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PM calls on BRICS to work closely with international solar alliance

Asserting that affordable and sustainable access to energy is crucial for the growth of the BRICS nations, Prime Minister Narendra today called on the member countries to work closely with the International Solar Alliance to strengthen the solar energy agenda.

In his intervention at the plenary session of the 9th BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Modi noted that climate resilient development calls upon the nations to utilise all available resource streams.

"Renewable energy is particularly important on multiple counts. BRICS countries can work closely with International Solar Alliance... Read more..

Source: ET EnergyWorld

Tata Power distribution firm rolls out mega smart metering drive for consumers

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL), the Tata Power subsidiary that distributes power in Delhi, today launched a mega drive to rollout smart metering services for its consumers. The firm is rolling out 250,000 smart meters in the first phase of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project.

“The project will help TPDDL provide greater service options and accurate information to customers on energy consumption patterns, helping them manage electricity usage more efficiently and improve overall reliability by reducing outage time. The project will also help in enhanced... Read more..

Source: ET EnergyWorld

Gadkari to set up task force for speedy implementation of Ganga cleaning projects

Union transport, highways and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari, who assumed additional charge of water resources ministry on Monday, announced that he would soon set up a task force for "speedy" implementation of all ongoing programmes including the Ganga rejuvenation projects. 

The inter-ministerial task force, comprising of representatives from ministries like drinking water and sanitation, rural development & panchayati raj and urban development, would specify a definite timeline by which these projects would be completed. 

After taking charge of the ministry, Gadkari... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Swiss President calls for “deeper cooperation” with India on “clean energy, climate change and sustainable development”

H.E. President of the Swiss Confederation Mrs. Doris Leuthard inspired the young minds of India to have a vision of greener future driven by renewable energy and energy efficiency.

On the occasion of the State Visit of Swiss President H.E. Mrs. Doris Leuthard in India and to celebrate the “70 Years of Swiss-Indian Friendship” initiative, an interactive Town Hall on “Energy Policy and Climate Change” with the youth of India was held. The Town Hall was organized by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in partnership with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).... Read more..

Source: ExpressNews Asia

Auto companies like Hyundai, Tata Motors, advance plans to make electric cars in India

Signalling a major change in stance, carmakers are advancing plans to make electric cars in India by giving them preference over hybrid versions. Automakers such as Hyundai, Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra are leading the race to roll out electric cars soon.

Hyundai Motor, South Korea’s largest carmaker, is considering the assembly of electric vehicles in India as early as 2019 and has dropped hybrid car plans for the market.

Tata Motors is readying an electric version of its Tiago, which is expected to be showcased in the upcoming Auto Expo. That’s not all. Its... Read more..

Source: ET EnergyWorld

Polavaram project: NGT directs MoEF, Andhra Pradesh government to examine waste dumping

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Environment Ministry and the Andhra Pradesh government to examine a plea claiming that huge amounts of waste was being dumped in agricultural lands near the Polavaram project.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed them to look into the entire issue raised in the petition filed by economist, Pentapati Pullarao, and pass appropriate orders.

“The chief secretary of the State and representative of the Ministry of Environment and Foresta are desired to take proper appreciation to the controversy. They will... Read more..

Source: Business Line
Subject Tags: NGT, waste, waste management

Ghazipur landfill collapse: NGT issues notices to civic body, state and DDA

Days after a huge portion of the 50-metre-high Ghazipur landfill collapsed, killing two persons, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday issued showcause notices to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

Stating that there could be nothing more humiliating than people being killed under a"garbage hill", the green tribunal asked the agencies to explain why punitive action should not be not taken against them. It also asked all the municipal corporations to submit an action plan, citing... Read more..

Source: Daily News and Analysis

Cabinet reshuffle: Nitin Gadkari given additional charge of water resources ministry to expedite Clean Ganga Mission

India on Thursday reminded rich nations of their pre-2020 climate goals with business leaders and ministers from different countries assembling here to discuss how private businesses can work together with governments to achieve the goal under Paris Agreement beyond 2020. 

India's consistent stand on the issue was articulated by environment minister Harsh Vardhan who said though India was fully committed to its climate actions under the Paris deal, it was "critical and necessary that equal focus is given to pre-2020 actions by developed countries" under Kyoto Protocol. 

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Source: The Economic Times

Fulfil climate vows: Harsh Vardhan to rich nations

India on Thursday reminded rich nations of their pre-2020 climate goals with business leaders and ministers from different countries assembling here to discuss how private businesses can work together with governments to achieve the goal under Paris Agreement beyond 2020. 

