RfS for 500MW Andhra Pradesh Solar bidding and Pre-Bid meeting

The RfS for 500MW AP Solar bidding was announced on 14th August, 2014. The RfS document can be downloaded from APTRANSCO website here - http://www.aptransco.gov.in/transco/docs/whatsnew1/Solar-Bid-and-PPA.pdf The Pre-bid meeting for the bidding is scheduled to be conducted on 22nd August, 2014 from 11AM to 1PM at Vidyut Soudha, Khairatabad, Hyderabad. The notice regarding the same can be downloaded here – http://www.aptransco.gov.in/transco/docs/whatsnew1/solar-prebid.pdf All interested parties are requested to go through the RfS and get your queries clarified during the pre-bid meeting.

HIMURJA Tender for 216 rooftop solar power plants – 2 KW each

HIMURJA – Himachal Pradesh Energy Development Authority has released a tender for Supply, Installation & Commissioning  of 2 kWp SPV Power Plants in 216 locations across the state. This is for the state Police Department and the Solar Power Packs will be installed at various police stations across the state. Some of the key highlights of the tender: All the firms who are the Channel Partners for SPV Programme accredited by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy sources, GOI or Credit Rating (from MNRE Accredited Rating Agency) of “SP 2C” & above under the Off Grid and Decentralized programme under JNNSM programme are eligible for tendering. The firms must have experience of installation and commissioning of SPV Power Plant up to total aggregate capacity of 100 Kwp in the Off grid Programme. The annual turnover of the firm should be Rs 8 crores for the each preceding three years i.e. 2010-2011, 2011-12 & 2012-13. Time of execution – Material to be supplied within 4 months of awarding the contract and …

Andhra Pradesh to host the 2nd Save Power – Renewable Energy Exhibition

After conducting the 1st Save Power – Renewable Energy Exhibition in Cochin, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh will be hosting the 2nd Exhibition this week in association with New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP). It will provide a platform for stakeholders in Renewable Energy sector to explore new business opportunity in this state. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency products and solutions from all over the world will be showcased here for potential buyers from Utility, Independent Power Production (IPP), Captive Power Production (CPP), Industrial, Commercial and Domestic Sector. There is also a one day seminar on Solar Captive Power Plants and Industrial/ Commercial Rooftops that is being organised along with this exhibition. Dates: 3rd – 5th October, 2013 Venue: HITEX Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad Further information regarding this Exhibition including details of registration are available here and information regarding the seminar is available here.  

Smart grid – Vision and Roadmap announced for India

The Ministry of Power has released a document containing the Vision and Roadmap for Smart Grids in India.  A Smart Grid has automation, communication and IT systems and can monitor power flows from points of generation to points of consumption and control the power flow or curtail the load to match generation in real time or near real time. With the increasing share of renewable energy in the total energy mix, there is a need for smart grids in India to manage this efficiently ensuring stability and reliability. For this, the Ministry of Power had constituted India Smart Grid Task Force (ISGTF) and India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) in 2010. This roadmap was prepared keeping in view the ministry’s objective “access, availability and affordability of power for all”. Some of the important points from this document regarding the vision, targets and outcomes are mentioned below: Distribution: Electrification of 100% households by 2017 with uninterrupted life line supply – 8 hrs/day minimum including evening peak Reduce AT&C losses to below 15% …

Generation Based Incentive for Wind Power being reinstated by Government of India

In the budget of 2013-14, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram had promised reinstating the Generation Based Incentive program for Wind Energy in India. The resolution to that effect has been finally passed by the cabinet which met on August 1st. The quick summary of the resolution that has been passed and the benefits to wind industry: Generation Based Incentive (GBI) of 50 paise per kWh (unit) generated by Wind Power. The GBI will be given till a maximum of Rs. 1 crore per MW. That means 20 million units of energy per MW can claim GBI during the entire lifetime of the wind turbine. The claim period for the GBI is between 4 years to 11 years. ie., the developer can claim the entire GBI money of Rs. 1 crore in not less than 4 years and not more than 11 years. The GBI subsidy can be availed with retrospective effect. No confirmation has been provided on reinstating the Accelerated Depreciation. This ruling is significant since it  brings back much needed …

