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Vikram Solar commissions rooftop solar plant in Rajasthan

Solar energy solutions provider Vikram Solar said on Wednesday that has commissioned a rooftop solar plant for SL Nutritions at the RIICO Industrial Area of Nagaur in Rajasthan. A Vikram Solar release here said the Rajasthan solar plant has a capacity of 558 kilowattpeak (kWp). "Vikram Solar used 1,400 of 315 Wp (wattpeak) and 355 of 330 Wp modules to build the rooftop plant. The solar plant is expected to have an annual energy yield of 2,000-2,500 kWh (kilowatt hour)," it said. According to the company, its current portfolio consists of 1,040 MW of engineering, procurement and... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Sixth India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue concludes

The sixth India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) came to a conclusion today in New Delhi with both sides agreeing that the SED has emerged as a crucial mechanism to facilitate bilateral trade and investment flows and enhance economic cooperation between the two sides. The Dialogue which was held from held from 7-9 September 2019 in New Delhi comprised of round table meetings of Joint Working Groups on infrastructure, energy, high-tech, resource conservation and policy coordination followed by technical site visits and closed door G2G meetings. Senior representatives from policy... Read more..

Source: Daily Hunt

World Environment School to promote environmental education

Mobius Foundation, a non-profit organization working towards environmental sustainability, today, announced the launch of India’s first environment school in Coorg, Karnataka, statement said. World Environment School, Coorg (WESc) will be the first school in India and South Asia to take a leading role in promoting and delivering environmental education with sustainability at its core. Spread over a hundred acres across the beautiful hills of Coorg, the school’s focus is to build strong environmental and moral values among its students. WESc will be operational from 2021 for Grade 6 to 12... Read more..

Source: India CSR

Adityanath chairs meeting on Sustainable Development Goals

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday held a meeting with senior officials of the state government to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Uttar Pradesh Vision - 2030. The Chief Minister directed all the nodal officers to prepare a concrete action plan regarding the steps taken for the SDGs in context of the state, an official release issued here said. The Chief Minister said that the Planning Department should take the initiative and expedite work and directed that literature should be prepared on SDGs Uttar Pradesh Vision – 2030 by September 20, the release... Read more..

Source: The Week

World will need 50% more food by 2050, but yields may decline by 30%: Report

Food security will be hit sharply due to climate change and land degradation as global demand will increase by 50 per cent, but yields may decline by 30 per cent by 2050, said a global report released at the ongoing conference of parties. The report, prepared by the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA), led by former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, was released at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) COP 14 being held at Greater Noida. India has taken presidency of the COP 14 from China till 2021. India is among the 19 countries, which are a part of the GCA,... Read more..

Source: India Today

UP govt clears state's first floating solar power plant on Rihand Dam

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has cleared a floating solar power plant on Rihand Dam with an investment of Rs 750 crore. It will be the first water surface floating solar power plant of Uttar Pradesh and biggest in the country. The state cabinet cleared the project that will fetch investment of Rs 750 crore, UP government spokesman Shrikant Sharma told reporters here. He said the water surface floating solar power project will generate 150 MW power and will be completed in 21 months. "It will be first such project of UP and biggest in the country,"... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Surat’s renewable energy capacity increases by 30% in 18 months

Renewable energy production capacity has seen an increase of 30 per cent in Surat in the past 18 months. Of the 25 crore units of electricity that the city produces, share of wind and solar energy is 90 per cent. Surat happens to be the only city in the country whose captive power generation meets 33 per cent of demand of consumers, with wind and solar power plants playing a significant role in this, government sources claimed. Surat Municipal Corporation’s (SMC) annual energy demand is 250 gigawatt hours (GWH). At present, SMC produces 78.4 GWH of wind energy. This saves SMC Rs47.2 crore... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Over-capacity, water shortage and renewable power exerts pressure on thermal power plants

A report prepared by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and Applied Economics Clinic (AEC) has pointed out that India’s coal-fired energy sector is facing increasing pressure due to generator over-capacity, water shortages and the rise of low-cost renewables. The report - Risks Growing for India’s Coal Sector, highlights ongoing challenges facing India’s coal-fired generators due to changes in the energy sector, fluctuations in water supply and stranded-asset as well as other risks. David Schlissel, co-author and IEEFA’s director of resource planning analysis... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Amazon India unveils sustainable packaging initiatives

Amazon India, Bangalore, India, has announced its commitment to eliminate single-use plastic from its packaging by June 2020. The company plans to use “paper cushions,” which will replace plastic dunnage like air pillows and bubble wraps across its fulfillment centers in India, the company reports in a news release. Paper cushions will be used to ensure the packages are protected in transit. The environment-friendly and fully recyclable packaging solutions have been launched in select fulfillment centers for Amazon India and will be extended across all of India’s Amazon fulfillment centers... Read more..

