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Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. to facilitate implementation of 5 lakh solar water pumping systems in ISA member countries

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, has been selected by the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to facilitate implementation of 5,00,000 Solar Water Pumping Systems.

These Solar Water Pumping Systems will be rolled out in ISA member countries that are participating in its ‘Scaling of Solar Application for Agricultural Use’ programme.

EESL will be responsible for the implementation of the programme in the participating... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Maharashtra to get 57,000 solar farm pumps: Energy minister Bawankule

Energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule announced on Friday that the state would get 57,000 new solar farm pumps in the coming months. At present 7,500 such pumps have been installed in the state.

Addressing a press conference, the minister said, “We got 7,000 solar pumps from the Union government under Atal Saur Krishi Yojana on Thursday. In the coming days, the state government will purchase another 50,000 pumps. Our aim is to provide solar pumps to all 45 lakh farmers.”

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Source: ET Energy World

Trina Solar launches Trinahome in India

Trina Solar, the leading solar energy solutions provider in India, is moving into the household and small-to-medium enterprise (SME) sector with today's launch of Trinahome.

The news comes on the eve of next week's Renewable Energy India Expo being held in Noida on 18-20 September. Trina Solar is a key exhibitor at this year's show.

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Source: Business Standard

UN secretary general to attend global solar meet in Delhi

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres will attend the second Global RE-Invest summit and the first assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in New Delhi on October 2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the summit which will continue till October 5. 

This edition of RE-Invest will also host a meeting of energy ministers of Indian Ocean Rim Association countries. The first edition of RE-... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Coal India to set up methanol plant, eyes 6.76 LT output per annum

The world's largest coal miner CIL is aiming to produce 6.76 lakh tonne of methanol per annum to boost clean energy initiatives, its Chairman Anil Kumar Jha said. His statement comes at a time when the government is betting big on alternative fuel and pushing electric vehicles (EVs).

Steps have been taken towards methanol production, with the Centre recently easing norms for Coal India (CIL) to extract... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Azure wins 12 MW of rooftop projects in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh

Indian developer Azure Power has been awarded 11.2MW and 600KW rooftop solar projects by the utilities Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) and Delhi-based Indraprastha Power Generation Company Ltd (IPGCL) respectively.

Azure Power will provide power for 25 years to various government establishments like colleges, polytechnic colleges, industrial training institutes (ITI’s) and police... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

CDPQ to buy 40% stake in CLP India for $365 mn

Canadian pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) has agreed to acquire a 40% stake in power producer CLP India Pvt. Ltd for Rs 2,640 crore ($365 million) in cash.

CLP Group will retain a 60% stake in the Indian unit, group company CLP Holdings Ltd said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

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Source: VC Circle

Andhra Pradesh government directs discoms to take wind power in full

The Andhra Pradesh government has clarified that state discoms have to take all the power wind developers produce and pay for it, irrespective of the capacity utilization factor (CUF) of the developer’s project, bringing to an end a major controversy in the state’s wind energy segment. 

In its order setting the feed-in tariff discoms should pay wind energy developers, Andhra Pradesh’s power regulator had... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Mahindra commits to become carbon neutral company by 2040

Mahindra & Mahindra, India's leading manufacturer of utility vehicles and part of the $20.7 billion Mahindra Group, on Thursday announced its commitment to become a carbon neutral company by 2040.

For this, the company will be working with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to meet its carbon neutrality commitment.

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Source: Business Standard

Hartek Solar bags rooftop solar projects in Chandigarh

Hartek Solar announced on Thursday that it has bagged orders for more than 100-kWp rooftop solar projects from about 25 households in the city. 

"Hartek Solar has secured most of the orders from owners of kanal houses, which have started opting for rooftop solar since the UT administration made solar systems mandatory for all buildings with an area of 500 sq yd and above," Hartek Solar Director Simarpreet... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

US-based NRDC to empower Gujarat's women through solar-powered pumps

US-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) President Rhea Suh has announced a partnership with the Gujarat-based Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) to improve the lives of women and their families.

The NRDC and SEWA have supported thousands of women salt farmers in getting solar-powered pumps to replace diesel pumps in Gujarat.

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Source: ET Energy World

Maharashtra regulator rejects surcharge on solar rooftop prosumers

In a major relief to solar rooftop consumers, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has rejected the proposal of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) to levy surcharge (wheeling charge) on solar rooftop prosumers at the rate of Rs1.28 per unit. It has also not allowed the discom’s plea to go in for gross metering instead of net.

