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TGC, Qcells Partner to Install 450 MW of Solar Across U.S.

True Green Capital Management (TGC) has signed a partnership agreement with Qcells to install up to 450 MW across commercial, community and industrial solar and grid projects throughout the U.S. 

This project will be led through Qcells Enable, Qcell’s EPC subsidiary, which will provide turnkey services along with the company’s solar modules. These modules will utilize PV cells manufactured with polysilicon from REC Silicon, located in Moses Lake, Wash. 

“We’re strengthening our collaboration with Qcells by expanding our partnership to include turn-key EPC services,” says Panos Ninios, managing partner at TGC. 

“This expansion grants us early access to the first fully integrated and transparent silicon-based solar supply chain from raw material to finished panel in the USA. This strategic move enables us to minimize offshore supply chain risks but also ensures excellent project delivery.”

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Cumberland County Approves Hecate Energy’s 150 MW Virginia Solar Facility

Hecate Energy has had its Siting Agreement and Conditional Use Permit application both approved for the planned 150 MW Cumberland Solar Facility.

“This approval helps realize our common goal to bring substantial economic benefits to Cumberland County and build energy independence for Virginia,” says Preston Schultz, Cumberland Solar Facility’s lead project developer. “We appreciate the leadership and support demonstrated by the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors in advancing this project.”

The company anticipates breaking ground on the solar farm in 2028 and commercial operation starting in 2030. The project is set to be built in the Cartersville community of Northern Cumberland County.

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TERREPOWER Launches Panel Recycling Line at Tennessee Facility

TERREPOWER, a division of BBB Industries, has launched a solar panel recycling line at its facility in Sparta, Tenn., offering separation of PV materials for more efficient offloading of materials for reuse. 

“We can reduce environmental waste by getting the most value out of the original component before it’s recycled,” says Maria Caballero, president of TERREPOWER. “With the addition of our fully automated recycling machine, it now enables us to address the solar waste issue while complementing our existing sustainable manufacturing process.”

The facility is currently capable of handling up to 160,000 panels per year for recycling, adds the company, and it expects to increase this capacity.

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PG&E Customer Electricity Greenhouse Gas-Free Last Year

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) retail customers received completely greenhouse gas-free electricity in 2023, with 34% of total electricity delivered to retail customers coming from specified eligible-renewable resources such as solar.

“We’re all in on creating a clean energy future,” says Patti Poppe, CEO of PG&E. “Providing retail customers with 100% greenhouse gas-free electricity in 2023 highlights that PG&E’s electric generation portfolio supports achievement of California’s climate goals.”

As of March, the company had brought online 2,100 MW of new incremental BESS capacity. These included the 350 MW MOSS350 Energy Storage project in Monterey County, the 169 MW Edwards Sanborn Energy Storage project in Mojave and the 132 MW North Central Valley Energy Storage project in San Joaquin County.

Through this January, behind-the-meter battery storage systems among PG&E customers totaled more than 670 MW.

PG&E retail customers also received 53% of their electric deliveries from carbon-free nuclear power generated by Diablo Canyon Power Plant and 13% from large hydroelectric power.

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Ministry Says GENCOs Can Sell Surplus Power in the Market   

The Ministry of Power has clarified that power stations must always be available and ready to dispatch power according to the Tariff Policy 2016. Power generators can sell surplus power in the power market to best use unutilized generation capacity.

The clarification, sent to energy departments of all states and generating companies, comes amid concerns that some power generators are not offering surplus power in the power market, leading to unused capacity.

In October 2021, the Ministry of Power issued guidelines for operationalizing the optimum utilization of generating stations as per the requirements of the electricity grid. These guidelines aim to ensure that power generators can effectively utilize their capacity by selling surplus power in the market.

Section 9(5) of the Electricity (Late Payment Surcharge and Related Matters) Rules of 2022, later amended in 2024, empowers generators to sell surplus power within their declared generation capacity, even if distribution companies do not requisition it.

Despite these provisions, the Ministry of Power has received feedback from power utilities highlighting certain restrictions in existing agreements. For instance, Fuel Supply Agreements (FSAs) and agreements under SHAKTI B (ii) for independent power producers restrict linkage coal solely for fulfilling long-term power purchase agreement obligations with distribution companies.

In response to these concerns, the Ministry of Power clarified that generating companies, including those with long-term coal linkages under FSAs, can offer surplus power in the market.

This clarification, under the provisions of the Tariff Policy of 2016 and the Electricity (Late Payment Surcharge and Related Matters) Rules, aims to promote a more dynamic and responsive electricity market by utilizing power generation capacity efficiently.

By allowing power generators to sell surplus power, the government aims to minimize wastage of resources.

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NTPC REL Tenders BoS Package for 1.1 GW Wind Project in Karnataka

NTPC Renewable Energy has invited bids to supply the balance of system (BoS) package for 1.1 GW inter-state transmission system (ISTS)-connected wind power projects in Bijapur, Karnataka (Tranche II).

The scope of work includes design, engineering, micro-siting, manufacturing, supply, erection, testing, commissioning, and proving the guaranteed performance parameters to install 3 MW and above wind projects starting from 33 kV internal evacuation lines from unit substation until the ISTS substation.

Bidders must procure land for the project and develop infrastructure, such as roads and substations.

They must also provide comprehensive operation and maintenance of the entire system for three years, including substations and transmission systems, spare parts supply, and payment of applicable charges.

The last date to submit the bids is May 27, 2024. Bids will be opened on the same day.

The cost of bidding documents is ₹22,500 (~$270). Additionally, all bids must be supported by a bid security declaration.

The bidder should be either a developer or designed, supplied, erected/supervised erection, and commissioned/supervised commissioning of the balance of the system of solar-based grid-connected power projects with a cumulative installed capacity of 40 MW or higher.

Among these, at least one project should have a capacity of 10 MW or higher. The reference project of 10 MW or higher capacity must have been in successful operation for at least six months before the bid opening date.

Alternatively, bidders should have executed an industrial project in the last ten years as either a developer or an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor in the power, steel, oil, gas, petrochemical, fertilizer, cement, coal mining, or any other process industry.

The financial value of the projects should be as under:

Bidders should have executed at least one electrical substation with a 33 kV or higher voltage level, including equipment like 33 kV or above voltage level circuit breakers and power transformers, either as developers or EPC contractors.

The average annual turnover of the bidders for any three financial years out of the preceding five financial years, as of the bid opening date, should not be less than the specified financial figure below:

Bidders should have a positive net worth on the last day of the preceding financial year.

Recently, NTPC Renewable Energy invited bids for the BoS package of a 500 MW state transmission utility-connected solar power project in Bhadla, Rajasthan.

NTPC Renewable Energy also invited bids for the land and power evacuation package to set up a 150 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic power project in Bhadla, Rajasthan.

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New York to Install Solar Carport, BESS at JFK Airport

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) began construction of what the state calls its largest onsite solar plus storage project to date: a solar carport canopy at John F. Kennedy International Airport. 

Once operational, the project is expected to help power the AirTrain and reduce electricity costs for residents of low-income neighborhoods in Queens. Located in the airport’s long-term parking lot 9, the JFK solar carport will be erected as a canopy and is expected to generate 12 MW. The project will also include a 7.5 MW BESS. 

“We are breaking ground on a game-changing solar project, which will give power to the AirTrain and support thousands of families in Queens,” says New York Gov. Kathy Hochul. “Supporting local minority- and women-owned businesses, this project will deepen our investment in the community while pushing forward New York’s nation-leading climate goals.”

The project is set to be built in two phases. Phase 1 is expected to deliver energy by next March. Phase 2 is expected to deliver energy to Con Edison for the surrounding community in April 2026.

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Seven Companies in Race for 10 GWh Advanced Chemistry Cells Capacity Under PLI

The Ministry of Heavy Industries’ (MHI) tender to select manufacturers for Advanced Chemistry Cells (ACC) under the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) program has garnered bids seven times more than the 10 GWh capacity to be awarded.

The bidders are ACME Cleantech Solutions, Amara Raja Advanced Cell Technologies, Anvi Power Industries (Gensol Group), JSW Neo Energy, Reliance Industries, Lucas TVS, and Waaree Energies for a cumulative capacity of 70 GWh.

