Tigo, pioneer of the smart modular Flex MLPE platform, and SMA, global market leader for solar inverters, have joined forces to deliver total compliance with the newly released SunSpec Alliance specifications regarding Rapid Shutdown adoption for PV plants. SunSpec Alliance, certifier of PV components and communication standards, has defined the specifications of the powerline-based PV transmitter signal covering varying installation types and regions.


Tigo and SMA’s partnership brings the first transmitter and receiver offering representing interoperability between the inverter and the PV module's MLPE. SMA’s full line of US string inverters will be supporting the new SunSpec standard to fulfill the tightened module-level requirements in National Electric Code (NEC) 2017, becoming mandatory in January 2019. Tigo will expand its current offering to include a SunSpec Rapid Shutdown and add this capability to its TS4 Flex MLPE product line. The new addition is 100% compatible and certified by about 40 PV module suppliers currently using the TS4 platform – including Trina Solar, Itek, and Sunpreme. The new offering is also available for add-on or retrofit applications.


The new SunSpec specifications were developed by a workgroup of more than 75 solar professionals. Combining Tigo’s module-level shutdown capabilities and SMA’s renowned Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) function, the unique partnership will deliver maximum system safety and reliability by adhering to those specifications and being fully compliant with NEC 2017. Once adopted, this robust solution will accommodate all PV modules while minimizing multivendor compatibility issues.


“The solar industry is experiencing significant growth with new requirements, so we welcome the vendor coordination efforts and the wide adoption by many vendors working to improve the safety of clean energy production,” says Danny Eizips, VP of Engineering at Tigo. "This is a great opportunity for multivendor support."


“Together, SMA and Tigo are minimizing the adoption difficulties presented with any new specifications,” says Nick Morbach, Executive Vice President of Residential and Commercial Business Unit at SMA.


“As a Tigo partner and integrator of TS4, Trina welcomes the wide adoption of this safety feature,” says Jing Tian, President of North American Region at Trina. “We are now shipping our Rapid Shutdown compliant smart modules.”


Tigo is now shipping its integrated Rapid Shutdown offering worldwide as a module solution. For price and delivery call +1.408.402.0802 ext. 1, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.tigoenergy.com.


About Tigo


Tigo is a Silicon Valley company founded in 2007 by a team of experienced technologists. Combining a unique systems-level approach with expertise in semi-conductors, power electronics, and solar energy, the Tigo team developed the first-generation Smart Module Optimizer technology for the solar industry. Tigo's vision is to leverage integrated and retrofitted Flex MLPE and communications technology to drive the cost of solar electricity down. By partnering with tier 1 module and inverter manufacturers in the industry, Tigo is able to focus on its key innovation with the smartest TS4 modular platform and leverage the broader ecosystem. Tigo has operations in the USA, across Europe, Latin America, Japan, China, Australia and the Middle East. Visit www.tigoenergy.com.




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NTPC’s stellar performance

02nd Sep, 2017

NTPC Ltd, the leading power generator recorded 12.55% growth in generation for the month of August’2017 over corresponding period last year. The total generation for the month was 22.347 Billion Units as against 19.855 Billion Units.

The PLF increased by 5.58% over the corresponding period last year.

Koldam Hydro Electric Power Project generated electricity at its peak capacity during this period.

In line with Govt of India’s thrust on Renewable energy, the company’s solar stations generated 455 Million Units from 870 MW capacity. This is 3 times higher than last year.

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NTPC signs Term Loan of Rs. 3000 crore with ICICI Bank Ltd.

30th Aug, 2017

NTPC signed a term loan agreement for Rs.3000 Crore with ICICI Bank Ltd on 29.08.2017. The loan has a door to door tenure of 15 years and will be utilised to part finance the capital expenditure of NTPC. The loan agreement was signed in the presence of Shri K.Biswal, Director (Finance), NTPC Ltd.

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NTPC's Electron Quiz National Finals -2017

21st Aug, 2017

NIT -Silchar bagged the first prize, followed by Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad - second prize and RAIT ,Mumbai walked away with the third prize at the NTPC's prestigious Electron Quiz National Finals -2017. The quiz had participation from around 250 teams covering all regions in India. Regional rounds were held at Mumbai, Kolkata, Patna, Hyderabad, Lucknow and the last one at Noida. The winning teams received cash prizes and certificates from Shri Saptarshi Roy, Director (HR), NTPC.

Shri Roy appreciated the fact that NTPC-Electron Quiz has generated a lot of interest in the educational institutes of the country and has brought the best minds under one roof. Electron Quiz was started way back in the year 2004 with an objective to create Brand Equity of NTPC amongst Professional students

Teams from TISS Mumbai, IIM Indore, IIM Lucknow, FMS Delhi, NIT Silchar, IIM Ranchi, BITS Pilani, qualified for the finals of NTPC's Electronic Quiz- 2017. Shri Gautam Bose of Greycells was the Quiz Master.

