• Inauguration ceremony of the 500 kW rooftop solar photovoltaic plant installed at Dwarka Sector-21 metro station

  • Kick-off meeting organized on solar process heat, SoPro India project

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Session on rooftop PV at Intersolar India, Mumbai

Mumbai, 19-20th October 2016:With 40 GW of grid-connected solar rooftop installations as part of India's overall solar target of 100 GW by 2022, grid-connected residential solar rooftop is considered to have an enormous development in the upcoming years. Currently, around 9GW of solar photovoltaics capacity is installed including approximately 1GW of rooftop photovoltaics. These rooftop installations to a large extent are in commercial and industrial segment. The task to upscale rooftop sector to 40GW in next six years is indeed challenging. GIZ with its know-how and expertise is supporting federal and state governments to achieve this feat by introducing new business models and technological innovations to accelerate the deployment of rooftop solar energy systems. 

The solar energy team at GIZ together with international experts introduced and deliberated on the promising technologies and business models which could support the rooftop sector. The presentations were made by experts in a session on “Promising Technologies and Business Models for Grid-connected Rooftop Photovoltaic in India” on 19th October 2016 at Intersolar India, Mumbai. ComSolar team of GIZ along with Indo German Energy Forum Support office organised the session with support from key industry and solar associations and Association of Renewable Energy Agencies of States. The session was followed by detailed deliberation on each of the topics in a focused group on 20th October in Mumbai. During the workshop GIZ presented on possible areas of intervention for large scale deployment of rooftop solar power plants. 

Presentations

  • The solarize model: building capacity in local solar markets, by Ryan Cook, Meister Consultant Group, USA (click here)
  • Photovoltaic Thermal: Meet the first 1000Watts Module, by Alban Hessberger, independent PVT expert, Germany (click here)
  • Transparency down to module level secures bankability, by Ingmar Kruse, CEO, SunSniffer GmbH & Co. KG, Germany (click here)
  • Bifacial modules – the emerging technology in photovoltaics, by Dr Jochen Rentsch, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany (click here)

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Indian renewable energy experts on study tour to Germany

New Delhi, August 09, 2016: A delegation of senior officials from fourteen Indian states responsible for promotion of renewable energies across the value chain, including electricity distribution licensees, state governments, Government of India, and electricity regulatory commissions, visited Germany from 25th to 29th July 2016. The study tour was organized by GIZ India.

The trip focused on sharing experiences on the high penetration of renewable energies in Germany’s energy market. The key topics addressed were complex grid operation and management with large scale integration of distributed generation, transition in energy markets, technological innovations in glass-on-glass photovoltaic modules, new operation and maintenance practices in photovoltaic power plants, electro-mobility, grid-scale battery storage and flexible coal based power generation technologies etc. (more)

"Germany has a strong commitment towards renewable energy": Interview by Mr. Kiran Kumar Alla, Additional Vice President, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited
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Solar water heating systems for industrial processes: huge market potential and scope for technical improvements

New Delhi, March 30, 2016: Solar water heating systems (SWHS) are used in industries to save fuel costs and to avoid CO2 emissions. Based on a detailed scientific monitoring of two existing SWHS for one year by the German scientific partner Fraunhofer ISE, a solar system efficiency of 20 per cent was measured. With this efficiency, a fairly priced system replacing diesel or furnace oil would recover its entire cost within 2-3 years. It has been found that there are good possibilities for further technical improvements, which will even further improve their cost-effectiveness. This is the key finding of the project SoPro India, which was implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). (more)

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With GIZ’s support, first grid connected rooftop solar photovoltaic project in Madhya Pradesh begins operation

Tuesday, 17 November 2015, Bhopal, India - Honourable Minister for Mining, Energy and Public Relations, Madhya Pradesh Government, Mr. Rajendra Shukla today inaugurated the first grid connected rooftop solar photovoltaic plant (11.96 kW) installed on the roof of Power Distribution Training Centre, Bhopal . This plant is one out of the many similar capacities envisaged to be implemented in three cities of Madhya Pradesh namely Bhopal (1.5 MW), Indore (1.5 MW) and Jabalpur (2 MW).

Madhya Pradesh Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitaran Co. Ltd. (MPMKVVCL) along with the other two distribution licensees in Madhya Pradesh is leading this initiative with financial assistance in the form of upfront capital subsidy from Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and technical support through the ComSolar Project implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in partnership with MNRE.

