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The project demonstrates ReNew Power’s vision in recognizing the challenge of climate change, and its responsibility to combat it. “It gives us great pride to partner with the Government of Gujarat with its far reaching vision for wind potential in the state.

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Veer Energy plans Rs 3 billion solar projects :cheers:

According to reports, Veer Energy and Infrastructure, a Mumbai-based wind power developer, plans to invest Rs 300 crore into solar energy projects in Gujarat.

The company has acquired 200 acres at Shivlakha village of Kutch, Gujarat, to set up 25 MW solar energy project. The project site is about 1.5 km away from its sub-station at Chandrodi village. Veer Energy has collaborated with Astom AG Swiss, an expert in solar energy technologies.

The company also plans to set up a rooftop solar project in the Sanand district of Gujarat. It will install 400 thin-film panels of 58.5 watts each for a rooftop project in joint venture with US-based New Millennium Solar Equipment Corporation. The unit has already imported thin film panels from NMSEC for the project.

“With the successful completion of our pilot solar project, the company would then focus on developing big league solar projects,” said Jigar Shah, CFO, Veer Energy.

The company has already completed wind farm project 200 MW and another 115 MW is in the pipeline, he said.

Gujarat has enormous potential for wind power generation. The average velocity of wind in the State is just less than seven metres per second, said Shah.

Besides this, Gujarat has an investor-friendly policy. It has the longest coast-line in the country and a desert in Kutch. This makes land availability for the wind power projects, he said.
 

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DVC Plans 1,000 MW Canal-Top Solar Power Plant

Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) has proposed to set up solar power plant on the 2,494 kilometres of canals, which can generate up to 1,000 MW solar power. Earlier this year, the state had commissioned world’s first one MW canal top solar power plant in Mehsana district over 750-metres stretch of canal and taking cue from the project, DVC is looking to work on a similar path.

The biggest benefit of setting up solar power plant over water canal is that the need for land gets eliminated and water evaporation from the canal, which is quite high in India with sunshine for nearly 300 days in a year. DVC had told to build a 15 MW capacity canal top solar photovoltaic plant at DVC canal, Burdwan in West Bengal. “Detailed project report has already been prepared by global consultant price water house cooper,” a power ministry official said.

It is estimated that over 10 per cent of the 19,000 km-long Narmada canal network in Gujarat has the potential to generate 2,200 MW of canal top solar power, which saves 11,000 acres of land that and prevent Rs 20 billion worth of water from evaporation annually.

Also, canal-top solar power equipment produced 15 per cent more power than the plant set up on land as the water flowing underneath keeps the solar panels relatively cool.

The one MW plant, set up over 750 meter-long stretch of the canal will generate 16 lakh units of clean electricity and prevent evaporation of 90 lakh litres of water from the canal annually.

The length of the Narmada main canal, constructed under the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP), is 458 km. The Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam has so far constructed about 19,000 km long canal network, out of the 75,000 km planned for the entire project.
 

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Gujarat solar power policy: The most successful so far


Among all the policies framed by states so far to encourage solar power generation, the Gujarat solar power policy stands out as the most successful, according to the India Solar Handbook (November 2012 edition) by Bridge to India.

Gujarat introduced a solar power policy way back in 2009, even before the launch of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. Initially, the policy set a target of 500 MW. However, anticipating that part of the allocated capacity would not be able to reach completion because of hurdles such as land acquisition, delays in financial closure and lack of grid infrastructure, the state ended up allocating 958.5 MW of solar power projects. Only 14 percent of the allocated capacity could be commissioned by the completion deadline of December 31, 2011. A total of 708.81 MW was commissioned under the state’s solar power policy till October 30, 2012. The current solar power policy will be in operation till 2014. Capacity addition in Gujarat is completely driven by its solar power policy.

The India Solar Handbook points out that the Gujarat solar power policy has been the only one in the country with a fixed tariff. Also, it did not follow the reverse bidding mechanism. The tariffs were revised in January 2012. The revised tariffs are lower than those under the previous phases of the policy.

Phase III of the Gujarat solar power policy is expected to be released in 2013. Currently power surplus, the state has already fulfilled its Renewable Purchase Obligation. As per state government officials, new projects under the solar power policy would be led by the Renewable Energy Certificate mechanism.

