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In a bid to minimize its dependence on the use of conventional sources of energy, Patna University (PU) is planning tap solar power installing rooftop solar panels on all of its buildings.

PU vice-chancellor (VC) Rash Bihari Prasad Singh announced about the installation of solar panel while initiating a discussion on the ‘Utility of Solar Energy’ organized as part of ‘Jal-Jivan-Hariyali Diwas’ celebrations .

First Tuesday of every month is observed as ‘Jal-Jivan-Hariyali Diwas’ after the education department in Bihar ssue directive to all the universities and colleges.

According to TOI various programmes were conducted at the university level and in different colleges on the theme of energy conservation.

A solar panel of 236kW had already been installed in PU and more such installations were in the pipeline said Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) project officer Surendra Kuma.

Kumar also gave valuable tips on conservation of energy and advantages of the use of solar power.

The publication notes that PU National Service Scheme (NSS) programme coordinator Atul Aditya Pandey pointed out that all the NSS camps organized in different colleges were now based on the theme of ‘Jal-Jivan-Hariyali’.

He added “Young volunteers are being told about ecological balance and environmental conservation,” he added.

Source : – http://www.climatesamurai.com/solar/patna-university-to-install-rooftop-solar-on-all-its-buildings/

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Adani Green Energy may look to replicate its recent solar collaboration with France’s Total after winning 8 gigawatts of projects in India this week.

Adani Green Energy, part of India’s Adani Group conglomerate, will build 8 gigawatts of large-scale solar capacity worth $6 billion in India over the next five years, after winning the world’s largest solar energy tender award this week. 

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a government body responsible for delivering India’s 100-gigawatt solar target for 2022, selected Adani Green in a tender designed to give a boost to India’s solar manufacturing sector. Adani Solar, the Adani Group’s separate PV manufacturing arm, will build an additional 2 gigawatts of domestic cell and module production capacity as part of the deal, to be up and running by 2022.

The first 2 gigawatts of the solar projects will be built by 2022, with three more 2-gigawatt chunks to be added in each of the subsequent three years, the developer said. India built around 9.5 gigawatts of new solar last year, according to Wood Mackenzie, making Adani’s projects a significant new tailwind for the overall market.

Adani’s solar plants will be built in multiple locations, but one of the developments will be a 2-gigawatt single-site array, tying Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra as the world’s largest announced solar project. 

An Adani Green spokesperson told Greentech Media that the developer will finance each 2-gigawatt portion off its own balance sheet, raising project finance as construction begins. The company will then look to refinance once the plants are operational to lower the cost of capital. Some of the projects have already undergone two to three years of development work. the pricing of the winning projects is 2.92 rupees (3.9 cents) per kilowatt-hour.

Potential investment from France’s Total?

Earlier this year Adani Green spun several gigawatts of operational solar assets into a new company, with French energy major Total taking a 50 percent stake in the new venture for $510 million.

On a conference call this week, Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani said that Total is “very much interested” in expanding its partnership with Adani Green and that several other foreign investors are also in talks with the company.

“[Adani Green] is always looking for ways to further reduce its costs of capital and to work with other energy majors and traditional investors as a path to facilitating the company’s continued rapid growth,” the spokesperson told GTM in an email.

The Adani Group runs a diverse range of businesses from logistics and ports to aerospace and coal mining. The week’s win takes Adani Green’s pipeline of built, under-construction or contracted solar projects to 15 gigawatts. The developer, among India’s largest renewables players, is targeting 25 gigawatts of installed solar capacity by 2025.

Avoiding the financing pitfalls for Indian solar projects

Despite the government’s big ambitions, confidence in India’s solar market has been shaky in recent years. The government’s goal of 175 gigawatts of renewables by 2022, including 100 gigawatts of solar, is widely seen as unrealistic. India had around 36 gigawatts of installed solar at the end of 2019, according to Wood Mackenzie. 

India has failed to build up a local PV manufacturing sector capable of competing with China. In the development world, the country’s complex patchwork of regional and national tenders, differing local content rules, and often unreliable off-takers have created instability and driven up the cost of finance. 

As solar prices in Indian tenders fell to very low levels, financially struggling local power distribution companies, known as discoms, began pushing to renegotiate some older, higher-priced contracts — further denting investor confidence. And all that was happening before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

SECI’s latest tender award avoids some of these pitfalls, however. For starters, the Indian government recently said it would inject 900 billion rupees ($11.9 billion) of liquidity into the country’s discoms.

“Coronavirus will likely make the discoms’ financial health worse, but the impact will be reduced by the government infusing liquidity into the power sector,” said Rishab Shrestha, solar analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. “These are large projects with contracted revenues, and it’s difficult for me to imagine SECI backing out of contracts. Historically, it was the investors that were pessimistic rather than the government.”

“SECI enjoys the full support of its 100 percent owner, the government of India,” Adani Green’s spokesperson said, noting that rating firm Fitch has this week given SECI and state power company NTPC a clean bill of health.

Can India finally kick-start its solar manufacturing sector?

Bidders in the 8-gigawatt tender had to commit to building local solar manufacturing capacity. Whether Adani’s commitment gives the country a sustainable boost remains to be seen. 

“SECI has made several attempts to kick-start the domestic manufacturing process through tenders but has failed to attract sufficient investors,” said WoodMac’s Shrestha. “The cost-competitiveness of domestic manufactured modules against Chinese imports was, and remains, the key hurdle.”

Despite this, Shrestha said the government has shown that it’s determined to establish a local renewables supply chain, even if that means higher costs for projects. “Focusing on localizing the supply chain also offers significant job opportunities for the growing Indian workforce,” added Shrestha.

Adani expects the manufacturing, construction and deployment of its full 8 gigawatts of solar to create 400,000 jobs.

If nothing else, the sheer size of Adani’s tender win this week gives it an advantage as it moves to scale up it’s local solar manufacturing.

“Logistics, utilities [and] bills of materials are driving the cost of Indian modules higher than that of China, so with this massive capacity, they’ll be able to leverage scale for more competitive pricing,” said Shrestha.

Source: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/adani-awarded-worlds-largest-solar-tender-win

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Conditions are damaging renewable energy projects, threatening businesses that survive on thin margins.  India’s ambitious plan to take the leadership position among nations as one of largest producers of renewable energy may have run into some unfavorable weather Freak climatic conditions are damaging renewable energy projects, threatening a business which survives on wafer-thin margins. A storm in Rajasthan, known for its deserts and sunny days, tore through a solar park and blew away modules of various developers. In the adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh, a generator found sections of his project submerged in 10 feet of water due to unseasonal rains. “We’d done a study of 50-year pattern of water-flow in the area and this time it exceeded that pattern,” said Manu Srivastava, the chairman of Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Ltd, a joint venture between state-owned Solar Energy Corp. of India and the Madhya Pradesh government. The project has installed capacity of 750 megawatts. Extreme weather events seem to have become the latest risk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s renewable energy goal to quadruple solar power generation to 100 gigawatts by 2022. India may further push it to 440 gigawatts of green power by 2030, the country said in its latest forecast this month. Flooding  The South Asian nation has been witnessing a rise in unexpected weather events. About 400 people were killed in floods in the southern state of Kerala state last year after rains in first fortnight of August were over 150 percent higher than the average. Over 2,400 lives were lost in India due to cyclonic storms, flash floods, landslides and cloudburst in the year ended March, Babul Supriyo, junior environment minister said in Parliament earlier this month. The World Bank-funded Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power park received exceptionally heavy rains and winds on the night of July 5 that flooded a nearby drainage, submerging parts of project under water, according to the state government. Acme Cleantech Solutions Pvt., the producer of some of the cheapest clean power in the world, lost over a 1,000 modules in a storm in May at its project in Rajasthan. India has been classified as one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change and extreme weather events in several studies. The Global Climate Risk Index 2019 rank India at second in terms of fatalities in 2017 while a HSBC Bank PLC report in 2018 concludes India is the most vulnerable among 67 countries to climate risks. Lower Generation It’s not just unpredictable rainfall but also solar radiation in India that can no more be taken for granted. Over the last 6-8 months radiation has been lower by 4% to 6%, hurting power generation, according to Vinay Rustagi, managing director at renewable energy consultancy Bridge to India Energy Pvt. “We haven’t seen any systemic analysis of weather risks partly because the sector is still very new,” Rustagi said. The race to bid lower tariffs has also prompted some developers to contain engineering and structural costs, making them more vulnerable to extreme weather phenomena. That’s left the financial sector worried, which has been betting big on solar power given the number of sunny days the country experiences. “The uncertainty is a growing concern among lenders and financiers,” said Anurag Rastogi, chief actuary and chief underwriting officer at HDFC ERGO General Insurance Co Ltd, adding that his company has seen claims in the first year of the launch of their insurance product for solar projects. Source : – Freak weather poses new risk to India’s renewables goals
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In a recent blog, PV Magazine compiled a list of the world’s largest solar power plants. It takes into consideration those power plants which have a capacity of over 500 megawatt (MW). According to the magazine, the biggest solar parks now have about 2 gigawatt (GW) of generating capacity and are expanding towards 5 GW. Here are the top 10 largest solar power plants in the world:  China: Yanchi Solar Park Situated in China, it gives an output of about 820 MW. The plant has been operational since 2016. China: Datong ‘Front Runner’ In China’s further east, in Shanxi Province, another 800 MW project has been installed in the Datong district. The solar array is distributed on hilltops over a wide area, making them hard to see on satellite images. China: Longyangxia Solar-Hydro plant Located in China’s Qinghai Province, the 697-MW Longyangxia Solar-Hydro plant became the largest in the world when the second phase was connected in 2014 by China Power Investment. India: Kamuthi Solar Power Project This power station was built by Adani in Tamil Nadu in 2016. This is India’s largest solar power station. It covers nearly 1,200 hectares and has an AC capacity of 648 MW. Mexico: Villanueva plant Mexico’s Villanueva plant has an operational capacity of 640 MW. It’s phase III was completed in November last year and is still being expanded by Italy’s ENEL Green Power. United States: Solar Star The USA’s largest solar plant has a total capacity of 579 MW and is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway group. China: Hongshagang This multi-phase plant in Gansu province was built by China Singyes, with at least 574 MW operational, and an eventual capacity of 820 MW. United States: Topaz This project has a capacity of 550 MW and is built on the Carrizo Plain in central California. China: Yinchuan Xingqing The Yinchuan Xinqing project has a total capacity of just over 500 MW, and was installed in mid-2018. India: NP Kunta Greenko Situated in Andhra Pradesh, the station was in 2017 for Greenko Energy in the Ananthapur Solar Park. It has a capacity of 500 MW. Another plant worth mentioning here is the Sweihan Independent Power Project in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It is still under construction, but at 938 MW, it is expected to become the world’s largest plant, when commissioned later this year. Source : – Top 10 largest solar power plants in the world
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