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               TABLE  OF CONTENTS

1.LATEST SOLAR NEWS AND VIEWS IN GUJARAT  


 2.CAPITAL COST OF SOLAR  PV  MW SCALE POWER PLANTS    CAPITAL COST AS PER CERC ,   CAPITAL COST OF TIER 1/ TIER 2  ,   BEST PRACTICES AND WORST PRACTICES ,   CAPITAL COST OF SOLAR THERMAL CPV/CSP /MICRO CSP


 3.TWO ROUTES TO SOLAR POWER GENERATION :   PPA / REC    PPA AND 3RD PARTY PPA ,   APPC PLUS REC ,   AMENDMENTS TO REC ,   THIRD PARTY PPA PLUS REC ,   CAPTIVE POWER PLANT PLUS REC 


 4.IDEAL LAND FOR SOLAR POWER PLANTS   SOIL TESTING ,   CAPITAL GAINS TAX  ,   MODES OF ACQUIRING LAND FOR SOLAR POWER PLANTS ,   LAND ISSUES ,   LAND CONVERSION PROCEDURE  AND FORM  


 5.SOLAR POWER GENERATION PROJECT FINANCINGLINKS TO BANKS THAT LEND LOAN FOR SOLAR ,   PRE FINANCING BY EPC COMPANIES ,   SUPLIERS CREDIT ,   EXIM FINANCING-LOW COST INTERNATIONAL FUNDING -  PRACTICAL !? ,   LIBOR ,   NON-RECOURSE PROJECT FINANCING , COMMISSION FOR GETTING BANK LOANS     


 6.REC   REC ACCREDITATION ,   REC REGISTERATION ,   REC TRADING ,   REC - OBLIGATED ENTITIES ,   REC NEWS.


 7.APPC COST PER UNIT STATE WISE 


 8.ACCELERATED DEPRECIATION   WHAT IS AD ? ,STIPULATION OF 31st March and 1st Sept ,SUDDEN CHANGE OF DEPRECIATION POLICY ! ? ,HOW TO BENEFIT FROM AD ?


 11.GRID CONNECTIVITY AND  EVACUATION PROCEDURE


 12.SOLAR PARK : AVAILABILITY IN GUJARAT      ADVANTAGES ,     DISADVANTAGES


 13.STEPS FOR SOLAR CAPTIVE FOR FACTORY


 14.SOLAR NEWS


 15.GUJARAT SOLAR POLICY     ELIGIBLE DEVELOPERS ,    SOLAR POWER PROJECTS FOR CAPTIVE USE  ,    SOLAR POWER PROJECTS DIRECT SALE TO 3RD PARTY ,    SOLAR POWER PROJECTS FOR SALE THROUGH  RE(SOLAR) CERTIFICATE  MECHANISM ,    OPEN ACCESS FOR THIRD PARTY SALE  ,    MAIN ATTRACTIONS     


 16.DESIGN OF ROOF TOP


 17.OTHER SOLAR BUSINESS OPURTUNITIES


 18.REGISTERED  SPV SUPPLIERS


 19.DNI DETAILS SOLAR NEWS AND GENERATION POTENTIAL IN DISTRICTS IN GUJARAT


 20.GROUND ZERO AND ENTIRE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES


 21.FAQ'S   


 

22. ALL  RELATED  LINKS 


 

 

 

1.LATEST NEWS AND VIEWS 

 

As the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi oversaw the creation of over 900 MW of solar power capacity in the State, which is more than a third of the total capacity in the entire country. In recent years, wind power has also been on the rise in Gujarat.

Vineet Mittal, Co-Chair of the Assocham Renewable Energy Committee and Vice-Chairman of Welspun Renewable Energy, expects Gujarat’s success in solar to be replicated across the country.

 

Dramatic change

“One example that stands out,” Mittal said of Modi’s governance in Gujarat, “is his stance on solar policy.” Welspun, which owns about 300 MW of solar power capacity, is the largest solar company in India; it is also in the process of installing 126 MW of wind capacity in Maharashtra.

 

Pashupathy Gopalan, who heads Asia-Pacific, West Asia and South Africa operations of the US solar major SunEdison, expects Modi to make a “dramatic change” to the solar industry in India, since he (Modi) knows the solar industry “very, very well” and has taken some “pioneering steps” in solar in Gujarat.

 

Gopalan was referring to the Narmada canal-top project — the first of its kind in the country — where SunEdison put up a solar project on top of the canal. Gopalan says Modi saw huge small-business potential along the canal, since both water and electricity would be available close at hand.

 

Another Modi-initiative in Gujarat was the ‘rent-your-roof’ concept, where households rent their roofs for companies like SunEdison to put up solar projects.

 

Arunabha Ghosh, CEO of Council on Energy, Environment and Water, a think-tank, expects that ‘renewable energy’ would be given a “significant push” within the “strategic focus” he expects the new government to give to energy security.

 

Ghosh said that the new government could be expected to address issues such as land acquisition and bring about innovative financing for renewable energy projects.

 

Renewable energy cell

BJP’s renewable energy cell, at present active in just a few states (Maharashtra, Gujarat and Odisha) is expected to be expanded across the country, with district level units. These units will provide inputs to the Minister for New and Renewable Energy on problems at the district level.

 

Bio-diesel

One issue the cell is searching into is ‘why bio-diesel is not taking off in India’, said the member of the cell.

 

India today has a little over 2,630 MW of solar and about 20,000 MW of wind power capacity. The growth in both these major has been far below potential. As much as 2,146 MW of wind and 948 MW of solar capacity were added in 2013-14, but experts say that lot more was possible. source  19/5/14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 "No Solar Power !!Only "Son-in-law" Power in Rajasthan!!": Narendra Modi

Jayal (Nagaur): A day after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi attacked BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi for alleged involvement in Snoopgate, Modi took aim at the Gandhis. Referring to Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, Modi said that while Gujarat had become a hub of solar power, Rajasthan had become a centre of “son-in-law power.”

 

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi addresses at Shri Ram College of Commerce in New Delhi. PTI

 

“We have heard of thermal, nuclear, hydro, wind, solar power but in Rajasthan we heard of son-in-law power,” Modi said while addressing a public meeting in Rukedia village in Pali district.

 

Earlier, Modi addressed a large meeting in the farming heartland of Rajasthan at Jayal in Nagaur district. He said the slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” did not hold true in India today as farmers were committing suicide and soldiers were being martyred on the border as the enemy was taking away their heads while air force planes were crashing and navy submarines were exploding. 

 

 

 

 

 

Jayal is traditionally a Congress stronghold. Wearing saffron jacket and pale kurta, Modi looked tired during his 15-minute speech. The public meeting was held in support of BJP candidate from Nagaur, CR Chaudhary. 

 

“Only a stable government can reply to threats to our country. To save the pride of the country, a stable government is important. I appeal to you to support us and help us cross the 300 mark (number of LS seats). Temperatures will rise in coming days and people will make travel programmes for summer vacations but before that they should vote for the country,” Modi said.

 

Modi asked what the Congress, which had ruled the country for 60 years, had done to curb rising prices and to provide employment and basic facilities like water, electricity and roads.

 

“Rahul Gandhi behaves as if he has come from Mars and is enjoying while his mother is ruling. The exit of the Congress is imminent. Now the public has to decide what kind of farewell they want to give to the Congress. Bharat ko dum wali sarkar chahiye, dama wali sarkar nahi. (India needs a stable and strong government not a feeble one),” Modi said.

 

Modi had reached Jayal three hours later than the scheduled time as the BJP released its manifesto inNew Delhi. People braved the soaring temperature and sandy whirlwinds and waited patiently for his arrival. State energy minister Gajendra Khimsar and state BJP president Ashok Parnami had to face hooting by the young BJP supporters who were not interested in listening to anyone other than Modi.

 

“We have come here to listen only to Modi. He is the one who can change the country,” Yogendra Chaudhary, an enthusiastic young supporter at the rally said.
Shouts of “Har, Har Modi” rent the air as Modi reached the venue. BJP national secretary Bhupendra Yadav, state unit president Ashok Parnami and all the BJP MLAs from area were present on the dais. Durg Singh Chauhan, a turncoat who joined BJP from BSP last month and Rajput leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi and Dr Sahdev Chaudhary who joined BJP from Congress last month were present. more..

 

Gujarat govt bans open access power : Maharashtra affected 

NAGPUR: MSEDCL, which has always been unfavourably compared with Gujarat power companies, is now feeling vindicated as the Gujarat government has banned state-based industries from sourcing power from outside. This will compel them to buy costlier power from government-run discoes.

MSEDCL has been reluctant to grant open access permissions as it feels that the tariff will shoot up if industries stop buying power from it.

Gujarat-based industries import close to 1,000MW from electricity exchanges of other states, while state-run utilities have almost 2,500MW of idle generation capacity. The state discoes have to pay close to Rs 8,000 crore annually as fixed or capacity charges to power producers since it is unable to buy as much power as it contracted.

The decision has evoked howls of protest from Gujarat industrialists, who say that cost of power will increase by Rs 2.75 per unit. "Industries in Gujarat will have to pay close to Rs 7 per unit now. This is comparable to Maharashtra's tariff," a MSEDCL official told TOI.

The official also said that Gujarat wanted to reduce its solar power tariff, since it tied up for about 950MW capacity at a higher price, without inviting competitive bids as against the need for 350MW to meet its obligations to promote renewable energy. This decision had come under fire from AAP national leader Arvind Kejriwal some days ago. more...

Tata Power to lighten four villages in gujarat with Solar

With the installation of 40 solar streetlights in four villages of Mandvi taluka, in Kutch district of Gujarat, Tata Power has lit up the rural areas around its ultra mega power project (UMPP) at Mundra.Tata Power, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Coastal Gujarat Power Limited (CGPL), has set up the 4,000 megawatt thermal power plant at Mundra.Under the project ‘Surayaprakash,’ it recently installed solar-powered streetlights in nearby villages, Tata Power said in a statement on Wednesday.

 

Villagers near the plant were facing the problem of mobility at night due to absence of street lights. Common area lighting was one of the needs identified during the company’s meetings with the community.Tata Power installed streetlights with help from Tata Power Community Development Trust (TPCDT). The solar street lights were designed by Tata Power Solar Systems, Anil Sardana, Managing Director, Tata Power, said.

 

CG PL is a special purpose vehicle formed for setting up and operating the 4,000 MW Mundra UMPP. CGPL has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with seven procurers from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab. The first unit of Mundra Power Project, India’s first UMPP, is close to commissioning. more..

 

 * Gujarat losing its position as the dominating state in the Indian solar industry

 

Gujarat may be the pioneer Indian state to harvest , but it is losing its pre-eminence due to a mix of policy indifference, rising land costs and the state driving a hard bargain on the price it pays for power.

Even before the  was announced, the  government had a solar energy policy in place in 2009 to attract solar power project developers to Gujarat. The initiative catapulted the state to the top slot in solar power generation in India: A couple of years ago, it had 70 per cent of the country's 1,000 Mw solar generation capacity.

The  Ltd has signed 88 agreements to buy 971.5 Mw of solar power for 25 years at a blended price of Rs 12.54 a unit. The state also has a 590 Mw solar park over 5,384 acres in Patan district. It was launched on December 30, 2010, commissioned on December 31, 2011, and was formally dedicated to the nation by Modi on April 19, 2012.

Gujarat is still ahead with a solar power commissioned capacity of 860.4 Mw, but the rest of the pack is catching up. Rajasthan has 666.75 Mw installed and Madhya Pradesh is gaining ground at 195.315 Mw.

Of the 2,208.36 Mw capacity across the nation, Gujarat now has 39 per cent.

 

"Gujarat's share in the country's solar power production has reduced from 70 per cent a couple of years ago to 39 per cent now," says Pranav Mehta, Chairman, National Solar Energy Federation of India. The slide is mainly due to policy inaction. No new scheme has been announced since 2009. "The climatic conditions in Gujarat are wonderful, but the government is not coming up with new schemes to attract more investors," said H S Wadhawa, chairman, Azure Power.

Land prices have also shot up substantially in the state and solar power developers, whose land requirements are substantial, must invest more per megawatt in Gujarat. "The land cost is very high compared to Rajashthan and Madhya Pradesh," Wadhawa added.

Also, as production costs of solar energy decline, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam is pushing for a 25 per cent rate cut from what was agreed in the original power purchase agreements. The state electricity regulator has ruled against the power utility, and its verdict is in appeal with a tribunal.

"Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam has sought rate reduction for the solar power it purchases. Despite the judgment of the , Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam has approached the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity for tariff cuts. This has added to the woes of investors," Mehta said.

"On the other hand, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are getting good response from investors, where they get land at lower prices," he explained.

State government officials maintained land may be cheaper in Rajasthan but Gujarat's infrastructure - transmission stations and lines set up in proximity to solar power stations - was superior.

Agrees Vineet Mittal, managing director, Welspun Energy Limited, "We have 50 Mw of solar projects in Gujarat and plan to set up more."

According to Mittal, like Gujarat, there is a tremendous potential for solar power in Rajasthan. Also, favourable state policies propel investments in this sector. It is expected that Rajasthan will produce more than 20 Gw of solar power by 2022. Madhya Pradesh, too, has great potential. It invites bids larger projects and provides the longest commissioning time.

"Gujarat has all the infrastructure in terms of connectivity and power evacuation for solar power development. But now Gujarat will have to become more competitive. The state government needs to review its policies in order to attract commercial ventures," said Rajendra Nimje, managing director, Solar Energy Corporation of India.

Solar Energy Corporation is setting up a 4,000 Mw solar power park in Rajasthan in which six central public sector undertakings are partners. It is also developing a 1,000 Mw solar park in Andhra Pradesh.

"Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are emerging as new destinations," he added. Nimje further said a 5,000 Mw solar park was being planned in the Kharaghoda region of Gujarat, details of which are likely to be finalised after the general elections.more..


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*Narendra modi's date with solar on valentine's day

Giving a shot in the arm to Gujarat's initiative in tapping solar energy, state-owned Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) is all set to start building a 10 Mega Watt (MW) solar power generation plant over Narmada canal in Vadodara.

The foundation stone of the canal top solar photovoltaic grid connected power plant that will come up at a cost of Rs 109.91 crore will be laid by chief minister Narendra Modi on February 14.

Sources said the new project will cover a distance of 5.5km from Vishwamitri Siphon to Railway Siphon. The agency finalized for executing the project is Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) of Hyderabad that has already built a 50 MW plant in Maharashtra and a 20 MW plant in Andhra Pradesh.

"The solar plant will come up in the engineering procurement construction (EPC) mode instead of public private partnership (PPP) mode. MEIL will also be maintaining it for 25 years," an official said.

Sources said the plant will be completed in six months and will produce 16.2 million units in the first year. "We will be the sole consumers of this power. We are purchasing power fromGujarat Urja Vin Nigam Limited (GUVNL) at a cost of Rs 6.48 per unit and the prices are set to rise by five to 10 per cent per annum. In this case, the power will be generated at a cost of around Rs 7 per unit," an official said.

Sources further said the project would have around 33,000 to 36,000 panels. The project has been designed in a manner that the panels will sustain a wind velocity of 150 kilometres per hour. Since the canal level is higher than the ground, the civil construction costs are high in addition to the expenditure involved in the laying of panels over the canal.

"Since it is coming up over the canal, the wastage of water through evaporation will help save a lot of water. Then there is no land acquisition required and this saves movey besides disputes involved in taking over of land," an official said.

Gujarat discom asks for REC for additional renewable energy generated

The distribution companies are free to purchase renewable energy in excess of the stipulated Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO). 

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has received representation from the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam that distribution licensees who are purchasing renewable energy over and above their minimum purchase obligation at preferential tariff should be made eligible entity for Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), in lieu of such excess energy. The Chief Minister, Government of Punjab has also made a similar request. 

CERC vide Order dated 2 December 2013 has observed that the existing provisions of eligibility in the REC Regulations which is limited to generating companies is adequate at this stage of development of REC market. It however, taken note of the submissions and concerns regarding issuance of RECs to the distribution licensees in excess of their RPOs and directed staff to examine the issue and submit a proposal to address the problem, if any, for consideration of the Commission. It may be mentioned that amendment to the Regulations is a quasi-judicial process and the CERC takes a view after following due process of law including public hearing. 

This information was given by the Minister of New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah in a written reply on 7th Feb, 2014 in the Lok Sabh

*RS 3.5 CR/ MW POSSIBLE SAYS GUJARAT ENERGY RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

 

Successful research and development carried out by Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute has brought down the fixed cost of setting up of a solar power plant to just Rs 3.5 crore per megawatt.

 

“About seven years ago, the fixed cost attached for a 1 MW solar power plant was about Rs 15 crore, which we have brought down to Rs 7 crore. GERMI’s R&D efforts have successfully brought down the cost further to Rs 3.5 crore by using graphite and silicone in solar cells. The laboratory experiments are successful and now we are trying it for industrial scale,” T. Harinarayana Director, GERMI, said at the ongoing Sixth CII Energy Expo and “India Energy Conclave” here.

 

Rahool Panandiker, Partner & Director, Boston Consulting Group, said the domestic power situation in India could become more severe as the demand-supply mismatch in coal is projected to increase from 137 million tonnes in 2012 to 326 million tonnes by 2030. “So we need to increase LNG imports by ten times in order to meet the power sector needs.”

 

Harinarayana said India has a landmass 10 times that of Germany but had a solar power generation capacity of only 1.3 gigawatt (GW), compared to 31 GW installed capacity in the European nation. “To use this resource, we need to bring down the cost of solar energy and to serve this purpose, we should be more focused on research and evelopment activities.”

 

N. Srivastava, Managing Director, Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Ltd, said the huge transmission and distribution losses made it difficult to keep the power tariff at a reasonable level. However, an open access policy for large consumers will enable States to source power Rs 3.50- Rs 3.90 a unit. more..

 

 *ASIA'S LARGEST AND GUJARAT'S FIRST-DEDICATED SOLAR PARK , EVACUATION SUBSTATION AT RS 150 CR GOES TO ALSTOM!

 

Alstom T & D India Ltd. has bagged two contracts for around Rs.151 crore from Gujarat Energy Transmission Co. Ltd. (GETCO) for supplying 400/220/66kV A/S substation located at Charanka and Sankhari on turnkey basis to evacuate power from Asia's largest and Gujarat's first-dedicated solar park.

 

The substation will also play a pivotal role in strengthening transmission network in the state of Gujarat by acting as the evacuation and nodal grid substations. Additionally, it will also improve the energy flow in the western region of India.

 

The scope of orders cover manufacture, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of 440kV substations with Alstom's key products like 400kV, 220kV and 66KV air insulated switchgear and related equipment, SCADA automation system along with the civil works. The company all equipment would be manufactured from its facilities in India.

 

The project is being developed under ADB's Solar Energy schemes to catalyze 3000 MW of solar power generation projects in ADB developing member countries. With solar energy posed to play a pivotal role, these projects holds immense significance in increasing the share of renewable energy and green energy mix in the country.MORE..

 

*GUJARAT TO ROLL OUT INDIA'S FIRST SMART GRID

 Like cell-phone users, people may be able to pick a plan for electricity consumption. The Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Ltd (UGVCL) will roll out India's first modernized electrical grid, or the smart grid, in Naroda and Deesa in north Gujarat by April 2014.

The pilot project will study consumer behaviour of electricity usage and propose a tariff structure based on usage and load on the power utility. Eventually, it will be rolled out across the state to disincentivize power consumption during peak hours. more..

 

 CEA DEMANDS BETTER FORECASTING TOOLS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY

The Central Electricity Authority () has made a strong case that state-of-the-art forecasting tools be provided in the  (RE) rich states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan to improve the forecast quality for maintaining the load generation balance.    CEA has also suggested that technical and regulatory measures be enhanced for the flexibility of conventional generation to increase the balancing capacity of the grid.    It is necessary that healthiness of grid protection schemes through regular monitoring and updating is ensured. The trigger is capacity addition o 32,000 MW proposed through RE  while around 88,537 MW from conventional generation during 12th plan.more..  

* SOLAR POWER RUNS PUMPS IN SURAT

SURAT: Solar power panel helps a farmer to run submersible pumps at his five farms in different places in Palsana taluka of Surat district at affordable cost. Solar energy has emerged as an alternative to conventional power connection in farm sector. Instead of fitting panels at five places, Jitendra Patel, a farmer in Umbhel villages, has got a panel fitted to feed a 5 horse power (HP) pump in the trailer of his tractor.

He said, "This panel helps me run my pump and draw water from anywhere I want during daytime. I just need to take it to the spot. I no more need to depend on the conventional electricity which is supplied in the night to water my farms." more..

 

*GUJARAT 'S POWER SECTOR BAGS THREE ENERTIA AWARDS

Gujarat's power utility companies and its officials have bagged three awards at the 7th Enertia Award 2013 for sustainable energy and power. 

Gujarat has won award for being India's top investment and infrastructure excellent state for energy and power. It is for the sixth consecutive time since the introduction of this category in 2008 that the state has won award in this category. The award was received by Shahmeena Husain, director (administration) and in-charge managing director of the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL).more..

 

* APTEL ISSUES NOTICES TO 80 GUJARAT BASED SOLAR PROJECTS!!!!!!

This is a huge set back to the solar industry

The  () has issued notices to 80 -based solar project developers on an appeal filed by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam (), the state government-run utility. GUVNL is seeking a cut in the rate of  it will buy from the solar players on the grounds that the actual cost incurred by developers of these projects was 40 per cent less than initially assumed.more..

 *GUJARAT PLANS TO FILE AN  APPEAL WITH REGULATORS ON REJECTION OF SOLAR TARIFF CUT!!!!

Gujarat, India’s biggest solar power-producing state, plans to file an appeal with regulators on their decision to reject a tariff cut for photovoltaic plants.

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission will hear the appeal on Nov. 11, said Hemant Sahai, a lawyer representing solar developers that are fighting the state’s attempts to reduce the rate paid for power produced by their plants.

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd., the state power purchaser, filed a petition in May seeking to lower the tariff for solar power by 28 percent, citing the excessive profits earned by plant owners. The regulatory commission rejected the petition in August, saying GUVNL cannot alter the terms of the contract retrospectively.MORE..


 

 

*GUJARAT TO ANNOUNCE ROOF TOP SOLAR POLICY SOON!!!9 SEPTEMBER

Gujarat  is back with the bang in the solar industry

After developing a solar park and canal-based solar power generation plant, theGujarat government will soon announce a new rooftop power policy for residential, commercial and industrial units. It will shortly announce a new rooftop power policy.more..


 

*GUJARAT ELECTRICITY REGULATORY COMMISSION REJECTS RETROACTIVE SOLAR TARIFF CUT!!!

This is a great decision as the tariff was fixed as per capital cost for setting up the solar project. This will encourage investments into the industry

Indian regulators rejected a cut in solar tariffs paid to generators, in a landmark decision for the country, after developers said it would stall investment.

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission dismissed a petition by the state government to lower rates agreed under 25-year contracts signed in 2010, it said in an order. The request for a reduction in current solar tariffs was the nation’s first.more..

 

*GUJARAT TO SET UP 10 MW CANAL TOP SOLAR PLANT!!!

 The Indian state of Gujarat is planning to expand on its revolutionary initiative to cover canals with solar panels. The state government already has a 1 MW canal-top solar power project operational. A number of other states in the country are also planning to emulate this program which saves water and generates electricity as well.
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SOLAR DEVELOPERS OBJECT TO RETROACTIVE REDUCTION IN RATES: GUJARAT24 july 2013

 

Five solar energy developers asked an Indian regulator to throw out a local government’s attempt to impose retroactive reductions in the rate paid for electricity generated from renewables.more..

 

*ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY HEADQUARTERS TO BECOME FIRST 'NET ZERO ' CONVENTIONAL ENERGY CONSUMPTION BUILDING!!!14 july 2013   

The country's first "net zero" conventional energy consumption multi-storey building - the new headquarters of theenvironment ministry - will be completed in Jor Bagh next month. The building will meet its annual requirement of 14 lakh units of electricity by generating solar power on the site. more.. 

*IFC INVESTS $3 MILLION FOR AZURE POWER'S SOLAR ROOFTOP PROJECTS IN GUJARAT!! 12 JULY 2013  

IFC, a member of World Bank, is providing $ 3 million loan to independent energy producer Azure Power's rooftop solar India project in Gujarat. MORE..

*JAKSON POWER TIES UP WITH STANDARD CHARTERED BANK SINGAPORE FOR 750CR INVESTSMENT IN SOLAR: INDIA!!11 july 2013

 

 

 

Targeting a doubling of revenue to Rs 2,500 crore by March 2016, Jakson Power Solutions plans fresh investments of Rs 750 crore in in providing solar energy solutions across India in the next three to four years.

 

The company has so far invested Rs 200 crore on its 20 MW solar power plant set up near Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Sameer Gupta, Managing Director,more..

 

 *GUJARAT TO REDUCE FEED IN TARIFF FROM RS 12.54 TO RS 9 !!  WELLSPUN, ADANI AND TATA TO BE AFFECTED 6th july 2013

 

India’s Gujarat state, home to half the nation’s solar power-plant capacity, is seeking to cut the rate it pays to projects, citing the owners’ excessive profits.

 

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd., the state-run bulk buyer of solar power, submitted a petition to regulators because of the “unjustified and windfall gains” by plant owners, according to a copy obtained by Bloomberg News and confirmed by P.K. Mishra, chairman of Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission.MORE..

 

*POWER TRADING EXPERTS URGE THE CENTER AND THE STATES TO AGREE TO PROVIDE OPEN ACCESS  IN INDIA 6 th july

 

Power trading experts have urged the Centre and the states to agree to provide open access to the available electricity in India for faster industrial and economic development by potentially reducing input costs.

The Electricity Act, 2003, provides for open access to energy which contributes the second largest chunk of 20-50% of the total cost of production, next only to raw materials. As such, easier energy availability for industrial development is an issue of paramount importance, said Puneet Goel, Director, Mittal Processors Pvt Ltd, which organised a one-day conclave on power markets in Ahmedabad on Friday.more..

 

 

*GUJARAT SEEKS TO CUT THE RATE IT PAYS FOR SOLAR PROJECTS!!!!!!! 6th july 2013

 

India’s Gujarat state, home to half the nation’s solar power-plant capacity, is seeking to cut the rate it pays to projects, citing the owners’ excessive profits.

 

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd., the state-run bulk buyer of solar power, submitted a petition to regulators because of the “unjustified and windfall gains” by plant owners, according to a copy obtained by Bloomberg News and confirmed by P.K. Mishra, chairman of Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission.more..

 

*'POWER HAS TO BE PRODUCED AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE' :CHIDAMBARAM 2 july 2013

 

"Power has to be produced at an affordable price, fertiliser has to be produced at affordable prices. Those issues will be addressed," Finance Minister P Chidambaram told a news conference, adding prices could be "tweaked" for these sectors.more

 

 

 

*INDIA TO ACHIEVE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE BY 2030!!??

 

India wants to achieve energy independence by 2030. Three recent developments show how far it is from this laudable goal.

 

Exhibit 1: One of the stories that emerged during the visit last week by US secretary of state John Kerry was intriguing. The US offered priority access to its shale gas output as long as India agreed to cut oil imports from Iran, a country that the US is trying to isolate.Exhibit 2: A recent Bloomberg report highlighted how India’s coal-fired power plants burnt up the scarce resource at their fastest pace in 31 years.  Exhibit 3, mis-pricing of energy resources at both production and consumption ends. A good example of this is how the government has dealt with the pricing of natural gas.MORE.. -

 

*SOLAR REC'S DROP TO FLOOR PRICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!28 june 2013

 

Indian solar-energy credits in June fell as much as 19 percent from the previous month, sinking to their floor price for the first time since trading began last year as new sun-powered plants came on line.

 

The credits, which power-distribution companies and industrial consumers buy to meet clean-energy mandates, sold for 9,300 rupees ($154), according to  Indian Electricity Exchange and the Power Exchange of India.more..

 

Will this trigger the sale of solar REC ????or backfire???

 

*IFC’s INVESTMENT IN GREEN BUSINESS IN INDIA IN 2012-13 JUMPED TO $362 MILLION24 june 2013 

 

The World Bank’s private sector lending arm, International Finance Corporation (IFC), sees a bright future in the Indian renewable energy sector.By the end of this month, its investment in Indian renewable energy and clean technology sectors that began in 2009-10 would have exceeded $1 billion (R5,900 crore).more.. 

 

 *COST OF SOLAR POWER AT RS 5.50/UNIT- PLANS MNRE 

 

NEW DELHI: To give a boost to its efforts to bring down the cost of solar power in India, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is planning to roll out large megawatt size solar power projects, in the order of 500 MW and above. MORE.

 

Rajasthan turned up lowest bid at Rs 6.45 but not many takers. 

 

 Similarly in AP too there were not many takers at Rs 6.49  

 

However, TN has achieved 690 MW at Rs 6.48 with 5 % escalation clause

 

 

* 3-25KW SOLAR GENSET STARTING AT RUPEES 5 LAKHS!!!

 

Jakson Power Solutions is venturing into solar gensets, a territory where no established power player has gone before.

To be launched in the next few weeks, the 3-25 kilowatt solar gensets with a starting price of Rs 5 lakh mark yet another unconventional growth strategy for a company which was a conventional diesel generator manufacturer till 2009.

.MORE..

*HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS FOOD THE GREEN WAY - SOLAR COOKERS A BOON FOR WORKING WOMEN 

A solar cooker can be a boon for working women. Save money, cook food in a healthy way and have a happy evening as well ! You just need to fill vessels with vegetables and grains and put them in the cooker. You will find your dinner ready when you return home in the evening," said cooking expertRavneetKocher. He was speaking at 'Solar Feast Fest' organized by World Around You (WAY) on World Environment Day on Wednesday atKarnavati club. Source

 

JINKOSOLAR TO SUPPLY 5 MW OF SOLAR MODULES TO SUNKIN ENRGY IN INDIA 30 MAY MORE..

SHANGHAIMay 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a leading global solar power product manufacturer, today announced that it has completed the delivery to a Photovoltaic Solar project of total 5 MW in collaboration with Sunkon Energy (P) Ltd. in Ghespur, Gujarat, India.

Sunkon Energy (P) Ltd. has been using JinkoSolar modules since December, 2012 and Jinko PV modules have then successfully been generating power at a high performance ratio. With a total of 17,886 JinkoSolar poly-crystalline modules installed, the project was completed within 58 days and covers an area of 80,000 square meters. It is expected to produce 8,030 MWH of electricity per year and reduce CO2 emission by 7,882 tons.

 

1.3 MW SOLAR PROJECT ON THE OLD SECRETARIAT IN GUJARAT WILL RUN FROM 1ST JUNE!!! 

Come June 1, the massive complex of old state secretariat of the Gujarat government which comprises several three-storey buildings will run entirely on solar energy. 

Dozens of solar panels are being installed on the terraces of these pigeon-holed buildings housing several important departments and offices of state-owned boards and corporations to produce 1.3 MW of electricity.MORE..

 

CESC LTD TO SET UP SOLAR PROJECTS IN GUJARAT AND RAJATHAN!!

 

CESC Ltd, the RP-Sanjiv Goenka group’s electricity generation and distribution firm, posted a stand-alone net profit of Rs.256 crore for the quarter ended March, nearly unchanged from the same period last year.Profit was flat because demand from customers was low and the company raised power tariffs in the same quarter last year, said Sanjiv Goenka, the new chairman of CESC. Sales in the fourth quarter increased 8.7% to Rs.1,513 crore. The company commissioned a 40MW wind power plant at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan last month and a 9MW solar power unit in Gujarat a year ago.It’s planning to set up two new solar power units in Gujarat and Rajasthan, Goenka said.MORE..

 

 

AZURE POWER TO COMPLETE 1.3MW  SOLAR PLANT ON OLD SECRETARIAT  IN GUJARAT SAVING RS 21,000/DAY !!!! 

People might blame the state government for operating its offices for not much productive work, but the critics will fall silent now. 

Come June 2013, Jivraj Mehta Bhavan, better known as the old secretariat, will produce 1.3 MW of electricity from the solar panels that will be installed on its rooftop by may 2013. The power generated will be sent to the grid from where it will be distributed to sub-stations, as the case normally is. Also, Rs21,000 will be earned by the state government each day, for renting out the rooftop for the project. 

“The installation of the solar panels has been carried out under rooftop solar power generation project,” said DJ Pandian, principal secretary of state energy & petrochemical department.  

 Government buildings are switching to solar all around the country. 1.3 MW  is a huge project by azure power. Will Gujarat even dominate in the solar projects on government buildings as well!!?? 

 

TATA AND ADANI POWER DEMAND HIGHER POWER TARIFF FOR THEIR POWER STATIONS

MUMBAI: The fate of giant power stations owned by the Tatas, Adani Group and many others that are seeking to raise tariffs to be viable is delicately poised as the Gujarat government wants a fair and amicable resolution to the pricing dispute, but a section of the bureaucracy is taking a hard line.

 Tata Power is in a pact to sell power from its 4,000 mw ultra mega power project at Rs 2.35 to five states, including Gujarat. Adani Power's 4,620 mw unit is in a pact to sell 1,000 mw at Rs 2.35 a unit and another 1,000 mw at Rs 2.89 to Gujarat, and at Rs 2.94 per unit to Haryana. Experts said the tariff post-revision could rise to Rs 3.10-3.50 for every unit, which would still be lower than the tariff of over Rs 4.50 contracted by Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh recently from other projects. MORE..

Is this a direct effect of the coal duty imposed!? Will this instigate the hike in other generation stations??

 

HSA IN GUJARAT SOLAR POWER ENGAGEMENTS

 

HSA Advocates has successfully represented the Solar Energy Society of India (SESI) in its appeal against Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission’s tariff order on solar power projects.

 

In January 2012, the commission announced that its tariff for the procurement of solar photovoltaic power would be lowered annually until March 2015, citing the decline in price of photovoltaic modules.

The order was challenged before India’s Appellate Tribunal of Electricity on issues relating to operation and maintenance costs, the formulae used in computing the new tariff, and changes to the return on equity. The tribunal upheld SESI’s challenge and remanded the matter back to the commission for reconsideration SOURCE

 

SOLAR TO SOLVE THE ENERGY PROBLEMS FOR GUJURAT ,INDIA!!!!

 

AHMEDABAD: Smart grid is mandatory for the solution of country's energy problems and solar energy will play a major role in solving the energy issues was the inference drawn after a two day - India power energy conclave-2013 - organized under Energy Expo 2013, jointly by South Gujarat chamber of commerce and industry (SGCCI) and Gujarat productivity council in the city .

 

The experts gathered at the conclave felt that smart grid could control the loss of electricity occurring during distribution and transmission because smart grid is an arrangement by which the final user gets quality electricity at a reasonable rate. The use of information technology in smart grid could further cut the losses.SOURCE

 

 

he Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Limited (DGVCL) has slapped a fine amounting to Rs 63,000 on a tribal consumer 

 The Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Limited (DGVCL) has slapped a fine amounting to Rs 63,000 on a tribal consumer for illegally providing electricity connection from his Jyotigram metre to the owner of a liquor bar located in Maharashtra's Lakkadkot, a village bordering Tapi district's Uchhal taluka.

SOURCE

Power theft goes on with the knowledge of the authorities all over india.

It is time, transmission is given to priviate companies. Vested interests are preventing this from happening.   Just stopping power theft can bring the price of power down considerably.

INDIA DRAGS US TO WTO FOR VIOLATION OF GREEN ENERGY TRADING!!!

Two months after it was taken to the World Trade Organization by the US government on the renewable energy (RE) sector, the Indian government has done likewise.

It has made a complaint to WTO’s dispute settlement body, alleging the US, both at the federal and state levels, is offering subsidy programmes in the sector for local content requirements, making the entry of Indian companies difficult and breaching global trading rules.MORE...

 

INDIA PLANS MORE SUBSIDIES FOR SOLAR POWER!!!!

MUMBAI—The Indian government will unveil proposed regulations Monday to create subsidies and expand a "Buy Indian" mandate to give a boost to its lackluster solar-power sector, putting it on a collision course with the U.S.

 

The new rules will extend local content requirements, which so far have been restricted to a type of technology known as silicon wafers, to thin-film cells as well, Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary in India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, told The Wall Street Journal.

 SOURCE

INDIA EMERGES AS A NEW FRONTIER!!

India’s emergence as a new frontier for solar power has turned it into a key market for solar power developers. Plummeting prices and a push by the government have made solar energy a viable option in the sun-drenched country.
   
Thousands of blinking, photovoltaic solar panels sprawled in a barren, arid region in the western state of Gujarat have been lighting up homes for nearly a year.

Asia’s largest solar energy park, near Charanka village, was established last April by more than a dozen international companies to produce 214 megawatts of power daily.SOURCE

INDIA THE GLOBAL HUB FOR SOLAR ENERGY!!!!

India, which has an average of 300 sunny days a year, sees solar power as a potentially vital energy source that could be key to boosting power supplies and reducing greenhouse gas emission in the world's third-worst carbon polluter.. SOURCE

BHEL R&D arm to launch products for cheaper solar energy

The corporate R&D arm of power equipment maker BHEL is set to launch some products aimed at making solar power production cheaper.

First in the pipeline is a new solar thermal sun tracker — a system for tracking the sun from morning to evening to produced increased power output from the solar panels mounted on it.

 SOURCE

Germany to give a soft loan of 1 Billion euros to the Indian renewable energy market impacting states ,that include AP

Officials said cooperation in green energy would be one of the focus areas of discussion when the prime minister meets German Chancellor Angela Markel Thursday. 

 more...                                             [source]

 

 

 


 

  

  2.COST OF A 1 MW SOLAR POWER PLANT :ESTIMATE

 costs for Solar PV projects as recommended by CERC:

COST OF 1MW WITH CNPV/ CSUN 

COST OF A 1MW SOLAR PLANT WITH TIER2 PANELS & PRACTISES

 

  

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3.Two routes in which you can produce solar power PPA &REC:

 

 

 

PPA Projects

 

 

 

Through competitive bidding 
Average but fixed returns 
Minimum 5 MW 
Allotment not assured 
No trading 
Fixed tariff 
Limited allotments 
Tariff to be below INR 14 per unit 

 

 

 


No Accelerated Depreciation benefit.

 

Viable only to companies/ countries with lower 

 

time value for money.

 

 

 

REC Projects

 

 

 

Open access
High but variable returns
Any capacity( some states have fixed lower limits ,allotment is assured)
Allotment is assured
Certificates to be traded
Variable tariff
Unlimited allotments due to huge demand

 

STATES LIKE RAJASTHAN , MAHARASHTRA AND MADHYA PRADESH ARE LEADING IN REC MECHANISM

 

 

(23.04.2013)

 

 

Third Party PPA is a power purchase agreement which a developer can use and claim REC. Third party PPA rec is normally got by goverment authorised power trading companies. Companies that set up large solar plants of size 10MW and above, can approach these comapnies to avail the 3rd party PPA for their solar project in GUJARAT.The current third party PPA for solar power doing the rounds in gujarat  is Rs 4.50 - 5 per unit with 5%  escalation once or twice a year. This  third party PPA is available for 5 and 10 years tenure. Companies that avail 3rd Party PPA  for thier solar project in gujarat can also avail REC benefits.

 

List of inter-State trading licensees or power trading trading companies :

These companies are eligible to provide third part PPA  . Third party PPA plus REC route provides probably the best revenue model  among the other sources of revenue in Solar energy power generation.Companies in andhra pradesh desirous of monetizing, having strong balance sheets and are capable of investing in large projects like 15MW and above can reach out to them to get a third party PPA. 

COMPANIES INTRESTED IN SETTING UP A SOLAR POWER PLANT

EMAIL mano@eai.inor

call manohar   91 90435 39679

The power trading companies are divided into four categories and the list is  given below.

(15.3.2013 )  

CATEGORY I

Tata Power Trading Company Ltd.  

 Adani Enterprises Ltd.  

PTC India Limited  

Reliance Energy Trading Ltd.  

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd.  

National Energy Trading and Services Ltd

 GMR Energy Limited  

 Karam Chand Thapar & Bros. (Coal Sales) Limited 

JSW Power Trading Company Limited

 Shree Cement Limited   

Global Energy Private Limited

Knowledge Infrastructure SystemsPvt. Ltd.  

GMR  Energy Trading Limited 

SN Power Markets Pvt. Ltd., Noida  

CATEGORY II

RPG Power Trading. Co. Ltd.  

Mittal Processors Private Limited  

MMTC Limited  

CATEGORY III

Patni Projects Pvt. Limited .

Instinct Infra & Power Ltd. 

Essar Electric Power Development Corporation Limited  

DLF Power Limited 

Jindal Steel & Power Limited  

Vandana Global Limited 

Indiabulls Power generation Limited 

Indrajit Power Technology Pvt. Ltd.   

Jain Energy Ltd. 

PCM Power Trading CorporationLtd., Kolkata  

Jay Polychem (India) Limited, New Delhi .

My Home Power Limited,Hyderabad.

Manikaran Power Limited, Kolkata  

BS TransComm Ltd., Hyderabad  

DLF Energy Private Limited,Gurgaon 

Sarda Energy & Minerals Ltd.  ?

CATEGORY IIII

Subhash Kabini Power Corporation Ltd.  

Special Blasts Ltd.  

Maheshwary Ispat Limited  

Suryachakra Power Corporation Ltd.  

Visa Power Limited.

Pune Power Development Private Limited  

 Ispat Energy Limited 

Greenko Energies Private Limited   

 Vandana Vidhyut Limited 

 Adhunik Alloys & Power Ltd.  

Indiabulls Power Trading Limited  

 Ambitious Power Trading Company Limited   

Shyam Indus Power Solutions Pvt. IV  Ltd. 

Abellon Clean Energy Limited, Ahmadabad  

Customized Energy Solution  India Private Limited, Pune  

GEMAC Engineering Services Private Limited, Chennai   

Greta Power Trading Limited .

Green Fields Power Services Private Limited, Visakhapatnam  

HMM INFRA LIMITED, Chandigarh .

 

 

 

 

 

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has  released (apr 2013) a second set of (draft) amendments to their REC guidelines. 

  • REC and Reverse Bidding/Tendering – Projects which have signed a PPA through any state tendering mechanisms (reverse bidding) would be ineligible for procuring RECs. The objective of REC is to fund the gap between APPC and the viability.
  • APPC –  The guidelines now clarify that the PPA would have to be signed at a price equal to the APPC price which was prevelant the previous year.
  • Electricity duty and captive generators -  CERC has now proposed to remove the electricity duty exemption as a disqualification criterion as the quantum of contribution to final tariff is quite miniscule. The other criteria for disqualification such as concessional wheeling/banking would still be in force.

 

  • Time period for availing RECs – current regulations state that there is a three month time window after approval from the SLDC to get the required clearance from the central agency. However since the receipt of information from the SLDC sometimes takes more than three months to reach the central agency, it has been proposed to extend the window to six months. In addition to this, currently the application for receipt of the certificates can be made only on the 1st and 15th of each month. This has been revised to the 10th, 20th and last day of each month.
  • No cap on minimum capacity – previously, it was proposed that RE power plants with a capacity of 250 kW and above would only be eligible for certificates under the REC mechanism (subject to approval by MNRE) even though the CERC guidelines do not dictate a minimum requirement. CERC has clarified that there is no minimum capacity and that ANY RE generator would be eligible to claim REC provided they satisfy the prescribed criteria.
  • Retention of RECs –  CERC has now clarified that all RECs generated through a RE captive power plant can be retained by the developer (to fulfill their obligations) thereby reducing the overheads which is subject to verification by the SNA.
  • Shelf-life of RECs – as reported earlier, RECs would now have a shelf-life of two years as opposed to one year and the regulations would be amended accordingly.
  • Date of issuance – any powerplant setup under the REC mechanism would be eligible for RECs from the date of commercial operation or from the date of registration of such plant by the Central Agency whichever is later.

 

 

All RE Generators are requested to pay fees & charges related to Registartion/Issuance inclusive of service tax @12.36% with immediate effect:

1. The details of fees and charges of REC payable to Central Agency are as under:

Registration Charges

Sr.No.

Fee and Charges towards Registration

Amount in 

Amount including Service @ 12.36% 

1.

Application Processing Fees (One Time)

1,000

1,124

2

Registration Charges (One Time)

5,000

5,618

3

Annual Charges

1,000

1,124

4

Revalidation Charge at the end of five (5) years

5,000

5,618

Issuance Charges (Service tax @12.36% will be applicable on total amount)

Sr.No.

Fee and Charges towards Issuance of REC

Amount in 

1.

Fees per Certificate

10

All fees and charges shall be payable by way of Electronic Clearing System (ECS) only and Payment shall be made as per the details given below

Sr.No.

Name of the Account Holder

Account No

Account Type

Bank Name

Branch Name and Code

IFSC Code

PAN of POSOCO

1.

NLDC REC FEES & CHARGES

931764650

Current Account

Indian Bank

Mehrauli Institutional Area & 943

IDIB000M089

AAFCP2086B

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State

Current purchase price by state discoms/ ebs

 

 Rs/Unit

Andhra Pradesh

2.50

Gujarat

2.98

Haryana

2.77

Himachal Pradesh

2.23

Karnataka

2.66

Kerala

1.99

Madhya Pradesh

2.09

Maharashtra

2.62

Punjab

2.71

Rajasthan

2.60

Tamil Nadu

3.38

Uttarakhand

2.34

Uttar Pradesh

2.62

West Bengal

2.43

 

 

 

Only Maharashtra, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir have set the minimum size as 250kW. All other states do not specify a minimum size for REC projects.

The RECs must be sold within one year from the date of issuance, failing which
the RECs will lapse.

 

 

 

*What is the space / area / land required for the plant?

 

 Generally, it is assumed at 3.5 to 4acres for crystalline silicon (c-Si) technology and 6 to 7 acres per MW for thin film solar (a-Si or CdTe) technology. In reality, it depends on other parameters like cost of land, Ground Coverage
Ratio (GCR)(to avoid inter array shading, GCR can be 0.45 to 0.65 and 
generation will vary based on GCR) and choice of sun tracking 
systems (with sun trackers the land required will be about 6acres
per MW for crystalline solar modules).

 Which are the ideal states for setting up of solar power projects?

 Hot destinations are Rajasthan, Gujarat and MH, MP, Andhra, Karnataka,
Tamil Nadu as far as solar radiation is concerned. Presently, only 
Andhra, Rajasthan and Gujarat have a clear policy and guidelines on the procedures for 
setting up solar power projects. Other states may also initiate the policy 
and procedures soon now that Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission has been 
launched by Government of India.

 Are Banks interested in financing solar power projects?

 The Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR) works out to an average of 1.49
which is considered quite acceptable to commercial banks for sanction of loan. 
The maximum debt that is permitted as per CERC norms is 70% and most 
banks should be find this acceptable based on the financial strength and 
net worth of the company / promoters. The present policy driven by the
National Solar Mission and PPA for 25 years with a central PSU like NTPC's 
subsidiary should provide adequate confidence to Banker to finance solar
power projects.

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                Lands for solar power generation projects in  Gujarat - ideal lands ?

 

 

 

1 mw of solar power plant will need about 5 acres of land

 

Agriculutural lands are not allowed to put up a solar generation plant

 

Non agricultural lands, non cultivable lands, barren lands, puramboke lands etc are ok

 

Rocky lands are not ideal for solar power generation

 

Many times soil testing of the land is done before deciding the feasibility

 

Ideally the land has to be very close to a substation. 11 kva, 33 kva, 66 kva, 132 kva, etc

 

For a 1 mw plant 11 kva is ok.

 

For each km the substation is away from your land, one has to incur about Rs 10 /12 lakhs for

 

laying the transmission lines. Better than that is to buy up the land between your land and the

 

substation.

 

If there is some land between your land and the substation, there will ROW ie right of way

 

issues.

 

Download google earth and note the longitude and latitude of your land.

 

If you inform the above information a good Consultant will be able to assess the potential

 

number of units that can be produced per annum

 

With the above information, it is possible to make the feasibility report for

 

the state nodal agencies, as well as detailed project report for the banks for solar

 

power generation business.

 

 

 


 MODES OF ACQUIRING LAND FOR SOLAR POWER GENERATION

 Got Land for Solar power generation !!

Those of you who have large acres of non cultivable lands in gujarat State near substations and do not have the resources to develop a solar power plant, can register their lands here for 

a. out right sale, b. lease for 26 years c. partnership with the power plant and d. any other suggestion from the land owner

We need the following information. Wherever u dont know the information, pl write 
'I dont know'

Exact location of the land: Address of land including district and taluk, 

Total area in acres

Boundaries marked in google map or in google earth: Mark your land in 
google map/ google earth and email along with this form.

Right of way. ( ROW)*

Proof  of its ownership. 

Name, address including district and taluk,  mobile no

DNI of the location: If you dont know, send us the longitude and latitude of the lands
( If you dont know, how to get this, say : I dont know)

Type of the land in gov records. 

  • **Agricultural/ non agricultural/ barren/ rocky/industrial/ waste/ dry/ anyother specify
  • KVA rating of substation nearby and distance.
  • Capacity available in the substation
  • List of solar projects in the neighbourhood, if you know.
  • Rate  per acre. ie current market price of land available nearby, adjoining your land
  • Expected sale  price : minimum price expected per acre.
  • Open for partnership:Open for leasing for 26 years ? Yes / No
  • Are there lands available nearby : how many acres: how much do these lands cost

    * ROW - if you have direct access to the substation, it is fine. But if electricity produced has to go thru the neighbouring lands, that means 
    you have a ROW issue.

    ** 
    Agricultural lands are not permitted to set up a solar plant, even if there is  no water and no agriculture has been done for years.

If you are going to convert, your land from agricultural land to any other, say so. 

 

 

LAND CONVERSION APPLICATION FORM

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5.Solar Power Project Financing

Various options available for getting funding for your Solar Power projects are,

1) Asset / Collateral  based Funding
2) Balance Sheet based Funding
3) Project   Funding


1) Asset Based Funding: Individuals and Companies
In asset based funding the lender provides loan for  solar power plants based on valuation of the assets that your company has or you  have and that you can offer as collateral security for the loan.

You can even get 100 % funding depending upon the value of the collaterals.

Normally for most projects, the banks may demand 30 % equity and loan can be given for 70%.

Some banks in Hyderabad , demand 35 % equity. But if the value of the collateral is high, it can be as said before, 100 % loan..

Many banks ask for Urban property as collateral. It is not actually necessary. Once the banks get used to the performance of solar power generation plants, they will minimise the need for collaterals.

Already many  banks are accepting less than 70 % of collaterals when the projects are pledged.

2) Balance Sheet Based Funding: Companies only
The profit that your company has made in the last three years. The reserves and surplus it has etc will be taken into account and the bank can then fund.

Companies that can avail Accelerated Depreciation  for solar power generation will find it easier to avail loans and lower rates.

Companies should note that it is not a fixed rate of interest. Good rapport based on good performance in the past can bring the interest percentage down.

3)Project Funding: Companies and Individuals
 The projected cash flow of the project or more specifically the PPA will determine  the  decision to fund.  Payment security is important.
Many of these types of funding can be got from India as well as from abroad.

With hedging the cost of international funds also tend towards 11% . Indian banks are now getting closer to 12.5 % and if the asset / balance sheet / ppa are sound one could look at lower rate of interest.

The project cash flow is much better in companies that can avail accelerated depreciation for solar power generation. 

 


 

COMMISSION FOR GETTING BANK LOAN

There are many Chartered Accountants who help individuals form a company and they also act as agents to get bank loans.

Commission for getting bank loan is approximately  1- 2% at present in Gujarat.

These agents normally help put the loan application for solar power generation plant and submit with two to three banks. This helps them get the best interest rate for solar power generation plants in AP.

For companies, this may not be the ideal route, as they themselves will have a finance /accounts department with access to several banks. Whereas for individuals and NRI's, it makes more sense to go thru such chartered accountants who also help get loans, than trying it on their own.

Individuals, can try on their own, if they have 30% or more equity and or good collaterals. They can then go to more than one bank and try to get the best rate of interest.

 

 

 CHECK LIST FOR COMPANIES AND INDIVITUALS FOR GETTING BANK LOAN TO SET UP A SOLAR POWER PLANT IN GUJARAT

 

Solar power plant projects for loan proposal are new to gujarat and particulary to the  bankers.It is difficult for them  to comprehend a business proposition with no raw material and little capital like a solar power generation project.After a few years, once several loan sanctions happen for solar power projects. The process will become mores simple as the bankers will have a better idea.

 

 

GENERAL REQUIREMENT 

1.  Proprietory Concern

Bio-data of the proprietor by way of copies of PAN Card/ Passport/ Voters identity card/ Bio-data with photo and signature attestation by Gazetted Officer.

 2. Partnership Firms that are applying for a bank loan for a solar power generation plant

a. Copy of Partnership Deed

b. Copy of Firm Registration Certificate

c. Extract of Form-A from Registrar of Firms (for old firms and in case of additional loans) regarding existing partners as on date.

d. Bio-data of partners and  copies of PAN card/passport/voters identity card/bio data with pass port size photograph and signature duly attested

 

3. Private Ltd Companies or Public limited companies applying for a loan for solar power generation plants

 

a. Memorandum & Articles of Association.

b. Bio-data of Promoter Directors affixing colour photo  duly attested /

Copies of PAN Card/Copies of Passport./voters identity card.

c. Resolution of Board of Directors of the company authorising two directors to raise loans from  and sign necessary loan security documents and affix common seal thereof.

d. Copy of certificate of incorporation if it is a Private Limited Co.

e. Copy of Certificate of Incorporation and Commencement of Business in the case of Limited companies.

f. Copy of General Body Resolution u/s.293 (i) (d) of Companies Act in case of Limited Companies, permitting the company to borrow in excess of paid-up capital and free reserves and Resolution u/s.293 (1) (a) of Companies Act for mortgaging the fixed assets of the company in favour of the Corporation.

g. Consent letters from the Directors about furnishing of their personal guarantee with copies of property documents.

h. Search Report from CA/Extract of register of charge from ROC in case of existing companies and companies seeking additional loans.

 

B. PRIMARY SECURITY

 

The primary security can be either leasehold interest or freehold interest . If the solar power plant is going to be started in a leasehold lands, it is called leasehold and if the solar power plant  is going to be started in own lands, it is called freehold.

 

a. Original Regd. title deed in the name of the Proprietor/ Firm / Company along with certified copy having clear approach road.

b. Pattadar Pass Book/title deed issued by MRO/RDO in the name of the proprietor/firm/company/society.

c. Original/Copies of link documents (Vendor’s title deed) pertaining to the property under the scheme along with copies of Pass Book and Title Deed reflecting the sale entry. If pass book and title deeds are not issued, a certificate from MRO to that effect is required.

d. Extracts of revenue records i.e. Khasra 

 

f. E.C for 13 years (or) from the date of document if title deed is of beyond 13 years to the date of deposit disclosing all transactions.

g. ULC permission u/s.26/exemption under ULC Act as the case may be in case the land is within urban agglomeration.

h. Permission from Urban Development Authority/ Building Plans if the site is within the Master Plan of Urban Development Authority.

i. Affidavit by promoters to the effect that there are no court cases pending against the property under the scheme.

 

C. COLLATERAL SECURITY:

 

Generally, the Corporation insists for Collateral Security and the percentage of Collateral Security is dependent upon the location and the nature of industry and the nature of loan. Also the Corporation insists for preferably urban immovable property towards Collateral Security and preferably belonging to the borrowers. The Collateral Security can be either in the form of vacant land, house, apartment, fixed deposits, Bank Guarantee.

 

 

 

 vacant land:

 

a. Original Regd. title deed in the name of the surety along with certified copies.

 

b. Original link documents (Vendor’s title deed). 
c. Extracts of revenue records i.e. Khasra Pahani for the year 1954-55 

 

e. E.C for 13 years from the date of document and in case title deed is beyond 13 years from the date of document to the date of deposit disclosing all transactions.

 

f. ULC permission u/s.26/exemption under ULC Act as the case may be in case the land is within urban agglomeration.

 

g. Copy of the Approved Layout/Sketch drawn by Mandal Surveyor demarcating the site/plot with Sy.No and boundaries and a land mark for identification.

 

 house:

 

a. Original Regd.Conveyance Deed along with certified copy.
b. All the relevant Link Documents.
c. EC for 13 years (or) from the date of document in case title deed is beyond 13 years to the date of deposit disclosing all transactions.

 

d. Tax Demand & Receipt/Ownership Certificate/ Extract of property tax demand register for the last 13 years.

 

e. Approved building plans from Competent Authority.

 

If it is an Apartment:

 

a. Original Registered Sale deed in the name of the surety.

 

b. Copy of the development agreement and link documents.

 

c. Copy of the approved building plan.

 

d. Encumbrance Certificate for the last 13 years.

 

e. It shall be established that the original title deeds of the project are not mortgaged to bank or any financial institution availing project finance, by way of declaration from Builder/Landlord.

 

f. Mutation in favour of the surety.

 

g. Tax Demand and Receipt / Ownership certificate/ EPPDR.

 

Fixed Deposits as collateral for loan for a solar power plant

 

 

a. The beneficiary/payee of fixed deposit should give a consent letter for pledging the fixed deposit with the Corporation as Collateral Security in consideration of sanction of loan to the unit to which the security is being offered.

 

b. The beneficiary/payee of the fixed deposit should also assign the proceeds of fixed deposit in favour of the Corporation by a proper endorsement by the concerned bank.

 

c. A discharge voucher from the beneficiary/payee of fixed deposit duly affixing necessary revenue stamp (without mentioning the date) on the backside of the FDR.

 

 

 

 Bank Guarantee:

 

The collateral security can be offered by the borrower by way of Bank guarantee also in such a case the following documents shall be submitted:

 

1 Bank guarantee executed by the concerned Bank on required stamp paper by the authorized signatories of the Bank affixing their rubber stamp containing the serial number of the signatory as per the Bank rules.

 

2 A confirmation copy shall be forwarded by the Bank Manager to the Corporation in a sealed cover by post.

 

3 A letter from the Bank that they will pay the amount in case the Bank guarantee is invoked in time.

 

4 If the amount guaranteed is Rs.1.00 lakh and above, the Guarantee Agreement shall be signed by 2 Authorised Officers of the Bank.

 

      

Format for Bank Guarantee

 

(To be furnished on non-judicial stamp paper of appropriate value as per Stamp Act relevant to place of execution.)

 

(Note: - Bank Guarantee is to be submitted “on or before estimate processing for evacuation of power generated(A) or before executing any agreement for wheeling/sale of power generated(3 rd party/captive/pooled cost)(B) or 45 days from issuance of technical feasibility, whichever is earlier (A/B/C)” and the bank guarantee amount is Rs.2 lakhs per MW.)

 

The purpose of this bank guarantee is for early completion of the project within two years from the date of issuing of this Bank Guarantee.

 

This bank guarantee is valid for two years and two months till the date------------ with additional claim period of one month till the date…………….      

 

In  consideration  of  the  -----------  [Insert  name  of  the solar power developer ]   (herein after referred to as solar power developer) submitting the proposal for establishment of solar power project of the capacity of ______ MW, at …………[Insert the location], for supply of solar power to APCPDCL (herein after referred to as DISCOM) under third party sale / captive utilization purpose / pooled cost sale to Discom.

 

This guarantee shall be valid and binding on this Bank up to and including ___[Insert Date]___________ and shall not be terminable by notice or any change in the constitution of the Bank or the term of contract or by any other reasons whatsoever and our liability hereunder shall not be impaired or discharged by any extension of time or variations or alternations made, given, or agreed with  or  without  our  knowledge   or  consent,  by  or  between  parties  to  the  respective agreement.

 

Our   liability under   this   Guarantee  is    restricted  to    Rs._______(Rs._ only). Our Guarantee shall remain in force until           _[Insert date] / The DISCOM shall be entitled to invoke this Guarantee till                          [Insert date].

 

The Guarantor Bank hereby agrees and acknowledges that the DISCOM shall have a right to invoke this PERFORMANCE BANK GUARANTEE in part or in full, as it may deem fit.

 

 

 

The Guarantor Bank hereby expressly agrees that it shall not require any proof in addition to the written demand notice by DISCOM, made in any format, raised at the above mentioned address of the Guarantor Bank, in order to make the said payment to DISCOM.

The Guarantor Bank shall make payment hereunder on first demand without restriction or conditions and notwithstanding any objection by -------------[Insert name of the Solar Power Developer] . The Guarantor Bank shall not require the DISCOM to justify the invocation of this PERFORMANCE BANK GUARANTEE, nor shall the Guarantor Bank have any recourse against the DISCOM in respect of any payment made hereunder

 

This PERFORMANCE BANK GUARANTEE shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of India and the courts at Andhra Pradesh shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

 

The Guarantor Bank represents that this PERFORMANCE BANK GUARANTEE has been established in such form and with such content that it is fully enforceable in accordance with its terms as against the Guarantor Bank in the manner provided herein.

 

This PERFORMANCE BANK GUARANTEE shall not be affected in any manner by reason of merger, amalgamation, restructuring or any other change in the constitution of the Guarantor Bank.

 

This PERFORMANCE BANK  GUARANTEE   shall  be  a  primary  obligation  of  the  Guarantor  Bank  and accordingly the DISCOM shall not be obliged before enforcing this PERFORMANCE BANK GUARANTEE to take any action in any court or arbitral proceedings against the Solar Power Developer / Project Company, to make any claim against or any demand on the Solar Power Developer / Project Company or to give any notice to the Solar Power Developer / Project Company or to enforce any security held by the DISCOM or to exercise, levy or enforce any distress, diligence or other process against the Solar Power Developer / Project Company .

 

 

 

 

 

The Guarantor Bank acknowledges that this PERFORMANCE BANK GUARANTEE is not personal to the DISCOM and may be assigned,  in whole or in part, (whether  absolutely  or by way of security)  by the DISCOM to any entity to whom the DISCOM is entitled to assign its rights and obligations under the PPA dated: .

 

Notwithstanding anything contained here in above, our liability under this Guarantee   is restricted to Rs. _________(Rupees ___________ only) and it shall remain in force until            [Insert date] with an additional claim period of thirty (30) days thereafter. We are liable to pay the guaranteed amount or any part thereof under this Bank Guarantee only if the DISCOM serves upon us a written claim or demand.

Signature                                      

 

Name                                   

 

Power of Attorney No.                              

For

           [Insert Name of the Bank]

 

Banker's Stamp and Full Address.

 

Dated this          day of           , 20   

Witness:

1.  …………………………………… Signature

Name and Address

2.  …………………………………..

 

Signature

 

Name and Address

 

Notes:

The Stamp Paper of Rs. 100/- Non Judicial Paper should be in the name of the Executing           Bank.

The Performance Bank Guarantee shall be executed by any of the Bank from the List of Banks enclosed in Annexure 2.

 

 

D. GENERAL GUIDELIENS:

 

a. If the borrower is proposing to purchase the property standing in the name of minor, permission from the Court shall be obtained.
b. For purchase of land, which is an Inam land, occupancy certificate/Form-B patta from competent authority shall be obtained.

 

c. Assigned lands should not be purchased without prior written permission of RDO.

 

d. For purchase of joint family property, the borrower should ensure that all the co-parceners of the vendor family join in the execution of the sale deed.

 

e. For purchase of lands covered under Master Plan of the respective Urban Development Authority, the borrower shall ensure that the proposed land is falling within the Industrial Zone.

 

f. If the borrowers are seeking loans on land & buildings, the borrower shall purchase the lands in the name of proprietor/firm/company/ society as the case may be.

 

g. Generally, the Corporation will not accept third party collateral security.

 

 

 

The following are the loan security documents to be executed by the borrowers in favour of the Corporation and the required documents for a particular loan are to be taken from amongst the documents mentioned below:

 

1. Deed of Hypothecation
2. Memorandum of Deposit of Title Deeds
3. Guarantee Agreement
4. Loan Agreement
5. Promissory Note
6. Assignment of Development Rights

 

 

 

SANCTION

 

 

 

  • Brief project report
  • Copy of ssi registration certificate
  • Bio-data of proprietor / partners / directors with 2 pasport size colour photographs as per proforma alongwith copies of certificates regarding academic qualifications, experience etc.
  • Solvency declaration of proprietor / partners / directors as per proforma (on rs.20 non-judicial stamp paper)
  • C0py of partnership deed & firm registration in respect of firms/memorandum and articles of association & certificate of incorporation in respect of companies.
  • Copy of land sale deed/ sale agreement / allotment letter of apiic ltd.
  • Building plans (approved plans in respect of hotels/nursing homes/commercial & residential complexes proposals)
  • Civil estimates
  • Letter from the lessor expressing willingness to let out the building and execution of regd. Lease agreement for 7 years in the unit is proposed in leasehold buildings with rough plan.
  • Quotations for machinery and equipment from standard suppliers alongwith comparartive quotations.
  • Copy of panchayat / municipal approval.
  • Copy of power feasibility letter from a.p.transco.
  • Copies of collateral security property documents.
  • Working results (audited balance shdeets and profit & loss accounts) for the last 3 years in respect of existing units and the provisional for the current year with all schedules.
  • Working results (audited balance shdeets and profit & loss accounts) for the last 3 years of associated concerns of promoters.
  • Particulars of available assets (land, buildings, machinery) in respect of existing unit.
  • Other details such as raw material & market tie-ups, technology tie-up with background of technical consultant etc.
  • Other details such as raw materials and slaes invoices, list of major customers, particulars of orders on hand etc.
  • Service charge @ 0.5% of loan applied 12.36% service tax on the service charges at the time of filing the application.
  • Upfront fee @ 0.5% of the loan sanctioned 12.36% service tax on upfront fee at the time of first disbursement.

 


Steps involved

1) Register a company (Proprietorship or Partnership or Pvt Ltd or Public Limited) for setting up Solar power Project. Get accredition. Get registered with mnre. Preferred for REC projects.

2) Open a bank account in the new company name if you are an individual . Old name will do if you intend running the solar power generation in the old company’s name.

3) Acquire adequate  land on your company name for setting up Solar Power Project. Create provision for evacuation or atleast get flow study done.

3) Deposit 10% of the project cost in the bank account on company name and take proof of funds from the bank.

4) GET Accredition from local NLDC. GET “ flow study “ approval from Transco. Prepare DPR

5) PPA copy to be there in the DPR or bank loan application.  Get permission to feed power to the T&D network

Bank loan application to have 

1) Proof of Land Ownership , patta, unencumberance certificate
2) DPR,
3) PPA / 
4) Company incorporation certificate by an auditor
5)  Bank Balance in the new bank account.

