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Uttar Pradesh annuls 1000 MW solar auction without citing any reasons

 Uttar Pradesh cancelled a 1000 MW solar auction it held earlier this month without citing any reasons but industry sources said it could be because the state government felt the tariff quoted was too high. 

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (Upneda) held the reverse... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

75% of municipal garbage in India dumped without processing

Barely 35,600 metric tonnes (MT) or a quarter of the 1.43 lakh MT of garbage generated every day in Indian cities gets processed. The remaining three-quarters about 1.1 lakh MT are dumped in the open. Only eight of 35 states process more than half the daily garbage generated in their cities and not one has achieved 100% processing. 

State-wise data on the website of the urban affairs ministry shows that states like... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

More citizens opting for solar power, rainwater harvesting in Pune

More citizens are waking up to the green way of life. This was revealed in the environment status report for 2017-18 (ESR) released on Wednesday. The report stated that over 74,360 properties, including residential and commercial buildings, have installed rooftop solar power units, vermicomposting pits and rainwater harvesting systems on their premises. 

Of these, about 33,349 properties have set up just... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Chennai-based Swelect partners with US company to produce water from solar energy

Chennai-based Swelect Energy Systems, a solar technology solutions provider, has partnered with Zero Mass Water, a US-based company, to install and sell hydropanels that can be used to produce water from solar energy. 

Called Source, hydropanels use technology that makes use of air and sunlight to produce water. 

... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Solar industry seeks urgent clarity on rate of GST on projects

Country’s solar industry has sent out an SoS to policy makers, including key officials in the finance ministry, seeking urgent clarification on the rate of goods and services tax (GST) on solar projects after controversial Authority for Advance Rulings (AAR) held these would face 18% and not 5%. 

This, the industry fears,... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Solar installations leave electricity network in peril in West Bengal

As solar installation becomes more affordable and homes begin to generate electricity and push it into the grid, power utilities like CESC and West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (WBSEDCL) face the challenge of managing their networks that are designed for one-way flow of electricity. 

"Traditionally, power flow has been from generation unit to households through transmission line and... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

On October 2, 1 lakh students in India to assemble solar lamps

As part of the upcoming 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and ongoing diamond jubilee of IIT-Bombay, a whopping 100,000 students from 100 schools across India will assemble solar lamps on October 2, an official said here on Friday.

The workshop, under the IIT-B's Solar Urja through Localisation for Sustainability (SoULS) programme, is billed as the largest such initiative which could qualify for a... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Goa MLA seeks law to make solar panels mandatory for hotels

Deputy speaker Michael Lobo on Friday told the legislative assembly that a law should be enacted making it compulsory for new hotels to fit solar panels on their rooftops. 

He was speaking during a discussion on the frequent power disruptions that have been affecting the state, a topic that prompted both, ruling and opposition legislators, to voice their opinions.

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Source: The Economic Times

Gujarat govt launches 'zero waste' policy

Gujarat government has launched a policy with the aim to make all civic bodies "zero-waste" cities in the state. The policy was launched on Thursday after the chief minister approved the same.

The policy gives power to each of the civic bodies to frame their individual laws to act against individuals or organisations committing erratic disposal of waste. The policy's main focus is over 100% segregation of... Read more..

Source: DNA India

Punjab approves renewable projects of Rs 100 crore

The Punjab government has approved renewable energy projects worth Rs 100 crore, state Minister for Power, New and Renewable Energy Sources Gurpreet Singh Kangar said on Thursday.

The approvals cover nine small hydro projects with the combined 5.55 MW capacity, which would entail an investment of Rs 60 crore, one bio-CNG project involving Rs 17.50 crore and a bio-Coal Plant of Rs 26.75 crore and these would... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

At 62.8 GW, India using just 7 per cent of renewable energy potential

India is using just 7 per cent of the energy it could potentially generate using wind, solar, biomass and small hydro resources. But capacity is building up and with it the share of renewables in India’s energy mix.

In December 2017, the cumulative renewable power installed capacity was 62.8 GW and by March this year it had reached 69.5 GW. Data from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), shows that the... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Highest UN environmental honour for Kochi airport

 Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has been selected for the champion of earth prize -2018, the highest environmental honour instituted by United Nations. CIAL is honoured for its successful implementation of solar energy project to power the Kochi airport..

The award will be presented at a gala ceremony on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York on September 26 2018, said an official... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

McDonald's to power its trucks by recycling used cooking oil

 Hardcastle Restaurants, the master franchisee for McDonald's in the western and southern markets, is planning to recycle the used cooking oil and covert it into biodiesel for powering its refrigerated supply delivery trucks, a top company official said today.

The company is currently piloting the project here, and is also looking at Bengaluru.

... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India's carbon-dioxide emissions will rise to 3.8-3.9 gigatonnes by 2030: Study

India's carbon-dioxide emission will rise to 3.8-3.9 gigatonnes by 2030 not 3.8-4.9 gigatonnes as was projected earlier, which is consistent with the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) pledge made at the 2015 Paris summit, according to a study by an Indian think-tank. According to the study by the Centre for Policy Research, even if emissions reach to the said level by 2030, India's expected per capita emissions will be lower than today's global average. 

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Source: ET Energy World

UP GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED SUBSIDY OF RS 15,000 /KW FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SOLAR PROJECTS

Installing rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for residential consumers will become more affordable in Uttar Pradesh as the state government announced a subsidy of Rs 15,000 / kW for development of rooftop solar projects. 

If a single project is 3 kW, the subsidy provided would be capped at Rs 30,000.

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Source: Daily Pioneer

India needs to invest $76 bn to meet balance renewable energy target of 103.67 Gw: RK Singh

India needs an investment of around $76 bn to achieve the balance 103.67 Gigawatt (Gw) of the target of 175 Gw renewable energy capacity by 2020, power and renewable energy minister R K Singh said.

India had an installed renewable energy capacity base of 69.78 Gw at the end of March 2018.

"To achieve the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Need to ease carbon taxes to help energy-intensive industries compete globally: NITI Aayog

India’s use of carbon taxes to promote clean energy has gone too far and there is a case for easing them to let energy-intensive industries compete globally, federal policy think tank NITI Aayog said in a new report.

The observation that steps to discourage use of coal and promote solar and wind power have actually penalized downstream industry by way of high energy costs, comes at a time India is taking a... Read more..

Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: carbon tax, coal, fuel, industry news

Orissa High Court stays safeguard duty on imported solar panels

The Orissa High Court has stayed the imposition of safeguard duty on imported solar panels until August 20 following a petition from leading solar developer Acme Solar Holdings opposing it. 

Last week, the Directorate General of Trade Restrictions (DGTR) recommended that safeguard duty on solar panels and modules imported from China and Malaysia should be imposed for two years -- 25% for the first year, 20%... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Hero MotoCorp to refuel Ather Energy with $19 mn

Hero MotoCorp Ltd is investing Rs 130 crore ($19 million) more in electric scooter startup Ather Energy Pvt. Ltd, the country’s largest two-wheeler maker said on Wednesday.

Ather Energy will issue 66,320 compulsorily convertible debentures for the investment, Hero MotoCorp said in a stock-exchange filing.

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Source: VCC Circle

12 dyeing units to lose power supply due to defunct effluent plant

The district administration on Wednesday directed Tangedco to cut power supply to 12 textile bleaching and dyeing units at Mangalam here as their common effluent treatment plant (CETP) was not functioning properly. 

The direction was given as per the recommendion of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, which after inspection found that important machines used for the reverse osmosis process were not... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

NGT SLAMS JAL BOARD OVER CLEANING OF YAMUNA RIVER

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) slammed Delhi Jal Board (DJB) over cleaning of the Yamuna River. It said there has been no “meaningful progress” on the ground in the last three years and panel noted that work on 14 sewage treatment plants (STPs) has not even begun despite its January 13, 2015, judgment on the river's rejuvenation.

“In spite of proceedings in the case in the last three years, there is no... Read more..

Source: Daily Pioneer

Solar developers ask government to rethink on manufacturing-linked tenders

Solar project developers have requested the government to reconsider the proposed large scale, manufacturing-linked solar power tenders, saying it would compel them to foray into equipment manufacturing, which is a completely different business requiring different skillsets. 

Risks involved in setting up of power projects and venturing into manufacturing of equipment are not comparable either, as the power... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Stop groundwater extraction from borewells running without permission: NGT to DMRC

The National Green Tribunal today directed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to stop extraction of groundwater from borewells that are running illegally in the national capital.

The tribunal made it clear that the DMRC can only use water from those borewells for which it has permission.

A bench headed... Read more..

Source: India.com

Now, solar panels atop Indian Railways' passenger trains to power fans, lights

The Indian Railways is doing its bit to conserve the environment and lessen the carbon footprint by deciding to fit solar panels on its passenger trains. The total weight of solar panels, which would operate fans, light and mobile charging slots, on each of these coaches could be around 120 kg.

It is expected that each such coach will generate between 15 to 20 units (KWH) of electricity per day. Such fitment... Read more..

Source: One India

Delhi CM announces solar energy scheme aimed at raising farmers income by 3-5 times

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced the 'Mukhyanmantri Kisan Aaye Badhotri Solar Yojna' which aims to increase the income of farmers by three to five times in the national capital. As per the scheme approved today by the Delhi Cabinet, maximum of one-third surface area of the agriculture land can be used for installation of solar panels in such a way that agriculture activity is not affected.

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Source: Money Control