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Gujarat government to kick-start solar rooftop project for citizens

With an aim of scaling up the present solar power generation in Gujarat, the state government is now all set to launch its much awaited project of grid-connected rooftop solar power units, wherein residential property owners will be encouraged to install this new system.

The Solar Rooftop project was initiated by Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA), which is the state nodal agency to promote renewable... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Centre explores switch from diesel to electric mode

The central government is likely to submit before the Supreme Court a host of measures being taken to reduce vehicular pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR) and across other major cities. These include the option of converting diesel vehicles, particularly taxis, to electric ones involving Rs 75,000 to Rs 1.25 lakh extra investment.

The road transport ministry on Thursday held a consultation meeting... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Kerala turns to Dye Sensitized Cell (DSC) technology for clean energy

Driven by the global demand for clean, renewable sources of power, scientists are turning to Dye Sensitized Cell (DCS) technology to develop lightweight, flexible and cost-effective solutions for a variety of applications. The Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) has taken the initiative to introduce the technology in the State through a tie-up with leading institutions in the field.

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Source: The Hindu

Fullerton India drives clean energy initiatives through rural branches

Fullerton India has announced that it took a step towards environment conservation by adopting alternate and clean methods of energy generation. The company has been investing in solar power hybrid systems since 2012, and has made investments worth Rs.4.6 crores as on March 2016. The company is further planning to invest Rs.97 lakhs till July 2016 for the same initiative.

The company aims to drive energy... Read more..

Source: Energetica India

Haryana farmers to get solar pumps

Farmers in Haryana with small land holdings will be encouraged to use solar pumps instead of diesel pumpsets under the government's 'Solar Water Pumping Scheme'.

Minister of state Nayab Singh Saini, who made the announcement here on Friday, said the new and renewable energy ministry recently approved a proposal of the Haryana Renewable Energy Department (HAREDA) to install 3,050 solar water pumps for the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Dharamshala to get underground dustbins

Dharamshala will have underground dustbins soon, a deal for which was signed between the municipal corporation commissioner and a private firm on Wednesday. The sanitary system, launched as 'Aagaz', will also be replicated in other towns of the state.

Speaking after the inking of pact for implementing solid waste management programme, urban development director J M Pathania said, "The waste-free campaign... Read more..

Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: waste management

308 districts facing potable water shortage

Over 300 districts in 13 States, including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, are facing shortage of drinking water, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

“ reported by the States, 308 districts are affected in respect of shortage of drinking water supply in 13 States – Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Haryana, Gujarat... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line
Subject Tags: water scarcity

Karnataka decreases small-scale solar tariffs after PV cost reductions

The Indian state of Karnataka has revised its tariff for small-scale and rooftop solar systems downwards in the range of 25-45% in response to a reduction in the capital costs of solar.

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) issued an order revising the tariffs for the various capacity segments of solar systems with the highest rates now standing at INR 7.08kWh without capital subsidy for 1-... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Steps to Ensure Energy Efficiency by MSMEs

Ministry of Power through Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company under Ministry of Power has undertaken following steps to ensure efficient energy consumption by Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) :-

(i) Since XI Plan period, BEE is implementing BEE-SME energy efficiency programme in various energy intensive clusters. During the XI... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau
Subject Tags: energy efficiency, msme

Tata group to come up with electric vehicles

An electric car may soon be out from the stables of Tata MotorsBSE -0.18 % and its subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover. At the group's platform that recognizes the latest innovation-Tata Innovista, chief technology officer Gopichand Katragadda said that the electric car was an 'ongoing project'. Group executive council member, Mukund Rajan added that Tata Technology too has 'conceptualised' an electric car and may be working with firms outside the group for the finished product.

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Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: Electric Vehicle

Aviation minister bats for solar units at all airports

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today said he has asked all the airports in the country to install solar energy units on the lines of Kochi airport.

He was talking to reporters after showing installation of 5 KV solar energy panels at his residence here with an estimated cost of Rs 5 lakh.

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Source: The Hindu Business Line

ACME bags solar projects in AP, Telangana

Green energy company ACME has bagged tenders for developing 200 MW solar power projects in separate tenders conducted by SECI and NTPC in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, respectively.

The company won the largest share of 150 MW out of 400 MW at fixed tariff of Rs. 4.43 per unit in addition to Viability Gap Fund of Rs. 55 lakh per MW.

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Source: The Hindu Business Line

UPERC moots `floating' Photo-Voltaic solar plants for UP

On Tuesday, the commission tabled the idea before the high level State Advisory Committee (SAC) for its nod before recommending it to the state government. Speaking to TOI, UPERC chairman, Desh Deepak Verma said that the commission would be recommending the concept to the state government for implementation as much as possible.

