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

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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.

India’s 750 Megawatt Solar Tender Draws Bids For 7,500 Megawatts

One of the recent solar power auctions in India has received a massive response from project developers.

The Rewa solar park tender of 750 megawatts has attracted bids from some of the leading project developers in India and abroad. A total of 20 developers have placed bids with a cumulative capacity of 7,500 megawatts (MW), translating into a 10 times over-subscription of the tender.

The solar power park will be developed in 3 phases of 250 MW capacity each, spread over a total of 1,500 hectares. Power generation from the first phase is expected to start beginning in June 2017, with the entire capacity expected to be fully operational by December 2017.

Of the 20 bidders, four have submitted to develop all three sections of the park. ReNew Power (one of India’s leading renewable energy developers and backed by Goldman Sachs), SBG Cleantech (joint venture between Bharti Enterprises, SoftBank and Foxconn), Enel Green Power and Adani Group (operator of India’s largest solar power project) submitted bids to develop the entire 750 megawatts of capacity.

Hero Future Energies and Mahindra Renewables, both parts of large industrial conglomerates in India, placed bids to develop 500 megawatts each.

A number of reputed Indian and global companies submitted bids to develop 250 megawatts of capacity each. These include Acme Solar, Orange Renewables, Torrent Power, GDF Suez, RattanIndia Power, Aditya Birla Renewables, Azure Power Canadian Solar and Solenergi Power.

Almost a third of the planned capacity has already been allocated to the Delhi Rail Metro Corporation (DMRC) while the rest will be signed up by the distribution utilities of the host state, Madhya Pradesh. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) will provide funding for the project.

Maharashtra’s hopes soar on solar power boost

A 150 MW solar power project of the Maharashtra State Power generation Company Ltd is already running at Dhule. A German investment bank KFW has given 250 million euros (Rs 1,600 crore) for this project.
The Maharashtra Energy Development Authority has said among the renewable sources of energy, solar energy has a huge potential for power generation in Maharashtra. The state gets 250-300 days of clear sun with an available average radiation of 4 to 6 kWh/sq metre over a day. There is a capacity to generate 1.5 million units/MW/year through solar photovoltaic systems and up to 2.5 million units/MW/ year through solar thermal systems, the authority said.
Shantanu Dixit, member, Prayas Energy Group, said, “There is a definite scope for setting up solar power projects in Maharashtra as it falls in the top slab as far as solar rays are concerned. Barring western Maharashtra and Konkan, all other regions, especially arid areas like Vidarbha, Marathwada and Solapur, are ideal for such projects due to better land availability.”
“But, it is not a game changer that will spur solar panel manufacturing in India,” he added.

Companies active in Rooftop Solar in India.

ReNew Power set to solarize Indian Railways

o The first company to get solar rooftop allocation of 5 MW from the Indian Railways.
o Power Purchase Agreements have been signed for a term of 25 years
o 7 million units of power will be generated annually and offset over 6000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year
Gurgaon, India, November 29, 2016:

ReNew Power Ventures Private Limited, India’s leading renewable energy development company, won bids for 5 MW solar installations across various locations pan-India for the Indian Railways. The company will be investing close to Rs.35 crore in these projects which will supply energy to the Indian Railways through long term power purchase agreements for 25 years. This is the first set of allocations by Indian Railways to any company under PPA mode.
Out of the total 5 MW allocation under various zones, 1 MW has been allocated by North Central Railway division for Allahabad & Kanpur, 1 MW has been allocated by South Western Railway division for Bengaluru & Hubli. Another 1 MW has been allocated by East Coast Railway division for Vishakhapatnam and 2 MW has been allocated by South Eastern Railway division for Kharagpur, Adra, Chakradharpur, Jamshedpur etc.
The pan-India installations mentioned above will be carried out to a large extent in the station buildings, railway offices, workshops amongst other building premises. In total, these projects will generate more than 7 million units of power annually and offset over 6000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year. The transaction will also result in significant saving in energy cost for Indian Railways without any investment.
Speaking of this new undertaking, Mr. Sumant Sinha, Chairman and CEO, ReNew Power mentioned, “We are proud to be associated with the Indian Railways, the most extensively used means of transportation in India. It is a great honour for us to be instrumental in accomplishing their initiative of going solar.”
Reinforcing these words further, Mr. Prabhat Kumar Mishra, Head – Distributed Solar & Offtake, ReNew Power said “It is indeed a matter of pride for us that after metro rail and airport, we will
now be catering to Indian railways under the distributed solar segment. We hope to be a part of
many more such government projects along with several private customers whom we serve across

About ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd.
ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd, an Independent Power Producer (IPP) company, is committed to leading
change in the country’s current energy portfolio by delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices and
thereby reducing India’s carbon footprint. ReNew Power’s mission is to play a pivotal role in meeting
India’s growing energy needs in an efficient, sustainable and socially responsible manner. The company
creates value through reliable and efficient generation of non-conventional power through innovation in
solar and wind power solutions. ReNew Power has close to 3,000 MW of commissioned and underconstruction
clean energy capacity across the states of Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh,
Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu,
Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. For more information please visit: http://www.renewpower.in. Follow ReNew Power on Twitter @ReNew_Power


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