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SPECIALIZED INSTITUTIONS

9.1 The Ministry has set up three specialized technical institutions. The erstwhile Solar Energy Centre (SEC), now been converted into an autonomous institution named National Institute of Solar Energy, is located at Gwalpahari, Gurgaon in Haryana, the erstwhile Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), has now been converted into an autonomous institution named National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), is located at Chennai, and Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Renewable Energy (SSS-NIRE) now renamed Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Bio-Energy at Jalandhar, Punjab. Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA) is a 100% government owned company, registered as a non-banking financial company with the Reserve Bank of India functioning under the administrative control of the Ministry.

9.2 In addition, Solar Energy Corporation of India, a Central Public Sector Undertaking assists the Ministry in the implementation of the various activities of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission for development, promotion and commercialization of solar energy technologies in the country.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SOLAR ENERGY

Background

9.3 National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), an autonomous institution under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, has been working as an apex National R&D Centre in Solar Energy and is coordinating research & technology development and other related work envisaged under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). The Institute has also been involved in (a) Solar Resource Assessment, Testing & Standardization, Monitoring of Solar Power Projects, maintain a Data Bank for use by various stake holders, Training, Skill Development and Consultancy, (b) carrying out Research & Development in Hybrid Systems and storage techniques/system, (c) implementing several R & D projects under International Corporation, (d) keeping track of latest Global Developments based on technology forecasting and fore-sighting relating to Solar Energy and related technologies including storage techniques, etc. and (e) organizing Training programmes for scientists, engineers and energy planners from third world and other countries.

9.4 Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister for New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) inaugurated on 14th May, 2015 the new building based on Solar Passive Architecture, called Surya Bhawan, for housing the Administrative and other Scientific Officers of the Institute.

Roles and Responsibilities of NISE

9.5 The objectives and functions of the NISE are:

  • Assist the Ministry in implementing the National Solar Mission.
  • Responsible for providing thrust to R&D in solar energy and related technologies under the Mission.

Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister for New and Renewable Energy (IC) inaugurated the Surya Bhawan based on Solar Passive Architecture on 14th May, 2015. Shri Upendra Tripathy Secretary MNRE is seen with other officials
  • Undertake R&D projects on different aspects of solar energy technologies, hybrid systems and storage techniques/systems.
  • Act as the Secretariat for the work of the R&D Advisory Council. Facilitate the development of a technology roadmap and coordination with the other Centers of Excellence under the Mission, R&D projects in solar energy and other S&T Ministries.
  • Bridge the gap between existing R&D institutions and Industry, and get the Industry on board, through partnership programmes and projects.
  • To carry out Solar Resource Assessment
  • To develop Test and standardization procedures of Solar Energy Systems and carry out Testing and Performance evaluation of solar photovoltaic and thermal systems and devices and issue certificates.
  • To undertake various training and skill development programmes of various levels
  • Co-ordinate the ‘Suryamitra’ Skill development Programme at National level and organise Training Programme for ‘Suryamitras’ at NISE.
  • To establish Solar Energy Training Network (SETNET) and to provide consultancy for SPV and ST projects.

  • Collaborate with the international S&T organizations and keep track of latest global developments based on technology forecasting and fore sighting
  • Support capacity building and support students, teachers and research personnel to work for higher degrees including Ph.D.

Major Facilities at NISE and Activities Undertaken during 2015-16

9.6 The National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) has started its operations after the first meeting of its Governing Council held on 15th January 2014 and has assumed all technical activities of Solar Energy Centre and has also re-organized itself to undertake roles and responsibilities assigned to it by the Ministry.

SOLAR RADIATION RESOURCE ASSESSMENT

9.7 During 2015-16, Solar Radiation Resource Assessment Division has set up a Solar Radiation Calibration Laboratory as per the guidelines of World Meteorological Organization (WMO)for calibration of solar radiation sensors operating in the field in north India in collaboration with Solar Energy Corporation of India. The major objective of the Project is to calibrate the solar radiation sensors operating at various SRRA stations as per International standards, having their traceability to World Radiation Center (WRC), as stated in WMO guidelines. The various International standards that are being used at the laboratory for calibration are ISO 9847, ISO 9059 and ISO 9060. Four Pyranometers and two Pyrheliometers from 2 SRRA stations of Rajasthan have been calibrated during the year. Two Pyranometers and one Pyrheliometers from one SRRA station of Rajasthan are being calibrated at the Laboratory.

Solar Radiation Calibration Laboratory (SRCL) facility at NISE

Solar Cell and Outdoor PV Module Characterization Facility

9.8 National Institute of Solar Energy has established the Solar Cell and Outdoor PV Module Characterization Facility which focuses on sustainable development of photovoltaic technologies by evaluation of technical, environmental, economic and reliability performance; cooperation with institutions & industries and testing & standardization.

9.9 The following tests are performed on Solar Cells for its characterization:

  • I-V performance under STC.
  • Temperature coefficients
  • I-V performance at different intensities and temperatures
  • Dark I-V of solar cell

Indoor Photovoltaic (PV) Test Facility

9.10 The Indoor Photovoltaic (PV) Test facility (PVTF) at NISE is involved in testing and evaluation of solar PV modules, storage batteries, balance of systems and complete PV systems including lighting systems, solar rickshaws, road studs, solar AC, solar home lighting systems and PV grid-hybrid systems. The International quality system conforming to IEC 17025 has been evolved in the laboratory and the PV module testing laboratory has got NABL accreditation for conducting the testing of PV modules as per IEC 61215 and BIS standard. The facility is well equipped to take up the testing of large size modules i.e. up to 200cm x 200cm.

Battery Test Facility

9.11 National Institute of Solar Energy incorporates a comprehensive battery test facility for testing of major secondary battery technologies. The battery lab is equipped with advanced equipment capable of testing samples up to a range of 2000Ah. The tests are performed as per IEC/BIS standards. Apart from routine tests, type tests and life cycle tests on batteries have also been introduced. More than 500 battery samples, pertaining to different technologies and applications, were examined in the last year. Research papers are also being regularly published in reputed national and international journals in the field of battery performance and testing. The battery lab is being augmented to enhance the testing capacity and to introduce battery abuse tests.

Battery Testing set-up

Power Electronics Lab

9.12 NISE has established power electronics lab for testing and evaluation of solar inverter/charge controller/Pump controller/PCU of capacity up to 50 KVA. 14 Nos of inverters and pump controllers of different capacities were tested during the year 2015-16. Four more inverters are likely to be tested during the remaining period of this year.

PV System Testing Laboratory

9.13 During the year the PV system testing laboratory at NISE has taken up the performance evaluation of 32 solar lanterns, 61 solar home lighting and power systems, 70 street lighting systems, 06 solar Task light, 01 solar AC, 10 charge controllers, 05 study lamp, 03 PV grid hybrid solar home systems. 60 No. of manufacturers were provided guidance to design and develop different kind of PV systems by way of developmental testing. These systems were evaluated as per MNRE end user specifications.

9.14 In year 2015-16, NISE has tested approximately 37 different types and makes of SPV water pumping systems. Presently the facility is capable of testing four SPV water pumps at a time.

