Wednesday, 19 February 2014

COMBINE COURSE - PV POWER PROJECT TRAINING

ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING

We offer professional solar training with a real time practice laboratory and hands on training on solar PV technologies. We have experienced instructors trained in India . .

Our professional solar pv training is tailored for your needs, may it be for solar technicians, solar engineers, senior solar plant architects, solar sales or business managers. Our training course covers Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) and respective state energy policies.

Our solar training programs will equip you with the functional and technical expertise you need to successfully implement solar projects with absolute finesse. Our solar courses target students, technicians, entrepreneurs all over India. Our course, curriculum was rated and revised by the superiors in the National & International industry and now we are the top training provider in the country.


Short Term Training
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Home Study *
Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Technician - 



Duration: 1 Month/80 Hours
Class Time: Monday to Friday - 4 Hours/day 
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Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Business Management 

Duration: 3 Weeks/60 Hours 
Class Time: Monday to Friday - 4 Hours/day More>> 

Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Installer

Duration: 3 Weeks/70 Hours 
Class Time: Monday to Friday - 5 Hours/day  More>> 

Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic Power Plant Maintenance

Duration: 3 Weeks/70 Hours 
Class Time: Monday to Friday - 4.5 Hours/day More>> 

Certificate in Photovoltaic Module Manufacturing Process

Duration: 2 Weeks/50 Hours 
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Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Technician - 



Duration: 6 Months 
Class Time: Saturday and Sunday - 2 Hours/day 
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Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Business Management 

Duration: 6 Months 
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Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Installer

Duration: 6 Months 
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Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic Power Plant Maintenance

Duration: 6 Months 
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Certificate in Photovoltaic Module Manufacturing Process

Duration: 3 Months 
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Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Technician - 



Duration: 6 Months 
Class Time: Two days Practical Class & online support More>> 

Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Business Management 

Duration: 6 Months 
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Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Installer

Duration: 6 Months 
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Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic Power Plant Maintenance

Duration: 6 Months 
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* Home Study: This is combine synchronous and asynchronous learning to create a structure in which the student is required to meet at a specific time in practical classroom[1] or online support (Internet chat room). Who are engaged in PV system job, can enroll in this system. However, they are allowed to complete assignments on their own time and may pass through an examination.



Wednesday, 12 February 2014

About Solar Power

Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (Anert) has already introduced rooftop solar power plant programme. Anert to provide solar energy to 25,000 more houses. 
Cost of producing 1 KW of solar energy comes to around `2 lakh. Of this, `92,262 will be provided as subsidy from the Union and State governments.
The solar energy policy will be extended to other industrial consumers in a phased manner. The policy is to mandate 100 litres solar water heater and 500 W solar photovoltaic systems for domestic building with floor area of between 2,000 sq ft to 3,000 sq ft.

All buildings above 3,000 sq ft will have to install a 100-litre solar water heater and at least 1,000 W solar photovoltaic system. In case of residential flats and apartments, 5 per cent of the energy usage for common amenities should be from solar power


