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Delhi's Vidhan sabha turns green with 100 Kilowatt solar power plant

The Delhi Vidhan Sabha complex in north Delhi’s Civil Lines turned green on Monday with the installation of a 100kw solar power plant. 

According to officials, the solar photo voltaic plant, installed at a cost of Rs 7.35 lakh, will take care of 25% of the Delhi Legislative Assembly building’s peak power demand and will help save Rs10 lakh annually on account of the power bill.

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Source: The Economic Times

Cabinet's ex-post facto approval for India's stand at COP24

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its ex post facto approval to India's negotiating stand at COP24 where it reiterated its commitment to Paris Agreement, but added that the actions of developing countries must be supported by developed nations.

The Indian delegation to the 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held at Katowice in Poland... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Vikram Solar gets 140-MW unit order from NTPC

 Renewable energy solution provider Vikram Solar Wednesday said it has got a 140-megawatt (MW) project order from state-run power giant NTPC Ltd. "Vikram Solar claimed a 140-MW solar plant project from NTPC Limited. The location selected for the project is Bilhaur, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh," a company statement said. 

According to the statement, 700 acre of land has been allotted for the project and the solar... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Tata Cleantech raises ₹180cr from Dutch bank FMO

Tata Cleantech Capital has raised Rs 180 crore via a green bond — its first such offering — from the Netherlands Development Finance Company, or FMO, to finance renewable energy projects. Tata Cleantech is majority owned (80%) by Tata Capital, the non-bank finance arm of the Tata Group, with the balance 20% being held by IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank.

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Source: The Times of India

India floats first tender to build solar power projects in Kashmir

India issued a tender on Tuesday to build 7.5-gigawatt of solar power projects in the insurgency hit state of Jammu and Kashmir, state-run Solar Energy Corp. of India said on its website.

The request is part of a larger plan to build 23 gigawatts of solar capacity in Ladakh, a region in the country’s extreme north bordering China. The capacity is offered in three tranches of 2.5 gigawatts each to be located... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Small renewable energy tenders likely after muted response

The government plans to scale down size of renewable energy tenders, scrapping the idea of allotting large capacities at one go, after a recent tender for 10 GW solar capacity saw lukewarm response from the industry. 

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), tasked with the implementation of the national solar mission, issued two solar and wind energy tenders of 1,200 MW each on Monday. As the government... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Seci invites bids for 2,400 MW renewable energy generation plants

The state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (Seci) has invited renewal energy companies to put forward bids for setting up wind and solar plants of 1,200 MW each.

The FY19 renewable capacity addition target had been set at 15,600 MW, comprising 10,000 MW and 4,000 MW of wind and solar, respectively.

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Source: Financial Express

Energy Efficiency Services inks first long-term rupee loan of Rs 500 cr

State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has raised its first long-term rupee loan of Rs 500 crore, the undertaking announced on Tuesday.

The government owned Punjab National Bank (PNB)-issued loan will be utilised to fund EESL's capital expenditure for its programmes such as the Street Lighting National Programme, Smart Meter National Programme, Solar Substation and e-mobility projects, a company... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Tamil Nadu wind power companies get jolt as tariff plummets

Tamil Nadu wind power developers are an aggrieved lot with the tariff falling below all expectations. 

The latest tariff of 2.65 per unit is the lowest and wind companies have appealed against the tariff in Appellate Tribunal for Electricity stating that present tariff is too low and Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulator Commission (TNERC) has not taken into consideration the total cost for setting up a wind... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Uttar Pradesh gets Rs 1,500 crore grant for meeting deadline on 100% electrification

The Saubhagya dashboard showed that of the 2,49,01,600 households that have been identified, 96.15% have been energized, while 3.85%, or 9,57,950, households are remaining.

Uttar Pradesh, once the biggest roadblocks to the Centre’s complete electrification programme, will get close to Rs 1,500 crore grant as it finished the household electrification drive within the stipulated deadline of December 31. ... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

96% households get electricity connections

The government has connected about 96% of households across the country with electricity supply, and hopes to take power lines to the rest by January 26, officials said. 

The government had initially targeted March 31 as the deadline for taking electricity lines to all households in the country that seek a connection. It later said the target would be met three months earlier, by December 31. ... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Solar-powered driverless bus made by students to welcome PM Modi

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Indian Science Congress - 2019 on January 3 at Lovely Professional University (LPU), a unique solar-powered driverless bus, designed and made by the students of the University, its first prototype will be used to ferry him to the venue. 

The bus is slated to enter into commercial service later this year. The 106th edition of ISC 2019 will be held from... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India received $3.2 billion FDI in renewable energy sector over past three years

India received Foreign Direct Investment worth $3,217 million in the renewable energy sector during the past over three years between April 2015 and June 2018.