The India Solar Handbook opines that the REC mechanism, as it currently stands with its short term price visibility, may not be the most viable option for Gujarat which is looking at solar power from a long-term perspective.

Bridge to India is of the view that allocations under Phase III of the state’s solar power policy would take place only after some amendments in RPO enforcement and REC mechanism.

The India Solar Handbook states that projects under the Gujarat solar power policy and JNNSM accounted for 80 percent of the country’s 1,050 MW grid connected solar photovoltaic installed capacity till October 2012. Projects under the migration scheme, Rooftop PV and Small Solar Power Generation programme, demo projects in some states and some RPO/REC driven projects resulted in the remaining capacity addition.

Bridge to India is a strategic solar consulting company based in New Delhi as well as Hamburg and Munich.
http://www.projectsmonitor.com/ELECTRICITY/gujarat-solar-power-policy-the-most-successful-so-far
 

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Gujarat govt ropes in Mumbai firm for 1,000 MW canal-based solar power project

GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat government has roped in a Mumbai-based company to tap the maximum potential of canal-based solar power generation. The company aims to save on the cost of land for laying solar panels, while simultaneously preventing water evaporation and theft.

The state government is all set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Eastern Powers and Systems Pvt Ltd for a 1,000 MW canal-based solar power project at the Vibrant Gujarat summit which gets underway on Friday.

Gujarat government claims to have been encouraged by the successful launch of the 1 MW canal-based solar power plant in April last year. The project was launched on a pilot basis on the Narmada main canal near Kadi in Mehsana district by Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) with support from Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL).

A senior government official said, "The company will sign the proposed MoU with the state energy and petrochemicals department and SSNNL. The present per MW cost of installation for a canal-based solar power plant comes to between Rs 17 crore and Rs 26 crore, but it is expected to come down drastically as the scale increases. This happened in the Charanka Solar Park also. Neither land acquisition costs nor long land acquisition times are required for canal based power projects. So the project is expected to kick off soon."

Sources said that chief minister Narendra Modi is keen on promoting solar power plants. In April, while inaugurating the pilot project, Modi had said that if even 10% of the 19,000 km long Narmada canal network in Gujarat is used to set up canal-top solar panels, 2,200 MW of solar power could be produced.

Sources further said the Gujarat government has also lined up a first-of-its-kind 600 MW offshore wind power generation project which will be developed by Bangalore-based Greenshore Energy Pvt. Ltd. This is a company promoted by former bureaucrats. Officials said the state government is planning to formulate an offshore wind power generation policy.
 

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Gujarat govt ropes in Mumbai firm for 1,000 MW canal-based solar power project

GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat government has roped in a Mumbai-based company to tap the maximum potential of canal-based solar power generation. The company aims to save on the cost of land for laying solar panels, while simultaneously preventing water evaporation and theft.

The state government is all set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Eastern Powers and Systems Pvt Ltd for a 1,000 MW canal-based solar power project at the Vibrant Gujarat summit which gets underway on Friday.

Gujarat government claims to have been encouraged by the successful launch of the 1 MW canal-based solar power plant in April last year. The project was launched on a pilot basis on the Narmada main canal near Kadi in Mehsana district by Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) with support from Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL).

A senior government official said, "The company will sign the proposed MoU with the state energy and petrochemicals department and SSNNL. The present per MW cost of installation for a canal-based solar power plant comes to between Rs 17 crore and Rs 26 crore, but it is expected to come down drastically as the scale increases. This happened in the Charanka Solar Park also. Neither land acquisition costs nor long land acquisition times are required for canal based power projects. So the project is expected to kick off soon."

Sources said that chief minister Narendra Modi is keen on promoting solar power plants. In April, while inaugurating the pilot project, Modi had said that if even 10% of the 19,000 km long Narmada canal network in Gujarat is used to set up canal-top solar panels, 2,200 MW of solar power could be produced.

Sources further said the Gujarat government has also lined up a first-of-its-kind 600 MW offshore wind power generation project which will be developed by Bangalore-based Greenshore Energy Pvt. Ltd. This is a company promoted by former bureaucrats. Officials said the state government is planning to formulate an offshore wind power generation policy.
Good news. Was expecting this for a long time :cheers:

Is it really 17 - 26 crore / megawatt or a spelling mistake by TOI... Coz, last time when I saw, it was 7.5 - 8 crore / megawatt on land... If the infra required on a canal is different and would cost more, that would get compensated by the price we pay for land purchase... Even after that, if the infra cost is more, I am not sure how it would cost 9.5 - 18.5 crore extra per MW... Can someone please clarify...
 

