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India announces 30 Gigawatt offshore wind energy target by 2030

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) today announced medium and long term offshore wind energy target of 5GW by 2022 and 30 GW by 2030, respectively, to provide confidence to the industry. 

The MNRE recently... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India and France building strong clean energy partnership: Sushma Swaraj

India and France are working to shape a strong development partnership, including in the fields of science and technology, clean energy and infrastructure, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said as she met the country's top leadership and discussed issues of mutual interest from a strategic perspective.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India, EU committed to respecting Paris Climate Agreement: President


Emphasising on the need for clean energy and climate change, President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday said India and the European Union (EU) are united in their commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Addressing a gathering of diplomats, policy makers... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Jaisalmer Military Station to be developed as smart facility with solar, LED lighting

The Indian Army has drawn a detailed plan to develop the Jaisalmer Military Station as a smart facility on the lines of Centre's Smart Cities, an official said on Monday. The plan has been formulated in consonance with the eight key areas identified by the Central government for the development of smart cities, defence... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Madhya Pradesh implements 26 MWp rooftop solar programme via RESCOs

Madhya Pradesh is implementing 26 MWp rooftop solar programme via Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) mode. 

The projects are being implemented largely in the government buildings using the subsidy of Central and state governments, Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (MPUVNL) said in a statement. 

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Source: The Economic Times

750 MW solar park to come up in Anantapur district

Energy firms Sprng Energy, Ayana and SoftBank Energy will set up a 750 MW Solar Power Park at NP Kunta in Anantapur district soon. It has been targeted to complete works within 8 to 10 months and start power production from the NP Kunta Solar Power Park.

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Source: The Hans India

Gorewada lake to have India’s first ‘floating solar power plant’

Nagpur will be having India’s first ‘floating solar power project’ very soon. It has been proposed to install a solar power plant to cut electricity expense of the Gorewada lake plant, which filters the water coming from Pench project before it is supplied to the city. Looking at the limited space, the officials concerned are planning to install a floating project in the lake itself.

A meeting in this regard between the officials of Power Grid and the Nagpur Municipal... Read more..

Source: Nagpur Today

India’s power ministry increases renewable purchase obligation target to 21% by 2022

The Narendra Modi government is pushing the country’s big power consumers to increase the share of renewables in their overall power mix.

India’s power ministry has increased the renewable purchase obligation (RPO) target from 17% now to 21% by 2022. The RPO mandates state power-distribution companies and certain other private firms to procure a part of their power requirement from renewable sources.... Read more..

Source: Quartz

Bengaluru international airport could switch to total solar power by 2020

The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has set itself an ambitious target of running Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) completely on solar power by 2020.

Currently, power demand at KIA is 11MW per day and airport authorities estimate it to increase to about 20MW after completion of the second terminal. The airport now generates 3.44MW from solar energy daily and the proposed capacity... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

NTPC inks pact with Noida Authority to use treated sewage water at Dadri plant

NTPC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Noida Authority on June 14, 2018, at for the supply of 80 million litres per day treated sewage water to the NTPC Dadri power plant.  (Representational image)

State-run power major NTPC today said it has signed a pact with the Noida Authority to use treated sewage water at its Dadri power plant. 

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Source: The Economic Times

Centre plans to set up national discom

The Union government plans to set up a national power distribution company that will handhold state discoms in electricity distribution activities and ensure time-bound implementation of central schemes. The proposed company will compete with private firms and contractors to bag contracts of state-run distribution companies for appointing franchisees or engineering tenders, officials said. 

Apart from small... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

PPCB raids industrial units to check noise, air pollution

To check the noise and air pollution caused due to the industrial units, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) on Monday inspected several industrial units under the Tandarust Punjab Mission.

Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma said these actions were taken following the complaints of locals regarding air and noise pollution. He said a team led by Assistant Environmental Engineer Sandeep... Read more..

Source: The Tribune

Lightsource BP completes first Indian utility-scale project under SECI tender

Lightsource BP has completed its first utility-scale solar farm in India after bringing online the 60MW project in Maharashtra, having won the contract through a competitive 450MW tender process completed in September 2016.

The solar farm in Wagdari was awarded by Solar Energy Corporation India (SECI) to Lightsource BP as one of just two contracts to be won by non-Indian firms, after it bid for one of the... Read more..

