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June 28th, 2011, 01:40 PM
Hughes Communications to offer satellite services to Rajasthan, Karnataka discoms
NEW DELHI: Hughes Communications India on Tuesday said it has bagged contracts from power distribution firms in Rajasthan and Karnataka to provide satellite services that will help reduce distribution losses.
The two contracts won by Hughes, a leading satellite broadband solutions provider, are together worth about Rs 20 crore, Hughes Communication India Ltd (HCIL) Director Shivaji Chatterjee said.
"There is a lot of losses during power distribution. The use of satellite services would help in reducing such losses," Chatterjee said.
Under the contract with Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd (Jaipur Discom), Hughes would offer satellite services connecting 825 locations in Rajasthan.
The contract with five power discoms in Karnataka -- BESCOM , CESCOM , MESCOM , GESCOM and HESCOM -- would see the company deploying a network of about 713 satellite terminals, Hughes said in a statement.
Hughes has inked the agreement with the Rajasthan and Karnataka entities for periods of three years and five years, respectively.
The two projects are related to the government's Restructured Accelerated Power Development & Reforms Programme (R-APDRP).
"We expect eight to ten more states to utilise our satellite services (as part of efforts to reduce transmission and distribution losses). We expect to rake in revenues of Rs 80 to 100 crore from such projects in the next 12-18 months," Chatterjee said.
The government has initiated various measures to bring down transmission and distribution losses in the fast-growing power sector. Going by estimates, T&D losses amount to around 30 per cent of power sector output.
HCIL is a majority-owned subsidiary of US-based Hughes Network Systems LLC.
June 28th, 2011, 03:13 PM
Rajasthan govt inks MoU for setting up 1200MW thermal plant
Rajasthan government has signed an MoU with Gujarat-based power company Siddhi EnerTech Limited for setting up a 1,200 MW coal-based super critical thermal power plant in Banswara.
The project, to be set up under the policy for promoting private investments in the power sector, will be one of the three super critical power projects to be set up in the district at a likely investment of around Rs 8,000 crore.
"It is a major initiative set to develop the tribal-dominated region in southern Rajasthan and create employment opportunities for the local youths," said Rajasthan energy minister Jitendra Singh.
As per the policy, the company will get 100% exemption on the stamp duty on paper execution and power purchase guarantee of at least 50% of the power generated in a year among other benefits which include infrastructure support and land acquisition facilitation.source (http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/rajasthan-govt-inks-mou-for-setting1200mw-thermal-plant_558274.html)
June 28th, 2011, 03:14 PM
Solar energy to power Raj's electricity dreams
Jaipur: Rajasthan has become the second largest solar power producer in the country after Tamil Nadu. If all goes well, Rajasthan alone will produce 1500 MW of solar power by 2013, said Jitendra Singh, minister energy and higher education, while addressing a conference on climate change and renewable energy. He said that power situation has improved in the state which is evident from the fact that there have been no power cuts during summers this year except in the villages where transmission and distribution (T&D) losses are high.
"Rajasthan will soon become self-reliant state in the field of power production. In the next five years the state will produce 20,000 to 22,000 MW of power as compared to the present installed capacity of 9200 MW. Rajasthan has immense potential for the production of solar power. By 2013 we will be producing 1500 MW of solar power in the state," said the minister.
Singh informed that the state will soon witness an investment of Rs 40,000 crore in the field of power production from renewable resources. Areas like Jaisalmer and Banswara have huge potential for solar power production. In the next few years Banswara alone will contribute 6,000 MW of power in the total power production of the state.source (http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/RAJ-JPR-solar-energy-to-power-rajs-electricity-dreams-2195806.html)
June 28th, 2011, 03:15 PM
सुपर क्रिटिकल बिजलीघरों के कोल ब्लॉक्स की मंजूरी
जयपुर. राज्य के तीन सुपर क्रिटिकल बिजलीघरों के लिए आखिरकार केंद्र ने छत्तीसगढ़ के परसा पूर्व और कांटे बसान में कोल ब्लॉक्स को मंजूरी दे दी है। करीब दो साल से पर्यावरणीय मंजूरी के इंतजार में अटके इन कोल ब्लॉक्स से अब दो चरणों में 15-15 साल के लिए कोयला मिलेगा।
इन ब्लॉक्स से राज्य को हर साल 10 मिलियन टन कोयला मिलेगा। केंद्रीय पर्यावरण एवं वन राज्य मंत्री जयराम रमेश ने शुक्रवार को मुख्यमंत्री कार्यालय में प्रदेश के कोल ब्लॉक को पर्यावरणीय मंजूरी की घोषणा की। उन्होंने बताया कि क्षेत्र में बायोडायवर्सिटी के संभावित नुकसान को देखते हुए उन्होंने तीन बार प्रस्ताव ठुकरा दिया गया था। हसदेव अरण्य क्षेत्र में ही एक कोल ब्लॉक्स को छत्तीसगढ़ के लिए मंजूर किया गया है।
कॉल ब्लॉक्स को मंजूरी से पहले राज्य सरकार ने केंद्र की इस शर्त को स्वीकार किया है कि इन ब्लॉक्स के कोयले को सुपर क्रिटिकल यूनिट के लिए ही इस्तेमाल किया जाएगा। रमेश ने बताया कि 2013 तक 2100 मेगावॉट के सोलर प्लांट लगेंगे। पवन ऊर्जा की क्षमता को 1550 से बढ़ाकर तीन हजार मेगावाट किया जाएगा। मुख्यमंत्री गहलोत ने कहा कि केंद्र की मंजूरी मिलने के बाद इन परियोजनाओं को अब तेजी से आगे बढ़ाया जाएगा।
ब्लॉक्स को मंजूरी के पीछे ये कारण गिनाए रमेश ने: दो राज्यों के विकास से जुड़ा बेहद महत्वपूर्ण मामला होना। ये ब्लॉक्स सघन जंगल क्षेत्र से पूरी तरह सटे नहीं हैं। पर्यावरण यदि मामूली प्रभावित होता भी है तो इसकी भरपाई संभव। 11वीं पंचवर्षीय योजना में 52 हजार मेगावाट क्षमता हासिल करना।
केंद्रीय मंत्री की मुख्यमंत्री के साथ बैठक में अहम फैसले हुए। इनमें सरिस्का से पांडुपोल दर्शनार्थियों के लिए बस स्टैंड के लिए नेशनल कंजर्वेशन अथारिटी द्वारा 2 करोड़ रुपए मिलेंगे।
ताल वृक्ष से थानागाजी सड़क पर आने वाली लागत का 50 प्रतिशत (लगभग 10 करोड़ रुपए) की केंद्रीय सहायता।
सरिस्का एवं रणथंभौर टाइगर रिजर्व में जैविक दबाव से निपटने के लिए बाउंड्री वाल के लिए केंद्रीय सहायता।
मेगा सेल्टर बेल्ट हेतु ग्रीन इण्डिया मिशन के तहत केंद्रीय सहायता।
जयपुर के पास शाहपुरा में स्मिथसोनियन इंस्टीट्यूशन के सहयोग से प्रस्तावित जैव विविधता के संरक्षण के संबंध में शोध एवं अनुसंधान संस्थान की स्थापना।
बायोस्फियर रिजर्व की स्थापना (धौलपुर से झालावाड़ तक कुल 11500 वर्ग किलोमीटर क्षेत्र) के लिए केंद्रीय सहायता।
तालछापर रोड डायवर्जन के लिए 35 लाख रुपए की सहायता। प्रदेश में 27 संरक्षित क्षेत्रों के आसपास इको सेंसेटिव जोन का डिमार्केशन होगा।
छह चीते आएंगे, 11-12 जुलाई को जैसलमेर दौरा: जैसलमेर में पहले चरण में छह चीतों को बसाया जाएगा। इसमें दो नर और चार मादा होंगे। इन्हें मारारू और शाहगढ़ के बीच बसाया जाएगा। इन्हें तंजानिया, कीनिया, इथोपिया, जांबिया से लाया जाएगा। इन्हें बसाने की प्रक्रिया चार साल में पूरी होगी। इस मामले में जयराम रमेश 11-12 जुलाई को जैसलमेर का दौरा करेंगे। रमेश ने बताया कि राज्य में चीते के पुनर्वास को लेकर लंबे समय से चल रहे प्रयास अब जल्द ही मूर्त रूप लेंगे।
June 28th, 2011, 03:16 PM
Mega project to meet power needs
Jaipur: The state cabinet approved a mega power project of 2x135 megawatt (MW) capacity, on Wednesday.
The project has been proposed for Barmer under the 'Policy for Promotion of Private Sector Investment for Setting up Power Generation Projects in the State of Rajasthan'. Besides meeting the rising demand for electricity in the state, it will also draw an investment of Rs 1,000 crore to Rajasthan.
"It [this project] would bring down the static cost of establishing the 1,080 MW capacity project by the Raj West Power Ltd (RWPL) and would also bring down the existing power tariff," said a press communique. RWPL, a subsidiary of JSW Energy Limited, is currently developing 8 units of 135 MW each, at Bhadresh village in Barmer district. The new project would also be developed by JSW.
In another major decision, the Cabinet approved the draft of 'Mahatma Gandhi University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Jaipur Ordinance, 2011'. After the approval, this medical college in Jaipur would become the first private sector medical university to come up in Rajasthan.
The Cabinet also approved recommendations made by three-member ministerial sub-committee regarding remuneration and career advancement of medical teachers in the state. The proposed amendment in 'Rajasthan Rules of Business' were also accepted by the Cabinet.
Amendments proposed in Rajasthan Public Service Commission Regulations 1951, were also cleared during the meeting. According to the state government, RPSC (Limitation of Functions) (Amendment) Regulations, 2011, would draw a clear line between posts which fall under and out of the limitations of the RPSC.
Meanwhile, the Rajasthan government, through a Cabinet decision, made it mandatory for gazetted officers to declare their assets, failing which they would not be eligible for the annual salary increment. To bring transparency to the process, the Cabinet approved a proposal making DLC rates as the base rate for evaluation of the current value of immovable assets.:cheers:
June 28th, 2011, 03:17 PM
DB Power plans plants in Maharashtra, Rajasthan
Bhaskar Group-promoted DB Power Ltd is looking to set up power plants in Maharashtra and Rajasthan, a top official of the company said.
While the timeframe for setting up these projects was not disclosed, the official said the projects will be established through subsidiaries to be held under Diliigent Power Pvt Ltd (DB Power’s holding company).
R K Gupta, CEO, Diliigent Power, said the company through its subsidiaries is in the process of setting up power projects aggregating to 6,400 megawatts. “Work on our current projects in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh is already underway. These projects would generate 1,200 mw and 1,320 mw, respectively. The balance of about 3,900 mw will be generated through projects in Maharashtra and Rajasthan,” Gupta said.
Company sources said that Chhattisgarh is very likely to see another power plant with generation capacity of 1,320 mw. According to DB Power website, power generated from all the units will be sold under the combination of long-term and short-term PPAs to state owned / private distribution companies and industrial consumers.
While the under-development 1,200 mw power plant in Chhattisgarh will be a coal-based thermal project, the Madhya Pradesh project is a 1,320 mw super critical thermal power plant.
“Both projects are in construction stage and all activities required to run the operations are in place. Coal linkages are in place for the Chhattisgarh plant and an order for boiler turbine generator (BTG) has been placed with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, while Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has been appointed to do the balance of plant,” said Gupta.
As for funding these developments is concerned, Diliigent Power is understood to have tied up debt from a consortium of banks, details of which have been kept under wraps. “Financial closure is already completed for Chhattisgarh and we are in the advanced stages of discussions for the MP plant,” said Gupta.
The holding company (DPPL) has also raised private equity money from Warburg Pincus, which is one of the leading global PE firms. “Warburg has invested at the holding company level. We cannot disclose any further details,” said Gupta when asked about the investment figures.:cheers:
June 28th, 2011, 03:17 PM
राज्य का पहला सोलर पार्क बनेगा जोधपुर में
10 हजार हैक्टेयर जमीन चिह्नित की
जोधपुर। राज्य का पहला सोलर पार्क जोधपुर में विकसित किया जाएगा। इसके लिए राज्य सरकार ने तीन जोन के लिए 10 हजार हैक्टेयर जमीन चिह्नित की है। केंद्र सरकार की मिनिस्ट्री ऑफ न्यू एंड रिन्युअल एनर्जी के सचिव दीपक गुप्ता ने यह जानकारी दी है।
जोधपुर डिस्कॉम के एक बैठक में गुप्ता ने बताया कि जोधपुर, जैसलमेर, बाड़मेर व बीकानेर जिलों में 3 हजार मेगावाट से कम क्षमता वाले सोलर पार्क विकसित किए जाएंगे। राज्य में कुल 3 हजार मेगावाट सोलर पार्क विकसित करने के लिए राज्य सरकार व क्लिंटन फाउंडेशन ने 10 जनवरी 11 को एमओयू पर हस्ताक्षर किए हैं। इसके तहत पहला सोलर पार्क जोधपुर में विकसित किया जाएगा।
इसके लिए सरकार ने जोन प्रथम में 5 हजार, जोन द्वितीय व तृतीय में 2500-2500 हैक्टेयर जमीन चिह्नित की है। राज्य में सोलर पॉवर प्लांट की स्थापना के लिए आवश्यक उपकरणों के उत्पादन के लिए भी इकाइयां स्थापित की जाएगी। [/B[B]]न्यू ट्रांसमिशन सिस्टम में जलापूर्ति की जरूरत के लिए प्रारंभिक स्तर पर कार्य शुरू कर दिया है। इसके साथ ही कार्य दक्षता के विकास के लिए शोध एवं विकास हब बनाने की भी कार्यवाही भी चल रही है।
Govt allots 10,000 hectares land for Raj’s 1st solar park in city
Jodhpur: Jodhpur is all set to get the first solar power park of Rajasthan. Rajasthan government approved for around ten thousand hectares of land to be utilised in three zones for the solar park.
Secretary of Ministry of New and Renewable Resources of Energy Deepak Gupta gave the information to reporters on Monday. Gupta was in Jodhpur to attend a review meet held in Jodhpur Discom Assembly Hall on Monday.
He further said the government also plans to establish solar parks in Jaisalmer, Badmer and Bikaner. The state will get solar power plants with a total capacity of three thousand megawatts. Units for production of essential equipments for the solar power plant will also be established nearby.
A research and experiment hub will also be built to help improve the expertise of the plant and workers of the solar power plant.:cheers:
June 28th, 2011, 03:18 PM
CLP Power to invest Rs 1,800 cr
CLP Power India Pvt Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-based CLP Holdings Ltd, would around Rs 1,800 crore to add around 200-300 MW capacity in renewable energy in the fiscal 2011-12. The company is also evaluating options to set up a solar power plant, said a senior official from CLP Power India.
The company has produced around 150 MW power, last fiscal year, through its wind power projects existing in six states, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
It is expected to set up facilities to produce another 200 MW power in wind energy in 2011-12, said Mahesh Makhija, director- business development (renewables), CLP Power India Pvt Ltd. It has a combined capacity of around 639 MW in wind power segment at present.
“We have some renewable energy projects in the pipeline, though details are yet to be finalised. The investment expected will be around Rs 1,200 crore to Rs 1,800 crore in 2011-12 for capacity expansion in renewable energy projects. We will be growing portfolio in one of the six states where we are currently present in,” said Makhija. Capacity enhancement would be through new projects and the investment would be from debt and equity, he added.
It is also looking at entering into solar energy segment in future. “It is just in the preliminary stage and we are monitoring the solar energy resources in Rajasthan,” said Makhija.
In March, 2011, the company has announced its plans to set up two new wind farms -- a 102.4 MW project at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan and a 50.4 MW project at Nallakonda, Andhra Pradesh. Sipla, the project in Rajasthan and Narmada, the Andhra Pradesh project, are expected to be commercially operational by March, 2012.
Sipla would sell power to Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (JVVNL), Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (JdVVNL) and Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (AVVNL) under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Narmada farm would be developed and constructed under a comprehensive EPC arrangement and power from the project would be sold to the state utilities - Andhra Pradesh Central Power Distribution Company Limited (APCPDCL) & Andhra Pradesh Transmission Company (APTRANSCO) under a 20-year PPA, according to company reports.
The other projects currently under construction includes 113.6 MW wind farm at Pune, Maharashtra, 26.4 MW farm at Davanagere, Karnataka and 10.4 MW farm at Belgaum, Karnataka.
CLP Power India Private Limited has been operating a 655 MW gas-based power plant in Bharuch, Gujarat, since 2002. It is constructing a 1,320 MW supercritical coal-fired power plant in Jhajjar, Haryana, expected to be commissioned by 2012. It has a portfolio of 2,614 MW that includes wind, coal and gas based generation.
June 28th, 2011, 03:19 PM
NPCIL seeks Rs 16,600-crore loan for Rajasthan, Gujarat projects
New Delhi: India is going ahead with its nuclear power capacity addition programme, unfazed by the nuclear disaster in Japan. Nuclear Power Corporation (NPCIL), the country’s sole nuclear utility, has approached a leading public sector lender for a Rs 16,600 crore loan to finance its projects in Rajasthan and Gujarat, sources said.
In further expansion of its generation capacities at Rawatbhata in Rajasthan and Kakrapar in Gujarat, NPCIL is putting up two 700 mw at each location. The state-owned nuclear utility is expected to spend as much as Rs 23,700 crore to complete these projects. NPCIL is using indigenously built 700 mw pressurised heavy water reactors.
“Though a small part of our energy portfolio, nuclear power is equally important. Every little bit that we generate from nuclear plants helps us save on import of fossil fuels,” Kameswara Rao, leader, energy, utilities and mining practice, PwC, said.
Although NPCIL is outside the central electricity regulatory commission’s (Cerc) jurisdiction, it is still financing these projects in the debt and equity ratio of 70 and 30, the norm set by the regulator, to keep the tariff low. These projects are scheduled for commissioning during 2015 and 2016.
“We have asked Power Finance Corporation for the loan,” an NPCIL official said.
In the light of Japan’s nuclear crisis, India’s nuclear power watchdog, atomic energy regulatory board (AERB), is conducting a comprehensive review of safety guidelines and preparedness of nuclear power plants to undertake mitigation in case of an unlikely situation.
But at the same time, it has also tried to assuage public concerns by saying that all the operating reactors in the country are designed to withstand the impact of earthquake and tsunami.
Moreover, only two units in the Tarapur atomic power station have boiler water reactors similar to Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, which is in crisis after being being hit by the earthquake and tsunami , the regulator pointed out.
The department of atomic energy (DAE) has maintained that the Japan crisis should not be cause of alarm or panic. Instead, it should lead to safety enhancements at nuclear plants.
India has 4,800 mw nuclear power generation capacity in place, the bulk of which is based on small reactors in the size of 220 mw. But following the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, India has chalked out ambitious capacity addition in nuclear power generation using large-sized reactors to bridge its growing electricity shortfalls.
For example, the government has planned five nuclear parks each with 10,000 mw capacity at various locations including Jaitapur in Mahrashtra. These projects will be based on large-sized imported reactors. India plans to increase its nuclear generation capacity to 63,000 mw by 2032.:cheers:
June 28th, 2011, 03:20 PM
Solar energy more cost-effective than thermal power
JAIPUR: The state will become self-sufficient in power by 2013, said minister for energy and higher education Jitendra Singh. He was speaking at the inaugural of two-day state-level conference on Power and Energy Systems-2011 at Rajasthan Technical University on Saturday. "Our daily power requirement is 1,300 lakh unit against a generation of 1,150 lakh unit," said the minister.
The Union government's Jawahar Solar Mission scheme will help generate 1,000 MW of electricity from solar energy and it will end power-cut in the state. In this project, the state will generate upto 1,500 MW in 2013, 3,000 MW in 2017 and 20,000 MW in 2020.
Talking about the potential of solar energy in state, he said: "A 100 sq km of land in Jaisalmer can produce one lakh MW of power in 320 sunny days." He said that there are latest technology in which solar energy can be transmitted to grid via satellite. Harnessing power from solar energy is much more cost-effective than thermal power. Generating 500 MW of solar energy requires Rs 15 to 16 crore against over Rs 30 crore from thermal energy. The minister also said that super-critical power plants will come up in Suratgarh, Chhabra and Banswara. It will bring significant improvement in the power scenario and act as a boost for industrialisation in state.
He urged the need to explore new avenues for harnessing energy as consumption will continue to rise in future. His views were echoed by vice-chancellor of RTU, RP Yadav who said, "Solar energy is gaining importance, hence more fundamental research is needed to meet the growing needs of power."
The minister has recently met Union minister for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh who assured him of granting environment clearance to mines on top priority. The state energy department has its own coal mines to meet requirements of thermal power plants. He also said that the state is offering cheapest power in India. Of 85 lakhs consumers, 55 lakhs are getting subsidised power. Farmers are getting power at Rs 0.90 per unit while BPL families at Rs 1.20 per unit.
The second day of conference will saw a series of paper presentations on power generations in state. It will conclude on Sunday.
June 28th, 2011, 03:21 PM
Rajasthan cabinet okays solar energy policy
JAIPUR: Rajasthan cabinet on Wednesday cleared a policy for promoting solar energy production and finalised the draft for a new policy for allotment of land on concessional rates to public, charitable and social institutions.
The cabinet meeting, chaired by chief minister Ashok Gehlot, also decided that bureaucrats will have to declare their assets which shall be uploaded on government websites.
The policy relating to land allotment on concessional rates to public, charitable and social institutions was finalised to prevent the misuse of such provision, Gehlot told reporters.
The cabinet also approved the proposal to change the name of Rajasthan Arurved University , Jodhpur, to Dr Sarvpalli Radhakrishnan Ayurved University.:cheers:
June 28th, 2011, 03:21 PM
Ex-Im Bank to finance Indian solar projects
Export-Import Bank of the United States has agreed to help finance two new solar power projects in India. The move will not only help the development of PV on the subcontinent but also support more than 100 jobs at Infinia Corporation and First Solar’s U.S.-based production facilities.
