Power automation player Schneider Electric India today said it has powered more than 2 GW of solar capacity in India through its range of equipment.
India?s cumulative solar capacity has crossed 10,000 MW, 20 per cent of which is flowing through Schneider Electric?s equipment, it said in a statement.
According to the statement, by March 2017, the company plans to supply and commission equipment for another 500 MW solar projects, increasing its share of total capacity to 2.5 GW.
The company is currently working on solar projects located in Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Odisha, Bihar, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Schneider Electric presence in the solar sector has grown over 50 per cent in the last one year.
In 2016 alone, the company supplied equipment for more than 500 MW of solar capacity, as against 1.5 GW in last four years, it said.
Currently, the company is supplying solar equipment and products from four plants — Bangalore, Baroda, Kolkata & Hyderabad — where it manufacturers solar equipment such as Solar Inverters, Ring Main Units upto 33kV, Inverter Trafo, Power Trafo, Medium Voltage HT Panels upto 33kV, and Charge controllers, it added
Three units of 250MW each in the project at Rewa district will go under the hammer in a reverse auction starting with a tariff of Rs3.59, Rs3.62 and Rs3.64 a unit, respectively.
Solar power tariff is set to witness another round of an aggressive bidding war by leading domestic and global firms on Thursday when the world’s largest solar power plant coming up in Madhya Pradesh goes for the second round of auction.
Three units of 250 mega watt (MW) each in the project at Rewa district will go under the hammer in a reverse auction starting with a tariff of Rs3.59, Rs3.62 and Rs3.64 a unit, respectively, for the first year.
Rewa Ultra Mega Power Ltd, a joint venture between Solar Energy Corp. of India Ltd and Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd is holding the reverse auction for awarding the project to the bidder willing to sell power at the lowest tariff.
“The Rs4 a unit barrier has been breached by the Rewa project even before the auction has begun and with no subsidy. The tariff can only go lower from here,” a person with direct knowledge of the development said, on the condition of anonymity.
Twenty leading firms, including Italy’s Enel Green Power SpA, SoftBank-promoted SBG Cleantech Ltd, Canadian Solar Energy Holding, Singapore3 Pte Ltd and Green Infra Wind Power Project Ltd, promoted by Sembcorp Industries Ltd, are in the fray.
Hero Future Energies Pvt. Ltd, ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd, Azure Power Global Ltd, Aditya Birla Renewables Ltd, Mahindra Renewables Pvt. Ltd and Orange Renewable Power Ltd are among the bidders.
India has over 8.5 gigawatts (GW) of solar power capacity and is targeting 100GW by 2022. Low cost of solar panels and concessional value-added tax on them have helped in lowering the cost of setting up solar power projects. These projects take less than a year for commissioning, unlike large thermal power plants, which take many years for construction. Many large manufacturing and services firms are also setting up captive solar power plants as industrial power tariff is higher than solar power due to the cross-subsidy burden.
Solar power tariff, which was above Rs12 a unit in 2010, has gradually declined. In the auction in November, projects were awarded to sell power at Rs3 a unit for 25 years in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Puducherry.
The government of Telangana is planning to set up a solar power generation system on water bodies.
The government has received a proposal regarding producing solar energy atop water bodies. A French company is in negotiations with the irrigation department.
The company is developing a pilot project for solar power plants on water bodies. The government is also in talks with banks and will come up with the concept of free solar power for rooftops in March 2017.
The government aims to add another 2,000 MW of solar power to the grid by the end of 2017 and will add a minimum of 5,000 MW through coal-based in the next two-three years.
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Usually in a multi mega watt plant (like 30 megawatt) in India,there are two teams.. One is from client side and another is from EPC contractor side. From EPC contractor work is further divided to different contractors (AC side contractor and DC side contractor.) Both AC and DC side contractors work day and night to get there work finished in given time. There are many IPPs (Independent power prodcuers) in India. All of them are not good clients. Some of the good IPPs are Adani solar and Renew power. They both are supportive clients. Well, moving on to topic, lets further take on the routine of a site engineer in solar power plant.
Everyday schedule of Site engineer in Solar power plant
He wakes up between 6 to 7 am in morning, takes his morning tea, take a bath and gets to his work site around 9 am. Usually the work site is minimum 10 to 15 kilometers away from guest house. So it takes alot of time to reach at site.
When you reach at site, contractor has already started his work and everyday starts like that. When engineer reach his site he starts deploying manpower for different types of works. In solar plant there are different types of manpower. say it Electricians, fitters, cable jointers and civil manpower etc. In solar power plants the work starts from very raw level. First civil work goes on for 1 to 2 months, usually in civil work there are mainly 3 types of works, you start making temporary roads to access different site locations, then there is this levelling work, which is very important for the proper functioning of the plant, then foundation works, there are many types of foundations in solar plant. Electrical work goes on in parallel to civil work. Usually at start electrical engineers takes care of different types of activities which needs to be carried out in parallel to civil work, like cable entries and road crossings.