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India: Copper Thefts from Collectors Observed in India

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 10, 2013

Flat plate absorbers contain close to 6 kg of copper in form to fins and tubes and are one of the most expensive items in any solar thermal system. India is largely dependent on imports of copper as its reserves are limited to 0.6 million tons only. Being a precious metal it provides appreciation with time and prices also depend on international speculation. As a result it fascinates thieves to steal and trade it. The photo shows stolen copper absorbers in a 16 m2 collector field on the roof of the Bebe Nanki Mother and Child Care Centre at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital near the city of Amritsar, Punjab. Presently cost of copper in India is about 180 INR/kg (EUR 3 EUR/kg) and fetches good price in the market even under re-sale.
Photo: Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy

India: Results of Greentech’s Market Assessment Study

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 9, 2010

 cumulative collector area” Looking at the future development of the Indian solar thermal sector: The figures above show the most realistic scenario by New Delhi based consultancy Greentech Knowledge Solutions. The residential market will also dominate in the years to come, still retaining a market share of around 80%.
Source: Greentech

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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