Weekly rundown: 20 GW solar electricity to power 47 million households

May 15, 2020by absrenewpower

ISA aims to offer solar electricity to 47 million households.

International Solar Alliance (ISA) aims at powering 47 million households with 20 GW solar park. Mr. R. K. Singh, Union Power Minister and the President of ISA announced the launch of eight new innovative initiatives. Some of the important initiatives will help develop technician’s solar PV skills, make solar bankable, developing solar projects in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and Least Developed Countries (LDC). Another key initiative was to initiate a global bid for providing solar electricity to 47 million households by offering solar PV systems. This project is proposed with an action plan of developing 20 GW of solar parks.
The alliance is an Indian initiative jointly launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former French President Hollande. Launched on 30th November 2015 in Paris, it is a coalition of solar rich countries addressing the energy needs of other countries. Previous initiatives by the ISA have allowed them to collaborate with the Commonwealth of Nations to expand solar electricity consumption in Commonwealth member countries. ISA has also collaborated with the University of Birmingham to help farmers benefit from solar technologies.

West Bengal begins a geotechnical investigation for 200 MW solar installation.

The West Bengal Electricity Distribution Company (WBSEDCL) has floated tenders for a geotechnical investigation to understand the soil resistivity for a proposed 200 MW solar installation project. Located in Purba Medinipur district, these projects are estimated to cost ₹2.3 million. It is divided into two phases, 125 MW for the first and 75 MW in the second.

The geotechnical investigation examines the soil resistivity in the area following the Wenner Four Electrode Method by keeping electrode spacing 50 meters. According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, West Bengal has successfully completed 94.06 MW solar installation by March 2020 with 64 MW still under the pipeline.

Mizoram floats two solar projects tender.

The Power and Electricity Department (P&ED) of Mizoram have floated two tenders this week. The first tender is for a 10 MW on-grid connected solar PV projects at multiple locations in the state. The project is stated to be developed on a Build-Own-Operate (BOO) basis. As per the documents and bidder qualifications, interested solar providers can apply for a minimum of 5 MW per location. International solar developers are also welcomed to participate in this tender.

The P&ED recently floated another 500 kW tender for the residential segment. The scope of work includes design, manufacture, testing, supply, installation, and commissioning of rooftop solar installations in the state. The project will be built under the CAPEX investment model.

45% dip in solar tender announcements while auctions rose.

Amidst the pandemic outbreak, Indian tender activity has declined by 45% in comparison to March 2020. In comparison to the 8 GW solar projects announced in March, only 3.6 GW projects were announced in April 2020. However, April has significantly higher number of auction activity with 2 GW compared to March’s 350 MW solar installations.

One of the major contributors for activity in April was the 2.5 GW interstate connected Ultra Renewable Energy Power Park (UMREPP) project in Koppal district, Karnataka. Tender deadlines have also been extended with SECI postponing the Leh-Kargil 7.5 GW solar project bid submission dates. Other projects like Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL), 1500MW in Madhya Pradesh, and 1.2 GW ISTS wind-solar hybrid projects have seen similar outcomes.

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