2017 was a busy year for India’s solar industry. As of the end of November, the country had installed around 5.5 GW of PV. With its ambitious renewable energy goals, it is paving the way to becoming a world leader in the industry. Overall, the country saw a rapid increase in renewable energy activity, with solar dominating almost 48% share of total capacity installed.
The latest monthly report from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Agency shows that U.S. PV output in the first nine months of 2017 grew 47% over the same period in 2016, with market growth across the nation. PV represented 1.9% of total generation during this period.
With only a few MW of installed capacity and no supportive policies on the books, a global solar developer could be forgiven for overlooking Bangladesh as a growth opportunity. However, research indicates there is strong market potential, particularly for the C&I solar sector.
In solar PV, while the world seems focused on quantity – how many megawatts installed, at what price – solar power manufacturers, installers, and operators know that quality is crucial to the successful delivery of clean and profitable power.
Companies within Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets; Light source Renewable Energy and UK Climate Investments, part of the Green Investment fund enter into partnership platform to enter Indian Solar market for its development, acquisition and ownership of solar assets.
Solar Energy Corporation India (SECI), on behalf of Coal India limited (CIL) has invited bids for two 100 MW solar power plants. The government authority will clarify the bidding requirement in a meeting to be held on November 13 in Kolkata.
Dr. Sam Duby, Africa Director for TFE Consulting, sat down with PV Magazine to discuss insights from TFE’s new report “Kenya: The World’s Microgrid Lab”, the importance of on-the-ground experience in energy access projects, and how tech and social innovation in Africa will be the headline of the next decade.