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Involving tribal communities can boost India's wildlife conservation: IIT prof

India's wildlife conservation initiatives need the involvement of local tribal communities- rather than the token activism of urban dwellers- to ensure that humans and animals coexist peacefully, according to an IIT expert. Ambika Aiyadurai, assistant professor of Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar, said that it is high time that wildlife conservation projects in the country are revaluated. "We borrowed the idea of national park, thinking it will protect wildlife. But there are... Read more..

Source: Times of India

First pilot floating solar plant to be completed in next 2-3 months: Vedanta

Vedanta on Monday said its first pilot floating solar plant will be completed in the next two to three months. In an investor brief, the company said it is focussing on renewable energy and its group firm Hindustan Zinc plans its "first pilot floating solar to be completed in next 2-3 months". Vikram Solar, module manufacturer and rooftop solar and EPC solutions provider, had earlier in the year announced that it bagged the project order for a 1-MW floating solar plant for Hindustan Zinc Ltd, a Vedanta Group firm. The plant will be located at Ghosunda Dam, near... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Delhi: Solar power can save you Rs 46,000 in yearly bill

The city’s much-needed push for solar energy could be just around the corner with Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) finally notifying the group net metering (GNM) and virtual net metering (VNM) framework, which will benefit thousands of RWAs, households and CGHS societies. Users will be able to benefit from a single solar plant at one location with the surplus energy being sent back to the grid and adjusted with the bill of each meter connected to it. This will, in theory, allow members of a... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

As the sun shines, Dwarka societies reap cash benefits

While the capital may be lagging behind in availing benefits by installing solar rooftop panels, especially in residential localities, a few housing societies have been able to cash in on the opportunity by saving lakhs of rupees annually. A majority of these are CGHS societies in Dwarka that were provided solar panels last year under the ‘Solar City Initiative - Solarise Dwarka’ scheme by BSES in collaboration with TERI and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ India) under the Indo-... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

India will lead by example in combating desertification: Union Environment Minister

Union Environment Minister today said that we as a country make targets not under any global pressure but for our own country’s real sustainable development, and as in the past India will play a leadership role and will lead by example in combating desertification. Speaking at an event in New Delhi on the occasion of World Day to combat desertification and drought Shri Javadekar announced that India will be hosting the fourteenth session of Conference of Parties (COP – 14) from 29th August – 14th September... Read more..

Source: Orissa Diary

Clean Mobility | India’s resolve to become an electric vehicle country by 2030 is taking shape

India's government is not only serious about clean mobility but is in a hurry to get there. India is planning to mandate cab-hailing companies like Ola and Uber to “convert 40 percent of their fleet” of vehicles to electric by April 2026, according to a report by Reuters, If implemented, this will be the first major step by the Modi government to reach its goal of converting India into a 100 percent electric vehicle nation by 2030, from its current state of infancy. In the year ended March, only 3,600 units... Read more..

Source: Money Control

Solar energy to be used for government offices – Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil

Solar energy is the best alternative to electricity and in the future all the government offices in the state will be using solar energy, said Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil here Monday. He was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of workshop on Scoping Mission for Solar Rooftop at Hotel Trident. He said use of solar energy is the need of our time and that can save coal and water on a large scale. Besides, this availability of environment-friendly power will reduce carbon percentage on a large scale and... Read more..

Source: Punekar news

Impose green cess on polluting vehicles to support EVs: SMEV

"We strongly advocate the imposition of a notional green cess on the polluting vehicles and use it to accelerate electric mobility," SMEV Director General Sohinder Gill said in a statement. Electric vehicle makers' body SMEV Monday called for imposition of 'green cess' on polluting vehicles besides seeking putting of EVs in priority lending sector to accelerate creation of a robust ecosystem. In its Budget wish list, the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) also asked the government for a... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Tax carbon emission instead of blanket ban on non-electric vehicles, says CII President

CII President Vikram Kirloskar feels that the Centre should tax carbon emission instead of going for a blanket ban on the sale of non-electric vehicles. “Don’t say don’t do X and don’t do Y. Reduce your carbon consumption. Incentivise the carbon or punish the carbon and let the market decide,” he told BusinessLine when asked about the recent proposal to ban the sale of non-electric two-wheelers. Kirloskar is also the Vice Chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor and the Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts Private Ltd. The... Read more..

Source: Business Line

All you wanted to know about CAFE regulations

Vehicular pollution is occupying centre-stage again. While the government is looking to advance the 2030 deadline for Indian manufacturers to switch over to electric vehicles in segments such as bikes and three-wheelers, manufacturers are opposing it. Target cleaner air through stricter CAFE norms instead, say some voices in the industry. What is it? CAFE or Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency/Economy regulations are in force in many advanced as well as developing nations, including India. They aim at lowering... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Delhi Launches App To Book Slot At EV Charging Stations

The first electric vehicle charging station in a public area has been installed in India’s capital city Delhi. Along with the charging station, a mobile phone application has also been launched to help electric vehicle users. One of the power distribution utilities operational in Delhi, BSES, launched Delhi’s first electric vehicle charging station in a public area. There are electric charging stations operational within Delhi. However, they are located within the premises of government-owned companies that... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica

Ministers agree on global marine plastic pollution framework ahead of G20 Osaka Summit

Environment and energy ministers have agreed to tackle global marine plastic pollution with the implementation of new framework, ahead of the G20 Osaka Summit in Japan. On Sunday, the Japanese government confirmed the decision, made by 20 ministers at the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, which was co-organised by the Ministry of the Environment and the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy under the Japanese G20 presidency. The G20 is made up of 19... Read more..

Source: Inside Waste

Global Renewable Energy Industry Employs 11 Million People

The International Renewable Energy Agency reported last week that 11 million people were employed in the renewable energy industry around the world in 2018, a 6% increase over 2017 and continued proof that the industry continues to increase its role in the global economy and energy mix. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) Renewable Energy and Jobs annual review, the global renewable energy sector employed 11 million people in 2018, up from 10.3 million in 2017. However, employment... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. Collaborates with Intellecap to Anchor ‘Circular Apparel Innovation Factory’ as Part of its Sustainability Strategy

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. (ABFRL) is joining a unique and pioneering industry-led platform, ‘Circular Apparel Innovation Factory’ (CAIF) in collaboration with Intellecap. CAIF is India’s first industry-led platform, aiming to build a circular apparel and textile industry in India. Its mission is to search, seed, support, and scale circular textile and apparel innovations in India by building an enabling ecosystem of brands, manufacturers, enterprises, and innovators across the value chain. Through... Read more..

Source: The Retail Times

Green power: Renewable energy use rises, but still behind target

Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab, Maharashtra and Telangana — which have 56% of the country's installed renewable capacity — could not fulfil the RPOs in FY19, though they all met the target in FY18. The use of renewable power by states is on the rise but is trailing the targets set by the power ministry. Among major states, only Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka met the renewable purchase obligation in FY18 and FY19. Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab, Maharashtra and Telangana — which have 56% of the... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

New Lithium-ion Battery Tech Charges 300 km in Just 10 mins

Chinese researchers have developed a high-energy Lithium-ion Battery (LIB) technology, which could enable a running distance of 300 km per 10 minutes of charging. The debut of a passenger car loaded with the 50-kWh battery pack was held in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported. "The key to this fast-charging technology is the R&D of fast lithium-ion conducting materials," said Zhou Xiaoping, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Hunan University and Chief... Read more..

Source: The Quint

US-based First Solar in talks to sell 45MW of solar assets in India

American solar panel maker First Solar is exploring a potential sale of around 45 megawatts (MW) of its solar power assets in India, two people aware of the development said. First Solar is a leading global provider of photovoltaic (PV) solar systems and has supplied solar panels worth over 20 gigawatts (GW), according to the company’s website. The company reported a revenue of $2.2 billion in 2018. “First Solar has started engaging with prospective buyers for sale of its solar assets of 45MW. These assets... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Indian farmers are using the sun to help water their crops

Hundreds of millions of people in India depend on farming for their livelihoods, but widespread droughts in recent years mean they often struggle to find enough water for their fields. Rain evaporates fast in the country's punishing summer heat, forcing farmers to rely on expensive and polluting diesel pumps to access groundwater for irrigation. A company called Khethworks is trying to fix the problem by harnessing one of the causes — the intense sunlight that's in plentiful supply almost all year round.... Read more..