How much land is required to setup a 1MW solar power generation Unit?
The land required for a 1 MW power plant setup is around 4.5-5 acres for Crystalline technology and around 6.5-7.5 acres for Thin-Film technology. This is only a rough benchmark and may vary based on technology and efficiency of panels.
What is the life-time of a typical Solar Power plant?
The useful life of a typical Solar Power plant is considered to be 25 years. This is the duration for which long-term PPAs are signed and financial models are built. However, Solar Power plants can run beyond 25 years while producing a lower output. Many Solar Panel manufacturers guarantee an output of 90% at the end of 10 years and 80% at the end of 25 years.
What is the annual energy generated from a 1 MW Solar Power plant?
The usual benchmark for energy generated from a 1 MW Solar Power plant is considered as 1.5 Million units. This is only a benchmark and should not be considered as the actual output for a given location. The amount of actual energy generated from a Solar Power Plant in an year depends on both internal and external factors. External factors which are beyond the control of a Solar developer can include the following:
  • Number of sunny days
  • Solar Irradiation
  • Day Temperatures
  • Air Mass
The output also depends on the following internal factors all of which are within the control of a Solar Developer:
  • Plant Location
  • Usage of Solar Tracking systems
  • Quality of equipment used
  • Workmanship of the EPC contractor
  • O&M activities
 What is the cost of setting up a Rooftop Solar Power plant for domestic or commercial use?
Rooftop Solar Power plants can be broadly categorized into Battery-based and Non-Battery based systems. The benchmark cost set by MNRE for the year 2013-14 for these systems are Rs.90-100 per W for Non-Battery based systems and Rs.170-210 per W for Battery-based systems. More details can be accessed on the following MNRE webpage: http://mnre.gov.in/file-manager/UserFiles/amendmends-benchmarkcost-aa-jnnsm-2013-14.pdf
 What permissions/clearances are required to setup a Solar PV Plant?
A certain set of permissions need to be obtained and documents need to be submitted in order to setup a Solar PV plant. While these may vary from state-to-state, in order to get a Solar PV Project Accredited by AP State Load Dispatch Center (AP SLDC) for REC mechanism, the following are the statutory clearances and environmental clearances to be furnished:
    1. Industrial Clearance
    2. Land conversion (Agricultural to Non-Agricultural)
    3. Environmental Clearance Certificate from APPCB, Hyderabad
    4. Contract labour license from AP Labour Department
    5. Fire Safety certificate from AP Fire Department
    6. Latest tax receipt from the Municipal/Gram Panchayat for the factory land.
    7. Auditor compliance certificate regarding fossil fuel utilization
    8. Approval from Chief Electrical Inspector
    9. Clearance from Forest department
Also, all necessary approvals/agreements before start of Solar PV project construction are to be furnished as and when necessary. These include the following:
    1. Land purchase
    2. Power Evacuation arrangement permission letter from DISCOM
    3. Confirmation of Metering Arrangement and location
    4. ABT meter type, Manufacture, Model, Serial No. details for Energy Metering.
    5. Copy of PPA (important as Preferential PPA projects are not eligible for REC mechanism)
    6. Proposed Model and make of plant equipment
    7. Undertaking for compliance with the usage of fossil fuel criteria as specified by MNRE
    8. Details of Connectivity with DISCOM
    9. Connectivity Diagram and Single Line Diagram of Plant
    10. Details of pending court cases with APERC, Supreme Court of India, High Court of A.P. or any other courts
    11. Any other documents requested by AP SLDC
While these are the documents that AP SLDC requires for REC project accreditation, these are typically the clearances/documents required in general for a Solar PV project.

What would be the total project cost excluding the cost of land?
Total project cost per MW would be in the range of Rs.6.5 Crores-Rs.8 Crores depending on the kind of technology you are using, whether or not you are using tracking systems, the kind of EPC Contractor you choose for power plant system etc. CERC recently announced the benchmark tariff for setup of Solar PV and Thermal Plants in India. Here’s the link to the document containing more details: http://www.cercind.gov.in/2013/orders/SO242.pdf
The table below indicates CERC determined benchmark cost for Financial Year 2013-14.
CERC benchmark Cost Solar PV - 2013-14
 Can CDM benefits (Carbon Credits) be availed for a Solar Power plant?
Yes. REC Mechanism and CDM are mutually exclusive and hence a power developer can claim CDM benefits (Carbon Credits) also. However, it is to be noted that the current trading prices of Carbon Credits or Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) at the European ETS system is less than 0.7 Euro which are pretty low compared to the 15-20 Euro trading prices a few years back. At these prices, getting a Solar project registered under CDM mechanism does not make any sense as the payback for the expenses in the process itself takes several years. Unless the Solar Power Plant is of size 10 MW or more it does not make financial sense to go for Carbon Credits (CERs).
What kind of Central/State benefits are available for Solar Power plant setup?
Solar plants can be categorized into 2 broad categories – Grid Connected and Off-Grid plants. The usual Govt. support available for an Off-Grid plant is a Capital Subsidy of 30% on the project cost upto a maximum size of 500 KW. This can be claimed by the Manufacturer/Supplier/EPC Contractor (should be an MNRE accredited supplier) on behalf of the customer. The list of MNRE accredited suppliers (all across India) can be downloaded fromhttp://mnre.gov.in/file-manager/UserFiles/list_channelpartners_sp_jnnsm.pdf
Subsidy is not available for Grid Connected plants that engage in sale of power either to the local DISCOM or a 3rdparty. Following are the benefits a Solar Power Developer involved in Sale of Power Generated can avail:
  • Accelerated Depreciation – Upto 90% of asset value with 80% depreciation allowed in the first year.
  • 10 years Tax Holiday – Tax holiday can be availed for 10 years during which time Minimum Alternate Tax is still applicable (19.9305%) which can be offset against tax payable later.
  • Other State specific exemptions which vary from state to state.
 Is there any subsidy available for Solar Power plant setup?
Capital Subsidy of 30% is applicable only for captive power plants up to 100 KW. This is expected to be increased to 500 KW for FY 2103-14 but an official confirmation regarding the same is still awaited. Subsidy will not be applicable in case of sale of power.
 I have land and some company posted that they are looking for people having land and ready to invest about Rs.10 lakhs. Can I go ahead with this investment?
It is difficult to comment much without more information about the company. However, it is advised to check the company’s track record to understand the company’s previous projects and the revenues/returns from such projects. A couple of things that you might have already understood from the info on this FAQs page is that a typical good quality Solar PV Power plant required Rs.6.5-8 Crores for setup. In line with this, the investment of Rs.10 lakhs you have been asked to make comes to around 1.5% of total project cost which is not much. If your land also has certain value, that can be factored into your equity contribution to the project. While we am not sure about the promise made by the company to you in terms of returns, kindly make sure that your investment has been duly considered in project equity and the associated returns. Also, it is possible that there are several other investors such as you who might be investing in the project. You might ask the company details regarding the same. Following are a few more things you can ask the company to provide:
  • Is the entire project equity funded from investors such as you? If ‘Yes’, who are the other investors? If ‘No’, what is the debt portion, where is it coming from and what is the interest rate?
  • Where is the project going to be setup?
  • Who is the power sold to and at what price is it being sold?
  • What are the yearly estimated revenues and returns?
  • When would you as an investor start making money (important as payback period is reasonably high for Solar Projects)?
As an investor, you have every right to know the answers to these questions. Kindly evaluate all scenarios and clarify all you queries before making such an investment.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Needs more awareness about solar energy

