renewable energy, solar energy, Solar Energy Corporation of India, Tata Power, Tata Power Renewable commissions A power purchase agreement has already being signed with the Solar Energy Corporation of India for 25 years.

Tata Power today said its subsidiary Tata Power Renewable Energy (TPREL) has commissioned 100 megawatt (MW) capacity at the Anthapuramu solar park in Andhra Pradesh. With this, the overall operating renewable capacity of TPREL in the country now stands at 2,215 MW, the company said in a statement.

This project is part of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) scheme for developing grid connected solar power capacity of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) Phase II, batch-III. A power purchase agreement has already being signed with the Solar Energy Corporation of India for 25 years.

“Tata Power is focused to constantly proliferate the group’s renewable energy portfolio and we plan to add around 1,000 MW renewable energy capacity to our portfolio every year, scaling it to 45-50 per cent in the next five years, largely through organic growth,” said Praveer Sinha, chief executive officer and managing director, Tata Power.

Tata Power president-renewables Ashish Khanna said the company continue to seek potential of sustainable growth in India and selected international geographies. The company has organically added 159 MW wind and solar capacity in financial year 2016-17 along with the acquisition of Welspun Renewables Energy last year.

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father, daughter, technology, education, arunanchal pradesh, Tawang, National Geogaphic, Dell, community, Mike Libecki, dell employees, children, jhamtse gatsal, lumla National Geographic explorer Mike Libecki and his 14-year-old daughter Lilliana are essentially travellers who have been to several remote corners of the world. (Source: nationalgeographic.com)

National Geographic explorer Mike Libecki and his 14-year-old daughter Lilliana are essentially travellers who have been to several remote corners of the world. But it is not just the high-ranging mountains or far-flung seas that have a distinct pull for the American father-daughter duo; in fact, most of their travels are humanitarian- and- philanthropy-based expeditions. In their latest venture, they collaborated with Dell as a part of its Give Back Project and worked in a remote village of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

At Jhamtse Gatsal’s Children’s Community, which is home to about 90 children, the father-daughter duo, along with Dell employees, have installed 20 new laptops, new printers, internet access and are imparting computer education to kids and teachers in Tawang. They have also installed new solar power panels and solar generators for the computer centre and other buildings in the community.

“We worked closely with the community. All of the kids at the community are orphans or they have come to live there because they have family issues. They are all first-generation learners, none of the families of these kids have had an education. “We came here to provide solar energy, a new computer lab with computers and internet installed, because the goal of the orphanage is to provide education to the kids. They want the children to go to college; without having computers and internet, they will lag behind and not be able to do. In the times that we live in, we need to be technologically advanced and savvy to make progress,” Mike told IANS.

Maintaining that progress is not possible without access to technological tools such as computers and the internet, Mike explained that all the equipment was shipped from the United States to Tawang and Dell employees were on ground to help in the installation process.

“But just installing the computers wasn’t enough. We needed to ensure that the children are able to use them… that they are trained properly and, whenever the situation arises, they should have help from technicians. We also had to ensure that these systems run on solar power because remote areas like these do not have electricity running most of the times,” he said. And so when they set out on what turned out to be a very enriching and satisfying experience, there was a lot of anticipation in the air as many of the kids at Jhamtse Gatsal’s Children’s Community were seeing computers for the first time.

When the young children saw Lilliana, who at the age of 14 has already been to 26 countries, all seven continents, five major expeditions and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, helping her father set up the computers and teach not just the kids but also the teachers and other workers at the community on how to go about using the computer and accessing the internet, their faces lit up with brightness and, in Mike’s words, “They learnt to aspire.”

“Everytime we connect with a community and we try to give back, we get more than we give. We have opportunities that they don’t and making a little impact on their lives really leaves us with a great feeling of satisfaction. We are giving them computers and internet. “Think about you and I, we have access to these technological boons but we take it for granted every day. We never think what our lives would be had we been unfortunate too. We just have these at our disposal. So why should other human beings not have them too?” he asked.

Mike said that just like the word “technology” comes from the word “tool”, they envisaged a similar approach towards this project. “We are using technology as a tool. These kids want to go to college, just like anybody else. Why shouldn’t the most remote and poor kids have the same opportunity that you and I have? So we want to do our part. If we are doing our part and impacting one community may be we are impacting thousands of people because initiatives like these create a ripple effect. The one who has been benefited will, some day, if he/she has an opportunity to, make a difference in the lives of others,” Mike said.

Jhamtse Gatsal’s Children’s Community is located in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The nearest town is Lumla, less than half an hour away by car, or an hour or two by foot. It is a community, a school, and a home for about 90 children ranging in age from toddler to adolescent.

Most of the children at the community have a background of adversity and the driving goal of the community is to provide these children with better lives, helping them to achieve their fullest potential.

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The country would ultimately have around 350 Gw of solar energy capacity by 2030.

To address the apprehensions about the viability of low renewable tariffs, discovered in the latest auctions, the government plans to call a meeting with banks and financial institutions in July. The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) would request lenders to extend their support to the sector in the meeting, Anand Kumar, secretary, MNRE, said on Saturday.

The theory — low tariffs not being feasible — can be confounded from the solar generation unit in Rajasthan’s Bhadla. The unit, where the lowest-ever solar tariff of Rs 2.44/unit was discovered in May 2017, is set to be inaugurated in August, Kumar added.

Kumar was speaking at the of global wind day celebrations organised by the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA). Currently, the lowest wind tariff is Rs 2.43/unit in Gujarat.
India will auction 40 Gw of renewable energy projects — 30 Gw solar and 10 Gw wind — every year till 2028, to meet the power demand of 862 Gw by 2030, Kumar said.

Elaborating further, he said, “We need to have 350 Gw in solar (to meet demand by 2030), of which 100 Gw is planned till 2022. So, we have to bid out at least 30 Gw each year from 2020 onwards to achieve an additional 250 Gw.”

The government’s power projection indicates India will have to bid out 140 Gw of wind energy to meet the demand by 2030, he said, adding the country would complete bidding of 60 Gw of wind energy by 2020. He further said, “India has already achieved 70 Gw of renewable energy capacity, including 22 Gw of solar and 34 Gw of wind.”

The country would ultimately have around 500 Gw of renewable energy capacity by 2030, including 350 Gw of solar and 140 GW of wind. The secretary believes the capacity addition would give opportunity to domestic renewable energy equipment manufacturers and project developers.

Ultra-low renewable power tariffs, coupled with uncertainties about proposed duties on solar components, pushed the country to the fourth position in the renewable energy country attractive index in a year. Now, it trails China, the US and Germany. A survey of 44 CEOs, conducted by renewable consultancy firm Bridge to India noted in May that most of the leaders in the sector believe developers have been irrationally aggressive while bidding, kumar also said that on request of the renewable industry, MNRE has asked IIM Lucknow to evaluate if the ongoing reverse auction mechanism, where the quotes of the bidders are open to every participant, can be amended.

Power minister RK Singh recently said the country would surpass its target of 175 Gw of renewable energy capacity by 2022, and install 225 Gw of green power capacity as well. Giving a boost to the uptake of renewable energy, the government has raised the minimum quantity of green power states have to mandatorily procure to 21% by FY22 from 14.3% in FY18.

According to industry estimates, achievement of revised targets (225 Gw) would require investments of about Rs 3 lakh crore till 2022. The government has already awarded 7,500 Mw, and another 11,500 Mw is in the pipeline.

By 2030, considering the 6% increase in power demand, the country will need around 860 Gw of installed power generation capacity, of which 350 Gw will come from solar, and 140 Gw from wind units.

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