The funding comes in the form of two direct loans. The first, totalling US$30 million, will enable Dalmia Solar Power to purchase Infinia’s PowerDish electricity system for its 10MW solar-thermal project in Rajasthan. PNC Bank in Pittsburgh is the recipient of the second loan, which will be used to purchase First Solar thin-film modules for a 15MW power plant in Gujarat.
Ex-Im Bank is the first international financing institution to support PV projects under India's National Solar Mission and the State of Gujarat's Solar Power Policy. Both the Indian and Gujarat state government are offering power price incentives to promote the growth of solar power.
"These are the kinds of cutting-edge, U.S. renewable-energy technology exports that President Obama and Ex-Im Bank have made a priority. Our financing is enabling these innovative companies to realise exciting sales opportunities in key markets and maintain jobs in their communities," Ex-Im Bank chairman and president Fred Hochberg said.
"Ex-Im Bank's support was absolutely essential for providing the long-term financing needed to move this project forward," Infinia CEO J.D. Sitton added. "Infinia is at the forefront of developing technologies here in the United States that outperform traditional solar electricity generation, and we are grateful to have Ex-Im Bank as a partner helping us to grow our American work force.":cheers:
June 28th, 2011, 03:22 PM
Raj's power supply corps electrify 3,347 villages under RGGVY
Jaipur, Mar 31 (PTI) Power supply corporations in Rajasthan have electrified 3,347 villages out of 4,455 non- electrified villages under the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidhutikaran scheme, an official said. Chairman of power supply corporations of the state, Kuldeep Ranka, said that the work for completing 15 projects sanctioned under 11th five year plan is underway. "Remaining non-electrified villages are likely be electrified by August 2011," he said. "Free power connections (domestic) have been issued to 9.21 lakh BPL families out of 10.82 lakh families so far and rest will also be issued connections under the scheme," he added.:cheers:
June 28th, 2011, 03:23 PM
Vaish Associates advise Enercon on $198 million twin wind energy projects
China and Light Power (CLP) India, a subsidiary of CLP Hong Kong has signed a $198 million (approximately Rs. 933 crore) deal for developing two wind energy projects with domestic turbine maker Enercon (India) Limited. One is a 50.4 MW project in Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh and the other is a 102.4 MW project in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
Vaish Associates acted as the legal advisor to Enercon (India) with a team led by Partner Martand Singh along with corporate head Vikas Keyal.
Partner Martand said, “This deal adds another feather to our strong renewable energy practice, with wind energy projects advised on, in the current financial year alone, exceeding 1200 MW. With this deal, CLP’s wind energy portfolio stands at 638.8 MW, out of which more than 500 MW has been executed or is under execution by Enercon”.
CLP was advised by their in-house counsels comprising of Sudipta Ghosh, Eshita Mohanty and Nabeel Saleem.
ET reports, CLP India plans to add around 300 MW of wind energy every year, over the next three years. It is currently executing 124 MW of wind energy capacity. The projects at Rajasthan (102.4 MW) and Andhra Pradesh (50.4 MW) are scheduled for commissioning by March 2012. It is also setting up a 1,320 MW of coal based plant at Jhajjar in Haryana, scheduled for commissioning by December.
Recently in January, Suzlon Energy Limited, world’s third largest turbine maker signed a $1.28 billion deal for 1,000 MW of wind power projects with Caparo Energy India.:cheers:
June 28th, 2011, 03:24 PM
Plants in Raj safe, claims nat'l nuclear power corp
Jaipur: Even as call for abandoning nuclear energy is getting louder following explosions in Japan's nuclear power plants, state government, which has been vigorously pursuing nuclear power projects, is tight-lipped about the safety concerns of the nuclear power plants in Rajasthan.
Rajasthan contributes one fourth to the country's total nuclear power generation of 4,780 megawatts (mw). The state produces 1,200 mw from six units at Rajasthan Atomic Power Stations (RAPS) at Rawatbhata in Kota.
Besides, two more power units, of 700 mw-capacity each are under construction at the same site while a new nuclear power project is coming up in Banswara.
Recently, the Central government had given its nod for setting up of an atomic power project on the banks of Mahi River in the tribal Banswara district. Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has given approval for 4 units of 700 mw each.
Despite, the renewed safety and environmental concerns about nuclear power plants, the Central government and its experts have discarded possibility of Japan-like situation.
An official statement from the NPCIL has also tried to assuage safety fears about nuclear power plants in the country. It said, "In-depth review of all such events have been done for all the plants and necessary reinforcement have been incorporated. The events in Japan will be reviewed in detail and …..any reinforcement as needed in Indian reactors will be implemented."
It further added that the Indian plants have testified their safety towards the severe earthquakes of Gujarat in Bhuj on January 26, 2001 when the Kakrapar Atomic Power Station continued to operate safely, supplying much-needed power to the region.
Similarly, during the tsunami in Tamil Nadu in 2004, Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) was safely shutdown without any radiological consequences. The plant was restarted in a matter of days after regulatory :cheers:
June 28th, 2011, 03:24 PM
Nine Power projects get green nod
KOLKATA: An environment ministry panel has cleared power projects with total proposed capacity of 5,674 mw. Developers will now need clearance from the environment ministry to start work.
"The Expert Appraisal Committee has cleared about 9 projects in two successive meetings held on March 7-8 and on March 14-15. The total proposed capacity in these projects is about 5,674 mw," a senior environment ministry official told ET on condition of anonymity. The committee looks at the technical aspect of proposed power plants, and after critical evaluation recommends for either clearance or rejection of the projects. In the past, most projects cleared by the committee have also received clearance from the ministry.
The projects cleared by the panel at its first meeting were DMIC Development Corporation's 1,300 mw plant in Raigarh, Adani Power's 1,320 mw plant in Rajasthan and Indiabulls' 1,350 mw plant in Amravati, Maharashtra. Clearance was also given to ARS Metals' 120 mw captive power plant in Tamil Nadu and Raymond's 7.2 mw captive power plant in Gujarat. The second meeting saw the committee clearing projects with capacity of about 1,582 mw. These included DMIC Development Corporation's 1,300 mw plant at Guna, Adani Power's 270 mw unit in Jharkhand and a 12 mw biomass project in Chattishgarh.:cheers:
June 28th, 2011, 03:25 PM
German government owned development bank KfW plans to lend EUR 800 million in the 2011-12 calendar year to finance various renewable energy projects in India.
Mr Oskar von Maltzan director of KfW said that "We have already financed around 1.5 billion euros in the energy sector in India. In addition to this, we plan to earmark another 800 million euros to fund the green initiatives of India this year (CY'11).”
He said that the German government is keen to promote investment in energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects in India by providing sustainable financing through various agencies.
Mr Maltzan said that "We finance those government agencies which either implement renewable energy projects or lend funds to private or public investors.”
KfW has provided funds to state-run power generating companies such as North Eastern Electric Power Corporation and NTPC for undertaking hydro and solar-based projects.
Power Finance Corp, SIDBI, the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency, REC and India Infrastructure Finance Company are some of the entities being funded by the German bank.
KfW recently signed a loan agreement of around 52 million euros with National Housing Bank (NHB) to promote energy efficiency projects in the residential space, Maltzan said.
The foreign lender has also funded Energy Efficiency Services Ltd which provides consultancy services on energy-saving appliances, buildings and turnkey projects.
Mr Maltzan said that KfW Bank is in the process of signing a EUR 200 million line of credit with IREDA next month adding that so far, it has provided 140 million euros to the state-run lender.
He said that KfW will also sign a loan agreement worth 100 million euros with NTPC for a 15 MW solar plant in Rajasthan in the next few months. In addition, it plans to lend EUR 100 million to REC to enable the company to invest in various energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects.
Furthermore, the bank is looking at funding different programs that are being implemented by NABARD and the Maharashtra State Electricity Generation Company.
(Sourced from ET)
June 28th, 2011, 03:26 PM
ONGC plans 100mw wind project
After diversifying into wi*nd energy two years back, country’s largest explorer ONGC will set up second wind power project in Rajasthan
The firm’s board has decided to spend Rs 818 crore and set up a 100-mw wind power project in Rajasthan, a senior ONGC official said. “ONGC will come out with global tenders for setting up the project. The project will take 18 months to take off after contracts are signed,” he added. ONGC chairman A K Hazarika confirmed the development. However, he didn’t divulge further details.
However, analysts feel that ONGC’s wind power initiative is comparatively small than the firm’s other projects and will not have much impact on its revenues.
BNP Paribas analyst Amit Shah indicated that the firm is yet to reveal a strategic and long-term plan for wind power initiative. It will not impact revenues, Shah added.
June 28th, 2011, 03:29 PM
37 companies chosen for solar power projects in Rajasthan
Indian Oil Corporation, Mahindra Solar, Maharashtra Seamless, Lanco Infratech, Punj Lloyd Infrastructure, and Reliance Power's Rajasthan Sun Tenchnique are among the 37 companies selected to develop 620 MW of solar power projects under the Phase-1 of the National Solar Mission.
NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam which has been designated as a nodal agency to procure solar power from the developers under the Mission, has issued letters of intent to 37 project developers.
A senior NVVN official told Business Line that “The LoIs were issued on December 11. We have asked the project developers to sign the power purchase agreements on January 10, 2011.”
The other winners include Welspun Solar AP Pvt Ltd, CCCL Infrastructure Ltd, Oswal Woollen Mills Ltd, Godawari Power and Ispat Ltd, Corporate Ispat Alloys Ltd, Karnataka Power Corporation, KVK Energy Ventures and Azure Power.
NVVN had invited bids for developing 150 MW of solar PV projects with a capacity of 5 MW each and 470 MW of solar thermal projects with a capacity minimum of 5 MW and maximum of 100 MW each.
The companies offering the best discount on Central Electricity Regulatory Commission's notified tariff were selected. The CERC rates for 2010-11 are INR 17.91 (normal rate of depreciation)/ INR 14.96 (accelerated rate of depreciation) per unit for PV and INR 15.31 a unit for solar thermal.
In solar PV, 21 projects with a total capacity of 105 MW will be developed in Rajasthan, three projects with a total capacity of 15 MW in Andhra Pradesh, and two projects having a total capacity of 10 MW in Karnataka. While Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Orissa have got one project each having a capacity of 5 MW.
For solar thermal Rajasthan has got five projects three for 100 MW and two of 50 MW each totalling 400 MW. Andhra Pradesh has got one project for 50 MW, Gujarat one for 20 MW capacity.
According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy guidelines the letter of intents were expected to be issued end-December, but NVVN has completed the task ahead of schedule. Appreciating the work done by NVVN, the Secretary MNRE, Mr Deepak Gupta, said that "We expect all the selected developers to sign the PPA's before completion of a year (January 11) since the Mission was launched."
June 28th, 2011, 03:30 PM
Suzlon bags Rs 865cr order from Hindustan Zinc
MUMBAI: The country's largest wind turbine maker Suzlon today won a Rs 865-crore order from the Vedanta Group firm Hindustan Zinc to set up wind farms in four states which will together generate 150 megawatt (MW).
The project entails setting up 150 mw capacity in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu by September, besides operating and maintaining the mills, a release issued by Suzlon from Pune said today.
First 50 MW will be completed by March and the remaining by September, the release said, adding the output will be purchased by discoms of the respective states under a long-term PPA (power purchase agreement).
The London-based USD 8 billion Vedanta Group, which is into mining and metals, already has 125 MW of installed capacity in Gujarat and Karnataka and the new project will take its total portfolio to 275 MW and help it earn more carbon credits under the clean development mechanism.:cheers:
June 28th, 2011, 03:31 PM
BHEL emerges as lowest bidder for RRVUNL power projects
State-run BHEL is understood to have emerged as lowest bidder in two projects of Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited, worth Rs 12,200 crore for providing the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the projects.
"BHEL has outbid BGR Energy Systems and Russian company, Powermachines, for the EPC contracts for two super-critical thermal power projects of RRVUNL," a source said.
The source added that the two projects, being set up at Chhabra and Suratgarh in Rajasthan, are of 1,320 MW each and the RRVUNL had floated a tender through international competitive bidding (ICB) route.
However, the bidding amount quoted by the Navratna PSU could not be immediately ascertained.
When contacted, a company official said that despite stiff competition from the foreign companies, this is second time that BHEL has emerged successful in the tender floated through ICB route.
Recently, it had won the EPC contract for first 700 MW supercritical unit at Bellary Power Project in Karnataka from Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL).
The BHEL official added that EPC work on the two super critical thermal power plants will start as soon as the company gets the contract officially and would take about 36 to 48 months time to complete the project.
BHEL Chairman B P Rao has said earlier that the company is confident of facing competition from China and other countries in the core areas of equipment required for power plants due its vast experience and quality of its products.
The order book of the company is currently at on record level of Rs 1,54,000 crore and the company expects to exceed its turnover target of Rs 45,000 crore for 2011-12.
Scrips of the company were trading today at Rs 2,220 a piece on the Bombay Stock Exchange at 1345 hrs, up 1.76 per cent from the previous close.:cheers:
June 28th, 2011, 03:31 PM
R-Power, NTPC sign solar energy deal
Anil Ambani’s Reliance Power today signed a power purchase agreement with NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam for a 100-Mw solar thermal power project in Rajasthan.
The project, being set up in the Bikaner region in Rajasthan, is expected to be commissioned within the next 28 months. It will be implemented by Rajasthan Sun Technique Energy Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Reliance Power.
This is the company’s maiden solar power project and one of the country’s largest. Reliance Power is trying to set up 37,000 Mw, the largest capacity addition in the country’s private sector.
Reliance Power won this project in rate-based competitive bidding under the government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.
The government plans to set up 1,100-Mw solar plants by 2013, under the mission’s first phase.
Two months ago, the government had allocated 650-Mw solar projects based on grid-based power and another 150 Mw for non-grid on tariff-based competitive bidding, said sources.
Other companies that have been sanctioned to set up 100-Mw solar plant at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan include Hyderabad-based Lanco Infratech and KVK Energy Ventures. Godawari Power and Ispat, and Corporate Ispat Alloys Ltd have also got the nod to set up 50-Mw plant each at Jaisalmer.
Each project would cost about Rs 12-14 crore per Mw, said sources.
NVVNL is the designated nodal agency for procuring solar power by entering into PPAs with solar power developers under the Solar Mission.
Anil Ambani, chairman of Reliance Power, had announced plans to set up solar power plants of 600 Mw during the company’s annual general meeting last year.
Reliance Power was planning to use advanced concentrating solar thermal technology to achieve a 32 percent capacity utilisation factor, the highest among all companies who had signed agreements with NVVN, said officials with Reliance Power.
During the recent visit of US President Barack Obama to Mumbai, the Export-Import Bank of the US and Reliance Power had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on providing $5 billion in financial support to Reliance Power for the purchase of US goods and services to be used in the development of up to 8,000 Mw gas-fired electricity generating units and up to 900 Mw renewable (solar and wind) energy facilities.:cheers:
June 28th, 2011, 03:32 PM
JSW Energy commissions power project at Rajasthan
JSW Energy announced that unit II of 135 MW of the 8X135 MW power project at Barmer District, Rajasthan State, has been successfully commissioned and has achieved commercial operation date (COD) effective Oct. 04, 2010.
June 28th, 2011, 03:33 PM
Headline: 6000 crores to be spent on solar energy
story: Rajasthan has won the solar race. The state will be seeing 6000 crores investment in solar energy. According to reports from the chief minister's office out of 630 megawatt solar schemes Rajasthan alone will get 505 megawatt projects. Before this 89 megawatt schemes already have been approved.
The text in grey: Under the National solar mission schemes, out of schemes with capacity of up to 470 megawatt, Rajasthan has acquired 5 projects of 400 megawatt. Also under the solar mission 21 projects with capability of 105 megawatt have been allotted to Rajasthan. Similarly out of 630 megawatt 505 megawatt capacity projects will be implemented in Rajasthan.
June 28th, 2011, 03:34 PM
Godawari Power to set up 50 MW plant in Rajasthan
Godawari Power and Ispat announced that its request for setting up of 50 MW solar thermal power plant in the Village Parewar District Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
The aforesaid project was under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) administered by NTPC Vidyut Vyapaar Nigam (NVVN).
The company`s application has been accepted and selected for issuance of LoI under JNNSM.
The detailed letter to be issued by NVVN in this connection is awaited.
June 28th, 2011, 03:35 PM
Centre approves 12 solar power projects for Rajasthan
JAIPUR: Rajasthan government's twelve solar power projects, one mega watt each, have been approved by the Centre under the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Mission, an official said today.
Under the mission, roof top and small solar projects of one MW each would be set up in the state, the official of Rajasthan Non-Conventional Energy Corporation said.
An investment of Rs 200 is expected to be made in this sector and about 216 lakh units of power would be produced, he said.
June 28th, 2011, 03:36 PM
Suzlon bags contract for 30 mw wind turbine in Rajasthan
NEW DELHI: The country's largest wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Energy Friday said it has won a 30 MW wind turbine order from Bhubaneswar-based mineral developer Altrade Group.
Suzlon said it will operate and maintain the turbines which is will be installed at wind farms in the Jaisalmer and Jodhpur in Rajasthan.
"The project will extend Suzlon's leadership of the Rajasthan wind market taking the total installed base to over 700 MW," the company said in a statement.
The company did not divulge any financial details of the deal.
According to Suzlon, the project is Altrade's maiden venture into wind energy annd once completed it will generate enough electricity for over 6,000 households.
The project is will be commissioned by January 2011.
Currently Suzlon is the market leader in this power segment and has over over 40 sites across eight states with an installed capacity base of more than 5,000 MW.
June 28th, 2011, 03:39 PM
State to become self-reliant in power production by 2015'
JODHPUR: In another five years, Rajasthan will become self-reliant in power production and may even produce surplus electricity. This was stated by S K Kalla, chairman and managing director of Rajasthan State Vidhyut Utpadan Nigam Limited ( RVUNL). Currently, the state is purchasing electricity at a higher price from other states. A number of power projects are under progress in the state with a total production capacity of 8800 MW.
Talking to the reporters during his visit to Jodhpur, Kalla said the government has sanctioned eight projects in the state with a production capacity of 7750 MW under 12th Five Year Plan. Six super thermal power stations with a production capacity of 660 MW are proposed in Suratgarh and Chabra. Besides, four more such power stations with similar capacity are proposed to be set up in Kalisindh and Banswara.
Along with this, thermal power stations with a capacity of 330 MW each are also proposed to be set up in Chabra and Kota before 2015. The permission for this has been given in principal, Kalla said. Apart from this, three power plants at Chabra, Kalisindh and Ramgarh are to be commissioned with a total production capacity of 1860 MW by 2011-12.
"We are exploring all sources of energy available in the state. We have proposed two gas-based power plants with a capacity of 160 MW and 330 MW which are to be set up in Ramgarh and Dhaulpur respectively. Private companies have also been given permission to set up their power plants in the state," he said.
Focusing on the rich deposits of lignite in the state, two lignite-based power plants with 250 MW capacity each will be set up in Barsinghsar of Bikaner by the Neyveli Lignite Corporation. Similarly, Rajwest Power has already started production in Jalipa Kapuradi in Barmer, which has a capacity to produce 135 MW. This plant is also lignite-based. Seven more units with the similar production capacity are to be commissioned later, he said.
Two more private players have been given permission to set up power plants in Banswara and Keshoraipatan. Ramgarh will also have two gas-based power plants by private players. Kalla assured that once all these projects are complete, Rajasthan will not only be in a position to meet the state's power demand but will also be in a position to produce surplus electricity.
June 28th, 2011, 03:41 PM
ONGC proposes to set up Rs 650 cr wind power project in Rajasthan
NEW DELHI: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) proposes to invest Rs 650 crore to set up a wind power project in Rajasthan.
"ONGC proposes to set up 102 megawatt (MW) capacity wind power project in Rajasthan at an estimated cost of Rs 650 crore," Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Jitin Prasada said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
The average annual generation would be in the range of 200-210 million units (one unit is equal to one kilowatt hour).
ONGC is also examining the feasibility of setting up a 501-MW grid connected solar power photovoltaic (PV) project in Gujarat and Rajasthan and some of its own installations.
"No time limit has been fixed to finalise the project. However, it would be ONGC's endeavour to finalise the project at the earliest," he said.
To a separate question, Prasada said ONGC recently approved development of Cluster-7 and WO-Cluster oil and gas fields in the western offshore.
"The estimated in place crude oil reserves in Cluster-7 and WO-Cluster are 35.91 million tonnes and 15.71 million tonnes, respectively and in place natural gas reserves in both the fields are 4.53 billion cubic meter and 15.91 bcm respectively," he said.
ONGC, he said, has drawn up a plan for improved oil recovery (IOR) and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects in 15 major fields, including Mumbai High.
The IOR schemes in Mumbai High North, Mumbai High South, Heera Part-1, Neelam, Heera Part-II oil and gas fields of western offshore, Gandhar, North Kadi Phase-I and II, Jotana Sobhasan, Santhal and Kalol fields in Gujarat have been completed.
"The facilities have been created for EOR schemes in Sanand, Balol and Santhal (fields) in Guajrat," he said. "The work for other IOR schemes namely Lakwa, Geleki and Rudrasagar (fields) have already commenced."
July 2nd, 2011, 02:58 PM
Eco clearance norms for solar thermal projects relaxed
NEW DELHI, JULY 1:
Solar thermal power developers such as Lanco Infratech, Reliance Power's Rajasthan Sun Technique, and Godawari Power and Ispat can now go ahead with their projects without any fear of environmental delays.
The Ministry of Environment & Forests has exempted entities implementing projects under the National Solar Mission from environment clearance requirement. But the developers will have to demonstrate that they are not using protected land and have applied for water permits.
The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy had raised the issue of the State pollution control boards repeated requests to obtain prior environment clearance for solar thermal power projects. The pollution boards felt that these projects were covered by the Environmental Impact Assessment provisions.
“It is now clarified that solar thermal power projects are not covered by the provisions of the EIA notification, 2006,” Thursday's notification said. This decision is expected to speed up the implementation of these projects.
