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NDMC replaces 50,000 old meters with ‘smart’ ones

The New Delhi Municipal Council on Wednesday replaced 50,000 conventional electricity meters with smart meters, making NDMC the first distribution company in India to implement 100% smart metering solution. The adoption of smart meters will enhance consumer convenience and rationalise electricity consumption.

The smart meters come with multiple user-friendly features like user’s profile, latest consumption... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Ecolab establishes digital center in Bengaluru

Ecolab Inc., the known firm in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, in partnership with SMC2, is establishing the Ecolab Digital Center (EDC) in Bengaluru. The EDC will serve as a global ‘Digital Innovation Center of Excellence,' for the company and drive digital customer and field technology innovation and scale using a team of leading global talent.

“Digital technology is already driving... Read more..

Source: The Asian Age

Govt panel proposes 2-way strategy to push EVs in India

 A government appointed panel led by cabinet secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha has proposed a bouquet of incentives for makers as well as buyers of electric vehicles in an effort to push emobility in the country.

The panel has recommended a lower basic customs duty on components besides a lower GST rate to encourage manufacturers to take up large-scale production of e-vehicles.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Airports Authority of India bans single-use plastic items

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Monday imposed a ban on single-use plastic items at its 129 airports across the country. Single-use plastic items are used only once and then thrown in the trash.

“Various steps have been undertaken to eliminate single-use plastic items at passenger terminals and city side. These steps include banning of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutlery, plastic... Read more..

Source: Livemint

India, Norway to cooperate on SDGs, ocean economy

India and Norway agreed to work in close cooperation on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the ocean economy following delegation-level talks headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg here on Tuesday.

"The Sustainable Development Goals match India's growth targets," Modi said in a joint address to the media with Solberg following the meeting.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

NOIDA authority collaborates with HCL foundation for solid waste management

The New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) Monday entered into a pact with the HCL Foundation for solid waste management in the city, which generates around 600 metric tonnes of solid waste daily, officials said. As part of the memorandum of understanding (MoU), HCL Foundation will collaborate with the Noida Authority for analysing, planning, designing and implementing solid waste management (SWM) strategies, focusing on waste segregation at source and effective management solutions for the... Read more..

Source: Times Now

NGT concerned over lack of policy on disposal of antimony-coated solar panels

The National Green Tribunal has expressed concern over lack of policy or rules with regard to disposal of solar panels containing antimony and sought minimum time schedule required for the purpose. 

A Bench headed by Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore asked the counsel appearing for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Environment and Forests and other parties to seek instructions on the issue... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Norwegian PM inaugurates unique Green Embassy building in Delhi

 In a unique move a new green compound at the Royal Norwegian Embassy here was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg. She is in the capital for a 2- day official visit. 

The embassy has obtained a Green Rating for Integrated Habitat by the Government of India. High sustainability and environmental ambitions were key goals for the architect. The building is adapted to the local climate and... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India to bid out 500 GW renewable energy capacity by 2028

India is planning to bid out 500 gigawatt (GW) of renewable energy generation capacity by 2028 to achieve its goal of 40 per cent electricity generation from non-fossil fuels by 2030, said Anand Kumar, secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), today at the India-Norway Business Summit 2019 in New Delhi.

Of this, 350 GW would come from solar, 140 GW from wind, and the remaining from small hydro... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

EBRD Releases Green Bonds worth €600 Million

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it has released a 600 million euro ($685 million) green bond with a tenure of fie-year.

This transaction represents EBRD’s initial benchmark Green Bond in the EUR market, and its fourth benchmark-sized Green Bond. As one of the leaders in the Green Bond market, EBRD’s standing and credibility is steadily established amid the... Read more..

Source: Energetica

Vestas bags 101-MW wind EPC contract in India

Vestas Wind Systems said today it will build a 101-MW wind park in the Indian state of Gujarat for a subsidiary of Continuum Wind Energy Pvt Ltd.

The customer, Trinethra Wind & Hydro Power Pvt Ltd, has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to the Danish company in relation to a project at Rajkot.

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Source: Renewables Now

Govt diverted 20,000 hectares of forest land for projects including hydro, wind in past 3 yrs

The Indian government has diverted over 20,000 hectares (the size of Kolkata) of forest area for developmental activities such as mining, thermal power plants, dams, road, railways and irrigation projects in the past three years (2015-18) across India.

According to the official data revealed by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Parliament in December 2018, a total of 20,314.12 hectares of... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Haryana Floats Tender for 300 MW Solar Plant

Haryana Power Purchase Centre (HPPC) Limited has announced that it has released a proposal (RFS) for the procurement of 300 MW grid connected solar energy. It aims to enhance the share of renewable energy in the state and to fulfill Haryana’s renewable purchase requirement.

The HPPC has place an upper ceiling for tariff at Rs 3 for this tender. The 300 MW capacity is divided in two categories. In the first... Read more..

