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India approves new centre on clean coal technologies, solar photovoltaic, thermal storage and solar fuels

India announces mounting a National Mission on advanced ultra supercritical technologies for cleaner coal utilisation at a total cost of US $ 238 million and setting up of two Centres of Excellence on Clean Coal Technologies at US $5 million each. In its quest for cleaner fuels, a National Mission on methanol and di-methyl ether is being mounted. A new centre on solar photovoltaic, thermal storage and solar fuels research has been approved ~ US $ 5 million. Funding opportunities have been announced in the... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Indian Railways to set up additional 8,500 km of transmission lines to end dependence on state discoms

Indian Railways, which is working towards saving its energy bill and ending dependence on state discoms, is planning to expand its own power transmission lines by an additional 8,500 km.

At present the national transporter is working on setting up transmission lines across the dedicated freight corridor. It plans to create a network of transmission lines across the diamond quadrilateral as well.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Ola joins WWF-India to support renewable energy project

Cab aggregator Ola and World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India) on Thursday joined hands to support 'Sahasra Jyoti', a renewable energy project in the Sundarbans.

The 'Sahasra Jyoti' initiative is aimed at bringing sustainable development to the Sundarbans by enabling energy access to 1,000 households through solar energy.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Topaz Solar Power to set up 500 Mw unit in Odisha for Rs 220 cr

Kolkata-based Topaz Solar Power proposes to set up a solar module manufacturing plant in Odisha with an annual capacity to produce 500 megawatts (Mw) of solar panels.

This will be the first solar panel manufacturing facility in the state, which of late has identified renewable energy as a priority area.

The... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Uttar Pradesh's new industrial policy to be out in 2-4 weeks: Satish Mahana

Promising ease of doing business, tax relief and continuous power supply, the Yogi Adityanath- led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is all set to unveil its industrial policy in the "next 2-4 weeks".

"We are coming out with an industrial policy within next 2-4 weeks. We will try that it is rolled out by June 26," , state Industries Minister Satish Mahana told reporters in Mohali today.

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Source: ET Energyworld

NTPC installs AC Microgrid test bed of 110 KWp Solar PV at NETRA in Greater Noida

National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) on Thursday announced the installation of an AC Microgrid test bed of 110 KWp Solar PV with demand side management at the NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance (NETRA), the R&D arm of NTPC in Greater Noida.

Installed to cater three phase critical loads, the system architecture and centralized control has been designed in-house to monitor and control... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Meerut distilleries near Ganga get NGT warning for pollution

The National Green Tribunal has asked distilleries in Meerut not to discharge effluents in nearby drains joining river Kali East and strictly comply with environmental norms. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed beer brand Sabmiller India and United Spirits Ltd to adhere to recommendations made by a joint inspection team and warned them that failure to do would result in their closure.

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Source: The Indian Express

Ujaas Energy bags order of 1Mwp solar power plant from Numaligarh Refinery

Ujaas Energy has received a letter of award from Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) for supply, installation, testing and commissioning of a 1Mwp solar power plant at NRL, the company informed the bourses on Thursday.
The stock has given more than 40% returns in the one year period. It has underperformed BSE small-cap and BSE capital goods over the same period. Its peers are Greaves Cotton and Poly Medicure.
Meanwhile, Ujaas Energy was trading higher by 1.8% at Rs 32.60 per share at... Read more..

Source: IIFL

Cabinet approves IPO of IREDA

The Union cabinet approved the IPO of Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), which is expected to enable the state-run entity to raise funds for clean energy projects.

The government has said all public sector companies that have been earning profit for three years should be listed and has put in place a timeline to unlock value in state-run companies. IREDA will issue fresh 14 crore shares,... Read more..

Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: Clean Energy, IPO, IREDA

Chhattisgarh Government ready to identify more areas for renewable energy projects

 The Chhattisgarh Government will identify more potentially rich areas for installation of renewable energy projects and carry out advance planning for evacuation and transmission of power in an effective and coordinated manner.

The commitment was made by the State to the Union Ministry of Power as per a document presented by Union Ministry of Power in a Conference of Power, Renewable Energy and Mines held... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

Record 'green' energy capacity added in 2016 as cost for renewables plunges

The world is now adding more green energy capacity each year than it adds in new capacity from all fossil fuels combined, a United Nations-backed report revealed today, showing that the “renewables train has already left the station” and those who ignore this will be left behind.

Last year, renewable power installments increased by nine per cent over 2015 to nearly 2,017 gigawatts. Solar photovoltaic... Read more..

Source: UN News Centre
Subject Tags: renewable energy, report

'Renewables least cost option in India, Denmark, Egypt'

Renewables are becoming the least cost option in India, Denmark, Egypt, Mexico, Peru and the United Arab Emirates, a global multi-stakeholder renewable energy policy network said on Wednesday.

It said record power capacity of 161 gigawatts (GW) added globally and that these countries saw renewable electricity being delivered at $0.05 per kilowatt-hour or less.

