Week in India: India To Achieve 100 GW Solar Energy Target, Soft Bank to Invest in RE In Gujarat, BHEL Seeks Module Cleaning System Supplier and more

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Airports in Assam, Bihar, and Maharashtra Go Solar

Vikram Solar has announced the commissioning of new solar projects at three airports for the Airports Authority of India. The three projects have been installed at Dibrugarh in Assam, Gaya in Bihar, and Gondia in Maharashtra. Together, these three projects have a cumulative capacity of 1,165 kW. The solar project at the Dibrugarh airport will be of 725 kW capacity and is expected to generate over 10 million kWh annually, while the ones at the Gondia and Gaya will support a capacity of 220 kW and each of them will generate 300,000 kWh annually. The project in Dibrugarh is designed to serve as a solar carport and has been developed using monocrystalline modules. A solar carport, also called solar canopies, are overhead canopies with solar modules installed on the top. With the commissioning of these three projects, Vikram Solar says it will have a total portfolio of over 4 MW of such projects spread across six airports in the country. Airports across the country have jumped on to the solar power bandwagon and have commissioned projects on their premises, thanks to the push by the Airports Authority of India. Solar projects have been installed at airports of cities like Bengaluru, Cochin, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Chennai, Trichy, Calicut, Vijayawada and Tirupati. While some are already running on solar power, many others have announced tenders for the installation of solar systems.

BHEL Seeks Module Cleaning System Supplier for 50 MW of Solar Projects in Maharashtra

The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has issued a tender for the supply of module cleaning systems for 50 MW of solar projects in the state of Maharashtra. The projects are located at Koudgaon, Osmanabad, in the state of Maharashtra. The last date for the submission of bids is December 23, 2019, while the bid opening date has been scheduled for December 24, 2019. The prospective bidders must deposit a sum of ₹40,300 (~$568.36) as the earnest money deposit (EMD). In October 2019, BHEL had issued a tender for a 50 MW of solar power projects for Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MAHAGENCO) at Kaudgaon in Maharashtra. Through this tender, BHEL was also looking to procure the balance of system (BoS) for the projects. According to the tender document, the successful bidder should have prior experience of having successfully completed similar work during the last five years. The bidder should have carried out the supply, installation, and testing of solar module cleaning systems involving water washing or cleaning systems. The tender document also states that the bidder’s average annual financial turnover during the last three years should be Rs. 3 million (~$4,230). The bidder must install the entire module cleaning system layout and demonstrate the working of the entire system to the satisfaction of the BHEL engineer. Dust and dirt particles accumulate on the surface of the PV module, and this can reduce the optimal performance of the solar modules, and hence, periodic cleaning of these modules is necessary for the optimum performance of solar projects.

India’s renewable energy programme of 450 GW has attracted attention as it is largest in the world: Javadekar

India is participating with a constructive outlook at the Madrid climate talks and will work to protect its long-term development interests, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on 7th December,2019. Before leaving for the UN-hosted climate negotiations in the Spanish city, Javadekar enumerated India’s efforts in mitigating the effects of climate change and said the country “is leading from the front in climate action”. “PM was the first to propose Solar Alliance and Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure,” he said. “India’s ambitious renewable energy programme of 450 GW has attracted world attention as it is the largest renewable programme in the world.” Javadekar said India has reduced its emission intensity by 22 per cent over 2005 and it is one of the few countries which had increased tree cover in and outside the forest. India has been leading the world in pursuit of solar energy capacity. It has also emphasized that developed countries should take lead in taking ambitious actions and fulfil their climate finance commitments of mobilizing USD 100 billion per annum by 2020. At the climate talks, India will stress on the need to fulfil pre-2020 commitments by developed countries and that pre-2020 implementation gaps should not present an additional burden to developing countries in the post-2020 period.

India Will Achieve 100 GW Solar Energy Target In 2022: Javadekar

India is going to add 67 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy capacity in next three years, and the country is witnessing a sharp fall in its prices due to the enhanced production, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said on 10th December,2019. “We are going to achieve 100 GW solar energy target in 2022 by adding 67 GW of power,” he said, while pointing out the sharp fall in the prices of solar energy due to enhancement of capacity. “The prices of solar energy used to be Rs 20 per unit. Now, it is just 10 per cent of it,” Javadekar told IANS on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) negotiations which entered its second and penultimate week. The Union Minister added that while India possessed merely three GW of solar energy five years ago, the number has today grown to 33 GW of solar energy. Further, urging the world to do away with fossil fuels, Javadekar said: “We have today 37 per cent energy capacity through renewables. We want to increase it because our energy demand is rising so we have decided to have 40 per cent of energy capacity through renewal energy i.e. a mix of solar, wind and bio-waste.”

