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Cabinet to vet Rs 48,000 crore KUSUM scheme for solar power by March

The Rs 48,000-crore KUSUM scheme to promote the use of solar power among farmers would be placed before the Cabinet by next month, New and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh said today.  KUSUM (Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan) aims to incentivise farmers to run solar farm water pumps and use barren land for generating solar power to have extra income. The total cost of the capacities under this scheme would be Rs 1.4 lakh crore. The Centre will provide Rs 48,000 crore financial assistance under... Read more..

Source: Energy World

JSW Energy inks MoU with Maharashtra to make EV, storage system

Sajjan Jindal led JSW Energy announced on Monday that it has signed a pact with Maharashtra for setting up manufacturing unit for electric vehicles (EV) and Energy Storage Systems in the state. “In addition to the earlier MoU with the Government of Gujarat with respect to EV manufacturing and associated businesses, the Company has now entered into another MoU with the Government of Maharashtra for setting up facilities for the manufacturing of EV and Energy Storage Systems in the state of Maharashtra, subject... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

BBMP seeks HC’s nod to finalise tender for energy-efficient street light project

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Tuesday filed an application seeking permission of the High Court of Karnataka to finalise the tender for implementing a new energy-efficient street light project, which “saves” around ₹100 crore a year at the rate of around ₹8.4 crore a month for the civic body. The High Court, in an interim order passed on January 30 directed the BBMP not to finalise the tender for implementing the project through a qualified energy service company. The interim order was... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Kitsault Energy intends to turn waste into energy

Canada-based Kitsault Energy (KE) is planning to convert various industrial wastes into power in India and Canada. KE will use a patented and proprietary process to transform various types of waste, including wood from pulp and paper plants, food waste, animal manure, road waste, municipal solids and plant waste from invasive species such as Gando Baval. KE’s process has been designed to produce high-energy, water-repellent solid biofuel, which burns with no residual ash.

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Source: Power Technology

Telangana plans to store solar power in batteries

Beating all Indian states, Telangana has topped the country by achieving 3,250 MW solar power capacity, top officials said. Telangana is followed by Rajasthan with 2,250 MW, Andhra Pradesh with 2,045 MW and Gujarat with 1,715 MW solar power. Gujarat has decided to call for auctions for another 50s0 MW of solar power. Telangana is now planning to develop solar power storage with the help of battery assisted system. Since, there is a mismatch between peak demand and electricity generation period for solar power... Read more..

Source: Energy World

Formulate comprehensive policy to stop stubble burning: NGT

The National Green Tribunal today directed Delhi and four northern states to formulate a comprehensive policy for providing incentives and infrastructural assistance to farmers to stop them from burning crop residue to prevent air pollution. The green panel directed the chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh governments to file a detailed affidavit enumerating their action plan and compliance of its orders on the mechanism for collection and storage of crop residue. A bench... Read more..

Source: India

Plastic ban policy draft not final yet for Maharashtra State

The state government on Tuesday told the Bombay high court that the draft policy for banning plastic and thermocol is yet to be finalized. It was replying to a bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka which heard a petition by the Maharashtra Plastic Manufacturers Association, challenging the environment department's January 2 order to all civic bodies and authorities to incorporate conditions in licences to ban manufacture, distribution, storage or sale of plastic and related items.

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Source: Times of India
Subject Tags: plastic ban, plastic waste

Transmission charge waiver gives hope to solar, wind projects

Power produced from wind and solar projects will become viable, and more attractive for discoms as the government last week waived off inter-state transmission charges for wind and solar projects commissioned till March 2022, in a bid to encourage the use of power generated through these sources. "For generation projects based on solar and wind resources, no interstate transmission charges and losses will be levied... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

IndRa has stable outlook on wind,solar for FY19; negative on thermal

While maintaining a stable outlook on the solar power sector, domestic rating agency India Rating has revised upwards the outlook on the wind power sector to stable from negative for FY19 but has maintained its negative outlook on the thermal power sector. Citing lack of visibility for tying up long-term power purchase agreements, the agency has maintained its negative outlook on the thermal power sector for FY19.

The agency expects favourable environment for the wind and solar energy sectors as bids are being driven by Central agencies and power purchase agreements (PPAs) are... Read more..

Source: Energy World

Renew Power inks pact with Maharashtra government for Rs 14k-crore investment

Clean energy firm ReNew Power today said it has signed a pact with the Government of Maharashtra to facilitate a proposed investment of Rs 14,000 crore in the state for commissioning renewable energy plants. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at the three-day investment summit "Magnetic Maharashtra: Convergence 2018" held in Mumbai. The proposed investment has the potential to create direct employment for 7,000 people. As per the MoU, in the next five years, ReNew Power Ventures proposes will... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Mahindra & Mahindra to invest Rs 900 crore more into e-vehicles

Despite policy the lingering uncertainties, the Mahindra Group today announced a fresh investment of Rs 900 crore in electric vehicles (EVs) over the next four years, which should ramp up its first installed capacity to 5,000 units a month.  "We have already invested Rs 600 crore in EVs over the past five-six years and have announced decided to invest Rs 400 crore in Karnataka and Rs 500 crore in Maharashtra over the next four-five years. This will be used for capacity, technology and products," managing... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

VNIT faculty develop efficient power storage, students make e-bike

Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) faculty members and students have developed an eco-friendly bike and an e-capacitor, which have the potential to make urban transport system pollution-free. The eco-bike ‘VEB 1.0’ (Visvesvaraya Electric Bike) has been developed by a team of 25 students from different engineering branches under the in-house Tesla Club of Innovation. The bike can touch a top speed of 47km per hour and run 66km on a single charge. The bike was designed and manufactured in three months at a cost of Rs62,000. The bike has inbuilt SMS alert system for... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Drive against plastic pollution to gain momentum from India - the global host of World Environment Day 2018