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Sensitization workshop on Sustainable Development for SIDBI Officers

Friday, 16 October 2015, Manesar, India - A 2-day sensitization programme on sustainable development was organized by SIDBI and GIZ for the SIDBI representatives and officers from different states. The objective was to inform the participants about topics related to sustainable development, climate change and renewable energy. It aimed at brainstorming and developing ideas and concepts about new SIDBI finance products to support climate change mitigation activities primarily through small and medium scale industries. SIDBI has been already financing energy efficiency activities and look forward to support renewable energy technologies especially rooftop solar photovoltaic technologies in the near future.

 

ComSolar presented about renewable energy technologies basics, key considerations in project development and highlighted different business models available in the market. Demonstration project activities both in the field of solar photovoltaic and thermal sector were presented and explained. The session ended with an interactive question and answer round which addressed many questions arising from the lender’s perspective. 

Download the presentation (click here)   

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ComSolar presents the case for solar process heat applications for textile industries in an Interaction Session organized by Indian Texpreneurs Federation

Saturday, 10 October 2015, Coimbatore, India - Various studies including GIZ sector study on “Identification of Industrial Sectors promising for Commercialisation of Solar Energy”, suggests substantial potential of solar energy adoption in industries. The study calculated a solar heat potential (low - medium temperature ranges) of roughly ten per cent in textile (finishing) industries alone. ComSolar presented its work in solar process heat sector at the workshop organized by Indian Texpreneurs Federation, Coimbatore where the participants were representatives of various textile industries in and around the city.  

ComSolar also presented the findings from its SoPro India project activity where two Solar Heating Systems for Industrial Processes (SHIP) are scientifically monitored. Unlike Solar PV, monitoring SHIP system is complicated and needs good understanding of the design and operation of the SHIP system and of the production processes. ComSolar along with technical support from Fraunhofer ISE have been monitoring two SHIP systems for a year. The objective is to create reliable data on performance parameters of SHIP systems and build trust amongst the potential customers.


ComSolar requested the participants to visit its project homepage www.comsolar.in and SoPro India www.soproindia.in to get further information on solar systems among others including basic information on some of the SHIP systems already installed in industries, design and operation of SHIP systems and detailed information on performance of monitored projects.

Download the presentation (click here)   

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ComSolar and DMRC officials present at International Conference on Climate Action 2015 (in German)

Sunday , 04 October 2015, Germany (Article published on www.stuttgarter-zeitung.de) - Es mag deutsche Touristen überraschen, wie überschaubar das U-Bahn-Netz mancher Weltmetropole ist. Das Streckennetz in São Paulo ist zum Beispiel nur etwa halb so lang wie das der Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen mit 130 Kilometern. Delhi hat seine Metro sogar erst 1995 gegründet. Aber die Millionenstädte holen kräftig auf: Delhis Netz ist schon auf 185 Kilometer angewachsen. Und vor kurzem hat sich der Betreiber dazu entschlossen, klimaneutral zu fahren. In den vergangenen zwölf Monaten hat das Unternehmen Solarpaneele mit einer Leistung von drei Megawatt installiert, bis Mitte November sollen zwei Megawatt hinzukommen und in fünf Jahren will man bei 50 Megawatt sein. 

„Die Probleme sind ganz ähnlich wie die in Deutschland“, kommentiert Timon Herzog von der Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Die GIZ unterstützt die Metro in Delhi mit technischem Knowhow. Die indische Regierung wolle die Stromproduktion aus der Solarenergie bis 2020 praktisch verfünffachen, berichtet er. Wie es der Zufall will, hat Indien am Tag zuvor seine freiwillige Selbstverpflichtung zum Klimaschutz an die Vereinten Nationen gemeldet. Insgesamt haben sich dort schon 146 Staaten gemeldet, die für 87 Prozent des weltweiten CO2-Ausstoßes verantwortlich sind. Die Bundesumweltministerin Barbara Hendricks (SPD) ist zufrieden.

Selbst wenn alle Verpflichtungen umgesetzt werden, dürfte zwar das Ziel der Vereinten Nationen verfehlt werden, den Temperaturanstieg auf zwei Grad zu begrenzen. „Aber es machen alle mit“, sagt Hendricks in Hannover. Deshalb erwarte sie einen Erfolg beim anstehenden UN-Klimagipfel in Paris: Dort soll ein Weltklimavertrag verabschiedet werden. Außerdem könne man den Staaten des globalen Südens, also auch Indien, inzwischen das Knowhow für marktfähige grüne Technologien anbieten. Der Chefingenieur Manuj Singhal bestätigt, dass sich der Solarstrom für die Metro in Delhi rechne.

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Summary highlights of the conference (Click here)

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Fostering technological change by bilateral cooperation: Christoph Blaschke, Advisor, BMUB

October 2015, India (Article published in Energy Next Magazine) - The International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing, newly industrializing countries and in the transition countries since 2008. The IKI supports efforts towards a comprehensive global climate agreement, forms part of the German climate financing, and fosters synergies between climate protection and biodiversity conservation. Together with the partnering countries new political, economic and regulatory approaches are developed and lighthouse projects and cooperation models implemented. Focusing on solutions that can be widely replicated, the funded concepts are supposed to have a clear multiplier effect. The close political coordination with the partner countries ensures that the IKI projects are developed and tailored to their specific needs......

..........The support of state, regional and city level entities to harness new technologies, policies, financing mechanisms, and economic incentives to build up low carbon sustainable infrastructures can trigger important investment activity and accelerate the necessary change processes decisively, as the experiences from ongoing policy advisory activities under ComSolar project demonstrate. The project supported, for example, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (DMRC) and Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) to integrate rooftop solar energy systems in their infrastructures by providing techno-commercial advisory. While the first pilot project for DMRC of 500kW capacity has been inaugurated back in August 2014, its success has kicked off a series of new initiatives, which have led to an installed capacity of currently 2.8MW and signed agreements for additional 7MW. Furthermore, DMRC is considering covering their entire electricity requirements by procuring 500MW solar power through a long-term power purchase agreement with a developer. The first pilot plant of 400kW for KSCA has been inaugurated on 15 April 2015 on top of the famous M. Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium in Bangalore. KSCA intends to increase the capacity to the full potential of the roof (1.3MW) and solarize other stadiums owned by them in other cities. The successful implementation of the project has amplified the interest of Sports Authority of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports along with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to solarize other stadiums and to encourage all sports authorities in the Indian states to install rooftop solar plants through Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

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India: Advancing solar energy in cities

Monday, 28 September 2015, Germany (Article published on International Climate Initiative, BMUB Website) - Today about half of the planet's population lives in cities. This trend is rising since by 2030 it will be some 60 per cent. Conurbations both in the emerging economies and developing nations expect an increase up to 75%. In India, with the world's second largest population, 86 per cent will be living in cities. This development has not only social and economic implications but also an impact on the global climate. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) already today cities are responsible for between 60 and 80 per cent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. That is above all the result of energy services such as illumination, heating and cooling, electronic appliance use as well as traffic and mobility. That is why sustainable energy supply, based upon the combination of renewable energy resources with energy-saving measures and energy efficiency, is central to an effective reduction of greenhouse gases and mitigation of climate change.

Here is where the project "Commercialisation of Solar Energy in Urban and Industrial Areas" (ComSolar) - promoted by the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) through the Internationale Klimaschutzinitiative (IKI) begins. The project is implemented by the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and is part of the Indian-German Energy Programme (IGEN). It supports innovative business models to market solar energy in urban and industrial areas and is focussed especially on technology transfer, information campaigns and educational programmes for local partners. Two renowned partners, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) have been recruited for the implementation of solar energy pilot projects. In August 2014, an initial pilot PV roof-mounted plant on the DMRC buildings, with 500kW output, was dedicated with the participation of the minister for urban development and energy in the Modi cabinet.

Beyond that the Indian government has announced the expansion target for PV plant for the Delhi Metro to 20MW by 2017. Currently some 2,800kWp solar plants have been installed and additional supply agreements for 7MW of solar electricity have been signed. DMRC also plans to raise its own solar production target to 50MW as well as to purchase 500MW of solar energy through a long-term electricity purchase agreement to cover its own needs. With the installation of a 400kW photovoltaic plant, comprising 1,400 modules, mounted on the roof of Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium in April 2015, KSCA showed that environmental awareness and efficiency can be harmonised very well. Meanwhile KSCA plans to use the stadium's rooftop solar potential completely and increase the total plant output to 1.3MW. Once fully implemented, both demonstration projects in Delhi and Bangalore will reduce greenhouse gases by 25,000 tonnes of CO2eq annually. Moreover additional stadiums are to be equipped with solar electricity. Government representatives contemplate a countrywide transfer of the success model to other cities. This could be implemented by the Solar Energy Cooperation of India (SECI) that is to be advised by the IKI ComSolar project in the future.

The article (Click here)

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DMRC high on solar power

Thursday, 24 September 2015, New Delhi (Article published in The Hindu) - The Delhi government recently issued a draft solar policy aiming at power generation to the tune of 1 gigawatt by 2020, but the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has already got a head start. The corporation on Wednesday commissioned its first solar plant at the HUDA City Centre metro station, which is the first in any parking lot across Delhi and the national capital region. The 100 kWp solar power plant, with panels installed at the parking lot, will power two escalators at the metro station, besides meeting the overall electricity demand of the building. “The idea behind this was to utilise vacant spaces of the network more efficiently,” said a metro official. The power plant was inaugurated by the push of a button at the Metro Bhawan during a workshop on “Climate Resilient Initiatives in Urban Transport”. A survey released during the workshop revealed that the Metro Rail systems are the most energy efficient transport available in the world today.

 

Compared to a bus, which consumes three units of energy, a metro train was found to consume just one unit of energy. Diesel cars had the highest energy consumption at 22 units, while petrol cars followed with 21 units and AC buses and two-wheelers recorded six and five units of energy consumption.

 

Union Urban Development Additional Secretary D S Mishra announced that the workshop was a preparation for the DMRC, which will be part of India’s representation at the upcoming Conference of Parties 21 summit in Paris. For this, Mr. Mishra also requested the corporation to produce a booklet on its energy conservation practices.

 

Delhi Chief Secretary K. K. Sharma, who also attended the workshop, emphasised on the need to utilise rooftop spaces across the country. He said that in the coming decade, Delhi should focus on cleaning its air. Pointing to the chaotic traffic and bad air quality in the city, Mr. Sharma asked, “If metro would not have been here, could you imagine what would have been the situation?”

 

In total, the DMRC has commissioned solar power facilities with a generation capacity of 2.8 MWp. It aims to achieve a capacity of up to 20 MWp by 2016 and up to 50 MWp by 2021.

The Hindu news article (Click here)

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Striving to make DMRC green and efficient: Dr. Mangu Singh, MD, DMRC

July 2015, New Delhi (Interview published in Energy Next Magazine) - To combat increasing electricity bills in a sustainable manner, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is laying a lot of emphasis on harnessing renewable sources of energy and increased focus on energy eciency. €e corporation has already installed some solar projects within its premises and is working on harnessing more power from renewables. In an interaction with Energy Next, the Managing Director of Delhi Metro, Dr Mangu Singh, talks about various clean energy initiatives that are underway and his plans for the future. 

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What kind of support are you receiving from the GIZ, a federal enterprise of the Government of Germany, with regard to extending DMRC’s solar initiative under its COMSOLAR programme?

GIZ helped us in assessing the potential of solar power on three of DMRC’s sites of different patterns – one was a depot, one a flat roof and another one was an inclined station roof. €They surveyed the sites of DMRC including Dwarka Sector 21 and prepared the detailed project report (DPR) for solar power works. 

DMRC has also inked an MoU with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). Please tell us something about it? Which other organisations are you planning to collaborate with, as far as harnessing of renewables is concerned?

DMRC entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with GIZ and another MoU with SECI for development of solar PV projects in DMRC. Under their support and guidance, DMRC understood the issues involved in the system and decided to go for Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model.

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Tender for selection of consulting & chartered engineer firm only - IndiaOne project

Selection Of Consulting & Chartered Engineer firm only, for conducting inspection, verification and certification of materials procured for IndiaOne - 1 MWel Solar Thermal Power Plant at the project site in Mount Abu, Rajasthan 


GIZ in cooperation with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India is supporting World Renewal Spiritual Trust, Mount Abu to implement 1 MWel concentrated solar thermal power plant with 16 hours thermal storage for continuous operation. GIZ is procuring material for the project and has delivered significant quantities of material at the project site in Abu Road, Rajasthan. GIZ is looking for hiring services of practicing chartered engineer(s) on immediate basis. 

In this context GIZ invites tenders for hiring services of a consulting organization or a chartered engineer firm having practicing chartered engineers. 

Interested agencies may kindly submit their bid latest by 1730 hours on 3rd August, 2015, in a sealed envelope only to;


Head of Procurement 

GIZ Office India, 

B-5/2, Safdarjung Enclave, 

New Delhi 110 029, India.


GIZ reserves the rights to cancel / modify this tender and / or reject a bid document including subsequently a technical and financial proposal, without assigning any reasons.


Timeline

Deadline to receive queries                  : 23rd July 2015

Clarifications to the queries                  : 27th July 2015

Deadline for submission of bids            : 3rd Aug 2015, by 17:30hrs

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Tenders for procurement of material for India One project

Supply of Power cable and Control Cable

Sealed and separate bids are invited on or before last date for submission of bids from eligible manufacturers for the supply of Power Cable and Control Cable for constructing solar thermal power plant.  

Timeline

Deadline to receive queries                 : 27th May 2015

Clarifications to the queries                 : 29th May 2015

Deadline for submission of bids            : 09th June 2015 

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Smart Cities India 2015 exhibition and conference, Solar rooftops as a game changer - Session by MNRE

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, New Delhi - Supporting the Prime Minister’s vision for “Smart Cities”, Smart Cities India 2015 expo & conference was organised at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The conference hosted a session, organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, on ‘Solar Rooftops as a Game Changer’. Eminent speakers including Dr. A.K. Tripathi, Senior Director, MNRE (session chair & the keynote speaker), Dr. Sridhar HV, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions, Mr. Timon Herzog, Principal Advisor, ComSolar, Indo German Energy Programme, GIZ, Mr. Santosh Kumar, CEO, CREST, Mr. Satish Kumar, General Manager (DSM), BESCOM, Mr. V.K. Agarwal, Executive Director, POSOCO and Mr. Kunal Pareek, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Co. Ltd presented their views.

Mr. Herzog presented the German perspective on rooftop PV systems. (click here for the presentation)
Mr. Santosh Kumar, showed a film on Chandigarh model solar city. (Click here for the film)

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ComSolar started phase II of material supply to IndiaOne project

Saturday, 18 April 2015, Mount Abu - The construction of the project is in full swing with phase II of material supply reaching the project site. The delivery and unloading of almost 300 metric tonne of structural steel material is completed. The contractors are selected for delivery of other goods to the project site eg. industrial paint, solid steel, receivers for storage of heat.

The project is also providing on job training to develop the skills of local manpower and is expected to be commissioned by.. (more)

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Cricket stadium in Bangalore goes green, 400 kW solar plant installed on the stadium roof

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, Bangalore - Cricket is in the hearts of all Indians, and is highly effective in promoting environmental consciousness. The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and GIZ India joined hands to utilise the potential of solar energy in Chinnaswamy Stadium. The result: a 400 kW solar power plant installed on the stadium roof. The plant was inaugurated today by D.K. Shivakumar, Minister for Energy, Government of Karnataka (GoK), in the presence of Mr. Ashok Anand, President, KSCA, Mr. Brijesh Patel, Secretary, KSCA and Mr. Dayanand Pai, Treasurer, KSCA and other senior KSCA officials and members. (more)
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Consultation Meet with Channel Partners/ New Entrepreneurs regarding Grid Connected Rooftop SPV Power Plants

Thurday, 19 March 2015, New Delhi - To interact with the potential channel partners to understand their issues and discuss the modus operandi for up scaling the installation, a Consultation Meet with Channel Partners/ New Entrepreneurs regarding Grid Connected Rooftop SPV Power Plants was organized under the Chairmanship of Shri Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, MNRE on 19th March 2015 at 2:30 –5:00 PM in “The Auditorium”, SCOPE Convention Centre, SCOPE Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003.


Presentations
 

  • Grid-Connected SPV Rooftop Systems, Dr. Arun Kumar Tripathi, Senior Director, MNRE (Click here)
  • Indian Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Landscape – Business Models & Opportunities, Mr. Hemant Bhatnagar, Senior Advisor, ComSolar, GIZ (Click here)

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Delhi Metro Rail harnesses sun’s power to run 3 stations

Monday, 16 March 2015, New Delhi (Article published in Times of India and Economic Times) - With a daily generation of 3,000 units of solar power, the Delhi Metro may not be meeting all its electrical needs. But it’s enough to run three stations—Dwarka sector 21, Pragati Maidan and Anand Vihar.

