Biggest Power Producer Warns Coal Stocks Running Out

Six of India's coal-fired power plants do not have enough stocks to weather even a "small" disruption in supplies, with fuel reserves sufficient for only up to two days, the country's largest power producer has warned.

State-run NTPC has asked the power ministry to ensure more coal is sent to the six plants - which have a combined capacity of 16,840 megawatts or 15 per cent of India's total energy capacity from coal-fired plants - particularly as the incoming monsoon rains could disrupt supply deliveries.

Source: NDTV Profit

Startup ties up with ragpickers to use waste for running green 3D printer

Narendra Modi may have never heard of Sidhant Pai, but if the young MIT graduate's plans remain on track then the 21-year-old may unwittingly become an ally in the Indian prime minister's push to clean up Indian cities. In the run up to the general election, Modi had made making Indian cities world-class one of his key poll promises. Along with impressive skyscrapers and airports, cleanliness is a common factor of all great cities. 

Source: Economic Times

Tata Power Solar partners Bajaj Finance for selling products

Tata Power Solar has partnered with Bajaj Finance to provide interest-free loan options for solar products of about Rs 2.5 lakh to consumers.

"This national financing tie-up will help make solar much more attractive and an affordable alternative to conventional power sources," Tata Power Solar said in a statement.

The interest-free EMI option will be applicable to all Tata Power Solar products across various categories, including solar lighting products, solar water heaters and power packs systems.

Source: Business Standard

Chronic under-utilization in Indian PV manufacturing, study finds

 India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has released figures that show only 297 MW of the country’s 1.38 GW solar cell production capacity is currently under operation. The situation is only slightly better for the solar module sector.

India’s domestic solar cell production industry is running at little over 20 per cent capacity, according to figures published this week by the country’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

Source: Sustainability Outlook

India to Irrigate 35 Million Hectares, Generate 34,000 MW Power via River Linking

The Union government has estimated an additional irrigation of 35 million hectares of land and generate 34,000 mega watts of hydro power, through inter-linking of rivers, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti stated.

The central government's National Water Development Agency (NWDA) has identified 30 inter-state river links under the National Perspective Plan (NPP).

Source: IB Times

Suzlon to invest up to $50 million in Brazil wind facility

Suzlon Energy Ltd., India’s top wind-turbine supplier, will invest as much as $50 million in a manufacturing plant in Brazil, its first in Latin America. The plant, expected to be open in about 18 months, will have initial capacity of 400 megawatts (MW) a year, chairman Tulsi Tanti said in an interview on Wednesday. Brazilian banks will finance 75% of the project with the rest funded by equity. “Now we have the new generation turbines and the Brazilian market has increased,” Tanti said.

Source: Live Mint

Value Labs installs 13 MW of solar power

In perhaps the first venture of its kind in the Indian domestic IT sector, Value Labs has installed and commissioned 13 MW of solar power to emerge self-reliant in its power demands.The Hyderabad-based, IT product development, services and consulting company has invested close to Rs 100 crore in this initiative. It has established solar power plants in two locations. The first is a 8 MW unit in Mahbubnagar district of Telangana State. The second is in Kadiri in Anantapur district, now in Andhra Pradesh.

Source: The Hindu

Delhi power tariff hiked by 8.32%

Delhiites will have to pay more for their electricity consumption as the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) Thursday hiked the power tariff.

The DERC has approved a tariff hike of 8.32% for the three electricity distribution utilities — BSES Rajdhani Power Limited, BSES Yamuna Power Limited and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited. 

The consumers will have to pay Rs 4 per unit for consuming power up to 200 units, instead of the earlier Rs 3.90 per unit, said DERC chairman PD Sudhakar. 

Source: Times of India

Mayor Sole to lead fight for JNNURM funds

Mayor Anil Sole, who is also president of All India Council of Mayors, has decided to lead initiative for getting funds sanctioned for ongoing projects approved under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The central government had announced it would stop sanctioning funds for ongoing projects due to delay in completing projects by the civic bodies.

Source: Times of India

Ministry planning integrated policy to cover all parts of renewable energy

The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) is in the process of building a policy that would integrate and cover all parts of the renewable energy sector. This policy would guide the states on issues of inter-state character, Alok Srivastava, joint secretary, MNRE, said on Thursday. 

Source: Times of India