Indian government planning ‘rent a roof’ policy for solar rooftop

Under proposed ‘rent a roof’ policy, solar developers will rent rooftop space to install a PV array and offer to lease to each household and then feed the solar power to the grid, said MNRE Secretary Anand Kumar.

Anti-dumping petition has created huge uncertainty for entire Indian solar sector, Bridge to India says

Indian renewable analyst firm notes that anti-dumping comes at inopportune time with the industry already reeling from a slowdown in new project procurement, extra costs due to GST, import duties and increased module prices. It is expected to come by October 2018 and may affect all stakeholders and projects in the pipeline as well as those awaiting auction.


Lesotho’s first utility-scale solar project moves forward

The government of the African country has issued an expression of interest in seeking consultancy companies for the environmental and social impact assessment of a 20 MW PV power project.

Interview: Vikram Solar CEO talks ahead of COP23 ISA presentation

Gyanesh Chaudhary, the MD, and CEO of Vikram Solar, speaks to pv magazine about the international solar alliance event held in collaboration with MNRE and CII at COP23 in Bonn, Germany and more on the Indian solar manufacturing sector. He is a part of the Indian (CII) delegation to COP23, Bonn Germany.

UK & Germany on course for 50% renewables by mid 2020s, finds BNEF report

Study carried out by Bloomberg New Energy Finance on behalf of Eaton and U.K.’s Renewable Energy Association finds economic drivers key to increased uptake in solar and wind, although back-up capacity required by 2040 likely to be similar to today’s levels.


China unveils electricity trading pilot scheme

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and National Energy Administration (NEA) have revealed plans to start operating a wholesale market for distributed-generation (DG) electricity on a pilot basis from early February.  

IRENA report outlines the potential of renewables

Many countries who have signed the Paris agreements have been given the opportunity to significantly strengthen their targets for renewables with the next rounds of National Determined Contributions (NDC) coming up. NDCs are an integral part of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. They outline the actions that countries plan to take to achieve the agreements aim’s.

UK energy storage: all eyes set to co-location with solar plants

An energy storage event organised by the UK’s Solar Trade Association this week in London showcased the potential for energy storage development in the country. However, what the solar industry is currently targeting most eagerly is co-locating photovoltaics with batteries.

CNREC advises reform and increased RE targets in China

A newly published report from the China National Renewable Center (CNREC) advises China’s National Energy Administration to increase its targets for total renewable energy capacity (excluding big hydro) to 500 GW by 2020.

AfDB and Green Climate Fund partner to develop renewables in Africa

The African development bank (AFDB) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have entered what is described in a press release by the AFDB as a “full-scale” partnership, with the long-term goal of unlocking Africa’s renewable energies potential.