Source: Energetica

GRIDCO signs PSA with PTC India for 50 MW wind power

Faced with hurdles in developing wind power plants, Odisha has turned to other states for sourcing the unconventional energy to help meet its Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) mandate. 
Gridco has signed a power sale agreement (PSA) with PTC India Ltd to avail of 50-MW wind power allocated through the Solar Electrification Corporation of India (SECI) under the '1,000 Mw ISTS Connected Wind Power Projects Scheme' of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

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Source: Business Standard

Vibrant Gujarat summit: MoUs for Rs 50,000-cr renewable power projects likely

The upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 (VGGS) expects to see commitment of investments worth a whopping Rs 50,000 crore in the renewable energy sector in the state, according to officials. 

The state-owned Gujarat Power Corp Ltd (GPCL) will be laying the foundation stone for the biggest 5000mw solar power park worth Rs 25,000 crore within the Dholera Special Investment Region. 

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Source: The Economic Times

All water supply schemes to run on solar power

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced that all rural water supply schemes will be supplied solar energy so that Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) doesn’t disconnect them for non-payment of power bills. 
Fadnavis praised energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule for introducing the scheme for supplying solar power to water supply schemes. 

Addressing the e-inauguration... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Kerala: Draft power policy dreams big on solar for quality electricity supply

Quality power will be made available to consumers anytime, anywhere in the state in next five or six years if the plan envisaged in the draft power policy becomes a reality.

The draft power policy — published by the state government — foresees more consumer-friendly initiatives, realistic summarising and futuristic steps, all in tandem with the disruptive technologies hitting the global power market with a... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Indian Railways Plans to Install 1 GW Solar Capacity by 2020-21


Ministry of Railways has announced that it plans to set up 1000 MW solar power by 2020-21 which would assist Railways to source about 10% of its electrical energy from renewable source, Minister of State of Railways, Rajen Gohain said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

Indian Railways has an existing capacity of 71.19 MW of Solar plants from rooftops solar installations at several railways stations and service buildings.

Wind energy plants of 36.5 MW have been installed out of which, 26 MW at Jaisalmer was installed in 2015-2016.

All electrified... Read more..

Source: Energetica

SECI and BSES Inks Agreement for 200 MW Wind Energy

BSES and BRPL have announced that I has signed an agreement with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for sourcing 200 MW wind power at Rs 2.84 for 25 years.

The power will be presented to the two discoms from 2020-21 at the price of Rs 2.84 including the trading margin. The two discoms will acquire capacity from SECI which will act as a conciliator purchaser, a company declaration supposed.... Read more..

Source: Energetica
Subject Tags: BSES, DISCOMS, PPA, RPO, SECI, wind power

Ministry promises Rs 27 cr for solar plant in Nagpur

Nagpur district guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has promised Rs 27 crore for a 4.5MW solar power plant at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). He also assured Rs 5 crore for the development of chest medicine department at Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) at GMCH.

Bawankule said the power plant will help provide round the clock cheaper electricity to the entire GMCH premises and also... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

6th Edition of India m2m + iot Forum to open its door

India m2m + iot Forum 2019 (, the national forum on machine-to-machine (m2m) and internet of things (iot) is opening its door for one and all from the world of m2m and iot.
The two-day forum will be held on Monday, 14th January 2019 and Tuesday, 15th January 2019 at India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India, jointly organized by the Department... Read more..
Source: m2m+iot forum

BSES discoms to source 200 MW wind power at Rs 2.84 per unit for 25 years

Reliance Infrastructure-owned power discoms in Delhi today announced they have signed an agreement with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for sourcing 100 Megawatt power each at a rate of Rs 2.84 per unit for the next 25 years.

The power is expected to be available to the discoms –BSES Yamuna (BYPL) and BSES Rajdhani (BRPL) -- from 2020-21 for 25 years at Rs 2.84 per unit, including the trading margin... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Leh, Kargil districts to have solar power projects


Leh and Kargil districts of the Ladakh region will soon have solar power projects under the state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), officials said Thursday. As a part of its ambitious plan to build 23 GW solar power projects in Ladakh, SECI Wednesday issued tenders for construction of 7.5 GW solar power projects in the first phase, they added. 

As per the tender document, two solar power... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Wind energy companies may get more time for financial closure

Wind developers who won projects in Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI) 2000 mw auction in February, but have not been able to achieve financial closure yet, are likely to get a breather, with SECI extending the last date for closure by another two months. SECI had earlier set the deadline for January 3, after which it had threatened to start invoking the bank guarantees the developers have given.

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Source: The Economic Times

Jalandhar students develop a driverless, solar-powered smart bus priced at Rs 6 lakh

A group of 300 students at the Lovely Professional University (LPU) along with the faculty have developed a solar-powered driverless smart bus which was displayed at the 106th edition of the Indian Science Congress (ISC).

The event was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jalandhar on Thursday (January 3).

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