 

Equity funding: This is probably the best way to fund and manage a solar power project. Not many developers will have their own funds. 

Pre financing by EPC companies: This can be done by EPCs.But mostly most EPCs operate on tight budgets. The profits in EPC business is not much and hence to expect funding from them is not right.  

Suppliers credit : Normally given by module manufacturers from usa and china to large customers, it is not equity funding, but it helps a lot.  It is also possible to get such credits from  Inverter makers and Tracking systems makers. That is in case you are going for a tracking system.  Especially those tracking systems that claim over 25 % increase in efficiency can afford to give some credit as they can recover their money from the increased power generated. Many of these companies are funder by VCs and may have provision to give suppliers credit.  

Non-recourse project financing 

This is the preferred financing structure, wherein the lending institutions would provide debt to a special purpose vehicle set-up for the project and would have a lien on the project’s cash-flows. However as this structure does not provide recourse to the developer’s balance sheet, lending institutions require rock-solid agreements for revenues from the projects. The above structure gives an option for obtaining non-recourse Project Financing. However the developer needs to ensure that the following are in place to make the

lending institutions comfortable Performance – Contractual guarantees from technology providers for the long-term performance of the plant revenues – Long-term power purchase agreements with credible consumers, i.e. direct power sale to the consumer. As discussed above, the current structure of the JNNSM PPA may not be bankable due to the credibility of many states. The government has been contemplating a tri-partite agreement between the developer, state discom and the Reserve Bank of India to ensure the PPAs bankability, however this is not confirmed yet.

 RenewableEnergy Certificate – developers can forego the preferential tariff and trade the RECs on the energy exchange. However the market is in its nascent stage and depends on the state’s renewable purchase obligations.

 Project viability – In addition to the above, developers must convince lenders that projects are viable and have the capability of repaying debt without outside assistance. This could mean that the project has to fund a Debt-Service-Reserve-Account in addition to having healthy

Debt-ServiceCoverage-Ratios. 

Other options for financing 

Other non-conventional options for financing include:

 

 

 U.S. EX-IM BANK FINANCING FOR INDIAN SOLAR POWER PROJECTS 

 

 1.What is U.S. Ex-Im bank? Or 

   Who are the beneficiaries of U.S. Ex-Imbank financing?

  • U.S.Ex-Im Bank financing is usually the most cost-effective source of financing for international customers to purchase U.S. made technology.
  • U.S. Ex-Im Bank: top priority to support renewable energy & environmental exports
  • U.S. Ex-Im Bank supports short, medium, and long-term financing to creditworthy international customers, and working capital guarantees to U.S. exporters
  • U.S. Ex-Im Bank is interested in any size project

 2. What are the advantages of U.S. Ex-Im bank financing over Indian banks? 

  • The interest rate offered is lesser than Indian banks. You can get limited recourse financing. You can get financing far more than the traditional 70%:30% :: debt:equity structure. 

 3. Who is eligible for U.S. Ex-Im bank financing? 

  • All big companies with clean and healthy balance sheets are eligible for U.S. Ex-Im financing. 

 4. What kind of financing is provided by U.S. Ex-Im bank? 

  • U.S. Ex-Im supports solar projects on a project finance (limited recourse) basis as well as does balance sheet financing. 

 5. Does the bank have any special programs for renewable energy projects? 

  • Terms of up to 18-years for renewable energy projects.
  • Up to 30% local cost support within the U.S. scope of supply.
  • Capitalization of interest during construction.
  • Creation of the Office of Renewable Energy & Environmental Exports in 2008.
  • Creation of a Renewable Energy Express Program in 2010. 

 6.Renewable Energy Express sounds interesting, but what is it all about? 

  • Renewable Express: Renewable Express helps Indian buyers of U.S. clean-energy equipment, technology and services by providing streamlined financing for small clean-energy projects. U.S. Ex-Im Bank can process transactions of between $3 million to $10 million in as few as 60 days.

 7.What is the clean energy portfolio like?

  •  Today, it is a highly active portfolio exceeding $3 billion that includes financing for exports of renewable energy equipment, energy efficiency technologies, wastewater treatment projects, air pollution technologies, waste management services, and other goods and services.

 8. What is the easiest way to avail U.S. Ex-Im bank financing? 

Direct Loan

  • Direct Loans made by U.S. Ex-Im Bank to a foreign buyer.
  • Interest rate for an 18-year Direct Loan is 2.95% (as of November 14, 2012).
  • The International borrower submits the Direct Loan application.
  • U.S. Ex-Im Bank requires the buyer to make a cash payment to the exporter equal to atleast 15% of the U.S. supply contract.
  • 15% cash payment can either be borrowed from a lender or the exporter, or befrom the buyer’s own funds.
  • Shipping must be made on U.S.-flag vessel (except air shipments).

 9. Is any kind of guarantee required for availing an U.S. Ex-Imbank loan? 

Loan Guarantee

  • Guaranteed Loans made by commercial banks (U.S. or foreign) to a foreign buyer with a 100% unconditional repayment guarantee from U.S. Ex-Im Bank.
  • Guarantee covers 85% of the U.S. content of the transaction.
  • Banks often finance the 15% required cash payment.
  • Guarantee available in major foreign currencies.
  • U.S. Ex-Im Bank also has Local Currency Loan Guarantees. 

Working Capital Guarantee

  • U.S. Ex-Im Bank provides 90% repayment Guarantee for working capital loans.
  • The Working Capital Guarantee serves as the collateral to the commercial lender by mitigating the risk inherent when the source of repayment for the loan is an overseas contract.
  • Enables exporters to finance materials, labor, and overhead to produce goods/services for export.
  • In FY 2011, Calisolar, Amonix, Suniva, Miasole, Southwest Windpower, and others used this program to finance production for export sales. 

 10.  First Solar is a big solar panel manufacturing company in the US. Have any projects benefitted from using First Solar modules/panels? 

  11.  Are joint ventures and/or subsidiary companies also eligible for U.S. Ex-Im bank financing?

  •  Solar Field Energy Two, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kiran Energy Solar Private Power Ltd. gets U.S. Ex-Im funding for their solar project! 
  • Mahindra Surya Prakash, a joint venture of Kiran Energy and Mahindra Holding Ltd., received loan for two solar facilities.

  12. Can a long-term financing be entered into? 

 13.  Can same company apply for loan 2nd time around albeit for a different project? 

  • Azure Power again gets a nitrogen boost for its solar business in the form of $70.35 million loan from U.S. Ex-Im bank.  

 14.  Are only solar PV projects eligible or solar thermal (CSP) projects also? 

 15.  What if I, as a company would like to go for a consortium of lending institutions and U.S. Ex-Im bankbe one of them?

  •  Welspun Energy secures the financial closure for their solar PV project in Rajasthan. In achieving this financial closure a consortium of lending institutions were involved.

 16 .What is the duration for provision of loans?

Or

How does one benefit from U.S. Ex-Im loans for renewable energy projects? 

Loans: 

1. Medium-Term

  • Typically up to five years repayment and under $10 million
  • Export-Credit Insurance and Guarantees of Commercial Loans.

Benefits:

  • Quick turnaround
  • Covers both capital goods and services
  • Lower financing costs with negotiated interest rates Covers both principal and interest

 

2. Long-Term

  • Typically up to 10 years repayment or over $10 million
  • Guarantees of Commercial Loans

Benefits:

  • Extended repayment terms depend on the project but could be up to 18 years for renewable-energy power
  • Available in U.S. dollar and foreign currencies, including the Indian rupee
  • Negotiable interest rates with fixed interest- rate options
  • Tailored principal repayment profiles available.

  

 17. What is the fee charged by U.S. Ex-Im for providing services?

Fees

 18. I’m interested in applying, how do I apply for a loan?

Or

How do I know if I’m eligible to apply?

ü  Procedure for applying to a U.S. Ex-Im bank loan

ü  Eligibility requirement for applying to a U.S. Ex-Im bank loan 

 19.Can I get more detailed information about availing loan from U.S. Ex-Im bank?

 

ü  Detailed information about various types of loans and related products on offer by U.S. Ex-Im bank for renewable energy (solar) project developers

 

The total consideration of project cost for debt can only be a maximum of 30% over and above the cost of imports from the US. As this financing option is usually based on module imports and prices for modules account for only around 40% of the total project cost, the developer will need to club a US EXIM loan with another source of finance, thereby potentially increasing the cost of procuring debt.    The timelines for financial closure for projects under different policies in India range from six to eight months. Typically, the US EXIM bank can take between six to nine months to process loan requests, straining developers’ execution timelines.   Developers aiming for a US EXIM loan usually have to arrange for alternative bridge financing to carry on the procurement and construction work before the disbursement of the debt amount. The long processing time is attributed mostly to the lengthy legal, technical and financial due diligence undertaken by the bank. Further, the due diligence can increase transaction costs.   US EXIM financing is ideal for projects of size 10 MW and above. Only  such projects can bear the high transaction costs. Moreover, to qualify for US EXIM financing, the project developer must import modules and in some cases other equipment from the US.       

Important International  export  credit agencies/export insurance agencies are: Euler Hermes Kreditversicherungs-AG (Germany), China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (China), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (Japan), Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (South Korea), Swiss Export Risk Insurance (Switzerland), Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Australia), OesterreichischeKontrollbank AG (Austria), Export-Import Bank of Malaysia Berhad, (Malaysia), Export Development Canada (Canada), Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation (Hong Kong).

Foreign funding – Large project developers can tap international banks to get

lower rates of finance.

 

However, hedging can put a substantial dent in the rate differential and only someone ready to take

the currency risk should resort to this option.

The idea of collecting large number of small projects and approaching exim bank or LIbor , doesnt make much

sense. it can probably operate as suppliers credit. At best.

SBICAPS   SBI Capital Markets (SBICAPS)  

finances solar projects.  Foreign banks in general are  open to lending to Indian investment banks for a portfolio of similar projects. This debt is then passed on to the developers with a margin and a hedging charge. The actual lending to the developer takes place based on RBI guidelines. SBICAPS has been involved with the financing of projects developed by Tata Power Co., Kiran Energy, Sunborne, Alex Astral and Acme Tele Power. Other investment banks operating in India include the Bank of America, Barclays Capital, BNP Paribas, Lazard, Credit Suisse,           Export credit agencies / International investment cum insurance agencies     US EXIM 0.7% (LIBOR27) 3.5%  (Margin) 6.5% (Hedging) = 10.7% Loan Up to 80�sed on value of imports 9 – 16 years duration Approx. 1.45  DSCR     Borrowing from the US EXIM bank has certain limitations for projects.    

        OPIC   The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)is the U.S. government’s development finance institution.  OPIC  supports solar in India by providing  financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds.  OPIC  has committed  Rs 55 billion  to the renewables sector globally last year and nearly one-quarter of it had been earmarked for India.  OPIC is  involved in financing of projects by Azure Power and Sun Edison in India.

  IREDA   The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) is a development funding institution but operates as a NBFC under the administrative control of MNRE for providing term loans for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. IREDA has received a Rs 13 billion  of credit from KfW for a broad mandate of promoting renewable power in India but has not been particularly active in financing utility scale solar projects till date. IREDA also provides loans to other banks at interest rates as low as 2-5% so as to incentivize them to finance renewable projects. Your bank manager can work with IREDA to get low cost funding. It is a less known and less used route.    

ADB   ADB  provides financing support under the India Solar Generation Guarantee Facility (ISGGF), under its Asia Solar Energy Initiative (ASEI) . Apart from providing debt as per ADB’s LIBOR-based lending facility towards solar transmission infrastructure in Gujarat, ADB also considers direct financing and/or guarantees for projects greater than 25 MW. Reliance Power’s 100 MW CSP plant has been partially financed with both debt and equity participation by ADB. Under ISGGF, ADB provides partial credit guarantees (PCGs) available to local and foreign commercial banks that finance private sector solar power plants in the country. This guarantee covers up to 50% of the payment default risk on bank loans made to project developers. Currently, two commercial banks have been approved by ADB as eligible partner banks: L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (India) and the NorddeutscheLandesbank (abbreviated Nord/LB, Germany). ADB aims to support 3 GW of solar power capacity in developing member countries by May 2013.            

KfW and DEG   Germany’s KfW and DEG are also invest in  the Indian solar market. KfW is involved in lending to a 125 MW project by Mahagenco in Maharashtra and DEG has provided Rs 6.80cr  risk capital in the form of Compulsory Convertible Debentures (CCDs) to Azure Power     Other active sources for funds Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), U.K Department for International Development Cooperation (DFID), Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investmet Bank (EIB) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

 Indian banks are being very conservative, insisting on 1.2-1.3 DSC ratio. For project economics to look more attractive to developers, DSC ratios should be at a minimum of 1.1-1.15. At this rate, the attractiveness of several projects begins to change substantially.

 

L&T Infrastructure Finance Company (subsidiary of L&T Financing Holdings),

 Power Finance Corporation (PFC), 

 Mahindra Finance, 

IDFC, 

 IL&FS, 

SBI Capital Markets and 

 Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA). 

US EXIM bank an  active Export Credit Agency (ECA). IFC,

a member of the World Bank Group

 has provided financing for projects by developers such as Green Infra, Mahindra Solar, Azure Power and SunEdison India. 

ADB provides financing support under the India Solar Generation Guarantee Facility (ISGGF), under its Asia Solar Energy Initiative (ASEI) to promote the development of solar energy in India. Currently, two commercial banks have been approved by ADB as eligible partners: L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (India) and the Norddeutsche Landesbank (abbreviated Nord/LB, Germany).

 

NEWS RELATED TO PROJECT FINANCING

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 REC

 GUJARAT RPO

State RPO Target for 2011-12 RPO Target For 2012-13 RPO Target For 2013-14
Gujarat 0.50% 1.00% 1.50%

 


 

 

 Checklist to be submitted by State Agency to Central Agency:

 

To be submitted on letter head of concerned State Agency

 

Checklist to be submitted by State Agency to Central Agency while recommending project for Registration under REC Mechanism

 

Name of RE Generator:

Accreditation Number:

Source :

 

Total Capacity of Project (MW)

Accredited Capacity (MW)

Accredited Capacity under third party/ APPC sale (MW),

 if applicable

Accredited Capacity utilized for self consumption (MW),

if applicable

 

 

 

 

 

 

S.N.

Checklist

Yes

(Please tick, if applicable )

No

(Please tick, if correct)

Remark / Any other information

1.

Is RE Generator opting for third party sale

 

 

 

 

Is RE Generator selling power to discom at APPC

 

 

 

2.

Is RE Generator a CPP opting for self consumption

 

 

 

3.

Is RE Generator a CGP opting for  for self consumption

 

 

 

4.

Whether all procedures for accreditation according to CERC REC Regulations and approved REC Procedures have been followed

 

 

 

In case RE Generator is CPP/ CGP/ RE Generator opting for REC Scheme for self consumption then please provide following details:

a

Whether electricity duty is leviable and being paid. If not, then reasons along with documentary support be furnished by the said CPP/CGP/RE Generator

 

 

 

b.

Whether benefits of concessional/promotional transmission  or wheeling charges are availed

 

 

 

c.

Whether banking facility benefit is availed

 

 

 

 

It is also certified that all procedures for accreditation according to CERC REC Regulations, approved REC Procedures have been followed at our end.

 

 

 

 Place:                                                                                                                                                 Name of Authorised Signatory

 Date:                                                                                                                                                                 Name of State Agency

  POINTS TO REMEMBER:

•All communication regarding REC Mechanism is to be addressed as follows: "The Nodal officer, REC Mechanism,1st Floor National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC) office,Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO),B-9, Qutab Institutional Area, KatwariaSarai, New Delhi-110016".

•All dak regarding REC Mechanism shall be accepted only through services of India Post and no dakshall be accepted by hand or through courier services.

•The Application(s) for issuance of RECs/Registration of Project or other issues should be sent by the RE generator(s) on individual project basis and the name of the RE Generator and 'Accreditation number' / 'Registration number', as applicable has to be clearly stated on the envelope.

 

7.  APPC:-AVERAGE POOLED PURCHASE COST

State

Current purchase price by state discoms/ ebs

 

 Rs per unit

Andhra Pradesh

2.50

Gujarat

2.98

Haryana

2.77

Himachal Pradesh

2.23

Karnataka

2.66

Kerala

1.99

Madhya Pradesh

2.09

Maharashtra

2.62

Punjab

2.71

Rajasthan

2.60

Tamil Nadu

3.38

Uttarakhand

2.34

Uttar Pradesh

2.62

West Bengal

2.43

 

 

 

 

  ACCELERATED DEPRECIATION WHAT IS AD? WHO CAN CLAIM AD? ADVANTAGES FOR AD CLIENTS IN SOLAR PROJECTS

 What is Accelerated Depreciation in solar power generation and how can I benefit from it? 

 

 

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF SETTING YOUR SOLAR PLANT IN A SOLAR PARK 


ADVANTAGES OF A SOLAR PARK

1. Ready to move & start facility for any solar power developer with clear title land.

2. Proper North-South oriented plots to be allotted so as to reduce land wastage, which are ideal for solar plant designing

3. Reduction in time to both start and execute the project.

4. No ROW (right of way) issue will be there for laying of transmission line, which will be done only once and common to all.

5. Ease of work execution and management will be there.

6. Relief from local issues which again will result into time and money saving in project execution.

7. Evacuation from individual project will be done right from the individual plot to the discom’s substation at 132KV level.

8. Reduced transmission losses to the tune of 1/16th of the normal at 33KV.

9. Individual plant metering at pooling substation for ease of billing.

10. Security, preventive maintenance of approach roads & transmission line etc. will be done on periodic basis.

11. Grid down time is also minimum for 132 kV sub-station, which means higher revenue
generation

12. Better financials than in your own lands.


DISADVANTAGES OF A SOLAR PARK

1. Your project is not in your state, benefitting your people

2. Your project is not in your lands. Absence of Prestige value in the neighbourhood.

3. You can’t to do the maintenance of the solar power plant directly and daily in your village


* Don’t have lands? See solar as a business opportunity. Go for Solar park.

* Want to invest in and  reap regular dividends with least hassles. Go for Solar park

* Interested in availing accelerated depreciation and making decent safe returns, invest in a solar park.


Want to set up a

Plug and play solar park?

500 KW onwards

Call Manohar  90435 39679 or better still email < mano@eai.in >

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SEVEN STEPS TO DESIGNING

A SOLAR CAPTIVE POWER PLANT FOR A FACTORY

 There are seven steps involved in designing a successful captive solar PV installation 

  • Scoping of the project
  • Calculating the amount of solar energy available
  • Surveying the site
  • Calculating the amount of energy needed
  • Sizing the solar system
  • Component selection and costing
  • Detailed design

Step 1 –SCOPING THE PROJECT

As with any project, you need to know what you want to achieve. This basically involves detailing what you want from the captive PV installation, once installed. Do you want it to completely provide your day time electricity usage? Or do you want it to support a part of your usage? To start with, the scope of the project can be simple and later as we progress we can flesh it out to suit the requirements.

Defining the scope is in fact the most important step because once the basic scope is wrong, we might not be able to get the system do, what we exactly want it to do.

Step2 - CALCULATING THE SOLAR POWER AVAILABLE

Solar insolation is the amount of electromagnetic energy (solar radiation) incident on the surface of the earth. Basically that means how much sunlight is shining down on the area under consideration.

The values are generally expressed in kWh/m2/day. This is the amount of solar energy that strikes a square metre of the earth's surface in a single day. Of course this value is averaged to account for differences in the days' length. There are several units that are used throughout the world.

By knowing the insolation levels of a particular region one can determine the number of PV modules that are required. An area with poor insolation levels will need a larger number of PV modules than an area with high insolation levels. Once the region’s insolation level is known, one can more accurately calculate collector size and energy output.

The typical thumbrule that is used for the amount of electricity that solar PV can produce is as follows: On average, 1 W of solar PV, at current crystalline silicon panel efficiencies, can produce about 4 Wh of electricity per day. This is however only an average estimate and based on the location, this could be a bit lower or higher than the average.

Step 3 – SURVEYING THE SITE

A site survey basically consists of a brief interview with the developer to get a feel for their electricity needs and a physical inspection of the proposed array site to see if it is suitable for solar. When a qualified photovoltaic design professional visits a potential solar site, he or she has many things to watch out for.

Primarily, they will be checking the roof's orientation (azimuth) and solar access. Orientation refers to the direction the roof faces - directly south is ideal, with some leeway to the Southwest or Southeast.

Solar access quantifies the percentage of time when the proposed array location will be receiving the full unshaded power of the sun during different days of the year. A shady roof might disqualify a site from receiving incentive money from the state, and is not a responsible choice for solar anyway. There are ways to get around shade issues - either by looking at alternate sites, trimming or removing trees, or by using micro-inverters in the system design rather than one large central inverter.

Step 4 - CALCULATING THE AMOUNT OF ENERGY NEEDED

The next big task for any photovoltaic system designer is to determine the system load. This load estimate is one of the key factors in the design and cost of the stand-alone PV system.

A simple way to determine the approximate ceiling for the solar PV system capacity for all electricity needs is as follows:

1.  Find out your total monthly electricity consumption. Let’s say it is 100000 kWh

2.  Divide it by 30 to get an approximate daily consumption. In the example, it is about 3300 kWh.

3.  Using the thumb rule that 1 W of solar PV can approximately produce 4 Wh of electricity per day, you can determine the approximate maximum solar PV capacity you will require to power all your systems using solar PV. In this case, if the total daily consumption of electricity is 3300 kWh, you will require a maximum of 3300/4 = 825 kW.

 4.  It is however very unlikely that you would require such a high capacity for solar PV as you will need solar PV primarily as a backup power source, perhaps as a replacement for diesel based power generation.

 Ceiling for the solar PV required for complete diesel replacement

 In most cases, you will be using solar only as a backup power source to replace diesel based power production.

6.  One simple way to determine the amount of solar PV for this purpose is to determine the total amount of electricity you produce using diesel every month. In the example provided, out of the 100000 kWh of total electricity you consume every month, let’s say 10% or 10000 kWh is generated from diesel gensets. This provides you the ceiling for the solar PV system capacity for complete diesel replacement. In this case, it is 82.5 kW.

 7. As a thumb rule, one litre of diesel produces 4 kWh, so you can also compute the above with the data for the amount of diesel used every month.

 While estimating the load, the designer should consider energy conserving substitutes for items that are used often. Identifying large and/or variable loads and determining if they can be eliminated or changed to operate from another power source will save cost. 

 Step 5 – SIZING THE SYSTEM

 From the results obtained in step 2 and step 4, we can determine the size of the solar system that will be needed to power the site. The necessary systems involved in the setting up of captive power plants are:

 1)      Array(collection of solar PV modules)

 2)      Charge controllers

 3)      Batteries

 4)      Inverters

 5)      Mounting systems

 Note: The exact procedure for sizing of a solar system has to begin with calculating the amphere hour (Ah) of each load under consideration. Without knowing this it is impossible to size the PV system.

 PV array sizing – Array sizing is determined by taking into account the daily energy requirement (in Kilowatt hours) and average daily peak sunshine hours in the design month.

 No part of a PV array can be shaded. The shading of small portions of a PV module may greatly reduce output from the entire array. PV modules connected in series must carry the same current. If some of the PV cells are shaded, they cannot produce current and will become reverse biased. This means the shaded cells will dissipate power as heat, and over a period of time failure will occur.  However, since it is impossible to prevent occasional shading, the use of bypass diodes around series - connected modules is recommended

 Hybrid Indicator

 At this point, the basic PV system configuration and size have been determined. Before proceeding to specify components for the system, a simple test is recommended to see if the application might be a candidate for a hybrid system.

 Two main indicators work together to alert the designer to a possible hybrid application; the size of the load, and the seasonal insolation variability at the site.  The larger the load the more likely a hybrid PV-generator system will be a good economic choice. Likewise, in cloudy climates you need a larger system to meet the load demand; thus having a higher array/load ratio. Plotting the load versus the array/load ratio gives an indication of whether a hybrid system should be considered. There may be other reasons to consider a hybrid system: for example, systems with high availability requirements or applications where the load energy is being provided by an existing generator.  A word of caution--the controls required for a hybrid system are more complex because the interaction between engine generator, PV array, and battery must be regulated. Obtaining advice from an experienced designer is recommended if you decide to install a hybrid system. 

 Controllers - Charge controllers are included in most photovoltaic systems to protect the batteries from overcharge or excessive discharge. Overcharging can boil the electrolyte from the battery and cause failure. Allowing the battery to be discharged too much will cause premature battery failure and possible damage to the load. The controller is a critical component in your PV system. Thousands of rupees of damage may occur if it does not function properly. In addition, all controllers cause some losses (tare loss) in the system. One minus these losses, expressed as a percentage, is the controller efficiency.  The cost of the controller increases rapidly as the current requirement increases. Controllers for 12-volt and 24-volt systems with currents up to 30 amperes are available at a reasonable cost. Controllers with 30- 100 amperes are available but 2-5 times more expensive. Controllers that will switch currents over 100 amperes are usually custom designed for the application. One way to work with currents over 100 amperes is to connect controllers in parallel. It is often less expensive to use five 20- ampere rated controllers in parallel than one 100-ampere unit. 

 The controller must be installed in a weather resistant junction box and can be located with other components such as diodes, fuses, and switches. Excessive heat will shorten controller lifetime so the junction box should be installed in a shaded area and venting provided if possible. Controllers should not be mounted in the same enclosure with batteries. The batteries produce a corrosive environment that may cause failure of electronic components. 

 Battery sizing - To determine the size of the battery storage required for a stand-alone PV system, it is required to make a number of decisions. Before making these choices, one should study and understand battery parameters and the concept of system availability. First, you must choose the amount of back-up energy you want to store for your application. This is usually expressed as a number of no sun days, in other words, for how many cloudy days must your system operate using energy stored in batteries. There is no “right answer” to this question. It depends on the application, the type of battery, and the system availability desired.

 Inverters - Power conditioning units, commonly called inverters, are necessary in any stand-alone PV system with ac loads. The choice of inverter will be a key factor in setting the dc operating voltage of your system.

 When specifying an inverter, it is necessary to consider requirements of both the dc input and the ac output.   The choice of inverter will affect the performance, reliability, and cost of your PV system. Usually, it is the third most expensive component after the array and battery. 

 The selection of the inverter input voltage is an important decision because it often dictates the system dc voltage.

 An inverter should be installed in a controlled environment because high temperatures and excessive dust will reduce lifetime and may cause failure. The inverter should not be installed in the same enclosure with the batteries because the corrosive gassing of the batteries can damage the electronics and the switching in the inverter might cause an explosion. However, the inverter should be installed near the batteries to keep resistive losses in the wires to a minimum. 

 Mounting structures- Ground mounting of PV arrays is recommended for stand-alone systems. Regardless of whether you buy or build the mounting structure make sure it is anchored and the modules are restrained. Many module manufacturers and distributors sell mounting hardware specifically designed for their modules. This hardware is intended for multiple applications and different mounting techniques and considerations like wind loading have been included in the design. Using this mounting hardware is the simplest and often the most cost effective. Customized array mounting structures can be expensive.   

 Others- It is important to select wire, connectors, and protection components such as switches and fuses that will last for twenty years or more. To obtain this long life, they must be sized correctly, rated for the application, and installed carefully. Connections are particularly prone to failure unless they are made carefully and correctly. 

 Step 6 – COMPONENT SELECTION AND SIZING 

 Once the various components have been sized, the next important step is the selection and costing of the components.

 There are many players in the market vying to establish their products. At this juncture, the system developer has to select components by taking into account factors like technical specifications, reliability, and lifetime of the components in addition to the cost.

 Investment for the solar modules is for a period of 25 years, so selecting a high efficient solar panel is of prime importance. The manufactures of the batteries claim a lifetime of about 7 years, whereas inverters guarantee at most 2 years. As can be seen from these numbers, selection becomes a crucial part of the captive solar PV installation.

 Step 7 – DETAILED DESIGN

 Now that the major components have been sized and selected, it is time to consider how to interconnect everything as a working system.

 The detailed design is the more actionable form of the captive solar PV installation. The system developer accumulates all the data collected from the previous 6 steps and prepares a layout of the installation on paper. The developer removes obvious engineering fallacies and prepares a corrected version of the layout on paper.

 The confirmed design will have all the necessary data like the average consumption per day(kWh), the insolation levels at the area under consideration(in hours) , the optimal plant size, the area required for the same, the number of panels required to be installed in that area, the number of charge controllers, batteries, inverters required for the determined plant size, the cost of all the components and many more intricate details like the viability of installing tracking systems etc.

 Stand-alone PV systems will be reliable power producers for more than two decades if properly sized for the application, engineered well, and installed carefully. PV arrays for stand-alone systems are installed in many unique and innovative ways. However, there are common issues involved in any installation, whether the array is fixed or tracking, mounted at ground level, or on a pole or building. 

 

 Preventive Maintenance

 The integral part of any completed installation is the periodic checks that are recommended for any stand-alone PV system so that little problems can be found and corrected before they affect system operation. The system should be checked soon after installation when it is presumably operating well.

Interested in setting up a Captive solar power for your factory? Send mail to mano@eai.in   subject    Factory power 

 

 

 

STEPS INVOLVED IN DESIGNING

 

A ROOF-TOP SOLAR PV SYSTEM WITH BATTERY BACKUP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A stand-alone PV plant for AC and DC loads:

 

 

 

The broad steps involved in designing a roof-top stand-alone solar PV plant are:

 

  1. Estimation of total loads and energy
  2. Selection of an inverter
  3. Sizing of battery bank
  4. Sizing of PV array
  5. Selection of other components
  6. Installation and commissioning
  7. Testing and evaluation

 

 

 

Estimation of total loads and energy:

 

 

 

  1. Sum the total AC connected watts
  2. Sum the total DC connected watts
  3. Calculate the AC average daily energy requirement
  4. Divide this by the inverter efficiency to obtain the DC energy required to the AC load
  5. Calculate the total energy requirement due DC loads
  6. Add the DC energies obtained by step 4 and step 5
  7. This quantity is the total DC energy load on the battery bank

 

 

 

 

 

Selection of inverter:

 

 

 

  1. The capacity of the inverter must be more than that of the total daily average AC loads, including their surge requirement
  2. The nominal DC input voltage of the inverter will be the battery bank voltage and is decided by the design of the inverter
  3. The output will be single phase or three phase , 230/440V  & 50Hz, to be compatible to the AC loads requirement
  4. The conversion efficiency at minimum load (10%) should be 80%
  5. Total Harmonic Distortion (TDH) < 3%
  6. The wave shape, crest factor, power factor etc, to be as per the load requirements

 

 

 

Battery bank sizing:

 

 

 

  1. The total DC energy ÷ the nominal input voltage gives the daily Ampere Hour (AH) requirement from the battery bank
  2. The daily AH hours X autonomy ÷ discharge limit provides the battery bank Ampere hour capacity
  3. Battery bank AH capacity/Individual battery AH gives the number of batteries in parallel (generally it is 1)
  4. DC system voltage ÷ the battery voltage gives number of batteries in series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PV array sizing:

 

 

 

  1. Average daily AH requirement from the battery ÷ battery columbic efficiency gives the AH to be put in by the PV array in a day
  2. AH required from PV array ÷ average peak sun hours in a day of the site gives Amperes required from PV array
  3. Amperes from array peak ÷ panel (or module) peak ampere gives number of PV panel strings required in parallel
  4. Nominal system DC voltage ÷ nominal operating module voltage gives the number of SPV modules in one series string
  5. Number of modules in one series string X number of parallel strings gives the total number of SPV modules in the power plant
  6. Number of PV modules X PV module wattage is the total PV array wattage

 

 

 

 

 

Other components:

 

 

 

  1. Charge controller maximum current capacity should be one and half times that of total short circuit current of all parallel strings
  2. The total open circuit voltage of all the modules in series should give the maximum voltage of the charge controller
  3. The cables connecting the module to Junction boxes, to that of DC board and battery bank should be selected as per the standards
  4. Cut-outs, fuses and other control components should be as per the National standard of Electrical current ratings

 

 

 

Key words: Solar PV, photovoltaic system design, PV arrays, total AC and DC loads, selection of inverter for SPV, battery bank sizing, SPV array sizing, charge controller, SPV module, ampere hours (AH)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Easy Steps to Plan your solar roof top solution

 

 

 


Solar power energy systems are not inexpensive.
Nor are they too expensive.
At present many households and factories, just need power.
Not many are asking as to when they will get the capital back.

 

 

 

Here is a news item in The Hindu saying that in a few years
the electricity tariff will be Rs 13 or Rs 14/- (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/small-units-plan-to-tap-solar-power-in-a-big-way/article4002924.ece)

 

 

 

So, it makes sense to go solar right away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fill and

 

 

 

get your house rooftop solar power estimate

 

 

 

by specialists !

 

 

 

Step 1: List your equipment

 

 

 

Number of Fans and no of hours u need it per day

 

Similarly list all electrical devices at home that u need to run in solar power

 

Lights, Refrigerator, grinder, oven, etc.,

 

Approx electricity bill per month

 

 

 

Step 2: Roof area you have in square feet

 

Step 3: Do you want a battery? If yes, for how many hours.

 

 

 


Fill the above information and email with address and mobile no to

 

 

 

< marketing.rooftop@gmail.com >

 

with subject

 

Rooftop requirement

 

 

 

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If you are an installer/integrator, register with us

 

with address , experience and geographical area of operations

 

by sending a mail to

 

< marketing.rooftop@gmail.com >

 

with the subject installer/ integrator and location .......

 

 

 

 

 

We can send u customers who need solar energy !!

 

 

 

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Some quotes

 


Installer 1

 

1KW system for Rs.2,10,000 (two lakh ten thousand only).

 

 

 


In this Govt. is offering Rs.70,000 as subsidy for 1KW system.

 

So, the customer has to pay only Rs.1,40,000 to us, we will get the subsidy directly from government.

 

2KW system will be Rs.2,70,000.

 


The break up is as follows:

 


Solar panels- Rs.60,000 (1000W)

 

Battery Rs.50,000 (400AH Solar Battery)

 

Inverter Rs. 30,000 (1KVA)

 

Mounting structures Rs.25,000

 

Cable and others Rs.20,000

 

VAT Rs.12,000

 


For 2KW system just double.

 

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Installer 2

 


1 KW (Without Battery) in Rs.
================== =====
1 KWp Solar Panels 51000
1 KVA PCU 24000
Junction Box (4:1) 4500
MS Structure 15000
Solar PV Cable 3000
Installation - Civil 10000
Installation - Wiring 8000
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115000
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1 KW (With Battery) in Rs.
=============== ====
1 KWp Solar Panels 51000
1 KVA PCU 24000
2 X 200 Ah C10 Battery 35000
Junction Box (4:1) 4500
MS Structure 15000
Solar PV Cable 3000
Installation - Civil 10000
Installation - Wiring 10000
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152000
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GUJURAT SOLAR POLICY

 

GUJARAT SOLAR POLICY 2009
A state specific policy dedicated to solar was first envisioned by Gujarat in 2009. The outlines 
were given under the policy titled “Solar Power Policy -2009”. The policy was the first solar 
specific policy introduced in the country predating the National Solar Mission.
The Gujarat Solar Policy is operative till 31st March 2014.Any Solar Power Generator (SPG) 
commissioned during the operative period shall become eligible for incentives declared under this 
policy for a period of 25 years.
Salient Features:
 Capacity:
o Only new plants and machinery will be eligible under this Policy. No fossil fuel shall be allowed 
for Solar Thermal Project.
o The minimum capacity of for Solar PV and Solar Thermal projects will be 5 MW each. A total 
of 500MW SPG shall be allowed for installation during the operative period of this policy.
 Cross-subsidy charge:
Cross subsidy surcharges shall not be applicable for Open Access obtained for third party sale 
within the state.
 Wheeling Charges:
As determined by GERC from time to time.
 Electricity Duty:- Exempted from payment of electricity duty for sale through all modes(self consumption/sale to 
third party/sale to licensee)
- Exemption from demand cut to the extent of 50% of installed capacity
 PPA :
PPA duration will be 25 years
 Bank Guarantee:
Developer to furnish a BG @Rs 50Lakhs/MW at the time of PPA signing with Distribution 
Licensee.BG to be refunded if the developer commissions the project in time as per PPA.
 Metering of Electricity:
Electricity generated would be metered jointly on a monthly basis by GEDA/GETCO. Metering to 
done at sending sub-station of 66 kV or above, located at the site.
 Reactive power charges:
As per GERC order.
 Transmission infrastructure:
Transmission line from SPG switch yard to GETCO sub-station shall be laid by GETCO.SPG to 
inject power at 66kV.
 Sharing of CDM benefit:
SPG will pass 50% of CDM benefit to DISCOM with whom PPA is signed.
 Forecasting & Scheduling:
SPG based generation shall not be covered under scheduling procedure for Intra-state ABT.
 Nodal Agencies for facilitation and implementation of Solar Power Policy- 2009:
- Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA)
- Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL)

 

Gujarat -  Solar  Power Plants as of 31st March 2013

No

Company Name

District

Allotted,MW

Commissioned, MW

1

Aatash Power Pvt. Ltd.

Sabarkantha

5

4.99

2

Abellon CleanEnergy Ltd. 

Sabarkantha 

3

3.00

3

ACME Solar Technologies (Gujarat) Pvt. Ltd.

Anand

15

15.00

4

Adani Enterprises Ltd.

Kutch

40

40.11

5

AES Solar Energy Gujarat Pvt. Ltd.

Patan

15

14.92

6

Alex Astral Power Pvt. ltd.

Patan

25

25.07

7

APCA Power Pvt. Ltd.

Rajkot

5

5.00

8

Aravali Infrapower Ltd.

Rajkot

5

5.00

9

Astonfield Solar (Gujarat) Private Limited 

Patan

11.5

11.51

10

Avtar Solar Power Pvt Ltd

Patan

5

4.98

11

Azure Power (Gujarat) Pvt. Ltd.

Surendranagar

5

5.00

12

Azure Power (Haryana) Pvt. Ltd.

Sabarkantha 

10

10.21

13

Backbone Enterprises Ltd.

Kutch

5

5.00

14

CBC Solar Technologies Pvt. Ltd. 

Rajkot

10

10.00

15

Chattel Constructions Private Ltd.

Surendranagar

25

25.04

16

Claris Lifesciences Ltd.

Sabarkantha

2

1.99

17

Dreisatz MySolar24 (P) Ltd.

Surendranagar

15

14.99

18

EI Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Patan 

1

1.00

19

Emami Cement Ltd.

Patan

10

10.06

20

EMCO Ltd.

Surendranagar

5

5.00

21

ESP Urja Pvt. Ltd.

Surendranagar

5

5.00

22

Essar Power Ltd.

Kutch

1

1.00

23

Euro Solar Power Pvt Ltd, 

Kutch

5

5.12

24

Ganeshvani Merchandise Pvt Ltd

Rajkot

5

5.04

25

Ganges Green Energy Pvt Ltd.

Rajkot

25

25.08

26

GHI Energy Pvt. Ltd. (SPV of Refex)

Porbandar

10

10.00

27

GMR Gujarat Solar Power Pvt. Ltd.

Patan

25

25.00

28

Green Infra Solar Energy Ltd.

Rajkot

10

10.00

29

GSPC Pipavav Power Company Limited

Patan

5

5.00

30

Gujarat Industries Power Company Ltd.

Surat

5

5.01

31

Gujarat Mineral Development Company Ltd.

Kutch

5

5.00

32

Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd.

Patan 

5

5.00

33

Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd.-Canal

Ahmedabad

1

1.01

34

Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd.-TPS

Gandhinagar

1

1.00

35

Harsha Engineers Ltd.

Anand

1

1.00

36

Hiraco Renewable Energy Pvt. Ltd.

Porbandar

20

20.11

37

Integrated Coal Mining Ltd.

Kutch

9

9.00

38

Jaihind Projects Ltd.

Patan

5

5.00

39

Konark Gujarat PV Pvt. Ltd.

Kutch

5

5.00

40

Lanco Infratech Ltd

Patan

5

5.00

41

Lanco Infratech Ltd

Patan

15

15.01

42

Lanco Infratech Ltd

Patan

15

15.01

43

Louroux Bio Energies Ltd. 

Surendranagar

25

25.00

44

MBH Power Pvt. Ltd.

Bharuch

1

1.00

45

MI MySolar24 (P) Ltd, 

Surendranagar

15

14.99

46

Millennium Synergy (Gujarat) Pvt. Ltd.

Surendranagar

10

9.27

47

Mono Steel (India) Ltd.

Junagadh

10

10.00

48

Moserbaer Energy & Development Ltd.

Porbandar

15

15.02

49

NKG Infrastructure Ltd.

Patan

10

10.00

50

Palace Solar Energy Pvt. Ltd.

Patan

15

15.00

51

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University 

Gandhinagar

1

1.00

52

PLG Photovoltaics Ltd

Patan

20

20.00

53

Precious Energy Services Pvt. Ltd.

Banaskantha

15

15.20

54

Rajesh Power Services Pvt. Ltd.

Surendranagar

1

1.00

55

Rasna Marketing Services LLP

Surendranagar

1

1.00

56

Responsive sutip ltd.

Surendranagar

25

25.06

57

Roha Dyechem Pvt. Ltd.

Patan

25

25.04

58

S J Green Park Energy Pvt. Ltd

Surendranagar

5

5.12

59

Sandland Real Estate Pvt. Ltd.

Banaskantha

25

25.00

60

SEI Solar Power Gujarat Pvt. Ltd.

Patan 

25

25.01

61

Solar Semiconductor Power Company ( India) Pvt Ltd

Kutch

20

20.00

62

Solarfield Energy Private Limited

Patan

20

20.06

63

Solitaire Energies Pvt. Ltd.

Banaskantha

15

15.01

64

Som Shiva (Impex) ltd.

Surendranagar

1

1.00

65

Sun Clean Renewable Power Pvt. Ltd.

Patan

25

6.00

66

Sunborne Energy Gujarat One Pvt.Ltd.

Kutch

15

15.00

67

Sunkon Energy Pvt. Ltd.

Amreli

10

10.00

68

Surana Telecom & Power Ltd.

Patan

5

5.00

69

TATA Power Renewable Energy Ltd.

Jamnagar

25

25.00

70

Ujjawala Power Pvt Ltd

Surendranagar

25

23.06

71

Unity Power Private Ltd. 

Kutch

5

5.00

72

Universal Solar System

Patan

2

2.00

73

Visual Percept Solar Projects Pvt. Ltd.

Surendranagar

25

25.00

74

Waa Solar Pvt. Ltd.

Surendranagar

10

10.25

75

Welspun Urja Gujarat Pvt. Ltd.

Kutch

15

15.01

76

Yantra eSolar India Pvt. Ltd.

Patan

5

4.95

77

ZF Steering Gear(India) Pvt. Ltd.

Patan 

5

5.00

 

 

     

 

 

POWER SCENARIO

OWNERSHIP SECTOR        STATE        PRIVATE     CENTRAL       SUB-TOTAL  UNIT

THERMAL                             5231.00      10777.70        2832.62           18841.32      MW

NUCLEAR                                   0                      0               559.32             559.32          MW

HYDRO                                   772.00                0                    0                  772.00           MW

RES*                                      32.90          3682.00                0                 3714.90         MW

GRAND TOTAL                   6035.90     14459.70          3391.94        23887.54         MW

DISCOM RATING IN GUJARAT

The Ministry of Power(MoP) has released its First Annual Integrated Rating of the State Electricity Distribution Utilities. The ratings were carried out by the rating agencies- ICRA Limited and CARE. In total, 39 state utilities from 20 states were rated and the utilities from Gujarat came on top with excellent ratings whereas the utilities from Uttar Pradesh came at the bottom.

 

 

The utilities were rated based on the following parameters.

Rating Parameters

The Score distribution is as follows.

Distribution

 Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Limited Gujarat A

Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Limited A

Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Limited A

Pashchim Gujarat Vij Company Limited A

 

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 Solar park in Gujarat inaugrated

 The Gujarat Power Corporation (Gujarat Solar Park) has been conferred upon the 10th Wartsila-Mantosh Sondhi Award for significant contribution to the Indian energy sector. The award was given by Wartsila India Ltd. 

Gujarat accounts for 66% of India's total solar power. The Solar Park was launched at Charanka village in Patan district as a part of the Swarnim Gujarat celebrations. 

The Solar Park with a power generation capacity of 600 MW, covering approximately 3,000 acres of wasteland bordering the Rann of Kutch, will generate two-thirds of India's total 900 MW of solar powerproduction. 

The Solar Park will produce 214 MW of photovoltaic solar capacity, making it larger than Golmud Solar Park in China that has a capacity of 200 MW. The new Solar Park is unique in having 21 companies involved in its management and development, including four from the United States. 

In addition to solar energy, the park will also manufacture solar power plant panels and other related equipment. It will also provide training to local people of Gujarat to work at solar parks. 

According to the Gujarat Government, the solar project will lead to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions to the tune of eight million tonnes. 

D J Pandian, Principal Secretary, Energy & Petrochemicals, with the state government accepted the award from Bjorn Rosengren, President and CEO, Wartsila Corporation. Wartsila is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wartsila maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.

 Source

 

 

 

Welspun Energy Limited win accolades for its Solar Power project in Anjar Gujarat

 Welspun Energy Limited (WEL), one of India's leading renewable energy companies and independent power producers (IPP),has been recognized as one of the most innovative power producers in Asia for their 15 MW solar power project at Anjar (Gujarat).

 

Commenting on this momentous occasion, Mr Vineet Mittal, Managing Director, Welspun Energy Ltd said, "We are very pleased to win the Asian Power Award. This award is recognition of Welspun's commitment to innovation and continued focus on renewable energy projects. Our engineering and construction teams have been working round the year to commission projects such as Anjar through several challenges and hardships.This accolade is a wonderful gift for their efforts and will certainly drive us towards achieving greater heights and build on our successes."

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 * Solar water heaters made compulsory in Surat

Surat could well become the first city in India to make solar water heating in all buildings, residential and commercial, mandatory.

Earlier, this year, the Union urban development ministry had made it mandatory that civic bodies of all 58 cities identified to be made "solar cities" change their construction bylaws to make solar energy compulsory for water heating systems.

The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) will make the necessary changes in the bylaws of construction within a month. There are 10.2 lakh houses and nearly 65,000 commercial buildings in the city, which will have to switch over to solar water heating.

"We are ready with draft master plan with a detailed mechanism for solar water heating," said Jatin Shah, city engineer SMC.

However, solar water heating is just one of the steps being taken to make Surat a 'solar city'. The civic body plans to undertake photovoltaic roof top programme, installing solar panels atop all its vital installations and replacing regular street lights with CFLs and tube lights with T5 lights.

"We are aiming to bring down the conventional energy usage by at 10-15 per cent in the next two years," he added. In the next five years, it aims to use at least 30 per cent solar power in place of electricity.

SMC has also scheduled a meeting with New Delhi-based World Institute of Sustainable energy (WISE), which was appointed as consultant in advisory capacity by the Centre, to chalk out the implementation plan for solar water heating systems.

Dr Omkar Jani, principal research scientist at Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI ) said, "We will replicate the Gandhinagar's solar city model in Surat too."

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* Now, an ultra mega solar power project in Gujarat

With renewable energy the in thing nowadays, the state government is exploring the possibility of setting up a 1,000 MW solar power project. The government has initiated talks with International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank arm, seeking its support for the project.

“The project is still in the conceptual stage. We have initiated talks with the IFC to seek its support for the project. We will go ahead with it depending on their response,” said DJ Pandian, principal secretary, energy & petrochemicals department.

 

“We could also be involved in development of infrastructure and other necessary framework for such a project,” she added. source  31/7/12

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* 1 GW PV power plant in Gujarat?

Just one day after grid failures resulted in 300 million people going without power for hours in New Delhi, a "ultra mega" solar power project has been proposed in the state of Gujarat. The Gujarat government is reportedly in talks with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to investigate funding such a power plant.

 

 

Gujarat is already a leading state in India, in terms of the development of photovoltaics, but a one GW plant would break all records.Gujarat Solar Park

 

A one gigawatt (GW) power plant is pretty significant even for traditional energy sources, but for a photovoltaic power plant, it would break all records. Despite this, Mumbai-based English language broadsheet newspaper, Daily News & Analysis (DNA) has reported that talks have been initiated between the Gujarat government and the IFC, which is an arm of the World Bank.

 

source 17/8/12

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*  10 solar projects in India that can  fight grid blackouts

 

India’s massive grid blackouts this month have been the subject of much debate and much concern — and from a clean power perspective, highlights a market where there is much opportunity. But there are actually a good deal of projects in India that are already focused on installing solar projects, both for rural villages and larger utility-scale programs. Here’s 10 that I’ve been following:

1). Solar-power microgrid service in rural villages: Startup Mera Gao Power wants to have a total of 70 villages electrified with its solar panels, cell phone charging service, and distribution lines by the end of 2012. Co-founders Jaisinghani and Brian Shaad have been working on these projects for about two years, and their business innovation was to sell the solar power as a service. One microgrid system that can electrify about 50 households costs $1,200 and includes two solar panels, two batteries and four distribution lines. The villages agree to have the system installed and then households in the villages pay about 25 rupees per week for the service (the cost of kerosene for lanterns can be around 30 rupees per week). The system starts to pay for itself after a certain period of time.

2). One of India’s first megawatt-scale rooftop solar projects: Azure Power, a startup run by entrepreneur Inderpreet Wadhwa, isdeveloping a project that puts solar panels on dozens of rooftops and shares revenues from power sales with the building owners. Five-year-old Azure is venture capital backed and engineers, builds and operates its own power projects and sells the electricity to utilities. Most of the at least 56 MW worth of solar projects that Azure has built are ground-mounted projects, but more recently Azure won this deal to build part of a huge rooftop system in the Gujarat state government. Azure plans to install solar panels on over 60 rooftops and complete the project by March 2013.

3). 600 MW of solar in Gujarat: The Indian state of Gujarat in April threw a big party to celebrate the commissioning of 600 MW of solar energy projects over a year. Much of that occurred (214 MW) from a solar park in the Patan district. But over 50 companies have built solar power projects in Gujarat, including SunEdison, Tata Power, Lanco Solar, Moser Baer, Adani Enterprises and GMR Gujarat Solar Power.

4). The aspirational country goal: TheNational Solar Mission in January 2010 set a goal of installing 20 GW of grid-connected solar and 2 GW of off-grid solar by 2022 — that’s 3 percent of the country’s power using solar by 2022. This has led to auctions won by developers at rock bottom prices (almost too low to get them done profitably). Individual states also have their own solar plans.

5). SunEdison experimenting with rural projects, too: While project developer SunEdison has brought 45 MW of solar projects in Gujarat online, it is also looking at how it can make solar panel projects work in rural villages. Its project will focus on building a business model for designing, installing and managing solar systems for 29 villages in India’s Guna District. The 29 projects will be funded through a combo of government grants and private funds from other investors and corporations.

6). Selling solar like cell phone service:Startup Simpa Networks has developed a home solar panel product for off-grid customers controlled by a mobile, pay-as-you-go system. Customers pay for only the electricity produced by the solar panel at their home, in addition to a small upfront payment for the system. The basic solar system is 25 watts to 50 watts, which can power a couple of CFL lights, a mobile phone charger and maybe a fan or a TV cable box.

7). Solar teaming up with water use: One of SunEdison’s solar projects is a 1 MW installation over nearly half a mile of the Narmada Canal in the state of Gujarat. It will produce electricity and conserve land and water. Other companies are looking to sell solar-powered projects to the agricultural and water industries. Claro Energy is looking to sell solar-powered irrigation pumps to Indian farmers.

8). Solar lanterns: Startup d.light recently celebrated its fifth anniversary and the company has reached the goal of 7 million people using its solar-powered products (see photo) in 40 countries. The company says sales growth between May 2011 and 2012 was 400 percent and d.light focuses on India and countries in Africa. The company is backed by Indian VC firm Nexus Venture Partners, Indian conglomerate the Mahindra Group, venture firm DFJ, and others.

9). Giant solar thermal projects: Areva Solar is building a 250 MW solar thermal project in the northwestern part of India (in the state of Rajasthan) that will use mirrors to concentrate sunshine onto water filled tubes to produce steam — steam that will drive a turbine and make electricity. The project is supposed to be half way done by spring 2013.

10). Solar for cooking, heating, making stuff: A company called Flareum sells solar concentrating systems that can be used for cooking, and for producing steam and heat for industrial applications. Siemens is using some of the solar systems at factories in Bangalore.

 

 

 

 

* With renewable energy the in thing nowadays, the state government is exploring the possibility of setting up a 1,000 MW solar power project. The government has initiated talks with International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank arm, seeking its support for the project.

“The project is still in the conceptual stage. We have initiated talks with the IFC to seek its support for the project. We will go ahead with it depending on their response,” said DJ Pandian, principal secretary, energy & petrochemicals department.
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At the current costs of Rs8 to 9 crore per MW, the 1,000 MW project could cost anywhere between Rs8,000 to 9,000 crore.
The scale of the project can be gauged from the fact that total solar power generation capacity in the country presently stands at around 1,000 MW, including more than 600 MW in Gujarat alone.

The Centre is eyeing solar power generation capacity of 20,000 MW by 2022 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. While solar power is the cleanest form of energy, it is also the most expensive, costing four to five times the conventional power. This is solar energy’s biggest drawback, but the state government believes that the price can be brought down to the level of conventional energy.

“We have already managed to bring down cost of solar power from Rs15 per unit to less than Rs10 per unit. With better technologies, there is no reason why prices should not fall further. Our idea is to bring down solar power price at par with the grid, i.e. around Rs3 per unit,” Pandian said further.

The IFC, which is an arm of the World Bank, has said that it is keen to support such a project.

“We have funded quite a few projects in Gujarat, including solar power projects. We are keen to extend the partnership with Gujarat, and are in talks with the government to see how IFC can help in the 1,000 MW solar power project,” Anita George, regional industry director, Asia, infrastructure and natural resources, IFC, told DNA. The IFC official said that the funding agency could tie up with developers to provide funding to them.

“We could also be involved in development of infrastructure and other necessary framework for such a project,” she added. source 1/8/12








*Gujarat village with 24-hr Wi-Fi, CCTV cameras, solar-powered lamps
Ever heard of a village with CCTV cameras, 24-hour Wi-Fi Internet and solar-powered lamps? Well, Punsari village in Gujarat is providing its citizens much more than what even some urbanites can hope for. And all this is being done without any NRI funding or any special donations. Their formula for success? Make optimal use of the government schemes.

At a government primary school in the village, the students are under constant CCTV observation. This is to keep a tab on any wayward activities. Says Bhagwatiben Patel, Principal of the Punsari Primary School, "With the cameras in place, we can monitor the kids better. And even the children know they are being watched."

A reverse osmosis plant in the village provides clean drinking water at a nominal cost of Rs 4 for a 20-litre drinking water can. An indepenent bus service, a Wi-Fi tower providing 24-hour free Internet connectivity, water-proof public speakers and solar-powered lamps have enhanced Punsari's brand equity. And with each villager being insured for an accidental cover of Rs 1 lakh and a mediclaim cover of Rs 25,000, the people here have little to complain.more 8/7/12


* DuPont Apollo supplies PV modules for 5MW solar plant in Gujarat


* Three solar power companies are in a legal tangle with the Gujarat Government over the issue of ownership of the companies that are putting up the projects. All the three – Azure Power (Gujarat), Millennium Synergy and ESP Urja – are wholly owned by American solar power developer SunEdison.

The point under dispute is whether or not these three companies are in breach of a covenant of the power purchase agreement which stipulates that the “power producer shall continue to hold at least 51 per cent of equity from the date of signing of this agreement”.

Azure Power (Gujarat) and ESP Urja have a 5 MW plant each, while Millennium runs a 10 MW plant.

Gujarat’s nodal agency Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd had issued notices terminating the power purchase agreement for Azure Power (Gujarat) and had stopped making payments for the purchased power for the other two companies.

 

The question as to whether or not there is a breach of the PPA with respect to the covenant relating to the shareholding pattern is yet to be decided by the Commission.

mramesh@thehindu.co.in

 

 

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This blog consists of three parts 

Part I deals with latest solar energy news from Gujarat

 

Part II deals mostly with the Government regulations and guidelines for solar energy in Gujarat.

 

Part III deals with solar energy business opportunities, solar energy business strategy, and solar energy investment required for different types of businesses all catering to the Private sector from large corporates to small medium ones. 

 

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* Solar business opportunity in Gujarat

 

In Buildings 

Rooftop solar power plants, Solar Water Heaters,

Energy Efficient Lights, Energy efficient designs,

GRIHA Ratings. Solar air conditioning etc.

 

Solar business opportunity 

 

In Shopping Malls 

 

Rooftop Solar Power Plants, Solar Garden lights,

 

Solar Road Studs, Solar Water Heater for Canteens,

kitchen waste plants etc.

 

Solar business opportunity 

 

In University/Colleges

 

 Rooftop Solar Power Plants, Solar Garden lights,

 

 

Solar Road Studs, Solar Water Heater for Canteens

and Hostels, Solar Cooking, Solar Lightings, solar

street lightings, Kitchen waste plants etc.

 

Solar business opportunity 

 

In Hostels

 Solar Water Heaters, Biomass gasifier based cooking,

Solar Cooking, Kitchen Waste based plants, Solar

Lightings,

 

Solar business opportunity 

 

In Vegetable Markets 

Solar Lanterns for Road Shops, Market Waste based

Plants, Solar lightings, Solar cold storages etc.

 

Solar business opportunity 

 

In Sewage Treatment Plants 

Biogas Generation Plants, Power Generation from

Biogas, Biogas Cooking, Solar lightings etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar business opportunity 

In Roads 

Solar Street Lighting Systems, Road Studs, Solar

Traffic Signals, Solar Street Light Controls etc.

 

Solar business opportunity 

 

In Transportation

 Battery Operated Vehicles, Biodiesel based Buses/

Vehicles etc.

 

Solar business opportunity 

 

In Residential Houses 

Solar Water Heaters, Solar Power Generators, Solar

Invertors, Solar Home Lighting System etc.

 

 

Solar business opportunity 

In Advt. Hoardings 

Solar Hoardings, CFL/LED replacement in hoardings

 

Solar business opportunity 

 

In Markets 

Solar Generators, Solar Water Heaters, Solar Power

Plants, Solar Lighting Systems, Solar Lantern etc.

 

 

Solar business opportunity 

 

In Hotels

 Solar Water Heaters for water preheating ( airconditioning plant, laundry , kitchen, swimming

pool), Waste based Plants, Solar Garden Lights, Solar

Road Studs, solar streetlights with automatic control,

 

Solar business opportunity 

 

 

In Hospitals 

Solar Water Heaters ( air-conditioning plant, laundry

, kitchen, incinerators/autoclaves), Solar Roof Top

Power Plants, Solar Lightings, Solar Street Lights,

Road Studs

 

Solar business opportunity 

 

 

In Restaurants 

Solar Water Heaters, Solar Lightings, Solar Cooking,

Gasifier Based Cooking

 

Solar business opportunity 

In Schools 

Solar Cooking for Midday Meals, Solar Lightings,

 

Solar business opportunity 

In Data Center 

Solar lighting , solar air conditioning

 

 

Solar and other business opportunity 

In MSW Sites 

Suitable Technology for MSW Treatment i.e.,

Inciration, Landfill, Biomethanation, Palletization

 

Solar and other business opportunity 

 

In Industry 

Waste heat recovery, process heat recovery, biogas

production for thermal and captive  power plant

,biomass gasification, cogeneration , biomass based

power plants, SPV power plants inplaceof

conventional diesel generation, Solar Water Heaters,

solar street lights for industry campus with automatic

control, solar drying, Solar air conditioning etc.

 

 

More opportunities of solar power business in gujarat is discussed in the later part of the blog. You will get lots of latest news first.

Latest News

Gujarat power utility companies gets five awards

 Gujarat's power utility companies and its officials have bagged five awards at the 6th Enertia Award 2012 for sustainable energy and power.

The five awards consisting of three state levels and two individual levels were given away by theunion minister of new and renewable energy Dr Farooq Abdullah, who was the chief guest at the award function held recently at New Delhi.

Gujarat has won award in 'Top investment and infrastructure excellent state in energy and power' category for fifth consecutive time since the introduction of this category in 2008. The 214 MW Gujarat Solar Park set up by Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) has won the power generation award - renewable energy (solar) as the 'Best renewable energy project in India and the World for 2012'.

Gujarat's principal secretary (energy and petrochemicals) D J Pandian was adjudged 'India's best officer effecting transformation in power sector of a state government' for sustainable energy and power in the category of power persona of the year award for individual excellence for his work in growing solar energy in Gujarat that has reached 695 MW in the state as on date.

In the same category, SK Negi, managing director of Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited (GETCO) has received the award for 'Power persona of the year award for individual excellence' for transmission and distribution (T&D).

Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Limited won the award for 'Best performing utility - state' for reduction of T&D losses from 11.94% in 2010-11 to 10.21% in 2011-12.

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Aalborg to design a steam generator in Gujarat 

Aalborg CSP A/S (Aalborg, Denmark) has received an order to design and deliver a steam generator for a 25 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) project in the Indian state of Gujarat from Cargo Power and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd. (New Delhi, India). 

The plant will be the first CSP plant in India to supply thermal energy storage, with the capacity to supply electricity for an additional nine hours. The plant will be also be Gujarat's first CSP plant upon scheduled completion in the third quarter of 2013.

"Choosing a system with a minimal downtime is of great importance to us, making sure that we can provide as much environmentally friendly electricity from the CSP plant as possible," notes Cargo Power and Infrastructure Director Dhruv Batra.

"Aalborg CSP's experience within the CSP industry as well as their great expertise with boiler technology have resulted in a steam generator design that has taken long term savings related to a minimal downtime into account which has a positive impact on the plants bankability."

 

Aalborg credits experience in CSP space

Aalborg credits its experience with design and delivery of large steam generators as well as Sojitz Corporation's knowledge of the trading industry for the order, which comes weeks after receiving another order for a steam generator for installation in India.

The steam generator system which will comprise one steam generating heat exchanger, one economizer, one evaporator, one superheater and two reheaters. Aalborg notes that its heat exchanging technology is based on shell and tube heat exchanges with coil and header design.

Source 

 

Now, solar panels along Gujarat highway project?

The World Bank (WB) has said that "good potential" exists to introduce a set of green measures, more particularly by introducing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, along selected locations of the 1,100 to 1,500 km road stretch proposed under the 550 million dollar Gujarat State Highway Project (GSHP)-II, which is in the final stages of the top bank's clearance.

 source

 

 

 

Mr Pandian would not be drawn on when new policy would be announced for Phase 3 of the 

Gujarat Solar Mission, but did state that it was still some time off. He did, however, deliver a 

rousing speech which left the entire audience assured that solar in Gujarat is of the upmost 

importance not only to Mr Pandian, but the Honourable Chief Minister and will therefore 

remain a hugely attractive region for global investors and local developers alike for many years 

to come.

 

The conference was wrapped up by Mr DJ Pandian who enlightened the audience with the history of solar in 

Gujarat and his reasons as to why the ambitious targets that the state has set itself can and will be achieved.

Mr. Pandian delivered a rousing speech which left the entire audience assured that solar in Gujarat is of the 

upmost importance.The event, which attracted over 750 international and domestic attendees and over 60 exhibiting companies, was hosted by the Government of Gujarat.

The final session of the event was arguably the highlight of the conference; with the hall still packed, seven solar leaders took to the podium to deliver their thoughts on The Future of Indian Solar

 

source

 


* 1 GW PV power plant in Gujarat?

Just one day after grid failures resulted in 300 million people going without power for hours in New Delhi, a "ultra mega" solar power project has been proposed in the state of Gujarat. The Gujarat government is reportedly in talks with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to investigate funding such a power plant.

 

 

Gujarat is already a leading state in India, in terms of the development of photovoltaics, but a one GW plant would break all records.Gujarat Solar Park

 

A one gigawatt (GW) power plant is pretty significant even for traditional energy sources, but for a photovoltaic power plant, it would break all records. Despite this, Mumbai-based English language broadsheet newspaper, Daily News & Analysis (DNA) has reported that talks have been initiated between the Gujarat government and the IFC, which is an arm of the World Bank.

 

source 17/8/12

 

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Want to  set up  MW scale / half a MW / 5 MW/ 10 MW/ solar power plant !

 

 email <mano@eai.in>

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*Meet Deepak Gadhia, a 70-year-old entrepreneur and staunch environmentalist who has toiled for years together to increase the usage of solar energy in the daily lives of people.

Through his company, Gadhia Solar Energy Systems Pvt Ltd (which has now been sold), he introduced solar power systems in Gujarat. Further, through International Centre for Networking, Ecology, Education and Re-integration (ICNEER), an NGO Gadhia had founded, Gadhia took the initiative of distributing solar cookers to villagers for free.

 

However, Gadhia formed another company with the moniker, MSA Renewtech Foundation, which provides varied services that includes a 100-tonne solar air-conditioner plant that serves a 120-bed cancer hospital at Muni Seva Ashram. Other services include a desalination plant, waste water evaporation plant, process heating and cooking and incineration. source

 

 

* Chinese companies look to partner with Gujarat-based companies

* Azure Power India Private Limited to raise around $4.6 million from International Finance Corporation (IFC).

The fund raising will support the company's proposed $6.2 million investment plan to set up, own and operate solar power plants in Gujarat.

Azure Sun Energy Private Limited (Azure Sun) is a 100% subsidiary of Azure Power India Private Limited (AZI), which develops, constructs, owns and operates solar power plants to develop the project in Gujarat.

The total project cost is estimated at $ 6.2 million.



About 80% of the roof top solar panels will be installed on the roofs of government buildings, while the balance 20% will be installed on the roofs of privately-owned buildings. source

 

* Vinod Khosla-backed Sun Borne Energy Holdings LLC has raised $5 million (Rs 28.4 crore) in VC funding as part of its plan to raise $20 million (Rs 113.5 crore) equity funding, according to information from the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Notice of Exempt Offering of Securities. The identity of the investors have not been disclosed.

 

In India, SunBorne competes with Tata Power, SunEdison, Azure Power, Kiran Energy etc. While Azure Power has also secured IFC’s financial support, Kiran Energy raised $30 million and $50 million in VC funding under Series A and Series B respectively.