The SAC, as a matter of fact, also has director general of Solar Power... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Inverters: Schneider eyes 1 GW

Schneider Electric India hopes to reach installation of its solar power inverters worth 1 giga watt in the next six months from 700 MW now. “With national mission for solar power capacity addition in the country, we are very optimistic on growth in India with micro and mini-grids," Vice-President (Solar) Anurag Garg told reporters here. Schneider in India offers complete solar solution except panel and wires.

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Source: The Hindu Business Line

Water shortage hits MCF unit

Water scarcity in Mangaluru is affecting the major industries in the region.

After Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) initiating shutdown of its phase-III units on Thursday, now it is the turn of Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers (MCF) Ltd to follow suit.

Sources in MCF told BusinessLine... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line
Subject Tags: water, water scarcity

Clean energy projects get Rs 86,000 crore investment

Renewable energy projects have received Rs 86,000 crore investment, most of it from private sector, in the last three years with Madhya Pradesh at top garnering Rs 14,313.80 crore.

"Most of the investment in renewable energy came from private sector. Total estimated investment in renewable energy power projects during the last three years is around Rs 86,000 crore," New and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Water crisis shut down many thermal power plants: Government

Severe water crisis in many parts of the country has forced several thermal power plants to shut down production, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said today.

Goyal said in Lok Sabha that Maharashtra Power Generation Company Ltd has informed that all units at Parli Thermal Power Station (1130 MW) in Beed district of the state were under outage due to water shortage since June-July 2015.

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Source: ETEnergyworld
Subject Tags: Thermal power, water

The innovators: desalination unit brings clean water on wheels

ravelling around Thailand in the 1990s, William Janssen was impressed with the basic rooftop solar heating systems that were on many homes, where energy from the sun was absorbed by a plate and then used to heat water for the home.

Two decades later and Janssen has developed that basic idea he saw in south-east Asia into a portable device that uses the power from the sun to purify water.

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Source: The Guardian

Exxon Mobil Backs FuelCell Effort to Advance Carbon Capture Technology

For years, FuelCell Energy has been considered a company to watch. Its technology promised to help economically reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, which could help combat climate change. The Danbury, Conn., company might be able to make a difference, experts said, if only it had a partner with really deep pockets.

Now it has one.

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Source: The New York Times

Azure Power starts solar projects of 88 MW across 3 states

Azure Power today announced commissioning of solar power plants with a total capacity of 88 MW in three states across the country.

"The projects include a 50-MW plant in Andhra Pradesh, two plants of total capacity of 28 MW in Punjab and a 10-MW plant in Karnataka," the company said in a statement.

These... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Selaulim canal stretch in Goa to harness solar energy

Goa energy development agency (GEDA) along with the water resources department (WRD) recently conducted a survey of the Selaulim dam with a view to harness solar energy. GEDA and WRD have identified 2km of the water body where a canal top solar installation will be set up in the near future.

The idea for a canal top solar installation came from Gujarat's 10 megawatt plant covering a 3.6km stretch of the... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Solar, wind energies help to tide over power crisis in Vijaywada

While the demand for power is rising in tandem with the peaking summer, the Energy Department is banking on solar and wind energies to compensate any shortfall.

Fortunately, there has been consistent availability of solar energy over the last few weeks, with the output hovering around 200 MW. The generation is obviously more in the daytime.

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Source: The Hindu

India's renewable energy congress concludes on optimistic note

India's Renewable Energy Congress (InREC) conluded here on a highly optimistic note in view of the recent tariff poicy and the government's new solar power capacity target of 100 gigawatt (GW) by 2022, InRec said on Wednesday.

The two-day conference of global investors, developers and manufacturers in the renewable energy sector was supported by the Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI),... Read more..

Source: Business Standard
Subject Tags: renewable energy

IREDA may be converted into a Green Bank

State-run Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) might be converted into a Green Bank to enable it to access funding from overseas banks, a top official said today.

IREDA might be converted in to Green Bank without under going any altercation in its basic structure to enable it access funding from overseas banks that are currently not supporting the solar and wind funding, barring well-known KFW... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

CPCB received 241 complaints against industries in 3 yrs: govt

The Central Pollution Control Board has received 241 complaints in the last three years against various industries for not complying with the rules pertaining to effluent treatment, Lok Sabha was informed today.

"According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), during the last three years, it has received 10 complaints against distilleries, 25 against pulp and paper industries, 38 against sugar... Read more..

Source: Business Standard
Subject Tags: CPCB, pollution