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Andhra Pradesh tenders for 1,000 MW of solar power projects

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According to reports, close on the heels of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh has called for investors to put up ‘about 1,000 MW’ of solar power projects in the State. Andhra Pradesh’s transmission utility, APTRANSCO, has put out a list of substations and the solar power capacity that each of them can take. Bidders are to bid up to that capacity at that location. (The total capacity adds up to 1,160 MW.) Bids could be put in for multiple locations — one ... Read More »

Tata Power, RInfra say no solar power to meet RPO targets

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According to reports, private utilities Tata Power and Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) have blamed inordinate delays in commissioning of solar projects for their failure to meet the solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO) targets for the last two completed fiscals. The companies, in separate representations, informed the sectoral regulator MERC in October they could not meet the mandated power purchases for want of solar power availability. On December 5, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) allowed these firms to carry forward the shortfall to ... Read More »

Regulator seeks comments on power distribution in Tamil Nadu

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According to reports, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has invited suggestions from all stakeholders on a petition filed by Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd (TANGEDCO) on the distribution of power in the state. The state power utility in the petition says it wants to continue with the current system of power distribution in the state – two hours of power cut in Chennai and 8 to 12 hours of power cut in other parts of the state. ... Read More »

CESC to commission Rajasthan wind power project soon

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According to reports, Kolkata-based RP-Sanjiv Goenka group flagship CESC Ltd plans to complete commissioning of 50 MW wind power at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan in the next six months. According to group Chairman Sanjiv Goenka, the project is estimated to cost Rs 200-300 crore. The group’s proposed 146 MW hydro-electric foray is still in the preparatory stage. On the thermal power sector, he said that commissioning of the two thermal power stations of 600 MW each at Chandrapur in Maharashtra and Haldia ... Read More »

DMRC plans to tap sun, save money

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According to reports, Delhi Metro will draft tenders in the coming months for setting up solar power plants in an effort to cut down power costs. Increase in power tariffs has been instrumental in making the city’s new age transport system go green, say DMRC officials. Metro requires about 140 MW power on daily basis to run trains across its network. Since Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is expanding through phase 3, it plans to shift its power dependency on renewable ... Read More »

BHEL plans Rs 20 billion investment for solar manufacturing plant

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According to reports, state-run BHEL plans to invest up to Rs 2,000 crore for setting up solar equipment manufacturing facility having a capacity of 600 MW. BHEL, grappling with persisting headwinds in the power sector, is betting on business diversification spread across various areas including solar energy and defence sectors. “Initial investment could be around Rs 500-600 crore and then when we (can) expand it. (Overall investment) can go up to Rs 2,000 crore for a 600 MW capacity,” BHEL ... Read More »

Solar energy research institute launched

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According to reports, Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS), a collaboration between academia and industry of the two countries, was officially launched Saturday. The institute that includes IIT Bombay scientisis will come up with an innovative, low-cost and effective solution to energy needs. The Indian government, through the department of science and technology, and the US department of energy have each committed $25 million over a period of five years, while a group of 30 companies ... Read More »

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