Source: Recycling Today

India's first cloud-based irrigation set up at Hyderabad International Airport

Giving a robust technology boost to its ongoing environment sustainability measures, GMR-led Hyderabad International Airport became India's first airport to induct a cloud-based central irrigation control system using an 'IMMS online' (Irrigation Management and Monitoring Software) mechanism to control the intricate automatic irrigation system across the 80 acres of landscape spread along the 8.4 km stretch of the airport spine road. A first-of-its-kind technology to be introduced in India, the control of irrigation system is precise and timely, enabling the airport to save water up to 35... Read more..

Source: The Hans India

Energy extremely crucial for India's socio-economic development: Dharmendra Pradhan

Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan, on September 10 said that India has to improve the availability of energy to over 1.3 billion people, "whose per capita energy consumption is lower than the global average". Addressing a session on ‘Advancing Inclusive Access to Secure, Affordable, and Sustainable Energy Services’ during the 8th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable 2019 in Abu Dhabi, Pradhan said that energy is "extremely crucial" to the overall socio-economic development of India. "Now, India is the third-largest energy consumer in the world. The... Read more..

Source: Money Control

Treating Electricity as a Right is Detrimental to Expanding Access: Suggest researchers at the LSE, the University of Chicago & Yale University

To expand access to electricity, governments in low-income countries should treat electricity as a private good, not a right, a new publication argues.

It is a widespread belief in developing countries that electricity is a right to be enjoyed by all citizens. In practice, this social norm regularly results in customers not paying their electricity bills, stealing electricity, and bribing... Read more..

Source: Energy Policy Institute of Chicago (EPIC), International Growth Center (IGC)

India & ADB sign $200 million loan to improve rural connectivity in Maharashtra

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India today signed a $200 million loan to upgrade rural roads to all-weather standards in 34 districts of Maharashtra State to improve road safety and better connect rural areas with markets and services.

The signatories to the loan agreement for the Maharashtra Rural Connectivity Improvement Project were Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary (Fund Bank and ADB), Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India, and Mr. Sabyasachi Mitra, Deputy Country Director of ADB’s... Read more..

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Modi bats for South-South ties, plastic ban at UNCCD meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed big at the Fourteenth Conference of Parties (COP14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on September 9, 2019.

India will try to reclaim 26 million hectares (mha) of land by 2030, Modi said. This will help the country achieve its target of creating a carbon sink 2.5-3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent through forest cover, he added.

The target earlier was 21 mha.

The PM’s speech at the COP, which India is hosting, highlighted his administration’s eagerness for South-South cooperation in... Read more..

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India halfway through its 175 GW renewable energy goal: Javadekar

Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh): Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar on Monday said that India has already achieved half of its renewable energy production target.

The government plans to achieve 175GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022 as part of its climate commitments. Reportedly, India currently has an installed renewable energy capacity of around 80 gigawatts.

Javadekar was addressing the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Greater Noida.

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Source: Energy - Economic Times
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Policy amendments and North Eastern states: Seeding India’s hydro hope plants

Hydropower is now recognised as a renewable source of power and is part of the 175 GW target set for 2022. Of the total 175 GW, small hydropower projects contribute 5 GW. In India, with an installed base of approximately 46 GW, and another 4.5 GW from SHP, it is well poised to grow further. India’s ambitious renewable energy capacity addition is more or less on track and with a behemoth of RE capacity addition through grid connectivity that would require hydropower as a way to keep grid stability in the coming years.

The current state of small hydro projects
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Source: EPR magazine
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Innolia Energy announces Rs 225 cr investment in solar module, EV products manufacturing

US-based Innolia Energy on Monday said it has launched a project entailing investment of Rs 225 crore to set up a manufacturing facility in Hyderabad for solar modules, lithium battery and electric vehicle (EV) products.

"Leveraging years of developing advanced technology solutions for companies in the US, Innolia Energy's manufacturing plant (300MW) in India delivers a fully integrated and customisable system solution of solar panels, lithium-battery and EV products manufacturing under a single roof," a company statement said.

According to the statement, the manufacturing... Read more..

