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Sri Lanka, India to set up solar unit soon

Sri Lanka will soon kick-start the process of setting up a solar power plant in eastern port town Trincomalee after discussions with India, which is partnering the Government in the initiative.

“The next step would be to undertake a... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Uttar Pradesh targets 10.7GW solar with 4.3GW on rooftops under draft solar policy

The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is targeting 10.7GW of solar power by 2022, with 4.3GW from rooftop, under its draft 'Solar Power Policy 2017’.

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) released the five-year draft, which is now open to comments before being approved.

The... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Cross-subsidy on power should go: Niti Aayog

Federal policy think-tank Niti Aayog has pitched for letting power utilities realize full market price from all consumers by doing away with cross-subsidy provided to poor consumers.

The recommendation is part of a new draft energy policy Niti Aayog unveiled late on Tuesday. The draft policy also projected that India’s power demand will go up more than four-fold by 2040 on account of strong economic growth.... Read more..

Source: livemint
Subject Tags: industry news, policy, power, subsidy

Indian Railways to add 400 Megawatt solar power capacity current fiscal

The Indian railways, which is working on an ambitious plan to reduce its dependence on conventional fuels and cut down energy bill, is planning to award 400 Megawatt (Mw) of solar energy generation capacity in the current financial year.

The transporter plans to award 200 MW of rooftop solar and 200 MW of land-based solar energy capacity in the current fiscal. Overall, railways has a target of installing 1,... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

BHEL bags 15 MW solar photovoltaic plant order in Gujarat

State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has secured an order for setting up a 15 MW solar photovoltaic power plant on EPC basis in Gujarat.

Gujarat Alkalies and Chemical Limited placed the order for setting up plant at Gujarat Solar Park in Charanka, the power equipment maker said in a statement.

This... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Developers reel under losses as Rajasthan companies shut off wind power supply

Wind power developers in Rajasthan face losses once again as state distribution companies unplug their supply from the grid, a practice known as backdown.

“Every day, 15-20% of wind power is being curtailed,” said an official of the Wind Independent Power Producers Association (WIPPA). “On some days, power has even been switched off completely by the discoms’ state load distribution centres (SLDCs).”... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

US President Donald Trump looks to increase energy exports to India

US plans to export more natural gas, clean coal and renewable resources and technologies to India to fuel the country’s growing energy demand and strengthen ties between the two countries, according to an Indo-US joint statement.

"President Trump affirmed that the United States continues to remove barriers to energy development and investment in the United States and to US energy exports so that more natural... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

IT to bring transparency in pollution control efforts: Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan

There is a need to clear the "pollution of corruption" in addition to addressing air and water pollution, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said today as he stressed the need for using information technology (IT) to bring transparency in efforts to contain pollution.

Expressing concern over the poor air quality in Delhi, the minister stressed the need for making a holistic action plan for air quality... Read more..

Source: India Today

Industry closure: notice to govt, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board

The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday ordered notices to the state government and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) in a petition filed by Shahi Exports Private Limited seeking quashing of the notice issued to them by KSPCB to close down their unit on Bannerghatta Road.

KSPCB has issued a notice on the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) which has directed them to close down... Read more..

Source: Deccan Herald

Daimler’s Chennai plant to run on green power

German auto maker Daimler will power its truck and bus manufacturing factory using renewable energy from next year. The 400-acre manufacturing campus of Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), Indian arm of Daimler, at Oragadam near Chennai meets more than 70 per cent of its electrical needs from renewable sources.

“About 16 per cent of our factory’s day-to-day energy needs are met through solar energy.... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Government announces 30 smart cities, Thiruvanathapuram tops list

The government on Friday announced another list of 30 cites for development as smart cities taking the total cities picked up so far to 90 under Smart City Mission. Kerala capital Thiruvanathapuram topped the list, Chhattisgarh's new capital Naya Raipur came second.

While both the capitals of Jammu & Kashmir, Jammu and Srinagar, made it to the list, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's constituency Raebareli... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Solar power: US gives India time till year-end to scrap local sourcing rules

The United States has agreed to give India time till December 14 this year to remove the requirement for mandatory domestic sourcing of solar panels and modules under its national solar power generation programme.

“This means that all contracts for solar power production entered into with power producers after December 14 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) should not include compulsory... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Haryana waives off intra-state wheeling charges to promote renewable energy

With a view to promote power generation from New and Renewable energy sources, Haryana government has decided to waive off intra-state "Wheeling Charges" on transmission of electricity generated from solar power plants in the state.

This was announced by chief minister Manohar Lal here today.

Wheeling Charges refers to the process of transmission of electricity from one source to another through the transmission lines or grid.

The state government, under Section 108 of Electricity Act... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Bid for environmental rights pact kicks off in Paris

Politicians, legal experts and activists will launch a campaign in Paris on Saturday for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment.

