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SECI tweaks 1.2 GW renewables plus storage tender

In August Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) had invited bids to set up an aggregate 1,200 MW of capacity with Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS)-connected wind/solar/wind-solar hybrid projects, along with energy storage, throughout India. The projects—to be developed on a ‘build-own-operate’ basis—will be awarded through an e-bidding process, followed by a reverse auction. A single RE developer can bid for any capacity from 50 MW to 600 MW, quoted only in multiples of 10 MW. SECI shall enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the successful bidders for a period of 25... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine India

Corporate, PE investments in EV start-ups grow 170% in 2019 to $397 mn

Driven by the belief that the next wave of disruption for India’s automobile industry will be led by electric vehicles (EVs), corporate and private equity (PE) investors seem to be increasing their bets on start-ups working in this space. Investment flows into such start-ups in 2019 (until the end of November) have grown nearly 170 per cent to $397 million, compared with $147 million in the first 11 months of last year. The $306-million investment in Ola Electric Mobility by SoftBank Corp, the Arun Sarin family, Ratan Tata and Matrix, in two tranches — $56 million in February and $250... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Coal-based power's market share at decade low, green energy nearly doubles

The market share of coal-fired power plants to total generation in the country has slumped to a decade low as renewable power gains currency, a study showed. A report by US-based think tank, Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis (IEEFA) says while coal-fired power generation is on track to represent 71.8 per cent of total generation (54.5 per cent of capacity) in 2019-20, this is a decade low market share. To substantiate, the report adds that the total generation from renewable is set to nearly double from three years earlier, exceeding the share of green energy in total... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

M3M to develop smart city on 165-acre land it bought from Sahara

Real estate firm M3M India Pvt Ltd said on Tuesday it will develop a smart city on a large land parcel in National Capital Region (NCR) it had bought from Sahara Group in 2014, for ₹1211 crore. Of the 185 acres M3M had bought from Sahara, the township will come up on 165 acres. It will be a mixed-use development with both residential and commercial office and retail components. On Tuesday, M3M signed an agreement with Sweden-based companies such as Sweco AB, Urban Tech Sweden and Urban Systems urbs AB to collaborate on the project, which will take around ten years to be fully developed.... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Hyundai to enhance special services for Kona EV

Hyundai Motor India Ltd has announced the enhancement of special services for the Kona EV to offer the customers convenience at all touchpoints. The automaker is offering multiple EV charging options to the buyers of the electric SUV. In a release, the South Korean auto major said, it is providing AC 7.2 KW charger to all customers along with the car to ensure fast charging. Also, it has installed AC 7.2 KW chargers at all 15 EV dealers in 11 cities across India, claimed Hyundai. Hyundai has partnered with Allianz Worldwide Partners to make Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) charging facility... Read more..

Source: ET Auto

Taiwanese EV firm forms JV with Renon India to produce battery packs

Taiwanese electric vehicle (EV) maker Ahamani EV Tech has formed a joint venture with Gujarat based battery maker Renon India on Tuesday to produce battery packs for Indian Automobile market. The new joint venture aims to provide reliable & cutting-edge technology battery packs with higher lifecycle to automakers domestically as the EV market expands to meet evolving consumer needs and to address issues related to energy and climate change, the company said in a release. There has been a joint investment of USD 3.7 million in the JV company to build customized battery packs. The JVC is... Read more..

Source: ET Auto

India-Sweden join forces against stubble burning to deal with air pollution

The India-Sweden Dialogue on innovations for sustainable development and partnership that took off on Monday saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sweden's King Carl Gustaf do a virtual launch of the technology, tested in pilot mode, that can be useful in combatting the problem of stubble burning. The stubble burning in states surrounding Delhi is seen as one of the major factors behind the post Diwali smog and rise in pollution. Currently operational in pilot mode, the technology involving a torrification process converts paddy straw to green bio coal. The pilot located in Mohali's... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Prakriti E-Mobility to roll out Evera electric cab service in NCR

Prakriti E-Mobility Pvt Ltd, a start-up based out of New Delhi, co-founded by Nimish Trivedi, Vikas Bansal and Rajeev Tiwari is launching Evera, a fleet of electric cabs in Delhi-NCR, informed the company in a release. This e-cab service will be app-based and will be rolled out this month. In its first phase, Prakriti plans to introduce 500 EVs on the Evera platform with a target to scale it up to 5,000 vehicles within two years, claims the company. It will partner with EV manufacturers for fleet of zero-emission vehicles. Commenting on the service, Nimish Trivedi, Co-Founder and CEO,... Read more..

