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Krannich Solar and Fimer Enter Into Strategic Partnership – Live Discussion, Join Now!

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Krannich Solar, one of the leading distributors for photovoltaics worldwide has signed a collaboration agreement with FIMER, the fourth largest solar inverter supplier in the world for the distribution of their inverters in Indian market. The alliance will strengthen the competitiveness through leveraging each other’s competencies and experience and ensure the most efficient and reliable deliveries to the customers.

As one of the top solar inverter suppliers in the world, FIMER has an extensive portfolio of string, central and legacy inverters. FIMER offers a wide range of single and three phase PV inverters ranging from 1.2 kW to 5 MW. FIMER is enriching the Krannich product range with high end energy solutions suitable for residential and commercial projects.

We are very pleased to start working together with FIMER” says Sandeep Banodiya, Sales Director of Krannich Solar India. “The inverters compliment our product range very well as they will offer our customers excellent quality and significant added value. With FIMER we will create a winning partnership in the India like other countries. With FIMER we have a partner that has built up an excellent reputation for quality and reliability.”

“We have a global partnership with Krannich and we would like to strengthen this further with our relationship in India”, says KN Sreevatsa, Country Head of FIMER in India. “Krannich has an excellent team and will be our national partner to enhance our presence in India. We shall offer our entire range of string inverters with our partnership which will help our customers with ease of doing business. We are excited to partner with Krannich in this new era of FIMER”.

Fimer is going to showcase its wide array of string inverters at 3pm on 3rd July, in the webinar. The company will also be discussing about the Fimer – Krannich partnership, join now: https://bit.ly/2CY82Xz

Week in Middle East : Kuwait May Re-Tender Dabdaba 1.5 GW Solar Project, ADGM Inks Partnership with IRENA to Promote Sustainable Finance, DIAM To Set Up Solar Desalination Project In Oman and more

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Kuwait May Re-Tender Dabdaba 1.5 GW Solar Project

Kuwait may re-tender its first major solar power project in Dabdaba to secure lower prices from bidders after a setback in awarding the contract. The project will produce 1.5 GW of electricity, a newspaper in the OPEC member reported. The Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), which oversees the project, is still awaiting government response on whether to re-tender or award the project to the contractor with the lowest bid of 439 million Kuwaiti dinars, the Arabic language daily Al-Rai said, quoting KNPC sources. “KNPC is awaiting a response from the government after a long delay in the execution of this vital project.it could either award it to the lowest bidder or re-tender it to save funds given technological advancements in this industry. There is also a possibility the project could be canceled altogether,” the report stated. The report added that bidding for the project has been extended many times since 2019 and bank guarantees offered by the four shortlisted bidders expire in mid-July. The Dabdaba project is part of government plans to tap renewable energy sources to expand their share of the energy mix to 15 percent by 2030 and has been on the cards for nearly two years. Early this year KNPC is planning to borrow around $1.1 billion from banks to fund the project while it would contribute 30 percent of its costs.

ADGM Inks Partnership with IRENA to Promote Sustainable Finance

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the lead intergovernmental agency for the energy transformation, and the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the award-winning international financial centre, have signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) to signify their joint commitment to progressing sustainable finance across the UAE and the wider region. Through the MoU, IRENA and ADGM solidified their mutual dedication to promoting solutions that facilitate investment in renewable energy. The agreement was signed by Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA and Dhaher bin Dhaher, CEO of the ADGM Registration Authority (RA). As per IRENA and ADGM’s joint agreement, the two organisations have committed to engage with one another to facilitate investment in renewable energy, support in the development of a sustainable finance ecosystem that is inclusive of renewable energy, and support on any ongoing initiatives relating to sustainability. Additionally, IRENA and ADGM will explore additional approaches to support local initiatives, mutually promote their respective platforms, exchange information on important events and support one another in promoting common aims, initiatives and events.

DIAM To Set Up Solar Desalination Project In Oman

The Public Authority for Water (DIAM) is exploring desalination through solar evaporation to help sustain supplies to remote communities located beyond the reach of the country’s water distribution grids. The company in its 2019 Annual Report issued recently stated “Diam is working with a partner to develop a solar desalination plant, where the solar energy is harnessed directly to produce fresh water through evaporation. A number of sites are being assessed to enable the development of this innovative technology”. “In the first phase of the project, the company carried out a detailed analysis of the production and supply network and estimated the reduction in energy bills that could be achieved by monitoring and controlling the network in an automated and optimal process,” said Diam. The Authority also added that “The analysis showed that minimizing pumping and reducing water production during the peak summer electricity tariff periods together with abstracting water from the most cost effective plant will generate significant savings for Diam (and may negate the need to build additional peak power capacity in Oman). The target level of savings has now been guaranteed by a specialized company and we are now moving to the implementation phase,”.

UAE’s Ducab Inaugurates 2 MW Solar System At Its Headquarters

United Arab Emirates-based cable manufacturer Ducab Group recently inaugurated a 2 MWp solar installation at its headquarters in Dubai. They held a ceremony in Jebel Ali which was led by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer. Ducab developed the installation together with Etihad Energy Service Company. The project includes a rooftop array and ground mounted panels, which jointly generate 3.5 GWh of power yearly which can supply energy to 500 households. It will also save about 660 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year. The electricity produced from the solar project will cover the needs of Ducab’s PVC plant on site. This project is part of Dubai’s Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims at supplying 75% of the city’s power output from clean energy sources by 2050.

