Press Release

1. Discoms buy Solar Power from rooftop units in city

Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) had in 2014 announced the net-metering guidelines, allowing consumers to generate Solar Power for their own use while feeding the surplus into the network of distribution companies.According to BSES Yamuna Power Limited, it will generate 2,400-3,000 units of Solar Power per month and save the Rs 25,000 in electricity bill every month.DERC has fixed at Rs 5.5 the cost of buying unit of Solar Power, while a unit of thermal Power is billed at Rs 3.90 to Rs 71, depending on the slab and consumption.

2. Failure to install Solar Panels in Haryana to attract fine from September

Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) was issued in September 2014, that it mandatory for all buildings of plot sizes 500 sq. Yards or above to install rooftop Solar Power systems by September 2015.According to additional chief secretary power, Rajan Gupta, while the system will provide a relief to the state during the drastic power consumption bill. According to director, renewable energy Haryana, Balraj Singh, while the minimum Solar Power capacity to be installed will be 3%-5% of a building's connected load, failure to install it by September would attract penalties.

3. The Solar Power systems installed at Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) residential complex in Pushp Vihar

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) got two Solar plants at its residential complex net-metered on April 16 and 20. It uses the power generated by its plants to run the appliances in the common area. According to DMRC demand is around 74kW, Solar plants manage to generate 40kW.

4. Gujarat's Solar Power Glow dims

Gujarat accounted for over 50% of solar power produced in India. The state now seems to be losing steam as, in 2014-15, it added only 9% to its solar power generation capacity. According to the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE), total commissioned solar power capacity in the country at the end of FY 14 was 2,632 MW and in FY 15 another 1,104 MW was added. In absolute terms, Rajasthan topped the charts with the addition of 228 MW of solar capacity followed by Madhya Pradesh (205 MW), Punjab (168 MW) and Andhra Pradesh (126 MW). Gujarat was able to add merely 81 MW, with 20 MW under the central scheme and 51 MW under the rooftop solar power initiative. Only 10 MW has been added under the state's own solar power policy.

5. Rooftop Solar Power units to get boost in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has finally come out with a draft notification for allowing grid connectivity to rooftop solar power generation sets. Now, MERC has called for objections, if any, by March 31 to the draft notification which has opened avenues for common man's participation in promoting green energy in a big way. If these provisions get final approval, one can install solar PV units to generate power at home, offices and even factories and get net metering so as to connect with the grid.

6. Solar power to shield energy tariff fluctuations

A government housing complex towering over Dhakuria Lake is showing the way to have immunity against power tariff fluctuations. According to the Professor Indranil Manna, director IIT-Kanpur, who as the director of Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI), The tariff of power generated from the fossil fuel like coal and petroleum products is bound to go up with the steady depletion of the reserve, which might last another five decades. So, rooftop solar power plant is no more a fancy of a few eccentrics. Total Estimated power from the Plant under Kolkata environment was considered in the tune of around 45,000 KWh in a year, and our actual total generation was 52,269 KWh in past one year (From March 1, 2014 to February 28, 2015). Out of the total Solar power generation, 50, 104 units were utilized in-campus, and surplus 2,165 units were sold to CESC at the prevailing rate of the month, as per Power purchase agreement, entered into between CSIR-CGCRI & CESC for 25 years.

7. Essel Group forms JV with China's J A Solar to set up manufacturing facility in India

The agreement for setting up the JV with 50:50 partnership and equity arrangement was signed between Essel Infraproject, the flagship infrastructure arm of the Essel Group and J A Solar. Essel Group was in Shanghai as a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's delegation to China, to forge strategic partnerships for building integrated, inclusive, innovative and sustainable smart cities in India. The JV will set up a manufacturing facility in India with an estimated capital expenditure of $150 million (approximately Rs 950 crore) out of which $30-45 million (Rs 190 to Rs 285 crore) will be by means of equity funding. It will focus on photo voltaic (PV) technology to manufacture solar cells, panels and modules in India. The facility is expected to generate 500 Mw of power per annum. Through this venture Essel will bring a range of global renewable energy solutions to India for use in a wide array of residential, commercial and mass utility based applications. The company is committed to develop and provide clean and renewable energy to overcome the deficit and pave the way towards a better environment for human kind.

8. Indowind looks at setting up Solar Power facility

Indowind Energy, a renewable energy firm focusing on wind power generation, is looking to expand its presence in solar power generation with plans to develop 50-Mw solar power facility in Tamil Nadu and the same capacity in Karnataka. The company is expected to invest around Rs 350 crore for 50 Mw project, probably in Karnataka and company has land bank available to set up 50 Mw solar power plant in Tamil Nadu. It is waiting for clarity on the tariff and developments on the grid connectivity issues, to start working on the project in Tamil Nadu. Indo wind Energy is into developing wind farms for sale, manages the wind assets, and generates green power for sale to utilities and companies.

9. New Solar passive Building of the National Institute of Solar Energy inaugurates

Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, inaugurated today " Surya Bhawan" the New Solar Passive Building of the National Institute of Solar Energy situated in Gurgaon, Haryana. The Minister announce establishment of International Solar Policy and Applications Agency which would be a coalition of Solar resource rich countries for the development of Solar Energy and Solar technology applications. This would help in addressing special energy needs of these countries and in the long run reduce reliance on fossil fuels by increasing the share of Solar Energy in the energy mix.

10. Rooftop Solar Power Plants Scheme

351.60 MWp aggregate capacity of grid-interactive rooftop solar projects has been sanctioned and 47.64 MWp have been commissioned in various States. State Electricity Regulatory Commissions of twenty States have notified regulatory framework on net-metering/feed-in-tariff to encourage rooftop solar plants. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. The Ministry has proposed to reduce the subsidy on rooftop solar power plants to 15% from the present level of 30% due to reduction in price of solar panels, large target set for rooftop solar power plant and limited availability of funds.