According to developers, solar power is clean and environment friendly and the land used for the projects does not require much change or development. Further, most of the land is used for installing solar collectors only. There are no polluting emissions or discharges in the air or water bodies because of these projects, the industry felt.
Of the 37 companies selected to develop 620 MW of solar power projects (both photovoltaic and thermal) under the Phase-1 of the National Solar Mission, seven are solar thermal projects with a capacity of 470 MW. Of these, Rajasthan has five projects — three of 100 MW and two of 50 MW each — totalling 400 MW. Andhra Pradesh has one project of 50 MW and Gujarat has one of 20 MW.
The companies have to implement the projects by May 2013. In the event of delays in implementation, the companies may forfeit bank guarantees of as much as Rs 180 crore for delays of up to five months, depending on the project size
July 3rd, 2011, 04:37 PM
Jaisalmer fast developing as energy hub
JAISALMER: It's hard to miss the hundreds of wind mills just as one enters the Jaisalmer district. Winds mills not only make a beautiful view but have also brought a change to the district. Now, the wind mills stand tall as witnesses to the desert district fast developing into a hub of non-convention energy source.
Non-conventional energy not only helps meet the state's energy requirement, but also plays a vital role in maintaining environmental balance. Till date, 12,00 units of wind energy have been set up in Jaisalmer while projects for 2,200MW are in the pipeline. The government has received 135 more proposals for 4,900MW solar energy projects and process of land allotment for these proposals has been completed.
With the state's policy to promote non-conventional energy areas and electricity produced free of cost from natural resources, renowned industrialists and personalities have shown their deep interest in setting up wind mill energy units.
Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and many other celebrities have already set up wind mill units, while former union petroleum minister Murli Deora, steel king Lakshmi Mittal and other industrialists have submitted applications to the state government for setting up wind energy units in Jaisalmer.
Many companies including Suzlon, Enercon and Vestas India Limited are not only promoting investors to set up wind mills but also extend help.
District collector Mahaveer Prasad Swami said Rajasthan State Power Project Corporation in 1998-99 had first set up a 2MW wind mill unit on an experimental basis. Today after 12 years, 1,277 units of wind mill have been set up generating 1,209.67MW electricity. Swami said proposals for 2,213MW wind mill units by various other companies are pending with the district administration, as no objection certificate from various departments are required in the process. After fulfiling these formalities, the units would be given approvals.
On solar energy projects, he said the district administration has received 135 proposals for 4,870MW from the nodal agency, RIC, out of which 11 projects for 319MW have been approved by IREDA. Processes for land allotment of the projects are in progress.
Swami said with a lot of solar and wind mill projects being set up in the district, grid sub-stations will be required for electricity transmission and the state government has been apprised in this regard.
July 11th, 2011, 06:35 PM
PLG Power plans 100 MW of solar power generation plant at Rajasthan, India
Mumbai-based PLG Power is in plans to come up with 100 MW of solar power generation plant. One of the biggest solar power projects under PLG Plast Ltd., is expected to start early this year 2011. The project will be put at Pokhran under the recent policy of Government of Rajasthan.
The project is in process to be approved by Indian Energy Exchange (IEC) and Rural Electrification Corporation to proceed further. The total estimated cost of the whole project is Rs. 13.50bn and is expected to start very shortly.
Punit Goel, CEO and director, said: “We have identified this region because of its favourable climatic conditions like very high ambient temperature, atmosphere and soil. This part of Rajasthan receives an adequate amount of solar radiation.” The installation of the project will be highly equipped with skilled labour and highly skilled man-power.
Government of Rajasthan recently announced energy policy on solar sector “Rajasthan Solar Energy Policy 2011”, which proved to be a gateway for manufacturers to set up a power project with a huge capacity. Under this policy the manufacturers are open to sell the generated power to any party or any other state than Rajasthan.
This will be a project after the commencement of 40-MW photovoltaic (PV) modules power project at Patan, Gujarat and 25-MW photovoltaic (PV) modules manufacturing unit at Sinnar, Nasik. www.solarpaces.org
July 18th, 2011, 08:46 PM
Azure Power secures Ex-Im Bank loan for Rajasthan solar project
Azure Power has secured a US$16-million long-term loan from the Export-Import Bank of the United States to finance the construction of its 5MW solar system in Rajasthan, India. The funding will be used to buy First Solar’s thin-film modules and SMA Solar’s inverters.
The project is not only one of the first to be developed under India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, but also one of the first to receive financial backing from an international financing institution.
Ex-Im Bank has now put US$75 million of its financial muscle behind four projects in India during the 2011 fiscal calendar and has set aside a further US$500 million for a project pipeline totalling 315MW. The three other projects are the ACME Solar Technology Project in Gujarat, and the Dalmia and Punj Lloyd Solar Projects in Rajasthan.
"India has set ambitious goals to increase solar energy production and is creating incentives to encourage solar companies to develop this market. Ex-Im Bank is pleased to partner with Azure Power to enable a robust solar power sector in India. We are working with US exporters to make sure that they have the competitive financing they need to participate in these important initiatives," Ex-Im Bank chairman and president Fred Hochberg said.
"Financing is a critical part of any solar project, and the support from Ex-Im Bank has helped to provide Azure Power with First Solar's advanced, thin-film modules," added James Brown, First Solar’s senior vice president. "Collaborating with Ex-Im Bank accelerates renewable energy deployment, allowing our customers to meet the growing demand for clean, renewable solar energy in India."
Repayment of the 16-and-a-half-year loan is based on the cash flows generated by the sale of electricity to NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), for whom the Indian Government has provided special power-price incentives.
July 18th, 2011, 11:04 PM
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NPCIL Starts Building Two Nuclear Power Plants
MUMBAI – Nuclear Power Corp. of India Ltd. said Monday it has begun construction of two indigenously designed atomic power plants of 700 megawatts each.
"The reactors are scheduled to be completed in the year 2016-17," India's only operator of commercial nuclear power plants said in a statement.
The two reactors are located in northwest India's Rajasthan state, which will get half of the total 1,400 MW capacity.
The state-run company's move comes a few months after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, sparking a wave of protests against nuclear power worldwide.
Source : Dow Jones (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303795304576453492981882436.html)
India to begin the construction of its 25th nuclear power plant
Rawatbhata (Rajasthan): India will begin the construction of its 25th nuclear power plant on Monday with the first pour of concrete for the 700 MW indigenous Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) at Rawatbhata.
The 700 MW PHWR will be the seventh nuclear plant at the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS), which already has an installed capacity of 1,180 MW from six units - the largest from a single site.
The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) currently operates 20 nuclear power plants across six sites and has an installed capacity of 4,780 MW.
The excavation work for the Unit 7 at RAPS started on August 19 last year and the NPCIL hopes to start commercial operations by June 2016. The first pour of concrete for Unit 8 at the station is expected later this year.
The Centre had given a financial sanction of Rs. 24,000 crores in October 2009 for building four units of 700 MW of PHWRs - two each at Kakrapar and Rawatbhata in Rajasthan.
The 700-MW PHWR has been designed by NPCIL by scaling up its 540 MW PHWRs under operation at Tarapur since 2005.
The NPCIL is building two 1,000 MW VVER type nuclear power plants at Kudankulam (TamilNadu)and two 700 MW PHWRs at Kakrapar in Gujarat. Unit 1 and 2 at Kudankulam are expected to be operational by August this year and May next year, respectively.
Both the 700 MW units at Kakrapar are expected to start producing power by 2015 end. With the progressive completion of the Kudankulam reactors and the four 700 MW PHWRs at Kakrapar and Rawatbhata, the installed nuclear power capacity of NPCIL is expected to reach 9,580 MW by 2016.
Source : NDTV (http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/india-to-begin-the-construction-of-its-25th-nuclear-power-plant-119915)
July 21st, 2011, 10:22 PM
Rajasthan announces bid dates for projects under its solar policy
On April 19th of this year, Rajasthan finalized its Rajasthan Solar Energy Policy 2011. It targets a minimum of 550 megawatts (MW) of grid connected solar power in Phase 1 (up to 2013).
The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL), the nodal agency responsible for implementing the states’ solar policy, has published the revised draft for the Request for Selection (RfS) document for 250MW worth of projects. The revised draft incorporates some crucial suggestions from industry players and will most likely be released as the official document to be used by developers looking to submit their bids for projects under the Rajasthan solar policy. The RRECL has also published the draft for the Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) for these projects.
According to the draft document, the competitive bidding for the 250MW worth of projects will include 50 rooftop projects of 1MW each, 100MW of Solar photovoltaics and 100MW worth of Concentrated Solar Projects (CSP) projects. The bidding will take place in the latter half of September this year, while the period for submission of the bids will be from August to September. The bench mark tariffs offered are INR15.32 per kWh for PV and INR12.58 per kWh for CSP projects. The developers will be required to offer discounts on these in order to win the bid. Bids are open to both Indian as well as international companies. Out of the 250MW going under the hammer, a single parent company can bid for 61MW worth of projects - one rooftop project of 1MW, up to 10MW worth of PV and 50MW of CSP projects.
Unlike the National Solar Mission, there is no domestic content requirement in the Rajasthan solar policy. The developer can choose any established and operational technology from India or abroad. The draft also gives clear parameters for setting up evacuation infrastructure from the plant to the nearest substation. This has been an issue between the distribution utility and developers in other solar policies so far. For solar PV and CSP projects, if the power plant lies within 15 kilometers of the nearest substation, the cost will be borne by the distribution company (DISCOM). For any length above 15 kilometers, the cost will be borne by the developer. For rooftop projects, the cost will be borne by the DISCOM but the developer will need to take necessary permission from the DISCOM before finalizing the location of the project.
The policy is an improvement on forerunners like the NSM and the Gujarat solar policy because the NSM had a provision of only 5MW of PV projects per developer which made it unattractive for big players and the Gujarat policy had no fixed limits on capacity allocation. The Policy also addresses the concerns of the developers, with regards to the allocation of land and water, availability of an evacuation network and the localized supply chain. Finding the right location and acquiring land is one of the major bottlenecks so far for projects in India. To solve this problem, the policy looks to create land banks from government land. Some of these land banks are situated near cities like Bikaner and Barmer. Under the policy, the developer can use this land for commercial projects after 25 years by selling them at a much higher price than originally paid.
Nonetheless, the Rajasthan policy will face competition from the NSM as bidding for its projects will likely coincide with that under the second batch of Phase 1 of the NSM, expected in the next months. The expected increase in project size allowed per developer under the NSM will attract more players. Most of the big players ignored the first batch of bidding, because of the small project size of only 5MW per developer. The government has introduced a Payment Security Scheme for projects under the NSM through which the government has guaranteed the payments to the developers in case of default by the state distributors. This will make the NSM a first choice for developers as it makes their projects more bankable. Unlike the NSM, which offers a fixed levelized tariff for 25 years to the developers, the current tariff order of the Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) for solar power is only for the control period of ten years. After ten years, the RERC will re-calculate the tariff based on the prevailing market conditions. This makes the return on investment unclear as there is no certainty on the tariff beyond the ten year horizon while the expected lifetime of a PV plant is 25 years and even greater for CSP plants even greater.
July 21st, 2011, 10:24 PM
RAPS units to supply 50% of generated power to Rajasthan
Jaipur, July 21 (PTI) Rajasthan will get fifty per cent of the total energy generated by the two under-construction units of Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS) in Rawatbhata in Kota district. "The state will get 700 MW power out of the total production of 1400 MW. The decision was taken by the union government and the power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has informed the state chief minister Ashok Gehlot about the same through a letter," an official said today. "The chief minister had requested the union government to supply fifty per cent of total energy production (to the state) considering difficult geographical conditions of the desert. As a result the decision was finally taken," he added. Gehlot had highlighted the lack of coal in the state and its considerable distance from ports, which was the main cause of costly energy production in coal based plants. Earlier the state was supposed to get only 20 per cent of total production as per Gadgil formula which defines the entitlement of powers for states, the official said.
September 10th, 2011, 12:05 AM
'Jaisalmer has potential to fulfil nation's power needs'
JAISALMER: Jaisalmer has the potential to generate one lakh mega watt of solar and wind power, which can fulfil the demand of the entire nation, Union minister Farooq Abdullah has said.
Speaking on the occasion of dedicating Suzlon's S-97 MW wind turbine at Tejuwa village in the district on Tuesday, the minister for new and renewable energy said, "Rajasthan has an important place in India in regard to power generation , including unconventional forms like wind and solar. There would be no dearth in the desired assistance for power generation to the state."
Abdullah also emphasized that power generation from wind mills will never affect the tourism business. He gave the example of Maharashtra, where wind mills have become a major attraction for the tourists.
The minister said 20,000 MW of wind and solar power would be generated in the country by 2022.
September 10th, 2011, 12:09 AM
Rajasthan to become power sufficient, aims 12,873MW in next 2 years
Jaipur: Rajasthan is expected to have a power generation capacity of 12,873MW by the year 2013, said State Energy Minister Dr Jitendra Singh in a project review meeting of the department, adding that in the last two years, state's generation capacity has touched the 2763MW mark.
"During the 12th plan an additional power generation capacity of 7750MW will be installed in the state. This includes adding 1702MW through under the renewable energy projects. During this financial year, we would be establishing 110MW solar energy plants, 300MW capacity windmills and 25MW capacity biomass plants in the state," Singh said.
Singh also instructed officials to achieve the target of giving 65,000 new agriculture connections during this year. "We would also be giving out 20,000 domestic electricity connections by March 2012 and we have also instructed officials to give electricity connects in villages with a population of 100 people," Singh said.
Energy minister also inquired about the electricity supply to farmers in the state. He has instructed to ensure that farmers get electricity supply for 6.5 to 7 hours on a regular basis.
According to officials, 32,000 villages in the state are supplied electricity for 20-22 hours and another 7,000 villages get 12-17 hour-supply, but the transmission and distribution losses are more than 20 per cent.
"We are aiming to bring down our T&D losses by 2 percentiles during this year and will ensure that farmers get their share of electricity for a bumper crop in the kharif and rabi season," Singh said.
September 10th, 2011, 01:47 AM
EoI for 500 mw solar power projects in September
Kolkata: The government will float an expression of interest (EoI) in September for allocating 500 mw of solar power projects. This will be the second tranche of allocation in the first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru New Solar Mission (JNNSM).
JNNSM project monitor SP Gon Chaudhuri said the second tranche of allocation would have more stringent technical specifications than the earlier one. Only those players who have exposure to power business are expected to respond to the EoI.
In the first tranche, the government allocated 150 mw of grid-connected solar photovoltaic projects early this year. Before that it allocated 50 mw of grid-connected solar photovoltaic projects under the generation-based incentive scheme (GBIS), which was later on brought under JNNSM.
Chaudhuri said 27 mw, out of the 200 mw so far allocated, has already been commissioned and the rest has attained financial closure. The projects so far commissioned are in Rajasthan and Gujarat.
The government has earmarked an expenditure of R330 crore for procuring power from the first tranche of projects. For procuring power from the second tranche, the government is yet to earmark any expenditure.
But a budgetary allocation of around R250 crore has already been made this year towards development of green energy, Chaudhuri said. “Following the EOI for 500 mw of allocation, the country could expect 250 mw solar photovoltaic generation by the end of the next year,” he said.
JNNSM was launched in January this year, envisioning 20,000 mw of solar photovoltaic generation by 2022. Chaudhuri said the government’s decision to allot projects in the second phase would depend on the progress of the first phase of allocation,
September 10th, 2011, 01:49 AM
Reliance Power plans to invest Rs 8,000 crore to set up 500 MW solar power projects in Rajasthan
NEW DELHI: Reliance Power plans to invest Rs 8,000 crore to set up 500 MW solar power projects in Rajasthan over the next three years, sources close to the development said.
The planned investment is the largest investment in solar projects in India and one of the largest in the world. The first phase of the project comprises setting up a 40 MW plant by 2012, for which the US Exim Bank has approved a loan for $84 million, and a 100 MW project in the following year. The rate of interest rate for the loan is 4-5% and the tenure would be 17 years.
"We are committed to development of large scale solar power projects and are first to embark on solar project of this magnitude. The recent sanction of loan by US Exim bank re-confirms our ability to successfully raise long term debt at attractive interest rates for its projects," a spokesperson from Reliance Power said.
The company has signed power purchase agreement for the 100 MW project with NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd at a tariff of Rs 11.97 per unit. For the 40 MW plant, the power purchase agreement has been signed with Reliance Infrastructure.
September 10th, 2011, 09:37 PM
Anil Ambani meets Gehlot
Jaipur: Industrialist Anil Ambani met Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday at his official residence and discussed in detail about setting up of solar energy plants in the state.
Ambani who is the chairman of Anil Dhirubhai Ambani informed Gehlot that his group is willing to set up solar power plant of 500 MW capacity in the state with approximate investment of Rs 8000 crore.
Ambani also informed Gehlot that work is in progress for the solar thermal power plant of 100 MW under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission while work on 40 MW Solar PV Plant would also commence soon. He requested the CM for quick action regarding earmarking land for the remaining power plants.
Discussing the industrial development in the state, CM said that environment in Rajasthan is conducive for setting up industries and investment promotion. He said government has enacted Single Window Act to provide facilities to investors and it has brought positive results.
CM asked Ambani to begin work on proposed old age home in Jaipur. The land for this purpose had already been allotted during the previous government.
September 10th, 2011, 09:59 PM
'Jaisalmer has potential to fulfil nation's power needs'
he is out of his mind!
September 11th, 2011, 05:44 PM
Solar project: L&T bags order from Reliance Power
CHENNAI, SEPT. 9:
L&T officials today confirmed to Business Line that the company has won the order from Reliance Power for executing a part of the 100 MW solar PV plant at Pokaran in Rajasthan.
L&T did not wish to disclose the value of the “balance of systems EPC” contract, but industry sources put it at around Rs 4 crore a MW.
The PV modules for the plant will be supplied by the American company, First Solar. L&T's job is to put up the plant for Reliance Power. The project is therefore a confluence of three large corporate entities — Reliance, L&T and First Solar.
Reliance Power, which is also a thermal power producer, is putting up a 300 MW solar park in Rajasthan. The effort is believed to meet its obligations to purchase (or produce) renewable power. A third of the proposed capacity will come under the PV technology, while another 100 MW will be a solar thermal plant, for which Reliance is partnering with Areva, USA. Reliance is yet open about the third 100 MW, sources said
September 11th, 2011, 05:45 PM
SEPC bags 50 MW solar thermal power project in Rajasthan
CHENNAI (Commodity Online): Shriram EPC Limited (BSE: SHRIRAMEPC: 532945; NSE: SHRIRAMEPC), has been award an order amounting to Rs. 640 crore from Abhijeet Projects Limited for a 50MW Solar Thermal Power Plant in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan.
The Project is owned by Corporate Ispat Alloys Limited (CIAL) which has won this 50 MW Solar Thermal Project through competitive bidding under Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission.
The CIAL has entered into 25 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN).
CIAL also entered into a Technology agreement with Ener-T International Ltd, Israel for providing the Solar Technology to this project. SEPC will execute the EPC work in partnership with ENER-T International Limited, Israel- a leading Technology & Engineering provider for Solar Thermal Projects.
The scope of work includes the design, engineering, procurement, supply, erection, testing & commissioning for the entire project. And also the project entails setting up of a raw water storage system which includes a facility for pre-treatment of water and storage capacity for 60 days consumption. The project is scheduled for completion in 20 months.
"This contract win is significant for Shriram EPC as it marks our foray into the solar power vertical. We have further broadened our service offerings in the renewable energy space as we now offer competencies in Wind Power, Biomass Power as well as Solar Power. We are actively pursuing opportunities in these verticals as we foresee strong prospects for the renewable energy industry in the future.” Said Mr. T. Shivaraman, managing director and ceo of Shriram EPC Limited.
The company is confident on offering enhanced services, timely delivery and focus on heightened efficiency.
September 16th, 2011, 08:15 PM
Jyoti Structures buys 50% stake in Lauren
Jyoti Structures Ltd said on Thursday it acquired a 50 percent stake in Lauren Engineers and Constructors India Pvt Ltd, a unit of engineering, procurement and construction firm Lauren Engineers and Constructors Inc.
Details, including the financial terms of the acquisition, were not disclosed.
Jyoti Structures had formed a joint venture with Lauren Engineers and Constructors Ltd, and the joint venture firm has won a 5.51 billion rupee contract to set up a 50 MW solar thermal power plant in Rajasthan, it said.
September 27th, 2011, 03:42 PM
Areva T&D bags Rs. 40 crore solar power contract from RPower
French firm Areva's Indian arm Areva T&D on Tuesday said it has bagged a contract from Reliance Power for the execution of a solar power project.
Areva T&D India's transmission business, now part of Alstom Grid, has been awarded a Rs. 40 crore contract by Reliance Power for design and construction of the 350-MW Doorsar solar power plant in Rajasthan, a company statement said.
The turnkey contract involves the design and construction of the sub-station, including transformers, control, protection, monitoring systems and civil works at the plant.
"Areva T&D India is proud to partner with Reliance Power in this prestigious project to offer its sub-station for the country's largest solar power plant," Areva T&D India Limited Managing Director Rathin Basu said.
On June 7, 2010, the global activities of Areva T&D were acquired by a consortium of Alstom and Schneider Electric.
Following this acquisition, high voltage transmission and power electronics activities were put under the control of Alstom and medium voltage activities under the control of Schneider Electric.
However, Areva T&D India will continue to operate under the Areva T&D name until the appropriate judicial process for separation of the businesses, according to Indian regulations, has been completed.
Read more at: http://profit.ndtv.com/news/show/areva-t-d-bags-rs-40-crore-solar-power-contract-from-rpower-180165?cp
September 27th, 2011, 09:23 PM
350 MW :eek:
September 27th, 2011, 09:30 PM
The country's largest solar power plant :cheers:
September 28th, 2011, 08:27 AM
WOW...that's imaging! The country's largest wind turbine maker Suzlon today won a Rs 865-crore order from the Vedanta Group firm Hindustan Zinc to set up wind farms in four states which will together generate 150 megawatt (MW).