The year-wise inflows rose from $776 million in 2015-16 to $783 million in 2016-17 and further to $1,204 million in 2017-18, according to fresh data from the FDI cell of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), an arm of the commerce... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Solar power industry demands uniform GST rate of 5 per cent

The Solar Power Developer Association (SPDA) has demanded the goods and services tax rate be kept uniform at 5 per cent on solar power generating system (SPGS) saying recent recommendations of the GST Council are inconsistent with the government's policy of promoting clean energy. 

The total incidence of tax on the SPGS would increase to 8.9 per cent with implementation of the GST Council recommendations... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

No land for wind projects as Solar Corporation of India demands financial closure

Wind energy developers who won projects in Gujarat are in a bind because they have been asked to achieve financial closure by January 3 but the state is not leasing them any land.

The projects were won by companies in Solar Corporation of India’s (SECI) auction of 2,000 MW of projects in April this year. SECI has now asked for quick financial closure.

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Source: The Economic Times

Jamia to soak up the sun, go fully green

Jamia Millia Islamia is planning to become emission-free and fully renewable energy-reliant while turning itself into a source of electricity for the Okhla area.
The university, which now has a 2.25MW solar power plant — the largest among all central universities in the country — has also started constructing two sewage water treatment plants and will follow the green building concept for all constructions on the campus. 

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Source: The Times of India

Novel powder to help cut CO2 emissions

Scientists have created a novel powder that can capture carbon dioxide emissions from factories and power plants.

The powder, created by researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada, can filter and remove CO2 at facilities powered by fossil fuels before it is released into the atmosphere and is twice as efficient as conventional methods.

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Source: Business Standard

India finalizes bids for setting up over 8,000 MW wind power projects

India has finalized bids for setting up wind power projects of over 8,000 Megawatt (MW) capacity through Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC), power minister R K Singh said.

"As on date, the bids for setting up of wind power projects of aggregate 8389.90 MW capacity have been finalized through SECI and NTPC," Singh said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

MSEDCL plans floating solar power project on Ujani dam

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) has initiated the tender process for a 1,000MW floating solar power project in the reservoir of Ujani dam.

The project is expected to augment green power availability and prevent evaporation loss at Ujani dam, thus saving about 1 TMC water every year. As compared with solar power projects set up on land, the efficiency of the floating... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Work on 800 kW solar power plant in Chandigarh to start next year

The UT administration has approved the detailed project report (DPR) of installation of 800 kW solar power plant worth Rs 4.5 crore at the parking area of New Lake here in Sector 42. Aiming to achieve the target of 69 MW set by the ministry of new and renewable energy by the year 2022, the work on this ambitious plant will start next year.

Out of 800 kW, 90 kW solar energy will be reserved for charging e-... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Manali Petro stops operations at Plant 1

Manali Petrochemicals Ltd has stopped operations at its Plant 1 near Chennai following a directive from the Central Pollution Control Board.

The company has received a notice from the Central Pollution Control Board under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act, 1985 seeking to stop operations of Plant 1 citing certain shortcomings, said a filing to the National Stock Exchange.

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Source: The HinduBusinessline

NTPC gets investment approval for 160 MW solar power projects in UP

State-owned power generator NTPC Ltd today announced it has received investment approval for two solar power projects of 160 Megawatt capacity in Uttar Pradesh.

The approval has been received for the 140 Mw Bilhaur solar Photo Voltaic (PV) project and the 20 Mw Auraiya solar PV project. Both of them are to be set up in Uttar Pradesh. 

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Source: ET Energyworld

India's Sterlite wins wind lot in Brazil transmission auction

Indian power transmission developer Sterlite Power has won a lot in Brazil's recent auction for transmission projects that will facilitate the development of Rio Grande do Sul state's wind potential.

Lot 13 represents an investment of about USD 0.6 bllion (EUR 527.4m) over three to five years. It involves the construction of six substations and 316 km (196.35 miles) of transmission lines.

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Source: Renewables Now

Kerala Floats Tender for 200 MW Solar Project

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has announced that it has floated a tender for the development of 200 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Kerala. The project is to be developed on Independent Power Producer (IPP) mode and the time limit for the submission of bid is February 1, 2019. 

The scale of work includes the selection of site, possession of land, obtaining compulsory... Read more..

Source: Energetica

Magenta Power joins hands with HPCL for e-vehicle charging

Magenta Power, a rooftop solar developer that earlier this year ventured into electric vehicles charging space, has announced installing an EV charging station under its brand “ChargeGrid” at the HPCL staff colony in Chembur, Mumbai.

The charger installed by Magenta Power shall have the ability to charge up to three vehicles at a time, the company said.

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Source: Hindu Businessline