(Edited by Prem Udayabhanu)  source

 

 

 

*Interview: D.J. Pandian, Principal Secretary, Energy and Petrochemicals Department, Government of Gujarat

D.J. Pandian shares his views on the mega solar park and the power scenario in Gujarat during the recent inauguration of a 10-MW solar power plant of NKG Infrastructure Ltd at Gujarat Solar Park at Charanka in Patan district of the state. The solar park has been developed by Gujarat Solar Park Ltd, an SPV promoted by Gujarat State Power Corporation Ltd in association with the strate Energy and Petrochemicals Department.

 

What is special about the Gujarat Solar Park?

All these years, solar energy was tapped for streetlights and hot water using rooftop models. For the first time in Asia, the Gujarat government has successfully set up a facility to generate energy using solar on a large scale.

What initiatives did the government take to make this happen?

The Gujarat government took the following initiatives:

Proper infrastructure for power evacuation: Today, the Gujarat government has 1,149 substations and intends to add 100 more substations every year for the next five years to enable maximum evacuation of power. This is one of the major steps taken by the state government for ensuring optimum evacuation of power generated by the solar power plant. In Charanka village in Patan district, the government has developed three transmissions lines, 21KVA, 66 KVA & 220 KVA, to transmit power to end users.

Land allocation: The 600-MW solar power park requires 5,000 acres out of which the Gujarat government owns 2,500 acres and it is in the process of acquiring another 2,500 acres from local farmers.

What is the quantum of imported machinery in this solar park?

The state government has imported 50 per cent of machinery.

What is the installed capacity of power in Gujarat and what are the future plans in the state?

The installed capacity of power in Gujarat is 13,729 MW and the break-up is thermal (8,000 MW), wind (2,879 MW), nuclear (2,000 MW) and hydel (850 MW). In the next one year, the government plans to add 5,000 MW.

The peak demand of power in the state is 15,000 MW on an annual basis.

How does Gujarat aim to become self sufficient in power generation?

The state government is taking steps to add 5,000 MW of additional power by tapping solar in a big way and also encourage companies to set up new units for solar panels. The government is also exploring the possibility of setting up a 50-MW solar thermal power project in the state.

Is the state government keen to tap other renewable sources of energy?

The government is exploring offshore tidal wave and Suzlon is tapping offshore wind to generate power in the state.

What is the prevailing price of fuel per MW?

The cost of fuel per MW is as follows: gas (sourced from local sources costs Rs 3.50/MW against imported gas of Rs 6 while the cost of nuclear and hydel is Rs 1.90 and Rs 1.65 per MW, respectively.

Has any new private developer come forward to set up solar power plants?

The Gujarat government has signed MoUs with Azure Power and SunEdison to develop new solar power plants each with a capacity of 2.5 MW.

Gujarat has signed power purchase agreements with 22 private developers to set up solar power plants in the Gujarat Solar Park, out of which the following eight developers are implementing their projects -SunEdison India - 25 MW, Alex Astral Power - 25 MW, Kiran Energy - 20 MW, GMR Gujarat Solar Power Pvt. Ltd - 25 MW, Emami Cement Ltd - 10 MW, Azure Power India Pvt. Ltd - 5 MW, Roha group headed by Ramakant J. Tibrewala, in association with Ajay Devgn and Kumar Mangat - 25 MW, and NKG Infrastructure Ltd - 10 MW. source

 

 

With this mega global event, Patan in Gujarat is now not only home to the 

Patola craft but also home the world’s largest Solar Park.

Clearly, the world has taken notice of these developments. The Patan function was attended by 

over 10,000 global experts and representatives from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, 

Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK and the US who came to see Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra 

Modi dedicate over 600 MW of solar power to the nation. The Chief Minister also gave out 

certificates to projects worth 604.89 MW commissioned under the Gujarat Solar Policy, 2009 at 

the Ceremony. 

The Gujarat Solar Park is an innovative concept of the State Government to promote solar 

installations developed land was allocated to the project developers with the entire 

infrastructure including power evacuation, roads and water for commissioning of the power 

project put on fast track. Another similar park is likely to come up in Banaskantha district of 

North Gujarat as well.

Under its Solar Power Policy, the State Government signed up MoUs for generation of 971.5 

MW by December 2011 and also took an initiative to launch the Gujarat Solar Park with a vision 

to build it as the world's largest Solar Power Park. Its foundation stone was laid in December 2, 

2009. 

As a feather in the cap, even the new building of Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), in 

Gandhinagar, turned a completely solar-powered government building earlier in April, 2012, 

using 80 KW of solar electricity daily.

Within three years of declaring its Solar Power Policy in 2009, the State Government has 

achieved these distinctions and attracted Rs 8,000 crore worth of investment in the generation 

of 600 MW of solar power under the Gujarat Solar Mission. Thirty-four national and global 

private players were allotted capacities totaling nearly 716 MW, to be developed by December 

2011.

These capacities were allotted against the 500-MW capacity declared earlier under the Policy

 

 

 

* GUJARAT: REAPING SOLAR POWER

 

THE GUJARAT government under Narendra Modi has emerged as the hub for solar power generation with Charanka solar power project in the Banaskantha district of the state generating over 600 megawatt power. Gujarat was the first state to launch a full-fledged climate department and launched a comprehensive solar policy in 2009 to address growing environmental concerns and power generation.


Besides there is also a plan to generate solar power by putting solar panels on the Narmada canal branches. As a part of this scheme, the state has already commissioned 1 MW solar plant at the Narmada canal near Chandrasan area of Kadi Taluka. This stops 90,000 lakh litres of water from Narmada river evaporating.source

 

 

 

 

*Narendra Modi leads Gujarat to a Solar Capital of India. A video presentation by Gujarat State Government. 

 

 

Solar PV Plants Commissioned in Gujarat (as on 30.06.2012)

 

Sr. No. Company Name MW District Commissioned, MW
1 Abellon Clean Energy Ltd.  3 Sabarkantha  3
2 Acme Tele Power Ltd.,  15 Anand 15
3 Adani Enterprises Ltd. 40 Kutch 40
4 AES Solar Energy Gujarat Pvt. Ltd. 15 Patan 14.92
5 Alex Asatral Power Pvt. Ltd. 25 Patan 25
6 Aravali Infrapower Ltd. 5 Rajkot 5
7 Azure Power Ltd,Gujarat 5 Surendranagar 5
8 Azure Power Ltd,Harayana 10 Sabarkantha  10.2
9 Backbone Enterprises Ltd. 5 Kutch 5
10 CBC Solar Technologies Pvt. Ltd.  10 Rajkot 10
11 EI Technologies Pvt. Ltd. 1 Patan  1
12 Emami Cement Ltd. 10 Patan 10
13 EMCO Ltd. 5 Surendranagar 5
14 Environmental System Pvt. Ltd.,  5 Surendranagar 5
15 Essar Power Ltd. 1 Kutch 1
16 Ganeshvani Merchandise Pvt Ltd 5 Rajkot 5
17 Ganges Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. 25 Rajkot 15
18 GHI Energy Pvt. Ltd. (SPV of Refex) 10 Porbandar 10
19 GIPCL 5 Surat 5
20 GMDC Ltd. 5 Kutch 5
21 GMR Gujarat Solar Power Pvt. Ltd. 25 Patan 25
22 GPCL 5 Patan  5
23 GPPC Pipavav Power Company Ltd. 5 Patan 5
24 Green Infra Solar Energy Ltd. 10 Rajkot 10
25 GSEC-Canal 1 Mehsana 1
26 GSEC-TPS 1 Gandhinagar 1
27 Harsha Engineers 1 Anand 1
28 Hiraco Renewable Energy Pvt. Ltd. 20 Porbandar 20
29 Integrated Coal Mining Ltd. 9 Kutch 9
30 Jaihind Projects Ltd. 5 Patan 5
31 Kiran Energy Solar Power Pvt. Ltd. 20 Patan 20
32 Konark Gujarat PV Pvt. Ltd. 5 Kutch 5
33 Lanco Solar Pvt. Ltd.,  5 Patan 5
34 Lanco Solar Pvt. Ltd.,  15 Patan 15
35 Lanco Solar Pvt. Ltd.,  15 Patan 15
36 Louroux Bio Energies Ltd.  25 Surendranagar 25
37 MBH Power Pvt. Ltd. 1 Bharuch 1
38 Millennium Synergy (Gujarat) Pvt. Ltd. 10 Surendranagar 9.27
39 Moserbaer Energy & Development Ltd. 15 Porbandar 15
40 MSIL Solar PV Power Corporation  10 Junagadh 10
41 NKG Infrastructure Ltd. 10 Patan 10
42 Palace Solar Energy Pvt. Ltd. 15 Patan 15
43 PDPU-GPCL-GEDA 1 Gandhinagar 1
44 PLG Photovoltaic 20 Patan 20
45 Precious Energy Services Pvt. Ltd. 15 Banaskantha 15.2
46 Rajesh Power Services Pvt. Ltd. 1 Surendranagar 1
47 Rasna Marketing Services LLP 1 Surendranagar 1
48 Roha Dyechem Pvt. Ltd. 25 Patan 25
49 Sandland real estate Pvt. Ltd. 25 Banaskantha 25
50 Solar Semiconductor 20 Kutch 20
51 Solitaire Energies Pvt. Ltd. 15 Banaskantha 15
52 Som Shiva (Impex) ltd. 1 Surendranagar 1
53 Sun Borne Energy Technologies  15 Kutch 15
54 Sun Clean Renewable Power Pvt. Ltd. 25 Patan 6
55 Sun Edison Energy India Pvt. Ltd. 25 Patan  25
56 Sunkon Energy Pvt. Ltd. 10 Amreli 5
57 Surana Telecom & Power Ltd. 5 Patan 5
58 Tata Power Company Ltd. 25 Jamnagar 25
59 Unity Power Pvt Ltd (VideoconGroup),  5 Kutch 5
60 Universal Solar System 2 Patan 2
61 Visual Percept Solar Projects Pvt. Ltd. 25 Surendranagar 25
62 Waa Solar Pvt. Ltd. 10 Surendranagar 10.22
63 Welspun Urja Gujarat Pvt. Ltd. 15 Kutch 15
64 ZF Steering Gear (India) Ltd. 5 Patan  5
  TOTAL 724   689.81 

 

 

 

 

Gujarat CM interacts with NRG & NRI families in USA and Canada via video conferencing

 

 more

Solar lanterns to provide green livelihood in rural Gujarat 25 may 2012

Modi address captivates NRGs and NRIs in Chicago

A large number of Gujaratis and a good number of well wishers of Gujarat and Chief Minister Narendra Modi flocked to Bartlett Jain Mandir Hall to participate in a grand celebration of Gujarat Day organized here on Friday May 19.
The big attraction of the near three-hour function attended by over 1500 Non-Resident Gujaratis (NRGs) and Non Resident Indians (NRIs) was a live chat with and live televised address by Gujarat Chief Minster Narendra Modi. The attendees were highly impressed with the progress of Gujarat in the past decade under the leadership of Modi and the consensus was that not only Gujarat but India needed a capable leader like Modi to notch big progress and be a force to reckon with in the international community of nations. more

REAPING SOLAR POWER : The Gujarat way 

 more 

 

Details of Solar Power Project Developers who have signed 

PPA & submitted PBG

 

 

Sr No Name Phase                                                       MW

1 Aatash Power Pvt. Limited  II                                         5

2 Abellon Cleanenrgy Limited II                                        3

3 ACME Tele power Ltd. I                                              15

4 Adani Power Ltd I                                                        40

5 AES Solar Energy Gujarat Private Limited  I               15

6 Alex Astral Power Private Limited II                             25

7 Ambit Advisory services Private Limited  II                    5

8 APCA Power Private Limited II                                      5

9 Aravali Infrapower Limit II                                              5

10 Astonfield Solar (Gujarat) Pvt LTd I                          11.5

11 Avatar Solar II 5

12 Azure Power (Gujarat) Pvt Ltd I                                  5

13 Azure Power (Haryan) Pvt Ltd I                                10

14 Backbone Enterprises Limited  II                                5

15 Cargo Mototrs I                                                         25

16 Claris LifeScience Ltd II                                              2

17 Common Wealth Business Technologies I               10

18 Corner Stone Energy Private Limited  II                      5

19 Driesatz My Solar I                                                    15

20 EI Technologies Pvt. Ltd II                                          1

21 Emami Cement Limited  II                                          10

22 EMCO Limited II                                                          5

23 ESP Urja I                                                                   5

24 Essar Power Limited II                                                1

25 Euro Solar Private Ltd I                                               5

26 Ganeshvani Merchandise Private Limited II               5

27 Ganges Green Energy Private Limited II                 25

28 GHI Energy Private Limited II                                   10

29 GMR Gujarat Solar Power Pvt. Ltd II                       25

30 Green Infra Solar  Energy  Limited II                        10

31 GSPC Pipavav Power Company Limited  II               5

32 Gujarat Industries Power Company Limited  II           5

33 Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Limited  II 5

34 Gujarat Power Corporation Limited II                          5

35 Harsha Engineers Limited II                                       1

36 Hiraco renewable Energy Pvt Ltd II                          20

37 India Solar Ray Power Private Limited  II                 10

38 Industrial Power Infrastructure Limited  II                  25

39 Inspira Solar I                                                           15

40 Integrated Coal Mining Limited  II                              9

41 Jaihind Projects Limited II                                         5

42 Kemrock Industries and Exports Limited  II             10

43 Kiran Energy Solar Power Private Limited  II          20

44 Konark Gujarat PV Pvt. Limited  II                            5

45 Lanco Infratech Ltd I                                                 5

46 Lanco Infratech Ltd I                                              15

47 Lanco Infratech Ltd  I                                             15

 

 

48 Louroux Bio Energies Limited II                           25

49 MBH Power Private Limited  II                               1

50 Mi My Solar I                                                        15

51 Millenium Synergy (Gujarat) Private Limited  I     10

52 Monnet Ispat & Energy Limited  II                        25

53 Mono Steel (India) Ltd. II                                     10

54 Moser Baer Energy & Developoment Ltd I         15

55 NKG Infrastructure Limited II                              10

56 PLG Power Ltd I                                                 40

57 Precious Energy Services Pvt Ltd I                    15

58 Rajesh Power Services Private Limited  II           1

59 Rasna Marketing Services LLP II                        1

60 Responsive Sutip Limited  II                              25

61 Roha Energy Private Limited  II                         25

62 S J Green Park Energy Private Limited  II           5

63 Sand Land Real Estates Pvt Ltd II                     25

64 Saumya Construction Pvt. Limited II                    2

65 Solar Semiconductor Pvt Ltd I                           20

66 Solitaire Energies Pvt Ltd I 15

67 Som shiva Impex Limited II                                   1

68 Sun Edison Energy India Private Limited  II       25

69 SunBorne Energy I                                            15

70 SunClean Renewable Power Pvt. Ltd. II            25

71 Sunkon Energy Pvt Ltd I                                    10

72 Surana Telecom & Power Limited  II                    5

73 Tatith Energy I 5

74 Taxus infrastructure  & Power project Pvt. Ltd II 5

75 Toss Financial Services Pvt. Limited  II               2

76 Ujjawala Power Private Limited  II                     25

77 Unity Power Pvt Ltd I                                           5

78 Universal Solar System II                                    2

79 Visual Percept Solar Projects Private Limited  II 25

80 WAA Solar Private Limted I                                10

81 Welspun Urja India Limited  I                              15

82 Yantra eSolarIndia Private Limited    II                 5

83 Zeba Solar Gujarat Pvt Ltd I                              10

84 ZF Steering Gear (India) Limited II                      5

Total ------------------------------->                            968.5

 

 

 

 

solar power panels over a small part of the Narmada canal network is  multi-purpose nature – it seeks to achieve a number of things & get around some endemic problems.

 The power panels will generate electricity from solar power – something states in India should anyway be attempting to do. Second, by placing the solar power panels over the canal, the state has in one stroke gotten over land acquisition issues. No additional land needs to be bought. Moreover, by covering the canal with panels, Gujarat expects to reduce water loss through evaporation. Finally, power generated through these panels will be distributed locally, thereby cutting transmission losses – something that is the bane of power utilities & distribution companies all over India.

 I am, personally, really kicked by this idea – it not only implements something new innovatively but also does some smart problem solving (getting over land acquisition for instance). 

 

* 2000 acre Renewable energy park at Rs 4500 cr at 

at Abdasa Taluka in Kutch district of Gujarat, coming up

Indarya Green Power is planning to commission integrated renewable energy park in 2000 acre in Gujarat. Proposed park will house 300 MW solar power generation capacity and 25 MW wind-mill project in the first phase.

 source

 

 

ABOUT Indarya 


Mr. A. Jagannathan, Managing Director
Mr. A. Aboo Bucker, Director – US Operations
Mr. Natarajan Shekar, Director – India Operations
Mr. Kumaravel Sundar, Director – Singapore Operations
Mr. Manish P. Bhanushali, Director – Gujarat Operations
Mr. Bhavesh N. Saiya, COO – Gujarat Operations
Mr. M. Ashraf Ali, COO – India Operations
Mr. R. Elangovan, COO – Tamil Nadu Operations 
source

* TataPower's solar PV project at Mithapur, Gujarat ties up funding. Power generation by end-December.

 

source

 

 

* Gujarat the solar capital of India to have 300 MW by Dec 

 

 

source

 

* New ultra mega high-voltage transformer plant, to be set up in Vadodra, Gujarat by 

TWBB of China and Atlanta transformers Gujarat !

"Gujarat government is focusing on the renewable energy sources like solar, wind and tidal power. Looking at the demand for the infrastructure of power transmission, the new ultra mega high-voltage transformer plant will be instrumental in providing resources for power transmission," said Li of TWBB. source

 

 

Ex-Im Bank in MiaSolé’s 2-MW solar project in Gujarat

 

source

 

*Gujarat Gov’s progressive approach for Solar / renewable energy: D J Pandian

 

· Government promoting solar energy generation by purchasing power at higher cost

· Increase in generation will lead to reduction in cost; purchase price will come down in new agreements

· Pilot project for solar energy generation on roofs will be launched in Gandhinagar

Gujarat Government is promoting power generation through solar, wind and biomass energy in a big way despite the fact that generation through non-conventional sources involves high cost. Gujarat is well ahead of the other states when it comes to utilization of non-conventional sources of energy obviously thanks to state’s encouraging policies. Shri D J Pandian, Principal Secretary, Energy & Petrochemicals Department, Government of Gujarat, expressed hope that in the past, Gujarat Government has purchased solar power at the rate of Rs. 15 per unit and at present, the purchase price is around Rs. 10.27, but the price would come down to about Rs. 7 to 8 in future. 

“In solar power generation, Gujarat already has installed capacity of 150 MW and this figure is expected to go up to 300 MW by January, 2012, 500 MW by August, 2012 and 700 MW by September, 2012. Gujarat Government has already entered into power purchase agreement for 900 MW of solar energy,” Shri Pandian added.

Shri Pandian was addressing the fifth India Energy Conclave organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Ahmedabad and the main theme of the session on the second day was “Future Trend”. “Gujarat Government is considering to launch an ambitious project under public-private partnership for solar energy generation on roof of various buildings in Gandhinagar. Government plans to generate power through solar energy by putting up solar panels on the top of government premises, industrial units, buildings in GIDC estate and school buildings. The 5 MW project will be undertaken with assistance from IFC and World Bank. Residential areas will also be covered under this project later on. If only 20% area of each roof is used for solar energy generation, it will lead to significant power generation,” he further said.

Even in coal-rich countries, power generation is becoming a costly affair due to higher incidence of taxes and too high cost of the feedstock. As a result, utilization of non-conventional energy sources has become essential. Expressing such view, he said, “Australia has imposed 20% carbon tax on coal. This implies that we have to pay for the pollution in Australia.”

Shri M. M. Vijayregia, Director, Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation, said, “Rajasthan Government offers incentives for solar energy generation in order to increase the overall generation. The government has also set up “Rajasthan Solar Development Company” for the purpose. It offers land at various places such as Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Badmer at just 10% of the market price just to encourage solar power generation. As all of these are desert areas, farming is not possible and that is why we are using it for solar power generation. The government is also extending financial assistance to purchase modules and offering good prices for the purchase of power. As a result, companies from other states are also coming to Rajasthan to set up solar power plant.”

Shri Sudhir Trehan, Chairman, CII India Energy Conclave-2011 and Energy Expo-2011, said, “The reserves of fossil fuels are depleting and the prices of these fuels are on the rise. In such a scenario, we are left with no option other than green energy. Global warming and climate change have also become a major cause of concern. So we are compelled to use non-conventional sources of energy. At present, cost of wind and solar energy is too high, but it is expected to come down to the level of thermal power with the change in technologies and research going into power generation through non conventional sources in next four to five years. The Central and the state governments are also encouraging generation through non-conventional sources, although we need to launch more sincere efforts for power generation through these sources.”

It is worthwhile to mention that various companies from across India have participated in the Energy Expo-2011 in large numbers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Surat on road to become solar city

 

The plan proposals were discussed at the meet chaired by Surat municipal commissioner M K Das. For achieving the status of solar city, the use of conventional energy needs to be reduced by 10 per cent.  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/surat/Surat-on-road-to-become-solar-city/articleshow/10922284.cms

 

 

 

 

 

This blog consists of three parts 

Part I deals with latest solar energy news from Gujarat

 

Part II deals mostly with the Government regulations and guidelines for solar energy in Gujarat.

 

Part III deals with solar energy business opportunities, solar energy business strategy, and solar energy investment required for different types of businesses all catering to the Private sector from large corporates to small medium ones. 

Part I

Latest News – Gujarat Solar Energy

 

Part II

 

Solar irradiation in Gujarat

Demographics of Gujarat

GEDA

Solar policy of Gujarat

GERC tariff for solar power projects

Gujarat's solar power projects

ADB to give $100mn loan for solar power in Gujarat

MNRE’s grid connected solar policy for Gujarat

World’s biggest solar power project in Gujarat

Solar Park in Gujarat

Gujarat Solar Cities

Rooftop solar power project in Gujarat

Gandhinagar Rooftop Photovoltaic programme

Solar water heater manufacturers in Gujarat

Solar photovoltaic system manufacturers in Gujarat

Gujarat solar energy association

 

Part III

 

The solar energy business potential in Gujarat and Business opportunities in Gujarat.

 

Solar Irradiation of Gujarat

The Government of India in its latest “Energy Statistics 2011” published by the Central Statistical Office, National Statistical Organization has called Gujarat as the 2nd best state in India in renewable energy sources and describes it as best geographically suited state for Solar and Wind Energy production.

 

Figure: Solar radiation of Gujarat 

Gujarat has been categorized as the best Solar & Wind power generation destination and 2nd highest renewable energy generation capacity state. Gujarat has been described as one of the best place which has very high direct normal irradiance (DNI-5.5 to 6.5) in the country. Higher the DNI, higher the capacity of solar power generation. According to the geographic distribution of the estimated potential for renewable energy across States, Gujarat has the highest share of about 14% (12,948 MW) followed by Gujarat with 13% (11,364 MW).

 

City

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

Avg

Rajkot

4.49 

5.3 

6.1 

6.57 

6.64 

5.77

4.75 

4.48 

5.13 

5.17 

4.62 

4.18

63.2

5.26

Vadodara

4.53

5.31

6.12 

6.59 

6.66

5.73

4.48 

4.19 

4.96 

5.21 

4.72 

4.16

62.66

5.22

Surat

4.5 

5.3 

6.11 

6.43 

6.51 

5.42

4.4 

4.29 

5.18 

4.65

4.13

61.92

5.16

Ahmedabad

4.36

5.08 

5.89 

6.29 

6.56 

5.9

4.71 

4.39 

5.07 

5.07 

4.52 

4.03

61.87

5.15

Bhavnagar

4.5 

5.3 

6.11 

6.43 

6.51 

5.42

4.4 

4.28 

5.18 

4.65 

4.13

61.91

5.15

Solar Irradiation Data for Gujarat (kWH/m2)

Gujarat has also been categorized among the state which has highest wind power density which is necessary for the generation of wind power generation. According to the geographic distribution of the estimated potential for renewable energy across States, Karnataka has the highest share of about 14% (12,948 MW) followed by Gujarat with 13% (11,364 MW).

State Wise DNI and Energy Conditions

Table 9:  showing the CUF at various locations.

 

Sl.

City

Average

Ambient

Crystalline

CUF

Thin film

CUF

Optimum

 

No.

 

Radiation

Temp

output

 

output

 

Tilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Srinagar

4.10

13.6

1,337.97

15.27

1,373.51

15.68

34.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Delhi

5.09

25.1

1,611.9

18.40

1,708.4

19.50

28.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Jodhpur

5.52

26.1

1,732.40

19.78

1,845.10

21.06

26.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Jaipur

5.52

26.1

1,741.10

19.88

1,854.40

21.17

26.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

Varanasi

4.88

25.1

1,521.90

17.37

1,609.20

18.37

25.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

Patna

4.83

25.3

1,509.80

17.24

1,596.40

18.22

25.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Shillong

4.54

16.5

1,510.05

17.24

1,556.50

17.77

25.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Ahmedanad

5.35

27.5

1,643.20

18.76

1,753.80

20.02

23.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

Bhopal

5.23

 

1,635.35

18.67

1,734.89

19.80

23.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

Ranchi

4.70

24.3

 

1,484.00

16.94

1,562.46

17.84

23.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Kolkata

4.50

26.9

 

1,378.60

15.74

1,458.30

16.65

22.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

Bhavnagar

5.70

27.2

 

1,743.20

19.90

1,863.80

21.28

21.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

Nagpur

5.12

27.0

 

1,563.27

17.85

1,662.80

18.98

21.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

Mumbai

5.03

27.5

 

1,506.13

17.19

1,601.85

18.29

19.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Pune

5.41

24.7

 

1,648.50

18.82

1,745.40

19.92

18.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

Hyderabad

5.67

26.7

 

1,706.00

19.47

1,818.70

20.76

17.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

Vishakapatnam

5.13

28.4

 

1,537.20

17.55

1,638.90

18.71

17.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

Panjim

5.50

27.4

 

1,645.87

18.79

1,756.70

20.05

15.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

Chennai

5.36

28.8

 

1,560.40

17.81

1,667.60

19.04

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

Bangalore

5.47

24.1

 

1,642.90

18.75

1,736.10

19.82

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

Port Blair

4.73

26.2

 

1,420.00

16.21

1,500.27

17.13

11.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

Minicoy

27.2

27.5

 

1,487.30

16.98

1,577.50

18.01

8.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thiruvanan‐

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

tapuram

5.41

27.3

 

1,581.30

18.05

1,682.50

19.21

8.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

Chandrapur

5.12

27.5

 

1,562.59

17.84

1,664.87

19.01

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

Pahalgam

4.70

0.0

 

1,703.90

19.45

1,698.50

19.39

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

Gangapur

4.97

25.0

 

1,569.60

17.92

1,659.70

18.95

26.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27

Ludhiana

5.23

22.6

 

1,708.10

19.50

1,801.80

20.57

30.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

Manali

4.59

‐1.6

 

1,664.50

19.00

1,650.20

18.84

32.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

Dehra Dun

5.32

11.4

 

1,837.40

20.97

1,884.20

21.51

30.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

Churu

4.92

24.1

 

1,555.70

17.76

1,641.50

18.74

28.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31

Jaisalmer

5.17

25.9

 

1,609.10

18.37

1,708.40

19.50

26.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32

Allahbad

5.79

25.9

 

1,822.50

20.80

1,943.90

22.19

25.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33

Darjeeling

4.80

9.0

 

1,641.00

18.73

1,663.60

18.99

27.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34

Dibrugarh

3.92

17.1

 

1,320.58

15.08

1,357.42

15.50

27.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35

Kota

5.08

25.4

1,592.70

18.18

1,686.70

19.25

25.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

36

Palanpur

5.15

26.6

1,594.80

18.21

1,694.90

19.35

24.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

37

Vadodara

5.29

27.5

1,621.60

18.51

1,730.20

19.75

22.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38

Bhuvaneshwar

4.82

26.9

1,476.63

16.86

1,566.03

17.88

20.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39

Ahmadnahar

5.17

25.6

1,582.70

18.07

1,678.87

19.17

19.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40

Machilipatnam

4.95

28.0

1,479.50

16.89

1,573.60

17.96

16.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

41

Mangalore

5.08

27.3

1,513.06

17.27

1,608.91

18.37

12.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

42

Coimbatore

5.12

26.2

1,512.30

17.26

1,601.90

18.29

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43

Dindigul

5.00

24.9

1,485.40

16.96

1,566.20

17.88

10.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

44

Amini

5.76

27.4

1,690.90

19.30

1,690.90

19.30

11.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

45

Jallandhur

5.39

20.4

1,766.80

20.17

1,856.30

21.19

31.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

46

Rae Bareli

5.05

24.9

1,594.80

18.21

1,687.60

19.26

26.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

47

Nadiad

5.60

28.16

1630.60

18.61

1,741.80

19.88

22.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

48

Okha

6.11

26.1

1895.30

21.64

2025.60

23.12

22.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

49

Bhatinda

5.08

23.4

1,648.70

18.82

1740.40

19.87

30.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50

Dindigul

5.00

24.9

1501.40

17.14

1583.10

19.87

10.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51

Siliguri

4.85

19.4

1626.00

18.56

1693.90

19.34

26.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

52

Ajmer

5.14

24.7

1633.90

18.65

1728.30

19.73

26.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is very clear that the CUF depends not only on solar radiation level but also on air temperature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun path chart program

This program creates sun path charts in Cartesian coordinates for: (1) "typical" dates of each month (i.e.; days receiving about the mean amount of solar radiation for a day in the given month); (2) dates spaced about 30 days apart, from one solstice to the next; or (3) a single date you specify. You can select whether hours are plotted using local standard time or solar time. In addition, there are a number of options available to allow you to alter the chart's appearance.

 http://solardat.uoregon.edu/SunChartProgram.html

 

From NASA

 

Solar radiation and solar geometry data from derived from satellite observations.  Provides data for anywhere in the world. 

Provides solar parameters for solar thermal, PV, solar cooking, etc. based on 10 year history for your exact location.

 

http://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/sse/sse.cgi?na s01#s01

 

 

 

 

Here is a very new source of solar radiation data for India.
http://solargis.info/doc/index.php?select=1

 

This source of solar radiation data for India is from new solar radiation database � SolarGIS.
I would like to inform that this company will change this situation in India, thanks to this new solar radiation database ( which is available already now) acknowledged by International Energy Agency.

Equally thanks to new online tools for the best site prospecting 
http://solargis.info/imaps/

 

&planning of photovoltaic projects 
http://solargis.info/pvplanner/

&Bankable reports for solar energy projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

Demographics

Gujarat located in west part of country bordering with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra with an area of 75,686 sq mi (196,077 km²) with the longest coast line 1600 km.

 

Even though it has long coastlines the summers are extremely hot and dry with daytime temperatures around 41 °C (106 °F) and at night no lower than 29 °C (84 °F). It is desertic in the north-west, and wet in the southern districts due to a heavy monsoon season.

 
 

 

Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA)

GEDA (Gujarat Energy Development Agency), one of the premier organizations and a forerunner in India has been working in the field of renewable energy development and energy conservation. GEDA is shouldering the responsibility of a state nodal agency (SNA) for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sources (MNRE) and the state designated agency (SDA) for Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).

Contact Details

4th floor, Block No. 11 & 12

Udyog Bhavan Sector -11Gandhinagar,

Gujarat, India

Ph: 91-079-23247086, 23247089,

E-mail: info@geda.org.in 

Website: www.geda.org.in


Solar Policy of Gujarat

 

Gujarat government introduced solar power policy 2009 to promote green and clean power using solar energy to promote green and clean power in Gujarat using solar energy. This policy shall remain in operation upto 31.03.2014. Solar power generators (SPG) installed and commissioned during the operative period shall become eligible for the incentives declared under this policy, for a period of twenty five years from the date of commissioning or for the life span of the SPGs, whichever is earlier.

 

A maximum of 500MW SPG shall be allowed for installation during the operative period of the policy. The minimum project capacity of a SPG, in case of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal shall be 5MW each.

 

Any company or body corporate or association or body of individuals, whether incorporated or not, or artificial judicial person will be eligible for setting up of SPGs, either for the purpose of captive use and/or for selling of electricity. The entity desiring to set up solar power project, either for sale of power and/or for captive use of power within the state, shall submit a proposal, with requisite details, as may be specified to the nodal agency, for qualifying for setting up of the project.

 

Fossil fuel shall not be allowed to be used in solar thermal power project.

 

http://geda.gujarat.gov.in/policy_files/Solar Power policy 2009.pdf

 

GERC Tariff for Solar Power Projects

In November 2011, GERC issued a discussion paper on determination of tariff for solar power projects in Gujarat for the control period from January 29, 2012 to March 31, 2015. The discussion paper on "Determination on tariff for procurement of power by distribution licensees and others from solar energy projects for the state of Gujarat" has been prepared to decide fresh tariff structures for solar projects to be commissioned after January 29,2012. It also proposes separate tariff structure for solar photovoltaic - megawatt based projects, kilowatt based rooftop power projects and solar thermal based projects. The document also issued basic guidelines regarding the distribution and transmission of the generated power. 

