Tender & Policy Buzz India: R K Singh Launches Powerthon-2022; SECI Tenders To Setup 25 kW Green Hydrogen Based Project In Leh and More


R K Singh Launches Powerthon-2022 for Enabling Advanced Technology in Power Distribution


Union Minister for Power and MNRE Shri R K Singh virtually launched Powerthon-2022, a hackathon competition under RDSS to find technology driven solutions to solve the complex problems in power distribution and to ensure quality and reliable power supply. The hackathon will task participants to find innovative solutions based on advanced emerging technologies like AI/ML, Blockchain, IoT, VR/AR etc on nine (09) themes that have been identified after various discussions & consultations with 14 DISCOMs across 9 states and have been categorized across 9 broad aspects for pilot testing: Demand/Load Forecasting, AT&C (Aggregate Technical & Commercial) Loss Reduction, Energy Theft Detection, Prediction of DT (Distribution Transformer) Failure, Asset Inspection, Vegetation Management, Consumer Experience Enhancement, RE (Renewable Energy) Integration and Power Purchase Optimization.


SECI Floats Tender To Setup 25 kW Green Hydrogen Based Project In Leh


The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has requested proposals to set up a 25 kW green hydrogen-based pilot project at Sonam Norboo Memorial (SNM) Hospital in the Union Territory, Ladakh’s Leh region. The deadline for submitting bids is the 10th of March 2022, and the bids will be opened on 15 March. The selected developer will be needed to set up the undertaking at the SNM hospital on a “build-own-operate” basis in order to supply the hospital with energy, heat, and oxygen. The hospital will enter into a supply agreement (SA) with the selected bidder for the purchase of energy, heat, and oxygen for a period of 15 years. The scope of work comprises the design, delivery, testing, and commissioning of a green hydrogen-based complete power-to-power cycle system, as well as metering arrangements for the provision of energy and heat.

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Govt Extends Deadline for BIS Certification of Solar Inverters To 30 June 2022

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued new notification extending the self certification of solar PV inverters under Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) from 31st December 2021 to 30th June 2022. It is subject to the condition that manufacturers have a valid International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Certificate and a test report from a international test lab. In 2017, for the first time MNRE had issued the compulsory registration order but it was extended many time due to operational challenges. In it’s last notification the deadline was extended to 31st December 2021. However, Due to COVID 19 lockdown disruption, high testing fee and limited lab facilities for testing up to 150 kW interters, the industry was demanding more time for compliance.

Invest Rajasthan Campaign: 3.05 Lakh Cr MoUs Signed in Renewable Energy

The Rajasthan government signed MoUs/LoIs with major players in the renewable energy sector capturing investment of Rs 3.05 lakh crore under the Invest Rajasthan Campaign. With this investment, more than 90,000 MW of renewable energy will be produced in the state. The memoranda of understanding (MoU) and letters of intent (LOI) signed between the investors and the state government were exchanged in a programme addressed by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. The companies included 5 PSUs – NTPC, NHPC, SJVN Limited, THDC India Ltd and SECI and private players such as Reliance, Axis and SAEL. Revenue Minister Ramlal Jat said Rajasthan is the most favourable state for investment and the revenue department is fulfilling the land related requirements for the investors with full commitment.

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Solar PLI Scheme: List Of Remaining Bidders To Be Declared Within 2 Months

A senior source said that the outstanding list of 15 solar manufacturers that participated in the initial bidding with a total commitment to put up 40 GW capacity for the production linked incentives (PLI) programme for solar is anticipated to be cleared within the next two months. Earlier, 15 participants were placed on a waiting list with the promise to use their services whenever extra funding was made available to the plan. The plan will be presented to the Cabinet for approval soon, and the letter of award will be distributed to the manufacturers on the bucket list, said the source. “It will take around two months to award the letters to all of the remaining bidders,”

SCCL to Install 1,000 MW Solar Plants in Telangana

Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) is planning to establish additional 1,000 MW capacity solar power plants in the State. SCCL Chairman and Managing Director N Sridhar instructed the officials to prepare proposals for establishing 1,000 MW solar plants and submit the same to the government for getting approval. At a review meeting with the officials, he said that after getting approvals, solar power plants will be installed in unused and vacant government lands. In June last year SCCL had commissioned 10 MW plant at Bhupalapalli, Telangana. The company has solar plants at Manuguru, Pegadapalli, Yellandu, Ramagundam and Mandamarri.

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Ayana, Fortum Win SECI’s 600 MW Solar Auction of Gadag, Karnataka

Ayana Renewables and Fortum were declared winners in Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI) auction of 600 MW Interstate Transmission System (ISTS) connected solar project (Tranche X) of Gadag, Karnataka. Ayana won 300 MW @ INR 2.35/kWh and Fortum got 300 MW @ INR 2.36/kWh. In July last year, SECI has floated a tender for developing 1200 MW of Interstate Transmission System (ISTS) connected solar power project (Tranche X) in Karnataka. Under the tender a maximum capacity of 600 MW was to be awareded for injection at ISTS substations in Koppal and Gadag districts.

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