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Waste Management Guntur Municipal Corporation inks MoU with ITC

Guntur Municipal Corporation entered into an agreement with ITC to maintain zero level garbage in the 23 and 24 wards in Guntur city. At a programme held here on Monday, GMC commissioner Challa Anuradha entered an agreement with the ITC. The ITC has taken up the programme under Public Private Community Partnership Programme on solid waste management (SWM) under Mission Sunehra Kal Programme which will be in force... Read more..

Source: The Hans India

Tamil Nadu at 9th place in world on utilising renewable power

The report, “power-industry transition, here and now”, includes case studies of markets – ranked by relative share of reliance on variable renewables – that include Denmark, South Australia, Uruguay, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Texas, California, and Tamil Nadu.
While Denmark had a share of 52.8% of the total wind and solar generation in 2017, Tamil Nadu’s share was 14.3% and stood at ninth place. “We show how nine leading countries and regions have adapted to high market shares of wind and solar power... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Sunseap and InfraCo Asia partner on 168MW solar project in Vietnam

Singapore-based renewables firm Sunseap International has signed an agreement with InfraCo Asia Development to jointly develop a 168MW solar project in Vietnam, with negotiations for a PPA ongoing. Allard Nooy, CEO of InfraCo Asia, told PV Tech that this is the first utility-scale solar project in Vietnam to receive prime minister approval. The JV is currently in negotiations to get a bankable PPA in place and Nooy... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Panasonic & Enphase Energy Form Strategic Partnership Focused On High-Efficiency Solar AC Modules

Panasonic Corporation of North America and Enphase Energy have formed a new strategic partnership focused on the development of high efficiency AC Modules (ACMs), according to an email sent to CleanTechnica.

As a result, beginning in May 2018 the 320W Enphase IQ 7X Microinverter — offering compatibility with Panasonic’s N series Photovoltaic (PV) Modules HIT (N325/N330) — will be made available to... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica

Railways to issue tenders for solar projects on its unused land

The Indian Railways will call tenders to award contracts to set up 3,000 mw of solar power projects on its unused land, rail and coal minister Piyush Goyal said.

State-run lignite miner and power producer NLC India will also bid aggressively for the contracts, the minister said while addressing the media on Tuesday.

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Source: Energy World

IL&FS Energy looks to buy 150 MW solar assets

IL&FS Energy Development Company, involved in setting up of solar parks in public private partnership (PPP) with state governments, is looking at acquiring close to 150 MW of solar assets, and it has initially zeroed in on 9 projects to help it get there. The decision to buy solar assets comes close on the heels of the company selling its 40 MW solar asset in MP to IDFC Alternatives. The transaction was confirmed by the company to FE.

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Source: Financial Express

Wind auction bids stay on the lower side between Rs 2.47 and 2.65 per unit

The country’s largest ever wind auction of 2,000 MW has received bids ranging from Rs 2.47 to Rs 2.65 per unit, close to the record low ofRs 2.43, from major players in the sector. The auction, being conducted by Solar Corporation of India (SECI), began at 4.30 pm on Tuesday and was continuing at the time of going to press.

It had developers shortlisted, including many of the marquee names in the business,... Read more..

Source: Energy World

Hartek Power surpasses 1,000 Mw installed solar capacity

Punjab-based solar power solutions provider Hartek Group today said its power system business surpassed the 1,000-mw-capacity-mile-stone in solar installations across the country.

"From 598 mw capacity as of March 2017, solar power system EPC projects executed by Hartek Power have now gone up to 1,143 mw, registering nearly a twofold growth," company said in a statement.

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Source: Energy World

Advanced waste to energy plant will be set up at Njeliyanparamba in Kozhikode

Minister for Local Administration KT Jaleel here on Tuesday said that a private company has come forward to set up an advanced waste to energy plant in the limit of Kozhikode Corporation.

Addressing the gathering after commissioning the Plastic Recycling Plant and shredding unit set up by the Kozhikode Corporation at the West Hill Industrial estate, he said, the advanced plant which will produce electricity... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Rockefeller Foundation and cKers Finance Partner to Develop the Decentralized Renewable Energy Sector

The Rockefeller Foundation today announced it is investing in cKers Finance, India’s only catalytic debt provider for asset financing in sustainable energy sectors, with the aim of scaling up the country’s nascent decentralized renewable energy (DRE) industry.

DRE solutions have emerged as among the most promising solutions to connect the 300 million Indians who are currently living with little to no... Read more..

Source: Sustainability Outlook

How Rajasthan is making rapid strides in power generation

Rajasthangovernment in its last Budget claimed that in the last four years, 6,700 MW of powerwas added to the state's power generation capacity. The state made rapid strides in the non-conventional energy sector with the generation of 3161 MW of power from solar power alone.

Due to the increase in the efficiency of the power production, coal per power unit has come down, it claimed.

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Source: Energy World

Out of 18,450 villages without electricity, over 16,000 now electrified: R K Singh

Union Minister of State for Power and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh said that the government was committed to providing electricty to un-electrified households by 2019. 

He said that out of the 18,450 villages without electricity, more than 16,800 had been given power supply as on date. 

Speaking to... Read more..

Source: Energy World

Already facing water scarcity, Gujarat will now battle power crisis

While the Gujarat government has publicly conceded that there will be a water crisis this summer, there is also now the possibility of a power crisis. The state government is already facing lot of issues and it is likely that power demand will go much higher in summer and the state will have to buy power from the open market to meet demand.

A key source close to the development said, "Power demand has... Read more..

Source: Energy World

JinkoSolar adds name to ARENA project intended to reduce solar cell conversion losses

A research project to identify solar cell conversion losses and provide commercial solutions, which was initiated in December 2017 by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has attracted ‘Silicon Module Super League' (SMSL) leader JinkoSolar.

The project, which is being lead by the Australian National University (ANU) and The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has attracted $29.2 million in... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

New Science-Based Goals, Carbon Pricing Scheme to Help Heineken ‘Drop the C’

Heineken has unveiled a new sustainability strategy that will see the brewer increase renewable energy production, set science-based targets across distribution, cooling and packaging, and pilot an internal carbon pricing scheme.

Heineken’s Drop the C program aims to grow the company’s share of renewable thermal energy and electricity production from 14 to 70 percent by 2030. This implies an 80 percent... Read more..

Source: Sustainable Brands

Gujarat power utility floats 500 Megawatt solar power tender

 After successfully completing bidding to source 500MW solar power last year, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has floated another tender to procure 500MW from grid-connected solar photovoltaic power projects through competitive bidding. There is also a greenshoe option for the purchase of an additional 500MW.

GUVNL invited bids for solar power to fulfil its renewable power purchase obligations (RPPO... Read more..

Source: Energy World

First International Solar Alliance Summit in March

 India is preparing to host the mega inaugural International Solar Alliance Summit in Delhi on March 11 in the presence of more than a dozen leaders, including those from Asia, Pacific and South America, to set the ball rolling for the country's leadership in providing affordable renewable energy. 

The big draw at the summit will be the French President Emanuel Macron, who will be on a state visit to India... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

NTPC may borrow Rs 16,000 crore to add 6,900 MW by March 2019

State-run power giant NTPC may borrow about Rs 16,000 crore next financial year for adding 6,900 MW of fresh electricity generation capacity by March 2019.

"The corporation may hit the bonds or debt market to borrow about Rs 16,000 crore during the next financial year for financing the ongoing projects," a source said.

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Source: Energy World

Tamil Nadu set to harness more renewable energy

Tamil Nadu, which is a pioneer in renewable energy generation, will be adding an additional 9.5 giga watts (GW) by 2022, said Vikram Kapur, Principal Secretary in the Department of Energy, on Friday.

He was speaking at the grand finale of Carbon Zero Challenge-2018, a south India renewable energy innovation contest organised by the United States Consulate and IIT-Madras. The contest saw participation of 25... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

Power Minister launches portal, mobile app for fly ash utilisation

 Power Minister R K Singh today launched a web-based monitoring system and a fly-ash mobile application which would act as an interface between producers and consumers. 

These platforms will enable better management of the ash produced by thermal power plants by providing an interface between fly ash producers (thermal Power Plants) and potential ash users such as road contractors, cement plants etc. ... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Indian Electric Vehicle Market To Grow In Double Digits: Assocham

The Indian electric vehicles (EV) market is expected to grow at double digit rates till 2020, while the nascent telematics market is also poised to develop at a much faster rate, industry chamber Assocham said on Sunday. The EV industry in the country is at a nascent stage, comprising less than one per cent of total vehicle sales and is dominated at 95 per cent by two-wheelers, an Assocham study done with global advisory services firm EY said.
"Stricter emission norms, reducing battery prices and... Read more..

Source: NDTV

Thailand's biggest solar firm plans $1.76 bln in Vietnam wind projects

Thailand's largest solar energy company, Superblock Pcl, plans to invest 56 billion baht ($1.76 billion) to install 700 megawatts (MW) of wind farms in Vietnam, the company's Chairman Jormsup Lochaya told Reuters on Friday.

The first phase of the investment will cost 20.7 billion baht and consist of three near-shore farms with 142 MW of capacity in Bac Lieu province, 98 MW in Soc Trang province and 100 MW in... Read more..

Source: Energy World

Reliance Infrastructure bags Rs 567 crore NTPC order In Haryana

Leading EPC player RelianceInfrastructure has bagged a Rs 567 crore order from the state-run power major National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to build a flue gas Desulphurisation (FGD) plant at its 1500 MW (3 x 500 MW) power plant at Jhajjar in Haryana. 

The scope of the work includes design, engineering, manufacture, erection and civil work, as well as testing and commissioning of the FGD system. ... Read more..

Source: Energy World

Solar power to light up Bhopal's Tatya Tope Multipurpose stadium

Adding yet another feather to its cap, the Tatya Tope Multipurpose Stadium in the state capital has become the first non-cricket stadium in the country which is completely powered by solar energy. The stadium is being owned and maintained by the sports department.

With the green power, the stadium would be able to save its electricity bill by 60% per month. Sports minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia said the... Read more..

Source: Energy World

High Court decision on solar imports duty likely on February 13

The fate of the petition filed against the preliminary recommendation of the Director General (Safeguards) to impose 70% safeguard duty on imported solar panels and modules is likely to be decided on February 13. The date was fixed following a second hearing of the case on February 2.

Solar developer Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Capital, part of the Shapoorji Pallonji group, had moved the Madras High... Read more..

Source: Energy World