National Solar Mission

  • India: National Housing Bank Grants Subsidised Loans

    On 31 March 2014, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the National Housing Bank (NHB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide subsidies for private households when they purchase solar water heating and solar lighting equipment. The beneficiaries can only...
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  • Germany: Programme of SMEThermal 2014 available

    The development of Europe’s solar thermal industry is posing great challenges: While the residential market has been declining, there has been an increasing demand for complex industrial solutions and new business models are necessary. The international solar thermal industry...

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  • 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?

    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: 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: Federal Subsidy Scheme Is High Financial Burden for Channel Partners

    There are always two sides to each story: On the one hand, the 30 % investment subsidy scheme has brought most solar thermal system suppliers enormous growth rates since it was implemented by India’s federal government in June 2010. The chart above shows the results from a survey...

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  • India: Solar Mission Phase II Targets 8 Million m²

    In December 2012, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India published its plans for Phase II of the National Solar Mission (NSM). The 58-page document outlines the policy for the second phase, including targets, the role of the states and an implementation strategy (see the...

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  • India: Conference Calls for Concerted R&D Efforts

    In the first week of April 2012, the School of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources at Madurai Kamaraj University hosted an International Workshop and Conference on Renewable Energy and Climate Change (IWCRECC 2012). Its topic: “Exploring Opportunities for Sustainable Development”....

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  • India: New national Helpline for Solar Water Heaters

    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...

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  • India: Ideal Frame Conditions for Solar Heating and Cooling Sector

    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-...

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  • India: US-India Business Council creates Solar Task Force

    Chairwoman of the newly founded Solar Power Task Force in India: Aparna Doshi, Chief Operating Officer of India-headquartered Astonfield, a renewable energy facilitator. She shares the post with Bryan Ashley, Chief Marketing Officer at US-based photovoltaic manufacturer Suniva.
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