Indian renewable energy capacity now over 92 GW: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) says as on January 31, 2021, Indian renewable energy capacity reached a total of 92.54 GW with the addition of 1,396.97 MW in January 2021. Cumulative solar power capacity of the country reached 38.79 GW, matching wind power capacity that reached an aggregate of 38.68 GW. According to the ministry, projects of 49.3 GW are at various stages of implementation and projects of 27.57 GW are under various stages of bidding. Recently, Mercom India Research said India installed 3.2 GW of new solar PV capacity during calendar year 2020, but it poised to exceed 10 GW of annual installations in 2021 (see Mercom: India Installed 3.2 GW Solar In CY 2020).
ISA releases Ease of Doing Solar 2020 report: Brazil, India, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the countries placed in the ‘achieve category’ of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) report titled Ease of Doing Solar 2020. Being in this category means these 4 nations have the most favorable technical and commercial conditions for solar as these are also perceived as most attractive investment destinations for solar. The ISA defines the report as a continuation of a pilot study conducted for 4 member countries in 2019, now expanded to cover 80 member nations with a refined evaluation framework. The annual report evaluated the member countries on 7 key drivers to assess these, namely macroeconomy, policy enablers, technological feasibility, power market maturity, infrastructure, financing, and energy imperatives. Report writers also want it to act as a reference to the financial institutions investing in solar.
WBREDA rooftop solar tender: The West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA) has released 2 separate tenders to seek EPC services for grid connected solar PV power plants. The 1st tender released on February 12, 2021 is for 990 nos. of such plants with each array having 10 kW capacity on turnkey basis. Last date to submit bids for this tender is April 23, 2021. The 2nd tender is for a cumulative capacity of 240 kW with each rooftop solar array having 20 kW to 30 kW capacity to be set up for government buildings in Kalimpong, Nadia and Murshidabad districts of West Bengal. Last date to submit bids for this one is March 27, 2021. For both the tenders, broad scope of work involves design, engineering, supply, installations, commissioning and 5 years of comprehensive maintenance.
KREDL wants floating solar: The Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) is planning to develop a floating solar power project of 1 MW capacity at Shri Sharanabasweshwara Lake (Appankere Lake) in Kalaburagi taluk and district. For this it has sought financial proposals from consultants to prepare detailed project report (DPR) and bid documents. This will enable it to launch request for proposals (RFP) for the 1 MW floating PV project on pilot mode. The notice was issued on February 24, 2021 with last date of submission being March 3, 2021.