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Not a spelling mistake but lack of understanding or poor use of English by the journalist. The existing canal-top solar installation was a one-off, custom-made prototype model. It was really just an experiment into whether such an idea was technically feasible, it wasn't ever meant to be something the economic viability should be judged on.
 

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Yup exactly what GJ10 said and also at the moment solar power generation in India is just picking up so you will see the prices go down slowly. I am hoping we see some at home developments which would decrease the price even further. Need to pump in more money into RnD.
 

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Surat municipal corporation to inaugurate rooftop solar plant

With the installation of the rooftop solar power plant at the Science Centre in City Light nearing completion, the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is planning to inaugurate during the upcoming visit of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the city next week.

Official sources said the civic body has installed rooftop solar power plant at the cost of Rs 91.80 lakh at the Science Centre for generating 100 kilowatts solar energy. A private agency has been hired for the installation of the first the solar power plant.

The civic body plans to meeting at least 15-30 per cent of its energy requirement from renewable which including solar and wind. It is already having a 3MW wind plant installed at Porbander and has decided to extend it by calling tenders for 8.4MW wind power station at the cost of Rs 63 crore.

Sources said the power produced will be sold to Torrent Power and that the sum generated will be credit to its power bills.

Initially, the civic body was planning for 50 and 25 KW rooftop solar plants, but since it was to be connected to grid, hence 100KW single plant was found more viable. It was concluded that with the increasing heat levels, solar panels will prove to be beneficial deal for the civic body in the long run. om the last one year the civic body has been mooting the installation of Solar panels for its vital and important buildings.

"The solar power plant atop Science Centre is expected to generate about 1.14 lakh kilowatts solar power per annum worth Rs 17.03 lakh. The solar power will be transferred in the grid and that the sum generated will be credited to the civic body's annual power bill" said Jatin Shah, city engineer.
 

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Firms eye rooftops for solar power in Gujarat

According to reports, One of the questions that reverbated the most frequently at the session on “solar energy” at the Vibrant Gujarat summit Friday was on the use of industries’ rooftops to generate energy for their own use and for commercialisation.

S K Mehrotra from Borosil, for example, said during a question and answer round that his company has rooftop space to generate up to 1 MW and asked if he could set up panels there and use it and sell whatever surplus is generated.

Alan Rosling from Kiran Energy, who was a panelist in one of the sessions, said his company is in “serious talks” with “hundreds” of companies who are willing to set up captive rooftop solar facilities.

Answering a question on how many years it may take for rooftop solar to be viable without government subsidies, the International Finance Corporation’s Isabel Chatterton said in fact there are some special projects that are already running viably without subsidies, and that it may be so on a large scale in less than a decade.
 

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T-Solar Sets Up Solar Power Plant In Gujarat

The T-Solar Group, Spain-based photovoltaic solar energy producer, has installed its second PV power plant in India. By setting up this new plant in Gujarat, the company is in the process of establishing itself as one of major participant in the Indian solar energy sector.

The new plant has been set-up in Nayaka, Gujarat, which has capacity of 12.3 Mwp and the plant will generate 19.4 GWh a year. The company is looking to aid country's national grid to meet its electricity demand and thereby resorting to clean resources like solar, in order to retain rapidly utilised traditional resources. The power plant consists of 96,885 panels installed over a 36.4 hectare site.

Apart from this plant, T-Solar also has another 5 MWp photo-voltaic power plant in Osiyan, Rajasthan which was installed in October 2011. This plant is said to generate 8.5 GWh power a year to the electricity grid of the state. It was the first photo-electric power plant to be connected to the Indian grid by a Spanish company and one of the first to come on line under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).

The total investment in these two photo-voltaic projects amounts to $51 million. T-Solar is one of many companies looking to utilise India's chronic power situation to develop their own solar power hub by joining hands with various domestic solar manufacturers and states.
 