Air Products, ACWA Power and NEOM Sign Agreement for $5 Billion Production Facility in NEOM Powered by Renewable Energy

Air Products, in conjunction with ACWA Power and NEOM, announced the signing of an agreement for a $5 billion world-scale green hydrogen-based ammonia production facility powered by renewable energy. The project, which will be equally owned by the three partners, will be sited in NEOM, a new model for sustainable living located in the north west corner of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and will produce green ammonia for export to global markets. The joint venture project is the first partnership for NEOM with leading international and national partners in the renewable energy field and it will be a cornerstone for its strategy to become a major player in the global hydrogen market. It is based on proven, world-class technology and will include the innovative integration of over four gigawatts of renewable power from solar, wind and storage; production of 650 tons per day of hydrogen by electrolysis using thyssenkrupp technology; production of nitrogen by air separation using Air Products technology; and production of 1.2 million tons per year of green ammonia using Haldor Topsoe technology. The project is scheduled to be onstream in 2025.

ALEC Energy in Agreement With Azelio for Development and Installation of Energy Storage in the Middle East and Africa

ALEC Energy and Azelio reached an agreement to expand its business offering, to supply electricity and heat to Commercial & Industrial clients using Azelio’s long-duration thermal energy storage. The unique storage technology developed by the Swedish company can be coupled to solar PV, wind power, or any other energy source, store the energy in recycled aluminum and cost-efficiently supply renewable power, as heat and electricity, on demand around the clock. ALEC Energy is a business division of ALEC Engineering and Contracting L.L.C (ALEC) and offers a complete spectrum of services, from concept to commissioning, operations and maintenance of Solar PV projects. “We look forward to working with Azelio in a long-term partnership with the opportunity to introduce this renewable technology across the wider region and constructing upcoming innovative energy storage verification project”, highlights James Stewart, General Manager of ALEC Energy.

Week In India: MNRE Forms Committee To Review Solar ALMM Issues, Solar Energy to Make Indian Railways A Complete Green Mode of Transportation, CERC Approves Modified Procedure for Issuance of REC And More

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CERC Approves Modified Procedure for Issuance of REC

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) recently approved the modification in REC procedure for issuance. This procedure will provide guidance to the entities to implement Renewable Energy Certificate mechanism as envisaged under Central Electricity Regulatory Commission  and is termed as ‘Procedure for Issuance of Renewable Energy Certificates to the Eligible Entities.This procedure will be applicable to RE projects and distribution Licensees who have received “Certificate of Registration” from the Central Agency, and will be eligible to avail Renewable Energy Certificates from the date of commercial operation.

PM Modi Dedicates 750 MW Rewa Solar Project to the Nation

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power project to the Nation via video conference. Rewa project is Asia’s largest power project.This Project comprises three solar generating units of 250 MW each located on a 500 hectare plot of land situated inside a Solar Park (total area 1500 hectare). Central Financial Assistance of Rs. 138 crore has been provided to RUMSL for development of the Park. The Rewa Solar Project was the first solar project in the country to break the grid parity barrier. Speaking on the occasion the Prime Minister said the Rewa project will make the entire region a major hub for pure and clean energy in this decade. The Prime Minister praised the effort in that it will also supply power to the Delhi Metro, along with the entire region surrounding Rewa.

Enel Green Power and Norfund Join Forces to Develop Renewable Projects in India

Enel Green Power (“EGP”), through its Indian subsidiary for renewables Enel Green Power India (“EGP India”), and the Norwegian Investment Fund for developing countries Norfund, have signed a long-term agreement to jointly finance, build and operate new renewable projects in India.The agreement is a collaborative investment framework under which EGP India will be responsible for the development and construction of each project, while Norfund will have the right to invest in the projects once a specific milestone in their completion is reached, thus becoming equity partner with EGP India in the project. In addition, within the partnership, EGP India will support each project by providing technical services starting from the preliminary development activities. Through the agreement, the partners, in line with their sustainability, decarbonization and renewables targets, aim at boosting the development of a clean energy footprint in India, which is rich in renewable sources and has ambitious green energy goals. India’s government is committed to achieve 100 GW of solar and 60 GW of wind power generation capacity by 2022, up from around 35 GW of solar and about 38 GW of wind as of today.

IEX Electricity Market Trades 4790 MU Volume in June, Marks 5% YOY Increase

The electricity market at the Indian Energy Exchange witnessed a total trade of 4790 MU in June ‘20 recording a 5% YoY increase, despite the national peak demand registering a 10% YoY decline during the month. Increased economic activity and easing of the lockdown restrictions in most parts of the country coupled with peaking summers contributed to national peak demand at 165 GW and energy consumed at 107 BU, according to data released by NLDC. The Day-Ahead Market (DAM) traded 4174 MU and witnessed high sell side liquidity in the month, with total sell bids at 10164 MU being close to 1.5X the buy bids at 4661 MU. The average market clearing price during the month was at Rs. 2.35 per unit registered a whopping 29% YoY decline over a price of Rs. 3.32 in June’19. The increased availability of power and attractive prices in the market ensured that the industries as well as the distribution utilities continue to have access to lower electricity prices leading to greater savings as well as assisting them in building the much needed financial liquidity which is critical at this hour. Infact, the open access volume in June witnessed a 30% m-o-m increase. 

Module Prices to Fall Further to $0.14-0.16/wp by the End of Fiscal 2021: CRISIL

A chance coming together of several positives has led to a new record low tariff bid in the interstate transmission system (ISTS) Tranche IX auctions of the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). At Rs 2.36/kWh, the new low is a tad more than 3% below the previous lowest of Rs 2.44 /kWh seen in 2018, and ~19% lower than the weighted average tariff of Rs 2.90 per unit in fiscal 2020. The weighted average tariff for the previously allocated SECI ISTS tranches (I to VIII) was Rs 2.76 per unit, though ISTS VIII, held in February this year, had drawn bids at the Rs 2.5 per unit mark, CRISIL, Global analytics company stated.According to research company, The positives include a surge in interest from foreign shores. Indeed, six out of seven winners are global energy firms. These bidders have a portfolio of ~1-1.5 GW in India, and would be keen to expand, especially given the environment of lower returns globally after the Covid-19 pandemic. The interest comes at a time when the top seven developers have a pipeline of ~26-27 GW. Coupled with a large capacity under execution, existing developers are also grappling with delayed payments from the financially weak state distribution utilities.

Greater Policy Focus Towards Domestic Manufacturing a Positive for Indian Solar OEMs; Long-term Policy Clarity on Customs Duty & Other Concessions Awaited: ICRA

The Government of India (GoI) has recently increased its policy focus on domestic manufacturing through its “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” as well as “Make in India” initiatives. In an endeavour to support domestic module manufacturers, the GOI has formulated various schemes in the last one year such as the Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) Scheme which envisages installation of 12 GW solar power capacities by FY2023 with a defined sourcing requirement from domestic module manufacturers. Further, the Ministry of Railways has a plan to meet 10-15% of its energy requirements through solar power over the medium term by setting up about 3 GW of projects on barren land available alongside the railway tracks as part of the “Make in India”initiative. In addition, there has been a greater thrust on the domestic manufacturing linked orders by the Ministry of New &Renewable Energy (MNRE), GoI. ICRA notes that the Indian solar sector has been import dependent with respect to procurement of cells, modules and other equipment given the cost competitiveness of imports as compared to domestically manufactured products. The safeguard duty on cells and modules imports from China and Malaysia, currently at 15%, is about to expire in July 2020.

Solar Energy to Make Indian Railways A Complete Green Mode of Transportation

A new dawn ushers on Indian Railways as it endeavors to be self-reliant for its energy needs as directed by the Prime Minister and solarise railway stations by utilizing its vacant lands for Renewable Energy (RE) projects. Railway is committed to utilize solar energy for meeting its traction power requirements and become a complete ‘Green mode of transportation’. The Ministry of Railways has decided to install solar power plants on its vacant unused lands on mega scale. The use of solar power will accelerate the Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal’s mission to achieve conversion of Indian Railways to ‘Net Zero’ Carbon Emission Railway. Indian Railways present demand would be fulfilled by the solar projects being deployed, making it the first transport organisation to be energy self-sufficient. This would help in making Indian Railways green as well as ‘Atma Nirbhar’.

MNRE Forms Committee To Review Solar ALMM Issues

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification stating that it is setting up a committee to review the issues with the ‘Approved Lists of Models and Manufacturers’ (ALMM) of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. This decision came after representations received from various RE stakeholders. The committee will consist of Addl. Secretary  (Chairman), Joint Secretary (Solar), Joint Secretary (Wind) of MNRE, Director (Solar) of SECI and one representative from Solar Power Developers’ Association (SPDA). The Committee will make recommendations on the manner and date of implementation of ALMM Order and submit its report within 15 days of its constitution, the Ministry stated. Besides, It has also been decided that ALMM Order will only apply to those bids that are held 30 days after the ALMM is finalized and published. 

CleanMax Receives Financing From GCPF for Southeast Asia Expansion

The Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF) and CleanMax announced the closure of a transaction, which will enable the commercial and industrial (C&I) solar leader to expand its operations into Southeast Asia, targeting Thailand as its first new market. With a total facility size of USD 10m, of which USD 5m is already committed, CleanMax has engaged solid off-takers, including a 3.5 MW rooftop solar plant for a leading multi-billion dollar conglomerate. As the biggest C&I solar player in India and the UAE, CleanMax has completed over 500 projects with over 150 corporate clients and has an operating capacity of over 600 MW, with another 200 MW expected to be built over the next 12 months.The transaction is a perfect fit for GCPF as it supports the development of the C&I sector in the region, where local commercial bank financing is typically not yet available for similar projects.

Near Term Regulatory Risk for Third-party Off-take Based Renewable IPPS to Increase,Given the Adverse Impact of Covid-19 on Cash Flows of the Distribution Utilities: ICRA

The State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) in Maharashtra has recently approved the levy of additional surcharge on group captive projects, as per the order issued in April 2020. Group captive consumers were earlier exempt from such levy in Maharashtra. Risk of such levy by SERCs in other states cannot be ruled out for group captive IPPs.The state power policies in many states have been amended over a period and the states have either completely withdrawn or reduced incentives given to open access customers (mainly commercial & industrial (C&I) consumers) for power procurement from renewable energy projects, as tariff competitiveness of wind and solar power has shown a significant improvement. Further, the open access charges applicable in case of third party sale of power have also shown an increasing trend across the key states, highlighting the rising regulatory risk for such IPPs. Commenting on this trend, Mr. Girishkumar Kadam, Sector Head & Vice President, ICRA Ltd says, “The renewable IPPs based on third party / group captive off-take remain exposed to regulatory risk, which is set to augment even more, given the likelihood of an increase in open access charges due to an adverse impact of the lockdown/restrictions to control COVID 19 outbreak on the cash flows and revenue profile of the state owned distribution utilities. Further, with the improved tariff competitiveness for wind and solar energy against the conventional power sources, the open access charges for renewable energy projects are likely to remain aligned as that for conventional power sources, going ahead.”

Tender Buzz India: RITES Tenders For 1 GW Land-Based Solar PV Projects, SJVN Tenders for 100 MW Solar Plant, NHPC Tenders For 50 MW Floating Solar Project, MEDA Tenders For Setting Up 131 KW Solar Rooftop And More

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RITES Tenders For 1 GW Land-Based Solar PV Projects On Railways Land Across India

Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) Limited, an engineering consultancy company under Indian railways has issued a tender for setting up of 1 GW of land-based solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants on land owned by the Indian Railways under Tariff Based Competitive Bidding. The last date for bid submission is 02.09.20202.A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for 30.07.2020 and the last date of Receiving Queries is 20.07.2020.Opening date of Reverse Auction and Financial bid will be intimated later.To be eligible for this bid the Bidder should have successfully commissioned 35% of the total quoted Capacity in MW for three financial years. The scope of work for successful bidders includes supply, installation, commissioning OF 1 GW of Solar Power Project across various states in india.

SJVN Tenders for 100 MW Solar Plant at Dholera Solar Park

SJVN Ltd, a joint venture of Government of India and the Government of Himachal Pradesh, has issued a tender, inviting bids from eligible firms and Solar Power Developers (SPDs) for setting up of 100 MW grid-connected solar PV power plant. The location of this project is at the Dholera Solar Park in Gujarat. The last date for online bid submission is 16.07.2020 at 13:00 Hrs.The techno-commercial bids will be opened on 16.07.2020 at 14:00 Hrs and the date of Price Bid and for E – Reverse Auction  Will be notified to techno commercially qualified bidders. To participate in this tender the Bidder should have an Annual Average Turnover of INR 3800 Million  for the last three Financial Years.

NHPC Tenders For 50 MW Floating Solar PV Power Project In Kerala

National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) floated a tender for Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) Contract for 50 MW capacity Floating Solar PV Power Project. The location of this project at West Kallada in the State of Kerala. The last date for receipt of clarification queries from bidders is 13.07.2020 at 11:00 Hrs.A pre bid meet is scheduled on 15.07.2020 at 11:00 Hrs.The last date of bid submission is 11.08.2020 at 14:30 Hrs.Last date of Offline Bid submission is 14.08.2020 at 14:30 Hrs and the last date of online Bid is 17.08.2020 at 15:00 Hrs.The opening date & time of e-Reverse Auction will be initiated separately by NHPC. The scope of the work of the project includes Design, Engineering, manufacture, supply, construction, erection along with its Comprehensive Operation and Maintenance for 10 years.

SECI Tenders For 5 MW Solar PV Power Plant In Tamil Nadu

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a tender for  5 MW (AC) grid connected ground based Solar PV Power Plant. The location of this project is at V. O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, Tuticorin, Tamilnadu, India. The last date for online bid submission is 21/08/2020 till 1400 Hours.The techno-commercial bids will be opened on 21/08/2020 at 1600 Hours. The scope of work for successful bidders include the design, engineering, supply, construction, installation, testing, and commissioning of the projects. The bidder will also be required to provide ten years of operation and maintenance services. 

OREDA Tenders For 1.47 MW Of Solar Rooftop and 2,045 Solar Streets Light

Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) invites Request for Proposal (RFP) for design,engineering, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and acceptance of Rooftop Solar Power System (RSPS) and solar Street Lighting System (SLS) through off-grid mode. The location of the project is at various locations of Panchayat Samiti Office premises across all 30 district(s) in Odisha. The last date of bid submission is 29 th Jul 2020.Ooenind date of Price Bid and Technical Bids will be intimated later.The scope of the work of the project includes Design, Engineering, manufacture, supply, construction, erection along with its Comprehensive Operation and Maintenance for 10 years.

MEDA Tenders For Setting Up 131 KW Solar Rooftop

Maharashtra Energy Development Agency, (MEDA) Pune invites eligible bidders for Survey, Design, Fabrication, Supply, Installation, Testing, Commissioning with RMS for cumulative total 131 kW capacities of rooftop along with Net Metering System. The location of this project is at Divi. Commissioner Office buildings (Premises-A,B,C) in Amravati. The last date and time of submission of bids is 23-Jul-2020 at 01:00 PM.The opening date of the bid is 24-Jul-2020 at 01:00 PM.A pre-bid meeting for this tender has been scheduled on 14-Jul-2020 at 11:30 AM. The total value of the tender is Rs. 59,94,000/-. Scope of work for successful bidders includes Survey, Design, Fabrication, Supply, Installation, Testing, Commissioning of 131 kW solar rooftop.The successful bidder should provide Net Metering System of rooftop.

GEDA Tenders For 5MW Solar Rooftop Tender In State

Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA)  invites the Expression of Interest for Empanelment of agencies for  setting up 5MW of Grid Connected Solar Rooftop PV Power Plants in residential sectors. The last date for online bid submission is 27/07/2020upto 18:00 hrs.The date & time of opening of online technical bid is 30/07/2020after 11.00 hrs.The date & time of opening of online Financial Bid is 04/08/2020after 11.00 hrs. The scope of work for this project is Design, Supply, Installation, Testing, Commissioning of the rooftop along with Operation and Maintenance of the rooftop for 5 years. Estimated Cost of the project is Rs.54,000/kWp.The location of the project is Residential Buildings & Group Housing Societies/Residential Welfare Associations (RWA)in the State of Goa.

PEDA Floats Tender for 4500 Solar Pumps Under Kusum Scheme

Punjab Energy Development Agency floated a tender for installation of off-grid solar pumps (ac) both surface and submersible of capacity 3, 5, 7.5 & 10 hp for irrigation in the agriculture sector under component-B of PM-Kusum scheme. The last date for bid submission is 27.07.2020 Upto 4:00 PM. The location of the project is Punjab.The tender document stated that Only 4600 online applications shall be received for installation of 4500 solar pumps and additional 100 applications will be kept in the waiting list and may be considered for allocation as per seniority if any selected farmer drops out or application is rejected.Solar Pumps will be allocated to the eligible farmers on a first come first serve basis and mainly Preference shall be given to the farmers having Micro (Drip/Sprinkler) irrigation systems. 

NHDC Issues Global Tender for Development Of 665 MWP Solar Power Projects

National Handloom Development Corporation Limited (NHDC), a Joint Venture of NHPC Limited & Govt. of M.P has recently floated Global tender for Empanelment of experienced and capable PV modules manufacturers for development of solar power projects.The last date for online bid submission is 21.07.2020 upto 03:00 PM. The opening date for this tender is 22.07.2020 at 4:00 PM. Last date for submitting queries  is 14.07.2020 upto 05:00 PM.To participate in this tender the Bidder should be the original PV module manufacturer with module manufacturing capacity of minimum 400 MWp/annum. The bidder should also have manufactured and supplied the Solar PV Modules of cumulative installed capacity of 55 MWp or above using any rating of modules and any source of indigenous or imported PV cells in any one financial year to Solar Plants during last 07 years ending last day of month previous to the date of submission of bid. 

CREDA Invites Bids From Registered System Integrators For Setting Up Solar Plant with Battery Bank

Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency(CREDA) invites sealed Bids rom registered System integrators for survey, design, supply, installation and commissioning of Off Grid Solar Power Plant with LMLA,T-GEL, VRLA & LITHIUM FERRO PHOSPHATE battery bank with Hybrid PCU of capacity ranging from 600w to 120kw. The last date of bid submission is 07-08-2020.The opening date of the technical bid is 07-08-2020 at 05:00 pm and the opening date of the price bid is 11-08-2020 at 05:00 pm. Scope of work for successful bidder includes survey, design, supply, installation and commissioning of battery along with five years on site and unconditional warranty.The location of this project is anywhere in the state of Chhattisgarh.To participate in the bid the bidder must have installed and commissioned at least one system of 02KW Capacity with LFP battery bank and total installed cumulative capacity of 100KW.

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Invests in NREL Solar Cell Project

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The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory will invest in a technique developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to bring spacefaring solar technology down to Earth.

Known as III-V solar cells—so named because of where the materials fall on the periodic table—the technology is extremely efficient but too expensive for terrestrial use. Instead, they are commonly used to power satellites in Earth’s orbit and many of NASA’s missions to Mars and other planets. Researchers at NREL, however, have spent the past several years working on a way to make the cells cheaper to manufacture.

The method pioneered at NREL relies on what is called dynamic hydride vapor phase epitaxy, or D-HVPE. The process involves depositing chemical vapors onto a substrate. The earlier version of HVPE used a single chamber where a chemical was deposited, the substrate removed, the chemical swapped out for the next, and the substrate returned to the deposition chamber.

D-HVPE uses a multi-chamber reactor, significantly speeding up the process.

“The investment here is specifically to make a pilot-production reactor,” said Aaron Ptak, a senior scientist in the National Center for Photovoltaics at NREL. “This will enable us to prove that the D-HVPE technology can be scaled to meet the needs of Department of Defense customers.”

Until now, the Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office and the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy have funded NREL’s work on D-HVPE.

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) serves as the primary scientific research and development center for the United States Air Force. AFRL last year announced the creation of the Space Solar Power Incremental Demonstrations and Research project, which intends to capture solar energy using highly efficient solar cells and transmit the collected energy to Earth.

Using a laboratory-scale reactor, NREL researchers can make a III-V solar cell that measures 2 inches in diameter. The production-scale reactor will allow the manufacture of industry-standard cells 6 inches in diameter. The larger reactor is expected to be installed at NREL in July 2021.

Kyma Technologies, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, will work with NREL researchers to help design the reactor for the D-HVPE system. The company possesses an expertise in HVPE equipment. Ceres Technologies, of Saugerties, New York, will manufacture the reactor for NREL. The two companies have previously partnered on other projects.

“Bringing Kyma in gives us some extra HVPE knowledge that’s really useful here,” Ptak said. “It was kind of natural to deal with Kyma because they understood the HVPE process and they already had an existing relationship with Ceres to help build semiconductor equipment to the specs that are required for industry and now for national labs.”

Growatt introduces New Generation Three-Phase Inverter into Brazilian Market

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Growatt, one of the world’s top 5 three-phase string inverter suppliers according to IHS Markit, introduces MAC series of its X generation inverters for three-phase solar PV market in Brazil. The new inverter series provide flexibility to meet the grid requirement of different voltages for commercial and industrial (C&I) solar plants, including MAC 15-36KTL3-XL for three-phase application at 220V and MAC 50-70KTL3-X LV/MV at 380V

Growatt’s MAC inverter provides better performance and higher ROI. The inverter comes with a maximum efficiency of 98.8% and a maximum DC voltage at 1100V. It has 3 MPPTs to improve the capability to handle irregular roofs when designing the PV system. It’s also compatible with bifacial modules and can lower LCOE for system owners. MAC inverter has very appealing and user-friendly design with OLED display and touch button that has a longer lifespan and can last over three million clicks!

Additionally, MAC has the local WiFi function for installers and service engineers for the purpose of configuration and troubleshooting. The inverter also works with a variety of devices through communication options such as 4G, GPRS and WiFi for remote monitoring, which can reduce onsite visits and O&M costs. System owners can also log onto Growatt’s ShinePhone App to check power generation and carbon emissions reduction.

