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Hindalco to set up Rs 150 crore solar park in Odisha

Aditya Birla Group-owned Hindalco Industries is planning to set up a 24 Mw solar power plant within the premises of its aluminium plant at Lapanga in Sambalpur district.

"The 24 Mw solar plant planned by Hindalco will come up at its campus in Sambalpur. The company intends to invest Rs 150 crore in the project to be spread over 120 acres of land available with the company", said a government official.... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

China’s top solar module maker GCL-Poly Energy eyes India

China’s largest solar equipment maker GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd plans to invest in India, attracted by the nation’s emerging green economy.

As part of its India entry plan, GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd is in talks with Subhash Chandra’s Essel Group to set up a solar module manufacturing facility. The Hong Kong-listed firm, which acquired bankrupt SunEdison’s solar material business last year, also plans... Read more..

Source: livemint

NGT to hear air pollution matter today

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) will on Wednesday hear the air pollution matter.

The NGT which has fixed fines for farmers for burning agriculture waste, earlier on March 16 asked the Delhi Government and the four neighbouring states to inform it about the action plan to prevent pollution from crop burning after the harvesting season.

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Source: WebIndiia 123
Subject Tags: air pollution, NGT

Rajasthan to install 10,000 solar pumps

The state government will install 10,000 solar pumps in 2017-18 at a cost ₹395 crore, agriculture and animal husbandry minister Prabhu Lal Saini told the assembly on Tuesday.

Till now, only 3-5 horsepower (HP) pumps were included in this scheme, but now pumps of 7.5-10 HP will be included, he said. The minister said 35.52 lakh farmers have been provided soil health cards and soon cards will be provided to... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Railways aims to save up to Rs. 400 cr annually with a roadmap for buying recycled water

The Railways aims to cut down its water bill and save up to Rs. 400 crore annually with a roadmap for buying recycled water from private players.

With the dual aim of conserving the precious resource and reducing its consumption, the Railways will unveil its water policy, a first for the national transporter, for extensive use of treated water from water treatment plants for non—drinking purposes.... Read more..

Source: Business Line

India sanctions benchmarks costs for small-scale and rooftop solar

India has sanctioned the benchmark costs for grid-connected rooftop and small-scale solar PV plants for 2017/18, according to a Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) release.

Vinay Rustagi, managing director at consultancy firm Bridge to India, told PV Tech: “These numbers are essentially used to decide how much subsidy to give to rooftop companies.

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Source: PV-Tech

Government to crack the whip on 1,000 polluting industries along Ganga

The government has decided to crack the whip on 1,000 industrial units across five states along the Ganga that are continuing to empty untreated waste into the river.

After the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recently identified these 1,000 polluting industries, the Union water resources ministry under the Namami Gange programme has started a special drive to inspect them to find out if they are... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

US-based Evergreen Power in talks to raise $100 mn for India

US-based Evergreen Power is in talks with investors, including private equity, infrastructure funds and strategic investors, to raise up to $100 million in equity to ramp up its wind energy projects in India, its top executive told ET.

The company wants to bring 280 megawatts (MW) of wind energy online in the next 12 months in the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.

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Source: The Economic Times

Karnataka mulls competitive bidding for wind power

 After the success of the recent central government-sponsored auction of wind power capacity, Karnataka is looking to do the same.

Wind power companies have always sold energy at rates fixed by the respective State electricity regulatory commissions, and these feed-in tariffs have ruled around ₹4.50 a kWhr.

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Source: Business Line

Two Solar plants come up in Andamans, to replace 47 MW of diesel-run

Authorities plan to set up Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) power plants in two sites of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is currently underway, a report by ‘The Indian Express’ has said. As per the reports two power plants has battery storage of to 25 MW, which is just shortage half of the island’s present operational generation capacity. The project is aimed at replacing 47 MW of diesel-run generation capacity that provides electricity to the habitable parts of archipelago of over 572 islands in the Bay of Bengal, near... Read more..

Source: The Financial Express

Electrification drive: REC averages 30,000 new connections per week

India is in electrification overdrive, with about 30,000 new electricity connections being granted every week. The Union power ministry is mapping the progress live on a website and is also measuring changes in lifestyle in the recently electrified villages, collecting largest data of its kind. NITI Aayog, the Centre’s premier think tank, has advocated that other ministries use this data for other social welfare schemes.

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Source: The Economic Times

Government collects Rs 21,129 crore as Clean Environment Cess in Apr-Jan

The government today said an amount of Rs 21,128.59 crore has been collected as Clean Environment Cess from across the country in the April-January period of the ongoing fiscal.

Of the Rs 21,128.59 crore, the component of central excise was Rs 20,285.27 crore and the component of Customs was Rs 843.32 crore, Minister of State for Coal and Power Piyush Goal said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Noida and Greater Noida authorities to select agency for processing solid waste

The Noida and Greater Noida authorities on Monday started the process of selecting a private agency for processing solid waste to make compost and bricks at the Astoli landfill site.

