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National Thermal Power Corporation to use biomass to co-fire coal-based power plants, cut emissions.

NTPC Ltd, India's largest power producer, plans to start biomass co-firing across all its coal-based thermal power stations in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut pollution, official sources said. 

Co-firing is the use of two different types of fuel for generation of electricity. 

NTPC plans to... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Solar park project in Trichy gets approvals under smart cities mission

Trichy Corporation has managed to obtain both administrative and technical approvals for establishing a 2.5 megawatt (MW) solar park under smart cities mission to generate electricity from sunlight.

In a list of more than 18 proposals made by Trichy Corporation, the civic body had also envisaged a plan to establish a solar power park. Identifying Panchapur as apt location, the civic body earlier submitted a... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Himachal Pradesh government to float tender for 55 electric buses within fortnight

The Himachal Pradesh government plans to float a tender for purchasing 55 electric buses within a fortnight for Shimla and Dharamsala, a senior official said Friday. 

"We are planning to float a tender for 55 electric buses within a fortnight for Shimla and Dharamsala smartcity," Himachal Road Transport Corporation Chief General Manager H K Gupta told . 

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Source: ET Energy World

Segregate waste at source or face Delhi corporation fines of up to Rs 1L

The three municipal corporations of Delhi have issued a public notice saying wastemust be segregated at source and failure to segregate, treat and dispose of waste scientifically would allow the civic bodies to fine resident welfare associations, market associations, bulk waste generators and housing societies anything between Rs 10,000 and Rs 1 lakh. 

Questions, however, have been raised about whether Delhi... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Gegadyne Energy plans to raise $10M

Firm plans to set up lab in Mumbai

Gegadyne Energy, a Mumbai based start-up working in the area of battery technology, is planning to raise up to $10 million in Series A funding.

“We are already talking to investors and will raise the funds before the end of 2018. Most of the funds will be utilised to set... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

New material harvests Sun's heat for cheaper electricity generation

Scientists have developed a material that can be used to harvest electricity from the Sun's heat, paving the way for generating cheaper solar power on cloudy days and at nighttime. The innovation is an important step for putting solar heat-to-electricity generation in direct cost competition with fossil fuels, researchers said. 

"Storing solar energy as heat can already be cheaper than storing energy via... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Andhra Pradesh conserving power worth Rs 1,000 cr annually by energy efficiency

The Andhra Pradesh government is conserving 2,000 million units (mu) of power and saving about Rs 1,000 crore annually by promoting energy efficiency initiatives for the last three years, according to a senior state government official.

Besides demand-side management, the state government has undertaken steps to install LED street lights, promote solar pumps in farm fields and supply LED bulbs and energy... Read more..

Source: Money control

We expect to take up a solar power project in Tanzania in the near future: Ministry of External Affairs

India and Tanzania on Tuesday decided to expand cooperation in areas of blue economy, cyber security, trade and investment and exploration of mineral resources, officials said. 

In their talks, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Tanzanian counterpart Augustine P Mahiga also agreed to consider an investment treaty, an extradition pact and an agreement on mutual legal assistance as well as an MoU... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

The world has its first fully organic state and it’s in India

It’s not news that the north-eastern state of Sikkim is a leader in sustainable policies. But, the state’s efforts were finally recognised by the United Nations (UN) garnering the award for having the world’s best food policies or what’s called the ‘Oscar for the Best Policy’. 

The world has its first fully organic state - and it’s in India. 

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Source: Business Insider India

Dust from unpaved roads, traffic congestion main local factors behind pollution in Delhi-NCR

Dust from unpaved roads, construction activities and traffic congestion are some of the main local factors causing the air quality of Delhi-NCR to deteriorate as reported by 41 inspection teams deployed to monitor the implementation of norms enforced to combat pollution.

According to three reports on the inspections conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board till October 7, it was found that a total of... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

One lakh solar agriculture pumps approved in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government has approved one lakh solar agriculture pumps and aims to provide uninterrupted power supply to farmers even during day time, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Tuesday at the launch of the Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Vahini Scheme. 

The Mukhyamantri Saur Krushi Yojana aims to generate 2,500 megawatt solar power through a High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS) wherein more... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Saudi Arabia, Lightsource BP eye solar projects in India

Saudi Arabia is interested in partnering India to develop complementary supply chains, and deploy funds and new technologies here in what may further bring down already low solar power tariffs in the country.

Also, Lightsource BP is betting big on setting up solar power projects here through its partnership with the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund of India (NIIF).

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Source: Livemint

Magenta Power updates EV charging stations with new billing meters, to expand chargers to more highways

Magenta Power has now introduced an EV Billing Meter in association with MSEDCL (Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited). The firm has confirmed that the billing metre will be installed on all its six charging stations that are currently in operation. Besides these, Magenta is planning to expand its charging stations to other important highways under its EV billing meter scheme. This meter has been set up at a charging station installed by Magenta Power in Navi Mumbai.

