Sustainability Outlook Headlines

Madhya Pradesh plans to adopt net metering

The central Indian state Madhya Pradesh is planning to go for net metering in its bid to promote rooftop solar projects.

Currently Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Uttarakhand are the Indian states that have implemented the system.

Net metering allows smart integration of clean energy produced — particularly by rooftop systems — with the power grid.

Source: Greentech Lead

Moving directly from BS IV to BS VI fuel emission standard ‘not feasible’: Vijay Chibber

Switching to BS VI emission norms directly from BS IV is not feasible, Vijay Chibber, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, has said. Chibber said the Ministry’s internal consultations with experts have revealed that technological issues make leapfrogging BS V norms difficult.

Implementation difficult

Source: BusinessLine

AP, Telangana water levels plunge

The South West monsoon thus far has resulted in poor rains leaving most major reservoirs in a precarious situation in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana causing serious concerns in both States, needing contingency plans.

Both the States, who normally depend on monsoons to recharge ground water, fill up reservoirs, and use the water for hydel power generation, are keeping their fingers crossed over the much delayed rains.

Source: BusinessLine

NTPC to build 1.5 gigawatt solar park at Kadapa

National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) will develop a 1.5-gigawatt solar park at Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh.

According to reports, the Union government has accorded sanction to the new project which will take the south Indian state a step closer to meeting its solar capacity target of 5 gigawatts.

NTPC is to invite bids for the project in two months and the project is expected to be completed by March 2017.

Earlier, the central government had sanctioned two other solar parks in Andhra Pradesh — one in Anantapur and the other in Kurnool.

Source: Greentech Lead

NTPC invites bids for 100-MW solar PV projects

National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids for solar photovoltaic projects totaling capacity of 100 megawatts.

The online bidding is for projects to be developed in the north Indian state Uttar Pradesh. Bidding closes September 17.

Ten projects of 10 megawatts each are included in the auction. And a company and its subsidiaries can bid for up to 50MW capacity, NTPC has stated.

Recently NTPC received sanction from the Union government to build a 1.5 gigawatt solar power project at Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh.

Source: Greentech Lead

Mytrah Energy Raises $95 Million To Fund Wind Energy Projects

One of India’s leading renewable energy independent power producers, Mytrah Energy, has raised fresh funds to expand its generation capacity.

Mytrah Energy has revealed that it has managed to raise around $95 million to fund implementation of 100 MW wind energy projects. The company now has a fully funded project pipeline of 250 MW.

Source: Clean Technica

Suntech partners with Reclaim PV Recycling to recycle solar panels

Solar equipment manufacturer Suntech Australia has entered into a partnership with Reclaim PV Recycling, an Australia-based waste management company that reclaims inoperative PV modules.

Recently Reclaim had awarded Suntech with a certificate for recycling 84 of its damaged or nonoperational warranty modules.

Hui Wu, managing director of Suntech Australia said the partnership is aimed at setting an example for the solar industry and the Australian government about addressing the problem of waste disposal in the solar industry.

Source: Greentech Lead

Essel Infraprojects seeks land for solar module factory in AP

Indian infrastructure developer Essel Infraprojects has applied for land in Sri City industrial park, Andhra Pradesh, to build a 500-megawatt solar module factory. Work on the project would be undertaken by a joint venture (JV) between Essel and JA Solar, China.

Ashok Agarwal, the CEO of Essel Infraprojects, has stated that the JV will be equally owned by both companies. He added that the proposed module fab will require investment of $200 million to develop.

Source: Greentech Lead

India’s First Solar Powered Airport

India’s Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) is about to become the first airport in the country to be powered by the sun.

Stating it would be “absolutely power neutral” as a result, solar panels will be installed on a 45 acre plot of land near CIAL’s cargo complex.

The 12MWp array consists of solar panels produced by Renesola and ABB solar inverters. The power station will generate an estimated 48,000 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity daily and avoid the production of 300,000 tonnes of carbon equivalent emissions annually.

Source: Energy Matters

Israel, India drafting MoU on waste management

A team of experts from Israel is in India to offer assistance in the field of water cooperation and management. The two countries are in the process of drafting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on waste water management and knowledge sharing.

This MoU comes ahead of President Pranab Mukherjee’s planned visit to Israel in October.

Source: livemint

India 100 GW Solar Power Timeline Unveiled

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy in India has shared year-wise capacity addition targets for the ambitious National Solar Mission.

As per the updated targets under the National Solar Mission, India aims to have an installed solar power capacity of 100 GW by 2022. The original target under the mission was 22 GW by 2022. 100 GW capacity will include 40 GW rooftop solar power capacity and 57 GW utility-scale solar power projects; India had an operational solar power capacity of around 3 GW when the upgraded mission targets were announced earlier this year.

Source: Clean Technica

Maharashtra backs solar power

The Maharashtra government is bringing a policy giving concessions to housing societies and new housing projects for installing solar energy panels. The incentives will include relaxing some taxes and giving more FSI for new buildings. The move has been made to encourage the use of solar energy in the state.

