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India: SMS Promotion Boosts Helpline Traffic

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 19, 2012

India has one of the largest mobile phone databases worldwide. This and the high market penetration (84%) prompted the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to initiate a pilot project for an SMS-based (Short Message Service) solar thermal awareness campaign. Between January and April 2012, text messages pointing to the toll-free hotline for solar water heaters were sent to half a million prospective buyers of solar hot water systems, such as architects, car owners, doctors and real estate agencies.

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: Temple Possesses World’s Largest Solar Steam Cooking System

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 27, 2009

 India inauguration solar steam cooking system” Concentrator technology: The Minister for New & Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah (centre) inaugurated the world’s largest system for solar thermal steam cooking on 30 July 2009.
Photo: MNRE

25 Years of Different Subsidies in India: an Overview

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 4, 2009

 Solar City Magapatta India” Under the new national subsidy scheme of the government of India some more solar cities like Magarpatta in Pune, Maharashtra State, will be realised. The solar thermal market in India has seen a lot of different subsidy models over the years.
Photo: Magapatta City

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