Category: Solar

January 18, 2016

According to Ankur Gupta, principal secretary, renewable energy, the Haryana government is targeting 4,200 megawatt of solar power by 2022, including 1,600 mw from roof top solar power plants. Surplus power generated through installation of rooftop solar panels by any type of building, if any, could be fed into the state grid under net-metering regulations.

 He added that the  declining cost of solar power makes it a  viable option for not only industrial and commercial buildings,but also for individual households. A typical 1 kw solar power plant costs about Rs 70,000 to 75,000 and produces about 1,500 units of electricity annually. That means the payback period is just about four years whereas life of the system is more than 25 years.

Gupta said the government is providing financial incentive of Rs 20,000 per KWp, or 30 per cent of the benchmark cost of the plant, whichever is less, to all categories of users except the commercial and industrial establishment of private sector,to encourage installation of grid connected rooftop solar power plants.

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January 17, 2016

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced a tie-up with the Madhya Pradesh government to set up a 750-Mw Rewa ultra-mega solar power project. This will be the largest single-site solar power project in the world.

IFC will extend its global expertise to structure and implement the transaction to help attract private investments of about $750 million. IFC’s work on this project will be supported by its partnership with Department of Foreign Trade, Government of Australia.

Rajendra Shukla, minister of energy, mines, and minerals, Government of Madhya Pradeshsaid “Successful implementation of the Rewa Ultra-Mega Power project will be a key milestone for Madhya Pradesh’s outstanding efforts and leadership in renewable energy and the central government’s remarkable vision on solar power. The project will provide competitively-priced renewable power to state and central entities.”

He added “IFC’s global expertise in PPPs, leadership in renewable energy, and convening power with investors, will help us implement this unique project.”

The project is supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, under its solar parks development scheme.

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January 16, 2016

The Himachal Pradesh government is setting up a joint venture with Solar Power Corporation of India to generate 1,000 MW of solar power in Spiti, adjoining Tibet, where there is abundant sunshine. International competitive bids will be invited for the project.

According to the state’s solar power policy notified in 2014, there have been few takers for solar projects in the hill state, where hydropower is inexpensive. One of the key constraints that has hampered the development of solar power in Himachal Pradesh is the lack of a network in the Lahaul & Spiti region to transmit and distribute electricity. Power Grid Corporation will aid in setting up power evacuation infrastructure for the project.

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January 15, 2016

CESC Limited  has announced the successful commissioning of an 18MW Solar Power Plant in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

With the addition of this 4th renewable power plant, the Group has reinforced its thrust on energy diversification and expects the total renewable capacity to touch 113 MW by the end of this fiscal year.

It has entered into a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO). The project has been completed in war footing within a period of 6 months including 15 km transmission line. 

 

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January 15, 2016

According to a statement by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, our country’s grid-connected solar power generation capacity is 5129.81 MW, with Rajasthan on top with 1,264.35 MW capacity followed by Gujarat.

According to the statement, Rajasthan has the maximum grid-connected capacity, followed by Gujarat (1,024.15 MW) and Madhya Pradesh (678.58 MW).

The other leading states are Tamil Nadu (418.94 MW), Maharashtra (378.7 MW), Andhra Pradesh (357.34 MW), Telangana (342.39 MW), Punjab (200.32 MW) and Uttar Pradesh (140 MW).

The major states which are lagging behind are West Bengal (7.21 MW), Uttarakhand (5 MW) and Haryana (12.8 MW).

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January 15, 2016

 According to a Essel press release, Essel Infra projects Ltd  and  Chinese photovoltaic (PV) material maker Golden Concord Holdings Ltd (GCL) have teamed up to set up 5 GW solar module manufacturing capacity in Andhra Pradesh by 2020.

The companies have formed a consortium to invest USD 2 billion (EUR 1.8bn) in establishing the integrated solar manufacturing hub, Essel Group. The two companies inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh government as part of the Partnership Summit organised by CII.

The press release added that the solar hub is expected to create about 15,000 jobs and will supply both domestic and overseas markets, supporting the Make in India initiative of PM Modi and also help the country achieve its target of installing 100 GW of solar power capacity by 2022.

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January 15, 2016

The Himachal Pradesh cabinet has given its approval for the formation of joint venture company “Himachal Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Limited” for the implementation of 1,000MW solar park in Spiti valley of Lahaul-Spiti district.

Germany has agreed to provide financial assistance of Rs 915 crore to Himachal Pradesh, along with Andhra Pradesh, for financing two green energy projects. Of the total amount, 57 million euro loan would be given to Himachal Pradesh. The proposed 1,000MW project requires Rs 8,000-9,000 crore.

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh approved Solar Power Policy-2016, for setting up of solar photovoltaic projects in the state.

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January 14, 2016

 Gamesa SA announced that it received an order from renewables developer New Era Enviro to build three solar parks in India’s Telangana state totalling 23 MW.

Gamesa, which focuses on the wind power industry, will undertake the engineering work and procure the photovoltaic (PV) inverters for the trio of projects, one of 5 MW, one of 10 MW and one of 8 MW capacity. At the same time, New Era Enviro will supply the solar panels and structures.

The plants will be built in the towns of Bujarampet, Ellanthakunta and Mankondur, respectively. Gamesa will also take responsibility for their commissioning, during this quarter.

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January 13, 2016

The Maharashtra government, in order to meet its power requirements, is planning to install rooftop solar panels on its building for electricity generation. It may also consider giving capital subsidies to semi-government and even private entities for setting up these systems.

The off-grid renewable energy policy, which is due to be placed before the state cabinet soon, is also looking at promoting steam-based solar cooking systems in community buildings like jails, hospitals and government hostels.

According to a senior Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) official,  the government along with installing rooftop solar power systems on its buildings, also has plans  to grant 50% subsidies to semi-government bodies and 30% for private entities, targeting  bulk producers like group housing societies. He added that the government plans to go beyond the conventional belief where solar energy is largely equated with water heaters.

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January 13, 2016

According to sources, India Yamaha Motor is setting up a 4000 KW solar power project at its Surajpur manufacturing plant. The company has partnered with solar service provider Amplus Solar for installation, operation and maintenance of the solar power system. The installation will get completed by April this year.

The solar power plant is expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions of approximately 138,000 metric tons and save approximately 10,20,000 barrels of crude oil annually.

The project was inaugurated by Hiroaki Fujita, chairman, Yamaha Motor India Group Companies, and Takashi Terabayashi, managing director, India Yamaha Motor.

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