Maruti Suzuki to Harness Solar Power to Manufacture Cars in Gurugram Plant

Maruti Suzuki India Limited announced that it will now harness Solar Power to meet its energy needs. The Company recently laid the foundation stone for a 5 MW Solar Power plant at the Gurugram facility. The captive Solar Power plant is expected to be commissioned in FY 2019-20. The Company will invest around Rs 240 million and will offset CO2 emissions to the tune of over 5390 tonnes annually, for the next 25 years. This is the second grid based Solar Power plant for Maruti Suzuki. The 1st Solar Power plant was set up in 2014 at Manesar, with 1 MW capacity. In 2018, this solar power plant was further expanded to 1.3 MW.

The power generated from the solar power plant will be synchronised with the captive power plant to cater to the internal energy needs of the Gurugram facility. As a unique feature, the photovoltaic solar panels of this carport style solar power plant will work as a roof at the new car parking area. While the solar panels generate clean energy, the cars parked underneath will be safe from strong climatic conditions.

Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, “Solar energy is abundant, versatile and efficient. This Solar Power initiative is in line with the Company’s philosophy to adopt environment-friendly technologies and lower CO2 emissions. Through this solar power plant facility, we will harness renewable energy for our business needs over the next 25 years. Maruti Suzuki is committed to expand its environment care initiatives in products, in manufacturing processes and in business operations.”

The Company depends on cleaner and renewable sources of energy which form a major share (95%) of its total energy use. The energy requirement at the manufacturing facilities is met by Natural Gas-based captive power plant, supported by grid power. The new solar power plant will complement the power generating capability at the manufacturing plant.


at Enfrosun, We appreciate this move by Maruti, not only environmental benefits, its direct savings in electricity cost to company.

Wind, solar push South Australia prices below zero for almost six hours

A combination of strong output from the state’s wind farms and its growing solar resources, coupled with low demand, pushed wholesale electricity prices in South Australia into negative territory for nearly six hours on Tuesday and for more half hour intervals on Wednesday.

The major negative pricing event came as the combination of large scale wind and utility-scale solar, along with the output from the 1GW of rooftop solar, contributed more than 85 per cent of the state’s generation for the whole period of negative pricing on Tuesday.

For most of the time the output from wind and solar covered more than 100 per cent of demand, which – being a mild, Autumn day – was relatively low.

he negative pricing began at 1030 (NEM time which is 10am local time), and continued until 4pm.  Prices fell as low as minus $120/MWh and might have been even lower were it not for some charging from the Tesla battery at the Hornsdale Power Reserve and the smaller Dalrymple battery (both of whom were effectively being paid to charge).

From 11am to just before 4pm, the combination of utility-scale wind/PV covered all the local load, with the Pelican Point and Torrens Island gas turbines forced on by the Australian Energy Market Operator to provide synchronous generation for system strength.

Energy analysts also suggested that the negative pricing was also a result of limits placed on exports from the state due to maintenance work on the main interconnector. AEMO confirmed that a 50MW limit was in place on Tuesday and Wednesday and works will continue this week

On Wednesday, prices hit minus $92/MWh in the 1130 interval and remaining around zero or below for at least another three hours as renewables again accounted for all, or nearly all, state demand. (We will update throughout the day).

“(We are) going to see more events like this in the power system (which really isn’t a surprise for those that have followed it), and with the great encouragement continuing from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)” he said. 

“We will see more market incentives to monetise this for VPPs (virtual power plants), fast acting renewables, and dynamic EV charging. Exciting times in the industry!”

South Australia currently meets more than 50 per cent of its local demand through wind and solar, and this is expected to jump quickly to around 70 per cent by 2021, and possibly the equivalent of 100 per cent by 2026

This will be driven by increases in both wind and large scale solar generation, and also the continued uptake of rooftop solar, which AEMO has said may in of itself match total demand at certain times in coming years.

For this reason, more batteries are being installed, various pumped hydro projects are being studied, and domestic based VPPs – such as AGL’s and the one proposed by Tesla, along with other schemes, are being pursued. AEMO is also keen for a new link to be built to NSW.

Update: It now appears that the two biggest solar farms in the state switched off on Wednesday as the prices fell into negative territory due to “zero price” clauses in their contracts

Government’s special scheme for farmers for the installation of solar pumps and grid-connected solar power plants

India is an agriculture-based country. The agricultural sector provides a livelihood to over 50% of India’s population. In fact, the sector contributes 18% to the country’s GDP. However, the agricultural sector needs proper irrigation facilities and other amenities to reap proper benefits. The major constraint in this sector is farmers’ dependency on pumps for irrigation. Most of the farmers use pumps some of which are connected to the grid while some pumps run on diesel and other fossil fuels.

More update will be done on Sunday.