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Indian solar companies expanding business in the Middle East to be evaluated in webinar


PV Insider’s complimentary webinar will discuss the opportunities for Indian solar companies to expand their solar business in the Middle East

To discuss and evaluate the criteria that Indian companies need to fulfil in order to break into the market in the Middle East and position themselves as the right partner for upcoming solar projects, PV Insider are organising a complimentary webinar, ‘Exporting Indian solar expertise abroad’. The 60 minute webinar is taking place on Tuesday 1st July at 3pm India time/1.30pm United Arab Emirates time/11.30am Central European time.

During the webinar, representatives from Larsen & Toubro (India), who have bid on large scale solar projects in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates and Jyoti Structures Ltd (India) who have a manufacturing plant for solar components in the UAE will discuss their experiences of working in the solar industry in the Middle East, such as the difficulties faced entering a new market and how they overcame them.

Masdar, the local Middle Eastern developer of the Shams 1 100MW CSP plant in Dubai, will discuss the criteria that an international company need to fulfil in order to be considered as potential partners for upcoming solar projects in the Middle East.

PV Insider’s industry feedback suggests that there are huge opportunities for Indian companies to enter the key solar markets in the Middle East, such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In the region, there are companies with the capital investment and local knowledge on the legal and financial requirements, but are lacking in the expertise of solar power projects. Therefore, they require international partners who can support them in developing and operating solar power plants.

Although many international companies are turning their attention to the region, Indian companies have the benefit of being geographically closer, over 2GW of experience gained in developing and operating solar projects in India with very limited international influence and cheap labour force to offer, amongst other factors.

Get more information and sign up to the webinar for free through the link below:

Or contact Sarah Kingham at sarah@pv-insider.com


Now in its 6th year, the CSP Today India conference, rebranded as INDIASOL, will not only focus on the development of the CSP industry in India with the Phase II CSP project allocations getting closer, it will also have a focus on the lucrative opportunities in key markets abroad and show you how your business can get its share in emerging markets such as the Middle East and Africa.

Attracting on the key players in the global CSP industry, INDIASOL 2014 is the conference to put in your diary if you are serious about winning bids in India and abroad in 2015.

Key features of the conference include:

• Boost your project pipeline: get clear on the key policies in place with insight from the leading decision makers in the government to win upcoming PV and CSP tenders

• Export Indian solar expertise: learn from the experts in key emerging solar markets such as Middle East and Africa on how to build your business – from understanding the important policies to creating profitable partnerships

• Grasp the lucrative off grid opportunities for your business such as government subsidies on solar water pumping, solar for desalination and enhanced oil recovery

• Prove the bankability of solar projects in India: join the debate between developers and key investors on investment criteria and loan interest rates and secure the right finance for your projects

• Realise the future of CSP in India: discuss and debate the key lessons learnt from NSM phase I to be considered for the phase II CSP allocations to ensure your proposals win bids in 2015 and beyond

For more information please visit: http://bit.ly/cspindiasol2014

Slow development of CSP industry in India caused by policy approach

Four years after the National Solar Mission was announced, only one tenth of the intended Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) capacity has been connected to the grid successfully, with more expected to go online later this year.

The government, together with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), are changing tactic to attract the international players back and boost the development of the CSP industry in India.

In 2010, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) announced Phase I of the National Solar Mission (NSM). Although the plan has proven to be very effective in creating a strong national solar photovoltaics (PV) industry, it has failed to do so with Concentrated Solar Power (CSP).

Abengoa Solar, the leading CSP developer internationally with almost 2GW implemented in all of the solar markets worldwide, including Spain, South Africa, the UAE, Mexico and many more, bid unsuccessfully in Phase I of the NSM.

Like most other international developers, this was as a result of the competitive reverse bidding mechanism that was implemented. They currently have only a 3MW pilot project at the Indian Institute of Technology, which has been in operation since 2011.

However, the policy shift set by the Solar Energy Corporation India (SECI) may attract Abengoa back to developing projects in India. In a recent interview with CSP Today, Shiv Shukla, President of Abengoa Solar India, outlined Abengoa´s experience with Phase I and their recommendations to avoid pitfalls in the next CSP bidding process.

One of the important requirements, according to Shukla, is experience. ‘For a successful selection of solar developers, the bidding document must include strong technical pre-qualification requirements for bidders, including experience in building, owning and operating CSP plants’. Shukla goes on to say that ‘inexperienced developers may put forward unrealistic offers which they cannot carry out later on, leading to a non-fulfillment of targets’.

