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Solar rooftop makers yet to get Centre’s Rs 200 crore subsidy in Gujarat

Solar rooftop system manufacturers, who pass on subsidy benefits to customers and later recover the amount from governments in the state and Centre, have not been paid their subsidy dues by the central government since September last. The total outstanding subsidy amount has surged to Rs200 crore for which 118 solar rooftop system manufacturers approved by Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) have moved heaven and earth but to no avail.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Green Energy Association to move to Supreme Court against APTEL's order on Renewable Energy Certificates

Industry body Green Energy Association today said it will move the Supreme Court against the tribunal APTEL’s order which upheld power regulator CERC’s ruling reducing forbearance and floor price of renewable energy certificates (RECs) of solar and non-solar energy.

“The said order is completely insensitive to renewable energy. Green Energy Association will appeal against this order with full might and very... Read more..

Source: India.com

Madras High Court dismisses plea against 70% solar imports safeguard

The Madras High Court has dismissed the petition challenging the Directorate General of Safeguards’ recommendation of 70% safeguard duty on import of solar panels and modules, according to three sources close to the development. 

An oral order was delivered on Monday while the written one comes on Tuesday. 

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Source: The Economic Times

China develops 3D conic device to increase solar-thermal conversion

Chinese scientists have developed a new device of 3D hollow-cone structure that can greatly increase the solar-thermal conversion efficiency. 

The device, named 'Artificial Transpiration' by Zhu Jia and his team from the Nanjing University, is inspired by the transpiration process of trees, an article recently published online by the National Science Review, an English language journal affiliated to the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Ola to launch 10,000 electric vehicles over 12 months under Mission Electric programme

SoftBank-backed cab aggregator Ola today said it plans to add 10,000 electric vehicles, a majority being e-rickshaws, to its platform over the next 12 months as part of its 'Mission Electric' programme.

The Bengaluru-based company is aiming to get one million electric vehicles on its platform by 2021 to boost the electric vehicle ecosystem in the country.

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Source: ET Energyworld

NHPC’s 50 MW solar project in Tamil Nadu synchronised with grid

State-run NHPC today said it has synchronised a 50 MW solar PV project at Theni/Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu with the grid.

The project was synchronised with the grid last month in presence of the commissioning team consisting of senior officers from TANGEDCO and the NHPC project officials, an NHPC statement said.

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Source: India.com

India’s Andhra Pradesh opens tender for 35 MW of rooftop solar

The New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) is seeking proposals for the construction of 35 MW of rooftop solar plants in the southeastern Indian state.

The empanelment tender is for projects with capacities of between 1 kW and 500 kW, to be developed at various locations across Andhra Pradesh. NREDCAP will await proposals by May 3, 2018.

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Source: Renewables Now

No License required for EV charging infrastructure: Power Ministry

Setting up charging stations for electric vehicles does not need a separate licence under the Electricity Act of 2003, the government has said, giving a big boost to ambitious EV plans. 

The clarification follows confusion over whether during charging of battery for use in electric vehicles, the charging station performs any activity of transmission, distribution or trading of electricity, which would... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

China interested in joining International Solar Alliance

China has expressed interest in joining the International Solar Alliance (ISA), a treaty based inter-governmental alliance of 121 sunshine-rich countries that lie fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. 

"A major take away for India was that China has expressed interest in joining the International Solar Alliance mooted by India," NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar said. He was... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Government extends phase-I of FAME India scheme for six months

The central government said that it has extended the phase-1 of FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles) India scheme for a further period of six months up to September 30, 2018.

According to a notification issued by the Department of Heavy Industry, the phase-1 of the FAME scheme was to run for two years 2015-16 and 2016-17, which commenced from April 1, 2015.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Bangladesh wants to buy solar power from India

In what will give India’s energy diplomacy a boost, power-starved Bangladesh wants to buy at least 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity from large solar parks being set up in Gujarat and Rajasthan, said a senior official in the Sheikh Hasina-led government.

Fostering cross-border energy trade is an important part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s South Asia-focused neighbourhood-first policy, with India also... Read more..

Source: livemint

Siemens Gamesa not to bid for wind projects, will focus on EPC market

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, the second-largest wind turbine maker in the world, will stay away from bidding for Indian wind power projects owing to changes in regulatory policy.

The company, however, is looking at a strong engineering procurement and construction (EPC) market in the country as the demand for cost-efficient wind turbine generators grows.

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Source: Business Standard

BHEL's proposed solar plant stuck in limbo as MP govt keen to use site for events

Despite getting the Centre's clearances for the solar power plant that BHEL proposes to set up on its own land on the city outskirts, the project is yet to take off as the Madhya Pradesh government apparently wants to keep the site open for public and political events.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) plans to set up the plant on 50 acres of land at Jamboree Maidan on the outskirts of the state... Read more..

