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Energy Minister Kimidi Kala Venkata Rao on Wednesday inaugurated a 100 KW roof-top solar power plant at Sankar Foundation Eye Hospital at Naiduthota here.

Complimenting the services of the hospital in the far-flung areas, the Minister assured all help to the hospital. He also inaugurated a bus worth ₹ 20 lakh to transport patients to and from remote areas to the hospital.

MP K. Haribabu said power cuts had become a thing of the past after 2014 when the new governments came to power. Solar roof-top power would provide clean energy, he stated.

MP Muttamsettti Srinivasa Rao and MLA Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy expressed happiness at the hospital falling in their respective Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies serving people.

Hospital managing trustee K. Mani Mala said the solar plant would generate 400 units of power per day. The hospital screened nearly 17 lakh people for various eye problems and in the past 19 years performed 2.76 lakh surgeries. The hospital got A Plus grade in the Swachh Survekshan in 2017.

ESIC Board member Ch. Ramakotaiah and trustees of the foundation participated.

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A new study by US based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) places Tamil Nadu in the ninth spot globally among areas that generate wind and solar power The report, “power-industry transition, here and now”, includes case studies of markets – ranked by relative share of reliance on variable renewables – that include Denmark, South Australia, Uruguay, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Texas, California, and Tamil Nadu.

While Denmark had a share of 52.8% of the total wind and solar generation in 2017, Tamil Nadu’s share was 14.3% and stood at ninth place. “We show how nine leading countries and regions have adapted to high market shares of wind and solar power using existing integration technologies and policy measures to improve their diversity of domestic generation without compromising reliability or undercutting supply,” said the study.

Tamil Nadu leads India in variable renewables’ market share. Tamil Nadu also leads India in installed renewable energy capacity. Of the total 30GW of installed capacity across the state as of March 2017, variable wind and solar power accounted for 9.6GW or 32% of the total. Firm hydroelectricity added another 2.2GW or 7%, nuclear 8% and biomass and run-of-river 3%.

“As such, zero emissions capacity represents a leading 50% of Tamil Nadu’s total. With much of Tamil Nadu’s renewable energy coming from end-of-life wind farms installed 15-25 years ago, average utilisation rates are a low 18%, making the contribution of variable renewables to total generation even more impressive,” said the study.

“A more diversified electricity generation mix will serve Tamil Nadu better. New low cost solar capital additions and a major repowering of TN’s wind projects, a concerted improvement in energy efficiency plus reduced transmission and distribution losses, should deliver more than 80% of all electricity demand growth in the coming decade,” IEEFA’s Energy Finance Studies Australasia director Tim Buckley said.

By adopting more green power, the discom will be able to operate profitably and at a lower tariff for consumers, said Buckley. TN, which has a total wind capacity of 8,000MW and solar to the extent of 2,500MW, is hoping to increase the capacity as well as evacuating more renewable power.

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The Indian Railways will call tenders to award contracts to set up 3,000 mw of solar power projects on its unused land, rail and coal minister Piyush Goyal said.

State-run lignite miner and power producer NLC India will also bid aggressively for the contracts, the minister said while addressing the media on Tuesday.

NLC entered the renewable energy sector with the commissioning of a 140 mw solar photo voltaic power plant at Neyveli and another 51 mw wind energy plant, also in Tamil Nadu. "In renewable energy, they already have about 191 mw today. It will become 300 mw by March 2018 and by 2025 it's actually 4,251mw that they are planning. So almost 24% of their 13,700 mw capacity will be renewable energy," the minister said.

NLC India posted a 96% increase in net profit at Rs 2,368 crore for the fiscal year ended March 2018. Its turnover grew 30% to Rs 8,672 crore.

Its mining capacity increased from 41.6 million tonnes a year as of March 2014 to 61.6 mtpa in January 2018.

Goyal said the company last year made its highest ever contribution to national exchequer — Rs 4,965 crore, or two-and-half times the previous year.

He urged the West Bengal government to accord approval for the transfer of Damodar Valley Corporation’s Raghunathpur power project to NLC India. "If they (Bengal government) had given us permission two years ago, by now we would have actually started the Raghunathpur plant and it would have started serving the people of India," he said.

Thursday, 15 February 2018 17:07

Centre targets industry to save power

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The Centre, through its company Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), is planning to replicate its success in the LED space in the commercial sector by creating a market for low-cost, energy-efficient motors, a senior official said.

S.P. Garnaik, national programme manager (CGM) at EESL said “About 30-34% of the total energy consumption goes to the industrial sector, which is a substantial amount. And out of that, about 70% is electrical energy consumption.” Most of this electricity consumption is due to the use of motor-driven systems, Mr. Garnaik added.

“Now, we can address the efficiency issues in the entire system or as at the sub-assembly level, which is at the motor level,” Addressing the entire system has larger opportunities but is more complex. You need so many technological interventions. So, initially, we decided to address it at a component level,” Mr. Garnaik said.

Using a combination of economies of scale and design efficiencies, Mr. Garnaik said EESL had so far been able to create motors in the capacity range of 1.1 KW to 22 KW that are 30% cheaper and result in an average of 15% lower electricity usage.

Mr. Garnaik said “Apart from the price benefit, one of the other levers to create demand is the fact that the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion has issued a quality assurance guidance that says that manufacturers will have to supply a minimum energy performance standard adhering to the ‘International Efficiency-2’ (IE-2) level”.

The EESL motors are of the IE-3 level, which save between 7% to 23% of electricity compared with the current industry standard, depending on the application, Mr. Garnaik said.

“The present practice is of using non-IE motors,” he said. “About 99% of the motors being used are IE-1 or non-IE.” Phase 1 of the nation-wide programme, to be unveiled by Power Minister R.K. Singh, would seek to replace 1.2 lakh motors of the capacity of 1.1-22 KW, which would save 175 million units of electricity, he said.

In the second phase, two lakh motors would be replaced, including those of a capacity higher than 22 KW. “There are in total about 11 million motors that can be replaced, which works out to about 15 billion units of electricity being saved,” Mr. Garnaik said. “This can lead to 6,000 MW of capacity reduction. But 11 million cannot be done overnight.”

15/02/2018

Energy Minister Kimidi Kala Venkata Rao on Wednesday inaugurated a 100 KW roof-top solar power plant at Sankar Foundation Eye Hospital at Naiduthota here.

Complimenting the services of the hospital in the far-flung areas, the Minister assured all help to the hospital. He also inaugurated a bus worth ₹ 20 lakh to transport patients to and from remote areas to the hospital.

MP K. Haribabu said power cuts had become a thing of the past after 2014 when the new governments came to power. Solar roof-top power would provide clean energy, he stated.

MP Muttamsettti Srinivasa Rao and MLA Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy expressed happiness at the hospital falling in their respective Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies serving people.

Hospital managing trustee K. Mani Mala said the solar plant would generate 400 units of power per day. The hospital screened nearly 17 lakh people for various eye problems and in the past 19 years performed 2.76 lakh surgeries. The hospital got A Plus grade in the Swachh Survekshan in 2017.

ESIC Board member Ch. Ramakotaiah and trustees of the foundation participated.

15/02/2018

A new study by US based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) places Tamil Nadu in the ninth spot globally among areas that generate wind and solar power The report, “power-industry transition, here and now”, includes case studies of markets – ranked by relative share of reliance on variable renewables – that include Denmark, South Australia, Uruguay, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Texas, California, and Tamil Nadu.

While Denmark had a share of 52.8% of the total wind and solar generation in 2017, Tamil Nadu’s share was 14.3% and stood at ninth place. “We show how nine leading countries and regions have adapted to high market shares of wind and solar power using existing integration technologies and policy measures to improve their diversity of domestic generation without compromising reliability or undercutting supply,” said the study.

Tamil Nadu leads India in variable renewables’ market share. Tamil Nadu also leads India in installed renewable energy capacity. Of the total 30GW of installed capacity across the state as of March 2017, variable wind and solar power accounted for 9.6GW or 32% of the total. Firm hydroelectricity added another 2.2GW or 7%, nuclear 8% and biomass and run-of-river 3%.

“As such, zero emissions capacity represents a leading 50% of Tamil Nadu’s total. With much of Tamil Nadu’s renewable energy coming from end-of-life wind farms installed 15-25 years ago, average utilisation rates are a low 18%, making the contribution of variable renewables to total generation even more impressive,” said the study.

“A more diversified electricity generation mix will serve Tamil Nadu better. New low cost solar capital additions and a major repowering of TN’s wind projects, a concerted improvement in energy efficiency plus reduced transmission and distribution losses, should deliver more than 80% of all electricity demand growth in the coming decade,” IEEFA’s Energy Finance Studies Australasia director Tim Buckley said.

By adopting more green power, the discom will be able to operate profitably and at a lower tariff for consumers, said Buckley. TN, which has a total wind capacity of 8,000MW and solar to the extent of 2,500MW, is hoping to increase the capacity as well as evacuating more renewable power.

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For, the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), which served as the nodal agency for implementing the Centrally sponsored ‘Solar City’ project for promoting solar power generation, will be harnessing the renewable energy from its main office building with the idea of becoming self-sufficient in its energy needs.

The MCC could have taken the green energy route years ago when the city was identified under the ‘Solar City’ project, and could have projected itself as a model perhaps to encourage others to take up harnessing renewable energy.

Now, after several years, that too with the Solar City project is almost nearing conclusion, the MCC has taken up a project for rooftop solar power generation.

The terrace of the MCC’s main building, a heritage edifice, is being used to tap solar energy that will be used to light up the electrical appliances of the office, thus minimising the use of conventional electricity. The aim is to spread the message and encourage more people to start harnessing solar power.

MCC Commissioner G. Jagadeesha said “We are going green with the MCC all set to tap solar power, thereby becoming one of the promoters of renewable energy”.

The frames for placing the photovoltaic cell panels have been put up on the roof of the MCC building, and work on placing the panels will commence soon. “We hope to complete the work by February-end,” the Commissioner said.

When asked why there was a delay in launching this initiative when the Solar City project was launched several years ago, he said: “The work got the approval recently with 30% funding under the Solar City project of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the remaining being foot by the MCC. The old grants are being used now.”

Mr. Jagadeesha said the project at the MCC main building alone costs ₹80 lakh.

The Solar City project was launched to promote the use of renewable energy in urban areas to reduce the demand for conventional energy by at least 10% by adopting and encouraging non-conventional energy resources.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:15

SCCL solar power plant to come up in Ramagundam

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The proposed first solar power plant by the Singareni Collieries Company limited (SCCL) of 50 MW capacity is likely to come up in the Ramagundam-3 division of the Godavarikhani coal belt region in Peddapalli district soon.

Ever since, the Singareni management decided to go in for generating solar power and save power bills, the authorities zeroed in on the sprawling 250 acres of land on the outskirts of Mulkalapalli village of the Ramagundam-3 division.

The Singareni authorities inspected the site for setting up 50 MW solar power plant at a cost of ₹225 crore and sent the proposal to the corporate office.

As land belonging to Singareni was available in the Centenary Colony region, the authorities decided to set up the solar power panels and start generating power in coordination with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The first solar power plant of SCCL would come up in the region and later the second one in the Mandamarri coal belt region.

The SCCL management has decided to produce about 550 MW of solar power in a phased manner. SCCL has 11 coal divisions in the region and the management wants to set up solar plants of 50 MW capacity in each division.

Officials said the management would leave no stone unturned to utilise the open places available for generating solar power including OCPs overburdened (OB) yards.

The setting up of solar power plants in the Singareni region would help the management save at least ₹24 crore per annum. Presently, the Singareni Collieries Company Limited is buying power from TS Transco. SCCL’s thermal power plant at Jaipur in Mancherial district has the capacity to produce 1,200 MW.

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Minister for Local Administration KT Jaleel here on Tuesday said that a private company has come forward to set up an advanced waste to energy plant in the limit of Kozhikode Corporation.

Addressing the gathering after commissioning the Plastic Recycling Plant and shredding unit set up by the Kozhikode Corporation at the West Hill Industrial estate, he said, the advanced plant which will produce electricity from the generated waste will be set up at Njeliyanparamba trenching ground. He said the corporation will provide required land for the company to set up the modern waste disposal plant. He said the company will sell the produced electricity to Kerala State Electricity Board and the company will also manufacture bio manure.

Minister Jaleel said that Clean Kerala Company will set up an electronic waste processing plant on three acres of land at Kuttippuram for the disposal of generated e-waste, bulbs and tubes. He said Clean Kerala Company will also set up glass recycling plant for the disposal of glass waste.

He said Rs 200 crore advanced waste to energy plant will be come up on 15 acre land at Brahmapuram in Cochin and the work inauguration of it will be held next month. He further said Rs 15 crore advanced waste management plant on 80 cents of land taken up at Sultan Bathery will be ready by March.

Minister said that the shredded plastics will be used for the road tarring works at all the local self-government body limit. The LSG department has issued a direction in this regard to all the LSG bodies directing them to make use of twenty percent of total shredded plastic waste in each LSG limits for its road repair works.

The commissioned plant at West Hill Industrial Estate was set up at a cost of Rs 40 lakh has the capacity to dispose two tonne of plastic waste per day. Niravu will operate the plant for a term of three years and it will also provide Rs 30,000 per month to the corporation in return of allowing them to operate the plant. With the commissioning of the recycling plant, the civic body has succeeded in placing a permanent mechanism for the disposal of generated plastic waste.

Mayor Thottathil Raveendran presided over the function. Deputy Mayor Meera Darshak, health standing committee chairman K V Baburaj and others attended the function.

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In the fourth bidding held by Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited, SECI to award 2,000MW wind power projects, six players won by quoting large project size and moderate tariff.

ReNew Power, Green Infra (now owned by Sembcorp India), Inox Wind and Torrent Power quoted the lowest tariff of Rs 2.44/unit. Adani Green Energy and Saudi Arabian Alfanar Energy quoted Rs 2.45/unit. As the bidding follows bucket fill method all the players would get the quoted project capacity.

Torrent Power quoted the highest capacity of 499 MW followed by ReNew Power with 400MW.

Inox Wind got 200 MW, Green Infra 300 MW, Adani Green Energy and Alfanar got 250 MW and 300 MW, respectively.

In earlier bidding held in Gujarat, lowest tariff received was Rs 2.43/unit.

The current government has retired the feed-in-tariff regime in the wind sector to introduce more competition and bring down prices. Aiming at an ambitious target, the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) plans to auction wind power projects every month. Till yet 3,000 MW of wind projects have been tendered including 1,000MW by Gujarat and balance by Centre.

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