The rapid growth of renewable energy sources and the demise of fossil fuels are causing major changes in global politics, a special commission. A commission set up by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said that the shift will alter the global distribution of power, relations between states, the risk of conflict, and the social, economic and environmental drivers of geopolitical instability. It also said that the solar, wind and other renewables, which currently make up around a fifth of global energy production, are growing faster than any other source. Commission chairman and former president of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar, said the shift will likely cause China to eclipse the United States, place oil-dependent Gulf states at risk and help impoverished African nations achieve energy independence. . The report, entitled “A New World”, was launched at IRENA’s ninth general assembly in Abu Dhabi from 7 to 11th of last week said that the shift from fossil fuels to renewables is driven by new technologies and falling costs, increasingly making renewables as competitive as conventional sources of energy.
Ladakh, known for its pristine natural beauty and colourful mountains towering over vast swathes of desolate land, is set to add another feature to its fame – the world’s largest single-location solar photo-voltaic plant. Some 200km to the south in Kargil, another mega project will join forces to light up the plains, keep glaciers cool by saving 12,750 tonne of carbon emission a year, remove dependence on diesel gensets and create livelihood for the local population that remains cut off for 6-8 months. SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India)- under the renewable energy ministry – is promoting the projects in J&K on a scale matching the grandeur of their locations – 5,000 MW (mega watt) for the Ladakh unit and 2,500 MW for Kargil – to be completed by 2023 at an estimated investment of Rs 45,000 crore. The Ladakh project will be located at Hanle-Khaldo in Nyoma, a strategically important area 254km from Leh. The Kargil project will be built at Suru in Zanskar, 254km from the district HQ. Power from the Ladakh project will flow to Kaithal in Haryana, for which a,900-km line will be laid mostly along Leh-Manali road. The Kargil project will hook up with the grid at New Wanpoh near Srinagar. The bids offer flexibility and many firsts, like combining the plant and associated transmission lines, putting promoters in control who otherwise have to depend on another entity for transmission and suffer if evacuation routes are delayed. Another positive thing is the Leh and Kargil administration have designated 25,000 and 12,500 acres of non-grazing land, respectively, at prices “remunerative” for the hill councils, which will also earn rental of around Rs 1,200 per hectare per annum with 3% annual escalation. The projects are expected to spur development in the remote border regions and empower the local population through skilling for jobs such as cleaning of solar panels and maintenance of transformers etc. Power minister RK Singh had in August last year said Ladakh has potential of hosting 25,000 MW of solar power projects.
The Adani group chairman said: Data centres are fundamental building blocks for enabling every aspect of the critical tech infrastructure that India needs to further accelerate its growth. The group’s vision is to create a network of core hyperscale data centre parks with capacities of over 1GW each on the east and west coasts of India along with edge hyperscale data centres across major cities. These will be integrated with a backbone of undersea cables and routed through our ports across the country. According to him, the group will also be building captive renewable plants to power these data centre parks, putting it in a leading position in the renewable energyspace. Group Chairman opined that Through multiple investments across strategic locations in the country in data centre parks and sites, we envision to create an integrated solution that can deliver world class offerings with core focus on sustainability, reliability, efficiency, and economics. Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani told TOI that the company has already acquired 100 acres at Kapuluppada in Vizag and will be investing about Rs. 10,000 crore in the first phase in setting up their maiden data centre and will scale this up to about Rs. 50,000 crore in the next 10 years.
The municipal body for south Delhi Friday signed an agreement with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for developing two solar plants for generating total power worth 27.5 MW, officials said. The work on the two units is likely to begin in the first half of April next year, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation(SDMC) said. The SDMC inked an MoU with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for generation of total 27.5 MW power from two separate solar plants, at Ghuman Hera near Najafgarh in Delhi, and a piece of land owned by the SDMC in Faridabad in Haryana, it said in a statement.
The Haryana government has decided to install solar energy plants on gram panchayat land through Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL). A decision to this effect has been taken in the review meeting of New and Renewable Energy Department held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here on December 19, 2018. A written communication should be sent to all gram panchayats with immediate effect that if they want to get solar energy plant installed on their land, whether barren or fertile, then they can contact and submit their option to Renewable Energy Department provided that land should be at least 10 acres, the chief minister said. Apart from this, if a Panchayat installs solar energy plant at its own resources then HPGCL will provide technical assistance, an official release said.