“With the introduction of MAC 15-36KTL3-XL and MAC 50-70KTL3-X LV/MV, we can now meet the requirements of most C&I solar plants in Brazil,” said William Xu, Growatt Brazil Sales Manager. “Growatt is committed to the development of solar energy in Brazil. With our service center established in Mogi das Cruzes early last year, we have a stronger foundation to expand our businesses across Brazil along with our partners!”

Air Products, ACWA Power and NEOM Sign Agreement for $5 Billion Production Facility in NEOM Powered by Renewable Energy for Production and Export of Green Hydrogen to Global Markets

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Air Products, in conjunction with ACWA Power and NEOM, announced the signing of an agreement for a $5 billion world-scale green hydrogen-based ammonia production facility powered by renewable energy. The project, which will be equally owned by the three partners, will be sited in NEOM, a new model for sustainable living located in the north west corner of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and will produce green ammonia for export to global markets.

The joint venture project is the first partnership for NEOM with leading international and national partners in the renewable energy field and it will be a cornerstone for its strategy to become a major player in the global hydrogen market. It is based on proven, world-class technology and will include the innovative integration of over four gigawatts of renewable power from solar, wind and storage; production of 650 tons per day of hydrogen by electrolysis using thyssenkrupp technology; production of nitrogen by air separation using Air Products technology; and production of 1.2 million tons per year of green ammonia using Haldor Topsoe technology. The project is scheduled to be onstream in 2025.    

Air Products will be the exclusive off-taker of the green ammonia and intends to transport it around the world to be dissociated to produce green hydrogen for the transportation market. 

“We are honored and proud to partner with ACWA Power and NEOM and use proven technologies to make the world’s dream of 100 percent green energy a reality,” said Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Air Products. “Harnessing the unique profile of NEOM’s sun and wind to convert water to hydrogen, this project will yield a totally clean source of energy on a massive scale and will save the world over three million tons of CO2 emissions annually and eliminate smog-forming emissions and other pollutants from the equivalent of over 700,000 cars.” 

Mohammad A. Abunayyan, ACWA Power Chairman, said, “Stemming from our belief in Vision 2030 and HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s aspirations for NEOM to become the global pioneer in sustainable living, the Board of Directors and Management of ACWA Power are proud to take part in this groundbreaking and first-of-its-kind investment in the world. ACWA Power has a proven track record of leveraging pioneering renewable technologies to deliver carbon-free power at the lowest cost. With our global experience, we are confident that our collaboration with an industry-leading company like Air Products will create significant opportunities in the production of green hydrogen, and further us in our goal to help countries meet their clean energy targets and unlock significant socio-economic benefits. Based in NEOM’s Industrial Cluster, and enabled by its unique mandate, this investment will integrate and localize cutting-edge technologies that will harness solar and wind power to produce sustainable and globally accessible green energy.” 

NEOM CEO, Nadhmi Al Nasr, said, “This partnership reflects our deep commitment to developing a carbon positive society which will be a beacon for sustainable living and a solution to many of the environmental challenges facing the world. This demonstrates the   ability of NEOM to generate significant partnership opportunities for international and national investors. This is a pivotal moment for the development of NEOM and a key element in Saudi Vision 2030 contributing to the Kingdom’s clean energy and circular carbon economy strategy. As the world’s largest renewable hydrogen project, NEOM’s Board of Directors, headed by HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the company’s Executive team are delighted to announce this significant milestone for NEOM in becoming a global leader in green hydrogen production and green fuels. We are also excited that two world-class organizations, Air Products and ACWA Power, have joined us in developing this major project, the first of many developments at this scale that will put NEOM at the heart of a new future society.”

The World’s Largest Green Hydrogen Project Will Supply 650 Tons Per Day of Carbon-Free Hydrogen for Transportation Globally and Save the World Three Million Tons Per Year of CO2.

Jacobs Awarded Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant Contract in Malaysia

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Jacobs was appointed by Hanwha Energy Corporation to deliver owner’s engineer services to support the design, engineering, procurement, construction, installation, testing and commissioning of a new 100 megawatt alternating current (MWac) solar photovoltaic power plant in Pekan, Pahang, Malaysia.

When complete, the project will be connected to the electricity transmission system operated by utility provider Tenaga Nasional. Hanwha Energy Corporation expects the project to begin commercial operation in 2021.

“This project is a great opportunity for us to continue to support Malaysia as it expands its renewable energy sector in pursuit of more affordable, sustainable and cleaner energy to meet the future needs of its nation,” said Jacobs People & Places Solutions Senior Vice President Global Operations Patrick Hill.

The project is one of five projects selected in a national Large-Scale Solar (LSS) third procurement program led by Suruhanjaya Tenaga, Malaysia’s Energy Commission. The LSS program aims to diversify Malaysia’s power generation mix and increase the country’s renewable resources from 2% to 20% by 2030.

Jacobs was actively involved in both the first (LSS1) and second (LSS2) phase of the LSS scheme, fulfilling owner’s engineer, independent engineer and lender technical advisor roles for numerous projects procured under the program, including a 49 MWac project in Sungai Siput, Perak under LSS1, and three 30 MWac projects in Pahang, Negeri Sembilan and Kedah under LSS2.

CERC Approves Modified Procedure for Issuance of REC

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The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) recently approved the modification in REC procedure for issuance. 