September 30th, 2011, 08:08 AM
Jaipur: The Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (RRVUNL) will soon get environmental clearance for Parsa East and Kante Basan coal blocks in the Hasdeo-Arand forest region of Chhattisgarh. The RRVUNL had already received the initial phase of forest clearance earlier in July this year. The state government has now applied for fresh coal blocks in the nearby regions.
Energy minister Jitendra Singh informed that expert appraisal committee of Union ministry of forest and environment has given its consent during its recent meeting held at Nagpur. He said that he was personally monitoring the concerned departments for getting this clearance. Singh said that within 10-12 months, after getting approval, the state will start getting the coal from these blocks for various power projects in the state.
"Kalisindh Jhalawar (2 x 600 MW) and Chhabra (2 x 250 MW) are already under construction. Similarly, the government has also undertaken the work of establishing four super critical thermal units of 660 MW each at Suratgarh and Chhabra. These coal blocks, which have the capacity of 450 million tonne, will provide essential fuel to these units," said Jitendra Singh.
The clearance would help the state in achieving the target of power generation, he added. Earlier, the then Union environment minister, Jairam Ramesh had rejected the final recommendations of the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) and decided in favour of the Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh governments' requests to open up Tara, Parsa East and Kante Basan coal blocks, the last two had been allocated to Rajasthan.
Rajasthan got sanction for 15 years in first phase, covering 762 hectares, allowing it to receive 10 million tonnes of coal every year on the condition that the coal would be used exclusively for super critical thermal power plants.
October 5th, 2011, 11:00 PM
कोल बेड मिथेन से बनेगी 5500 मेगावाट बिजली
बीकानेर/जोधपुर.बीकानेर जिले में कोल बेड मिथेन गैस से 5500 मेगावाट बिजली का उत्पादन होगा। यहां मिथेन गैस के भंडार मिलने के बाद चार स्थानों पर कुएं खोदकर गैस की मात्रा का आकलन करने का काम नवंबर से शुरू हो जाएगा।
बीकानेर में 950 मिलियन घन मीटर कोल बेड मिथेन गैस के भंडार मिलने की संभावना है। इसके दोहन से बीकानेर में 5500 मेगावाट बिजली उत्पादन या 2500 टन प्रतिदिन क्षमता के यूरिया प्लांट्स और बीकानेर स्थित सिरेमिक इंडस्ट्री को ईंधन की आपूर्ति सुनिश्चि होगी। राज्य सरकार ने इसके लिए परियोजना तैयार की है।
क्या है कोल बेड मिथेन :
भूगर्भ पर्यावरणविद राकेश आचार्य के अनुसार कोल बेड मिथेन अति ज्वलनशील गैस है। मिथेन गैस जमीन में करीब 700-800 मीटर की गहराई में मौजूद लिग्नाइट (कोयला) की परतों के बीच में पाई जाती है। ये गैस बिजली उत्पादन, यूरिया और ईंधन के रूप में काम आती है।
महानिदेशक हाइड्रोकार्बन तेल एवं उद्योग विकास बोर्ड (ओआईडीबी) तथा केन्द्र सरकार के तेल एवं प्राकृतिक गैस मंत्रालय की ओर से 3.72 करोड़ रुपए का अनुदान मिलने के बाद बीकानेर के लालमदेसर, सूडसर, राणासर और सतियासर में ड्रिलिंग के लिए निविदाएं भी ले ली गई हैं।
एक कमेटी गठित कर काम शुरू करने के लिए महाराष्ट्र, हरियाणा, दिल्ली व आसनसोल की चार फर्मो में से किसी एक का चयन किया जाएगा। गौरतलब है कि पूर्व में बीकानेर में सर्वे कर लिग्नाइट रिफलेक्टर को प्रमाणित किया गया और 11 हजार वर्ग किमी क्षेत्र कोल बेड मिथेन गैस के अनुसंधान के लिए चिह्न्ति किया गया था।
October 22nd, 2011, 07:34 PM
Mahindra to enter solar energy
CHENNAI: The $12.5 billion Mahindra group is diversifying into solar energy through its in-house private equity arm Mahindra Partners. The solar business, part of Mahindra's Clean Tech vertical, will be involved in on-grid solar plants, off-grid or captive solar plants, solar power products and EPC contracts. Mahindra Solar has already bagged a 5MW project in Rajasthan which will be up and running by January 2012. It will also bid for projects in states like Gujarat, Rajasthan and Karnataka, which are taking the lead in solar energy under the National Solar Mission. The solar business will look for private equity participation once it goes beyond what the company calls the "testing and incubation" stage. Mahindra Clean Tech is also interested in getting into water treatment and water management as well as energy efficiency as business opportunities under the Clean Tech vertical.
Speaking to TOI, Parag Shah, managing partner, Mahindra Partners said: "Under Mahindra Partners - which not only handles diversified businesses like logistics, steel, retail but also incubates new businesses - we have been researching clean technologies for the past two-and-a-half to three years. We have launched the Clean Tech vertical by incubating Mahindra Solar. Given India's energy needs and fact that the government is backing it up through the National Solar Mission makes this an interesting opportunity. Combined with Mahindra's frugal engineering skills the larger corporate philosophy captured by the 'Rise' campaign, this is a sector we definitely want to be a part of."
Mahindra Solar will have three different business lines. It will have an on-grid business which will contribute power to the grid. It will also have an off-grid business for captive solar plants as well as a solar power product line. Besides it will undertake EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contracts to build solar power plants. Mahindra EPC is executing the Rajasthan project in which Mumbai-based Kiran Energy - a solar energy start up founded by Ardeshir Contractor, formerly head of KPMG's Investment Banking business in India, and Alan Rosling, a former Executive Director of Tata Sons - has taken a "significant stake," said Shah. "As we go along we may invite private equity players or more strategic partners like Kiran Energy," he added.
Apart from funding part of the Rajasthan project, Kiran will also be involved in future projects handled by Mahindra Solar. "As we go along they will fund more projects with us. Kiran brings solar power- specific skills because they want to create a vertical integrated business around solar power. Combined with Mahindra EPC, it means an end-to-end solution that can expanded across the country," said Shah. Mahindra EPC would not only take up in-house contracts but also handle third-party outside contracts as part of its business plan.
Although the power produced by the Rajasthan plant will be consumed by the state electricity board, Mahindra Solar has signed the power purchase agreement with a more financially solvent entity - NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) which is a 100% subsidiary of power giant NTPC. Beyond the Rajasthan plant, Mahindra Solar is looking to participate in the second phase of bidding for NVVN projects as well as state level projects under the National Solar Mission. "We may also look at acquiring projects that haven't taken off under the National Solar Mission," said Shah.
The company is tight-lipped about investments but is clear it will not mind picking up a portfolio investment in another related company if it brings relevant technology and IPR to Mahindra Solar. As for private equity and venture capital funding, Mahindra Solar is open to it because "apart from the funding, PEs and VCs bring a certain rigour to the table," said Shah.
November 2nd, 2011, 08:41 PM
Rajasthan exempts entry tax on solar photovoltaic goods
JAIPUR: The Rajasthan government has decided to fork out entry tax exemption on capital goods brought into the state for initial setting up of the solar power plants based on photovoltaic technology.
Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation executive director M M Vijayvargiya told ET that the state government will provide a tax exemption of 4% on entry of 43 capital goods like solar PV module, battery, inverter, lighting panels and solar monitoring stations among other goods used in solar power plants.
"This will expedite the work of existing solar power plants at the same time encourage other developers to start the installation work. We are also expecting to get the similar tax exemption on solar power plants based on thermal solar technology," he said. At present, 22 solar photovoltaic power plants of 5 MW each and one 40 MW plant are under the installation stage.
For solar thermal power, the state has got five projects of total 400 MW, including three projects of 100 MW each and two projects of 50 MW each. The state government has recently come out with its solar policy which aims at creating solar power generation capacity of 10,000 to 12,000 MW in the next 10-12 years.
The policy, besides attracting developers for setting up solar power plants, also envisages setting up solar parks of more than 1000 MW capacity in identified areas of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Barmer. These solar parks would consist of power plants, manufacturing units, R&D units and training centers.
November 3rd, 2011, 06:32 AM
bahut hi badhiya.... rajasthan ko bhi ab aagey aana hoga... solar plants waha bahut kaam aayenge
November 8th, 2011, 06:51 PM
Reliance Power readies Rs 525 cr for Jaisalmer project
MUMBAI: Reliance Power has tied up loans of Rs 525 crore from US Exim Bank and Asian Development Bank to finance its 40-mw photovoltaic solar power project in Jaisalmer district in Rajasthan, company officials told ET.
The Anil Ambani-led power generator, which has been facing fuelrelated issues in its coal and gasbased projects, is looking at expanding its renewable energy sources to reduce risks. The company aims to invest Rs 11,000 crore in the next three years to set up 500 mw of solar and 400 mw of wind energy capacity.
Confirming the raising of funds for the 40-mw solar unit, Reliance Power's Chief Executive Officer JP Chalasani said in an email, "This is the first solar power project to achieve financial closure with global lenders only, resulting in substantial savings."
"This financing also re-affirms the long-term relationship between Reliance Power and prestigious global lenders like ADB and US Exim bank, who are willing to provide financing to our projects even in the current challenging global environment," he added.
The Rs 525-crore debt raised for the solar project includes Rs 304 crore from US Exim Bank and Rs 221 crore from ADB. Sources said the debt has been raised for 18 years at an interest rate of 3-4%. Reliance Power is procuring the photovoltaic solar modules for the plant from US-based First Solar.
The project, which is scheduled to be completed by 2012, will sell electricity to group company Reliance Infrastructure at regulated rates. Reliance Power, which has an operational capacity of 600 mw, aims to have a capacity of 5,000 mw by 2012.
The Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group company is a power developer and owns coal mine assets. Chairman Ambani had told shareholders at the company's annual general meet in September that the company aims to become India's largest green power company.
December 2nd, 2011, 08:31 PM
Suzlon, Coromandel Wind Energy tie-up for Rs470-cr project
The giant player in the energy sector Suzlon has tied-up with Chennai-based Coromandel Wind Energy Limited (CWE). Suzlon, India’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, will be involved in a project of 36 units of Suzlon’s new S97-2.1 MW wind turbine generators, which willbe commissioned in the fiscal year 2012-13.
Under this agreement, Suzlon will set up, operate and maintain a 75.6 MW wind power project for Coromandel Wind Energy in Rajasthan. The deal is valued at nearly Rs470 crore. CWE is established by a team of highly successful Indian and international promoters.
Dr Arun Subbiah, director, CWE said, “The company has been set up to be a preferred investment vehicle for foreign and local investors targeting the booming energy sector in India. The company plans to list on a recognised exchange either in India or London at the appropriate time and is expected to achieve a market capitalisation in excess of $250 million by 2014.”
The Suzlon Group is ranked as the world’s fifth largest wind turbine supplier in terms of cumulative installed capacity at the end of 2010.
The company’s global spread extends across Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa as well as in North and South America with over 18,000 MW of wind energy capacity installed in 28 countries and operations in over 32 countries. The group has a workforce of over 13,000.
December 5th, 2011, 07:08 PM
JSW Energy commences 135MW unit IV at Barmer project
JSW Energy has announced that Unit IV of 135MW of the 8X135MW Power Project at Barmer, Rajasthan, has been successfully commissioned and has achieved commercial operation date (COD) from Dec. 4, 2011.
December 5th, 2011, 07:13 PM
ADB grants $48 mn loan to RPower's solar project in Rajasthan
Multilateral funding agency Asian Development Bank today said it would provide $48 million (Rs 250 crore) loan to Reliance Power for its solar energy project in Rajasthan.
"ADB is providing a long-term loan of up to $48 million to finance the 40 MW Dahanu Solar Power Project located at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan," an official statement said. The project is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2012.
Rajasthan has one of the highest levels of solar irradiation in India.
"India's solar energy potential is one of the highest in the world and this plant will help kick-start large-scale, private-sector solar electricity generation in the country," said Michael Barrow, Director in ADB's Private Sector Operations Department.
Reliance Infrastructure Ltd will buy the electricity under a long term power purchase agreement to fulfil its renewable purchase obligations set by electricity regulators the first fully private sector transaction for solar power.
The power will be distributed to households in Mumbai.
The plant marks RPowers entry into the solar energy business and is part of the companys plans to expand the renewable energy portfolio.
The Export Import Bank of the US is also providing funding for the project that is expected to cost around $147 million, the statement said.
The project will support the government's push to promote environmentally sustainable energy growth while diversifying the country's sources of energy.
By supplying electricity from a clean and renewable source, India will avoid around 41,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year, had the demand been met by conventional fossil fuel-based power plants, the statement said.
ADB provides partial credit guarantees to lenders willing to fund solar power projects of up to 25 MW. The facility is designed to help reduce risk for the private sector, and to mobilise long-term funding for solar energy development.
ADB aims to help develop, finance and commission 3,000 MW of solar power generation capacity in its developing member countries by mid-2013.
December 12th, 2011, 09:42 PM
Ajmera Realty forays into solar power with Videocon
Mumbai, Dec 12 (PTI) Real estate developer Ajmera Realty & Infra today entered into a joint venture with the Videocon Group to make a foray into the solar power sector. Ajmera Biofuel, a 100 percent subsidiary of Ajmera Realty, has entered into a joint venture with Videocon and formed form Comet Power Private in which wherein Ajmera will hold 49 percent and the rest 51 percent shall vest with the latter, Ajmera said in a filing to the BSE. The newly-formed company Comet Power has invested Rs 86 crore to set up 5.75mw solar power project in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, the company said in a statement here. "This is the first set of solar projects approved and commissioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission launched in January 2010. We will be adopting the poly crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (SPV) cell technology for the project," Ajmera business head of renewal space Nimish Ajmera said. The project achieved grid connectivity on October 15 and has commenced supplying the high tension power to the Rajasthan grid, the release said. Comet Power has signed power purchase agreement for 25 years with a subsidiary of NTPC under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. PTI PSK BEN VKV
December 15th, 2011, 06:01 PM
Rajasthan opens bidding for 100 MW solar power projects
As predicted by Headway Solar, Rajasthan has opened the bidding process for 100 MW of Solar Power Projects by bring out the RfS document on 15 December, 2011.
Highlights of the RfS
As per clause no.9 and 11.3 of solar policy, the Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RREC), as the Nodal Agency and on behalf of Discoms of Rajasthan, will select solar power producer for setting up of five to 10 MW (AC) capacity power plants (total capacity 100 MW).
Selection of these solar power projects shall be through tariff based competitive bidding process. The bidder is free to choose any solar PV power generation technology viz crystalline silicon solar cell modules / thin film modules /concentrated PV modules/ any other technology manufactured in India or imported.
The RfS shall be issued to the bidders on any working day from 15 Dec, 2011 to 25 January, 2012, between 10:00 hours (IST) and 17:00 hours (IST) by RREC. The bids must be delivered to the address as given in Clause 2.0 on or before 15.00 hours (IST) on 30.1.2012. The capacity of each solar PV project shall be five MW±5% AC or 10 MW ±5% AC. Five MW AC capacity means five MW AC output at inverter.
Prospective bidders interested to participate in the bidding process are required to submit their RfS document along with a non-refundable processing fee at Rs10,000.00 (Rupees ten thousand ) per MW. Companies incorporated under the Company’s Act 1956 are eligible on standalone basis or as a part of the bidding consortium. A foreign company can also participate on standalone basis or as a member of consortium at RfS stage. But before signing of PPA it has to form an Indiancompany registered under the Company Act, 1956.
Companies shortlisted in RfS / RfP can also execute the project through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). The “Net Worth” of the bidder should be equal to or greater than Rs3 crore per MW or equivalent US$. Net Worth = Paid up Share capital (1. Which includes Paid up Equity share capital and 2. Fully, compulsorily and mandatorily convertible Preference Shares and 3. Fully, compulsorily and mandatorily convertible Debentures) Add: Free Reserves Subtract: Revaluation Reserves Subtract: Intangible Assets Subtract: Miscellaneous Expenditures to the extent not written off and carry forward losses.
For a newly incorporated company/consortium relying solely on its own credentials, where the annual account has not been prepared, the net worth criteria should be met as on day not more than seven days prior to the last date of submission of response to RfS by the bidding companies/consortium. It is not necessary to have the technology partner at RfS stage. Further it is also not necessary for the technology partner to have an equity stake in the bidding company/consortium.
Guarantee/bond submitted by foreign companies must be submitted through banks having branches in India as per list given at format 6.10 / correspondent banks in India. The RERC tariff order for solar plants dated 25.5.2010 is applicable for the projects which have signed a PPA by 31.3.2011 and to be commissioned by 31.3.2012.
December 15th, 2011, 06:03 PM
Nuclear Plant in Rajasthan
The site selection committee of Nuclear Power Corporation has identified a place for establishing a new nuclear energy power project near Mahi Bajaj Sagar Dam in Banswada in Rajasthan.
The Committee appointed by the Central Government has evaluated the site at Mahi-Banswara in Rajasthan in accordance to the criteria laid down in Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) siting code and found it to be suitable. The Government has accorded ‘in principle’ approval of the site for locating 4x700 MW nuclear power plants. The plan is to et up the project in two phases of 2x700 MW each. Currently, pre-project activities have been initiated at the site. These include land acquisition, obtaining statutory clearances, site investigations and preparation of detailed project report. The project financial sanction of the first phase is expected in the XII Five year plan.
The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office Sh V Narayanasamy gave this information in a written reply to a question by Dr. Prabha Thakur and Shri Ashk Ali Tak in Rajya Sabha today.
December 19th, 2011, 06:00 PM
Rajasthan Opens Bidding for 200 Megawatts of Solar Farms
India’s Rajasthan state started accepting bids from developers to set up 200 megawatts of solar power projects in an area that has the country’s second-most solar radiant exposure.
The state plans to auction contracts for 100 megawatts of photovoltaic plants and 100 megawatts of solar thermal plants, Naresh Pal Gangwar, chairman of the state-run Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corp. said today by telephone.
Reliance Power Ltd. (RPWR), Shriram EPC Ltd. (SEPC) and SunEdison, the solar development unit of MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. (WFR), are among companies that are developing projects in Rajasthan, believed to have some of India’s most promising resources to develop energy from sunlight with its sprawling desert terrain.
Solar thermal technology uses sunlight to heat liquids that produce steam for generators, while photovoltaic plants use panels to turn sunlight directly into power.
Contracts are available for photovoltaic projects of 5 or 10 megawatts each and for solar-thermal plants of 50 megawatts each. Companies can bid for both types, according to the agency’s auction rules.
Unlike contracts awarded by the central government, Rajasthan will allow companies to import equipment and technology for their projects.
Bids are due by 3 p.m. local time on Jan. 30 after which the agency will shortlist candidates who meet all the eligibility requirements. The bids will be opened around mid- April.
Plans to also auction an additional 50 megawatts of projects to companies that pledge to build solar manufacturing facilities in the state are awaiting government approval, Pal Gangwar said. Rajasthan had proposed that companies be eligible for licenses to install 10 megawatts of solar power for every 25 megawatts of manufacturing capacity they build.
The state receives on average the most solar radiant exposure in India after Gujarat state, according to a joint study by the India Meteorological Department and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
January 5th, 2012, 01:27 PM
Azure Power commissions 5MW project in Rajasthan in record time
NEW DELHI: Azure Power has commissioned the first 5MW solar PV power plant under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) at Kathauti village, Rajasthan today. The project, spread over 40+ acres of wasteland has been commissioned in a record time of 11 months.
This power plant, set up under the Phase I Batch I of JNNSM will supply power to the Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd. It is also expected to reduce carbon emissions of up to 5500 metric tonnes every year.
For batch 1 of the phase 1, NVVN ( NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam) had invited request for qualification for 150 Mw of solar PV projects, with a capacity of five Mw each, and 500 Mw solar thermal projects, with a minimum capacity of five Mw and maximum of 100 Mw each. Sixty companies participated in the bidding.
JNNSM aims at tapping the huge potential of solar power in India, which is estimated to be around 5,000 trillion kWh per year energy. Government recently indicated that the target to achieve grid-parity would be reduced from 2022 to 2017 looking at the huge participation and low tariffs quoted by solar energy companies.
January 8th, 2012, 04:47 PM
Rajasthan to have four solar parks: Gehlot
JAIPUR: Buoyed by the allocation of 873 megawatt to Rajasthan by the Centre under the National Solar Mission phase -1 out of the 1100 mw, the state is planning to develop four solar parks of 1,000 mw capacity with a thrust on equipment manufacturing.
Speaking at the solar energy session on the first day of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas -2012, chief minister Ashok Gehlot said, Solar parks of 1,000 mw capacity will be set up in Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Barmer. These enclaves will consist of various zones for activities like manufacturing, research and development, and training."
He said722 companies have so far registered for setting up of solar power projects, with a cumulative capacity of 16,900 mw. Including the projects already registered and the additional projects proposed, the sector is expected to attract investments to the tune of Rs 16,000 crores, he added.
Gehlot further said Rajasthan enjoys many advantages in solar energy generation with abundant land availability, availability of solar radiation at 6-7 kWh/m2 and availability of raw material used in the solar energy sector - zinc, molten salt and solar glass.
Union minister for new & renewable energy Farooq Abdullah, the chief guest of the occasion, drew attention to the need for research and development to give a push to the sector. "Investment and research in solar energy sector is a must as renewable energy can help preserve the global ecological balance," he said. He appealed to the overseas Indian diaspora to look at investments in generating capacities and R&D and added that the sector offers good potential for profits.
Praising the efforts of government of Rajasthan on renewable energy, Abdullah said Rajasthan has huge potential for solar energy. Solar energy is already playing a vital role in Ladakh in street lighting, illustrating the solar energy potential of the deserts.
Vayalar Ravi, Union minister for overseas Indian affairs, said energy is the real force behind any development. He highlighted the advantages of solar energy especially in satisfying the basic requirements of rural India, generating employment opportunities and preventing migration to the cities.
