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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: First Manufacturer with CDM PoA Project

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 8, 2013

Bengaluru-based Nuetech Solar Systems, successfully registered its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Programme of Activities (PoA) with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 31 December 2012, the last date for registration under the Kyoto Protocol. This has made it the first and only manufacturer of solar water heaters in India to have registered a CDM PoA project. The first Indian solar thermal CDM project ever was registered by Indian developer G.K. Energy Marketers in November 2010.

India: Phase I Results of National Solar Mission

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 27, 2013

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission was launched in January 2010 as one of the eight Missions under Climate Change in India and was to be implemented by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). It set an ambitious target for the solar thermal sector: 20 million m² of totally installed collector area by 2022. To attract investments, the federal government extended a capital subsidy of 30% on the basic cost of the system and has offered a 5% interest loan on 80% of the benchmark costs. The announced subsidy was INR 3,300 (about 47 EUR) per m² for systems with flat plate collectors (FPC) and INR 3,000 (about 42 EUR) per m² for vacuum tube collector (VTC) systems (see database of incentive programmes).

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: Federal Subsidy Scheme Is High Financial Burden for Channel Partners

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 3, 2013

There are always two sides to each story: On the one hand, the 30 % investment subsidy scheme has brought most solar thermal system suppliers enormous growth rates since it was implemented by India’s federal government in June 2010. The chart above shows the results from a survey carried out by the Indian Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy among the leading 22 Channel Partners. These 22 partners control almost 70 % of the market. On the other hand, the same Channel Partners must put together a minimum of 1,000 m² of collector area before being able to claim subsidies from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) on behalf of their clients. This has put a lot of pressure on the pre-financing capacities of manufacturers which barely have the money to grow. In addition, Channel Partners with even superior rating are required to apply for a minimum of 10,000 m² per subsidy claim.
Figure: Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy

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

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