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Govt plans to bail out clean energy firms

By : Sustainability ..., Dec 4, 2019

The Centre is considering offering state governments concessional loans from public sector lenders Power Finance Corp. (PFC), Rural Electrification Corp. Ltd (REC) and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to help power distribution companies clear green energy...

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Rajasthan: New solar power scheme to light up lives of rural farmers

By : Sustainability ..., Dec 3, 2019

A solar power scheme to generate income for farmers from their infertile land was launched last week. The proposal floated on Saturday requesting applications for setting up plants with capacity ranging from 0.5 to 2 megawatt would also benefit the discoms, and fulfil a long-...

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Centre, Andhra reach a compromise on green contracts

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 29, 2019

The Centre and Andhra Pradesh have reached a compromise to end the impasse over the Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy-led government’s controversial decision to reopen renewable energy contracts inked by the previous state government. The compromise was struck during a meeting attended...

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India moving towards hybridised power utilities to achieve rural growth

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 28, 2019

India's state-run power utilities or DISCOMs are badly in debt despite repeated bail-outs, and are failing in their mandate to deliver reliable, quality power to homes and businesses. However, a new trend is emerging that has the potential to address these challenges. The...

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India asks state-run firms to clear over $1 billion owed to green energy firms - sources

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 27, 2019

India has asked state lenders to provide over $1 billion to government power distribution companies to clear longstanding debts to green energy firms that could hinder further investment, three sources familiar with the plan said on Tuesday. The companies owe solar and wind...

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Gujarat: Solar rooftop power generation scheme gains popularity

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 25, 2019

The solar rooftop power generation scheme of the state government is fast gaining popularity among citizens, especially in towns of Saurashtra and Central Gujarat. The Gujarat government had floated the scheme in July this year and the power distribution companies (discoms),...

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A boon to discoms, but privacy concerns remain over smart meters

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 22, 2019

The government’s move to push smart meters could reduce bill shocks for power consumers and potentially rein in the debt woes of distribution companies (discoms) by reducing theft and improving their operational efficiency, but privacy issues continue to linger. This comes in...

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Gujarat: Solar power to breathe life back into defunct Sewage Treatment Plants

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 20, 2019

The defunct sewage treatment plants (STPs) in the 170 municipalities across Gujarat are expected to be made functional again using solar power. The state government’s urban development department has initiated a pilot project to run STPs in eight municipalities and water...

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AP govt makes key changes to its energy policies

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 19, 2019

The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday made several key changes to its policies on solar, wind and hybrid power, primarily withdrawing the facility for energy banking and drawal that was purportedly causing a huge financial drain on the power distribution companies (Discoms...

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Tata Power to operate EVs as part of its maintenance fleet in Delhi

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 18, 2019

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. (TPDDL), a power distribution company (DISCOM) in our national capital, has announced its intention to operate battery-electric cars as part of its fleet. The company has rolled out a pilot project with the car-rental service Zoomcar that...

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