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Old January 17th, 2012, 11:19 PM   #1
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Gujarat Solar Power Thread

Gujarat aims to position itself at the forefront of Indias Solar Power sector. Lets use this thread to track the progress on this front.

Summary of major operational plants: 597MW (based on confirmed data as at 19 Apr 2012)



Details of projects

Ordered chronologically. For phased projects, final planned capacity shown in brackets.

Gujarat State Electricity Corp - Demo Project, PDPU, Gandhinagar
1MW
15 Cr
link
21 Jan, 2011

Azure Power, Khadoda, Sabarkantha
5MW (10MW)
170Cr 40Acres
Jun 8, 2011
link

Moser Baer Clean Energy
, Ranavav, Porbandar
15MW (50MW Surendranagar)
465Cr 305Acres
Oct 12, 2011
link

Welspun Energy, Anjar, Kutch
15MW
Oct 2011
link

Lanco Infratech, Charanka, Patan
30MW (5MW Bhadrada, Patan)
November 20, 2011
link

Green Infra Ltd
, Mervadar, Rajkot
10MW
130Cr
Nov 21, 2011
link

Rasna/Chemtrolls Solar, Patdi, Surendranagar
1MW
Dec 31, 2011
link

Backbone Enterprises/InSolare Energy, Shivlakha, Kutch
5MW
Dec 2011
link

Adani Power, Abdasa, Kutch
40MW (100MW)
400Cr 300Acres
Jan 5, 2012
link

GMR Energy, Charanka, Patan
25MW
360Cr 125Acres
Jan 13, 2012
link

Surana Telecom, Charanka, Patan
5MW
20 Acres
Jan 17, 2012
link

Visual Percept Solar Projects, Surel, Surendranagar
25MW
330 Cr
Jan 17, 2012
link

Tata Power, Mithapur, Jamnagar
25MW
25 Jan, 2012
365Cr 100Acres
link

Gujarat Industries Power Company Ltd, Vastan, Surat
5MW (25MW)
60 Cr
Jan 27, 2012
link

Universal Solar, Charanka, Patan
2MW
Jan 30, 2012
link

Vikram Solar, Bhachau, Kutch
5MW
Feb 21, 2012
link

MonoSteel India, Una, Junagadh District
10MW
Mar 21, 2012
60 Acres
link

Gamesa Electrict, Bhuj, Kutch
1MW
Mar 23, 2012
link

Abellon Clean Energy, Bhatkota, Sabarkantha
3MW
Mar 26, 2012
17.5 Acres
link

(Announcements at Inauguration of Gujarat Solar Park)

Acme Tele Power, Vadgam, Anand
15MW
Apr 19, 2012
link (pdf)

AES Solar, Charanka, Patan
15MW
Apr 19, 2012

Alex Astral Power, Charanka, Patan
25MW
Apr 19, 2012

Azure (Gujarat), Dhama, Surendranagar
5MW
Apr 19, 2012

EI Technologies, Charanka, Patan
1MW
Apr 19, 2012

Emami Cement Ltd, Charanka, Patan
10MW
Apr 19, 2012

EMCO Ltd, Fatehpur, Surendranagar
5MW
Apr 19, 2012

ESP Urja Ltd, Dhama, Surendranagar
5MW
Apr 19, 2012

Ganges Green Energy, Mervadar, Rajkot
10MW (25MW)
Apr 19, 2012

GHI Energy, Kutyana, Porbandar
10MW
Apr 19, 2012

GSPC Pipapav, Charanka, Patan
5MW
Apr 19, 2012

Gujarat Mineral Development Corp, Panandhro, Kutch
5MW
Apr 19, 2012

Gujarat Power Corp
, Charanka, Patan
5MW
Apr 19, 2012

Gujarat State Electricity Corp - Demo Project, Narmada Canal - Chandrasan, Mehsana
1MW
Apr 19, 2012

