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Over 300 solar consumers deprived of subsidy by Maharashtra Energy Development Agency

Change in norms by Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) has deprived over 300 solar power consumers of central government subsidy. Solar consumers have demanded that MEDA and state energy ministry should take a sympathetic view of their cases and sanction the subsidy.

A solar power consumer, on the condition of anonymity, told TOI that union ministry of non-renewable energy (MNRE) had approved 30%... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Varanasi waste management project to be operated by private firm

The solid waste management (SWM) project of Varanasi will be operated by a private company, which has expertise in generating power by using solid waste as fuel.

Urban development minister Suresh Khanna said that the state government has decided to engage Eco Green for SWM in Lucknow and Varanasi. Government would provide land to the company while rest of investment would be done by it. This company would... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

New Delhi Municipal Council launches initiative for recycling of waste

New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has installed smart vending machines for recyclable waste at Connaught Place and India Gate. The smart machines give monetary reward to anyone who disposes waste like plastic, glass bottle and papers.

The project is under the smart city project and the machines will be made functional in a couple of days as they are still being tested.

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Source: The Times of India

Stricter penalty for polluting Ganga on cards

Days after the Uttarakhand high court granted the status of living entity to Ganga, a committee of experts submitted on Wednesday its draft model law to the government suggesting strict penalty, including jail term, to those polluting the river and its tributaries like Yamuna and obstructing their flow.

If the committee's suggestions are accepted and the relevant bill gets Parliament's nod, all those who... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Solar tariff fixed at Rs 4.36 per unit for Megawatt scale plants

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has fixed Rs 4.36 per unit as the new tariff for new grid-connected megawatt (MW)-scale solar photovoltaic plants. This is the tariff solar developers selling power to the grid will get from the distribution utilities.

The new tariff is applicable to solar projects that will sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) with distribution utilities during the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

UJALA scheme to be launched in UP on Ambedkar Jayanti

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Power Minister Piyush Goel will launch Centre’s ‘Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances’ (UJALA) scheme for the state on April 14.

Under the scheme, consumers can buy 9 Watt LED bulbs, BEE 5-star rated energy efficient fans and LED tube lights at nearly half the market prices. Bureau of energy efficiency (BEE) under Ministry of Power has designed... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

IDFC Alternatives eyes First Solar’s India assets

IDFC Alternatives, the asset management arm of the infrastructure-focused lender, is in talks to buy First Solar’s 200 megawatts (MW) of renewable power assets in India in a deal potentially valued at around $200 million, two people aware of the development said.

Mint reported First Solar’s Indian asset sale plans on 20 March.

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Source: livemint

Minister launches mobile app for interface with discoms

Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday launched the 'Urja Mitra' mobile application that allows consumers across India to exchange real-time information with electricity distribution companies (discoms) on power supply.

"Urja Mitra provides a central platform in the form of web portal as well as mobile app for state power distribution utilities to disseminate information on outages to urban and rural... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

India’s Tirupur Exporters Association suggests usage of recycled water

In view of water crisis in the Tirupur region of India, Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) has suggested that CETPs and IETPs can collect sewage water at various designated points, and recycle it for use in future. The suggestion has come after New Tirupur Area Development Corporation Ltd. (NTADCL) has stopped water supply to industries including CETPs and IETPs further to depletion of water level in the sourcing point.

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Source: Apparel Resources

Stop effluent flow into Bellandur Lake: NGT

Coming to the rescue of the ailing and extremely polluted Bellandur Lake, National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday not only slammed the state government but also said that restraining directions would be passed against it if discharge of untreated sewage into the lake is not stopped immediately.

The NGT, which had taken up the case of intense pollution, frothing and fire mishap at Bellandur Lake, also had... Read more..

Source: Bangalore Mirror
Subject Tags: NGT, water pollution

IIT Indore’s startup launches mobile organic waste processing unit

Indian Institute of Technology Indore’s homegrown waste management startup ‘Swaaha’ launched its mobile organic waste processing unit “Havankund” on the institute campus in Simrol and said that its services are now open to city residents also.

IIT Indore director Pradeep Mathur and faculty members were present during the launch. Havankund is a vehicle modified into a complete wet waste composting unit and... Read more..

Source: The Free Press Journal

Saligao waste plant in Goa produces 7,000kW daily

The state-of-the-art solid waste treatment plant at Saligao on Wednesday began supplying surplus power generated by it to the state electricity grid.

The plant that handles around 120 tonnes of mixed garbage on a daily basis began supplying power green renewable energyto the grid at 2 pm, Hindustan Waste Treatment Pvt Ltd director Ganesh Kandaswamy told TOI.

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Source: The Times of India

Parched reservoirs leave South India high & dry ahead of summer

Every Thursday, the Central Water Commission (CWC) puts out data on the water available in 91 reservoirs around the country. In the summer every year, the data paint a pretty bleak picture, with storage numbers plummeting even as the temperature rises.

