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Old March 19th, 2012, 02:21 AM   #21
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Nice find! Will try to x-post some of that info in the thread

Some details of the sub-projects as part of Gandhinagar Solar City scheme can be seen here.

Unfortunately the exact finances of the "green incentive" are probably not something that has been made public. As far as I can tell, a lot of the initial uptake has been to Govt/Institutional buildings, which is understandable given they need to recoup their initial investment in the panels themselves.

In latest Gujarat budget, it was announced that similar schemes would be started in Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Mehsana. The need for a reliable regular metered electricity supply to property for this scheme to work, may make it difficult to replicate outside Gujarat. But these places will provide a better model for other cities than Gandhinagar.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 07:05 AM   #22
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The need for a reliable regular metered electricity supply to property for this scheme to work, may make it difficult to replicate outside Gujarat.
Could you please explain the above statement. To my knowledge, except for free electricity towards agriculture, given in some states, all are metered...
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Old March 19th, 2012, 10:38 AM   #23
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Gujarat's Power Load Despatch Centre displays a continuously varying Unit rate for power during 24 hrs, which varies between Rs 3 to Rs 6 approx.

I assume consumers will be charged as per this rate at that time of consumption. Do you have any facility to meter consumption with Time stamp like Broad Band Internet connection.

e.g. If I choose to consume power at 0300 hrs when unit rate is Say Rs 03.10, Will I be charged at this rate.?

Can sombody please ,explain the ground situation and how this is accomplished?
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Could you please explain the above statement. To my knowledge, except for free electricity towards agriculture, given in some states, all are metered...
Illegal electricity connections and/or corruption in electricity boards (as we used to have in Gujarat) would make such schemes difficult to replicate in other places. Also, if somewhere is suffering from unreliable power, there would obviously be a temptation to siphon "free" solar energy from panels rather than spend money on running back-up generator at own expense.

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Gujarat's Power Load Despatch Centre displays a continuously varying Unit rate for power during 24 hrs, which varies between Rs 3 to Rs 6 approx.

I assume consumers will be charged as per this rate at that time of consumption. Do you have any facility to meter consumption with Time stamp like Broad Band Internet connection.

e.g. If I choose to consume power at 0300 hrs when unit rate is Say Rs 03.10, Will I be charged at this rate.?

Can sombody please ,explain the ground situation and how this is accomplished?
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Not sure why this has been asked in Solar energy thread.

You can see the electricity tariffs here (pdf)

If persons wish to use >90% of power at night rates, they can opt to be charged on lower rate night-tariff, but time-switch has to be installed at consumers own cost.

If you have further questions, please post in the Discussions thread rather than here. Cheers
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Old March 20th, 2012, 06:46 AM   #25
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Cross posting from Tamil Nadu - Renewable Energy thread...


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Its related to Tamil Nadu, but thought of sharing it here, coz I was discussing related to this here....
I thought, replicating Gujarat model in Tamil Nadu would be a nice idea. But, it has already started, with some difference... Good to see this...
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Old March 21st, 2012, 12:58 AM   #26
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Cross posting from Tamil Nadu - Renewable Energy thread...




Its related to Tamil Nadu, but thought of sharing it here, coz I was discussing related to this here....
I thought, replicating Gujarat model in Tamil Nadu would be a nice idea. But, it has already started, with some difference... Good to see this...
I think you have grossly missed the point here. What you posted is just an example of a private company getting 0.1MW solar power for its own use from the roof of its building. Its not even remotely comparable to the rooftop solar generation scheme in Gandhinagar.

The important step is to actually contribute into the local electricity grid. This will require either a local Solar policy as in Gujarat, or using the Central Govt solar policy as in Rajasthan. TN appears to be in the process of framing its own policy link, so we cannot expect anything comparable until that is announced.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 05:34 AM   #27
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I think you have grossly missed the point here. What you posted is just an example of a private company getting 0.1MW solar power for its own use from the roof of its building. Its not even remotely comparable to the rooftop solar generation scheme in Gandhinagar.

The important step is to actually contribute into the local electricity grid. This will require either a local Solar policy as in Gujarat, or using the Central Govt solar policy as in Rajasthan. TN appears to be in the process of framing its own policy link, so we cannot expect anything comparable until that is announced.
Yes. I knew the difference. What I actually meant was something good is happening in the right direction. That is why I mentioned "But, it has already started, with some difference..." I guess Gujarat is well ahead of all other states in solar energy. All the best.