The recent announcement of two 50MW pilot projects to bridge the gap between Phase I and Phase II of the NSM is what is attracting the international community back to India. Shukla hopes that the government ‘will include strong pre-qualification criterion backed with strong technical requirement and performance guarantees’ for these projects. This is because ‘a more hands-on and guided approach from the government is necessary to move the industry forward in the desired direction’.

To download the full 3 page interview with Shukla, that also includes other opinions on what the Indian government needs to do to make CSP viable India, visit the website below:


CG to Supply 750,000 ZIV Smart Meters to GNF

  • CG Automation wins contract to cover a large part of GNF’s single phase smart meters demand in two years
  • All Spanish utilities to replace 70% of their analog meters by the end of 2016
  • ZIV PRIME meters and DCUs are market leaders

Avantha Group Company CG’s Automation Business Unit has been awarded a significant contract for supply of 750,000 smart meters from the Spanish utility Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) and will be one of its main smart meter suppliers for the next two years. ZIV single phase smart meters will cover a large part of the demand for domestic meters from GNF. CG Automation will also be supplying nearly 20,000 three-phase meters and is now participating in a significant tender for DCUs (Data Concentrator Units). ZIV’s 4CTT model is nowadays the reference DCU in the market after becoming the first model certified by the PRIME alliance last year and having proven a robust performance onsite.

CG, after acquiring ZIV, is the key provider of smart meters and an important player in the global smart grid market where it offers ZIV meters, data concentrator units (DCU) and distribution automation solutions (DAS). After significant wins in Latin America and Europe CG is strongly pursuing a growth in the market by positioning ZIV´s smart grid solutions in several pilots worldwide. ZIV smart grid solutions have already gone beyond AMI. CG has broadened the coverage of its smart grid portfolio with an ambitious catalogue of Distribution Automation Solutions that range from LV supervision to MV automation, including Overhead MV Line Automation, Compact Secondary Substations and Micro-grid Management.

New distribution automation solutions, combined with the variety of communication technologies available nowadays will help grid operators to improve their operational processes, while suppliers, energy service companies and customers will also benefit from the availability of data and the possibility to manage aggregated load profiles.

Speaking about this contract GNF’s representatives have commented that “ZIV meters have proven to be robust and competitive over the past years. ZIV has played a key role in the development of smart metering technology. Such knowledge together with a clear customer service and satisfaction policy has helped GNF to meet its objectives in the past. We trust ZIV will continue to support us during the ambitious deployment we will be pursuing in the coming years.” 

Speaking about this win, Avantha Group Company CG’s CEO and Managing Director, Laurent Demortier said: “As a global AMI provider, this win is very significant; we sincerely thank GNF.  We are proud to be the main PRIME meter provider. In the coming years, legislative and regulatory incentives will be the key to promote Smart Grid Investments. CG will benefit from the smart grid market driving forces and foresees a very promising growing opportunity for the Automation BU.”

Goyal plugs into Gujarat model for power

EW DELHI: The Centre plans to follow the Gujarat model in its efforts to push the next round of power sector reforms with the aim of energizing the country, according to Piyush Goyal who took charge as minister of state (independent charge) for power, coal and renewable energy ministries.

“I do plan to visit Gujarat along with my team to get a first-hand experience of Gujarat turnaround story and meet their ministers. They have been extremely successful in the renewable energy sector also,” Goyal said after assuming charge at the ministry.

Goyal (49) is the first minister to head the power and coal ministries. The renewable energy ministry too has been added to the cluster since it supplements power supply, accounting for 8% of total electricity produced in the country.

Allaying apprehensions of possible conflict of interest in heading the two ministries that have been at loggerheads, Goyal said there were “commonality” of challenges and synergies that would help him sort inter-ministerial issues. “The intention is to debottleneck the system.”

Narendra Modi turned Gujarat into a power-surplus state by restoring the financial health of the state utility, implementing the idea of separate feeders for farm and domestic sectors as well as metering all consumers to reduce transmission loss — a euphemism for theft.

But Goyal may not find the going as smooth since power is a concurrent subject where the state governments have to agree for any initiative to go through. Since most of the state governments are averse to reforming power tariff — the key component of sustainable reforms and growth — any new initiative faces the threat of getting bogged down in Centre-state politics.

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Source: TOI

Will ensure transparency in energy sector: Piyush Goyal

Newly appointed Minister of State (independent charge) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal Tuesday said he would ensure transparency in the working of the key energy ministries brought under a single head.

“In my opinion, if we set the processes right and we follow procedures and policies, if we’re able to work within the system which is laid down without discretionary exceptions being made to government working, we can ensure transparency in the working of the ministry,” Goyal said on taking charge of the ministry.