Harsha Engineering, Tarapur, Anand
1MW
Apr 19, 2012

Integrated Coal Mining, Rapar, Kutch
9MW
Apr 19, 2012

Konark Gujarat, Shivlakha, Kutch
5MW
Apr 19, 2012

Louroux Bio Energies, Sujangadh, Surendranagar
25MW
Apr 19, 2012
link

Millenium Synergy, Dhama, Surendranagar
9MW
Apr 19, 2012

NKG Infra, Charanka, Patan
10MW
Apr 19, 2012

Sunborn Energy, Bachau, Kutch
15MW
Apr 19, 2012

PLG Photovoltaics, Dahisar, Patan
20MW
Apr 19, 2012

Precious Energy, Gunthawada, Banaskantha
15MW
Apr 19, 2012

Rajesh Power, Patdi, Surendranagar
1MW
Apr 19, 2012

Roha Dyechem, Charanka, Patan
25MW
Apr 19, 2012

Sand Lands, Dhanera, Banaskantha
25MW
Apr 19, 2012

SunEdison Gujarat, Charanka Patan
25MW
Apr 19, 2012

Solarfield Energy (prev Kiran Energy), Charanka, Patan
20MW
Apr 19, 2012

Solitaire Energy, Gunthawada, Banaskantha
15MW
Apr 19, 2012

Sun Clean Renewable Energy, Charanka Patan
6MW (31MW)
Apr 19, 2012

Unity Power, Anjar, Kutch
5MW
Apr 19, 2012

WAA Solar, Tikar, Surendranagar
10MW
Apr 19, 2012

ZF Steering, Charanka, Patan
5MW
Apr 19, 2012

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5MW
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** List is not exhaustive and will try to update with new projects as they come along.


Solar Radiation in India (from Wiki)


In general, heres a good resource for Solar power installed capacity around the world, link(opens in excel)

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Old January 28th, 2012, 11:09 PM   #2
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Gujarat Solar Park
Charanka, Patan Dist

Overview (Gujarati)


Modi Speech (Gujarati)





Salient points
  • 500 MW total capacity
  • 4554 Acres
  • $ 100 million 25year soft loan from Asian Development Bank
  • $ 137 million overall project cost
  • Clinton Climate Change Initiative working in partnership with Gujarat Govt
  • Foundation stone laid 30 December 2010
  • First unit online 20 November 2011

Development plan from Asian Development Bank link (pdf 2.00mb!)
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Azure Power
Khadoda, Sabarkantha

5MW (10MW)
170Cr 40Acres
Jun 8, 2011
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Old January 28th, 2012, 11:46 PM   #4
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Moser Baer Clean Energy
Gunthwada, Banaskantha

30MW
465Cr 305Acres
Oct 12, 2011
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Old January 28th, 2012, 11:52 PM   #5
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Today is the (extended) deadline for Solar Power projects falling under the Gujarat Governments initial Solar tariff. Original Deadline was end of December 2011, but was extended by a month. Solar tariff goes up considerably from today.

Gujarat says no to deadline extension for Solar Power companies

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Developers of solar power projects who wanted an extension of time beyond January 29 to avoid coming under a lower tariff regime (than they would have if they had completed their projects by January 29) have lost their case. The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission has ruled against them.

“We decide that the petitioners have not succeeded in making out a case for invoking the inherent power of the Commission to extend the control period determined by the Commission in its Order No. 2 of 2010 dated 29 January 2010,” the Commission said in its order dated January 27.

The list of petitioners included special purpose vehicles of Tata, GMR, Lanco, Moser Baer and Surana Telecom groups. It also included Solar Energy Association of Gujarat and also the global auto component major, ZF Steering.

The petitioners had prayed for extension of time beyond January 29, citing reasons of ‘Act of God' (flooding), land acquisition issues, change in design of sub-station by Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation (GETCO), non-availability of evacuation facilities and insufficient time for completion of their projects.

All the petitioners (project developers) had signed power purchase agreements with the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd, the state utility. Under the PPA, the tariffs agreed were: Rs 15 per unit for the first 12 years and Rs 5 a unit from the 13th year to the 25th year.

In all, 84 PPAs were signed, in two phases, for 968.5 MW. They were to complete their projects by December 31, but the Gujarat government did give them more time, up to January 29, 2012. Those who do not complete their projects by January 29, would get a lower tariff. Meanwhile, following the order of the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission , which denied any extension of time to solar power project developers to complete the projects, the Gujarat government has announced the new tariffs (see table).

