Daily News Wrap-Up: SECI Issues RfS for a Green Hydrogen-Based Pilot Project in Leh

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has issued a request for selection to set up a 25 kW green hydrogen-based pilot project at SNM Hospital in Leh. Bidders are requested to pay a bid processing fee of ₹6,000 (~$80). Successful bidders will have to pay an earnest money deposit of ₹134,000 (~$1,794). Successful bidders will also have to submit a performance bank guarantee of ₹268,000 (~$3,588). The last day to submit the bid is March 10, 2022, and the bids will be opened on March 15.

PG Electroplast entered into an agreement with Solarstream Renewable Services to acquire 10.1% equity of Solarstream. PG Electroplast will use the solar power generated at Solarstream’s power project to meet the electricity requirement for its manufacturing facilities in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The company acquired the stake aggregating to ₹9.92 million (~$132,793), consisting of 992,000 equity shares at face value of (~$0.13) each. The company will purchase 2.06 MW of solar power generated at the solar power project. Solarstream is a subsidiary of Radiance Renewables and is developing a captive solar project in Uttar Pradesh.

NTPC commissioned the second part capacity of 74.88 MW out of the 296 MW Fatehgarh Solar PV Project at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The BSE filing stated that the project was declared on commercial operation from February 5, 2022. The first part of 49.92 MW was commissioned in January this year.  The project is a part of the 923 MW Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) Phase II (Tranche-II), which was awarded to NTPC in January 2020.

SECI annulled a tender for a 50 MWac solar photovoltaic (PV) project with the land having ten years of operation and maintenance in Tamil Nadu, India. The tender was floated in January 2021. The 50 MW included a 10 MW Agro-PV component in it. Agro PV projects involve developing solar power projects and cultivating crops on the same plot. The projects are meant to provide the added benefits of shielding plantations from harsh sunlight and controlling weed growth.

Minister of State for Heavy Industries Krishan Pal Gurjar said in the Lok Sabha that as of February 2, 2021, over 231,257 electric vehicles (EVs) had been supported through demand incentives of ₹8.27 billion (~$11.07 million). The incentives are provided under the second phase of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME)-II program. He added that 6,315 electric buses have been allotted to various state transport undertakings under the FAME-II program. The Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI) has also approved 2,877 EV charging stations across 68 cities in 25 states and union territories.