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India can do more on climate change with support: Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan

Reiterating India’s commitment to tackling climate change, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said it can do more if finance and other support are ensured. The Minister said India has been leading from the front in tackling global climate change issues and it will continue to do so in the future as well. “India, like other developing countries, can do more, if finance and technology development and transfer, and capacity building support, are ensured as per the convention and the Paris... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

25 charging stations installed in Bengaluru for electric vehicles on a pilot basis: Piyush Goyal

As part of the government’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid Electric Vehicles in India (FAME-India) scheme, 25 charging stations have been installed in Bengaluru, minister for power, coal, new & renewable energy and mines Piyush Goyal said.

In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, the minister stated the charging stations have been installed at 6 different locations by Mahindra REVA... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

July witnessed 378,000 non-solar RECs traded on India Energy Exchange

A total of 3.78 lakh non-solar renewable energy certificates (RECs) were traded at the India Energy Exchange (IEX) in July.

All buy bids were cleared at a floor price of Rs 1,500, IEX said in a statement.

"The session in July 2017 saw about 4 per cent increase in trade of non-solar RECs over April 2017 when... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Govt to sell upto 25 per cent stake in NEEPCO, MSTC through IPOs

The government is planning to sell up to 25 per cent stake in two PSUs -- MSTC and NEEPCO through initial public offerings (IPOs).

The government currently holds 89.85 per cent stake in Metal Scrap Trading Corporation (MSTC) and the balance 10.15 per cent is held by the members of the Steel Furnace Association of India and Ispat Industries Ltd.

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Source: The Economic Times

Vivaan Solar to expand Resco mode, IPP project portfolio

Vivaan Solar, an independent power producer and EPC player in the solar energy sector, is looking to expand into Resco mode grid-connected projects, a top company official said.

“Since August 2012, when the company was founded, we grew our business as an IPP, and as an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) player, and with solar rooftop projects. We now have a capacity of about 100 MW and expect to... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Haryana executing solar power-run micro irrigation project

The Haryana government is executing a unique solar power-run micro irrigation pilot project under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna (PMKSY), an official said today.

"Costing Rs 24.65 crore, this will be the first-of-its- kind project in the country which will draw energy from solar power and the grid, and will be connected to the nearest 11 KV line through hotline to ensure uninterrupted power supply... Read more..

Source: India Today

Premier Solar's solar facility to be inaugurated on July 29

Premier solar and end-to-end solar solution provider today said Telangana IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao is expected to inaugurate their 200 MW automated solar module manufacturing facility in Sanga Reddy district on July 29.

Surender Pal Singh, Chairman, Premier Solar also said Harish Rao, Minister of Irrigation, Marketing and Legislative Affairs will grace the occasion by launching the solar... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Floating solar power plant at Gopi Talav in Surat soon

The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) plans to become country’s first solar city by 2021 for which it will soon install a floating solar plant besides solar panels atop its 52 school buildings in the city.

SMC’s unconventional energy generation department will install a 100KW floating solar power plant in Gopi Talav soon. NTPC has such a plant in Kerala. “It will reduce SMC’s electricity bills and also... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Tata Motors' first electric vehicle set to hit Indian markets

Tata Motors is all set to reveal its first ever Electric Vehicle (EV) for the Indian market in September this year. The Tata Tiago EV is expected to borrow heavily from the Bolt BEV prototype, the electric version of the Bolt, according to reports. 

Tata Motors, in collaboration with its subsidiary, the UK based Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), has been working on battery-operated electric... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Pay Rs 10 lakh for pollution in Mathura: NGT to Cantonment Board

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Mathura Cantonment Board to comply with its order and pay Rs 10 lakh as environmental compensation for causing pollution in the temple town and river Yamuna.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the cantonment board to deposit the amount with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

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Source: Daily News & Analysis

Environmental solutions company, Mumbai's trash is treasure

Mumbai spends Rs 3,000–4,000 crore a year to transport garbage from around the city to the dump

Mumbai is not only India’s financial and entertainment capital, it is also its garbage capital. With 9,400 tonnes of trash produced each day, the city is quickly running out of space to throw its waste. The Deonar dumping ground, in the city’s eastern suburbs, rises 60 meters high, looming over Mumbai, releasing... Read more..

Source: Forbes India

Civic body to install solar traffic signals

Nine crossroads of the city will soon get a new look as officials of Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) have decided to install solar powered traffic signal system .

The move came after clashes between IMC and police department over payment of conventional traffic signals' power bills.

In the first phase of... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Street vendors in India can soon tap into solar energy

The National Association of Street Vendors of India estimates that there are around 30,000 street vendors in Bengaluru. Small businesses like these face innumerable challenges, given their make-shift existence. Availability of light in the evening is one of them.

