India

  • Database of Building Codes: 24 Individual Regulations

    Database of Building Codes: 24 Individual Regulations

    Sometimes, it takes a while until good ideas are copied. This has been the case with solar/renewable building codes, which were invented in Israel more than 30 years ago. It has just been over the last ten years, however, that this political instrument reached all five continents....

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  • India: Copper Thefts from Collectors Observed in India

    India: Copper Thefts from Collectors Observed in India

    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...

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  • India: National Incentive Programme Reduces Grants

    India: National Incentive Programme Reduces Grants

    The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) reduced its benchmark prices of solar water heaters within the national solar subsidy scheme under the National Solar Mission. As the level of subsidy is based on 30 % of the benchmark prices, the grants were also reduced. The new...

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  • India: “Test centres will educate manufacturers on quality measures”

    India: “Test centres will educate manufacturers on quality measures”

    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...

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  • India: Drop Vacuum Tube Collector Subsidy?

    India: Drop Vacuum Tube Collector Subsidy?

    To protect local solar photovoltaic manufacturers, the Indian government has made it mandatory in its National Solar Mission to use locally made cells and modules. There is no such rule for the solar thermal sector, in which the state subsidises 30 to 60 % of the price of a solar water...

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  • India: Pilgrim Sites Use Solar Energy

    India: Pilgrim Sites Use Solar Energy

    India is the birthplace of three of the world's largest religions - Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism - all of which admire nature and preach conservation. Some of the country’s leading religious institutions have walked the path of sustainable development. It has made India a...

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  • India: Industry Shifts to Vacuum Tube Collectors

    India: Industry Shifts to Vacuum Tube Collectors

    The renewed growth of the Indian solar thermal market has existing manufacturers expanding their production capacities and integrating vertically. Solar water heaters based on vacuum tube collectors are a popular product, already covering around 40 % of the newly installed 1 million m...

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  • India: NABARD Scheme Successful with Buyers

    India: NABARD Scheme Successful with Buyers

    The subsidy scheme of the Indian National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has grown into a successful programme since its implementation in August 2011. NABARD has...

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  • India: Rising Diesel Prices Boost Attractiveness of Solar Thermal

    India: Rising Diesel Prices Boost Attractiveness of Solar Thermal

    India’s government announced at the beginning of this year that it would gradually increase the price of diesel by INR 1 each month for the following 10 months. The government is aiming to bring retail prices in India on a par with international crude prices, in order to reduce the...

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  • Renewable Energy India Expo 2013, Greater Noida

    The 7th Renewable Energy India will be held from 12 to 14 September 2013 in Greater Noida, New Delhi India. The Conference and expo cover the topics PV, Solar Heating, Cooling and Drying, Wind Energy, Biomass, Hydro Energy, Geothermal and Energy Efficiency. Last year’s event attracted 475...

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  • India: Solar Food Processing Network Launch

    India: Solar Food Processing Network Launch

    With the launch of the Solar Food Processing Network in January 2013, India can look forward to a successful usage of solar thermal systems to meet the energy needs of this sector. The initiative for the network came from private entrepreneur Ghanshyam Lukhi (see the small photo above)....

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  • India: MNRE Assures Quicker Subsidy Disbursement

    India: MNRE Assures Quicker Subsidy Disbursement

    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...

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