Foreign developers won the entire 700 MW being bid for at the solar auction conducted by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL) on December 21, 2018 with the Softbank-backed SB Energywinning 250 MW at the lowest tariff of Rs 2.84 per unit. Finnish developer Fortum also bagged 250 MW while French major Engie got 200 MW, both bidding the same price of Rs 2.89 per unit. The last auction conducted by GUVNL in September for 500 MW had seen a lowest winning tariff of Rs 2.44 per unit.
Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Gujarat have topped the list of states ranked based on their performance on providing affordable and clean energy to their population, while Uttar Pradesh is among the few worst performers, according to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) India Index released by Niti Aayog today. The index — a joint initiative of Niti Aayog, UN in India and Global Green Growth Initiative – tanks states based on their performance on 16 SDGs. Affordable and Clean Energy is one of them. The states’ performance on the energy goal was judged based on three parameters – percentage of households electrified, percentage of households using clean cooking fuel and renewable share of installed power generation capacity.
Under the new rules adopted by the European Parliament on Tuesday, the EU is targeting energy savings of 32.5 per cent and a renewable energy uplift of 32 per cent by 2030
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MSEDCL’s 1,000MW solar floating plant at Ujani dam in Solapur districthas evoked tremendous response with 12 top companies participating in the pre-bid meeting held in Mumbai. Mahagenco had planned to set up a floating solar plant in its Irai dam (district Chandrapur), which was dropped as the the consultant appointed by it found the proposal to be costly.The plant will be developed through a private partner. The discom has finalized ten locations in the dam where panels having total capacity of 100MW would be installed. The power would be supplied to farmers of Solapur and adjoining districts. The panels would reduce evaporation from the dam and save 1,000 million cubic feet (TMC) water. Moreover, floating panels’ efficiency will be 6 to 7% more than normal ones.The companies that participated in the pre-bid meeting are: Juniper Green, Solar Energy of India, EWGIE Solar, Shapurji Pallonji Infra, Adani Green, Adani Power, Marubani Corporation, Mytrah Energy (India), Giriraj Panawdle and Mahindra System.
As per Mercom Capital Group the total global corporate funding, including venture capital (VC), debt financing and public market financing stood at USD 9.7 billion, a 24 per cent drop compared with the USD 12.8 billion raised in 2017. Global VC funding for the solar sector in 2018 fell 18 per cent to USD 1.3 billion in 65 deals, compared with USD 1.6 billion raised in 99 deals in 2017, the report said. Commenting on decline in funding, Mercom Capital Group Chief Executive Officer Raj Prabhu said: “2018 was a year filled with uncertainties which started with Section 201 tariffs followed by an announcement from China that it was capping installations and reducing its feed-in-tariff.” Out of the USD 1.3 billion in VC funding raised in 65 deals in 2018, USD 1.2 billion went to 50 solar downstream companies, which comprised 91 per cent of the total VC funding in 2018. The top solar VC-funded companies in 2018 were Cypress Creek Renewables which raised USD 200 million, GreenYellow with USD 174 million, followed by Amp Solar with USD 154 million, Wunder Capital with USD 112 million and Sunnova Energy with USD 100 million, the report said.
The top investors in large-scale projects included the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which invested in 16 projects, followed by the Dutch development bank FMO with seven deals, and Natixis with six deals.
Reliance Infrastructure-owned power discoms in Delhi today, January 04, 2019, announced they have signed an agreement with Solar EnergyCorporation of India (SECI) for sourcing 100 Megawatt power each at a rate of Rs 2.84 per unit for the next 25 years. “Renewable energy is critical for sustainable growth and BSES is alive to it while ensuring there is minimal burden on the consumers. This allocation of wind power is once again a testament to our efforts,” a BSES spokesperson said.
Danish energy group Orsted will put new major projects in Taiwan on hold after it failed to sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) for two offshore wind farm projects, the company said on Wednesday. Taiwan, which has made a big push to attract investments into renewable technology, last year awarded Orsted the right to install 900 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind capacity at its Changhua 1 and 2a projects, due to be completed in 2021.
A third firm has confirmed that it’s interested in building a wind energy project off the New Jersey coast. Norway-based Equinor says it submitted a bid to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to build an offshore wind project. The company joins Orsted, a Danish wind company, and Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Shell and EDF Renewables North America in submitting bids to the board by last week’s deadline.
Renewable energy solution provider Vikram Solar on January 02, 2019 said it has got a 140-megawatt (MW) project order from state-run power giant NTPC Ltd. “Vikram Solar claimed a 140-MW solar plant project from NTPC Limited. The location selected for the project is Bilhaur, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh,” a company statement said.
The 25% safeguard duty imposed on imported solar components, meant to support domestic manufacturers, has not done cell producers any good, although module makers have fared better. “We’ve got zero orders since the duty became applicable,” said the chief executive of a solar cell company, requesting anonymity. “Our factory is still shut. We are surviving with great difficulty.” Solar cell manufacturers said even with the duty, their products remained more expensive. They had suggested a safeguard duty of 70%, but following an uproar by developers, the duty was reduced to 25%.
The government plans to scale down size of renewableenergy tenders, scrapping the idea of allotting large capacities at one go, after a recent tender for 10 GW solar capacity saw lukewarm response from the industry. Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), tasked with the implementation of the national solar mission, issued two solar and wind energy tenders of 1,200 MW each on December 31, 2018. As the government dabbles in allotting smaller capacities through each tender, tenders of 10 GW to 20 GW capacities, proposed by the power minister earlier, may not be considered anymore, government officials said.
Tata Cleantech Capital (TCCL), a joint venture between Tata Capital and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), on January01, 2019 said it has raised Rs 180 crore through its maiden five-year green bond from Netherlands-based development bank, FMO. The proceeds of the bond will be used to finance eligible green projects, the company said in a release.
Sembcorp Industries and Cache Logistics Trust announced today, January 04, 2019 that they have signed a solar power agreement for installation and operation of rooftop solar farms at three logistics warehouses in Singapore owned by Cache. Under the agreement, Sembcorp will install, own and operate rooftop solar panels with a combined capacity of around 7.9 Megawatt atop Cache’s Commodity Hub, Pandan Logistics Hub and Cache Changi Districentre.
The government on January 10th, 2019, approved a pact between India and France to enhance technical bilateral cooperation in new and renewable energy. The decision was taken by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. The Union Cabinet has approved the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and France on technical bilateral cooperation in the field of new and renewable energy. The MoU was signed on October 3, 2018. India and France aim to establish the basis for a cooperative institutional relationship to encourage and promote technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable energy issues on the basis of mutual benefit, equality and reciprocity. The technical cooperation will cover joint research working groups, pilot projects, capacity building programmes, study tour, case studies and the sharing of experience/expertise.
Holding the UN climate conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland, sends a strong signal as it provides the international community with an opportunity to learn from an on-going energy transition in a traditionally fossil-fuel intensive region. At the same time, it reminds us of the imperative of a just energy transition on our pathway towards a climate-safe future. The global energy landscape is evidencing rapid and wide-ranging changes driven by an unprecedented growth of renewables. Last year, a record-breaking 168 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity was added globally, making it the sixth year in a row in which new power generations from renewables outpaced conventional sources including from coal. Renewable energy is driving an energy transformation that is creating new socio-economic opportunities for countries, regions and local communities across the world. It is also the key to address climate change, which is becoming ever more urgent. The widely cited recent Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) urges for a rapid scaling-up of renewables to avoid irreversible climate impacts.
Countries that lead this transformation will also be the ones to reap most of its benefits.
The above profound lines are by Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Renewables overtook coal as Germany’s main source of energy for the first time last year, accounting for just over 40 per cent of electricity production, research showed on Jan 03, 20019. The shift marks progress as Europe’s biggest economy aims for renewables to provide 65 per cent of its energy by 2030 in a costly transition as it abandons nuclear power by 2022 and is devising plans for an orderly long-term exit from coal.
Electricity generation from French wind turbines rose 17.5 per cent in October, 2018, boosting French power generation from renewable sources which rose during the month alongside nuclear output, while coal and gas-fired generation fell. Power generation from thermal, coal and gas generators fell 29.4 per cent to 3.76 terawatt hour (TWh) in October ,2018, compared with the same month a year ago, said French grid operator RTE in its monthly report.
Fossil fuel-dependent Ukraine will strengthen its climate change action plan under the Paris Agreement to curb global warming, its government said at UN climate talks in Poland this week. Four Ukrainian cities also reaffirmed their goal of shifting to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050, announced this year. Svitlana Romanko, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia director for climate campaign 350.org, said Ukrainian citizens and mayors were showing that a rapid and fair transition to clean energy was “both possible and popular”.
Renewables account for over half the added electricity capacity in 2015:
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