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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.

User’s Technical Handbook on Solar Water Heaters (India, 2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 16, 2011

This handbook was prepared in the framework of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project), - a project co-executed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNEP), funded by Global Environmental Fund with co-financing of the International Copper Association. It was done in collaboration with the Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).

India: Ideal Frame Conditions for Solar Heating and Cooling Sector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 22, 2010

 DIREC 2010” More than 200 participants attended the side-event dedicated to the solar heating and cooling sector during the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) 2010 in New Delhi, India, at the end of October. International thought leaders highlighted the global development of low-temperature solar applications and the possibilities for widespread distribution of this technology.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

India: Collective Applications for national Subsidies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 9, 2010

The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has just released the application procedure for claiming incentives under the recently launched national subsidy programme, which is part of the National Solar Mission.

India: New Incentive Guidelines for low and medium Temperature Applications

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 28, 2010

 Federal Government of India” On the 17th of June, the Federal Government of India announced a new set of financing guidelines intended for off-grid solar systems under the National Solar Mission. Among other technologies, these new guidelines consider both low and medium temperature solar thermal systems, as well as off-grid PV systems. Photo: MNRE

Calls for Intensive R&D on Solar Thermal Air Drying in India

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 26, 2010

 Solar Air Dreyer” The Sardar Patel Renewable Energy Research Institute (SPRERI) organized a one day workshop on solar thermal drying at the end of March 2010. Its aim was to intensify the efforts of tapping into the national market potential for using solar applications to dry agricultural products.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

India: Subsidy Programme to continue in Fiscal Year 2010/2011

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 23, 2010

 India” As could be read in the updated approval note No.3/1/2007-UICA (SE) from 21 April 2010, the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy decided to continue its national subsidy programme in fiscal year 2010/2011.

India: Solar Water Heaters Obligatory in All New Governmental Buildings

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 19, 2010

 User Guide” The Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) mandates solar water heaters in residential facilities, hotels and hospitals. It is a voluntary code, which has recently been made obligatory for new governmental buildings.

India: Efficiency Labelling for Solar Water Heaters under Discussion

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 23, 2010

 star label” The Indian government is thinking about the implementation of a kind of “star label” for solar water heaters. The institution responsible for the national Standards & Labelling Programme scheme is the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The national solar industry, however, has some reservations about this plan.

India: A Centre of Excellence for Solar Energy Research

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 8, 2010

 Solar Energy Center India” The Solar Energy Centre (SEC) in Haryana State is a research institution, whose building design alone is a demonstration of how to use solar energy effectively. Soon, it will also receive a testing facility for solar thermal power.
Photo: SEC


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