India PV News Snippets: BTI, Kajaria, CESL

Bridge To India Says India’s Total C&I Renewable Generation Capacity Exceeds 17 GW; Kajaria Ceramics To Invest INR 2.64 Million For Captive Solar Plant; CESL Tender For Solar Carport & Rooftop Project At Leh

India PV News Snippets: BTI, Kajaria, CESL

Pictured is Likir Monastery in Leh, where CSEL plans to develop a solar carport and a rooftop solar project. It has launched an EPC tender to select the company. (Photo Credit: District Leh-Ladakh)

  • A BTI report claims India added 601 MW of new C&I renewable energy capacity in Q1/2021, taking cumulative to over 17.8 GW by March 2021
  • Kajaria Ceramics Limited plans to invest INR 2.64 million equity in a SPV for a captive solar power plant in UP
  • CESL has launched a tender for a 242 kW solar PV based electric carport and rooftop power plant for Leh

India’s C&I RE capacity well over 17 GW: A Bridge to India (BTI) report titled India Corporate Renewable Brief Q1/2021 notes the country’s total installed commercial and industrial (C&I) renewable energy generation capacity in Q1/2021 grew by 601 MW (an increase of 20% YoY), to a total of 17.81 GW at the end of March 2021. This comprises 4.468 GW of open access solar (OA solar), 7.315 GW of open access wind (OA wind) and 6.017 GW of rooftop solar power capacity. According to the report, C&I renewable power generation is the highest in the southern states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and is now picking up pace in states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The report can be downloaded for free from BTI’s website.

Solar for Kajaria Ceramics: Indian ceramics manufacturer Kajaria Ceramics Limited has secured in-principal approval from its board to invest equity in a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to be formed by CleanMax Enviro Energy Solutions Private Limited to set up a captive solar power plant. The company plans to invest INR 26.4 million ($0.36 million) in the captive solar project to reduce power cost of its Sikanderabad plant in Uttar Pradesh. This investment is to comply with the country’s Electricity Act under which as a captive user, the company needs to invest in the SPV.

CESL’s solar tender for Leh: A wholly-owned subsidiary of Indian government’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) has issued an EPC tender for a 242 kW solar PV based electric carport and rooftop solar power plant, with 762 kWh of lithium based battery energy storage system (BESS). It needs to be set up at Leh in the Union Territory of Ladakh. Along with design, engineering, supply, construction, testing, and commissioning, project operation and maintenance for 5 years is also part of job description. Last date to submit bids is August 13, 2021. Tender details can be viewed on EESL’s eprocure website with tender no. CESL/06/2021-22/BESS/212207023.

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Senior News Editor: Anu Bhambhani is the Senior News Editor of TaiyangNews. Anu is our solar news whirlwind. At TaiyangNews she covers everything that is of importance in the world of solar power.Before joining our team, Anu worked in various positions at publications of the Times Group in New Delhi. As a Principal Correspondent, she conceptualized special features and supplements for both The Times of India and The Economic Times. While Anu delved deep into solar at TaiyangNews, environment topics have been close to her heart before. As Assistant Editor, she was responsible for launching Planet Earth for The Economic Times, a special series on environment. Before joining the Times Group, Anu was a Copy Editor at the Hindustan Times.Anu holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Rajasthan. She also studied at the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi on E-Outreach: New Media Technologies for Advocacy and Strategic Communication, Social Media

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