Deepak Puri, co-chairman of CII national committee on renewable energy, and & chairman, Moser Baer India, pointed out that 60% of rural households in India do not have access to electricity he urged for innovative models such as pay-per-use model and community charging to make solar energy popular and available to all.
January 8th, 2012, 11:11 PM
Yagya how is the electricity situation in Raj? how many hours of cut etc? just curious.
January 12th, 2012, 08:19 AM
Mahindra Solar Rajasthan unit on stream
The plant is expected to provide electricity to around 60,000 rural homes
Mahindra Solar One, a solar power developer, commissioned its first 5 MW solar power plant. A part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) policy, the project is located near Jodhpur in Rajasthan and was the first to achieve non-recourse financing in the industry.
The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) arm of Mahindra Solar, Mahindra EPC, has commissioned this project in a record time of 100 days and the plant is expected to provide solar electricity equivalent to around 60,000 rural homes and avoid emissions of about 8,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
Mahindra Solar One is a joint venture between Kiran Energy and Mahindra and plans to play a larger role in solar power generation both as an EPC contractor in on-grid and off-grid and as a developer set up greater than 100 MW in the next 2-3 years.
In 2011, it won a 30 MW bid under the Phase-1B of JNNSM. It has projects under development across Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Speaking at the launch ceremony on Monday, Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy said, “The New & Renewable Energy Ministry recognises the important role solar energy plays for our country's energy security. How this energy will be stored is the big challenge. Research is on in hydrogen and salts and batteries. It is an evolving technology and the costs are coming down.”
He advised the Mahindra Group to venture abroad with the solar energy initiative, particularly Africa where it is needed most, adding that in India wind energy generated around 17,000 MW of power and was adding 3,000 MW per annum. “The other areas we are looking at are tidal energy and geo-thermal energy for which we are exploring Chhattisgarh and Ladakh.”
Anand Mahindra, Vice-Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra said that India had no option but to look aggressively at solar energy as the energy demand was in the order of 75-100 gigawatts over the next decade.
“All renewable energy initiatives require an ecosystem — finance, technology and the access to rural areas. We aim to be one of the top three companies in this industry and Mahindra Solar One will provide a fillip to our nation's solar competencies.”
January 19th, 2012, 08:01 PM
Moser Baer commissions 5 MW solar farm in Rajasthan
New Delhi: Moser Baer Clean Energy Ltd (MBCEL), a unit of Moser Baer Projects Private Ltd (MBPPL), had commissioned 5 MW solar power project at Jodhpur in Rajasthan, a move that will light over 70,000 rural households, the company said.
The opening ceremony of the farm - built under the solar subsidy scheme, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission - was attended by the renewable energy minister Farooq Abdullah and the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot.
Generating approximately 9.2 million units of electricity per annum and saving carbon emissions equivalent to 8,400 tonnes annually, the project is a part of the $1 billion Moser Baer has pledged the Indian states of Gujarat, Orissa, West Bengal and Rajasthan, for projects worth 300 MW.
Inaugurating the solar farm, Abdullah said, "We thank Moser Baer for setting up the solar farm. The company is currently working on cutting edge R&D for generating solar energy indigenously in the country and I am sure that the state of Rajasthan will prove to be a golden state towards this effort."
"It is critical that our domestic companies manufacture solar modules that can be deployed at different solar farms across the country which will not only generate alternate source of power which is clean but will also help generate employment and create a manufacturing ecosystem within the country," he added.
Moser Baer has developed the solar project jointly with the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).
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January 24th, 2012, 02:06 PM
Mytrah Energy to increase wind energy generation capacity
HYDERABAD, JAN 24:
Renewable energy generation company, Mytrah Energy (India) Ltd, is set to augment capacity of about 150 MW through two wind farms in Andhra Pradesh and 250 MW more in Rajasthan, Karnataka and Maharashtra, taking the installed power generation capacity up to 500 MW by June 2012.
“Once installed, this will make us the largest wind energy company in the country with a total capacity of 500 MW up from 100 MW now,” Mr Vikram Kailas, Managing Director of Mytrah Energy, an Alternative Investment Market, London-listed entity, told Business Line.
In AP, the company is investing Rs 900 crore for 150 MW. The company currently has an installed capacity of about 100 MW of wind energy, including Rajasthan (42 MW), Maharashtra (39 MW) and Gujarat. It is at advanced stage of setting up of two farms in Kurnool (80 MW) and Anantapur (65 MW) the latter at Vajrakayur and more farms in Rajasthan, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
“We have requested the Andhra Pradesh Government to increase the tariff for wind energy farms from Rs 3.50 per unit to Rs 4.50 per unit, which makes it financially viable for wind energy operator. This is necessary to complete the ongoing projects in Andhra Pradesh, whose schedule for implementation is June 2012,” he said.
The installation cost per MW of wind farm averages Rs 6-7 crore depending upon the location. A tariff of about Rs 4.50 per unit is ideal. Such a tariff is necessary to ensure more projects come up in the country, he felt.
The company has signed up with the Andhra Pradesh for 2,800 MW over seven years with a total outlay of Rs 17,500 crore. Earlier, known as Caparo Energy, Mytrah has secured funding from IDFC and others for wind energy capacity of about 700 MW.
January 25th, 2012, 07:38 PM
Siemens unveils deals to supply 300MW of Indian CSP plants
Siemens Energy has won orders to supply steam turbines for four Indian concentrating solar power (CSP) plants that will have a combined capacity of 300MW.
The Godawari, Abhijeet, Diwakar and KVK plants, all in the state of Rajasthan, are being constructed as part of the National Solar Mission (NSM), the Indian government's programme for promoting solar power.
The Godawari plant, owned by Godawari Green Energy, and the Abhijeet facility being built by Corporate Ispat Alloys will each have a 50MW capacity.
Siemens has been awarded contracts for an SST-700 steam turbine generator unit and auxiliary systems for each plant.
The third customer, Lanco Solar Energy, has ordered steam turbines and generators rated at 100MW for the Diwakar and KVK power plants, as well as auxiliary equipment.
All of the plants are scheduled to start production in the spring of 2013.
As Recharge reported earlier this month, Siemens has emerged as the biggest winner so far for contracts for India’s burgeoning CSP industry, securing equipment deals for four out of the seven projects to be included in the NSM’s first round.
General Electric and Areva are understood to have won deals to supply turbines for one project apiece, while a single developer – Aurum Renewable Energy – remains undecided.
CSP is to account for 470MW of the 1GW of capacity India aims to build in the NSM’s first round, which runs through 2013.
The NSM foresees installing up to 20GW of solar capacity in India by 2022.
The blossoming Indian market is a godsend for industrial manufacturers that have invested heavily in CSP technology, to then see the market largely dry up in Europe and the US.
"As a leading provider of steam turbines for solar thermal power plants with an excellent track record in Spain and the US, we are now in the front running on the rapidly developing market in India too,” says Markus Tacke, chief executive of the Industrial Power business unit at Siemens Energy.
Siemens offers type SST-700 steam turbines for solar thermal power plants with a rated output of up to 175MW
February 1st, 2012, 05:46 PM
Suzlon bags Rs 600 crore contract from CLP India
Wind turbine-maker Suzlon today said it has bagged an over Rs 600 crore contract from CLP India, the Indian subsidiary of Hongkong-based power company CLP, for setting up a 100-MW project in Rajasthan.
Suzlon Group has signed a contract for a 100-MW wind power project with CLP, India. The project, which would be set up in Rajasthan, comprises 48 wind turbines. It is scheduled to be commissioned by January, 2013, a company statement said.
Suzlon will execute the contract under its end-to-end business model. The deal is valued at over Rs 600 crore (approximately USD 122 million), the statement said.
CLP India is engaged in renewable energy, supercritical coal-fired and gas-fired power generation, with its current capacity amounting to over 2,715 MW. Upon completion, this new wind energy project will take the company's wind power portfolio to more than 740 MW.
"Renewable energy sources will play a vital role in building an adequate and responsible power infrastructure over the next few years. Wind has been a key area of thrust for us over the past four to five years and we are committed to growing this part of our portfolio in India by 200 to 300 MW every year," CLP India Managing Director Rajiv Mishra said.
"This deal is an important step toward fulfilling CLP India's commitment to growing its renewables portfolio. We trust Suzlon's proven expertise, capabilities and the latest turbine technology to deliver expected life cycle value contribution to this project," CLP India Director, Renewables Business Development, Mahesh Makhija said.
"Suzlon has the expertise of setting up and operating over 6,800 MW of wind energy assets. Our dedicated IPP (independent power producers) solutions team is experienced and equipped to meet the specific requirement of the customers and have been successfully executing many large contracts," Suzlon Group Chairman Tulsi Tanti said.
"Suzlon is happy to partner with a globally experienced utility IPP like CLP India and looks forward to nurturing a long-term relationship," Tanti said.
February 1st, 2012, 05:52 PM
Rajasthan lowers solar tariffs ahead of bid deadline
CHENNAI, JAN. 31:
The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission has lowered the tariffs for the purchase of electricity from solar power plants in the State by the state utility.
A solar power producer in the State who completes his project by March 31, 2014, will get Rs 10.12 a unit if he does not claim ‘accelerated depreciation' and Rs 8.85 a unit, if he also claims accelerated depreciation.
Earlier, these figures were Rs 15.32 and Rs 13.19 a unit for projects that would be put up by March 31, 2012. These downward revisions were announced on January 23, barely 25 days ahead of the February 17 deadline for submitting bids.
Rajasthan has a fairly large programme, of 200 MW, equally divided between photo voltaic and thermal.
The revised tariffs demonstrate the falling trend in prices. In the first round of bidding under the National Solar Mission, the benchmark tariff was Rs 17.91. (In the reverse bidding process, bidders would offer discounts on this, and the lowest bidders would win the projects.)
In the second round, NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd (NVVN) which was the buyer of the electricity and the agency nominated for handling the bidding process on behalf of the National Solar Mission, the benchmark tariff was Rs 15.39. The actual average tariff of the winning quotes turned out to be Rs 12.16 for the first round, and Rs 8.78 for the second.
“Compared with the average bid price of Rs 8.78 a unit in the second round of the National Solar Mission, the Rajasthan tariff is still very attractive and is bound to get a good response from developers,” says Mr Vineeth Vijayaraghavan, Editor of Panchabuta, an online newsletter, which tracks the solar industry closely.
Mr Vijayaraghavan further notes that lower tariffs are not necessarily bad for developers, as the burden of bank guarantees also comes down commensurately.
February 3rd, 2012, 05:26 PM
Rajasthan Renewable Invites Bids for Solar Photovoltaic Plants
Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corp. has invited applications to set up 50 solar photovoltaic plants of one megawatt each in the state, according to the company’s website.
The bids have to be submitted by March 19.
February 7th, 2012, 07:57 PM
पोखरण में विंड पावर
बीआईपी के आयुक्त पुरूषोत्तम अग्रवाल ने बताया कि पिछले कुछ महीनों में आए इन प्रोजेक्ट्स को कमेटी ने हरी झंडी दिखाई है। इनमें बारां में 1500 करोड़ का गैस बेस्ड पॉवर प्लांट, पोखरण में विंड पॉवर के पंखे बनाने, कोटा में 4600 करोड़ का रासायनिक खाद उत्पादन, 5000 करोड़ की लागत से फलौदी (जोधपुर) में सेज का निर्माण जैसे प्रोजेक्ट्स शामिल हैं। इनके जरिए राज्य में करीब 10 हजार को रोजगार मिलेगा।
February 8th, 2012, 08:34 AM
Sun shining on Rajasthan’s solar sector
JAIPUR: The ambitious solar parks project modeled after the special economic zones will take off the ground as the state government is kick-starting the bidding process for power plants from February 17. The process of finalisation of bids, approval and allocation of land will be completed by June this year, a top government official involved with the project said.
Out of the four proposed parks, the one in Jodhpur spread over 10,000 hectares is being developed first in phases where survey for 3,000 hectares of land has already been completed. Parks in other three places such as Jaisalmer, Bikaner, and Barmer districts are being planned to make Rajasthan a solar power (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Solar-Power) hub in the world with an aim to generate up to 11,000 megawatt (MW) in 12 years.
While the government targets a capacity 3,000 MW from the Jodhpur park, the current bidding will be for 100 MW, the official in the renewable energy department (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Energy-Department) said. And in the first phase, he added, the department has planned for 500 MW.
The state that receives maximum solar radiation in the country along with abundant low-cost desert land has been in the forefront contributing most of the solar power produced in the country. But headwinds from high cost of production have thwarted the efforts of the state to realize its potential.
But the official said that dynamics of the industry is changing faster than imagined, its for the better, reviving the interest of investors. For example, the single window clearance panel that approved projects worth Rs 15,000 crore on Monday also cleared ventures from solar energy (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Solar-Energy) sector contributing almost half of the amount.
Speaking to TOI, Purushottam Agarwal, commissioner, bureau of investment promotion, said that committee approved the Kolkata-based Sonthalia group's proposal for a solar park. He said the company is looking to set up an integrated solar park with an investment of Rs 4,500 crore. Besides, there were two other proposals worth Rs 1,500 crore, which were also cleared by the panel.
While the appetite for solar power among the investors has seen a resurgence, the availability of infrastructure will be a key deciding factor to attract investment in the sector.
"The aim of creating parks is to provide power producers the required infrastructure, which are being developed in Jodhpur park. The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Rajasthan-Renewable-Energy-Corporation) is planning to create a special purpose vehicle for the development of infrastructure and management of solar parks," the official said.
Most of the infrastructure needed to evacuate power from the plants to the grid is available for Jodhpur park with Rajasthan Rajya Viduit Prasaran Nigam building pooling-in stations and transmission lines.
Rajasthan's ambition to become a global solar power centre received a huge boost after the Central government allocated 873 MW to the state under National Solar Mission (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/National-Solar-Mission) phase -1 out of the 1100 MW. By developing solar parks, the state also seeks to promote allied industries and activities like manufacturing, research and development, and training in these enclaves. It banks on the availability of raw materials like zinc, molten salt and solar glass to catapult the state as a destination for investments in equipment manufacturing.
So far 722 companies have registered for setting up solar power projects, with a cumulative capacity of 16,900 MW.
February 14th, 2012, 02:22 AM
solar power plants with total capacity of 450 MW over the next three years; investment of Rs 4,500 crore
Jaipur: State government is all geared up to instal solar power plants with total capacity of 450 MW over the next three years in the state. The project involves investment of Rs 4,500 crore and will be undertaken in the western parts of the state, which receives maximum solar radiations in the country.
As per the solar power policy, the tender process to instal various solar plants of different capacities has already started. “The tender process has already started. These plants will be installed at places like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and other places in western Rajasthan,” said a senior official in energy department.
In a bid to promote solar power, a large number of solar power plants are being installed in the state. Under the project around 100 MW-capacity plant will be installed for small solar photovoltaic projects of 5 to 10 MW capacity. Besides this, two 50 MW capacity plants will also be installed. Under the project, 50 MW solar TV will be installed along with conventional power projects of the same capacity.
According to experts, the appetite for solar power among the investors has seen a resurgence but the availability of infrastructure will be a key deciding factor to attract investment in the sector. However, senior government officials are of the view that a parallel infrastructure will be built to make Rajasthan a self-sufficient solar power state.
Rajasthan’s ambition to become a global solar power centre received a huge boost after the Central government allocated 873 MW to the state under National Solar Mission phase -I out of the 1,100 MW. By developing solar parks, the state also seeks to promote allied industries and activities like manufacturing, research and development, and training in these enclaves.
Presently, 135 MW-capacity power plants are already installed in the state. In one MW plant, around 17 lakh power units can be generated annually and installing one MW plant require an expenditure of Rs 10 lakh.
February 17th, 2012, 03:16 AM
RRECL invites bids for 50 solar projects in Rajasthan
Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corp (RREC) has invited request for selection for the construction of 50 solar power projects in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
The 50 solar photovoltaic (PV) plants will each have a capacity of 1MW (AC).
RRECL will connect each small solar PV plant on 11kV level at 33/11kV Discom's substation in Rajasthan, under Rajasthan Solar Energy Policy, 2011.
The bidding process will close on 19 March 2012.
RRECL has been designated as the Nodal Agency for selection of the solar power producers.
RRECL had been formed by merging erstwhile Rajasthan Energy Development Agency and the Rajasthan State Power Corp.
February 20th, 2012, 10:18 PM
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February 24th, 2012, 06:35 PM
Rajasthan Amongst World's Best Locations for Solar Energy
With India's highest solar radiation in western Rajasthan, half of India's solar capacity in 2022 could come from this state, says Satya Kumar, managing director of Shri Shakti Alternative Energy Ltd.
The high radiation in combination with a large amount of sunny days in .Rajasthan makes it by far the most popular location for projects under the National Solar Mission The average tariff of all project bids under the second round of the National Solar Mission was as low as Rs.8.78/Kwh.
"The natural reaction of some investors to this outcome was that it's too low. But if you analyse the conditions in Rajasthan, it will become clear that this tariff is viable," says Kumar, who researched a case for a 10MW plant in Rajasthan. Shri Shakti Alernative Energy Ltd is developing the infrastructure for a 100MW private solar park being developed under an MoU with Government of Rajasthan.
"In western Rajasthan, a Capacity Utilisation Factor (CUF) of 21 percent can be achieved," Kumar further explains. "In Germany, the world solar capital, this is typically 13 percent. This means that a 1MW solar plant in western Rajasthan can produce 1.85 million units per year, compared to around 1.6 million units elsewhere in India."
"The conditions in Rajasthan are so favourable, that it will be amongst the most logical places in the world to implement solar power," says Edwin Koot, CEO of Solarplaza, a Netherlands based information platform for international solar energy stakeholders.
Solarplaza is organizing the conference The Solar Future: India II on 29 February in Jaipur. "It's only a matter of time for solar power to take off on a large scale in Rajasthan," says Koot, explaining the choice of location.
Besides attention for the benefits of Rajasthan and other local developments, the conference will host internationally renowned speakers with an eye for global trends and inspirational future visions. This in combination with an informal networking atmosphere gives the event a unique character.
Speakers include Ravindra Raina, President of India operations, Astonfield; Ravi Khanna, CEO of Solar Power Business of Aditya Birla Group; Jigar Shah - CEO, Carbon War Room; Vishal Shah - Managing Director & Senior Analyst Alternative Energy Deutsche Bank; Ashok Bhalotra, Ambassador, KuiperCompagnons; Madan Mohan Vijayvergia - Director (Technical), Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation.
February 25th, 2012, 12:23 AM
Yagya Bhai - Riddle me this - does anyone actually "own" the vast desert tracts that borders and/or covers Bikaner, barmer, jaisalmer and jodhpur?
Reason I ask - is that I was watching this documentary on Bloomberg here and this analyst was mentioning steps being taken in China and India and Gujarat/Rajasthan in particular to cover thousands of hectares of barren land into a contiguous mass of solar photovoltaic panel fields.
Something he said struck me - he thought it wasn't too far in the future wherein the deserts of Rajasthan and Gobi would so be covered in "continental sheets of Solar panels" that these super-massive Solar plants in China and India would even be visible from space!!
Only way that would be possible is if no one actually "owns" desert lands, in India at least - only the government does - not even the existential generational families of nawabs or even large private landholders!!
February 25th, 2012, 01:01 AM
It is government land. Although near settlements you do have people owning chunks of land but that's not much. There isn't a question of former Maharajas etc owning large amount of land as at the time of joining the Indian union they could only keep a certain number of properties, land etc. everything else had to be given up. So yeah the govt. owns it and it decides what goes on it.
February 25th, 2012, 06:31 AM
interesting -would love to see his prediction come true!! giant solar farms in Thar desert visible from space :D
March 1st, 2012, 07:57 PM
Solar photovoltaic plant installed in Rajasthan
NEW DELHI, MARCH 1:
A Rs 67-crore, 5 megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant has been installed at village Rawara, Taluka Phalodi, in Rajasthan.
The project, owned by Indian Oil Corporation, was commissioned by Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Ltd under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, a Ministry of Heavy Industries release said here on Thursday.
This power plant is designed to feed power to 33/132 kV grid sub-station at village Bap, which is situated 18 km from plant site Rawara. It is expected to generate energy of 67 lakh KWh a year.
The solar power plant has been developed based on crystalline technology. It was installed in record time, using in-house R&D for development of array junction boxes, a critical item for timely execution, said the release.
March 3rd, 2012, 06:27 PM
March 7th, 2012, 01:05 AM
मुख्यमंत्री ने कहा कि बिजली की मांग निरंतर बढ़ती जा रही है। इसलिए राज्य में अब 11 हजार 590 मेगावाट क्षमता के पावर प्लांट लगाने की स्वीकृति दी गई है। इनमें से 7 हजार 750 मेगावाट के प्लांट राज्य में 9 परियोजनाओं के रूप में आएंगे, जबकि 3 हजार 840 मेगावाट के प्लांट प्राइवेट सेक्टर से आएंगे।
तीन ग्राम पंचायतों पर होगा एक जीएसएस: ऊर्जा मंत्री डॉ.जितेंद्र सिंह ने कहा कि प्रदेश में हर तीन ग्राम पंचायतों पर एक जीएसएस होगा। ऐसे कुल 1100 जीएसएस बनाए जाएंगे। इनमें से 700 जीएसएस का कार्य पूरा हो चुका है।
source (http://www.bhaskar.com/article/RAJ-JOD-children-has-become-number-one-in-rajasthan--2943103.html?HFS-35=) ...
March 17th, 2012, 04:54 PM
14 projects totaling 11590 MW have been approved under the 12th five year plan.