Under this tariff proposal, for solar photovoltaic MW scale projects, levelised tariff of Rs 10.27 per kWh for 25 years (with accelerated depreciation benefit) has been proposed. For the solar photovoltaic KW scale projects, levelised tariff Rs 12.49 per kWh for 25 years (with accelerated depreciation benefit) has been proposed.

 

 

 

 

Source : http://nenmore.blogspot.com/2011/11/bright-india-sun.html

 

GUJARAT ELECTRICITY REGULATORY COMMISSION

(MULTI YEAR TARIFF) REGULATIONS, 2011

http://www.gercin.org/newspdf/en_1304323579.pdf

 

Financial Variables

  1. 1.       Depreciation

The rate of depreciation often plays a crucial role in the economic viability of a solar project. The solar policies in India, both at the central and state level, typically allow project developers to choose between two kinds of depreciation, accelerated & straight line method. Gujarat gives the developer the option of choosing between:

  • Accelerated Method: Accelerated depreciation lets the developer depreciate his assets by 80% in the first year thus providing tax relief.
  • Custom depreciation cycle: The asset depreciates by 6% for the first 10 years (the loan tenure) of the project and 2% for the following 15 years.

Consequently feed-in tariffs for those using accelerated depreciation are lower than the feed-in tariffs for those that use the custom depreciation method.

  1. 2.       Interest Rate

The second crucial financial variable that often makes the difference between project viability and non-viability is the interest rate at which the debt is issued. Rising interest rates (key rates have been raised several times this year by the RBI) make the cost of borrowing expensive. Usually 70% of the capital requirement for a solar project is funded by debt resulting in a massive outflow of cash in the form of interest payments. The interest rate used by the GERC is 12% which is a significant increase from the 10% that was used by CERC last year. This might well make project returns unattractive and create a big stumbling block for the growth of solar power projects.

Economies of scale make megawatt scale projects much cheaper than kilowatt scale projects. This makes intuitive sense and is reflected in the GERC’s figures. Kilowatt scale Solar PV projects involve a capital cost of Rs 1.3 Lacs/KW and it doesn’t make economic sense to put up small scale CSP projects (cost/unit is too high). Consequently, the FiTs for kilowatt scale projects are higher.

For the solar thermal power projects, the market regulator has proposed levelised tariff of Rs12.32 per kWh for 25 years (with accelerated depreciation) benefit. 

 

Technology

MW scale

KW scale

 

With AD

Without AD

With AD

Without AD

Photovoltaic

Rs.11.50/Kwh for 1st 12 years

Rs.6.30/Kwh for the next 13 years

Rs.12.04/Kwh for 1st 12 years

Rs.6.84/Kwh for the next 13 years

Rs.12.49/Kwh for 25 years

 

Rs.13.14/Kwh for 1st 12 years

 

CSP

Rs.14.00/Kwh for 1st 12 years

Rs.7.00/Kwh for the next 13 years

Rs.14.68/Kwh for 1st 12 years

Rs.7.68/Kwh for the next 13 years

NA

NA

 

For more relevant information given in a lucid manner visit

http://eai.in/blog/2011/11/gujarat-sets-the-ball-rolling.html

 

 

 

 

Levelized tariff for megawatt-scale and kilowatt-scale photovoltaic systems, 29 January 2012 to 31 March, 2013.
(All the values of parameters and the proposed tariffs are indicative and will be finalised with the tariff order).

 

 

 

For megawatt-scale projects

 

 

 

Levelized Tariff

Phased Tariff

Period

With accelerated depreciation benefit

Rs` 10.27 per kWh for 25 years
Rs` 10.81 per kWh for 25 years

R ` 11.50 per kWh Rs` 6.30 per kWh Rs` 12.04 per kWh Rs` 6.84 per kWh

for the first 12 years

for the next 13 years

Without accelerated depreciation benefit

for the first 12 years

for the next 13 years

For kilowatt-scale project

s

 

 

 

Levelized Tariff

Phased Tariff

Period

With accelerated depreciation benefit

Rs` 12.49 per kWh

(Not Applicable)

for 25 years

Without accelerated depreciation benefit

Rs`   13.14 per kWh

(Not Applicable)

for 25 years

 

 

 

Levelized tariff for solar thermal power plants, 29 January 2012 to 31 March, 2015.

 

Levelized Tariff

Phased Tariff
Period

 

With accelerated depreciation benefit

Rs` 12.32 per kWh for 25 years

Rs` 14.00 per kWh

for the first 12 years

Rs` 7.00 per kWh

for the next 13 years

Without accelerated depreciation benefit

 

Rs` 13.00 per kWh for 25 years

Rs` 14.68 per kWh

for the first 12 years

Rs` 7.68 per kWh

for the next 13 years

 

Source http://www.eai.in/club/users/pmsolarpv/blogs/11325

 

 

 

Solar Power Projects in Gujarat

 

The Gujarat government visualized only 500 MW of solar power generation by 2014. But this humble goal may now be increased to 3,000 MW. The Government of Gujarat has reiterated its commitment towards development of the renewable energy sector and Climate Change, by allotting 716 MW of Solar Power capacities to 34 national and international project developers against the 500 MW capacity declared earlier this year under its Solar Power Policy -2009. Of the 716 MW allotments, the share of Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal technology is 365 MW and 351 MW respectively. 

 

Azure Power had set up a 5MW solar PV power plant in Khadoda village in Gujarat. It had invested around Rs. 1700 million towards the project and is adding another 5MW which is under implementation. The solar plant is connected to GSEB grid.

 

NKG infrastructure allotted a solar power project of 10MW capacity at solar park, Patan district in Gujarat. The company has signed a PPA with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited.

 

Louroux has signed an agreement with the state of Gujarat to execute a 25MWp solar PV project. The project is scheduled for commissioning in December 2011. For project execution, the company has established tie-up with a leading European solar Engineering company for project execution.

 

Tata Power is developing a 25MW solar project at Mithapur in Gujarat. Tata Power also signed a PPA with GUVNL at a rate of Rs. 10-12. The solar plant will use crystalline silicon photovoltaic technology and is likely to be commissioned by end of 2011.

 

Adani Power Limited is setting up a 100MW solar power project at Surendranagar at Gujarat. A PPA has been executed with GUVNL for 40MW in the first phase.

 

Moser Baer completed the biggest solar powered plant in Gujarat in October 2011. The thin film panels for the project are supported by First Solar. The plant will generate 52 million kilowatt hours or enough electricity for 50,000 homes per day. 

 

PLG Power has signed a PPA with GUVNL for 40MW of solar power. PLG power will set up PV power projects in Patan district in Northern Gujarat. The first phase of 10MW solar plant in Patan will be connected shortly and the balance will be done before end of the current fiscal. PLG has signed EPC agreements with the Saudi-based Zamil group for 20MW solar grid connected plant and Indowind energy for 10MW solar power plant in Gujarat.

 

SunBorne Energy is setting up a 15MW solar energy plant in Gujarat. The plant will be commissioned prior to December, 2011. SunBorne Energy has achieved a financial closure of debt for Rs 140 crore required for its solar power plant in Gujarat. SunBorne Energy has roped in European company Eoxis Energy as a parner in its project. This is Eoxis' first investment in India. The overall project cost is approximately Rs 225 crore. The plant will produce enough electricity to power more than 10,000 households. The project will also generate carbon credits under the clean development mechanism of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

 

Mahindra Solar is set to commission its 5MW solar power plant in Jodhpur, Gujarat in December 2011. Mahindra Solar plans to set up 75MW solar power generation in India within two years. It plans to set up solar plants in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Karnataka.

 

Green Infra Ltd., completed its first 10MW solar project in Rajkot. 

 

GMR Group's 25MW solar PV plant is expected to be commissioned in December 2011. 

 

Welspun Urja is developing a 100MW solar thermal power plant and a 5MW solar PV power plant in Gujarat.

 

Ganeshvani Merchandise Pvt plans to build a 5MW solar power plant in Gujarat. Bids are due by April 2011.

 

Sandland Real Estate Pvt plans to build a 25MW solar power plant in Gujarat. Bids are due by April 2011.

 

 

Solar power projects under phase I

 

On 1st Aug 2009, GoG allocated 716MW capacity to 34 national & international project developers under phase – I.

 

Solar power PPA signed

 

Solar

No. of PPAs

(In MW)

Photovoltaic

27

371.5

Thermal

1

25

Total

28

396.5


Solar power projects under phase II

 

Under phase II, in October 2010, GoG made allocation of 575MW of capacity to 59 project developers to sign PPA with developers.

 

Location of projects

Nos

MW

In solar park

25

276

Other than solar park

30

286

Total

55

562

 

ADB to give $100mn loan for solar power in Gujarat:

The Asian Development Bank will extend USD 100 million for solar power initiatives in Gujarat. The funds would be used for a substation, transmission lines and other equipment to collect and distribute solar power generated by solar plants in the Charanka solar park in Patan district.  

 

MNRE's Grid Connected Solar Policy for Gujarat

 

The Government has recently launched the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, which is a major initiative of the Government of India and State Governments to promote ecologically sustainable growth while addressing India's energy security challenge. It will also constitute a major contribution by India to the global effort to meet the challenges of climate change.

In order to create a sustained interest within the investor community, it is proposed to support viable business models. Flexibility is an integral feature of this scheme. The scheme is completely demand driven as it offers a bouquet of incentive instruments from which eligible entities can tailor a package appropriate to their needs and circumstances within the boundary conditions of the scheme.

 

Objectives

  • To promote off-grid applications of solar energy (both SPV and Solar Thermal) for meeting the targets set in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission for Phase-I.
  • To create awareness and demonstrate effective and innovative use of Solar systems for individual/ community/ institutional/ industrial applications.
  • To encourage innovation in addressing market needs and promoting sustainable business models.
  • To provide support to channel partners and potential beneficiaries, within the framework of boundary conditions and in a flexible demand driven mode.
  • To create a paradigm shift needed for commoditization of off-grid decentralized solar applications.
  • To support consultancy services, seminars, symposia, capacity building, awareness campaigns, human resource development, etc.



Funding Pattern

The total project cost shall be funded through a mix of debt and incentives where the promoters' equity contribution would be at least 20%MNRE would provide financial support through a combination of 30 % subsidy and/or 5% interest bearing loans for the year 2010-11, the benchmark price for photovoltaic systems with battery back-up support is considered as Rs.300/- per Wp. In case of the systems, which do not use storage battery such as water pumping systems, the installed PV system cost is considered as a maximum of Rs.210 per Wp MNRE would provide IREDA fund handling charges at the rate of 2% for the capital subsidy/interest subvention portion3% of CFA would be admissible as service charges to programme administrators.


World’s Biggest Solar Power Project in Gujarat 

 

The Gujarat Government is undertaking a $10 billion project and it will hold the distinction of the world’s largest solar power facility in India. This project will be backed by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.  The 3,000MW project will get aid with logistics and financial support from the William J Clinton Foundation. The foundation and the Gujarat government signed a preliminary agreement on Sept. 8, 2009. The projected 3,000-plus MW solar power installations would produce over 5,200 million units of energy. They will naturally help in reducing carbon-dioxide emission to the extent of 5.2 million tonnes per year. This project is also expected to generate employment opportunities for over 20,000 people. The project would be allotted 10,000 hectares of land spread across three locations within an area of 150 square kilometers (58 square miles) in Gujarat.


Solar Park in Gujarat

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi inaugrated Asia's largest solar farm in Banaskantha district of Gujarat in October 2011. The plant is set up by Moser Baer Clean Energy Limited. The 30MW solar farm has been set up with an investment of Rs 465 crore and is generating approximately 1,50,000 units per day. 

 

Gujarat Solar Cities

 

Gujarat’s Solar City-Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar is to become Gujarat’s first solar city. The concept of Gandhinagar as a solar city and by virtue of this making it carbon neutral is an idea that has been put in place by TERI. The primary goals of this project are to integrate energy conversion measures and to reduce energy demand and utilize locally available energy resources like solar to meet the reduced energy demands.

As a part of the state government's plan to make Gandhinagar a Solar City, they have installed the solar power generation systems in the bungalows of ministers in the minister's residential complex and in the bungalows of senior officers. They are also preparing plans to expand the Solar Power System to the other government buildings in Gandhinagar. GEDA has been an instrumental government nodal agency with bringing in incentives and encouraging solar energy. The first phase aims to generate 46mw of solar electricity under the rooftop solar electricity generation project in Gandhinagar. The project will be under the public private partnership. An integrated development plan IDP has been drawn with the participation of GEDA, PWD, Torrent Power Ltd. Private businesses, forest Dept, Gandhinagar circle, and other agencies with energy related responsibilities. Also the GEDA is planning to install solar powered air conditioners in the secretariat to further showcase the commitment of the government.Most houses will have roof top solar panels that will generate power which the state government will buy. Initially 5,000 houses in Gandhinagar will be covered under the project. Solar panels fitted on the rooftops of the houses will generate electricity since seven in the morning till four in the evening. House owners will be given two meters - one will measure the solar energy generated through solar panels while the other will measure the household electricity consumption. 

Integrated Solar City  

The US-based Clinton Foundation is in talks with the Gujarat government to set up an ‘Integrated Solar City’ project with a capacity to generate a 5,000 Mw over a period of time. The project, the largest foreign direct investment (FDI) into the state, will also be a landmark project as the cost of power generation is likely to be 70 per cent less — around Rs 20,000 crore — than the conventional cost of generation.

The project envisages an integrated solar city wherein all the raw materials including glass and panels will be produced by them, bringing down the cost substantially, said a senior government official. The power produced in the solar city will cost around Rs 4 per unit. The Gujarat government has roped in US-based Nobel Laureate John Byrne for charting the state’s solar roadmap and is considering Kutch and Banaskantha as favourable locations for the mega project.


Solar City – Surat

The Surat Municipal Corporation has decided to turn Surat into solar city. The master plan will be prepared by 2012. MNRE would provide a grant of Rs 10 lakh per annum to SMC for implementing the project. Under the project, streetlights, energy used for water pumping and supply and maintenance of office lighting would be met through solar energy. This is expected to bring down the energy expenditure by 10 per cent.

Rooftop solar power in Gujarat
Gujarat government is planning to introduce rooftop solar power in Ahmedabad, Gandhi Nagar, Surat, Rajkot etc. This plan is to encourage private residential, commercial and industrial property owners to put small solar power generation plants on their building roofs. The electricity generated will be transferred to the various grids. Government is also planning to chalk various incentive schemes to attract people to participate in roof top solar power generation project. Ahmedabad has capacity to generate around 100 to 150 MW power through roof top network.

 

Gandhinagar Photovoltaic Rooftop Programme:

 

Last month, Gujarat government has launched India's first household level programme in Gandhi Nagar.     

The ‘Gandhinagar Photovoltaic Rooftop Programme’ is aimed at maximising installation of solar photovoltaic (SPV) systems on rooftops and terraces of private homes, commercial and institutional buildings as well as government buildings. Incentives for this scheme will be announced soon.

The project developers, while utilising the rooftops and terraces of property owners, will pay to them a ‘green incentive’, a monetary amount which will be paid monthly or once in two months, depending on the solar electricity generated by the photovoltaic system and fed into the electricity grid.

The developer will install an energy meter with the photovoltaic system on the premises through which electricity will be injected into the electrical grid. This energy meter will directly show how many units have been injected into the grid. The ‘green incentive’ will be based on this energy meter reading.

In Gandhinagar itself, such systems have been installed on various government buildings like the New Sachivalaya, Udyog Bhavan, residences of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, some ministers and bureaucrats, and also the Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University. This is the first large scale rooftop programme in India.

The General terms and conditions for private-property owner for participation in the Gandhinagar Photovoltaic programme:

1. The property must be within Gandhinagar city limits

2. The property should be a) Residential house b)Commercial building  c)Educational building

3. The property must be a permanent structure

4. The rooftop/terrace must have easy access for the SPV system developer

5. The applicant must be owner of the property

6. If the property is in the name of a company, Trust, Co-operative or similar entity, then authority must be assigned to a single officer/person of correspondence, submission of paperwork, execution of various agreements etc. In case of partnership companies, the assigned signatory must be one of the partners, to whom written consent has been given by the other partners.

Mandatory documents

http://www.gpclindia.com/gandhinagar_photovoltaic_rooftop_programme/general_terms.html

FAQs on solar rooftop Programme:

What is a solar PV power system?

How does the system work?

How much area is required to setup rooftop solar PV installation?

What is the minimum strength of rooftop required for PV System?

What is a shadow free area?

What is solar PV rooftop programme?

What are the advantages of Solar PV Programme?

How does the programme work?

What are the qualification criteria to be fulfilled to participate in the programme?

 

Solar water heating system manufacturers in Gujarat:

Borosil Glass Works Ltd, Electrotherm India Limited, Dhara Engineering, Farmson Enviro Care, International Engineering & Trading Co., Merloni Termosanitari (I) Ltd., Navkar Engineers, Pyramid Engineers, Rajshree Enterprise, Star Energy Systems, Sahil Industries, Tata BP Solar India Ltd., Urmi Solar Systems Ltd, Asha Corporation, Sun Energy Systems, Sun Free Heat Industries, Steelhacks Industries, Warm Stream, S B Heaters, Sintex Industries Ltd., Sunrise Technology, Amar Energy Systems, Hiramrut Energies Pvt. Ltd, OM Energy Equipment, Redren Energy Pvt. Ltd, Red Renewable Technologies, Yogi Solar Industries, NRG Technologists Pvt. Ltd, Solar Energy Services, Surya International, V-Guard Industries Ltd, Solar Energy Development Services, Anu Solar Power Pvt. Ltd, Emmvee Solar Systems Pvt. Ltd.,, Nuetech Solar Systems Pvt. Ltd., Rashmi Industries, Sun Zone Solar Systems, Solchrome Systems India Ltd., Sudarshan Saur Shakti Pvt. Ltd.

 

Solar photovoltaic system manufacturers in Gujarat:

Ritika Systems Private Limited, Sunrise Technology, Vimal Controls, Vimal Electronics, Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Ltd, Sonki Solar Indi, Topsun Energy Limited, TATA BP Solar India Ltd., Star Energy Systems, Reliance Industries Limited-Solar Group, Sun Energy Systems.

 

Solar energy association Gujarat:

In order to bring together the stake holders in the solar energy sector in Gujarat, a group of industrialists have launched a Solar Energy Association. The solar energy association will address some of the key issues relating to the land acquisition, share holding pattern and changes in the terms of PPAs signed with the government.

The association currently has 15 members. The association will also take up sponsored research in the field of solar energy.

Solar Business Opportunities in Gujarat:

The Solar business opportunities mentioned below are not specific to Gujarat. They are industry specific opportunities. 

Polysilicon is used to manufacture crystalline wafers. Around a quarter of the cost of a Crystalline module goes just for polysilicon.

The Ministry is providing soft loan at 5% annual interest rate through IREDA for setting up manufacturing facilities for manufacture of poly silicon material, silicon ingots and wafers, solar cells or integrated solar cell-module plants. No soft loan is available for setting up manufacturing unit for module manufacture or PV system manufacture. The proposals are considered by IREDA as per their lending and project appraisal norms. The details of the scheme are available with IREDA.  http://www.mnre.gov.in/spv-fin.htm

Type of entrepreneurs/ investors who can benefit - Entrepreneurs keen on building up capital intensive manufacturing facilities for an emerging market. The industry is dominated by a few companies that supply around 90% of the total polysilicon market. Some of the prominent companies are Hemlock, OCI, Wacker Chemie Tokuyama, REC (subsidiary SGS and ASiMI), and MEMC.

Scale of investment - Typical investments of $500 million - $1 billion for building a polysilicon production plant.

High R&D or commodity manufacturing? - Commodity manufacturing

Bottlenecks/threats - High capital requirements, high energy input requirements and long-term supply contracts could be deterrents to new entrants.

Competition - The industry is dominated by a few companies that supply around 90% of the total polysilicon market. Some of the prominent companies are Hemlock, OCI, Wacker Chemie Tokuyama, REC (subsidiary SGS and ASiMI), and MEMC

Market size - The world market of polysilicon has been growing 30-40% annually since 2004, primarily from the growth in solar PV industry. The market size of the solar cell polycrystalline silicon market in 2009 was $5.13 billion.

Supply and demand - Following undersupply since past few years, polysilicon production capacity entered a fast-growth phase in 2009, which resulted in an oversupply situation, in response to increase in production capacity and growth in demand from the end markets. It is forecasted that the demand for polysilicon will continue to increase at more than ten percent for the period 2010 to 2012. Polysilicon oversupply will also trigger a long term decline in its prices, which peaked to the highest levels in 2008 in response to its supply shortage.

Indian scenario - Companies such as Lanco, Bhaskar Solar, Tata BP Solar and Acharya are reportedly setting up polysilicon manufacturing plants in India, though these are pretty much early days for polysilicon in India.

It is not advisable to enter into this market at present. That is why I have not even updated some of the information given above. Everyone needs to know that Polysilicon manufacture is an opportunity for those in the solar industry.

It is meant now, for those who are already in the business.

But the older companies will be able to keep their selling, transporting, costs to the least. 

The prices are falling, efficiencies are increasing, machineries getting outdated, and thus it is a dynamic industry. Many existing companies are declaring bankruptcy. Stay away.

 

Ingot and wafer manufacturing

The process of melting polysilicon into ingots and subsequently cutting them into wafers is wedged between polysilicon production and cell manufacturing.

Yet, it is a distinct process that does not require physical proximity to upstream or downstream processing. Consequently, some companies specialize in just doing that. Typically, ingot and wafer manufacturing are done by the same company.

Type of entrepreneurs /investors who can benefit - Companies that have been operating in metal cutting and finishing, abrasives and related industries could be ideally suited to enter this segment.

This too is avoidable. 

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Solar Cell Manufacturing:

Cell manufacturing involves creating the all-important pn-junction, coating and layering. It is an important step in the value chain that is responsible for about 15% of a solar PV module cost and it is here where significant technical differentiation is created.

Avoidable 

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Crystalline Cell Manufacturing:

Type of entrepreneurs / investors who can benefit - Ingot and wafer manufacturers who are keen on forward integration can exploit this opportunity.

Scale of investment - Medium-Large. A rule of thumb guide to the capital investment in building a solar cell plant is US$1-1.25 million/MW for crystalline silicon and US$ 2 million/MW or more for thin films. The minimum economical size for a solar cell factory is about 20 MW.

 

Avoidable

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Thin-film Solar Cell Manufacturing

Manufacturing thin-film modules comprises depositing photovoltaic material on a substrate, structuring it into cells to form an electric circuit and wire and frame it depending on application. The key suppliers for the thin-film industry are chemical companies that produce high-purity metals such as CdTe, GaAs etc. The supply chain is less constrained than that for polysilicon (used in crystalline solar) and therefore much more reliable. This industry experiences a diverse mix of big-hitters (Sharp), start-up companies and universities. Companies with a long-term vision should start investing in this field.

Type of entrepreneurs / investors who can benefit - Chemical companies that produce high-purity metals such as CdTe, GaAs are in a good position to exploit this opportunity. Glass manufacturers are also in a good position to exploit this opportunity. Equipment firms that have traditionally supplied printing machinery or manufacturing equipment to the semiconductor and display industry see the burgeoning thin film industry as a potentially lucrative market, especially as their hardware can often be easily adapted to manufacture thin film cells and panels. At the same time, these equipment manufacturers are not finding it that easy to enter the TFPV space because module manufacturers are choosing to design and build proprietary equipment rather than buy it in.

Scale of investment - This industry experiences a diverse mix of big-hitters (Sharp), start-up companies and universities. A rule of thumb guide to the capital investment in building a solar cell plant is US$1-1.25 million/MW for crystalline silicon and US$ 2 million/MW or more for thin films. The minimum economical size for a solar cell factory is about 20 MW.

High R&D or commodity manufacturing? - Opportunities exist for R&D and innovation in this exciting sector. Prominent segments where significant innovation possibilities exist are: efficiency, new thin film materials, design and process.

Bottlenecks/threats/barriers - For development and small-scale production, there are few barriers, as companies like Aja International specialize in providing small-scale sputtering equipment. However, when scale becomes important, access to capital might become a barrier.

Competition - This is a very dynamic segment with lots of startup companies, some venture-funded. There are also a number of companies that also produce crystalline technologies. Those companies tend to be in the amorphous silicon thin-film segment. The organic photovoltaics segment is mostly covered by research institutes rather than private companies.

Market size - The production volume has increased steadily as 165MW in 2007 and 357 MW in 2008. The share of thin films is expected to increase significantly and expected to reach about 25% of total in 2013. (EPIA data).

Supply and demand - The thin film solar cell production reached a consolidated figure of 1.68 GW in 2009 out of the total 3.58 GW capacity available, indicating that there is some amount of surplus capacity. However, the demand supply gap could look very different in future with enhanced offtake of thin film world over.

Indian scenario - There are only a few Indian companies such as Moser Baer and HHV Solar that make thin film solar cells. A few others such as Kirloskar are also exploring this field.

First solar is in deep trouble. The price advantage is gone. 

CIGS, CdTe and amorphous silicon a-si are the three types.

NOT Worthwhile pursuing opportunity. 

 

Miasole, (counselled by Intel)

Heliovolt

Nanosolar,

SoloPower

Stion

Solar frontier,

 Sulfurcell, 

AQT

Telio,

Global solar

ISET

Odersun,

Wuerth Solar etc 

All the above are CIGS manufacturers. Some of them are startups and you need to study their production process and record well.

May make sense to tie up with any one of them, who is doing well, now, than going in of your own manufacturing. 

CdTe thin film companies are CdTe: Abound Solar, Primestar, Solexant, Bloo Solar, Willard and Kelsey, Xunlight26

a-Si - Sharp solar 

Ascent solar tipped to have the highest upside in the stock market is another company to watch out for.

As per the JNNSM guidelines, thin film can be imported for its Phase I Batch I and II as there are no manufacturers.

Some of the thin films have been found pretty efficient in India. Viz First Solar.

To repeat 

NOT Worthwhile pursuing opportunity.  

 

Gallium arsenide solar cells may be worth pursuing. Alta devices is a start up. Worth pursuing.

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CSP 

CSP is an umbrella term for CSTP and CPV.

That is the way I am taking it. 

The purists may not agree.

For the purpose of this note, it is fine to define CSP as above.

In concentrating PV (CPV), concentrators use optics to concentrate sunlight onto a small area of solar cells, thus allowing for a decrease in cell size. Because a CPV module needs less cell material than a traditional PV module, it is cost effective to use higher quality cells to increase efficiency. However, the technology makes up a very small portion of the solar industry.

CPV system manufacturers assemble the solar cells, concentrator unit and heat sink to form a module. Where applicable, companies will either integrate a tracking device or offer it as a separate product for free-standing module installations.

CPV is currently quite R&D driven, with a number of innovations taking place in this area. The types of entrepreneurs who will find this domain suitable are those who have scientific R&D backgrounds and have access to funds for significant R&D investments.

As a rather recent technology (being commercialized), there are new entrants, many of whom are venture funded. Some of the prominent ones are: Amonix (California), SolFocu (California), GreenVolts (San Francisco), Concentrix Solar (Germany) etc.

CSP

Interesting opportunity area for large companies. Very soon India will need utility scale solar energy plants with molten salt so that they can provide electricity 24 hours. As per the Renewables Purchase Obligation, RPO, all utilities are expected to buy 0.25 % every year and that is a considerable amount for each state. 

This is the only solar technology that allows for storage naturally. Since the solar radiation is indirectly converted to electricity, there is an opportunity to store the collected heat in molten salts, before converting the heat to electricity.

The cost of setting up the molten salt system is exorbitant.

The common understanding is CSP is cheaper than PV due to the use of off-the-shelf, commodity components like mirrors, turbine, etc. It also was known to have higher efficiencies in solar to electricity conversion (~15%).

Due to the global oversupply in PV panels and reduced demand due to the financial crisis, the prices of the panels have drastically reduced. On the efficiency front, the PV at 15-20% efficiency is typical now, further adding the cost parity. The result is that PV is now at parity or close to parity with CSP. One western region utility claimed that they pay 0.16 c/Kwh for CSP and 0.14 c/Kwh for PV. This difference was attributed to the timing of the PPAs; generally the difference is not significant anymore.

A CSP project in USA has shifted to PV. Actually it is world's largest project that has shifted from CSP to PV

http://www.eai.in/club/users/Nithya/blogs/7417

BHEL has tied up with a CSP major. 

The ability to provide “firm power” is a clear advantage of CSP at this time. Due to the output being provided by a steam turbine (and not directly from the field) and a ~2 hour built-in buffer in the trough technology, small variations in the in insolation do not affect the turbine output – like a passing cloud.

CSP will also be needed for many townships, industrial estates etc 

Large companies which want to take less risk and are happy with predictable rewards can go for this. 

Here are a list of CSP companies with a note for each of them. You may want to work with one of the best, than go it alone.

Abengoa SAAcciona EnergiaAcquasolAmonixAora, Archimede Solar EnergyArxiel VenturesAusra Inc.Bright Source EnergyCapital Sun GroupCircadian SolarConcentrix SolarCool Earth SolarEnelEnter-t GlobalEPURONeSolar, Fichtner Solar GmbHFlabeg, FlagsolFPL EnergyGiuseppe FarinaGlobal Warming SolutionsGreen & Gold EnergyGreenVoltsHelioDynamicsHelioFocus, Hiro Energy Tech LimitedHuiYin-GroupIndustrial Solar Technology Corp.Infinia CorporationInternational Automated SystemsISFOCIsofotonKraftenlagen MunchenKernenergienLauren Engineers & ConstructorsMAN FerrostaalMENA CleantechMenova Energy Inc.Microsharp Corporation LimitedMubadala Development CompanyM W Zander GmbHNaanovo EnergyNew power IndiaNokraschy EngineeringNOVATEC BioSol AG,  Nur EnergieOpen Energy CorporationPSE AGPyron Solar Inc.Renovalia EnergySchlaich Bergermann und PartnerSchott Solar Thermal / Schott UKSenior BerghöferSolar XXISkyFuel Inc,  Silicon CPVSolar EuromedSolar & Environmental Technologies CorporationSolarReserveSolFocusSoliant EnergySolar Heat and Power IncSolargenix EnergySolar Millennium AGSolar Power Group , SolarsphereSolar SystemsSolar Trust of America LLCSolel Solar SystemsSolFocusSolucarSopogy,SunBorne EnergySunpower,  Sunstroom Energy LtdSustainable Resources Inc.Stirling Energy SystemsTorresol EnergyTsugino Co.Whitfield SolarWizard Power Pty LtdWorley Parsons 

 

In my ranking, following are the companies to look upto Bright source Energy , Solar Millennium , Abengoa , Areva , Siemens, Acciona, SolarReserve, eSolar, Schott, etc., 

But then there is no clear basis for my selection. 

Viability / grid parity is a question as far as CSP is concerned. It will take a little longer than PV.

 If the Indian government seriously start implementing RPO known as Renewable Purchase Obligation, the need for utility scale solar will grow and CSP will become kind of inevitable.

Not much is known about the success of CSP projects in India. Nor about those who make accessories for CSP in india.

Spain’s track record sends an encouraging message to newer entrants in the CSP market from India to South Africa and beyond. When Spain started building plants in 2007, the first plants such as PS10 and Andasol 1 were highly dependent on imports of foreign supplies, requiring at least 50% of the requisite parts to be sourced from abroad. The plants that went online in 2010 were built with around 80% of components from Spanish companies. 

If in doubt, read more http://www.csptoday.com/csp-markets-report/

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Solar Module Production - Solar PV module manufacturing involves assembling the cells into a module to form an electric circuit. This is the last manufacturing step before it is distributed to wholesalers.

Indian scenario - There are about 35 companies in India that produce crystalline solar modules.

Avoidable. Dont enter now.

The market is crowded. 

China is doing predatory pricing. It will swallow even local manufacturers, if they are not quick. 