It is this challenge that non-profit Selco Foundation is hoping to address. The foundation has been finding sustainable solutions for marginalised communities. It called for entries to build sustainable, cost-effective energy kiosks that can be used by street... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Government to roll out Rs17,000 crore rural household electrification scheme

In a fresh push to universalize electricity access, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government plans to roll out a Rs17,000 crore scheme.

Aimed at providing electricity access to every rural household, the scheme named Sasti Bijli Har Ghar Yojana may target around 40 million unelectrified households.

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Source: Live Mint

UDAY scheme impact: State-run power discoms cut losses by 21.5% in FY17

Combined losses of state-run power utilities in 26 states and the Union territory of Puducherry in 2016-17 fell 21.5% from a year ago to Rs40,295 crore on account of efforts under Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY), the turnaround scheme aimed at improving operational and bill collection efficiency.

A central government official aware of the performance of state utilities said on condition of anonymity... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

Tata Power Solar to install 2.67 MW solar carport at Cochin Airport

Tata Power Solar on Tuesday announced the commissioning of 2.67 MW solar carport at Cochin International Airport.

The project comprised of putting together 8472 solar panels on 27 carports spread over 20289.9 square meters of area. The entire solar plant is aimed towards reducing 1868 tonnes of Carbon dioxide (CO2) annually.

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Source: The Economic Times

JMRC's rooftop solar plant project hits roadblock

The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation's (JMRC) plans to make its station energy self-sufficient by installing rooftop solar plant has hit a roadblock.

Under the Central government's scheme, JMRC has requested the Centre to install 2,500 KWP rooftop solar power plant at Metro stations. The approval for installation was received by the Centre. However, the proposal failed to take off as permission was not received... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Distribution companies want to rework pacts as solar tariffs hit new low

Solar tariffs have fallen so dramatically that tariffs which were at record lows just three months ago no longer appeal to distribution companies, creating a big challenge for renewable energy companies.

In April, French solar developer SolaireDirect won 250 MW in an NTPC conducted auction at Kadapah Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh, quoting a tariff of Rs 3.15 per kwH. At the time, this was a record low,... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Sustainability Outlook partners with Confexhub for the Global Waste Management Conference 2017 to be held from 1 – 2 August 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand

Experts and industry practitioners representing public and private waste management from over 15 countries will converge in Bangkok, Thailand for the inaugural Global Waste Management Conference from 1 – 2 August 2017 to discuss practical approaches and share insights and innovations in addressing the increasing alarming impact of waste.
 
Globally, around 1.3 billion tonnes of waste are... Read more..
Source: Sustainability Outlook

Government planning to operate entire public transport on electricity: Nitin Gadkari

Road transport, highways and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari has said the government aims to develop infrastructure for running all public transport on electricity.

“I saw electric buses using inductive charging technology, which is a way of wirelessly charging a bus, in Sweden recently. I even spoke of developing an electric highway. We can make a lane from Delhi to Mumbai with electric charging cables akin... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India launches probe against China, Taiwan solar cell imports

The commerce ministry has initiated an anti-dumping investigation against the import of solar cells from China, Taiwan and Malaysia. Solar cells are the basic ingredient used in the manufacturing of solar modules. The investigation was triggered by an application by the Indian Solar Manufacturers’ Association filed in May. Chinese solar modules are 8-10% cheaper than Indian counterparts. The notice issued by the directorate general of anti-dumping and allied duties said that prima facie evidence of dumping... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

UPPCL notice to six companies for not installing solar power plant

UP government on Monday issued notice to six private companies, including Adani Green Energy, for delay in setting up solar power plants in UP. The decision was taken after the companies did not set up solar power plants, despite entering into an agreement for it, two years ago.

UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) issued the ‘Procure Preliminary Default’ notice to six companies, namely Adani Green Energy... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Distribution companies want to rework pacts as solar tariffs hit new low

 Solar tariffs have fallen so dramatically that tariffs which were at record lows just three months ago no longer appeal to distribution companies, creating a big challenge for renewable energy companies. 

In April, French solar developer SolaireDirect won 250 MW in an NTPC conducted auction at Kadapah Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh, quoting a tariff of Rs 3.15 per kwH. At the time, this was a record low,... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Foreign rupee limit poses new threat to Indian high-yield bonds

Three years after stirring controversy, an offshore financing structure pioneered by Indian renewable energy producer Greenko Energy Holdings is now under threat as foreign investors near their quota limits on rupee bonds.

Greenko last Monday sold $1 billion of international bonds, the biggest high-yield Green bond globally and its third such deal in three years. The proceeds are invested in Indian rupee... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

14 hydro power projects stare at Rs 25,594 crore cost overrun

Fourteen under construction hydro power projects of above 25 mw have been stalled due to various reasons, leading to cost overrun of Rs 25,593.78 crore, the government said today.

"As of July 1, 2017, there are 14 under construction hydro power projects (above 25 mw), totalling 5,055 mw, which are stalled due to various reasons," Power Minister Piyush Goyal said in a reply to the Rajya Sabha.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
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