Rays Power commissions 14 solar power projects in FY'14

 Rays Power Experts, a solar power development and EPC company commissioned 14 projects last fiscal. 

The company's solar power capacity is now 85 MW with 56 projects. 

"We always strive to develop more and more projects in the most efficient manner," Rahul Gupta, Director, Rays Power Experts said in a statement today. 

Rays Power is now starting two new parks in Rajasthan for 100 MW of capacity. 

Source: Economic Times

CO2 emission by urban households 16 times more than rural ones: Report

A report by the International Institute of Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, shows that the per capita emission of carbon dioxide by urban households is a shocking 16 times more than rural households. Experts say as households become richer, they consume more energy, leading to more carbon dioxide emission.

Source: Indian Express

Gamesa India to commission 800MW of wind power projects in 2014-15

Gamesa India, which was one of the top wind turbine makers during 2013-14, is targeting 800MW of wind power capacity addition across the country in 2014-15.

The company currently has over 200MW of windmills ready to be commissioned and has orders on hand for about 600MW.

The company commissioned 400MW of projects during 2013-14, topping the list of wind turbine manufacturers in the country during the year. Gamesa has now crossed 1000MW of installed capacity in India.

Source: Times of India

Counterproductive decision on natural gas price in India

Rangarajan panel was appointed by Government of India to recommend appropriate policies for determining the price of natural gas in India. Subsequent to the submission of recommendation, Government of India issued notification accepting the recommendation of Rangarajan panel and for implementing it from 1st April 2014.

However, the Election Commission differed the implementation until the completion of parliamentary election.

Source: Sri Lanka Guardian

New JV Targets Indian Waste to Energy & Recycling Potential

A new joint venture to develop waste to energy, recycling and landfill restoration solutions has been formed in India.

Mailhem Ikos Environment Private Limited, is a 50:50 joint venture  between Indian waste management and renewable energy company Mailhem Engineers  and Lhotellier Ikos, a French-based firm specialising in infrastructure and renewable energy as well as in water management and treatment.

Source: Waste Management World

Department of Telecommunication plans subsidies, grants and overseas

The telecom department plans to facilitate a mix of subsidies, grants and overseas borrowings through multilateral agencies to help cash-strapped telcos invest in green energy technologies mandated by the government It is likely to push for a slew of financing options by leveraging the infrastructure status available to tower operators, says a telecom department (DoT) note.

Source: Economic Times

Urban Renewal Mission: Only half the projects completed

Whether it is Shimla's multi-level interstate bus terminus or a pipe-bursting technology for replacing sewers without having to dig up the walled city of Jaipur, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has left an impression across cities.

Source: Business Standard

Google pips Facebook to acquire solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace

 Looks like Facebook’s plans to get Internet-delivering drones on board has come up against a slight obstacle: Google.

Google has beaten the world’s largest social network to purchase solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace as the search giant ramps up plans to deliver wireless Internet access to remote parts of the world. Facebook was also reportedly in talks with the company, but Google has pipped it to the finish line.

Source: Tech First Post

Greater Noida to build waste-to-energy plant

 The Greater Noida Authority is planning to built a waste-to-energy plant — the district’s first solid waste management plant — in the Sector-123 area of Greater Noida.

Every day, the district produces over 300 tonnes of municipal waste. But in the absence of an efficient waste management system or a designated landfill, the disposal of this waste has been a major problem for Noida Authority and Greater Noida Authority.

Source: Indian Express

Solar-powered Internet access set to broaden reach of web

 Internet access fuelled by solar power could soon be a reality.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have developed technology that enables solar panels to detect broadband signals, allowing data to be transmitted on the world wide web using daylight.

In addition, solar energy can be used to power such a device, as well as detect and carry data.

The two technologies combined could enable self-sufficient wireless communications in remote areas, in developing regions with no web infrastructure, or in emergency situations.

Source: The Economic Times