Concentrating solar plants (CSP) generate solar thermal electricity (STE) while producing no greenhouse gas emissions, so it could be a key technology for mitigating climate change. In addition, the flexibility of CSP plants enhances energy security.

The Government of Tamil Nadu has launched the Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy 2012 to promote solar energy. It has been envisioned to add about 3000 MW by the year 2015 under the Policy. The Electricity Act, 2003, mandates the State Electricity Regulatory Commissions to promote generation of electricity from renewable sources of energy.

The State of Rajasthan receives maximum solar radiation intensity in India with very low average rainfall. It also has unutilized low cost desert land available in abundance. Therefore, Rajasthan is likely to emerge as the global hub for solar power in the country.

The potential of renewable energy is not only limited to electricity generation, but also for a variety of applications (heating, cooling, mechanical and cooking) spanning across several sectors (residential, commercial and industrial).

Under Batch-II, Solar PV projects with a total capacity of 1500 MW capacity are proposed to be selected under the scheme of Bundling with Thermal power as in Phase-I, to be implemented through NVVN. The present Guidelines lay down the framework for implementation of this scheme.

Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for Goa and Union Territories (UT) on 4th July 2014 has released a draft Regulation of Solar Tariff applicable to Ground Mounted Grid Connected & Rooftop Solar with Net Metering.

The Asia-Pacific Renewable Energy Assessment (APREA) provides an overview of the current and possible future costs of renewable electricity generation in selected reference economies: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, and Australia.

The Government had launched the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, which is a major initiative of the Government of India and State Governments to promote ecologically sustainable growth while addressing India's energy security challenge.

The data contains details of projects sanctioned under off grid solar applications of JNNSM during 2013-14 (status as on 30.05.2014) published by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

The Karnataka Solar Policy 2014-2021 policy is expected to give a major boost to solar power production in the state and envisages generating 450 MW energy in the 2014-15 financial year. Read full text.

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