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Sahara India Power is keen to develop a 200 mw solar and wind power plant in Odisha’a Bolangir district. The company had initially planned to set a 1320 mw thermal power plant at the site.

The solar park will come up over 990 acres of land.

“Sahara India Power Corporation has plans to develop Solar and Wind Power Plant of the capacity of 200 mw which will be developed in 1 to 4 phases with the investment of Rs 10 billion at Titlaghar, Bolangir district, Odisha”, said the company in an email.

Thermal power plant earlier proposed at the site is not viable, hence, we have suspended the plan, the company further stated.

“In the first phase, Sahara Power is keen to develop 50 mw and the balance capacity of the proposed 200 mw will be set up subsequently.

However, we have no idea whether a site allocated for a different purpose can be used for developing the solar park”, said a government official.

However, the company has requisite amount of land to develop a solar park. They have only come up with the idea, but no proposal has been submitted yet in this regard, he added.

Sahara India Power had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Odisha government on February 7, 2009 and also a supplementary MoU on April 9, 2010 for change of site to Titilagarh tehsil since the original site was not found to be suitable.

The pact was for setting up of two 660 mw super critical units at a cost of Rs 9,000 crore.

Out of 991 acres of land required for the development of the 1320 mw project, the company has been allotted 74 acres and 392 acres of government and private land respectively by the state nodal land acquisition agency.

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After replicating the Gujarat model to boost the Khadi and Village Industries in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government is working towards adopting the Gujarat model for harnessing solar energy by installing solar panels over the vast network of irrigation canals in the state.

The UP additional energy resources department is discussing the feasibility of the proposal with the irrigation department, which owns and maintains these canal assets. The state has a vast network of nearly 75,000 km long major and minor canal systems crisscrossing 75 districts. These canals have ample open spaces both above and flanking them for installing panels and creating other related infrastructure.

The installation of solar panels above canals would serve multiple purposes apart from saving cost of acquiring land. The solar panels not only prevent evaporation of water from the canal systems, the water beneath also cools the overarching panels thus extending their life.

During the recent UP Budget Session, state additional energy resources minister Brijesh Pathak had informed the house that the proposal was under active consideration and the state government would soon take the final call.

The solar panels could be installed at places, where solar radiation has the maximum intensity, especially in the Bundelkhand region.

Even otherwise, the Yogi government is bullish on the solar energy space. At the recent UP Investors Summit 2018, the state had received private investment proposals worth over Rs 728 billion in the green energy sector, which accounted for about 15% of the total Rs 4.68 trillion worth of Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) signed during the two-day Summit on 21-22 February. Interestingly, the green energy sector investment proposals worth Rs 728 billion was almost 10 times compared to the conventional energy sector, which netted Rs 76 billion worth of MoUs.

Of the targetted 10,700 mw of solar energy capacity by 2022, 6,400 mw would comprise setting up of utility scale grid solar power projects, which directly feed the power grid under power purchase agreement (PPA).

Under the new UP solar energy policy 2017, the Adityanath government had set a target of investment worth Rs 500 billion and attaining solar energy capacity of 10,700 mw.

Top energy companies, including Adani Power, Essel Infraprojects Limited, Azure Power, Sukhbir Agro Energy Limited, Amplus Energy Solutions and CleanMax Solar had evinced interest in setting up solar energy projects to the tune of over Rs 50 billion. Under the new solar energy policy, the Adityanath government is preparing an action plan to develop a Green Energy Corridor in the arid Bundelkhand region at an investment of about Rs 40 billion, to be part funded by the Centre.

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Four firms — Azure Power, Acme Solar Holdings, Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) and Kalthia Engineering and Construction Ltd — have bagged contracts for solar power supply to Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL).

The state-run utility had invited bids in February for procurement of 500MW solar power through competitive bidding. Azure Power won the bid for 200MW at a tariff of Rs 3.06 per unit and ACME Solar Holdings secured 100MW at the same tariff of Rs 3.06 per unit.

Kalthia Engineering made the lowest bid of Rs 2.98 per unit and won 50MW, while Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) bagged a contract for 150MW with quoted tariff of Rs 3 per unit.

30/03/2018

Sahara India Power is keen to develop a 200 mw solar and wind power plant in Odisha’a Bolangir district. The company had initially planned to set a 1320 mw thermal power plant at the site.

The solar park will come up over 990 acres of land.

“Sahara India Power Corporation has plans to develop Solar and Wind Power Plant of the capacity of 200 mw which will be developed in 1 to 4 phases with the investment of Rs 10 billion at Titlaghar, Bolangir district, Odisha”, said the company in an email.