(a) Mechanical Load Tester
Hail Impact Tester

9.15 The automation and up-gradation of the testing facility is in process for expanding the no. of pumps to be tested with more accuracy which will also facilitate indoor testing and simulation of different testing conditions. NISE has coordinated the identification and establishment of 4 more Solar water pumping systems Test Centres at Electronics Quality Development Centre, Gandhinagar, TUV Rheinland Bengaluru, SITARC Coimbatore, Central Power Research Institute Bengaluru, & UL Bengaluru.

500 kW Photovoltaic Power Plant

9.16 In order to evaluate the performance of SPV power plants in the Indian conditions and to meet the electricity requirements of the NISE Campus, a 500 kW solar PV power project is being set up in the campus of NISE with different PV technologies. Order for the turnkey supply, installation and commissioning of the 500 kWp Solar Photovoltaic Power plant was placed during 2014-15. All the structures have been installed and the installation of array is in progress. The plant is likely to be commissioned by 31.3.2016.

Study on Performance of Modules installed in the country

9.17 The joint project of NISE and NCPRE, IIT Bombay undertaken to study the field performance of SPV modules installed over period of time ranging from 20 years to

recent installations in different climatic conditions of India was continued during 2015-16. Performance data collected from different locations is being analyzed to understand the reliability and process of degradation of PV modules under Indian field conditions. 12 papers have been published in International Scientific Journals and Conferences.

Solar Thermal Research and Development Projects

9.18 Research and development activities were continued for performance evaluation and system optimization of the 100 kW High Efficiency Solar Thermal Triple Effect Absorption System, 15 kW Absorption Prototype System with Air Cooling, 5 kW Adsorption Prototype System, 3x3 kWp Solar Stirling Engine and distillation system. Fabrication of a high efficiency desalination system using multi condensation is under progress. Design and simulation of hybrid solar-biomass power plant for various regions of India as well as the design, development and fabrication of low cost portable solar distillation systems have been completed.

1 MW Solar Thermal Power Plant

9.19 On 7th March 2015, NISE took over the 1 MW Solar Thermal Power Plant based on parabolic tough collector and Linear Fresnel Reflector technologies set up in collaboration with IIT Bombay for operation and maintenance, data collection, long term performance evaluation and research and development on various components of the solar thermal power generation. The plant has generated 7331 units of electricity during the year.

Solar Thermal Test facilities for CST

9.20 National Institute of Solar Energy has created facility for characterization and testing all types of concentrating technologies. This includes Hot water/ Steam based Test Set Up, Thermic fluid based Test Set Up, FPC and ETC, Cooker Test Facility as per BIS standard and MNRE Specifications. 2 nos. of Flat Plate Collectors and 2 ETC have been tested and certified during the year.

Mobile Test Set Up


9.21 Mobile test facility has also been procured for testing/evaluation of performance of different thermal technologies in actual working/field conditions.

Skill Development & Consultancy Services

9.22 “Skilling India” is the dream project of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India for creating job opportunities for the unemployed youth in the various services and manufacturing sectors throughout the country. A list of skill development programs undertaken by the NISE and consultancy services provided during the year are listed below:

  1. A dedicated training program on renewable energy technologies for the senior Defence, BSF officers and Chartered Engineers are also regularly being conducted 2-3 times in a year. About 30 Skill development programs were conducted at NISE campus during 2015-16. NISE propose to conduct 50 training Programs in FY 2016-17 which include in house training program’s at NISE as well as programs in other locations spread all over India.
  2. NISE is organizing “Suryamitra” skill development program, sponsored by the Ministry, in collaboration with State Nodal Agencies, at various locations across the country. The duration of this skill development program is 90 days. It is a residential program and it is free which includes boarding and lodging. More than 100 academics and R&D institutions / organisations are partnering with NISE to train 50,000 Suryamitras (i.e. 50,000 ITI/diploma holders) in the 3 years (FY 2015-16 to FY 2017-18). In order to connect potential solar product customers and Suryamitras, NISE has developed a GPS based Mobile app called Suryamitra App, which can be downloaded from app playstore in mobile phones and used throughout India. The purpose of this app is to reach the customers who intends to install a small SPV power plants or to get maintenance / repair of their existing SPV systems. This innovative mobile app is expected to enhance the employment of trained youth in solar and also improve the businesses of solar entrepreneurs.
Officers from Armed forces who attended Renewable Energy Technology workshop during August 2015
  1. Solar Energy Training Network (SETNET): NISE has established the Solar Energy Training Network (SETNET) institutions across India to build skills and capacities to ensure the availability of qualified solar energy professionals to meet the national solar deployment targets. Through a competitive process, NISE has identified 35 SETNET partners across the country, which are empanelled by NISE to provide the skill development courses. Several programs are being launched across India.

SETNET Team with 35 SETNET Partners, May 2015
  1. International Training Programmes: Three week program focused on latest renewable energy technologies under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Program (ITEC) programmes are conducted every year for international participants. NISE is conducting about 2-3 programs of ITEC every year to the satisfaction of Ministry of External Affairs & the participating countries. During the year 2015-16, NISE has conducted two ITEC programs. NISE has also conducted various skill development programs on renewable energy technologies for Bangladesh and Magnolia.
ITEC Training Programme on Renewable Energy during November 2015

  1. Consultancy and Quality Verification Services: With excellent pool of scientific manpower and management experts NISE is handling various consultancy projects on solar photovoltaic & solar thermal technologies. NISE has provided consultancy to Ministry of Food Processing, Ministry of Defence, Kandla Port Trust, ISRO, Doordarshan, NLC, NEEPCO etc. NISE is also providing expertise to corporate and industry to set SPV power plants. NISE in FY 2015-16 has prepared Solar PV Feasibility Reports to more than 25 projects sites in India.
  2. Incubation: NISE is providing space and financial support for initial few months to the aspirants/ people coming up with innovative ideas in the field of renewable energy.

Evaluation of Hydrogen Energy & Fuel Cells Technologies

9.23 NISE has been implementing a project entitled “Demonstration & Performance Evaluation of various technologies of Hydrogen Energy at NISE that envisages powering the motor-vehicles on Hydrogen produced by the process of water electrolysis using solar energy. Under this project, the solar-hydrogen facility is to be operated and maintained for carrying out its performance test of individual sub-systems / components.

9.24 The production of Hydrogen from Electrolysis of water using power generated from a Roof Top Solar PV Power Plant of 120kWp has been started. Hydrogen dispensing to vehicles has also been started. Hydrogen Vehicles are under trial runs. NISE has complied with PESO and received multiple clearances for Generation of Hydrogen, Storage of Hydrogen at 500 bar, and Dispensing of Hydrogen at 350 bar. In addition, NISE has also received approvals for Dispensing Hydrogen to Vehicles at a pressure of 350 bar and to use the Hydrogen vehicle for trial purposes.

Hydrogen Production, Storage and Dispensing Facility at NISE

Hydrogen Production, Storage and
Dispensing Facility at NISE
Hydrogen Storage and Compression System

9.25 The proposed fuel cell testing laboratory activities have been started already and infrastructure development for the lab is completed. Procuring of equipments and setting up is under process.