Japan’s Soft Bank Group To Invest Rs 30,000 Crore In Renewable Energy In Gujarat

SB Energy, a sister company of Soft Bank of Japan has announced that it will invest USD 4 billion or Rs 30,000 crore in renewable energy sector in Gujarat, a state government release said on Friday. The announcement was made at a meeting between chief minister Vijay Rupani and Executive Chairman of SB Energy Manoj Kohli. The investment will be in solar energy, wind energy and other unconventional renewable energy sources, it said. The present installed capacity of renewable energy in Gujarat is 8,885 MW and the state government aims to ramp it up to 30,000 MW by 2022. “Of this 30,000 MW, 20,000 MW will be used in the state while another 10,000 MW will be given to other states. SB Energy’s announcement of investing 4 billion US dollars will go a long way in achieving the target,” the release said.

India Likely To Have An Energy Surplus Of 5.8% In FY 2019-20: CEA

In its latest load generation balance report (LGBR), the Central Energy Authority (CEA) has projected that India’s anticipated power supply position for the year 2019-20 would reflect a surplus of 5.8% (80.38 billion units) and a peak surplus of 8.4% (15.9 GW). The report projected that Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Daman & Diu, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, DVC, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, and Sikkim are likely to have both peak and energy surplus on an annual basis. Meanwhile, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, and Manipur are expected to have surplus power annually. For meeting the peak deficit, these states could arrange for power from states which generate surplus power if they choose. The report added that the capacity addition programs worth 12.18 GW during the year 2019-20 had been considered. The report stated that all other states in the country are likely to have demand-supply gaps in energy and peaking, and these can be offset by arranging power from states with surplus power through various existing market mechanisms.

India Call Upon More Countries To Join ISA To Reduce Dependence On Fossil Fuels

India has called upon more countries to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA) initiated by it to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels to meet the rising energy demand. Mr. Javadekar expressed happiness that over 83 countries joined the ISA in just four years. Listing out the aggressive manner in which India has expanded its renewable energy mix, the Minister pointed out that five years ago, India had just 3 Giga Watt (of solar energy). Today, it has 33 GW of solar energy and it is huge. He said, India is going to achieve 100 GW of solar energy by 2022 i.e. in the next three years it will add 67 GW more of solar energy. The Minister said, there is a sharp fall in the prices of solar energy due to enhancement of capacity. The price of solar energy used to be 20 rupees per unit. Now, it is just 10 per cent of it. He said, all countries need to do it because the target of UNFCCC is to do away with use of all fossil fuels, not only coal. The 25th session of Conference of Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC COP25), started on 2nd of December. ISA is an alliance of 121 countries initiated by India, most of them being sunshine countries, which lie either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. 

Neyveli Lignite Corporation Issues O&M Tender For A 10 MW Solar Project In Tamil Nadu

Government-owned Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL) has invited an operation and maintenance (O&M) tender for a 10 MW grid-interactive solar power project for a period of five years. The projects are located at Neyveli in the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. The 10 MW grid-interactive solar PV power project was designed for an annual power generation of 14.53 million units for a period of 25 years. The scope of work includes the O&M of solar PV modules with cable connector and built-in fuses, module supporting structures, array junction boxes, power conditioning units, and all the necessary power equipment. The scope of maintenance work will include the regular O&M of the solar PV power project, including the water supply pump and the submission of daily performance data of the projects. The last date for the submission of bids is December 28, 2019. The prospective bidders are expected to deposit Rs.9,17,000 (~$12,860) as the earnest money deposit (EMD).

Rajasthan Invites Applications To Lease Land For Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program

The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation (RREC) has invited applications from interested entities to set up solar projects on their own or offer their land on lease under the Component-A of the KUSUM program. Any farmer, cooperative society, panchayats, farmers producer organization (FPO), water users association can take part in this process. Any landowner or developer with whom the landowner has entered into a lease agreement can also apply for the above process. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) launched the KUSUM program for farmers for the installation of solar pumps and grid-connected solar and other renewable power projects in the country. The program has been divided into three components and aims to add a solar capacity of 25,750 MW by 2022.

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