Daily News Wrap-up: NTPC Commissions 70 MW Capacity of a Solar Project

EU and MNRE launch 'PV Waste Management in India' report


Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

NTPC has announced that 70 MW of 85 MW Bilhaur Solar PV Project at Bilhaur, Uttar Pradesh, was declared commercially operational from March 28, 2021. With this, the commissioned and commercial capacity of NTPC and NTPC group has become 51,725 MW and 64,490 MW, respectively.

Adani Green Energy Limited has completed the acquisition of 100% of the share capital and all the securities of Surajkiran Renewable Resources Private Limited from Skypower Southeast Asia III Investments Ltd and Skypower Southeast Asia Holdings 2 Ltd.

The European Union (EU) Ambassador to India, and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) Joint Secretary, launched the ‘PV Waste Management in India’ report at the Solar India Expo of Smart Cities India Expo. The report was jointly prepared by the National Solar Energy Federation of India, SolarPower Europe, and PV Cycle with the support of MNRE and EU India Technical Cooperation.

Singapore start-up Oyika has said that it is raising $100 million for its energy-share business in Southeast Asia, targeting the transport sector and off-grid households in rural communities. The funds will go mainly towards rolling out the company’s battery-swap service for electric motorbikes in Indonesia. It has an order book of 30,000 power subscription plans. Part of the funds will also be used for expansion in Vietnam.

BP has agreed to join BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG in their drive to extend and significantly improve electrification, making electric vehicle charging more convenient for drivers. Under their agreement, BP will become a 33.3% partner alongside BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG in Digital Charging Solutions GmbH (DCS), one of Europe’s leading digital charging solutions for automotive manufacturers and vehicle fleet operators.

Ørsted plans to develop one of the world’s largest renewable hydrogen plants linked to industrial demand in the Netherlands and Belgium. ‘SeaH2Land’ is an ambitious vision linking GW-scale electrolysis to the large industrial demand in the Dutch-Flemish North Sea Port cluster through an envisaged regional cross-border pipeline. The green electricity required to produce the renewable hydrogen is proposed to come from the build-out of additional large-scale offshore wind.

Here is the previous day’s news wrap-up.


Rahul is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Before entering the world of renewables, Rahul was head of the Gujarat bureau for The Quint. He has also worked for DNA Ahmedabad and Ahmedabad Mirror. Hailing from a banking and finance background, Rahul has also worked for JP Morgan Chase and State Bank of India. More articles from Rahul Nair.