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Old December 7th, 2012, 07:01 AM   #801
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BHEL seeks levy on imported solar power equipment

State-run BHEL is pitching for duties on imported solar equipment to safeguard the domestic manufacturing industry that is being hurt by cheap imports primarily from China. BHEL's move comes close on the heels of the government slapping higher levy on imported power equipment, a development that would provide succour to domestic sector already grappling with sluggish business prospects. "The domestic (solar cell manufacturing) industry has to be given that protection otherwise cheaper imports will come and domestic industry will close down," BHEL Chairman and Managing Director BP Rao told PTI.

The power equipment maker is making the case through its parent ministry -- Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Ministry -- which is expected to take up the same with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. According to BHEL, solar equipment from some countries are coming into India at prices lower than their market value, a scenario adversely impacting domestic players. "It is against those industry level practices, the countries which are doing this is a violation of the WTO provision itself, if they are causing harm by deliberately giving prices which are lesser than the costs, it hurts any industry," Rao said.

He, further asserted that the duty would act as a kind ofsafeguard against cheap imports. At present there is no duty on imported solar power equipment. Among other diversification plans, BHEL aims to invest Rs 2,000 crore for manufacturing solar equipment such as silicon wafer, solar cell and solar module. However, sources had earlier said that the investment would be viable only if there is a minimum offtake which is guaranteed by the Indian industry and countervailing measures against dumping from China.

The domestic solar equipment industry is grappling with tough market conditions, mainly on account of cheaper imports from China that are adversely impacting local players. A raft of problems including acute fuel shortages and financial constraints are posing challenges for BHEL. The company has an existing order book of Rs 1.30 lakh crore. During the 2011-12 fiscal, BHEL raked in a net profit of Rs 7,039 crore on a turnover of Rs 49,244 crore. In the same period, the entity's net worth stood at Rs 25,373 crore.
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Kolkata planning canal-top solar panels

Kolkata is walking the Gujarat way – at least in harnessing renewable energy resources and has decided to install solar panels over all the canals flowing through Rajarhat area on the eastern fringes of the city.
The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) will install solar panels over the canals flowing through Rajarhat as a part of the Rajarhat – New Town solar city project. Officials at Hidco recently reviewed the progress of the solar city project and a report in this regard is; likely to be completed in January.
“There will be a component in the report on installation of photovoltaic panels over canals through New Town – Bagjola canal as well as other link and periphery canals,” Hidco chairman-cum-managing director Debashis Sen was quoted as saying in the Times of India newspaper.
Street lighting, entertainment and community lighting are the standard areas where solar power is used while developing solar city; Rajarhat will witness two related new concepts – energy efficiency and green building – being incorporated in the project. Authorities are working on solar water heater, solar staircase light, solar streetlight and green building as well. All these exercise is being done to develop Rajarhat into an energy-intelligent township, minimising the use of conventional energy and adopting the renewable energy as much as possible.
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India to invest in Iran renewable energy sector

Both sides have already finalised an agreement, Xinhua quoted the Press TV as saying.

The private sector will be involved in the endeavour, said Yousef Armodeli, head of Iranian Renewable Energy Organisation.

He also said that several contracts were signed with the private sector to construct renewable power plants capable of generating 12,000 MW of electricity.
Iran's production capacity of renewable energy will double by the end of its fifth five-year plan (2010-2015), he added.
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India generated 83.483 MU of grid solar power in August ’12: CEA

India has generated 83.483 MU of grid solar power in August this year and a total of 539.205 MU during the period between April 2012 to August 2012, according to the monthly generation report compiled by Central Electricity Authority (CEA).

Informing the Rajya Sabha about the data, Union minister for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that a cumulative capacity of 10,000 MW is envisaged by March 2017 when the Phase-II under JNNSM ends.

He also said that measures have been taken to increase the share of solar power in the Power Grids generated under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) that targets deploying 20,000 MW of grid connected solar power by 2022 in three phases.