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Old March 21st, 2012, 01:18 PM   #28
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Waaree, Announces the Successful Completion of 10 MW Solar P V Project in Gujarat, India

Waaree - founded in 2007, is one of India's biggest manufacturers of PV modules & solar power EPC contractor has announced the successful completion of 10 MW Solar PV Project, at Gujarat, India.

Waaree, is being awarded 10 MW ground mounted solar power project by M/s Monosteel India Pvt Ltd (MSIL), for designing, procurement, erection and commissioning. The project is located at UNA in Gujarat about 30 kms from Diu. The installation was inspected and endorsed to be completed in compliance to all standards & specifications and is ready in all respects for supply to state utilities. The seasonal tilt technology is used to enhance the performance of this 10 MW plant. The plant will generate more than 20.5 million units per year, for a greener tomorrow. Waaree make 40,000 multi-crystalline solar PV modules are used for this project which will help turn sunlight directly into clean electricity. This will replace carbon emission equivalent of around 10,754 tons, an equivalent of removing pollution caused by emission of around 11,000 cars every year.

The plant is one of the largest of its kind in that area at present. The plant spans across 60 acres of land. The plant has been built under the Gujarat State Solar Power Policy 2009 and the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The PPA is for 25 years.

This is a great step in the development of clean energy from renewable sources. Such an approach helps balance out carbon emission from the power generating plants based on fossil fuels & also simultaneously contributing towards the energy security of India. It's an initiative towards leaving a better world for the next generation.

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Old March 24th, 2012, 06:48 PM   #29
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Gamesa installs 1MW on grid Solar PV inverter in Bhuj

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Wind energy major, Gamesa, under its brand, Gamesa Electric, has installed and commissioned its first on-grid 500kW TL Plus central inverters – 1MW containerized solution at Essar Solar Photo Voltaic Power Plant at Bhuj, in Gujarat.

Gamesa Electric has installed and commissioned more than 1500 PV Central inverters worldwide. GAMESA Electric is a leading Spanish-based R&D player in power Electronics since 1979. The 1MW photo-voltaic plant has been synchronized with the Paschim Gujarat Vij Grid. The Chairman and Managing Director of Gamesa Wind Turbines Private Limited, Ramesh Kymal, said the MNC had been making great strides as a wind energy player. And now the bandwidth of the MNC is growing leaps and bounds with Gamesa Electric contributing its share in the new and renewable energy sector. “We feel elated about the installation and commissioning of 1 MW containerized solution in the investor-friendly State of Gujarat and the commissioning acts as a morale booster for Gamesa India in particular and for the solar sector as a whole,” Mr. Kymal added.

The General Manager, Special Projects, T Vijayakumar, Gamesa Wind Turbines Private Limited, said that this is an important milestone for Gamesa Electric to enter into Indian solar PV space through its reliable and time-tested solar PV inverter. “This is a natural progression of its power electronics capability nurtured through its experience in grid tied wind turbine converter technology”, he added.
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Old March 24th, 2012, 06:53 PM   #30
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Solar Powered Desalination is something that I hope can be replicated across many coastal areas of Kutch/Saurashtra especially.

Asias largest Desalination project at Dahej

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The Gujarat government inked an MoU with consortium of Japanese and Singaporean companies for setting up the Asia's largest seawater desalination plant in Dahej.

The consortium of Japan-based Hitachi, ITOCHU Corporation and Singapore-based Hyflux Ltd signed co-developer agreement with Dahej Special Economic Zone Ltd (DSEZL), the company managing Dahej SEZ, in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Ambassador Akitaka Saiki.

The consortium has established 'Dahej Spring Desalination Private Ltd' for project implementation. The main feature of co-developer agreement is to secure the rights to supply water to industrial parks in the Dahej SEZ, a state industry department official said.

Upon completion, Dahej project will be largest seawater desalination project in Asia, according to officials.

The 300 mld desalination plant is expected to need investment of around Rs 3,000 crore.

Speaking on the occasion, Modi said it is a landmark initiative for water management on World Water Day and added that project is unique as it would be run on solar power.
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Old March 24th, 2012, 09:31 PM   #31
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Speaking on the occasion, Modi said it is a landmark initiative for water management on World Water Day and added that project is unique as it would be run on solar power.
But I have read that the efficiency of solar desalination plant is very very low ... then??
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But I have read that the efficiency of solar desalination plant is very very low ... then??
Not sure to be honest, but if thats true, itd certainly explain why the project needs to be very very big

Am sure more info will become available as it progresses, but good sign at this stage is that Hitachi, Hyflux and Itochu are reputed firms in the fields of Solar Desalination, reverse-osmosis technology and water management respectively.
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Old April 1st, 2012, 05:30 PM   #33
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Waaree completes 3MW PV plant in Gujarat

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On March 26th, 2012 Waaree Energies Pvt Ltd. (Mumbai, India) announced that it has built a 3 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant for Abellon Clean Energy Ltd. (Ahmadabad, India) in the Indian state of Gujarat.