Source: Daily News and Analysis

REI introduces new sustainability standards

REI Co-op, a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle, has debuted product sustainability standards that apply to over 1,000 brands sold at the co-op to elevate sustainability across the outdoor and retail industries. REI’s standards will make it easier for millions of outdoor enthusiasts to choose more sustainable products. 

The announcement, made as the co-op celebrates its 80th year, marks a... Read more..

Source: Fibre to Fashion

NGT seeks details of industries in Ghaziabad, Hapur

The National Green Tribunal has sought a detailed list of various industries of Ghaziabad and Hapur districts on a plea alleging that incessant extraction of groundwater has led to severe depletion of water table in the area.

A bench of Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore ordered the respective District Industries Corporations (DIC) to submit the the lists by the next date of hearing on April 25, failing which, it... Read more..

Source: India.com

Tirupur may get power from sludge with aid from Gates Foundation

If everything goes well, the city would in the near future generate electricity from faecal sludge. According to sources, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has approached the Tirupur Corporation to set up a power plant to generate electricity out of septage management.

Having entered an oral agreement with the corporation, the foundation is now surveying households to calculate the raw materials (faecal... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

EESL to instal smart meters across 75,000 Delhi households

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) will replace 75,000 conventional electricity meters with smart meters in Delhi.

A company statement said that EESL has signed a memorandum of understanding with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) for the same.

As per the MoU, EESL will fund, build, operate and... Read more..

Source: Business Line
Subject Tags: eesl, sector news, smart meters

25 Megawatt waste-to-power plant to be constructed in Gurugram

A power plant costing Rs 502 crore will be constructed in village Bandhwari of Gurugram district to generate electricity from waste under the Integrated Solid Waste Management Scheme. 

To be set up by August 2019, this plant would generate 25 MW of electricity. 

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Source: ET Energyworld

Government to light up 192 villages with 100 per cent power in Maharashtra

This April 14, BR Ambedkar's birth anniversary, will be an "illuminating" one for 192 Dalit-dominated villages in the state. From Saturday, these villages, which are spread over more than 20 districts, will be electrified 100%. 

Most residents of these villages are economically backward, said an official. "We will ensure that every household gets a power supply. Though some houses in these villages had power... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Andhra Pradesh reservoir to have floating solar power plant

In a move to set-up of a floating solar power plant in Andhra Pradesh, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has started construction of a 2MW floating solar farm at Mudarsarlova reservoir.

The Mudasarlova reservoir, located in Hanumanthawaka, provides around one million gallons of drinking water per day. 

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Source: ET Energyworld

Power Ministry offers to supply e-cars to central government departments

The power ministry has offered to supply electric cars to central government departments, which can either lease or purchase them — a move that can raise demand for such vehicles by about 5 lakh. The proposed move will be a big boost for automobile majors such as Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra, which have already bagged orders to supply e-vehicles. Foreign foreign firms such as Nissan and China’s BYD are also potential gainers.

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Source: ET Energyworld

India's investment in renewable energy down by 24%, Modi's target of 175GW by 2022 looks difficult: UN report

A United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report has regretted that India’s investment chart in renewable energy has been “oscillating in the $6-14 billion range since 2010 – still not reaching the sort of levels that would be required for that country to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious goals for 2022” -- 175 gigawatts (GW).

Prepared jointly by UNEP’s Economy Division, Frankfurt School-UNEP... Read more..

Source: Counterview

SAFAR to identify, mark 26 sources of Delhi pollution

The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) on Thursday kickstarted its mission to identify and mark locations of 26 sources within the national capital which pollute the air.

Launching a mega emission inventory campaign here, SAFAR mobilised 100 students and researchers from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.

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Source: Web India 123
Subject Tags: air pollution, air quality

Maharashtra extends deadline to dispose banned plastic items to three months

TWENTY DAYS after the state government issued a notification banning various single-use plastic items, the Maharashtra Environment department on Wednesday removed the ban on less than 0.5 litre plastic bottles and also extended the deadline from one month to three for disposal of existing banned items for consumers, retailers, traders and manufacturers. It also means that users or customers will not be fined for three months, said officials.

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Source: Indian Express
Subject Tags: plastic, waste management

Centre to set up a certification authority for calibration of pollution measuring instruments

Noting that the absence of standardised pollution-measuring instruments has sometimes led to inaccurate air and water pollution data, the Centre has decided to set up a certification authority for calibration of all such equipments in the country.

At present, different agencies use non-calibrated instruments at different measuring stations and this has led to variation in collected data.

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Source: The Times of India