official to head the executive arm.
Project Focus: Suniva, Titan Energy complete 1MW solar PV power plant in West Bengal, India
24 November 2009 | By Tom Cheyney | News > Power Generation

Suniva and Titan Energy Systems have completed and commissioned a 1MW solar power plant project in Jamuria, West Bengal, India. Suniva’s monocrystalline-silicon photovoltaic cells power the Titan modules deployed at the site, which the companies say will likely expand by another 250kW early in 2010.

The electricity from the PV system, which was built for West Bengal Energy Development Corp. (a government of West Bengal Enterprise), is transmitted into the power grid of utility provider, viz., DPSCLtd, Seebpore, Asansol. This plant is expected to provide enough power for more than 500 homes and a few coal mines in the local Asansol district.

The project was finished within five months, in spite of several constraints experienced being the first of its kind in India, the companies said.

Neither further details on the PV system itself nor the financial terms of the deal have been disclosed.

“High-efficiency solar technology presents significant advantages in terms of land use and balance of system costs, and Suniva is our key partner for delivering the high power and volumes needed to keep projects reliably moving forward,” said Sankar Chodagam, managing director of Titan Energy Systems.

Over the next five years, Titan plans to develop a series of large-scale projects and installations in Andhra Pradesh, India. Suniva fully supports and looks forward to continuing its collaboration with the fast-growing Indian market.

“As India pursues its significant goals for solar power, innovative solar cell technology will be just as crucial as new system designs and deployment strategies,” said John Baumstark, CEO of Suniva. “We maintain a close and open dialogue with Titan in order to provide them with the best possible technology solutions and look forward to partnering with them in the recently announced 1GW project in Andhra Pradesh.”

Suniva’s is also being integrated into a variety of installations throughout the United States, including a 550kW solar farm in North Carolina and a 10MW development in Georgia. The company recently ramped its second mono-cSi solar-cell production line near Atlanta and has plans to build another factory in Michigan in the future.
West Bengal targets 115 mw solar power by 2013
2009-12-28 18:30:00
Last Updated: 2009-12-29 12:03:08

West Bengal expects to generate 115 megawatt solar power by March 2013, an official said Monday.
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'We are expecting to generate 110 mw from land-based solar power plants to be set up with the help of private sector companies. Another 5 mw will be produced through rooftop panels by 2013,' West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation (WBGEDC) managing director S.P. Gon Chaudhuri told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar here.

Around Rs.1,500 crore will be invested to produce the 115 mw.

The government has given a proposal to the union New and Renewable Energy Ministry to get this amount. At present, the state produces only 15 mw of solar power.
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According to the National Solar Mission, India should have an installed capacity of 20,000 mw by the end of the 13th Five Year Plan in 2022, implemented in three stages. For the first phase, scheduled to be over by 2013, the solar power capacity is expected to be around 1,300 mw.

'Out of 20,000 mw by 2022, we want to produce 2,000 mw,' Gon Chaudhri said at the seminar, which was part of the Industrial India Trade Fair organised by the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

He said the state would take up the task of making solar modules with a generation capacity of at least 500 mw of power by 2013.

By 2013, the whole country is expected to produce that much module, which can generate 5,000 mw of solar power, according to the mission.

Gon Chaudhuri said six companies - Webel, Moser Baer, Reliance Industries Ltd, Synergy Solar (P) Ltd, Astonfield and Videocon - have shown interest in making solar modules in the state.

He said solar lighting in around 100,000 homes will be done by 2013.

According to the mission, solar home lighting of 20 million homes in remote areas is planned by 2022. Of this, West Bengal will account of two million.

The investment for this will be to the tune of Rs.2,000 crore. The programme would be undertaken in areas like Sunderbans, West Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia, part of Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri districts.

These home lighting will be done by small units called integrators in the remote areas. There are around 30 such integrators in the state, he said.

The state government has formed the West Bengal Green Energy Development Corp Ltd to boost private investments in non-conventional renewable energy sources. It is promoted by the West Bengal Power Development Corp, West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd and the West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency.
Azure Power launches India's first privately operated MW scale solar power plant in Punjab

Posted by Debasish Choudhury on 15 December 2009 at 11:14


The first privately operated, utility scale, solar power plant in India was today inaugurated by Dr. Farooq Abdulla, Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Govt of India in Awan, Punjab. The 2 megawatt (1MW commissioned) photovoltaic (PV) project that is Built, Owned and Operated (BOO) by Azure Power, a US owned Independent Power Producer (IPP), is the first privately operated MW scale solar power plant in India. S. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab the Chief Guest of Honour, Vishwajeet Khanna, Secretary, STE&NCES and Inderpreet Wadhwa, CEO, Azure Power were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on this occasion Dr. Farooq Abdulla, Honorable Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Govt of India began by referring to the fact that even as we accepted all the other Gods that rule our mind, today, the ancient man worshiped the Sun. In an ironic shift, we are turning to Sun as a source of energy today and in an effort to save the world from harmful emissions. He identified solar power as the key driver in nation’s effort to electrify all the villages in the country. Dr. Abdullah also expressed that by turning to renewable energy resources like Sun will help in keeping the Import Bill down and save up for the countries development. The target under National Solar Mission is 20,000 MW by year 2022 with a short term target of 1300 MW in the next three years. Dr. Abdullah promised the Union Government’s support in all Solar Poer Plant Projects in the country.

