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SECI floats tender for 2,000 Megawatt capacity wind energy projects

State-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has floated tender for setting up 2 GW inter- state transmission system (ISTS) connected wind power capacities across the country.

The company has invited proposals for setting up of ISTS connected Wind Power Projects in India, on 'Build Own Operate' basis for an aggregate capacity of 2000 MW, as per the tender document.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Telecom players to be roped in for smart meter connectivity in UP and Haryana

Leading telecom players Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and BSNL are being roped in for providing connectivity as part of the government tender for 5 million smart meters to be deployed across Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, two people familiar with the development said. Interestingly, Mukesh Ambani-backed Reliance Jio is out of the picture.

“The technology being used for the smart meters is very rudimentary,” said an... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

In Chandigarh, install solar rooftop plant at your house or face the heat

With the two-year deadline for installing rooftop solar power plants at residential properties set to expire in three months, notices will be issued to owners who fail to comply.

The Chandigarh administration, in a notification issued on May 18, 2016, had made installation of rooftop solar power plants mandatory in residential houses measuring 500 square yard and above and group housing societies. There are... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Resolutions passed at UN Environment assembly to make the world pollution free

The United Nations Environment Assembly has passed 13 non-binding resolutions and three decisions to get the planet rid from pollutants, officials said on Thursday. 

On Wednesday for the first time at a UN Environment Assembly, environment ministers issued a declaration, saying nearly 200 nations would honour efforts to prevent, mitigate and manage the pollution of air, land and soil, freshwater, and oceans... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Siemens announces India plan for manufacturing solar PV inverters

Siemens AG, the German $80 billion conglomerate, today announced its plans to start manufacturing Solar Photo-Voltaic (PV) inverters in India which will initially cater to the domestic market and later supplied for exports.

The company said the Sinacon PV inverter will be locally produced and manufactured at Siemens’ Kalwa plant near Mumbai. It added the Indian renewable energy sector is the second most... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

NGT slams Punjab, Haryana over their action plan to combat pollution

The National Green Tribunal on Thursday slammed Punjab and Haryana governments for filing generalised action plans to combat air pollution and directed them to refer to its previous judgements on the issue.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also summoned the environment secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan asking them to give a “workable solution” for combating the... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited and CII to jointly design energy efficiency solutions for the Indian industrial sector

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL), India’s leading power distribution company and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly work towards designing innovative energy efficiency solutions for the Indian industrial sector.

The purpose of the MoU was to pave the way for knowledge transfer, information and experience sharing, technical... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

LED streetlights to illuminate roads in 8,000 Telangana villages

Telangana is set to replace the existing public lighting with LED streetlights. The aim is to ensure that at least 15 to 20 per cent of the streetlights are solar powered.

The target this year is to take up LED-based streetlights in 8000 villages which will operate through the Centralised Control and Monitoring System. This was disclosed by energy minister G Jagadish Reddy at the All India Power Ministers... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: energy efficiency, LED

Art of Living festival damaged Yamuna floodplains, rules NGT

Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Art of Living Foundation (AoL) is “responsible” for “causing damage and environmental degradation” to the Yamuna floodplains due to its three-day World Culture Festival (WCF) held in March 2016, the National Green Tribunal said on Thursday. The tribunal, which had earlier levied Rs 5 crore as environment compensation, did not impose any further costs on AoL.

Earlier this year, an NGT-... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

Pintail Power Combines Solar, CSP, & Conventional Generation Into One Highly Efficient System

There has been a lot of talk lately about renewable energy not being up to the task of supplying reliable baseload power. The sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow, detractors claim, so how can utility companies expect to rely on either? Pintail Power, based in Silicon Valley, says its new patented Dispatchable Solar Combined Cycle technology is the answer.

If you follow renewable energy... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica

IRFC launches first US$500 million green bond on behalf of Indian Railways

Indian Railways Finance Corporation has issued its inaugural green bond on behalf of Indian Railways — the world’s fourth largest rail network.

The US$500 million Climate Bonds Certified issuance will fund a series of low-carbon upgrades to Indian Railways’ infrastructure. The 10-year Green Fixed Rate Senior Unsecured Reg S only issuance stands as the first certified green bond by IRFC and the tightest... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

HDFC ERGO launches solar energy shortfall insurance policy

Non-life insurance provider HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company today announced the launch of the solar energy shortfall insurance policy to account for non-traditional and non-physical damage related risks that solar projects regularly face.

The policy will cover utility-scale solar farms, green fields across India, portfolios of rooftop installations for commercial and residential builds, among others, the... Read more..

Source: India Today In

Under new solar policy, Goa eyes to produce 150 MW power by 2021

The Goa cabinet today approved the much-awaited Solar Power Policy, under which the state expects to generate 150 MW of power by 2021, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said here.

Parrikar, after chairing the cabinet meeting, also informed that the policy would become functional by the end of current financial year.

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Source: ET Energyworld

India invites Norway to invest in green transportation

India on Wednesday invited Norwegian collaboration in transforming India's logistics sector and help develop the massive infrastructure to green the Indian transportation system.

A senior Indian official invited investment in building environment friendly transport network from Norway, which has globally become the largest market for electric vehicles (EVs) and has embarked on the world's biggest "Green... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Indian Oil prepares for shift to a less carbon-intensive future

The country’s largest refiner Indian Oil Corp. Ltd  is making a strategic shift to a less carbon-intensive future by getting into clean energy and related infrastructure, while keeping refinery expansion plans flexible for course correction, said chairman Sanjiv Singh in an interview.

What is pushing the state-run refiner to new markets is the rise of renewable energy sources in the country’s energy mix,... Read more..

Source: livemint

Specify wind zone for projects during auction: Indian Wind Power Association

Wind auctions should specify which wind zone the projects being bid for are to be located in, or should have different base prices for different zones. If not, wind developers in high wind velocity zones get an unfair advantage, the Indian Wind Power Association (IWPA) has said in a recent letter to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). 

The two wind auctions held by Solar Corporation of India (... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

No exceptions for Odd-Even, government tells NGT

After being pulled up by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government finally submitted in court on Wednesday, an action plan to curb pollution in the city. Changing its earlier stance, the AAP government said the Odd-Even road rationing scheme will be implemented with no exemptions, as an 'emergency measure'.

The plan also includes a ban on entry of trucks in city limits,... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

Four more nations join UN Environment's Clean Seas campaign

In a major collaboration to make the oceans litter-free, four more countries -- Chile, Oman, Sri Lanka and South Africa -- on Wednesday joined UN Environment's Clean Seas campaign by committing measures that include plastic bag bans, new marine reserves and drives to increase recycling. Forty countries are now part of the campaign. 

While Sri Lanka has made a commitment to implement a ban on single-use... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Sealing of unauthorized construction may resume in Delhi: Supreme Court

Sealing of unauthorized construction in Delhi could begin anew with the Supreme Court on Wednesday saying it would revive the court-appointed monitoring committee to identify and seal illegal buildings as government authorities had failed to stop such illegal structures from coming up. 

In March 2006, the apex court had ordered sealing of all unauthorized constructions in the city and appointed a monitoring... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

First functional First Solar Series 6 thin-film module unveiled off production line

First Solar unveiled the first functional Series 6 thin-film photovoltaic module off the company’s Perrysburg, Ohio, new production line. Presented during a meeting with investment analysts at the Perrysburg facility, the large area Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) glass-on-glass module was part of the first batch of material run completely through the recently activated line. This marks a major milestone in a factory retooling that began just under one year ago, and included approximately $177 million in capital... Read more..

Source: Solar Power World

UP cabinet approves solar energy policy to generate 10,700 Mw green power

The UP cabinet has given nod to a new Solar Energy Policy-2017 which would be effective for five years until 2022. Under the new policy, 10,000 surya mitras will be appointed in the state.

As per the new policy, the UP government aims to generate 10,700MW electricity through solar panels. The same, if achieved, would help in reducing 1.36 crore tonne carbon dioxide which would be equivalent to 6.42 crore... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Vision to generate 200 Mw solar power in airports: Civil Aviation minister

The civil aviation ministry is envisioning to generate 200 MW of solar power at airports in the country, as a part of the initiative to go green.

The target is to achieve the 200 MW in five to six years across the Airports Authority of India (AAI) airports, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Solar projects risk mitigation mechanism under ISA to be ready in a year

A mechanism for reducing the risks associated with financing of solar power projects and make them viable under the aegis of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) is set to be rolled out in a year, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) said today.

With 19 countries having already ratified its framework agreement, the ISA is set to become a treaty-based global inter-governmental organization on... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Draft Maharashtra EV policy moots 15% subsidy on price of electric vehicles

The Maharashtra government is finalising a policy to encourage manufacturing as well as purchase of electric vehicles. According to the draft policy, a copy of which was accessed exclusively by ET, the measures include refunding the state goods and services tax (SGST) to the manufacturers and offering a subsidy to those buying electric vehicles.

The state envisages manufacturing of about one lakh electric... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

E-mobility, digital payments, DBT among power ministers’ agenda for meet

Electric mobility, digital payments and Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) are some of the topics that will be discussed in the meeting of the Power and Renewable Energy ministers of states here on Thursday.

“The aim of this conference is to review the implementation of various ongoing schemes or programmes and deliberate on a host of issues pertaining to Power and Renewable Energy sectors,” the power ministry... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld