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Goa CM Parrikar meets power dept over solar policy roll-out

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday held a meeting with officials of the electricity department and Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) to streamline the implementation of a solar policy in the state.

The chief minister, who recently took over the power portfolio, was instrumental in getting the solar policy notified. He suggested amendments to the policy as well as to the draft power purchase... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India extends implementation timeline for Solar Parks scheme

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the timeline for implementation of its 40GW Solar Parks scheme from 2019-20 to 2021-22.

In a memorandum released earlier this week, MNRE said the timelines had been extended “without any additional financial implication”.

The original 20GW... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Adani Green Energy to raise $500 million via dollar-bonds

Adani Green Energy, the renewable power arm of Gautam Adani-controlled Adani Enterprises, is planning to raise about $500-750 million (Rs 3,500-5,000 crore) by selling dollar bonds, as it plans to refinance its debt and expand its business, said two people familiar with the matter.

The company is now seeking international rating before it kicks off its overseas roadshows – likely within a few weeks -- to... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

juwi constructs 135MW solar park in India, bags 250MW in South Africa

Germany-based juwi group has completed a 135MW solar PV plant for Energon Soleq Ravi India Power Resources in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.

The plant covers an area of 243 hectares and is situated near the village of Guttigoli, Belgaum district. It is expected to generate more than 226 million kWh of electricity each year.

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Source: PV Tech

Green Climate Fund meeting 'disappointing', chief quits

A Green Climate Fund (GCF) meant to channel billions of dollars to poor nations said it had had a “very difficult and disappointing” meeting ending on Wednesday, in a new setback after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out U.S. support last year.

Australian climate finance expert Howard Bamsey announced he was stepping down as executive director of the GCF at the end of the four-day meeting in Songdo, South... Read more..

Source: Reuters

Nine organisations join ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme

Nine organisations have joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Roadmap to Zero Programme, a coalition of over 100 contributors, working on the implementation of safer chemistry practices to protect consumers and the environment. ZDHC works to eliminate the use of priority hazardous chemicals in the textile, leather, and footwear production. 

The new contributors joining as value chain... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

Volvo Cars to manufacture electric vehicles in India

Swedish luxury car major Volvo said on Wednesday that it will manufacture electric vehicles in India, while making a pitch for government benefits and incentives towards the cleaner cars.

Charles Frump, MD for Volvo Cars India, said the company — owned by China’s Geely — wants to take a lead in the introduction of green technologies in India, especially with the government’s focus on electrics and other... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

‘Illegal dyeing units polluting Pitchaikkaran canal, Cauvery’

Residents of Senathipathipalayam, Rangampalayam and Kasipalayam on Wednesday alleged that illegal dyeing units in their area had been polluting Pitchaikkaranpallam canal by discharging untreated effluents into it. It is to be noted that the canal merges with the Cauvery near Pallipalayam, thereby polluting it also. 

Pointing out that there were hundreds of illegal dyeing units in their locality, the... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

EESL to retro-fit energy efficient appliances in 400 Delhi schools

A joint venture of four state-run enterprises has joined hands with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation for retrofitting energy-efficient appliances in 400 schools maintained by the civic body. 

"The project includes installation of 24,000 five-star energy efficient ceiling fans, 38,000 LED tube lights of 20 W each, 200 LED street lights of 35 W each, 600 flood-lights of 70 W each and 100 flood-lights of... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: eesl, energy efficiency

Gujarat: Surat installs over 43 underground garbage bins

In a move to protect the environment and manage the garbage, Surat has installed 43 underground garbage bins, each of which can hold up to 1.5 tonnes of waste.

The city has become a trendsetter in waste management while other Indian cities are struggling with issues of exhausted landfills, unkept dumpyards and foul smell.

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Source: New Indian Express

ACME bags 600 MW solar power project in SECI tender

Solar power developer ACME today announced it has bagged the contract for a 600 Megawatt (Mw) Solar Photo Voltaic project in a reverse auction conducted by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) at a tariff of Rs 2.44 per unit.

With this contract, ACME’s portfolio exceeds 3.8 Gigawatt solar PV installations across India with an operational capacity of 1.7 Gw and 2.1 Gw solar projects at different stages of... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

How climate change can erode Indian coastline more intensely than ever

One of the biggest impacts of climate change is likely to be felt along coastlines across the world. Rising sea levels, accompanied by stronger waves and currents, are likely to reshape the coastlines and potentially inundate or even submerge many low-lying areas.