The ministry issued the tender in January this year following MHI’s announcement that it would re-issue the tender for the unallocated 20 GWh capacity under the ‘National Program on ACC Battery Storage.’

The budget for the capacity tendered is ₹36.2 billion (~$435.63 million).

In 2021, the government approved the technology-agnostic PLI program to implement 50 GWh of ACC manufacturing with an outlay of ₹181 billion (~$2.18 billion).

The initial bidding for the ACC Energy Storage PLI Program concluded in March 2022, with Ola Electric Mobility, Hyundai Global Motors, Reliance New Energy, and Rajesh Exports securing bids to set up 50 GWh capacity. However, Hyundai Global Motors withdrew from bidding, leaving behind an unallocated capacity of 20 GWh.

Once selected, bidders must commit to setting up an ACC manufacturing facility with value addition of a minimum of 25% within two years and a minimum of 60% value addition within five years.

They must also establish a manufacturing capacity of 5 to 10 GWh within five years. Based on their technical score, the bidders will be ranked from the highest to the lowest.

The subsidy disbursement will commence only after the committed capacity and value addition levels are achieved and the sale of the ACC begins.

The disbursement will be phased over a five-year window, payable quarterly, per the program agreement signed between the government and the selected bidder.

Bidders who had participated in the previous tender issued in 2021 were also eligible to participate in this tender, provided that the maximum capacity that may be allocated to such bidders, including the capacity allocated previously, does not exceed 20 GWh.


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SJVN Green Floats BoS Tender for 400 MW Solar Projects in Maharashtra

SJVN Green Energy (SGEL), a wholly owned subsidiary of SJVN, has rolled out a tender for the supply and installation of Balance of System (BoS) packages, including power evacuation infrastructure and comprehensive operation and maintenance (O&M) services for three years for 400 MW of solar photovoltaic power projects across four locations in Maharashtra.

The last date to submit bids is May 14, 2024. Bids will be opened on the same day.

The 400 MW solar capacity encompasses four separate projects – a 160 MW project in Dhanora village of Hingoli district, an 80 MW project in Jambheore village of Jalgaon district, and two 80 MW projects in Khandali village of Latur district.

SGEL has already signed long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to sell power from these projects.

The successful bidder will be responsible for land development, design, procurement, erection, testing, supply, installation, civil and electrical works, statutory approvals, commissioning, and performance testing on a turnkey basis.

However, SGEL will provide the solar PV modules as “free issue material” to the contractor, who will handle the loading, transportation, unloading, and storage of the modules.

An earnest money deposit of ₹63.7 million (~$764,000) must be submitted for the 160 MW project and ₹31.8 million (~$381,000) each for the 80 MW projects.

Bidders must have experience developing grid-connected solar projects, with at least one project of 10 MW or higher capacity successfully operating for over three months.

Alternatively, they can cite the experience of executing large industrial projects in sectors such as power steel, oil, and gas, petrochemical, fertilizer, cement, and coal mining, including coal handling plant or any other process worth at least ₹960 million (~$11.5 million) for the 160 MW project, and ₹480 million (~$5.8 million) for the 80 MW projects.

Meanwhile, the financial criteria mandate is an annual average turnover of at least ₹960 million (~$11.5 million) for the 160 MW project and ₹480 million (~$5.8 million) for the 80 MW projects.

The net worth must be positive during the financial year (FY) 2022-23 and should also be positive in two of the three previous years.

The successful contractor will have 370 days to complete the work after the contract is awarded.

Recently, SGEL formed a joint venture with Assam Power Distribution Company to execute and develop energy projects and parks.

Previously, it invited bids to commission a 100 MW solar power project in the Didwana-Kuchaman District of Rajasthan and its O&M for three years.

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Suzlon Group’s Girish Tanti elected vice-chair of Global Wind Energy Council

“It is an extremely critical time for the world as our collective future depends on a rapid transition to a net-zero world. I am thrilled to take over as Vice-Chair of GWEC which is one of the most effective platforms for driving a unified global agenda for wind energy,” said Tanti.


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