Located in the village of Awan in Punjab’s Amritsar district, approximately 40 kilometers from Amritsar, the solar PV field will provide electricity to approximately 42 villages around Awan, under a 30-year power purchase agreement with Punjab State Electricity Board. This is part of the Pioneering efforts of the Government of Punjab in promoting solar power generation through private participation. The plant will help power 4,000 rural homes, totaling 20,000 people, while eliminating as much carbon dioxide pollution as 535,000 trees do annually. The project is facilitated & supported by PEDA (Punjab Energy Development Agency) & MNRE (Ministry Of New And Renewable Energy), Govt. of India. With the launch of this project, the PEDA has taken a major leap forward in its endeavor to put up Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) Power Projects in the MW scale in the state.

On the occasion of inaugurating the 40 Crore investment Solar Power Plant by Azure Power, S. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab invited entrepreneurs inside and outside Punjab to set up Solar Power Plants in the state. He mentioned the fact that close to 300 MW of power capacity has come up in Punjab in the last few years just through small scale power plants and he expects another 200 MW to be added from a few more small projects in the coming years.

Azure Power is India’s first Independent Power Producer in the space of Solar Power. They Build, Own and Operate (BOO) power plants for utilities and commercial establishments. This particular power plant at Awan, Amritsar has been constructed by Azure in a record time of six months.

The project exploits the solar passive concept, whereby natural ventilation, passive cooling and daylight are optimally utilized. Power from the plant is transmitted directly to a substation in the local community, thereby nullifying Transmission and Distribution losses . A total investment of Rs. 19 Crore has gone into commissioning the 1 MW output. The U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) provided loan to finance the project.

Addressing the media Mr. Inderpreet Wadhwa, CEO, Azure Power said, “We identified distributed medium scale solar power generation as key to energy efficient economic development almost five years ago ahead of national initiatives and international investment in MW-scale solar power generation in India. We took on the task to prove the model of distributed solar power generation at the tail end to enhance the grid as well as the livelihood of communities in rural India. Azure is glad to partner with the visionary Punjab State Government for our very first project. India needs 500 MW of power generation per week for the next 25 years to maintain GDP growth of 8% p.a. We see solar power to be a significant contributor to India’s renewable power generation in the coming years. More specifically, Solar Power is ideally positioned to address the severe power shortage in rural India. It is our mission to play a leading role in the electrification of rural India and we are confident that Solar Power can do the job.”

In addition to Punjab, Azure Power has already inked agreements with Governments of Gujarat and Haryana to the tune of 22 MWs and they are also in talks with State Governments in Karnataka, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Rajasthan for another 30 MWs. Azure Power is targeting 100 MW of solar power by 2013.

To know more about Azure Power, visit http://www.azurepower.com.

Last update: 15 December 2009 at 11:14
6-Jan-2010
BHEL Wins Turnkey Contract for setting up Grid-Interactive Solar Power Plant in
Karnataka
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has won a major conract for setting up an eco-friendly
Grid-Interactive Solar Power Plant of 3 MW capacity, on turnkey basis, in Karnataka.
Valued at Rs.420 Million, the order for setting up the Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) Power Plant at
Yapalaniddi village in Raichur District of North Karnataka, has been placed on the company by
Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL).
BHEL’s scope of work in the contract envisages engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and
commissioning of the equipment, besides operation and maintenance of the plant for three years
thereafter. The plant will be completed in a schedule of 8 months.
As part of India’s largest Solar Power-based Island Electrification Project in India, BHEL has also
recently commissioned two Grid-Interactive Solar Power Plants of 100 KW each in Lakshadweep.
With this, the company has commissioned a total of eleven Solar Power Plants in the Lakshadweep
islands, adding over 1 MW of Solar Power to the power generating capacity of the coral islands in
the Arabian Sea. Notably, BHEL’s Solar Power Plants cater to about 15% of the Union Territory’s
energy demand.
Backed by a vast experience of over three decades, BHEL is one of the few leading players in the
field of Solar Photovoltaics and SPV power plants in India. The SPV modules are manufactured at
its ultra-modern manufacturing facility located at Bangalore. As another step towards supporting
Government of India’s Green Energy Initiative, BHEL has recently enhanced its SPV Module
manufacturing facility from 3 MW to 8 MW per annum. The additional PV manufacturing facility has
enabled BHEL to handle larger and thinner solar-grade mono/multi-crystalline silicon wafers, for
which process optimisation trials have been successfully completed.
Starting from small applications like Solar Powered Street Lighting, Rural Water Pumping Systems,
Railway Signaling, Offshore Drilling Platforms, etc., BHEL has supplied and commissioned large
size Stand-alone as well as Grid Interactive Solar Power Plants in a number of major cities and
remote areas of the country. The company’s SPV plants have enabled the people of Lakshadweep,
Sagar Islands of West Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, tribal areas of Chhattisgarh,
Jharkhand, etc., to vastly improve their quality of life.
The Solar cells and modules manufactured by BHEL are also exported to various countries like
Germany, Australia and Italy. The company’s PV modules are certified to international standards
by JRC, Ispra, Italy.
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Esar Solar Power (ESP) and Fidelis Energy will develop a US$25 million, 5MW solar power plant in the Thar Desert near Jaisalmer, India. Fidelis will design and construct a multi-megawatt solar power system. ESP has signed a 10-year power purchase and sale agreement with the state's government-owned power distribution company.

"India represents the first of many untapped solar power markets that Fidelis plans to enter in 2010 and 2011," said James Poole, CEO of Fidelis Energy. "While international projects pose special challenges for solar energy producers, such as identifying proper high voltage lines and the ownership of the property prior to system installation."

"We recognize that the continued use of fossil fuels negatively impacts both the economy and the environment," said Esar Solar Power Chairman Jagdish Singh. "As such, ESP is determined to meet a portion of India's energy requirements by developing several large solar photovoltaic projects (PV Projects), which will generate electricity from sunlight. Fidelis has shown that it has the ability and innovative construction techniques to execute this contract, and we look forward to this project beginning in May of 2010."

The project is expected to be completed by October 2010.
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India's Airvoice plans 13 GW of renewable energy
11 de febrero de 2010
Airvoice Group has joined hands with Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam to build 13 GW of solar and wind energy capacity in India.



The companies plan to invest $50 billion over a period of 10 years, claiming it to be the largest single renewable energy project in the world.

Airvoice Group has proposed to set up a renewable energy sector project in Karnataka. (10,000 MW of Solar Power and 3,000 MW of wind power) After the in principal acceptance, KREDL has asked Airvoice Group to submit immediately a DPR for the 1st Phase initially (100 MW Solar and 200 MW Wind) The total investment being done by the company in the project would be 3200 crores.

The majority of the capacity planned, 10 GW, will be generated through photo voltaic installations, and the remainder through wind farms. Sanjay Kapoor, Chairman and Managing Director of Airvoice Group, told the Hindustan Times that his company had identified 12 potential sites for the solar installations and four districts in Karnataka.

The project will involve the generation of 10GW of electricity from solar thermal energy and 3 GW from wind turbines. The power plant will be built in a rural area of Karnataka. The developers estimate that over $50 billion will be invested in the project over the next 10 months and the first phase would be commissioned in the next 36 months.

The first phase, 100 MW of solar and 200 MW of wind power capacity, is expected to be commissioned in the next 36 months. Tendering for the 1.5 MW wind turbines is to begin shortly, and the company is already in talks with Eurowinds and Suzlon. Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam is a joint venture between the governments of India and Himachal Pradesh, has 48 percent equity in the new company.

Airvoice Green Energy Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, India, proudly announces the launch of one its most ambitious projects in the renewable energy sector. It proposes to set up 10,000 MW of Solar Power and 3,000 MW of wind power in the state of Karnataka.

The proposed solar power plant, of Airvoice Green Energy Pvt Ltd., would be based on Photo Voltaic (PV) technology. 12 high potential districts in the state of Karnataka have been identified for the same. This would be the largest solar power plant in the world till date. Currently the largest solar PV power plan in the world has a capacity of only 60MW based out of Spain. Sanjay Kapoor, the CMD of Airvoice Group, indicated in the press conference held at Villa Medici, The Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi, “this project alone would meet around half of the ambitious target of 20,000 MW as envisaged by the Jawaharlal National Solar Mission announced by the Honorable Prime Minister Sri Manmohan Singhji”. The Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL), the nodal agency of renewable energy projects, has given in principle approval. The entire project would be done in 5 phases. Airvoice would be setting up a first phase pilot of 100MW capacity. The work has already started and it is expected that the detailed project report (DPR) would be submitted within the next 90 days.

Airvoice group has also identified 4 high potential districts where the wind farm would be set up. The first phase of the 3,000 MW wind farm project would be 200 MW and the work on the same has already started. It is expected that the DPR would be submitted in the next 4 months.

Airvoice is entering into a JV partnership with Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL, Mini Navaratana) for the first phase of both the solar and wind power projects. S.P. Singh, GM of SJVNL, mentioned in the press conference that the board has in principle approved the partnership and the same would be submitted to the government. H.B. Sahay, AGM of SJVNL, articulated in the press conference that SJVNL operates the largest hydro electric power plant in the country and is happy to partner with the largest renewable energy project in the world.

Honorable Member of Parliament from Bangalore North, Sri D.B.Chandre Gowda, addressed the members of the press and announced that he was happy to see an initiative of this magnitude being undertaken in the country and voiced that this would address the power shortage in the state and the country.

Sanjay Kapoor, the CMD of Airvoice Group, said that his company is dedicated towards sustainable energy developments and sees India has a high potential country for Solar and wind power projects that would benefit the country in terms of CO2 emission reductions, employment generation and above all meeting the power demand in the country driving the future economic growth.


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Norcross, Ga. – March 16, 2010 – Suniva®, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells and modules, today announced the commissioning of its largest solar power installation with Titan Energy Systems Ltd. (Titan), located in Karnataka, India. The 3MW, ground-mounted system is the largest grid-connected solar field in India, covering more than 12 acres. The system was designed and deployed by Titan and is owned and operated by Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. (KPCL), one of India’s largest power providers. Karnataka Power will distribute power generated by the system to local farmers for irrigation purposes.
Founded in the year 1800, Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. is one of the most established power providers in India. In addition to this solar project, KPCL owns a number of renewable power plants, including the country’s first hydroelectric power station (opened in 1902) and one of India’s first wind power projects.
Titan designed the 3MW solar project incorporating Suniva’s high-efficiency ARTisun® series solar cells while providing engineering, procurement and construction services. “This project exemplifies Titan’s ability to execute large scale solar projects quickly and cost-effectively, which are key measures of success in rapidly growing solar markets like India,” said John Baumstark, CEO of Suniva. “As we continue to increase solar cell and module efficiency and reduce costs, our customers will benefit from higher performance in large-scale applications.”
“Suniva’s high-efficiency cell technology enables our solar modules and solar projects to exceed their performance targets,” said Sankar Chodagam, Managing Director of Titan Energy Systems Ltd. “As India prepares for sustained growth in its solar market, our partnership with Suniva greatly strengthens our position as a manufacturer and system integrator.”
In November 2009, the Indian government approved a National Solar Mission, which aims to deploy at least 20GW of solar projects by 2020. This strategic initiative is part of the country’s plan to provide power to millions of citizens lacking access to energy sources, as well as to combat climate change. Over the next five years, Titan plans to develop a series of large-scale projects and installations in Andhra Pradesh, India using Suniva’s technology.
Moser Baer commissions 1 MW solar farm
Source: IRIS (07-APR-10)
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As part of its solar energy thrust, Moser Baer announced successful commissioning of its largest thin film solar farm with an installed capacity of 1 MW at Chandrapur in Maharashtra.

It has been set up using amorphous silicon thin film technology which is best suited for the Indian climatic conditions and is connected to the 33 KVA local grid. The project will give much better returns (Rs/kWh) to the investors as compared to other technologies available in the country.

This project was awarded by Mahagenco, a government of Maharashtra power generation company, on the basis of a global bid. The solar farm at Chandrapur reflects the focus of the state utility companies in the country in introducing clean sources of renewable energy to feed into the grid.

Moser Baer has provided a complete turn-key solution including design, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, power evacuation and testing in successful commissioning of the project. Furthermore, the company will also provide Operations & Maintenance services for the project. Moser Baer (Q,N,C,F)* has signed a consortium agreement with a Germany based company SunEnergy Europe for this project.

Speaking about the major achievement, Ratul Puri, executive director, Moser Baer, said, ``Even though this project was conceptualized before the announcement of the country`s National Solar Mission, the commissioning of this 1 MW ThinFilm solar farm at Chandrapur is a significant step in using 'clean' and `renewable energy` and lends a major boost to the National Solar Mission.`` He further added, ``We are sure that this will usher into a `solar movement` which will place India squarely on the global solar map.``

According to Rajiv Arya, CEO of MBPV, ``This solar farm showcases our EPC capabilities and epitomizes our abilities in designing and developing solar farms that match the global standards and meets the specific local requirements. It also underlines the suitability howAmorphous Silicon Thin Film panels are best suited in ramping up grid connected solar farms in high ambient temperature region like India. The modules in the facility are performing well, demonstrating an outstanding combination of high-quality manufacturing and high-efficiency solar technology.``

Mahagenco is engaged in the process of creating large additional generation capacity in Maharashtra in the next few years to meet the state's growing energy needs. India`s solar PV market has matured over the last three years.

Shares of the company declined Rs 0.45, or 0.59%, to settle at Rs 75.55. The total volume of shares traded was 263,111 at the BSE (Wednesday).
Project Focus: Photon Energy installs 3MW PV plant in India
04 May 2010 | By Syanne Olson | News > Power Generation

Photon Energy Systems has established a 3MW PV plant in India, hailed as the largest capacity PV plant in the country. The new plant has been installed for the Karnataka Power Corporation for the enhancement of rural power supply in the towns of Itnal and Chikodi located in the Belgaum district. The new plant proudly supplies energy for the agricultural pump-sets in the area.

In just about six months, the plant was constructed on 17 acres using 13,000 modules. Since its commission it has produced 1.76 million units of solar power into the grid.
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Maharishi Solar Technology (MST) silicon plans emerge

MST to begin with 100 Metric Ton (MT) R&D Plant

Per Mr. Dev Raj with Maharishi Solar Technology (P) Ltd. (http://www.maharishisolar.com), MST decided to setup a Solar Grade Silicon manufacturing facility in India to address strong unmet local end demand for solar photovoltaic products. As a result of silicon shortages, Indian solar cell and module manufacturers are running at below capacity.

MST has obtained new technology for manufacturing Solar Grade Silicon which has yet to be commercialized. To start, MST will establish a research and development plant costing USD $15 million with 100 MT capacity. After the process is proven, MST plans to upgrade the plant to 1000 MT annual capacity with an additional investment of USD $45-50 million. The estimated Solar Grade Silicon production cost from this new process is about USD $50 per kilogram.

I wonder if this is the production cost or the expected equivalent silicon market price?

MST was first covered at the end of this post, Unknowns NA Polysilicon, AE Polysilicon, and MST joining PV silicon party. Maharishi Solar claims to be the only company in India producing multicrystalline wafers.

In the United States, while many folks have a holiday today, there is no second Christmas day holiday tradition. And this year, Boxing Day is misinterpreted as an excuse to see the new Rocky Balboa movie (see Rocky Balboa Review: Punch Drunk Love or the Official Movie Blog, ROCKY BALBOA BLOG).
Astonfield & Belectric To Develop 5-MW PV Plant in India
Published: 12. Mai 2010

New Delhi, India -- Astonfield Renewable Resources and Belectric have entered into an agreement for the execution of Astonfield's 5-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic plant in Osiyan, Rajasthan.

The Osiyan project is one of several Astonfield plants expected to be approved under the Migration Phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission and will be Astonfield's first solar power plant to be commissioned and come online in late in 2010 or early 2011.

Belectric has already completed site designs and engineering on the plant. The construction will begin immediately following Migration approval. The 5-MW solar power plant located in the Jodhpur District of Rajasthan will sit on 30 acres of land. A total of 185 acres has been secured under a long term lease to allow for an additional 20-MW build out in the future. The Osiyan plant is expected to bring over a hundred jobs to the local community.

“Consistent with our strategy to partner with global technology leaders, Astonfield has formalized a tie-up with Belectric to build one of the first utility-scale projects under India’s National Solar Mission. We look forward to working with Belectric in commissioning this first 5MW PV plant in Rajasthan, which will serve as a foundational project in our partnership and in the build out of India’s solar industry,” said Ameet Shah, co-chairman of Astonfield.

In November 2009, the Indian government approved a National Solar Mission, which aims to deploy at least 20 gigawatts (GW) of solar projects by 2020. This strategic initiative is part of the country’s plan to provide power to millions of citizens lacking access to energy sources, as well as to combat climate change. Over the next five years, Titan plans to develop a series of large-scale projects and installations in Andhra Pradesh, India, using Suniva’s technology.
Lanco to build manufacturing plant in India
13 May 2010 | By Syanne Olson | News > Materials


Lanco Group will be building a manufacturing facility totaling 120 ton per annum for polysilicon and 80MWp of ingots and wafers near the Ramdaspur village in the Cuttack district of Orissa, India. The plant will be located near Bhubaneswar and on a site with accessible water and a 220KV power line.

The Orissa government has cleared the project and has approved of a 250 acre SEZ. Water has been allocated for the project by the Orissa State Water Resources Department from the Mahanadi River and power through Gridco.

Lanco has also extended the opportunity for companies to provide requests for quotations for engineering, procurement and construction contract services for the project.
June 23, 2010

Gurgaon, India: ACME Tele Power Sets Up Reverse Auction for 30 MW of Modules

ACME Tele Power Limited is seeking offers from the reputed and experienced manufacturers, who meet the specified qualifying requirements for supply of crystalline photovoltaic modules for 25MWp and supply of thin film modules for 5MWp grid connected solar photovoltaic power project in the states of Gujarat/ Maharashtra in India as well as for Off grid systems.

ACME Tele Power Limited (ATPL) is part of ACME group and had a net worth of Rs 13,890 Million (Approx US$ 295 Million).

ACME has plans of installing at least 500 MW solar power generation by 2014-15, consisting of both Solar thermal and PV technologies. Work on our first 10 MW Solar Thermal Plant in Bikaner is already in progress and first module is expected to be commissioned in Aug- 2010.

Scope includes design, engineering, manufacturing, testing and supplying of monocrystalline/ multicrystalline modules 25MWP + 5MWp thin film modules for Solar PV power plant(s)/ off grid systems on CIF basis.

Suppliers can quote for specified requirement of crystalline type or thin film type or both type of modules. Bidders may also quote for full or part quantity ( but lot not less than 1 MW).

The requested delivery schedule is:
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Crystalline

Thin Film
August 2010
3 MW

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September 2010
3 MW

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October 2010
4 MW

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November 2010
5 MW

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December 2010
5 MW

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January 2011
5 MW

2 MW
February 2011
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2 MW
March 2011
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1 MW

Auction Date : 24/06/2010 Online Reverse Auction Time : 24/06/2010 (11.00 AM) - 05/07/2010 (11:00 AM) Indian Standard Time.

ACME will declare its Opening Price (OP), which shall be visible to all vendors during the start of the reverse Auction. Suppliers will be required to start bidding after announcement of Opening Price and decrement amount.

Contact Information : Manish Kumar Jha Acme Telepower, Gurgaon, India Mobile: +91 92768 60124 E-mail : manish.jha@acme.in
2010-07-25 22:00:00

India is all set to generate 1,000 Megawatts (MW) of solar power by 2013, in the first phase of the new solar power projects under Indian governments Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah said here on Sunday.

This programme will place India amongst the solar power harnessing nations, which features countries like Germany, Spain and Japan.

The project is being financed by public agencies including Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) along with Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and Rural Electrification Corporation (REC).

"A total of 1300 MW will be generated in the first phase, out of which 1000 MW solar power, 500 MW will be photovoltaic 500 MW will be solar thermal, 100 MW individual and 200 MW will be off-grid. This is the first phase. In total phases will be 20,000 MW by 2022," said Abdullah.

Abdullah and Sushil Kumar Shinde, Union Power Minister, jointly released the guidelines for the selection of new solar power projects.

The power trading arm of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), the NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), has been appointed as the nodal agency for the sale and purchase of power under the solar mission.

Under this project, 50 percent of the power will be generated through solar photovoltaic cells and the other half will by solar thermal power and NVVN will have the authority to select the solar power plants based on both the technologies.

Shinde said that because of the amalgamation of technologies the overall cost of the generated electricity would be less in the future.

"This will reduce the rate if both are amalgamated and when you find out after amalgamation, the price will come just you see about four to five rupees," said Shinde.

Under the solar mission, the government has set a target of generating 20,000 MW of electricity through solar energy.hinde added, that this would be a major step for India for becoming the leaders in solar power generation.

"This is a step towards encouraging indigenous power generation, and as a mode of encouragement we are giving a mix-up power. The customary power will be implemented fully when in the coming two, three, four years the prices will reduce and there will be smooth power generation," added Shinde.

India currently produces less than 5 MW of solar power every year.

If India is able to achieve its target of 20 Gigawatts (GW) solar power by 2020 then, solar power would be equivalent to one-eighth of India's current installed power base. (ANI)
das ist interessant; wenn schon jemand wie BlackRock da einsteigt....:

Wednesday August 18, 01:10 PM Reuters
Blackstone to invest $300 mln in Moser Baer Projects

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. private equity firm Blackstone Group has agreed to invest $300 million in Moser Baer (MOSERBAER.NS : 66.45 +4.05) Projects Pvt Ltd, an unlisted energy firm, Deepak Puri, founder of Moser Baer Projects, said.

Moser Baer Projects is owned by the founder of listed Moser Baer India.
India to add 100 Mw solar power capacity
BS Reporter / Mumbai August 26, 2010, 1:11 IST

The new and renewable energy ministry has signed power purchase agreements for solar capacity of as much as 100 megawatts to speed up solar power capacity addition in the country.

New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah today said his ministry had received around 300 applications from various companies for the construction of solar projects. The ministry has also sought expressions of interest from companies to construct solar capacity to the tune of 700 Mw. This is a big development in the sector as the country had set up only 7-8 Mw of solar energy last year.

“We have also approved yet another 25 Mw for off-grid power,” said Deepak Gupta, secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Off-grid power would help supply power to areas like villages, border areas and other remote places which are not connected to the solar grid, he added.

The government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission has recommended the implementation of an installed capacity of 20,000 Mw by the end of the 13th Five Year Plan, in 2022. While this will be implemented in three stages, the first stage would involve setting up 1,100 Mw of grid solar power and 200 Mw capacity of off-grid solar applications utilising both solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies, by March 2013.

Meanwhile, on the controversy over allowing Chinese equipment in the country’s solar power space, Abdullah said he was not against the use of Chinese equipment to build massive solar capacity. “There is good Chinese equipment and bad Chinese equipment. We want to get the best technology to India. However, we are also encouraging domestic manufacturing of equipment,” he added.

The ministry also said that 12,000 Mw of wind power capacity was in the pipeline, and it planned to scale up to 48,000 Mw in another 15-20 years.
Project Focus: Aries Waaree Solar awarded contract for 40MW power plant in India
17 September 2010 | By Syanne Olson | News > Power Generation


Aries Waaree Solar, a JV between Waaree Group and Aries Spain, received an order for its engineering services at a 40MW solar PV plant for the Adani Group Gujarat in India. "We are delighted to develop this important project for Adani Group. It is the first large scale solar MW project to be built not only in India but in Asia and it represents an important milestone in the development of solar energy in India," said Alberto Sanchez, business development manager for Asia, Aries Ingenieria y Sistemas.
INDIA LOOKS TO HARVEST THE LATE-MOVER ADVANTAGE IN SOLAR

The first set of projects under India's ambitious National Solar Mission went under the hammer last week. Initial trends show that the capacity bid for is at least three times more than the 620MW that is to be awarded, though the final numbers could show a much higher multiple.

There are however no alarm bells going off in the Indian finance ministry. The government has what can be referred to as a late-mover advantage, which has allowed it to avoid the excesses seen in some European countries.

There are a few things which stand out in the auction of India's first batch of solar projects, to be set up by 2013, and involving an investment of over USD 2bn.

For starters, the auction is primarily about large solar thermal. Bids for 470MW of capacity have been invited. This is higher than the total commissioned capacity of 437MW of solar thermal in Spain, the world lead, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance data.

On the PV side, there are just 150MW of capacity on offer in India's first round through 30 projects of 5MW each to be set up by 2013. That is a small blip in the capacity being added globally. Bloomberg New Energy Finance has projected a PV capacity addition of 14GW-to-19GW in 2010. Up to 1.2GW of new installations are expected in the Czech Republic alone this year. Germany has installed over 3GW of PV in the first half of 2010.

Secondly, there is an element of market price discovery built into the process. The attractive feed-in-tariffs will now cease to matter since the 400-odd applicants will have to offer the largest discounts to get selected, a formula that India has emulated from other countries which have married feed-in-tariffs with reverse-bidding.

Thirdly, the government has limited its own, and the consumer's bill, for solar power by ensuring initial support for only pre-defined solar capacity instead of the anyone-past-the-goalpost kind of a scheme which has led to runaway growth of solar power in parts of Europe.

Fourthly, India has mandated the use of domestically made PV modules in this phase and domestically made cells and modules in the next phase. For solar thermal projects, the rules mandate a 30% local content, both moves reflecting the worrying trend of increasing protectionism in the clean energy sector.
Gujarat


Michael Kanellos: October 12, 2010
Gujarat Aims to Become India’s Green Dynamo

A 33-cent-per-kilowatt-hour feed-in tariff is one part of the attraction.
Gujarat Aims to Become India’s Green Dynamo

The math is fairly straightforward, notes Shri D.J. Pandian, the principal secretary for energy and petrochemicals for the state of Gujarat.

The state -- which has a population of 55 million people -- will need 30 gigawatts of power capacity by 2020. It wants to get 20 percent of the total from renewables by that time, and it already has 3 gigawatts of renewable capacity, mostly from wind turbines.

“That means we need to install 3 gigawatts,” he said in a phone interview.

While most of the green industry has focused on China, India shouldn’t be ignored, according to Pandian and others. The country's population is larger, the need for electricity is similarly strong, and economic growth is following a similarly blistering trajectory. In Gujarat, the economy has grown as fast as ten percent annually in recent years.

Perhaps even more significant for U.S. and European manufacturers is that India only has a few local established manufacturers like Suzlon Energy (wind) and Moser Baer (solar). Thus, it’s more of an open market. Gujarat, he added, doesn’t even have a domestic content provision in its renewable energy policy.

Gujarat itself created a feed-in tariff that provides producers 33 cents per kilowatt hour for 12 years and 12 cents per kilowatt hour for 13 years after that. Azure Power recently announced it would build a 15-megawatt, $40 million solar farm with help from Suntech Power Holdings and SunEdison in the state.

Suzlon Green Power, a sister company to turbine maker Suzlon Energy, has pledged to invest $5 billion over five years in various projects, many of which will be located in the region.
Ende September wurde zwischen der indischen Unternehmensgruppe Jain Solar Energy Pvt Ltd und dem Prozessequipment-Anbieter Gebr. Schmid GmbH + Co. ein Vertrag über zwei Zellproduktionslinien mit einer Gesamtkapazität von 13.200 Zellen/h abgeschlossen.

Diese Produktionslinien sind das erste gemeinsame Projekt der Geschäftspartner Jain Solar Energy Pvt Ltd und Schmid Group. Die Investitionssumme der insgesamt 400 MW Endausbaustufe liegt im dreistelligen Millionen-Euro-Betrag. Hierbei handelt es sich um eine der modernsten Zellfertigungsanlagen weltweit, die durch das Schmid Prozesscluster-System zu extrem attraktiven Cost of Ownersip (CoO) / Betriebsmittelkosten produzieren wird. Die einzelnen Prozesscluster werden dabei durch das Montech-Intralogistik-System verbunden, das über das Schmid Overall Factory Control System gesteuert wird. Aufgeteilt wird die Endausbaustufe in zwei Aufbauphasen: Dabei ist die Auslieferung der Linien für das zweite und dritte Quartal 2011 vorgesehen.
Bei den Zellproduktionslinien entschied sich Jain Solar Energy Pvt Ltd zusätzlich für den Einsatz der Selektiven Emitter Technologie. Die Besonderheit dabei: Die hohe Phosphor-Dotierung auf der Zelle wird selektiv geätzt und nur dort erhalten wo anschließend Kontakte aufgedruckt werden.
Ferner kommt das neue platzsparende Schmid Direktplasma PECVD Cluster-Konzept zum Einsatz. Dies ermöglicht einen hohen Durchsatz mit einzigartiger Verfügbarkeit auf engstem Raum.

Über Jain Group:
Die Jain Group ist eine indische Unternehmensgruppe mit Hauptsitz in Kalkutta, Indien. Mit Fokus auf die Infrastruktur ist die Gruppe in den Bereichen Straßen- und Stahlbau, Energiegewinnung und Immobilien aktiv. Die indische Unternehmensgruppe, die damit seine Integration entlang der photovoltaischen Wertschöpfungskette vorantreibt, steigt neu in die Solarzellenproduktion ein.
Weitere Informationen unter: www.jaingroup.co.in
PLG Power to build 120 MW solar cell plant
Press Trust of India / New Delhi April 13, 2011, 14:10 IST


PLG Power will set up a 120 MW capacity-solar cell manufacturing facility in Nashik at an investment of Rs 410 crore and production at the plant is expected to start by January 2012.

The Mumbai-based company, part of diversified PLG Group, is currently focused on the fast growing solar energy sector.

"We are building a solar cell manufacturing facility in Nashik, that will have an annual capacity of 120 MW.

The investment is about Rs 410 crore and we expect to start production by January next year," PLG Power's CEO and MD Punit K Goyal told PTI.

The firm already has a 50-MW capacity solar photovoltaic modules manufacturing plant in Nashik.

The company is working on a 40-MW solar power project in Gujarat, that would see an overall investment of Rs 600 crore, Goyal said. The project would be ready by September this year, he added.

PLG Power has signed the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) for the project.

The company also has bagged 30 MW Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts worth about Rs 400 crore, Goyal said.

A 20 MW EPC contract would be implemented for Saudi Arabia's Zamil while the 10 MW order has been received from Chennai-based Indowind Energy Ltd.

Goyal noted that the company has tied up with Japanese player Kyocera and together they are in negotiations for 100 MW EPC contracts -- estimated to be worth about Rs 1,500 crore.
SUNBORNE AND SUNTECH TO PARTNER ON 100MW OF SOLAR PROJECTS IN INDIA
NEW DELHI and WUXI, China, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

SunBorne Energy, a leading specialist in utility scale solar solutions, and Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP), the world's largest producer of solar panels, have entered into a framework agreement for the supply of 100MW of solar panels over the next two years for projects in India.

Suntech will supply 280Wp polycrystalline silicon modules for projects that will be designed, installed and commissioned by SunBorne Energy. The agreement includes an initial order for 10MW of solar panels for a project in Gujarat, India. Through this partnership, SunBorne will deploy proven, world-class solar technology and build local solar expertise to deliver affordable solar power throughout the country.

"We chose Suntech because of their clear technology leadership and long-term commitment to India. We are proud to support the Gujarat government in their endeavour to bring clean power to India and attain energy security. This partnership reiterates our action plan of providing cost-effective utility scale solar solutions and targeting grid parity by 2017," said James Abraham, Managing Director & CEO, SunBorne Energy.

"We're excited to partner with SunBorne Energy to drive solar industry growth in India," said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's Chairman and CEO. "Currently, one in three people in India lack reliable access to electricity, and the rapid deployment of solar energy has the potential to help close this gap. This project will provide thousands of people in India with clean and affordable power."

The solar industry in India has been growing rapidly, backed by government support at both the federal and state level. India has a target to reach a cumulative installation of 2GW of off-grid and 20GW of on-grid PV installations by 2022 to help meet the country's burgeoning energy demands.

Solar technology is particularly well suited to address booming energy consumption across India, as total primary energy demand is expected to increase by 3.1% annually from 2008 to 2035, according to the IEA's 2010 World Energy Outlook. The country's average annual solar insolation is one of the best in the world reaching 2000 sun hours per year in some locations. Solar technology also helps to address peak power shortages, which can be particularly severe during summer months. The power production of solar panels roughly coincides with peak demand hours, as electricity is consumed during daylight for commercial and industrial activities.


About SunBorne Energy:
SunBorne Energy is a leading specialist in Utility Scale Solutions (50MW+) in the solar power sector. SunBorne will deploy proven technologies and indigenize the entire value chain to drive affordable solar power. Its scope of functions includes localizing capabilities in design, manufacturing, engineering, construction, distribution and operations. SunBorne is developing Utility Scale Solution Plants in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh with other States in the pipeline. It aims to deploy 20 percent of the Solar Mission target in the next decade. SunBorne will make solar power an attractive investment option creating sustainable, clean and green energy. SunBorne has been established by internationally recognized experts in solar thermal power generation. Our investors include large Private Equity firms, like General Catalyst and Khosla Ventures. The company is headquartered in Gurgaon (Haryana).
ET Solar Announces US$50 Million Private Equity Placement

Karachi, July 11 -- ET Solar Group Corp. ("ET Solar"), a solar power one-stop solution provider, today announces a US$50 million common equity issuance to an existing investor of ET Solar.
Mr. Fischer Chen, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ET Solar, commented: "The transaction demonstrates our existing investor's confidence on ET Solar and the growth prospect of solar industry. It will strengthen our ability to increase our vertical integration and expand our manufacturing capacity that is a very important factor for our growth and competitiveness going forward."
In total, ET Solar has raised approximately US$100 million proceeds through the issuance of preferred and convertible shares and common shares since 2008 Published by HT Syndication with permission from Daily Pak Banker. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at htsyndication@hindustantimes.com


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