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Kerala’s Solar target set at 1,870 MW by 2022

If things pan out, the installed capacity of solar power generation in the state will touch 1,870 megawatts (MW) by 2022. The present capacity is around 120 MW, but it is growing with multiple agencies, including the Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT), the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and local bodies, acknowledging the potential of harnessing solar energy.

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Source: The New Indian Express

Green Climate Fund clears $100 million line of credit for Nabard plan

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) on Wednesday approved the proposal submitted by Nabard for the ‘line of credit for solar rooftop segment for commercial, industrial and residential housing sectors’ with a GCF loan support of $100 million. The proposal is the first private sector facility proposal sanctioned by GCF to India and will be executed through Tata Clentech... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Solar dispute: WTO sets up panel on India’s requests

The World Trade Organisation’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) has agreed to India’s request for setting up a panel to determine whether the country complied with a previous ruling striking down its domestic content requirements for solar cells and modules. India had requested a panel following a submission made by the US where it had accused New Delhi of not complying with the ruling and also sought permission to take retaliatory action.

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Source: Business Line

CDC Group-backed Ayana Renewable Power scouting for acquisitions

Ayana Renewable Power, a renewable energy firm operating in India and neighbouring countries, is scouting for acquisitions. The CDC Group Plc-backed company’s focus areas are the Indian states of Bihar, Odisha ... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

Ban On Diesel Generators, Brick Kilns Lifted As Delhi Air Improves: Environment Pollution Control Authority

Starting today, the Badarpur power plant that has been shut for over four months can start temporary operation, ban on diesel generators will be lifted, and hundreds of brick kilns can resume production due to "some visible improvement" in air quality in Delhi, the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) today said. On October 17 last year, the EPCA had imposed the measures under the... Read more..

Source: NDTV

Japanese manufacturer Horiba eyes to increase its business in India because of emerging emissions-related regulations

Japanese manufacturer Horiba expects to increase its business in India because of emerging emissions-related regulations across the country. From April 1, 2020, the tailpipe emissions for motor vehicles will be measured as per the Bharat Stage-VI emission standards. Even the Central Pollution Control Board is prescribing new emission limits for factory emissions. So far, the company imported most of the testing equipment into India that automakers and other plants used for testing in their factories. The... Read more..

Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: air pollution, Emissions

AIIB approves $1.5 bln in loans to India for infrastructure projects

Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved $1.5 billion in loans to India for infrastructure-related projects in 2018, a senior official of the AIIB said on Tuesday.

China plans to invest more than $100 billion through its Belt and Road scheme to build highways, rail lines, ports and other infrastructure linking Asia, Europe and Africa.

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Source: The Economic Times

Red-category industries told to track emissions

The Central Pollution Control Board has issued directions to pollution control boards in NCR states to get all “red” category industries to install online stack continuous emissions monitoring systems and connect them to the CPCB server by March 31.

The move has been long overdue as industries in NCR are one of the biggest contributors of air pollution, but such emissions are largely unregulated.... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Hyundai Motor Co to invest in battery electric, fuel cell vehicles

Korean auto major Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) is investing in developing both battery electric (BEV) and fuel cell vehicles (FCV) to meet more stringent emission standards, which are expected to be implemented in the future.

“Both battery electric and fuel cell vehicles will co-exist in future…With regulations over CO2 emissions becoming more and more stringent, automakers will be forced to invest in fuel... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India’s green energy generation grew 22 per cent in April-December current fiscal

India registered a 22 per cent growth in power generation from renewable energy sources in the first ten months (April-December 2017) of the current financial year, thanks largely to the recent massive ramp up in solar capacity addition, according to fresh data released by Central Electricity Authority (CEA).

Electricity generation through renewable sources -- including wind, solar, biomass, small hydro and... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India's SECI invites bids for 3 GW of solar projects

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) on Tuesday published documents for a 3-GW solar tender.  

SECI, a government of India enterprise, is looking for bids for the development of 12 projects of 250 MW each to be connected to the Inter-State Transmission system (ISTS). The projects, which can be located anywhere in India, will be developed on a build, own, operate basis. Successful bidders will sign 25... Read more..

Source: Renewables Now
Subject Tags: SECI, solar projects, tenders

Climate change action plan in final stages: CM

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said the second phase of climate change action plan of the State is under finalisation.Welcoming 37 international delegates from 29 countries who are visiting Odisha as part of their international training programme on environment audit being conducted under the aegis of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, Naveen said Odisha is the first in the country to prepare a State Climate Change Action Plan. Progress of activities under 12 identified sectors of the... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

Indian utility launches 500-MW wind tender in Gujarat

Power utility Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL) on Friday launched a request for selection (RfS) for the deployment of 500 MW of grid-connected wind capacity and related transmission infrastructure across the state.

The auction is open to both domestic and foreign developers on the condition that parties from outside India create special purpose vehicles (SPVs) under the Indian Companies Act that will... Read more..

