Baden-Württemberg Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) have produced a world record efficiency 20.8% CIGS cell. Equipment supplier Manz, which is also located in the Baden-Württemberg region in Germany's south, has secured the exclusive rights to the technology. It may be noted, Japan's Solar Frontier has produced a cell with an efficiency factor of 19.7%.
M&B Switchgear Ltd is planning to set up 20 MW solar power plant near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The project will be set up with an investment of Rs. 2500 million and will have a debt: equity ratio of 70:30 . The project is expected to achieve financial closure by end 2012. The company has a 2 MW grid connected plant in Raigarh district in Madhya Pradesh
3Tier, a solar power consulting company has tied up with Emergent Ventures for accurate measurement of solar irradiance. Solar irradiance data will influence plant design, cost and bankability of the project. Currently, Indian solar developers make us of satellite data which is prone to errors where there could be a margin of 10% fluctuations.
Enzen Global, a solar energy consulting company is planning to utilize the water bodies in the states of Karnataka to generate solar power. According to estimates, Karnataka can generate around 1000 MW of solar power. The barge mounted solar plant will cover one-third of the lake. The company plans to collaborate with owners like Panchayats, govt bodies and private stakeholders to develop these projects. Enzen will work on liasioning with owners and securing permissions to develop the projects while its French partner-Ciet-el-terre will take care of the technical aspects of the solar project. As an added advantage, the solar panels will also have aerators which will purify the lake in the long run. Further the costs of barge mounted solar panels compare with that of a regular solar plant in land.