Sustainability Outlook Headlines

Ather Energy to Begin Test Drives for Its Smart Scooter in India

India's first premium electric smart scooter will soon be available for test drives by October or November this year, as the Bengaluru-based automotive startup Ather Energy gears up for the launch of its first scooter in 2016.

Ather Energy's first scooter, the S340, has received thousands of enquiries on its website, and will offer a test drive to potential customers starting with Bengaluru, followed by Chennai and Delhi. Co-founder Tarun Mehta said that the scooter will be priced under Rs. 1,00,000, with a formal price announcement likely three months from now.

Source: NDTV Gadgets

IIM-A’s incubator to launch water accelerator programme

With a view to kick-starting the ecosystem for water innovation and technology in India, IIM-Ahmedabad’s technology business incubator — Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) — will launch the country’s first water accelerator in partnership with global organisations.

Partners in the initiative include Asian Development Bank, Rohini Nilekani’s Arghyam Foundation, Luminous Water Technologies’ Livpure, the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program, and other purification solution providers.

Source: BusinessLine

Swedish firm’s electric 3-wheeler Zbee set to hit Indian roads

Clean Motion, the Swedish electric vehicle maker, is all set to launch its much awaited Zbee, an electric three-wheeler auto rickshaw service, in the country before the Independence Day.

While the company has got the European certification to play the vehicle, it is awaiting safety certification from the automotive research association of India (ARAI), India's premier automotive R&D, testing and certification body.

Source: Financial Chronicle

IKEA plans green stores in India

Swedish multinational and world’s leading home furnishing retailer IKEA announced it is investing one billion dollars globally to reduce carbon pollution. IKEA is yet to finalize the locations of its stores in India — it is in various stages of finalizing locations in Telengana, Haryana, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

Source: Sustainability Next

GMR Hyderabad airport bags Golden Peacock award

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd has been declared as the winner of ‘Golden Peacock Environment Management Award (GPEMA)’ for the year 2015 for achievements in the field of environment management at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment & Forests and Climate Change, presented this award to Manish Sinha, Chief Operating Officer, GHIAL, during the ‘17th World Congress on Environment Management' organised at Delhi.

Source: Business Standard

India may be hotter by 8 degrees, lose $200bn per year: Study

Global warming is at a much faster pace than estimated. The visible impact would be temperature crossing 50-degree mark by the turn of the century and water stress in the northern part of India, a new global study released on Monday in London and Mumbai said.

Source: Hindustan Times

India set to launch 2.8 GW solar tender

MD of state-run SECI announces imminent round for five states. Government plans to tender in dollars are missing the point, says consultancy.

The head of India's state-owned Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) this week reportedly announced the imminent arrival of a INR21 billion ($331 million), 2.8 GW solar tender across five states.

Source: pv magazine

HomeBioGas turns organic waste into energy

Cooking food with solid fuels such as wood, charcoal and coal is still very common in developing countries and communities that don’t have easy access to microwave ovens and electric burners like we do. And although it is a more natural option, according to the World Health Organization, up to 4.3 million women and children die each year by the direct and indirect effects of using such solid fuels.

Source: Interesting Engineering

BHEL commissions 10 MW solar power plant in Karnataka

State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited has commissioned a 10 MW solar plant for Karnataka Power Corporation Limited in that state.

Significantly, this is also the largest solar power plant commissioned for KPCL till date in Karnataka, BHELBSE 1.48 % said in a statement.

The 10 MW Grid connected Solar PV plant near Shivanasamudram is the 3rd MW scale PV project commissioned by BHEL for KPCL and the second at the same location.

Source: The Economic Times

Su-Kam to set up solar power plants in Punjab, Haryana

Su-Kam Power Systems is set to become a major solar power generator in the region. The company will generate 15 MW of solar power in different projects to be set up in Punjab and Haryana.

Besides the two states and Chandigarh, Su-Kam is also looking at expanding its solar power business internationally, especially in African countries. It plans to give a boost to its export of solar panels in the African market.

Source: The Tribune

PGVCL to install 1,500 solar power pumps by the end of this financial year

State-run power distribution company Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Ltd (PGVCL) has set a target of installing 1,500 solar-powered irrigation pumping systems in Saurashtra and Kutch region before end of this financial year.

This has been done to reduce pendency of application for three-phase electricity connections for agriculture in Saurashtra and Kutch. Solar pumps will be given to farmers at subsidized rates.

Last fiscal, PGVCL had installed 1,453 units while in this financial year it plans to install 1,500 units in the regions.

Source: The Times of India

Chhattisgarh to set up 270 solar shops in all districts

State government officials said under the scheme 'Sour Mitra Akshay Urja Yoajan,' 10 shops will be set up in each district of the state through Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA).

CREDA officials said solar home lights, solar street lights, solar TV's, fans, panels, LED bulbs solar desk light solar study lamps and lantern with guarantee of five years will be available for customers.

They said that the shops will have products certified by CREDA.

Source: Business Standard

New SUDA building to be completely green building

The new Surat Urban Development Authority (SUDA) building would be a green building . This proposed building would be stats first government green building.

