12/02/2018

Union Minister of State for Power and New and Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh on Sunday announced that the 765 kV transmission line would be commissioned soon in Vijayawada.

Addressing newsmen here, Mr. Raj Kumar said that wind power projects would be launched along the Andhra Pradesh coast during the second phase as suggested by a survey that had mapped the potential zones across the country.

In the first phase, wind power generation projects had been launched along the Gujarat and Tamil Nadu coasts. “In 2015, there was no electricity in 18,450 villages across the country. Of them, 16,800 villages have been provided power till date. To achieve ‘power for all’ in Arunachal Pradesh, 1,000 villages will be provided electricity by March 2019,” said Mr. Raj Kumar.

Efforts were under way to ensure 24 X 7 power supply to every household by April 2019, the Union Minister said.

The proposal to introduce pre-paid recharge facility to gain access to electricity was under consideration, he said. “The pre-paid facility will soon be offered by phasing out the monthly billing system,” Mr. Raj Kumar added.

He said that “We have the capacity to generate excess power (including solar and wind). India is a major power exporter to Bangladesh and Nepal. Talks are under way to export power to Mayanmar and Sri Lanka”.

State BJP president and Visakhapatnam MP K. Haribabu were present.

12/02/2018

After successfully completing bidding to source 500MW solar power last year, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has floated another tender to procure 500MW from grid-connected solar photovoltaic power projects through competitive bidding. There is also a greenshoe option for the purchase of an additional 500MW.

GUVNL invited bids for solar power to fulfil its renewable power purchase obligations (RPPO) and to meet future requirements of distribution companies (discoms). "An additional 500 MW capacity through greenshoe option may be offered to participating bidders, who are willing to execute PPAs (power purchase agreements) with GUVNL at the lowest tariff (L1 rate)," the state-run utility said in its tender document.

The minimum project capacity has been set at 25MW. The last date for submission of bids is March 19, 2018, while technical and financial bids will be opened on March 20 and March 26, respectively. The date for the reverse e-auction will be intimated to eligible bidders after the bids are evaluated.

GUVNL will enter PPAs with the successful bidders for a period of 25 years from the scheduled commercial operation date of the project. At present, the state's total installed power generation capacity is 1,420 MW.

Last June, GUVNL invited separate bids for 500MW each from solar and wind power developers. For solar power supply, four companies won bids in September. They are Azure Power, the Tamil Nadu-based GRT Jewellers, Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) and Gujarat Industries Power Company Ltd (GIPCL).

Six companies were selected by GUVNL in December to supply it 500MW of wind power. These companies are Sprng Energy Private Limited, KP Energy Limited, Verdant Renewables Private Limited, Betam Wind Energy Private Limited, Powerica Ltd and ReNew Power Ventures Private Ltd.

Monday, 12 February 2018 10:18

Solar power to light up Bhopal stadium

1110/02/2018

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.

110/02/2018

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.

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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.

Monday, 12 February 2018 10:15

Solar power to light up Bhopal stadium

1110/02/2018

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.

110/02/2018

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.

Monday, 12 February 2018 10:13

Solar power to light up Bhopal stadium

10/02/2018

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.

10/02/2018

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.

4520710/02/2018

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.

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