Category: Solar

January 13, 2016

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) has commissioned a 5 MW solar power plant for its captive consumption. The solar power plant is located close to the airport access road and has started generating around 25,000 units /day of pollution free energy and meeting the airport’s peak power demand during day time.

The company claimed that the modules are based on poly crystalline technology, which is among the most efficient technology available currently. The green energy produced by this 5 MW solar plant is equivalent to meeting daily electricity requirement for about 4800 homes.

SGK Kishore, CEO, GHIAL said   “Hyderabad Airport, like other group companies of GMR, is committed towards generating renewable energy. As a part of this commitment, we have commissioned a 5 MW captive solar power plant. This is also in alignment with the government’s solar vision and the recently announced initiative by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to have solar-powered airports”.  

He added that there are plans to go for another 7MW solar power plant as part of energy neutral objective.

 The solar power plant has over 16,000 modules of solar panels, each having a fixed tilt for maximum sun exposure.

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January 5, 2016

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a request for selection (RfS) for 500MW of solar PV projects in the Ananthapuramu Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh.According to Mudit Jain, consultant at Bridge to India,the tender will be separated into ten 50MW projects. These plants will come under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) Phase-II Batch-II.The deadline for submissions is 12 January 2016.Jain said this will bring SECI’s tally of tendered capacity up to 1,690MW out of the 2GW earmarked for the corporation under the NSM.

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January 5, 2016

Minister for Power D.K. Shivakumar said that in order to overcome the shortage of power in the State, it is decided to tap green energy, particularly solar energy in view of the protests against setting up thermal power plants in the coastal belt and south Karnataka.Mr. Shivakumar said that the resistance from environmentalists and the people from coastal Karnataka and south Karnataka districts against the establishment of thermal power plants and the limited source of energy from hydel projects had made the government to turn its attention towards solar energy.He said that a mega solar park was being set up on a 12,000-acre plot in the drought prone Pavagada taluk. Prime Minister Narendra Modi would lay the foundation stone for it in February.He said that the State government had also initiated steps to increase the power production in the State by 4,000 MW in the coming days.

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January 4, 2016

January 4 The Russian Energy Agency (REA) and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) plan to collaborate on several large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in India through 2022, starting with an up-to-500-MW project. The two entities signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on December 24, outlining the terms of the partnership. One of its goals is to prepare a roadmap for the development of both solar projects and equipment production facilitiesThe Russian side will take responsibility to provide the needed technologies and low-cost financing for the projects, while SECI will help secure the required government permits. The parties have formed a working group to consider the alliance’s next stepsIndia has officially committed to boost its renewable energy capacity to 175 GW by 2022, including 100 GW of solar.

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December 31, 2015

Rays Power Infra Pvt. Ltd has  announced bagging of a sizeable percentage of the total capacity of the Uttarakhand Solar Tender. The total capacity of the tender was 170 MW, of which Rays Infra acquired 80 MW on behalf of its clients. This was done under co-development and pre-bid EPC tie-up models for a financial bid opening conducted in Dehradun in October this year.

Rays Power Infra, which had submitted a bid for 90 MW was successful in securing a satisfactory range from L1 tariff meaning INR 5.57 per kWh and the H2 tariff at INR 5.98 per kWh. With this the company’s order book stands at 215 MW of solar power projects with an additional turnover of over Rs 500 crore.The letter of intent (LOI) for the bid was issued to Rays Power Infra by Shri. Harish Rawat, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand & Mr. UK Panwar, Principal Secretary-Power, during a gathering organized by UREDA on November 9, 2015, in Dehradun.

 

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December 30, 2015

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved scaling up of budget from Rs 600 crore to Rs 5,000 crore for implementation of Grid Connected Rooftops systems over a period of five years upto 2019-20 under the National Solar Mission (NSM). This will support installation of 4,200 MW Solar Rooftop systems in the country in the next five years.The capital subsidy of 30 per cent will be provided for general category states/UTs and 70 per cent for special category states i.e., the North-Eastern States including Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. There will be no subsidy for commercial and industrial establishments in the private sector since they are eligible for other benefits such as accelerated depreciation, custom duty concessions, excise duty exemptions and tax holiday etc,This capacity of 4,200 MWp will come up through the residential, government, social and institutional sector (hospitals, educational institutions etc.). Industrial & commercial sector will be encouraged for installations without subsidy. This will create a market and help build confidence of the consumers which will enable balance capacity through market mode to achieve the target o

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December 30, 2015

The Chhattisgarh government has decided to make roof-top solar power plants mandatory for new buildings of government, semi-government establishments and institutional bodies from next year onwards in the state.

According to Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ajay Chandrakar,the decision was taken at a state Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh and will come to effect from January 1, 2016. He said that solar power plants with the capacity of 10-50 KW would be installed in various buildings of the state.The decision will make possible installation of a total of 200 MW solar capacity power plants in the entire state which will be 5 per cent more than that of the cumulative power demand in the state.It would help to save on costly power purchased by state power company and in turn help the consumers by controlling the power tariff.

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December 25, 2015

West Bengal Power Minister Manish Gupta announced that a solar dome, first of its kind in the country, is set to come up on the outskirts of Kolkata which will help raise awareness about the importance of solar energy. The project to be implemented by the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) in coordination with West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation will be completed by the end of 2016 with an estimated cost of over Rs.30 crore. The solar dome will also act as a museum displaying various usages of the unconventional energy as well as a tourist spot. The entire dome will be covered by solar panels which, in turn, will produce electricity to run the project and will also provide power to the nearby Eco-Park at Rajarhat. It will house a planetarium, marine aquarium, gallery and a view point from which the visitors will have a panoramic view of Rajarhat-Newtown

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December 24, 2015

Airport will soon go solar as a part of its sustainability drive by reduction of electricity consumption.Initially, only 40 per cent of the airport will be solar-powered, but soon expanded to the entire airport. According to the tender that is available on the website, the KIA intends to procure 12 MW annually via open access, and the rest by setting up solar power plants on build, own, operate and transfer basis, for at least 20 years, The first phase of the solar power plant will be completed in March 2016. A BIAL spokesperson said, “We envisage KIAB as a role model for sustainable progress. The airport has ambitious plans as far as sustainability is concerned. We would like a tangible outcome not just for the airport, but for the city and the region it serves.” In 2014, the airport had introduced Green Map, an industry best practice that aims to create greater awareness about the various green initiatives being focused on at the KIAB. BIAL embarked on adopting renewable energy for airport operations in early 2015 as a part of its green strategy. The Cochin International Airport was the world’s first solar-run airport.

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December 24, 2015

A tender for solar setup in the KIAB in the has been floated by Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL). The Bengaluru The Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit will have an estimated Rs.70-lakh solar project on its main campus at Kalady. The project will be implemented by Keltron. The varsity Syndicate has included the project among the various initiatives to be undertaken utilising the Rs.2.5-crore assistance, received under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. The university was among the four universities in the State eligible to receive assistance under the RUSA. Vice Chancellor M.C. Dileep Kumar said that the solar project will help the university save on electricity charges besides ensuring energy self-sufficiency.

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