To ensure this, the government has allowed a provision for renewable purchase obligation (RPO) for solar has been included in the National Tariff Policy. Besides, Concessional Import duty and excise duty have been exempted for setting up solar power plants. Generation based incentive and facility for bundled power for grid connected solar power projects through various interventions are also announced from time to time.

Awareness building programmes such as exhibitions, training workshops etc. are conducted as well as R&D efforts have been initiated for developing new technologies and improving efficiency.
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India has Potential of 8000 MW Tidal Energy

Dr Farooq Abdullah the Minister of New and Renewable Energy informed Lok Sabha that in order to exploit tidal power, Government of Gujarat has signed a MoU in January 2011 for establishing a 250 MW tidal power project in Gulf of Kutch with Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd, Vadodara, Atlantis Resource Corporation, United Kingdom and Perfect Mining Energy Solutions, Singapore.

A Special Purpose Vehicle has been incorporated in May, 2011 and GPCL has taken up a 50 MW tidal power project at Mandavi in district Kutch in first phase. There is no other tidal power project under consideration.

In eighties, a study was undertaken by Central Electricity Authority, New Delhi for the assessment of tidal energy potential in the country.

According to the study, there is an estimated potential of about 8000 MW tidal energy in the country. This includes about 7000 MW in the Gulf of Cambay, 1200 MW in the Gulf of Kutch in the State of Gujarat and about 100 MW in the Gangetic Delta in the Sunderbans region in the State of West Bengal.
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India, US fund $50-mn project for solar research

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Bengaluru: Energy cooperation, which has become a vital part of Indo-US relations, has taken another leap with a $50 million collaboration to promote solar energy research.

The Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS) has been set up by the Indian Institute of Science and the National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL), part of the US Department of Energy.

Professor K. Chattopadhyay, the chairperson of the Materials Engineering Department at IISc, has been named one of the codirectors of the institute, along with L.L. Kazmerskie of the NREL.

The institute, through a formalised R&D structuture, aims to promote binational collaborations.

It all began with the the PACE programme, which was launched in 2010 by US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “SERRIUS is part of the PACER programme,” said Professor Chattopadhyay.

“The two governments have contributed $12.5m each and the rest is being obtained through industry bids. The three major points of focus in the PACE prgorame are solar energy, building effiency and biofuels. Our consortium consists of 30 members, 15 from each country and includes members IIT Bombay and Chennai, as well as universities like Berkely”, he said.

SERIIUS will have two headquarters, one at the IISc and one at the NREL in the US. The institute will function through what they like to call ‘cooperation and innovation without borders’. The primary focus will be high-impact fundamental and applied research and development that might just bring solar energy one step closer to becoming a practically viable energy source. The solar electric technology they hope to develop will lower the cost per watt of photovoltaics and concentrated solar power.

India is a long way away from adopting solar power as a principal energy source, whether the setbacks lie in technical, economic or policy issues. SERIIUS will also facilitate collaborations between research institutions and industry, greatly shortening the duration between a discovery, the development of that discovery and its commercialisation.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 09:47 AM   #807
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Odisha: Renewable energy potential in state assessed at 11,820 MW

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Renewable energy potential in Odisha has been assessed at 11,820 MW, with solar energy having the highest potential at 10,000 MW among all green energy sources.

According to information provided by minister for science & technology Ramesh Chandra Majhi in the state assembly, though, estimates say, renewable energy sources can be tapped to produce a total of 53,820 MW, the generation of 11,820 MW out of this is feasible. The solar photo-voltaic source has the maximum potential at 8,000 MW followed by solar thermal and wind power at 2,000 MW and 910 MW respectively. Similarly it is estimated that bio-mass paddy husk and bio-mass paddy straw can be used to produce 250 MW each.

The minister said the state government has taken steps for setting up power plants based on solar, wind and bio-mass during the 12th Five Year Plan mostly through private developers.