This procedure will provide guidance to the entities to implement Renewable Energy Certificate mechanism as envisaged under Central Electricity Regulatory Commission  and is termed as ‘Procedure for Issuance of Renewable Energy Certificates to the Eligible Entities’

This procedure will be applicable to RE projects and distribution Licensees who have received “Certificate of Registration” from the Central Agency, and will be eligible to avail Renewable Energy Certificates from the date of commercial operation.

The modified procedure is as follows:

Step 1: The eligible entity shall apply for Issuance of REC on the Web Based Application as per the details given in the Energy Injection Report (EIR) issued by the SLDC/RLDC/Recommendation of SERC for issuance of RECs.They shall also submit the same information in physical form with the Central Agency. 

Step 2: After receipt of physical application from the Eligible Entity, the Central Agency shall undertake a preliminary scrutiny within 6 working days to ensure that the Application Form is complete in all respect along with necessary documents and applicable fees and charges.

Step 3: After conducting the preliminary scrutiny, the Central Agency shall intimate in writing to the Applicant for submission of any further information or clarification, if necessary, to further consider the application for issuance of Renewable Energy Certificates or reject the application.

Step 4:  While considering any application for issuance of Renewable Energy Certificate, the Central Agency shall verify following information:

  1. Verification of the time period for which the Central Agency may have
  2. already issued Renewable Energy Certificates to the concerned Eligible Entity.
  3. Verification of Renewable Energy Certificates claimed by the Eligible Entity from the duly certified Energy Injection Reports by the concerned SLDC/RLDC in respect of concerned Eligible Entity
  4. Details of fee & charges made for issuance of certificates
  5. Confirmation of Compliance Auditor report, if any

Step 5: The Central Agency shall issue Renewable Energy Certificates to the Eligible Entity after confirming the duly certified EIR forwarded by the SLDC/RLDC/Recommendation of SERC for issuance of RECs.

Step 6: The Central Agency shall issue the Renewable Energy Certificates to the Eligible Entity within fifteen working days from the date of receipt of physical application form along with complete information necessary for processing of application for issuance of RECs.

To know more about REC procedure refer to the document below:

By winning this project our overall portfolio reached beyond GW mark globally – Mr. Pradeep Chauhan, Country Manager-Indian Subcontinent, Solarpack Corporacion Tecnologica, SA

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Mr. Pradeep Chauhan, Country Manager-Indian Subcontinent, Solarpack Corporacion Tecnologica, SA

Congratulations on creating a new benchmark in the Indian solar industry. How was behind-the-scenes action at Solarpack while bidding for this tender?

We sincerely thank you very much for appreciating our participation in the prestigious auctions program of 2GW, we believe this is the most viable tariff for such large capacity project having highest rating off-taker as Solar Energy Corporation of India  “SECI” with its impeccable track record, SECI has been instrumental in building confidence for international investors to invest in Indian Renewable Energy Sector supported by ISTS connectivity benefits to achieve much better uptime of the plant. We also believe that buying utility and consumers shall benefit with this competitive tariff and make good case as preferred source of electricity affordable to masses.

Solarpack works as a coherent team between India and Spain, it has been exciting to work on such large project together, also we are glad to have secured the win among very credible competitors as other participants in this bid.

How is this project strategically important to SolarPack?

We are a multinational specialized in the development, financing, construction, operation and management of utility scale solar photovoltaic power plants with presence in fast-growing markets in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa. It is a very important milestone for our company, not only because we have managed to put together the most competitive offer thus far in India but also because the project represents a sizeable order entry to our backlog or contracted project portfolio, that beats our own yearly targets to the market of between 150-300 MW order entry per year on average. Also by winning this project our overall portfolio reached beyond GW mark globally.

As the company mentioned that the solar park in Rajasthan would require an investment of around EUR 129 million. Going ahead, what would be your company’s investment plans in this regard?

We believe in geographical diversification and we have very strict metrics for deciding which projects are suitable for our power generation business. Since we like to have a right balance of geographical global footprint for our generation fleet, the size and the pace of future additions in each of the market, where we are present to our power generation business will be driven by keeping a well-diversified asset base. We would be keen to develop more such projects in India, since Indian Solar market provides the scale and multiple opportunities to choose between Central, State and Open Access programs.

What kind of returns are you expecting for this project?

Our power generation business unit targets 12-15% equity levered IRRs for this type of assets.

Tell us more about the factors that made such a low tariff of INR 2.36/unit feasible.

We think there are significant improvements on the technology side in Solar Module & Inverters in terms of efficiency and increased equipment capacity that helps in conceptualizing such a large project delivering higher PR at lower BoS cost. Further recent tax benefits under new manufacturing scheme including power generation and Dividends Distribution Tax changes are initiatives Govt. of India has announced to invite domestic & oversees investment are definitely the key driving factors, more over the PV price are declining at a steady pace making Solar Energy as the most viable source of energy in near future.  

Solarpack is a highly specialized integrated solar PV platform that covers the full value chain of utility scale solar PV project integration. We do everything from greenfield development to financing, construction and O&M. Being present in the entire value chain since 2005 allows us to have an evolving, in-depth knowledge in all the key elements that make a project competitive: the right project location, competitive capex, continuous improved engineering designs, long-standing relationships with Tier 1 suppliers and subcontractors and experienced construction managers, optimal financial structure and competitive O&M provided by our own teams.

What are your plans for the upcoming tender bids in India? Will we see this continued aggression by SolarPack?

India is an important market for Solarpack and in that regard, we will continue to pursue profitable growth in this market by developing and building new projects in the future. Of course, the pace at which we will grow will be determined by our ability to do it in a profitable way and the right balance with other important markets in which we are present.

PM Modi Dedicates 750 MW Rewa Solar Project to the Nation

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The Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power project to the Nation via video conference today.