MNRE – Deployment of Renewable Energy systems as on 30.06.13

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released information on the Cumulative deployment of various Renewable Energy systems/ devices in the country as of 30th June, 2013. According to this information, the Total Grid Interactive power from renewable energy deployed up to 30th June, 2013 is 28.71 GW of which 0.26 GW was deployed during June. The total target capacity to be met for the year 2013-14 is 4.32 GW and of this only 0.63 GW* has been deployed so far. At the present rate of deployment it seems unlikely to meet this target capacity. The target capacity for Solar PV for 2013-14 is 1.1 GW of which only 0.07 GW has been deployed so far. *This number has been miscalculated as 0.566 GW on the MNRE website This update from MNRE can be accessed here.   

APTRANSCO receives responses for 350 MW

After the issuance of a letter inviting bidders to submit responses for a tariff of Rs.6.49/unit last month, APTRANSCO received responses for 350 MW as per the article on Business Line this Thursday. While the responses have been received for 350 MW, it is not the case that the 34 bidders who contributed to this number have accepted the price unconditionally. As per information available, only 7 bidders (contributing to 53 MW) seem to have accepted without any conditions. The remaining 297 MW from 27 bidders were accepted subject to conditions such as change in location, capacity and if possible, price too. As per unconfirmed reports, Essel Mining and Industries Ltd. and Sunborne Energy Services India Pvt. Ltd. contributed to 40 MW out of the confirmed 53 MW. A German company (name not available) agreed to another 5 MW and rest of the 8 MW-odd capacity was accepted by 3-4 bidders in the 1-2 MW range. While many in the industry are still trying to figure out how a tariff of Rs.6.49/unit can work …

Solar Module Specifications

Hello everyone, this is the second blog post on technical aspects of solar cells. This article discusses the specifications manufacturers provide in the datasheets of their solar module. If you ever looked at a data sheet and wondered what these terms meant and want to know more, this blog is for you. Those interested in photovolatics are sure to have seen a solar module datasheet at some point. This blog is to help you understand the different terms in the specifications. These include – “Maximum Power” (Pmax), “Open Circuit Voltage” (VOC), “Short Circuit Current” (ISC), “Maximum Power Point Voltage” (Vmpp), “Maximum power point current” (Impp).   Of course, there would also be other information such as – component details (dimensions, weight, number of cells, some mechanical characteristics), thermal characteristics (thermal coefficient), system integration parameters etc. These other characteristics will be covered in our forthcoming blogs, but in this blog, we will talk about the different currents and voltages. The origin of the current in a solar cell was explained in …

Solar Policies for Rooftop projects in India

Energy consumption in our developing nation is soaring and we are facing severe electricity shortages in several cities and towns. Conventional energy sources are already making a serious environmental impact. So to have an ecologically sustainable growth and to overcome energy security challenges, we have to turn to clean and renewable energies –like solar. It takes approximately 4.5-5 acres to set up a 1 MW solar PV (photovoltaic) generation plant. Although India is quite vast, given our population density, the per capita land availability is low. Exclusive dedication of such large tracts of land for installation of solar arrays will come at the cost of forsaking other necessities that require land. So the best suitable long term design solution for India would be a highly distributed set of individual rooftop power generation systems connected through a local grid. The rooftop power plants offer several other advantages including: -          Decrease in Transmission and Distribution (T&D) losses -          Low gestation time -          Improvement of tail-end grid voltages   The current cost of setting …

The link between Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Bio-Diversity – A Presentation

A presentation that was given at the conference on Climate change, Renewable Energy and Bio-Diversity in Hyderabad organised by Engineers Without Borders-Hyderabad. Renewable energy ewb from EfficientCarbon

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