Daily News Wrap-Up: Government to Ensure Zero Load Shedding in Summer

GUVNL to procure power at ₹2.81/kWh from O2’s 200 MW solar projects

April 4, 2024


Anticipating an energy demand higher than in previous years as temperatures rise across the country, the government is taking measures to ensure zero load shedding in the summer months. Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy R. K. Singh has held a series of meetings where it was stressed that all stakeholders should do adequate planning to prevent a situation in which one state has surplus power while another state faces power shortages.

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission has, in a recent order, adopted the tariff of 2.81 ($0.033)/kWh quoted by TEQ Green Power, a subsidiary of O2 Power, developing a 200 MW solar project at the Dholera Solar Park. The order was in response to a petition filed by the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited concerning the bidding process conducted on March 18, 2020, to procure power from Dholera Solar Park. Of the quoted capacity of 500 MW, TEQ Green was allocated 200 MW at ₹2.81 ($0.033)/kWh.

INKEL, a public-private partnership initiative promoted by the Government of Kerala, has issued a tender for module mounting structures for a 3.5 MW solar power project in Mylatty of Kasaragod district in the state. The deadline for bid submission is April 11, 2024. Bids will be opened on the same day. The tender calls for the supply of hot-dip galvanized mounting structures. These structures undergo a galvanization process involving dipping the steel components in a molten zinc bath, resulting in corrosion and rust resistance.

An entirely U.S.-based solar manufacturing supply chain, touted as a key pillar of the country’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), cannot flourish amidst an oversupply of both components and finished products from China, warns a recent white paper by the Solar Energy Manufacturers for America (SEMA) coalition. According to SEMA, the subsidized overseas manufacturers from China and Southeast Asia are using questionable trade tactics to undermine the billions of dollars in investment released after the passage of IRA for developing a domestic supply chain for solar module manufacturing.

The accelerating technological advancement of solar modules risks exacerbating the challenges of durability and cell degradation, according to a new review from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which examined the reliability implications of emerging trends in crystalline-silicon photovoltaic module design. The trends, grouped into four categories, cover larger module sizes, new cell interconnection methods, the rise of bifacial modules, and a transition to next-generation high-efficiency solar cells.