Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

GE’s Grid Solutions business announced that it had been awarded a contract by ReNew Power to build two 400 kV substations in Karnataka – a 400/220 kV air-insulated substation in Koppal and a 400 kV gas-insulated substation in Narendra. The contract also includes the supply of two 125 MVAR (mega volt-ampere reactive) 400 kV reactors for each substation. The substations are built as a part of the Narendra-Koppal project, involving the evacuation of 2.5 GW from wind energy zones in Karnataka, part of the first of three phases of the overall project.

Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has condoned the delay in commissioning a 1 MW solar project by Gavi Ranga Solar to June 22, 2017. The Commission found that delay falls within the parameters of ‘force majeure’ events due to delay in granting various approvals from Government institutions. The Commission said Gavi Ranga Solar is to the entitled tariff at ₹8.40 (~$0.11)/kWh as per the power purchase agreement. The Commission directed Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) to pay the difference of the tariff paid per unit from the project’s commissioning date and the late payment surcharge within two months. The Commission also ordered CESC not to levy liquidated damages, and if already levied, the same must be refunded within two months.

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited announced the annulment of a 100 MW tender. The tender scope was design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing & commissioning of a 100 MW solar power project with the land having ten years of plant operations and maintenance at Chhattisgarh.



Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has condoned the delay in commissioning a 1 MW solar project by Saakesha Solar Energy and MNR Solar. The Commission found that delay falls within the parameters of ‘force majeure’ events due to delay in granting various approvals from Government institutions. The Commission said Gavi Ranga Solar and MNR Solar are to the entitled tariff at ₹8.40 (~$0.11)/kWh as per the power purchase agreements. The Commission directed Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) to pay the difference of the tariff paid per unit from the project’s commissioning date and the late payment surcharge within two months. The Commission also ordered BESCOM not to levy liquidated damages, and if already levied, the same must be refunded within two months.

Enel Green Power and the European Commission signed the grant agreement under the framework of the EU’s first Innovation Fund call for large-scale projects that will contribute to the development of TANGO, a solar module Gigafactory in Italy. It will be an industrial-scale production facility to manufacture innovative, sustainable, and high-performance photovoltaic (PV) modules at EGP’s 3Sun solar panel factory in Catania, Sicily. The factory’s expansion is set to 3 GW per year from the current 200 MW. It is expected to be fully commissioned by July 2024, starting with the first 400 MW in September 2023, making 3Sun Europe’s largest gigawatt-scale factory producing high-performance bifacial solar modules.