1. Chhabda thermal project unit 5 and 6 - 1,320 MW
2. Suratgarh thermal project unit 7 and 8 - 1,320 MW
3. Suratgarh thermal project unit 9 and 10 - 1,320 MW
4. Kalisindh thermal project unit 3 and 4 - 1,320 MW
5. Banswara thermal project unit 1 and 2 - 1,320 MW
6. Dholpur Gas project phase 2 - 330 MW
7. Chhabda Gas project - 330 MW
8. Kota Gas Project - 330 MW
9. Ramgarh Gas Project phase 4 - 160 MW
Total 7750 MW
1. Banswara Thermal project - 1,320 MW
2. Giral lignite project unit 3 and 4 - 250 MW
3. Gudha lignite project - 70 MW
4. Keshoraipatan gas project- 1000 MW
5. Kawai thermal plant - 1,200 MW
March 19th, 2012, 09:53 PM
Abhijeet Projects Ltd is on track for the completion of its 50-MW solar thermal power plant at Jaisalmer
CHENNAI, MARCH 19:
With the process of placing orders for equipment being almost over, Abhijeet Projects Ltd is on track for the completion of its 50-MW solar thermal power plant at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
Abhijeet is the special purpose vehicle of Corporate Ispat and Alloys Ltd, and a consortium led by the Chennai-based Shriram EPC Ltd is building the plant for Abhijeet.
Sources said that the order for the turbines has been placed on Siemens, Sweden. The parabolic mirrors are being bought from Rio Glass of Spain. The ‘heat transfer fluid' receivers will be supplied by Siemens, Israel, while the American company Solutia will supply the 1,200-tonnes of the fluid. Hyspan of the US is to supply the ‘ball joints', another critical component.
Another Israeli company will supply the 10,000-odd tonnes of metal structures (that support the mirrors). Some 7 km of pipes will run through the 500-acre site. The biggest cost of a solar thermal plant is ‘land'. The turbine, mirrors, receivers and metal structures account for 10 per cent each of the total cost of the project.
What is yet to be ordered for is the instrumentation system, which, according to sources, could be bought later.
Right now at the site, nearly a thousand people are doing the civil works. The EPC contractor, Shriram EPC-led consortium, is confident of completing the project well ahead of the deadline of May 9, 2013. Corporate Ispat's was one of the seven winning bids for the solar thermal projects, bid out by NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), under the first batch of projects of the first phase of the National Solar Mission. Corporate Ispat won the project quoting a tariff of Rs 12.24 a unit.
Business Line understands that the only other project that is also at an advanced stage of order-placing is that of Godawari Ispat.
March 22nd, 2012, 02:46 AM
Nuclear fuel complex to be set up in Rajasthan's Kota
NEW DELHI: The union government plans to set up a nuclear fuel complex in Rajasthan's Kota to supply fuel to nuclear power plants across the country, the Lok Sabha was informed Wednesday.
"The Department of Atomic Energy is making preparations to set up a new nuclear fuel complex at Kota in Rajasthan," Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, V. Narayanasamy said.
Currently, there is only one nuclear fuel complex in Hyderabad, which supplies fuel to 20 nuclear reactors in the country.
India has massive expansion plans to increase the capacity of nuclear power plants to 63,000 MW by 2032, from the current level of 4,780 MW.
March 26th, 2012, 08:51 PM
बजट में 11 हजार 590 करोड़ रुपए की कई बिजली परियोजनाओं को मंजूरी दी गई है।
नई पवन ऊर्जा नीति
100 से कम आबादी वाली ढाणियों और 300 तक आबादी वाले गांवों में भी बिजली
जयपुर में 602 करोड़ रुपए की लागत से 400 केवी के जीएसएस बनेंगे, 220 केवी के 128 ग्रिड सबस्टेशन, 33 केवी के 200 ग्रिड सब स्टेशन बनेंगे
राजीव गांधी ग्रामीण विद्युतीकरण योजना के तहत गांवों में बिजली कनेक्शन जारी होंगे।
इनमें 100 से कम आबादी वाले गांवों में 150 करोड़ अनुदान के साथ बीपीएल के कनेक्शन दिए जाएंगे।
100 से 300 आबादी वाले गांवों के बीपीएल को भी बिजली कनेक्शन दिए जाने पर जोर रहेगा।
March 30th, 2012, 05:56 PM
40MW solar plant to generate power from Saturday
JAISALMER: Saturday will prove to be a milestone in the field of renewable energy production as Reliance Energy will start power generation of 40MW from its solar energy power project in Rajasthan. This is first solar power project in the private sector.
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot, Union minister for new and renewable energy Farooq Abdullah, state energy minister Dr Jitendra Singh and Reliance Energy owner Anil Ambani, including other personalities will be present during the inaugural function of the solar power project at Dhudsar village, 140 km away from the district headquarters here.
After wind energy, this will be a silent revolution in solar energy in the western Rajasthan. The state government's policy to promote renewable energy has lured the industry captains and a large number of people have shown interest in this sector. In western Rajasthan, over 1500MW energy is being produced through wind energy including 1200MW in Jaisalmer. Similarly, a large number of solar plants is being established. The state government has received applications for setting up solar project for approximately 2500MW, out of which the work of setting up 700MW is in progress.
Gehlot and Abdullah will reach Phalodi air strip by an aircraft and will reach Dhudsar by helicopter and they will leave for Jaipur after the programme. The district administration has started preparations to receive the ministers.
April 1st, 2012, 03:17 AM
Rajasthan: India's largest solar power plant starts production
Jodhpur: In a major leap towards solar power generation in Western Rajasthan, the country's largest solar power plant with an installed capacity of 40 MW went operational from Saturday.
Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Energy Minister Jitendra Singh inaugurated the 40 MW Photovoltaic Solar Plant installed by Reliance Power at Pokhran in Jaisalmer district. Chairman of Reliance Power Anil Ambani was also present on the occasion.
On the occasion, Abdullah said the target is to produce 20,000 MW of solar power in the country by 2022.
He appreciated the state government for its solar energy policy and expressed hope that Rajasthan will exceed the national projection.
While expressing his gratitude to Ambani for setting up the plant, Gehlot said the state government is committed to achieve its 300 MW target of installed power generation capacity in two years.
He said, "I am happy that Rajasthan is pioneering this phenomenon with a total investment of Rs 160 billion."
"We are trying to set up a Solar Energy Park Jodhpur and have created an atmosphere conducive to shoulder this committment," he added.
Rajasthan Energy Minister Jitendra Singh said a similar leap has been taken by the state in wind power generation.
"The state has started producing 1,900 MW wind energy," he said, adding that the state is set for a major national energy revolution through generation of power from alternative sources, which fortunately, are abundant here.
40MW solar energy plant starts power production
JAISALMER: The desert state on Saturday achieved the glory of having the country's biggest solar power generation plant. The 40MW plant has been set up at Dhoodsar village near Pokhran in Jaisalmer district and the plant started power generation from Saturday.
In a grand function organised at the village, Union new and renewable energy minster Farooq Abdullah, and state chief minister Ashok Gehlot inaugurated the photovoltaic plant capable of generating 40MW power. State energy minister Jitendra Singh, Reliance chairman and managing director Anil Ambani and public representatives were also present at the event.
The function began with the guests offering floral tribute to late Dhirubhai Ambani and lit the inaugural lamp. The plant owned by Reliance Energy was built at an estimated cost of Rs 400 crore on 140 hectares of land. The plant will generate 720 lakh units of power.
On the occasion, Abdullah said India would soon become a leader in solar energy in the world and the Union government is making all efforts towards achieving this goal.
He said a lot of work is going on in the country in the power generation sector especially in taking up multi-faceted efforts to provide solar energy which in turn would strengthen the Indian economy. "Rajasthan is ideal in regard to the solar energy and this state would provide electricity to the entire country by setting up a large number of solar plants," Abdullah said.
The Union minister said the country has set target to produce 20,000 MW of solar energy by 2022. He hoped that Rajasthan alone would cross this target. He praised the solar policy of the state government and congratulated the chief minister for taking up the efforts to set up solar plants. Abdullah said India ranks fifth in regard to wind energy production in the world and the way the work is going on, "we would further move ahead". He asked Anil Ambani to set up more projects in this direction.
Abdullah further said at present 90 per cent of power generation fund is spent on coal, petrol, diesel and other natural gas. In such situation, if solar and wind energy is used then every village a new dimension would be added to this sector. He requested Anil Ambani to name this solar energy plant after Dhirubhai Ambani.
Addressing the gathering chief minister Ashok Gehlot expressed gratitude to Anil Ambani for completing the project within two years and hoped that the Reliance group will invest more in Rajasthan. Stating that Rajasthan is number one in the entire country in regard to solar energy, Gehlot ssaid there is huge scope of expansion in this sector. He said efforts are being made to set up a solar energy park in western Rajasthan and to develop the state as a solar hub.
The chief minister said the state's solar energy policy has been made incorporate more investments and provisions have been made for many relaxations to the investors. He said Rs 10,000 crore is being invested in this field and there is expectation of Rs 6,000 crore more.
State energy minister Jitendra Singh said along with conventional energy, a lot of work is going on in the state in the solar and wind energy sector. He said, "Chief minister Gehlot had earlier inaugurated a wind energy plant and today 1,900 MW wind energy is being produced in the state."
He reiterated that Rajasthan is a leader in energy sector and the chief minister has made a provision of Rs 12,500 crore in this sector. A large number of grids is being set up for solar power in the state and by next month Suratgarh and Chabra plants will start functioning, Singh said, informing that the energy sector has been taken care of in the Five Year plan. He added that 16,500 investors have come forward to invest in solar energy in the state.
Relaince CMD Anil Ambani said it is historic moment for Rajasthan as the 40Mw solar plant in Dhoodsar village started generating power. "That we will be getting 40MW power every single day is a record in itself," he said.
Praising the role of Abdullah and Gehlot, he said the plant was the result of their encouragement. Investment this sector has increased due to their efforts, Anil Ambani said. The Reliance CMD also praised the solar energy policy of the Rajasthan government and said that in two years he would set up a solar energy plant of 300MW on which Rs 6,000 crore would be spent.
April 1st, 2012, 01:30 PM
^^Can somebody post a Google Earth pic? It would be interesting to see it.
April 1st, 2012, 06:34 PM
Reliance Power plans over Rs 6,000 crore investment in Rajasthan
DHURSAR (RAJASTHAN): Reliance Power plans to invest more than Rs 6,000 crore for solar power generation projects in Rajasthan in the next two years, its Chairman has said.
Anil Ambani group firm Reliance Power commissioned a 40 mega watt solar power plant in Rajasthan, which is the country's largest solar project so far. Another 100 mega watt capacity would be added at the site in the next one year.
"Based on futuristic policy of the Government of India as well as the Government of Rajasthan, we hope to double the capacity to 300 Mega watt in the next 24 months. This would mean our investment at this location would exceed Rs 6,000 crore," Anil Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Power, said after the commissioning of the 40 mega watt plant here on Saturday.
The 40 mega watt plant has been set up at an investment of about Rs 700 crore. The long term power purchase agreement for the project has been signed with Reliance Infrastructure and the power generated would be used for Mumbai. The project would generate more than 70 million units of clean power.
The project is financed with a debt equity ratio of 75:25. While Reliance Power has put in the entire equity, the debt have been provided by the US Exim Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
"Our Dhursar plant demonstrates the huge potential of solar energy to help India meet its growing energy needs in the most environmentally friendly manner. Reliance Power's vision is to become India's largest green power company and the commissioning of this solar project is the first major step in that direction," he said.
The commissioning of the 40 mega watt plant was done in the presence of Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
Further, the company is developing a 100 mega watt solar thermal plant at the same site as part of national solar mission.
The two projects would require an investment of about Rs 2,800 crore, which is the largest investment in solar power at a single location, according to the company.
"We now have set our ambition that in the next 365 days, probably on the same day next year, we would have added another 100 mega watt at this site," Ambani said.
April 1st, 2012, 08:43 PM
power generated would be used for mumbai
why cant they use it in rajasthan?what relief will the rural rajasthanis get then??
April 2nd, 2012, 07:20 PM
April 2nd, 2012, 08:13 PM
looks amazing !
April 12th, 2012, 03:44 AM
AREVA to Build Asia's Largest Concentrated Solar Power Installation
AREVA Solar, an AREVA (Paris:AREVA) subsidiary, has been awarded a contract by the Indian group Reliance Power Limited to build a 250 megawatt (MW) concentrated solar power (CSP) installation in India, which will become the largest in all of Asia. The project will help advance India's goal of adding 20,000 MW of solar energy by 2022 and will result in the avoidance of approximately 557,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year compared to a similar sized coal-fired power plant.
Under the contract, AREVA will build two 125 MW CSP plants using its Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) technology and will provide construction management services for the project. The first phase of the project is under construction, with a target commercial operation date of May 2013. The solar power plants will be located in Rajasthan.
J P Chalasani, CEO of Reliance Power, stated: "Reliance Power is proud to be a leader in India's clean energy future. Today's announcement is just the beginning. We look forward to working with AREVA Solar in helping meet India's clean energy goals through this project."
AREVA CEO Luc Oursel stated: "AREVA is delighted to help deliver on the promise of India's progressive solar energy goals and to advance Reliance's bold vision for a global clean energy portfolio. We will leverage our best-in-class experience to help make India and Reliance global solar industry leaders. Following our success in the French wind offshore sector, this contract reinforces the AREVA strategy in renewable energies."
The Reliance contract solidifies AREVA Solar's position as a leading global supplier of CSP solutions for large-scale standalone power plants, power augmentation of fossil-fired power plants and solar hybrid applications, and follows on a series of successes. This project also further strengthens and diversifies AREVA's low-carbon energy hub in India.
In Australia, AREVA Solar was awarded a contract to build a 44 MW solar thermal addition to the coal-fired Kogan Creek power station, and its energy consortium was selected as the preferred bidder for a 250 MW CLFR power plant under Australia's Solar Flagships Program. And in the USA, AREVA Solar recently announced a partnership with Tucson Electric Power on a solar augmentation project in Arizona.
In total, AREVA Solar currently has more than 500 MW of CSP projects in operation, under construction or in advanced development, making AREVA one the fastest-growing CSP technology providers.
AREVA supplies solutions for power generation with less carbon. Its expertise and unwavering insistence on safety, security, transparency and ethics are setting the standard, and its responsible development is anchored in a process of continuous improvement.
Ranked first in the global nuclear power industry, AREVA's unique integrated offering to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor design and construction, and related services. The group is also expanding in renewable energies - wind, solar, bioenergies, hydrogen and storage - to be one of the top three in this sector worldwide in 2012.
With these two major offers, AREVA's 48,000 employees are helping to supply ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of people.
French group Areva to build big Indian solar power plant
PARIS — The French energy group Areva said Wednesday that it would build the biggest concentrated solar power installation in Asia for Reliance Power of India.
Areva Solar is to construct two plants using compact linear fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology that would produce 250 megawatts (MW) of electricity in Rajasthan, northwestern India, a statement said.
That would provide energy for around 300,000 people in Europe according to a sector estimation.
CLFR technology uses reflected sunlight to heat liquid-filled tubes which generate high-pressure steam that produces electricity via turbines.
Financial details were not disclosed, but the statement said the installation "will become the largest in all of Asia" and would contribute to an Indian goal of adding 20,000 MW of solar energy capacity by 2022.
The project, which has already begun its first phase would represent a reduction of around 557,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually compared with a coal-fired plant, Areva added.
It set a target date of May 2013 for the operational launch of the first plant.
April 12th, 2012, 07:49 PM
CLP India to set up 102.4-MW wind power project in Rajasthan
MUMBAI, APRIL 12:
CLP India said that it has signed a pact with the Rajasthan Government for a 102.4-MW wind power project. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of the CLP Group, which is listed on the Hong Stock Exchange.
The wind farm will use 800 kW gearless turbines designed for medium to low-wind speed sites. The turbines are from Enercon. The project is expected to be commissioned by December 2012.
CLP India said the technology is already being used in its earlier projects built by Enercon. This project marks CLP India’s third wind power project in Rajasthan and the ninth in India.
Mr Mahesh Makhija, Director-Renewables Business Development, CLP India, said with this new project, CLP India’s wind power portfolio has grown to about 740 MW. This portfolio is spread across Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
April 23rd, 2012, 08:51 PM
Company to develop new mining areas for lignite coal
JAISALMER: Rajasthan state mines and minerals limited (RSMML), looking to the increasing demand for coal for power generation this year, will develop new mining areas for lignite coal and has planned to increase coal production by 70%. In the recently ended fiscal year, RSMML from its various units has earned a profit of Rs 381.76 crore, which compared to 2010-11 has gone up by 40%, said Ajitabh Sharma, RSMML managing director.
He said apart from developing new mining areas for lignite coal, RSMML is also looking to expand mining area of limestone. To boost generation of wind energy, it is going to set up 10Mw wind energy units in Jaisalmer. The company is already generating power through 106Mw units.
Sharma said they have fixed a target of 10.50 lakh metric tonne lignite coal production, and after developing new area for coal mining the production will go up by 70% by next year. Similarly, this year the limestone production is expected to be 32.51 lakh tonne and next year new mining areas will further increase the production, he added. The year's target for gypsum unit is 34.76 lakh tonne and 11.80 lakh tonne for the rock phosphate unit.
The company's net profit was Rs 11.36 crore in the last year. The rock phosphate unit earned a net profit of Rs 771 crore, gypsum unit a net profit of Rs 192 crore, limestone unit garnered Rs 152 crore, lignite coal unit Rs 131 crore and wind energy units brought in a net profit of Rs 54 crore.
Sharma added the firm spent Rs 805 lakh over corporate social responsibility, of which Rs 370 lakh were spent on buying modern medical equipment for government medical college and hospital in Udaipur, Bikaner and Jodhpur and for developing infrastructure in the nearby villages in mining areas and Rs 435 lakh on education, drinking water, environment and other facilities. Along with Rs 82.83 lakh were given for various educational and developmental purposes.
April 25th, 2012, 02:53 AM
AREVA Details Plans For Biggest Solar Steam Plant In Asia
AREVA, the French-based, state-owned global energy company known for leading the world in nuclear energy has taken a big shining to solar technology lately — really big.
The company is constructing two solar plants in Rajasthan, India by 2013 that will together make the largest project of its kind in terms of power output on the entire continent of Asia.
The “project’s annual energy production will be 284,255 mWh/yr, producing power for 365,365 people,” an AREVA spokesperson told TPM via email.
The two plants will each be 125 megawatt capacity, and AREVA says together they will “result in the avoidance of approximately 557,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year compared to a similar sized coal-fired power plant.” Already, work has begun on the first plant, AREVA told TPM.
Like AREVA’s other solar projects, the plants will rely on concentrated solar power (CSP), or solar steam.
The technology works by using common materials such as wood and glass to create large fields of angled, sun-tracking mirrors that bounce sunlight onto a single central turbine filled with a reactive liquid, which becomes steam and in turn drives the power generators in the plant. That’s different from more common photovoltaic solar power, in which solar panels absorb sunlight and turn the photos directly into electricity.
AREVA specifically got into the solar steam game back in 2010, when it acquired an American CSP firm called Ausra. Since then, AREVA has been pushing Ausra’s specific type of CSP technology — the Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) — all around the world.
AREVA in February announced it was adding a CLFR booster to an Arizona fossil fuel electricity plant, although that project is markedly smaller, producing just 5 megawatts to begin with.
At the time, an AREVA executive told TPM that the company believed hybrid plants that combined fossil fuels with solar energy were more efficient than stand-alone CSP plants.
But in India, AREVA is building not only two stand-alone plants, but their collective production will be the largest CSP project on the continent.
April 27th, 2012, 06:32 PM
Suzlon bags wind power project from UK's Eoxis
NEW DELHI: Wind turbine maker Suzlon Group today said it has bagged a contract to set up a wind power project in Rajasthan from UK-based Eoxis group.
"Suzlon has signed a contract for a 50.4 MW wind power project with the Indian subsidiary of Eoxis which is backed by Platina Energy Partners," a company statement said.
The project will be set up in Rajasthan and is scheduled to be commissioned by January, 2013. Suzlon will execute the contract under its end-to-end business model, it said.
Eoxis is an investee company of Platina Energy Partners, an independent European investment firm focusing on renewable energy.
It has invested in solar projects in Europe, and also recently completed its first 15 MW solar project in Gujarat. This 50.4 MW order is the group's first investment in the Indian wind energy sector, it added.
"We have a very strategic focus on the wind sector and, in particular, on India which is amongst the top five wind energy markets worldwide," Laurence Mulliez, CEO, Eoxis said.
"We are happy to partner with Eoxis in their maiden wind energy project in India, and look forward to building a strong long-term relationship," said Tulsi Tanti, Chairman of the Suzlon Group.
Shares of the company were trading at Rs 21.65, down 2.70 per cent on the BSE.
May 1st, 2012, 06:31 PM
थार बनेगा सोलर हब
बीकानेर। पश्चिमी राजस्थान में मीलों दूर तक फैले मरूस्थल में सूरज के ताप को बिजली में बदला जाएगा। जवाहरलाल नेहरू राष्ट्रीय सोलर मिशन के तहत प्रदेश में 295 मेगावाट की दो दर्जन परियोजनाओं को हरी झण्डी दिखाई गई है। इन परियोजनाओं से विद्युत क्रय समझौता किया जा चुका है। अब सम्बन्धित जिलों में इनके लिए भूमि का आवंटन किया जाएगा। ऊर्जा विभाग के शासन सचिव नरेशपाल गंगवार ने मरूस्थलीय क्षेत्रों में सौर ऊर्जा से औद्योगिक विकास के नए अवसरों को देखते हुए सम्बन्धित कलक्टरों को वांछित जमीन आवंटित करने के निर्देश दिए हैं।
जैसलमेर जिले की रामगढ़ तहसील के राघावा गांव व पोकरण में पांच पांच मेगावाट की एक-एक परियोजना को हरी झण्डी दी गई है। जोधपुर जिले की फलौदी तहसील के कानासर गांव में पन्द्रह-पन्द्रह मेगावाट की तीन, बीस मेगावाट की तीन, रावरा गांव में बीस मेगावाट की दो, दस मेगावाट की दो, बाप में बीस मेगावाट की एक तथा पांच मेगावाट की दो परियोजनाओं को मंजूरी मिली है। नागौर जिले की जायल तहसील में कथोटी व बारनैल गांव में बीस मेगावाट की एक व पन्द्रह मेगावाट की दो परियोजनाएं मंजूर की गई है। इन सभी परियोजनाओं को जमीन आवंटन करने की अनुशंसा कर दी गई है। इसके अलावा 115 मेगावाट की बारह परियोजनाओं को मंजूरी तो दे दी गई, लेकिन इनके लिए स्थान का चयन नहीं हो सका है।
146 मेगावाट की परियोजनाएं
जवाहरलाल नेहरू राष्ट्रीय सोलर मिशन के पहले चरण में केन्द्र सरकार ने 873 मेगावाट क्षमता की 72 सौर परियोजनाओं को मंजूरी दी थी। इनमें से 588 मेगावाट क्षमता की परियोजनाओंके लिए राज्य सरकार की ओर से भूमि का आवंटन कर दिया गया। अब तक 146 मेगावाट क्षमता की परियोजनाएं स्थापित की जा चुकी हैं।
May 3rd, 2012, 01:06 AM
Mahindra, Kiran Energy May Get IFC Loan for India Solar Project
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (MM), the biggest Indian maker of sports-utility vehicles, and its partner Kiran Energy Solar Power Pvt. may get $26 million from the investment arm of the World Bank to build three electricity plants.
