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RINL launches green initiative: To generate power by using waste gases

The dedication of 120 MW gas-based power plant to the nation is a major green initiative launched by Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.

The plant, built at a cost of Rs. 677 crore, was formally dedicated to the nation by Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh on Saturday.

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Source: The Hindu

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to provide personal computers built from recycled e-waste

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is working on a proposal to recycle e-waste for the poor and needy children. By making children a part of the process, the proposal aims to teach kids about refurbishing old computer parts as well as assembling them. Once assembled, the civic body plans to distribute it to the BMC schools for use.

The civic body came across the idea of recycling e-waste during a... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis
Subject Tags: e-waste, reuse, waste management

India Plans Auctions for 4 Gigawatts of Wind Power This Fiscal Year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is seeking to step up the pace of auctioning power-purchase contracts for wind-energy plants, building on a contest that reaped record-low prices for solar farms earlier this month.

The government plans to offer deals covering almost 4 gigawatts of wind capacity in the current fiscal year ending March 2018 in addition to 750 megawatts of solar capacity it will tender... Read more..

Source: Bloomberg

Stop excessive water extraction from Ganga floodplains: NGT

Excessive extraction of water between Haridwar and Unnao in Ganga floodplains is a serious issue and should be immediately stopped, the National Green Tribunal said on Thursday. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said the water which is being diverted into the various canals should be regulated so as to help maintain a minimum flow of the river.

“Extraction of groundwater directly... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

India shows path for cheaper solar energy: World Bank

It is better to move towards solar energy than to continue to build coal plants, World Bank President Jim Young Kim said today, citing India's massive efforts in solar energy which has made it "cost effective" and "quite competitive".

"There's some really good news. We've our IFC (International Finance Corporation), our private sector group, has been working in India and as recently as a year and a half, two... Read more..

Source: ETEnergyworld

Goa to be garbage-free by 2020

The Goa government has set a target of making the coastal state, visited by lakhs of tourists every year, garbage-free by 2020.

The deadline was set at the first-ever meeting of Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) which was chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today.

The Corporation came out with... Read more..

Source: India.com

Canada endorses push for more ambitious climate-change action

Canada is committed to meeting its obligations under the Paris Agreement, and it recognizes the significant contribution to climate action by subnational governments such as states, provinces, or cities, and other groups.

That's why, today, the Government of Canada endorsed the Under2 Coalition of varied levels of governments committed to achieving emissions reductions believed necessary to limit global... Read more..

Source: CNW

Over 1 crore LED bulbs distributed in Odisha under GoI’s UJALA scheme

Energy Department, Government of Odisha in association with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has successfully distributed over one crore LED bulbs in Odisha under the Government of India’s UJALA (Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for all) scheme. The state has achieved the milestone within a year of launching the programme on same date last year.
With this milestone, Odisha becomes the 12th state crossing 1 crore distribution. Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar... Read more..

Source: Orissa Diary

Waste glass bottles used to make gen-next batteries

Scientists have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create high- performance lithium-ion batteries that store four times more energy than conventional batteries.

The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and provide more power with fewer charges to personal electronics like cell phones and laptops, researchers at the University of... Read more..

Source: The Hans India

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation uses biological waste to produce power

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s efforts to produce energy from biological waste have finally borne fruit. In last 40 days, the Deonar abattoir has generated 1,000 units of energy after treating 7,000-8,000 kg of biological waste daily.

According to civic officials, since March 5, the plant had started producing 400-500 cubic metres of methane gas daily by treating 7,000-8,000 kg biological waste. Using... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

Suzlon bags 100 MW wind power project from ReNew Power

Renewable energy solution provider Suzlon Group today said it has bagged fifth order from ReNew Power Ventures for its 100.80 MW wind power project.

"Suzlon will install 48 units of their latest S111 120m wind turbine generators (WTG) with a capacity of 2.1 MW in ReNew Power s Limbwas project in Madhya Pradesh," the company said in a statement.

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Source: Daily News & Analysis

Green Drive: NIT students build solar-power vehicle

A solar electric hybrid vehicle with innovative tags, including a seat belt sensor device and temperature sensor water sprinkler, has been developed by a group of prospective engineers of National Institute of Technology (NIT) here.

The light vehicle, weighing 111 kilograms, was developed by a 25-member team over a span of three months and is expected to run at a speed of 45 km per hour both on solar panel... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

cKers Finance, India’s first sustainability focused project financier, recognized by India Innovation Lab for Green Finance

The India Innovation Lab for Green Finance has selected cKers Finance’s idea for Sustainable Energy Bonds for further analysis, development, and preparation for a pilot implementation. Through Sustainable Energy Bonds, cKers aims to drive finance to sustainable energy projects by attracting impact investors looking for debt exposure and offering them a set of instruments that provides return as well as standardized impact measures. Once implemented, Sustainable Energy... Read more..

