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Largest solar park in Germany: GP JOULE sprints to completion

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Germany’s XXL solar project, the Ganzlin solar park, will be completed on time in May despite the corona crisis. Under the project management of the general contractor GP JOULE, Reußenköge, the impressive PV park in Ganzlin, Ludwigslust-Parchim district, will generate an output of 65 MW following only eight months of construction. This is enough to supply around 16,500 households in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with CO2-free
electricity. Meik Georg Gessner, head of EPC plant construction at GP JOULE,
and his employees accepted the tight project timing as a sporty challenge.
“80,000 of a total of 165,000 modules have already been installed. This can be
achieved with good coordination between the contract work sections,” says
Gessner.

NTPC Extends Bid Submission Deadline of 1200 MW Solar Tender

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The National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has issued a notice regarding the extension of bid submission for the selection of solar power developers to install 1200 MW Interstate Transmission System (ISTS)-connected solar PV power projects in India.

The last date for the submission of bids is extended from 19th March 2020 to 28th May 2020 and the date scheduled for the pre-bid conference is 12 May 2020. 

On 18 February 2020, NTPC had issued a request for selection (RfS) of 1200 MW ISTS-connected solar projects. To participate in this tender bidders shall submit earnest money deposit (EMD) of Rs.400,000.

The minimum capacity that a bidder can bid for this project is 50 MW and in multiples of 10 MW upto a maximum quotable capacity of 600 MW. Bidders are only allowed to quote a single tariff. The ceiling tariff for the tender has been set at Rs.2.78.

To be eligible to take part in the international competitive bidding process bidders must have a net worth of Rs.8 million as of the last financial year and should have a minimum annual turnover of Rs. 4.14 million.

Recently, Tata Power Solar, an integrated solar company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power said it has received the Letter of Award (LoA) to build the 300 MW under the CPSU-II scheme for NTPC at an all-inclusive price of Rs 1,730.16 crore. The company had bagged the order in a post reverse auction held on February 21. The Commercial Operation Date (COD) for this grid-connected solar photovoltaic project is set for September 2021 (18 months).

On 14th April, NTPC has decided to raise Rs. 4,374.10 crore on 16 April 2020 through the placement of unsecured non-convertible bonds. As per the press release the funds will be utilized for, inter alia, funding of capital expenditure, refinancing of existing loans and other general corporate purposes. The document stated that these bonds are proposed to be listed on both NSE & BSE. Bond Trust Deed for these bonds will be duly executed as per the requirements of and within the period prescribed under, the Companies Act and rules specified therein.

Week in SAARC: AleaSoft collaborates with PGCIL for solar energy forecasting and World Bank Supports Clean and Green Power in Pakistan

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AleaSoft collaborates with PGCIL for solar energy forecasting

AleaSoft collaborates with Power Grid Corporation of India, as a provider of solar and wind energy forecasting. PGCIL is India’s Central Transmission Utility (CTU) and the country’s largest electricity power transmission company. AleaSoft offers to Power Grid generation forecasting for wind and solar power stations in the short term, including forecasts for next week, next days and next hours, with several granularities. At the moment, the stations from which AleaSoft obtains forecasts are located in the states Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in the South region and Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh in the West region.

World Bank Supports Clean and Green Power in Pakistan

The World Bank Board of Directors today approved a $700 million additional financing to help Pakistan generate low-cost, renewable energy to provide affordable electricity supply to millions of users. This support for one of country’s longer-term development priorities comes as the World Bank is also working with the federal and provincial governments to prepare and respond to the immediate challenge of the COVID-19 outbreak. The additional financing for Dasu Hydropower Stage I Project willfinance the transmission line to complete the first phase of the Dasu hydropower plant that will install 2,160 MW capacity along the main Indus River. Plans for Stage II expansion will double the installed capacity to 4,320MW, making Dasu the largest hydropower plant in the country.

COVID-19 RE India Update: MHA Permits Construction Of Renewable Energy Projects In Its Revised Guidelines

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued revised guidelines in which it has permitted the construction of renewable energy projects. It has asked states & UTs to ensure their implementation at ground level and create awareness about them in public. New guidelines were made in an attempt to restrain the coronavirus epidemic in the country during the lockdown.

The revised guidelines were released following the government’s decision to extend the lockdown till 3rd May 2020. To mitigate hardship to the public, select additional activities that will come into effect from 20 April 2020, The ministry in its order stated.

“However, these additional activities would be operationalized by states, union territories, and district administrations based on strict compliance to the existing guidelines on lockdown measures”, the ministry said in the order.

The power generation, transmission, and distribution will remain functional. Operations of land ports for cross land border transportation of essential goods including petroleum products and LPG will also be allowed.

Furthermore, oil and gas exploration and refineries will be allowed to operate. 

The order also instructed that These guidelines will not apply to containment zones demarcated by states and union territories.

The order highlighted that “Before operating these relaxation state/uts/district administration shall ensure that all preparatory arrangements with regards to social distancing are in place”.

Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) on 20.03.2020 has issued the circular on-time extension in the scheduled commissioning date of RE projects considering disruption of the supply chains due to the spread of coronavirus in China or any other country as a force majeure event. The circular stated that Ministry of Finance has clarified that the disruption of the supply chains due to spread of coronavirus in China or any other country should be considered as a case of natural calamity and Force Majeure Clause (FMC) may be invoked, wherever considered appropriate, following the due procedure. 

Recently, The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the deadlines for the approved list of models and manufacturers (ALMM) by the next 6 months to provide aid to the renewable energy firms from considering disruption of the sector due to the spread of coronavirus pandemic. The list includes solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and solar PV cells. The last date for enlistment for both ALMM List-I and ALMM List-II is extended from March 31, 2020, to September 30, 2020. 

Source Power Company Announces Exclusive Partnership With TJA Clean Energy for Community Solar Subscriber Acquisition and Management

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Source Power Company, a leading community solar company in New York, has been chosen by TJA Clean Energy as their exclusive partner for subscriber acquisition and management for their New York community solar portfolio. 

“We are tremendously excited to partner with Source Power Company to supply our projects with subscribers and customer management that benefits both the subscribers as well as our projects,” said Alan Alves, CEO of TJA Clean Energy. “We chose Source Power Company because of their complete solution, their track-record in energy supply billing and management, and the ability their team has to service our community of subscribers.” He concluded, “We look forward to accelerating the success of community solar throughout New York with this exclusive partnership.” Source Power Company will provide subscriber acquisition and management for TJA Clean Energy’s 80 MW New York-community solar portfolio, located primarily in the National Grid service territory. “We look forward to partnering with TJA Clean Energy on this huge opportunity for continued community solar growth,” said Victor Ferreira, CEO at Source Power Company.

Source Power Company enables clean energy access to New York communities by committing to the best, focused service with programs and projects for both subscribers and developer sponsors. Through strong management experience and service, the company currently offers the lowest acquisition and operational costs available in the market. Project subscribers can receive benefits from the first day of enrollment, as opposed to waiting for the commercial operation date (COD). Lastly, Source Power Company is able to offer a streamlined billing solution, greatly reducing community solar challenges and churn. These are two of the many reasons TJA Clean Energy chose to partner with Source Power Company and why both parties are very optimistic about the growth they will achieve together through this partnership.

Source Power Company is a licensed energy retailer and community solar provider exclusively serving New York State. The senior management team of Source Power Company brings over 25 years’ experience in the deregulated retail energy market in New York and over 10 years in commercial and community solar development and finance. This combined experience has helped their team create unique solutions that deliver savings to customers and dramatically lower costs to community solar projects in New York.

TJA Clean Energy is an elite commercial and community solar development company based in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  The TJA team are experts in solar development and land acquisition and has successfully executed solar projects throughout Massachusetts and New York.  Lead by Alan Alves, the TJA team is dedicated to delivering solar value to land-owners, municipalities, corporate clients and community solar subscribers.

Mississippi Public Service Commission Gives Green Light to 1,000-Acre Solar Farm

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The Mississippi Delta will soon be home to the largest utility-owned solar farm in the state, after receiving approval from the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

Recurrent Energy, a solar facility manufacturer, will build the project on behalf of Entergy Mississippi, LLC. The project should be complete by no later than mid-2022. Once built, Entergy will assume ownership for the life of the facility. The emissions-free, renewable energy plant will sit on approximately 1,000 acres in Sunflower County and will connect to Entergy’s transmission grid in Ruleville.

“We’re happy to have commission approval to move forward,” said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO. “The Sunflower Solar Facility will be key in helping us meet changing customer expectations. It will give us more sustainable ways to meet our customers’ energy needs while diversifying our fuel supply.”

The project will be a single-axis tracking photovoltaic power generator. Its 350,000 PV modules will be able to generate 100 MW of clean energy, enough to power more than 16,000 homes.

In 2016, Entergy Mississippi began studying solar as a renewable energy source. That year, the company built the state’s first-ever utility-owned solar project. The pilot project consisted of three sites in Brookhaven, Hinds and DeSoto counties. These sites helped answer questions about how solar would perform in Mississippi’s varied geographical regions. The project was the genesis for the Sunflower Solar facility.

Entergy Mississippi, LLC provides electricity to approximately 450,000 customers in 45 counties. Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of $11 billion and approximately 13,600 employees.

Duke Energy Renewables and Colorado Springs Utilities bring 60 megawatts of solar energy online

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Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), and Colorado Springs Utilities (Springs Utilities) today announced the start of operation for a new solar energy generating facility, the Palmer Solar project.

Containing more than 220,000 solar panels on about 700 acres southeast of Colorado Springs, Colo., Palmer Solar will provide 60 megawatts of electricity to Springs Utilities’ customers. That is enough electricity to power approximately 22,000 homes per year. This is the largest solar project contracted by Springs Utilities to date and the first solar project to interconnect with its transmission system.

Under a 20-year agreement, Springs Utilities will purchase the electricity Palmer Solar generates from Duke Energy Renewables. The project was acquired by Duke Energy Renewables from juwi Americas in May 2019. With this addition, Duke Energy Renewables has two solar projects in Colorado totaling more than 70 megawatts.

The project can be seen in this video.

“We’re pleased to continue expanding our solar footprint in Colorado,” said Rob Caldwell, president of Duke Energy Renewables. “The Palmer Solar project will support the renewable energy goals of Colorado Springs Utilities and allow them to reduce energy costs for their customers while lowering carbon emissions for the state.”

“In light of our present challenges associated with COVID-19, our work continues to support our Energy Vision. We are steadfast in our mission to provide reliable and environmentally sustainable energy that reduces our carbon footprint,” said Aram Benyamin, Springs Utilities CEO. “The Palmer Solar project is the latest example of how we are partnering with entities to change the way we power Colorado Springs, taking advantage of the economics and environmental benefits of solar power.”

During peak construction, the Palmer Solar project employed as many as 200 individuals. It will also deliver property tax revenues of approximately $5.2 million throughout the life of the project to El Paso County.

Duke Energy is one of the nation’s top renewable energy providers and owns, operates and contracts more than 8,000 megawatts of capacity.

Springs Utilities has increased its renewable resources from 19 megawatts to 114 megawatts in the past six months.

Canadian Solar Subsidiary Recurrent Energy receives approval for Build-Transfer Agreement with Entergy on 100 MWac Solar Project in Mississippi

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Canadian Solar Inc., today announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, LLC, has received unanimous approval from the Mississippi Public Service Commission on the build-transfer agreement (“BTA”) with Entergy Mississippi.

The BTA has a base purchase price of approximately $138.4 million with Entergy Mississippi on the 100 megawatt (“MWac”) Sunflower solar photovoltaic project. With the signing of this BTA, one of the first signed in the U.S., Entergy will own the largest solar power plant in the state of Mississippi.

“We would like to thank the Commission for its approval of this build-and-transfer agreement that will allow us to move ahead with the Sunflower project,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar. “This agreement with Entergy is another milestone that underscores Recurrent Energy’s leadership position in the U.S. solar development space. We are proud to do our part to expand the use of clean renewable energy from the sun in Mississippi, and to advance the goal of building an environmentally-friendly, low-carbon future.” 

Recurrent Energy will develop the 100 MWac Sunflower solar project, located on approximately 1,000 acres of land in Sunflower County, Mississippi. The project will use high-efficiency modules from Canadian Solar and single-axis trackers. Construction of the solar plant is expected to create approximately 360 jobs and the plant will begin commercial operation by mid-2022. Once operational, Entergy Mississippi will own the Sunflower project, allowing the regulated utility to power more than 16,000 homes with clean electricity. 

“Once the Sunflower Solar Facility is complete, we’ll be able to offer renewable energy as part of our customers’ energy mix,” said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi President and Chief Executive Officer. “This facility represents one more way we are building the utility of the future.”

MNRE Reduces Tariff Ceiling from INR 3.5 to INR 2.8 For 12 GW Indian Solar Projects under CPSU Scheme

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government Of India has announced on Monday about reduction in solar power tariff by 70 paise reduction, now the tariff has been reduced from Rs 3.5 per unit to Rs 2.8 per unit under the second phase of the Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) program for development 12 GW of solar projects. 

The Ministry has also increased the timeframe for the implementation of these projects from 18 months to 24 months. Besides,now the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA) would handle the scheme on behalf of the ministry instead of the Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI). IREDA will be entrusted with the task of conducting bidding amongst the government producers for allocation of solar power project capacity under the scheme with viability gap funding (VGF) amount as a bid parameter to select project proponents.

The office order stated that the usage charge would not be more than Rs 2.8 per unit, which shall be exclusive to any other third party charges like wheeling and transmission charges and losses, point of connections charges and losses, cross-subsidy surcharge, state load dispatch center/regional load dispatch center charges, etc as may be applicable. With regard to this notice, now every bidder would have to bid below Rs 2.8 per unit for this scheme. 

The projects with up to 500 MW capacity would now be commissioned within 24 months from date of the letter of award and for projects of more than 500 MW capacity, the project capacity up to 500 MW would also be commissioned within 24 months from the date of the letter of award and balance capacity to be commissioned in next six months. Earlier, the timeframe was 18 months for commissioning the projects from the date of the letter of award.

In addition, IREDA can also allot/sanction solar projects of up to 50 MW to any government entity at the L-1 rate (lowest tariff bid) discovered in the most recent auction within four months of such last bidding.

Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) on 20.03.2020 has issued the circular on-time extension in the scheduled commissioning date of RE projects considering disruption of the supply chains due to the spread of coronavirus in China or any other country as a force majeure event. The circular stated that Ministry of Finance has clarified that the disruption of the supply chains due to spread of coronavirus in China or any other country should be considered as a case of natural calamity and Force Majeure Clause (FMC) may be invoked, wherever considered appropriate, following the due procedure. 

Recently, The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the deadlines for the approved list of models and manufacturers (ALMM) by the next 6 months to provide aid to the renewable energy firms from considering disruption of the sector due to the spread of coronavirus pandemic. The list includes solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and solar PV cells. The last date for enlistment for both ALMM List-I and ALMM List-II is extended from March 31, 2020, to September 30, 2020. 

GoodWe inverters are now available from Krannich Solar in Southeast Asia

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With its extensive portfolio of string and hybrid inverters, GoodWe is expanding the Krannich product range with additional and attractive solutions for every requirement. GoodWe offers a wide range of single and three-phase PV inverters ranging from 0.7 kW to 250 kW which are used worldwide in residential and commercial rooftops and energy storage systems. Meanwhile, GoodWe has set up an integrated service system for pre-sale, in-sale and after-sale and has established service centers worldwide, aiming to offer global support to all customers including project consulting, technical training, onsite support and after sales service.

“With GoodWe we have gained a globally successful, innovative and rapidly growing company as a partner,” said Kurt Krannich, owner and managing director of the PV specialist wholesaler. “With its broad portfolio, GoodWe is an important strategic partner for us, whose products are perfectly suited for our customers’ private and commercial applications.”

Prasanna Jayaratnam, Krannich Branch Manager of SEA, says: “The cooperation between GoodWe and Krannich in the South-East Asia markets will be a success, thanks to GoodWe’s reliable products and the strong sales channel set up by Krannich. Customers will benefit from easy access to GoodWe products and will enjoy at the same time Krannich professional service more easily.”

“Krannich Solar is a very important and global strategic partner for us. South East Asia’s renewable energy market has been growing very rapidly in recent years and has attracted many international players. We are very glad to cooperate with Krannich, they are a strategic partner and our companies are perfectly aligned with regards to our objectives, values and future outlook. This cooperation will of course ensure that our products will be able to reach more customers in this key region but our cooperation goes well beyond that” said Ron Shen, Vice President of GoodWe international sales.

Hevel Group launches HJT solar cell production based on M2+ wafers

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A slight area increase has allowed to raise the HJT solar cell peak power up to 5,88 Wp with maximum cell efficiency rate of 23,8%, while maintaining an average of 23,3%.

At the same time Hevel HJT modules have retained their respective dimensions, while receiving a boost in yield and efficiency thanks to the M2+ transition. HJT modules with increased power output of 330 Wp and 390 Wp were introduced to existing glass-backsheet 60-cell and glass-glass 72-cell module series, respectively. Enhanced performance combined with minimized annual degradation, better yield in hot climate conditions and aesthetic appearance make these HJT modules a solid pick for any project, where efficiency matters.

Thinking several steps ahead Hevel R&D centre in Saint Petersburg, Russia, has already started testing M6 wafer-based HJT solar cells, designed for multi-busbar / multi-wire interconnection technology. Hevel Group expects the peak power for HJT solar cell based on M6 silicon wafer, which is 6% larger than M2, to reach at least 6,71 Wp. Hevel Group believes that in the coming years there will be a surge in market demand for PV modules with highest possible performance and Hevel will make sure that such a product is available to its partners and clients.

SECI Issues Intimation Of Pre-bid Meeting For Its 3 Major Tenders

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SECI has issued intimation about pre-bid meeting for its tenders of 2000 MW ISTS-Connected Solar PV Power Projects (ISTS-IX), 2000 MW ISTS-Connected Wind Power Projects (Tranche-IX) and 5000 MW RTC with Thermal Power (RTC-II).

The meetings will be held separately for each of the above-mentioned tenders, through Video Conferencing, the document stated.

SECI also requested to limit the number of participants to 2 (two) from each company.

Due to the global outbreak of Pandemic Novel Coronavirus, COVID 19 has significantly hampered the functioning of all sectors including institutions, commercial establishments, offices & various manufacturing units are also at standstill. Due to this, the pre-bid meeting scheduled for these tenders could not be conducted.

The further document stated that details regarding the Pre-Bid Meeting (date and time) will be intimated through the meeting invitations. Interested participants for the Pre-bid should indicate the name of the tender (Solar/ Wind/ RTC-II) of which they wish to participate.

On 23rd March, Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has invited tender for 2000 MW ITS-connected solar PV power projects in India under tariff-based competitive bidding on “Build Own Operate” (B-O-O) basis for 25 years. Land, connectivity and long term open access shall be in the scope of the Solar Power Developer(SPD).SPD shall set up solar PV projects including the dedicated transmission network up to the Interconnection/ Delivery Point. To participate in this bid Tender Fee of Rs. 29,500/- should be paid by the bidder and Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) of INR 4 Lakh/ MW per Project should be submitted in the form of Bank Guarantee which should be valid for 09 months from the last date of bid submission. The last date of bid submission is 05.05.2020 at 18:00 hrs.

On 24th March, Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has invited tender of 2000 MW ISTS-connected wind power projects in India under tariff-based competitive bidding (tranche-ix) for selection of wind power developers. The last date of bid submission is on 06.05.2020 at 18:00 hrs. The financial bid opening date will be informed to eligible bidders before the start of Reverse Auction. Date and time for the start of Reverse Auction will be intimidated by email. The cost of the RfS document is Rs. 29500/- (inclusive of GST) which is to be submitted either through NEFT/RTGS transfer or in the form of DD/Pay Order and Earnest Money Deposit(EMD) of Rs. 6 Lakh / MW per Project is to be submitted by the bidder in the form of Bank Guarantee.