Monitoring and Evaluation of Research & Development Projects

9.26 The NISE has been involved in scrutinizing the R&D project proposals submitted to the Ministry at the initial stage, getting the experts’ comments, arranging RDPAC and RDSPAC meetings and recommending proposals to the MNRE for sanction. Furthermore, it has also been responsible for monitoring the on-going R&D projects through expert visits, organizing reviews, suggesting mid-course corrections, and monitoring and verifying claims as an independent, un-biased agency. NISE is thus involved at all stages of nucleation, growth, correction and logical conclusion of the R&D projects.

Solar Photovoltaic R & D Projects

9.27 Since March 2015, around 60 new project proposals have been received in PV for evaluation and further processing. The proposals in PV are divided into two broad groups namely a) PV cells & materials and b) PV systems and applications with almost equal number of proposals belonging to each category. The NISE has re-visited the existing panel of experts and made a few changes as per the need. Results of evaluation for around 40 project proposals in PV have already been submitted to the Ministry for further processing.

Solar Thermal R & D Projects

9.28 During 2015-16, 6 Research and Development projects in the area of solar thermal technology submitted to the Ministry were got evaluated. Experts’ comments were obtained and forwarded to the Ministry for further processing. Another 11 new R & D projects are being evaluated for further processing at the Department.

National/ International Co-operation/ Joint Projects

9.29 Major projects under taken during 2015-16 are as under:


Secondary Reference Solar Cell Calibration

9.30 NISE along with IIT Bombay, IACS Kolkata and Fraunhofer Institute & PTB-Germany, Germany has been working to develop a secondary reference solar cell calibration facility in the country. Under this project a Round Robin testing of solar cells is going on at NISE, IIT Bombay and IACS Kolkata, in India and Fraunhofer Institute, Germany. Measurement comparison of four secondary reference solar cells has been completed at NISE and IIT Bombay.

Performance Comparison of Thin Film Module in India and USA, A Joint Project between NISE and NREL, USA

9.31 National Institute of Solar Energy and NREL have embarked on a project to compare the performance of sister thin-film modules deployed in India and in Colorado, USA.NISE purchased a set of modules and shipped 6 of these modules to NREL. The thin-film modules were deployed in real outdoor condition in December 2013. The modules were then deployed outdoors where they were individually maximum power point tracked. Performance evaluation including current-voltage (IV) curves at a regular interval of time of these modules is under way.

SERIIUS Project

9.32 Under the Solar Energy Research Institute of India and the United States (SERIIUS) project NISE’s is carrying out the reliability and performance studies of various technology modules under different climatic zones in India. The main deliverable from NISE under PV module reliability testing is as follows:

  1. Identification of climatic zones and environment conditions
  2. Model the performance studies of various technology modules under different climatic zones
  3. Prepare general specifications of PV modules and components
  4. Develop models using time dependent performance reliability indicator
  5. Dust effect and mitigation in different climatic zones of India.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF WIND ENERGY (NIWE)

9.33 National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) is an Autonomous Research and Development Institution established under Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975 under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) of Government of India. The Institute serves as the technical focal point for wind power development and supports the growing wind power sector in the country. To provide a major boost to research institutions C-WET has been renamed as National Institute of Wind Energy bringing out its nationwide operations enabling orderly development of the Wind Power sector in India.

9.34 NIWE’s main activities include research and development to achieve and maintain reliable and cost-effective technology; Wind & Solar Radiation Resource

Assessment; preparation of standards for wind turbines testing and certification of wind power systems; information dissemination; human resource development; and offer various consultancy services toz customers. The major activities of NIWE during this period are given below:

OFFSHORE, SMALL WIND HYBRID SYSTEM & INDUSTRIAL BUSINESS (OSWH&IB)

9.35 The unit is in the process of establishing a sub-structure platform for assessing the offshore wind by LiDAR measurement at Gulf of Khambhat, off Gujarat coast. The design and technical specifications for the offshore platform has been finalized in association with National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai.

9.36 NIWE intends to establish a platform for assessing the off shore wind by LiDAR measurement near Tuticorin. The objective of this investigation will be to ascertain the nature and properties of soil available at the proposed site at recommended depths for design of the foundation of the proposed structure.

9.37 Presently testing of 5 small wind turbine ranging from 650 W to 15 kW is underway and out of which, one Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbine of 15 kW (grid-connected) first of its kind.

9.38 Performance evaluation of small wind turbines deployed for telecom application was carried out by NIWE in Jaisalmer District, Rajasthan with an intention to strengthen the concept of installing small wind turbines on telecom towers.

9.39 A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been inked on 15.06.2015 between CSTEP, GWEC and NIWE for facilitating the development of offshore wind farm project in the country. The wind resource measurements using LiDAR will be carried out by NIWE which will act as useful pointers for the development of offshore project, which will be first of its kind in the country.

Inking of MoU between between CSTEP, GWEC and NIWE

9.40 The unit has conducted a One-day inception workshop on “EU-Indo Joint R&D platform to support and promote offshore wind energy technology in the country” on 18.09.2015.

9.41 The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has identified thrust areas for R&D in small wind energy systems. Under this, nine proposals from academic institutions / manufacturers have been identified for funding. The unit is lending technical support to MNRE in coordinating / assistance in the execution of these R&D projects.

WIND RESOURCE ASSESSMENT

9.42 As on 28-12-2015, 806 dedicated wind monitoring stations have been established and 107 Wind monitoring stations are under operation. During the period April to December 2015, 7 new wind monitoring stations were commissioned in various States. 105 sites have been registered for wind measurement by private sector from various States in India. The wind data from over 77 (69 Private Wind Monitoring and 8 Maharashtra Energy Development Agency) private / SNA Wind Monitoring stations have been analyzed. The data has been verified, checked for the quality of data, and submitted the reports. Thirty one consultancy projects focused in various wind farm developmental needs, such as, micro siting, technical due diligence, installation and commissioning of wind monitoring stations, Wind Power Density Map, power curve guarantee test, DPR (Detailed Project Report) preparation, Wind Power Forecasting, Pre-feasibility study and Repowering of existing Wind farms were undertaken for a variety of clients from public / government / private sector during this period.

R&D projects Sanctioned / Completed / OngoingOffshore Wind Resource Assessment at Dhanuskodi, Rameshwaram, Ramanathapuram District

9.43 The project entitled “Offshore wind resource assessment at Dhanuskodi” undertaken with the support from MNRE has two parts - SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) Data collection and analysis for offshore wind potential assessment between Kanyakumari and Rameswaram and in situ wind profile measurements at Dhanushkodi with 100 m anemometry. The SAR study has already been completed and the report is indicating regions of offshore wind potential in the southern peninsular India along Tamil Nadu coast.

Repowering of Existing Wind Farms in the State of Tamil Nadu

9.44 NIWE initiated activities to carry out repowering of an existing wind farm in the State of Tamil Nadu. Few of the wind farms analysis have been completed and the analysis is under progress.

Design and Development of a Photonic System for Real time remote monitoring of Wind and other Air Parameters

9.45 NIWE in collaboration with GVP-SIRC is involving in the design of an indigenous photonics system for real time remote monitoring of wind and other meteorological parameters. At present, GVP has designed and developed a prototype of the system. The field evaluation of the prototype is under progress.

