Week In India: MNRE To Conduct AI Workshop On Creating Plant Efficiencies For Solar System, Indian Climate Minister Takes Part In Launch Of IEA’s Energy Technology Perspectives 2020 Report In India, Hybrid Projects To Drive Future Bids In Renewable Energy Sector And More

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CERC Invites Proposal From Consultants For Detailed Study Of Solar PV Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has decided to engage a consulting agency to conduct a detailed study on Solar thermal and Solar PV projects. Objective of the Study is to  analyze the useful life and capacity utilization factor (CUF) of Solar Thermal and Solar PV technologies.The last day for  submission of the proposal and seeking any clarification is15 December, 2020 upto 17.00 hrs. Scope of work includes Study, analyse and suggest the useful life for solar thermal power projects based on international and national experience for life cycle analysis. The study must cover the type of technologies such as ‘Parabolic trough’, ‘Power Tower’, Linear Fresnel or any other technology adopted by solar thermal developers in India and globally.

MNRE To Conduct AI Workshop On Creating Plant Efficiencies For Solar System

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy will conduct a 5 days workshop on big data analytics and data science (ML/AI) in creating plant efficiencies for the solar system,14 Dec to 18 Dec,2020. Program date: 14th december to 18th december & 15th february to 19th february. Program schedule: 10:30 am to 12:00 noon & 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Batch size max of 100 participants for better interactions. This Program is focused towards solar industry data and takes into account the audience from technical /Non – technical backgrounds.

India’s Installed Renewable Energy Capacity Increased By Two and Half Times In Last Six Years: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (RE-Invest 2020) through video conferencing. The summit is organized by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The theme for RE-Invest 2020 is ‘Innovations for Sustainable Energy Transition’. The Prime Minister expressed happiness that in the renewable energy sector, within a short time the progress from megawatts to gigawatts in generation capacity and “One Sun, One World, One Grid” are becoming a reality, all of which were discussed in the earlier editions. He added in the last 6 years, India is travelling on an unparalleled journey. He pointed out that India’s generation capacity and network is being expanded to ensure every citizen of India has access to electricity to unlock his full potential. He showcased that today, India’s renewable power capacity is the 4th largest in the world and is growing at the fastest speed among all major countries. The renewable energy capacity in India is currently 136 Giga Watts, which is about 36% of our total capacity.

MNRE To Conduct Skill Development Programme On Design of Solar PV Systems

MNRE has recently issued information on  Skill development programme on design of Solar pv systems (online mode). National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) is responsible for conducting this programme. It is an autonomous institute under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India established to facilitate the Research & Development, Testing, Certification, and Skill Development activities in the field of solar energy technologies. No. of Seats available is 50. The Programme will be held from 15th to 17th December, 2020.

Uttar Pradesh Commission Grants IET Net metering Facility

Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has received a petition from Institution of Engineering and Technology  against Uttar Pradesh New & Renewable Energy Development Agency. to allow the present petition and direct UPNEDA to issue approval for installing a directional meter on 1MW grid connected rooftop Solar Power Plant set up by (IET) .Commission stated that IET shall be eligible for Net metering facility for its 1 MW grid connected roof top solar plant at its campus under UPNEDA RESCO scheme. 

One Sun, One World, One Grid Is Become A Reality: India PM Modi

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (RE-Invest 2020) through video conferencing. The summit, India’s largest international show organized by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy had the theme for 2020 as ‘Innovations for Sustainable Energy Transition’. The Prime Minister expressed happiness that in the renewable energy sector, within a short time the progress from megawatts to gigawatts in generation capacity and “One Sun, One World, One Grid” are becoming a reality, all of which were discussed in the earlier editions. He added in the last 6 years, India is traveling on an unparalleled journey. He pointed out that India’s generation capacity and the network is being expanded to ensure every citizen of India has access to electricity to unlock his full potential. He showcased that today, India’s renewable power capacity is the 4th largest in the world and is growing at the fastest speed among all major countries. The renewable energy capacity in India is currently 136 Giga Watts, which is about 36% of our total capacity.

Indian Climate Minister Takes Part In Launch Of IEA’s Energy Technology Perspectives 2020 Report In India

The IEA held the India launch of Energy Technology Perspectives 2020 during a webinar on 19 November 2020. The event was introduced by Dr Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the IEA and a keynote address was provided by Mr Prakash Javadekar, Honourable Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (and Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises). The launch was followed by a high-level panel discussion led by Ms Mechthild Wörsdörfer, IEA Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, and Dr Renu Swarup, Secretary of the Department of Biotechnology from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. Dr Swarup provided opening remarks, highlighting the importance of linking supply and demand, and connecting technology development with market deployment in the endeavour of accelerating clean energy innovation.

Hybrid Projects To Drive Future Bids In Renewable Energy Sector; Renewables Expected To Witness Investment Of More Than Four Lakh Crore Till March 2025

ICRA Ratings has said that it expects the incremental bidding activity for renewable energy (RE) projects to gradually shift over the medium term from standalone wind or solar bids to hybrid projects blended with other sources for round the clock (RTC) and peak supply. This is given the competitive tariffs discovered and the fact that hybrid projects enable efficient grid integration of renewables. Further, the bid out pipeline for the awarded projects as on date remains strong at about 50 GW and this in turn, is expected to result into a recovery in capacity addition to about 11-12 GW in FY 2022.Overall, ICRA expects the RE capacity to reach to about 160 GW by March 2025 with a combination of standalone solar & wind projects and hybrid projects, with incremental capacity addition of 74 GW during April 2020 – March 2025, with estimated investment of more than Rs. 4 lakh crore. However, the realisation of this potential is subject to resolution of execution challenges and timely signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs)/ power sale agreements (PSAs). 

New Forecast Of Massive Electrification In Asia Pacific Highlights Need For Early Collaboration To Ensure Adequate Grid Connections

Forecasted massive growth in electrification across Asia Pacific raises the pressure to ensure that adequate grid infrastructure is in place to avoid slowing down the energy transition, according to DNV GL, which delivers global advisory, certification, and testing services to stakeholders in the energy value chain. The company’s latest Energy Transition Outlook 2020 (the ‘Outlook’) – an independent model of the world energy system to mid-century – predicts dominant or near-dominant roles for renewables in the Asia-Pacific’s electricity mix in 2050. It forecasted that in the Indian Subcontinent, where the figures are dominated by India, electricity’s share in the final energy demand will almost triple from 2018 to reach 42% in 2050. Solar PV will have a 37% share in the electricity mix in mid-century – the highest such share among all regions – and wind 16%.

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