The company served as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the plant, which is located in Sbarkantha District, Gujarat. Less than a week prior on March 21st, 2012 Waaree announced the completion of a 10 MW PV plant in Una, Gujarat.

"We are very happy to complete our 3 MW Solar PV project," stated Abellon President Pankaj Patel. "It is good to see that people are now moving towards solar power generation and this industry is picking up in India."

"I am confident that India will emerge as a key player at global level in this segment. We acknowledge the spirit of partnership with which Waaree Energies approached the project, making it possible for us to execute the same in a flawless manner, overcoming all constraints."
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Titan Energy ties up with Spanish firm for supply of PV modules

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Hyderabad-based solar photo voltaic (PV) module manufacturer, Titan Energy Systems limited, has partnered Ortiz Energia, a subsidiary of Euro 600-million Grupo Ortiz of Spain. Under the partnership, Titan Energy will provide PV modules and other services to PIH Energy, Spain, which is planning to develop a 100Mw solar power project in Gujarat by bringing in foreign direct investment (FDI).

“We were scouting for a renowned EPC partner and a developer who could bring in both equity and debt to set up power projects. While Ortiz is interested in setting up EPC projects, PIH has experience in global sourcing and arranging finances apart from having good knowledge in project implementation,” Rao SYS Chodagam, founder and managing director of Titan Energy, said here on Thursday.

According to Juan Camilo Echeverri, spokesperson for PIH Energy, his company will initially invest in securing approvals that also require mandatory deposits with the authorities to launch solar power projects and then bring equity investors and funding agencies from countries including the US.

A solar power project with a capacity of 100 Mw is currently at an approval stage in Gujarat and it targets to bid for another 200-Mw project in India, according to him. The government permits 100 per cent FDI in solar power development.

Chodagam said apart from the national targets, the fact that some people had bid solar projects at a rate of Rs 7 per unit under the National Solar Energy Mission, as against Rs 12-Rs 13 per unit cost being incurred on a diesel generator, provides ample space for captive solar plants in the days to come.

“Foreign funding agencies will find it attractive even with 7 per cent rate of return on investment unlike domestic financial institutions. That is why we also got the backup of global players,” he said.

Solar PV module manufacturers, who were severely impacted by the recent global recession, will now be having good domestic business opportunities in the light of the changed environment for the solar sector in the country, according to him.

Under the partnership entered with the two Spanish companies, Titan will supply PV modules for a capacity of 300 Mw to the developers, apart from providing operation and maintenance services to the projects.

Titan’s manufacturing facility has a capacity to produce 100-Mw solar modules a year.
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ISRO in Ahmadabad will get its second set of photovoltaic roof top systems from Emmvee

Emmvee Photovoltaic Power Private Limited will soon install the second set of photovoltaic roof top systems at ISRO Space Application Centre in Ahmadabad in the state of Gujarat under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).

Emmvee has designed 2 new grid connected PV roof top systems of 10kW each for the space centre and will be supplying all the components as well as undertaking the installation and commissioning of the PV system in April 2012. The performance of the PV system will be monitored by Emmvee under an operation and maintenance contract.

The co-operation between Emmvee and the Space Research Organization has been going since 2011, when Emmvee had installed the first two roof top systems of 10kW each with 80 monocrystalline modules of 250Wp. All 4 PV systems have a special feature called seasonal tilt technology wherein the mounting direction can be changed according to the season to reach the maximum energy output. The total output of the installations is expected to generate 60,000 units of electricity per year which will be used for the office lightings at Space Application Centre (SAC).

SAC is one of the major centres of ISRO and it is a host institution for training programmes, such as Satellite Communication, Satellite Meteorology and global change under the Centre for Space Science & Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) affiliated to the United Nations (UN).

Speaking about this significant project, Mr. D.V. Manjunatha, founder and Managing Director of Emmvee, expressed that the company’s key focus on quality of the modules and reliability of the services is the foundation of trust from quality sensitive organisations like ISRO. ISRO is extremely satisfied with the performance of the first two roof top systems installed last year and hence has selected Emmvee for the installations of two additional PV Systems.

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AMC to set up 400 KW Solar plant this year, LEDs to replace tubelights

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By end of this year, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation(AMC) will be having in-total 400 KW solar power capacity at its various facilities.

“To conserve energy through solar power, the AMC has initiated procedure to set up a 100 kw solar plant at MEMCO sports complex for lighting system with the help of Gujarat Energy Development Agency(GEDA),” Shri Guruprasad Mohapatra, Commissioner of AMC said today adding that the MEMCO solar plant will be functional by the end of August 2012.

“Similarly a 100 KW solar plant by GEDA at Sardar Patel stadium will be functional before November 2012,” Commissioner added.

“AMC headquarter at Danapith will have 100 kw solar plant for ‘C’ block under the guidence of GEDA, installation work of the plant will be completed by the end of August 2012. Kotarpur water treatment plant will have another 100 kw solar plant which will be functional after July 2012,” he further added.

According to a statement issued by Municipal Commissioner, in a bid to save 50% electricity, around 10,000 sodium fittings on main roads of western zone of the city will be replaced with modern low watt LED fittings. This task will be completed by 31st July 2012.

In society areas of western Ahmedabad, around 25000 street lights that use 36 watt tube light will be replaced with energy efficient T-5 tube lights of 28 watts. In first phase, 5000 such streetlights will be changed. The task will be completed before 15 June.

Similarly the AMC will replace 81000 conventional 36 watt tube lights in all zonal and other offices. In first phase western and south zone offices will get 5,000 latest LED lights of 18 watt as replacement to save 55% power cost. The task will be completed by 30th May 2012.

The AMC in first phase has started saving Rs 3900 daily in 59 sections through alternate streetlight switching. Such saving practice will be effective in all sections by the end of June 2012.
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650MW Solar Power projects to be inaugurated in Gujarat: Modi

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Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi today said 15 solar projects with a capacity to produce 650MW power will be dedicated to the nation at Charanka solar park in north Gujarat on April 19.

Talking to a group of Solar Power Developers Forum, Modi said all these 15 projects have been completed in a record time of 16 months. Modi said Gujarat is poised to become the world's solar energy capital.
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Besides other initiatives, he said that Gujarat Government would soon come out with a ‘Rooftop Solar Policy’. Gujarat has already sent a letter to the Prime Minister to develop a system along the 1,500-km India-Pakistan international border to not only produce power but also put in place a solar-powered defence mechanism.

Mr. Modi said that Gujarat is capable of accepting the challenges of Global Warming and Climate Change and taking the lead in India to provide succor to the humanity. It is not just a matter of pride but showing direction to the nation.

The Solar Park Developers Forum praised the Gujarat Government’s proactive energy policy for early completion of the projects in 16 months which speak volumes.

Principal Energy Secretary D.J. Pandian was also present during the meeting.
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Imagine the whole border fence-line covered with solar panels! A very good idea
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600 MW of Solar Power Projects will be dedicated to the nation at a ceremony to be held at the India’s first Solar Park at Charanka village, Randhanpur taluka, Patan district in Gujarat on 19th April, 2012 by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. Solar Power Project developed at Anand, Banaskantha, Jamnangar, Junagadh, Kutch, Porbandar, Rajkot, Surat, and Surendranagar will also be dedicated on during this occasion. The Ceremony will be attended by the large community of International Delegates including representatives from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Hongkong, Singapore UK and United State of America will attend this ceremony.

‘Gujarat Solar Park’ has an aggregated capacity of 214 MW Solar Projects commissioned at a single location. ‘Gujarat Solar Park’ is an innovative concept of Government of Gujarat to promote solar installations within the state for with ease of operation. The State Government has allocated developed land to the Project Developers with the entire infrastructure including power evacuation, roads and water for commissioning of the Power Project on fast track.

The State signed 968.5 MW of solar power projects under its Solar Power Policy and also took an initiative to launch ‘Gujarat Solar Park’ with a vision to build it as the world’s largest solar power park. The foundation stone of the Solar Park was laid in December, 2010.

“This 600 MW Solar Power Project Dedication Ceremony will be followed by the India Solar Investment and Technology Summit and Exhibition to be held at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar on 20 and 21 April, 2012. The Summit will have large number of Indian and Foreign Speakers and Delegates” stated Mr. D J Pandian, Principal Secretary, Energy & Petrochemicals Dept, Govt. of Gujarat.

The Summit will have sessions and discussions on global solar market, investment opportunities in India, financing of solar industry, use of technology, infrastructure and innovation for successful projects, potential for solar R&D and technology development, and the future of Indian solar sector. The Programme for the Solar Investment and Technology Summit and Exhibition is enclosed.
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