Investments to the tune of Rs 2,500 crore are expected to flow to Odisha in the renewable energy sector during the 12th Plan Period (2012-17) as the state has targeted capacity augmentation of 350 MW from solar, wind and bio-mass sources in the period.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has set an ambitious capacity addition target of 29,800 MW from renewable energy sources in the 12th Plan period. The capacity addition envisages 15,000 MW in wind power, 2,100 MW of small hydro power, 10,000 MW of solar power and 2,700 MW generation from bio-mass sources.

As against the renewable energy potential, three small hydro power projects with 57 MW capacity, nine solar photo voltaic (PV) project with 13 MW capacity and one biomass power project of 20 MW capacity have been commissioned in the state.

In addition to this, bulk power purchaser Grid Corporation of Odisha (Gridco) has signed power purchase agreements with eight developers of biomass projects with a combined capacity of 98 MW and six small hydro-electric projects with a capacity totaling to 67 MW.
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India to witness 89 GW of installed wind power by 2020

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‘To fully exploit alternative energy sources, India needs to remove barriers holding back development’

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Updated: Wed, Nov 28 2012. 10 51 PM IST

Chennai: India is expected to have 89 gigawatts (GW) of installed wind power capacity by 2020 and attract $16.5 billion annual investment according to India’s Wind Energy Outlook 2012. This would hypothetically help prevent the emission of 131 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

“Today we face a formidable challenge in meeting our energy needs and providing adequate and affordable energy to all sections of society in a sustainable manner,” said Farooq Abdullah, union minister for new and renewable energy while releasing the report.

India is the third largest annual wind power market in the world and provides business opportunities for both domestic and foreign investors. The country’s wind power sector experienced record annual growth in 2011 with the addition of more than 3 GW of new installations and $4.6 billion in investments.

With an energy demand-supply gap of 8%, peak shortages are at 11-12 % and grid access is not available to more than 55% of the rural population, maximising the potential of renewable energy sources, Abdullah said.

The minister said he had recommended to the finance ministry that the industry be given generation-based incentives from April 2013.

Renewable power represents about 12% of the total installed electricity generation capacity in India. Investment in renewable energy was $10.3 billion in 2011, up 52% from the previous year.

“India is not constrained by resources but lacks good policy incentives to support and give impetus to the wind energy sector,” said Steve Sawyer, secretary general, Global Wind Energy Council.

There has been a policy vacuum since the accelerated depreciation incentive has been scrapped while the generation-based incentive is yet to kick in, added Sawyer.

To fully exploit alternative energy sources, the Indian government needs to address several challenges and remove barriers holding back development, the report said. The key policy thrust areas should be a comprehensive renewable energy law, incentives for repowering or replacing older power plants with new ones, establishing clear long-term targets, rules for interconnection and forecasting, the report said.

One key concern is the lack of policy guidelines and incentives for repowering, the report said. Others include the disposal of old equipment, fragmented land ownership at existing wind farms, lack of clarity on the feed-in tariff offered to newly repowered projects and constraints on the evacuation of the extra power generated.

India’s potential for wind power development is higher than previously thought, going up to 400 GW if the potential of offshore wind power development and repowering are fully exploited, the report said.

More than 95% of the wind energy development to date is concentrated in just five states – Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Rajasthan is emerging as a state with a rising number of wind turbine installations, the report said.
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Punjab clears new RE policy

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The Punjab government recently approved the enactment of the "New and renewable sources of energy (NRSF) policy- 2012," according to a report. The aim is to further the share of new and renewable sources of energy to 10 per cent of the total installed power capacity of the state by 2020.

Also, the policy intends to create conditions which enable private sector investments. Bikram Singh Majithia, minister for non-conventional energy, told reporters that the policy would attract an investment of around Rs 18,000 crore, besides providing direct and indirect employment to over 25,000 people in Punjab.