  • Five 120m tall guyed wind monitoring stations are operational at Lamba (Gujarat), Akal (Rajasthan), Jagmin (Maharashtra), Jogimatti (Karnataka) and Kayathar (Tamil Nadu) to understand the wind shear effect and on the quest of acquiring long term wind data. Measurements are being carried out at 10m, 30m, 60m, 90m & 120m levels above ground. The measured data will also be useful in wind resource mapping & wind atlas, understanding inter annual variation of the wind speed in those region and for wind farm forecasting.
  • A 50m tubular wind monitoring station was commissioned at Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram to understand the wind flow pattern in the region.
  • Estimation and validation of Wind Power Potential at 100m level of 7 States in India is being carried out at 75 locations (10 in Andhra Pradesh, 12 in Gujarat, 12 in Rajasthan, 13 in Karnataka, 8 in Maharashtra, 8 in Madhya Pradesh and 12 in Tamil Nadu) and the data acquisition is in progress.

INDIAN WIND ATLAS LAUNCH

9.46 NIWE had chosen advanced modeling techniques and revisited the earlier studies as per the guidance and directives of MNRE, with realistic and practical assumptions and estimated the wind power potential at 100m height as 302 GW. After successful preparation of Wind Atlas at 100m level, MNRE / NIWE under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy had launched the Wind Energy Resources Map of India at 100 meter above ground level and solar radiation map at ground level on online Geographic Information System (GIS) platform on 2nd September 2015.

Launch of wind power forecasting services in India

9.47 Under the Indo-Spanish Joint Programme for Technical co-operation in Renewable energy, NIWE has collaboration with M/s. Vortex Factoria de Calculs, S.L., Spain with the objective to propose a holistic approach for forecasting wind and wind power from an installed capacity of more than 7400 MW of wind energy in Tamil Nadu as the ultimate deliverable to support the scheduling and dispatching process of electricity from these wind farms. Wind Power forecasting services was launched as the outcome of the discussions at the RE-INVEST held during 15-17th February 2015 at New Delhi.

9.48 In order to create awareness among the NE region SNA officials regarding the different facets of Wind Resource Assessment and small wind energy and hybrid systems, two days special Training Course on " Wind Resource Assessment and Small Wind Energy & Hybrid Systems” was organized by NIWE during 18th & 19th November 2015 at Guwahati, Assam.

STANDARDS & CERTIFICATION UNIT

9.49 During the year, another two Indian standards have been finalized. In addition, works are under progress for two more draft Indian standards. S&C unit participated in 6th ET 42 committee meeting held at BIS, New Delhi and explained various works carried out on the standards on wind turbines.

9.50 During the year, based on the directives from Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Internationally accredited certification services are made available in India by NIWE through a Tri-party co-operation agreement among NIWE, M/s TUV Rheinland Industrie Service GmbH, Germany, an Internationally accredited Certification Body for Wind Turbines and M/s TUV Rheinland (India) Private Limited, Bangalore.

International Cooperation Agreement signed between NIWE and TUV Rheinland, Germany

9.51 The unit has completed two type certification projects (Renewal) viz., V 39-500 kW with 47 m rotor diameter and Pawan Shakthi-600 kW so far. Renewed certificates have been issued to the respective wind turbine manufacturer. Renewal of Certificate of one wind turbine model (GWL 225) is under progress.

9.52 During the year, two RLMM lists have been issued. Five new wind turbine models have been included in the said lists in addition to the various update on the existing wind turbine models (more than 50 nos.) and wind turbine manufacturers.

9.53 During the year, the unit has issued recommendation letters in connection with grid synchronization for three prototype wind turbine models.

WIND TURBINE TEST STATION (WTTS)

9.54 NIWE has an established test facility at WTTS, (Wind Turbine Test Station), Kayathar, where wind turbines can be tested according to International Standards. WTTS is

presently equipped to undertake Type Testing (TT) of wind turbines and to conduct the testing of wind turbines as per the requests of customers / manufacturers and the following tests are normally carried out as per International standards IEC 61400-12-1, 13, 1.

9.55 Type Testing of Xyron 1000 kW wind turbine at Richadewda, Ratlam District, Madhya Pradesh of M/s. Xyron Technologies Ltd is under progress. Type Testing of GVSL 1700 kW wind turbine at Kampaneari Pudhukudi (Village), Tenkasi (Taluka), Tirunelveli District, Tamilnadu of M/s. Garuda Vayu Shakti Ltd. The measurements have been completed and Draft Test Reports sent to the Customer. Power Curve Measurements of INOX 2000 kW wind turbine at Rojmal, Rajkot (Dist), Gujarat of M/s. Inox Wind Ltd. The measurements have been completed and final test reports issued to the customer. Type Testing of INOX 2000 kW wind turbine at Kidi village, Babra Taluk, Amreli (Dist), Gujarat of M/s. INOX Wind Ltd. The measurements are expected to be started as soon as the wind turbine instrumentation is completed which is under progress. Power Curve Measurement of Regen 1500 kW wind turbine at Vagarai Village, Dindigul (Dist), Tamil Nadu near Dharapuram of M/s. Regen Powertech Pvt Ltd. Measurements have been started and not completed due to low windy condition and is expected to continue during the windy season of 2016.

NIWE-Kayathar: Wind Turbine Research Station, (WTRS),

9.56 The completely renovated 26 years first generation Nine 200 kW MICON Wind Electric Generators at Wind Turbine Research Station, Kayathar were put into operation after Operation & Maintenance works carried out during the windy season of 2014 and energy generated is fed into the grid by maintaining unity power factor for all the machines.

KNOWLEDGE SHARING AND MANAGEMENT (KS&M)

9.57 KS&M is a new unit in NIWE formed in June 2015. KS&M provides avenues to train NIWE staff in new software and new domain knowledge. It works to create and sustain different forms of ideations, conceptualisations primarily for the teams within NIWE but the fruits of the efforts are open also to all renewable energy stakeholder communities. They include the Software Work group, Technology Think Tank and Internship Programme.

INFORMATION, TRAINING AND CUSTOMIZED SERVICES (ITCS)

Training Programmes

9.58 During the year 2015-16, the 18th National Training Course on “Wind Energy Technology” held during 26th to 30th October 2015 with 45 participants was conducted. Special Training Course for System Operators of Load Dispatch Centres was held during 13th to 18th July 2015. The 16th International Training Course on “Wind Turbine Technology and its Applications” was held during 12th August to 8th September 2015 with 18 participants from 12 countries (Afghanistan, Gambia, Guyana, Laos, Malawi, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe).

9.59 NIWE also participated in exhibitions including the Indian Science Congress held at Mysuru during 3-7 January 2016.

NIWE-IWTMA Knowledge Forum

9.60 NIWE in association with IWTMA conducted 11th NIWE-IWTMA Knowledge Forum on “Recent Trends in Wind Turbine Testing, Validation and Certification” by UL DEWI at NIWE on 29th July 2015.

National Wind Energy Technical Symposium

9.61 NIWE in association with UBM India had organized a “National Wind Energy Symposium” on 29th September 2015 at the 9th Renewable Energy India Expo held during 28th to 30th September 2015 at Greater Noida.

9.62 NIWE is regularly publishing a well received quarterly bilingual (English and Hindi) NIWE newsletter “PAVAN”, which disseminates information about the activities & services of NIWE, wind energy news, technical articles and information on wind energy related events.

Global Wind Day Celebrations

9.63 Global Wind Day was celebrated on 15th June 2015 to create awareness about the advantages and achievements of wind power and NIWE is celebrating the Day with various events among the School Children since 2009. To proactively reach the future kids, NIWE has signed an MoU with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) – India. This year the day celebrated with Science Fair competition projects for school students and a Workshop on Renewable Sources of Energy for the teachers of participating schools. The theme of the Science Fair was "Renewable Sources of Energy" for the students to build working models and prizes were distributed to the winners. The event engaged over 58 students from 300 schools from various parts of the State along with their teachers. Smt. Varsha Joshi, Joint Secretary (Wind), MNRE was the Chief Guest and delivered a special address in the celebration and also distributed the prizes to the winners.

Foundation Day

9.64 NIWE is celebrating its Annual Foundation Day every year on 21st March and this year celebrated as Open Day for the various Schools / Colleges to visit NIWE facilities followed by an invited lecture from experts. Competitions were conducted for school children organized by NIWE jointly with World Wide Fund (WWF) India.

  • Three training programs were conducted in association with M/s GSES, New Delhi at NIWE, Chennai under PPP mode during the period 20.07. 2015 to 24.07.2015, 14.09.2015 to 16.09.2015 & 16.11.2015 to 20.11.2015 on Design & Installation for stand alone, roof top grid connected and MW scale solar power projects.

  • Two numbers of “Solar Technician Training” Program were conducted in association with M/s. Ultimate Energy, Hyderabad at Hyderabad under PPP mode during the period 20.04.2015-19.05.2015 & 17.08.2015-16.09.2015.
  • A training program on Solar Energy was conducted by SRRA exclusively for M/s. Suzlon Energy Ltd. (SEL), Pune during the period 04.08.2015 to 06.08.2015 at Pune.

ENGINEERING SERVICE DIVISION

9.65 To cater to multi-disciplinary engineering services starting with Civil, Electrical, Information Technology including cyber security, planning, maintenance and management a new Engineering Service Division (ESD) has been established. During the current year, the unit had established the following infrastructure at the NIWE campus

  • Audio-Video Conferencing Facility
  • Diesel Generator set Installation
  • 30kW SPV power plant
  • LAN Restructuring work.
  • Digi-scroller installation and Battery Car
  • 5 kW SWT Service and conversion to Grid tie type machine

AWARDS & HONORS

BID AWARD GENEVA 2015 GOLD CATEGORY

9.66 NIWE received Bid Award Geneva 2015 Gold Category for International Quality at Geneva, Switzerland held during 21st to 22nd March 2015. The objective of the ceremony is to recognize the prestige of outstanding companies, organizations and entrepreneurs. Dr. S. Gomathinayagam, Director General, NIWE has received the award. NIWE has been awarded "Africa Education Leadership Award" by World CSR Day & World Sustainability on 9th December 2015 held at Le Meridien, Mauritius.

Bid Award Geneva 2015 Gold Category

Hon'ble Members of Standing Committee on Energy visiting NIWE campus

PUBLICATIONS

9.67 Many research articles have been published during the year by members of NIWE in reputed refereed journals in India and abroad. Five such articles have been published during the year.

Visit of PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENERGY

9.68 Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy (On-the-spot study visit) visited NIWE campus on 7th October, 2015 and reviewed the various activities carried out by the Institute.

SARDAR SWARAN SINGH NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BIO ENERGY (SSS-NIBE)

9.69 The Institute is an up-coming Research and Development (R&D) centre with its mandate to focus on Bio-energy, devoted to Research, Design and Development of innovative technologies in the area of bioenergy, to become a Global Centre of Excellence in Bioenergy. The broad spectrum of Bioenergy covers biomass assessment & management, biomass characterization, biomass conversion technologies (gasification, combustion, and pyrolysis), solid waste/state bio-methanation, liquid biofuels (biodiesel, bioethanol, bio-oils, green diesel) algal biomass production, bio-hydrogen production, solid waste treatment & management, life cycle analysis/assessment of bioenergy system etc. The institute is ISO 9001:2008 certified under R&D institution by Intertek.

Thermochemical Conversion Facility

9.70 The basic testing facilities for biomass characterization, biomass gasification and cookstove testing have been established for thermochemical conversion of

biomass. The Biomass Cookstove Testing and Certification Centre received few Cookstove models from different manufacturers during last year and were tested as per BIS norms. The details were shared with MNRE as per the guidelines of the project. Programme of Activities (PoA) on improved biomass cookstoves has been registered at the UNFCCC and Gold Standard Foundation enabling the premium on the generated Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) in the future. The awareness about the said PoA is being generated at the National level through workshops organized by MNRE and different SNAs from time to time. One consultancy project entitled “Training Module for Technicians in Bioenergy Technology” sponsored by MNRE costing Rs. 5.0 lakh was also completed in the year 2015.

Biochemical Conversion Facility

9.71 An MNRE funded research project on ‘Process development for bioethanol production from agricultural residues, Phase-I: Development of process for co-fermentation of hexose and pentose sugars of agricultural residues’ has been completed in October 2015. Under the project, a process has been developed to utilize lignocellulosic biomass mainly paddy straw to produce ethanol

through simultaneous sachharification and fermentation (SSF) using Kluyveromycesmarxianus NIRE-K3. Another MNRE funded project on ‘Biogas production and utilization for heat and power generation applications using potential alternative feed-stocks’ is under progress. Under the project, a thermophilic consortium has been developed, which is able to digest paddy straw for biogas production with HRT of 10-12 days and kitchen waste for biohydrogen and biomethane production with HRT of 25-20 days in a temperature range between 50-55oC efficiently.

Chemical Conversion Facility

9.72 Three in-house R &D projects are undertaken on the topics: Catalysis and platform chemical’s production from crude glycerol; efficient silica extraction from rice husk and engine performance studies with micro-emulsion and green diesel. A novel micro emulsion prepared from high free fatty acid containing oil was recently tested and found better in performance and emission characteristics than B100 biodiesel stocks.

Publications

9.73 More than 17 publications such as, research papers in Journals, book chapters, conference proceedings, etc. have been published during the year 2015-16. The Institute has also published a bi-annual Indian Journal of Biofuels and Bioenergy, the first issue has already been published in 2015.

Awards

9.74 The Institute has been presented with the prestigious Gold Category “Energy and Environment Foundation Global Environment Award-2015 during the 6th World

Smt. Gauri Kumar, Secretary (Coordination), Cabinet Secretariat, presenting the award to Prof. Y.K. Yadav during 6th World Renewable Energy Technology Congress at New Delhi
Delegates of the International Conference Group
(ICRABR-2015) with Secretary, MNRE and other officials

Renewable Energy Technology Congress International Conference & Expo (WRETC-2015) at New Delhi on August 23, 2015.

Important Activities

9.75 The first International Conference was organized on the theme “Recent Advances in Bioenergy Research-ICRABR-2015 during 14-17th March 2015, at the Institute. Shri Upendra Tripathy, Secretary MNRE, Govt. of India inaugurated the conference. More than 100 participants all over the country and seven international participants attended the conference. Two major landmarks of the conference were formation of Bioenergy Alliance and launching of Bi-annual Journal of Biofuels and Bioenergy by the institute. First issue was published in June, 2015. Second International Conference on ‘Recent Advances in Bio-energy Research’ (ICRABR-2016) was held in between February 25-27, 2016

9.76 A five day National Training programme on "Practical hands for processes of bio-fuel production from non-edible vegetable oils and characterization" was organized during 30th November to 4th December, 2015.

