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Kerala State Electricity Board targets 300 MW of solar power during the 12′th plan period

According to reports, Kerala State Electricity Board is planning to lure domestic consumers using above 200 units of power a month for setting up off-grid solar power plants. The board mooted the idea while seeking the state electricity regulatory commission’s approval for its projected revenue requirement and expected revenue from charges for the year 2013-14. According to the board, it is planning to promote off-grid solar installation with battery backup as a possible alternate choice for meeting the power requirement of ... Read More »

Tamil Nadu solar bid: Developers express apprehension

According to reports, that the Tamil Nadu solar tender attracted bids for about half of the 1,000 MW capacity tendered for should come as no surprise to those who had been following the process. In contrast, in the Phase I Batch I of the National Solar Mission, just 150 MW was tendered out, but the response was for over 5,000 MW. The pity is, Tamil Nadu could have easily got more than 1,000 MW if only the bidding process had been ... Read More »

Installed capacity of state units drop in power surplus Gujarat

According to reports, Gujarat owes more to private sector for its power surplus status. Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has time and again boasted of Gujarat’s success in power generation but a report by the state power regulator shows the installed power generation capacity of state-owned units has declined from 5,215.57 Mw in 2009-10 to 4995.57 Mw in 2010-11. More strikingly, the share of Gujarat government-owned units in total installed power capacities in state has been plummeting since 2009-10. As per ... Read More »

Borg India unveils solar power generators

According to reports, Borg India, a subsidiary of the US-based Borg, has launched solar power generators for the residential segment. Borg’s Astra series for homes will be available from mid-January and will be followed up with solar power solutions for commercial, particularly small industries, and agriculture segment later this year. Addressing media persons at the launch of the Astra series, Boaz Augustin, Chairman and Managing Director, Borg India, said the series dubbed the Astra Smart Grid Series is offering a ‘grid-fallback’ ... Read More »

Suzlon Group wins two new UK orders

Suzlon Group’s UK subsidiary, REpower UK, signed two new contracts of totaling 16.4 MW. The company will be supplying wind turbines for a new wind farm at Wear Point in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, as well as the Avonmouth wind farm in south west England. Wear Point, jointly owned by infrastructure company John Laing and developer Infinergy, will consist of four MM82 turbines. Construction work at Wear Point will commence in summer 2013 and will be completed towards the end of the ... Read More »

Tamil Nadu solar power purchase agreement still needs clarity: Pasupathy Gopalan, MD, SunEdison India

According to reports, SunEdison, the American solar power company which is active in India, says Tamil Nadu’s draft solar Power Purchase Agreement still needs some clarifications. SunEdision is one of the two highest bidders in Tamil Nadu’s solar power purchase tender. The company bid for four projects totalling 50 MW — it would sell solar power from these projects to the State’s electricity distribution company TANGEDCO. The other company that has bid for 50 MW is RK Biotech of Chennai. The ... Read More »

Kerala power board proposes tariff hike

According to reports, Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has proposed further increase in tariff in 2013-14 in a bid to realise additional Rs 1,573 crore in revenue. Of this, Rs 752 crore would be realised from domestic power consumers. Recovering the full amount might deliver a tariff shock, the Board feared. Unattended gap in accounts is to be treated as a ‘regulatory asset,’ which could be recovered in subsequent years. This was stated in the aggregate revenue requirements and expected revenue ... Read More »

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