Overall, 2017 will prove to be a bumper year for the solar power sector in India. Total installed capacity is expected to reach 18 GW by the end of the year.
With a pipeline of around 14 GW of utility scale projects, about 7.7 GW is expected to be commissioned in the year—a growth of around 90% over 2016. Combined with 1.1 GW of expected rooftop solar capacity, India should add a total of 8.8 GW in 2017, ranking it amongst the top three global markets after China and the USA.
The 15-storey Shivshakti Heights, located near the railway station, has got a 9.135 kilowatt (kW) peak power rooftop solar system installed, which lights the lifts and the building’s common areas. The building is home to 76 families.
When some states were busy finding faults in the rural electrification program of the Centre, Union Minister Piyush Goyal was holding brainstorming sessions with his team at the power ministry and PSUs (including PFC and REC) on how to track and map the process of electrification in every village and household of this country.
The result of this few month long exercise was the launch of GARV II mobile App on Tuesday by Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal. Garv II is the Next step towards ‘24x7 Power For All’.
Village electrification is no longer about tracking electrification of 18,452 villages in the country. In line with the government’s promise to provide Power To All households in the country, people from the comfort of their homes and through their mobiles can track progress on household electrification in each of the habitations of about 6 lakh villages in India using the GARV II App.
Largest Rooftop Tender to be Launched by SECI, Expected to give a Big Boost to Rooftop Solar Power Generation Segment.
As a step towards fulfillment of the Government of India’s target for installation of 40 GW rooftop solar power plants by the year 2022, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has launched a tender of 1000 MW capacity for development of grid-connected rooftop solar capacity for Central Government Ministries/Departments.
A successful example of public private partnership (PPP) was exhibited in the country on Wednesday, where in a joint effort of Petronet LNG Limited (PLL), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and Tata Motors Ltd, for the first time, LNG was established and introduced as a fuel in commercial vehicles in the state capital of Kerala. Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched an LNG fueled bus for the 1st time in the Country.
After the successful run of CNG based buses and transport, India is now looking at LNG (imported natural gas in liquid form) as an alternate fuel to run buses.
As India marches ahead towards becoming a gas based economy, the role of GAIL (India) Ltd— India’s largest gas transportation company assumes a lot of significance. Out of India’s 15000 kms pipelines network, GAIL owns natural
India holds a strong potential to emerge as a petroleum hub for manufacturing and services. ONGC CMD D K Sarraf is quiet optimistic that leading services players like Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes and the likes may soon look at setting up manufacturing bases in India to cater to both the domestic and export markets. Sarraf also dwelled upon the company’s plans and strategies going forward and on promoting local content in the oil and gas sector.
Despite the fall in energy prices, ONGC has been maintaining a capex of around Rs 30,000 crore a year for the past several years. Some of the results will show this year itself and there is expected to be a significant jump in production during 2017-18. Gas production will show an increase even this year after ONGC connects the completed offshore wells to the lines.