9.77 The first meeting of Research Advisory Committee was organized at the institute on 22 June, 2015 and the progress of the Institute was presented.

9.78 The Institute observed Hindi Diwas and Pakhwara, Vigilance Awareness Week, Swachh Bharat Mission, Independence Day Celebration, Republic Day Celebration and Observed Martyrs Day as per schedule of the Govt. of India.

Visit Abroad

9.79 Prof. Y.K. Yadav, Director General, attended and delivered lecture at Asia Pacific Regional Workshop on Biomass Energy Resource Assessment on 6th to 9th July and Biomass Open Research Forum: Biomass Resource Assessment for ASEAN on 9th to 10th July, 2015 at Bangkok, Thailand.

SOLAR ENERGY CORPORATION OF INDIA

Introduction

9.80 Solar Energy Corporation of India (“SECI”) was initially set up under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 as a not-for-profit company, under the administration control of the Ministry as the implementing and executing arm of JNNSM for development, promotion and commercialization of Solar Energy Technologies in the country.

Government of India has decided to convert SECI into Section 3 Company so as to enable it to become a self-sustaining and self-generating organization; to work as a commercial organization; and to take a development of all segments of Renewable Energy viz. geo-thermal, off-shore wind, tidal, apart from solar energy. Registrar of Companies, Delhi has issued an order to this effect on 05-12-2015

Organization

9.81 The Board of Directors of SECI is headed by a Chairman (ex-officio Secretary, MNRE) and comprises of a Managing Director, four functional directors and a Government nominee part-time Director. Shri Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, MNRE is the present Chairman of the Board of Directors. Dr. Ashvini Kumar, erstwhile Director (Solar), has been appointed as the regular Managing Director of SECI w.e.f. 30th September, 2015 (F/N). Shri Rakesh Kumar holds the position of Director (Power Systems), Shri C. Kannan is Director (Finance) and Shri Rajeev Bhardwaj is Director (HR) at present.

Achievement highlights for the year 2015-16

750 MW VGF Scheme under NSM Phase-II, Batch-I

9.82 SECI is the implementing agency for MNRE’s 750 MW VGF scheme under NSM Phase II, Batch I for setting up large scale ground-mounted solar PV projects on pan-India basis. The scheme capacity is equally distributed between open-sourced solar cells and modules and domestically manufactured ones. Through this scheme, power is being supplied to various Discoms at Rs.5.50 per unit, fixed for 25 years. Another hallmark of this scheme is the promotion of large scale interstate transfer of solar power.

9.83 During the year 2015-16, large-scale ground-mounted solar PV projects with cumulative capacity of 490 MW have been commissioned and are under commercial operation, thereby bringing the aggregate capacity commissioned and under commercial operation in this scheme to 650 MW across 6 states. Another 30 MW capacity is expected to get commissioned by 31st March, 2016. Power Sale agreement (PSA) for 10 MW has been signed with one Discom during the year, bringing the cumulative to 680 MW signed with 19 Discoms. Rs.428.30 crore has been released as first tranche of VGF to developers. (Till 29th Jan, 2016)

Site Photograph for 50 MW solar project at
Kasaragod, Kerala
20 MW SPV Power Plant at Village Kachalia, Tehsil Badod, Dist. Agar, Madhya Pradesh

2000 MW VGF Scheme of NSM Phase II, Batch III

9.84 MNRE has approved a scheme for setting up of solar power projects of 2000 MW capacity with VGF support under the NSM Phase II, Batch III. Through this scheme, projects are to be set up by Solar Power developers on Build-Own-Operate basis, selected through a process of open and transparent competitive reverse bidding on the VGF amount, with a provision of reduction in tariff. These projects would be selected through a process of e-bidding followed by e- reverse auctioning.

9.85 Under this scheme, developers would be paid tariff of Rs.4.43 per kWh or the discounted tariff discovered through e-reverse auctioning, for 25 years by entering into a PPA with SECI. Power from these projects would be sold to various Discoms/Bulk consumers/state utilities by SECI at Rs.4.50 per kWh (including trading margin of 7 p/unit).

9.86 The tenders floated by SECI in this scheme are state-specific. Projects would be set up in the Solar Parks being developed in the states, or at other locations. These projects would be commissioned in a period of 13 months from signing of PPA.

9.87 In this scheme, 250 MW capacity has been earmarked for bidding with Domestic Content Requirement (DCR).

9.88 SECI has released Request for Selection (RfS) documents for 1690 MW (till 11.01.2016) across four states- Maharashtra (500 MW), Gujarat (250 MW), Uttar Pradesh (440 MW) and Andhra Pradesh (500 MW). Whereas the projects in the states of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh are solar-park based, those in Maharashtra are open to all locations within the state. In addition, RfS documents for Karnataka (500 MW) are under preparation and are expected to be released shortly.

9.89 For Maharashtra 500 MW capacity, tender evaluation is complete and reverse-auction has been carried out on 22.01.2016, subsequent to opening of financial bids. The outcome of the auctioning process would be released shortly.

Table 9.1 Details of the JV companies incorporated by SECI for SOLAR PARKS

Name of Company
JV Partners
Capacity (MW)
Location(s)
Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Private Limited
SECI, APGENCO & NREDCAP
3000
Anantpur, Kadapa, Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh.
Karnataka Solar Power Development Corporation
Private Limited
SECI & KREDL
2000
Tumkur in Karnataka.
Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited
SECI & MPUVNL
2750
Rewa, Neemach, Agar, Mandaur, Rajgarh, Shajapur, Chhatarpur, Morena in Madhya Pradesh
Lucknow Solar Power Development Corporation Limited
SECI & UPNEDA
600
Kanpur Dehat, Mirzapur, Allahabad and Jalaun in Uttar Pradesh.
Renewable Power Corporation of Kerala Ltd.
SECI & KSEB
Kasaragod in Kerala.
Total
8550

5000 MW VGF Scheme

9.90 On the lines of the 2000 MW VGF Scheme under NSM Phase II, Batch III being currently implemented by SECI, another VGF scheme of 5000 MW capacity under Batch-IV of Phase-II of NSM has been approved by the Government to be implemented through SECI. The scheme is proposed to be implemented by SECI in four tranches of 1250 MW each, spread over four years, upto FY 2018-19.

Solar Parks

9.91 SECI has been designated as MNRE’s agency for handling the scheme for development of solar parks totalling 20,000 MW.

9.92 In the year 2015-16, 19 solar parks have been granted administrative approval by MNRE, bringing the cumulative number of approved solar parks to 33. Out of these, 13 parks, with total capacity of 8550 MW, are being developed through JV companies of SECI and the state-designated agencies. 95 JV companies have been incorporated, details of which are given in Table 9.1.

9.93 Central Financial Assistance (CFA) of Rs.324.48 crore has been released by SECI to the various Solar Park Implementing Agencies (SPIAs) cumulatively till 29th Jan, 2016.

