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During Peak Times Solar Power to be Source Of Energy : UPERC Chairman

The viability of storing solar power using batteries and using the same power during peak times is increasing due to declining battery prices, said Raj Pratap Singh, Chairman, Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC), here. “The storing of solar power using batteries is already working in several countries. In Australia, they charge batteries using renewable energy like solar and the stored power is used during peak hours or when there are power outages,” he said.“When all lights are switched on during the evening, the load goes up and at that time solar energy is not available.”

He explained that the solar batteries would be large storage units, with inverters, etc. They would charge during daytime through the solar PV system. In India, public sector energy major National Thermal Power Corporation is working on storage solutions.The falling price of lithium Ion batteries is making storage options economically viable.With the advent of technology and the improving viability for battery storage, solar energy can become a broad-based load-bearing source of energy, he added.

India's Adani Seeks Bids In 350-MW Solar-Wind Hybrid Tender.

Indian utility Adani Electricity Mumbai Ltd (AEML) is awaiting proposals in a tender for the construction of 350 MW of grid-connected wind-solar hybrid power plants across India.According to the Request for Selection (RfS) documents, the tender has a greenshoe option for an additional 350 MW of capacity. August 9, 2019, has been set as the bid submission deadline for the technical and financial proposals.

Individual bids in the tender, which is open to both domestic and foreign companies, has to be no higher than 700 MW, including the 350 MW offered under the greenshoe option. The minimum project capacity is 50 MW.

The hybrid power plants will be installed as part of AEML’s efforts to meet its renewable purchase obligation (RPO) under a build-own-operate (BOO) basis. Winners in the competition will be awarded 25-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the utility from the commercial operation date of the facilities. The projects must be commissioned within 12 months from the PPA signing date.

Indian Solar Tender Undersubscribed Ends With 1068 MW.

A tender for 2,000 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in India has ended up with bids totalling only 1,068 MW.The tender was issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in May and was the first tranche under the second phase of the Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) programme. The bids came from five government entities, a SECI official told Mercom without providing any reasons for the low subscription level.

An unnamed market source, meanwhile, has said that the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has launched a proposal for a 1,000-MW project, while NHDC and Assam Distribution bid for 30 MW each. The remaining capacity was quoted by Nalanda University and Delhi Metro Rail Corp, with proposals of 5 MW and 3 MW, respectively.The selected projects will be developed on a build-own-operate (BOO) basis. According to the government’s regulations, as the tender has been undersubscribed, the awarded capacity will be 80% of total bids, or 854 MW.

REIL Tenders Solar Projects Across Maharashtra Utility Substations.

Grid-connected solar plants in capacities ranging from 250 KW to 3.5 MW are to be installed at various sub-stations of state-owned Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited. Bidding closes on August 12.

Jaipur-based Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Limited has invited bids to set up grid-connected, ground-mounted solar power plants in capacities of 250 KW to 3.5 MW on the open, unused lands at various locations of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited in the state of Maharashtra. The requisite land for development will be provided to the solar developer.

The project is estimated to cost Rs 15 crore. Bidders are required to deposit Rs 15 lakh as bank guarantee. To be eligible, the bidder should have successfully completed cumulative 3.5 MW of grid-connected solar plants during the last five years, with average turnover of Rs 10 crore in the last three financial years.

For The First Time In India, Drones To Be Used For Network Maintenance By Tata Power Delhi.

The drones are equipped with integrated thermal vision camera to render infrared radiation, Light Detection and Ranging capability to measure distances with the use of laser lights, and high resolution camera for electrical asset inspection

Power discom of the national capital, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), has become the first power utility in the country to deploy micro drones for the maintenance of its network. Small-sized drones, weighing less than 2 kg, with a flying capacity of below 200 feet are being used by the discom to patrol 66 and 33 KV transmission lines in north and north west Delhi areas. 

The drones are equipped with integrated thermal vision camera to render infrared radiations, LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) capability to measure distances with the use of laser lights, and high resolution camera for electrical asset inspection. The monitoring and mapping of the drones is manoeuvred through their GPS-enabled autopilot system by a ground control station. 




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