Source: Renewables Now

Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport and Metro plan switch to solar power

Faced with annual upward revisions in electricity tariffs, Bengaluru’s transport utilities Namma Metro (BMRCL) and BMTC are in talks with private developers in their pursuit of cheaper power options. While the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has started talking to solar power developers, Namma Metro too is looking at cheaper options. The state-run BMTC is planning to instal rooftop solar panels... Read more..

Source: Energy World

Identify and address sources of pollution in Yamuna: NGT

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi and Haryana governments to identify and address the sources of pollution in river Yamuna. A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim ordered Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to ensure that action is taken against the erring industries responsible for causing pollution. “Though, the issue is with regard to high level of ammonia in the water which is reaching the water reservoir of Delhi Jal Board, if you take the... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

IIT Kharagpur research scholar develops battery using sewage water

A research scholar of IIT Kharagpur has developed a disposable and flexible battery powered by bacteria from sewage water, the institute said in a statement. For the environment-friendly battery cell to start energy production, sewage water containing bacteria needs to be injected into it. "Normally microbial fuel cells... Read more..

Source: Energy World

Bureau of Energy Efficiency offers assistance for Energy Conservation Building Code buildings

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), a statutory body under Union Ministry of Power, has signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) and Andhra Pradesh State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM), a state designated agency of AP, for construction of energy efficient buildings as per Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) – 2017.

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Source: The Has India

Air Pollution Monitoring System to be set up in Guwahati

International non-governmental organisation (NGO) Clean Air Asia (CAA) has proposed to set up a low-cost system to monitor air pollution in Guwahati and make the data accessible to all, according to officials. This has been done with a view to encourage public engagement with respect to air pollution data. The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has partnered with CAA to tackle the menace of air pollution.... Read more..

Source: Gplus

EESL announces Rs 3,730 crore investments in e-mobility, renewable energy

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)announced an investment of Rs 3,730 crore across four projects spanning e-mobility, energy efficiency and renewable energy. The projects, for which EESL inked four MoUs with the government on Saturday, are slated to create over 15,000 jobs and result in savings of up to Rs 3,185 crore. The MoUs were signed in the presence of CM N Chandrababu Naidu, EESL managing director... Read more..

Source: Energy World

India to achieve 175 GW renewable energy ahead of 2022 deadline

 India would achieve the target of 175 GW of installed renewable energy capacities well before 2022, a senior government official said today. "India would achieve its target of 175 GW of installed renewable energy capacity well before 2022 for which bidding process would be completed on time and International Solar Alliance (ISA) shall help mobilise sufficient funds for solar energy projects, said New &... Read more..

Source: Energy World

ReNew Power to invest Rs 13,000 crore in Andhra Pradesh, to employ 4,000 people

Green energy firm ReNew Power will invest Rs 13,000 crore over five years to develop renewable energy capacity in Andhra Pradesh as per an MoU signed with the state government on Sunday, a company statement said here. The agreement was signed at the ongoing three-day CII Partnership Summit here, ReNew Power said. "The... Read more..

Source: Energy World

Chandigarh to become 100% renewable powered city, asks min to increase quota of plants

In a bid to tap its full resources and become a 100 percent renewable energy powered city, the Chandigarh administration has asked the union ministry of power to increase the quota of renewable power plants, on Saturday. The administration has also urged the ministry to waive-off fixed charges to the tune of Rs 50 crore that it owes for using non-renewable power plants. ... Read more..

Source: Energy World

Vizag takes the lead in ushering in electric car revolution in Andhra

As India slowly moves towards electric cars and cleaner mobility, Vizag is set to take the lead with the roll-out of two electric cars. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu will officially flag off the cars — Tata Tigor and Mahindra e-Verito — at the third CII Partnership Summit at the APIIC grounds along the beach road on Saturday. While electric cars are already in use at a few places in the country by private operators and individuals, this is the first official roll-out of such cars in the country. As part... Read more..

Source: Energy World
Subject Tags: eesl, Electric Vehicles, EV

EST finalises contract to procure 40 electric buses for Rs 73 crore

BEST has finalised a contract to procure 40 electric vehicles 20 AC Midi and 20 non-AC Midi buses for Mumbai. The buses are being procured with around Rs 36 crore subsidy from the Centre under Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) & Electric Vehicles (FAME) India scheme. The buses will come with zero cost maintenance, fuel and driver, as it will be procured under a wet-lease model from a private contractor, an official said.  BEST will only have to pay monthly rent for taking the buses on lease... Read more..

Source: Energy World

Amplus to invest Rs 2,200 crore to set up 500 Mw solar capacity in Uttar Pradesh

Gurugram-based Amplus Energy Solutions today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uttar Pradesh government to set up solar power generation capacity of 500 Megawatt (MW) in the state.

The MoU was signed in UP Investors Summit. The company plans to invest Rs 2,200 crore over the next 5 years. The state government is planning to set up solar energy capacity of 10,700 MW over the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld