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Sri City to set up solar projects in southern states

Sri City, the largest private sector developer in south India has received its approval from  its board to set  up solar projects in six states viz. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal , Rajasthan and Gujarat. The company can also take upto 26% stake in each projects. To participate directly, the company has floated a special purpose vehicle “Sricity Infrastructure Development Corporation”  to implement power projects.

Solar Energy Centre gets 3 new R&D units in Delhi

The Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr Farooq Abdullah, laid the foundation stone for three more technical facilities in the research and development campus of the Solar Energy Centre here in the National Capital.

The Centre is located on the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road on the outskirts of Delhi.

One of the three new facilities will be the Solar Thermal Testing, Research and Simulation unit being developed by a consortium led by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay. The unit will have a grid-connected solar thermal power plant of 1 MW capacity, an official release said.

It will also have a laboratory where companies and research institutions can test the performance of different solar concentrator options, coatings and materials, components and systems for solar thermal power plants. In addition, the consortium will develop a solar power plant simulator that simulates the performance of the actual solar thermal plant through component and system models. Members of the IIT-Bombay led consortium include Tata Power, Tata Consulting Engineers, Larsen & Toubro, Clique, KIE Solatherm and Solar Energy Centre.

The second facility is a pilot project based on indigenously developed solar concentrator technology that will deliver low cost thermal energy. Chennai-based Megawatt Solutions has partnered with Solar Energy Centre to demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of the technology that can harness solar energy through the thermal route for various applications such as industrial process heating, air-conditioning and power generation.

The consortia in both these pilot projects for development of solar thermal energy represent a new model for academia, industry and government partnership for technology development and research, the release said.

Dr Abdullah also laid the foundation stone for a 20 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant for validation of various design configurations. The configurations of the plant have been designed by the Solar Energy Centre.

The PV plant is being installed by Solar Semiconductor Private limited with power conditioning units supplied by Optimal Power Synergy India.

GERC raises solar power tariff

Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission had raised the solar power tariff to Rs.15/- per unit for solar photovoltaic power and Rs.11/- per unit for solar thermal power. The power tariff will remain in force for 12 years and will be applicable to projects commissioned during the next two years. After 12 years the tariff will be Rs.5/- and Rs.4/- for photo-voltaic and solar thermal projects respectively. It may be noted, Gujarat government had alloted around 716 MW of solar projects to various international and national companies.

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