Azure Power, one of India’s leading independent solar power producers, announced that it has won a 130 MW solar power project which was recently auctioned by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, rated A by ICRA, a Moody’s company. MSEDCL supplies electricity to 22 million consumers in Maharashtra and was declared as a load shedding free state in December 2012.

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The Power Transmission & Distribution Business of L&T Construction has bagged EPC orders worth ₹2,440 Crores which include:

  • A major order is received under the Saubhagya scheme. The scope of these packages involves electrification works in urban and rural areas, augmentation of 33/11kV substations and replacement of conductors with aerial bunched cables.
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Azure Power, one of India’s leading independent solar power producers, announced that its portfolio has surpassed 1 GW of operating solar capacity, making it one of the largest solar power companies in the country. This milestone was achieved with the company’s recent commissioning of a 50 MW project in Andhra Pradesh. The project has been setup in Ananthapuramu Solar Park across approximately 250 acres. Azure Power will supply power for 25 years to Solar Energy Corporation of India, a Government of India enterprise and a company with a AA+ domestic debt rating by ICRA, a Moody’s company. The levelized tariff is INR 4.79 per kWh, which includes Viability Gap Funding.

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Guwahati now has India’s first railway station run by solar power. The project of installing solar panels was commissioned last year in April 2017.

Economic Times reported that around 2352 solar modules with a capacity of generating 700 kwp has been set up over the roof of the Guwahati railway station. Solar panels have been installed at the roof-top solar power plant.

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Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has issued National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy here today. The objective of the policy is to provide a framework for promotion of large grid connected wind-solar PV hybrid system for efficient utilization of transmission infrastructure and land. It also aims at reducing the variability in renewable power generation and achieving better grid stability.

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Chinese solar photovoltaic or PV panel manufacturer Znshine Solar has nailed a 300-MV module supply agreement with India renewable energy developer ACME Cleantech Solutions Private Limited, responding to growing market demand in India.

This is another bilateral agreement reached since the last year's cooperation between Znshine Solar and several well-known Indian companies, said Li Qian, president of sales and marketing of the company.

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50 MW Solar PV Project of NHPC Limited located in Theni/ Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu was successfully synchronized with the grid on 23.03.2018 in presence of the commissioning team consisting of senior officers from TANGEDCO and NHPC project officials. The Power Station has generated 6.87 MU upto 15.04.2018.

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Alesia Communications, the expert renewable energy PR agency, announced today its new partnership with the SolarCoin Foundation. Alesia Communications enters the SolarCoin ecosystem as an official affiliate to provide large-scale solar asset owners with the support they need to understand and adopt the SolarCoin Intiative.

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While investors have been encouraged by India’s large ground-mounted, grid-connected solar parks, the rooftop solar segment had hit its stride in the last financial year. For India’s solar power targets to be met, the rooftop part of the story will have to take off. However, there are concerns as India is not expected to achieve even half of the rooftop solar targets by 2022. Against the ambitious target of 10,000 Megawatt for March 31, 2018, the country’s cumulative installed capacity of rooftop solar stood at 982 MW as of December 2017. Notably, the government has also downscaled its targets for FY18 to only 1,000 MW of capacity, lower from the original target of 5,000 MW till as recently as December 18, 2017. A closer look at the figures further reveals that the government has achieved just around 9 per cent of the target, pointing to the out of kilter things in India’s rooftop solar programme.

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