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LED lamps to light up 7km DSC Road stretch

NOIDA: The Noida Authority has initiated tenders to install 2,500 light emitting diode (LED) streetlights along a 7-km corridor on Dadri-Surajpur-Chalera (DSC) Road, with an eye on saving energy and cutting costs.

Times Of India, NOIDA - August 30, 2016

According to officials, the Authority has set a target of replacing 10,000 conventional incandescent sodium streetlights with LED bulbs by the end of this year. Project engineer Salil Yadav said that in the first phase, the LEDs will be installed between New Ashok Nagar and the Sector 49 crossing on DSC Road and other areas will be covered in a phased manner.

The selected agency would be hired on a seven-year contract for installing, operating and maintaining the LED streetlights. Yadav said that the project would be based on a revenue-sharing model and the Authority will have to bear no extra expenditure.

"Once lights on DSC Road are installed, Master Plan-I Road and Noida-Greater Noida Expressway will be covered. Later, lights will be changed across all main roads in the city. Tenders for these stretches is under process. The larger plan is to change about 60,000 lights, but right now we plan to change streetlights in three divisions of Noida, which total to about 10,000 points in the city," he said. – Times of India

Tamil Nadu hits top slot in solar power capacity addition as south surges ahead

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu has now reached Number One position in solar power capacity addition.

India’s total installed solar capacity has grown by over 80 per cent in the last 12 months to reach 8,100 MW.
The Hindu, CHENNAI - August 22, 2016
“Out of the 3,600 MW capacity added during this period, 2,700 MW has come from four southern States – with Tamil Nadu alone adding over 1,200 MW on the back of a generous feed-in-tariff of 7.01/kWh. Tamil Nadu now ranks number one for commissioned capacity in both wind and solar,” according to Bridge to India, a global solar energy consulting firm.

The State now ranks No.1 for commissioned capacity in both wind and solar.

As of date, Tamil Nadu leads the solar capacity addition table with an installed capacity of 1,368 MW, followed by Rajasthan (1,307 MW), Gujarat (1,112 MW), Andhra Pradesh (961 MW), Telangana (923 MW) and Madhya Pradesh (756 MW).

Presently, those six States account for 80 per cent of the solar capacity added in India. The remaining 23 States including some of the largest power consuming states like Maharashtra, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, account for just 20 per cent of the installed capacity.

In the initial phase of solar sector development in India, until 2014, bulk of solar capacity addition came up in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh (about 57 per cent). But, the Southern states have taken a decisive lead in the last year, driven primarily by their growing power needs.

According to estimates based on the completed tenders totaling over 14,000 MW, the present trend is likely to continue over the next two years, with the southern States accounting for 60 per cent of this pipeline.

Tamil Nadu has proposed to increase the solar power further to 5,000 MW in a phased manner in the next five years. It plans to add about 1,200 MW of solar units in this fiscal alone, according to a document of state energy department.

The State’s total renewable power capacity is close to 10,000 MW with wind accounting for about 79 per cent of it. – The Hindu

Solar-powered aquarium, virtual reality centre at Chetpet lake

CHENNAI: Barely six months after the renovated Chetpet lake was opened to the public, the state government is planning to add more facilities for visitors. The move comes as the lake has become a popular getaway spot for residents in the middle of the city.

In a bid to increase patronage, the government will set up a solar-powered aquarium and a virtual reality centre at a cost of 6.75crore. It will also have a dome where 3D images and videos will be beamed for viewers. The lake has seen a huge turnout of visitors after it was restored at a cost of 42crore in February this year. Making the announcement to add more facilities at Chetpet Lake in the state assembly under rule 110 on Wednesday, chief minister J Jayalalithaa said the eco-park had become popular among the people. "An aquarium and an air-conditioned dome for a virtual reality centre will attract more visitors," she said.
Times Of India Chennai Aug 25, 2016
Sources said, "A 600sqm building will come up near the entrance and by the side of the boathouse at the Chetpet eco-park. The ground floor will have an aquarium where both marine and freshwater fish species will be on display. For this purpose, specially designed multiple chambers will be in place." –

Roof top solar power plant installed at Chennai International airport

CHENNAI: A new 1.5 MW roof top solar power plant was installed at the integrated international cargo complex of the Chennai International airport and it has become operational and started generating power.

