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Monday, 12 February 2018 10:18

Solar power to light up Bhopal stadium

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Adding yet another feather to its cap, the Tatya Tope Multipurpose Stadium in the state capital has become the first non-cricket stadium in the country which is completely powered by solar energy. The stadium is being owned and maintained by the sports department.
With the green power, the stadium would be able to save its electricity bill by 60% per month.

Sports minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia said the decision to go green was also a part of economic necessity.

"As we all know there is a need to shift towards renewable sources of energy due to the limitation of non-renewable or conventional energy. Thus, it was decided to start the project from our stadium based in the state capital," said Scindia.

In all, 375 kw solar electricity is being generated through solar panels. "We have implemented the net-metering in the stadium," said Scindia. Net metering is a solar incentive that allows one to pass on surplus power generated to the grid and claim credit for it. When solar panels produce excess power, that energy is sent to the grid and in exchange one can draw from the grid when system is under-producing like during night time.

Stadium has been paying around Rs 5 lakh per month on electricity bill. Sports department officials said it would be brought down to Rs 2 lakh.

Scindia added that cost of installation would be recovered in the next four years. "If we calculate the money which could be saved after installing solar panels then it is clear that the installation cost would be recovered in next 4-5 years. Incidentally, the life of installed solar panels is around 25 years," Scindia said.

Tatya Tope Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium. It is the base of several sports academies. Athletes of these academies stays in the stadium in different room developed for them. Football, athletics, volleyball, hockey, basketball, badminton, cricket, handball, table tennis, taekwondo, wrestling and such other facilities are available in the stadium.

Sports department has now decided to install the solar panels according to the need at MP shooting academy and MP equestrian academy. Both academies are running on the outskirts of Bhopal. New ranges of 25m and 10 m were recently inaugurated. Equestrian academy had recently organised national championship.

Incidentally, India's first solar powered cricket stadium is Chinnaswamy in Bengaluru, while Surashtra Cricket Stadium was second in the country.


India is preparing to host the mega inaugural International Solar Alliance Summit in Delhi on March 11 in the presence of more than a dozen leaders, including those from Asia, Pacific and South America, to set the ball rolling for the country's leadership in providing affordable renewable energy.

Officials said the big draw at the summit will be the French President Emanuel Macron, who will be on a state visit to India coinciding with the event, which his country is co-sponsoring.

The summit or mega founding conference comes just over two years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi first proposed the initiative. Close on the heels of the successful Indo-ASEAN Summit, which was attended by top leaders of all 10 Southeast Asian countries, the upcoming event is being dubbed 'a mini-Africa summit' reminiscent of the one hosted by India in 2015.

The countries which receive maximum sunshine are on the African continent, ranging from Somalia to Egypt.

Besides African leaders, the summit is expected to be attended by Presidents of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, along with leaders of prominent oil producing South American nations and Pacific Islands. Heads of World Bank, ADB, BRICS Bank and European Investment Bank are also among those expected to attend the summit.

Officials said the number of heads of state and heads of government attending the summit could go up as more countries ratify the ISA treaty ahead of the summit. Invitations have been sent to 50 signatories including 21 countries which have so far ratified the treaty for ISA.

The International Solar Alliance is a treaty based inter-governmental alliance of 121 solar resource rich countries located fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

The summit will be a mega diplomatic show, reflecting the Modi government's sustained focus on foreign outreach, officials said. The PM is expected to hold bilateral meets with some of the leaders on the sidelines of the summit, they said.

The event will underline India's commitment to fulfilling global commitments in a time-bound fashion, thereby increasing global confidence in India's capacities, said an official, who did not wish to be identified. The key goal of ISA is to make available solar energy at an affordable rate, create solar grids and establish solar credit mechanism, officials said.

"The vision and mission of the International Solar Alliance is to provide a dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource rich countries where the global community, including bilateral and multilateral organisations, corporates, industry, and other stakeholders, can make a positive contribution to assist and help achieve the common goals of increasing the use of solar energy in meeting energy needs of prospective ISA member countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner," read a statement from the ISA Secretariat.

The secretariat is based in Gurgaon, where PM Modi and then French President Francois Hollande laid the foundation stone in 2016.


India submitted the compliance report to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on December 14 last year over the trade dispute with the US over solar cells, stating that it has complied with the ruling of the multi- lateral trade body in this dispute, Parliament was informed.


In 2015, India lost a case against the US at the WTO as the dispute settlement body of the organisation ruled that the country's domestic content requirements under its solar power programme were inconsistent with the international norms.

Domestic content stipulation for solar cells and modules under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) programme was challenged in 2013 by the US in the WTO.

"After the WTO ruling that required India to remove domestic content stipulation for solar cells and modules in the programme, India submitted its compliance report to the WTO," Minister of State for Commerce and Industry C R Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

He said India stated in the report that it has complied with the WTO ruling in the solar dispute.

In a separate reply, he said the ministry has set up a system of grievance redressal through Twitter.

"The total number of grievances/queries received and responded from April 2016 till January 31 this year is 15,076 and 14,998, respectively," he added.

He said that the grievances or queries mostly pertain to directorate general of foreign trade, Make In India, Startup India, trademarks, copyrights, Geographic Indicators and antidumping.

Friday, 09 February 2018 17:08

Surya Roshni up 12% on order win of Rs 839 million

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Surya Roshni hits record high of Rs 522, up 12% on BSE in intra-day trade after the company said it has received an order worth of Rs 839 million for supply of LED street and tube lights.

“The Company has obtained orders for supply of LED street lights under SLNP (Street light National Program) and for supply of LED tube lights aggregating to Rs 839 million from Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL),” Surya Roshni said in a regulatory filing.

The company received Rs 772 million order to design, manufacture, testing and supply of 40 million LED street lights in territory of Agra & Firozabad (U. P), NTPC/NCL/NSPCL and Gram Panchayats of A.P.

Surya Roshni is engaged in steel pipes & strips and lighting & consumer durables segment.The board of directors of the company is scheduled to meet on Monday, 12th February, 2018 to consider the unaudited quarterly/nine months results of the company for the period ended 31st December, 2017.

The stock has rallied 42% thus far in the current week from Rs 367, as compared to 3% decline in the S&P BSE Sensex.

Friday, 09 February 2018 17:08

Mysuru railway station set to tap solar energy

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To reduce dependency on conventional sources of energy, rooftop solar panels have been installed at Mysuru railway station platforms and division office. The ongoing work is scheduled to be completed by February 15.

Divisional Railway Manager, Atul Gupta says, "Under the green energy programme, the station platform and building will be used to generate 210kWP of solar energy, 100kWP from divisional office and remaining 110kWP from railway platforms. Since we don't have back-up facility, we may not able use the solar power during night hours. This will, however, help to cut down nearly 30% of cost spent on electricity. The project was taken up on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis. The investment has been made by a private player, we will buy power for a period of 25 years under a power purchase agreement. After 25 years, the solar power system will be transferred to the railways."

Mysuru Central Railway Workshop at Ashokapuram is already generating 500kWP solar energy after having installed solar roof top system in December.

In 2015, Indian Railways had drawn a road map to reduce the use of conventional energy and planned to tap non-conventional energy in a phased manner to reduce carbon emission and improve the financial performance of railways.

Friday, 09 February 2018 17:08

Siemens Gamesa bags 160MW of solar EPC orders

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Renewable energy firm Siemens Gamesa said it has bagged 160MW of solar EPC orders from two customers from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, respectively.

The company will provide complete turnkey solutions including infrastructure, engineering and design of solar farm, erection and commissioning of photo-voltaic solar farms in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka as per the agreement.

The projects are slated for commissioning in March 2018, a company statement said.

"Today India is one of the most promising markets for renewable energy. The country has witnessed incremental growth in solar segment in last three years and we expect the momentum to increase in coming years," Siemens Gamesa India, CMD, Ramesh Kymal said.

