Weekly Rundown: Developing technology to allow solar companies offer better O&M solutions

February 17, 2020by absrenewpower

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  1. Madhya Pradesh DISCOMs plan to buy surplus power from farmers with solar installation.

In order to encourage solar installation in Madhya Pradesh, the west DISCOMs have encouraged farmers to install solar PVsystems for irrigation and an opportunity to earn. The Madhya Pradesh west DISCOM plans to target 20000 farmers of Malwa-Nimar region under this project.

Post the solar installation, the DISCOMs plan to buy surplus energy generated by the farmers through net metering.

This will reduce the electricity costs of farmers while increasing their source of income. The project is to become a reality by 2022 and also has the potential of reaching out to 20 lakh farmers in the future. The DISCOMs are also surveying villages close to the cities to convert them in to solar villages. So far, three or four agricultural feeders have been identified to expand this project. With three of the major west DISCOMs backing this project, Madhya Pradesh wishes to be the first state in the country to implement such kind of project.


  1. 1500MW of solar electricity is being procured by Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh state DISCOMs have decided to procure 1500MW of solar electricity at the rate of Rs. 2.70 per unit. With the proposal of the project in the final stages of implementation, the total cost estimated is said to be around 32 lakhs which is a 43 lakh decline of investment in comparison to the 75 lakh they paid in 2015 for Rs. 6.20 per unit cost.

Benefiting from the partnership of SECI and NTPC initially to set up solar power plants in Anantapur and Kadapa, the government is looking forward to procure 1500 MW of solar electricity from this joint venture. It has been analyzed that approximately 1.2 million units of electricity can be generated via solar power plants at present.


  1. MNRE opens facilitation centre for renewable sector investors.

The Ministry for Renewable Energy (MNRE) opened an “industry and investors” facilitation centre which is a new wing of the ministry. Mr. Amitesh Kumar Sinha, joint secretary of MNRE will be heading the division and is said to boost investor’s confidence by ensuring timely project completion. The centre will also act as mechanism to resolve investor issues and ease of doing business (EODB) better.

Mr. Singh states that MNRE is committed to the vision of generating 40% of India’s power demand with renewable energy by 2030. He also adds that the sooner they achieve their goal, the sooner they can tackle problems like climate change. With private investors being the major supporters of renewable energy in India, MNRE’s is working towards encouraging more investors with better EODB ranking.


  1. DISCOMs are expected to spread consumer awareness on rooftop solar installation

The MNRE suggested that DISCOMs need to create awareness on rooftop solar installation by easing the process for a consumer to procure solar pv systems. DISCOMs can take help from State Nodal Agencies (SNAs), but DISCOMs need to be leading the drive. MNRE suggests that DISCOMs should have a portal which allows a user to apply for a solar pv system with the option to trace its approval stage. Also, the process of rooftop solar installation should be completed within 2.5-5 months of application. Also, to offer customer assurance, MNRE suggests that the customer should pay 50% on application and the rest post installation.


  1. Developing technology to allow solar companies offer better O&M solutions

With India’s maturing renewable sector, the falling prices of components have encouraged a lot of solar installations over the years. Since solar was not so popular before, operations and maintenance costs were considered to be an afterthought. However, the rising number of solar projects have highlighted the importance of operations and maintenance’simpact on generation efficiency. With renewables being the future, developments are already taking place to move from SCADA monitoring to predictive monitoring which is an advanced method of monitoring projects. With the help of AI and machines, projects will automatically be monitored. Underperforming projects will be highlighted and communicated to the engineer via instant messaging applications.


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