The move, he said, would not only change the energy scenario in the state, but also create more employment. "Apart from attracting large investments, it will generate 10 per cent of the total power installed capacity, thus bridging the gap between demand and supply. Also, it is an alternate for conventional power generation since minerals and other natural resources are fast depleting." The minister added that new targets of power generation had been fixed by various modes - solar, biomass and co-generation power projects.

"The largest share will come from solar power with an estimated capacity of 1,000 MW', followed by biomass with 600 MW. Around 500 MW of power will be generated through the co-generation power project: while 250 MW will be from small/mini/micro hydel power plants, 50 MW will be from urban, municipal and industrial liquid/solid waste." Keeping the interests of farmers in mind, the government has given its nod for use of agricultural land to establish renewable energy power projects.

With the introduction of a single-window clearance mechanism, clearances ill be provided in a time bound manner, within a stipulated period of 60 days.

Moreover, no Change of land Use (CLU) fee, external development charges (EDC) or other charges for NRSE projects will need to be paid.
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Waste-to-energy project to come up in Hyderabad

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The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has obtained clearances for a 40 MW power plant with municipal solid waste generated in the city.

The corporation expects to use the 3,100 tonnes of municipal solid waste it generates every day as fuel for the power plant, GHMC Special Commissioner Navin Mittal said on Thursday.

Ramky Enviro Engineers will set up the plant under public, private partnership mode at the Jawaharnagar dump yard in Kapra.

Addressing a conference on ‘Environmental Resource Conservation – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), he highlighted the need to better manage waste and also treat water for recycling where ever possible.
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He felt the Centre and State Governments need to provide necessary funds to municipal bodies to tackle solid waste and water pollution.

“Expecting the urban local bodies to generate their own funds through property tax and other methods without providing any portion of taxes collected does not happen anywhere in the world,” Mittal said.

Once the uniform Goods & Services Tax comes into being in the country, the Governments should think of providing one to 1.5 per cent of revenue to the municipal bodies towards meeting capital costs for sustainable development technology, he added.

A.K.Parida, Director General of Environment Protection & Training Institute of India, said the challenge for the country and the industry was to ensure sustainable growth of 8-9 per cent.

Cities and not States help decide investments, he said. Therefore, it was necessary to tackle municipal waste in an efficient manner, according it a top priority. He advised the industry to strive for bringing in clean technologies.

Parida said the State plans to come out with climate change action plan.

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CSP with storage can be economically reliable: Report

Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) with thermal storage has a significant and quantifiable economic reliability and operational benefits and can be of use for utilities and grid operators, according to a new report by Concentrating Solar Power Alliance (CSPA), a US-based advocacy organization.

The organisation has been educating US regulators, utilities and grid operators about the benefits of CSP and of thermal energy storage. The technical report, “The Economic and Reliability Benefits of CSP with Thermal Energy Storage: Recent Studies and Research Needs” has summarised the analysis of the sector conducted by the national energy labs and academic institutions.

The report is aimed to provide comprehensive framework for regulators and utilities so that they can use for solar valuation purposes. “This report comes at a time when utilities and grid operators are evaluating the actual cost and operational impacts of higher penetrations of variable resources,” Tex Wilkins, Executive Director of the organisation said.

“The independent research compiled from the national labs and universities, besides findings shared by CSP companies, shows that the technology with storage will be a very important, valuable resource for utilities and grid operators as different countries aim to achieve clean energy goals.”

The report focuses the benefits of CSP along with thermal energy storage that includes the provision of energy and ancillary services as well as enhanced capacity credits. It also tells how system integration costs incurred by intermittent renewable resources can be avoided; besides support for power quality and possible additional benefits like improved long-term reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
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Shivalik Express: World’s second solar train

The world’s second solar train, Shivalik Express was officially launched on Friday. Just like the Himalayan Queen, this train is also equipped with solar panels.

Shivalik Express had been running between Kalka and Shimla for the past some years. The Northern Railways thought of converting it into a solar-powered train recently.

A lot of effort has gone into its making. R K Gupta, senior divisional electrical engineer at Ambala division of Northern Railways who claims it to his brainchild, said that he has been working on it for the past two months.

All lights in the new train have been replaced by LEDs and the illumination level has also been increased from 20 to 42 lux in all the seven coaches of the train.
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Ministry wants competitive bidding for renewable energy procurement


The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy wants to make procurement of electricity from renewable sources also through competitive bidding process, just as in the case of conventional power. The Ministry has come up with “guidelines and standard bidding documents for tariff-based competitive bidding process for grid connected renewable energy power projects” and has recommended them to the Ministry of Power for notification.

“Unless explicitly specified in these guidelines, the provisions of these guidelines shall be binding on the procurer,” it says, defining ‘procurer’ to mean electricity distribution companies. Any deviation from the guidelines would have to be got approved by the respective state electricity regulatory commission. Since the procurement of power from solar sources is already under competitive bidding, the major implication of these guidelines is on the wind industry, which has opposed these guidelines.

The Indian wind industry is already in trouble. Two major incentives — generation-based incentive and accelerated depreciation — have been withdrawn from the beginning of the year. In the windiest state of the country, Tamil Nadu, the industry is further suffering from non-settlement of dues by the state’s distribution company, TANGEDCO, and non availability of the grid during windy periods. As a result, the wind power addition in 2012-13 is likely to be about half of last year’s 3,170 MW.

The Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association has sent a petition to MNRE seeking removal of the applicability of the guidelines to the wind industry, Secretary of the Association D.V. Giri told Business Line. “This is not the time to bring in competitive bidding for the wind industry,” Giri said.

The Tamilnadu Spinning Mills Association, whose members own about 3,000 MW of wind power capacity, has also opposed the guidelines. “Wind is infirm and there is no certainty of supply. As such, wind power tariff cannot be determined on competitive bidding basis,” Dr K .Venkatachalam, Advisor to the association, said.
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Solar power plants' output high, but varying widely

The ministry of new and renewable energy ( MNRE) recently released data of power generation from solar plants constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission ( JNNSM) for November. And the results span from very good to dismal.

November means short days for the solar plants, but according to Vineet Mittal, managing director of Welspun Energy, a solar power developer: “November is one of the better months with no rain or dust and with lower temperatures, closer to the conditions they are made for, increasing output from the cells.” Efficiency of solar power plants is measured by the capacity utilisation factor ( CUF), that is, how much of the stated capacity a plant actually generates compared to its total possible capacity in a laboratory with constant light. The higher the CUF, the more efficient the plant is at producing energy from the Sun. Due to weather and the unmissable fact that the sun is only available half the day, a 5 MW plant is expected to generate about 1 MW of electricity per hour on an average.

The central electricity regulatory commission ( CERC) has set 19 per cent CUF as the norm. Of the 30 planned 5 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar power projects in the first batch of the solar mission, only 21 plants are reporting any production—a few of the plants were cancelled at bidding or due to delays—but about 20 MW of capacity is still missing from production figures. The producing plants have an average CUF of 19.48 per cent. All but four of the reportedly generating plants are situated in Rajasthan.
Northwest Energy's 5 MW project in Rawra village in Jaisalmer district has the best figures for managing CUF of 23.60 per cent in November with an output of 839 MWh of clean power. That is enough to provide power to about 12,500 people. While most solar power projects have been built in Rajasthan, one project doing well is Welspun Energy’s 5 MW plant in Thummala village in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh with a CUF of 21.71 per cent with an output of 771 MWh, which is enough for 11,500 people. Mittal said, “High generation comes from investing in talent, finding the right location through radiation data and using the right solar modules for the right area. The same technology may not be optimal in all parts of the country.”

On why Welspun Energy opted for Andhra Pradesh while most projects under JNNSM have been set up in Rajasthan, he said: “We wanted to explore more arid zones of the country and our plant generating as much as those in the northwest of the country shows that other states are feasible.”

The worst performing 5 Mw projects (among the ones producing any noticeable output) is EMC Limited in Uttar Pradesh. with a CUF of 14.97 per cent.
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Will the sun shine on solar power in India in 2013?

According to reports, it was never the lack of sunshine but high costs that prevented India to tap solar power. That economics is changing fast, making solar power a viable option. Says Kameswara Rao, leader, energy, utilities and mining, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India, “There is considerable excitement on account of decline in capital costs over the years which has brought grid parity closer to reach. ” From a peak of about Rs 18 per unit three years back solar power is now under Rs 11 per unit, making it a viable alternative, say, to burn diesel to run gensets during load shedding. Besides, solar is clean, green and the fuel, Sun light, is free and plentiful across the country.

In an interview with ET , Mr Rao, talks about the prospects of solar power in India. Excerpts:

ET: What’s your outlook on the solar power industry in 2013?

Mr. Rao: Solar power has grown rapidly in the last two years to reach installed capacity of 1047 MW (November 2012), and a further 610 MW is expected to be added by March 2013. The off-grid segment is more modest at 100 MW installed capacity and dispersed across several smaller sites. We expect to see strong growth in 2013 given that many states have initiated strong policies to attract solar power units.

ET: By when do you expect solar power to reach grid parity (costs similar to conventional power)?

Mr.Rao: There is considerable excitement on account of decline in capital costs over the years which has brought grid parity closer to reach. However, it must be remembered that solar power remains an expensive proposition and it might take 4-5 years of scaling-up and cost reduction before this can be achieved. For this reason, the sector will need concessional financing, supportive feed-in tariffs, and capital subsidy in upstream manufacturing in order to attain the goal.

ET: Is there likelihood of more solar power installations over the next year?

Mr. Rao: The solar sector has attracted a lot of interest and many states such as Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and more recently Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have announced aggressive policies to attract investments. The tender for NSM Phase 1 (batch 1 and 2) has been very successful and attracted wide local and overseas interest.

From the National Solar Mission alone, we expect 9000 MW of solar projects by 2017. Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have targeted 3000 MW and 1000 MW and other states have set similar targets as well. This will not be easy to achieve given the challenges in land acquisition and financing but we expect to see a new addition of at least 1500 MW from state policies alone in the medium-term.
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Odisha to set up Green Devlopment Corporation to harness green energy

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Bhubaneswar, Dec. 20 -- The Odisha government has decided to establish Green Energy Development Corporation as a public sector company to focus on harnessing all forms of green energy in the state.

Disclosing this at the Odisha Environment Congress 2012, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the corporation will focus on all types of green renewable energy such as hydro, solar wind and biomass.

He said Odisha was the first state in the country to enact Energy Conservation Building Code and adopted clean coal approaches while insisting fly ash utilisation and emission reduction of power plants.

The chief minister said to mitigate the adverse impact of the environment, the state government was committed to promote large numbers of medium and small hydro power projects without submerging the forest and displaying the people.

The state government, he said, will look forward to innovative technology which would help in evolving a long term strategy with emphasiss on more efficient production and use of energy.

Mr Patnaik underlined the several initiatives taken by the government to promote renewable energy, reduce transmissiona and distribution loss.

The state government, he said, had taken pinoeering steps in formulating Climate Change Action Plan and implemented a separate Coastal Zone Management Plan. UNI DP BM AK sdg1949 NNNN Published by HT Syndication with permission from United News of India. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at htsyndication@hindustantimes.com

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500 MW solar power complex to be set up in Chitradurga

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Billionaire investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is interested in solar power, and his interest in alternative energy has provided a major boost to Indian solar operators in the private sector.

American Energy Holdings, a company controlled by Berkshire Hathaway, has acquired two solar photovoltaic power plant projects in California from SunPower Corporation. American Energy is to shell out over $2 billion for the sale, construction and operation of the projects by SunPower.

As a private solar player said, “India's solar power sector was very popular with private equity players in 2012. More operators are looking for funds to carry out their expansion plans.”

