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BDA bans plastic from September

The development authority on Saturday took its first step towards enforcing ban on plastic. To mark its 36th foundation day, the authority has decided to restrict the use of plastic at its parks, markets and office from September 1.... Read more..

Source: The Telegraph India

India’s largest offshore wind energy tender: 34 companies participate in EoI

Thirty-four companies, including some of the largest global and domestic wind energy players, participated in the Expression of Interest (EoI) floated by the government on the plan to set up the country’s first mega offshore wind farm. 

MNRE held discussions over two days last month with interested parties following the EoI. In the next stage, the ministry will design the main tender document based on the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Goa government to launch tender for solar-powered ferry service soon

The river navigation department (RND) is gearing up to add new ferries to its fleet. While three new ferries will ply on the existing routes, the government is also seeking bids to launch the state’s first solar-powered ferry service. The tender for either of these is expected to be floated by the end of the month, sources from RND said.

“We are in the process of floating a tender for three new ferry boats.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Solar panels to light up corporation's buildings in Chennai, save electricity

Greater Chennai Corporation’s long-delayed plan to install solar panels atop corporation-owned buildings has received approval from the state, enabling the civic body to tap solar energy and cut its electricity bills.

However, as planned earlier, instead of 1,000 buildings, the rooftops of 662 corporation-owned buildings such as schools, primary health centers, offices, public halls, and dispensaries will be... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Khalsa educational institutions switch to environment-friendly solar energy

The historic Khalsa college here today inaugurated a 775 kilowatt solar energy plant on its campus in a bid to switch to green energy. 

Solar panels have been installed in all the colleges, schools and other buildings... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

BHEL Trichy adds e-mobility to its business portfolio

Bhel Trichy has added e-mobility (electric mobility) to its business portfolio as part of diversification measures. The process of prototype development and obtaining necessary certifications to foray into e-mobility is being carried out to capitalise on the emerging business opportunities. The policy decision was shared... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Government to bid out 25 GW solar capacities in Ladakh

The government will come out with a single bid for setting up 25 GW of solar capacity in Ladakh, Power Minister R K Singh said today, and asserted that renewable energy is a must for sustainable development. He also said that India will achieve the target of having 175 GW of renewable energy before 2022. 

"I am going to come out with the huge bid in Ladakh which is highest solar potential area. I have got a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Government's solar plan for farmers hits funding roadblock

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious solar project for farmers called Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) has been red flagged by the Finance Ministry, Business Standard reported.

The scheme was announced in the last budget wherein farmers would be get loans... Read more..

Source: Money Control
Subject Tags: funding, KUSUM Scheme, MNRE

Aaryans Group to set up 1200 MW solar thermal power plant in Maharashtra

Newly formed city based Aaryans Group is foraying in green energy segment by setting up a first of its kind Solar Thermal Power Plant at Taluka Malshiras, District Solapur in Maharashtra.

An announcement to this effect... Read more..

Source: United News of India

India-born British billionaire launches renewable plan in Australia

India-born British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta has launched a $1 billion, one-gigawatt renewable energy plan based in South Australia’s mid-north that he says will lead the country’s industry transition to more competitive power.

In the first of a number of projects slated for the upper Spencer Gulf region, will include a 120MW lithium-ion battery bigger than the 100MW battery built by Elon Musk’s Tesla in... Read more..

Source: The Statesman

REC signs 200 million euro loan agreement with German bank KfW

State-owned power sector lender Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) today announced it has signed a Euro 200 million loan agreement with German bank KfW for renewable energy projects.

This is REC’s fourth line of credit under Indo-German Development Cooperation which will be utilized to fund green energy projects in India.

... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Tariffs fall at NTPC's solar auction

Tariffs dropped at NTPC’s latest auction of 2,000 MW of solar projects on Tuesday, suggesting that developers have not yet begun factoring in the safeguard duty of 25% imposed on imported solar panels by the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR).

The winning tariffs were all in the range of Rs 2.59-2.60 per unit, which is lower than the tariffs reached at NTPC’s last such auction of 750 MW in May... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India’s draft National Energy Storage Mission focuses on reducing costs of domestic EV batteries

Battery manufacturing represents a “huge economic opportunity for India”, according to a draft ‘National energy storage mission’ (NESM) document, which outlines how the country could capture value across the supply chain and accelerate the country’s adoption of renewable energy.

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Source: Energy Storage News

Renewable energy to power 80% of metro rail operations, tenders floated

Metro rail services will soon go green as Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) plans to purchase renewable energy to power 80% of its daily operations including running of trains. CMRL floated a tender recently to look for a consultant who can assist in procuring both solar and wind power as part of its efforts to operate an environment-friendly transit system. 

"We will be purchasing solar and wind power from... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India to test gas-fired plants as ‘peakers’ to smooth power grid

ndia has an ambitious goal of installing 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022, or a little more than the country’s current peak demand, as part of its Paris climate pledge to cut carbon emissions.
By Anindya Upadhyay 

India will test a plan to operate its... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

PM Modi says solar farming scheme to help increase farmers’ income

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government has opened multiple avenues for raising farmers’ income and solar farming is one of them. 

“We have rolled out the solar farming scheme. Farmers can now earn money from farming and at the same time earn by selling the extra solar power generated at their farms,” Modi said in his independence day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort here.... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

SECI to invite bids for 160MW solar-wind-storage project in Andhra Pradesh next week

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) will issue a request for bids (RfB) for a 160MW hybrid solar and wind project combined with battery energy storage in the state of Andhra Pradesh on 20 August.

The tender for the hybrid project at Ramagiri, Anantapur District, has been on the cards for some time after SECI reached out to industry to establish how much interest there is in providing EPC services for it... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Pollution Board to set up three more air quality stations in Vijayawada

With air pollution levels increasing alarmingly in the city, the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) officials have decided to establish three more air quality monitoring stations at NTR College of Veterinary Science, Gannavaram, VR Siddhartha Engineering College, Kanuru and Andhra Loyola Institute of Engineering and Technology (ALIET).

As per the National Ambient Air Quality standards, respirable... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

China says U.S. solar tariffs violate trade rules, lodges WTO complaint

China's commerce ministry said a U.S. decision to subsidise renewable energy firms and impose tariffs on imported products has seriously distorted the global market and harmed China's interests, firing the latest shot in a broader trade conflict. 

China has lodged a complaint to the World Trade Organisation to help determine the legality of the U.S. policies, saying they not only harm China's rights but also... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Tukatech unveils low energy TUKAcut cutting systems

Fashion industry technology leader, Tukatech, has introduced clean air filtration and lowest energy consumption TUKAcut cutting systems, certified by the TÜV SÜD Italia Machine Energy Protocol MEP. The Italian-made machines are customised with Tukatech’s software, and mechanical and electrical specifications to ensure TUKAcut provides an unmatched solution. 

TUKAcut machines for lingerie, denim and universal... Read more..

Source: Fibre 2 Fashion

Finance ministry defers safeguard duty on solar cells in view of court order

The finance ministry today said that safeguard duty will not be insisted upon on import of solar cells for the "time being" in deference to interim directions passed by the High Court of Orissa. Last month, India had imposed safeguard duty on solar cells imports from China and Malaysia for two years to protect domestic players from steep rise in inbound shipments. 

The duty was imposed following... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

SDMC proposes to issue municipal bonds worth Rs 500 cr for solar panel projects

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has set the ball rolling for issuance of municipal bonds worth Rs 500 crore, seeking to fund two important projects, officials said today. The Standing Committee of the SDMC cleared the proposal after which it now awaits nod from the House. 

"Once the House gives its approval, it will be sent to the Centre for the final nod. The bonds total worth would be Rs 500 crore... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India’s first electric vehicles charging corridor announced by Magenta Power

Renewable energy service company Magenta Power today announced it will set up India’s first electric vehicles charging Corridor called ChargeIn at Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

The corridor will be a network of EV charging stations and will be initially deployed at Hotel Center Point at Lonavala. In the next phase, the network will be extended to Bangalore and Mysore allowing electric vehicle users to travel... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

This Mumbai housing society is close to becoming ‘zero waste’

Within a span of two months, a housing society in Borivli has managed to segregate and treat all the waste that it generates, sending only a small fraction of its trash to dumping grounds.

The Anchorage Co-operative Housing Society at IC Colony, Borivli (West), with 26 families, generates 43kg of waste per day – 26kg organic, 5kg garden, 2kg biomedical and 10kg of mostly recyclable dry waste.... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

KKR to buy control of REEL for $530 million, one of India's biggest buyouts

Private equity firm KKR & Co said it will acquire a 60 per cent stake in India's Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd (REEL) for $530 million, adding it was one of India's largest buyouts. KKR will buy the stake via a combination of primary and secondary investments, in a deal that gives the waste management company an enterprise value of $925 million.

The deal comes at a time when the country is focused on... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World