India will be the global host of of this year’s World Environment Day on June 5. ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ will be the theme of this year’s event which would drive world-wide efforts to discourage use of hazardous plastic.  The World Environment Day (WED) 2018 will be celebrated across the country, involving all states and Union Territories. A week-long environmental awareness campaign and pollution mitigation activities are being planned... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Solar connect: Uninterrupted power supply to 41 schools

As many as 41 government/aided schools in the state would be getting uninterrupted power supply by the end of the current academic year. Agency for non-conventional energy and rural technology (ANERT) in association with State Energy Management Centre is taking steps to set up solar power generation units at these select schools. "The schools have been identified by Energy Management Centre. The schools will have to spend Rs 80,000 for setting up a 2kW solar power unit on their premises. The rest of the... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Ecoppia deploys water-free robotic solution to clean 1 GW PV panels in Rajasthan

Ecoppia, the developer of robotic water-free PV solar panel cleaning solutions, has announced today, February 19, the deployment of hundreds of its automated systems for Engie Solar India’s power plant in Bhadla solar park, totaling 166 MW. Of the 2.25 GW installed at the Bhadla Solar Park, located in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan state in India, the company aims to cover 1 GW with its sustainable cleaning solution, and over 2 GW across India by the end of 2018, Anat Cohen Segev, VP Marketing, Ecoppia... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine

SunSource energy plans to build 200-mw solar park in UP

SunSource Energy, a solar EPC player in India, is boosting its portfolio with plans to develop a 200-mw solar park in Uttar Pradesh entailing an investment of Rs 900 crore. The company has also received funding from State Bank of India-led Neev Fund, which a top executive said will help it reach its target of 1.5 gw project capacity by 2025.The Neev Fund is a joint... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

ArcelorMIttal mulling 600 MW solar farm in Karnataka

ArcelorMIttal, which earlier this week submitted a bid to acquire Essar Steel, has said it exploring the possibility of establishing a 600 MW solar farm by utilizing the land in Karnataka originally allotted to it for a proposed $6.5 billion project to set up a 6 million tonne greenfield steel plantThe company said its decision was prompted by "excess capacity of steel worldwide and... Read more..

Source: Economic Times
Subject Tags: solar energy, solar power

Water level in 91 major reservoirs down by 2%

The water level in 91 major reservoirs across the country is has gone down to 39 per cent of their total capacity from 41 per cent last week, the Union water resources ministry said in a statement on Friday.  As of February 15, there was 63.597 billion cubic metres (BCM) of water in these reservoirs. The latest levels in the reservoirs are 88 per cent of the storage reported in the corresponding period last year,... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Volvo India signs up with CleanMax Solar for power supply

CleanMax Solar has signed up with Volvo Group India Pvt Ltd (VGIPL) for long-term supply of 2.75 MW solar power for Volvo’s truck units in Bengaluru. This is expected to reduce Volvo’s carbon dioxide emission by 3,380 tonnes per annum, and will also lead to a significant operating cost savings for Volvo. Volvo is expected to begin drawing power from CleanMax Solar’s Ballari facility in May 2018, for its Hoskote and... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Rourkela Steel Plant initiates project to use waste plastic in road construction

Steel Authority of India's Rourkela Steel Plant has initiated a new project of utilising waste plastic in road construction, the first such initiative taken up in Odisha.  As a pilot project, a one km stretch of road between Rourkela Club to Shaktinagar Chowk in Sector-2, Rourkela has been constructed mixing shredded waste plastic in road tar.  ... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

ABB installs EV fast charging station at Niti Aayog Office in Delhi

Global power and automation player ABB is betting on India’s electric vehicle (EV) market as it installed its first public EV fast charging stationat Niti Aayog office in Delhi. The company is exploring opportunities of expanding their India base, being a market leader in electric vehicle charging globally. ... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Anganwadis in 4 villages light up with solar power

In view of the state government’s initiative of digitalising the ‘anganwadis’ in the state, NGO Maharashtra Village Social Transformation Foundation (MVTSF) has provided solar power support to anganwadis in four villages of Paithan tehsil of Aurangabad. The villages, Jambhali, Chincholi, Mehearbanaik Tanda and Jambhali Wadi, were receiving inconsistent power supply due to which services at digital schools were badly affected. The NGO, through its rural development fellows, have connected the schools to solar... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Chhattisgarh village gets electricity for the first time with solar panels

The residents of Chhattisgarh's Bhalupvillage in Balrampur finally got electricity connection for the first time after the district administration installed solar panels for every family. Being a Naxal prone area, the initiatives taken by the government failed to reach the village, as a result, the residents had to spend their lives in darkness for a very long time. ... Read more..

Source: Energy World

No need for EV policy as action plan ready: NITI CEO

Asserting that there is no need for a policy for electric vehicles (EVs) as an action plan has been prepared, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant today said technology should not be trapped by rules and regulations. He, however, added that a final call on EV policy will be taken by the government.  "No need for EV policy. Action... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Actis explores sale of Ostro Energy to ReNew Power Ventures

Global private equity firm Actis LLP is exploring the sale of Ostro Energy Pvt. Ltd to ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd, in a transaction that may rank among India’s largest renewable energy deals, multiple people aware of the development said. Ostro Energy and Solenergi are among the energy platforms that Actis has created globally, following Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy in central America, Zuma Energia in Mexico,... Read more..

Source: Live Mint