India's consistent stand on the issue was articulated by environment minister Harsh Vardhan who said though India was fully committed to its climate actions under the Paris deal, it was "critical and necessary that equal focus is given to pre-2020 actions by developed countries" under Kyoto Protocol. 

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Source: The Economic Times

State Bank of India planning $3 bn green bonds

India’s largest lender plans to raise up to $3 billion in the country’s biggest overseas green-bond issue, tapping the likes of BlackRock, International Finance Corp and JPMorgan-backed entities for funding projects that will help achieve the government’s commitments toward sustainable growth. 

“State Bank of India has internally approved the mega fund-raising plan and also obtained the approval from a global adjudicating authority on green bonds,” an executive close to the initiative told ET. 

The Mumbai-based, government-owned lender is in the process of appointing... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Rooftop solar energy firm Amplus Energy Solutions in talks to raise up to $100 million

Rooftop solar energy company Amplus Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd is in talks to raise as much as $100 million, said two people aware of the development.

“The company has been in talks with investors, both financial and strategic to raise around $50-100 million, which will help the company grow beyond its current portfolio of under 100 megawatts (MW) of distributed generation assets,” one of the two people cited above said on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to talk to reporters.

Amplus was infrastructure fund I Squared Capital’s first bet in India. The fund... Read more..

Source: livemint

Finance Ministry approves four FDI proposals including that of AMP Solar India

The finance ministry today said it has cleared four proposals, including that of AMP Solar India, entailing foreign direct investment of Rs 503.40 crore in the last two months.

"During the period July 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017, the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) has disposed of six FDI proposals aggregating to foreign investment of Rs 503.40 crore," the finance ministry said in a statement.

AMP Solar India Pvt Ltd alone will bring investment of Rs 500 crore.

Besides, proposals of Aditya Birla Capital Ltd, Firstspace Development Management Pvt Ltd were also... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Solar power generation plant under trial at Kolkata airport

A Rs 88-crore solar power generation plant that is under trial at Kolkata airport is set to propel it ahead of its peers in the country . Once it connects to the CESC grid, it will be the largest source of alternative energy in Kolkata.

Speaking to TOI, Kolkata airport director Atul Dikshit said the solar-harvesting facility was undergoing tests before pushing power into the CESC grid. Altogether, 45,454 solar panels, each of 330W capacity, have been installed across 65 acres to the east of the primary runway . The plant has a peak generation capacity of 15MW solar power. It is... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

China's mono-crystalline solar cells and modules firm to begin construction of Indian plant

China's mono-crystalline solar cells and modules Longi Green Energy Technology will start building its Rs 1,500 crore Indian plant by the end of this year, said a senior official of its Indian subsidiary Lerri Solar Technology India. 

"We are planning to begin construction of the Indian plant by this December. It will take around one-and-a-half years to start commercial production," said Rahul Kapil, Vice President-Operations and Director. 

According to him the total investment planned in India is around Rs 1,500 crore and the plant will employ around 1,000 persons. 

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Source: ET Energyworld

Scientists develop new device can turn heat energy to fuel

Scientists have developed a device that could turn the heat generated by electronics into a usable fuel source, an advance that may help save energy.

The device is a multicomponent, multi layered composite material called a van der Waals Schottky diode, said researchers at Washington State University (WSU) in the US.

It converts heat into electricity up to three times more efficiently than silicon - a semiconductor material widely used in the electronics industry, they said.

"The ability of our diode to convert heat into electricity is very large compared to other bulk... Read more..

Source: India Today
Subject Tags: innovation, Research

Stanford Researchers Mimic Structure Of Insects Eyes To Make Perovskite Solar Cells More Durable

The single most important factor driving the installation of more solar panels worldwide is cost. As solar panels get cheaper, the decision to build solar power plants instead of  conventional coal, natural gas, or nuclear power plants gets easier.

Perovskites — a class of materials whose structure is similar to that of table salt — are cheaper to manufacture than conventional solar cells made from silicon. That’s the good news. The bad news is that they are not as efficient at turning sunlight into electricity as silicon solar cells are and they are far less durable. Time is a... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica

India ready to fully finance carbon capture technology: Piyush Goyal

Minister of State (MoS) for Power and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal on Thursday said India is ready to fully finance carbon capture technology.