India has over 40 private solar players such as Tata BP Solar India, Sun Technics Energy Systems, Bharat Heavy Electricals, Moser Baer, Premier Solar Systems and Maharishi Solar Technology, amongst others.

Officials said several States are rushing to install solar power to meet growing energy demand.

500 MW solar plant

For instance, in Karnataka, the State Government has decided to construct a 500 MW solar power complex in Chitradurga district, instead of the Bijapur district.

Neighbouring Maharashtra too is expanding its solar power generation activities Vidarbha, Khandesh and Marathwada regions. Talks have also progressed with regards to a solar power plant in Osmanabad in Marathwada region.

In the case of Karnataka, the decision to relocate the planned solar park was taken following widespread opposition to the plant in Bijapur. In September 2012, the government had announced plans for the project that was meant to include private sector investment.

To be constructed in several phases starting with 100 MW capacity in the first phase, the solar park is part of Karnataka's plans to add 4,300 MW of renewable power capacity in the coming two years.

The solar park is to also provide all infrastructure facilities to private investors interested in setting up their solar power panels, with a facility to evacuating power into the grid.

Though States such as Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan already have a solar energy policy in place, officials added that much more needs to be done to ensure that the country's installed capacity of 1,047 MW of solar power in November 2012, goes beyond the 2,000 MW capacity by March 2013.

The National Solar Mission expects 9,000 MW of solar projects by 2017, with Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh targeting 3,000 and 1,000 MW respectively.

Research pact

The $50 million collaboration to promote solar energy research between the US and India has also proved to be a shot in the arm.

The Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS) has been set up by the Indian Institute of Science and the National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL), part of the US Department of Energy.

The two governments have contributed $12.5 million each and the rest is being obtained through industry bids. The three major points of focus in the PACE programme are solar energy, building effiency and biofuels.

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Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd., an Indian waste management company, plans to raise $200 million in the nation's first initial share sale to finance a power plant fueled by urban refuse.

The company, backed by Standard Chartered Plc’s private equity unit, will file its application for the initial public offering next month, Executive Director Goutham Reddy said in an interview in his office in Hyderabad. The company has hired Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America, IDFC Capital Ltd., SBI Capital Markets Ltd. and Edelweiss Capital Ltd. to manage the share sale, he said.
Ramky Enviro, based in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, is seeking to tap investor demand after a 26 percent surge in the benchmark stock index last year, the best among the world’s four biggest emerging markets, helped revive IPOs. The waste manager plans 17 billion rupees ($308 million) of investment in the next three years to help almost triple sales to 50 billion rupees by March 2018.

“Once I invest the money I have committed, the company will grow at a rapid pace,” Reddy said. “It’s going to be one of the most promising sectors as the government gets stricter about environmental regulations.”

‘Immense Opportunity’

India’s urban areas generate about 55 million tons of municipal solid waste and 38 billion liters of sewage every year, and waste output per capita is growing as much as 1.33 percent annually, according to the website of Chennai-based consultants Energy Alternatives India. Federal and state governments offer incentives to help harness energy from waste material, while cutting environmental pollution.

“The overall space is lucrative and the opportunity is immense,” said Mangesh Bhadang, a research analyst at Mumbai-based Quant Broking Pvt. “Environmental issues will keep coming up and we need companies that take care of garbage collection to effluent treatment.”

An erosion of the market value of other renewable energy companies because of their inability to benefit from government policies to promote clean energy may deter investors from buying Ramky Enviro shares, said Sitaraman Iyer, an analyst with MSFL Research.

Orient Green Power Co., whose shares started trading in October 2010 after raising 9 billion rupees from an IPO, has declined 77 percent below its IPO price of 47 rupees, while Indowind Energy Ltd. has plunged 93 percent from the offer price of 65 rupees after its debut in September 2007, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Facing Challenge

“The renewables sector isn’t doing very well in India,” said Mumbai-based Iyer. Lack of development of the Indian renewable credit market, no government support and unorganized raw material suppliers are some of the challenges facing the industry, he said.