The Commission went into three questions: Whether it had inherent powers to extend the time as prayed for, (for which the answer was ‘yes'), whether such an extension of time was justified (the answer was ‘no'), and if an extension was justified, for what period (which became redundant).

The Commission has taken note of the fact that most of the projects have been completed, or would be completed by January 29.

According to the Government of Gujarat, 54 developers would complete their projects, with a total capacity of 587.4 MW, out of the total PPA-signed projects of 968.5 MW.

It also took cognisance of the argument put forth by the Gujarat state that prices of solar modules have fallen significantly (and the developers would suffer no loss if the tariff was revised downwards.)

“Though they have put forward a number of reasons for the relief they have sought, none of the petitioners, including the Association of Solar Power Developers, which has filed a separate petition, has indicated any ground whatsoever which is of universal application either in the State of Gujarat or a major part thereof by which all the projects are affected by such factors. Several projects have been or are likely to be commissioned during the control period itself. The reasons indicated by the petitioners appear to be in the manner of indirectly invoking the Force Majeure clause specified in the PPA, which cannot be addressed by a general order,” the Commission said.

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Old February 7th, 2012, 07:50 PM   #7
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Solar Cells on Narmada Canal to light up rural homes

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What was dismissed as an outlandish announcement by chief minister Narendra Modi is turning into reality. Gujarat is all set to become the first state in the country to generate solar power through panels mounted on a water body, the Narmada canal to be specific.

The Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) has undertaken the pilot project of 1 MW, under which solar panels will be installed atop the Narmada canal for generating power. The solar panels would be laid on around 1 km of the Narmada canal for generating 1 MW of solar power.

The solar panels are being installed atop the Narmada branch canal near Chandrasan village of Mehsana’s Kadi taluka, around 75 km from Ahmedabad.
This is a unique project. Something like this has not been undertaken in the country,” state energy minister, Saurabh Patel, told DNA.

Chief minister Narendra Modi had first spoken about the plan to install solar panels atop Narmada canal at a function in Gandhinagar on October 3, but the announcement was greeted with a lot of skepticism. But, the project is now in advanced stages.

The engineering, procurement and construction contract for the project has been awarded to Sun Edison at a cost of Rs 17.71 crore. This is slightly higher than a traditional solar plant, where panels are mounted on land, which costs in the region of Rs14 — 15 crore for 1 MW.

According to state government, the project would have multiple and lasting benefits. “Installation of panels on the canal will help in doing away with the need to acquire land. Evaporation of lakhs of litres of water will be prevented since the canal will be covered. And, we will generate clean energy,” Patel said.

Another advantage of the project is that power generated will be supplied to villages alongside the canal, which will lead to lower transmission losses. Meanwhile, officials said that work on the project is progressing well.
"The project is in advanced stages of completion. We expect to complete it in the next two to three weeks, and start work on the next phase," Bhargav Mehta, director, Sun Edison, said. The second phase of the project envisages solar power generation capacity of 2 MW by installing solar panels atop the Narmada canal.
Awesome piece of thinking outside the box
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Holy shit!! This is brilliant ! Just when you think you've figured out all of Modi's cleverness - he comes out with a new googly !!!
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Xposting from TN renewables thread.

Sun Edison, Azure win rooftop contracts

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Chennai, Feb. 12:

Two US-headquartered companies, Sun Edison and Azure Power, have won the mandate for setting up rooftop solar power plant projects in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Implemented by Gujarat Energy Research Management Institute (GERMI), this rent-a-roof programme is the first-of-its-kind in India.

Sun Edison and Azure Power will each put up 2.5 MW of solar plants on the roofs of houses or office complexes that are willing to rent their roof for the purpose.

The roof owner will get a part of the revenue generated by the power plant.

The owner will not get to use the electricity to run his home or office, as has been the case in all the rooftop solar developments so far in the country.

The first phase of the ‘Gandhinagar Solar Rooftop Programme' is 5 MW, but more will follow in due course
, Business Line learns from sources in Gujarat official circles.

