Sustainability Outlook Headlines

REC launches sophisticated solar monitoring facility for the first time in India

REC, a leading global provider of solar energy solutions, has been selected as the energy solutions partner for a key automotive component manufacturer in Chennai, East India.

As one of the largest vertically integrated and fully automated manufacturers in Southeast Asia, REC provides a comprehensive remote monitoring facility. It has partnered with TORP Systems Pvt. Ltd, a local engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) service provider for the project.

Source: Eco-Business

UK firm to test green cooling system in India

A British company plans to start testing a pioneering technology – an engine powered by liquid nitrogen – in India next year, and begin manufacturing them in the country in the next five years.

Dearman Engine Company, which uses a piston engine run on liquid nitrogen, to provide zero emission cold and power, will be testing a refrigerated truck using this technology in the UK later this year, and plans field trials internationally, including India, by next year.

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Source: BusinessLine

5 MW of unique solar rooftop project in Gujara

A unique solar rooftop project of 5 MW capacities was inaugurated in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The solar project is different from others of its kind because instead of being installed at a single location, it is placed on unused rooftops of buildings in Gandhinagar, with capacity ranging from 1 KW to 100 KW, informed Saurabh Patel, state’s finance minister.

Source: Energy Next

Naxal-hit villages to harness solar power

The violence-struck region of Naxals, will be using sun to power their villages. Thirteen affected villages will be electrified by solar power in Madhya Pradesh. The Madhya Pradesh Energy Development Corporation has developed a 264 KV capacity project with an investment of Rs 12.55 crore.

All the households in these villages will be provided with solar power with two points and a 60 watt power point allocated to each. There are plans of installing a flour mill that will run on renewable energy, community halls and street lights too.

Source: Energy Next

Plant inspired solar cells to revolutionise energy storage

A new technology developed by scientists at University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) can store solar energy for up to several weeks — an advance that could change the way scientists think about designing solar cells.

The materials in most of today’s residential rooftop solar panels can store energy from the sun for only a few microseconds at a time.

The new design is inspired by the way that plants generate energy through photosynthesis.

Source: Greentech Lead

Union Cabinet Approves Revision of Cumulative Targets Under National Solar Mission

  The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, gave its approval for stepping up of India’s solar power capacity target under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) by five times, reaching 1,00,000 MW by 2022. The target will principally comprise of 40 GW Rooftop and 60 GW through Large and Medium Scale Grid Connected Solar Power Projects. With this ambitious target, India will become one of the largest Green Energy producers in the world, surpassing several developed countries.

Source: Energetica-India

Union Cabinet Approves Implementation Scheme for Setting Up 2000 MW Solar PV Via VGF

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has announced that it has given its approval for setting up of over 2,000 MW of Grid-Connected Solar PV Power Projects on Build, Own and Operate basis by Solar Power Developers (SPDs) with Viability Gap Funding (VGF) under Batch-III of Phase-II of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).

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Source: Energetica-India

India to lead global solar market

'Bridge to India’, a strategic environmental consulting company in a study said that India has emerged out to be the most exciting market in the year 2014. The difficult but not impossible 100 GW solar capacity target of India by 2022 has open broad avenues for its solar industry in the global market. If the nation achieves this target, it might become the global player in the international solar industry.

Source: Energy Next

UP progressing in green electricity

Uttar Pradesh (UP) can now dream for a 24 hour electricity supply, with the state government investing in solar power on large scale. Akhilesh Yadav, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh approved proposals for 225 MW of electricity generation within next year.

The Department of Non-Conventional Energy Development Authority approved the final bids. This department is overseen by chief minister himself. Among those who will set their solar projects are Adani Group, Sukhveer Agro Ltd. and Zee group, each installing 50 MW of power plant each.

Source: Energy Next

UN Leaders React to Pope Francis' Release of Encyclical on Climate and Environment

In September, countries will gather in New York at the UN General Assembly to agree on a new set of sustainable development goals and chart a path towards a sustainable future that decouples human growth from pollution and environmental degradation.

Source: UNEP

Fashion Footprint Tells Shoppers the Story Behind Their Clothing Choices at Point of Sale

The far-reaching social impacts of the fashion industry were catapulted into the global spotlight with the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh in 2013. Since then, the trade-offs of “fast fashion” have become an issue of urgent concern for NGOs and fashionistas around the world, spawning consumer-awareness and activism campaigns including Fashion Revolution Day; hard-hitting web series including Thread and Sweatshop; and just last month, a documentary called The True Cost.

Source: Sustainable Brands

Enel Green Mulls $140 Million Investment In India’s Bharat Light & Power

Enel Green Power is reportedly planning to invest around $140 million in Indian renewable energy independent power producer Bharat Light & Power.

India Wind TurbineAccording to business daily Economic Times, Enel Green Power is in negotiations with Bharat Light & Power to make equity investment worth Rs 900 crore (~ $140 million) as the latter plans to increase operational wind energy capacity from current 172 MW to up to 500 MW over the next few years.

Source: Clean Technica

Lego Group Investing $150M in R&D for Sustainable Materials

This week, LEGO Group announced an investment of 1 billion Danish Kroner (~US$152 million) in the research, development and implementation of sustainable raw materials to manufacture LEGO® toys and packaging materials.