International Finance Corp.’s board is expected to meet on May 30 to study a proposal to offer the rupee debt to Mahindra Solar One, a joint venture 26 percent-held by Mahindra and 74 percent by Kiran, a proposal summary on IFC’s website shows.
The venture plans to build two 20-megawatt solar plants and a 10-megawatt project in Rawra village, Rajasthan state, for $105 million, according to the summary. It already operates a 5- megawatt plant nearby, also partly IFC funded, with a power transmission line that would be shared by the proposed projects.
Kiran, with investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, is based in Mumbai and runs 20 megawatts of solar capacity in Gujarat. Bessemer was an early funder of Skype Technologies SA.
May 3rd, 2012, 07:26 PM
Mahindra Solar One plans 50 MW of PV for India
According to a summary of investment (SII), prepared by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the company is proposing to build three ground-mounted photovoltaic power plants in the Indian state.
Mahindra Solar One subsidiary, Mahindra Suryaprakash Ltd will execute two plants, worth 20 MW and 10 MW, respectively. A third, worth 10 MW, will be undertaken by Solarfield Energy Two Private Ltd, a subsidiary of Kiran Energy Ltd. Since Kiran Energy is also said to be a shareholder of Mahindra Solar One, the two companies will reportedly develop the three projects "in close cooperation".
Overall, project costs are expected to amount to US$105 million. "The proposed IFC investment is for local currency A Loans totaling about $26 million-equivalent. Of this, around USS$15.9 million-equivalent is proposed to be lent to Mahindra Suryaprakash, and the balance US$10.1 million-equivalent to Solarfield Two," said IFC on its website. It adds that the plants will be located on adjoining tracts of land, and will use similar technology.
Read more: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/mahindra-solar-one-plans-50-mw-of-pv-for-india_100006633/#ixzz1tpBj9Ib9
May 7th, 2012, 12:41 AM
Rajasthan villages may get 24-hour power supply
All villages in Rajasthan are likely to get 24-hour power supply by March next year with the installation of 550 KV Grid stations across the State. For every three village panchayats, a 33 KV sub-station is being constructed, while 132 KV sub-stations would be established wherever needed.
State Energy Minister Jitendra Singh said over the weekend that these would be the “encouraging results” of multi-pronged power sector reforms in production, transmission and distribution.
Rajasthan had emerged as a leading State in the power sector, he added.
Addressing a function at Aravalli Educational and Research Institute at Neem Ka Thana in Sikar district, Mr. Singh said while the farmers were being supplied with electricity at the rate of 90 paise per unit, solar energy was emerging as the new sphere in which the State would make some major achievements in near future.
The Minister sought the cooperation of rural and agricultural consumers in reducing the transmission and distribution losses and said the power saved in this manner would support the State's growth.
May 9th, 2012, 06:31 PM
Hyderabad Industries Ltd commissions 2.5 MW wind power project in Rajasthan
Hyderabad Industries Ltd has successfully commissioned a 2.5 MW wind power plant comprising of 2 x 1.25 MW Suzlon Make Wind Turbines in Jodhpur District, Rajasthan on May 07, 2012. The power generated from this Wind Turbine will be sold to Jodhput Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd. The Company will also be eligible for REC's (Renewable Energy Certificates) against the power generated which can be traded on power exchanges.
With this the total installed capacity of the company's wind power plants has increased to 7.35 MW. On reaching the optimum generation levels, the power generated from the company's 7.35 MW wind power plants will be equivalent to around 25% of company's power consumption making the company's green building products much more greener.
May 11th, 2012, 05:16 PM
Suzlon creates country's largest wind park
The Jaisalmer Wind Park being developed by the Suzlon Group has crossed 1,000 Mw of installed capacity and has reached 1,064 Mw (one gigawatt) on April 1. This makes the wind park, the largest of its kind in the country, Suzlon claimed in a filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange.
The company initiated the development of the wind park in 2001. Suzlon said in the filing that its entire wind portfolio -- from the earliest 350 Kw model to the latest S9X - 2.1 Mw series -- has been used to create the park.
The wind park consists of a cluster of wind farm sites in Jaisalmer district, including Amarsagar, Badabaug, Tejuva and Soda Mada.
Shares of Suzlon Energy Ltd, the flagship company of the group, were down 3.58% at Rs 18.85 a little before noon on Friday, on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
Suzlon crosses 1,000 MW in Jaisalmer
The Jaisalmer wind park, being developed by the Suzlon Group, crossed 1,000 MW of installed capacity at the end of FY12, reaching 1,064 MW on Apr. 01, 2012.
This achievement makes the wind park the largest of its kind in India, a proud accomplishment for the state of Rajasthan and Suzlon.
Speaking on this achievement, Tulsi Tanti, chairman, Suzlon Group, said, ``Suzlon is proud to be playing such a vital role in powering the state of Rajasthan. Completing 1 GW of installed capacity is a great achievement for us as a company and for wind energy in India. We credit this achievement to the support from the Government of Rajasthan, our customers and the local communities.``
The Jaisalmer wind park is a powerful illustration of how Suzlon serves its customers and the communities we work in. We take this opportunity to renew our commitment to Rajasthan and to harness the incredible wind potential in the state.
May 13th, 2012, 11:02 AM
Suzlon creates country's largest wind park
Suzlon crosses 1,000 MW in Jaisalmer
Super...wonder why Gehlot is not doing the same kind of publicity as Gujarat (where 1MW solar plants are also publicized)
Rajasthan must become the prime mover in renewable sources of energy..
May 13th, 2012, 11:35 AM
Srivatsa, my feeling is that on the whole the Rajasthan government performance has been pretty good, definitely better than the previous government. Be it Jaipur Metro, Jaipur ring road, Ghat ki Ghuni, Gurjar ki thadi, Jodhpur ring road, AIIMS, IIT, IIM, Central varsity, underpasses they have taken steps to build infrastructure in Jaipur and even other cities too. However, they have not received much publicity.
May 14th, 2012, 06:17 PM
BHEL bags Rs 380 cr order for gas-based plant in Rajasthan
New Delhi: State-owned BHEL Monday said it has bagged Rs 380 crore order for setting up a 160 MW gas- based plant in Rajasthan.
BHEL has secured a contract for setting up a 160 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) in Rajasthan from Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (RRVUNL), said an official release.
The Rs 380 crore contract is the expansion project (Stage IV) of Ramgarh power plant in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan.
BHEL?s scope of work envisages design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of the Main Plant and providing equipment for the Gas-based power project, it said.
The equipment for the project will be supplied by BHEL's Hyderabad, Trichy and Bangalore plants, while the company's power sector ? Northern Region will undertake erection and commissioning of the equipment.
Meanwhile, Industrial Systems Group (ISG), a unit of BHEL bagged an order worth Rs 312 crore from state-run NTPC for coal handling plant package for the Meja thermal power project in Uttar Pradesh.
The order includes mechanical, civil, structural and electrics and all related auxiliary facilities.
BHEL-ISG specialises in system integration of bulk material handling like coal and ash handling systems for thermal power plants, raw material handling for industry.
Shares of BHEL were trading at Rs 214.55 apiece, down 2.98 percent in the afternoon trade on the BSE.
May 14th, 2012, 06:24 PM
Solar Power System in Rural Areas
During 2010-11, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy sanctioned projects for installation of 9190 numbers of standalone SPV power plants on panchayat buildings in Rajasthan (9168) and Punjab (22). During 2011-12, the Ministry sanctioned installation of 4779 numbers of standalone SPV power plants at village panchayat buildings in Chhattisgarh (7), Jharkhand (4683), Karnataka (30) and Punjab (59). There is a lot of demand from rural areas.
The Ministry and State Nodal Agencies, Banks, NGOs, etc. are regularly organising awareness and capability building programmes, seminars, workshops and exhibitions for promotion of solar PV systems in the country.
Under the Off-grid Solar Applications Scheme of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, the Government is providing central financial assistance of 30% of the project cost subject to a maximum of Rs.81/- per watt peak for installation of solar lanterns, home lights, street lights and standalone power plants in rural areas through the State Renewable Energy Development Agencies. In addition, the Ministry is providing Rs.150/- per watt peak for mini-grid SPV power plants in rural areas to meet the unmet demand of electricity. The Government has been providing central financial assistance up to 90% of the project cost limited to Rs.243/- per watt peak for solar lighting systems and standalone SPV power plants in Special Category States, UT Islands and districts with International Borders for only Central and State Government Ministries, Departments and their organisations, State Nodal Agencies and Local bodies.
This information was given by the Minister of New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
May 14th, 2012, 06:52 PM
Gives an overview of PV projects in India.
PV Utility Scale Map India 2012 (http://www.pv-insider.com/development-india/documents/PV-Utility-Scale-Map-India-Final.pdf)
May 31st, 2012, 12:03 PM
June 10th, 2012, 01:41 PM
Lanco Solar's Rajasthan thermal unit will be ready by March
HYDERABAD, JUNE 9:
Lanco Solar's 100 MW solar thermal power plant to be set up with an outlay of Rs 1,800 crore in Rajasthan will be ready by first quarter next year, said Mr V. Saibaba, Chief Executive Officer.
This project will take the company's EPC contract portfolio to 350 MW. The order book is about Rs 4,200 crore.
The company had bid for a tariff of Rs 10.5 and is at an advanced stage of implementation. Mr Saibaba told Business Line that the company executed about 100 MW of solar photovoltaic plants. These projects include 40 MW of installed capacity of Lanco Solar and 55 MW of installed capacity for other companies.
The company is executing small projects in all of about 35 MW in France, Germany, the US and Canada. Lanco Solar, a subsidiary of Lanco Infratech Ltd, closed the year ended March 31, 2012, with a turnover of Rs 1,870 crore.
June 10th, 2012, 03:51 PM
What does this story mean?
June 10th, 2012, 07:22 PM
^^ Prataap Grah will become a model for wind energy. 16 wind mills installed and 30 more planned.
January 27th, 2013, 12:38 AM
PR Fonroche to invest Rs. 800 cr in solar energy
PR Fonroche, a joint-venture between Mumbai-based PR Clean Energy and Paris-based Fonroche Energie, is set to invest Rs. 800 crore in India this year to develop solar power plants with a total capacity of 100-150 MW.
The company will commission 20 MW solar plant - built by Mahindra EPC - in Rajasthan with an investment of $42 million ( Rs. 229 crore) next week.
Pratap Raju, joint managing director, PR Fonroche said the company plans to participate in two NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) tenders in mid-2013 for 50 MW and the upcoming Andhra Pradesh state government tender for 10 MW solar power plants.
PR Fonroche also plans to bid for setting up 50 MW capacity under the scheme proposed by Solar Energy Corporation of India.
The company will bid for another 7.5 MW under Rooftop PV and Small Solar Power Generation Programme (RPSSPG), another scheme sponsored by ministry of renewable energy that is meant to start projects in regions with relatively low solar energy generation potential such as northeast, J&K and Goa.
Apart from these states and central government schemes, the company looks to develop solar power projects for private sector too.
"Many companies using diesel generator sets want to replace them with solar power. We have already got a 10 MW project for a pharmaceutical company," Raju said.
"We are in talks with a steel manufacturer to set up 10 MW plant to help the company meet its renewable purchase obligation and a pharma company for a 20 MW plant."
January 27th, 2013, 12:40 AM
Welspun Energy commissions 15MW solar PV project in Rajasthan (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/energy/power/welspun-energy-commissions-15mw-solar-pv-project-in-rajasthan/articleshow/18133940.cms)
January 27th, 2013, 12:43 AM
Nalco's Rs.283 Cr. Wind Power Plant Coming Up At Jaisalmer
Aluminium major National Aluminium Co. Ltd. (Nalco) is planning to set up its second wind power plant involving an investment of Rs.283 crore at Ludarva in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan having a capacity of 47.6 MW.
The wind power project, which will be executed through Gamesa Wind Turbines Pvt. Ltd., involves erection of 56 Wind Turbines, each of 850 KW rating, Nalco Sources said.
The project is scheduled to be completed in about eight months.
Earlier, diversifying into the energy sector, the company commissioned its first wind power plant of 50.4 MW capacity at Gandikota in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh on December 12 last year. Under this project, 24 Wind Turbines, each of 2.1 MW rating, were erected, at an investment of Rs.274 crore. Suzlon Energy Ltd. was the executing agency.
Nalco's Director (P&T) N.R. Mohanty laid the foundation-stone of the Rajasthan project on January 12, in presence of S.K. Dash, Executive Director (P&T), the sources added.
January 27th, 2013, 01:18 AM
German firm commissions solar plant in Rajasthan
CHENNAI: Independent power producer Green Infra and German company juwi India have commissioned a 15 MW solar plant Vill Bap Tehsil Phalodi, in Jodhpur district, Rajasthan.
Green Infra, incubated by IDFC Private Equity, is setting up a total of 25 MW in Phalodi, across two plants as part of its contracts signed with juwi India for 5 MW under Green Infra Solar Projects Limited and 20 MW under Green Infra Solar Farms Ltd.
The first plant under Green Infra Solar Projects has achieved full commissioning and the second under Green Infra Solar Farms has connected half of its rated capacity to the grid and commenced evacuation of power.
The balance of the combined capacity is expected to be completed within a few weeks, a statement from the company said.
Shiv Nimbargi, managing director and CEO, Green Infra and Rajeshwara Bhat, managing Director, juwi India said, "These plants bear testimony to Green Infra and juwi's continuous commitment to create new benchmarks in delivering solar electricity to the Indian grid at a competitive price, by leveraging Green Infra's project development strength and juwi's strong engineering and execution capabilities. India has become one of the most promising solar markets in the world today. Green Infra and juwi India together look to play a key role in developing India's solar market and in connecting larger plants to the grid in the coming years."
January 31st, 2013, 12:48 AM
Suzlon Wins 50-Megawatt Order for Rajasthan Wind Power Plant
Suzlon Energy Ltd. (SUEL), India’s largest wind-turbine maker, said it won an order to build and operate a 50.4 megawatt wind power plant in India’s western state of Rajasthan.
The company will install 24 units of its 2.1-megawatt S88 turbine for New Delhi-based Orange Renewable Power, it said in an e-mailed statement, without giving the value of the order.
February 11th, 2013, 10:15 PM
Vikram Solar to commission 40-MW Rajasthan plant
NEW DELHI: Aiming to set up solar power projects of 300 MW over next 3-5 years, leading solar product manufacturer Vikram Solar today said it will soon commission its 40-MW plant in Rajasthan.
The 40-MW solar power generating plant in Rajasthan is being set up with an investment of over Rs 400 crore under the government's National Solar Mission (NSM).
"It is in the process of completion. It will be commissioned in an another week's time," Vikram Solar Director Gyanesh Chaudhary told PTI.
Chaudhary said that the Kolkata-based company has completed engineering procurement construction ( EPC) contracts of 100 MW in the last two years.
"We are targeting to set up solar power projects of 300 MW over the next 3-5 years," he said.
The NSM, launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in January 2010, has an ambitious target of installing 20,000 MW of solar energy by 2020. For this, the government has signed PPAs with different solar power developers.
The company has already commissioned several projects, including a 2 MW solar project in Chhattisgarh, 5 MW solar power plant in Gujarat and a 1 MW project in Orissa.
Chaudhary also said the firm is in talks with the Tamil Nadu government for setting up of a 10 MW facility.
"The state government is very interested about the project and we will formally announced in a couple of weeks," he added.
Further, the company is actively considering similar projects in Maharashtra, he said adding "We are working on the plan. The firm already has 50 acres of land in Maharashtra".
As per reports, the total installed solar power capacity in India is 1200 MW and another 500 MW is expected to be added this year.
In order to protect the nascent solar industry of the country, the government has recently initiated a probe into alleged dumping of solar cells by Malaysia, China and the US.
"There is a need to impose the restrictive duty on solar cells to protect the local players," he added.
February 14th, 2013, 05:47 AM
Rajasthan solar tender turns up lowest ever tariff
CHENNAI, FEB 13:
Rajasthan’s tender for purchase of solar power has turned up the lowest ever tariff offered for selling electricity generated by solar plants.
Essel Mining, which wants to put up a 10 MW solar photo voltaic plant and supply the power to Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation, has quoted Rs 6.45 a kWhr.
(Although, in a similar tender in Tamil Nadu a bidder (Mohan Breweries) had quoted Rs 5.97 a unit, Tamil Nadu’s tender has a 5 per cent annual escalation for 10 years.)
Rajasthan’s tender for purchase of solar power from 100 MW of capacity has attracted 23 qualified bidders with total bid capacity of 185 MW. The highest rate quoted is Rs 8.25 a KWhr. Seventeen of the bidders have quoted rates less than Rs 8, and 12 of them Rs 7.50 or below. Four bidders have offered to sell solar-generated electricity at rates of Rs 7 or below.
However, the bidders will be asked to match the lowest price (L-1, which is Rs 6.45). “Since the allocation of projects will be based on the L1 quoted tariff, the big question will be how many of the bidders will accept the L1 rate,” says Madhavan Nampoothiri, Director, RESolve Energy Consultants.
Solar power tariff has been plummeting, from an average rate of Rs 12.16 a unit for 140 MW under the National Solar Mission Batch I bidding, to Rs 8.77 a unit for 340 MW in Batch II to further lower levels in various State tenders.
However, experts note that the era of cheap solar power may be coming to an end. This is because of the likelihood of an anti-dumping duty on imported Chinese and American solar modules and cells. Secondly, China itself is moving towards an anti-dumping duty on polysilicon — a key raw material — imported from the US. Furthermore, China itself is coming out with a huge solar power programme, over 10,000 MW. All these could cause hardening of prices. Indian solar power developers may not be able to access the equipment needed to generate solar power so cheap in the near future.
February 14th, 2013, 12:21 PM
Azure Power Starts Operating 35-MW Rajasthan Solar Power Plant
Azure Power India Pvt., a developer of solar plants, said it has started a 35 megawatt plant at Nagaur in the northern state of Rajasthan.
The plant was built beside an existing 5 megawatt unit, making it the largest under India’s National Solar Mission, Inderpreet Wadhwa, chief executive officer, said in a telephone interview from New Delhi today.
The 40-megawatt project, awarded under phase one of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, supplies power to state-owned Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd., according to an e-mailed statement from the New Delhi-based company.
The project was funded by the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. and was supplied with thin-film solar modules made by First Solar Inc. of Arizona.
India is currently building 1,000 megawatts of solar power plants and is in the process of tendering for 2,000 megawatts more projects, Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary in the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy said on Feb. 7.
February 15th, 2013, 08:23 AM
Azure commissions 35 MW solar power plant in Rajasthan (http://www.livemint.com/Industry/PIjvqvd6Msjn82ncRAW3XO/Azure-commissions-35-MW-solar-power-plant-in-Rajasthan.html)
February 26th, 2013, 10:21 PM
Suzlon receives 102.9MW project order from ONGC
Project comprises 49 units of 2.1MW wind turbines, will be commissioned in Rajasthan in financial year 2013-14
Mumbai: Wind turbine maker Suzlon Energy Ltd, on Tuesday, said it had received an order for a 102.9 megawatts (MW) project from Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd (ONGC). The company did not, however, disclose the value of the contract.
To be commissioned in Rajasthan, the project comprises 49 units of 2.1MW wind turbines and will be commissioned in the financial year 2013-14.
As a rule of thumb, a wind turbine costs Rs.6 crore per MW which would make this contract worth about Rs.600 crore.
ONGC currently has an existing installed base of 51MW from wind energy projects operating at its Jakhau site in Gujarat.
n late January, the Suzlon Group won approval for a Rs.9,500-crore debt restructuring plan from its domestic lenders.
The lenders, a consortium of 19 banks, also agreed to enhance working capital facilities to the group by Rs.1,800 crore and a 10-year back-ended repayment plan.
March 1st, 2013, 07:50 PM
Kiran Energy commissions 55 MW solar plant in Rajasthan
CHENNAI, MARCH 1:
Kiran Energy today announced that it has commissioned a 55 MW DC solar voltaic power project in Rawra village of Jodhpur district of Rajasthan. With this, Kiran Energy’s portfolio of solar projects in the country totals 80 MW.
The company is also building clusters of solar projects in several States, including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. These clusters will have projects of capacities between 50 MW and 100 MW, Kiran Energy said in a press release.
L&T and Mahindra EPC did the ‘engineering, procurement and construction’ work for the 55 MW Rawra plant.
The 55 MW capacity is really three separate projects, with separate power purchase agreements with NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), a power-trading subsidiary of NTPC. These projects were won under the second batch of Phase I of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.
Kiran Energy now operates the largest solar power plant cluster of 60MW with a combined evacuation at a single location in India, the release says.
The plant is expected to produce an average of more than 90,000 megawatt-hours of clean electricity per year, equivalent to the annual electricity needs of more than 2.75 lakh Indian households, reducing carbon emissions to the extent of 80,000 tonnes annually.
