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Week in India: Solar Vehicle Challenge Set up to take place for the first time in India in 2021, LONGi Keen to Aim To Set Up a Production Base in India, Total Set To Invest in Adani’s India Solar Portfolio and More

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Vedanta Limited issues a RfP to Install 100 MW of Solar Projects in the district of Orissa

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Vedanta Limited has issued a RfP to install 100 MW of solar projects in Jharsuguda district of Orissa. This project will be following the Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) model  with an option to convert to captive mode. This Solar project will be located in and around the aluminium plant in Jharsuguda, in the land owned by Vedanta. The land parcels will be provided free of cost by Vedanta to the successful bidders to be strictly used only for the solar project on the condition that the land will be handed over to Vedanta after completion of the tenure of the PPA. This project will help Vedanta meet its Renewable Power Purchase obligations (RPO).

The Delhi Campus of Indira Gandhi National Open University Set to Shift to Solar

The University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with HMF Solar Power Limited for the installation of a 500 kW grid-connected rooftop solar power project at its campus in Delhi. The development of this project will be under the RESCO model, and the electricity generated from this project will be provided to the campus at ₹3.13 (~$0.043)/kWh for 25 years. This project is collaborated with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited (IPGCL), and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Center (EEREM).

Infrastructure Company L&T Gains Transmission and Solar Project Orders in India and Overseas

Infrastructure company Larsen & Toubro has announced that its power transmission and distribution business of L&T Construction has bagged significant orders in India and overseas. In Bangladesh, the business has won a turnkey order for design, supply, installation, and commissioning of power transmission infrastructure for the 800 MW Rupsha power plant, it said in a statement. An order to build 220kV substations in Nepal has been received, it said, adding that an order to establish 380kV and 230kV transmission line corridors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also been bagged.

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Solar Vehicle Challenge Set up to take place for the first time in India in 2021

The ‘Electric Solar Vehicle Championship: ESVC 3000+ Rally’ is planned on the lines of the World Solar Challenge held in Australia. This is India’s first Solar Vehicle Challenge. Several teams from around the globe will be invited to take part in this event. NITI Ayog is giving its rigorous support to this rally. Rashmi Urdhwareshe, director ARAI, said the solar car rally will provide a platform for engineering student teams to work in electric mobility with renewable charging and enable budding engineers to grapple with real-life applications. It will also create awareness among the younger generation towards sustainable mobility, she said. It is said that over 1,600 km will be covered in 8 days.

LONGi Keen to Aim To Set Up a Production Base in India

China’s solar giant is looking for opportunities to set up a production facility in India for which it is carrying out some preliminary preparations, the company’s director told ETEnergyWorld. For now, the company has a branch in India which looks after the sales of the module. It has also been in cooperation with companies such as ReNew Power. LONGi is known to be the world’s largest manufacturer of monocrystalline silicon ingots and wafers with a market share of more than 40% of the global capacity. The solar firm said that by the end of 2021, it would have 30 GW capacity of monocrystalline modules and 20 GW of monocrystalline cells.

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Meeting the Agriculture Power Demand will require India to Set up 400 Gigawatt of Solar Capacity: Saurabh Kumar, MD, EESL

Executing a decentralised solar network across India keeping in mind the solarisation of all substations feeding the agriculture power demand will require setting up of 400 Gigawatt of solar capacity, says Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director at state-owned EESL. EESL is currently focussing on four major key areas in the energy sector : decentralized solar, smart metering, cooling and emobility. The company has so far installed 10 lakh smart meters and is working on a target of 25 crore smart meters over the next few years. It has an investment plan of around Rs 25,000 crore for smart meters over five years.

Bihar’s Government Buildings to get 7 MW  of Rooftop Solar System

The BREDA has asked to raise bids for design, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of 7 MW grid-connected rooftop solar PV projects. This project is going to be developed under the Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) Model on different government buildings in Bihar. The contract will also include comprehensive maintenance for five years. The end date of submitting the bids is March 18, 2020, moreover the interested bidders have to pay an earnest money deposit of ₹200,000 (~$2,760).

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Total Set To Invest in Adani’s India Solar Portfolio

Total Gas and Power Business Services SAS, a French energy company will be investing $510 million in 2,148 MW of operational solar power capacity owned by Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL) in India. This capacity will be held by both the firms under a 50:50 joint venture. The assets under this agreement have fixed rate 25-year power purchase agreement in place with national and regional electricity distributors says Total. “This interest in over 2 GW of solar projects represents a real change of scale of our presence in India’s renewable energy sector, which has very significant growth potential in the coming years,” said Total Chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné. “It will contribute to our ambition to deploy 25 GW of renewable energy by 2025.”

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