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7,320 crore solar city master plan gets SMC nod
Himansshu Bhatt, TNN Feb 22, 2013, 11.11PM IST

SURAT: The standing committee of Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Friday passed the Rs 7,320 croreSurat solar city master plan. This is the first concrete step towards making Surat country's first solar city. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had in 2011 given its in principle nod for the development of Surat as solar city.

The proposal envisages raising Rs 1,952 crore through subsidies for which the SMC will be making presentations before Central and state government departments on energy conservation and for the installation of non-conventional sources of energy production. It will also take up the issue of making necessary amendments in the building bye-laws to increase the usage of solar water heating systems.

The city plans to reduce use of electricity by 10 per cent by 2015-16 from its present consumption of 1699.17 million units. This would also bring down green house emissions, which was 40 per cent of the total emission from the city. The lignite-based industry and LPG-based automobiles contribute 50 per cent of the total emission. SMC at present meets 30 per cent of its total energy requirement from green sources. The production of energy through different non-conventional sources could reach 80 per cent by 2015-16, sources said.

"Industries should produce green energy. This would help sustain the city's solar drive" said Jatin Shah, city engineer.

"Green energy is a good concept. However, the question is will the small unit owners be able to afford this?" said South Gujarat Textiles Processors Association president Jitu Vakharia.

Usage of different energy sources in city

Electricity (GWH) - 8974.02 - 42.03 per cent

Coal ( tonnes ) - 7707.19 - 38.10 per cent

PNG (tonnes ) - 2564.37 - 12.01 per cent

LPG ( tonnes ) -1652.89 - 7.74 per cent

Kerosene (KL) - 452.16 - 2.12 per cent

Sector

Projected energy use (GWH)

Energy saving /Non-conventional sources of energy (GWH)

Total expected

Expenses

(Rs Crore )

Total Expected subsidies

(Rs Crore

Expenses for user

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Municipal

179.70

173.97

463.85

36.13

427.72

Commercial

2132.07

137.91

386.28

99.82

286.46

Residential

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442.41

1348.23

440.64

907.59

Industrial

15173.18

1382.08

5121.85

1375.66

3746.19

Total

21, 350.63

2136.38

7320.21

1952.25

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Great news!

Senthil, you are almost single-handed-ly giving updates for the thread. Nice!

So are you officially involved in solar energy or are you just an admirer?
 

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Gujarats sprawling Solar fields outpower rest of India, China

There is a dazzling field of mirrors that you can find near the vast saltpans of the Little Rann. It is like a sparkling oasis in the desert — much like a gleaming silver screen covering the vast desolate white sand around.

This is Charanka village in Patan, where over 2,965 acres, rows of photovoltaic cells or solar panels have been laid out to harness the sun. They are generating 214 MW of electricity every day—more than China's 200 MW Golmund Solar park.

The Gujarat government claims that nearly 17 private and state companies have pumped Rs 9,000 crore as investments in this park. Not surprisingly, land prices here have shot up. Former Charanka village sarpanch Barubhai Ahir says that till December 2009, when the project took off, land prices here were Rs 25,000 per acre. "Today just because of the solar park, a 1.5 kilometer periphery around the Charanka solar project would cost Rs 6 lakh per acre."

Apart from Charanka, solar parks are present across 13 sun-kissed districts and spread over 2,375 acres, most of which is vast stretches of non-arable land. Almost 84 developers have joined hands to construct solar power plants of one to 40 MW capacities in these places.

The impact of these projects seems to be showing. "The main solar drivers in India have been the Gujarat solar policy and the National Solar Mission (NSM). Projects under these two policies account for 80 per cent of India's installed capacity until October 2011," claims Tobias Engelmeier, managing director of Bridge to India (BTI) which brings out the annual India Solar Handbook.

The handbook also says that Gujarat's predominance is primarily because it introduced a solar power policy in the state in 2009, even before the introduction of the National Solar Mission (NSM). Also the state's solar policy has been the only policy in the country which had a fixed tariff, and did not follow the reverse bidding mechanism.

