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Canadian Solar Commissions 35MWp Open Access Solar Project In India

Canadian Solar Inc., (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that its 35 MWp commercial and industrial (C&I) solar portfolio in the state of Karnataka, India reached commercial operation in March 2018.

The 35 MWp project is located in Bagalkot District of Karnataka and is expected to generate approximately 54,000 MWh of clean... Read more..

Source: Reuters

NGT slams Ganga Mission for failure to file compliance report

The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday rapped the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) for not filing a compliance report on the steps taken by the Centre and the UP and Uttarakhand governments to clean the river Ganga in the stretch between Gomukh and Unnao.

A bench headed by acting NGT chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim said that despite its April 3 order to file an affidavit stating measures taken by... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Wind power bid submission deadline extended by Gujarat utility

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has once again extended the last date for submitting bids for supplying wind power to the state-run company. 

This is the fourth time the deadline has been extended ever since GUVNL floated a tender in February to procure 500 MW wind power through competitive bidding.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Europe's bottled water producers seek to increase plastic recycling

Europe's bottled water producers set a goal on Tuesday of raising collection rates of plastic bottles to 90 per cent by 2025 from 60 per cent to improve recycling and cut pollution. 

"Our packaging today is part of the unacceptable phenomenon of littering alongside other discarded items," the European Federation of Bottled Waters said in a statement. 

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Source: The Economic Times

Northeast Frontier Railway on clean energy path

The Northeast Frontier Railway is planning to make its other stations run on solar power after Guwahati railway station.

"We have taken stock of Guwahati railway station, which has been running on solar power for some time, and it has performed well," a senior NFR official said.

The official said solar... Read more..

Source: The Telegraph

India finalises wind-solar hybrid policy

India’s Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has released its ‘National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy’ seeking to encourage hybridisation of projects due to the benefits they offer for grid integration.

A draft policy was first issued in June 2016 and has now been finalised after consultation with stakeholders. Studies have shown that combining wind and solar helps to minimise the variability of power output... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Gujarat government to bring policy for solar power generation in farms

The Gujarat government is preparing to launch a new solar power policy with special focus on farmers where they can give their lease land for installating solar panels and take crops. The farmers will get rentals for the land and also a share in profit as return.

Sources in the governme-nt said, "The state government is going to announce this policy soon and special MoUs will be made with farmers. Several... Read more..

Source: DNA India

Bids ‘remain aggressive’ in Maharashtra’s 1GW solar auction

The Maharashtra government appeared to be fifth time lucky with its solar auction of 1000 MW held on Monday. While earlier auctions called by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) for the same 1000MW, starting from December last year, were repeatedly undersubscribed and thereafter re-tendered, this time it received bids from eight developers amounting to a total of 1450 MW.

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Source: The Economic Times

Bid submission date for 5,000 MW solar projects likely to be extended

The date of submission of bids for 5,000 MW inter-state transmission system (ISTS)-based solar projects (2000 MW and 3000 MW capacity) under the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) is likely to be extended by a couple of weeks. A pre-bid meeting decided to issue revised tender documents. The last date for submission of bids for 2,000 MW (8×250 MW) was May 25, while that for 3000 MW (12×250 MW) was June 5.

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Source: Financial Express
Subject Tags: PPA, SECI, solar power, tender

Solar Power for Agriculture : Maharashtra

Aiming to provide regular power to farmers through agricultural feeders, the Maharashtra government has issued a tender inviting bids for 2 MW-10 MW capacity solar projects totalling 1,000 MW under the Mukhyamantri Saur Krushi Vahini Yojana . Although termed a good initiative that would boost agricultural output, the decision to fix ceiling tariff at Rs 3.30/unit under the scheme has seen questions being raised about its viability. May 22nd is the last date for submission of technical and financial bids which... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Cabinet may soon consider FAME-II scheme with Rs 9,381 cr outlay

The second phase of the scheme will be restricted to new energy vehicles used for public transport, commercial purposes and high-speed two-wheelers, officials said.
The Union Cabinet  may  soon  consider  for approval the proposal entailing financial support of Rs  9 , 381  crore in the second phase of the FAME India scheme  spanning five years to boost adoption of energy-efficient vehicles in the country, official sources said. 

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Source: The Economic Times

Ambitious 5,000 MW Dholera solar park gets approval from MNRE

The ambitious 5,000 megawatt solar park to be set up in the Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR), has received approval from the ministry of new and renewable energy. The tender for the first 1,000MW will be floated soon.

“We got approval from the Union ministry of new and renewable energy for the solar park on Thursday. With this, the tender for the first phase of the solar park is set to be out in June... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

WTO sets up panel to resolve India-US renewables case; hearing soon

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has set up a panel to resolve the dispute raised by India against the US with regard to the policies of eight American states in the renewable energy sector. 

