Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
NTPC Limited announced that it had commissioned the first part capacity of 80 MW of the 160 MW Jetsar Solar Project. The project is located in Rajasthan. With this, the company’s installed and commercial capacity stood at 53.57 GW and 66.99 GW, respectively.
REC Power Development and Consultancy Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of REC Limited, handed over MP Power Transmission Package – II Limited to Adani Transmission Limited. RECPDCL had formed a special purpose vehicle for the construction of the transmission project. The project includes the construction of 870 kilometers of 220 kV and 132 kV transmission lines and associated 18 power subs-stations of cumulative transmission capacity of 2,736 MVA. Adani Transmission Limited has to implement the project in 24 months.
Sungrow, a global inverter solutions supplier for renewables, said its total inverter shipment to India reached a record 10 GW. The company has already achieved several GW of partnership with Indian renewable energy companies like Adani Green, Tata Power, Renew Power, Azure Power, SB Energy, and Mahindra ACME.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the State Electricity Corporation, Indonesia’s state-owned power company, to support the country in reaching its clean energy goals. Indonesia recently committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 29% by 2030. The government also aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060 or earlier. Indonesia is one of three in Southeast Asia partnering with ADB on an Energy Transition Mechanism pilot study. The program aims to use public-private financing to accelerate the retirement of coal-fired power stations and replace them with renewable energy sources.
Total Eren, a Paris-based renewable energy company, has signed an MoU with the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The parties would work on developing, financing, construction, and operation of 1 GW of wind power projects with 500 MWh – 1 GWh of energy storage systems in central Kazakhstan. The projects are expected to generate around 3,800 GWh of energy annually for 30 years to satisfy the power needs of over 1 million people annually. The projects would also reduce 3.2 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
Xcel Energy, a U.S.-based power utility company, aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from its natural gas business by 2050. In addition to its vision of providing 100% carbon-free power to consumers by 2050, it aims to become an overall net-zero energy company by the same year. It expects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its natural gas service by 25% by 2030 from 2020 levels. It also hopes to reduce around 80 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 through clean energy initiatives and emission reduction targets.
Harsh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.