Last Thursday, the 91 monitored reservoirs of the nation, held only 32 per cent of their capacity, a bit worse than last year, when it was 33 per cent in the... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express
Subject Tags: reservoir, water scarcity

India may add 6,000 MW wind power capacity in FY'18: IWTMA

India may add around 6,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity in the ongoing fiscal, an industry body has said.

"The government's target (for the 2017-18) I think is 4,500 MW. We know that we have number of challenges in front of us, but we will try our best to give around 6,000 (MW) in the current financial year," Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturing Association (IWTMA) Chairman Sarvesh Kumar said here.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Mahindra partners Zoomcar for electric car sharing

Mahindra Electric on Monday announced a partnership with Zoomcar, a self—driven car—rental firm to promote shared mobility of electric cars in India.

This partnership will enable individuals to buy new all-electric Mahindra e2oPlus on ZAP, Zoomcar’s fractional car ownership programme, the company said in a statement.

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Source: The Hindu

Flat solar power tariff drops to all time low of Rs. 3.15/unit in Andhra Pradesh auction


Solar power tariffs reached another record low of Rs. 3.15/ unit (flat rate) during auction in Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh by NTPC. This is the levelised price at which NTPC will source power from the 250 MW project won by Solairdirect.

Bidders had competed for setting up projects within the solar park. This insulated them from land acquisition and power evacuation hurdles.

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Source: Business Line

Plan to convert top 12 ports into green ports: Government

The government today said a plan will be prepared in the next four months to convert the 12 major ports in the country into green ports.

"We are committed to convert our ports into green ports. We have hired a consultant to come out with a plan in next four months for various ports," Shipping Secretary Rajive Kumar said.

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Source: Money Control

Hartek Power bags over 1-GW solar grid EPC projects in 2016-17

Hartek Power bagged 1,025-MW solar grid EPC orders in 2016-17, with a third of these coming from Telangana and Karnataka. The orders include a 100-MW solar power project at Kalwakurthy in Telangana and 30 substation projects in several States.

The company connected more than 500 MW of solar projects to the grid in 2016-17 and the order book of about 1GW shows a 733 per cent jump over 123 MW order it received... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Clean Energy Investment Drops 17% as China and U.S. Scale Back

Clean-energy investment fell 17 percent in the first quarter, keeping pace with last year’s decline, as the U.S. and China both scaled back support for wind and solar farms.

The $53.6 billion funneled into projects such as renewable energy, efficiency and electric cars during the first three months of the year marked the lowest investment for the quarter since 2013, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance... Read more..

Source: Bloomberg

Illegal e-waste industries polluting Ganga tributaries: CPCB tells NGT

Several illegal e-waste industries operating in Uttar Pradesh are polluting the Ramganga, a major tributary of the Ganga, by dumping waste into it, a joint inspection report told NGT on Tuesday.

The report jointly filed by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Union Environment Ministry and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) added that a number of “sealed” and “closed” e-waste industry are... Read more..


Environment ministry seeks suggestions on global meets on hazardous waste, pollutants

The environment ministry has sought comments and suggestions from stakeholders on three important international meetings that start in less than a fortnight where subjects like transboundary movement of hazardous waste, international trade of hazardous waste and long period pollutants will be discussed.

The meeting of the three international Conventions - Conferences of the Parties (CoP) to the Basel,... Read more..

Source: livemint
Subject Tags: pollution, waste management

Tata Power’s Kalinganagar plant Aspires Carbon Neutrality in FY 18

Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power Company, has always been at the forefront in adopting sustainable practices in its business. In line with this philosophy, Tata Power’s Industrial Energy Limited (IEL)-Kalinganagar Plant, Orissa has taken a target to offset carbon generation of FY 17 with an average of 40 tonnes (approximately) of CO2 per month by distributing LEDs in nearby villages under its CR program. This target is in line with Tata Power’s commitment of care for environment.... Read more..


SB Energy commissions 350 MW solar project in AP

SB Energy Holdings on Tuesday announced the commencement of commercial operation of its 350 MW solar power plant in Andhra Pradesh.

“It is the first operational solar power plant delivered under the Solar Parks scheme of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission,” SB Energy Holdings Ltd said in a statement.

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Source: The Hans India

CREDA to develop solar Power Distribution Network in three districts

 The Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) will be creating a Power Distribution Network (PDN) for street lighting through Solar Power Plant established at various sites of Bemetara, Dantewada and Bijapur districts of the State, officials informed.

It may be recalled that the agency is also working on developing a power distribution network for the Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) plants in eight... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

Bhel bags order from Railways for solar power plant

State-owned power equipment major Bhel today said it has bagged an order from Indian Railways for installing 2 MW roof-top solar photo voltaic systems at Diesel Locomotive Modernisation Works (DMW) in Patiala.

The contract agreement was signed between Bhel and Indian Railways Organisation for Alternate Fuels (IROAF).

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Source: Daily News & Analysis