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February 26, 2015

OPG Power to commission 300 MW power plant on 28th Feb



OPGS Power Gujarat Pvt. Ltd, a subsidiary of UK-based OPG Power Ventures Plc, will commission its 300 MW coal-fired power plant on Saturday at Bhadreswar in Kutch district of Gujarat, managing director and chief executive officer Arvind Gupta said in a press conference on Thursday.

Work on the project, located in a special economic zone developed by the Adani group in Mundra, started three years ago and around 300 acre land was acquired from private owners in Kutch



Mytrah Energy bagged 220 MW Wind Project from Andhra Pradesh Government




Mytrah Energy has bagged a 220 MW wind power project from the Andhra Pradesh government.

The project will be installed in Kurnool district and is expected to be commissioned within next 18 months. 

Mytrah has built an operating portfolio of 543 MW across seven wind rich states in a span of four years.

According to company, it has 300 MW under construction and 3,500 MW of identified projects in the pipeline.



PGCIL seeks USD 500 Mn loan from World Bank to finance transmission projects for evacuation of Solar Power



Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) has sought $500 million loan assistance from the World Bank for financing projects.

Power Grid is engaged in building transmission projects across the country. It also provides consultancy services in the power sector.

According to PGCIL, discussions are undergoing with the Ministry of Power (MoP) and Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the World Bank regarding funding assistance of transmission systems for evacuation of power from the solar parks.

For funding of its other transmission projects, Power Grid has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Power for recommending it for consideration of Finance Ministry for sovereign loan assistance of $500 million from the World Bank.



Mytrah Energy secured Rs 853 Crs loan for its 150 MW wind projects



London-based Mytrah Energy Ltd has secured an Rs 853 Crs long-term loan from an unnamed Indian bank to finance 150 MW of wind projects.

The company expects to completed the said capacity in the coming 12 months, before India's 2016 wind season kicks off.

According to the company, the proposed capacity will be completed within 12 months.

With the new wind farms, Mytrah’s nominal capacity will top 690 MW.

So far, the firm has installed 543 MW of wind parks across six Indian states and it has 3,500 MW of projects in the pipeline.

Last week, Mytrah agreed to construct a 220-MW wind park in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh within 18 months under a deal with the local government.

India aims to boost its installed renewable plant capacity to a total of 170 GW by 2022, up from 34 GW at present.



Second round of coal auction to be held on March 4



The government has put off the second round of auction of 21 coal blocks to 4th March 2015 which was earlier scheduled to begin from 27th February 2015.

The auction follows the Supreme Court decision last year to cancel allocation of 204 coal mines.

So far the Government has already allotted 19 coal blocks in the first lot of coal auctions.

According to the Coal Ministry, announcement of qualified bidders for Schedule 3 Coal Blocks will be done on 2nd March 2015. The entire process of auction of schedule III blocks will be completed by April 2.

The mines on offer for schedule III mines are

  • Jharkhand: Brinda, Sisai, Ganeshpur, Lohari & Jitpur mines
  • Chhattisgarh: Durgapur and Taraimar coal blocks
  • Odisha: Jamkhani & Mandakini
  • Maharashtra: Marki Mangli-IV & Nerad Malegaon
  • Madhya Pradesh: Dongrital II (Phase I) mine

The government has received 130 preliminary bids from companies like Essar Power, Hindalco, Adani Power and Jindal Power for 21 coal blocks on offer in the second tranche of ongoing auction.

Other mines on auction are Meral coal block in Jharkhand, Rohne Coal Block in Jharkhand, Utkal C in Odisha, Dumri Block in Jharkhand, Gare Palma IV/8 in Chhattisgarh, Kosara Dongargaon mine in Maharashtra, Mandla South coal block in MP, Moitra coal mine in Jharkhand and Tare mine in Chhattisgarh.



Third Unit of NTPC’s Vallur TPP to start commercial operation



The third 500 MW unit of NTPC’s Vallur Thermal Power Plant will soon commence commercial operation. Tamilnadu’s share from this plant will be around 358 MW.

The third unit has completed the mandatory 72 hours continuous full capacity operation between December 7 and 10 for achieving commercial operation declaration.

However, the declaration of commercial operation was delayed due to breakdown of a coal conveyor and commissioning of the additional coal grab system in the Ennore port to unload coal from the ships.

The three units of Vallur, which is a joint venture of the NTPC and Tangedco, together will supply 1074 MW out of its total capacity of 1,500 MW. The first and second unit is already under commercial operation since November 2012 and August 2013.

After obtaining the mandatory environmental clearance for the project, the first unit of the 2X500 MW NLC Tamil Nadu Power Limited (NTPL), a joint venture of the Tangedco and the NLC, has been test synchronised with the grid on February 18.



February 25, 2015

NTPC Board approves investment proposal of 1,320 MW thermal Project & 10,000 MW of Renewable Projects



NTPC board has approved the investment proposal for 1,320 MW thermal power project in Madhya Pradesh.

The proposal involves setting up of Khargone Power Project in the State of Madhya Pradesh at an appraised current estimated cost of Rs 9,870 Crs.

However, the approval is subject to Environment Clearance of Ministry of Environment and Forests.

The Board of Directors has also accorded approval to the company's proposal to set up 10,000 MW of renewable energy projects during the next five years.



UPERC issues draft regulations for solar rooftop & net metering



Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has issued draft regulations for solar rooftop and net metering called as UPERC (Rooftop Solar PV Grid Interactive System Gross / Net Metering) Regulations, 2015.

