Daily News Wrap-Up: Pennar Wins NTPC’s EPC Tender for a 500 MW Solar Project

Coal India to develop 1,190 MW solar project in Rajasthan


Pennar Industries won an order from NTPC Renewable Energy for its proposed 500 MW solar power project at Bhadla in Rajasthan. Pennar Industries had emerged as the lowest bidder in the competitive bidding against the tender invited by NTPC REL. The project scope includes design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing and commissioning, and a three-year operation and maintenance contract. The completion time of the project is 12.5 months.

As part of its diversification program for clean coal energy, Coal India signed a memorandum of understanding with Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam for developing a solar power project of 1,190 MW in Jaipur. The proposed project will come up in Rajasthan’s upcoming solar park cleared under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power Parks. It would boost CIL’s pursuit of solar power generation as part of its diversification program for clean coal energy.

Union Power Minister R.K. Singh highlighted the achievements made in recent years in the power sector at a conference of power and renewable energy ministers of states and union territories in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Electricity demand grew by about 11% in the last five months, but the government managed to meet the demand, even during the global energy crisis. India is the only major economy whose actions align with limiting global temperature rise to sub-2 degrees. India’s per capita emissions are only a third of the world’s average, while developed countries were at three to five times the world’s average.

Steel Authority of India (SAIL) invited bids for the supply, installation, and commissioning of 1.7 MW of rooftop solar systems at various administrative buildings of the IISCO steel plant at Burnpur in the Bardhman district of West Bengal. The last date to submit the bids is October 21, 2022. The bids will be opened on the same day.

Jakson Green, a new energy transition platform backed by India-based infrastructure and renewables major Jakson Group, signed a memorandum of understanding with South Africa-based Power Africa Solutions to form a joint venture named Jakson Green Africa. The agreement is per the BRICS mission of promoting development and cooperation among member countries.

Cummins will soon start building its new gigawatt electrolyzer manufacturing plant in Guadalajara, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. Last year, Cummins had announced that it had selected Spain as the site for a new proton exchange membrane electrolyzer program. Earlier this year, the company purchased more than 530,000 square feet of land in the industrial area of Guadalajara, Castilla-Al Mancha, where it is now planning to start the construction. The construction of the new PEM electrolyzer plant is expected to be complete by the end of 2023.

AMPYR Australia and Shell Energy Australia signed a joint development agreement for a proposed battery energy storage system strategically located in Wellington (the Wellington BESS), Central West New South Wales (NSW). The target capacity of the Wellington BESS is 500 MW/1,000 MWh, making it one of the largest battery storage projects in NSW. The Wellington BESS will connect to the TransGrid Wellington substation adjacent to the Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone.  It will complement nearby existing renewable energy generation assets and the proposed additional generation to be delivered as part of the Central West Orana REZ.