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BHEL commissions world’s first solar PV plant for rail traction system

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) on Thursday said it has successfully commissioned a 1.7-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at Bina in Madhya Pradesh for the Indian Railways.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: solar power

UP Power minister urges MPs, MLAs to adopt 10 electricity feeders to bring down line losses

UP power minister Srikant Sharma on Thursday appealed to the MLAs and MPs to adopt 10 electricity feeders and help the state government in bringing down the line losses for better power supply.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: DISCOMS

Bids for Ladakh solar project may see 1st Indian action against Chinese firms

The deadly border conflict between India and China in the Ladakh region is now setting the ground for a first set of restrictions that India proposes to impose on imports from the Asian giant.

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Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: Clean Energy, solar project

EESL signs agreement with NOIDA authority to install EV charging units and related infrastructure

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, Government of India, has signed an agreement with the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA)to promote electric vehicles and install public EV charging stations & related infrastructure.The partnership will also facilitate the creation of an infrastructural ecosystem to accelerate e-mobility uptake as the nation emerges from the lockdown post COVID-19 pandemic.

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Source: Press Information Bureau
Subject Tags: eesl, electric vehicle

Union Minister of Jal Shakti held a VC with Manipur Chief Minister

Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Shekhawat discussed various aspects of implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Manipur with the Chief Minister Shri N Biren Singh through video conferencing. This is in continuation of extensive exercise carried out by the Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti by consulting States/ UTs for the last 3 months, wherein water supply schemes of the States were analyzed so as to provide household tap connections in villages.  Government of... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau
Subject Tags: Jal Jeevan Mission

Central Pollution Control Board to strengthen monitoring of Pollution in tributaries of Ganga.

An inter-ministerial meeting was held in the presence of Union Environment Minister,Shri Prakash Javadekar and Union Minister of Jal Shakti,Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in New Delhi today. The meeting was attended by senior officials of both the ministry.

In thhe meeting pending  issues of Environment/Forest clearence of National... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau
Subject Tags: Clean Ganga, CPCB

Gujarat extends solar power policy till December 31

Chief minister Vijaybhai Rupani has decided to extend the time frame of ‘Gujarat Solar Power Policy – 2015’ up to December 31, 2020, said state energy minister Saurabhbhai Patel.
Giving further information about this decision, the minister said that due to presently prevalent situation of world-wide pandemic of 'Covid-19', the state government had announced ‘Rs 14,000 crore Gujarat... Read more..
Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: solar policy

IREDA’s alternate investment fund for RE expected to come up by FY21

The state-owned Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), focused on financing renewable energy projects, is likely to come up with its own Alternate Investment Fund... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

USAID and MNRE Announce New Partnership to expand clean energy development

In a step toward increasing U.S.-India collaboration for clean energy development, the U.S. Agency for International... Read more..
Source: USAID

Housing societies, malls must reserve 20 per cent parking for e-vehicles in Delhi

The new municipal rules have made it mandatory to reserve 20 per cent of parking space for electric vehicles — with the provision of charging infrastructure — in all future projects, including malls, hospitals, public buildings, housing societies and commercial complexes.

A senior civic official from... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Union Minister of Jal Shakti held discussion with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister through VC for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission

Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat held discussion with Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath regarding implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in the State through video conferencing today. It’s the endeavour of Government of India to provide assured basic services to the people living in rural areas of the country with focus on improving their living standards. Potable water in adequate quantity and of prescribed quality to be provided to every rural household on... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau
Subject Tags: Jal Jeevan Mission

VW's SEAT boosts investment, urges Spain to help with electric shift

Volkswagen's Spanish brand SEAT plans to invest 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) from 2020-2025 and is committed to making electric cars in Spain with the right government support, it said on Wednesday.

