Solar Bidding

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What is the right solar tariff for India – 4.78, 4.63 or 4.34?

After an avalanche of low solar tariffs ending with a super low solar tariff of Rs 4.34/kWh in the latest reverse biddings held in Nov ’15 and Jan ’16, the market suddenly seems to be retracting.

The recent lowest discovered tariff for Karnataka was Rs 4.78/kWh, a good 10% higher than the previous lowest.

The chart, courtesy ICRA Research […]

Solar Cell – The Basic Unit of a Solar Power Plant

Summary: A solar cell is the smallest unit of a solar power system. Many solar cells make a solar panel.

A solar cell is the basic electricity generating unit of the solar photovoltaic system.

You would have surely heard about Solar Cells? What are solar cells, how are they made and how do they generate electricity?

Solar cells form […]

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Solar Cell and Panel Efficiency

Summary: Conventional solar PV cell efficiency are in the range 10-22%, and module efficiency in the range 9-20%.

If only we had super high efficient solar cells, the whole world would only be using solar to power everything. So what indeed is the efficiency of solar cells  all about, and how efficient indeed are the current […]

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Single Junction Solar Cells – The Plain and Simple Solar Cell Technology

Summary: Single junction solar cells have just one p-n junction, as against multi-junction solar cells, which have more than one p-n junction

Solar cells generate electricity owing to the presence of p-n junctions. What is a p-n junction, what are single junction solar cells, and how are they different from multi-junction solar cells?

The conventional solar cells […]

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Peak Capacity of Solar Cells – The Best the Cell Can Give

Summary: Peak capacity of solar cells refers to the amount of power generated by the solar cells under the best possible solar radiation.

You might have read about kWp or Wp, referred to as kil-watt peak or watt-peak. You might have wondered what the term “peak” means in these.

What is peak capacity? It is the term used […]

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