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Source: Financial Express

Kerala readies to welcome electric vehicles

As Kerala moves to introduce e-vehicles, the transport department is taking steps to develop basic infrastructure for operating these vehicles in city. Transport secretary K R Jyothilal said that KSEB has invited bids from private agencies to set up charging stations.

“The intention is to supply power at the rate of Rs 5 or Rs 5.5/unit at these stations. An eight-minute charging technology will be introduced... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

States to get Rs 100 cr award for being efficient under Saubhagya scheme

The Power Ministry Monday announced Rs 100 crore award for states that would complete the household electrification early under the Saubhagya scheme. 

Apart from discoms, the employees would also collectively get Rs 50 lakh award for completing the task of electrifying household under the Rs 16,320 crore Saubhagya scheme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year in September. 

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Source: Economic Times

72-hour pollution forecast system launched in Delhi

Ahead of the pollution season, the Centre on Monday launched an air quality prediction system that would forecast the state of the air three days in advance for various areas in the capital and several localities in Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Rohtak

The new service is expected to not only help... Read more..

Source: Times of India

NTPC tenders 70MW of floating solar at combined cycle power plant in Kerala

Indian state-run power giant NTPC has issued a tender for 70MW of grid-connected floating solar at its Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) Kayamkulam in the southern state of Kerala.

The tender includes design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, packing and forwarding, transportation, unloading, storage, installation and commissioning of project. The stated 70MW capacity is a minimum only.... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

MG motor announces electric vehicle launch in India by 2020

After recent announcements by auto OEMs like Maruti and Hyundai on their foray into the electric vehicle segment in India, the Indian arm of China’s SAIC, MG Motor India, on Monday announced that it will also join the bandgwagon and launch an electric vehicle by 2020.

The company in a statement in Chennai said that as part of its commitment to the Indian market, it will launch a second product for the Indian... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

BESCOM launches second electric vehicle charging infra in Bengaluru

The BESCOM on Monday introduced City’s second electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the premises of Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) on Millers road. The first such facility had come up in the headquarters of BESCOM in February this year. 

The KERC has fixed demand charges at Rs 50 /kW/ month for low tension (LT) installations and Rs 180/kW/month for high tension (HT) installations.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Allahabad University switches to solar panels

In a move which will save the institution Rs 40 lakh annually in electricity bills, the Allahabad University (AU) got solar panels installed in 23 buildings of its four campuses on Monday. 

Inaugurated by RL Hangloo, these solar panels would produce 1.438 megawatt of energy every day. 

Public relations... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

EESL inks MoU with DoP for distribution of energy-efficient appliances

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) Saturday said it has signed an agreement with the Department of Posts (DoP) for distribution of energy-efficient appliances under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) programme. 

EESL will distribute the LED lights (bulbs and tubelights) and BEE 5-star rated fans through DoP's network of post offices across India, a statement said. 

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Source: ET Energyworld

Tamil Nadu plans to construct Anamalayar dam under PAP

Even as Tamil Nadu is opposing moves by upper riparian states such as Karnataka to construct dams across inter-state rivers, it is planning to build a new dam under the 60-year-old Parambikuam -Aliyar Project (PAP). 
The state government has constituted a technical advisory expert committee to construct Anamalayar reservoir with a storage capacity of 2.5 tmc ft (thousand million cubic feet) water under PAP, the lifeline of the Pollachi region. 

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Source: Times of India

NTPC tenders for hybrid 60MW/130MW wind and solar project in Karnataka

Indian state-run power giant NTPC has issued a tender for a 60MW wind and 130MW solar hybrid energy project on a turnkey basis at its super thermal power station NTPC-Kudgi in Karnataka.

The scope of the contract includes design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, packing and forwarding, transportation, unloading, storage, installation and commissioning of the grid-connected capacity. The capacities stated... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

South Western Railway goes the solar way, 19 buildings get panels

The South Western Railway (SWR) has installed solar panels in 19 buildings, including railway stations, workshops and offices, with a total capacity of 3,605kilowatt-peak (kWp).

Kilowatt-peak is the power that solar panels generate under standard conditions. According to statistics, the SWR Hubballi workshop tops in solar power capacity with 1,045kWp, followed by the Mysuru workshop (500) and the DRM office... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Gurugram asks EESL for 18,000 more street lights for dark stretches

MCG has asked state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to install an additional 18,000 street lights, after having identified multiple dark spots across the city. Some 57,000 street lights have already been installed, officials said.

“Dark spots are patches of road with no light at all, which could be a serious concern in terms of safety. Such spots are spread across the city, though most of... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld