Rooftop solar energy is fast accounting for a more significant percentage of our country’s energy mix. As more and more factories, institutions and posh residences adopt solar under net-metering, they are generating their own power but still using the utility maintained transmission. The more power generated by solar plants, the less units sold by DISCOMs and utilities. This transition is making states and DISCOMs anxious about loss of their highest paying consumers. (more…)
Bids closed this Monday for participation in the 750MW REWA Mega Solar Park and we hear the response was overwhelming with more than 20 solar developers vying for over ten times the bid capacity. Solar in Madhya Pradesh wasn’t always considered a good investment, so what made the REWA project so attractive? Here are the key features that make the REWA solar park a sweet deal for offtakers and investors alike.
Dramatically low solar tariffs have been creating the stir in news since the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) released it’s bid results in late November. Agencies have been reporting that Solar Power tariffs touched a record low of Rs. 3/unit. While this sounds like great news, it is only the partial truth. Here is the complete understanding of solar power tariffs discovered as part of SECI’s 500 MW tender.
On 9/11, Donald Trump was declared the 45th President of the United States of America. While it is unclear how a Trump Presidency will affect multiple issues like USA’s stand on war, taxes and the economy, his stance on climate change and renewable energy is clear. And it’s not looking good.
- Donald Trump has famously called climate change a “Chinese Hoax”. He has effecively denied what 99% of scientists have proven.
Over-sizing is become a popular theme in solar power plant design in India as there is an increased pressure to drive down costs in installations. Let us understand the technical benefits and dangers of over-sizing solar arrays.
1. Advantages of Oversizing Solar Arrays
1.1 Higher Yield
As all solar EPCs know, a solar array typically never generates at more than 80% of the nameplate capacity or kWp. Thus a 10 kWp solar array, at any given time in Indian conditions would rarely exceed 8 kWp. Thus if we can connect more than 10 kWp of solar panels to a system with a 10 kVA inverter, the net generation or yield of electricity will ofcourse be higher. (more…)