“I’m fairly confident we can set a lot of things right, so that as we go along things are rationalised, simplified and more honest than in the last few years,” he added.

As per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision, the three ministries of power, coal and renewable energy have been brought under a single minister as the these sectors have “a lot of synergy”.

“Keeping in mind the composite nature of the various departments and ministries related to the power sector, he (prime minister) has made a beginning in bringing the power, coal and the new and renewable energy under an umbrella,” Goyal told media persons here.

He refused to call this measure a reorgnaisation.

“I do not say that this is some reorganisation. They have been brought under an umbrella so the ministries can work in tandem”, Goyal said, adding this would help in removing bottlenecks in their functioning.

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Source: Business Standard

CG’s High-End Transformers to Muscle CAMEG Algeria’s Mega Project

  • Indigenously built high-voltage equipment worth 4 million Euros
  • New office in Algeria in line with global expansion strategy
  • Improving the reliability of the Algerian energy infrastructure

Mr. Laurent Demortier, CEO and Managing Director, CG

Avantha Group Company CG has bagged an order from CAMEG (Comptoir Algérien du Matériel Electrique et Gazier) for the supply and installation of 60kV Instrument Transformers at numerous substations across Algeria. CG will provide indigenously built high-voltage equipment worth Euro 4 million, which include 800×60 kV Current Transformers, 800×60 kV Capacitive Voltage Transformers, and 250×60 kV Inductive Voltage Transformers. The project commenced in April 2014 and will be completed by October 2015.  CG’s manufacturing facilities in Nashik and Aurangabad (in India) will be a part of the project that involves CG delivering equipment in Algiers, Oran, Skikda, DjenDjen and Mostaganem. CG’s HV substations will be dispatched across Algeria.

CAMEG is a subsidiary of Algeria’s state-owned energy company Sonelgaz, in charge of electricity and natural gas distribution in the country. Sonelgaz is investing heavily to expand and upgrade Algeria’s power generation and distribution network. CG’s high-end transformers will play a vital role in improving the reliability of the Algerian energy infrastructure.

CG was selected for this prestigious project due to its successful track record in Algeria backed by global recognition of its technical expertise in manufacturing and supplying high-voltage transformers at the best quality to price ratio. CG has developed in-depth understanding of the power grid network in Algeria and has highlighted key areas that need efficient 60 and 220 kV High Voltage equipment. The demand is further heightened by ongoing upgrades to Algeria’s medium voltage network (from 10kV to 30kV), which will involve erection of many substations. CG has also established a new office in Alger, Algeria, to oversee and provide end-to-end support for the ongoing project. 

Commenting on the order, Avantha Group Company CG’s CEO and Managing Director, Laurent Demortier, said: “We are delighted to support Sonelgaz and CAMEG’s ongoing upgrade of their electricity network. The order is yet another step in our expansion in Algeria, and parallels our global projects in other countries. We thank CAMEG for its continued trust in CG, and look forward to strengthening our relationship as a long-standing partner for reliable and globally benchmarked power equipment.”

New office details of CG in Algeria: 
14 Cité Djenane El Malik Hydra
Alger, Algeria
Tel: +213 21 480 824
Email: algeria@cgglobal.com
Website: www.cgglobal.com

NTPC lines up Rs. 30,000-cr acquisitions in power sector

In what would emerge as the biggest acquisition in the country’s power sector, India’s largest power company, National Thermal Power Corp (NTPC) is all set to acquire Rs. 30,000 crore worth of coal-based power projects soon.

Flooded with as many as 31 proposals in response to an expression of interest (EoI) floated by NTPC, the state-owned company is in the process of seeking board approval to invest close to Rs. 10,000 crore to acquire some of the best thermal power projects in the country that have been put up by developers including Jaypee Power, Lanco, Sterlite, GVK, GMR among others.

“We will invest anywhere up to Rs. 10,000 crore to acquire thermal power projects while the balance amount will be raised as debt,” a senior NTPC official told HT.

“The 31 proposals or EoIs that we have received were put up before the board at its last meeting on Friday,” he added.

When contacted, NTPC chairman and MD Arup Roy Choudhury refused comments saying that the process was confidential. He, however, said that the acquisition process will be completed before year-end.

The company is keen to acquire six-seven thermal projects by way of a complete takeover, NTPC officials said. Jaypee Group’s 500-MW Bina thermal project along with its 1,320-MW Nigrie thermal project in Madhya Pradesh, besides its 1,980-MW Bara project in Uttar Pradesh are on NTPC’s radar.

Spokesperson and officials of JP Power and Sterlite said they do not comment on market speculation while others were not reachable for comments. However, NTPC officials confirmed that all these developers had submitted EoIs to the company.

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Source: Hindustan Times

Power companies expect conducive business environment from BJP-led government

Looking forward to major reforms aimed at infrastructure growth, power sector firms today expressed optimism that the new BJP-led government will provide a conducive investment environment.

Trends point to BJP recording its best performance in 34 years, winning about 280 seats, while NDA tally is expected to cross 330 seats. This is also the first time in 30 years that a single party is going to have a majority in Lok Sabha.

“We believe the BJP-led government will provide an environment conducive for growth and investments, with major reforms in infrastructure and renewable energy sector,” Suzlon Group Chairman Tulsi Tanti said in a statement.

According to him, such reforms are important as India’s economic environment would act as a catalyst in reviving the global economy.

Reflecting similar sentiment, GVK Power & Infrastructure Ltd’s Founder Chairman and Managing Director ?G V K Reddy said that with a strong mandate, the new government will do well and implement economic policies that benefit people as well as the industry.

“This will create an environment conducive for growth and ensure prosperity of the nation, thereby fulfilling its enormous potential…,” he said.

People’s confidence and mandate for stability has ensured that there would be economical and political stability in times to come, he noted.

Schneider Electric India’s Country President and Managing Director Anil Chaudhry said he was looking forward to policies that would bolster infrastructure development.

“We look forward to policies that will bolster infrastructure development in India, acting as an engine of growth, creating thousands of new jobs and pushing up GDP growth,  ..

Source: Economic Times

CG Bags National Intellectual Property Award, 2014

    • Award won in the ‘Top Organisation in Designs’ category
    • CG files and registers approx. 147 designs per year of which around 100 are commercialised
    • Chosen among 27 other contenders 

    Avantha Group Company CG was awarded the National Intellectual Property (IP) Award, 2014, in the category of ‘Top Organisation in Designs’.  The award was presented on April 26th 2014, World IP Day, jointly organised by the Indian Intellectual Property Office and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
    CG was chosen for this award among 27 other contenders filing design applications in India. The company was awarded for its overall Design Portfolio developed and commercialised over the past five years for products manufactured in India and other geographies. On an average, CG files and registers approximately 147 designs every year, of which approximately 100 are commercialised.

    This award is presented to innovators of IP who play a role in harnessing India’s intellectual capital and create an ecosystem that gives a fillip to innovation and creativity. The winner was selected not only based on the number of Intellectual Property Rights registered or granted, but on the basis of the utilisation of the IP Rights (IPR) as a strategic tool in commerce and industry and their overall contribution to the society.

    Mr. Laurent Demortier (third from right) receiving the National Intellectual Property Award – 2014, from Mr. Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India.

    Mr. Laurent Demortier (third from right) receiving the National Intellectual Property Award – 2014, from Mr. Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India.

    CG’s business growth strategy pivots on providing innovative and high-technology solutions for customers across industries. CG has invested nearly Rs 400 million in a world class infrastructure to enhance its R&D capabilities to achieve global excellence in the UHV domain. This Research Centre is not only unique in India; it’s part of the top five Research Centres in this sector, in the world. The Research Centre facilitates reliable and economic new product development for the global UHV/EHV (Extra High Voltage) markets, spanning 800kV EHV to 1200 kV UHV power transmission systems. It is envisaged to be CG’s manufacturing and development hub for Switchgear

    Very recently CG’s nano-technology based liquid polymer coating for water heaters, won accolades at the 3rd National Award for Technology Innovation 2013. This environment-friendly technique improves energy efficiency by providing 5-7 times greater thermal insulation.  CG has pioneered new products in the consumer space such as the LED street lighting and new solutions for efficient video control of properties.

    An experienced jury comprising professionals from IP, Industry Associations, Academia, R&D professionals and Government of India representatives selects the winner of the award.  Some of the parameters for selection are number of IPRs granted/registered, growth in the IPR portfolio over the last five years, leveraging of IPRs for achieving commercial goals and efforts for inculcating IPR, among others.

    Speaking on this development, Avantha Group Company CG’s CEO & Managing Director, Laurent Demortier, said: “We are extremely honoured to win this award for the second time, it validates CG’s strategic focus on high-technology and innovation to bring electrical solutions that best meet customers’ needs especially in terms of efficient energy and reliability. This culture of innovation and quality fits perfectly into CG’s constant endeavour for optimizing processes for enhanced business performance across a variety of industries.”



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