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India: Quarterly Sun Focus Magazine Presents Concentrating Solar Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 19, 2013

The Project on Concentrated Solar Heat by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and India´s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has published the first issue of Sun Focus (see the attached document). The English-language magazine offers statistics on the market and showcases concentrating solar heat projects to make the technology more popular in India. According to the new publication, India has 145 concentrating solar thermal systems producing steam across the country, with 111 of them built over the past five years (see the table below). The dish is the country’s most popular design for concentrating solar heat and cooking is its most widespread application.

India: New Standards for Vacuum Tube Collectors and their Storage Tanks

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 16, 2013

The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has specified the standard requirements for evacuated solar collector tubes intended for non-concentrating solar collectors and related storage tanks.

India: “Test centres will educate manufacturers on quality measures”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 26, 2013

From railway management to solar thermal technology: this is the how the life of Veena Sinha took a new path in December 2012. Sinha had worked with Indian Railways at the middle management level for 15 years. She had handled matters ranging from technology and human resources issues to project implementations in the field of electric traction and rolling stock before she started as Director – Solar Thermal at the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in December 2012. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with her about the market’s development and the quality assurance measures of the MNRE.

India: MNRE Assures Quicker Subsidy Disbursement

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 15, 2013

Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India, had invited all channel partners of the federal incentive programme to a meeting in New Delhi on 31 January 2013. Out of the 68 partners, 42 followed the invitation to discuss the pending subsidy payments and the targets in fiscal year 2013/2014. Kapoor assured that all subsidy claims would be settled as soon as possible. He set the target for 2013-2014 at a newly installed collector area of 2 million m² (see the attached report). “This ambitious target will generate a sense of confidence for future business activities in the Indian solar thermal sector,” the Joint Secretary said at the meeting.

India: Web-based Software SOLARWHIN Monitors Subsidised Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 30, 2013

The solar thermal sector seems to appreciate SOLARWHIN, the new database of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Of the 98 Channel Partners who are eligible to directly apply for subsidies on behalf of their clients, 47 have already registered online since the software was launched in August 2012. So far, the database, which is hosted on one of the ministry´s servers, includes the details of around 65,000 systems. The web-based tool was developed by the MNRE to monitor subsidised systems and to gather more information on the market. SOLARWHIN is short for SOLAR Water Heater Installations in India. Only accredited Channel Partners have access to the online database (see the screen shot).

India: Solar Mission Phase II Targets 8 Million m²

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 4, 2013

In December 2012, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India published its plans for Phase II of the National Solar Mission (NSM). The 58-page document outlines the policy for the second phase, including targets, the role of the states and an implementation strategy (see the attached document). The overall aim is to install around 8 million m² of collector area between March 2013 and March 2017 – in addition to the 6.07 million m² of collector area which had already been commissioned until November 2012. The cumulative target until the end of Phase I (March 2013) is 7 million m², and the country will, in fact, be on course to reach this number. Since the start of Phase I of the NSM in June 2010, the country has witnessed the installation of close to 2.5 million m² of collector area totally. The photo shows a solar water heating unit in central India.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

India: MNRE Releases Guidelines for High-Rise Buildings

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 27, 2012

With a growing demand for all urban structures to fulfil solar bye-laws on hot water supply, the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released guidelines on how to install solar water heating systems in high-rise and multi-storey buildings.These guidelines include recommendations for system sizes, as well as quality measures for the hydraulic and mounting system. The photo shows the Federal Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr Farooq Abdullah, at the national solar water heating workshop on 23 August in Dehli.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

MNRE Congrats for Winners of UNDP GSWH Project

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 13, 2012

India has been one of the great beneficiaries of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project). The initiative, which was financed and implemented by the UN organisations UNDP/UNEP and GEF, has sought to speed up the growth of the solar water heater market around the globe. To reach its aim, the GSWH project has chosen a variety of options: generate demand, strengthen the supply chain, adopt quality measures and establish a supportive regulatory environment. The UNDP team has already pointed to India as the most successful example among the benefitting countries. To honour valuable contributions, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) organised a National Workshop on 23 August 2012 in New Delhi. At the workshop, the Energy Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, presented a total of thirteen awards to State Nodal Agencies, municipal corporations and Channel Partners. The GSWH project started in September 2008 and will end by December 2012.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

India: “Solar thermal is a government priority”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 7, 2012

India is one of the most dynamic solar thermal markets worldwide. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, about the fast-growing market in general and the difficulties with the market statistics in particular. Kapoor passed the Indian Administrative Service in 1987 and can look back at 24 years in government service as Director and Managing Director of departments dealing with renewable power generation. The Electrical Engineer headed the Department of Energy in the state government, before he took over as Joint Secretary at the MNRE two years ago.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

India: New Solar Water Heater Property Tax Discussed in Mumbai

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 27, 2012

A new regulation in the Indian city of Mumbai may soon tax solar water heaters on roofs as part of the property tax. The Bruhanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the civic body which governs the city of Mumbai, has recently amended its Development Control Rules (DCRs). According to the new DCRs by India's richest municipal organisation, any space on a roof occupied by split air conditioners, antenna or cooling towers is going to be included in the Floor Space Index (FSI) calculation, meaning it will be charged with regular property tax. Most likely, this will soon include solar water heater space as well. FSI is the ratio between the built floor space and the available lot area. The FSI in Mumbai ranges from 1 to 4, depending on location, type of building constructed etc. The photo shows the densely populated city centre of Mumbai at the west coast of India.
Photo: MNRE

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