Azure Power said it had not got an official communication from GERMI, while Sun Edison refused to comment.
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Tata Power commissions 25MW solar project in Mithapur

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Country's largest private power utility Tata Power today said it has commissioned the 25 MW Mithapur solar project in Gujarat, boosting the entity's renewable energy portfolio.

The solar photo-voltaic (PV) power project has been developed with an investment of about Rs 365 crore. The firm has signed the power purchase pact for the plant, commissioned on January 25, with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd.

"Tata Power now has a strong portfolio of over 28 MW of solar and 375 MW of wind making it the largest renewable utility player in India," the firm said in a statement.

The Mithapur project has been implemented by Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd.

"We are delighted to announce the commissioning of one of the largest solar projects in the country," Tata Power Managing Director Anil Sardana said.

The project has been funded through a debt equity mix of 70:30, comprising an equity investment of Rs 110 crore and Rupee Term Loans of Rs 255 crore.

Tata Power plans to set up 300 MW of solar power capacity by 2017.

The company has an installed capacity of about 3,682 MW.
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Not a massive project, but noteworthy for the innovative technology being used

5MW thin-film tracker project completed in India

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A five megawatt (MW) thin film photovoltaic project has been completed in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is said to be the largest system globally, which combines thin film technology with a tracking system.

The project was completed and grid-connected in December. Backbone Enterprises undertook the project development, while InSolare Energy Pvt. Ltd worked as engineering, procurement and construction contractor. NexPower, meanwhile, supplied the thin film modules needed. In a statement released, NexPower said, "The solar plant is expected to produce up to 25 percent power output more than that of a standard crystalline plant without a tracking system."



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Amazing thread.
Amazing posts.
Amazing progress.

Feeling proud to be a Gujarati.
Great work guys for keeping this post lively!
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Narendra Modi speaking about Narmada Canal Solar idea in September 2011



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  • Land costs are an important factor for feasibility of Solar projects
  • Existing Narmada Canal Network in Gujarat is 100,000km long
  • According to technical experts, main Narmada canal and the small terminal canals are not suitable for Solar Projects
  • However, the network of Branch Canals can be used
  • 1km of Branch Canal = 1MW Solar Power & can prevent 10,000,000 litres of water evaporation
  • Power produced to be supplied to adjacent villages to cut T&D losses
  • Also investigating possibility of "micro-hydro-turbines" underneath Solar Panels to generate power from flow of water in the Canal
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X-posting from Renewable energy for India thread

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Here is a step in the right direction, integrating roof and solar seemlessly as one... Time for new buildings to adopt the trend and for city inspection/building permits to make it de rigueur for all new buildings...



Named ‘Amrita Smart,’ the integrated solar tile can both harvest and store power on sunny days. The power can be used to recharge laptops, cell phones or to light up the house during nighttime. The product weighs in at 200 grams and it will be made available on the market in two years, says Vinod Gopal.

We have seen a variety of solar products that can only harvest power from sun. But, most often, for storing the power, extra battery will be required. It is here the Amrita Smart becomes unique. The invention is certainly noteworthy, because it will be inexpensive and efficient as well. In addition, it will be easy to set up given the fact that it is an integrated product.

The Amrita researchers showcased their invention at the International Conference, NANOSOLAR 2012. The solar conference was conduced by the Amrita Center for Nanosciences at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Erankulam, the industrial city of Kerala.

The integrated solar power tile is a notable invention. It can be used for home-based production of sustainable power. People can now embellish their rooftops with solar power generating-and-storing tiles. To an extent, it will bring the electricity bills down as well contribute much into the reduction of carbon footprint.

Indian researchers develop integrated solar energy storage tile

How about they also implement this around villages that cannot have solar power due to some reason.
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$100m ADB loan for Solar power transmission in Gujarat

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The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed an agreement for a $ 100 million ADB loan to develop a transmission system that will distribute 500 megawatts (MW) of solar power from the Charanka Solar Park in north Gujarat.

Using a public private partnership (PPP) model, the project will create job opportunities, improve social services and contribute to poverty reduction locally, an official press release said.

It will also support power distribution companies in Gujarat and other Indian power utilities to meet part of their clean energy procurement obligations through solar energy, it said.
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L&Tનો સૌથી મોટો સોલર પાવર પ્લાન્ટ ગુજરાતમાં કાર્યરત

http://business.divyabhaskar.co.in/a...t-2960823.html

એલ એન્ડ ટીએ 200 મેગાવોટ સોલર પાવર પેદા કરવા માટે ઓર્ડર મેળવ્યા છે. એપ્રિલ સુધી કંપની 112 મેગાવોટની પ્રસ્થાપિત ક્ષમતા સુધી પહોંચવા તૈયાર છે.

એલ એન્ડ ટીએ છેલ્લા બે વર્ષમાં 10 પ્રોજેક્ટ મેળવ્યા છે. સૌથી મોટો શરૂ કરાયેલો પ્રોજેક્ટ ગુજરાતમાં ચરન્ખા ખાતે 25 મેગાવોટનો સોલર ફોટોવોલ્ટેક (પીવી) પાવર પ્લાન્ટ છે, તેમાં ટિયર-1 ક્રિસ્ટલાઇન પીવી ટેકનોલોજીનો ઉપયોગ કરાયો છે.

થીન ફિલ્મ ટેકનોલોજીનો ઉપયોગ કરતો 40 મેગાવોટનો પ્લાન્ટ હાલ રાજસ્થાનમાં પોખરણ ખાતે આકાર લઇ રહ્યો છે. આ યુનિટ અત્યાર સુધીમાં શરૂ કરાયેલા પાવર પ્લાન્ટમાંનો એક હશે, તેમ એલ એન્ડ ટીએ જણાવ્યું હતું.

ગુજરાતમાં શરૂ કરાયેલા 66 મેગાવોટના પ્રોજેક્ટોમાં કંપનીએ સુરેન્દ્રનગર જિલ્લામાં 10 મેગાવોટનો ટ્રેકર આધારિત ક્રિસ્ટલાઇન પ્લાન્ટ પ્રસ્થાપિત કર્યો હતો. આ પ્લાન્ટ ટિયર-1 ક્રિસ્ટલાઇન પીવી મોડ્યુલ્સ અને સિંગલ એક્સીસ ટ્રેકરનો ઉપયોગ કરે છે.

એલ એન્ડ ટીની ક્ષમતાઓમાં પીવી અને કોન્સનટ્રેટેડ સોલર પાવર માટે ડિઝાઇન, ફીક્સ્ડ અને ટ્રેકર સ્ટ્રક્ચર મેન્યુફેકચરિંગ અને ખર્ચ કાર્યક્ષમ પ્લાન્ટના બાંધકામનો સમાવેશ થાય છે.
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Very good that they are putting the panels on top of the canal itself to solve the land issues.
But what will happen in monsoon ? the canal needs to be naturally populated with rain water and if it is covered with the panel now, what will happen ?
I understand that the water will not evaporate but the level will be decreased if used by people/farmers.
Also how will the solar panel react to rain ?
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Very good that they are putting the panels on top of the canal itself to solve the land issues.
But what will happen in monsoon ? the canal needs to be naturally populated with rain water and if it is covered with the panel now, what will happen ?
I understand that the water will not evaporate but the level will be decreased if used by people/farmers.
Also how will the solar panel react to rain ?
Well, water in the canal is sourced from the Narmada river, the area where these panels have been put up is not a high-rainfall area (thats why the canal is there!). The canal network has hundreds of dams, reservoirs so too much water is really not a problem. Its far more likely there will be times where there is low level of water in the canals, but that will also have no effect on the panels.

If you look closely at the smaller pic in post #7, you can see that the panels are angled, so that rain water can go into the canal, but as I said before, its a pretty dry part of North Gujarat.

In general, solar panels will not have any adverse reaction to rainwater, it doesnt make a difference if the panels are on a canal, in a solar park or on top of a building, solar panels are designed to cope with rain.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 08:26 AM   #20
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Its really good to see that Gujarat chief minister is taking initiative for solar roof top programme. Its available in some countries and is a welcome move in India. If it succeeds in Gujarat, it could be replicated in other states also. Can some one please say the current status of "Gandhinagar (Solar) Photovoltaic Rooftop Programme". How is it being looked upon by the people of Gandhinagar? How much will they get paid as rent, approximately?
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