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20 RWA offices to go Solar as a pilot project in New Delhi


At least 20 resident welfare offices in the New Delhi district will soon be powered by the sun. A proposal has been approved for a pilot project under which porta cabins provided by the government to RWAs for office use will have rooftop solar panels. The initial planned solar capacity is 20 kW and is expected to be increased as more areas will be brought under the ambit of the project.

A list of 20 locations has been identified but a final list will be prepared once feasibility of each location is confirmed. “The project will be funded entirely under the ‘My Delhi, I Care’ scheme of Delhi government.

RWAs had been given porta cabins but many of them were finding it hard to function without provision for power. Some have taken up independent connections but are finding it hard to pay bills. The government then stepped in with the proposal for roof-top solar panels. This is the only district in the city with such a provision,” said Nila Mohanan, deputy commissioner, New Delhi. The project will be set up by discom Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL). Its CEO and executive director Praveer Sinha said that it would be implemented within the next two to four months.

“Each porta cabin will have a 1 kW capacity system which takes the total project up to 20 kW. Each unit will be able to run at least a fan, a tube light and a television with this much supply. If the project is successful, it will be expanded to cover more areas. The power generated through the panels will be free for the users as they will be stand alone arrangements. Each system will cost roughly Rs 1.5 lakh,” said Sinha.

Sources said that a total of Rs 1 crore has been allocated for the project though the initial expenditure would be about Rs 30 lakh. “The remaining amount will be kept aside for the expansion of this project. Roughly 50-odd locations can be covered under this system eventually,” said sources.

Meanwhile, even though Delhi’s renewable power obligation has been identified, sources said that it would take another two to three years at least for it to be implemented by the discoms.

(Source: Times Of India)



Solar energy sector speeding in Karnataka


From the time when the government introduced a solar energy policy (2011-16) solar sector is on developing ride in Karnataka.

According to a report Renewable Energy prepared by PwC, which was released at the conference on ‘Sustainable Energy Through Renewables’, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), here on Wednesday, Karnataka is the only state to have supported solar projects under the REC (Renewable Energy Certificate) mechanism. Close to 950 Mw of project proposals have been submitted to Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL), which are under different stages of implementation like preparation of DPR.

Marvellous progress has been made by Karnataka in solar sector. Already it is having 14 MW installed capacity,  and over 1.2 GW  in the pipeline under various schemes. The 14MW installation is done under  Arunodaya programme by Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. Of these 3 Mwp each are in Kolar, Belgaum and Raichur and a 5 Mwp in Mandya district in Karnataka. Based on report submitted to CERC in 2010, the energy produced by the 3 MWp in Belgaum was around 3.9 million units.

In a recent bid the government has allotted projects for 80 MW (60 MW for solar PV and 20 Mw for solar thermal) at tariffs between Rs 7.94 to Rs 8.50 per unit for solar PV and  between Rs 10.94 and Rs 11.32 per unit for solar thermal projects.

Karnataka is having one of the highest potentials for renewable energy among all states in India. Renewable sources are contributing to around 24% of the state’s installed capacity. If minor changes are done in the policy framework, Karnataka may come in the top 3 states in terms of annual wind capacity additions. Investors are attracted by the large untapped wind potential and above average wind.

Estimated renewable energy potential is 28 GW. As per the report a total of 17,278 MW, has been allotted from wind, small hydro, co-generation and biomass sectors which is nearly 60 per cent of the full potential. Of this, 2,016 MW is from wind, 88.5 MW from biomass, 948.7 MW from bagasse co-generation, 646 MW small hydro and 14 Mw of solar power have been explored. Most of the sites are far from grid. There is therefore a need to develop a robust and reliable transmission system for extracting the renewable potential. This will definitely help develop Karnataka as a leader.

(Source: Business Standard)


50 MW 5 phased project in pipieline in Bihar

A US-based agency, Schanti Partners, New York will be developing 50MW project worth Rs 580 crore for a solar energy project in Kaimur district of Bihar. Initially, a 10MW unit would be setup. They have received approval letter from Bihar State Investment Promotion Board, no-objection letter from Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA),and the proposal is submitted to Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB).

Intention is to have a 12.5Rs/unit PPA of 25 years with BSEB.