On 19th March, Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd (SECI) has floated a tender of 5000 MW of Round-the-Clock (RTC) Power from Grid-Connected Renewable Energy (RE) Power Projects, complemented with Power from Coal based Thermal Power Projects in India under Tariff-based Competitive Bidding (RTC-II) for Selection of RE Power Developers. The last date for the submission of bids is 4 May 2020. The Date and time of E-RA (e-Reverse Auction) shall be intimated through email. Bidders selected by SECI based on this RfS shall submit Performance Guarantee for value @ INR 10 Lakh/ MW/Project within 70 days of issuance of Letter of Award (LoA) or before signing of PPA.

SofarSolar leading Solar Rooftop Inverter Supplier in India with Major Market share

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SOFAR SOLAR was established in 2012, and is one of the subsidiaries of SOFAR Group in China and specializes in R&D,production, sales and service of grid-tied inverters ranging from 1kW to 7.5kW (residential),10kW to 70kW (commercial) and other related renewable products. 

Mr. Brijesh Prajapati, SOFAR SOLAR

SOFAR SOLAR already provides units to more than 30 countries worldwide and has established itself as a leader in PV technology, with experienced technical staff always looking to improve their inverters. With more than 5 GW of units installed and six subsidiaries (Australia, Wuxi, Beijing, India, Shenzhen and Henan), the company has forged an excellent reputation in the PV industry. It is also known to be No. 1 in OEMs. With the best support from their business partners they have Supplied more than 250MW+ systems  last year for the Indian markets. It is difficult to do business in the current year due to the Coronavirus epidemic and hope we can cover up the loss in Q3 and Q4.

It was in 2016 that companies in India began to contact the company and enquire about their product offering for use in India. In response to these enquiries, SOFAR SOLAR’s marketing people started to explore the opportunities in India and they found that there was great potential for PV installations of all sizes, both residential and commercial, throughout the country. The Indian government was also in favour of PV and was introducing subsidies to help potential customers.

SOFAR SOLAR immediately started gaining all the necessary certifications to enable grid connection and testing the units to ensure excellent performance in India’s changeable weather. The marketing department began talking with existing distributors and EPC companies to get a better knowledge of the market.

Both residential and commercial projects proceeded quickly and the first commercial rooftop project was completed by the end of 2016.

SOFAR SOLAR has been a leading OEM supplier in India with most of its clients holding a good volume of market share in Indian C&I and Residential Solar Sector. They have become a leading OEM supplier in India because of their new technological advancements. Their products include the:

# Hybrid Inverter- 10kW/15kW/20kW (3 Phase)

# New upcoming Rating:- 80kW/100Kw/125/136Kw

# New upcoming Rating:- 225kW with 1500v DC

#  Electrical Vehicle Charger (EV Charger)

# SOFAR AMASS Li-Ion Batteries: 5kWh-10kWh packs

# Online service portal with service extension facilities

The company has a . However, currently with the impact of Covid – 19, Mr. Brijesh Prajapati said  “The entire world is on edge with the Coronavirus epidemic, it is a very bad impact on global economy, however SOFAR SOLAR team is available to support clients in the best total manufacturing capacity of 10GW with an Year on Year growth of more than 20%possible way during these times.”

He also said that the impact of the Coronavirus will mostly hit our first-quarter growth. It could extend to the second quarter as well if the outbreak lasts longer. The disturbance to industrial production and global trade flows and global logistic networks could be more severe due to the drag caused by the prolonged production shutdowns. WHO officials state clearly that at this stage one cannot predict the direction, duration, scope and scale of the epidemic. This creates an extra dose of uncertainty. Some experts expect the outbreak to last at least until the mid of April 2020. 

“Factories do have spare capacity and may cover up for lost exports by speeding up production. However, India demand will be lesser or similar as compared to our previous numbers and this will have an impact on total production,” The Covid-19 outbreak has made it more difficult to achieve the targets due to the challenges of land acquisition, grid unavailability, supply chain bottlenecks and a lack of project financing. “ In the manufacturing sector also every product depends on the raw materials or third party vendor. In this epidemic cycle it’s very difficult to procure material on time & achieve execution timelines.

Vikram Solar Awarded 300MW Solar Project by NTPC

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Vikram Solar, one of India’s leading module manufacturers and a comprehensive EPC solutions & rooftop solar provider, has bagged a 300 MW solar plant project forINR 1,750 crore from National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) under CPSU-II scheme.

The project was secured by Vikram Solar in a reverse bidding auction, and the solar plant will be spread across 1500 Acres of land in Rajasthan. Tendered under the DCR category of the CPSU, the project is expected to take 18 months to be completed

Mr Saibaba Vutukuri, Chief Executive Officer, Vikram Solar said, “Vikram Solar is proud to have secured this order. The project is a motivation for our teams to continue focusing on delivering the best to our customers. NTPC has always focused towards supporting the green energy transition in India and we are proud to be a part of NTPC’s recent effort towards solar growth. I am certain that this 300 MW plant will see successful execution within agreed time frame and our partnership will continue to support India in providing ‘Power for All’.”