Source: The Asian Age

MNRE takes initiative for Low Cost Financing for Renewable Energy

The Government has taken following major initiatives in coordination with different Ministries/Departments for mobilizing the low cost financing for renewable energy projects which inter-alia includes low cost borrowing through multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies i.e. World Bank, Asian Development Bank, KfW Germany, etc.; inclusion of Renewable Energy Projects in Priority Sector Lending Norms of Commercial Banks; and approval for issuance of tax free infrastructure bonds for funding renewable energy projects during the FY 2015-16. This was stated by Mr.

Source: Energetica-India

West Bengal seeks central funding for pumped storage project

The government of the east Indian state West Bengal has asked the central government to partly fund a 1-gigawatt pumped-storage hydroelectric project.

The system to be sited at Turga in Purulia district is expected to cost about Rs11,000 crore.

And the state plans to use output from a 1.2 gigawatt solar power project to operate pumps to recharge capacity of the hydel project.

Source: Greentech Lead

Surrender of old vehicle to get upto Rs 1.5 lakh sops: Gadkari

Government is considering giving financial incentives of up to Rs 1.5 lakh on surrender of over-ten-year-old vehicles to check pollution and address road safety concerns, transport minister Nitin Gadkari today said.

This comes at a time when the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned plying of diesel vehicles which are more than ten years old in the national capital region.

Source: The Economic Times

India and Israel to sign MoU on water management ahead of President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Tel Aviv

India and Israel will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the fields of water conservation, water use efficiency, waste water treatment and river rejuvenation ahead of the President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Tel Aviv in October.

Israel's deputy chief of mission in New Delhi, Dana Kursh, on Thursday said a host of meetings were held with top Indian policy-makers to understand where and how her country can cooperate with India in the fields of water conserva ..

Source: The Economic Times

Enel Green Power to invest $56 mn in Indian new energy sector

Enel Green Power plans to invest about €50 million ($56 million) in Indian renewable energy sector. The company has been in negotiations with Indian wind developer Bharat Light & Power (BLP), which is developing about 170 megawatts capacity, as part of its plans for the country.

Source: Greentech Lead

Indian Manufacturing Sector could increase efficiency by 17.9% : Siemens Financial Services

Siemens Financial Services has announced that it has conducted a research among the global top 20 industrial equipment manufacturers. The research findings say that India has approximately 17.9% of untapped Electricity-Efficiency potential and optimizing Industrial Motor-driven systems could deliver overall savings up to 60% on industrial electricity consumption can provide a huge opportunity for cost-savings.

Source: Energetica-India

CG wins INR 300 crores of orders from Power Grid for transmission equipments

 Avantha Group Company CG has announced that it has bagged INR 300 crores of orders from Power Grid, the largest transmission utility in India for supply, erection, testing and commissioning of power transformers at various substations across India. The orders include 765kV transformers for the Chittorgarh and Ajmer substations, both part of the Green Energy Corridor, an initiative by the Government of India to facilitate evacuation of renewable energy into the national grid.

Source: Energetica-India

Memorandum of Understanding between India and France to establish basis for cooperative institutional relationship to encourage and promote technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable energy issues

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its ex-post-facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and France which was signed in Paris, during the visit of the Prime Minister to France on 10th April, 2015.

Source: Press Information Bureau Government of India Cabinet

Memorandum of Understanding between India and Mongolia to establish basis for cooperative institutional relationship to encourage and promote technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable energy

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its ex-post-facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Mongolia for five years. This MoU was signed at Ulaanbaatar during the visit of the Prime Minister to Mongolia on 17th May, 2015.

The signing of the MoU will help establish the basis for a cooperative institutional relationship, to encourage and promote technical bilateral cooperation on the new and renewable energy, on the basis of mutual benefit, equality and reciprocity.

Source: Press Information Bureau Government of India Cabinet

Centre invites smart-grid project proposals


As part of the National Smart Grid Mission roll out, the Centre has invited all State governments to submit proposals for at least two projects each. The proposals should include nominations for smart cities.
Cost breakup

Source: BusinessLine

IREDA to launch refinancing scheme for stressed Biomass and Small Hydro Projects

MNRE and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) invites comment on IREDA-NCEF Refinance Scheme for Revival of the Operations of existing Biomass power & Small Hydro power projects affected due to unforeseen circumstances. “National Clean Energy Fund” will be used for funding the scheme.

The basic eligibility for projects to be covered under the scheme is as follows:


Levy import duty to push local LED bulbs: Parliamentary panel

Government should impose import duty on LED bulbs and its components in such a way that it encourages domestic production and disincentives import of finished LED products, a Parliamentary panel said.

"Custom duty and countervailing duty (CVD) on LED lamps and its components should be levied in such a manner that it encourages local production and disincentives import of finished LED products," the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Power said in its report on energy conservation tabled in Parliament today.

Source: The Economic Times

Green fund GEF invests about $11 million in Concord Enviro Systems

Global Environment Fund has invested about $11 million (about Rs 71 crore) in Mumbai-based wastewater-treatment company Concord Enviro Systems, the second transaction by the private equity fund in the country in 2015.

Proceeds from the investment, made through GEF's South Asia Clean Energy Fund (SACEF), will be used to expand Concord Enviro Systems' presence globally and introduce new products.

Source: The Economic Times