"Having firmed up our roots in solar business, we are fully geared to contribute to the government's target of 100GW of solar power by 2022," he added.


A document issued by Coal India says, renewable energy will start replacing coal-fired power as solar tariffs are poised to fall below Rs 2 per unit in seven years and storage costs fall, while cheaper international supply can lead to imports of 20 million tonnes, posing a big challenge to domestic suppliers.

The competitiveness of domestic supplies will be a challenge as costs such as wages rise, according to the document prepared with the help of a consultant hired by the monopoly to assess the future of coal in the era of plunging renewable energy costs and rising concerns about polluting fossil fuels such as coal.

The report, on which Coal India is seeking public comments, says that unless costly mines are retired and prices of coal corrected downwards, domestic supply may remain stagnant or even fall.


South Central Railway (SCR) became the first railway zone to have total 100% LED lighting in all its 733 stations with 75,681 conventional lights of different wattages replaced in divisions of Secunderabad -162, Hyderabad -100, Vijayawada -158, Guntakal -157, Guntur -76 and Nanded -80.

This is expected to save a total 32 lakh units of electrical energy and an amount of ₹270 lakh per year.

GM Vinod Kumar Yadav complimented officers and staff for the achievement, a release said.


The school of bio-energy and farm waste management of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) has developed a biogas plant which, it claims, is more efficient in converting kitchen waste into biogas.

The restricted flow anaerobic baffled reactor biogas plant is modelled on cow’s digestive system.

“The plant has a digester with a capacity of 3,000 litres, a balloon gas holder, moisture remover, and carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide removers,” John Abraham, Assistant Professor at the school, said.

“The first chamber of the digester unit will be filled with stomach content (rumen) of cattle collected from abattoirs and the second chamber will be filled with cow dung for producing microbes. Later, kitchen waste can be fed into the digester as feedstock for the microbes and it starts to produce biogas anaerobically,” Dr. Abraham, who mentored the project, said.

He said a major advantage of the unit was that biogas generated at the unit could be transported in a specially made balloon.

Moreover, commercial type of burner could be used with it by the help of a biogas compressor.

The digester has vertical baffles which restrict the flow of kitchen waste, which aids multiplication of microbes. “In traditional biogas plants, the hydraulic retention time or the time for completing digestion of the feeding material is high. But the retention time in the new plant is low as it has two chambers,” Dr. Abraham said.

Around 100 litres of kitchen waste could be fed daily into the plant that produces 2 cubic metres of biogas a day. The project was completed in six months expending ₹1.50 lakh.

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As the government continues to focus on increasing renewable energy capacity, solar and wind power tariffs are likely to dip below Rs 2 per unit in the next 2-3 years, a senior official of transmission firm Sterlite Power said.

Sterlite Power CEO of global infrastructure business Ved Tiwari told that "Solar power has already reached Rs 2.4 per unit, while wind is selling at Rs 2.50 per unit. This will continue to go down...below Rs 2 in the next 2-3 years".

The solar power tariff fell to an all-time low of Rs 2.44 per unit during the auction of 500 MW of capacity at Bhadla (III) in Rajasthan. The government had offered viability gap funding (VGF) for the project.

"During 2017, solar power tariff hovered around Rs 2.40 per unit only in auctions for capacities, where viability gap funding component was there," Tiwari said.

Wind power tariff, on the other hand, dropped sharply to Rs 2.43 per unit during an auction conducted by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL) last year.

Tiwari further said with abundant solar and wind potential, southern states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, have the opportunity to become exporters of power.

"Earlier, power used to be transported to states like Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. But this situation has now changed. States like Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh are blessed with best of solar radiation and wind energy. These states will become exporters of power," he said.

However, he emphasised on the need for enhancing transmission network saying that the economic power can be unleashed for these states if India invests in power transmission.

"Just like India builds highways and roads that unleashes economic potential, much more economic potential may be created by power transmission lines. The country should build more and more power corridors, which would enable states to freely exchange very cheap electricity," Tiwari added.

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