Around 660 metric tonnes of municipal waste is generated every day in Noida and 200 metric tonnes in Greater Noida. Since the cities were carved out, Noida in 1976 and Greater Noida in 1992, the waste has been dumped on vacant... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Zynergy to set up solar module manufacturing unit at Nellore

Zynergy Solar Products & Services has outlined its move to set up a ₹520 crore solar module and solar cell manufacturing unit in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh.

The Industries and Commerce Department of Andhra Pradesh has extended several benefits to Zynergy, a subsidiary of Alectrona Energy of Chennai. The project entails a ₹110 crore module unit and ₹410 crore cell manufacturing unit.... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Ferrero India installs Maharashtra’s biggest roof top solar installation in Baramati, Pune

Ferrero, globally renowned chocolate and confectionary company announced the installation of 1.5 MW capacity solar power project at its manufacturing facility at Baramati. This is Maharashtra’s biggest roof top Solar Power installation.

Ferrero is one of the few food companies in India to install solar power at their manufacturing unit in India.

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Source: NRI News 24X7

India's solar capacity to cross 20GW in next 15 months: Piyush Goyal

India's solar power generation capacity would cross 20,000 MW in the next 15 months from the current level of 10,000 MW, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said.

"On 10th of March this year the installed solar power capacity in India has crossed 10,000 MW, four times the installed capacity three years back, which in next 15 months would cross 20,000 MW," a Power Ministry statement quoted the minister as saying.... Read more..

Source: Deccan Chronicle

Carbon dioxide emissions flat for three years: International Energy Agency (IEA)

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency, signalling a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity.

Energy-related emissions stood at 32.1 gigatonnes last year, the same as the previous two years, while the global economy grew 3.1 per cent.

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Source: Business Standard

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister advocates rooftop solar energy

The Himachal Pradesh capital is adaptable for tapping rooftop solar energy and it will be a profitable venture, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Saturday.

He said the remote district of Lahaul-Spiti also has enormous potential for generation of solar power and the state will soon take the lead in generating solar power.

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Source: India.Com

Telangana set to lead India in solar power generation by year-end

Energy minister G Jagadishwar Reddy said that Telangana is set to become the biggest solar power generating state in the country by the end of this year.

Currently, Rajasthan, which generates 1,300 MW solar power, tops the list. As of now, Telangana expects to have an installed capacity of 1,456 MW of solar power by April this year and that is expected to touch 2,000 MW by the end of this year. The state has... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) to generate power from municipal waste

 Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), India’s largest steel maker in public sector, will set up a processing plant for generating power from municipal solid waste generated in Bhilai township, company officials said on Saturday.

The processing plant would utilise pyrolysis/ biomethanation/ RDF based Municipal solid waste technology or any other gasification technology for ‘Waste to Energy’ power generation.... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority drafts mega plan to fight Delhi’s pollution

The Delhi-NCR belt, a pollution hotspot, needs a drastic reduction in level of pollutants, by up to 76 per cent in some areas, and several radical interventions for its air to meet safe standards.

The observation and the proposals are part of a new plan drafted by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority which have been submitted to the Supreme Court recently. The report focuses on 13 key... Read more..

Source: Free Press Journal

Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) bids for 50 MW solar power

Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA), the State nodal agency for promoting renewable energy, is bidding in Tangedco’s tender for procuring 500 MW of solar power.

TEDA has bid for 50 MW capacity in the tender at a price of Rs. 4.44 per kilo watt hour, making it the second highest in terms of capacity. Rays Power Infra Pvt. Ltd had bid for Rs. 4.40/kwh for setting up 100 MW capacity, which was the... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

US ‘forces G20 to drop any mention of climate change’

Financial officials from the world’s biggest economies have dropped from a joint statement any mention of financing action on climate change, reportedly following pressure from the US and Saudi Arabia.

Finance ministers from the G20, which comprises more than 80 percent of the global economy, debated the wording of their final joint statement on trade at their summit in the German resort of Baden-Baden.... Read more..

Source: Pune Mirror

First Solar may sell about 200MW of assets in India

American solar panel maker First Solar is exploring the sale of almost 190-200 megawatts (MW) of its solar power assets in India, two people aware of the development said.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems and has supplied solar panels worth over 17 gigawatts (GW), globally, according to the company’s website.

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Source: livemint

Solar power: Regulator rejects Kerala Irrigation Infrastructure Development Corporation (KIIDC) application

The Kerala state electricity regulatory commission (KSERC) has rejected an application submitted by Kerala irrigation infrastructure development corporation (KIIDC) to determine tariff for the proposed floating solar PV project planned at Chulliyar dam in Palakkad.

The commission disposed of the application by citing several discrepancies and unrealistic claims presented by KIIDC before the commission... Read more..

Source: The Times of India