How an IIT Madras Initiative Is Powering 4,000 Homes at a Fraction of Traditional Electricity Costs

In an attempt to address this issue of energy poverty and make uninterrupted power accessible to all, the Solar DC team from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, spearheaded by Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, in conjunction with industrial partners, began work on solar-powered direct-current(DC) micro-grids

India's solar power capacity to be 22 GW by March: PiyushGoyal

India's solar power generation capacity would nearly double to 22 GW by the end of current fiscal and more wind power auctions would be conducted in the coming months, Power Minister PiyushGoyal said today. India has set ambitious target of having 100 GW of solar energy and 60 GW of wind power capacities

India’s air pollution could decrease solar power generation by 17%, study says

Air pollution might cast a cloud over India’s solar power ambitions. Providing another reason for the Indian government to tackle the poor air quality, a new report found that pollutants can dampen solar power generation by as much as 17%. The problem is particularly bad in north India. Both dust and manmade sources contribute equally to the reduction in power generation. In some pockets of northwestern India the depression in solar power generation can be as much as 50% of the installed power capacity. “Crop burning here is one of the main reasons for this,” ChinmayGhoroi, one of the authors of the report, and a researcher at IIT Gandhinagar

Indian Railways to add 400 Megawatt solar power capacity current fiscal

The Indian railways, which is working on an ambitious plan to reduce its dependence on conventional fuels and cut down energy bill, is planning to award 400 Megawatt (MW) of solar energy generation capacity in the current financial year. The transporter plans to award 200 MW of rooftop solar and 200 MW of land-based solar energy capacity in the current fiscal. Overall, railways has a target of installing 1,000 MW of solar power and 200 MW of wind energy by 2020