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Solar Parks With Capacity Of 7500 MW To Come Up In Ladakh

The Jammu and Kashmir government has signed an MoU with the Centre for the development of two mega solar parks in the rocky mountainous region of Ladakh with a total capacity of 7500 MW.

Minister for Science & Technology, Sajjad Gani Lone today said the government has proposed development of one each Mega Solar Park in the districts of Leh and Kargil.

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Source: Silicon India News

EESL to invest Rs 24,700 cr for energy conservation in Andhra Pradesh

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a company under the Union Power Ministry, today signed multiple MoUs, worth Rs 24,700 crores, with the Andhra Pradesh government for energy efficiency and solar projects in the state.

The execution of projects through these MoUs would help the state reduce consumption of power and add over 80,000 jobs in the state, EESL said in a release.

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Source: Money Control

Over 1 crore LED bulbs distributed in Bihar under UJALA

The Union Government in coordination with Bihar Government has successfully distributed over 1 crore LED bulbs under the UJALA (Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All) scheme in the state so far.

The scheme, running in the state since March 2016, has helped Bihar save close to 13 Lakh MW of energy annually and has also resulted in an annual savings of Rs 519 crores in consumers' electricity... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Power Ministry misses target despite rise in output for November-December

 Demonetisation may have negligible impact on power sector as output grew by 8.53 per cent in November and 6.13 per cent in December year-on-year but Power Ministry could not achieve the targeted electricity generation during the respective months.

There was a fear that junking high value currency notes of Rs 1,000/500 will lead to slowdown in all segments in the economy including power sector.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Satellite-based solar irradiance mapping service launched

Brussels-headquartered consultancy and software service company 3E Data Services has launched a satellite-based solar irradiance mapping service which can be used to assess the likely profitability and performance of planned solar PV projects.

Suitable for owners, asset managers and operations and maintenance (O&M) contractors, the web-based service uses the Cloud Physical Properties algorithm validated... Read more..

Source: PV-Tech

Eastern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh (APEPDCL) to provide rooftop solar power systems to domestic consumers using a minimum of 200 units of power

Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited (APEPDCL) in association with New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (NREDCAP) and Andhra Bank will provide rooftop solar power systems to domestic consumers who use a minimum of 200 units of power supplied by APEPDCL.

Explaining the project to TOI, APEPDCL CMD MM Nayak said it is introduced on a pilot basis by the discom in... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Suppliers report 434 million tonnes of emissions reductions as big buyers flex purchasing muscle in 2016

As the global economy moves towards implementation of its new climate goals, the world’s largest purchasing organizations are using their buying clout to drive down emissions across their supply chains.

The Missing link: Harnessing the power of purchasing for a sustainable future report from CDP, written in partnership with BSR and the Carbon Trust, reveals that reductions equivalent to 434 million tonnes of... Read more..

Source: CDP

Dungarpur to have the first locally-owned Solar Module Manufacturing Plant

Dungarpur is going to have the first locally-owned Solar Module Manufacturing Plant. The unit would come into operation soon which would be fully owned and operated by tribal women. The ambitious project aims to provide employment to 30,000 women. The foundation stone laying programme for the factory was organized on Thursday.

The plant is a joint venture of the state government, IIT-Bombay and Rajeevika... Read more..

Source: ETEnergyworld

Plastic waste used for laying roads in Tirupati

Four major roads in the temple city have earned a distinction of being the first thoroughfares built with plastic as one of the components in its construction.

In addition to spreading awareness on the use of plastic materials, including door-to-door campaigns, the Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) has embarked on a project to incorporate the same in road construction. The process has been employed in... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Family-sized Solar Car to Race in World Solar Challenge

Solar Team Great Britain has started a kickstarter page to help fund their design for entry in the 2017 World Solar Challenge. Founder Steven Heape leads a team of volunteers from many different disciplines, companies and universities working on a family-sized solar car to compete in the cruiser class. “Cruiser Class is about two or more seats. It’s about a practical car,” says Heape.

The car will carry... Read more..

Source: AENews

Tamil Nadu: In big boost to Modi's power push, Adani sets up world's largest solar plant in India

It took 8,500 men working two shifts every day for six months - and three shifts for two months - to finish, ahead of schedule, the Ramanathapuram, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, is the world's largest solar power station in a single location, according to the company. 

It has the capacity to power 150,000 homes - and it is one sign of how serious India is becoming about meeting its renewable energy targets... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

1.28 million Renewable Energy Certificates traded in January, says IEX

New Delhi: Power exchange IEX today said that a total of 12.88 lakh renewable energy certificates (RECs) were traded in January.

"A total of 12.88 lakh RECs were traded in the REC trading session held on January 25, 2017 at IEX," it said in a statement.

Power distribution companies as well as open access and captive consumers are under obligation to buy RECs from renewable energy producers under RPO mandated by central/state regulatory commissions.

RECs are aimed at providing an easier avenue for various entities, including power distribution companies, to meet their... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Biggest Indian solar project stalls as Jharkhand balks at cost

New Delhi: India’s biggest solar power project has stalled as the state which sought bids from generators says it can’t buy the energy at prices it had agreed upon.

Winning developers in Jharkhand state are still waiting to sign power purchase agreements almost a year after the tender. In March, Jharkhand awarded contracts to build 1.2 gigawatts (GW) of solar. The state’s power retailer, Jharkhand Bijli... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

MP: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan announces total ban on polythene bags; lauds SIMI encounter

BHOPAL: Chief Minister Madhya Pradesh in a bid to conserve environment, protect cows and promote cleanliness. 

Chouhan, in his SIMI suspects who escaped from local central jail last year, in an encounter here. 

"I announce a total ban 

"Use of polythene carry bags and their... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Bengaluru: Waste management goes smart in Electronics City

Members of the Electronics City Industrial Township Authority (Elcita) and Sweep Smart of the Netherlands, on Wednesday, launched a smarter solid waste management (SWM) system in the industrial township area. 

Speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration, Rama N S, CEO of Elcita, told DH that this was the first time that such an initiative was launched in the area for better management of waste. On... Read more..

Source: Deccan Herald

Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd To Get Geo Investigation Studies Done Soon

The Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd (KPCL) will get  geo investigation studies done for its proposed 2X800 MW Super Critical Thermal Power Station near Godhna village in the district, official sources informed here on Wednesday. Notably, Chhattisgarh is also part of Central Government’s Rs 38,000 crore ‘Green Energy Corridor’ development plans across the country, officials informed. As per the plan, the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL)  will be developing a 'High Voltage Direct Current (... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

E-waste collected from civil station offices as part of green initiatives

KOCHI: An e-waste collection drive was organised in government offices at the Collectorate here on Tuesday, to make the civil station e-waste free.

The drive was organised jointly by the district administration and the Ernakulam unit of the Suchithwa Mission.

As part of the drive, government-run Clean... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express
Subject Tags: e-waste, waste management

India ratifies Doha amendment to Kyoto Protocol

India, which ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change in less than a year from its adoption, has taken more than four years to sign off on the Second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

The Cabinet on Tuesday gave its nod to ratify the second commitment period.

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Source: Business Line

National Review Meeting of RE Sector with the State Governments held

Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) organized a two days National Review Meeting with the State Government officials of Renewable Energy sector from 23rd to 24th January 2017. Mobile App for Solar Rooftop Systems “ARUN- Atal Rooftop Solar User Navigator and Information Guide on Rooftop Systems was also launched on the occasion.

Speaking at the concluding session of review meeting here today, Shri... Read more..

Source: PIB

Climate change plan to get new missions

India’s eight-point plan to fight climate change will soon become a 11-point plan with new missions to address the impact of climate change on health, coastal zones and waste-to-energy on the anvil, senior officials in the Environment Ministry told The Hindu.

Since 2012, the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change India has instituted a National Action Plan on Assessment, Adaptation and Mitigation of... Read more..

Source: The Hindu
Subject Tags: action plan, climate change

Monitor clean-up of Ganga, NGT told by Supreme Court

After a frustrating three decades of monitoring government efforts to clean the Ganga, the Supreme Court decided on Tuesday to entrust the task to National Green Tribunal (NGT) even as petitioner and Magsaysay award winner M C Mehta contested the Centre's "tall claims" on making the river pollution free.The SC had earlier asked the NGT to monitor efforts to reduce pollution in the river caused by discharge of untreated industrial effluents. On Tuesday , it said the NGT would also monitor discharge of... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

METRO Cash & Carry, Amplus Energy tie up for solar rooftop systems

Wholesale retailer METRO Cash & Carry has partnered with Amplus Energy Solutions to install solar rooftop projects at select METRO outlets across India.

"With this partnership, Amplus would invest around Rs 25 crore to install rooftop solar on the METRO outlets across the selected states - Rajasthan, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and West Bengal," Metro Cash & Carry said in a statement.... Read more..

Source: ETEnergyworld

E-waste rising dangerously in Asia: UN study

Electronic waste is rising sharply across Asia as higher incomes allow hundreds of millions of people to buy smartphones and other gadgets, with serious consequences for human health and the environment, according to a UN study released today.

So-called e-waste in Asia has jumped 63 per cent in five years, the report by the United Nations University said, as it warned of a need for most nations across the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: e-waste, waste management

USAID to prepare report on energy efficiency opportunities in Andhra Pradesh

Recognising the vast potential and the best performance of AP State government in promoting and implementing energy efficiency measures in the State, the United States Agency for International development (USAID) is going to prepare a comprehensive report on ‘Energy Efficiency Opportunity Study in the State’ within a fortnight to the government.

USAID has declared that AP is the only State in the country... Read more..

Source: The Hans India
Subject Tags: energy efficiency, Research

TPDDL sets up solar microgrid project in Bihar village

In a step towards expanding rural electrification, Tata Power Delhi today implemented a solar microgrid project at a village in Vaishali district of Bihar.

The TPDDL (Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited) project has been implemented in Tayabpur village having an estimated 190 hutments with a population of around 1,000, a statement said.

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