Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) said Tuesday it has signed a long-term solar energy deal with US-based social media company Facebook. Under this deal, Sembcorp will provide renewable power to support Facebook’s recently announced 1,70,000 square metre Singapore data centre, as well as its other Singapore operations, over the next 20 years, a company statement said.
Sembcorp will serve Facebook’s renewable energy needs through offsite solar panels totalling 50 MWp in capacity. These panels will be installed on close to 900 rooftops in the island state, between the end of this year and 2020, it said. “Our deal with Facebook is an example of how Sembcorp is aligning its business to the future.
As our world moves towards renewables and lower-carbon energy, there is an increasing demand for solutions that enable businesses to achieve growth while managing their impact on the environment. “Sembcorp is actively working with companies in this, and supporting their efforts towards this dual objective,” Neil McGregor, Group President & CEO of Sembcorp Industries, said in a statement.
The company has been steadily growing its renewable energy business, and now has over 2,500 megawatt of wind and solar power projects across Singapore, China and India. Earlier this year, the Singapore-based company announced ambitious targets to double its renewables portfolio and reduce carbon intensity by around 25 per cent by 2022.
In a step towards becoming carbon neutral, country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) is looking to install solar panels over around 10,000 ATMs across the country in the next two years, a senior official said. Currently, nearly 1,200 of the bank’s ATMs are running on solar power. “We are going to take this number to up to 10,000 ATMs in the next two years,” the bank’s chief financial officer, Prashant Kumar, told reporters Tuesday. The lender has installed rooftop solar panel on 150 of its building across the country and is in the process of identifying more such locations.
“Our aim is that by next year, close to 250 buildings of the bank will be having solar panels,” he said. The bank is also planning to replace all its vehicles with electric vehicles by 2030. Kumar further said that the bank has embarked on a journey to turn carbon neutral and aims to achieve it by 2030. It is organising a green marathon starting September 30, to be held in 15 cities across the country.
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The agency, they said, had deployed a special team of officers to find out these assets located in the foreign shores and after getting official inputs, it has now begun the action to attach them under the criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) soon, with help from foreign authorities.
The estimated value of these about two dozen assets is approximately Rs 4,000 crore, they said.
The central probe agency, in the past, has attached assets in Australia and the United States of America (USA) as part of its PMLA probe in other cases related to frauds.
The identified foreign assets are in the name of Nirav Modi, his family members and in some cases in the name of firms that the agency has called "bogus or dummy".
It is understood that some showrooms of the diamond jeweller in these countries are under the ED radar which will soon face attachment action.
Nirav Modi has been absconding since the alleged bank fraud, by far the highest in the country in terms of value, came to light early this year and an Interpol arrest warrant was recently notified against him even as India is working to get him extradited from the United Kingdom, where he was last reported to have been based.
The agency has attached assets worth Rs 700 crore of Nirav Modi and his family in the country till now.
It has also filed a charge sheet against him alleging that he laundered and diverted over Rs 6,400 crore of bank funds abroad to dummy companies that were under his and his families' control.
A total of 24 accused were listed in the charge sheet, filed under section 45 of the PMLA, including Nirav Modi, his father Deepak Modi, brother Neeshal Modi, sister Purvi Modi, brother-in-law Maiank Mehta and the designer jewellers' firms--Ms Solar Exports, Stellar Diamonds and Diamonds R Us.
"These firms and Nirav Modi's Firestar group of companies had fraudulently obtained Rs 6,498 crore through Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) issued by the Punjab National Bank, Brady House branch in Mumbai," the central probe agency had said in a statement.
The funds so obtained, it said, by the three firms were "partly utilised for payment to various overseas companies and also for offsetting earlier LOUs".
"It was revealed during investigation that the payments were made to 17 overseas entities in Hong Kong, Dubai and the USA since 2011 in the guise of export and import," the agency said in its charge sheet.
The ED had registered an FIR, called the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), in this instance on February 14.
The CBI had also filed two charge sheets in this case early this month, one against Nirav Modi and the other against his uncle who is absconding in the same case -- Mehul Choksi.
Nirav Modi and others are being probed under various criminal laws after the fraud came to light this year following a complaint by the Punjab National Bank (PNB) that they allegedly cheated the nationalised bank to the tune of over Rs 13,000 crore, with the purported involvement of a few employees of the bank.
Both Nirav Modi and Choksi are said to have left the country before criminal cases were lodged against them.
Choksi is reported to have recently taken the citizenship of Antigua, a caribbean nation, and India has begun extradition proceedings against him too.
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The latest reverse auction for 500 MW capacity of solar power in Gujarat has discovered tariff of Rs 2.44/unit, matching the lowest-ever rate in the country for the fourth time after it was first found in May 2017 for Rajasthan’s Bhadla projects.
According to sources in the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam, Aditya Birla Renewables secured 100 MW solar development project by quoting the lowest bid, which was matched by Giriraj Renewables to win 300 MW. Azure Power won 100 MW by quoting Rs 2.45/unit.
This is the second time the state conducted auctions for this tender after it had cancelled the tender in April as it found the tariffs “discovered were on the higher side”.
The lowest tariff discovered in the first auction in March was Rs 2.98 per unit. When the first bids took place, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy had not amended the bidding norms for solar projects, and it was then not clear to developers whether or not all indirect taxes (such as safeguard duty) could be a pass-through under the “change in law” provision.
Ahmedabad-based Kalthia Engineering was the lowest bidder in the previous round, while the other winners were Gujarat State Electricity Corporation, ACME and Azure Power.
About 4 GW of recent solar bids were scrapped due to higher price discoveries, including a 1 GW auction called by Uttar Pradesh. The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) also cancelled 2,400 MW bids from the 3,000 MW solar auction held in July. Only Acme Solar’s 600 MW bid was not scrapped from the latter auction as the company had quoted the lowest tariff of Rs 2.44/unit. The same tariff was also discovered in the reverse auction for 2,000 MW capacity conducted by the SECI earlier in July.
Gujarat is one of the few states over the last two or three years, where the actual payment cycle by distribution utilities to renewable power producers is within the prescribed timelines. It has one of the best solar radiation-receiving areas in the country, experts said.