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NSEFI Chairman Pranav R Mehta presided over the Global Solar Council Board meeting at Anaheim, USA on 27 September

NSEFI Chairman Pranav R Mehta presided over the Global Solar Council Board meeting at Anaheim, the USA on 27 September.

The Board Meeting discussed its future plans and strategies to enhance solar growth throughout the globe.

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Tata Power Solar launches an extensive residential rooftop solution across India

Tata Power Solar launches an extensive residential rooftop solution across India

Annual saving is expected up to INR 50,000 for 25 years

Tata Power Solar, India’s largest solar energy company, and Tata Power’s wholly-owned subsidiary has launched a complete residential rooftop solution pan India. Mr. Praveer Sinha, CEO & MD, Tata Power inaugurated the residential rooftop solutions today at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Senior dignitaries from the government and key decision makers from the corporate industry also graced the launch event with their presence. The residential rooftop solutions are expected to save up to Rs 50,000 annually for 25 years.

Tata Power Solar comes with a successful background of executing World’s largest Rooftop at a single location and India’s largest carport at Cochin International Airport. Recently, Tata Power Solar joined hands with Cricket Club of India and installed the World’s largest solar-powered Cricket Stadium Mumbai, in a record period of 100 days.

Tata Power Solar brings forth India’s most trusted and dependable rooftop solution. A votary of reducing carbon footprint, Tata Power Solar’s residential rooftop solution decreases use of diesel generators, hence leading to more fuel savings. Apart from this, the consumers can avail a chance to earn from their idle rooftop space. To further ease the beneficiaries’ expenses, the proposition comes with government subsidy. The company already has a robust 150+ sales and service channel partners across India which provides its valuable consumers with financing options.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Praveer Sinha, MD & CEO, Tata Power, said, “We are happy to offer solar rooftop to generate easy and cost-effective solutions for the residential consumers. We urge all Delhi customers to take full benefit of this service.”

Mr. Ashish Khanna, President, Tata Power (Renewables), said, “It is our endeavor to provide knowledge of commercial benefits as well as quality aspects of solar rooftop installation to our residential consumers. We are hopeful that with initiatives like these wherein we not only offer cost-effective Green energy but also help the consumer in energy conservation will achieve our Company’s objective of ‘Lightening up Lives’.”

Safety is as an important aspect of this installation. The company ensures that work happens safely and effectively to prolong the life of the system. The residential rooftop segment will further strengthen the Company’s leadership position in solar rooftop segment, along with being key growth drivers in inspiring environment-friendly energy solutions. Renewables are the new growth area which will bring greater value and will align with the changing consumer needs.

 

Source: tatapower

 

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Programme on Solar Resource ,Measurement, Assessment and Calibration,

NISE is organizing the Programme on Solar Radiation Resource Measurement, Assessment and Calibration at NISE campus Gurugram from 9th October (Tuesday) to 10th October (Wednesday), 2018. The target audience are Scientists, Researchers, Graduate Engineers, Manufacturers of Solar Business, SNA officials, any individual wishing to know about Sun and its resource Potential.
About NISE:

National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE)> is an autonomous institute under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India to facilitate the Research & Development, Testing, Certification, Skill Development
activities in the field of Solar Energy Technologies. NISE also supports the ministry in the implementation of prestigious National Solar Mission. The Institute is committed to the development and demons energy-related energy-related technologies and its applications to the common man in the country. NISE continuously strives to improve
the facilities so as to compete with the latest technological advancements. NISE is planning to set up a Technology Business Incubation Centre for assisting into ew Entrepreneurs incubate in Solar Energy Business space.

Learning Objectives.
I. Learn about Solar Radiation fundamentals.
II. Computational methods for assessment of Solar Radiation.
III. Instrumentation and Requirements for a Solar Radiation Resource
Measurement Station.
IV. Application of Solar Radiation data, to Industry in Technology selection.
V. Standards and Requirements for calibration of Solar Radiometers
VI. Overview of forecasting and atmospheric modeling
VII. Overview of data analysis

Target Audience
Scientists, Researchers, Engineers Technologists, Manufacturers of Solar Business, SNA officials, any individual wishing to know about Sun and its resource

Potential.