Addressing a plenary session on 'Milestones to 2020, and Beyond under the Paris Agreement' at the '3rd Business and Climate Summit 2017', Goyal said, "People's participation, holistic approach to sustainable lifestyle, better allocation of resources and engagement amongst nations are imperative for climate change reduction. India is willingly and voluntarily working towards reducing carbon footprints in the country."

He added that the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Climate Change: India working up blueprint to implement NDCs

Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan today said India is developing a blueprint for implementing its Nationally Determined Contributions on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are working on developing a roadmap for implementation of our NDCs(Nationally Determined Contributions) and have constituted an implementation committee and six thematic sub-committees involving key ministries and departments,” the minister said.

He was speaking at Business and Climate Summit organised by Ficci here.

He said one of the key features of Paris Agreement is Nationally... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

Hydro generation grew 2.14 per cent in July as reservoir storage levels dip to 51 per cent

India’s hydro power generation grew 2.14 per cent to 15.41 Billion Units (BU) in the month of July as compared to 15.08 BUs in the corresponding month last year, fresh data from Central Electricity Authority (CEA) shows. Hydro generation saw a growth of only 1.73 per cent in July 2016 as compared with the growth of 8.2 per cent in July 2015.

According to Central Water Commission (CWC) data, the current live storage of the country’s 91 reservoirs for the week ended 24 August stood at 79.925 billion cubic metre (BCM), 51 per cent of the total storage capacity. This compares with last... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India issues new specifications for solar power modules

India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an order for new set of standard specifications for solar Photo-Voltaic (PV) modules which will come into force after one year from the date of their notification on Wednesday.

”This Order may be called the Solar Photovoltaics, Systems, Devices and Components Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2017. It shall come into force on the expiry of one year from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette,” the ministry's notification said.

As per the order, under the Bureau of Indian... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

ABB India wins order to install solar inverters at 750 railway stations

ABB India, the local arm of the Swedish-Swiss engineering giant ABB, today announced it will provide solar inverters to 750 railway stations in north India to reduce dependence on traditional sources of energy. The stations are located in the busy northern Indian part of the network, one of the most used railway corridors in the world. 

"ABB solar inverters for this project vary between 5kW to 50kW in performance depending on the size of the station. They will be part of the solar installations being set up by Azure Power," the company said in a statement.

Indian Railways... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

NEXTracker to set up manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu

The US-headquartered solar tracker manufacturer NEXTracker, having manufacturing facilities in the US, Europe, South and Central America as well as China, is set to add India to the list of its manufacturing sites.

“We have delivered some large equipment that right now is going through commissioning and we will commence high-value manufacturing in the coming quarter,” Dan Shugar, NEXTracker CEO, told BusinessLine.

Local partnerships
Earlier this year, the company partnered with APL Apollo Tubes Ltd and several other local steel fabricators in order to... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

India bars states from independently exiting, modifying solar projects

India has barred state authorities from unilaterally cancelling or modifying solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) after six state governments in last two months pushed developers to lower tariffs, threatening to derail projects worth $7.5 billion.

Narendra Modi's government aims to raise solar power generation capacity nearly 30 times to 100 gigawatts (GW) by 2022. The capacity has already more than tripled in three years to more than 12 GW.

The government said it will impose a minimum penalty of 50 percent of the tariff if the purchase agreement is arbitrarily scrapped by... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: indstry news, solar PPA, tariffs

UK-based firms to invest Rs.1,500 cr in waste-to-energy projects in South

GJ Nature Care & Energy (GJNCE) and GJ Eco Power (GJEP), two UK-based firms, are planning to invest close to ₹1,500 crore over a period of five years in waste-to-energy projects across South Indian cities.

GJNCE has won a global bid for a waste-to-energy project in Kochi under DBFOT (Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer) at an estimated outlay of ₹300 crore.

While GJEP would be responsible for capital investments and technology, the state government and Kochi Corporation would supply municipal solid waste and buy back the power generated at the plant, Giby George... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Inox Wind bags 100 Megawatt project from Adani Green Energy

Wind turbine maker Inox Wind today said it had bagged an order from Adani Green Energy to develop a 100 MW wind power project in Gujarat.

"The company has closed a deal for developing a 100 MW wind power project for Adani Green Energy, a part of the Adani group at Kutch in Gujarat," Inox Wind said in a regulatory filing.

"The capacity was won under the round 1 of SECI bids for wind power projects connected on the central grid. The project is scheduled to be executed over the next 6-9 months and will be executed on a turnkey basis".

Inox Wind said as part of the order... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times