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Telangana identifies 17 places in Hyderabad to move polluting units

Telangana IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao on Tuesday held review meeting with the officials of State Pollution Control Board and representatives of industries in and around the capital.

According to an official release, the Minister instructed that the polluting industries should be moved out of the city and located beyond the outer ring road and the government has already identified 17 locations to... Read more..

Source: The Hans India
Subject Tags: industry news, pollution

Centre distributes over 1 lakh LED bulbs to Chandigarh

The Centre has distributed over one lakh LED bulbs under the Ujala scheme in the city.

The Ujala (Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All) scheme was launched in the city last month.

Along with distributing the LED (Light emitting diode) bulbs, 15,000 20W LED tubelights as well as 5,000 BEE 5... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

State Energy Conservation Committee of Telengana sets ball rolling on energy saving

State government formed a 14-member State Energy Conservation Committee (SECC) which will provide a direction in the energy conservation, policy making and initiatives of the State.According to officials of the Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation (TSREDCL) the committee would be headed by the special chief secretary of energy department with TSREDCL vice-chairman and managing director as the member secretary for the newly formed committee under the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.... Read more..

Source: The Hans India
Subject Tags: energy, savings, sustainability

Drought: 18 states asked to use central budget

The drinking water ministry has asked 18 drought-prone states to utilise 25% of the Central budget available with them to mitigate drinking water crisis.

While 13 states were identified last year as drought-prone, the ministry has assessed another five states as the ones facing drinking water scarcity this year.

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Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: water scarcity

Plastic ban: NGT seeks status report from Delhi Government

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday sought a detailed compliance report by May 19 from the Delhi Government and state pollution control committee in connection with the usage of disposable plastic in the national capital.

The NGT had earlier on January 1 prohibited the use of plastic in the national capital, asking for strong action against storage, sale and use of such materials.... Read more..

Source: INDIA.Com

PLANT PV launches ‘Silver-on-Aluminum’ paste with a 1% power output gain for c-Si solar cells

PLANT PV, has introduced its first major product to enable significant improvements in conventional solar cell power output. PLANT PV’s new ‘Silver-on-Aluminum’ paste is designed for easy implementation with no added investment cost for cell producers and is claimed to lead to a 1% increase in relative power output for c-Si solar cells. The company, which was incubated out of the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will present its Ag-on-Al paste concept and test results at this week’s... Read more..

Source: PV-Tech

Green energy firms explore portfolio mergers to aid sell-off

India’s clean energy project developers are in talks to merge their portfolios as part of a strategy to achieve scale for selling the assets to overseas investors scouting for large investment opportunities in the country.

A case in point is Ravi Jhunjhunwala’s LNJ Bhilwara Group, which is in talks with rivals to merge its wind energy portfolio. Another company following this strategy is Continuum Wind... Read more..

Source: livemint

HanesBrands aims to reduce energy usage by 40%

HanesBrands, a leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel under world-class brands in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific, has released its 2016 environmental performance data on energy usage, carbon dioxide emissions, water usage, renewable energy and landfill diversion.

Compared with its 2007 baseline, the company reduced its energy usage by 16 per cent, carbon emissions by 16... Read more..

Source: Apparel Resources

Sustainability Outlook partners with FICCI for the Symposium on Circular Economy & Waste Management

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is organizing the first symposium on Circular Economy and Waste Management on April 25-26 2017. The symposium is the first and only event in India on the subject with an objective to mainstream Circular Economy Principles in Indian businesses for long term value creation, be it economic (extended value of products and materials for as long as possible) as well as environmental (minimizing waste generation and resource use). The symposium will... Read more..

Source: Sustainability Outlook

India has achieved 12,200 MW of solar capacity, says Piyush Goyal

Stating that India has already achieved 12,200 MW of solar capacity so far, Union power minister Piyush Goyal today reiterated that the country is well poised to reach its target of 100 GW capacity by 2022.

"The country's solar power generation capacity was 2,600 MW in 2014 and it has now jumped to 12,200 MW now," Goyal said at an event here.

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Source: Money Control

JA Solar sells 1,000 mw modules in India

Chinese solar major, JA Solar Holdings has exported solar modules with a total capacity of 1,000 mw into India.

“The 1GW of modules shipped to India represents electricity generation capacity of approximately 1.7billion units, which can reduce carbon emissions by 1.47 million tons annually. The company's shipments to India in 2016 represent significant market share in the region. JA Solar also believes that... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Rays Power commissions 78 MW solar project in Uttarakhand

Solar solutions provider Rays Power Infra today said it has commissioned 78 MW of solar PV project in Uttarakhand.

The 78 MW project comes under Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency’s (UREDA) competitive bidding for 2015-16 and will supply energy to the industrial areas of Bhagwanpur and Roorkee, the company said in a statement.

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Source: India.com

NBCC in pact with Poland's Bolix for energy solutions

The state-owned construction firm NBCC India today signed an agreement with Poland's Bolix to import a building solution technology that could save energy consumption by up to 35 per cent for its projects.

Bolix, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Berger Paints India, is a leading producer of external thermal insulation and composite systems (ETICS) solutions technology. Its revenue stood at 35 million euros last... Read more..

Source: ETEnergyworld

Trump advisers to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris climate agreement

Advisers to President Donald Trump will meet on Tuesday to discuss whether to recommend that he withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, a White House official said on Monday.

The accord, agreed on by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015, aims to limit planetary warming in part by slashing carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Under the pact, the United States... Read more..

Source: REUTERS

NGT to resume hearing on Ganga pollution, Kanpur tanneries issue

On Monday, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) will resume its hearing on the Kanpur tanneries issue, as part of the Ganga pollution case, for the first time since the Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh indicated that it may shift the critically polluting tanneries out of Kanpur. The 400 tanneries in Jajmau cluster of Kanpur are a major sore point in the Ganga cleaning project as they discharge heavy metals. Several of these tanneries operate illegally.... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

ISRO, BHEL tie-up for lithium-ion batteries to have buyback agreements

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) which is finalising a memorandum of understanding with BHEL to help develop low-cost lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles, also envisages a buyback commitment for such batteries.

The move is expected to take care of concerns on managing the waste generated at the end of battery life. According to the MoU, BHEL will set up a production plant, while ISRO... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Nissan considering Leaf electric car for India

India's automobile industry has been on an upswing in recent times. With SUVs and hatchbacks selling like hot cakes, not many automakers have felt the need to bring in electric cars they offer elsewhere. That may change with Nissan reportedly considering Leaf - its much acclaimed and highly appreciated electric car - for India.

According to a media report, the Japanese automaker plans to work with government... Read more..

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/auto/cars/nissan-considering-leaf-electric-car-for-india-report/articleshow/58233723.cms

Piyush Goyal inaugurates Nalco's four wind power plants

Union Power and Coal Minister Pyush Goyal today dedicated to the nation 4 wind power plants built by Nalco and annuonced an expansion plan for the aluminium major to raise its capacity to 1 mtpa.

“We are taking concrete steps to increase production of Nalco. There is a major expansion programme to raise its... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Andhra Pradesh power regulator, main generation company spar over wind energy tariff

Andhra Pradesh, the most aggressive state in building renewable energy capacity last year, may soon lose its momentum because of a standoff between the state’s power regulator and its main generation company over the future cost of wind power.

As it does every year, on March 30, the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) passed an order setting down the preferential tariff the state would... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Prime Minister asks states to replicate Jalyukta Shivar to tackle water crisis

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday mentioned the Maharashtra government’s flagship project Jalyukta Shivar to tackle drought situation in the country. Speaking at the BJP national conclave in Bhubaneswar, he asked other states to replicate the Maharashtra model to overcome water crisis and help farmers.

Highly placed sources in the Ministry of Water Conservation said the state government already had offers... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

Telangana gets largest solar farm in Nizamabad district

Telangana got its largest solar farm with a capacity of 143MW at Dichpally in Nizamabad district on Saturday. It was commissioned by Gurugram-based renewable energy producer ReNew Power Ventures Pvt Ltd.

The independent power producer (IPP) is eyeing an installed capacity of 510MW in Telangana with a total investment of over 3,700 crore over the next few months, ReNew Power Ventures Pvt Ltd founder chairman... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Delhi Metro to sign agreement for Rewa solar power

Delhi Metro Railways Corporation and Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company will sign a power purchase agreements with Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited, the implementing agency for the "world's largest single-site solar project", here on Monday.

The 750 MW solar park that will produce cheapest solar power has recently completed its first phase. Signing of power purchase agreement between the developers, MPPMCL... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Telecom tower industry turns 90,000 cell sites diesel free; seeks sops to go Green

Mobile infrastructure or telecom tower firms are aiming to further cut carbon footprint by reducing dependency on fossil fuel as a part of ‘Go Green’ initiative, and are seeking tax holidays, low-cost grid power and fuel subsidies via USOF (Universal Service Obligation Fund).

The sector has already deployed 90,000 diesel-free mobile sites, according to a lobby group Towers and Infrastructure Providers... Read more..

Source: ETEnergyworld

Dealing with e-waste the nanotech way

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are best recycled by pulverising them into nanosized particles to easily recover valuable constituents such as polymers, oxides and metals, say Indian researchers. 

The new method, described in a study published March in Materials Today, is scalable and environment-friendly, say the researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and the Rice University in... Read more..

Source: Sci Dev Net

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announces solar feeders to power agro pumps

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the Maharashtra government will start solar feeders to ensure 12-hour power supply for agro pumps across the state.

He was speaking at Mee Mukhyamantri Boltoy (This is chief minister speaking), his TV show,which runs on Sahyadri channel and Akashwani on Sunday. He said that the power would come cheaper and would be available to farmers for 12 hours a day.... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times