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Source: ET Energyworld

ABB's new microgrid technology to be transformational for urban and rural Indian installations

ABB is bringing affordable, safe and reliable electricity to remote communities with its new integrated microgrid solution, MGS100 that combines solar power and enables battery energy storage. Encased in a single container, the MGS100 has three power ratings - 20 kW, 40 kW, 60 kW nominal load power. Installation is quick and easy, as it is factory tested and embedded DC and AC protections make it ready to connect. With the added benefit of remote monitoring, vital diagnostics are always available and... Read more..

Source: Equity Bulls

India Hopes To Achieve Climate Targets Before Time, Says Harsh Vardhan

Union Minister Harsh Vardhan has denied the allegation of US President Donald Trump that India will double coal production till 2020, saying the country is hoping to achieve climate targets "well before time".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has committed that India will ensure that 40 per cent of energy used by the nation will come from non-fossil fuels and rapidly developing renewable energy sources by 2030.... Read more..

Source: NDTV

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal points to 'serious water management problems' in the city

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has pointed to 'serious water management problems' in the city, seeking a report from Delhi Jal Board on supply and consumption in each Assembly constituency.

In a letter written to the DJB chief executive officer, Kejriwal has said that Delhi, having a population of 2 crores people, has fresh water availability of 900 MGD.

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Source: Times Now

CAG report slams implementation of water project in Karnataka

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has slammed the implementation of the National Rural Drinking Water Project in the state, saying that the programme is full of shortcomings.

The project aims to provide adequate safe water for drinking, cooking and other domestic needs.

The report on local bodies... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

California, China sign climate deal after Trump's Paris exit

With President Donald Trump pulling the US out of the Paris climate accord, China and California signed an agreement on Tuesday to work together on reducing emissions, as the state's governor warned that "disaster still looms'' without urgent action.

Governor Jerry Brown told The Associated Press at an international clean energy conference in Beijing that Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

KERC expediting solar projects as demand surges in Karnataka

Taking cue from Prime Minster Narendra Modi's ardent appeal in Paris Climate Conference in 2015 to make India a solar-powered nation, the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has taken an initiative to provide a predictable long-tem tariff for renewable energy projects.

During the Conference, India set an ambitious target of achieving 100 gigawatt solar power by 2022, hence the state... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Indian solar companies seek anti-dumping duty on products from China, Malaysia, Taiwan

Solar power companies in India have written to the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping (DGAD) seeking imposition of duty on imports of panels, modules and glass from China, Malaysia and Taiwan.

The petitioner – Indian Solar Manufacturer’s Association (ISMA) – wrote to DGAD saying that though the demand for the subject goods increased significantly as compared to the base year, the domestic industry did not... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Government for non-conventional energy to reduce oil dependence: Dharmendra Pradhan

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said the government is trying to harness non-conventional energy like solar power to cut down the country's dependence on other nations for crude oil.

"We have to depend on other countries for crude oil as we have less reserves of oil in our country. However, we are tapping non-conventional energy like solar and promoting it," the minister of state (independent charge... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

'Circular economy' fits into India's renewable energy plans: Finland Minister

India has the potential to lead emerging economies when it comes to renewable energy and sustainable development, Finland’s environment minister Kimmo Tiilikainen told ET.

The minister said the way India was moving towards the generation of solar and wind energy could be an example for the developing world and the concept of “circular economy” that promotes reusing and recycling resources was fit for India... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

US tech giants join alliance to honour Paris climate agreement

Facebook and Google are among the top US tech giants who have joined an alliance to fight global warming by reducing carbon emissions to honour the Paris Agreement on climate change, days after President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the landmark deal.

The tech giants like Apple, Google, Facebook, Intel and Microsoft are among the hundreds of businesses that declared their intention to... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Equis Energy commissions 130 MW of solar capacity in India

Equis Energy announced on Tuesday it has commissioned two solar parks in India’s Telangana state, with a combined generating capacity of 130 MW.

The Singapore-based renewable power producer has commissioned a solar plant in Sadasivpet on May 3, 2017, a month ahead of schedule. The other facility is located in Minpur and was commissioned back in February, four months ahead of schedule.

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Source: Renewables Now

NEXTracker hits milestone by selling 1 GW of Solar Tracker in India

NEXTracker on Tuesday announced achieving of a milestone by selling over one GigaWatt (GW) of solar trackers to utility-scale power plants in India.

This milestone illustrates the significant demand for smart tracking systems as the large-scale solar power industry continues to mature in India.

NEXTracker's... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Venkaiah Naidu praises state on urban projects

Lauding Maharashtra for the progress it has made in flagship urban infrastructure projects, Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said, “Maharashtra has shown the way to other states, taking a lead in all the flagship projects under urban infrastructure, including the Prime Minister Awas Yojana and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.”

At the end of four hours of a marathon meeting held with Chief... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express