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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)



Reality Hits the fast growing Chinese Solar Manufacturing Industries


The importance of Government and Bank support in the field of Solar for the local players has been shown by Chinese Banks for their manufacturers. With the sharp decline in the prices of solar modules worldwide, the world has already seen the downgrading or in some cases even shutdowns of various big manufacturing companies of Europe and US. The result of such a downfall as people call it is because the Chinese manufacturers have come up so fast with the cheap technology of solar modules.

Chinese Solar industry that is termed to be the biggest industry and believed to be among the most profitable is finally seeing the reality which they were not realising until now. But even in scare of such market there has been a lot of support from the Chinese banks to bail them out from such severity of high debts. As said by Wayne in an article “China’s top 10 listed solar companies, though saddled with a combined debt put at $17.5 billion by investment bank Maxim Group, have emerged relatively unscathed from market woes that have driven foreign peers to the wall.”

As compared to Chinese scenario many European companies crunched to the downfall in the market as they were unable to raise the capital against the debt they had. Q-cells which are one of the largest solar cell makers in the world filed for bankruptcy in April as it was unable to clear a debt of $725 million. Even the biggest Chinese companies are also running into losses with the prices of modules going way below than expected. It was the period of 2009 till 2011 in which the solar companies took much of the debt during the downturn of market. Banks also supported such companies with debt as these companies helped to generate employment as also provided a huge boost to China’s economic growth, there banks took the responsibility of providing such companies with debts.

To make sure that these investments don’t go to waste, instead of asking the companies to clear the debt local banks rolled over mature loans each year according to Chinese solar companies and analysts. World’s largest supplier of solar panels Suntech Power Holdings has also huge debt to their name and though they are hopeful to clear it still analysts and shareholders are working out alternative ways with the banks to form an agreement to clear the debt. Even though to repay the debt companies are lowering prices but to remain in the market they will need additional capital which will be very difficult to get with current market scenario.

Apart from these there are many other big solar manufacturers who have huge debts which they are due to pay this year and if the banks decide to recall the capital instead of saving their investments it will be very difficult for companies to compete in the market. So unless there comes a big boom in the solar market all of a sudden companies are going to face real difficulties in the near future.

(Source: Wall Street Journal)


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)


Government planning to level the solar field for domestic developers

Government is now moving to help out the local manufacturer from clutches of the imported solar equipments.

The government is expected to make changes in the equipment sourcing policy before the starting of bidding under JNNSM phase II, which is going to bring in investment of Rs 1.08 lacs crore.

According to sources the officials from ministries concerned such as MNRE, power and finance as well as the Planning Commission met last week to discuss changes in existing bidding guidelines for solar mission projects. The MNRE ministry may seek feedback from financial institutions, project developers and equipment manufacturers, besides NGOs on anticipated changes.

Although the share of thin film –PV is 12-13% but it is expected to be 60-70% in Indian context. Therefore the government is alarmed at the surge in demand of thin film technology equipments due to its comparatively lower efficiency, although at lower prices.

This is instep of levelling the field for domestic player. Already Moser Baer, the sole Indian manufacturer of thin film modules had shut down its plants. “Bringing thin-film solar modules under the domestic content requirement would help level the playing field for solar PV equipment manufacturers,” said Prasanth Sakhamuri, chairman, HHV Solar, a Bangalore-based company.

But according to Mr. Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary, MNRE “The government is likely to be neutral on technology for solar mission projects”.


(Author: Rochit)

(Source: Financial Express)

Surat Municipal Corporation exhibited will for Solar power as well

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.

(Author: Rochit)

(Source: DNA India)

All the Bids below Rs. 9 per unit for solar power generation is highly risky: CRISIL

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.

Solar to Help the Blind – A New Breakthrough

Using tiny solar-panel-like cells surgically placed underneath the retina, scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have devised a system that may someday restore sight to people who have lost vision because of certain types of degenerative eye diseases.

This device — a new type of retinal prosthesis — involves a specially designed pair of goggles, which are equipped with a miniature camera and a pocket PC that is designed to process the visual data stream. The resulting images would be displayed on a liquid crystal micro display embedded in the goggles, similar to what’s used in video goggles for gaming. Unlike the regular video goggles, though, the images would be beamed from the LCD using laser pulses of near-infrared light to a photovoltaic silicon chip — one-third as thin as a strand of hair — implanted beneath the retina.

Electric currents from the photodiodes on the chip would then trigger signals in the retina, which then flow to the brain, enabling a patient to regain vision. “It works like the solar panels on your roof, converting light into electric current,” said Daniel Palanker, PhD, associate professor of ophthalmology and one of the paper’s senior authors. “But instead of the current flowing to your refrigerator, it flows into your retina.”


(Author: Mohd. Arif)

(Source: Science Daily)