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Solar Energy has a great potential to end the power sufferings, it provides clean energy, removes all the disadvantages provided by the fossil fuels and the added advantage is it creates well paying jobs.
Many studies have proved that solar and renewable energy creates 10 times more jobs than provided by fossil fuel industry.
University of California (UC) report concludes we can expect 86,370 new energy jobs in the U.S. by 2020 if we continue with our current energy mix. But if 20 percent of our energy were to come from renewable sources, then 188,000 to 240,850 jobs could be created, depending on the proportion of wind, solar and biomass energy. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that 1.1 million jobs could be created in the next 10 years through investments in energy efficiency technology.
Solar offers high paying manufacturing and installation jobs as well as jobs for highly skilled people such as engineers and managers, often in areas of the country struggling with higher unemployment.
Author of the UC report Daniel Kammen, head of UC Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory says, “Investing in clean energy technologies would both reduce our trade deficit and reestablish the U.S. as a leader in energy technology, the largest global industry today.”
Scope for a ‘green’ career in India
One of the major developments in the Indian solar sector is the JNNSM initiative, which basically aims at generating 20 GW of solar power by year 2020.
In a growing industry like solar power generation, opportunities will also naturally be on the rise.
“As per official statistics, in order to fulfil the 20,000MW installed capacity targets under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, the Indian solar energy industry will need an estimated 300,000 people by 2022 across all domains, profiles and levels,” says Singh. Commenting on the scope for a career in this field, Nayak shares, “The scope is unlimited since PV offers a unique opportunity to solve the 21st century’s energy and environment related problems simultaneously.” He adds, “There are enough opportunities in production and project execution of solar projects as massive plans are being laid by every state.”
ADS Projects & Systems Pvt. Ltd, India, has been approved by MNRE as a Channel Partner for Off-Grid and Decentralised Solar Applications.
Total 10,000 off-grid solar homes in the Kerala State by the end of 2012-13 is expected to take off in a month.
The only hurdle in the execution of the project is due to the pending clearance with the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, is that it is awaiting approval for release of money from the Central pool, said sources in the Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (Anert),
The draft proposal for the programme has distributed the heavily subsidized solar homes equally among the districts, though the allocation of the subsidy may be rearranged depending on the performance outcome of the districts after the project is launched.
More than 50 % subsidy would be provided to those who wish for the solar homes once it is under way.
- Union and State governments will provide Rs.1.20 lakh of the total Rs.2 lakh to Rs.2.20 lakh needed to set up a single unit to generate 1 kW of power.
- The beneficiary contribution will be Rs.80,000 per unit.
- The programme, when completed, will generate 10 MW of power from roof-mounted and off-grid solar electric power systems.
- This represents five units of power per day for about 20 years.
Once the solar homes project takes off effectively and successfully, it will be replicated in Kerala and the target could be set higher in the subsequent years.
(Author: Mohd. Arif)
(Source: Energy Alternatives India)
After the Central government’s advice to the state government of the MP that the state should make use of some environment friendly energy under RPO, the state government of the MP in collaboration with the Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) is going ahead with a plan to buy 125 mega watt (MW) green energy from two upcoming solar projects in state of as many private companies – Welspun group and Alfa Infraprop Limited under Renewable Power Obligation (RPO).
The Managing DIRECTOR of MPPMCL Mr. Manu Shrivastava told “We have got the green light from board of directors to buy green energy from the two companies,” He also said that they were going to sign letter of intent (LoI) with the two companies to buy 105MW power from Welspun and remaining 20MW from Alpha respectively.
There is the difference between the rates for the two companies for buying the power as one of the officials explains that “We will get power Rs 7.90 per unit from one company and Rs 8.05 from other once. MP power regulatory commission has given its nod to buy the power and earmarked a maximum of Rs 15.35 per unit”.
The solar power would cost them average of Rs 2.66 per unit from one company and Rs 2.70 from another one, given the rate Rs 7.90 per unit and Rs 8.05 per unit respectively would be the same for 25 years.
He also said that both the solar projects are likely to come up next fiscal.
(Source: Times of India, Infraline)
Endeavoring to go with green power , Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) have called upon tender for installation of a 100 KW rooftop , atop its Science center building at City Light Road of the city .
“We have called for tenders for this 1.5 crore project of installation of 100KW capacity roof top panel. This will have a pay back period of seven years.” said Jatin shah, City Engineer of SMC.
SMC have plans to meet, at least15-30% of its energy requirement from renewable which includes solar and wind. It is already having a 3MWplant installed at Porbander and has decided to extend it by calling tenders for 7.5MW. The power produced will be sold to Torrent power, the sum generated will then be credited to SMC in its bills.
SMC also have plans to make Mughalsarsai office powered by solar. At present entire project is implemented on trial basis. If the project achieves desired results, SMC has plans to frame a policy for usage of solar power at public buildings.
For the project planning a study was carried out by the civic body. Initially it was planning for 50 &25 KW rooftop but since it was to be connected to grid, hence 100Kw single plant was found more viable. It was concluded that with the increasing heat levels, Solar panels will prove to be beneficial deal for the civic body in long run. From last one year SMC has been mooting the installation of Solar panels for its vital and important buildings.
(Source: DNA India)
The State Government is planning a 4,000-acre solar park in Bijapur district..i.e government will be starting with 80-100MW and will be completing within 18 months. “Basic infrastructure like power evacuation support, water and roads will be provided,” Mr Kumar MD,KREDL said.
KREDL is the state nodal agency for promoting renewable energy in the State, and will be involved in allotting projects at the park and facilitate implementation of projects.
Most projects that will come up there would be of private developers, Mr Kumar said, adding that the park would only have solar photovoltaic projects.
“We have also received about 500 MW worth applications to set up projects under the REC (Renewable Energy Certificates) mechanism and some of these projects will also come up in the park,” Mr Kumar added.
(Source: The Business Line)
All the companies placing the bids of Rs. 9 per unit to get those tenders to their name are taking a huge risk resulting in the decline of the prices of Solar Panels to slow down. This has come as a conclusion of a research done by CRISIL.
Solar power market is among the most emerging market in India with the government of India drafting various policies to promote the use of green power and diversifying the use of energy. Gujarat state solar policy is among the top runners in the installations of the targeted solar power contributing to about 70% of the total installations in India under the JNNSM scheme. Not only the support of the Government but also a sharp decline in the prices of the PV modules the installed capacity has risen from a mere 20 MW in 2010-2011 to around 940 MW in 2011-2012. The research done by CRISIL however suggests that the decline in the prices of PV modules will freeze in 2012 thus creating a pressure on the companies bidding for a price of less than Rs. 9 per unit to get some profit out of it. According to the survey almost half of the bids are under the Rs. 9 per unit line and almost one-fourth are below Rs. 8.5, thus making these investments very risky.
As the cost of getting power from Solar plants is 4 times the power from coal, the state policies and central policies have mandated the use of .25% of total power from Solar as well as drafted many policies to support the companies installing the plants by allowing them to charge higher tariff per unit of power. Further boost to the solar industry is provided by the sharp decline in the prices with the capital cost going down by 30% in 2011. This was a result of price decline of about 50% of the PV modules which cover almost half the capital cost.
This decline in the PV modules has come with a mass level manufacturing of solar panels done by China making an excess of supply then the demand in the market.
National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC) in New Delhi issued 249 RECs (Renewable Energy Credits) to the NSE and BSE listed M&B Switchgear. RECs are awarded the companies that are generating electricity using the renewable energy sources such as hydro, biomass, wind and solar. The certificates are traded by the obligated entities. These entities are the ones which are the direct consumers of electricity generated from renewable sources or are the electricity distribution companies.
The obligation is such that either the obligated party has to purchase power from the solar plant or can buy the necessary REC.
M&B Switchgear has already setup a 2MW power plant which will be able to generate around 3250 RECs by the end of 2013 as said by Mr. Vishal Pandya, Director of REConnect who are the consultants to the firm. The prices for the trading of RECs set by government are the lowest of 9300 and the maximum of 13400. So if the predicted RECs generation holds true the company can gain a profit of somewhere between 3 crore and 4.5 crore.
Acquiring the RECs is a two way process. First the company has to register with the state load despatch centre and then it has to be accredited by NLDC. Along with M&B Switchgear 4 other companies have been registered, namely Jain Irrigation which has a 8.5MW plant in Maharashtra; Kanoria Chemicals establishing a 5MW plant in Rajasthan; Gupta Suns – a .5MW plant in Madhya Pradesh and Numeric Power Systems with 1.0555MW plant in Tamil Nadu. (Source: REConnect)
(Author: Mohd. Arif)
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