Daily News Wrap-Up: Updated ALMM has 66 Solar Module Manufacturers Enlisted

Sun Mobility Partners with Eveez to deploy 10,000 EVs across India by 2023


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

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an updated list of models and module manufacturers under the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) order. The new entrants are Raajratna Ventures, Sahaj Solar, Shivam Photovoltaics, Neety Euro Asia Solar Energy, and Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments. Waaree Energies, RenewSys India, and Mundra Solar Energy added new modules to the ALMM list. For the first time, 600W and 650W modules have been added to the ALMM list by Waaree. There are now 66 module manufacturing units with a total of 18 GW of module capacity enlisted under the ALMM. The total also includes special project vehicles (SPVs) of companies. Only the models and manufacturers included in the list are eligible for government projects in the country, including the projects for the sale of electricity to the government.

SUN Mobility, a provider of energy infrastructure and for electric vehicles (EVs), partnered with EVeez, an EV subscription company, to deploy over 10,000 EVs across the country in the coming year. To promote mass adoption and usage of EVs, EVeez and SUN Mobility aim to offer co-mobility as a solution wherein the same vehicle can be used for various purposes by multiple people. For this deployment, EVeez will leverage SUN Mobility’s battery-swap solution-based Mobility-as-a-Service offering. This is integrated with EVs, smart batteries, and access to a wide network of swap points. As a part of this plan, approximately 200 vehicles would be added to EVeez’s on-ground fleet every month. Around 250 vehicles have already been deployed and are running across Delhi-NCR. Starting September, the operations are expected to expand further to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, and Chandigarh Tricity. The partnership would provide customizable and integrated 2-wheeler swap solutions to the riders.

Tiger Brands, a South African packaged goods company, announced the rollout of solar power at its manufacturing sites through the procurement of power purchase agreements from independent power producers and other renewable energy options. The company plans a multi-million-rand investment to have 65% of the business’s electricity requirements at a manufacturing level across South Africa sourced from sustainable energy solutions by 2030. Onsite solar power, and other renewable energy solutions, will be installed at 35 Tiger Brands manufacturing sites across South Africa by 2030, beginning with four sites, which will generate 2 MW of power, providing at least a third of their power usage. The first four sites are Tiger Brands’ Henneman Mill in the Free State, King Foods in the Northwest, and its Beverages and HPC (Home and Personal Care) manufacturing plants in Gauteng. Solar power generation at these sites is expected to go online between the last quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2023.

Bahrain launched its tendering process to award a 20-year contract for local or international bidders to build, own, operate, and maintain grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) modules with a minimum capacity of 72 MW in multiple premises located in Sakhir, south of the Kingdom. Bahrain seeks to build solar modules in the Bahrain International Circuit, University of Bahrain, Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, and Al Dana Amphitheatre. The solar panels will be built on the rooftops, car park shades, electric vehicle charging stations, and ground of these organizations’ facilities. To qualify for the tender, bidders must be engaged in the business of solar PV energy and have commissioned at least ten grid-tied solar PV projects. Bidders should have commissioned at least 40 MW grid-tied solar PV projects in any country in the last three years.

SOLAR PHILIPPINES Nueva Ecija is targeting to complete its asset-for-share swap deal with its parent company, Solar Philippines Power Project Holdings, by the end of this year, with its stock rights offering expected to be completed in September. SPNEC’s offering is set from August 30 to September 5, 2022. With the completion of these transactions, it aims to complete the development of 10 GW of solar projects.