Tender and Policy Buzz India: SECI Issues NIT for Power Procurement From 2000 MWh Standalone Energy Storage Systems; GUVNL Withdraws Subsidy to Small-Scale Distributed Solar Projects and More

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SECI Issues NIT for Power Procurement From 2000 MWh Standalone Energy Storage Systems


The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a notice inviting a tender for 2,000 MWh of standalone energy storage systems. The Projects will be set up on “Build Own Operate” (B-O-O) basis. SECI shall enter into an Agreement with the successful Bidder(s) selected based on this RfS for a period of 25 years as per the terms, conditions and provisions of the RfS. The RfS document is likely to be made available by 31.08.2021, on the website of SECI. Prospective bidders are requested to remain updated on these websites for further details. Once tendered this will become the largest standalone storage project announced in India till date. This will be a much needed boost from the demand side for energy storage deployment in India.


GUVNL Withdraws Subsidy to Small-Scale Distributed Solar Projects


Gujarat Ujrja Vikas Nigam Ltd. (GUVNL) issued notice informing that the solar projects to be installed under “Policy for Development of Small Scale Distributed Solar Projects -2019” dated 06.03.2019 shall not be eligible for any Subsidy. This has affected about 4,000 projects with an aggregate capacity of around 2500 MW contracted capacity. The Policy for Development of Small Scale Distributed Solar Power Projects was announced by the government to encourage the distributed solar projects. These projects were part of PM Narendra Modi’s ambitious renewable energy goals. As per the policy, any eligible entity can set up a solar power plant with capacity ranging from 0.5 MW to 4.0 MW and supply the solar power produced to the nearest GETCO substation. This will effectually revoke the state’s effort in incentivising and building a green state.

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SECI Issues 1 MW of O&M Tender for Rooftop Project at Port Blair

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a tender for the operation and maintenance (O&M) for 5 years of 1 MW grid-connected rooftop solar projects at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Scope of Work is day-to-day operations of 1 MW of rooftop solar systems installed at 13 government offices in Port Blair. Successful bidder also has to carry out necessary routine, breakdown, and preventive maintenance. Daily work of the operators will involve cleaning of modules, logging the voltage, current, power factor, capacity utilization factor, power, and energy output of the rooftop solar system. Modules that are suspected of underperformance must be inspected using infrared thermography. Last date to submmit the bid: 23 August, 2021

175 GW Renewable Energy Capacity Building by 2022: R.K Singh

Union Minister for power and New and Renewable Energy, Shri R.K. Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha said that the Government has set a target for achieving 175 GW Renewable Energy (RE) capacity (excluding large hydro) by the year 2022. So far, 96.95 GW of cumulative installed RE capacity (excluding large hydro) has been achieved as on June 30, 2021 in the country. The Renewable power is purchased by DISCOMs which pool it with conventional power and supply it to all consumers including Government & non-Government institutes. The generation of conventional electrical energy has decreased from 1249.33 Billion Units(BUs) in 2018-19 to 1234.61 BUs in 2020-21 despite increase in total electricity generation from 1376.09 BUs to 1381.85 BUs. In another reply to the House, the minister said, The Ministry has formulated a committee to finalize a roadmap for offshore wind development in the country, including upcoming offshore projects. Government has permitted Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) up to 100 percent under the automatic route for renewable energy projects, including offshore wind energy projects.

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India’s First Green Hydrogen Plant to be Set up by IOC at Mathura

India’s largest oil firm Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will build the country’s first ‘green hydrogen’ plant at its Mathura refinery. The move aims to prepare for a future catering to the growing demand for both oil and clean energy. Green hydrogen will be produced by leveraging the company’s wind power project in northwest Rajasthan state, using that electricity to produce hydrogen via electrolysis, said IOC’s Chairman Shrikant Madhav Vaidya. The hydrogen will be used to replace fuels consumed at the refinery while converting crude to transport fuels. The company has drawn a strategic growth path that aims to maintain focus on its core refining and fuel marketing businesses while making bigger inroads into petrochemicals, hydrogen and electric mobility over the next 10 years. This will be the nation’s first green hydrogen unit. Previously, projects have been announced to produce ‘grey hydrogen’ using fossil fuels such as natural gas, he added.

India Will Play Leadership Role in Area of Renewable Energy: Piyush Goyal

Union minister Piyush Goyal said that India will play a leadership role in the area of renewable energy in the years to come. While addressing the valedictory session of the second edition of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat- Self-Reliance for Renewable Energy manufacturing’, he stated that from the hydro-power in the initial stages, we are already looking at the future & have started engaging in hydrogen technologies. Dwelling upon the progress made in the country in the area, he said that from the hydro-power in the initial stages, we are already looking at the future & have started engaging in Hydrogen technologies. A Hydrogen Energy Mission in 2021-22 for generating hydrogen from green power sources has been launched.

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BSES Discom Signs Power Agreement Of 510-MW Solar & Hybrid With SECI

The BSES discom announced that it has signed a 510-MW solar and hybrid power agreement with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The Reliance Infrastructure-led BSES discoms — BRPL and BYPL — are the first in Delhi to ink an agreement for hybrid power which is a pooled mix of solar and wind power co-located at the same site. Of the total quantum of 510 MW, 300 MW is solar power and 210 MW is hybrid power. The agreement is inked for a period of 25 years, wherein the solar and hybrid power is expected to be available to Reliance Infrastructure led BSES discoms 18 months after signing of the agreement at a tariff of Rs 2.44 per unit for solar and Rs 2.48 per unit for hybrid. This tariff is lower than the average cost of power purchase agreements, which are around Rs 5.5 per unit. .

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