Ashok Leyland gets 75 MW solar plant: Hinduja Group’s Hinduja Renewables has built a 75 MW solar power facility in Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu for another group company, the flagship brand Ashok Leyland, a commercial vehicle manufacturer. They call it one of the largest group captive solar power plants in India for a single client. The project uses robotic cleaning technology to clean the modules that are deployed on fixed-tilt mounting arrangement. Ashok Leyland says it has increased clean energy sourcing for its countrywide operations to 60%. “Now 75% of its energy consumption in Tamil Nadu and 60% throughout India is procured through the solar rooftop, solar ground mount, and wind-based renewable energy,” said Ashok Leyland. Additionally, Ashok Leyland announced it has invested INR 186.6 million ($2.57 million) to acquire 26% stake in Prathma Solarconnect Energy Private Limited.
50 MW solar plant in Andhra Pradesh: Industrial and automotive battery company Amara Raja Batteries Limited (ARBL) has announced it is setting up a 50 MW solar power plant in Andhra Pradesh’s Chitoor district for INR 2.2 billion ($30.34 million). It is planned to further reduce the cost of power while bringing down its carbon footprint. The project will support the company’s sustainability initiatives, it added.
Solavio Labs gets Canadian funding: Indian solar panel cleaning technology start up Solavio Labs has raised INR 4 million from New Brunswick Innovation Fund, backed by the New Brunswick province of Canada. This takes the company’s total funding raised to INR 20 million. It plans to use the proceeds to expand its operations in the Middle East and North America, while also scale its manufacturing base in India to produce 12,000 units by the end of FY 21-22.
Meghalaya’s rooftop solar scheme: The Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad K Sangma has launched Unified Rooftop Solar Web Portal for the Meghalaya Rooftop Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) for the north eastern state of India. The state has announced zero investment for rooftop solar installation to encourage more people to adopt this technology and make the state power surplus. Interested people will get 40% subsidy from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), 50% from the vendor and 10% from MePDCL. The portal will act as a single window clearance system to encourage consumers to install both rooftop and ground mounted solar systems. The scheme will encourage 70 MW of total capacity installation with close to 23,000 households expected to benefit from it. Registrations are open here.