Daily News Wrap-Up: L&T Bags EPC Contract for SJVN’s 90 MW Floating Solar Project

NTPC's part commissions 10 MW solar power project in Maharashtra


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

SJVN announced that it had entered into an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for the 90 MW Omkareshwar floating solar project in Madhya Pradesh. Recently, the renewables arm of L&T was awarded an EPC order to develop a 90 MW floating solar power project at the Omkareshwar dam reservoir. 

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has granted a timeline extension until March 31, 2024, for solar and wind-solar hybrid power projects whose bid submission deadline was on or after April 10, 2021, and whose scheduled commissioning date is before March 31, 2024. This extension will not be available to projects whose power purchase agreements have not been signed before October 1, 2022, as these projects will likely have the scheduled commissioning date beyond March 31, 2024. The extension has been granted due to supply chain disruptions in the solar sector.

NTPC announced that the first part capacity of 10 MW out of the 23 MW Solapur solar power project in Maharashtra had been declared ready for commercial operation. With this, the standalone installed and commercial capacity of NTPC will become 58,269 MW, and the group’s capacity will be 70,884 MW.

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) approved GRT Jewellers’ request for connectivity of its 150 MW solar power project in the Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu. The company must seek the authorities’ consent to put up overhead lines. The overhead lines will pass through Athikinar, Podupatti, Achangulam, and Kuruvinatham villages. The approval was granted for 25 years.

China-based EVE Energy, a battery technology company, opened a CNY 2 billion (~$278.01 million) research and development (R&D) center in Huizhou, Guangdong province. The facility was completed in 16 months. The 145,000-square-meter center houses the company’s Power Battery Research Institute and the Battery System Research Institute, as well as electrical performance and safety testing centers and R&D labs. The facility will conduct detailed testing and analysis of cylindrical and prismatic cells, as well as battery management and energy storage systems.