Indian Week in Brief: SECI 400 MW Tender, MP to get Solar floating park and more

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SECI Issues 400 MW Tender for Round the Clock Supply of Renewables with Energy Storage

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a tender to procure 400 MW (2×200 MW) of renewable energy on round the clock basis. The energy produced from these projects will be utilized by the New Delhi Municipal Corporation and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The projects that will developed under this tender can be constructed anywhere in India and will be connected to the inter-state transmission system. According to this tender solar, wind and hybrid projects can be developed. The bidder will also have the flexibility to choose the type of storage system to be installed like battery energy storage systems, pumped storage systems, mechanical and chemical systems. The minimum capacity a bidder can apply is for 200 MW and a maximum capacity of 400 MW can be allocated to a single bidder. Selected bidders are expected to enter into power purchase agreements (PPA) with the procurers for 25 years.

Solar cells made of blue wafers not to qualify as domestically produced under govt schemes: MNRE

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said on Monday that solar cells which are comprised of imported semi-prepared blue wafers would not qualify as locally produced equipment for getting benefits under government plans. The ministry has communicated hope that this would boost the utilization of locally made solar PV cells which are getting incentives under different government plans to promote renewable source of energy in India. In a statement, the MNRE clarified that if diffused silicon wafer is imported and the same is utilized as raw material to produce solar cells in India, such cells will not qualify as domestically manufactured solar PV cells, for the purpose of the ministry’s scheme or programmes.

Madhya Pradesh to get 1-GW floating solar park

Madhya Pradesh plans on building the largest floating solar park in the world, a 1-GW park which will be built on the Indira Sagar Dam. The feasibility studies on the project are being prepared by the World Bank. The preliminary assessments have already been carried put. According to the renewable energy minister Manu Shrivastava, the projects execution will require an estimated of INR 50 million per MWh. Currently India has only one floating photovoltaic solar plant, it is a 100-MW installation which is running in Andhra Pradesh by NTPC Ltd. 

SunEdison launches Rooftop Solar Arm

The Board of Directors of Chennai – based SunEdison Infrastructure has confirmed the formation of SIL rooftop solar as the company’s new subsidiary. This decision was taken after the company noticed a frenzy in installation of mini solar plants on rooftops across India according to the company’s annual report. The report suggests that various government departments like railways and other Navratna’s have raised tenders in order to install such plants over their offices and factories. Currently it has three subsidiaries in solar sector: SEI Solartech, Ishaan Solar, SEI Tejas. SEI Tejas and Ishaan Solar are into the business of engineering, installation, design, and maintenance of solar water pumps and also trading solar components. SEI Solartech is into the setting up of solar power plants and generating power.

First Floating Solar Project Installed in India by Ciel & Terre

CTSP, a Bengaluru based Indian subsidiary of Ciel & Terre who has its expertise in floating solar projects has unveiled by its accomplishment of 450 kW floating solar project which is installed at CIAL Golf Course at the Cochin Airport. The implementation of the project was done Cochin Airport Authority Limited (CIAL), with Sterling Wilson as the EPC service provider. This project represents the first Hydrelio floating PV technology project installed in India.

Police Academy of Hyderabad floats a tender for 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

SVP National Police Academy has issued a tender for the development of a rooftop solar project of 1 MW capacity. The project is planned to be developed on a RESCO model according to the documents. The academy is located in Shivrampally in Hyderabad where the project will be installed at ‘Site-B’. The tender involves a scope of work of installation, testing, maintenance and operation of the project for 25 years. The selection of the bidders will be based on the lowest tariff quoted. The ceiling tariff for bids for this tender is set at Rs. 5.59/kWh. According to the guidelines only crystalline solar modules from 250 W to 300 W capacity should be executed for this project.

Rooftop Solar Plus Storage is a viable solution for India

With the decline in the cost of storage solutions and rooftop solar solutions will change the future dynamics of the Indian power sector. Various other countries like Australia, the US, Germany, among others have already endorsed solar power with battery storage. Storing solar power using batteries and using it during the peak hours is increasing with the decline in the battery prices. Currently, in India, commercial and industrial consumers face higher electricity costs, along with the frequent disruptions in the power supply. Installing a solar plus storage system will help in solving both these issues and will drastically help in reducing company electricity bills.

Discom bats for Rooftop Solar Panels

The electricity used from the rooftop solar panels results in saving 5,500 for every kilowatt of the capacity installed, according to the recent study by electricity discom BSES along with Council on Energy, Environment and Water revealed. Neeraj Kuldip, Pogramme Lead, CEEW said, that the analysis highlights focusing on scaling solar rooftops among residential consumers leads to enhanced discom revenues while advancing India’s solar targets and creating new jobs. The study suggests implementing solar rooftops in areas where there is frequent overloading and with high day time peaks to increase net benefits, BSES said.

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