Source: CNN

BHEL bags EPC orders for 200 MW Solar Power Plants worth Rs800cr from NTPC and GSECL

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited's (BHEL) Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) portfolio has surpassed 1 GW with the company winning two EPC orders for setting up SPV plants with a cumulative capacity of 200 MW. Valued at over Rs800cr, the orders have been secured from NTPC Ltd. and Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd (GSECL), reinforcing the company's position as a leading EPC player in the solar industry. Significantly, the NTPC order envisages setting up India's largest floating SPV plant of 100 MW capacity at... Read more..

Source: IIFL

Niti Aayog sets up task force to brainstorm on agriculture reforms

Federal policy think tank Niti Aayog, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday decided to set up a task force of state chief ministers and central ministers to prepare a blueprint for structural reforms in agriculture, vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar said during a briefing. The members of the task force and the timeframe for making recommendations will be announced shortly. At the meeting of the Niti Aayog's Governing Council, states sought central government assistance for tackling drought situation,... Read more..

Source: Livemint

India puts renewable power at the centre of G20 dialogue on energy

India on Saturday put renewable energy at the centrestage of the G20 dialogue on energy transition and global environment for sustainable growth. Addressing counterparts from 20 major economies assembled in Japan’s Karuiawa city, power minister R K Singh leveraged India’s rapid expansion of renewable power capacity and successful energy justice programme to underline a green path for future development. Singh said India is confident of meeting 40% of its power needs from renewable sources by 2030 as part of... Read more..

Source: Energy World- Economic Times

Budget 2019: Infrastructure, Renewable Sectors Seek Investment Boost

Representatives of the infrastructure and climate change sectors put forth Thursday their budget proposals to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who will present the full Union Budget 2019 on July 5. Measures to boost investment in the infrastructure sector, promotion of renewable energy and steps to bring down cost of projects were some of the suggestions that they made during their pre-budget meeting with the finance minister. The main areas of discussion during the meeting included issues relating to... Read more..

Source: Bloomberg Quint

India’s Greenko Gets $495 Million For 2.4 Gigawatts of Energy Storage Projects

One of India’s leading renewable energy project developers has achieved a major milestone in implementation of two ambitious energy storage projects in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Media outlets recently reported that Greenko Energy Holdings managed to secure equity investment worth $495 million to fund two pumped hydro energy storage projects it is currently working on in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. The equity investments have been made by Singapore government-backed group GIC and... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica

Honda 2Wheelers India To Reconsider Investment Plans, No EVs Till 2020

India's second largest two-wheeler manufacturer, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) had recently announced its plan of action for the launch of electric vehicles (EVs) in India. Recently, the Government of India proposed faster adoptions of EVs wherein the three-wheelers should be 100 per cent EV by 2023 and two-wheelers with a displacement of lower than 150cc by 2025. This decision was quickly termed as impractical by many manufacturers. In fact, Bajaj Auto and TVS, two of the top rank Indian two-... Read more..

Source: Overdrive

Latest 1.2 GW solar capacity awarded at Rs 2.54/kWh

The latest 1.2 GW solar auction conducted by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) saw lowest winning tariffs (Rs 2.54/kWh) approaching the same level as in February auction (Rs 2.55/kWh). Four companies emerged winners at Rs 2.54/kWh, with Ayana Renewable Power, ReNew Power and Azure Power bagging 300 MW each and Mahindra Susten 250 MW. Avaada Energy claimed the remaining 50 MW at Rs 2.55. The tender had a tariff ceiling of Rs 2.65/kWh. In July last year, an auction by SECI saw ACME Solar winning 600 MW... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine