Tata Power Solar partners with Transphorm USA to launch India-ready inverters

Tata Power Solar has joined hands with Transphorm USA to develop and launch highly efficient Gallium Nitride-based inverters and other power conversion products. The products are expected to be launched by mid-2015.

Source: Link

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Ministries hint dumping duties will not be implemented

According to reports (link here), the Indian ministries of finance, power and commerce have decided that proposed anti-dumping duties on import of solar cells from the US, China, Malaysia and Taiwan into India will not be implemented. The respective ministers took three months to decide since the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping under the ministry of commerce recommended taxing the low-cost imported solar photovoltaic panels from the aforementioned countries.

While a few players in the market would complain, most of the industry feels relieved after the decision was hinted yesterday.

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Andhra Pradesh invites bids for 500MW of solar

South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has issued a ‘Request for Selection’ document for 500MW of solar capacity in the state. The generated power from solar power projects will be purchased by Southern Power Distribution Company  of Andhra Pradesh Ltd. (APSPDCL, website link) and Eastern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh Ltd. (APEPDCL, website: link).

HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. Projects can be set up in 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh where APSPDCL and APEPDCL operate.
  2. Each district will have a limitation on the total solar capacity that could be set up, depending on the technical constraints of the evacuation and transmission infrastructure within the district.
  3. Tariff to be offered under the power purchase agreement (PPA) will be determined through reverse bidding mechanism. There will be separate bids for each district.
  4. The duration of Power Purchase agreement will be 25 years.
  5. A bidder can bid for a maximum of 100MW cumulative capacity in various locations.
  6. Timeline:
    1.  August 14th 2014: Release of ‘RfS’ document
    2. August 22nd 2014: Pre-bid meeting
    3. September 2nd 2014: Release of final ‘RfS’ document and PPA document
    4. September 17th 2014: Last date of submission of bids
    5. September 17th 2014: Opening of pre-qualification bids
    6. September 18th 2014: Opening of techno-commercial bids
    7. September 25th 2014: Opening of financial bids
    8. September 30th 2014: Release of list of bidders who qualified on techno-commercial criteria
    9. October 7th 2014: Release of list of successful bidders
    10. October 14th 2014: Issuance of ‘Letter of Intent’ to successful bidders
    11. October 29th 2014: Signing of PPA between discom and successful bidders

RfS document issued by Southern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh Ltd. (APSPDCL):

Andhra_Pradesh_Solar_Bid_RfS_PPA_August_2014

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NTPC invites companies to develop 1000MWp solar PV projects

National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (an Indian Public Sector Undertaking) has invited ‘domestic agencies’ to submit their expression of interest for developing 1000MWp solar power projects. The notice was issued on 7th August 2014 and the last date to submit the expression of interest is 18th August 2014.

NTPC has specified that indigenous PV cells have to be used for the projects.

View more details and the bid document here: Link

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Indian telecom tower company joins hands with NEDO of Japan for diesel-renewable hybrid solution

Viom Networks, related to Tata group, has signed a memorandum of understanding with New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) of Japan to develop solution to reduce consumption of diesel at its sites.

With the objective of reducing fuel consumption at 62 sites in the first phase, which are dependent on diesel generators, NEDO will provide an optimal diesels-solar hybrid solution, which will reduce the operational cost in a sustainable manner.

Read more here: link

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