Training Fee per Participant: Rs 5,900/- (including of 18% GST). There is a total of 30 seats on first come first serve basis. Lunch, Tea will be provided during the
Programme. Accommodation, TA/DA would not be provided by NISE.

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India is the third largest electricity producer ahead of Russia, Japan

Now, India is the third largest electricity producer ahead of Russia, Japan

The power sector has a 100% FDI permit, which boosted FDI inflows in the sector

India’s electricity production grew 34% over seven years to 2017, and the country now produces more energy than Japan and Russia, which had 27% and 8.77% more electricity generation capacity installed, respectively, than India seven years ago.

India produced 1,160.10 billion units (BU) of electricity–one BU is enough to power 10 million households (one household using average of about 3 units per day) for a month–in financial year (FY) 2017.

Source: business-standard
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CEA working on optimized power system cost for 2030

CEA working on optimized power system cost for 2030

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has undertaken a study to ascertain the cheapest power mix in 2030, its Chairman Pankaj Batra said.

“We are working on what should be the ‘Ideal System Cost’ in 2030 and a report is expected in a month’s time,” Batra told .

The report will try to find out the cheapest power mix with grid stability in 2030, and would give a direction to the power sector developers, he said.

The outcome of the study will also act as components to the regulators in determining power tariffs.

According to estimates by the Ministry of Power, the share of renewable energy in India’s electricity mix is set to increase to around 55 per cent by 2030.

At present, renewables account for nearly 20 per cent of the total installed capacity.

India has committed to produce about 40 per cent of its installed electricity capacity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030. It has also set a target of adding 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022.

Meanwhile, the CEA is also closely working with stakeholders in building a cost-effective power evacuation infrastructure in Leh and Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The region holds potential for 35,000 MW of solar power. We need to build a cost-effective evacuation transmission network before the solar projects are awarded there,” Batra said.

It can be executed by a combination of underground cables and towers installed by airlifting, he said.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has already signed an MoU with the Centre for development of two mega solar parks with a total capacity of 7,500 MW in the Ladakh region.

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Gujarat leads India in approved capacity of solar parks

The state has so far received approval for three solar parks, which include India’s largest 5,000MW park at Dholera near Ahmedabad, 700MW at Radhanesada and 500MW at Harshad.

New Delhi: Gujarat has emerged has as the top state in terms of approved power generation capacity in various solar parks. Out of the total 26,449MW capacity approved in 45 solar parks in 22 states, Gujarat has received the nod from the Union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) for developing the maximum 6,200MW capacity spread across three solar parks.

The state has so far received approval for three solar parks, which include India’s largest 5,000MW park at Dholera near Ahmedabad, 700MW at Radhanesada and 500MW at Harshad. Both Radhanesada and Harshad parks are being developed in Banaskantha district.

Gujarat is followed by Rajasthan with the approved capacity of 4,331 across six solar parks and Andhra Pradesh with 4,160MW (four solar parks), states a report prepared by the Union ministry.

Gujarat government has already set the ball rolling for its biggest solar power project in Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR).

The bids for setting up the first 1,000MW power projects are likely to be invited this month.

“There is a new hope for Gujarat in the wake of the announcement of the new mega solar park at Dholera along with two other parks.

Dholera will be a very good location for the park as the government is giving a lot of importance to the project. However, the government should provide power evacuation facility on the priority basis,” said Pranav Mehta, chairman-elect of the Global Solar Council.

Industry players, however, also opine that invest tor sentiment in solar sector has been adversely affected due to issues such as ambiguity over GST and applicability of safeguard duty to pipeline projects.

“These bottlenecks should be cleared first,” said an industry player.

The speedy execution of these solar projects is likely to help Gujarat improve its position among solar power generating states.

Gujarat was once the top state with the highest installed generation capacity. However, the state has slipped to fifth position with other states racing ahead.

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The Government should offer an incentive to help India achieve solar power target by 2022: LSI

The Government should offer an incentive to help India achieve solar power target by 2022: LSI

Rating agency Crisil had, in its last report, said India will not be able to achieve its ambitious target of generating 100GW solar power by 2022

New Delhi: Sebi approved merchant banker LSI Financial Services feels Indian government should contemplate offering financial stimulus including price incentives and subsidized credit to domestic solar cell and module manufacturers.

The incentives will not only make the country’s module manufacturers globally competitive but also help India achieve its ambitious National Solar Mission target to add 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar power capacity by 2022, the merchant banker’s research arm said in a report. India is the world’s third-largest energy consumer after the US and China with the current solar power capacity at about 24GW.

Rating agency Crisil had, in its last report, said India will not be able to achieve its ambitious target of generating 100GW solar power by 2022. In its report, Crisil’s industry research arm said that in the best-case scenario, the country will touch 78-80 GW, against the current capacity of 21.65 GW. Crisil expects an additional 56-58GW of solar capacity addition between fiscals 2019 and 2023. While this is a vast improvement from the 20GW added during 2014-18, it still falls short of the National Solar Mission target by a fifth.

Institutional and regulatory bottlenecks like the imposition of safeguard duty on solar modules from China and Malaysia, which took effect this month and will continue for two years, is expected to slow capacity addition, the report stated.

Elaborating further, the report said uncertainty regarding the safeguard duty is making developers wary about project viability as the imposition of duties will increase the price of imported solar modules compelling manufacturers to either downsize or exit from the market. Investors and banker confidence will also suffer a setback and quite a few solar projects may get scrapped, the report added.

The government, on July 30, ordered safeguard duty of 25 percent on solar panels and modules imported from China and Malaysia to protect domestic manufacturers and to encourage solar project developers to buy units locally. However, faced with mounting pressure from solar power developers, the duty has been temporarily lifted. About 90 percent of the solar cells and modules used in India are imported from China and Malaysia, according to industry estimates.

Industry experts believe that the safeguard duty will raise capital costs by 15-20 percent. Solar power tariffs in India plunged to a record low of Rs 2.44 per unit in July due to a decline in module prices and improvements in capacity utilization. The declining tariffs have attracted good investments but have raised concerns over the long-term sustainability of the projects.

Source: energy.economictimes.indiatimes

 

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President Elect, GSC talks about new ISA partnership, plans for global solar promotion

In a significant development, two major international solar coalitions – the Global Solar Council (GSC) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) – signed a MoU for the cooperation and collaboration of solar growth in all ISA-member countries. Pranav Mehta from the GSC talks to pv magazine about the move.
Mr. Pranav Mehta, President Elect, GSC, (left) and Mr. Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General of ISA after the signing of MoU in Munich, Germany.

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SC decision in ReNew Power case a major positive: Solar industry body

The firm had won the project through competitive bidding in 2015 at a tariff of Rs 5.45 per unit. MPPGCL had issued a termination notice in August 2017.

New Delhi: The latest judgment by Supreme Court that set aside the cancellation of a Power Purchase Agreement signed by Madhya Pradesh government with Renewable energy producer ReNew Power is a shot in the arm for companies, industry body National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has said.

The court had also slapped a penalty of Rs 119 million on the company for delaying the commissioning of a 51-Mw solar project in the state by over 210 days. The firm had won the project through competitive bidding in 2015 at a tariff of Rs 5.45 per unit. Madhya Pradesh Power Generation Corporation (MPPGCL) had issued a termination notice in August 2017.

ReNew challenged the decision in the High Court which disallowed the termination. The state government had later moved the apex court. “The Supreme Court has passed a landmark judgment wherein it has upheld the order of the Madhya Pradesh High Court in favor of ReNew Power, which labeled the termination of the contract by MPPGCL as unlawful and arbitrary,” Pranav Mehta, Founder and Chairman of NSEFI said in a statement.

He added that the judgment has come as a shot in the arm for the renewable sector as it is an investment-intensive sector and the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) put in substantial capital investment upfront – to the tune of $1 million per Megawatt of installed capacity.

“In this backdrop, it is imperative that the sanctity of the PPAs signed with various IPPs is maintained. Otherwise, it will dampen the image of India as a preferred investment destination for renewables,” Mehta said.

The renewable energy sector requires Rs 6.6 lakh crore investment over the next five years if India has to achieve its target of 175 Gigawatt (Gw) of renewables by 2022.

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