In an effort to go green, DMRC had last year started the solar power project. At present, it is generating a total of 750kW, which is approximately 3,000 units per day, from four locations. The plants at Dwarka sector 21, Anand Vihar and Pragati Maidan Metro stations produce 500kW, 115kW and 85kW respectively. The other one at the residential complex in Pushp Vihar produces 50kW.

To get an idea of what this means, here’s an example: the daily power consumption of an elevated station is 1,200 units per day while it is 3,000 units for an underground station. The monthly power consumption of a household is between 400 and 700 units on an average. Said director (electrical) A K Gupta, “At present, the 750kW power is being generated from four locations, including a residential complex at Pushp Vihar. Our aim is to generate 20MW by March next year.”

One MW is equivalent to around 4,000 units per day. With a target to generate 20MW, Delhi Metro is planning to install these solar power panels at four stations in Gurgaon as well as Yamuna Bank depot and station, Sarita Vihar and Sultanpur stations and sub stations. The energy from the solar plants is used primarily for lighting and other such purposes, added Gupta. “While the amount of energy produced is a fraction of the annual amount used by the system, the fact that we are generating enough energy to operate a station is a step towards self-sustenance,” said Gupta.

According to figures provided by the Delhi Metro, the 3,000 units produced every day can light up 10 underground stations during the daytime or 50 elevated stations. The designed capacity at the four stations in Gurgaon as well as Sarita Vihar, Sultanpuri and the substations is much higher, added the Delhi Metro official.

The roof-top plant project is the largest of its kind in NCR under the renewable energy service model and is a result of cooperation between DMRC and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit through the project ‘ComSolar’.

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Session on Grid Connected Solar Power with Special Emphasis on Rooftop, RE-INVEST 2015

Monday, 16 February 2015 - The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy organised the First Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet & Expo (RE-INVEST) from 15-17 February, 2015 in New Delhi. The event was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 15th February, 2015. 

Government of India aims to achieve 100 GW grid connected solar power by 2022 with 40 GW from rooftop solar segment and the timely placed session on “Grid Connected Solar Power with special emphasis on rooftop”, focussed on strategies and recommendations by the eminent researchers and industry experts from international and domestic solar segment. The session was organised in partnership with GIZ and KfW with support from TERI.


The session was moderated by Mr Thorsten Herdan, Directorate-General II Energy Policy, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Germany. In his message, Mr. Herdan... (more) 
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Workshop on Solar Thermal Solution for Space Heating in Ladakh (SolLad)

Monday, 02 February 2015 - The Ministry of New and Renewable energy (MNRE) in cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbiet (GIZ) GmbH, is organizing a one-day workshop on “Solar Thermal Solution for Space Heating in Ladakh (SolLad)”, that showcases the usage and application of Solar Space Heating System incorporated with thermal protection and storage in Ladakh/Himalayan region.

In Ladakh, normally ambient temperatures are goes below 0°C for more than six months in a year and that makes difficult for normal life. The burning of conventional fuels is not only inefficient but also unhealthy. SolLad project addresses these issues and provides solution for heating in the extreme cold weather. The project has involves experts from premier institutions,such as Institute for Solar and Thermal Technology (SWT), University Stuttgart and Solar Institute Jülich, University Aachen to provide the technical know-how and trainings in setting up the demonstration systems.

Two demonstration systems have already been installed at Leh and are being monitored for the performance. The results are being analysed for further optimization and improved technoeconomics are envisaged. During the workshop the performance on the two demonstration system will be presented by one of the experts Dr Harald Drück, SWT. The workshop also look forward to receive valuable feedback in order to set-up business model, inputs for policies/schemes and manufacturing capabilities.

Workshop Agenda (Click here)

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Madhya Pradesh Distribution licensee issues tender for development of 5 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic projects

The Madhya Pradesh Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitaran Company Ltd. on behalf of MP Power Management Company Ltd. is coordinating a bidding process for development of Gross Metering based Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic power. The activity is supported by GIZ through their project ComSolar within the context of commercializing solar energy in the urban areas. To start with, 5 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic projects will be developed on pre-identified government buildings at zero rent in Indore, Jabalpur and Bhopal for which Madhya Pradesh Government has already provided its consent.

The bid documents and further details can be accessed on www.mpeproc.gov.in or www.mpcz.co.in 

Event Schedule

Date of issue of RFP - 28th January 2015

Pre-Bid Site Visit (s) - 12th February 2015

Last Date for receiving queries - 17th February 2015

Pre-Bid Meeting* - 24th February 2015

Revision of RFP and RFP Documents (if required) and issuance of revised RFP and

RFP Documents - 27th February 2015

Bid submission and opening of Non Financial Bid - 16th March 2015

Opening of Financial Bid of Qualified Bidders - 03rd April 2015

Shortlisting of Selected Bidder(s) and issue of Letter of Intent - 13th April 2015

Signing of RFP Documents - 13th May 2015

*Venue for Pre-bid Meeting: Bhopal
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Tenders for procurement of material for India One project

Supply of Industrial Paint (Protective Coatings)

Sealed and separate bids are invited on or before last date for submission of bids from eligible Suppliers/ Distributors /Manufacturers for the supply of Industrial Paint (Protective Coatings). 

Timeline

Deadline to receive queries                 : 16th January 2015

Clarifications to the queries                 : 19th January 2015

Deadline for submission of bids           : 27th January 2015

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Supply of structural steel (Rod, Flat, Plate, Angle & TMT Rebar) 


Sealed and separate bids are invited on or before last date for submission of bids from eligible vendors/manufacturers for the supply of structural steel (Rod, Flat, Plate, Angle & TMT Rebar) for constructing solar thermal power plant. 

Timeline

Deadline to receive queries                  : 19th January 2015

Clarifications to the queries                 : 21st January 2015

Deadline for submission of bids           : 29th January 2015

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Supply of Grey Cast Iron receivers

Sealed and separate bids are invited on or before last date for submission of bids from eligible vendors/manufacturers for the supply of Grey Cast Iron receivers as per the specification and drawing given in the tender documents. 

Timeline

Deadline to receive queries                  : 26th January 2015

Clarifications to the queries                 : 27th January 2015

Deadline for submission of bids           : 4th February 2015

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Supply of structural steel (Hollow Section)

Sealed and separate bids are invited on or before last date for submission of bids from eligible vendors/manufacturers for the supply of structural steel for constructing solar thermal power plant. 

Timeline

Deadline to receive queries                  : 06th January 2015

Clarifications to the queries                 : 09th January 2015

Deadline for submission of bids           : 23rd January 2015
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Workshop on Utilisation of Solar Energy in Indian Metro and Rail Transport

New Delhi, 10.01.2015 - GIZ in partnership with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET UK) and lnstitution of Railway Electrical Engineers (IREE) organized a one day workshop in New Delhi to promote solar energy in metro and rail transport sector. The workshop was inaugurated by the chief guest Mr Navin Tandon, Board Member (Electrical), Indian Railways and Mr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC along with senior officials from the organizers. More than 150 representatives from railways, metro rail corporations participated in the event. A small exhibition of solar photovoltaic technologies and components was also organized in parallel to the workshop. (more)
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Impressions from International Conference on Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation

Frankfurt, Germany, 6.11.2014 - On 6 and 7 November, experts for development cooperation and solar specialists from all around the world met in Frankfurt, Germany, for the Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation conference. The two‐day event by German conference organiser OTTI was held for the very first time and brought together about 100 participants from 25 different countries, who discussed the opportunities and the challenges of solar energy use in southern countries. The conference was a showcase for real‐life examples and lessons learned from several implementation projects with different solar technologies, such as small off‐grid photovoltaic solutions, solar drying systems, hot water preparation units and water treatment projects.

Timon Herzog, Principal Advisor, ComSolar presented the updates project, results achieved so far and learnings from implementing a solar energy programme under the ambit of a development cooperation.  
>> Press release – OTTI (download)
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Workshop on monitoring, design and certification of solar process heat systems

New Delhi, 16.10.2014 - GIZ along with its co-operating partner – the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), conducted a well-attended workshop in New Delhi to present interesting first results of the project and to discuss with stakeholders how to strengthen the market deployment. In his inaugural address, joint secretary MNRE Mr. Tarun Kapoor said ..(more)
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500 kW rooftop solar photovoltaic plant on Delhi Metro (DMRC) station inaugurated

New Delhi, 11.08.2014 - The Union Minister of Urban Development, Sh. M. Venkaiah Naidu in the presence of Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Sh. Piyush Goyal inaugurated a 500 kW solar roof-top plant as first-of-its-kind plant realized on a RESCO business model. The electricity...(more)