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Here we take a look at the leading solar PV module supplier in India (utility-scale and rooftop projects) for the year 2019.

Solar energy has become the leading resource for renewable energy expansion worldwide, and the case is similar in India. Where it now ranks ahead of wind energy, as the leading contributor to India’s renewable energy generational capacity.

According to the latest data made available by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), as on February 29, 2020, a cumulative renewable energy capacity of 132.15 GW had been installed in the country, with an additional capacity of 46.69 GW under various stages of implementation and 34.07 GW under various stages of bidding. Of these, grid-connected solar power capacity is at 35.07 GW, with 21.35 GW in implementation and an additional 31.27 GW at various stages of tendering.

Now while the Indian solar market is expanding as quickly as it is, a majority of its demand (roughly 70 percent) is being met through imports from China and other foreign markets. And the Indian Government is now planning to quickly transition to a more locally dependent market as it wants to reduce the imports from foreign suppliers (especially China). In line with which, new announcements have been made which will see import duties on Chinese imports rise to (at its highest) 40 percent of the cost of the modules. A heavy import duty, and one that perhaps will come as a boost for the local manufacturers.

But for 2019, while the safeguard duty was in place with import rates running at 15 percent, the total modules supplied to the market are estimated to be around 8,366 MW, largely dominated by Chinese manufacturers.

Here we take a look at the leading solar PV module supplier in India (utility-scale and rooftop projects) for the year 2019.

Canadian Solar

Canadian Solar, The firm held a 3.8 percent share in the Indian market in 2019. In April, the firm had stated that it had experienced the limited impact of the coronavirus outbreak on its production facilities based in China, and is expected to hold a bigger share in the market in 2020.

Risen Energy

The leading module supplier in the Indian market for 2019 was Chinese brand Risen Energy. The company finished with an 11.6 percent share of the market, inching out local manufacture Waaree to the top spot. The company, as per research agency Bridge to India, held the top spot for a second consecutive year.

Waaree

Mumbai-headquartered solar PV module manufacturer Waaree secured a 10.6 percent market share in 2019, finishing second in the overall market behind Risen Energy. However, it did beat the likes of Vikram Solar and Adani to claim the spot of the leading local module supplier in the market.

Znshine

Another Chinese manufacturer, closing out the top three supplier list is Znshine. The firm grabbed a 9.6 percent share of the market to finish in the third position. Overall, the firm’s exports to India declined in 2019 which fell from over a gigawatt in 2018 to roughly 800 MWs in 2019, however, it still maintained a comfortable share in the market.

Vikram Solar

Fourth in the list, and just marginally losing out to Znshine in the top 3 suppliers list is Kolkatta based manufacturer Vikram Solar. The firm lost out on top three by a margin of roughly 8-10 MWs, as it grabbed a market share of 9.5 percent to Znshines’ 9.6 percent. The firm has received a 300 MW solar project from NTPC and is expected to stay firm at the top of the list for 2020.

Adani

Following right behind Vikram Solar is Adani which grabbed a 9.5 percent market share in the company. Adani perhaps is one the largest IPPs and project developers in the country, and its indulgence in the manufacturing business buoyed by the recent win in the country’s first manufacturing linked tender (annual mandatory manufacturing capacity of 2000 MW) could see it challenging for the top spot very soon.

Trina Solar

The first of the five Chinese firms that will close out the top 10 is Trina Solar. The firm grabbed an 8.5 percent share in the Indian market in 2019 to finish sixth. It is believed that the company was actually leading the market for the first half of the year but then lost out to the others by year-end.

Renesola

Next in the list is Renesola which bagged a 6 percent market share in 2019, to slot in at seventh position behind Trina Solar. The Chinese manufacturer had crossed the milestone of 20 GW in solar module deliveries globally at the back end of 2019.

JinkoSolar

In eight position is JinkoSolar, which finished eighth in the list with a 4.6 percent share in the market. Not the best position for the leading supplier, however, the firm has had a good start in 2020. The manufacturer, according to JMK Research, was the leading solar module supplier in India in the first quarter of 2020.

LONGi Solar

One of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-efficiency mono-crystalline solar cells and modules, LONGi Solar only managed to finish 9th in the list of leading suppliers in India for 2019. The company managed a 4.5 percent share in the market but will hope to improve on that in 2020, as it has signed a 1.2 GW multi-year module supply agreement with Adani Green Energy.

{It must be noted here that this list was sourced from a research report by JMK Research and Analytics. However, a report by Bridge to India has a slightly different ranking for the top module suppliers for the year 2019.}

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BSNL has tendered for grid-connected rooftop based solar PV system scheme for BSNL Buildings in different zones of Maharashtra under the RESCO Model

State-owned telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), has issued a tender, inviting bids from eligible bidders for the implementation of grid-connected rooftop based solar PV system scheme for BSNL Buildings in different zones of Maharashtra under RESCO Model from the approved vendors by Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA).

The scope of work for the selected bidders will include the site survey, design, and proposal for the highest power generation capacity plants of rooftop based solar schemes for BSNL buildings in Maharashtra under the RESCO model.

The projects will be developed under the Central Governments’ Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) which now has a target of 100,000 MW of grid solar power by 2022, out of which grid-connected rooftop Solar PV systems is considered as very potent area and has a target of 40,000 MW. To achieve energy security and for having good optics, BSNL is envisaged to develop solar rooftop projects on a large scale by utilizing vacant roofs of buildings and adjoining lands of the campus, etc.

Only Government of Maharashtra departments /establishment, government institutions including Ministries/ Departments/ Organisation of both Central & State Governments and PSUs interested to set up rooftop solar power projects under CAPEX /RESCO model can approach MEDA impaneled Solar Project Developers /System Integrators /RESCO’s.

The tender also lists the eight developers/system integrators/ RESCOs empaneled by MEDA for the development of solar PV power plants in RESCO mode for Government sector buildings in Maharashtra.

As per the terms of a RESCO deal, the SPDs will have to incur a 100 percent cost for the development of the project. The selected bidders can develop solar power plants in RESCO mode from above eight developers at a competitive tariff of Rs. 2.74 per kWh (>10- 100 kW) & Rs.2.7395 per kWh (> 100500 kW) fixed for 25 years.

The last date for bid submission is July 17, 2020, and the techno-commercial bids will be opened on July 18, 2020.

Source:- https://www.saurenergy.com/solar-energy-news/bsnl-tenders-rooftop-solar-plants-buildings-maharashtra

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Move comes amid heightened border tensions with China

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched a solar power plant with the aim to stop reliance on imports from neighbors China and Pakistan

The 750-megawatt power plant in the central state of Madhya Pradesh is being dubbed as the largest in Asia by local media.

The project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 million tons each year.

“Several steps are being taken to increase domestic manufacturing and it has been decided that government’s departments and institutions will only buy domestically manufactured solar cells and modules,” said Modi, in the wake of recent border tensions with China.

China is a major exporting nation of solar equipment to India. However, border clashes last month which resulted in the killing of 20 Indian troops have triggered a trade war between the two Asian giants.

In the virtual launch of the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project, Modi highlighted that India’s progress in the field of solar energy will garner international interest.

“Hopefully very soon India will be a major exporter of power. The International Solar Alliance was launched with the motive to unite the entire world in terms of solar energy.”

The project is a step toward India’s ambitious target of installing 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by the year 2022.

Source : – https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/india-launches-solar-power-plant-to-stop-china-imports/1906032

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In a bid to minimize its dependence on the use of conventional sources of energy, Patna University (PU) is planning tap solar power installing rooftop solar panels on all of its buildings.

PU vice-chancellor (VC) Rash Bihari Prasad Singh announced about the installation of solar panel while initiating a discussion on the ‘Utility of Solar Energy’ organized as part of ‘Jal-Jivan-Hariyali Diwas’ celebrations .

First Tuesday of every month is observed as ‘Jal-Jivan-Hariyali Diwas’ after the education department in Bihar ssue directive to all the universities and colleges.

According to TOI various programmes were conducted at the university level and in different colleges on the theme of energy conservation.

A solar panel of 236kW had already been installed in PU and more such installations were in the pipeline said Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) project officer Surendra Kuma.

Kumar also gave valuable tips on conservation of energy and advantages of the use of solar power.

The publication notes that PU National Service Scheme (NSS) programme coordinator Atul Aditya Pandey pointed out that all the NSS camps organized in different colleges were now based on the theme of ‘Jal-Jivan-Hariyali’.

He added “Young volunteers are being told about ecological balance and environmental conservation,” he added.

Source : – http://www.climatesamurai.com/solar/patna-university-to-install-rooftop-solar-on-all-its-buildings/

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One of the most significant problems that Indians face throughout the country is power cuts.

Using generators or home inverters is one way of ensuring that your office or home receives continuous power.

Generators can be cumbersome to use and are noisy appliances, as well. It also consumes a lot of fuel.

Home inverters have their limitations, especially when it comes to managing loads.

Installing a Solar energy plant is an ideal solution under such circumstances.

Fortunately, India is blessed with abundant sunshine, with most of the places getting more than 300 days of bright sunshine.

Secondly, solar energy is available for free. Therefore, harnessing this natural source of renewable energy should be the ideal solution to the power shortage problems that India faces today.

  • Installing a Solar Photovoltaic (Solar PV) system can address the issue of power cuts efficiently.
  • Here are the benefits of installing solar PV systems for generating electricity for your domestic and commercial needs.
  • Installing a solar PV system is a one-time investment.
  • The system requires minimal maintenance while providing a continuous supply of electricity to the household or commercial establishment.
  • The principal raw material, i.e., sunlight, is available for free. Your solar PV system harnesses this free natural resource for producing electricity.
  • Apart from generating electricity, this system also helps to reduce your consumption, thereby helping you to manage your electricity bills.
  • The modern-day solar PV system can also supply electricity to the primary grid, whereby you become a generator of electricity rather than being a consumer. It helps the respective states to meet their power supply shortfall.
  • The Government of India has introduced subsidies, thereby encouraging people to use solar energy for their electricity consumption.
  • The household gets a continuous supply of electricity. There are provisions to store the electricity generated in a battery that is connected to a home inverter. Therefore, your dependence on the primary grid for your electricity supply reduces drastically.

A Solar PV system comprises the following elements.

Photovoltaic ArrayBattery BankPower Conditioning UnitDC and AC DisconnectThe central panel (AC)Electric Meter

In this article, we shall discuss solar PV panels and understand the factors that one should look for when purchasing them. This buying guide will help in understanding the concept of solar PV panels.

Why do you install solar panels?

Generally, people install solar PV systems for the following three reasons in India.

Compensate for the power cuts and reduce the overall electricity consumption from the primary grid

Store excess power generated in batteries for use when solar energy is not available
Inspired by neighborhoods

The concept of supplying power to the primary network is not yet available on a large scale in India.

States like Tamilnad, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka have started implementing the concept of net metering. However, it is yet to gain popularity.

Solar PV Systems – Different types

Generally, there are two types of solar systems in India.

Off-grid Solar System

Here, the solar system does not connect to the primary grid. The solar system comprises solar panels, mounting structures, inverter, power back-up, and the central AC panel.

This system works independently of the network. It enables the storing of energy in the battery banks that can be used to supply current to the household using the domestic inverter.

Such solar systems are in place where the main electric power supply is unreliable. These systems have great use in areas witnessing acute power cuts.

On-grid solar system

The on-grid solar system works along with the primary grid. This system does not need to store electricity in battery banks.

It is generally handy when your overall electricity consumption is high.

Using the solar system for your electricity needs during the day reduces the total consumption from the primary grid. Thus, you end up saving on your utility bills.

Hybrid Solar System

There is a third type of solar system known as the Hybrid solar system. It is a combination of the off-grid and the on-grid solar systems.

This system uses battery banks and inverters like the off-grid systems. The beauty of the hybrid solar system is that it connects to the grid, as well.

Thus, it ensures an uninterrupted supply of power even during power cuts at night. The energy stored in the batteries come handy under such circumstances.

This system is such that you might not need the electricity from the primary grid during the day, as solar energy can take care of your needs.

At night, the energy that is stored in the batteries can take over. Therefore, you might even end up having surplus power that you can supply to the primary grid.

However, you should have a net metering system if you wish to provide power to the network. This system enables you to save the maximum amount of power and money, as well.

Types of Photo Voltaic panels

Generally, there are three types of photovoltaic panels, of which the first two named ones are the most commonly in use in India.

Mono-Crystalline Panel

Mono-crystalline solar cells are made of single-crystal polysilicon. In the manufacturing of the cells for mono-crystalline panels, silicon is formed into bars and cut into wafers.

This type of panel has the highest efficiency. At the same time, they are the most expensive, as well.

Poly Crystalline or Multi Crystalline Panels

This type of solar PV panels is made from multiple, small silicon crystals. The method of manufacturing the poly-crystalline panels require the melting of fragments of silicon to form wafers.

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