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Schneider Electric aids 2 GW solar power in India

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

World’s largest solar power project in MP set for aggressive bidding round today

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.

Telangana govt plans to set up solar power system on water bodies.

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.

India to power major ports with renewable energy


India’s Ministry of Shipping has decided to use renewable energy sources to power 12 of the country’s major ports.

The directive was initiated under the government’s Green Port Initiative, and will see 91.50MW solar energy systems installed at the 12 locations.

Plans also include the establishment of 45MW of wind energy capacity at two additional major ports, located in Kandla, Gujarat and V. O. Chidambaranar, Tamil Nadu. 6MW of the 45MW wind energy capacity has already been commissioned by Kandla Port.

The ministry says ports have already started the process of setting up renewable energy projects via an investment of Rs7bn ($104m), which includes Rs4bn ($60m) for solar and Rs2bn ($43m) for wind energy initiatives.

The Ministry of Shipping said in a statement: “Once completed, these renewable energy projects will help in the reduction of carbon dioxide emission by 136,500t annually.

“These projects will help to reduce cost of power purchased by utilisation of renewable energy for power generation, resulting in estimated saving of Rs750m ($11m) annually.”

“These projects will also help to reduce cost of power purchased by utilisation of renewable energy for power generation, resulting in estimated saving of Rs750m ($11m) annually when fully commissioned.”

Additional solar power developments have also been announced across India totalling a combined 15.20MW, with Visakhapatnam Port having 9MW.

Other ports that solar projects have been commissioned for are Kolkata Port (0.06MW), New Mangalore Port (4.35MW), V.O. Chidambaranar Port (0.5MW), Mumbai Port (0.125MW), Chennai Port (0.1MW), Mormugao (0.24MW) and Jawaharlal Nehru Port (0.82MW).

The remaining solar developments will be instigated phase-wise, and are scheduled to be completed by next year.

The initiatives come after the Indian Ports Association (IPA) and the Solar Energy Corporation of India signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to encourage the adoption of renewable energy at Indian ports.

Tata Power Solar hits 1GW PV module shipment milestone

Major Indian firm Tata Power Solar, a subsidiary of the mammoth Tata Group, has become the first Indian manufacturer to achieve the 1GW milestone in terms of PV module shipments worldwide.

The figure was achieved over a period of 27 years, although 60% of the shipments came in the last five years alone. Tata modules have now been shipped to more than 30 countries.

Ashish Khanna, executive director and CEO, Tata Power Solar, said: “Reaching the 1GW milestone is a testimony to our module’s global competitiveness and superior quality, honed over the last 27 years. The global solar market is witnessing lucrative growth and this milestone is proof that we are a key Indian player in the domestic as well as international market. We have always believed that solar manufacturing is a key driver of jobs in the country, and will continue to build our base in manufacturing and provide the promise of brand Tata.”

While Tata benefits from being a vertically integrated manufacturer, other Indian domestic manufacturers have had a tough time competing with lower priced modules imported from China over the last few months. Furthermore, the Indian government’s annual budget offered no new support for PV manufacturing.

Tata Power, another Tata Group subsidiary, is also getting close to generating 1GW of solar power, with its wind assets having already surpassed that milestone figure. Tata Power also recently received INR120 billion (US$177 million) following a private placement by Welspun Renewables, which it acquired in September 2016.

India reaches 50GW of renewable energy installations

Welcome to Him sha renewables.. 

On its way to a targeted 175GW of renewable energy installations by 2022, India has now surpassed 50GW of deployment, according to data from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

Solar continues to be deployed at an extreme pace, while the wind sector is being progressed through competitive auctions, said consultancy firm Mercom Capital Group. For example, Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI) first 1GW wind tender was oversubscribed.

Coal-based generation accounts for 60.1% of India’s total installed capacity of just more than 314GW as of 31 December 2016, according to the Ministry of Power. Meanwhile, renewable energy accounts for 16% of total generation at around 50GW. Hydro energy makes up 13.7%, with just more than 43GW.

Solar accounts for nearly 18% of all renewable energy generation, with Mercom forecasting more than 9GW of deployment to come up in the year 2017.

Story of a Site engineer in Ground Mounted Multi megawatt Solar Power Plant.

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. 

SMA Solar Shipped 1 Gigawatt Of Solar Inverters To India Last Year

One of the world’s leading solar inverter manufacturers, SMA Solar, has announced that it managed to secure a 26% market share in the Indian solar power market last year.
In a press release issued recently the company claims that it shipped 1 gigawatt worth of solar inverters to the Asian country in 2016. The shipments in 2016 doubled from those during the preceding year. About 4 gigawatts of solar capacity was installed in India last year.
“SMA has nearly doubled its total installed inverter base in India in 2016 alone. Among other projects, our central inverters have been used to build the largest solar power plant in India to date,” said John Susa, SMA Executive Vice President Sales Asia Pacific.
“This is a great success, as the Indian market is of strategic importance for SMA. With a market share of 26% in 2016, we are strongly positioned in this growth market. Our dedicated local sales and service team will continue to support our long-term Indian partners, leading developers and EPCs, with our high-quality product solutions and first-class services. There are significant performance and financial benefits to our customers in using SMA inverters in their large-scale PV power plants.”
The company also reported that its inverters will be used at the country’s largest solar power project, perhaps referring to the 500 megawatt project being developed by Greenko Energy Holdings. The project was earlier secured by SunEdison through competitive auction. The project would be second-largest solar power project to be commissioned at a single site and by a single developer in India.
In December last year, Greenko Energy Holdings placed an order with SMA Solar for procurement of 616 megawatts of solar inverters. The inverters — Sunny Central 1000CP XT — will be supplied for projects located in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
SMA Solar’s main competitor, ABB India, commanded a 50% market share at the end of 2015. ABB India had supplied inverters to 2 gigawatts of the 4 gigawatts of solar capacity operational at the end of 2015.