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Suzlon’s first 2.1 MW wind turbine generator in Gujarat achieves 42% PLF

According to reports, the Suzlon Group, a leading global renewable energy solutions provider, on Wednesday, said its S111 120m 2.1 MW wind turbine generator has achieved a nearly 42% Plant Load Factor (PLF) in its first 12 months of operation at the Jamanwada site in Kutch district of Gujarat. The prototype was commissioned in March 2016, a company release said here. The 42 percent PLF demonstrated is 20 per cent higher than the 35 percent PLF achieved by S97 120m ... Read More »

Wind power sector ready to work with govt to realize targets: Sarvesh Kumar

According to reports, the wind power sector is ready to work with the government to realize the target of 175 GW renewable power, of which 60GW is wind power, by 2022, but first wants a proper regulatory framework in place. Sarvesh Kumar, chairman of the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturing Association (IWTMA), in an interview with Mint, discussed various issues plaguing the sector, including how goods and services tax (GST) rates could impact the wind sector and how offshore wind power ... Read More »

6 GW of wind capacity to be auctioned this year

According to reports, India will see 6 GW of wind power capacity auctioned in the current year, Rajeev Kapoor, Secretart, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, said today. Speaking at Windergy 2017 conference here, Kapoor said that 2 MW will be tendered out by the govt company, SECI, in a month. Part of the other 4 GW would be bid out by the state governments, he said. The plan for 6 GW comes on the heels of the country’s first ... Read More »

See fierce competition for new solar tenders in Indian market: Bridge to India

According to reports, first round of bids were submitted for Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI’s) 750 MW tender in Bhadla Solar Park, Rajasthan last week. A total of 33 developers are believed to have submitted bids for an aggregate capacity of 8,750 MW – an oversubscription of almost 12 times. Coming in the wake of intensely competitive bidding in Rewa and Kadappa tenders, the signs are that competition for new projects is getting fiercer, particularly as the supply of ... Read More »

India’s solar power capacity addition to remain strong at 7,500 Mw in current fiscal: ICRA

According to reports,  India’s solar power capacity addition would remain strong in a range between 7,000 Megawatt (Mw) and 7,500 Mw on the back of a huge portfolio of projects awarded recently, research and ratings agency ICRA has said. “While currently there is a temporary lull in the announcement of fresh bids, the magnitude of solar project awards in the past 12-18 months has been quite significant. The backlog against these awards itself would support a solar capacity addition of ... Read More »

India’s wind power capacity crosses 32 GW mark, says IWTMA

According to reports, Industry body Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) on Tuesday said the wind power generation capacity in the country has crossed 32 GW mark. However, according to the Central Electricity Authority’s (CEA) monthly report for March 2017, the installed wind power generation capacity is around 28.7 GW, lower than the ITWMA estimates.  India’s installed wind power generation capacity has crossed 32 GW so far and there should be at least 6 GW of capacity addition every year ... Read More »

The unintended consequences of low solar tariffs

According to reports, India’s race to the bottom for solar power prices has resulted in some unintended consequences. These range from some electricity distribution companies (discoms) wavering on signing power purchase agreements for projects awarded at higher tariffs to postponement of some tenders, according to consulting firm Bridge to India. The latest milestone was the new record low tariff of Rs3.15 per kilowatt hour (kWh) quoted by France’s Solairedirect SA at the auction of a project in Andhra Pradesh on ... Read More »

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