Rewa project is Asia’s largest power project.This Project comprises of three solar generating units of 250 MW each located on a 500 hectare plot of land situated inside a Solar Park (total area 1500 hectare). The Solar Park was developed by the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL), a Joint Venture Company of Madhya Pradesh UrjaVikas Nigam Limited (MPUVN), and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a Central Public Sector Undertaking.  Central Financial Assistance of Rs. 138 crore has been provided to RUMSL for development of the Park. After the Park had been developed, Mahindra Renewables Private Ltd., ACME Jaipur Solar Power Private Ltd., and Arinsun Clean Energy Private Ltd were selected by RUMSL through reverse auction for developing three solar generating units of 250 MW each inside the Solar Park.  Rewa Solar Project is an example of the excellent results that can be achieved if there is synergy between Central and State Governments.

The Rewa Solar Project was the first solar project in the country to break the grid parity barrier. Compared to prevailing solar project tariffs of approx. Rs. 4.50/unit in early 2017, the Rewa project achieved historic results: a first year tariff of Rs. 2.97/unit with a tariff escalation of Rs. 0.05/unit over 15 years and a levelized rate of Rs. 3.30/unit over the term of 25 years.  This project will reduce carbon emission equivalent to approx. 15 lakh ton of CO2 per year.

Speaking on the occasion the Prime Minister said the Rewa project will make the entire region a major hub for pure and clean energy in this decade. The Prime Minister praised the effort in that it will also supply power to the Delhi Metro, along with the entire region surrounding Rewa.

He said very soon Madhya Pradesh would be the main centre of Solar Energy in India, as such major projects are in progress in  Neemuch, Shajapur, Chattarpur and Omkareshwar.

The biggest beneficiaries of this would be the poor, the middle class, the tribals, the farmers of Madhya Pradesh, he said.

Prime Minister said Solar Energy would be a major medium for providing the energy needs of an aspirational India in the 21st Century.

He described Solar Energy as one which is ‘Sure, Pure & Secure’. Sure because of the continuous supply of Energy from the Sun, Pure as it is environment friendly and Secure because it is a secure source for our energy needs.

Prime Minister termed such Solar Energy projects are a true representation of Aatmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant India).

He said the economy is an important aspect of self-reliance and progress. Referring to the regular dilemma whether to focus on Economy or Ecology, Prime Minister said India resolved such dilemmas by focussing on Solar Energy Projects and other environment friendly measures. Shri modi said Economy and Ecology are not contradictory but complementary to each other.

He said in all the programs of the government, priority is being given to environmental protection as well as Ease of Living. He referred to programmes like Swachch Bharat, supply of LPG cylinders to the poor households, the development of CNG networks as one which focussed on Ease of Living and improving the lives of the poor and the middle class.

The Prime Minister said that the protection of the environment is not limited to just a few projects, but it is the Way of Life.

PM said it is ensured that the determination towards clean energy is seen in every aspect of life, when launching large projects of renewable energy. Government is making sure that its benefits reach every corner of the country, every section of society, every citizen. He elaborated this with an example of how the introduction of LED bulbs has reduced the electricity bill. Nearly 40 million tons of carbon dioxide is prevented from going into the environment, due to the LED bulb. He said this also reduced the Electricity Usage by 6 Billion Units and accrued a saving of Rs 24,000 Crore to the exchequer.

He said that the Government is working towards making our environment, our air, our water also to remain pure and this thinking is also reflected in the policy and strategy on solar energy.

Modi said India’s exemplary progress in the field of Solar Energy would be a major source of interest to the World. He said owing to such major steps, India is being considered as the most attractive market of clean energy.

The Prime Minister said that the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was launched with the motive to unite the entire World in terms of solar energy. He said the spirit behind  was  One World, One Sun, One Grid.

The Prime Minister expressed confidence that Madhya Pradesh’s farmers will also make use of the Government’s KUSUM Program and will instal Solar Energy plants in their lands as an additional source of income.

He expressed the hope that very soon India will be a major exporter of power.

Prime Minister said India is also focussing reducing its dependence on imports of various hardware needed for solar plants, like Photovoltaic Cells, Battery and Storage.

He said the work is progressing rapidly in this direction and the  Government is encouraging the Industry, the youth, MSMEs and StartUps to not miss this opportunity and work for production and betterment of all the inputs required for Solar Energy.

Referring to the ongoing crisis owing to the pandemic COVID-19, the Prime Minister said for either the Government or the society, compassion and vigilance are the greatest motivators to tackle this difficult challenge. He said right from the beginning of the Lockdown the Government ensured that the poor and needy are assured of supply of food and fuel. He said with the same spirit, the Government decided to continue the free supply of food and LPG till November this year, even during the phase of unlockdown.

Not only this, the government is also giving full contribution to the EPF account of millions of private sector employees. Similarly, through the PM-Swanidhi scheme, those who have the least access to the system get benefited..

The Rewa Project has been acknowledged in India and abroad for its robust project structuring and innovations. Its payment security mechanism for reducing risks to power developers has been recommended as a model to other States by MNRE.  It has also received World Bank Group President’s Award for innovation and excellence and was included in the book “A Book of Innovation: New Beginnings” released by Prime Minister.  The project is also the first renewable energy project to supply to an institutional customer outside the State, i.e. Delhi Metro, which will get 24% of energy from the project with remaining 76% being supplied to the State DISCOMs of Madhya Pradesh.

The Rewa Project also exemplifies India’s commitment to attain the target of 175 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by the year 2022, including 100 GW of Solar installed capacity