As per the draft regulations, the eligible consumers can install rooftop solar systems under both gross & net metering schemes.

Further, the consumers who are availing Accelerated Depreciation (AD) Benefits for their rooftop solar projects will be eligible only for the net metering scheme.

The maximum peak capacity of the grid connected rooftop solar system to be installed by any eligible consumer shall not exceed 90% of the contract demand of the consumer.

Brief of the Regulations:

  • Minimum Capacity: 1 kWp
  • Ownership Arrangements: Both self owned & third party owned allowed.
  • Metering Arrangements: Gross & Net metering. If the consumer installs solar rooftop under the gross net metering scheme he will have to inject entire power generated into the grid, while in other case if the consumer opts for Net Metering scheme he will be entitles to use the power generated at his premises and will be allowed to inject the surplus power into the grid.
  • Charges: Wheeling & Cross Subsidy charges are exempted
  • Solar RPO: In case the consumer is not an eligibility entity then such quantum of energy consumed by the consumer will qualify towards the RPO of the distribution utility.

UPERC has invited comments and suggestions through a public notice, by 1st March 2015. Click here to access the notification.

The Draft Can be accessed here.


Suzlon commissioned 350 Wind Projects in Brazil



Suzlon Group has commissioned wind energy projects having a total capacity of 350 MW in Brazil.

This projects are located in the high wind states of Rio Grande do Norte and Ceara in Brazil.

The installations include 150 wind turbine generators.

These projects will contribute to reducing Brazil's carbon footprint by eliminating approximately 0.54 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per annum.

The 350 MW projects completed are expected to light up one lakh households in Brazil with clean energy.

Suzlon entered the Brazilian market in 2008 and has since created a cumulative installed capacity of approximately 750 MW.



Implementation of Project for setting up of 15,000 MW of Grid-connected Solar PV Power plants through NTPC/ NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited under National Solar Mission



The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the implementation of the scheme for setting up of 15,000 MW of Grid-connected Solar PV Power projects under the National Solar Mission through NTPC/ NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN) in three tranches namely, 3000 MW under Tranche-l under mechanism of Bundling with Unallocated Coal based Thermal Power and fixed levellised tariffs, 5,000 MW under Tranche-ll with some support from Government to be decided after getting some experience while implementing Tranche-l and balance 7,000 MW under Tranche-Ill without any financial support from the Government.

Successful completion of additional 15,000 MW capacity of Grid-connected solar PV power generation projects, mainly in the private sector, with largely private investment, under the National Solar Mission would accelerate the process of achieving grid tariff parity for solar power and also help reduce consumption of kerosene and diesel, which is presently in use to meet the unmet demand.

In Tranche-l, which will be Batch-II of Phase-II of the National Solar Mission, 3000 MW capacity of solar PV power plants will be based on bundling of solar power (3000 MW) with unallocated thermal power (1500 MW) in the ratio of 2:1 (in MW terms), for which the required 1500 MW unallocated thermal power has been made available by the Ministry of Power. The bundled power will be allotted to various States that come forward to (i) provide land for setting up the solar power projects and (ii) purchase a major portion of the bundled solar power for consumption within the State (iii) ensure connectivity to the solar power project. The capacity allotted to each such State will be set up through developers, to be selected through international competitive bidding by NTPC /NVVN. Both private and government companies would be free to bid for projects.

1000 MW capacity out of the 3000 MW under the bundling scheme will be set up on land already identified in Andhra Pradesh. The balance 2000 MW capacity under the Bundling Scheme will be allotted in other interested States that come forward.

It is estimated that implementation of Tranche-l of the scheme will entail total investment of over Rs.18,000 crore, all of which will be met by project developers, mainly private.

A Payment Security Mechanism / Working Capital Fund with an estimated corpus of Rs. 2300 crore to cover 3 months payment for bundled capacity of 3000 MW of Solar Capacity with 1500 MW NTPC Coal Power, will be set up to ensure bankability of PPAs and timely payment to developers. This will be evolved through collaborative efforts of Government of India and Solar Project Developers. The modalities for setting up of Payment Security Mechanism / Working Capital Fund will be finalized subsequently. Accruals from encashment of Bank Guarantees, penalties on developers, etc. will also go into this fund.

Some capacity will be earmarked out of the total procurement under this scheme with provisions of domestically manufactured solar cells as well as modules. The quantity to be fixed with Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) in each tender will be prescribed by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) based on the prevailing market conditions from time to time. Bids received under both the categories (one with DCR requirement and the other without any such requirement) will be evaluated and successful bidders selected independently. Further, this DCR will also be technology agnostic that is applied on both the crystalline silicon and thin film SPV cells and modules.
The first Phase of the National Solar Mission (2010-2013) had a target of 1100 MW for Grid-connected solar power generation capacity, against which 1685 MW was set up in the country under various schemes. Further capacity addition of 9,000 MW comprising 3,000 MW under Central schemes and 6,000 MW under State initiatives/ other mechanisms was envisaged In the 2nd phase of the Mission (April 2013-March 2017).

Now that sufficient experience is available in India in this field and the Government is keen to expeditiously promote solar power in the country, it is proposed to give a quantum jump to development of solar power in India through market driven approach, wherein the role of subsidies and direct Government support is gradually phased out. Specifically, it is proposed to significantly enhance capacity addition in the 2nd phase itself under Central schemes through various mechanisms.