India’s first underwater high-speed rail system is underway
Set to be over 500km, India is going to build its first rail system which goes underwater, spanning from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, reducing travel time from seven hours to solely two, running over 300kmh. Soil conditions within a geotechnical investigation are currently being carried to ensure its viability and if successful, construction will begin in 2018.
The rail will revolutionise travel within this industrialised region, with Mumbai’s financial districts and trade routes, but will also support local businesses, factories, ,merchants and technology companies. The project will also drive tourism into the region.
Once complete, the rail system will provide world-class transportation for approximately 35,000 individuals per day, which is set to increase. In order to cater for this predicted increase, each carriage will have the ability to carry approximately 1,500 passengers, with around 12 carriages overall.
Incorporating 12 stations, four in Maharashtra and eight in Gujarat, the project will cost approximately Rs. 97,000 crore, with over 80 percent of the project funded by Japan through a significant 50-year loan, with repayments over 15 years. The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRC) in India has recently signed an MOU regarding manufacturing, where the Gujarat Government will fund 25 percent of the costs, alongside providing required land.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will be undertaking the construction and providing the required technology, which will be embedded within the new transportation system. A significant portion of the project will be constructed on an elevated track in order to reduce costs and land acquisitions.
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Sonnedix starts construction of 50MW solar plant in Spain
Sonnedix has started building a 50MW solar PV plant in Badajoz, Spain.
Sonnedix Los Frailes will be built on a 111-hectares, becoming the largest project built by the IPP in the country, where it has operated since 2010. With over 110,000 monocrystaline solar panels, the project will connect through a transmission line to the Vaguadas substation.
During construction, Sonnedix will create approximately 250 new jobs in Badajoz, in line with its ESG standards and commitment to improving the life of the local community.
Once operational, Sonnedix Los Frailes, which is being developed in collaboration with Viridi RE group, will produce approximately 102,000 MWh per year, capable of powering more than 36,500 homes with clean electricity and avoiding over 24,000 tons of CO2.
Axel Thiemann, CEO of Sonnedix, said: “We are excited to start the construction of our largest project to date in Spain, a milestone that highlights both our strong commitment to the Spanish market, and our potential to expand our platform worldwide. We are very proud of our hard-working and committed team in Spain, which has doubled in the last year, and we look forward to continue developing and acquiring solar PV projects in the country, playing an important role in the energy transition, as well as the post-pandemic economic recovery.”
Last June 2020, Sonnedix signed a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Europe´s largest producer of renewable energy and leading PPA provider Statkraft for the supply of 100 GWh of energy per year, making it the IPP’s first PPA for a grid-parity project in Spain.
Sonnedix is one of the leading solar IPPs in Spain, with over 1GW of capacity, including 365MW operational, 50MW under construction, and a development pipeline of over 600MW. Currently it has almost 2GW under operation or construction across eight countries, plus more than 2GW in the pipeline.
According to SolarPower Europe, Spain is expected to have a total installed solar PV capacity of 29GW by 2024 in the medium scenario, making it the second largest solar market in Europe. Renewables produced 50.7% of Spain’s electricity in May, generating 10% more gigawatt-hours year-on-year.
The Spanish National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) targets 74% of renewable electricity generation and 39.2 GW of PV capacity by 2030.