It would contribute to 20 per cent of the current power requirement of the cargo terminal.

The solar power plant was installed by Relyon Solar Private limited. Such initiative by the Airport Authority of India will help in reducing pollution and the solar plant was installed in Chennai airport as part of the Centre's initiative to solarise all airports in the country. –

Adani plans 1,000MW solar power plant at Ramanathapuram

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu's solar power sector is set to get a shot in the arm with Adani Group, an infrastructure company with presence in diverse sectors including logistics, agriculture and power, planning to set up a 1,000MW solar plant in Ramanathapuram.
Highly placed sources, while confirming the deliberations between the company officials and the state government, said the preliminary talks took place a week ago. "The deliberation was about setting up a 1,000MW solar park at Kamuthi in Ramanathapuram," said a source privy to the discussion. Industrial estimate is that production of one megawatt of solar power requires five acres of land, which makes it 5,000 acres for the proposed plant. The capital cost of solar photovoltaic plant is estimated at Rs 7 crore per MW. – The Times of India

AMRR Dhal Mill in Theni district, Used Solar Energy to process 300 bags of Urad Dhal a day

Solar energy is conquering more territories with increasing industrial application. In Theni district, it has become popular among dhal mills. J. Murugesan of AMRR Dhal Mill explains that solar heating has considerably brought down diesel consumption and also saved on area used in conventional open drying. In the past, the mill used 18 litres of diesel to process 50 bags of urad dhal of 100 kg each.Now only solar energy is used to process 300 bags of urad dhal a day. – The Hindu

Bengaluru's Chinnaswamy stadium: World's first solar-powered cricket ground

BENGALURU: This year's edition of the Indian Premier League in Bengaluru will be played on what the state cricket association claims is the world's only solar-powered cricket ground. The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has commissioned a 400-KW solar plant to power the entire M Chinnaswamy stadium, except for the high-intensity floodlights, before the IPL season commences next month. The company executing the project has proposed powering the floodlights too using solar energy as the next step in KSCA's 'go green' mission.
"We are aiming to make this a green stadium," said KSCA honorary secretary Brijesh Patel, a former India cricketer. "It makes economic sense for us to do this, and the additional power we generate will be offloaded to the grid."
The Rs 4.5 crore project, commissioned in February and inspired by Germany's fully solar-powered Freiburg football stadium, is expected to reduce KSCA 's power consumption drastically . The state cricket body is headquartered in the Chinnaswamy stadium – The Economic Times

Government aims to bring down energy usage by 10% in 5 years: Piyush Goyal

New Delhi: The government aims to bring down energy consumption in the country by 10% in the next five years, power minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday.
“As we increase our energy consumption from 1 trillion units to 2 trillion units, we will be looking at a saving of 200 billion units by bringing down transmission losses,” Goyal said at a conference. –

Government Aims to Generate 1 lakh Mega Watt of Solar Power

The Union power ministries will fast-track solar and thermal projects in Northeast India where big hydroelectric projects are caught in a logjam.
To start with, a 40 MW of solar unit will be set up in Assam. The state government has agreed to offer land for the project. The Centre has a target of generating 1, 00,000 MW of solar power by 2022. - Energy Alternatives India (EAI)

Government Aims to target for creating 60 GW of Wind Energy

Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA), which promotes wind energy in India today, announced its support to Ministry of New Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India in fulfilling the target of creating 60 GW of wind energy by the year 2022 –

Government to kick start its 100,000-Mw solar energy plan soon

According to reports, the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre is considering starting its plan to build a 100,000-Mw solar energy capacity by 2022 through award of 10,000-Mw projects in the coming three months.
The plan includes close to 6,000 Mw of capacity to be set up by NTPC alone, 2,500 Mw by Solar Energy Corporation, around 2,500 Mw in Madhya Pradesh and the rest as solar energy parks in several other states. –

