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No sops if Chinese solar panel used, says government

The government subsidy will not be extended to solar plants if they use Chinese panels. The government will give the subsidy to solar plants which use Indian-made solar panels. To encourage solar power, the Central government is extending several incentives, including 30 per cent subsidy, for solar roof top plants. 

With the growing demand in India, the Chinese solar companies are flooded in the Indian... Read more..

Source: Deccan Chronicle

Tata Power Renewable Energy commissions 30 MW solar plant in Maharashtra

Private power generator Tata Power’s wholly-owned subsidiary Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd (TPREL) today announced it has commissioned a 30 Megawatt (Mw) solar power plant at Satara in Maharashtra.

“The plant will produce over 62 million kilowatt hour (KWH) annually of solar power, covering the annual energy needs of over 14,000 Indian households,” the company said in a statement. The 30 MW solar plant... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Danfoss, partners to set up district cooling pilot project in India

Danfoss’ Indian arm, Danfoss Industries, United Nations Initiative on Sustainable Energy for All and a bunch of partner companies, has planned a district cooling pilot project in India.

Thane, Bhopal, Coimbatore, Bhubaneswar, Pune and Rajkot has been shortlisted and a pilot project would be set up in one of the cities that would be finalised after a few days.

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Source: ET Energyworld

India’s hydro giant plans another 150MW of solar with SECI

Indian state-run power firm National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) plans to build another 150MW of solar projects in partnership with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

NHPC chairman and managing director Balraj Joshi was speaking to Indian power minister R.K. Singh at a consultative committee for the power ministry and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

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Source: PV Tech

U.S. trade panel recommends varying solar panel import restrictions

Members of the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday made three different recommendations for restricting solar cell and panel imports on Tuesday, giving President Donald Trump a range of choices to address injury to domestic producers.

The recommendations range from an immediate 35 percent tariff on all imported panels to a four-year quota system that allows the import of up to 8.9 gigawatts of... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India records highest peak power deficit in 16 months

Higher electricity demand coupled with supply constraints led to India recording a peak time power deficit of 2 per cent in September – highest since April 2016 when the gap between demand and supply stood at 2.1 per cent – according to research and ratings agency India Ratings.

During the month, power generation, excluding from renewable sources, increased 4.5 per cent to 102 Billion Units (BUs). The... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

New policy of solar pumps being formulated

The government is in the process of formulating a new scheme for solar pumps to promote standalone solar off-grid pumps with an objective of replacing existing diesel pump sets.

According to an official statement after the meeting of Consultative Committee attached to Ministries of Power and New and Renewable Energy in Guwahati, a new Scheme for solarisation of grid connected solar pumps is also being... Read more..

Source: Business Line

India must encourage hydro power projects development: R K Singh

Power and renewable energy minister R K Singh today said India must encourage development of hydro power projects as they help in providing inexpensive power in the long-term and are ideal for meeting peaking load demand.

Singh was speaking at the meeting of the Consultative Committee attached to his ministries in Guwahati. The meeting reviewed the functioning of state-run NHPC Ltd and implementation of the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: hydropower, power sector

IIT Kharagpur-Arka Renewable College plan solar e-charging station on commercial scale

IIT Kharagpur and Arka Renewables Energy College have submitted a plan to the Department of Science and Technology for setting up solar e-vehicles charging station on a commercial scale in the state.

The project will be the first one in the country on this scale, Arka Renewable Energy College chief S P Gonchaudhuri said on the sidelines of an interactive session with BNCCI.

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Source: Business Line

IIT Kharagpur-Arka Renewable College plan solar e-charging station on commercial scale

IIT Kharagpur and Arka Renewables Energy College have submitted a plan to the Department of Science and Technology for setting up solar e-vehicles charging station on a commercial scale in the state.

The project will be the first one in the country on this scale, Arka Renewable Energy College chief S P Gonchaudhuri said on the sidelines of an interactive session with BNCCI.

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Source: Business Line

High GST rate on batteries to hit government's e-vehicle drive

High tax on batteries used in electric vehicles under the goods and services tax regime may prove a major roadblock to the government’s drive to push e-vehicles, industry insiders say.

Under the new indirect tax regime, while electric vehicles sold with batteries are charged 12% GST, batteries sold without vehicles are taxed 28%.

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Source: ET Energyworld

SBI sanctions credit facilities worth Rs 2,317 crore for rooftop solar projects

State Bank of India (SBI), the country's largest commercial bank, announced today the sanction of credit facilities amounting to Rs 2,317 crore with aggregate capacity of 575 MW to corporates towards financing Grid Connected Rooftop Solar projects under the SBI - World Bank (WB) Programme.

In a conference organised by SBI on Grid Connected Rooftop Solar projects for large corporates of the Bank, the sanction... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Karnataka overrules order to reduce discom tariff

In an unprecedented step, the Karnataka government has overruled a regulatory order that had reduced the tariff the state discom would pay for wind energy projects for which power purchase agreements were signed before this fiscal year. 

The state has invoked special provisions under Section 108 of the Electricity Act to veto the decision of the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) -- largely... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Lightsource enters Indian solar partnership with UK Climate Investments

UK-based developer Lightsource Renewable Energy and UK Climate Investments (UKCI), part of the Green Investment Group within Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, have entered into a partnership for the development, acquisition and ownership of utility-scale solar assets in India.

Lightsource is already working with Macquarie in the UK, acquiring up to 1GW of solar via a new entity named Kingfisher. Now... Read more..

Source: PV-Tech

Big Oil's $1 billion fund backs new cement, engine technologies

A $1 billion fund created by top energy companies to curb climate change will back technologies being developed by U.S. cement maker Solidia Technologies and engine maker Achates Power, it said on Friday.

The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) was set up last year and includes Saudi Aramco (IPO-ARMO.SE) and Royal Dutch Shell.

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Source: Reuters

CO2 levels grew at record pace in 2016: UN

The amount of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere grew at record rate in 2016 to a level not seen for millions of years, potentially fuelling a 20-metre rise in sea levels and adding 3 degrees to temperatures, the United Nations said on Monday.

Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main man-made greehouse gas, hit 403.3 parts per million (ppm), up from 400.0 in 2015, the UN World... Read more..

Source: Business Line

IFC-led consortium finalises ‘largest private sector financing package’ for solar in MENA region

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has finalised a US$653 million debt package for 13 solar projects at the Benban Solar Park, near Aswan in Egypt.

The 13 plants will have a combined capacity of 752MW.

There have been a number of announcements regarding financing of the various PV projects at... Read more..

Source: PV- Tech

India, Italy sign six agreements; to boost cooperation in railways, energy sectors

India and Italy today inked six pacts to boost cooperation in key sectors, including energy and trade, after detailed talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni on ways to strengthen ties and countering terrorism. 

They also called on all countries to work towards rooting out terrorist safe havens, their infrastructure and networks and halting cross-border movement... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

3D printing enables new solar power receivers to better absorb sunlight

Engineers at Sandia National Laboratories have designed new fractal-like, concentrating solar power receivers that are up to 20 per cent more effective at absorbing sunlight than current technology.

Although most concentrating solar power facilities in the world are large, Sandia engineer Cliff Ho says the team designed the solar power receivers for small- to medium-scale use because India is interested in... Read more..

Source: Design Engineering

Centre turns to ‘sewage-eating’ microbes to treat Ganga water at 54 new sites

As urgency grows to show results for its Clean Ganga mission, the Centre is turning to bacterial bioremediation techniques to cut down the time lag in commissioning of sewage treatment plants (STP). 

While STPs typically take two to three years to come up, large-scale application of bioremediation using 'sewage-eating microbes' quickens the process of improvement in the quality of river water, though only to... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: Ganga clean-up, pollution

76% of LED bulb brands in India flout consumer safety standards

Amid the on-going push by the government to distribute LED bulbs to the citizens at a subsidised rate, over 70 percent of the LED brands of bulb and downlights have been flouting consumer safety standards, according to a study conducted by Nielsen.

On an average, 76 percent of LED bulb brands and 71 percent of LED downlighter brands across 200 electrical retail outlets were found to be non-compliant with the... Read more..

Source: Money Control
Subject Tags: LED bulbs, study

PEER rating soon for green buildings in India

The US-based Green Building Council Inc (GBCI) will launch PEER, a system that evaluates power system performance in a building, in India by next year. The council is currently running the pilot here.

Gopalakrishnan P, Managing Director – APAC and West Asia markets, GBCI, told BusinessLine that Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER), which assesses the quality and resilience of power and energy... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Chile's mining firm Antofagasta moves to renewable energy -CEO

Chilean mining company Antofagasta is renegotiating its long-term energy contracts in a shift toward renewables as prices for wind and solar plummet in the world's top copper producer, the company's chief executive told Reuters.

In an interview marking the start of the London Metal Exchange Week, an annual event for the mining and metals industry, Ivan Arriagada said some of Antofagasta's energy contracts... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Green court raps AAP govt over Ghazipur landfill site

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday came down heavily on the Delhi government for not taking immediate and appropriate steps to take preventive measures to stop fires at the Ghazipur landfill site.

A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar said: “What are the steps that you have taken to ensure that there are no further fires at the landfill site and what has been done to reduce its height... Read more..

Source: The Hindu
Subject Tags: NGT, waste management

Niti Aayog to finalise National Energy Policy soon

Government think-tank Niti Aayog will soon finalise the National Energy Policy (NEP) and take it to the Union Cabinet, a top official said.

The Aayog had released the draft National Energy Policy in June this year.

"We will finalise the National Energy Policy in the next 10 days and will send it to the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld