Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
New Delhi Municipal Corporation has approved the procurement of 150 MW solar capacity from SJVN. The cost of the 25-year project under the central public sector undertaking program is ₹2.44($0.033)/kWh, SJVN notified in a BSE listing. It has further notified that the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency has floated a tender to set up 5,000 MW of grid-connected solar projects under the central public sector undertaking program (Phase II). SJVN plans to participate in this upcoming bidding for 1,000 MW and has tied up with New Delhi Municipal Corporation to procure power from its solar projects.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that it will add 600 MW of clean energy capacity from solar photovoltaic and concentrated solar power projects during 2021. This will increase DEWA’s total power capacity from clean energy to 1,613 MW compared to 1,013 MW currently. DEWA will commission the 300 MW first stage of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in July. Clean capacity in Dubai’s energy mix is expected to reach around 10% in July and 12% by the end of the year.
Solar module manufacturer and engineering, procurement, and construction service provider Goldi Solar has announced its plans to increase its manufacturing capacity to 2.5 GW. Slated to come up on the outskirts of Surat, Gujarat, the expansion is planned in two stages. The first phase is supposed to commence by the end of the second quarter of the financial year 2021-22 with a 1 GW commercial production. The second phase of production will start by the end of the fourth quarter of the financial year 2021-22.
Amara Raja Batteries has decided to invest in new green technologies. The plan includes lithium-ion batteries, electric vehicle chargers, advanced home energy solutions, and related products and services, to capitalize on the fast-evolving trends in the energy and mobility sectors. The company will also focus on value maximization in the lead-acid battery business through geographical and product portfolio expansion, aiming to establish a global footprint, it notified in a BSE filing.
Danish manufacturer, seller, installer, and servicer of wind turbines Vestas has secured a 101 MW order from ReNew Power. The order is an extension of ReNew’s existing project in Kutch, Gujarat, where Vestas had previously supplied turbines totaling 250 MW. The contract includes supply and supervision of 46 V120-2.2 MW turbines as well as a 10-year active output management service agreement designed to maximize energy production for the project.
China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has released a notice on the subject of feed-in-tariff for new energy in 2021. The notice proposes that starting August 2021, subsidies for renewable energy technologies, including new onshore wind projects, concentrated solar photovoltaic projects, and distributed solar projects for commercial use, will be discontinued. Electricity generated from the new grid-connected projects will be sold at local benchmark coal-fired power prices or market prices. Tariffs for offshore wind and concentrated solar power projects approved in 2021 will be decided by the provincial governments where the projects will be located. NDRC has also encouraged local governments to announce conducive policies supporting renewable energy technologies, including solar and wind.
Solar module manufacturer Risen Energy has launched NewT@N, a mass-produced solar module with up to 700 W output. The module promises more stable performance and higher power generation in a single 210 mm-sized silicon wafer. Through NewT@N technology, Risen Energy can solve the high-surface recombination rate issue of traditional PERC cells on metal areas, which improves cell efficiency. The NewT@N solar module uses technologies such as the non-destructive slicing of half-cut solar cells, multi-busbar, and high-density packaging to improve efficiency and effectively reduce the risk of cell cracking and hotspots.
Srinwanti is a copy editor at Mercom India, where she writes and edits news stories across the clean energy spectrum. Prior to Mercom, she has worked in book publishing at Macmillan Publishing House and Integra and honed her editorial and writing skills in both online and print media such as Reuters, Times Group Books, The Times of India, and Pune Mirror, covering local to international stories. More articles from Srinwanti Das.