Source: Sustainability Outlook

Rural Electrification Corporation eyes Rs 10,000 crore renewables lending push

Rural Electrification Corp. (REC), a state-owned backer of India’s power sector, plans to lend billions of rupees to clean-energy projects and equipment makers this fiscal year as part of an expanded push into renewables that will also see it issue green bonds overseas.

The non-banking financial company is aiming to triple its clean-energy lending and is expecting to set aside nearly Rs10,000 crore ($1.5... Read more..

Source: HT Mint
Subject Tags: clean energy financing, REC

India in $175 million loan pact with World Bank to improve water management

India today signed a USD 175 million loan pact with the World Bank for National Hydrology Project that aims to improve management of water resources.

The project will strengthen the capacity of institutions to assess the water situation in their regions and reduce their vulnerability to recurring flood and droughts, saving hundreds of lives and livelihoods, the multilateral agency said in a statement.... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Railways eyes Rewa-type solar plant with Madhya Pradesh Government

The Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMS) park could turn out to be a game-changer in renewable energy in India. Soon after bids were cleared for the 750MW project, the railways approached the MP government to set up a Rewa-type solar plant, and even Coal India and oil firms are eyeing green energy, Manu Shrivastav, the principal secretary for new and renewable energy, told TOI on Wednesday.

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Source: ET EnergyWorld

Bengaluru: Soon, buy power only when you need it via prepaid meters

Pay and use may become the maxim in the power supply sector too. Apartment complexes with more than 200 units and industries may have the option of buying prepaid meters in future. The move proposed by Bescom aims to benefit residents who stay out of home for long and wonder why they should pay the power bill.

“At present, even when consumers are not using electricity, they end up paying maintenance charges... Read more..

Source: ET EnergyWorld

Swachh Bharat: Funds for treating solid waste cut 46 per cent

As Swachh Bharat Mission reaches the halfway mark of implementation, the Centre has decided to halve the expenditure on solid waste management, the biggest head of the cleanliness drive. 

The government has scaled down expenditure on solid waste management 46 per cent to Rs 20,153 crore from Rs 38,000 crore approved by the Cabinet in September 2014, when it gave its assent to the Rs 62,009-crore mission. ... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Solar energy firm Freyr launches mobile application

Freyr Energy, a city-based start-up focused on solar energy, launched a mobile app to help individuals and companies to run rooftop solar business.

Describing Freyr SunPro, the app, as a first of its kind, co-founder and managing director Saurabh Marda said using complex algorithms and data analytics it streamlined the entire process of getting a customer’s solar requirement fulfilled. The app, both for iOS... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

National Green Tribunal orders immediate closure of industries near Bengaluru's Bellandur lake

The National Green Tribunal today directed an immediate and complete shutdown of all industries around Bengaluru's Bellandur Lake where a mound of garbage was set on fire in February this year. 

Slamming the local civic bodies for inaction, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also banned dumping of any kind of municipal solid waste around the lake and announced an environment... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: NGT, solid waste

Haryana government exempts solar devices from Value Added Tax levy

In order to give a boost to implementation of the Haryana Solar Policy and also to encourage entrepreneurs to set up ventures for manufacturing solar devices and equipment in the state, the Haryana Government today exempted solar devices and equipment or parts used in installation of solar power projects, from the levy of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the state.

A decision to this effect was taken by the Haryana... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Non-fossil fuels will form over half of India’s energy capacity in 10 years, says government

Renewables, nuclear and large hydroelectric power plants -- will account for more than half (56.5%) of India’s installed power capacity within the 10 years to 2027, according to a draft of the third National Electricity Plan (NEP3) released in December 2016.

The draft notes that if India achieves its target to install 175 gigawatts (GW, which consists of 1,000 megawatts) of renewable energy capacity by 2022... Read more..

Source: The Hindustan Times

'Zero liquid discharge' to accomplish National Mission for Clean Ganga: Uma Bharti

Speaking on the mission of National Mission for Clean Ganga, Union Minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday asserted that Uttar Pradesh Government and the Centre decided to work on zero liquid discharge to remove the salt wastes of the leather industry dumped in the river.

Uttar Pradesh Government on joint effort with the Centre has decided to work on zero liquid discharge to remove the salt based wastes discharged by... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

Government halves the size and financial aid for its largest-ever rooftop solar project

The renewable energy ministry has halved the size of its largest-ever rooftop solar tender and also cut the financial assistance offered for it.

Ashvini Kumar, managing director of state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), which had released documents related to a tender for installation of 1GW of rooftop solar plants across buildings of 12 central ministries, told ET the tender size has been... Read more..

Source: ETEnergyworld

India an important partner in tackling climate change: UN

A top UN climate official today expressed interest in "engaging" with Indian institutions working in the field of climate change while acknowledging India as an "important" partner in tackling the global issue.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa met Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave, who stressed the importance of adopting sustainable... Read more..

Source: India Today in