You may want to talk to some of the present module manufacturers in India:

 

Access Solar Ltd.
http://www.accesssolar.co.in/home.html

 

Ajit Solar Pvt Ltd.
http://www.ajitsolar.com/ 

Alpex Solar
http://alpexsolar.com/

Ammini Group
http://www.ammini.com/

Amro Technology Pvt Ltd.
http://www.amrotechnology.com/profile.html

 

Andromeda Energy Technologies Ltd.
http://www.andromedasolar.com/

 

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL)
http://www.bhel.com/home.php

 

Central Electronics Limited (CEL)
http://www.celindia.co.in/

 

Chemtrols Solar Pvt. Ltd.
http://www.chemtrolssolar.com/

 

Ecosol Power Pvt. Ltd
http://ecosolpower.com/home.html

 

ELECTROMAC Solar Systems PVT. LTD
http://www.enf.cn/pv/12787a.html

 

Emmvee Photovoltaic
http://www.emmveesolar.com/

 

Empire Photovoltaic Systems PVT Ltd

GreenBrilliance Energy Pvt. Ltd.
http://www.greenbrilliance.com/

 

HHV Solar Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
http://www.hhvsolar.com/

 

ICOMM Tele Limited
http://www.icommtele.com/

 

India Solar Solutions
http://www.solarindiasolutions.com/

 

KCP Solar Industry
http://www.kcpsolar.com/

 

Kotak Urja Pvt. Ltd.
http://www.kotakurja.com/

 

LANCO
http://www.lancogroup.com/

 

Maharishi Solar Technology Pvt. Ltd.
http://www.maharishisolar.com/

 

Microsun
http://www.microsuntech.com/

 

Modern Solar
http://www.modernsolar.com.au/index.aspx

 

Moser Baer Photo Voltaic Limited
http://www.moserbaersolar.com/

 

Neety Euro-Asia Solar Energy
http://www.nease.in/

 

Novergy Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
http://www.novergy.co.in/

 

Photon Energy System Ltd.
http://www.photonsolar.com/

 

PHOTONIX Solar Private Limited
http://www.photonixsolar.com/

 

PLG Power Limited
http://www.plgpower.com/

 

Premier Solar Systems Pvt Ltd
http://www.premiersolarsystems.com/

 

PV Power Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
http://www.pvpowertech.com/

 

Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Ltd. (REIL)
http://www.reiljp.com/

 

Rashmi Industries
http://www.rashmisolar.com/

 

Reliance Solar Group
http://www.relsolar.com/

 

SahajSolar Power Pvt Ltd.
http://www.enf.cn/pv/13208c.html

 

Shreyansh Electronics
http://shreyanshindia.com/

 

Solar Semiconductor Pvt. Ltd.
http://www.solarsemiconductor.com/asia/index.html

 

Solkar Solar Industry Limited

http://www.solkar.in/index.php

 

Sunrise Technology
http://www.sunrisetechnologies.com/

 

Sova Power
http://sovasolar.com/

 

Sun Energy Systems
http://www.sunenergysystems.in/home.htm

 

 

Sun Solar Techno Limited
http://sunsolartechno.com/

 

Sungrace Energy Solutions (P) Ltd
http://sungrace.net/

 

Vksolar
http://www.indiamart.com/vksolar/

 

Surana Ventures Ltd.
http://www.suranaventures.com/

 

Synergy Renewable Energy Pvt. Ltd
http://www.group-synergy.net/

 

Tata BP Solar India Ltd.
http://www.tatabpsolar.com/

 

Titan Energy Systems Ltd.
http://www.titansolar.com/titan/

 

Topsun Energy Ltd.
http://www.topsunenergy.com/

 

Udhaya Energy Photovoltaics (P) Ltd. (UPV Solar)
http://www.upvsolar.com/

 

Udhaya Semiconductors Limited (KL Solar Company Pvt. Ltd)
http://www.uslsolar.com/

 

Waaree Energies Pvt. Ltd.
http://www.waareeenergies.com/

 

Websol Energy Systems Ltd.
http://www.webelsolar.com/

 

XL Telecom & Energy Ltd (formerly XL Telecom & Energy Limited)

http://www.xlenergy.co/

If you are already a module manufacturer, it makes sense for you to enter power generation. 

And to enter Rooftop solar. 

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Other Opportunities in Solar energy in India and Gujarat are

*Ground Zero opportunity 

Roof top solar!

It is a very good opportunity and there are opportunities for very large companies as well as for medium sized companies and individuals to get into business. 

As an individual you can start a business as an Installer

You will have a few well trained / skill trained employees working under you. 

 At the small, residential scale, there are practically no barriers to entry.  

There is a wealth of training material available, both in person and online which enables even a one-man contractor to become fit enough to install roof top solar. 

 At the larger, commercial scale, the main barrier to entry is capital, expertise in management, in sales, etc., 

You will install solar modules in a rooftop as per your Integrator's instructions.

An Installer is someone who is technically minded and can manage a few people or if you can manage many people at a time, then you become an area Installer. 

The installer model is somewhat like a conventional contractor model.  Gross margins are thin, from 15 to 30%. Residential Rooftop systems typically receiving larger margins than commercial. 

Because commercial jobs will be invariably got thru an Integrator or an EPC contractor.

It is an opportunity for domestic module manufacturers to get into.

The opportunity exists for 

Installers

Area Installers

District Installers

Integrators

Area Integrators

District Integrators

Regional companies - covering a few states having similar policies

National companies 

The Installers can choose to work on their own or under the National companies, Regional companies, District integrators, District Installers, etc., 

The market will evolve as fragmented and unstructured to begin with and will get consolidated. 

You can get more information about types of Installers in Rooftop solar business models

An integrator is someone who deals with the customer, Electricity board, etc

Then there will be a company. Either a national company or a regional company which deals with the Gov, electicity board, corporates etc, 

You can read all about them in Rooftop solar business models

And Rooftop solar technology types http://www.eai.in/club/users/Nitin/blogs/6670

Rooftop solar is a viable alternative and the prices / tariff in each state will soon help bring about grid parity and the sooner you get into it, the sooner you will reap the benefits.

Rooftop solar comes about in many forms. For example a captive power plant may need a rooftop solar solution as a part of it. 

Diesel to Renewables may need rooftop solar solution.

 

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Business possibilities with MNRE 

 

RESCO, 

System integrator, 

Financial Institution, 

Financial Integrator and 

Program Administrator

Each of the above is an opportunity

 

 

Implementation of off-grid solar PV project under JNNSM

FAQ

1. What is the Procedure to register as Channel Partner?

There are 5 types of channel partners and they can participate in the programme through the following procedure:

 RESCO is a entity which would install, own & operate RE systems and provide energy services to consumers. These entities may tie up with FIs for accessing the financial support under the scheme. These are in fact the only entities which would approach the MNRE on their own. CRISIL is in the process of putting in place a system of accreditation. From September 2010 these entities could approach either CRISIL, CARE or FITCH to have themselves accredited and if they meet the minimum requirements laid down by MNRE they would be in a position to approach the Project Appraisal Committee (PAC) with their proposal for a in principle approval. 

The PAC would then provide the entity “in principle “approval and allow it to move forward with the implementation. The PAC would also specify that on completing the project, 50% of the funds would be made available automatically and the remaining on completing monitoring. 

As far as the Financial Institutions as channel partner is concerned, a comprehensive re-finance scheme has already been notified by IREDA.  The SPV Division has also floated an EoI, wherein they have received over 80 applications from entities interested in partnering in the bank led scheme.  

The SPV Division would shortlist the manufacturers region-wise or across the country depending on the strength of their existing after-sales network.  The division will also identify various products after verifying how each of the laid down by MNRE, and then along with product is meeting the standards laid  NABARD, design a pre-approved scheme which will allow RRBs to proceed with the lending for the above identified products and empanelled manufacturers.   It is highlighted that the process of empanelling both the manufacturers and products would be an ongoing process in order to make sure that if there are new players who meet the requisite standards can also be appropriately empanelled. This process it is hoped will result in enabling NABARD to announce their pre-approved scheme to all the financial institutions, which have a re-finance agreement with them.  IREDA will, after signing the agreement in Mumbai on 25th August, place token funds with NABARD to initiate the implementation of this scheme.   

System integrators can approach the PAC; with their project in the formats finalise to seek an ‘in principle’ approval.  Since these are entities that would first interact with their market and build a project based on the tentative orders that they have been provided by their clients, the PAC would appraise the project on three basic parameters:-

(i) The ability of the entity to implement the project in terms of the skill set of their personnel. 

(ii) Details of how parameters of quality would be met as per the standards specified by MNRE.

(iii) O&M Plan.

 

System integrators would however need to approach bank/banks who would be willing to have a three way tie up with their clients, themselves and the bank.  The bank/banks would also need to have a re-finance agreement in place with IREDA, NHB or NABARD.  Based on the ‘in principle’ approval, the bank would be in a position to provide the lending support to the clients that have been identified by the system integrators.  It is envisaged that both the capital and interest subsidy would flow to the beneficiaries of the scheme only through the banking channel. Requisite arrangements for providing this flow have already been clearly delianated in the re-finance scheme notified by IREDA.

Financial integrators are entities who need to enter into a tri-partite agreement before coming to MNRE. This tripartite agreement has to be between the manufacturers/service providers, financial integrators and any other financial institutions, which is willing to support this kind of a business model.  It is envisaged that the financial integrators would approach the PAC with details of their financial model as well as the product or service that they wish to provide through this financial/business model.  

The PAC would appraise the project on the following parameters: 

(i) Details of how parameters of quality would be met as per the standards specified by MNRE.

(ii) The ability of the entity to implement the project in terms of the skill set of their personnel. 

(iii) O&M Plan.

(iv) Financial/business models and its viability.

It is expected that the financial integrators would also tie up with a schedule commercial bank in India so that the subsidy both capital and interest can flow through the banking channel and would be covered under the re-finance scheme of IREDA.

In so far as the implementation of the scheme through programme administrators is concerned, there is complete clarity in how to move forward. 

Formats for both SPV and Solar Thermal have also been prepared.

2. How to submit a project proposal?

Formats for submission of proposal are given on the Website of the Ministry. 

Two sets are required to be submitted to PAC.3. How the project will be approved?

Once the proposal of the channel partner is received an in- principle approval from PAC will be given within a maximum of 45 days. In case additional information is required PAC will inform within 30 days. After full information is received proposal will be cleared in two weeks.

4. What is the subsidy disbursal mechanism?

The release of funds for the project shall be back ended as reimbursement on completion and verification thereof. However for progamme administrators, the release of funds could be front ended, with installments of 70% on sanction and 30% on completion. However, this could be extended to other entities on provision of appropriate sureties. In respect of credit linked capital subsidy and interest subsidy the scheme would be implemented through IREDA, which will be  the designated Nodal agency for disbursement of funds.

5. Procedure for accreditation for channel partner/ financial integrator/ systems integrator/RESCO? 

As above in (1)

6. Can NGOs directly approach MNRE for implementation of projects?

Only the NGOs who have already been working closely with MNRE can access the scheme directly. Otherwise, the NGOs should collaborate with SNAs. 

7. Whether lighting systems to be provided should be certified by SEC or other test centers?

Compliance to standards is mandatory. Certificate from test centres will help in this regard and should be provided to ensure complainace.

8. What is the policy on local content of modules, batteries and other balance of systems in off grid programme?

The scheme requires the project proponents to strictly adhere to the national/international standards specified by the Ministry from time to time.  The Use of imported complete PV systems is not permitted under the scheme. 

However, use of imported components of a complete PV system is permitted, subject to adequate disclosure and compliance to specified quality norms and standards.

The minimal technical requirements and Quality Standards in respect of the off-grid SPV power plants/ systems are given in Annexure-3 of the scheme for solar off-grid applications. These will come into effect from 1st September 2010 to allow sufficient time to the SPV industry to gear up for the same.

9. What are financial limits assigned to channel partners?

The financial limits will get decided based on the ability of the channel partner to deliver the implementation of the project within a period of 1 year. But the PAC would not accept any proposal of value less than Rs One crore or 30 kWp. Less than this amount would need to be aggregated at State level.

10. Whether commercial entities can avail accelerated depreciation?

The commercial entities can claim all the benefits, which are presently available for renewable energy applications, including solar, under the Income tax act and other notifications, subject to fulfillment of the conditions.

11. Whether any channel partner interested only in capital subsidy whom should he approach?

Only accredited channel partner and Programme administrators can access ‘only capital ‘subsidy. The commercial entities can access either capital subsidy or interest subsidy. They should approach a channel partner to avail subsidy.

12. Whether RESCOs require any permission from Electricity boards to produce power?

Guidelines under the Electricity Act,2003 and the extant regulations of that particular State will need to be read in conjunction to determine the process for captive power generation.

13. Whether any new technologies invented any where can be introduced in the programme?

The Ministry could provide up to 100% CFA for undertaking pilot and demonstration projects through manufacturers and other organizations for demonstrating new and innovative applications of solar systems. The maximum CFA that would be permissible under this provision would be up to Rs 1 crore. The PAC would evaluate the proposal based on parameters like – new applications for solar (not merely using solar as a power source), possibility of reduction of cost of BoS or system design improvement, or a new concept etc.

You can get all this from http://www.mnre.gov.in/pdf/FAQ_offgrid_solar.pdf

You can discuss your suggestions/ questions etc in the comments column at the bottom of this blog.

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 * Solar powered desalination, plans, projects and opportunities

If you can get potable water at a cost of say 0.5 $ per meter cube, ie say INR 22/ per 1000 litres of water that is ready to drink, ie Rs 0.22 per litre at the coast, wouldn’t you think it a great opportunity to bottle the water and market it.

Yes that is what it costs. 4.2 KWhr / m cube. At Rs 5 per unit of power, it works out to Rs 20 for 1000 litres of good water that is desalinated.

Let’s say 22p per litre!!

Actual cost is even lower!!

The capital cost is pretty high.

Forget that for the time being. We will come to that later.

 

( This figure has been questioned by 1000s of readers. So, the veracity of the above numbers are questionable. However, it is important to work seriously on solar desalination as it is in the cusp of 

solar energy and water.)

Gujarat has a 1,666kms long coast line.

The opportunity is to build solar desalination plants. 

The opportunity is to start a large solar desalination plant yourself, if you are a profit making organization.

There are other opportunities too.

Very soon, the coastal belt is going to be economically strong because of availability of good water and additional power.

Making potable water and selling them inland is a business opportunity coming out of solar energy, all along the Gujarat coast.

This is a great solar business opportunity.
Get in touch with Salt works technologies. To market their products in India. To set up a solar desalination plant in India. To do joint research in India. To represent them in Asia.

This opportunity pointed out by Nithya is in the intersection of two very high potential areas ie Water and Energy.

 

 

(Acquasol's solar desalination project will:

1.  Be the world's largest standalone solar-powered desalination plant
2.  Harvest brine on land, eliminating marine environmental concerns
3.  Deliver greater national water security by increasing water market supply)

Their products can be used in inlands too.

Visit Nithyas blog on solar desalination and see my comment for the above business opportunity.

It is a good opportunity because, it covers not just Energy. But also what the next oil is about.

Water. 

GE is in it full time. Siemens is in water.

So should you be. 

Solar water desalination is meant for big companies. 

Like solar power generation, it is an infrastructure game.  

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* Floating solar plants.

There are three companies namely Sunengy in New southwhales, Australia, Solarsis Synergy in France/ ciel-et-terre.net/ and SGPsolar in California, USA.

They have different methods of achieving solar power from floating solar panels, solar plants, etc.

They all use captured water bodies.

India has 30000 sq km of captured water bodies.

If even 1 % of that area is utlised - it will equal 1500 large coal plants.

Tata's have tied up with Sunengy, which has a patented technology called LSA.

With the other two companies, entrepreneurs/ companies from India can seek to have a tie up.

There is a solar business opportunity in terms of research for the research minded.

All about this opportunity http://www.eai.in/club/users/aathmika/blogs/1170

Tatas have already started building a floating solar plant with Sunengy, somewhere near Pune.

There is another company in Punjab doing this.

There is a clear opportunity for big companies to tie up with Solaris Synergy and or SGP solar in California USA.

http://ciel-et-terre.net/floating-photovoltaic/

This is the French company.

I have been recommending these companies for a long time. 

NOW, SGP solar has been ranked as one of  the fastest growing private company in usa. 

 

 

Or you can fund research in this area. 

Floating solar plants 

 

Great opportunity: For large companies, with deep pockets. 

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Business Possibilities thru MNRE in Villages 

Manufacture / market solar lanterns, solar home systems, Street lighting system, stand alone power plants, solar pumps. The details of the incentives are given below.

It may make sense for individuals to tie up with large cos that manufacture these. Or better still become an agent for a large company that manufacture these products and market them.

 

Pattern of Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for SPV Systems:

SPV System

CFA for General Category States

CFA for Special Category States

Administrative Charges

Solar lanterns (10W module, 7W CFL)

Nil

Rs. 2,400

Rs.100

Solar Home System – Model 1 (18W module, 1 light)

Rs. 2,500

Rs. 4,500

Rs. 200

Solar Home System – Model 2 (37W module, 2 lights)

Rs. 4,800

Rs. 8,660

Rs. 200

Solar Home System – Model 3 (37W module, 1 light, 1 Fan)

Rs. 4,800

Rs. 8,660

Rs. 200

Solar Home System – Model 4(74W module, 2lights, 1 Fan)

Rs. 4,800

Rs. 8,660

Rs. 200

Solar Home System – Model 5(74W module, 4lights)

Rs. 4,800

Rs. 8,660

Rs. 200

Street Lighting Systems – (74W module, 1-2 lamps)

Rs. 9,600

Rs. 17,300

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Stand alone power plant of capacity more than 1Kwp

Rs. 1,25,000/KWp

Rs. 2.25,000/KWp

Rs. 10,000

Stand alone power plants of capacity more than 10Kwp with distribution line

Rs. 1,50,000/KW

Rs. 2,70,000/KW

Rs. 10,000

Solar Pumps

Rs. 30/Wp, subject to a maximum of Rs. 50,000/- per system

Rs. 30/Wp, subject to a maximum of Rs. 50,000/- per system

 

 For business opportunities about Solar Home lights, Solar Street lights, specifications, visit here

http://www.eai.in/club/users/aathmika/blogs/540

 

Good Opportunity. Aleady players are active. Both manufacturing and trading opportunities exist.

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* A low cost solar energy solution for the Indian industries

Solar Heat for Industrial Purposes, SHIP for short,  the Market in India, the Business, the Opportunity, Cost Advantage of Solar Process Heat

The market for industrial heat in boilers is estimated to be

26 billion US dollars per annum in USA alone.

Solar steam produced is estimated to cost $ 4.60 per MBTU compared to average cost of natural gas powered steam of about $ 6 to $ 10 per MBTU.

This estimate is as per one the companies in Solar Heat for Industrial processes (SHIP).

Indian entrepreneurs should take up such projects that cut down co2 emission and is less expensive.

There are several companies that are into SHIP in USA. One of them claims that their process is CO2 emission free. Obviously because they use solar energy.

The company also claims a reduction in the cost by as much as 50 %.  

That is a lot. Those interested must act fast.

Solar Heat for Industrial Purposes

(SHIP)

You can discuss your suggestions, ideas, questions 

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* Captive power plants.

Many factories, companies, office complexes, textile factories, cement factories, sugar mills and many other small and medium industries need back up power.

What is being talked about as an opportunity is this back up power. Actually already many companies in India already have captive power generation. But there a lot more number of companies in India which can benefit from this captive power plant from solar energy.

There are some financial benefits and also the benefits of RECs otherwise known as Renewable Energy Certificates which are tradeable. There is good report on this at

http://www.eai.in/ref/reports/captive_power.html

Reading up the report will open up the opportunity for the above mentioned factories for their own backup power ie captive power.

Those who are marketing minded and those who are solar energy consultants or renewable energy consultants, this is a very good business opportunity in India.

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* Education and training:

MNRE expects that there is going to be a need for 100,000 trained professionals in the next 8 years.

I think that is a gross underestimate.

This opportunity is not just for individuals who want to learn and get jobs. Or learn and start a business or set up a training center as a businessman. OR u can even set up an online course for the whole world. The limitations are your imagination.

I foresee many training centers both for unskilled and for post graduation education courses happening soon. The course contents given in the sample solar education centers, will be Indianised by the shrewed Indian businessmen.

Some of them may go for tie up with universities abroad. For example they may have a tie up with a US university in Pune or a tie up with a European university in Jalgaon.

Good opportunity to get into Solar education, Training.

Opportunity exists as a nationwide company, as a college, as a university, providing Graduations/ Degrees or practical training for the blue collars, providing certificates /diplomas.

When the surge comes there will be a need for trained professionals.

Can be a franchisee also.

http://www.eai.in/club/users/aathmika/blogs/1284

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* Solar inverters

In a Global Clean Technology Conference on February 23-24 in New York, with more than 100 public and private companies and 700 attendees, including strategic and financial investors, high-level policymakers and industry thought-leaders in attendance the following question was asked as a part of a Survey.

Question:

Within solar, which sectors of the supply chain are the most attractive investment themes?

(Please rank with #1 being the strongest):

Inverters 1

Cells/Modules 2

Projects/Installation 3

Polysilicon 4

Manufacturing Equipment 5

Wafers 6

 

The result of the survey is given in green color.

Inverters!!

That is why I am calling it a great solar business opportunity in the Indian market too.

700/800 of the world’s leading practioners have identified Inverters as the most attractive investment theme.

Solar inverters in India, manufacturers, cost and business opportunities  - You can get to know the business opportunities here.

You may want to look at http://www.solren.com/residential.html and http://www.solren.com/utility.html

Manufacturing opportunity is meant for large cos.

What is the capital subsidy, interest on loan, rebates if any etc can be got from here

Especially for inverters in Residential rooftops, area wise distribution is an opportunity for the sales minded.

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* Micro grid:  The electrical needs of rural households are relatively small (0.5-2.5 kWhr per day) and a micro-grid system of 20-35 kW would suffice a small village. This may not be a 100 % solar solution. The solution to the villages can be hybrid.

Will research and write more about this opportunity soon.

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*. Solar Irrigation Pumps: This is a big opportunity area. Already being catered to in many villages.

Coming soon.

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*. Solar thermal

India on an average has 300 clear days of sun and the radiation in most parts is 4.5 to 6 kWh/m2/day, which is pretty high.

Solar thermal projects  concentrate sunlight on a fixed point and uses a medium to move the stored heat energy to a place where it can be converted into electricity by superheating water into steam and using the steam to turn a turbine that generates electricity—ultimately the same process that natural gas and coal-fired power plants use to generate electricity.

Solar dryers can be used in agriculture.

At present the waste is just exposed to the sun and dried. Solar water heating. It is being made mandatory in many states to heat water for bathing purposes with solar water heater in all new buildings. Solar thermal can be used for cooking, community cooking in hotels, villages, schools in villages, etc

Several industries that need low to medium heat can use solar thermal technology to reduce air pollution and carbon foot print.

This opportunity is for the technically minded. This opportunity exists for small medium and even big companies.

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Manufacture of Solar Refrigerator, DIY Solar Refrigerator, marketing, Maintenance and Repair of Solar Refrigerators

http://www.eai.in/club/users/harita/blogs/1484

The blog gives as of now basic insight of a Solar Refrigerator.

It also provides information on manufacturers in India and abroad.

There are many villages without electricity and they need refrigeration for the individul households, for preserving the produce of that village. Very soon, we will have information on market potential of solar refrigerators in India's villages, market size of solar refrigerators in other markets. Cost of solar refrigerators and actual cost of refrigeration etc also would be made available soon.

 For now u can visit http://www.eai.in/club/users/harita/blogs/1484  (You can discuss your ideas, doubts, questions, etc in this blog)

Good opportunity

To manufacture. 

To market. 

To maintain.

Even solar coolers are a good opportunity.

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* Opportunities in Solar cities:

There are going to be about 60 solar cities coming up across India.

What business opportunity exists in this solar city concept of mnre is a question in the young minds of Indians. Will try and answer them in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Besides suggesting business opportunities in solar energy in India for large and medium companies, I thought it will be useful for small and individual players, if I can explain as to how they can get into solar business in India, it will be useful.

There are bound to be opportunities for individuals, SMEs to take advantage of Solar City concepts. Let them start coming up and we will identify ' solar city' opportunities there.

This opportunity has not been updated, because, there are no proper guidelines from the respective State Governments. Once the policies come out, opportunities will be identified and posted here.

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Solar Air Heaters 

With global warming, there is global cooling also that happens.

During winter, the North of India becomes too chill to manage.

Every urban household would do with an Air Heater, a solar air heater. Even the rural households and the households in the unelectrified villages will need an air Heater. The old and the young suffer in cold and air Heater is not a luxury any more.

It is a good opportunity to manufacture AIR Heaters and market in such cold markets. 

All discussions, questions pertaining to this opportunity to be restricted to this blog.

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 Power Map of Gujarat

 

 

 

Solar Panel dealers In Gujarat


Solar panel dealers of Gujarat

Solar water heater dealers in Ahmedabad

Solar water heater dealers in Ahmadabad

Kashyap Sales And Service

9 Devbhumi Complex, Below Honest Restaurant, Commerece Six Road, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad - 380009

Call:  (91)-79-66151804

Shree Sainath Enterprise


A/11 Shivam Complex, Oppsite Punjab National Bank, Near Bhuyangdev Char Rasta, Bhuyangdev, Ahmedabad - 380052

Call: (91)-79-66087185

 

Jnc Water Processors

A/11 Shivam Complex, Oppsite Punjab National Bank, Near Bhuyangdev Char Rasta, Bhuyangdev, Ahmedabad - 380063

Call:  (91)-79-66156704

Dhara Engineering


401-6 Chandra Colony, BH Yes Bank NR Cargo Motors, C G Road, Ahmedabad - 380009

Call:  (91)-79-49010242 | 

 

 

Raahi Enterprise

Sonali Apartment Basement, Green Pump And Punit Nagar Part 3 Behind Medilink Hospital, Shyamal Cross Road, Satellite, AHMEDABAD - 380015

Call:  (91)-79-66151823

 

 

Nextgen Energy


Shop No 13 Madhav Chamber, Vidha Nagar School And Pratik Society, India Colony Road, Bapu Nagar, AHMEDABAD - 380024

Call:  (91)-79-49011945 |

 

Newpex Enterprise


Shop 8 Ratnmani Complex, Thakkarbapanagar Cross Road, Thakkarbapa Nagar, Ahmedabad - 382350

Call:  (91)-79-49010453

 

NG Water Processors


85/1010 Uday Appartments, BH Telephone Exchange, Naranpura, Ahmedabad - 380013

Call: (91)-79-66152626 |

 

Jaydev Traders PVT LTD

442 Devraj Estate, Balaji Petrol Pump Behind Ahmedabad Lucknow Road, Lines Pirana Road, Narol, Ahmedabad - 382405

Call: (91)-79-49010565

 

Henny Engineers


1504 B 1ST Floor Ambalal Bhavan, Bakari Pole, Swaminarayan Mandir Road, Kalupur, AHMEDABAD - 380001

Call: (91)-79-66152792


Solar panel dealers in Ahmedabad


P And N Engineering And Marketing 27 Golden Industrial Park, Shabri Restaurant, Odhav Ring Road, Odhav Gidc, Ahmedabad - 382415  
Call: (91)-79-66087710 


Nisus Microtech Lilavati Chambers 1ST Floor, Opposite Chinubhai Tower Behind Handloom House, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad - 380009 
Call: (91)-(79)-66633901, (91)-8511167683 


 Videostone Visuals384a, Lower Floor, Nikol Road, Viratnagar, Ahmedabad - 382350 
Call: (91)-79-49011144 

Mahendi Powertech Pvt Ltd102 Golden Centre, Opp Dada Saheb Derasar,Kalanala, Kalanala, Bhavnagar - 364001 (Also serves AHMEDABAD) 
Call: (91)-(278)-2423710, (91)-9825213320 


Solar India Inc1/2 Old Palasia, 105 Apollo Arcade, Palasia Police Station, Indore, - 452003 
Call: (91)-(731)-2560554, (91)-9870001401 

Surat Exim Pvt Ltd2030, Jash Textile Market, Near Shara Darwaja, Ring Road, Surat - 395002 (Also serves AHMEDABAD) 
Call: (91)-(261)-2336667, (91)-9227455399  

P & N Engineering & Marketing27, Golden Industrial Park, B/H Shabri Restaurant, Odhav Ring Road, Odhav, Ahmedabad - 380010 
Call: (91)-9408008795 

Jay Energy And S Energies LTD9, Payal Apartment, Ground Floor, NR National Handloom House, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad - 380009 
Call: (91)-(79)-30221822 


Dhara EngineeringChandra Colony, NR Cargo Ford BH Yes Bank, C G Road, Ahmedabad - 380009 
Call: (91)-(79)-64505035 

Arnav EximBe First to RatePaldi, Paldi, Ahmedabad - 380007  
Call: (91)-(79)-26614191 

Theatres 4 U
Prasad Ashwamegh 1, Between Shivranjani & Shyamal Cross Road 3RD Bunglow From IOC Petrol Pump, 132 Feet Ring Road, Ambavadi, Ahmedabad - 380015 
Call: (91)-(79)-26769692 

Hemina Solar Service10, Ishan Bunglow, 1ST Floor, Nr Surdhara Circle, Thaltej, Ahmedabad - 380054 
Call: (91)-9426281323 

Hi Tec Power Controls
 8 Surya Complex Ground Floor, Nr Swastik Cross Road, C G Road, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad - 380009 
Call: (91)-(79)-30003276 

Green Age SolutionsShop No-107 1ST Floor,Bopal Haat, Sun City, S P Ring Road, Bopal, Ahmedabad - 380058 
Call: (91)-9913701105 

El SOL Energy Systems A1 Bhagwatnagar Society, Opp Gulab Tower, Sola Roadnr J G Campus, Shahpur Road, Ahmedabad - 380002 
Call: (91)-(79)-27494506 

Bhanu Renewable Technologies409, Saraswatinagar, NR Azad Society, Satellite, Ahmedabad - 380015 
Call: (91)-(79)-65103095 


Ezer Solar SystemC-69 Pavitrakunj Society, CTM Cross Roads, Amraiwadi, Ahmedabad - 380026 
Call: (91)-(79)-25852400 


Patel Solar EnergyNR Samjuba Hospital, Nikol Tolnaka, Vijay Chowk, bapu nagar, Ahmedabad - 380024 
Call: (91)-9327524097 


Vibrant InfratechBlock No.8, Vikas Parives, Infront Of City Multiplex, Kalol, Ahmedabad H O, AHMEDABAD - 380001 
Call: (91)-9016640161 

Green Age SolutionsShop No-107 1ST Floor,Bopal Haat, Sun City, S P Ring Road, Bopal, Ahmedabad - 380058 Call: (91)-9913701105 

Solar Water Heater dealers


Solar panel dealers in Surat


Mahendi Powertech Pvt Ltd102 Golden Centre, Opp Dada Saheb Derasar,Kalanala, Kalanala, Bhavnagar - 364001 (Also serves SURAT) Call: (91)-(278)-2423710, (91)-9825213320 

106 A Allied House, NR Inderlok Metro Station, Indralok, Delhi - 110035 (Also serves SURAT) 
Call: (91)-(11)-23658597, (91)-9811611004 

Solar India Inc1/2 Old Palasia, 105 Apollo Arcade, Palasia Police Station, Indore, - 452003 
Call: (91)-(731)-2560554, (91)-9870001401 | 

Surat Exim Pvt Ltd2030, Jash Textile Market, Near Shara Darwaja, Ring Road, Surat - 395002 
Call: (91)-(261)-2336667, (91)-9227455399 


 Waree Energies PVT. LTD.Plot No. 231-236, Diamond Park, Surat Special Economic Zone, Sachin, Surat - 394230  
Call: (91)-(261)-2398661 

Nisus Microtech402/B, ITC Building, Ring Road, Majura Gate Cross Road, Majura Gate, Surat - 395002 
Call: (91)-(261)-3015171 


Solar Best C/O,Enwatech Enterprise, D-322, 2nd Floor, Yash Plaza Complex, Varachha road, Varachha Road, VARACHHA ROAD, SURAT - 395006 
Call: (91)-9033877125 


Spectra Engineering WorksL-18, Savera Complex, Opposite Krishna Petrol Pump, Udhna Main Road, SURAT - 395002 
Call: (91)-(261)-2632301 


Solar Panel dealers in Vadodara/Baroda


AAR DEE Power SystemsGround Floor 14 Ravi Bunglows Gautam Nagar Society, Opposite Axis Bank, Race Course, Vadodara - 390007 
Call: (91)-(265)-2353162, (91)-9825160277 

Surya International4 Milan Industrial Estate, Chhani Jakat Naka Opposite Deep Multiplex, Dharamsingh Desai Road, Chani, Vadodara - 390740  
Call: (91)-(265)-3096682, (91)-9879111390  Mahendi Powertech Pvt Ltd102 Golden Centre, Opp Dada Saheb Derasar,Kalanala, Kalanala, Bhavnagar - 364001 (Also serves VADODARA) Call: (91)-(278)-2423710, (91)-9825213320 


Solar India Inc1/2 Old Palasia, 105 Apollo Arcade, Palasia Police Station, Indore, - 452003 Call: (91)-(731)-2560554, (91)-9870001401 Surat Exim Pvt Ltd2030, Jash Textile Market, Near Shara Darwaja, Ring Road, Surat - 395002 (Also serves VADODARA) Call: (91)-(261)-2336667, (91)-9227455399

 

 Lobel solar Power System65,Mihir Park, Tube Company, Old Padra Road, Vadodara - 390012 Call: (91)-(265)-3199998 Abhishek Enterprises1, Akshar Apartment, 21/B, Ground Floor, Opp. Rosary School, Pratap Gunj, Vadodara - 390002 
Call: (91)-(265)-2780662


Horizon BatteriesShop No 5 Chandra Complex, NR Suryanagar Bus Stop, Waghodia Road, Vadodara - 390019 
Call: (91)-(265)-2022434 AAR DEE Power Systems14 Ravi Complex Bunglow Floor, Race Course Circle,Gautamnagar, Race Course Road, Vadodara - 390007 
Call: (91)-(265)-2353162 

 

Electronics System991/3, Gidc Estate, Vadodara, Makarpura, Makarpura, Vadodara - 390014 
Call: (91)-(265)-2644723 


Solar Best A/2 Jitendra Park , B/H Ayodhya Nagar, B/H Ayodhya Nagar, VIP Road, KARELIBAUG, VADODARA - 390018 
Call: (91)-(265)-6444536 

Sun Light65, Patel Park Society, RTO, Varasia, VADODARA - 390022 
Call: (91)- 

Sunward Sales Agency
Shop No 9, Balgovind Appartment, NR Darbar Chowkadi, Manjalpur, Vadodara - 390011 
Call: (91)-9723550147 

Solar Glass Dealers in Baroda

Solar Enterprise - Chhani , Vadodara

No.78,Bei Compound, Chani Road, Chhani, Vadodara-390002


Solar Panel Dealers in Porbander

Lubi Electronics Unit Of Lubi GroupBright School, Sardar Patel Ring Road, Nana Chiloda, AHMEDABAD - 382330 (Also serves PORBANDAR) 
Call:             (91)-(79)-39845300    

  
arkashakti solutions192 B,Flat No 4, 2ND Floor, Oppsite North Regional Cese Office, APC Road, Shyambazar, Kolkata - 700004(Also serves PORBANDAR) 
Call:             (91)-(33)-25554741     ,             (91)-9143137563       

Bombay Tubes & Poles CompanyPlot No 100, Behind Britania Biscuit Factory, Reay Road, 2ND Lane, Darukhana-Mazgaon, Mumbai - 400010(Also serves PORBANDAR) 
Call:             (91)-(22)-23729802      ,             (91)-9820293211       Entegra Limited1003, 10th Floor, Angal Bhawan, 16th K G Marg, K G Marg, Delhi - 110001 (Also serves PORBANDAR) 


Call:             (91)-(11)-43588640      ,             (91)-9212362222       
Ravisons Solar Energy Pvt LtdRavisons Solar Energy PVT LTD,NR Laxmi NGR Metro Station & Anil Properties,S-549,School Block 2,Shak, Shakarpur, Delhi - 110092 (Also serves PORBANDAR)  
Call:             (91)-9953714394       Solar India Inc1/2 Old Palasia, 105 Apollo Arcade, Palasia Police Station, Indore, - 452003 
Call:             (91)-(731)-2560554      ,             (91)-9870001401       

Solar Panel Dealers in Jamnagar

Mahendi Powertech Pvt Ltd102 Golden Centre, Opp Dada Saheb Derasar,Kalanala, Kalanala, Bhavnagar - 364001 (Also serves JAMNAGAR) 
Call:             (91)-(278)-2423710      ,             (91)-9825213320     


Solar Panel Dealers in Anand

Entegra Limited1003, 10th Floor, Angal Bhawan, 16th K G Marg, K G Marg, Delhi - 110001 (Also serves ANAND) 
Call:             (91)-(11)-43588640      ,             (91)-9212362222    

  

Surya International4 Milan Industrial Estate, Chhani Jakat Naka Opposite Deep Multiplex, Dharamsingh Desai Road, Chani, Vadodara - 390740 (Also serves ANAND) 
Call:             (91)-(265)-3096682      ,             (91)-9879111390       



Slscorp LTD. Co.18, Shiv Shakti Society, Anand, Anand - 388121 
Call:             (91)-(2692)-252897    

  
Solar Best C/O Dhruvi Solar,A/3 Aashray Appartment, Ganesh Crossing, Mangal Pura Road, Anand Ho Anand, Anand - 388001 
Call:             (91)-9033877125       

 

Solar Irradiation in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

 

  Solar Radiation

  Annual Average: 5.61

 

Monthly Average

Jan

4.80

 

  Feb

5.60

 

  Mar

6.36

 

  Apr

7.01

 

  May

7.38

 

  Jun

6.12

 

  Jul

4.84

 

  Aug

4.46

 

  Sep

5.52

 

  Oct

5.80

 

  Nov

4.92

 

  Dec

4.53

 
   
     

 

Solar Irradiation in Ahwa, Gujarat, India

 

 

 

  Solar Radiation

  Annual Average: 5.19

 

Monthly Average

 

Jan

4.91

 

  Feb

5.66

 

  Mar

6.36

 

  Apr

6.74

 

  May

6.67

 

  Jun

5.05

 

  Jul

3.90

 

  Aug

3.75

 

  Sep

4.53

 

  Oct

5.28

 

  Nov

4.92

 

  Dec

4.55

     

 

Solar Irradiation in Amreli, Gujarat, India

 

 

 

  Solar Radiation

  Annual Average: 5.34

 

Jan

4.85

 

  Feb

5.52

 

  Mar

6.42

 

  Apr

6.81

 

  May

6.73

 

  Jun

5.47

 

  Jul

4.35

 

  Aug

4.28

 

  Sep

5.10

 

  Oct

5.24

 

  Nov

4.82

 

  Dec

4.46

     

 

Solar Irradiation in Anand, Gujarat, India

 

 

 

  Solar Radiation

  Annual Average: 5.78

 

Jan

4.88

 

  Feb

5.78

 

  Mar

6.69

 

  Apr

7.31

 

  May

7.54

 

  Jun

6.42

 

  Jul

5.01

 

  Aug

4.67

 

  Sep

5.63

 

  Oct

5.89

 

  Nov

5.06

 

  Dec

4.54

     

 

Solar Irradiation in Bharuch, Gujarat, India

 

 

 

  Solar Radiation

  Annual Average: 5.30

 

 Jan

4.77

 

  Feb

5.49

 

  Mar

6.32

 

  Apr

6.79

 

  May

6.73

 

  Jun

5.48

 

  Jul

4.36

 

  Aug

4.22

 

  Sep

4.93

 

  Oct

5.29

 

  Nov

4.82

 

  Dec

4.39

     

 

Solar Irradiation in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India

 

 

 

  Solar Radiation

  Annual Average: 5.23

 

Jan

4.66

 

  Feb

5.34

 

  Mar

6.18

 

  Apr

6.55

 

  May

6.54

 

  Jun

5.45

 

  Jul

4.42

 

  Aug

4.38

 

  Sep

5.07

 

  Oct

5.23

 

  Nov

4.69

 

  Dec

4.26

     

 

Solar Irradiation in Bhuj, Gujarat, India

 

 

 

  Solar Radiation

  Annual Average: 5.84

 

Jan

4.77

 

  Feb

5.71

 

  Mar

6.63

 

  Apr

7.29

 

  May

7.54

 

  Jun

6.71

 

  Jul

5.23

 

  Aug

4.86

 

  Sep

6.00

 

  Oct

5.88

 

  Nov

5.03

 

  Dec

4.48

     

 

Solar Irradiation in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

 

 

 

  Solar Radiation

  Annual Average: 5.75

 

Jan

4.82

 

  Feb

5.74

 

  Mar

6.62

 

  Apr

7.29

 

  May

7.57

 

  Jun

6.60

 

  Jul

4.81

 

  Aug

4.53

 

  Sep

5.77

 

  Oct

5.86

 

  Nov

5.00

 

  Dec

4.50

     

 

Solar Irradiation in Godhra, Gujarat, India

 

 

 

  Solar Radiation

  Annual Average: 5.56

 

 Jan

4.83

 

  Feb

5.60

 

  Mar

6.33

 

  Apr

7.00

 

  May

7.31

 

  Jun

6.08

 

  Jul

4.83

 

  Aug

4.28

 

  Sep

5.37

 

  Oct

5.82

 

  Nov

4.82

 

  Dec

4.45

     

 

Solar Irradiation in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

 

 

 

  Solar Radiation

  Annual Average: 5.59

 

Jan

4.90

 

  Feb

5.61

 

  Mar

6.51

 

  Apr

7.17

 

  May

7.35

 

  Jun

6.05

 

  Jul

4.73

 

  Aug

4.21

 

  Sep

5.70

 

  Oct

5.69

 

  Nov

4.70

 

  Dec

4.47

     

 

Solar Irradiation in Porbandar, Gujarat, India

 

 

 

  Solar Radiation

  Annual Average: 6.08

 

Jan

5.27

 

  Feb

6.18

 

  Mar

6.92

 

  Apr

7.50

 

  May

7.45

 

  Jun

6.42

 

  Jul

5.37

 

  Aug

5.40

 

  Sep

6.16

 

  Oct

5.97

 

  Nov

5.32

 

  Dec

4.95

     

 

Solar Irradiation in Rajkot, Gujarat, India

 

 

 

  Solar Radiation

  Annual Average: 5.77

 

Jan

4.95

 

  Feb

5.86

 

  Mar

6.74

 

  Apr

7.36

 

  May

7.45

 

  Jun

6.31

 

  Jul

4.83

 

  Aug

4.61

 

  Sep

5.67

 

  Oct

5.85

 

  Nov

5.05

 

  Dec

4.63

     

 

Solar Irradiation in Surat, Gujarat, India

 

 

 

  Solar Radiation

  Annual Average: 5.23

 

Jan

4.66

 

  Feb

5.34

 

  Mar

6.18

 

  Apr

6.55

 

  May

6.54

 

  Jun

5.45

 

  Jul

4.42

 

  Aug

4.38

 

  Sep

5.07

 

  Oct

5.23

 

  Nov

4.69

 

  Dec

4.26

     

 

Solar Irradiation in Vadodara, Gujarat, India

 

 

 

  Solar Radiation

  Annual Average: 5.77

 

  Jan

4.89

 

  Feb

5.81

 

  Mar

6.69

 

  Apr

7.30

 

  May

7.52

 

  Jun

6.31

 

  Jul

5.07

 

  Aug

4.56

 

  Sep

5.57

 

  Oct

5.89

 

  Nov

5.05

 

  Dec

4.58

     

 

Solar Irradiation in Vadodara, Gujarat, India

 

 

 

  Solar Radiation

  Annual Average: 5.77

 

Jan

4.89

 

  Feb

5.81

 

  Mar

6.69

 

  Apr

7.30

 

  May

7.52

 

  Jun

6.31

 

  Jul

5.07

 

  Aug

4.56

 

  Sep

5.57

 

  Oct

5.89

 

  Nov

5.05

 

  Dec

4.58

     

 

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  • aathmika
    aathmika -

    Evacuated tube collector based solar water heating systems - List of Eligible manufacturers/suppliers in Gujarat by MNRE


    M/s Hiramrut Energies Pvt. Ltd.

    M/s Om Energy Equipment

    M/s Patel Engineering,

    M/s Sun Gold Enterprise

    M/s Redren Energy Pvt. Ltd.,

    M/s Sun Free Heat Industries

    M/s Farmson Enviro care

    M/s NRG Technologists Pvt. Ltd.

    M/s Warm Stream,

    M/s Yogi Solar Industries

    M/s Electrotherm Renewable

    M/s. M.G. Rama Energy Pvt. Ltd.

    M/s Sun Energy Systems

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  • shankar
    shankar -

    http://www.indextb.com/solar-policy-09.pdf Like

  • shankar
    shankar -

    The solar policy of India ie the Jawarlal Nehru Solar mission is herehttp://mnre.gov.in/pdf/mission-document-JNNSM.pdf Like

  • shankar
    shankar -

    http://www.eai.in/club/users/aathmika/blogs/1126Maharastra solar policyhttp://www.eai.in/club/users/Romila/blogs/1096Sandland Real Estate enters the Gujarat  solar market Like

  • shankar
    shankar -

    Ganeshvani Merchandise Pvt. plans to build a 5-megawatt solar power plant in Indias Gujarat state, according to an advertisement in the Financial Express.

    The company is seeking a contractor to design, supply materials, build, and start the plant, which will use photovoltaic panels, it said. Bids are due by April 11.

    Crisil Risk & Infrastructure Solutions Ltd., the consulting and advisory unit of credit ratings company Crisil Ltd. (CRISIL), is handling the tender, according to the advertisement.

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  • anna
    anna -

    PLG Power Ltd., the energy and power division of the PLG Group, has begun work on a 40 MW solar PV plant in Patan, near Ahmadabad, India.

    PLG, which also manufactures crystalline PV modules, has signed a power purchase agreement for the project with the government of Gujarat. Equity participation of 20 MW is provided by Zamil of Saudi Arabia, and 20 MW is provided by U.K.-based Ashburg.

    The company says the plant will be constructed in four phases of 10 MW each. All four phases are expected to be completed by the end of the next fiscal year.
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  • aathmika
    aathmika -

    http://www.eai.in/club/users/aathmika/blogs/1131
    Another first by Solar energy and Gujarat !! First in India ! Like

  • krupali
    krupali -

    A low cost solar energy solution for Indian industries 


    Solar energy for paper making, food processing and  petroleum processing
    A business opportunity in India !
    It is one thing to make electricity from the sun. Which is what most of us are trying. All the solar power companies are upto the same.Heres a new startup call Thermatta.IT is funded by Bill Gross' Idealab.
    Thermatta build solar powered boilers.  The boilers produce steam for industrial activities viz paper making, food processing and petroleum processing. It can obviously be extended to other industrial activities similar to these.
    Many of these industries currently use standard boilers, normally powered by natural gas or coal.

    Brad Hines the CEO of Thermatta expects that the market for industrial heat in boilers is estimated to be 26 billion dollars per annum.
    The idea of Brad Hines is pretty simple. It is setting up heliostats ie big mirrors atop the factory. These heliostats concentrate sunlight onto a receiver on top of an adjacent tower. The heat generated in the tower powers the boiler to produce steam.

    I guess they will soon go for the Beam Down model for better efficiency.
    Solar steam produced the Thermatta way, costs $ 4.60 per MBTU compared to average cost of natural gas powered steam of about $ 6 to $ 10 per MBTU .
    Indian entrepreneurs, should take up such projects, that cut down co2 emission and is less expensive. 
    CO2 emission free and a reduction in the cost  by as much as 50 %.
    What is amazing is that Hines says that the pay back period is just two years.
    Indian entrepreneurs cant ask for more. They shoud start doing research right away. Or they should tie up with the companies in usa which are into this.

    So far Thermata has a partnership with boiler and receiver maker Aalborg CSP, and has the benefit of the experience developed in the solar thermal incubation lab of Idealab. 
    Hines was the founding CEO of concentrating solar photovoltaic startup Soliant Energy, and was VP of engineering for Idealabs CPV startup Energy Innovations. Before that, he worked in NASAs Jet Propulsion Lab for 14 years.
    Hines said that the company has been backed by $500,000 in funds from Idealab and is looking for another $600,000 from investors to build its first pilot system by 2012. 
    Competitors include Sopogy, Chromasun, Heliodynamics and Cogenra.
    The cost of doing such research doesnt seem too steep for indian entrepreneurs. Indian entrepreneurs can do their own research. Join with the above companies and participate in their equity. Or they can become the distributors of such companies which have started commercialising the technology.
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  • Joydeep
    Joydeep -

    State --- Renewable energy production (approx)

    Tamil Nadu --- 4,900

    Maharashtra --- 2,500

    Gujarat --- 1,800

    Andhra Pradesh --- 800

    Orissa --- 300

    (* Figure in MW)

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  • shankar
    shankar -

    PLG Power will set up a 120 MW capacity-solar cell manufacturing facility in Nashik at an investment of Rs 410 crore and production at the plant is expected to start by January 2012.

    The Mumbai-based company, part of diversified PLG Group, is currently focused on the fast growing solar energy sector.


    "We are building a solar cell manufacturing facility in Nashik, that will have an annual capacity of 120 MW.

    The investment is about Rs 410 crore and we expect to start production by January next year," PLG Power's CEO and MD Punit K Goyal told PTI.

    The firm already has a 50-MW capacity solar photovoltaic modules manufacturing plant in Nashik.

    The company is working on a 40-MW solar power project in Gujarat, that would see an overall investment of Rs 600 crore, Goyal said. The project would be ready by September this year, he added.

    PLG Power has signed the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) for the project.

    The company also has bagged 30 MW Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts worth about Rs 400 crore, Goyal said.

    A 20 MW EPC contract would be implemented for Saudi Arabia's Zamil while the 10 MW order has been received from Chennai-based Indowind Energy Ltd.

    Goyal noted that the company has tied up with Japanese player Kyocera and together they are in negotiations for 100 MW EPC contracts -- estimated to be worth about Rs 1,500 crore. Like

  • aathmika
    aathmika -

    TATA power  signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam to develop a 25 MW solar photovoltaic project at Mithapur in Gujarat under the States Solar Power Policy 2009.

    This plant is likely to be one of the largest of its kind in the country and is targeted for commissioning by December 2011. Like

  • Rahul
    Rahul -

    Business opportunities in solar energy

    http://www.eai.in/club/users/Romila/blogs/1118  Renewable energy certificates

    http://www.eai.in/club/users/Nithya/blogs/1154    Solar desalination

    http://www.eai.in/club/users/aathmika/blogs/1170  Floating solar plants


    Very soon , there will be articles here on how small and medium companies can get into solar business.

    Watch this space !
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  • shankar
    shankar -

    Professional Course in Solar PV Design, Technology and Application-Gujarat-23rd-27th May 2011

    Intended For:



    • Engineers & technicians from Solar companies,

    • Power Developers,

    • Corporate,

    • PSUs,

    • Government,

    • Consultants


    WorkShops  Solar energy being a new focus area, the level of awareness and knowledge about the same is limited. We understand this constraint and in an attempt to popularize the use of renewable energy and to make professionals competent enough, we conduct workshops which are conducted by solar energy professionals.


    1. For executives: We have designed workshops for executives who are involved in the decision making process, managers who decide on the solar spend for the organization and engineers who execute and maintain the solar installation.


    The following topics are generally covered in such workshops:



    • Solar resource mapping

    • Making load calculations

    • Solar Photovoltaic fundamentals

    • Types and their characteristics

    • Solar thermal fundamentals

    • Types and their characteristics

    • Tools for solar techno-economic decision making

    • Govt. schemes and initiatives

    • Intelligent budgeting

    • Case Studies and real examples

    • Product Showcase


    2. For technicians: In order to further expand the skill set of technicians (electrical engineers, mechanical engineers), who are either existing practitioners in this field and or are amateurs, our solar energy professionals conduct regular workshops to teach and update them about the latest practices and to get them equipped with the solar technology. The following topics are covered in such workshops:SafetyComprehension of solar drawings and diagramssite preparationInstallation Standardization Handing over and training the operations staffTool KitReporting


    Key takeaways: Hands-on Training Certification Criteria:


    Introduction to PV/Solar Radiation/Site Surveys and Planning


    Cells, Modules and Arrays /System Configurations and Components/System Sizing


    Batteries/Charge Controllers/Inverters


    Mechanical Integration/Electrical Integration/Utility Interconnection


    Permitting and Inspection/Commissioning, Maintenance and Troubleshooting/ Economic Analysis


    Our training programs have been attended by: Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, GTZ, GMR Group, Sun Edison, Biocon, National Thermal Power Corporation, Gas Authority of India Ltd, Indian Railways, Oil India Ltd, Indo Solar, Mahindra, Suzlon, Wipro, Tata Steel, Birla Power Solutions, RITES Ltd, Kirloskar Integrated Technology Ltd, Sulabh International, Chowgule Group, Abellon Power, Larsen & Toubro, Shapoorji & Pallonji group, Gujarat Government, Renewable Energy Agency of Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Meghalaya etc.

    Event URLhttp://www.meraevents.com/event/Professional-Course-in-Solar-PV-Design-Technology-and-Application
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  • shankar
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    Solar Energy Association of Gujarat 

    In order to bring together the stake holders in the solar energy sector in Gujarat, a group of industrialists have launched a Solar Energy Association that will address some of the key issues relating to the land acquisition, share holding pattern and changes in the terms of PPAs signed with the government.

    Dr J.J. Irani, director, Tata Sons, recently launched the association in Ahmedabad. Commenting about the need to streamline the renewable sector in the country, Irani informed that though the new technology (solar energy) is likely to be costly, it will turnout to be beneficial in the long run.

    http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/gujarat-gets-solar-energy-association/422005/

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  • aathmika
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    Solar inverter : A business opportunity in India : Enecsys 

    Being one of the first companies to market with micro inverters, Enecsys believes its technology carries several competitive advantages including a life-span that matches that of the photovoltaic (PV) module and the ability to increase energy yield  between five and 20 per cent.

    Enecsys components are manufactured in the Far East and it has aTaiwanese operation as a result of its growth plan.

    Solar inverters are used to convert DC power from the PV cells into AC power for the electricity grid. Conventional devices use 'string' inverters to support a large number of panels, but are generally less efficient and their malfunction can effect the whole panel, unlike micro inverters which support one or two modules.

    Micro Inverters can, however, be harder to maintain, which is why Enecsys has, for what it claims is the first time, eliminated components that limit inverter life.

    The company will continue to work on re-engineering the inverters to drive the cost down further and will use the Series B money to hire staff that can do that.

    The Enecsys IP is based on patented technology developed at the University of Cambridge. The company has previously raised 8.5m, but has no plans for any more according to CEO, Henrik Raunkjaer.

    This last round was led by Climate Change Capital Private Equity who invested 11m and claims it is the largest fundraising round closed this year by any European cleantech company.


    The opportunity is to opt for

    a: Getting a manufacturing and marketing license from them

    b. Just become a marketing agent for India / Asia

    c. Invest in them so that they can start catering to the Indian markets too

    d. Start R & D activities to develop superior products.

    WWW.enecsys.com


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  • Shweta
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    All the 45 hutments in the sleepy little village of Nalwas in the Banaskantha district of Gujarat will be lit up thanks to the 'Jyotirgamaya' project of Grand Lodge of India (GLI), an association of freemasons. As a part of its golden jubilee celebrations, GLI has taken up the initiative to light up 50 villages across remote areas in the country that do not have access to electricity till date. "Work is nearing completion in 26 villages. We have already completed work in seven villages spread across Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra. We are targeting to complete the electrification work in all the 50 villages by end of October", said B Biswakumar, grand master, GLI adding that it was actually a difficult task to identify this village in Gujarat, a state which has close to 100 per cent rural electrification. GLI is in the process of identifying a second such village in the state.
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  • shankar
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    Khosla backed SunBorne is building a 15-megawatt plant in Gujarat state that is due to be completed this year.  Like

  • shankar
    shankar -

    US keen on firming biz ties with Gujarat, a state that has 'everything'

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  • shankar
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     The chief minister apprised Sagir about the state's initiatives to set up solar desalination plants along the coastline of Gujarat. 
    The envoy had evinced interest in states water management projects, initiatives like Krishi Mahotsav for agriculture promotion, and forensic science university set up here, the statement said.
    http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/israel-explores-possible-business-ventures-in-gujarat/672115.html Like

  • Nitin
    Nitin -

    The chief minister said that the state government would also setup a solar energy powered plant for desalination of sea-water, which will be then supplied for industrial use.He also mentioned that the Dahej SEZ had been selected as one of the best 25 SEZs in the world. He described Dahej SEZ as Gujarats Gateway to the world, with European companies like Rockwool making huge investments. Like

  • Rahul
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    The first MW scale Solar power project under the Gujarat State Policy using non recourse
    financing commissioned, in in Khadoda, by Azure Power !
     

      The first MW scale Solar power project under the Gujarat State Policy using non recourse financing commissioned, in in Khadoda, by Azure Power .  
    • The Khadoda Plant can meet the power requirements of almost 150 villages in Gujarat 
    • Azure power completes investment of over Rs3bn in Indian solar generation with this Gujarat Solar Project. 
    • With projects already operational in Punjab and Gujarat and under construction in Rajasthan Azure Power is on track to reach total solar power generation of 100 MW by 2014 with cumulative investment of Rs15bn.

     

    Azure Power, the countrys leading solar power producing company, today announced the commissioning of Phase 1 of its 10 MW solar photovoltaic plant in Gujarat. The plant, situated at Khadoda village, Sabarkantha district of Gujarat, is Indias largest solar power project and will immediately generate clean solar power annually enough to light 1,00,000 rural homes. This will replace carbon emissions of around 15,000 metric tonnes, an equivalent of removing 15,000 cars from Indian roads every year. 

     

    The Government of Gujarat, which is at the forefront of accelerating Indias adoption of solar energy, has entered into a 25 year power purchase agreement with Azure Power. Under this PPA, the 60+ acres solar photovoltaic field will generate enough electricity to meet the power requirement of around 150 villages through GUVNL. 

     

    The Khadoda Plant, set up at a cost of Rs. 170 crore, under the Build-Own-Operate (BOO) mode with Azure Power, will formally be inaugurated by Gujarats Honble Chief Minister, Shri Narendrabhai Modi, on June 10, 2011. 

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  • shankar
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    Gujarat is committed to establish 100 MW capacity of Solar Power in next six months. At the same time, the State will also focus on solar energy related research, as it will not only protect the natural resources through use of clean energy, but also create over one lakh new jobs. Hailing States initiative for green energy, the Chief Minster added, Gujarat contributes 50% to the total income generated through sale of carbon credits in India.
     Gujarat is on its way to become world capital of Solar Energy.  IFC is mulling over an investment of Rs. 450 Crore with Independent Power Producers in the solar space in Gujarat to create 100 MW capacity of Solar power generation. This is a great example of US investment in clean technology in India. We have received tremendous support in the realization of this project, from the representatives of the State, especially Department of Energy and Petrochemicals. Right from facilitation of land for the project to speedy clearances, Gujarat is a prime example of how to combine execution with vision. Also, the cooperation from local communities has been excellent. Azure believes that distributed solar power is the best way to electrify Indian villages and we will continue to strive towards making a big contribution in this area.  Like

  • Nikoli
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    Bangalore based infrastructure company GMR Infrastructure is close to raising around INR 400 crore of debt to finance its upcoming solar project in Gujarat !
    GMR got clearance from Gujarat State Gov for the 25 MW project earlier.http://www.steelguru.com/indian_news/GMR_to_raise_funds_for_solar_power/209315.html Like

  • anna
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    Moser Baer Solar Ltd (MBSL) has said that its solar modules are now certified by TV InterCert for being corrosion resistant. 

    "This certifies not only enhanced overall reliability of MBSL's PV modules but also their suitability for a 25 year deployment in the coastal regions like Gujarat or Tamil Nadu and in areas like Kutch with a high level of salt content in air, rain or soil for the most part of the year," the company said in a statement. 

    According to various reports, Gujarat itself is looking at commissioning more than capacity 500 MW of solar installations this year and thereby creating a demand for PV modules that are resistant to corrosion when exposed to salt content in the air, it said. 

    "This certification significantly addresses the needs of solar developers in India and will improve the confidence of investors in the solar PV projects," the company said. 

    It said that the "salt mist" corrosion resistant certification complements company's 25 years' warranty on its PV modules are already bankable with more than 20 banks in Europe. 

    Globally, banks and financial institutions prefer PV projects that use highly reliable PV modules and since the 'salt mist' corrosion resistant panels improve the viability of solar projects even in demanding climatic conditions, it will have a positive impact on the bankability of solar projects commissioned using the same, the statement said.

    http://m.economictimes.com/PDAET/articleshow/8773628.cms

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  • Shweta
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    A Survey conducted by the Gujarat Technological University Innovation Council on researches being conducted by academic institutes on solar technology, has revealed that the researches are incompatible with the demands of the industry.

    According to GTU Vice-Chancellor Akshai Aggarwal, Indias climatic conditions favour solar thermal innovations but most of the academic institutions spend their entire energy and resources on carrying out researches on photovoltaic (PV) system, which is best suited for countries in Europe and America where the average temperature is around 25 degrees. He said that academia in European and American countries as well as Japan focuses mostly on researches on PV technologies because it is the most efficient system of generating solar power under their own specific climatic conditions. The GTUIC survey indicates that 73 per cent of industries, particularly SMEs, favoured solar thermal technology and hardly 20 per cent favoured PV technology. 

    http://www.eai.in/club/users/Romila/blogs/1719
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  • anna
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    http://www.eai.in/club/users/anna/blogs/1814

    Adani enterprises 40 MWp solar pv project in Kutch, Gujarat has reached the
    validation stage in Clean Development Mechanism !

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  • Nithya
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    The government of the western state of Gujarat in India has announced the establishment of Asias largest solar park that will provide 800 million units of power in two years when commissioned with a power production capacity of 500 MW. The state owned Gujarat Power Corporation is developing the solar park in Charanka Village near Santalpur in Patan district.

    http://cleantechnica.com/2011/07/04/1-78-billion-to-be-invested-in-asias-largest-solar-park-500-mw-in-india/

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  • mukeshdobariya
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    Kemrock is also putting up 10 MW Solar PV plant near Vadodara......

    Kemrock is leading manufacturer of composite based product and now also promoting solar structure of composite which are widely used in Italy and USA.

    FRP solar mounting structures
    with unique features:-

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    ü Corrosion proof – No painting or Zinc coating required.

    ü Do not deform under impact.

    ü Aesthetically good – No Burring & Finishing required, No injury.

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    ü Complete solution for structure – Mounting plate, Structure & Purlins.

    ü Low Cost of Ownership – Savings of Money.


    Top Glass Italy - Part of kemrock is leader in roof top solution for composite structure.

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  • ashokkumarvittal
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    Any one have idea on solar policy of Gujarat for 2012

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  • harita
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    Chief Minister Narendra Modi has rightly linked energy dependence to national security

    It began first with the launch of one of the largest solar farms to come up in barren land with the promise of producing more than 500 megawatts of solar power. Next, there was a unique pilot project from Chandrasan village of Kaditaluka in Mehsana district of Gujarat on generating about one megawatt of solar power. The power generation capacity may be small but the innovation of the pilot project lay in covering up real estate over the Narmada branch canal with solar panels to simultaneously generate power and conserve water. It may be early days but the estimate is that up to 90 lakh litres of water would be prevented from evaporating annually with this dual use of technology. This may be scratching the surface on the potential of distributed power generation, with the many pilot projects across Gujarat on roof-top power generation that allow consumers to become produces of power by selling back energy into the grid.

    There is a long way to go before we address all the challenges around renewable sources of energy in general and solar power in particular. But it is in order that this emerging roadmap is put into perspective. Since 2009, the number of commercial and residential installations that generated solar power grew by 75 per cent. In the United States alone, distributed power generation using solar is estimated to be at least a $ 30 billion market over the next 15 years. Taking the lead on energy independence, the US Department of Defence is looking at solar taking a five per cent slice of its multi-billion dollar spend on renewable sources of energy for its non-combat facilities. Major American cities like Los Angeles are also undertaking massive city-wide initiatives, with electric vehicles in mind. The speed with which concept to commissioning of the solar park happened in Gujarat is a credible demonstration that India can leapfrog and play catch-up with the West.

    There is a political contrast, however, in this energy independence that must be highlighted. This political contrast is relevant as some people have sought to link the Gujarat public sector undertaking firm, GSPC’s troubles in KG Basin with Mr Modi’s penchant for thinking big while deriding the various experiments towards energy independence as hype.

    Back in his first term, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had staked political capital he did not possess to push through a promise of energy security in the form of the India-US civil nuclear deal. Halfway into his second term, it is clear that he is far from even laying the foundation on which that promise was to be built on. The contrast could not have been starker between Gujarat that has become the mainstay of sorts for the BJP and Andhra Pradesh which is the mainstay for the Congress. While Gujarat is looking at a power surplus, Andhra Pradesh is not just suffering a serious power shortage but has had a steep hike in tariff, making it a double whammy on entrepreneurs.  http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/item/51653-gujarat-sets-agenda-for-energy-security.html


    A new solar project in Mehsana in Gujarat not just produces energy, but also saves water.

    The 1 MW power plant will produce 16 lakh units of electricity a year, but more importantly, will prevent about 90 lakh litres of water from being evaporated every year.

    "A project like this one can deliver power to about 25,000 people, so that's quite substantial," said Pushupathy Gopalan, MD, South Asia, SunEdison Energy.

    With solar panels fitted over the canal, the cost of acquiring land is eliminated. It requires just five acres of land to generate 1 MW of electricity.

    Gujarat leads the race in solar power generation. A solar park commissioned at Charanka in North Gujarat last week, produces 600 MW of electricity, while the combined solar power generation elsewhere in the country stands at around 125 MW.

    "If we can use our canal network to produce solar energy, then it will be a revolution. We are not only giving the country a new plan, but we are giving the world an innovation," said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.  

    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/gujarat-solar-project-produces-power-saves-water/254616-3.html


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  • Shweta
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    Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited Truing Up for FY 2010-11, and Determination of Tariff for FY 2012-13http://www.gercin.org/tarifforderpdf/en_1338626020.pdf Like

  • Shweta
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    Gujarat: Convenient Actions for a Clean-n-Green GujaratOur VisionThe Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat has timely envisioned the need and has ensured that every citizen has access to energy that is clean, green and grid-quality power.Our Mandate

    Foster the development of sustainable, equitable and resilient energy systems suitable for our developing economy.
    Initiation of change from energy deprivation and dependence to energy autonomy through use of renewable technologies and energy conservation measures.
    Create energy literate citizenry,  capable of making wise energy choices.Research, development, demonstration and popularization of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies.
    Our Purpose
    To create opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives by:Promoting open and competitive markets for renewable/sustainable  energy power projects in Gujarat

    Supporting companies and other private sector where there is a gap through a single window clearanceHelping to generate productive jobs and deliver essential services to the Renewable Energy sector
    Catalysing and mobilizing the promotion and popularization of sustainable enrgy technologies through various outreach programmes and  projects
    GEDA’s strength has been its composite approach that considered the promotion of renewable energy and energy conservation as integral to the goal to foster the development of sustainable, equitable and resilient energy systems that can satisfy the needs of our growing economy. Like

  • srinivasm1991
    srinivasm1991 -

    dear friends,     we are having the right way in the solar industry.gujarat goverment plans to apply for the financial support in world bank.but we are already got the world bank financial support with backend subsidy Like

  • srinivasm1991
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    dear friends,     we are having the right way in the solar industry.gujarat goverment plans to apply for the financial support in world bank.but we are already got the world bank financial support with backend subsidy Like

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