A fully-owned subsidiary of Schanti Partners LLC ‘Sparkle Solar Bihar I’ will be executing the project. The project will be developed in a phase of 10 MW in 5 phases. The equipment would be sourced from Sol Focus Inc. , a US solar equipment manufacturer. An official marking the importance of project said “With the setting up of this solar energy plant, Bihar will emerge as a leader in solar energy development among eastern states of India”.

The project will use the most recent version of photovoltaic technology called Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) system; it is the PV technology with an optical system that focuses sunlight over a large area onto each cell.

The agency would not be taking help from Bihar industrial land bank. As per the proposal, the land would be leased for 30 years term directly from the owners, in lieu of annual lease payments to them.

The financing for the project has already been secured, with a letter of intent(LOI) from the Export-Import Bank of the US. The letter of intent provides for approximately $30 million in financial support with factors depending on extent of US-made solar power equipment.

Kaimur district has robust electricity infrastructure for power evacuation, with grid connectivity and nearby electrical substations. Power lines of 33kV and 132kV and electrical substations are already in place in the district.

Allocation of 175MW of grid-connected solar power projects was granted last year by Bihar Solar Policy.

(Source: India Times)

Pune to get its Solar City soon


The Draft for the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Pune’s solar city has got the green signal by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

This project is the initiative by the Central Government” which aims at reducing the use of electricity and reducing the carbon footprint,” as the pollution is on increase in the city which must be controlled and the natural resources for the energy need to be deployed in the city for present and future benefit of the citizens as well as the climate.

As there are mainly three sources of the carbon production and the GHG gases such as

  • Transportation
  • Water treatment plants and
  • Electricity

The execution of this project will lead to the following things

  • Reducing the carbon production
  • Promotion of the renewable energy sources like Solar energy
  • Reduction in the usage of the electricity by at least 10%.

The DPR will include the following points and the emphasis will be on the below mentioned issues …such as

  • How to promote solar energy?
  • How to reduce the electricity usage of streetlights and other public lighting systems?

The fund for this project will be provided by the central government explained by Mr. Mahesh Pathak during the general body meeting.

(Source: Times Of India)


4337 solar lanterns would be distributed to the shepherds of Himachal Pradesh by the state Government


The Chief Minister of the state Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal revealed that the shepherds of the state would get the 4337 solar lanterns. This was announced while he was addressing the state level function organized to observe Akshay Urja Divas (Non-Conventional Energy Day) to commemorate 69th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister of India, late Shri Rajiv Gandhi. He also flagged off ‘Akshya Urja Rally’ of students here today.


Use of the renewable energy would provide of the additional power in the state as the State has vast potential of renewable energy such as solar, wind and biomass energy which can be exploited to supplement the hydel power generation in the State explained by the chief minister.

He also said that the some of the projects in the state are still going on and some are to be installed.

As there is a

  • Solar Energy Park at Dr. Y.S. Parmar Horticulture and Forestry University Nauni in Solan, near completion.
  • And one such park was being set up at NIT, Hamirpur
  • A 4 KW Solar Power Plant would be installed in the offices of all Deputy Commissioners in the State.


There was a message to the youth of the state from the Chief Minister  to save the energy to mark the ‘Akshya Urja Divas’ and also play  the important role in inspiring every section of the society.

Natural aspects of the states were also dealt while addressing the function, and according to the wordings of the chief minister the maximum use of renewable energy would not only save the natural resources but also offer people with healthy living. People need to learn living in harmony with the nature.

Prof. Dhumal also released ‘Urja Sandesh’ magazine brought out by HIMURJA and explained about nine point environment pledge which was being administered to the students in the schools.

The prominent personalities who were present the function includes Shri Arun Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Shri Harsh Mitter, Chief Executive Officer, HIMURJA with some other prominent persons.


(Source: Indian Power Sector)


UP to have its own solar policy for the term 2012-2017


Very soon UP will be having its own solar power policy. It is expected to form the guidelines for private parties and other organisations for setting up of solar power plants. Further, the UP chief secretary asked all districts DMs to identify land pockets in their villages for setting up of solar power plants.

The task of establishing solar plants in villages has been entrusted to UPNEDA the state renewable energy agency. UP has proposed to set up solar power plants to achieve 1,000 MWs of production till 2017.

The state government is planning to utilise the barren tracts of land in the villages where they can easily get the 5 acres of land per MW of solar plant developed.

As per UPNEDA officials, private players will be encouraged to set up solar power plants. For 2012-17 the Akhilesh Yadav led government has given thrust to solar power and for the first time a solar power policy will be soon implemented in the state.

Bundelkhand region will be at prime importance for establishing solar power plants.

Apart from rebates and other promotions from central government, several incentives to private players who will set up solar power plants. For the proposed growth of the sector generation using PV technology will be treated as industry and as such all incentives under industrial policy of the state will be available to solar power plants.

(Source: Times of India)


Gujarat Solar Canal Top Project to be replicated in Karnataka


The Karnataka State government has planned that to lift water from the  solar panels which will be installed  along the irrigation canals to generate power. The project will be implemented in Yadgir, Raichur and Bijapur districts in the first phase.

Mr. Basavaraj Bommai State’s Water Resources Minister said here on Wednesday that it had been planned to install 10,000 solar panels along the 1 lakh kilometer length of irrigation canals.

The minister was in the city to take part in Independence Day celebrations

Bommai said that a private company will execute the project on a pilot basis for a 5 kilometre-length.Such a project had been successfully implemented in Gujarat.

“Rural areas are not getting adequate power supply and hence farmers are unable to draw water from canals. With the installation of solar panels, each village can get up to five mega watt of power to meet energy demand for households and for farming activities,” the minister said.

(Source: Deccan Herald)


Generation of Power under JNNSM


India has separated targets for 2013 1100MW of grid connected & 20,000 MW by 2022 under the JNNSM, this information was given in written by Dr. Farooq Abdulla the Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy in Rajya Sabha, and the total investment may be approximately $ 40 billion for 20,000 MW of solar power projects.

205340.26 MW is the current installed generation capacity of India which includes

  • 24832.68 MW generated through renewable energy sources.
  • JNNSM aims at achieving 20,000 MW by 2022 thereby it will then constitute one-tenth of India’s current installed power base.
  • The total installed capacity in the country is likely to be more than 400 GW by 2022.
  •  Installed solar capacity then would be one-twentieth of the then India’s total installed capacity.
  • The share of renewable and particularly solar in country’s energy mix would keep increasing and would certainly help in limiting reliance on coal and easing the power deficit.

1030 MW of solar power projects have been commissioned and connected to grid  against a target of 1100 MW of grid connected solar power by 2013, and  these are under both Central and State initiatives according to theThe Minister .

Followings are the steps which are to be taken and the issues to be handled for the completion of the target and projects under the JNNSM by the Govt. & other respected departments

  • like up gradation of transmission network,
  • availability of unallocated power for bundling,
  • delay in payment by DISCOMS,
  • Weak State Nodal Agencies are being focused on.
  •  A transmission network up gradation plan has been prepared by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited.
  • Ministry of Power has been requested for giving unallocated power.
  • Payments from DISCOMS are being monitored continuously and States are being requested to upgrade Nodal Agencies.


All the above information tells us that there are serious steps which are to taken seriously for this growing industry to flourish and for the India to be a Major Player in the field of renewable energy.

(Source: India Power Sector)


R&D Conclave on New and Renewable Energy-Prospects for Cross-Cutting Technologies


On 9-10th August, 2012, in an attempt to give a boost to new and innovative technologies in the field of new and renewable energy applications,MNRE headed by Dr. Farooq Abdullah organized a two-day “R&D Conclave on New and Renewable Energy-Prospects for Cross-Cutting Technologies” at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that the vision of MNRE Energy is to develop new and renewable energy technologies, process, materials, components, sub-systems, product and services at par with international specifications, standards and performance parameters, and deploy such indigenously developed and manufactured products and services in furtherance of the national goals of energy security and energy independence. A large broad-spectrum programme covering the entire range of new and renewable energies is implemented in the country.

On cost reduction, Dr.Chaidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India gave the example of polysilicon produced at economical cost will be critical to the development of solar power in India.

Shri B.K.Chaturvedi, Member (Energy), Planning Commission said that the Planning Commission is supporting faster development and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the country. MNRE has sponsored about Rs 525 crore for 169 R&D projects in the area of solar energy, bio-energy and hydrogen and fuel cells. He said that renewables added 14,660 MW power during the 11th Plan and they will become more important in future.

Shri Gireesh Pradhan, Secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said that the outlay for R&D activities in the Ministry per year is presently around Rs.600 crore which is expected to be doubled in the 12th Five Year Plan. He was of the view that research should be directed towards application and deployment. Only then will renewable energy improve the lives of people.
The two-day Conclave provided an insight into possible projects to be taken up in the 12th Plan.
was attended by eminent Scientist and Technologists from all over the country.  In all, about 19 Scientists presented the outcomes and results of their projects. The discussion during the session focused on solar photovoltaic and solar thermal, new fuels and bio-energy technologies


The Conclave concluded with a panel discussion under the Chairmanship of Dr.R.Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. The panelists commended the efforts of MNRE to promote R&D in new and renewable energy and the achievements thereof by the respective project investigators. They mentioned that the workshop was timely and recommended that R&D efforts need to be scaled up along with industry`s involvement. Dr.R. Chidambaram said to encourage the basic research while giving priority to directed research. Adding he also stated that R&D in storage technology should be vigorously pursued. The Secretary emphasised to prioritise the areas for directed research and partnership with industry in view of restricted supply of funds.


Telecom Towers to go Solar with the initiative taken by Bharti Infratel for their telecom towers


Tower company Bharti Infratel (Calcutta) teamed up with OMC Power, a renewable energy service company (Resco), for powering its off-grid and poor grid telecom tower sites in rural areas using renewable energy solutions.

The move will complement Infratel’s green energy drive to actively promote use of renewable sources to power its towers.

Bharti Infratel is the hived off tower arm of Bharti Airtel and runs in seven of the 22 regions in the country with about 33,000 towers, of which 9000 are in off-grid / poor grid locations.

OMC, in turn, is a power company that funds, builds, operates and maintains micro power plants so that tower companies and telecom company can buy electricity directly from it rather than running their own diesel gen-sets, solar panels or wind turbines.

Under the partnership with Infratel which will be valid over a 10-year span, OMC will set up micro power plants in off-grid and low grid locations. These power plants will generate electricity, primarily using renewable energy sources and energize Infratel’s tower sites. This is slated to reduce dependence on diesel gen-sets for powering these towers.

The Bharti Infratel-OMC pact is likely to benefit rural households in the local community vicinity by supplying them basic electricity. After conducing joint trials, OMC has built the first micro power plant in UP as part of a 10-year agreement.

Infratel’s chief technical officer & O&M head Sairam Prasad said the Resco model would help tower companies whose core competency is enabling telecom reach.

“”While progress has been made in providing telecoms in rural areas, this has been largely achieved without grid-power availability, a key ingredient in providing telecom uptime to this critical infrastructure,”” said Prasad.

Infratel’s decision to invest sizeable sums in green energy solutions comes on the heels of its recent pilot, the Green Towers P7 initiative, which focused sharply on slashing diesel usage and carbon emissions across its tower network.

At present, Indian tower firms collectively have some 400,000 sites and spend a humongous Rs 8,500crore   annually on diesel, says consultancy firm AT Kearney. Off these, about 70,000 are not fed by grid power, but only about 5,000 have switched to solar power since the cost of powering towers through solar energy can be exorbitant at Rs 40 per unit when compared to Rs 6 per unit for grid power.

OMC Power’s co-founder & CEO Anil Raj said its micro power plants have been designed for rural areas. “”We have moved power from CAPEX to OPEX and can supply power at a better price than operators can by doing it themselves,”” he said in a media statement.

OMC has teamed up with top technology companies to build its micro power plants and is using a combination of wind, solar, diesel and battery back-up to ensure a constant supply of power. Using a hybrid of techniques means that at any point in time, power will be drawn from the most suitable source with little or no wastage.

Areef Kassam, manager of GSMA’s Green Power for Mobile program, said: “”The telecom market is in need of more Resco like OMC to help mobile operators and tower companies reduce costs at off-grid rural sites.””

With more than 1.4 billion people living without access to power and 500 million off-grid mobile connections, operators are constantly looking for new ways to provide a commercially viable service””.

Leading industry bodies representing the GSM, CDMA and tower service providers have engaged The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) to create a blueprint to implement green solutions to reduce their carbon footprint. It will suggest ways for tower companies to cut diesel consumption.

More than 2 billion liters of diesel is used to run gen-sets to ensure uninterrupted power supply that in turn allows continuous mobile connectivity even in rural areas where grid electricity is in short supply.

(Source: Economic Times)