Source: Sustainable Brands

Siemens powered Gwynt y Mor wind farm will be inaugurated today

Siemens announced that Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, will inaugurate the Gwynt y Mor wind farm today.

Gwynt y Mor wind farm, located eight miles offshore in Liverpool Bay, has an installed capacity of 576 megawatts (MW) and is the world’s 2nd largest offshore wind farm.

160 wind turbines will produce enough power to supply some 400,000 residential households with renewable electricity per year.

RWE (with 60 percent) Stadtwerke Munchen (30 percent) and Siemens (10 percent) are the main partners of more than £2billion wind farm.

Source: Greentech Lead

Electric Motorcycles Used By Over 50 Police Departments

Over 50 police departments in the United States are now using all-electric Zero Motorcycles. Electric motorcycles are very quiet, so they are actually helping police officers get close to suspects without their knowledge. (Gas-powered motorcycles are much louder.)

Source: Clean Technica

GRI Plans to Make Sustainability Reporting Available in Real Time

The Global Reporting Initiative plans to expand its scope to advance sustainability reporting and help organizations make more sustainable decisions.

As part of its updated strategy, called GRI: Empowering Sustainable Decisions, GRI says it will collaborate with leading technology companies to explore ways to make sustainability information more accessible, comparable and available in real-time.

GRI says it will prioritize four strategic areas. The first is Enabling Smart Policy to support sustainability reporting and disclosure around the world.

Source: Environmental Leader

Mumbai to benefit as MoEF actively considering relaxation of CRZ restrictions

The environment ministry, that is in the process of reviewing the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification, 2011, is looking at relaxing some of its existing restrictions and reclassify certain categories of structures falling in CRZ-III to aid their development, said a high-placed ministry official privy to developments. The ministry has taken up this consideration in sync with recommendations of the Shailesh Nayak-headed high-level committee that was constituted last year to suggest amendments to CRZ.

Source: DNA

Untreated waste polluting 70% water sources supplying cities in Maharashtra, says CPCB

Untreated municipal sewage and effluents from cities and towns in the state being discharged untreated into rivers is causing 70% pollution of the drinking water sources, a recent assessment by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has revealed.

The CPCB issued directions in April to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to plan a comprehensive programme for prevention, control or abatement of pollution of streams and wells.

Source: The Times of India

PSUs, Central depts to get Rs 1 cr per MW to set up solar units

To boost the country’s energy security, the government has decided to give a push to solar power generation by roping in public sector units and Central departments and ministries. The government has asked them to set up 1 MW solar power plant each on their rooftops or land for which they would be given viability gap funding of Rs 1 crore per MW, an official told The Indian Express.

Source: The Financial Express

India approves raising solar power generation to 100,000 MW

In a major decision to boost use of clean energy in India, the union cabinet on Wednesday decided to quintuple solar energy capacity under the National Solar Mission towards achieving 100,000 MW by 2022.

“In an important decision, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) decided that solar power capacity in the country is to go up five times to 1 lakh megawatt by 2022,” Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here while briefing them on the cabinet meeting.

Source: Greentech Lead

Indian Railways targets 5 GW through RE

The Indian railways are planning to generate energy through wind turbines to the capacity of 170 MW. The turbines will be installed on the land that the ministry owns.

The Indian trains will also be equipped with solar panels on the roof to generate electricity on the move. At the beginning two narrow gauge trains running on the Pathankot-Jogindernagar route will be tried-upon.

Source: Energy Next

Telangana to adopt Nagpur’s garbage-bin-free-city scheme

A delegation of around 60 people from newly carved Telangana state led by its deputy chief minister Kadiyam Srihari will be visiting Nagpur to study the city's garbage-bin-free-city scheme wherein garbage is collected house-to-house. A senior Nagpur Municipal Corporation official confirmed this to TOI. He said that the team comprising Members of Parliament, MLAs and officials from Great Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will be in city on June 16 to study the system of civic body's house-to-house garbage collection procedure.

Source: The Times of India

Bescom’s solar generation reaches 1 MW

Nearly eight months after the launch of its ambitious solar rooftop project, the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) finally reached a milestone by generating 1,000 kW (1 MW ) of solar power.

Getting off to a slow start, the power utility now has 409 applications registered with an overall proposed solar generating capacity of 19 MW.

Source: BusinessLine

World Bank arm invests $35 mn in PFS India for clean energy

The International Finance Corp (IFC), the private financing arm of the World Bank, on Wednesday said it has subscribed to $35 million worth of 10-year non-convertible debentures issued by PTC India Financial Services (PFS) to boost long-term financing for renewable energy projects in India.

“The investment will help generate an estimated 129 GWh (gigawatt hours) of clean energy over five years,” IFC said in a statement here.

“In 2011, IFC had provided PFS a senior loan of $50 million to fund four renewable energy projects,” it added.

Source: Greentech Lead

Nirvana- Gurgaon’s first solar township

A township in Gurgaon, Nirvana country, is moving ahead with its plan of solar power project. In a meeting held on Saturday, the residents of the township were briefed about the two models that they can install, by TL Satyaprakash, the deputy commissioner and power grid officials.

Source: Energy Next