Indian utility National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has issued another tender for 400MW of solar projects to be located in the Indian state of Telangana.
The two requests for selection, which will go through a reverse bidding process, come under India’s National Solar Mission, the country’s flagship programme for deploying solar capacity.
The first tender is for 350MW of capacity, made up of ten 35MW projects in the open category. The second is for 50MW made up of ten 5MW projects to come under Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) rules, which require the project developer to use locally produced cells and modules.
Giving a thrust on clean energy, Germany today pledged about one billion euros (Rs 7,300 crore) assistance for India’s solar projects as part of the bilateral cooperation in energy sector.
NEW DELHI: The capital is likely to get solar-powered autorickshaws soon. Delhi transport minister, Gopal Rai, on Thursday flagged off a new prototype of a solar-powered autorickshaw, which he said could be used to replace the old petrol-based ones.
India currently has 13 GW of solar projects in progress, most of which are to be hooked to the grid by end-2016 or the start of 2017, according to estimates by consultancy firm Bridge To India.
The calculations include both photovoltaic (PV) schemes with secured power purchase agreements (PPA) and projects for which tenders have already been signed. In other words, the country may triple its installed solar capacity in just one year, putting it among the leaders on the global market.
State-owned coal mining company Coal India Limited (CIL) plans to develop 1GW of solar power projects across India in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint.
Nagendra Kumar, technical director of CIL, told PV Tech that the company has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to carry out the solar projects. SECI was recently renamed Renewable Energy Corporation of India (RECI) as it became a commercial entity.
Original Post :Tom Kenning
Original Post: Global voices/ pro.org
With its large land mass and tropical location, many experts consider the country particularly suitable for solar power. In fact, a recent study by Deloitte and the Confederation of Indian Industry estimated India’s solar power potential at 749 gigawatts — nearly three times the country’s entire installed electrical capacity in 2012 — and reported that not even 1 percent of this potential is currently tapped.
Original Post: Gurjit Singh, Jakarta | Opinion
Among the various initiatives launched by the government of Prime Minister Modi in India is the thrust on renewable energy particularly solar energy.
The initiatives for Smart Cities, Skills Development, Clean Ganga, Digital India and others are also linked to the Renewable Energy Mission to be integrated since low carbon emission is part of the plans for India’s further development. READ MORE
Original Post: Anindya Upadhyay
“You made the mess — you clean it up” may well be India’s attitude at the coming international climate-change talks in Paris.
“It’s the West which has polluted the world for the last 150 years with cheap energy,” Indian Power Minister Piyush Goyal said in an interview. “I can’t tell the people of India that we’ll burden you with high costs because the West has polluted the world, now India will pay for it. Not acceptable to us.”
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