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NSEFI Chairman Pranav R Mehta, who is also the Co- Chairman of Global Solar Council received the prestigious Global Excellence Award in Renewable Energy from the Energy and Environment Foundation  at the hands of Minister of State for Power , New and Renewable Energy ,Coal and Mines ( Independent Charge) Shri Piyush Goyal at a glittering ceremony at the national capital New Delhi on 21 August 2017.

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Climate change: It's real, scary and deadly if ignored.

The world’s biggest powers have debated the issue of climate change at length. They came together in 2015 to find possible solutions to curtail its impact. 195 countries made history in 2015 when they signed the Paris agreement, the world's most ambitious pact to limit carbon emissions. Saudi Arabia was one of the countries to pledge allegiance to it. Despite the US reneging on the pact, most countries including some of its close allies like Saudi Arabia decided not to withdraw from it.

Over the last five years, renewable energy has gained global prominence. Last year itself, global investments in renewable energy summed up to more than US$214 billion with countries like China, the United States of America and Canada, investing heavily in wind, hydro, solar and biofuel infrastructure schemes. Saudi Arabia is not far behind in the development of this sector.

The discourse on renewable sources of energy and other issues of the environment in Saudi Arabia is moving increasingly to the fore. Saudi Arabia, primarily being a desert area and an oil rich country, needed to find a way to diversify its energy mix and use what is available to its full potential. In an announcement made in March 2014 by a government agency— The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection— all companies were made duty-bound to meet new benchmarks for air, water, and noise pollution by 2019. The energy sector has increasingly emphasized on the use of renewable energy and new technologies under Vision 2030.

The normal temperatures of Riyadh oscillate between 44 to 46 degrees Celsius which makes the city an almost perfect setting for solar power plants. This considerable solar potential will help reduce its reliance on fossil fuels which are fast depleting across the globe. As mentioned above, the move towards renewable energy has started in the country. For instance, on the campus of Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KAUST), a huge field of solar panels and solar photovoltaic (PV) cells have been installed to provide hot water to all campus buildings and create and distribute power to the buildings.

The world’s biggest oil producer has plans to be completely driven by renewable and low-carbon forms of energy. In its endeavor to do so, it has embarked upon a new economic journey, towards energy diversification and long term prosperity.

In the next six years, Saudi Arabia intends to produce 10 percent of its power from renewable sources of energy. This drive is likely to see the kingdom develop 30 solar and wind projects by 2023 to boost its electricity generation and reduce the burning of crude oil. It is aiming at a production of 9.5 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy which involves an estimated investment between $30 billion and $50 billion. This brave effort could potentially replace the equivalent of 80,000 barrels of oil a day which is burnt right now for power generation in the country.

Under the purview of this goal, it recently announced a first of a kind wind energy project. The move intended to embolden the private sector’s contribution to the vital domain of green energy, Energy and Industry ministry said that Saudi Arabia is expected to let out an average of 400 megawatts (MW) of electricity produced by wind turbines.

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Ministry also invited bids for a 400-MW wind power plant, the first ever wind project to be built in northwestern Saudi Arabia. After relying on oil to fuel its economy for more than half a century, Saudi Arabia is turning to another abundant natural resource to take it beyond the oil age -- desert. The kingdom is converting thousands of square kilometers of sand into new cities as it seeks to diversify away from crude, create jobs and boost investment.

Saudi Arabia has collaborated with global leaders in environmental management systems to work together to build a monitoring system that employs air and water quality sensors to constantly monitor environmental pollution. The new system has already been installed in the industrial cities of Dammam, Mecca, and Riyadh. The environmental data collected will also be used to develop environmental strategies and systems, for the development of eco-friendly industrial cities.

National Energy Services Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed an MoU with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, India to implement energy efficiency programs and scale-up demand side measures in the Gulf country. EESL will provide consultancy and expand the capacity of the National Energy Services Company, which is instituted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to implement energy efficiency schemes.

The kingdom is all set to host a two-day Renewable Energy Summit 2017 in October 2017 which would focus on the latest renewable technologies and solutions. The display of technologies is likely to help Saudi Arabia reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the global climate action outlined in the Paris climate agreement. Moreover, these energy targets are expected to create employment opportunities for Saudi Arabian population. A report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimated that achieving these targets could create an average of 140,000 jobs in a year.

The kingdom’s move towards adoption of renewable forms of energy is positive news given that the move would make the country a much more environmentally responsible regional leader in the GCC region and would also help spread the use of clean energy. Under Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia is charting a new course to reinvent its society. Its renewable energy goals are crucial to this change, and will also reshape the kingdom’s regional and global role.

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