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Source: The Economic Times

PetroVietnam to invest in renewables amid shrinking crude oil production

Vietnam's state oil firm PetroVietnam is seeking to venture into renewable energy sources like wind farms and floating solar panels, as domestic crude oil production... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Kusum scheme: RRECL awards 722 MW solar power to farmers

Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Ltd (RRECL) has allotted 722 megawatt to 623 farmers under the Centre’s PM Kusum scheme aimed at generating income for farmers from their unfertile or semi-barren land.

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Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: KUSUM Scheme

BP to invest USD 70 million in India's Green Growth Equity Fund

The UK-based BP plc on Tuesday said it will invest USD 70 million in the Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF) that supports the growing renewable energy sector in India.

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Source: Live Mint
Subject Tags: Clean Energy Fund

Electric vehicles are starting to buoy global metals market

The market gloom over the metals that will power the cars of the future is starting to lift. Supply overhangs and then the coronavirus pandemic had crushed short-term prospects for the minerals used to make rechargable batteries.

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Source: The Times of India

L&T Infra Finance gets USD 50 mn from AIIB for renewable energy funding

L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (LTIFCL) on Tuesday said it has received the first tranche of USD 50 million of the total USD 100-million ECB loan from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

AIIB is a multilateral development bank that invests in sustainable infrastructure.

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Source: Outlook India

Union Minister of Jal Shakti held discussion with Assam Chief Minister through VC for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission

Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat held discussion with Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal regarding implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in the State through video conferencing today. Government of India is committed to provide assured basic services to the people living in rural areas of the country with focus on improving their living standard. Drinking water supply is a service delivery, wherein the quantity, quality of water supplied and periodicity of water supply... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau
Subject Tags: Jal Shakti Abhiyan

REC commits Rs 24 crore to Shri Kedarnath Utthan Charitable Trust

State-owned REC on Tuesday said it has committed a financial assistance of Rs 23. 52 crore to Shri Kedarnath Utthan Charitable Trust (SKUCT). The financial assistance will be made through REC's CSR arm, REC Foundation, a company statement said.

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Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: solid waste management

Odisha to scale up solar power production to 1,500 MW

The Odisha Government has decided to increase solar power production capacity to 1500 MW by 2022 to promote carbon neutral green energy and meet its renewable power obligation (RPO). As of now, around 474 MW ongrid solar power plants have been installed at different parts of the State through Green Energy Development Corporation of Odisha Limited (GEDCOL) and Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA).

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Source: The India New Express
Subject Tags: carbon neutral, solar power

Rs 90k crore package for DISCOMs not enough, dues cross Rs 1 lakh crore

The Centre's Rs 90,000 crore liquidity window to financially stressed state discoms for clearing their mounting dues to power genreration companies may not be sufficient to clean up their books and clear all outstanding.

The reason is that power distribution... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: debt, DISCOMS

World Bank and Government of India sign $750 million Agreement for Emergency Response Programme for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises

The World Bank and the Government of India today signed the $750 million agreement for the MSME Emergency Response Programme to support increased flow of finance into the hands of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

The World Bank’s MSME Emergency Response Programme will address the immediate liquidity and credit needs of some 1.5 million viable MSMEs to... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau
Subject Tags: MSMEs

KKR, Actis in talks to buy solar assets from Azure

Private equity (PE) investors KKR and Actis are in talks to acquire a solar portfolio of 435 megawatts (MW) from Canadian pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)-backed Azure Power Global Ltd, said three people aware of the development.

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Source: Live Mint

CPPIB, others in talks to buy SBG Cleantech

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. is in separate talks with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Mubadala Investment Co. and Brookfield Asset Management Inc. to sell its entire stake in Indian green energy firm SBG Cleantech, two people aware of the development said.... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

Tenders for wind and solar projects continued in June despite COVID

About 618 MW of utility scale solar tenders and 225 MW of wind-solar hybrid tenders were issued in the month of June despite the Covid-19 outbreak, according to consultancy firm JMK Research and Analytics.

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Source: The Economic Times