Kiran Energy is one of the leading clean energy utilities that has been developing and operating solar power projects across India. In Rajasthan and Gujarat, it now operates an aggregate of over 80MW power plants.
March 1st, 2013, 07:53 PM
Unit VIII of Barmer project commissioned
unit VIII of 135MW of the 8X135MW power project at Barmer (Rajasthan) successfully commissioned from February 28, 2013.
JSW Energy gained nearly 4 percent intraday on Friday after the company said its unit VIII of 135MW of the 8X135MW power project at Barmer (Rajasthan) successfully commissioned from February 28, 2013.
With the above unit getting commissioned, six units out of 8 units (of 135MW each) power project achieved commercial operation date (COD).
At 15:13 hours IST, shares went up 1.28 percent to Rs 55.20 on Bombay Stock Exchange.
In the previous trading session, however, the stock plunged 6.76 percent to Rs 54.50.
March 6th, 2013, 08:08 PM
20 MW PV plant commissioned in Rajasthan, India
Jakson Power Solutions has commissioned a 20 MW photovoltaic plant in India’s Rajasthan. The Indian company intends to install a further 80 MW over the next three years.
INR 2 billion (around €28 million, US$36.5 million) was invested in the photovoltaic plant, which was built under the first phase of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). The generated electricity will be sold to NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited under a 25 year PPA.
Around 100 permanent jobs are expected to be created via the crystalline silicon project, which was said to be realized in just 10 months.
Jakson adds that it has signed EPC contracts for the development of a further 40 MW at the same project site. Overall, it says it has acquired 250 acres of additional land, in order to scale the plant up to 100 MW over the next three years.
Read more: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/20-mw-pv-plant-commissioned-in-rajasthan--india_100010479/#ixzz2Mmgn0Rhq
March 7th, 2013, 02:44 AM
This photo depicts part of the 5MWp (five megawatt) of solar photovoltaics used in the grid-connect system in Rajasthan, India.
The power conditioning units and specialised SCADA (PVNet by Optimal Power Solutions) was supplied from OPS India to Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for this project.
Rajasthan Grid-Connect Solar System (http://www.flickr.com/photos/optimalpower/8532791860/) by Optimal Power (http://www.flickr.com/people/optimalpower/), on Flickr
Rajasthan Grid-Connect Solar System (http://www.flickr.com/photos/optimalpower/8532790410/) by Optimal Power (http://www.flickr.com/people/optimalpower/), on Flickr
March 11th, 2013, 08:21 AM
March 11th, 2013, 08:36 AM
Solar projects likely to be launched by PM
JAISALMER: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to inaugurate two 50 megawatt solar projects at Phalodi in Jodhpur district by the end of this week.
A detailed itinerary of his visit is yet to come but after his approval the state as well as district administration has begun preparations.
The PM's confirmation to the visit is a testimony to the silent yet successful revolution to tap non-conventional sources of energy in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer districts.
Pokhran belt in Jaisalmer and Phalodi belt in Jodhpur, over the past few years, have witnessed a surge in the number of solar and wind projects with big-ticket firms competing to set up plants.
So far, over three dozen solar projects of 1000MW have been set up in these two districts alone while projects of over 5000MW still in pipeline. High-profile industrial families are stakeholders in some of these plants. Wind mills of a total capacity of 2000 MW too have been installed in the region even as proposals for another 2500MW are to be cleared. The pace at which these plants are being set up in the region may make it possible for an energy-deficient state to meet its power demands in a few years.
Central government's liberal policy to promote non-conventional ways for power generation has helped the movement flourish in the desert state. The PM's visit is being read as government's aim to promote such initiatives in the region.
Besides first-timers, several established industrial houses have shown keen interest to start solar and wind projects in region.
As per some official records, the government has received proposals from over 150 companies for solar plants with a total capacity of around 6000MW. Sources confirmed that Rajasthan Sun Technique Private Limited, a subsidiary of Anil Ambani's Reliance Power, has started power generation from its 100MW solar plant at Doodhsar village in Pokhran. The work on setting up another 40MW plant is also in progress.
Besides these, work has begun on seven projects of 5MW each at Askandra, three projects of 5MW each at Nokh and Pokhran. These are set to be completed by May 9, 2013.
According to sources, steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal's firms too have applied for two projects of 50MW each at Ishanion ki basti in the Sam area of Jaisalmer.
March 11th, 2013, 10:22 AM
Solar projects likely to be launched by PM
Pls update and publicise your Rajasthan at link.
March 11th, 2013, 11:03 AM
I don't know how to use wikipedia.
March 12th, 2013, 05:13 PM
Welspun Energy commissions solar PV project in Rajasthan
Welspun Energy had commissioned part 15 MW capacity earlier this year, and the balance 35 MW capacity additions have been achieved recently
Solar developer Welspun Energy has commissioned its utility-scale solar project in five months, well ahead of schedule. Welspun Energy had commissioned part 15 MW capacity earlier this year, and the balance 35 MW capacity additions have been achieved recently; thereby meeting its commitment of generating clean energy for Rajasthan. Within three days of commissioning, the 15 MW capacity is generating a high DC PLF of 22.6% in the stabilisation period.
This is the largest solar project to be developed by Welspun Energy and is also the largest PV power plant in India. The entire 50 MW solar project, located near Phalodi, Jodhpur district was developed in three phases of 15 MW, 15 MWand 20 MW. The PV project will generate total electricity of 90 Mn kWh annually and supply clean energy to power 25 million families. With the commissioning of this project, an estimated 83,220 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions will be mitigated each year.
Welspun Energy had won this 50 MW solar project in a competitive bid under Batch-2, Phase-1 of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. The company was the only one to be awarded a maximum capacity of 50 MW under this scheme.
March 25th, 2013, 10:51 PM
11.6 MW PV project commissioned in India’s Rajasthan
India-based KSK Energy Ventures and U.S. company MiaSolé have commissioned an 11.6 MW CIGS thin film photovoltaic project in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
Overall, the U.S. Export-Import Bank was said to have provided US$9 million worth of debt financing for the project, which was executed under India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. It is the second time the bank has worked together with MiaSolé.
Overall MiaSolé says it has completed photovoltaic projects in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. "MiaSole CIGS solar panels have proven to deliver the best solution for our project and are a compelling solution for the India market," said Anil Kumar Kutty, Director of KSK on the back of today’s news.
MiaSolé CEO, John Carrington added, "In 2013, we will expand our global footprint and our business model to invest in projects, acquire project pipeline and partner with leading developers and EPC companies in sustainable markets like India. Ex-Im Bank's support of MiaSole's technology lowers the cost of project financing, and will expand the deployment of our California-made solar modules in projects globally."
The company said it also plans to double its workforce this year, from 200 to 400.
Read more: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/116-mw-pv-project-commissioned-in-indias-rajasthan_100010680/#ixzz2OaCZX1eh
April 2nd, 2013, 03:53 AM
L&T bags Rs 5,689 cr order in Rajasthan
MUMBAI: Engineering major Larsen & Toubro today said it has bagged a Rs 5,689 crore order from state-owned Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam for setting up a supercritical thermal power project.
The order involves design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of two coal-fired thermal units of 660 MW each with supercritical parameters at Chhabra in Rajasthan.
"This is the country's first complete EPC order for 2x660 MW supercritical units placed by a state utility on the private sector," the company's Wholetime Director Shailendra Roy told reporters here.
The project has a stringent completion schedule of 42 months for Unit 1 and 45 months for Unit 2, he said.
"The order comes as L&T enters the advanced execution phase of several large supercritical thermal power projects, including those which are being built on an EPC basis as well as boiler-turbine-generator units and balance-of-plant packages," Roy said.
With this contract, L&T now has orders for supply and installation of 26 supercritical steam generators and steam turbine generators of 660 MW, 700 MW and 800MW worth around Rs 26,000 crore.
"In the last one-and-half years, no new orders were coming in, mainly due to issues like coal availability, environmental clearance, etc. But we are now seeing some positive trend in the sector and expect another 6-7 orders on the EPC side to be bid out in FY'14. We are well geared up and expect to have a good market share in this business," he said.
L&T has partnered with Japan-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for manufacturing supercritical boilers and turbines. The L&T-MHI facility in Hazira, Surat has an annual capacity of manufacturing 5,000 MW of equipment, to be expanded to 6,000 MW.
April 4th, 2013, 11:39 AM
Giriraj of India Completes 33MW of Solar Capacity in Rajasthan
Giriraj Enterprises Ltd. of India completed 33 megawatts of solar-power capacity, the most to be built under the nation’s Renewable Energy Credits mechanism.
The company started output from three projects of 19, 11 and 3 megawatts in the western state of Rajasthan last week, Prafulla Khinvasara, the company’s chief executive officer for renewable-power projects, said by telephone.
Companies such as Giriraj, a tobacco trader, are building solar generators to benefit from renewable-energy incentives. Producers of clean power can earn certificates for the output they send to the grid. They can then sell the credits to state power distributors that are obliged to buy a portion of their electricity from clean sources such as wind, solar and water.
Giriraj has signed a power purchase agreement with the local state-owned electricity distributor, Khinvasara said from Sangamner in Maharashtra state, where the company is based. Giriraj will be able to sell electricity at an average price of 2.7 rupees (5 cents) a unit, and expects to trade 53,000 certificates a year, he said.
Indian demand for renewable-energy credits, or RECs, almost tripled last month to 435,481 in the run-up to the fiscal year- end. Solar credits sold for 13,400 rupees apiece on the Indian Electricity Exchange, according to REConnect Energy Solutions Pvt.
“The Indian REC market is considered risky and unpredictable by investors,” said Bharat Bhushan, a New Delhi- based analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “Thirty-three megawatts is the largest solar REC project in India and it is not a normal practice to see such large investments in solar RECs.”[
April 10th, 2013, 07:55 PM
BHEL To Set-UP Asia's Largest Solar Plant In India
Friday, April 05, 2013: We have already mentioned quite a few times that states like Gujarat and Rajasthan have been eyed by various solar developers and manufacturers from India and across the globe. The latest firm to eye the region for setting up solar plant is Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL).
According to reports, BHEL will join hands with Hindustan Salts Lts (HSL) to install a 2,500 MW solar power project that will be covered across 15,000 acre of land in Rajasthan.
The plant, once completed, will become one of Asia's largest solar power plant, which is no mean feat. The process to study the viability of the plant will be undertaken in the coming months.
The proposal is being handled under the supervision of Ministry of Heavy Industries which is also looking to utilise around 23,000 acres of land in Gujarat for harnessing solar power in the region.
It is said that a 5 MW PV crystalline silicon plant requires close to 25 acres of land and HSL apparently has a total of around 57,000 acres land in Rajasthan, which is more than enough to meet the projected target.
“Of the 20,000 acres, we can give 15,000 acres for the installation of a solar plant, as we need the rest for our core business. Once the project is implemented, preliminary estimates show that we will have a capacity of 2,500 MW and this will be the largest in Asia,” R K Tandon, chairman and managing director, Hindustan Salts, was quoted as saying in the report.
April 12th, 2013, 02:17 AM
Rajasthan surpasses 500 MW of installed solar photovoltaic capacity
The Indian state of Rajasthan has commissioned 510 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, according to the latest report by Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Ltd. (Jaipur, India).
Rajasthan added the majority of this capacity at 314 MW in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, starting with only 5 MW installed in 2010-2011. The majority of the new capacity was added through the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).
“Rajasthan has been the go-to destination for developers interested in setting up solar PV projects under the first phase of the JNNSM accounting for about 70% of the total capacity installed in the state,” notes RESolve Energy Consultants.
Growing interest in REC mechanism
RESolve Energy Consultants states that this capacity has come in three distinct phases. The first was driven by projects added under the migration and RPSSGP program.
The second phase came in late 2011 to early 2013 under the JNNSM, and new capacity in 2013 onward has primarily come through the REC/Open Access mechanism. RESolve states that there is a growing interest in commissioning projects through the REC mechanism, as developers gain confidence.
Jodhpur leads installations
The majority of PV capacity installed in the state to date has been in the Jodhpur district, with 293 MW installed. This is followed by Jaisalmer with 94 MW installed and Bikaner at 65.9 MW.
Rajasthan is the second state to reach 500 MW of installed PV capacity, following Gujarat, which had installed 824 MW by the end of 2012. Together, these two states represent the vast majority of PV installed in India.
April 13th, 2013, 04:58 AM
April 14th, 2013, 09:32 PM
Oil India commissions 54 MW wind project in Rajasthan
Oil India Ltd (OIL) has commissioned its 54 mega watt wind turbine plant at Dangri in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, there by strengthening its footprint in renewable energy.
The 54 MW project comprises of 27 wind turbine generator (WTG) units and each unit has an installed capacity of 2000 Kw. The wind farm was effectively connected to the Rajasthan State Electricity Grid at ‘AKAL’, at a distance of 47 Km from ‘Dangri’ Wind Farm. The project was completed at a cost of approximately Rs 360 crore and within 142 days from the date of issuing of letter of award (LOA) to the bidder.
OIL had established its footprint in renewable energy sector by commissioning a 13.6 MW wind project in Rajasthan last year, connecting it to the Power grid of Rajasthan Rajya Power Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Ltd (RRVPNL) at Amar Sagar, Jaiselmer. As of March 2013, OIL’s total installed wind power capacity is 67.6MW.
S K Srivastava, Chairman and Managing Director, OIL said: “This selective diversification into the alternate energy sources was a strategic decision under the company’s strategic plan. OIL would continue its journey towards expanding its renewable energy resources in future with participation in many more such projects.”
Besides wind energy, OIL has also made a modest beginning in the field of solar energy with the commissioning of its second 100 kWp solar captive power plant at Tanot Village Complex (TVC) of OIL’s operational area in Jaiselmer. The first 100 Kw Solar Plant is situated at its operational area in Assam. Additionally, OIL has also taken up a 5 MW solar power plant to be commissioned near Ramgarh, Jaiselmer, Rajasthan and the said mega project is expected to be completed during the 3rd quarter of the current financial year.
Currently, the total potential for wind power in India has been estimated as 48500 MW at 50 M height and approximately 1, 02000 MW at 80 M out of which only 17-18 per cent has been tapped.
April 15th, 2013, 09:10 PM
Somewhere near Jodhpur...
April 26th, 2013, 10:57 PM
Tata Power commissions 21 MW Rajasthan wind project
MUMBAI, APRIL 25:
Tata Power has commissioned a 21-MW wind project in Rajasthan. It had signed an agreement to install 30 MW in the State.
Tata Power has an operating capacity of 397 MW in wind power spread across Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Karnataka.
With this, the total power generation capacity of Tata Power stands at 8,521 MW, of which generation through clean sources such as hydro, wind and solar total 873 MW and thermal 7,648 MW.
Anil Sardana, Managing Director, said: “It is our endeavour to have 20- 25 per cent of our total generation capacity from clean energy sources. Wind energy is an important part of our renewable energy portfolio and we aim to add 150-200 MW annually. Through this project, we have now made a foray into Rajasthan.”
Tata Power has three of its renewable energy projects registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) programme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. These projects include a 50.4-MW wind power project at Samana, a 50.4-MW wind project at Khandke, Maharashtra, and a 25-MW solar project at Mithapur, Gujarat.
April 26th, 2013, 11:00 PM
Country's first solar thermal power plant to go on stream next month
GGEL, the flagship company of the HIRA group in the renewable energy sector, had pumped in Rs 700 cr on the project
Country's first solar thermal power plant developed by Chhattisgarh-based Godawari Green Energy Limited (GGEL) in Rajasthan would go on stream in May.
The 50-Mw Solar thermal power plant set up in Naukh village located in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan is reported to be the first plant in the country. GGEL, the flagship company of the HIRA group in the renewable energy sector had pumped in Rs 700 crore on the project.
"The project of thermal solar power plant is ready and we are planning to commission it next month," Hira Group Directors Dinesh Agrawal and Abhisekh Agrawal said Monday evening. The company is seeking President Pranab Mukherjee's date to start the plant, they added. The solar thermal power plant is based on the parabolic trough technology which is the most prevalent and proven technology being used globally for such plants. GGEL was one among the seven developers of the solar thermal power plant in the first phase of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).GGEL has signed the Power Purchase Agreement with NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN). "The construction work of the plant started in January 2011 and we have completed it in a record time," the company directors said the company would explore the possibilities of taking up another project later.
"We aim to generate superior return for our investors by being the leading solar thermal power generating company in India within 2022 and by being the first company to achieve grid-parity in solar power in India," they said.
The Hira Group is a conglomeration of 14 companies across India and operates independently. Group companies Godawari Power and Ispat Ltd, and Hira Ferro Alloys Ltd are listed on Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange.
The Group now plans to venture into real estate sector. "We are developing an integrated township in 330 acres of land in Raipur and the project will get off in next six months," the company directors said. After the success of the project, the company would plan to expand its wings in the real estate sector.
April 26th, 2013, 11:22 PM
May 4th, 2013, 04:51 AM
20 MW solar power plant in Kolayat, Bikaner
RaysFarm@Bikaner: Plant of Raj Overseas Pvt. Ltd (http://www.flickr.com/photos/94554858@N07/8609072511/) by raysexperts (http://www.flickr.com/people/94554858@N07/), on Flickr
RaysFarm@Bikaner: Growing power with going GREEN. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/94554858@N07/8609155809/) by raysexperts (http://www.flickr.com/people/94554858@N07/), on Flickr
RaysFarm:Bikaner : A small part of our Huge site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/94554858@N07/8609133169/) by raysexperts (http://www.flickr.com/people/94554858@N07/), on Flickr
May 4th, 2013, 04:54 AM
A glimpse of our Rayfamr in Baap (Jodhpur)
RaysFarm@Bikaner: Solar Panels shinning with the rays of morning sun.A bright day ahead. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/94554858@N07/8610150302/) by raysexperts (http://www.flickr.com/people/94554858@N07/), on Flickr
RaysFarm@Jodhpur: Site engineers discussing issues on site. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/94554858@N07/8610137122/) by raysexperts (http://www.flickr.com/people/94554858@N07/), on Flickr
May 5th, 2013, 09:01 AM
Rajasthan surpasses 500 MW of installed solar photovoltaic capacity
Rajasthan is second state to cross 500MW capacity mark
Total installed PV capacity in the Indian state of Rajasthan has passed 500MW, reaching 510.25MW at the end of the 2012-13 fiscal year.
According to Rajasthan Renewable Energy (RREC), the agency responsible for implementing solar policy in Rajasthan, the state added 5MW of grid-connected PV in fiscal year 2010-2011, 191MW in 2011-2012 and then jumped by 314MW in the most recent fiscal year (see image 2).
Hari Manoharan, analyst at Indian consultancy RESolve, attributes this “boom” phase beginning in late 2011 to early 2013 to projects commissioned under phase 1 of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), India's national solar programme.
Fewer than 50% of projects were completed under phase I of JNNSM. Bids for Phase II have been delayed up to the end of April or beginning of May.
Manoharan said additional installed capacity this year would be driven predominantly by Rajasthan’s Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) programme. Approximately 70MW has been added under REC so far in 2013.
“It is likely that this trend will continue into 2013, with additional projects coming up under the REC mechanism and further capacity additions coming up under the recently announced state solar policy,” said Manoharan.
Commissioned projects range in size from 100kW to 40MW, and over half of the installed capacity is located in the Jodhpur district. Rajasthan has the second most grid-connected installed PV capacity of any Indian state.
The neighbouring state of Gujarat had over 824MW of installed solar capacity at the end of December 2012. In a separate development, RREC announced that seven solar projects totalling 75MW have been awarded contracts under the first phase of the state’s tariff-based competitive bidding solar program.
Under a second phase, RREC intends to allocate an additional 400 MW of solar capacity.
June 11th, 2013, 02:25 AM
Gehlot lays foundation of 160-MW project
JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today laid foundation of Rs 640 crore gas based power project in Jaisalmer district.
The project will generate 160-MW electricity. This is the fourth phase of Ramgarh Gas Thermal Power station located 60 km from Jaisalmer headquarters.
A senior officer of the nigam said that the plant will start generating 110 MW electricity by gas turbine by October 2014 and 50 MW electricity will be generated by steam turbine by March 2015.
State energy minister Jitendra Singh, PCC Chief Chandrabhan were present with him.
June 15th, 2013, 06:57 AM
NALCO commissions wind power project in Rajasthan
Bhubaneswar, June 12: State-owned National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) yesterday said it has commissioned its second wind power project in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer district.
The Bhubaneswar headquartered aluminium producer, which has been foraying into other metals and energy sectors, had earlier commissioned its first wind power plant of 50.4 megawatts capacity at a cost of Rs.274 crore at Gandikota in Andhra Pradesh's Kadapa district last December.
The wind power plant in Rajasthan is being executed through Gamesa Wind Turbines Private Ltd, which involves erection of 56 wind turbines. The Rs.283 crore-project would have a generation capacity of 47.6 megawatts.
One part of the project has been commissioned successfully and power production has commenced from 18 wind energy generators, the company said in a statement. The plant is scheduled to commence full production by August 2013, it said.
August 22nd, 2013, 01:18 PM
Welspun commissions $77.7m solar project in Rajasthan, India
Welspun Energy, a power subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Welspun Group, has commissioned its INR5bn ($77.72m) solar energy project in Rajasthan (source (http://solar.energy-business-review.com/news/welspun-commissions-777m-solar-project-in-rajasthan-india)). So More and more solar projects are hitting India .... :banana:
December 3rd, 2013, 06:32 PM
Interesting video on Solar Irrigation Agriculture in Rajasthan. I noticed - those are really green fields in one of the dryest states of the country! Nice Achievement :) Go Rajasthan!!!
Some Highly Advanced Irrigation technologies are seen spreading across this traditional state
- Drip Irrigation
- Canal-Reservoir Spread
- Solar pumps across all districts
- Green Houses
- Trend of moving towards Fruit Cultivation and not just cash crop or Desert crop cultivation because of these technologies !! This was quite enlightening!!
- Goverments is installing 100, 000 pumps across the state
This is quite an impressive feat thats not just a pilot - but on a mass consumption level!!