The stone laying ceremony of this building would take place during Chief Minister Anandi Patel's upcoming visit to the city which is tentatively scheduled for July 18-19.

Source: The Times of India

Canadian JV Sarus plans 500 MW solar park in Maharashtra

Sarus Solar, a joint venture of three Canadian firms is planning to invest around Rs 6,500 crore to set up a 500 MW solar photo-voltaic farm in Maharashtra.

Sarus Solar, a consortium of PV manufacturer Canadian Solar, EPC firm Guycan Solar and investment firm Mackie Research Capital Corporation, will set up the park in Shahpur in Thane district of the state.

"The Canadian firm saw huge potential in the solar sector in India especially after the government announced its target of 100 GW capacity by 2020.

Source: Business Standard

Boeing Developing Sustainable Aviation Fuels For 2020 Olympics in Japan

Boeing and Japanese aviation industry stakeholders have partnered to develop sustainable aviation biofuel for flights during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, when millions of people are expected to visit Japan.

Source: Sustainable Brands

India & USA Launch Promoting Energy Access Through Clean Energy (PEACE)

India and the United States of America has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation to Establish the PACESetter Fund - A fund to support the Promoting Energy Access Through Clean Energy (PEACE) track of the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE) to accelerate the commercialization of off-grid clean energy through early-stage grant funding grants to develop and test innovative products, systems, and business models.


Maharashtra plans policy to make 'green' buildings compulsory

Realising the growing insufficiency of natural resources and the additional burden on urban public utilities, the state government is mulling on making ‘green’ buildings compulsory in cities.

If the policy is put in place, it will be mandatory for builders to incorporate facilities such as rainwater harvesting, solid waste management and compost manure plants, solar energy and sewage recycling units in their upcoming residential or commercial complexes.

Source: mid-day

Solar power to get cheaper in Gujarat

With cost of setting up solar power projects coming down, the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has proposed to reduce the solar power tariff for new plants coming up in the state.

For the first time, the electricity regulator will be introducing the reverse bidding system for sale of solar power in the state. Under this system GERC will fix the upper limit to be charged per unit of solar power. The power producers who seek to enter into power purchase agreement (PPA) with the state power distribution companies will bid for the lowest rate of power.

Source: The Times of India

India's wind power capacity to double by 2020: Crisil

India's wind power sector is likely to attract investments of more than Rs 1 lakh crore over next five years as the installed capacity is expected to double by 2020 on the back of government's initiatives making the sector profitable and sustainable, Crisil said.

According to the rating agency , wind power capacity is expected to double by 2020 from over 23,000 MW currently, with an addition of 4,000 MW per annum in the next five years.

Source: Business Standard

Maharashtra plans tax sops for green buildings

The Maharashtra government is planning to give tax sops to developers to incentivize construction of green buildings in both residential and commercial spaces.

The plan is to give 3-7% rebate on property tax for such buildings across municipal corporations and councils though the government is yet to define what exactly would make for a green or eco-friendly building.

Source: livemint

Mansa gets two solar power projects

Two solar power projects were inaugurated here today by Punjab New and Renewable Energy Minister Bikram Singh Majithia.

With 64 MW installed capacity of solar power, the district has emerged as the torch bearer for solar energy platform in Punjab, he said on the occasion.

The two projects of 2.10 MW and 1 MW were set up by M/s Alianz Eco Power Limited and M/s Nextgen Solux Power Private Limited with investments of Rs 15.50 crore and Rs 8.00 crore respectively.

Source: Business Standard

CREDA launches solar appliances outlets in rural Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) is opening retail outlets for solar energy-based appliances in rural areas of the state.

The Pioneer has reported quoting government officials that the scheme named ‘Saur Mitra Akshay Urja’ was to be implemented through 10 outlets in each district.

The outlets are to sell CREDA-approved appliances, including solar lamps, fans and televisions that will be covered by five-year guarantee.

Source: Greentech Lead

Indian climate technology benefitted GDP by Rs 1.34 lakh crore

Systems developed by Indian scientists to forecast weather, tsunamis and cyclones benefitted the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by nearly Rs.134,000 crore, union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday.

India has provided tsunami and cyclone warning systems to around 24 countries, which were reaping benefits of technology indigenously developed by Indian scientists, the minister said during the inaugural session of the 12th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Science held in Panaji on Sunday.

Source: Greentech Lead

Cheaper loans for RE projects

The Renewable Energy Act, which is still in the process, might mandate 50 per cent of the balance in National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) to fund renewable energy projects. This was said by GM Pillai, a member of a six-member sub-committee that drafted the law and is also Director-General of the World Institute of Sustainable Energy.

Source: Energy Next

REC amends lending norms for renewable projects

To suit wind and solar projects, lending norms were tweaked by the government-owned power sector financier, Rural Electrification Corporation (REC). Company’s Executive Director, Ashok Awasthi, said that the guidelines have been significantly changed for lending to the renewable energy sector.

Source: Energy Next