Although the numbers may look good at present, many feel that the state may have rushed to attract solar units by offering a high Rs 15 per unit without looking into the future scenario. Solar plants were established for Rs 12 crore per MW at a time when in just one year — 2011 — the cost of putting a solar power plant came down by 30 per cent. The government established its own solar power plants at an even higher Rs 16 crore to produce just one MW at the state-run Pandit Deendalayal Petroleum University, and at Rs 17.5 crore atop the Narmada canal. The developers, both national and international, agreed to install power units at such high costs as they knew they would be able to recover the capital in less than eight years. For four years, they would get Rs 15 per unit, all of it nothing but profit. Then, for the next 13 years, they would be paid Rs 5 per unit — at a time when the actual cost of producing solar power comes to just about 15 paise per unit after recovering the capital cost.

Surely not good economics as far as the state is concerned.

Gujarat has undoubtedly been the most successful Solar Policy, but is it fair to brand it as "bad economics" without looking at the other Solar Policies in India? Comparing one-off things like the Canal-top prototype or the Rooftop system at PDPU to MW-grade large scale Solar Plants is just stupid reporting.

Recap of Gujarat Solar Tariffs: link, Fixed rates for projects commissioned in each year.
Intro Tariff to Mar 2012 = Rs 15 x 12yrs and Rs 5 for 13 yrs = Average Rs 9.8
Mar 2012 to 31 Mar 2013 = Rs 9.28 x 12yrs and Rs 7 for 13 yrs = Average Rs 8.09
Apr 2013 to 31 Mar 2014 = Rs 8.63 x 12yrs and Rs 7 for 13 yrs = Average Rs 7.78
Apr 2014 to 31 Mar 2015 = Rs 8.03 x 12yrs and Rs 7 for 13 yrs = Average Rs 7.49
Central Govts Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission doesnt have a fixed tariff system, but by now, the average tariff of winning bids is knownlink
JNNSM Phase 1 Batch 1 (projects to be commissioned Jan 2011) = Rs 12.16
JNNSM Phase 1 Batch 2 (projects to be commissioned Mar 2013) = Rs 8.78
So even the highest introductory Gujarat tariff, was lower than the JNNSM Phase 1 batch 1. And the corresponding Gujarat tariff to JNNSM Phase 1 batch 2 is also lower.

Most recently there was the Tamil Nadu Solar Policy for projects to be commissioned in 13-14, which had an unusual system of a 5% increase for 10yrs followed by being fixed to the highest amount for the next 10yrs. Doesnt really make much sense for Solar where start-up costs are high, but in any case, to end up paying less than a Solar Project in Gujarat, the TN initial price would need to be:

Commissioned between April 2013 and 31 Mar 2014: Rs 5.54 (ave Rs 7.78)
Commissioned between April 2014 and 31 Mar 2015: Rs 5.33 (ave Rs 7.49)
The best they could get was Rs 5.97, which averages out to Rs 8.39 over the entire term, meaning that even the lowest winning bid was higher than the Gujarat tariff for 12-13, let alone 13-14.

Out of 500MW, 200MW was bid at Rs7-8, and 141MW between Rs8-10. Add 5% each year for 10yrs to that you're looking at a disaster.

So really, is it bad economics in Gujarat or yet more bad research/journalism?
 

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Thanks Gandhi Rushabh. :)

I am an admirer of Solar energy and Modi. :) Recently I went for a 3KW solar plant.
Interesting.Wish you the best of luck in your business operations.:eek:kay:
I only hope that the babu log don't interfere in the activities of enterpreneurial people like you.
 

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Most recently there was the Tamil Nadu Solar Policy for projects to be commissioned in 13-14, which had an unusual system of a 5% increase for 10yrs followed by being fixed to the highest amount for the next 10yrs. Doesnt really make much sense for Solar where start-up costs are high, but in any case, to end up paying less than a Solar Project in Gujarat, the TN initial price would need to be:

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Commissioned between April 2013 and 31 Mar 2014: Rs 5.54 (ave Rs 7.78)
Commissioned between April 2014 and 31 Mar 2015: Rs 5.33 (ave Rs 7.49)
The best they could get was Rs 5.97, which averages out to Rs 8.39 over the entire term, meaning that even the lowest winning bid was higher than the Gujarat tariff for 12-13, let alone 13-14.

Out of 500MW, 200MW was bid at Rs7-8, and 141MW between Rs8-10. Add 5% each year for 10yrs to that you're looking at a disaster.
7, 8, 10 and so on was quoted. Government accepted only Rs. 6.48 per unit. Average price for 20years might be higher(1.5 rupees) than Gujarat. But, I think, its not a disaster. :)
 
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