Category: Alternative/Renewable

January 28, 2014

Renewable energy projects worth Rs 30,000 crore are being implemented in Madhya Pradesh, which have quietly reached out to companies and attracted GE, Reliance PowerBSE -0.40 %, Spanish wind major Gamesa and others, giving tough competition to Gujarat in the sector. The buzz of activity has catapulted the state to the top slot of renewable energy in the country where Narendra Modi’s Gujarat was hailed as the most successful state in the sector. MP’s Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has accelerated the state’s drive for renewable energy, helping it expand rapidly and kickstart many projects, including 4,600 mw of being executed, state government officials said. The state invited proposals in November 2012, seeking investments to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore, with the full backing of Chauhan. “The chief minister gave us a blank cheque and complete support to go ahead with our plan to develop renewable energy in the state. The idea was to set a plan in place and first see the results on the ground rather publicize just a policy on paper,” said S R Mohanty, secretary, new and renewable energy department, Madhya Pradesh. The state has made things easy for investors. To set up a wind project, the developer has to just submit a resource assessment report of any site in the state. It applies for solar, bio and hydel as well, where if the selected site is government’s land, the devel

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January 28, 2014

The Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency has said that “one of the myths about renewable energy projects is that there are not enough of them out there today.”

As per Adnan Amin, this is simply not true, and he added that these projects are strong enough to attract investment.

Speaking in Abu Dhabi, as IRENA announced loans of US$ 41 million for renewable energy projects in Ecuador, Mali, the Maldives, Mauritania, Samoa and Sierra Leone, Amin said: “There is a large pipeline of renewable energy projects that are viable today.” 

He explained that the six projects that won yesterday’s funding from IRENA and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development were chose from a list of 80 worth more than US$ 800 million. 

“And we are expecting the volume for the next cycle of financing to be substantially higher,” he added.

Amin said that there was “tremendous growth in renewable energy investment in the GCC,” adding that the “leader in the process is the UAE.” 

Indeed, he said that the establishment of Masdar in Abu Dhabi had been “the trigger for [renewables] awareness in the region”.

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January 28, 2014

High wind power potential, high solar insulation (the solar radiation energy it receives) and shortage of power make Tamil Nadu an ideal destination for investors in the Renewable Power Sector.

The State has supported the harnessing of renewable energy, but policy, infrastructure and legal issues have hobbled the development of Solar and Wind Power in the State. Energy from these sources could have helped the State tide through the power crisis.

The State even tried to promote domestic solar systems, but the economics didn’t work out. TN attracted interest when it announced its Solar Policy in October 2012, and investors planned to set up plants with a capacity of more than 800 MW in the State, which would have increased the State’s generation from non-conventional sources to 3,000 MW by 2015. However, legal problems have dogged large solar plants. For instance, the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (Aptel) on Jan 21 set aside a government order on Solar Purchase Obligations, which mandates that commercial consumers to procure 6% of their power from solar plants.

The Aptel judgment is likely to hamper solar power projects in the State. The only silver lining is that the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission, which had just one member f

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January 28, 2014

The retired electrical engineer from Punjab Mandi Board, Mr Bulwant Singh Brar has devised a new system of micro hybrid power producing unit, which works with the unique combination of biomass, bio gas and solar power.

Mr Brar, who has devised the micro hybrid power plant of capacity 250 kilowatt, says that the combination of tonnes of garbage, agricultural waste, cow dung and solar energy can fuel his micro plant to produce clean energy and to provide nominal profits for small and marginal farmers. He added that the type of such fuel required is in abundance in North India.

Mr Brar addressed the reports on Wednesday and said that a majority of power producing projects being commissioned in Punjab are coal based, with necessity of coal supply from far off mines.

There were a series of power plants coming up in the state which faced fuel shortage and were not cost-efficient. Disposal of fly ash from these plants was also a challenge, said Brar.

He said that an area of 2 to 2.5 acres, an investment of Rs. 3.5 crore and a manpower of 20-25 people was required to operate the plant and the per unit cost of electricity would be Rs. 4.29.

The construction time for the micro hybrid

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January 28, 2014

The reports suggest that the Government of Madhya Pradesh is implementing renewable energy projects at a fast pace worth Rs 30,000 crore. The Government has managed to draw interests of companies like Reliance, GE and Spanish major Gamesa for executing these projects and is giving a tough competition to the state of Gujarat.

The buzz of undertaking has catapulted the state to the peak slot of renewable power in the India, where Narendra Modi’s Gujarat was hailed as the most successful state in the sector. MP’s Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has accelerated the state’s propel for renewable power, assisting it expand rapidly and kick-start numerous projects, including 4,600 mw of being executed, state government agents said.

The state invited proposals in November 2012, seeking investments to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore, with the full backing of Chauhan. “The chief minister gave us a blank cheque and complete support to go ahead with our plan to develop renewable energy in the state. The idea was to set a plan in place and first see the results on the ground rather publicise just a policy on paper,” said S R Mohanty, secretary, new and renewable energy department, Madhya Pradesh. The state has made things easy for investors.

“To set up a w

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January 28, 2014

An electrical engineer from Punjab has developed a concept of a micro hybrid power producing unit, which is an amalgamation of biomass, biogas and solar power.Bulwant Singh Brar, who has conceived the micro hybrid power plant of 250 kilowatt generating capacity, stated that tons of garbage, agricultural waste, cow dung and solar energy could be utilized as fuel to generate clean power and provide additional source of income to the small and marginal farmers. “Fuel is in abundance in North India,” stated Brar, giving example of Punjab, explained that currently all major power generation projects in Punjab were thermal-based and run on coal supplied from far-off coal fields and mines.

There were a series of power plants coming up in the State that faced fuel shortage issues and were not cost-efficient. Disposal of fly ash from these plants was also a challenge, Brar stated.

He further said that an area of 2 to 2.5 acres, an investment of Rs. 3.5 crore and a manpower of 20-25 people was required to operate the plant and the per unit cost of electricity would be Rs. 4.29.

The construction time for the micro hybrid plant is six months, as compa

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