Mr Venkat Muvvala, Head of EPC and O&M, Vikram Solar, shared on the occasion, “Vikram Solar has had a long standing business relation with NTPC. Previously, we have executed 50 MW solar plant project in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh and 130 MW solar project in Bhadla, Rajasthan for NTPC.It is projects like these which demonstrate the trust in Vikram Solar’s project management and execution skills.”

With proven track record of  handling large utility-scale projects (200 MW for APGENCO in Andhra Pradesh, 130 MW for NTPC at Bhadla-Rajasthan, 80 MW for GIPCL at Charanka- Gujaratand with on-going projects of 225 MW for NTPC at Bilhaur, UP)), Vikram Solar has established itself as a big league EPC player in the Solar Power Industry in the country.

In the distributed solar power market Vikram has been an established player with several  airport installations (Calicut, Kolkata, Kochi, Dibrugarh, Gaya, and Gondia). Vikram Solar is contributing to the growth of Indian solar revolution. The company has served clients like- NTPC, WBSDCL, GIPCL, BEL, BHEL, ISRO, IOCL, SBI, APGENCO, IMFA, Century Ply, KBL, etc.

72MW of LONGi high efficiency Mono PERC modules deployed at the world’s biggest solar park at Karnataka’s Pavagada, India

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In cooperation with India’s ReNew Power, the world’s leading solar technology company LONGi has supplied 72MW of its high efficiency Mono PERC modules to the Pavagada Solar Park, the world’s biggest solar park, in Karnataka’s Pavagada.

The Pavagada Park, located in the Tumakuru district of Karnataka and developed by the Karnataka Solar Park Development Corporation (KSPDCL), a joint venture between the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and Karnataka Renewable Energy (KREDL), is now fully operational and generating power. ReNew Power won the bid to build a 300MW solar plant as part of the Pavagada Solar Park in 2018.

ReNew had initially planned to use polycrystalline modules, but later decided to opt for deployment of Monocrystalline PERC modules in significant portion of the Plant. This was in recognition of high efficiency and LCOE optimization characteristics of Mono PERC technology. With a total capacity of 2,050 MW, the Pavagada Solar Park was conceptualized in February 2015 and began construction in January 2016, spanning over 13,000 acres of land. The park is divided into eight blocks, each of 250 MW, and has dedicated high voltage supply lines, pooling stations, and a pooling substation for evacuation. LONGi signed a framework agreement with ReNew in late 2019 to supply its newly released HiMO PERC modules for installation at various other sites in India developed by the company.

India has great potential to ramp up solar power generation in the near future and the framework agreement is expected to inject new momentum into the solar market in the region. This agreement represents a “win-win” situation for the two leading solar companies, and will effectively accelerate the development of renewable energy in India and the world, said Sumant Sinha, Chairman & MD, ReNew Power.

ReNew plays a pivotal role in meeting India’s growing energy demands. We believe that the ongoing cooperation with the company will deliver more clean energy to India and further improve the sustainable development of renewable energy in the world.” said Zhong Baoshen, Chairman of LONGi Group.

ReNew Power, established by Sumant Sinha in 2011, is India’s largest renewable energy IPP (Independent Power Producer), with capacity of more than 8GW, (commissioned and in pipeline). LONGi started cooperation with ReNew in 2017 and had, by mid-2019, supplied the company with 100MW of solar modules.

150 Million USD investment ! KSTAR partners with CATL on energy storage business

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The ceremony of  energy storage manufacturing project was opened by KSTAR(Shenzhen KSTAR Science&Technology Co.,Ltd.) and CATL. The government leaders Guo Wensheng,Chen Guiyu and other government officials were present with CATL Vice-President Mr.Huang and KSTAR’ s Chairman Mr. Liu. The joint venture of KSTAR and CATL will focus on energy storage system PCS, battery packs (including UPS-integrated Li-ion battery packs, residential energy storage battery packs, and packs for small-to-medium Li-ion batteries of nonstandard size), as well charging stations and “solar+storage+charging” integrated products. 

The Energy Storage Manufacturing project of KSTAR and CATL has two factories in the north and south of Xiapu Economic Development Zone, with an area of 20.69 hectares and 150 million USD investment. The initial investment amount of the plan is about 60 million USD. 2 production lines for energy storage PCS equipment and 2 whole production lines for charging piles will be built in accordance with the national industrial policy, as well as 1 production line of energy storage PACK. After the completion of the first phase of the north district project, the annual output of energy storage will be PACK1GWH, 12,000 sets of EV charging, and the annual output value of about 600 million RMB, creating more than 600 new jobs for the inhabitants. 

As a supporting industry, energy storage will play a key role in the future of developing a low-carbon electricity system. Energy storage can supply more flexibility and balancing to the grid, providing a back-up to intermittent renewable energy. Internationally and locally, it can improve the management of distribution networks, reducing costs and improving efficiency. The ESS industry has broad application prospects in different scenarios such as traditional power generation, electricity transmission and distribution, power demand, auxiliary services and new energy access. 

Energy storage is part of important business for KSTAR. KSTAR has been devoted to energy storage market since 2014. It has much qualified R&D experience and innovation technology, which has a mature complete production line of energy storage products, ESS, battery BMS, cooling system, fire control system, PCS, EMS, such as system integration capability, and can provide the micro grid solutions FM solutions, peak cutting solution, solar+ESS system solutions, etc,according to the market demand. 

For KSTAR PCS, GSE series is a mature centralized three-phase energy storage bidirectional converter specially designed for large-scale energy storage systems,which has been widely used worldwide.  Isolated transformer can be integrated on the output side of the PCS if necessary. It can be used for peak shaving, frequency regulation and smooth the output of PV power plant. It is high reliability, high efficiency and low cost. 

MPEB Tenders 45 MW Solar PV Power Projects For Residential Consumers

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Madhya Pradesh Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitaran Co., Ltd.(MPMKVVCL) has floated a tender for 45 MW grid-connected Solar PV Power Plants in various capacities for residential consumers in Madhya Pradesh. 

The scope of work for this project includes Design, Supply, Installation, testing, and maintenance of 45 MW grid-connected Solar PV plants. Capacity for this project is 1 to 3 kW, above 3 kW and up to 10 kW, above 10 kW and up to 100 kW, and above 100 kW and up to 500 kW.

The project capacity is divided into three Discoms in Madhya Pradesh. The first lot includes Central Discom for the capacity of 20MW. The second lot consists of East Discom for the capacity of 10MW and the third lot consists of West discoms for the capacity of 15 MW.

Along with the bid, the bidder should submit a tender document fee of 24780 which includes GST. The estimated cost of this project is 243 crores.

The date of the pre-conference meeting is at 20.05.2020 at noon and the date of opening of tender is 30.05.2020.

The tender notice states that additional details in regards to this project will be made available shortly.

Recently, Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) has floated a tender of 3.6 MWp Grid Connected Rooftop Solar PV Projects in Mandideep, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh). The Solar PV modules & Inverters for the same will be supplied by REIL at the site. There are around 55 sites having capacity ranging from less than 10 kW to more than 500 kW. The scope of work includes Design, Engineering, Supply, Construction, Erection, Testing, Commissioning.successful bidder should also provide Operation & Maintenance of the project for 10 years.

In January, The Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) issued a request for proposal (RFP) to select contractors for grid-connected and off-grid rooftop solar projects for 25 MW within the state. The off-grid installations include battery storage. The bidding process was for approximate twenty-five (25) MWp capacity of the project under EPC with comprehensive O&M of five (05) years for Grid Connected Rooftop Solar PV Projects with/ without energy storage and Off-Grid Roof Top Solar PV Projects with energy storage at various locations in the state of MP, India.

Canadian Solar Subsidiary Recurrent Energy Receives Approval for Build-transfer Agreement With Entergy on 100 MWAC

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Canadian Solar Inc., today announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, LLC, has received unanimous approval from the Mississippi Public Service Commission on the build-transfer agreement (“BTA”) with Entergy Mississippi.

The BTA has a base purchase price of approximately $138.4 million with Entergy Mississippi on the 100 megawatt (“MWac”) Sunflower solar photovoltaic project. With the signing of this BTA, one of the first signed in the U.S., Entergy will own the largest solar power plant in the state of Mississippi.

“We would like to thank the Commission for its approval of this build-and-transfer agreement that will allow us to move ahead with the Sunflower project,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar. “This agreement with Entergy is another milestone that underscores Recurrent Energy’s leadership position in the U.S. solar development space. We are proud to do our part to expand the use of clean renewable energy from the sun in Mississippi, and to advance the goal of building an environmentally-friendly, low-carbon future.” 

Recurrent Energy will develop the 100 MWac Sunflower solar project, located on approximately 1,000 acres of land in Sunflower County, Mississippi. The project will use high-efficiency modules from Canadian Solar and single-axis trackers. Construction of the solar plant is expected to create approximately 360 jobs and the plant will begin commercial operation by mid-2022. Once operational, Entergy Mississippi will own the Sunflower project, allowing the regulated utility to power more than 16,000 homes with clean electricity. 

“Once the Sunflower Solar Facility is complete, we’ll be able to offer renewable energy as part of our customers’ energy mix,” said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi President and Chief Executive Officer. “This facility represents one more way we are building the utility of the future.”

TREDA Tenders for Battery Bank for Existing Off-grid Solar Plants in Health Establishments

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The Tripura Renewable Energy Development Agency (TREDA) has issued a tender for the establishment of a battery bank for the existing solar PV off-grid power plants in Health Establishments in the state of Tripura on a turn-key basis.

The last day for submission of online e-bid is 24/04/2020 up to 3:30 PM. Online Bid Opening Date & time of Technical bid is 24/04/2020 at 04:00 PM. Date & time for Price bid opening shall be communicated to Technically Qualified Bidders through the e-tender portal. The bid will be Valid for 180 (One hundred eighty) days from the date of opening of the Price Bid.

The last date for seeking clarification regarding this tender is 16/04/2020 at 05:30 PM. It has been stated in the document that clarifications sought by the bidders will be clarified either through e-mail or through e-procurement Portal on 18/04/2020 by 5:30 PM. The total period for the work for this project is 120 days from the date of issue of Letter of Award (LoA) 

Bidders will be required to supply, erect, test and commission the Battery Bank of existing Solar PV Power Plants on a turn-key basis including Warranty / Guarantee and Annual Maintenance Contract for 5 (five) years from the date of commissioning. 

Bidders should submit tender fees of Rs. 2,000/- electronically by using an online facility provided in the e-procurement portal (Non-refundable).  

Earnest Money Deposit(EMD) of Rs. 11,55,500/- is also required to be paid along with the bid by using an online facility provided in the e-procurement portal. It has been stated in the document that, Governments of India or State Government Undertakings / Public Sector Enterprise are exempted from depositing EMD.

To be eligible in this bid, the bidder should have minimum three years experience of successful installation of Off-grid / Hybrid solar Power plant projects (Individual capacity of installed SPV Power Plants should be ≥ 5 KWp) OR supply of 2/6/12 Volt Tubular GEL Battery OR supply of 2/6/12 Volt AGM VRLA Battery to any Central / State Government Departments / PCUs. The bidder should have a cumulative experience of executing ≥ 150 KWp off-grid and/or Hybrid SPV Power Plants OR experience in the supply of ≥ 1375 nos. Previous credentials/records of the bidder as proof of experience/credential/satisfactory completion of works should be submitted along with the technical bid of the tender as a performance certificate. The document stated that the experience of any collaborator/sister concern of the bidder submitted as experience proof of the bidder will not be accepted. 

To participate, the Minimum Average Annual Turnover (MAAT) of the bidder in the last three financial years should be Rs. 115.50 lakh. The bidder should have a positive net worth for last three years.

The bidding process under this is for supply, erection, testing and commissioning of Battery Bank of 5502 Tubular GEL or AGM VRLA Battery including Battery Racks for following Health Establishments: a) 360V DC, 400 AH each for 3 District Hospitals, b) 180 Volt, 400 AH each for 13 Sub-divisional Hospitals c) 96 Volt, 400 AH each for 79 Primary Health Centres

Successful bidder within 15 (fifteen) days of the issue of Letter of Intent (LoI) shall provide “Performance Bank Guarantee” as Performance Security for an amount equal to the 10% of the total contract value with a validity period including Warranty/Guarantee and Annual Maintenance Contract obligations + 30 (thirty) days claim period. Total timeline up to Commissioning for the above Scope of Work including additional items (Internal electrification) is 6(six) months from the date of issue of Letter of Award (LoA)

In February,The Tripura Renewable Energy Development Agency announced a tender for the solarization of 1,300 grid-connected agricultural water pumps in the state. The scope of work includes the design, manufacture, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of the solarization of 2 horsepower (HP) pumps in the state on a turn-key basis. According to the tender, the selected bidder would have to provide mandatory annual maintenance for five years, including insurance coverage for the installed systems. 

Job Opening: Sales Manager

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Position Title: Sales Manager

Experience: Minimum 3-4 Years of experience into Business Development, Sales Profile. Experience into PV Industries, Solar inverter, EV Chargers & Lithium Batteries would be more advantageous.

Qualification: BE / B-Tech in E&C, Electrical Engineer.

Job Location:

Delhi-NCR-1Position       (Responsible for North-North East Region)

Bangalore/Hyderabad – 1 Position (Responsible for Southern Region)

Mumbai/Pune-1Position                (Responsible for WesternRegion)

Job Credentials:

  • Minimum 3-4 Years of experience into Business Development, Sales Profile.
  • Knowledge of Solar On-grid inverter, Hybrid Inverter, Storage Inverter, Central Inverter, EV Charger.
  • Experience into PV Industries, Solar inverter, E.V. chargers & Lithium Batteries would be more advantageous.
  • Lead generation and strong follow up till closing.
  • Calling prospective customers and travel to meet them personally.
  • Target oriented and high performance skills , Follow up with KEY Client, New &  Existing Client, Business relationshipStrategy, Techno-Commercialknowledge.
  • Dynamic personality with Fluent EnglishCommunication skill,strong Negotiation Skill, Effective presence,Content writing skills on project installation, Team work Spirit, Performance Oriented and Ability to take responsibilities.
  • Experience and knowledge of solar Market research, Analyze customer requirement, Strong project management skills, Conduct to develop marketing strategy.
  • Understanding customer’s needs and offering them the best solution.
  • Organizing and helping sales team at trade shows and other solar or energy related events.
  • In-depth knowledge of Solar market map, Identify and understand the local solar market trend, Solar EPC ,Solar Distribution network.  
  • Fluent English, Content writing skills on project installation/Case study.

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