Indian State Of Rajasthan Simplifies Regulations To Boost Solar Power Capacity By 25 GW

India is on a fast-track to boost its solar power capacity, and as the investors flock to its solar power market, no state would stand to gain more than the western state of Rajasthan.
The Rajasthan state government has a policy that dwarfs the national solar power policy itself. While the current national policy aims at 22 GW installed capacity by 2022, the Rajasthan solar power policy targets 25 GW installed capacity over the next five years.The state has about 600 MW installed solar power capacity as of now.

Source: Clean Technica

Himachal Pradesh govt takes first step towards making state 'Waste Free'

Looking at the threat from plastic and other non-biodegradable waste, Himachal Pradesh government on Monday signed an agreement with a Ducth company to conduct a feasibility study for making the hill state 'Waste Free' or 'Zero Waste State'. The agreement was signed between department of urban development and Nexus Novus - the Dutch company.
Capt J M Pathania, director of Urban Development and Rutger De Brujin, managing director for the Nexus Novas inked the agreement.

Source: Times of India

IIHS leads $3 million research programme on Climate adaptation for semi-arid areas of India

Climate change is one of the defining developmental challenges of our time. Indian cities and villages are amongst the most vulnerable in the world, with hundreds of millions of people at increased risk of exposure to climate change impacts, especially in drought prone semi-arid areas. There is however, considerable local experience of how to adapt and respond to these challenges, which needs to be better understood and then translated and scaled across regions, towns and cities at risk.

Source: Economic Times

State master plan for solid waste disposal

The state urban local bodies department has sought inputs from 78 state municipal bodies, including MCG, to prepare a state-level master plan for an integrated solid waste management system, to be reviewed and approved by the National Green Tribunal.
Officials say most existing solid waste treatment plants do not meet WHO pollution norms. The state government has already hired a consultant to advise it on the technology to be used to treat solid waste and the manpower and vehicles needed for it.

Source: Times of India

India’s energy storage industry ‘encouraged’ by Modi government plans

India’s growing energy storage industry shares the enthusiasm of its solar counterpart in welcoming the Modi government’s aims and ambitions, according to one industry veteran.

Source: PV Tech

For more efficient power transmission

India is experiencing a revolution in the field of Power Sector. The new Government with a vision of 'POWER TO ALL' is investing more in infrastructure and establishing Smart Grid & Smart Cities.

Source: Economic Times

Telangana government working towards making Hyderabad global smart city: Minister

Telangana Government has taken upon the task of making Hyderabad a global smart city, state Minister for Panchayat Raj and Information Technology K T Rama Rao said today. 

Source: Economic Times

The Real Change Modi's Jhadoo Can Sweep In

Obviously this broom-vroom is going to go viral like the Ice Bucket Challenge. Prime Minister Narendra Modi nominated nine people for the Clean India message campaign, including Anil Ambani who picked up a broom yesterday (October 7, 2014) in a cute runner’s outfit with red shoes. Ambani nominated nine more, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shobhaa De and Shekhar Gupta. These three names are going to cause angst. Serious angst. Think of all the cringing going on now.

Source: News Laundry

One reason solar power is growing so fast? Creative new lending schemes.

The fast recent growth of rooftop solar power in the United States has been utterly stunning. The number of homes with rooftop panels has roughly tripled since 2010. By one count, a new solar system is now installed every four minutes.
So what's driving this? It helps that photovoltaic panels keep getting cheaper, thanks to a surge in Chinese manufacturing and various efficiency improvements. It also helps that the federal government offers a 30 percent tax credit for rooftop systems (at least until the end of the 2016).

Source: Vox

Low-carbon LED lamp wins Nobel for Japanese trio

Three Japanese-born researchers today won the Nobel Prize for Physics for inventing the LED lamp, a boon in the fight against global warming and aiding people in poverty.
The trio are Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, a researcher who is currently based in the United States.
"This year's Nobel Laureates are rewarded for having invented a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light source -- the blue light-emitting diode (LED)," the jury said.
"Their inventions were revolutionary," it said.

Source: Deccan Herald