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Texas Co-op BEC develops cloud-based software to enhance solar, storage installations

BEC Solar, Texas-based subsidiary of Bandera Electric Cooperative, has launched Apolloware, a new cloud-based software solution for monitoring solar and energy storage installations in real time.

An Apolloware pilot programme is underway through the end of 2017. BEC Solar believes the data obtained will help close the gap between predicted and actual models enabling a quantifiable determination of the... Read more..

Source: PV-Tech

Mix waste processing facility on Pune Municipal Corporation radar

The civic body has proposed to set up a mix waste processing unit of 750-tonne capacity at Uruli Devachi producing electricity, manure and refuse-derived fuel (RDF), two weeks after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis asked the civic body to prepare a concrete plan to tackle the garbage mess.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)'s solid waste management department said the comprehensive plan on which the... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Waste treatment plant in Gurugram for construction waste

A waste management plant for the recycling of Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste will come up in Gurugram, in a bid to prevent air pollution. The foundation stone for the same was laid in Basai here today by Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) Commissioner V Uma Shankar. He said that the facility will get mixed C&D waste from designated sites of MCG in Gurugram. The waste would be recycled into aggregates, cement bricks and manufactured sand in the plant. The plant, which will take a year’s... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Erravelly to become first solar-powered village in India

Erravelly, adopted by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, is all set to script history by becoming the first village in the country to have all its houses depend on solar power.

Speaking to Telangana Today, N Rameshwara Rao, district manager, Telangana New and Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (TNRECL), said that they had completed installing solar panels on 330 houses of 450 double-bedroom houses at... Read more..

Source: Telangana Today

African Development Bank to discuss solar alliance, export credits with India

The International Solar Alliance (ISA), which was mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the $10-billion export credits promised by India to African nations are among the major issues that will come up for discussion with Indian officials at the annual meeting of the African Development Bank that begins at Gandhinagar in Gujarat from May 22-26. Modi is scheduled to attend the event on May 23.

“The India... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

Welcome GST rate on coal; solar, wind will not be impacted: Piyush Goyal

Power, coal, renewable energy and mines minister Piyush Goyal welcomed the GST council's decision to keep coal in the lowest tax slab of 5%.

"The entire GST regime has been designed to being down the cost of goods and aims at one nation, one tax to reduce corruption. I am happy that the GST Council decided to keep coal in 5% tax slab. It will help bring down costs," Goyal said on Friday at a media conference... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: GST, industry news, power sector

EESL to invest Rs 1,000 cr under buildings programme

The Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), on Saturday said it would bring investment to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore covering more than 10,000 large government or private buildings in next 2-3 years as part of the Energy Efficient Buildings programme.

UnionPower, New and Renewable Energy, Coal and Mines Minister Piyush Goyal launched the programme here, in the presence of Maharashtra PWD Minister Chandrakant... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Uttar Pradesh government setting up 750 megawatt solar plant at Badhla

With solar energy rates crashing below that of the coal-fired thermal power, states even with land constraints and lower irradiance are now warming up to the renewable energy. In a first in the country, the Uttar Pradesh government is setting up 750 megawatt solar plant at Badhla, near Jodhpur and draw the power in their state from the transmission network of Power Grid Corporation of India.

In a meeting... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Restore and clean water bodies expeditiously: NGT directs Delhi govt, civic bodies

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi government and the civic bodies to restore expeditiously all water bodies in the city and ensure that these remain clean not become a waste-dumping yard.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said that the water bodies surrounding colonies should be maintained and kept clean so that they become source of natural beauty for the residents... Read more..

Source: Indian Express
Subject Tags: NGT, water pollution

NTPC’s auxiliary power may be sourced from domestic solar equipment

Despite facing flak at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for the domestic content requirement clause in the National Solar Mission, the government is still looking at means to aid the solar equipment manufacturing industry.

Towards this end, the NTPC may be mandated to meet its entire auxiliary power requirement through domestically manufactured solar equipment, a top government official told BusinessLine... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Andhra Pradesh to float tenders for two pilot battery-backed solar power projects

With rapid growth in the solar power capacity and changes in the battery back up technologies, the Andhra Pradesh Government plans to float tenders for two solar parks to be taken up on a pilot basis.

According to Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary-Energy, Andhra Pradesh, two pilot projects of 5 MW capacity of solar along with storage systems would be taken up on a pilot mode and the power generated utilised for... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Howrah station to go solar in August

C station, Kolkata's iconic red-bricked edifice, is set to go green. Come August, the largest and second-oldest railway station in the country will switch over to solar power to meet its daytime energy needs.

With 23 platforms, and 293 trains starting, ending or passing through the station each day, Howrah Junction has the highest train-handling capacity of any railway station in India, and is ranked as the... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation: June date for new e-waste rules

The municipal corporation organised a stakeholders' meeting here today to introduce a comprehensive system for electronic waste management and decided to implement the new e-waste management rules from next month.

Sources said the new rules would be implemented keeping in view the Eco-Cities Programme rolled out by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a wing of World Bank, for the state capital. The... Read more..

Source: The Telegraph

Centre to strengthen regulatory mechanism to curb pollution

The marine environment in India is under stress due to pollution and it has become one of the probable reasons for the decline in fish stock, said the new national policy that was released by the Centre.

It said that the government would strengthen regulatory mechanisms to control pollutants to ensure that land and sea-based pollution are effectively controlled and the ecosystems were monitored. Fishermen... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Adidas advances its swimwear range using recycled ocean waste

Sportswear brand Adidas has announced a partnership with Aquafil for the Spring/Summer 2017 Parley Hero swim range. Aquafil is a leading producer of Nylon 6 for carpets and apparel and will supply its 100 per cent regenerated Econyl fibre for the Adidas’ new range.

Explaining the technology, Aquafil reports that once collected, the pre- and post-consumer Nylon waste material – fishing nets, discarded carpets... Read more..

Source: Apparel Resources

NITRA launches book on Solar Energy to help India apparel exporters

Use of solar energy is increasing day-by-day in Indian textile and garment industry. Not only the Southern part of the country, which always stays ahead in taking such initiatives, apparel factories in Northern India are also installing solar plants now on large scale. To spread more awareness about the solar energy and its advantages, NITRA (Northern India Textile Research Association), Ghaziabad has recently launched a book – “Solar Energy – Fundamentals, Economic and Energy Analysis”.

... Read more..
Source: Apparel Resources

Global solar alliance proposes USD 300 bn fund

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is proposing to set up a USD 300 billion fund to support clean energy projects in member countries over the next 10 years.

"The proposal is to strive for 300 billion dollar global fund over 10 year with contributions from the World Bank ... and also from Green Climate Fund to leverage USD 3,000 billion investment from the corporate sector for meeting investment... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

ADB Issues Green Rupee-Linked Bond to Support Renewable Energy in India

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has raised 3 billion Indian Rupees (INR), about $47 million, from a new issue of offshore Indian Rupee-linked bonds to help finance climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in India.

Today's fundraising represents ADB's maiden Indian Rupee green bond and shows the institution's long term commitment to financial market development in India, said ADB Treasurer Pierre... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

US paves way for first India-based govt body, ISA, to be registered with the UN

The US has agreed to formalise the International Solar Alliance by a framework agreement, withdrawing its objections and paving the way for according legal status to the first India-headquartered inter-governmental body and making it eligible to be registered with the United Nations.

“The US has tentatively agreed,” said a senior official involved in the matter. “It is not yet known when it will sign the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

IIEST creates first smart grid project to generate power fromrenewable energy

 The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) has successfully created the country’s first smart grid project, which will generate power from renewable sources of energy.

The project will soon be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee, IIEST Director Ajoy Kumar Roy told.

“The smart... Read more..

Source: Business Line

India eyes cooperation with Africa on international solar alliance

India is eyeing cooperation with African nations on the International Solar Alliance (ISA) initiative and looking forward to deepen economic cooperation during the upcoming annual meetings of African Development Bank (AfDB) Group here from May 22.

For the first time, India would be hosting the annual meetings of the bank here from May 22-26. The annual meet will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Israel Extends Support For ‘Namami Gange’ Ahead Of Modi’s State Visit

Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow on Monday and extended support to the ambitious ‘Namami Gange’ project, aimed at cleaning and rejuvenating river Ganga by 2020.
“Uttar Pradesh may be given assistance by Israel on the Namami Gange Programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that has been started for rejuvenation of Ganga,” Carmon said, according to a PTI report.

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Source: Business World

ISRO to help Adani Group maximise solar power production

In order to help Adani Group maximise solar power production, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signed an agreement to provide solar insolation data (amount of solar radiation reaching a particular area) from it’s INSAT satellites.

“A memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard has been signed between SAC (Space Applications Centre) and Adani Green Energy Limited a few days ago,” said... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

Sweden offers its expertise for developing smart cities in India

Sweden has offered its expertise and technology in environment-friendly public transport and solid waste management for developing smart cities in India. This emerged during a meeting of Sweden Minister of European Union Affairs and Trade Ann Linde and Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu here today.

Sweden has evinced a keen interest in partnering with India for the development of smart cities, an official... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Kerala’s solar power capacity to touch 100 MW milestone

Compared to sector-leaders like Andhra Pradesh or Rajasthan it may seem trifling, but for Kerala it’s still a big leap ‘sunward.’ In the next few months, the state’s combined solar power capacity is tipped to touch the 100 MW mark.

The combined capability now stands at a little over 90 MW, with a number of projects set to be completed soon and several others in the pipeline, according to the KSEB. Crossing... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express