With a nearly 7,500-km coastline, India has a lot to worry. Although present knowledge suggests that sea-level rises around the Indian coastline... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

Power consumers can now pay bills in small installments via smart meters: R K Singh

Electricity consumers will soon be able to pay their bills in small installments, power minister RK Singh said today. He was speaking at a conference of State Power Ministers in Shimla.

Calling the prepaid meters a pro-... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

IOC taps solar power to deliver LPG on top of the world

State-run Indian Oil Corporation is harnessing solar power to make cooking gas refills available to homesteads and security establishments dotting the cold desert of Ladakh – also known as ‘roof of the world’ – in J&K as India’s largest oil refiner and fuel retailer moves to reduce its carbon footprint.

The company has switched its LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) bottling plant at Leh, the headquarters of... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Centre asks states to use allocated funds for electrification of all households by December

Union Power Minister R K Singh on Tuesday asked all states to use allocated funds under various schemes, including Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), to achieve the electrification target for all households by year-end. 

"We are giving funds. But those allocated funds are not being used. We are not able to use money. If we don't use that (funds),... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Owing to pollution, MAMC to soon have a Department of Environment Health

As the pollution in the national Capital keeps on getting bad to worse, Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) is coming up with the Department of Occupational and Environment Health. The full-fledged department, with a dedicated staff, will not just do surveys but also research on the data collected to come up with effective solutions, shared the doctors.

The Delhi government had already run a Society-... Read more..

Source: DNA India

A sustainable switch to renewables

The 13th National Electricity Plan (NEP) was released in January 2018. The draft of the same was released in 2016, seeking comments from various stakeholders. What stands out from the 13th NEP is the fact that India is on the path towards energy sufficiency and most of the investments for the same are already under way. Hence, not much needs to be done. The plan also envisages a significant share of renewable sources in India’s energy mix.

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Source: Financial Express

Solar tariffs once again hit all-time low of Rs 2.44 a unit at SECI auction


Solar power tariffs touched Rs 2.44 per unit once more, the lowest they have ever reached, in the latest 2000 MW auction conducted by Solar Corporation of India (SECI). Acme Solar, one of the biggest domestic solar developers, with around 875 MW of commissioned solar projects, won 600 MW with this bid.

The tariff had fallen to Rs 2.44 per unit only once before, in a SECI auction for projects at the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Increase irrigated land to protect the country from climate change impact: Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramaniam

To protect the country from climate change impact, the percentage of irrigated land needs to be increased. The Central government’s push on renewable energy shows its commitment to tackle climate change, said Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramaniam on Monday.

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Source: The New Indian Express

Tata Power Renewable commissions 100 MW solar capacity in Anthapuramu Solar Park

Tata Power today said its arm Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd (TPREL) commissioned 100 MW (50 MW x 2) solar capacity at Anthapuramu Solar Park, Andhra Pradesh. 

With this, the overall operating renewable capacity of the TPREL now stands at 2,215 MW in India, a company statement said. 

The sale of power from... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Bengaluru to get India’s first e-waste plant

The country’s first e-waste recycling unit will come up in Bengaluru, Union minister of chemicals and fertilisers Ananth Kumar said on Monday.

The unit, to be set up by the ministry, is likely to be ready in four months... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Fillip for Bengal rural projects

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) on Monday said it has sanctioned Rs 735.53 crore during the first quarter of 2018-19 for the Bengal government under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) to facilitate the execution of 86 projects.

Set up by the Centre, the fund is used to finance activities across three categories - agriculture, social projects and rural... Read more..

Source: The Telegraph

Power ministers meet this week to discuss e-vehicle charging, prepaid metres

A power ministers' conference in Shimla on Tuesday would deliberate on infrastructure development programmes like 100 per cent household electrification, a shift to prepaid metres... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Plastic packaging norms eased for retailers, tightened for industries

A state government-appointed committee has accepted the proposal recommending that plastic packaging by retailers be allowed with certain riders, norms for industrial-level packaging have been tightened. Industrial manufacturers have been asked to use minimum 20 per cent recyclable plastic material and mandatorily print... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

Bangladesh is keen on buying renewable power from India

India’s neighbour Bangladesh is exploring the possibility of expanding electricity trade between the two countries using capacity generated from renewable sources.

“I have approached my Indian counterparts on whether we can develop some system to cooperate in renewable energy so that we could be buying electricity from India as we already have transmission lines,” Ahmad Kaikaus, Secretary, Power Divisions,... Read more..

Source: The Hindu