Source: Money Control
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Honeywell Powers India’s Auric And Faridabad Smart City Projects

Honeywell has stated that it is working with the Aurangabad Industrial Township Ltd. and Faridabad Smart City Ltd. to run cities more effectively and improve citizens’ living standards through smart building technologies and services that seamlessly connect an array of city services, including emergency response, traffic management, road congestion, crowd monitoring, pedestrian safety, and crime prevention.

The Aurangabad Industrial City and Faridabad smart city project were inaugurated this weekend by Shri Narendra Modi, Honorable Prime Minister of India. The Smart Cities Mission... Read more..

Source: BIS Infotech
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India’s Gujarat state government says it will stop approving new thermal power projects

In a first-of-its-kind move aimed at curbing the burning of fossil fuel for power generation, Gujarat government on Saturday announced that it will not give fresh permissions for setting up new thermal power stations in the state.

A decision to not provide permission for new thermal power projects has been taken by Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, stated an official release here. The 8-10 per cent of annual increase in power demand will be met through non-conventional sources, the statement said adding that the move will “guide” other states in the country.

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Source: IEEFA
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India, China to cooperate in R&D for developing new tech for manufacturing solar cell

India and China have agreed on cooperation in R&D for developing new technology for manufacturing solar cell from alternate material and improvement of efficiency of solar cells, Niti Aayog said on Monday. Both sides have also agreed on cooperation in the field of e-mobility and energy storage.

This among issues was discussed during the sixth India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue, which was concluded on Monday.

"Both sides agreed on cooperation in R&D for developing new technology for manufacturing solar cell from alternate material and improvement of efficiency of... Read more..

Source: Energy - Economic Times
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Southeast Asia to see 100-fold increase in floating solar PV plants: Rystad Energy

Development of floating solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants is expected to increase 100-fold in Southeast Asia over the next five to 15 years, according to energy research firm Rystad Energy.

The firm added that this will happen as countries in the region are looking to substantially increase their share of renewable energy in the power mix.

“Rystad Energy expects large-scale floating PV developments, typically installed on dams and reservoirs, to increase 100-fold in Southeast Asia over the next five to 15 years… This will open new market opportunities for both new and... Read more..

Source: Energy - Economic Times
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Government likely to reduce GST to 5 percent on Hybrid Vehicles like EVs: Nitin Gadkari

Just like electric vehicles, the government will consider reducing GST on hybrid vehicles too. The Government of India earlier reduced the GST on EVs from 12% to 5% at the 2019 Budget, said Minister of Road Transport & Highway, Nitin Gadkari at SIAM Conclave.

In July, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the reduction of GST on electric vehicles from 12% to 5%. She said that the government has already moved GST council to lower the GST rate on electric vehicles (EV) from 12% to 5%. Also to make EVs affordable for consumers, government will provide additional income tax... Read more..

Source: ELE times
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Hyundai to supply affordable electric vehicles to Ola by 2022

Hyundai Motor India will begin supplies of ‘affordable’ and ‘mass market’ range of electric vehicles to India’s ride-hailing giant Ola from 2022-23.

These vehicles, which are tailor-made for Indian buyers, will be based on a new vehicle platform that is aimed at keeping cost of manufacturing low and making them affordable.

The vehicle, which will be sold to commercial buyers (like Ola) and to personal buyers, could be priced below Rs 10 lakh.

Hyundai will even look to invest in producing and procuring electric vehicle batteries from India in association with a local... Read more..

Source: Money Control
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RK Singh: YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s move to review PPAs started

The Centre, which has been vehemently opposing the YS Jaganmohan Reddy government’s initiative to review wind and solar power purchase agreements (PPAs), has indicated that it has started feeling its result.

Union minister for power and renewable energy RK Singh told media persons in Hyderabad on Monday that the initiative of the AP government had affected global investments in the energy sector in India. He, however, chose not to reveal the quantum of investments affected.

He termed the decision of the YS Jagan Reddy government as ‘unfortunate’ and said his efforts to... Read more..

Source: Bangalore Mirror
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India gifts solar panels to UN headquarters in New York to promote sustainable energy

India has gifted solar panels to the United Nations Office in New York. The solar panels have been installed on the roof to power the building’s energy needs. The solar panels can generate power up to 50 Kilowatt (KW).

“Solar panels, a gift from India, are installed on the roof of the UN. The panels are powered up to reach the max of 50 KW of generation power,” the United Nations tweeted.

Alongside the solar panels, a green roof is also placed in the United Nations headquarters. A green roof, also called a living roof, is a roof covered with vegetation.

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Source: ELE times
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