Thermal power plant earlier proposed at the site is not viable, hence, we have suspended the plan, the company further stated.

“In the first phase, Sahara Power is keen to develop 50 mw and the balance capacity of the proposed 200 mw will be set up subsequently.

However, we have no idea whether a site allocated for a different purpose can be used for developing the solar park”, said a government official.

However, the company has requisite amount of land to develop a solar park. They have only come up with the idea, but no proposal has been submitted yet in this regard, he added.

Sahara India Power had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Odisha government on February 7, 2009 and also a supplementary MoU on April 9, 2010 for change of site to Titilagarh tehsil since the original site was not found to be suitable.

The pact was for setting up of two 660 mw super critical units at a cost of Rs 9,000 crore.

Out of 991 acres of land required for the development of the 1320 mw project, the company has been allotted 74 acres and 392 acres of government and private land respectively by the state nodal land acquisition agency.

30/03/2018

After replicating the Gujarat model to boost the Khadi and Village Industries in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government is working towards adopting the Gujarat model for harnessing solar energy by installing solar panels over the vast network of irrigation canals in the state.

The UP additional energy resources department is discussing the feasibility of the proposal with the irrigation department, which owns and maintains these canal assets. The state has a vast network of nearly 75,000 km long major and minor canal systems crisscrossing 75 districts. These canals have ample open spaces both above and flanking them for installing panels and creating other related infrastructure.

The installation of solar panels above canals would serve multiple purposes apart from saving cost of acquiring land. The solar panels not only prevent evaporation of water from the canal systems, the water beneath also cools the overarching panels thus extending their life.

During the recent UP Budget Session, state additional energy resources minister Brijesh Pathak had informed the house that the proposal was under active consideration and the state government would soon take the final call.

The solar panels could be installed at places, where solar radiation has the maximum intensity, especially in the Bundelkhand region.

Even otherwise, the Yogi government is bullish on the solar energy space. At the recent UP Investors Summit 2018, the state had received private investment proposals worth over Rs 728 billion in the green energy sector, which accounted for about 15% of the total Rs 4.68 trillion worth of Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) signed during the two-day Summit on 21-22 February. Interestingly, the green energy sector investment proposals worth Rs 728 billion was almost 10 times compared to the conventional energy sector, which netted Rs 76 billion worth of MoUs.

Of the targetted 10,700 mw of solar energy capacity by 2022, 6,400 mw would comprise setting up of utility scale grid solar power projects, which directly feed the power grid under power purchase agreement (PPA).

Under the new UP solar energy policy 2017, the Adityanath government had set a target of investment worth Rs 500 billion and attaining solar energy capacity of 10,700 mw.

Top energy companies, including Adani Power, Essel Infraprojects Limited, Azure Power, Sukhbir Agro Energy Limited, Amplus Energy Solutions and CleanMax Solar had evinced interest in setting up solar energy projects to the tune of over Rs 50 billion. Under the new solar energy policy, the Adityanath government is preparing an action plan to develop a Green Energy Corridor in the arid Bundelkhand region at an investment of about Rs 40 billion, to be part funded by the Centre.

30/03/2018

Four firms — Azure Power, Acme Solar Holdings, Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) and Kalthia Engineering and Construction Ltd — have bagged contracts for solar power supply to Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL).

The state-run utility had invited bids in February for procurement of 500MW solar power through competitive bidding. Azure Power won the bid for 200MW at a tariff of Rs 3.06 per unit and ACME Solar Holdings secured 100MW at the same tariff of Rs 3.06 per unit.

Kalthia Engineering made the lowest bid of Rs 2.98 per unit and won 50MW, while Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) bagged a contract for 150MW with quoted tariff of Rs 3 per unit.

29/03/2018

In a setback to Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest) and Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC), Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has turned down the request for allowing solar power generated by the corporation to be fed to grid in gross metering arrangement but to get the billing done on net metering.

The commission has turned down the request, terming it non-feasible before taking any decision.

Net metering is an agreement that allows a consumer to sell excess solar energy to the utility, while in gross metering total solar power generated is exported to grid. According to the solar tariff, the administration has fixed a buying rate at Rs 8.57 per unit for gross metering connection.

According to JERC regulation 2015, 15MW solar plant cannot be allowed to be installed against the total sanctioned connection load of 3,913 KW under net-metering. Crest has installed solar power plant with sanctioned load of 3,913 KW at Sector 39 water works.

Crest had submitted a petition before the petition stating that it can install 15 MW solar power plant at water works in Sector 39 as per gross metering arrangements but the power department has objected in purchasing the solar power at a higher tariff on grounds that it will increase the average power purchase cost.

Crest had urged the commission to allow the power plant to be installed under gross metering arrangement and output of 15MW be allowed to fed the nearby 66 KV sub-station of the power department and bill be done as per net metering mode whereby total power generated is fed to the grid and same adjusted against the total electricity consumption of different departments of the Chandigarh municipal corporation.

Chandigarh has been selected by the central government to be developed as a “model solar city” and has set an ambitious target of generating 50MW of solar energy — both residential and government — by 2022. Crest is struggling due to shortage of space in the city, which is spread in an area of just 114 sq km. The society has done well by installing solar plants in 159 government buildings. The response from private sectors has not been impressive so far despite various initiatives taken by the administration.

On a request by Crest, JERC cumulative capacity to 50% of the distribution capacity of a transformer, which was earlier restricted to 30%. Last year, Crest had also framed building bylaws making installation of solar power plant on new private buildings mandatory.

In the past three years, Crest has generated 20.36 million units (MU), equivalent to reduction of 1,410 metric tonne of CO2 and planting a total of 15.3 lakh trees. Of 20.36 MU, bulk of power has been produced by plants on government buildings.

29/03/2018

Jamia Millia Islamia will be only using solar energy on its campus from June-end.

The university, on Tuesday, signed an MoU with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) approved company, Sunsource Energy, that would execute the project on a turnkey-basis and maintain the plant for the next 25 years under Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model. Jamia would be supplied electricity at Rs 3.39 per unit for 25 years. The MoU is in line with the central government’s target of installation of 40 GWp grid connected solar rooftops by 2022.

After an agreement with SECI, the university would be placing a 2.50 MWp solar photo voltaic system on several buildings. This, the university said, is an attempt to run the university completely on renewable energy.

Vice-chancellor Talat Ahmed said the university had been working on the plan for the past two years and has been in touch with SECI. “With the installations in place by June-end, we will be a leader among central universities when it comes to the use of renewable energy,” he said, adding that the university is looking at a possible future where it would rely on solar energy and have minimum carbon footprint.

“The university will incur zero cost on the set-up and maintenance of the plant as it will be taken care by the SECI,” Ahmed added. The solar panels would be installed in the next few days on hostels, central library, Jamia school, engineering faculty, amonf others, Ahmad said.

He said the solar plant would be beneficial for students studying BTech and BVoc. “This will help them get practical training and even jobs in the future.” Ahmad added.

29/03/2018

Trina Solar of China, the largest manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels globally and India's biggest supplier, awaits further easing of business conditions for the sector to begin production in the country for which the company has acquired land in Andhra Pradesh, according to Chairman and CEO Gao Jifan.

In an exclusive chat here with Indian reporters on the sidelines of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Chinese solar giant, Gao said he also had occasions to speak about the importance of developing the Indian solar market with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a time the country is in a mission mode on solar energy as a co-founder of the Gurugram-headquartered International Solar Alliance.

The sheer scale of Trina's achievements testify to its pride of place in China, which has been struggling with its own emission problems. Founded in 1997, it became the first solar PV maker to be listed in the New York Stock Exchange in 2006. The company has already shipped 32 gigawatt (GW), or 32,000 megawatt (MW), of modules to the rest of the world. Its products are available in 70 countries and shipments last year alone amounted to 9 GW.

Trina, which specialises in the manufacture of crystalline silicon PV modules and system integration, currently has about 10 per cent share of the global market. It also produces ingots, wafers and solar cells. It has over 20 per cent share in the Indian market and has cumulatively supplied 3 GW of equipment.

Gao explained that while India will continue to be a prime market for Trina, module-making is a high-investment activity and costs of manufacturing in India are very high. Solar power tariffs, as discovered through competitive bidding, have, however, been falling at the same time and are currently below Rs 2.50 per unit.

"Unfortunately, PV manufacturing lacks a supply chain in India and we prefer to import equipment from overseas," Gao said.

"If costs of making in India do not support the economics of production for the customer, it makes our job difficult. Our basic principle is to provide value for the customer. If the local customer cannot afford our products, that makes it difficult for us to produce," he said.

Another gap in India is the lack of reliable power supply for production, he said.

The company has signed an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh government to set up a manufacturing plant with an investment of Rs 2,800 crore. Around 90 acres of land have been earmarked for the proposed unit at Atchutapuram in Visakhapatnam district. State Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has said the factory would create employment opportunities for 3,500 people.

Trina had, in 2014, supplied 600,000 panels for India's largest solar project of 151 MW at Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh.

"I hope India opens up the PV market," Gao said, underlining the importance of producing locally if Trina wants to grow in the country. However, the lack of a developed domestic supply chain means that production is not cost-competitive. Nearly 90 per cent of India's solar panels are imported, while Indian manufacturers have to depend on accessories from China.

India's national solar programme, launched in 2010, has a domestic content requirement clause in order to protect and encourage local industry. It mandates that a solar power producer compulsorily source a certain percentage of solar cells and modules from local manufacturers in order to be able to benefit from the government guarantee to purchase the energy produced.

In this connection, a World Trade Organisation panel has earlier ruled that India's domestic content requirement for the solar sector is inconsistent with its treaty obligations.

Besides, cheaper Chinese imports have provoked industry bodies like the Indian Solar Manufacturers' Association to demand safeguard levies and anti-dumping duties.

On the other hand, with the sharp fall in solar and wind tariffs in India, as well as in equipment costs, government incentives had dried up, according to solar stakeholders.

A recent report by global accounting firm KPMG says that in the absence of strong local manufacturing, India will need to import $42 billion of solar equipment by 2030, corresponding to 100 GW of installed capacity.

The latest Bloomberg New Energy Finance report on the Indian solar sector, titled "Trade Dispute Overshadows Rising Market", projects India's solar cells and PV market, currently at 8.6 GW, to cross 12 GW by 2020. Around 90 per cent of Indian imports of PV cells and modules last year came from China and were worth over $3 billion.

Gao also said that Trina has set up a new business vertical to develop the rooftop solar market for the residential segment, as well as for big and small industry, the total size of which in India is around 1 GW.

29/03/2018

Winning tariffs in Gujarat’s latest solar reverse auction showed significant increase over those in its last auction in September last year, lending further credence to the view that solar tariffs have bottomed out.

The lowest bid in the 500 MW auction conducted by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL) on Wednesday came from Kalthia Engineering and Construction Ltd, which sought and won 50 MW at a tariff of Rs 2.98 per unit. Kalthia is a Gandhinagar-based group, with diversified interests including heavy engineering, construction, renewable energy and hospitality.

Other winners were Gujarat State Electricity Corporation (GSECL), which has also turned developer, and which won 150 MW at Rs 3 per unit, Acme Solar Holdings, which won 100 MW at Rs 3.06 per unit and Azure Power, which got 200 MW at the same price of Rs 3.06 per unit.

In the last solar auction held by GUVNL in September 2017, also for 500 MW, winning tariffs had varied between Rs 2.65 and Rs 2.67 per unit. GSECL and Azure Power had been among the winners in that auction as well, picking up 75 MW at Rs 2.66 per unit, and 260 MW at Rs 2.67 per unit respectively. This amounts to a 33-39 paise increase in solar tariff in the same state within just six months.

The lowest tariff reached so far has been Rs 2.44 per unit at a Solar Corporation of India (SECI) held auction at Bhadla Solar Park, Rajasthan, in May last year. However, tariffs have been climbing steadily since then.

Indeed, recent solar auctions by Maharashtra and Karnataka have evoked tepid response and there was much speculation as to how Gujarat’s auction would fare. GUVNL’s auction, however, was oversubscribed more than three times, attracting technical bids of 1,750 MW against the 500 MW tendered. The main reason, developers believe, is that GUVNL did not set any reserve price for the auction, but allowed them to reach their own level.

In contrast, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd’s (MSEDCL) 1,000 MW auction has been postponed four times since January, with the last deadline attracting bids of only 530 MW. MSEDCL had set its reserve price at Rs 3 per unit. Similarly Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL) auction of 1,200 MW earlier this month got bids of just 550 MW after one postponement. It had set a ceiling price of Rs 2.93 per unit. While KREDL has allotted the projects bid for at prices between Rs 2.91 and Rs 2.93 per unit, MSEDCL has not yet taken any decision.

Gujarat’s solar tariffs are lower than those in Maharashtra and Karnataka because it is among the states with very high solar radiation.

Solar developers are wary about lowering tariffs too far as they have the threat of possible imposition of safeguard duty and anti-dumping duty on solar imports dangling over them. The Directorate General Safeguards has already recommended imposing 70% safeguard duty on imports to protect local solar manufacturing industry. More than 90% of equipment used in Indian solar projects is imported.

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