Daily News Wrap-up: Switch Mobility to Deliver 71 Electric Buses for JSW Steel

CEA approves setting up transmission lines in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to evacuate wind and solar power


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

Switch Mobility, an electric bus and light commercial vehicle company, has partnered with JSW to introduce electric buses for employee transportation in India. Under the partnership, Switch will deliver 71 buses to JSW Steel for their Vijayanagar plant. Switch Mobility will own and oversee the operations, including setting up charging infrastructure and requisite maintenance efficacy, over the 12-year contract period. The buses are equipped with a new generation of highly efficient, modular batteries with advanced lithium-ion NMC chemistry, specially formulated for the Indian market and climatic conditions. The electric drivetrains and batteries are calibrated to ensure superior efficiency with long battery life, delivering a lower total ownership cost.

The Central Electricity Authority approved the transmission line set up for NTPC’s 230 MW solar power project at Ettayapuram, Tuticorin, in Tamil Nadu. The 230 kV overhead line from Tuticorin-II (Gas Insulated ISTS Substation) was approved for 25 years. In another similar case, the CEA approved M/s Ayana Renewable Power Six to set up transmission lines for the 300 MW wind power project in Gadag, Karnataka. The 220 kV transmission line on the double circuit tower covers the area from the 220/33 kV pooling substation near Harlapura village in Gadag to the 400/220 kV PGCIL substation near Tadakal Village in Koppal. The approval was granted for 25 years, and the project developers will be responsible for the required authorities’ consent for setting up these transmission lines.

SK D&D, a private renewable power generation company, announced the signing of a shareholder’s agreement with Glennmont Partners from Nuveen to establish a joint venture company to co-invest in solar photovoltaic projects in South Korea. Under this agreement, the two companies will establish a joint venture as a financial platform, and as the first step, they plan to acquire, build and operate 80 MW of solar photovoltaic projects, approximately valued at ₩160 billion (~$121.65 million).

Vestas bagged the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) order for the first stage of Golden Plains Wind Farm, a 756 MW project in Victoria, Australia, from a renewables company, TagEnergy. The wind farm will feature 122 V162-6.2 MW wind turbines from the EnVentus platform. Vestas will also deliver a 30-year service and maintenance agreement to optimize the project’s energy production. Delivery of Vestas’ wind turbines is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2023, with commissioning to commence in the fourth quarter of 2024. Once operational, the first stage of Golden Plains Wind Farm will generate enough clean energy to power approximately 450,000 homes a year.

Talesun Solar, a China-headquartered solar module manufacturer, signed a framework agreement for strategic cooperation with MEM Group to jointly build a module production line with an annual capacity of 1GW in Turkey. MEM Group is a global supplier of industrial equipment, manufacturing, and electrical services. Under the agreement, MEM Group will build a module production line with a facility area of 40,000 square meters in Kahramanmaras, south-central Turkey, to achieve an annual capacity of 1GW by the second quarter of 2023. Talesun Solar will provide the design for the layout of the facility, while all equipment and raw materials used in the factory will be supplied according to their standards and approval.