21 February 2020




State-owned Coal India has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to set up solar power plants in various parts of the country. Totaling 1000 MW capacity the solar parks will come up in places like Andhra Pradesh and Telengana which will be identified by SECI, in a phased manner. CIL has already installed CIL 2.2 MW solar power projects at two of its subsidiaries viz a 2 MW plant at Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd and 0.20 MW in Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Limited in a bid to bring down carbon emissions.






India’s leading developer of solar energy projects Welspun Energy Pvt. Ltd. (WEPL), has ventured into the solar rooftop segment in a big way. The EPC firm has successfully constructed three projects including Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur – 192kWp, Ansal University – 100kWp and Medanta Medicity Hospital – 500kWp in record time. Through cumulative 795 KW capacity WEPL is reducing the carbon footprint by helping to generate an estimated 1,174,000 kWh of clean energy annually. WEPL had brought in its team of expert engineers to design these projects located in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. It is reported Global Tier 1 solar technology has been used in this project for optimum conversion efficiency. The solar projects have been financed through 100 per cent equity infusion, with inflow split in three phase – pre, mid and post construction. 







Power major ABB has won orders worth `334 crore from public utilities, Bihar Grid Corporation Limited (BGCL) and West Bengal State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (WBSETCL) to build new transmission and distribution substations that will boost power supplies in the region. In Bihar the company will design, supply, install and commission 220/132/33 kV (kilovolt) gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substations across four locations. Other equipment includes medium-voltage switchgear, state-of-the-art IEC 61850-compliant protection and substation automation systems, as well as fiber-optic telecommunications systems. In West Bengal, ABB will design, supply, install and commission a 220/132/33 kV AIS substation to help meet the growing demand for electricity in the Sadaipur region.






Power equipment major BHEL has commissioned the last Unit-VI of 412 MW MW Rampur Hydro Electric Project (HEP) in Himachal Pradesh. It is reported the company’s greenfield project for SJVN will generate approximately 1,770 GWh in a ninety percent hydrological dependable year once all the units are operating. The scope of work includes supply, erection and commissioning of six Francis turbines operating at a head of 119 mtr with matching synchronous generators of 200 rpm, SCADA, main inlet valves, GIS etc.





Engineering, procurement and construction firm Rays Power Infra has secured a contract worth about `700 crore from Essel Group. It involves installation of a total of 86.5 MW of solar plants in the states of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Under the terms of the contract, Rays Power Infra will set up a 31.5 MW solar plant in Punjab and a 55 MW in Uttar Pradesh on turnkey basis. It is reported the plants will be operational by April, 2015.






Authorities in Andhra Pradesh are increasingly engaging with Japanese firms to boost power potential in the state. They have recently invited the Japanese Softbank to partner with the state in its ongoing plan for the development of 2,500 MW solar power projects following Softbank Corp chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son expressing his readiness to establish research and manufacturing facilities in Andhra Pradesh so as to bring down the cost of solar power. State Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu too has indicated that Japanese lending institutions like JICA and JBIC have shown willingness to fund 4,000 mw ultra super critical thermal power project being proposed in a joint venture with the Sumitomo Corporation at low interest rates.






India’s first solar plant established under Public Private Partnership mode has been commissioned. The 50 MW PPP based solar power project at Shirsuphal in Baramati has been set up by Welspun Energy (WEPL) and state run power generation company Mahagenco. On November 26 the solar power plant was added to the Maharashtra's grid. It is reported in the phase 1 of the two-phase project the plant will generate 83 million units of power every year. WEPL invested about 60 per cent of the project cost and will be fully responsible for part- finance, design, and commissioning of this grid interactive solar power plant. While Maharashtra already has a 125 MW solar power plant in Dhule and 5 MW at Chandrapur, the addition of the Baramati plant has further bolstered capacity.






Mohanaroopa Power Projects has outlined plans to set up a hydel power unit in Andhra Pradesh. The 12 MW project will come up at Thonam in Visakhapatnam district in an area of 3.5 acres with an investment of `120 crore. It is reported close to 70 per cent of the project cost will be funded through bank loan and the remainder through internal accruals. It is learnt that ECI Renewable Energy will be the project consultant while Paramount Estate will be engaged for the infrastructure work. Necessary approvals are being sought for the project to commence over the next two months.


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