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Odisha to scale up solar power production to 1,500 MW

The Odisha Government has decided to increase solar power production capacity to 1500 MW by 2022 to promote carbon neutral green energy and meet its renewable power obligation (RPO). As of now, around 474 MW ongrid solar power plants have been installed at different parts of the State through Green Energy Development Corporation of Odisha Limited (GEDCOL) and Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA).

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Source: The India New Express
Subject Tags: carbon neutral, solar power

Rs 90k crore package for DISCOMs not enough, dues cross Rs 1 lakh crore

The Centre's Rs 90,000 crore liquidity window to financially stressed state discoms for clearing their mounting dues to power genreration companies may not be sufficient to clean up their books and clear all outstanding.

The reason is that power distribution... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: debt, DISCOMS

World Bank and Government of India sign $750 million Agreement for Emergency Response Programme for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises

The World Bank and the Government of India today signed the $750 million agreement for the MSME Emergency Response Programme to support increased flow of finance into the hands of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

The World Bank’s MSME Emergency Response Programme will address the immediate liquidity and credit needs of some 1.5 million viable MSMEs to... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau
Subject Tags: MSMEs

KKR, Actis in talks to buy solar assets from Azure

Private equity (PE) investors KKR and Actis are in talks to acquire a solar portfolio of 435 megawatts (MW) from Canadian pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)-backed Azure Power Global Ltd, said three people aware of the development.

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Source: Live Mint

CPPIB, others in talks to buy SBG Cleantech

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. is in separate talks with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Mubadala Investment Co. and Brookfield Asset Management Inc. to sell its entire stake in Indian green energy firm SBG Cleantech, two people aware of the development said.... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

Tenders for wind and solar projects continued in June despite COVID

About 618 MW of utility scale solar tenders and 225 MW of wind-solar hybrid tenders were issued in the month of June despite the Covid-19 outbreak, according to consultancy firm JMK Research and Analytics.

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Source: The Economic Times

Kolkata: Solar trees to light up pavement, park at township

As part of its efforts to promote the use of non-conventional energy, civic authorities in New Town, an emerging satellite township on the outskirts of the city, have decided to set up solar trees and road studs across its length and breadth. A top official of the New Town... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

EU lawmakers ban nuclear from green transition fund, leave loophole for gas

European Union leaders are split over which fuels deserve support from the bloc's flagship green energy fund, after lawmakers on Monday called for rules that could allow the money to be spent on some fossil gas projects.

The European Commission wants to... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

PM to unveil Asia's largest solar plant in MP on July 10: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Bhopal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation Asia's largest 750 MW Rewa ultra mega solar plant in Madhya Pradesh via video conferencing on July 10, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in Delhi on Sunday. A state government release also quoted that Chouhan has met Union minister of state for energy R K Singh at his residence in the national capital and urged him to attend the inauguration programme.

Source: ET Eergyworld
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SECI’s 5 GW Renewable Power Tender Bundled with Thermal Extended Again

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has once again extended the bid submission deadline for its tender to procure 5 GW of renewable power on a round-the-clock (RTC) basis complemented with thermal power projects. The date for the submission of bids has now been extended to August 4. Mercom had earlier covered the previous extension of this tender. The initial bidding deadline was May 4, 2020. SECI had issued the tender in March 2020. As per the tender document, the prospective bidders must pay a sum of ?500,000 (~$6,636)/MW as the earnest money deposit (EMD). Bidders are... Read more..

Source: Mercom India

PPA solar projects may be exempted from high customs duty on Chinese imports

In what may be music to the ears of solar power producers setting up their projects using Chinese equipment, government proposes to exempt those having power purchase agreements (PPAs) with procuring states from the steeper customs duty levy. Sources in the power ministry said that all solar power projects having valid PPAs as on August 1, 2020 will escape the proposed import duty on solar equipment and components even if such imports are to be done from China. This would be an one time exemption as the government under its Atmanirbhar Bharat mission wants to restrict imports of all... Read more..

Source: ET Eergyworld
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Chandigarh's target: 100MW solar power by 2022

The UT administration has set a self-target of 100MW solar power generation by 2022 even as the ministry of new and renewable energy enhanced the city’s solar power generation target from 50 megawatt (MW) to 69 MW for that year. The city is already generating 35MW solar power. Among the key projects are installation of solar plants on private houses under Renewable Energy Service Company Model (RESCO) model; solar power plant worth Rs 4.5 crore at the parking area of the new lake in Sector 42; solar panels in cycle stands of various government schools and a solar plant on N-choe, a... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Okaya Bags EV Charger Deal From PGCIL in Meghalaya

Okaya, a flagship company of Okaya Power Group has announced that it has bagged a major contract from Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), a Maharatna PSU of Government of India. PGCIL has given this contract to Okaya for supply, installation and commissioning of over 55 Multi-Standard EV charger (100 kW) as per CCS2/CHAdeMO Protocol, and 15 kW DC fast chargers as per DC-001 in Shillong, Meghalaya. Committed to meet the fast-emerging demand for both Charging Infrastructure as well as EV Charging Solutions across the country, Okaya will be deploying its ‘‘state-of-the-art’’ EV... Read more..

Source: Saur Energy International
Subject Tags: DC Fast Charger, EV, India, Okaya, PGCIL

NTPC and Indian Oil to Set Up a Waste-to-Energy Project in Delhi

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian Oil and NTPC Limited to develop a demonstration waste-to-energy project at the Okhla landfill site in Delhi. This project will use gasification technology to process about 17,500 tons of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) per year. Combustible components from municipal waste will be used to generate ‘syngas’ which will then be used to generate electricity. Biomass gasification refers to the process of converting solid biomass fuel into a combustible gas, called “producer gas,” which is then used... Read more..

Source: Mercom India

Electrification work at world's 'largest' COVID care centre completed in record time: Discom

To ensure seamless power supply to the world's "largest" COVID-19 care centre here in a "record time", more than 100 workers and officials of discom BRPL worked round the clock to lay 22-km-long cable underground and install 24 transformers for a load of 23 MW, its spokesperson said on Sunday. The 10,000-bed Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre in south Delhi was inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Sunday. "The (electrification) task was completed in a record time of nearly 15 days with over 100 discom officials and workers toiling round the clock under the direct supervision of... Read more..

Source: ET Eergyworld
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In 2 years' time, MSMEs will contribute 60% to India's exports: Nitin Gadkari

The Prime Minister has given a call for self-reliant Bharat, an Atmanirbhar Bharat; as a Minister for Roads and Highways and MSMEs, your task is cut out as MSMEs contribute 30% or one-third to India’s GDP. I want to understand what is your prescription for making sure that India becomes Atmanirbhar? Well, 48% of the exports are from the MSME sector and up till now, MSME has created 11 crore jobs. The most important thing is that it is related to the village industry. The turnover of the village industry up to March comes close to Rs 88,000 crore. The Prime Minister's dream is to make India... Read more..

Source: Economic Times
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Plans in Place to More Than Triple Local Solar Manufacturing Capacity

The government has proposed a major push to domestic manufacturing of solar equipment in the country that would completely eliminate the need for imports The central government has proposed a major push to domestic manufacturing of renewable energy (solar) equipment in the country that would completely eliminate the need for imports, particularly from countries such as China. As part of the plan, an accelerated manufacturing plan is being operationalised that is incentivising setting up of solar cell manufacturing capacity of 4,000 MW that would allow project developers to restrict the... Read more..

Source: Saur Energy International
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Bihar against electricity amendment bill: State energy minister

Bihar is against The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020, state energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav said in the online conference of power ministers from across the country on Friday. The meeting was chaired by Union minister of state for power (independent charge) R K Singh. Yadav said since power is in the concurrent list of the Constitution, the states’ consent is required before making any amendments regarding policy matters. He also said Bihar is not in the favour of privatization of power distribution companies (discoms). “Bihar government has already made its position clear in... Read more..

Source: ET Eergyworld
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India to add 60 GW renewable energy capacity in 5 years: BTI Report

India is expected to add only 60GW of renewable energy capacity in the next 5 years, according to Bridge To India's India Renewable Energy CEO survey report 2020.

"This is very low, at 12GW per annum. The government wants to achieve 175GW by 2022... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

APP requests MNRE to include gas-based power in RTC scheme

power producers body has requested the government to include electricity generated from gas-based plants in its proposed scheme for round-the-clock power from renewable energy (RE) projects complemented with thermal power. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

INNOVATION: IIT Hyderabad researchers use novel method to study biofuels

The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT-H) on Thursday said its researchers are using computational methods to understand the factors and impediments in incorporating biofuels into the fuel sector in India.

This work has been spurred by the increasing need to replace fossil fuels by bio-derived fuels, which, in turn, is driven... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: biofuels

FICCI urges govt to extend FAME-II for two years to boost EV demand

Industry body FICCI on Thursday recommended various measures, including the continuation of the FAME -II scheme till 2025, to enhance demand for electric vehicles. The recommendations, submitted by FICCI's EV committee to the government, seek immediate support from policymakers to... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: electric vehicle

Bangladeshi solar-sharing start-up aims to cut power waste

A start-up that helps rural Bangladeshi owners of home solar power systems trade their surplus electricity with their neighbours won an international award for climate change innovation Thursday.

SOLshare, set up in 2014, aims to stem the waste of more than a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Jal Jeevan Mission: during lockdown, 19 lakh households provided tap connections

‘Water delivery’ in their home through tap connections is an aspiration for women. It brings dignity to them. It empowers them. It brings safety and security to women and girls. It improves ‘ease of living’ and ensures better ‘quality of life’. With these aspirational goals in mind, Prime Minister launched Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) on 73rd Independence Day i.e. 15 August, 2019 from the ramparts of Red Fort. The mission is under implementation in partnership with States. The goal is to have ‘Har Ghar Jal’-... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau
Subject Tags: Jal Jeevan Mission

India-Israel project seeks to help farmers use water and energy more efficiently

In a bid to prevent depletion of the water table during agriculture, the governments of Israel and India, along with Pune-based BAIF Development and Research Foundation (BDRF) and other educational and research institutes, have started a project that will allow farmers to use water and energy more efficiently.

According to experts, subsidised electricity in the agricultural sector has often led to over... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express