Concentration of market power: Number of traders and HHI based on volume of electricity transacted by the traders

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Level of competition among the trading licensees (HHI based on volume of trade undertaken by the licensees) is shown in Figure for the period 2004-05 to 2012-13. Number of inter-state trading licensees, who were undertaking trading bilaterally or through power exchanges, increased from 4 in 2004-05 to 12 in 2012-13. It can be observed from […]

Indian Railways to Power AC Coaches With Solar Energy

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Solar power will be used to cool air conditioned train coaches. The Integral Coach Factory has kicked off a project in association with IIT Madras to design coaches that will draw power from the sun for interior lighting and cooling. This is the first time the railways is attempting to tap solar power. Being the world’s biggest railway system, it […]

1759 MW Commissioned Under National Solar Mission

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Over 1759.43 megawatts (MW) of grid connected solar power projects have been commissioned in the country as on 31 May 2013, under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). The JNNSM programme is the ministry of new and renewable energy’s three-phase approach to encourage the adoption of solar power in India, and is being done in different batches under […]

China’s solar power 35 gigawatts by 2015

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China, the world’s biggest maker of solar panels, plans to increase fivefold its installed solar capacity to more than 35 gigawatts by 2015 to support an industry faced with declining profits, slowing exports and a supply glut. The nation will add 10 gigawatts of solar-power capacity annually over the next three years, according to a statement from […]

Captive Solar Power in Tamil Nadu

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Under Solar Power Policy 2012, the Tamil Nadu Government imposed a minimum Solar Purchase Obligation (SPO) on all High Tension and Low Tension commercial consumers — 6 per cent of their total power requirement should be met through solar power. When considering the appropriate approach to meet this obligation, the setting up of a Captive […]

Global VC funding in solar power up 50% in Q2 CY13

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Global venture capital (VC) funding in the solar sector was up 50 per cent to $189 million in the April-June quarter of 2013 compared with the preceding quarter, signalling subpar investments in the solar segment for four quarters in a row, according to Mercom Capital, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm. The global […]

Lower tariff for solar power-Gujarat

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Gujarat, home to half of India’s solar power-plant capacity, is seeking to have a cut on the rate it pays to solar project developers, keeping in view the owners’ excessive and unwanted profits in the current scenario. The state government has approached the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) with a petition, seeking a reduction in the […]

35 bids for solar power projects-Andhra Pradesh

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The Andhra Pradesh government has received bids from 35 companies for setting up solar power projects in the state with combined installation capacity of 418 megawatt. According to a press release issued by the Member Secretary, Energy Coordination Cell, the bidders have accepted solar power purchase price of Rs 6.49/unit, which was recommended by a group of […]