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India: 90 Process Heat Projects with Concentrating Collectors in Five Years

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 11, 2012

 Workshop on UNDP – GFE Project On 19 May 2012, the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Tarun Kapoor, announced the official launch of the initiative Market Development and Promotion of Solar Concentrator based Process Heat Applications. In cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the MNRE will support 30 demonstration projects (15,000 m²) and 60 replication projects (30,000 m²) of process heat applications with concentrating solar thermal collectors across at least five different sectors between 2012 and 2017. The aim is to create a wealth of information about all of the supported projects, including feasibility studies, detailed project reports and performance results.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

Market Assessment of Solar Water Heating Systems in Five Potential States/NCR Region (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 6, 2012

This report is a deliverable of the “Global Solar Water Heating Transformation and Strengthening Initative”, jointly funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Copper Association. In India, the commitment for SWH deployment has been supported by the government’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

Solar Water Heating Systems: A Review of Global Experiences (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 29, 2012

Prepared jointly by India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), this report gives an overview of the Solar Water Heating Systems (SWHS) market in India over the last decade, and counterpoints it against broader global developments. After looking at global trends in market development, the document gives summaries of UNDP-GEF and REEEP experiences of SWHS projects. This includes summaries of specific projects over the last five years.

India: Kerala State Subsidy Meets Targets

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 24, 2012

 Mohanan Vaisakham The new subsidy scheme in the southern Indian state of Kerala has almost reached its aims: The programme subsidised 5,000 m² of collector area in the first three months of 2012, according to the Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT). As ANERT Scientist Perumpalot Valsaraj explains, the goal was to support 500 m² of solar collector systems for fish drying, as well as 5,000 m² of residential solar water heaters, of which 40 % were to be equipped with vacuum tube collectors. The photo shows Mohanan Vaisakham, one of the solar water heater owners who profited from the ANERT scheme. The incentive is paid additionally to the federal 30 % investment subsidy.
Photo: Hykon Solar

India: MNRE Memorandum Bans Import of Storage Tanks, Manifolds and Mounting Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 4, 2011

 Evacuated Tube Collectors Because of a comparably lower price, vacuum tube collectors are becoming more and more popular in India. Based on a capacity of 100 litres of warm water per day, an average thermosiphon system with flat plate collectors is sold at INR 20,000 (EUR 208), whereas a solar water heater with a vacuum tube collector costs on average INR 16,000 (EUR 167). To protect the business of the around 60 flat plate collector manufacturers in India, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued a memorandum on 20 October 2011. Its most important sentence says that, “manufacturers shall import no components other than ETCs (Evacuated Tube Collectors)”.

India: NABARD to offer Subsidy for Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 4, 2011

 Logo NABARD In its Circular No.147 /ICD- 36 /2011  dated 3 August 2011, the Indian National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has included solar water heating systems as an eligible technology for subsidy and low-interest loans if they do not exceed a capacity of 400 litres. The circular is addressed to all commercial banks and regional/rural banks involved. An earlier circular - No.110 dated 27 May 2011 - had already announced the Capital Subsidy-cum-Refinance Scheme for decentralised solar PV installations.

India: New national Helpline for Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 28, 2011

 Helpline

As part of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project), the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has started a voice-activated National Helpline on Solar Water Heaters to raise awareness of the technology and answer the questions of consumers. The service, which has been operating since 15 September 2011, is managed by the Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI). It has a toll-free number (1800 2 33 44 77), with service hours from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM between Monday and Friday, and 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Saturdays. The two employed call centre agents offer help in both Hindi and English.

India’s First and Only Solar Thermal e-Newsletter Launched

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 17, 2011

 InSolTherm Times To spread information about the various developments in the country's solar thermal market, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI) have started India’s first and only solar thermal e-Newsletter: InSolTherm Times. The monthly publication was formally launched on 1 August 2011 by MNRE Secretary Deepak Gupta. Considering the substantial market growth of the solar water heating sector, there is a great need to share information about the latest trends in technologies and policy.

Intersolar Speakers present latest figures of key Solar Thermal Markets

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 17, 2011

 Market figures from key solar thermal markets” Several well-known speakers shared their market figures from key solar thermal markets worldwide with the audience of the Global Solar Thermal Markets session at the Intersolar Conference at the beginning of June. Whereas India and Brazil maintain high growth rates, the European solar heating and cooling sector has to again cope with a decline of now 13 % in 2010 compared to the previous year. The chart shows the developments of markets with a volume of 200,000 and 500,000 m2. It is part of the 16-page brochure “Solar Thermal Markets in Europe”, which the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) presented at the Intersolar.
Figure: ESTIF

India: Credit Rating allows for privileged Application Process

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 9, 2011

To expand the solar thermal market and minimise the application time for subsidies and soft loans, the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has devised a new application method for its national subsidy scheme: Since 1 April, it has offered Channel Partners (CP) to directly submit their project proposals to MNRE.

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