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INDIA Vikram Solar offers 27 years of linear power warranty on its solar modules Vikram Solar has announced that their 60- and 72-cell multi crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic modules belonging to ELDORA Prime, Ultima, Neo, Grand & Grand Ultima Series will be offered with a Linear Power Warranty upto 27 years across the globe. The warranted power degradation will be 2.5% in the 1st year, about 0.67% yearon year from 2nd year till 27th year, finally ending with 80.1% of the original power measured under STC conditions, at the end of the 27th year. Vikram Solar has run extended in-house reliability test programs on all the above-mentioned types of modules for the past one year and collected data on failure mechanisms and substantiated them with established reliability models before they decided to go ahead and announce these “industry leading warranty terms”. Mr. Ivan Saha, President & Chief Technology Officer, Vikram Solar commented on the achievement:”We stand by our commitment to global markets and constantly challenge ourselves to deliver lowest cost of ownership to our global customers. By validating these differentiated and bestin class warranty terms, our Research &Development team has helped us to position our modules as the natural choice for long- term investments. Validation of module degradation is a complex process and is dependent on a number of variables like materials and process conditions used for manufacturing, weather conditions across various geographies, impact of long term degradation effects like UV, humidity and temperature, etc.” The Research and Development team at Vikram Solar followed a well-structured process starting with detailed Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) for each stage of design, manufacturing and usage of materials, sub-components and processes. They followed it up with material level testing and life estimation, process modifications with ‘Design for Reliability’ concepts, outdoor testing of modules and finally long duration testing under ‘Highly Accelerated Stress Test’ (HAST) conditions. The results correlated field failure and lifetime test data in a ‘Unified Reliability Model’. It was also noted that under extreme field conditions, Vikram Solar ELDORA multi-crystalline modules behaved much better than what others in the market offer today. Vikram Solar is rolling out this warranty term for all the above product types manufactured and shipped as early as 1st December, 2015. TERI and Global Green Growth Institute to work together for inclusive green growth The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) organized High-level Panel Discussion on Green Growth and Development in India, where discussions were held around insights and recommendations at the national level and particularly, in the states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to move in the direction of inclusive green growth and sustainable development. In order to understand linkages between development outcomes and green interventions in Himachal Pradesh, the project utilizes three models (climate, soil and water assessment, and power analysis). The study looks at specific challenges faced by the state governments of Punjab and HP. The national level modeling assessment projects that one of the development benefits as a result of green growth interventions can be reduced poverty as well as additional employment creation of 117 lakhs, out of which 79 lakhs can be skilled jobs. The national study also highlighted the need for capacity building for implementation and data collection for decision-making related to environmental sustainability. Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, who addressed the occasion through a video message, emphasized on the need to look at the ‘polluter pays’ principle as one of the ways of tackling climate change, adding that India is ready and forthcoming to be part of the solution for addressing the issue of climate change. Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, who was present at the occasion, emphasized on the importance of creating knowledge in collaboration with government agencies, highlighting that “there is a need for voluntary compliance along with regulatory measures”. He also mentioned the need for process innovations in manufacturing, services and transport sectors to adapt to the changing scenario. Panel discussions focused on the need for considering equity and governance mechanisms with stronger institutions and capacity building at the centre and state levels; and the need for common but differentiated responsibilities and sustainable development goals to be the key drivers for green growth. Dr Suneel Pandey (Director, Green Growth and Resource Efficiency) highlighted the necessity for interdisciplinary integrated assessments for creating policy advocacy. Discussions on finance for green growth in India revolved around introducing policy reform with focus on accessing finance through project proposals especially for state governments. Dr Ajay Mathur (Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency) said that there is an urgent requirement for creating demand and sustaining demand for green growth products and initiatives. energetica INDIA · NOV | DEC15 13


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