Source: ET Auto

Revolt Intellicorp starts delivery of RV400 in Pune

Revolt Intellicorp has today commenced deliveries of the first batch of its RV400 electric motorcycles in Pune. These e-bikes will be handed over to customers as per the booking sequence from the two Revolt Hubs in Kalyani Nagar, and ICC Tech Park, S.B.Road, informed the company in a release. Revolt informs, with commencing deliveries in Pune, bikes are already rolling out of the production line and the company aims to close all deliveries at the earliest. Rahul Sharma, Founder, Revolt Intellicorp Pvt. Ltd, said, “Electric Vehicles are becoming increasingly popular in Pune and we could see... Read more..

Source: ET Auto

Rajasthan: New solar power scheme to light up lives of rural farmers

A solar power scheme to generate income for farmers from their infertile land was launched last week. The proposal floated on Saturday requesting applications for setting up plants with capacity ranging from 0.5 to 2 megawatt would also benefit the discoms, and fulfil a long-standing demand of small solar power developers. As per the scheme under the Centre’s Kusum programme, the farmers who have no money to invest, they can also lease out the land to private developers and receive an annual income. “This is part of the decentralized power generation strategy where the plants would be... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Assam tenders for supply of 100 electric buses

Under Phase-II of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India (FAME II) Scheme, Assam State Transport Corporation has invited proposals from eligible operators and bus manufacturers for supply, operation and maintenance of 100 electric buses in the cities of Guwahati, Silchar and Jorhat. The bus operator will be awarded the contract on gross cost basis. Bidding is open to single bidders (original equipment manufacturers, operators or aggregators), joint ventures and consortia having maximum two members. To be eligible, the joint venture or consortium must include an OEM... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine India

Punjab govt in talks with Japan for launch of electric buses

The Punjab government on Monday said it is in talks with Japan to launch electric buses based on the Japanese model of state-of-the-art quick charge lithium ion batteries. The project will begin with a pilot of five buses in Chandigarh and Patiala. The government will take forward the discussions on the Japanese electric vehicle (EV) corridor during the upcoming Progressive Punjab Investors Summit 2019 in which Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), a Japanese government-related organisation, is partnering for the country session. JETRO promotes mutually beneficial trade and investment... Read more..

Source: The Week

Toxin-laced bubbles cover beach in India's latest pollution scare

A menacing white foam covered one of India's most famous beaches in Chennai for the fourth straight day on Monday creating a new pollution hazard for the country. Children have been playing and taking selfies in the clouds of white suds on Marina Beach, even though they give off an acrid smell and fishermen have been told not to go into the sea nearby. Doctors have warned that skin problems could be caused by the foam, which forms every monsoon season but has been particularly bad this year. Word has not got through to the hundreds of families who throng India's longest urban beach,... Read more..

Source: Al Jazeera

Coimbatore civic body to open its second solar power plant

Almost 10 months after the solar power plant at Ukkadam started generating power, the city corporation is all set to inaugurate its second solar power plant at Kavundampalayam. The plant with the capacity to generate 1MW power was built at a cost Rs 5.5 crore. “The installation work has been completed and all necessary approvals have been obtained to commission the plant. We will inaugurate it at the earliest,” said a corporation source, who didn’t want to be named. The plant, which consists of 3,168 solar panels with a capacity of 320watts each, has been set up across 5.5 acres within the... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Air pollution: Delhi HC directs AAP govt to remove illegal encroachment

Delhi High Court on Monday while hearing the suo moto petition taken up in the year 2015 on air pollution in Delhi directed AAP government to remove illegal encroachment by carrying out a survey and submitting an action plan to the task force under the direct supervision of the apex court. The court said that the focus should be to increase and maintain the green cover in the national capital. The court discussed various ideas to improve the situation such as maintaining shrubs on the roadsides can help in dealing with dust. The court also discussed whether using dart seeds to plant trees... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Chennai to see the rise of e-rickshaws

MAuto, a private autorickshaw service provider, has introduced about 100 e-rickshaws on Chennai roads for commuter services. The company will retrofit conventional petrol autorickshaws with electric motors to run on batteries. The converted e-rickshaws for public commuting were flagged off by the Tamil Nadue Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami here on Friday. The development follows an agreement signed by the State government with the Dubai-based KMC Group and M Auto Electric Mobility at a Business Leaders Forum meet in Dubai during the recent visit of a delegation led by the Chief... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Tamil Nadu: 3 railways stations go solar, shun thermal power during day

Electricity supply between 10am to 5.30pm to three major railway stations in the western region, Erode, Coimbatore and Salem, is provided by solar power, a renewable source of energy. These three stations do not use coal or thermal power during the day and depend on TANGEDCO only when darkness sets in. Even during this time, these stations bring down electricity consumption by at least 10% by using LED bulbs and brushless motor fans. Setting an example for all other government departments, the Salem railway division, which needs electricity for many of its operations, has taken several... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Govt working on satellite mechanism to monitor forestation, says Javadekar

A satellite-based mechanism to monitor areas under green cover and the growth of saplings planted there is being developed by the government, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday. The Environment minister said some states have made significant achievements in nurturing planted saplings to their full growth. "We are also making an effort in this direction by developing a mechanism for the minute detailing of the forestation at the (given) geo-coordinates and monitoring of growth of the planted saplings, with the use of satellite. "Twelve crore saplings were planted... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Ather Energy to set up EV, lithium-ion battery plant in Tamil Nadu

Ather Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tamil Nadu government to set up an electric vehicle and lithium ion battery manufacturing facility in Hosur, which is close to Bengaluru. The new facility will come up in an area of 400,000 sq ft. Ather Energy has already announced its plans to expand to 30 cities in the next few years and this MoU will help scale up production plans for the same, said the company. The factory will be supported by state government's recently released EV policy. The project is also expected to get support from state and central governments'... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Jitendra Singh announces pilot projects in J&K, Ladakh, NE for peaceful applications of nuclear energy

Union minister for department of atomic energy (DAE) Jitendra Singh on Friday made plans to start pilot projects in the northeast and two Union territories of J&K and Ladakh to educate masses there about various peaceful applications of nuclear energy. During a programme on advances in nuclear food and agriculture here, he said, "As the Northeast and two UTs of Ladakh and J&K are on the priority list of the PMO, we can start pilot projects in these areas to educate masses about various applications of atomic energy and synergies in various sources of energy. Once these pilot... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

MSEDCL installs only 12,500 of 1 lakh solar pumps targeted by March 2020

Former energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule had given a target to MSEDCL (Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited) of installing one lakh solar farm pumps by March 2020 under Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Yojana (MSKY). So far, it has been able to install only 12,500 pumps. In view of the target for the financial year, the MSEDCL should have installed over 8,334 pumps a month and in the eight months that have passed, over 66,000 pumps should have been installed. Going by this rate, MSEDCL will need 64 months or over five years to complete the target. In August, MSEDCL... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Odisha CM launches solar power, cement, steel projects worth Rs 8,939 crore

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday launched 27 industrial projects, involving a total investment of around Rs 8,939 crore. The projects are expected to create employement opportunities for about 12,142 people. Patnaik inaugurated five projects and performed groundbreaking of 22 other units across different sectors through a video conference from Kharvel Bhawan here. The total value of all the projects was calculated at Rs 8,938.81 crore and they will create employment opportunities for about 12,142 people, an official said. "Odisha has emerged as the number one state and the... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Telangana working on EV policies: Jayesh Ranjan

Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary to government, Department of Industries and Commerce and Information Technology, said that Telangana is one of the first 10 States in India working on policies for cent percent adoption of electric vehicles (EV) for public transport. “This will motivate individuals to go for EVs, which will help in reducing pollution. The introduction of a product like this can be a breakthrough,” he said while addressing an international workshop at the Indian Institute of Technology (IITH) here on Saturday. IITH, in collaboration with ItsEV Inc hosted an international... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Wind energy developers dissatisfied with Gujarat's land offer

Although Gujarat has agreed to provide land to winners of auctions conducted by central agencies, developers feel it is too little too late. Considered one of the best wind producing states, Gujarat had been reluctant to lease land to winners of auctions conducted by central agencies such as the Solar Energy Corporation of India, the nodal agency of the renewable energy ministry through which it conducts wind and solar auctions. Out of the 7,000MW of wind projects auctioned by SECI last year, government land was expected to be provided by the Gujarat government for 3,500MW. But because of... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

REIL, EESL bag big chunk of orders for EV charging stations

State-owned Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Ltd (REIL) and Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) have bagged a significant chunk of orders for setting up more than 2,500 e-vehicle charging stations in about 90 cities across the country. No private sector company has qualified. About 50 bids were received from private companies for tenders floated under the Centre’s second phase of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (Fame-II) scheme, but the companies did not qualify as they had to bid through nominated agencies for the states, sources... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World