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MNRE steps in to help green energy developers

The renewable energy ministry has held discussions with state governments to find out how much land they are willing to set aside for renewable energy parks, a senior official told ET. This follows a recent announcement by the ministry that it will ensure that land and transmission facilities are in place for developers who win wind and solar projects in auctions conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), its nodal agency. Last week, MNRE officials held discussions with their counterparts in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the central government... Read more..

Source: Energy World- Economic Times

Power-surplus Indian state says no to new solar capacity

While other Indian states are struggling to meet renewable purchase obligations (RPO), Karnataka, the nation’s top performing market for installed solar capacity, has such a hefty surplus of power it has stalled PV tenders and auctions until further notice. The state’s electricity regulator has directed Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) to put on hold all new solar projects by state agencies, to balance its RPO and the financial health of its power distribution companies (discoms).... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine

Indore airport eyes solar power, energy efficiency to cut CO2 emission

Indore airport, also known as Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport, may soon be recognized for its significant progress in managing carbon emissions by a global airport body. Airport authorities plans to apply for carbon management certification programme – ‘Airport Carbon Accreditation’, which is run by Airports Council International (ACI). It was launched in 2009 and is the only voluntary global carbon management standard for airports. Four Indian airports already have this rating. This accreditation recognizes... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Delhi's air quality severe, CPCB convenes emergency meeting

Delhi's air quality deteriorated to 'severe' due to a dust storm in northwest India which led to a sudden spike in the pollution level in the national capital, the Centre-run SAFAR said. The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) recorded the city's air quality index (AQI) at 408 which falls in severe category, while the Central Pollution Control Board showed the AQI in very poor category at 347. An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Social entrepreneurship meets sustainable development

In an era where fashion brands are increasingly criticised for the environmental issues raised by their manufacture, Tentree promises to be an ‘environmentally progressive’ and responsible brand. A clothing brand that was launched in 2012, Tentree aims to give back to the environment for what it is giving us. As the name suggests, Tentree has the policy of planting ten trees for every item that they sell. In seven years, they claim to have planted over 26 million trees. ‘Protect the world you play in’ is the... Read more..

Source: The Week

India to exceed climate compliance under Paris Agreement

India will exceed the compliance of its commitment made to address climate change through green energy installations under the landmark Paris agreement, according to global credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service. The share of generation capacity from non-fossil-based fuel sources in the country will likely increase to 45 per cent by 2022 as India plans to increase its renewable energy capacity, excluding hydro, to 175 Gigawatts (Gw) and both wind and solar have already achieved grid parity, according... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Four-fold rise in total solar capacity but rooftop meets just 10% of target

Rooftop solar, one the fastest growing sub-sectors in the country's renewable energy space, has hit a speed bump. Of the targeted 40 Gw of solar rooftop installs, only 10 per cent has been achieved. Solar rooftop installations are seen as critical to India achieving its 175 Gw of renewable energy capacity by 2022. The country has built 28 Gw solar capacity, marking a four-fold leap in less than three years. “Despite this strong growth, India has achieved only 10 per cent of its 40 GW rooftop solar target.... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Eyeing investment, India considers new solar tender with focus on factories

India is considering a new tender to develop solar power equipment manufacturing that doesn’t include a requirement to also generate electricity, a move aimed at sparking investor interest, according to people with knowledge of the plan. In addition to separating manufacturing of solar cells and modules from generation, the government may also offer some form of financial aid, said the people, asking not to be identified as the information isn’t public. There has been little interest from solar equipment... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

SECI to develop 500 MW solar projects in Tamil Nadu

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) will establish 500 MW (Phase I) of grid-connected solar PV projects in Tamil Nadu on Build Own Operate (B-O-O) basis. Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (Tangedco) will purchase power from these projects. The solar project to be developed in multiples of 10 MW will be located at potentially ideal locations across the State. SECI will enter into a power purchase agreement with the successful solar project developers for 25 years. The solar... Read more..

Source: Deccan Chronicle

Bengal tigers may not survive climate change, UN report finds

Climate change and rising sea levels eventually may wipe out one of the world's last and largest tiger strongholds, scientists warned in a new study. The cats are among 500,000 land species whose survival is in question because of threats to their natural habitats, according to a UN report published on Monday. The Sundarbans, 10,000 square kilometres of marshy land in Bangladesh and India, hosts the world's largest mangrove forest and a rich ecosystem supporting several hundred animal species, including the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Ather Energy gets FAME II nod for electric scooter Ather 450

Hero MotoCorp-backed Ather Energy said Wednesday its electric scooter Ather 450 has received regulatory compliance to qualify for subsidy under the FAME II scheme. Subsequently, the model will receive an increased subsidy of Rs 27,000 and will now be available with the new on-road reduced price of Rs 1,23,230, Ather Energy said in a statement. Earlier, the model was available for Rs 1,28,230, inclusive of a subsidy of Rs 22,000 under FAME I. Although orders for the scooter have continued in Bengaluru through... Read more..

Source: ETEnergyWorld

The Body Shop launches first community trade recycled plastic

The Body Shop has stepped up its sustainability efforts with the launch of its new Community Trade recycled plastic in collaboration with Plastics For Change. The new plastics are being launched as part of the company’s Community Trade fair trade programme and are a first for the company. Sourced from Bengaluru India, the recycled plastic is collected by waste pickers. According to a press release, “In its first year, The Body Shop will purchase 250 tonnes of Community Trade recycled plastic to use in nearly... Read more..

Source: Global Cosmestics News

Sand, a global sustainability challenge: UN report

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Tuesday released a report, Sand and Sustainability: Finding new solutions for environmental governance of global sand resources, that highlights a problem that has largely stayed under the radar: sand consumption globally has been increasing and we are extracting it at rates exceeding natural replenishment rates. Sand and gravel, the report says, are the second largest natural resources extracted and traded by volume after water, but among the least regulated. We must acknowledge that this is “one of the major sustainability challenges of... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

US Clean Energy Cooperation in Asia

Energy demand in Asia will continue to climb in the coming decades, which will have critical economic, climate, and geostrategic implications for the United States. Over the next 20 years, India and Southeast Asia are expected to record the world’s highest carbon dioxide growth rates. For this reason, tackling energy-related emissions in this region must be a part of any meaningful global strategy to curb climate change. Accelerating a clean energy transition in Asia is a critical imperative to both help meet booming energy demand and mitigate against climate change. Unfortunately, the... Read more..

Source: Power Insider

Business Steps up ambitious climate action

Amid fresh waves of protests demanding accelerated climate action, more and more businesses and policy makers are stepping up and delivering the level of systemic change required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The path to zero-carbon power has seen significant progress this month. India’s largest private integrated power company Tata Power is helping to lead the country’s transition away from loss-making coal plants towards greater renewable deployment, with its new long-term strategy. In Australia, three companies have committed to switching to 100% renewable electricity in the... Read more..

Source: Ethical Markets

Greenlight Planet's solar fans to keep rural India cool this summer

While the country braces for the hottest year since 1901, this model provides powerful airflow for grid-like cooling, striking the perfect balance between performance, durability, and affordability. For ten years, Greenlight Planet has been focused on developing affordable and durable solar powered lighting solutions for under-electrified households and businesses around the world. In that time period, the company's Sun King product range has expanded, from simple task lighting, to keep up with changing consumer needs. "Our products have evolved from simple lighting to more sophisticated... Read more..

Source: New

Ministry held session for stakeholders in renewable energy industry

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) today held a brainstorming session for all stakeholders in the renewable energy industry. Major challenges faced by the industry were deliberated upon at the day long meet. "We discussed a lot of land problems like land use -- the challenges faced from converting it from agriculture to other uses -- there's a lot of delay during that process. There is also the problem of land ceiling. To acquire land above a certain limit, it requires approval of the state cabinet which takes a lot of time," said Anand Kumar, Secretary, MNRE. Presentations... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Centre to invite bids for 40GW battery plants

The government is considering a plan to establish battery making capacity of 40 gigawatts (GW) to give a boost to its electrical vehicles and renewable energy initiatives, an official said. It will ask states to compete for the opportunity to set up internationally competitive facilities that will also service global markets. Domestic and global battery makers will be asked to bid for setting up plants in the selected states. The proposal is expected to entail investments of $40 billion in the next two-three years and is likely to garner interest from global battery manufacturing firms and... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Humans driving 1 million animal and plant species to extinction: Report

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history and its impact will see extinction of one million out of eight million total estimated number of animal and plant species on earth, many within decades, unless their habitats are restored, said the UN-backed inter-governmental body in a global report released in Paris on Monday.

Blaming “human activities’ for such threat, the body... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Renewable energy of T.N. over 17% of total power production

Renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass and small hydropower) generation in Tamil Nadu was 16,223 million units in April 2018-February 2019, accounting for 17.5% of the total energy mix.

Andhra Pradesh surpassed Tamil Nadu in renewable energy mix in total generation in the April-February 2019 period, according to report by research firm Elara Capital. Karnataka continued to lead with 20,144 million units,... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

India's e-car plan has just one, but potentially debilitating flaw

Dirty air has finally become an issue in Indian election manifestos, along with perennial subjects such as temple-building and farmers’ incomes. That shouldn’t be a surprise: Even politicians can’t escape air pollution, which has reduced life expectancy in areas near the capital New Delhi by more than 12 years.

To address the issue, the government earlier this year laid out a three-year subsidy program for... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times | Power

FAME-II could reduce transport energy needs by 64%, emissions by 37% by 2030: CII

The government's FAME-II plan for electric mobility stands to reduce 64% of the anticipated road-based energy demand by 2030 and 37% of carbon emissions by then, according to CII.

The government had earlier this year notified the second phase of its scheme for the Faster Adoption and Manufacture of (hybrid and) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) which sought to boost the adoption of electric and hybrid... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

After HC nod, BEST to acquire 20 electric buses by June-end

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) will most likely induct 20 electric buses by the end of June. The transport undertaking has received a nod from the Bombay High Court to procure 80 electric buses on wet lease.

“We have managed to place an order for these electric buses. We should get 25% of the order within three months and the remaining in six months,” Surendrakumar Bagde, general... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

On thin ice: Time for climate change policy

Climate change has become a major global issue, but has the IT hub, Bengaluru, done enough to minimise its effects? With air pollution on the rise in the city and the government struggling to contain it, it clearly has a long way to go.

Karnataka made a start in 2018 when it designated the Environmental Management and Policy Research Institute (EMPRI) as a nodal agency to provide technical support for... Read more..

Source: Deccan Chronicle

Ratan Tata invests in Ola Electric Mobility

Ride hailing major Ola on Monday said Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, has invested in its EV business — Ola Electric Mobility (OEM). This investment, which is part of OEM’s series A round of funding, is in Tata’s personal capacity, it said. Details of the funding were not disclosed. “His investment in OEM will bring his deep experience and mentorship to the company’s ambitions to make electric mobility viable at scale,” it added. Tata is also an early investor in ANI Technologies, Ola’s parent... Read more..

Source: Tribune India