Poor awareness hampers switch to solar power
The suppliers approved by the nodal agency for promotion of renewable energy in the state say that the efforts to promote solar energy among the public is hampered by low awareness. Many don't know the gains of solar power and how to go about to install a solar system, if at all one likes to have one. As elsewhere, majority of the people in Madurai district do not even know where and who should be approached for the installation of solar power panels. The awareness is low even among the educated, say the approved suppliers.  ..............
......................  Although, solar panel installation is profitable in the long run very less number of persons are approaching for the installation due to lack of awareness.  Source- The Times of India

WHY IST?

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

IST energy awareness principles-
The energy awareness principles set out a broad framework from which to teach about solar energy topics. 

Why are these topics important?
  • Energy issues come up in many contexts such as:
  • The role of fossil-fuel based energy as the driving cause of climate change and thus the primary solution.
  • Other environmental consequences for energy use, such as oil spills, acid mine drainage, and nuclear waste.
  • New developments in alternative energy technologies, energy efficiency, and energy policy.
  • One's personal stake in energy consumption.
Our educational projects
In India, and as part of the Shyamsundar Child and Women Development Society, IST has committed to participate in demonstrative and educational activities related to solar energy.   
This responsible approach arose from an observation: generating public awareness - especially among youths - regarding renewable energy sources as an essential factor of the energy transition. Solar energy inspires wonder and is much talked about, but the way it works and its applications are still relatively unknown.
Also, in order to initiate youths and provide other audiences with the keys to understanding the issues of solar energy, IST's teams have developed several educational projects.

OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY 

Main Objective 

  • To assess the awareness of youth towards renewable source of energy. 

Sub-Objective

  1. To assess the awareness of youth towards solar energy resources and their benefits.
  2. To assess their perceptions about largest source of renewable resources.
  3. To assess their willingness to pay premium for renewable source of energy.
  4. To assess their perception about solar energy and its business functions
  5. To assess their awareness of campaign and importance of different habits to save environment.
  6. To know the preference of youth to spread the awareness and to contribute to the cause as an individual.

When one rural youth can install solar system at his/her own preemies, and promote other one to install solar system, then we can say we are success to create awareness about solar energy.    

Thirty percent of the world's population is under the age of eighteen, according to UNEP, which is why educating children and young adults about environmental problems is crucial to long-term success. This will help them foster a sense of responsibility and they will make choices that help the environment rather than harm it.

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