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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

India plans to use satellites to monitor air pollution

India’s apex pollution regulator — Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) — is planning to use satellite data for air pollution monitoring. It will help the regulator in expanding air pollution monitoring in areas where ground-based network does not exist.

“We are in touch with the department of space, we are exploring the possibility of using the satellite-based observations with ground-based measurements... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Delhi breathes poison again as pollution rises to hazardous levels

The capital woke up to a gloomy and dusty Wednesday morning with several pollution monitoring stations reporting PM 2.5 levels in the hazardous zone.

After almost a week of relatively safe air quality, Delhi's pollution levels began rising northwards from late Tuesday. A haze descended over the city and adjoining areas with fine dust and particulate matters being brought in by low-speed winds. On Wednesday... Read more..

Source: Zee News

Karnataka regulator pegs wind power ceiling tariff at Rs 3.45 per unit

Karnataka’s power regulator has fixed a ceiling tariff of Rs 3.45 per unit for wind auctions in the state and directed that all future purchases of wind power should be solely through competitive bidding.

Only a few states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have held wind auctions after they were initiated by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) early last year. Karnataka has yet to hold a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: PPA, SECI, wind power, wind tariff

PepsiCo India pilots plant-based packaging for Frito-Lay and KurKure snacks to address plastic waste

PepsiCo India will launch its first plant-based packaging for Frito-Lay and KurKure snack ... Read more..

Source: Bakery & Snacks

BHEL bags Rs 125 crore contract for solar power plants in Gujarat

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), the country’s largest power equipment manufacturer, today announced it has bagged two orders worth Rs 125 crore for setting up solar photo voltaic power projects in Gujarat.

The first order for a 20 Megawatt (Mw) plant has been placed by Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited (GACL), while the other for setting up a 10 Mw power plant has been received from Gujarat State... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Noida to collect only segregated waste

The Noida Authority will not pick up unsegregated waste from residential sectors after June 30. This was announced by ACEO R K Mishra, who maintained that residents are requested to ensure segregation of domestic, municipal waste at their doorsteps.

Sector RWAs were also intimated to ensure setting up of compost machines (to be provided on ... Read more..

Source: Times of India

200 Inspectors to check plastic ban in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken a step ahead in the strict implementation of the plastic ban in the city. They have decided to deploy 200 inspectors to catch hold of defaulters and fine them for using plastic. "The officers will take action against anyone found using plastic in markets, standalone shops. The 200 officials will be given an authorisation... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis
Subject Tags: plastic ban, sustainable

Tata Power Renewable wins 150 Mw Solar PV project in Maharashtra

 Private power producer Tata Power today announced its 100 per cent subsidiary Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd (TPREL) has won a 150 Megawatt (Mw) Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) project on a long-term basis in Maharashtra. 

The renewable energy firm will sign a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) which will be subject to the approval of Maharashtra... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Canadian pension fund to issue green bonds

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), which has been actively investing in renewables over the last year, now plans to issue its inaugural Green Bond, and it claims to be the first pension fund to do so.

The additional funding will go towards CPPIB increasing its holdings in renewables, particularly wind and solar, as well as water management and energy efficient buildings.

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Source: PV-Tech

Kia plans to produce EVs, hybrids in India; targets 2021 for launch

South Korean auto maker Kia plans to roll out electric and hybrid vehicles from its upcoming plant at Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh and is targeting to launch an electric vehicle in India by 2021, said a top company official.

Kia Motors India, the wholly-owned arm of Kia Motors Corporation, has lined also up three models to be launched here in the next three years as part of its plans to enter the market. It... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

New Carbon Capture Technology Slashes Cost Per Ton

A new carbon capture process to make fuel at an industrial plant brings the cost down to between $94 and $232 per ton compared to previous estimates of $600 per ton. The technology could help drive a market for low-carbon synthetic fuels.

Led by Harvard professor of applied physics David Keith and described in the peer-reviewed research journal Joule, the findings are based on three years of carbon capture... Read more..

Source: Environmental Leader

Punjab to boost setting up of biomass plants to stop stubble burning pollution

To rid Punjab of stubble burning pollution, the State Government has entered into agreements with four big companies and has also started work on setting up the biomass power plants.

“With the commencement of these projects in Punjab, on one hand, pollution from crop residue will decrease, and on the other, the farmers will reap economic benefit. The project commencement will also generate employment for... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer