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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Mono PERC manufacturing

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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Crystal

Perovskite Solar: The Future Crystal?

Why are we talking about Perovskite Solar?

From France to Australia, breaking efficiency records in labs around the World, Perovskite Solar is the poster child for solar research today. Efficiency data from NREL tables, which represents global lab results, shows that this technology has grown most rapidly in demonstrated conversion efficiency amongst all emerging and thin-film technologies. Given that perovskite solar can be fabricated simply by spin coating, based on the principle of depositing liquids, the technology also promises to have low manufacturing costs. (more…)

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DISCOM solar duty

‘Energy Surplus’ States Threatened by Solar Energy

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…)

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