Source: PV-Tech

Pollution in Bandi river: NGT seeks report from Divisional Commissioner

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today directed the divisional commissioner, Jodhpur, to submit a report on the steps taken by the administration to control the pollution caused in the Bandi river by textile units.

The tribunal expressed surprise over the report submitted by Pali District Collector Sudhir Kumar Sharma who admitted that his report was lacking in providing specific conclusions, Mahaveer Singh... Read more..

Source: Moneycontrol

Japan's SoftBank to invest up to $100 bln in India solar power generation: Report

SoftBank Group Corp has decided to invest $60 billion-$100 billion in solar power generation in India, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported on Friday. 

SoftBank and the Indian government are expected to make an announcement soon after final arrangements and made, the report said without naming its sources. 

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Source: The Economic Times

Andhra Pradesh plans pollution-free energy solutions in Amaravati

The state government is formulating a plan on total energy solutions to meet the energy requirements of Amaravati capital city up to 2025 and 2050 based on world-class practices.

Taking the energy requirements of various sectors-- institutional, domestic, automotive and industrial--the government is focusing on various eco-friendly technological solutions for the greenfield capital city. The government... Read more..

Source: The Hans India

TPG’s Rise Fund bets on accelerated growth in solar electricity in India

India’s aggressive shift to solar energy has attracted yet another private-equity player: The Rise Fund has taken a $70 million stake in Hyderabad rooftop-commercial solar developer, Fourth Partner Energy.

India’s is several years ahead of schedule to hit its official renewable energy target of 175 gigawatts of installed capacity by 2022. Government officials now talk unofficially about reaching 225... Read more..

Source: Impact Alpha

ABB to bring flash chargers to India, can top-up bus battery in 17 seconds

Swiss power major ABB has said it is looking at bringing to India its flash charging product which can top up electric bus battery in 17 seconds at stops while on the go. Although it did not provide any timeline for launching the product, the company said it is keen to do so in line with India’s push for electric mobility. ABB Group CEO and President Ulrich Spiesshofer said at a recent interactive event that the company is bringing its wide range of e-mobility charging solutions, including flash chargers for... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

600 farmers get solar power pumps for irrigation in Bijnor this year

Farmers in Bijnor are increasingly opting for solar pumps to irrigate their fields due to the subsidy being provided by the government, and also because of the erratic power supply in rural belts. This year, as many as 3,700 farmers had applied for subsidized solar pumps and 600 got them.

The government is providing a subsidy of 70% on these pumps which are run on renewable source of energy. In the last... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

KSEB to buy power at 6.17 per unit from waste-to-energy plant

Ending a delay of over two years, Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) has fixed Rs 6.17 as the tariff per unit for KSEB to purchase electricity from the proposed waste-to-energy plant at Brahmapuram.

Earlier, KSERC had rejected the proposal of GJ Eco Care, the private partner of Kochi corporation, which is to construct the plant on public-private partnerships (PPP) model, citing the cost... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Solar power plants to be installed on rooftops all sr secondary schools

Solar power plants would be installed on the rooftops of all senior secondary schools in Haryana, Minister of State for Public Health Engineering Banwari Lal said today. 

In order to promote solar energy, solar photovoltaic power plants are being installed atop various other buildings also, he further said. 

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Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: renewable energy, solar

Centre determined to clean Ganga, Yamuna before 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said the government was determined to clean the Ganga and Yamuna before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and claimed that 80 per cent of the Ganga will be cleaned by March next year, while the work would be completed by year-end.

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Source: The Indian Express

Union cabinet approves renewable energy pact with Peru

The Union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved an agreement between India and South American nation Peru for promotion of renewable energy projects.

“The agreement aims to establish the basis... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Tamil Nadu plans to invest 5,000 crore in renewable energy, power transmission

The Tamil Nadu government will embark on a renewed push towards energy investments totaling over Rs 5,000 crore to bolster transmission infrastructure, modify targets in renewable energy policies and commission a floating solar plant modeled after a similar project in Gujarat.

Announcing the projects in the state Assembly, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said there would be a new energy policy, too. “... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India’s first solar-powered EV charging station installed in Mumbai

Renewable energy solutions provider Magenta Power, in association with Exicom Power Solutions, has installed India's first solar-powered DC fast charging station for electric vehicles (EVs) in Turbhe, Mumbai.

The newly installed 'Magenta Charging Station-3' will enable electric car (four-wheeler) users to charge their vehicle safely and conveniently, the company said in a statement.

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Source: The Economic Times