COP26: US joins India-led global solar alliance

What is the News? The United States of America(USA) has joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA) as a member country. What is the significance of the US joining ISA? The US has become the 101st member to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA). This will motivate many other countries to join. It will also ensure… Continue reading COP26: US joins India-led global solar alliance

GGI-OSOWOG project – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction Green Grids Initiative: One Sun One World One Grid (GGI – OSOWOG) – was recently launched by India and UK at COP26 meeting at Glasgow. It is an ambitious plan for the world’s first transnational network of interconnected solar power grids. The Prime Ministers of the two countries also presented… Continue reading GGI-OSOWOG project – Explained, pointwise

Lockdowns slowed green energy push 

What is the news?  As per the report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the lockdowns slowed renewable energy installations in the country. India aims to install 175 gigawatts (GW) of green energy by 2022 and 450 GW by 2030. But only 7 GW of such capacity was added in the financial year 2020-21.  What… Continue reading Lockdowns slowed green energy push 

Govt aims to tap solar energy to power cold chain facilities

What is the News? India has planned to utilize solar power to offer uninterrupted power to cold-chain facilities for storing vaccines. Storage of Vaccines and the need for solar power There are over 29,000 cold chain storage facilities across India that are used to store both Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 vaccines.  However, due to unreliable electricity… Continue reading Govt aims to tap solar energy to power cold chain facilities

Impact of Aerosols and Clouds on Solar Energy generation leading to financial loss

What is the News? A team of Indian and international researchers have conducted a study to understand the economic impact of aerosols, dust, and clouds on solar energy generation from the photovoltaic and rooftop solar installation. What did the study find out? Solar Energy Generation has been widely used in developing countries such as India… Continue reading Impact of Aerosols and Clouds on Solar Energy generation leading to financial loss

Substantial Investment Subsidies for Solar Power

Source: This post is based on the article “Substantial Investment Subsidies for Solar Power” published in Down to Earth on 1st September 2021. Relevance: Solar power’s role in addressing the issues of groundwater exploitation and DISCOM distress. Synopsis: Substantial investment subsidies on the solar pump has the potential to address the irrigation-energy nexus in the… Continue reading Substantial Investment Subsidies for Solar Power

At 100GW, India now 4th in solar, wind energy capacity

Source: Times of India What is the news? India’s renewable energy capacity, excluding large hydroelectric projects, hit 100 GW (gigawatts) on 12th Aug 21, making it the world’s fourth largest in terms of total installed green energy capacity. The 100 GW renewable capacity accounts for 26% of India’s total installed generation capacity of 383 GW.… Continue reading At 100GW, India now 4th in solar, wind energy capacity

India to call bids for battery storage system in Ladakh

Source: Livemint What is the News? India will be calling for bids for the largest global tender for a 13 gigawatt-hours (GWh) grid-scale battery storage system in Ladakh Region. What are Battery Storage Systems? Battery storage systems are devices that enable energy from renewables like solar and wind to be stored and then released when… Continue reading India to call bids for battery storage system in Ladakh