14/02/2018

The International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research (IIDGR), a part of the world’s leading De Beers Group, has become the first international company in the Diamond City to install a 34.8 kilowatt solar roof at its grading and inscription facility.

In a big move for providing its operations with renewable energy supply, the IIDGR will be generating an average of 56,000 units of electricity each year, thereby reducing the heat load of the building by 90% and significantly decreasing electricity used for air-conditioning.

The IIDGR’s Surat laboratory located at the international business centre on Surat-Dumas Road is the first among the diamond industry to use solar power, with the panels being installed on its uniquely curve-shaped roof. The solar plan has a 25-year life-cycle and will have paid for itself within five years as a result of the savings on electricity expenditure.

The Diamond City has emerged as India’s leading ‘solar smart city’ according to the bi-monthly newsletter of the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE), Government of India titled Ákshay Urja’. According to the smart cities guidelines under the ‘Smart Cities Mission’ launched by the Government of India, at least 10% of the smart city’s energy required should be met by solar power.

Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) had sought project management consultancy of Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, for carrying out feasibility studies and implementation of solar and energy-efficient projects. Rooftop potential of 11,924 mega watt (MW) was found distributed among various smart cities of the country, of which nearly 418MW, or 3.5%, existed in the city.

The solar revolution under the civic body was kick-started with the launch of solar rooftop programme in September 22, 2016, which is now celebrated as Solar Equinox Day.

“Over the past two years, we have measured our carbon footprint and used this information to adapt our business practices in order to reduce our environmental impact and generate cost-savings in our energy and water consumption. Sustainability is key for De Beers and this new solar operation is very much in line with our core beliefs. Meanwhile, installation of the plant provides financial benefits alongside positive environmental impact” IIDGR president Jonathan Kendall said.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:11

Wind tariffs end descend, edge up to Rs 2.44/unit

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Fall in wind power tariffs seem to be have bottomed out as the price inched up to Rs 2.44 per unit in the latest auction for 2000 MW capacities.

The auction was conducted by Solar Energy Corporation (SECI) yesterday.

Earlier in December, the wind power tariff had dropped to an all time low of Rs 2.43 per unit in an auction conducted by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL). The tariff last year started its descend to touch a low of Rs 3.46 in the first round of auction for 1GW capacity by the SECI.

The price fell further to Rs 2.64 in the second round of auction for 1 GW by the SECI in October 2017.

The firming up of wind tariff will boost clean energy in view of India's target of having 60 GW wind energy capacities by 2022.

At present, India has an installed wind capacity of 32.7 GW. The government has planned to auction 10 GW each in 2018- 19 and 2019-20.

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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 17:08

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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The International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research (IIDGR), a part of the world’s leading De Beers Group, has become the first international company in the Diamond City to install a 34.8 kilowatt solar roof at its grading and inscription facility.

In a big move for providing its operations with renewable energy supply, the IIDGR will be generating an average of 56,000 units of electricity each year, thereby reducing the heat load of the building by 90% and significantly decreasing electricity used for air-conditioning.

The IIDGR’s Surat laboratory located at the international business centre on Surat-Dumas Road is the first among the diamond industry to use solar power, with the panels being installed on its uniquely curve-shaped roof. The solar plan has a 25-year life-cycle and will have paid for itself within five years as a result of the savings on electricity expenditure.

The Diamond City has emerged as India’s leading ‘solar smart city’ according to the bi-monthly newsletter of the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE), Government of India titled Ákshay Urja’. According to the smart cities guidelines under the ‘Smart Cities Mission’ launched by the Government of India, at least 10% of the smart city’s energy required should be met by solar power.

Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) had sought project management consultancy of Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, for carrying out feasibility studies and implementation of solar and energy-efficient projects. Rooftop potential of 11,924 mega watt (MW) was found distributed among various smart cities of the country, of which nearly 418MW, or 3.5%, existed in the city.

The solar revolution under the civic body was kick-started with the launch of solar rooftop programme in September 22, 2016, which is now celebrated as Solar Equinox Day.

“Over the past two years, we have measured our carbon footprint and used this information to adapt our business practices in order to reduce our environmental impact and generate cost-savings in our energy and water consumption. Sustainability is key for De Beers and this new solar operation is very much in line with our core beliefs. Meanwhile, installation of the plant provides financial benefits alongside positive environmental impact” IIDGR president Jonathan Kendall said.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:03

Wind tariffs end descend, edge up to Rs 2.44/unit

14/02/2018

Fall in wind power tariffs seem to be have bottomed out as the price inched up to Rs 2.44 per unit in the latest auction for 2000 MW capacities.

The auction was conducted by Solar Energy Corporation (SECI) yesterday.

Earlier in December, the wind power tariff had dropped to an all time low of Rs 2.43 per unit in an auction conducted by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL). The tariff last year started its descend to touch a low of Rs 3.46 in the first round of auction for 1GW capacity by the SECI.

The price fell further to Rs 2.64 in the second round of auction for 1 GW by the SECI in October 2017.

The firming up of wind tariff will boost clean energy in view of India's target of having 60 GW wind energy capacities by 2022.

At present, India has an installed wind capacity of 32.7 GW. The government has planned to auction 10 GW each in 2018- 19 and 2019-20.

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Hartek Power said its power systems engineering, constrution and procurement portfolio has surpassed the milestone of 1 GW solar projects with the commissioning of 545 MW projects in six states.

The company has registered a growth of 91.1 per cent in the power systems EPC business catering to solar plants in a span of just 10 months, a company statement said.

From just 598 MW, as on March 31, 2017, the solar power system EPC projects executed by Hartek Power have now gone up to 1,143 MW, registering nearly a two-fold growth.

With other 285-MW projects under execution, Hartek Power is expected to reach the 1.5-GW mark by the end of this fiscal, it said.

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Hartek Power said its power systems engineering, constrution and procurement portfolio has surpassed the milestone of 1 GW solar projects with the commissioning of 545 MW projects in six states.

The company has registered a growth of 91.1 per cent in the power systems EPC business catering to solar plants in a span of just 10 months, a company statement said.

From just 598 MW, as on March 31, 2017, the solar power system EPC projects executed by Hartek Power have now gone up to 1,143 MW, registering nearly a two-fold growth.

With other 285-MW projects under execution, Hartek Power is expected to reach the 1.5-GW mark by the end of this fiscal, it said.

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