Havells India to buy 51% stake in Promptec Renewable for Rs65 crore

Mumbai: Electrical equipment maker Havells India Ltd on Monday said it will acquire a majority stake of 51% in Bangalore-based Promptec Renewable Energy Solutions Pvt Ltd for Rs.65 crore. –

India receives solar energy equivalent to about 500 trillion kWh per annum

Solar radiation sustains all forms of life on earth. The main features of solar radiation are its wide spread distribution, inexhaustible supply and pollution free source of energy. India receives solar energy equivalent to about 500 trillion kWh per annum, more than enough to provide for the entire country’s needs.
In India, the daily solar energy incidence varies from 4 – 7 kWh per m2 and many regions in the country enjoy 250 to 300 sunny days annually – ENERGY

Kalam inaugurates solar power plant at SASTRA University

TRICHY: "Science and technology needs to be integrated with public policy to achieve high socio-economic growth," said former president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam while inaugurating the 1.25 MW roof-top solar power plant at SASTRA University here on Tuesday.
Launching the university's vision 2025 document, Kalam urged 21st century universities to usher in a new wave of virtualization of classrooms to provide affordable high quality higher education for human and nation development.
The solar plant installed by Tata Power Solar is expected to meet 25% of the university's power requirement. – The Times of India

Karnataka working towards creating international consortium on solar energy

Karnataka govt is working towards creating a consortium of about 10 countries endowed with abundant solar energy to benefit in terms of research and technological advancements in the field. – India

Kochi, to initiate the much delayed ‘Solar City’ project

The much delayed ‘Solar City’ project initiated by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy for Kochi will be a reality soon.The civic body which commissioned an energy audit earlier, identified that the energy conservation project was expected to bring down the civic body’s monthly power bill by nearly 60 per cent. Currently, the civic body is paying a hefty amount to KSEB on power bills, Rs.1.12 cr a month for streetlights alone. –

L&T wins Rs2,674 crore orders; shares surge 3.3%

Mumbai: Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) on Wednesday said it has won contracts worth Rs.2,674 crore for projects that include widening a highway in Karnataka, building electrical infrastructure for a Middle East oil refiner and construction at a solar power plant. –

Madurai restaurant chain plans Rs. 250 crore solar energy plant with Chinese JV

Aeon Renewable Energy Solution, a division of Madurai Appur chain of restaurants, is set to invest Rs. 250 crore to set up 25 MW of solar power plants in Tamil Nadu. –

MCC chops old tree to make way for solar panel

Madras Christian College has cut down one of its largest and oldest trees, reportedly to make way for a 100KW solar panel on the roof of a building housing the college's botany department. The 178-year-old college has been on a tree-cutting spree in the recent past, felling many trees at a farm on the campus, students said. The coniferous tree that staff felled would have obstructed sunlight from falling on the solar panel, staff told the students. – The Times of India (Chennai)

MIT Solar Flair Provide Impetus to Rural Karnataka

US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Selco Foundation in Bengaluru are sowing the seeds for large-scale rural solar electrification in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The aim is to pepper rural landscapes with well-placed 10-50 kW solar power micro-grids to directly supply uninterrupted power supply at minimal cost to small clusters of houses in villages.
The idea is to install solar power micro-grids in villages so that larger electric supply grids using conventional thermal/hydel power could more easily meet the growing urban demand for power in future. –

Narendra Modi tops Obama solar pledge with first India green dollar bond

Mumbai: As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was winning headlines garnering US support for a $160 billion solar-power push, the bond market was putting together more concrete funding plans.
Export-Import Bank of India, which has lent to solar and wind programmes, sold the country’s first green dollar bonds in a $500 million issue of 2.75% notes on 24 March. India’s issuance of overseas securities meeting environmental criteria overseen by the Zurich-based International Capital Market Association could surge to as much as $1.5 billion annually in the next two to five years, according to Commerzbank AG. –

NDMC to set up solar panels in educational institutions

The New Delhi Municipal Council’s (NDMC) solar project is gaining pace as recently the civic body inaugurated the Solar Roof Top Power Project at a government school in its area. According to official sources, the NDMC stated that there are –

