Week in India: India Permits Postponement of the Clean Energy Mission Caused due to COVID-19, 25,750 MW of Solar Power to be added Under PM-KUSUM Scheme by 2022 and More


25,750 MW of Solar Power to be added Under PM-KUSUM Scheme by 2022


The government is all set to add additional 25,750 MW of solar power capacity from solar plants under the PM-KUSUM scheme by 2022. RK Singh also said that the installation of this solar capacity and savings in diesel consumption due to installation of 17.5 lakh standalone solar pumps under the PM-KUSUM scheme are likely to save emission of 27 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).


Belectric commissions 250 MW of solar in India


German EPC services provider Belectric has commissioned 250 MW (AC) of solar capacity for Fortum Solar India in the Indian state of Karnataka. Spread across five sites, collectively the project is one of India’s largest PV installations. Belectric carried out the construction and commissioning work and will provide operation and maintenance services. A corresponding long-term O&M agreement was signed in 2018 between Belectric and Fortum.

Sungrow Signs an Agreement of 650 MW in India

Sungrow announced that it will be supplying 650 MW of solar inverters in India under a new strategic agreement with Avaada Energy. To be more specific, Sungrow will be delivering  its 1,500-V, 3.125-MW central inverter solutions for the projects the Indian solar power producer expects to execute this year. The Chinese firm said that those inverters are designed for large-scale flat ground plants and come in flexible 6.25 MW or 12.5 MW blocks. To date, Avaada Energy has commissioned more than 2 GW of renewable energy plants and is looking to hit 11 GW of installations by 2025.

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India reached 72% of Renewable Energy Generation Capacity in 6 years says RK Singh

India’s renewable energy generation capacity has doubled in the past six years. It has grown from 80 GW to 138.9 GW that is almost 72% said Mr. R K Singh, Minister of  new and renewable energy. He also added that the foreign direct investments of $6.1 billion flew into the Indian clean energy sector — including solar, wind, biomass, large hydro and nuclear — in the five year period 2014-19. Of the renewable energy sources, excluding large hydro above 25 MW, installed capacity of solar energy capacity registered the highest growth. It grew from 2.6 GW in March 2014 to 34.4 GW in February this year.

India Permits Postponement of the Clean Energy Mission Caused due to COVID-19

Indian Government permits the renewable developers to apply for extended construction deadlines for their projects in the country due to the disruptions caused because of the COVID – 19 pandemic. This outbreak of the novel coronavirus should be considered as a natural calamity and a force of majeure event, said the Minister of New and Renewable Energy last Friday. This outbreak gives the authority to the state, the green energy agencies and SECI to permit the developers some time extension to commissioning deadlines set in their respective contracts.

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Fortum Successfully Executes a 250 MW Solar Project In India

Fortum successfully executes its largest solar power project in India. The news was brought into light by Belectric a German EPC Contractor. This project was won by Fortum in June 2018 in a competitive auction. The company bid a tariff of Rs 2.85/kWh. This project is located in Pavagada solar park in Karnataka. The company is already known to operate a 100 MW project within this solar park. According to a press release Fortum had mentioned that this project will be followed by an investment of worth €120 million and would be commissioned in Q3 2019.  The 250 megawatt project was Fortum’s last major win in the Indian market. Fortum had secured another 250 megawatt project in an auction conducted in January 2019. However, the auction and capacity allocation were cancelled.

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