The end goal, organisers said this week, is a legal treaty under which states can be brought to justice for flouting the rights of a group or individual.

... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Hundreds of US mayors endorse switch to 100% renewable energy by 2035

A bipartisan group of mayors from across the country has unanimously backed an ambitious commitment for US cities to run entirely on renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2035.
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As the US Conference of Mayors wrapped up in Miami Beach on Monday, leaders from more than 250 cities voted on symbolic... Read more..

Source: The Guardian

Make garbage processing energy plant in Shimla functional by July 15: NGT

Although Shimla has made it to the list of cities selected for the Smart City mission, it is still struggling to ensure “smart” disposal of waste generated on a daily basis. On seeing that the garbage processing plant has not been made functional till date, National Green Tribunal directed the company executing the project to make the plant operational by July 15, failing which it would have to pay Rs one lakh per day as environmental compensation.

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Source: ET Energyworld

BASF India’s Dahej site certified for the production of sustainable oil palm products

Two more BASF Group’s (“BASF”) production plants have received the Supply Chain Certificate of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), as announced on the occasion of the RSPO’s fifth annual European Roundtable in London. The certification of the two plants i.e. Dahej (Gujarat, India) and Gebze (Turkey), helps further strengthen BASF’s operations network for certified palm products. At 20 locations around the world, now including Dahej, BASF manufactures certified ingredients for the cosmetic,... Read more..

Source: BASF

European Union ministers agree on energy savings targets after 2021

EU ministers on Monday reached a compromise on energy saving targets after 2021, taking a first hurdle towards implementing the Paris Agreement on lowering carbon emissions and limiting the worst effects of a warming planet.

The European Union vowed to take over international leadership on climate after United States President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the Paris Agreement earlier this month.... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

Goyal launches weather portal to help discoms with supply planning

Minister of power, coal, new & renewable energy and mines Piyush Goyal on Friday launched a weather portal for the power sector developed by Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSCO)and India Meteorological Department (IMD) at a meeting of the forum of regulators.

Day to day weather variations impact factors such as load demand, energy production, transport, distribution management and energy... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Delhi to start bid to go solar with government offices

With an aim to spread awareness about the use of green energy, the Delhi government's Power Department has planned a massive outreach programme for various resident welfare associations (RWAs) across the national Capital. Last week, the department had opened the registration process for installation of rooftop solar power plants in the city, as it aims to tap one Giga Watt of green energy by 2020.

Under the... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis
Subject Tags: net metering, renewable, solar

Apple Plans to Move to 100 Percent Renewable Energy in India

Apple plans to run all its business in India on 100 percent renewable energy in the next six months, Gadgets 360 has learned. According to sources, this was one of the things that the company told Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is presently on a tour of the United States.

On Sunday, PM Modi met with the heads of 20 of the leading US technology firms, including Tim Cook of Apple, Sunder Pichai of Google,... Read more..

Source: NDTV Gadgets

International Financial Corporation assists Vietnam with green textile production

International Financial Corporation (IFC) has launched a US $ 9.9 million project to assist Vietnamese garment and textile companies in enhancing resource efficiency and thereby saving US $ 15 million by minimizing the consumption of water, energy and chemicals. IFC made this announcement at a recently concluded workshop held in Ho Chi Minh City.

Under the programme, the selected 28 suppliers of VF and... Read more..

Source: Apparel Resources

Rural Electrification Corporation to raise $300 million selling green bonds

Rural Electrification Corp, the nodal public sector company to finance power projects in rural India is planning to raise $300 million by selling bonds to overseas investors as early as next week, two people familiar with the deal said.

The bonds are so called green bonds and will be used to finance environmentally friendly projects. These bonds will be the first such by REC under its $1 billion medium term... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

EESL launches UJALA scheme in Amritsar

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) along with Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, launched the UJALA scheme in Amritsar today.
Under the scheme, consumers can buy ten high quality 9W LED bulbs at Rs 65 each, five 50 W BEE 5-star rated energy efficient fans at Rs 1,150 each and ten 20 W LED tube lights at Rs 230 each. The scheme will also be launched in Firozepur and Fazilka on June 30.
Regional manager, EESL, Punjab, Nitin Bhatt said, "We urge all residents of Amritsar to come in large... Read more..

Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: eesl, energy efficiency, scheme

Government benchmarks tariff for Bhadla solar park at Rs 3.43 per unit

The Centre has benchmarked a tariff ceiling of Rs3.43 per unit for upcoming auctions for the solar power park in Bhadla, Rajasthan, in acknowledgement of the steep fall in tariffs in recent tenders.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has mentioned in the tender document, “it shall enter into power purchase agreement with successful solar power developers for a period of 25 years. The maximum tariff payable to the project developer is fixed at Rs3.43 per unit for 25 years”. Business... Read more..

Source: Business Standard