India had alleged that the domestic content requirement norms imposed by these eight US states are inconsistent with global trade rules. 

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Source: ET Energyworld

Maharashtra will give spinning mills subsidies to set up solar power plants

The state government has set up a committee to help cooperative spinning mills and textile units set up solar power plants. Officials from the Maharashtra Textile Department, which has set up the committee, said the panel has been tasked with finalising the details of the proposed subsidy, the criteria to declare units eligible for subsidy and chalking out a plan for implementation, among other things.

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Source: The Indian Express

Tata Power plans $5 billion push to boost renewable capacity

Tata Power Co., one of India’s largest private power utilities, is planning to invest as much as $5 billion to ramp up its renewable capacity fourfold, according to its top executive.

The 103-year-old power utility plans to increase its clean-energy capacity to 12,000 megawatts by 2028, chief executive officer (CEO) Praveer Sinha said. That would require an investment of as much as 40 million rupees ($594,... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Trucost launches SDG Evaluation Tool

Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices, launched the Trucost SDG Evaluation Tool to help companies identify business risks and opportunities aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Adopted in 2015, the 17 SDGs aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over a 15-year period.

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Source: Environmental Leader

Kerala and NTPC sign MoU for increasing solar power generation

The Kerala State Electricity Board has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Thermal Power Corporation for increasing solar power generation in the state. 

The MoU, signed yesterday, also includes an agreement to set up a 15 MW solar power unit at the NTPC complex in Kayamkulam, an official release said here.

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Source: The Economic Times

Solar project developers ask ministry to defer auctions

Solar project developers have urged the ministry of new and renewable energy to postpone auctions, which NTPC and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) have scheduled for the next few weeks, until transmission issues are sorted out. 

NTPC, which held a 750 MW solar project auction last week, has invited bids for another 2000 MW, while SECI has issued tenders for 8000 MW. 

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Source: The Economic Times

China wants polluting power plants to sell their electricity contracts

China plans to encourage low-efficient and polluting power plants to sell their electricity contracts to renewable energy power generators, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said in a statement on Friday

China, the world's leading coal consumer, decided to upgrade its fossil-fuel dependent energy structure and boost consumption of clean fuel, as part of its drive to curb carbon intensity by 2020 and... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

C&A Foundation, Madhya Pradesh government partner for organic cotton growth

C&A Foundation has joined hands with Madhya Pradesh government to work towards building a prosperous value chain for organic cotton benefitting everyone from farm to store – farmers, manufacturers, brands, research institutes, and society. In line to this, an event was held recently, highlighting the state's global leadership in organic cotton production.

The event also facilitated a dialogue between... Read more..

Source: Fibre to Fashion

March 2019 deadline for cleaning Ganga, improving water quality: Nitin Gadkari

Ahead of next years’s Lok Sabha elections, the Centre has set March 2019 as the new deadline to clean river Ganga, and ensure a “70 to 80 percent” improvement in its water quality. Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari Thursday said that the government’s spending this fiscal will witness a spike as more projects under the flagship Namami Gange scheme will be completed.

The cleaning of the Ganga was... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

Oil price rise gives EVs a big boost

The spike in oil prices following US move to impose sanctions on Iran has given new momentum to India’s ambitious e-vehicles programme that aims to reduce oil imports, cut emissions and boost energy security. 

The government is already giving a big push to e-vehicles because of its commitments at global forums to control carbon emissions and India’s high dependence on imports to fuel its economic growth.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Relief for Indian solar producers as government reneges on import duty

India has scrapped a duty on solar modules, making it easier to import the products after a sudden change in customs policy last year led to a logjam of shipments at Indian ports.

Several consignments of solar modules, worth more than $150 million in total, were held up for more than three months at ports after Indian customs' officials in August demanded that some of them be classified as "electric motors... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Rays Power Infra commissions three solar PV projects in Karnataka

Jaipur-based solar power company Rays Power Infra today announced it has commissioned three solar PV projects in Karnataka, under the state’s open access scheme.

The open access model implemented in Karnataka enables access to power at considerably lower rates, offering better efficiencies and lower utility bills while reducing the carbon footprint of industries in the areas being serviced by projects built... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Despite the surge in renewables, emission levels almost unchanged

The rise of renewable sources of energy and their gallant victories over fossil fuels — particularly coal — is now legendary.

Last year, India added 11,788 MW of renewable energy capacity, twice as much as coal and hydro put together (5,400 MW). An estimate has it that 65 per cent of coal-derived electricity in India is sold at prices higher than new wind and solar.

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Source: The Hindu