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#covfefe Exiting the Paris Agreement: Beginning of the End of America’s Powers

The color of the global empire may well be green. ~ Yuval Noah Harrari

In his bestseller about the human species, Yuval Harrari makes a compelling argument about the direction in which we are headed. He states that slowly nationalism is being replaced by a deep global co-operation over matters that affect the entire humanity. Our deep sense of national identity is being over-ridden by our identification with the human species and the urge to save and sustain it.

This is obvious in the formation of groups such as the European Union and the United Nations, which transcend political boundaries.
Mr. Harrari argues that as it becomes easier to conduct business, transact culturally and economically across boundaries, countries will soon merge into a single unified empire.

Every empire requires a bedrock for collaboration- preservation of the Earth and environment as we know it will be the bedrock for our global empire. (more…)

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GST Rate Schedule for the Solar Industry

The past few months were marked by substantial speculation around how GST will affect the solar industry. Sunkalp Energy had run a few analyses which had indicated a 12-15% increase in the cost of solar. Further we had made some recommendations for including solar and components in ‘zero’ lists.

This Friday the Government released final Goods and Services Tax (GST) rates under the new indirect tax regime proposed to be rolled out from July 1. Below GST rates will be applicable on solar goods:

  • Solar Panel -5%
  • Solar Cells -18%

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Two Point Four Four- Bhadla Solar Park Results

We look on in disbelief as the results of aggressive bidding for the Bhadla Solar Park were announced today. ACME and SoftBank Energy won the tender to supply electricity at Rs. 2.44/ kWh and Rs. 2.45/ kWh respectively. The results came after open bidding that spanned two days and thirteen participants that included Hero Solar and Renew Solar Power.

Solar tariffs are in a state of free fall, these results come on the back of the widely celebrated results of Rs. 3.3/ kWh for REWA Solar Park in Madhya Pradesh, barely 4 months ago.

At Rs. 2.44 per unit, electricity from the Bhadla Solar Park will be 25% cheaper than that from coal power plants.

Only one question remains to be answered: Is this sustainable or a bubble waiting to burst?

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PERC: New Solar PV Technology Explained

Why are we talking about PERC Solar?

Several module manufacturers are introducing new lines of PERC solar modules which have 1% or more, higher efficiency than conventional modules. While conventional solar cells have now reached their physical efficiency limits, this new PERC architecture allows manufacturers to increase the module efficiency.

PERC Benefit

The above graphic shows how PERC solar has an edge over conventional mono modules. (more…)

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India’s Energy Diplomacy

In an enlightening discussion today at the Energy Conclave 2017, Piyush Goyal (MoS Power, Coal & RE) and Dharmendra Pradhan (MoS Petroleum & Natural Gas) talked about power being a significant part of India’s diplomatic efforts.

Bhutan and Nepal have tremendous potential for hydro power, but they do not have enough consumption or load”, said Mr. Pradhan. Thus these countries are unable to economically develop hydel power plants just to cater to their own consumption (more…)

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