Mapping India's Rooftop Solar Potential
LiDAR has now become an established method for collecting very dense and accurate elevation values. This active remote sensing technique is similar to radar, but uses light pulses instead of radio waves. Laser beam is the sensing carrier in LiDAR, an active remote 360 degree sensing system.
Solar tenders and auctions have slowed in India | Mercom
While solar installations in India have picked up speed, tender and auction activity have been slowing down over the last couple of quarters. According to the Mercom India Solar Project Tracker, about 1.9 GW of solar was tendered in Q1 2017 (1 GW of this was a retender) compared to 3.4 GW in Q4 last year.
India's problems with coal sector continue | BTI
In January 2017, India’s coal imports declined by 22 per cent to 14 million tonnes because of lukewarm demand from power generating stations. Coal India Limited, which accounts for 80 per cent of domestic coal production, has posted its worst ever financial results for H1-FY17 as revenues declined even as expenses rose. At the same time, PLF of thermal power stations continues to be near all-time lows of under 60 per cent.
India's first wind tender oversubscribed despite off-take uncertainties | BTI
Earlier this month, SECI received bids for India’s first wind power tender. There are two unique aspects of this tender – i) successful bidders will sign 25-PPAs with PTC India Limited, which will sign back-to-back PPAs with as yet unknown discoms; and ii) existing operational projects and/or under construction projects are eligible to participate.
750 MW Rewa solar project to break new ground
Bids for the proposed and much delayed 750 MW solar power tender in the Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh are expected to be submitted by January 2017, although another extension still seems likely. The project is being tendered by Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMS), a joint venture between SECI and the Government of Madhya Pradesh. Developers can bid for three project units of 250 MW each in a solar park being developed by RUMS.
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