10 MW SPV Power Plant at Vishakhapatnam Port Trust, Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Grid-connected Rooftop Programme

9.94 SECI is implementing MNRE’s Solar Rooftop Scheme(s) across the country, aimed at mitigating diesel consumption and savings in electricity procured from the DISCOMs. Under this scheme, several rounds of open tendering have been carried out by SECI and an aggregate capacity of 62.25 MW has been allocated in FY 2015-16 (till 31.01.2016), bringing the cumulative total to about 120 MW.

9.95 In the year, an aggregate capacity of 22 MW have been installed across the country. (Till 31.1.2016). In this duration, Central Financial Assistance of over Rs.33 crore has been disbursed by SECI.

9.96 Many noteworthy projects have been implemented during the year 2015-16. Some of these include: 1 MWp at Chennai Metro Rail Corporation, 250 kWp at DMRC, 1.55 MWp aggregate capacity at CPWD buildings in New Delhi (UPSC, Nirman Bhawan, Shastri Bhawan, CGO Complex, East Block, Seva Bhawan, etc.), 1 MWp aggregate capacity at IFFCO buildings, 500 KWp at Lucknow Airport, 400 KWp at Amritsar Airport, 250 KWp at Ranchi Airport & 250 KWp at Patna Airport, 230 KWp at NTPC, 90 KWp at Visakhapatnam Port Trust, 150 kWp at Maharashtra Sadan, 151 kWp at NISE, Gurgaon, 500 kWp at VIT, Vellore and 327.5 kWp at Manipal University, Jaipur among others.

9.97 In the light of the success achieved in this segment, MNRE has recently allocated a 250 MW rooftop scheme, with provision of 30% subsidy (70% for special category States) and a 500 MWp rooftop scheme without subsidy to SECI. Tenders under both the schemes would be rolled out shortly.

Off-Grid Solar

Solar Street Lights

9.98 SECI has installed about 40 nos. of Solar Street Lights in Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana during 2015-16. The project is operating successfully. An innovative feature of the street light is that the lithium

-ion battery is embedded in the lighting fixture itself thereby minimizing the chances of theft/pilferage.

Solar Lanterns

9.99 SECI has supplied a total of about 53,000 nos. of solar lanterns to the backward districts of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya in FY 2015-16 (Till 12.02.2016). In addition, SECI had also facilitated supply of 5000 solar lanterns for earth quake affected people of Nepal.

Solarisation of Indo-Pak Border

9.100 SECI is implementing a pilot scheme of solarization of border areas in the States of Rajasthan and Gujarat along the Indo-Pak border.

9.101 In the year 2015-16, 5 MW PV project located in district Jaisalmer, Rajasthan has been successfully commissioned and is presently under commercial operation. Power from this project is being supplied to Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (JDVVNL) at Rs. 5.50 per kWh, fixed for 25 years, through a long term PSA signed with SECI.

Project Management Consultancy Services

9.102 Project Management Consultancy (PMC) is developed as an important revenue-generating activity of the company. SECI has taken up assignments on turnkey basis for several clients, mostly CPSUs, in order to enable them in meeting their Green Energy Commitments made to the Hon’ble Prime Minister during RE-Invest 2015. PMC assignments of IREDA (50 MW), Coal India Limited (200 MW), Indian Ports Association (110 MW), Ordinance Factory Boards etc. are in advanced stages of implementation.

9.103 Apart from these projects, MoUs have been signed with THDC, NEEPCO, NHPC, SJVNL, Russian Energy Agency etc. for solar projects.

Grid-connected Projects by SECI

9.104 Along with implementation of various schemes, SECI is developing its own portfolio wherein a project of 10 MW capacity is being set in Rajasthan (District Jodhpur). 25-year PPA for the project has been signed with NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), under bundling scheme of NSM.

9.105 EPC contractor for the project has been selected through a process of transparent competitive bidding. Presently, construction work is in full swing and the project is expected to be commissioned by March 2016.

9.106 For further development of SECI’s projects portfolio, setting up of 500 MW project in solar energy, wind power and in solar-wind hybrid technology is under active consideration.

Power Trading

9.107 SECI has a Category II Trading License from Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) to carry out power trading on pan-India basis. It is an active power trader, carrying out trading on both intra-state and inter-state levels. SECI trades in solar power generated from projects under 750 MW NSM Batch II, Phase I scheme and the Indo-Pak border solarization scheme.

9.108 In the year 2015-16, SECI upgraded its trading license from Category III (max. power trading of 600 MU) to Category II (max. power trading of 1500 MU). Solar power has been traded across 16 states, viz. Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. 575 MW additional capacity has been brought under trading and about 636 million units (MUs) have been traded. (Till 18th Jan, 2016).

R&D Projects

Calibration Lab facility at NISE, Gwalpahari

9.109 A calibration laboratory for solar radiation measuring sensors has been set up at the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE). This project is being funded through R&D funds of MNRE. The laboratory has been operationalized with effect from 13th Oct, 2015.

Solar Guidelines web portal

9.110 SECI, together with GIZ, is implementing a web portal named “Solar Guidelines” for providing comprehensive solar policy and projects-related information at a single

place. This project is being funded through R&D funds of MNRE. The portal has been made live and is being updated on regular basis. 8 states have been covered (till 15th Jan, 2016). The remaining states are expected to be covered by 31st March, 2016.

Solar-wind hybrid demonstration project at Kaza

9.111 SECI is setting up a 2.5 MW capacity demonstration plant at Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, in collaboration with HPSEB, showcasing the performance of hybrid solar-wind technology alongwith large-scale battery storage in cold desert environments. A 50:50 JV company of SECI and HPSEB is being formed for executing the project. Tender is likely be issued by 31st March, 2016.

Information Technology

9.112 SECI is maintaining a modern and secure structured data network with centralized server facility and latest desktops/laptops for users. Server room is equipped with network and internet security devices with high speed LAN and WAN connectivity. Videoconferencing (VC) facility is being used for meeting/deliberations with client locations.

9.113 The company has a corporate website www.seci.gov.inand secure E-mail connectivity through NIC servers. A user-friendly Intranet website has been deployed in-house to facilitate dissemination of relevant information within all SECI employees. The company is also actively promoting itself in public through social networking websites.

  • A Centralized Project Management (CPM) software system has been implemented for efficient monitoring and control of projects.
  • A solar generation reporting system (SolMon) has been developed for tracking the energy generation of different projects under 750 MW VGF scheme.
  • Other applications such as payroll system for salary & miscellaneous claims are also being handled through a software based application.
  • Bill Monitoring System (BMS) for tracking vendor payments has also been developed and deployed on intranet.

Tenders

9.114 All open tenders released by SECI are published on the corporate website and the Indian Government tender portal (www.tenders.gov.in). In order to improve work efficiency and transparency in procurement processes, and also as part of the Government’s “Digital India” campaign, STQC certified e-tendering & e-auction system of Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) has also been selected and deployed.

Human Resource Management

9.115 SECI has embarked upon professionalization of Human Resource functionality, development of various employment, welfare and social security policies and its codification has been the thrust area during the year. As of now, there are 47

Executives and 9 Non-Executives on roll, while other support activities have been outsourced to professional agencies. In order to give more focus on the Manpower productivity, HR MoU targets encompasses Earning per Employee, Training and Project based manpower planning has been given due weightage. For capacity and capability development, HR Analytics are also being adopted. Industrial relations during the year remain harmonious and peaceful. 

Equity support from Govt. of India

9.116 SECI has been set up with an Authorized Share Capital of Rs.2000 crore and Rs.204 crore has been released by the Govt. of India as a budgetary support till 31st December, 2015. During the Financial Year 2014-15, SECI has made substantial improvement in its business and financial performance resulting into wiping out of the cumulative losses and earned net profit of Rs.10.60 crore during the Financial Year 2014-15. SECI has projected Sales Turnover of Rs.450 crore and Profit before Tax of Rs.24.10 crore during the current Financial Year 2015-16.

INDIAN RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY LIMITED

9.117 Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA) was established in 1987 as an independent specialized Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) with an objective to promote, develop & extend financial support to New and Renewable Sources of Energy (NRSE) & Energy Efficiency/Conservation (EEC) projects.

Lending Operations

9.118 During the financial year 2015-16 (up to 31.12.2015), IREDA has sanctioned loans to the tune of Rs.4864.14 crore and disbursed Rs.2315.29 crore against the annual target of Rs.6150 crore and Rs.3675 crore for sanction & disbursements respectively. The above said sanctioned loan (includes co-financed projects/takeover loans) would support capacity addition of 1714 MW. The sector wise breakup of sanctions and disbursements for the said period are given in Table 9.2.

Table 9.2: Sector-Wise Break-Up of Sanctions and Disbursements During the
Year 2015-16 up to 31.12.2015
(Rs.in crore)
Sector
Loan Sanction
Disbursement
Wind Power
1482.43
481.15
Hydro Power

302.72

253.58
Cogeneration and Biomass Power
200.71
167.60
Waste to Energy
13.67
0.85
Solar Energy
1911.50
669.48
Bridge Loan
28.11
24.32
Line of Credit (LOC)
500.00
293.31
Short Term Loan
425.00
425.00
TOTAL
4864.14
2315.29

Table 9.3: Sector-Wise Break-Up of cumulative Sanctions and Disbursements during the Year 2015-16 up to 31.12.2015
(Rs. in crore)
Sector
Cumulative Loan Sanction
Cumulative Disbursement
Wind Power
15916.02
9092.32
Hydro Power
7082.41
3522.65
Cogeneration and Biomass Power
4851.59
3054.32
Waste to Energy
105.16
61.70
Energy Efficiency & Conservation
976.10
332.96
Solar Energy
5520.41
2234.16
Biomass Briquetting, Gasification,
84.90
15.11
Biomethanation & Miscellaneous
200.86
198.76
Bridge Loan
28.11
24.32
Line of Credit
500.00
293.31
Short Term Loan (STL) for RE
425.00
425.00
Total
35690.56
19254.61

9.119 The sector-wise break-up of cumulative sanctions and disbursements during the year 2015-16 up to 31.12.2015 is given in Table 9.3.

MoU with MNRE

9.120 Based on the audited figures, the performance of IREDA in achieving the targets set for the year 2014-15 & 2015-16 in its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered into with the Ministry is expected to be rated as “Excellent”.IREDA has also signed MoU with the MNRE for the year 2016-17.

10 MW commissioned solar PV project of M/s. Rishabh Renergy Pvt. Ltd. set up at Village Sarahbhiyanimani, Tehsil Kolayat, District Bikaner, Rajasthan (Under Open Category, Phase II, Batch I of JNNSM)

A 2 MW Wind Power Project of M/s. SRI KPR Industries Ltd. at Chandgarh, District Dewas, Madhya Pradesh

Resource Mobilization

9.121 During the 2015-16, IREDA has been awarded ‘Mini-Ratna Category-I’ CPSE status by the Government of India. Therefore, in terms of DPE guidelines, no equity is contributed by MRNE, GOI during April-December, 2015. As on date, paid up capital of IREDA is Rs.784.60 crore against the authorized share capital of Rs.6000 crore. IREDA raised resources to the tune of Rs.710.07 crore from 1st April,2015 to 31st December, 2015 from various external sources i.e. Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW), Japan Cooperation Agency (JICA) & Agence Francaise De Developpement (AFD). IREDA has also raised Rs.284 crore from Tax Free Bonds (Series-xiv). Besides, Rs.1716 crore were also raised during the January, 2016 through public issue of Tax Free bonds of IREDA.

Dissemination of Information

9.122 IREDA has continued to create awareness of its financing policies towards promotion of Renewable Energy Technologies / Energy Efficiency & Conservation (EEC) and also their potential benefits.

Human Resource Development

9.123 In order to equip its employees with new skill sets and knowledge, IREDA invested 324 man-days in technical and non-technical training of the employees during the period April – December 2015. The morale of the employees continued to remain high during the year, facilitating smooth working of the Company and contributing to the achievement of its goals / targets. All efforts to achieve employee satisfaction were made through various measures like job rotation, promotions, welfare measures and introduction of new schemes etc.

Corporate Social Responsibility / Sustainable Development / R&D activities

9.124 IREDA is committed to fulfill its responsibility under the Corporate Social Responsibility as per Section-135 of the Companies Act, 2013 and DPE guidelines. During the financial year 2014-15, in accordance with the Companies Act, the provision for CSR expenditure was created equivalent to 2% of the average net profit of the company for the last 3 financial years i.e. Rs.5.26 crore. During the year 2014-15, the Company has spent Rs.62.80 lakh on CSR Activities. The Company distributed 3000 blankets, 1500 solar lanterns & essential medicines, totaling Rs.27.70 lakh directly to flood affected people through an NGO located at J&K working dedicatedly for relief work in J&K. Further, under its CSR initiatives, IREDA funded two projects as under:

  1. A project for Construction of new/repair of 338 toilets blocks in 256 Government School located in the state of Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Rajasthan under “Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan” as a part of “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” mission launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minster of India at an approximate project cost of Rs.5 crore.
  2. IREDA also funded the installation of 30 KWp Solar PV systems and 500 LPD Solar Water Heating System for an Old Age Home at Vrindavan at project cost of Rs.51 lakh out of which IREDA committed to contribute Rs.30 lakh.

9.125 Both of the above stated projects have been completed in first week of August, 2015 and May, 2015 respectively well before the scheduled date.

9.126 During the period April – December 2015, following activities/projects were undertaken by the Company under its CSR initiative:

Sr.
No
Activity/Proposal Description
Sanctioned
Amount
(INR in Lakh)
1 Installation of 100 Nos. SPV LED Streetlights in six backward villages of Bhadohi constituency, on request from Shri Virender Singh, Hon’ble MP, Bhadohi, UP.
20.30
2 Installation of 250 Nos. SPV LED Streetlights in backward villages in Phoolpur constituency, on request of Shri Keshav Prasad Maurya, Hon’ble MP, Phoolpur, UP.
54.50
3 Electrification of 18 villages in the State of Meghalaya by installing 362 LED Based SPV Street lighting Systems on request of Shri J. Lyngdoh, Director MNREDA, Meghalaya.
98.46
4 Installation of 20 kWp Solar Powered System at HQ 41 Sub Area of Indian Army located at Jorhat, Assam.
18.50
5 Request for financial assistance under CSR to M/s Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) for Cochlear Implant Surgery of Hearing Impaired persons on request from Mr. Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
30.00
6 Creating a Barefoot Solar Engineer Team from unemployed local youth and creating a roadmap of solar electrification of Bhatar Block, Bardhaman, West Bengal.
20.71

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