Daily News Wrap-Up: Waaree to Expand its Solar Module Production Line to 12 GW

NTPC commissions the first part capacity of 100 MW out of the 300 MW Nokhra solar project

December 21, 2022


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

Solar module manufacturer Waaree Energies plans to ramp up its module production line to 12 GW by March 2023. This will be the largest module manufacturing capacity in the world outside of China. Waaree currently has a 9 GW module manufacturing capacity. Waaree’s 600 Wp and 650 Wp modules are registered in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s Approved List of Models and Manufacturers. Waaree Energies had earlier this year received approval from the National Company Law Tribunal to acquire solar cell manufacturer Indosolar.

NTPC commissioned the first part capacity of 100 MW out of the 300 MW Nokhra solar power project in Rajasthan. NTPC’s standalone installed and commercial capacity is now 58, 209 MW, while group installed and commercial capacity will become 70,824 MW.

TML Smart City Mobility Solutions, a subsidiary of Tata Motors, signed a definitive agreement with Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) to supply, operate, and maintain 921 electric buses for 12 years. TML will supply BMTC with its 12-meter-long Tata Starbus Electric, an indigenously developed vehicle with superior design and best-in-class features for a sustainable and comfortable commute. Tata Motors has supplied more than 730 electric buses across multiple cities in India, cumulatively clocking more than 55 million kilometers, with an uptime of over 95%.

Solar tracker and software solutions provider Nextracker signed a master supply agreement with Amara Raja Power Systems to deliver solar trackers for NTPC’s 306 MW Nokh solar project in Rajasthan. Nextracker will supply its bifacial tracker to help Amara Raja achieve a lower levelized cost of energy over the lifetime of the project due to its optimized design. The Nokh project is expected to be operational by October 2023. NTPC has increased its renewable energy investments in recent years and aims to achieve over 60 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2032, accounting for 50% of its overall generation capacity.

Filtration membranes system manufacturer Permionics bagged an order to supply water management systems to help produce 10 GW of solar wafers.  Roughly 1 million liters of purified water is required daily to produce just one gigawatt of wafer capacity. The company claims it has the technology and process integration necessary for total water and waste management in the solar wafer manufacturing process.

North Seas Energy Cooperation (NSEC) and the United Kingdom inked a new memorandum of understanding on increased cooperation to develop offshore renewable energy. The collaboration aims to facilitate the planning and development of specific offshore renewable projects, including offshore grids. NSEC comprises Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the European Commission. The countries agreed to a target of at least 260 GW of offshore wind energy by 2050 last year, representing more than 85% of the EU-wide ambition of reaching at least 300 GW by 2050.