Had the two proposals been accepted it... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

400 investors with $32 trillion in assets step up climate action

The Investor Agenda launched here on Wednesday will support investors in accelerating and scaling-up the actions that are critical to tackling climate change and achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Its launch also demonstrates the significant momentum already evident, with 392 investors with $32 trillion in assets collectively under management, using The Investor Agenda to... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Panasonic to distribute Mecasolar PV trackers in India

PV tracker firm Mecasolar has signed an agreement with Anchor Electricals, a Panasonic Group Company, to produce and distribute its products in India, and to supply them to Southeast Asia and Africa.

Anchor, which is already well established in the Indian renewables sector, will be supplying Mecasolar’s single-row horizontal tracker HYPERION-SR and the multi-row HYPERION-MR products.

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Source: PV Tech

Engie ties up with STOA to set up 2 GW wind plants in India

French utility giant Engie said on Wednesday it has partnered with Paris-based infrastructure equity investor STOA to build a 50-50 joint venture platform to set up more than 2,000 MW of wind power projects in India in the next five years. According to industry estimates, this would require investment of more than Rs 12,000 crore as the platform also eyes to build cost intensive offshore wind projects.

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Source: Financial Express

Plan for procurement of electric buses in four months

The Delhi government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS), appointed as a consultant for procurement of 1,000 low-floor electric buses here, has sought four months time to come out with a plan on it. 

A bench, comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta, was informed about this by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Pinky Anand, who was... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Maharashtra utility issues EOI for 10MW of agrophotovoltaics

Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (Mahagenco) has called for an expression of interest (EoI) for setting up 10MW of agricultural solar PV, involving the creation of green house and poly house sheds.

The potential tender would include O&M servies and agricultural production for 25 years on a pilot basis.

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Source: PV Tech

Cabinet approves electrification of 13,675 km non-electrified rail routes at a cost of Rs 12,134 crore

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved electrification of 13,675 km of non-electrified railway routes at a cost of Rs 12,134.50 crore. The idea is to make the national transporter more efficient and lower down pollution from diesel engines. 

“Post electrification, Indian Railways is likely to save Rs 13,510 crore per annum in fuel bill. Will generate direct employment of... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Up to 25% hike in ethanol prices to shrink OMC margins, boost mills

In a relief to the sugar industry struggling to cope with exorbitant state-fixed cane prices, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday decided to raise the rate of ethanol produced directly from sugarcane juice by 25% from the rate announced in June, for blending with petrol. The move is aimed at incentivising mills to cut surplus sugar production that would prop up prices of the sweetener, and proportionately trimming oil imports that have weighed on the country’s trade balance and the... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Citizens to get 50 per cent rebate on garbage collection charges

City residents of Indore opting for home composting or have started 100 percent composting of bio-degradable waste of their house will now get a 50% rebate in their monthly user charges for door-to-door garbage collection. The rebate is meant for only domestic users. 
An announcement about it was made in anticipation that a proposal in this regard will be given approval by the mayor-in-council (MIC) soon. 

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Source: Times of India

Supreme Court to 57 power plants: Clean up act within 28 months

Fifty-seven units of the Centre-owned thermal power plants in the country have been given a deadline of 28 months to meet the emission norms for sulphur oxide and particulate matter. These plants are based in dense and ‘critically polluted areas’.

During a recent hearing on a matter related to extension of deadline for implementing emission standards as part of the MC Mehta case, the Centre informed the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India rolls out world’s largest UPS project based on lithium-ion battery

Chennai-based supplier of uninterrupted power Supply (UPS) systems Consul Neowatt today announced it has started the world’s largest deployment of lithium-ion UPS solution in Andhra Pradesh. 

The firm said it was supplying UPS systems -- a device that provides battery backup when the electrical power fails or drops -- with lithium-ion battery to power the Internet Protocol CCTV cameras that were being... Read more..

Source: ET EnergyWorld

Cleantech Solar bags US$50 million funding from Climate Fund Managers for Asia expansion

Singapore-headquartered C&I rooftop PV specialist Cleantech Solar has received a US$50 million equity investment from climate-focused investment manager Climate Fund Managers (CFM) to support its growth from 200MW to 450MW solar capacity in Asia.

Climate Fund Managers, with the support of the Dutch Development Bank, FMO, and Sanlam InfraWorks, will bring access to long-term institutional capital.... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Government asks farmers to use crop residue for biogas production

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today appealed to farmers not to burn crop residue and asked them to adopt new methods to manage it, including using the waste for biogas production. 

Highlighting the government's support to the farmers for addressing the crop residue, he said a provision of Rs 1,151.80 crore for two years has been made under a scheme for states like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

NGT directs CPCB to monitor industrial waste discharge

In a significant order related to monitoring of industrial pollution in the country, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to devise a mechanism to continuously monitor industrial waste discharge in all states and union territories (UT).

The NGT has also asked the CPCB to appoint a nodal officer for this purpose to work in tandem with a representative of... Read more..

Source: Indian Express