NTPC Signs PPA with AP Power Utilites for Ultra Mega Solar Power Project

NTPC Limited and the Andhra Pradesh power utilities Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) and Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (APSPDCL) signed a power purchase agreement(PPA) for procurement of power to be generated –

NTPC to set up 3,000 MW solar power projects in FY16

Leading thermal power producer NTPC plans to set up 3,000 mw capacity solar power projects across the country in this financi...Economic Times

Renewable energy goals may slip on funding gaps

New Delhi: Concerns are beginning to be raised over India’s ambitious targets to crank up solar and wind energy production, thanks to the perilous finances at the primary customers: the state government-owned distribution utilities.
The inability of these utilities to effect necessary but unpopular tariff hikes are expected to impact their ability to purchase costlier green power. In consequence, the entire renewable energy industry may add only 4,000-5,000 megawatts (MW) of capacity in the second year of the Narendra Modi government, the head of an industry panel on renewable energy said.
That compares with the official target to install 100 gigawatts (GW) solar power and 60,000MW wind power by 2022. –

Rising Consumer Power Demand growing faster than GDP

The Indian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is targeted to grow at 8% over the next ten years. At this rate, power demands may rise from the present 120 GW to 315-335 GW by 2017. Consumer demand is growing at 14% over the next 10 years - faster than the GDP rate! –

South Indian city of Anantapur to go solar and save $1 million per year

The project would require an investment of $11 million (Rs. 60 crore) and would include installation of nearly 40,000 solar panels. The municipality currently consumes 5 MW on water pumping operations and powering the street lights. This entails an average electricity bill of $1 million per year –

Solar Power and India's Energy Future

Energy prices in India are climbing, and supply, while growing, is not keeping pace with steep demand. Solar power, despite initial challenges, is a multibillion-dollar opportunity.

• India’s solar market could be worth billions of dollars over the next decade. India’s solar potential is real enough, and the support environment is improving fast enough, to forecast a $6 billion to $7 billion capital-equipment market and close to $4 billion in annual revenues for grid-connected solar generators over the next decade.
• Project execution, financing, and localization are crucial. A frugal cost base will be at the core of successful Indian solar ventures. As the number of projects and players increases, procurement effectiveness will become a requirement. Longer-term value will come from efficiently executed projects, low-cost (and often innovative) financing, and localization.
Solar Power 2016 & 2018 Energy Cost
• Local players will dominate the downstream solar industry. In contrast to the global nature of the upstream industry (solar modules), we expect local, or at least well-localized players to dominate the downstream side in the initial years; this includes project development, installation, and distribution. Given sufficient time to fine-tune their business models, global players entering India for the first time will be able to prosper. Entering and learning the ropes early will be important for both local and global players –

Solar power plant at a village in Karur records maximum generation

Manjanayakkanpatti, a minuscule village in Karur district, has reasons to attract the attention of advocates of green energy, as a consortium of textile exporters has commissioned 10 MW solar photo voltaic-based power park which is said to be one of the largest clean energy parks in the country.
Though the consortium of exporters in Karur – Arvind-A-traders, Asian Fabricx and Karur Sree Rama Trading Private Ltd., – have already begun the solar power generation in the plant in March, the 10 MW plants recorded the maximum generation on Wednesday. The park, equipped to supply more than 16 million units of clean and green energy to over 17,000 households, is expected to displace nearly 28,300 MT of carbondioxide annually – The Hindu

Tamil Nadu plans to recharge its solar sector

CHENNAI: In a move to encourage creation of solar power capacity in the state, the Tamil Nadu electricity regulatory commission (TNERC) will be increasing the "Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO)" for the state electricity utility by April this year.
"The solar RPO for Tangedco will be increased to 2% from the current 0.5%. The regulatory commission will be passing the orders by April," S Nagalsamy, a member of the TNERC said recently. – Times Of India

Tamil Nadu to Buy 3,000 MW Solar Energy; 200 Firms Express Interest

CHENNAI: The State government is trying to procure 3000 MW of solar power by the end of 2015 and more than 200 firms have shown interest in signing Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for 2000 MW so far, says the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited, M Saikumar.
Speaking on Tuesday(03-03-2015) at the commissioning of a rooftop solar power plant at Ramakrishna Mission, Mylapore, Saikumar said the present cost of solar power, which was more than Rs. 7 a unit, would come down to Rs. 5.45 by next year.
Another senior TANGEDCO official said the PPAs for around 200 MW of solar power had already been signed in the last 10 days. These power plants were likely at Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar and Tuticorin districts, the official added. - The Indian Express

Tihar jail gets 430 KW solar power plant

Delhi's Tihar prison complex today got a 430 KW solar power plant which would reduce the prison's dependency on the power grid by about 5 lakh units and its bill by Rs 45-50 lakh a year. - Economic Times

TN’s plans for solar plants in doubt as brokers corner land

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government claimed in their April 21 statement announcing deferring of the Global Investors Meet that foreign forms had agreed to investments worth Rs 23,000 crore in the state. But, ground reality shows that the plans may just be hypothetical.
With powerful real estate brokers, who enjoy political patronage, cornering land which has the potential to house solar power plants in the state, companies which have promised or plan to invest in TN are having a rethink, according to a Tamil Nadu Electricity Board official.
The government said in its statement that many firms have proposed plants with capacities varying from 1MW to 500MW. Moser Baer, Wellspun and Essel Infra have sent in proposals to put up plants above 200MW each. At least five acres is needed for setting up a 1MW solar power plant, which costs Rs 7 crore. -

Ultra Mega Solar Project to be commissioned in a year

NTPC and two Andhra Pradesh power utilities signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) on Friday for the first phase (250 MW) of the country’s maiden 1,000 MW Ultra Mega Solar Power Project being set at NP Kunta, Anantapur district in the State.
Addressing a press conference after the PPAs were signed between NTPC and APEPDCL, Director (Commercial) NTPC, I.J. Kapoor said the first phase of 250 MW would be commissioned in a year.
EPC contract would be awarded soon for indigenous modules for the first phase. He said power would be purchased by the Discoms at a fixed rate of Rs.6.16 paise and the PPAs would be valid for 25 years. -

Welspun signs MoU with iPLON for 550 MW of solar projects

In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Make in India’ initiative, Welspun Renewables signed an MoU of 550 MW with German Major, iPLON GmbH. While Welspun Renewables is a leading generator of solar energy in India, iPLON is -

Wind energy companies Gamesa, Suzlon & Mytrah infusing huge funds into solar energy

NEW DELHI: Big wind energy companies in India such as Gamesa, Mytrah and Suzlon are all diversifying into solar space this year with plans to invest several hundred million dollars in the next five years in installing thousands of solar megawatts, given the government's impetus to the sector.

While London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM)-listed Mytrah Energy (India) Ltd, which is an independent power producer, plans to invest a total of $400 million, of which $100 million would be in equity over the next one year solely in setting up its solar business, Gamesa India will invest euros 200 million over the next two years for its overall operations, as it diversifies into solar space this year.
"We don't want to depend on only one kind of fuel. Last year, the prices in solar were high and we didn't want to do subsidy-driven business as it is not sustainable. We're waiting for tenders related to National Solar Mission now and hope to be in the 1,500-2,000 MW range over the next 5-7 years," Vikram Kailas, MD at Mytrah Energy, told ET.
The company intends to install nearly 100 MW of solar energy projects over the next one year, he added. Similarly, the Indian subsidiary of Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa, which has the largest wind energy market-share in the country, is also diversifying into solar power this year with plans to install 100 MW going up to 500 MW in the next two years.
The Times of India (Chennai)

A few industries have increased in size dramatically over a relatively short period. The computer trade is an obvious one. And now so is the solar energy trade. New manufacturers are appearing almost daily, new product innovations are announced just as fast, and existing products are ever more refined, improved, and lowered in price. It's an exciting time for the people involved in the various solar energy industries, and this heightened focus translates to better deals for the consumer, whether residential, commercial, government or other –


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