India requires power distributors, steelmakers and miners to either produce or buy as much as 10 percent of their annual electricity from clean sources. Companies aren’t taking the regulation seriously, which is undermining the one-year-old market for trading renewable-energy credits, Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, said in November.

Each credit represents one megawatt-hour of clean electricity fed into the grid. Companies facing the target include Coal India Ltd., Oil & Natural Gas Corp., Tata Power Co. and Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. Those failing to secure enough renewable power locally to meet the target can opt to buy credits sold by wind farms, hydropower and biomass plants over the country’s two power exchanges.

State Firms

“While the private sector companies are buying the credits as per the targets set for them, it is the state-owned companies that aren’t keeping up,” MSFL’s Iyer said.

Ramky Enviro, led by Chairman Ayodhya Rami Reddy, plans to invest 5 billion rupees from the IPO proceeds to set up a 48 megawatt “waste-to-energy” plant in Hyderabad, said Executive Director Reddy. The company forecasts sales will increase 21 percent to 17 billion rupees in the year ending March 31.

The company reported profit after tax of 2.1 billion rupees in the year ended March 31, compared with 1.5 billion rupees in the previous 12 months, according to a report dated Dec. 6 by Crisil Ltd., the local unit of Standard & Poor’s.

The company plans to complete the share sale in the second quarter of this year, and raise debt to finance the rest of its investment plans, Reddy said. Share sales by Indian companies almost doubled to 573 billion rupees in 2012 as the benchmark BSE Ltd. Sensitive Index reached a two-year high last week, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Road Builder

Ramky Infrastructure Ltd., a builder of roads, bridges and water projects and founded by Ayodhya Rami Reddy, jumped as much as 5.1 percent today before trading at 127.85 rupees in Mumbai.

Ramky Infrastructure went public in October 2010, and its shares have slumped 72 percent from an offer price of 450 rupees, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“There are only a handful of companies in India setting up projects using waste to produce energy,” said Shantanu Jaiswal, a New Delhi-based analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “The sector is still developing. If Ramky and similar companies manage to generate profits from their projects, there are chances investors may look at these markets favorably.”
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It may be green but the 42-year-old M. Chinnaswamy Stadium may soon go clean as well. Karnataka State Cricket Association is exploring the possibility of sourcing the stadium’s massive power requirement through solar energy.

The idea is to replicate the success of the Mage Solar Stadion (sic.) in the city of Freiburg in Germany where solar panels placed on the awning of the stadium generate 2,50,000 kWh of energy per year.

Confirming the plans to transform the Chinnaswamy stadium into a similar facility, KSCA president Anil Kumble told The Hindu on Wednesday that proposal to install solar panels on the roof of the stadium is being examined. At present, the cost of lighting up the stadium for four hours costs around Rs. 20 lakh.

Presentation

Mr. Kumble said that representatives from the German company GIZ made a presentation before the KSCA’s senior office-bearers little over a month ago about the solar option.

The question that needs to be resolved is how much power will the solar panels generate? Will the panels on the roof of the stadium be enough to electrify the massive floodlights? “We have signed a preliminary agreement with them [GIZ] as per which they are conducting a feasibility study,” Mr. Kumble said, adding, “We will know how much power can be generated only after the feasibility study is completed.”

Idea

The idea for the project came from Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner Kaushik Mukherjee. “I went to Freiburg in April [2012] and discovered the Mage Solar Stadion. I came back and told Anil about it and he was enthused by the idea. All I had to do after that was connect him with the German company.”

He said that if KSCA decides to go ahead with the plan, it will make the Chinnaswamy stadium the only major sporting facility in the country to be powered by solar energy. Speaking of his visit to Freiburg, Mr. Mukherjee said, “ The city is almost entirely dependent on solar energy. It holds out many lessons for us.”
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Agree - but these will have to be greenfield /new projects & can be incorporated when new stadiums are built.
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