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Non-payment of bills: Power supply to 2.5L consumers cut in 4 months in Bihar

Electricity connection of around 2.5 lakh consumers in the state were cut over the last four months as per a recent decision of the South Bihar Power Distribution Company and North Bihar Power Distribution Company not to supply power if the energy bill for more than a month remains unpaid.

State energy department sources said on Tuesday power supply to altogether 2,43,973 consumers were disconnected between... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: power supply, sector news

U.P. to set up 6,000 plants to meet clean energy target

The Uttar Pradesh government will set up around 6,000 solar power plants to meet its clean energy target of 10,700 MW in the next five years, Additional Energy Sources Minister Brijesh Pathak said.

“We have decided to install some 6,000 solar power plants in the State (for this purpose), and also harness solar energy through solar rooftops ... I am confident that the intensity of interest evinced by the... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

India set to complete village electrification before target

The Union government's ambitious plan to complete rural electrification by May 1, 2018 is set to be achieved before target with the rural electrification corporation of India (REC) in the last leg of the scheme, informed Dr P.V.Ramesh, chairman and managing director, REC Limited. 

The scheme was launched on August 15, 2015 for the electrification of 18,458 villages by May 1, 2018 in the country of which only... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

US confirms nations exempt from solar import tariffs

The US government has confirmed which countries shall be exempted from the newly-announced 30% import tariffs on solar cells and modules.

The most notable exemptions are India, Turkey, Brazil and South Africa, under Annex I of the proclamation from the Federal Register, the daily journal of the US government.

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Source: PV-Tech

NTPC ties up with Jabalpur, Jabalpur City Transport Service to set up EV charging infra

NTPC has signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jabalpur Smart City Limited and Jabalpur City Transport Services Limited for setting up charging infrastructure for all segments of electric vehicles across the city. 

Ved Prakash, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Jabalpur & Managing Director, Jabalpur City Transport Services Limited said "Reducing the dependence on fossil fuels... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Village electrification works under DDUGJY yet to start in Jammu & Kashmir

The Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) remained a non-starter even after nearly two- and-a-half years of launch in Jammu and Kashmir where 102 villages remained unelectrified. 

The Centre had approved an amount of Rs 616.59 crore for the state in 2015 under the DDUGJY for 10 districts of Jammu region, nine districts of Kashmir and two districts of Ladakh region. 

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Source: ET Energyworld

Coca Cola to run factories on solar power in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

FMCG major Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) Pvt Ltd on Monday said it will be using solar power as the primary source of energy for manufacturing operations at all its factories in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

HCCB, which owns and operates three factories in the two states, has signed agreements with Vibrant Energy, a Hyderabad-based green energy solutions company, to procure 2.7 crore units of solar... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Schneider Electric Launches a Partnership with Sustainable Energy for All

Schneider Electric, the digital transformation of energy management and automation, is pursuing its commitment to help reduce energy poverty and provide universal access to environmentally friendly energy, by entering into a partnership with Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), a global non-profit organization. The aim is to accelerate progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 on energy. The four-year partnership has been signed on January 23, 2018 at the World Economic Forum Annual... Read more..

Source: DATAQUEST

Conversion efficiency at 20.41%, LONGi solar creates world record of monocrystalline PERC module

LONGi Solar announced that, according to a test conducted by TUV-SUD, the independent third-party certification test organization, the company’s 60-cell PERC module achieved a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 20.41%, a new world record for a monocrystalline PERC module.

The product tested was a P-type monocrystalline PERC module. Based on efficient PERC cell technologies and innovative design, the... Read more..

Source: Reneweconomy

Azure Roof Power to Electrify 152 Schools under Ministry of Human Resource Development Across Six States

Azure Power, one of India’s leading independent solar power producers, announced it has won a 11.35 megawatts (MWs) solar rooftop power project. This is the largest allocation for this auction, 60% of the total. Azure Power will sign the power purchase agreement with Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, an autonomous body under Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Azure Power qualifies for a capital incentive from Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, which is expected to result in a weighted average... Read more..

Source: Nasdaq

NGT convenes meeting to identify landfill sites

The National Green Tribunal has convened a meeting of stakeholders for identifying alternative landfill sites and setting up waste-to-energy plants in the national capital.

A bench headed by acting Chairperson Justice U D Salvi said there was “disagreement” among the AAP government, municipal corporations and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on the allotment of land for landfill sites which are needed... Read more..

Source: India.com
Subject Tags: landfill, waste management

Suzlon likely to set up power plant in Telangana, says government

In a big boost to the power sector in the state, renewable energy giant Suzlon Group has expressed interest in setting up a power plant, the Telangana government said in a release.

State IT and industries minister K T Rama Rao met Suzlon Group chairman Tulsi Tanti on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, where Tanti expressed interest in setting up a power plant in Telangana. ... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India’s Renewable Projects’ IRR estimated to be around 9-11 per cent: MNRE

The ministry of new and renewable energy has proposed internal rate of return (IRR) of major renewable energy projects to be in the range of 9-11 per cent. The assumptions are based on zero government incentives, reflecting return rates in a no-subsidy scenario, it said in a draft report.

While IRRs for solar and wind projects are estimated to be between 9 and 11 per cent, small hydro plants are seen to... Read more..

Source: eletimes.com

Solar industry seeks clarity, relief in safeguard duty in Budget 2018

Concerned over future of the sunrise industry which is facing threat due to the proposed imposition of 70 per cent safeguard duty on import of solar power equipment, sector experts are expecting some breather from the Union Budget 2018-19. 

Industry experts believe that the imposition will not only increase the tariff by almost Re 1 but it will put the projects under execution in deep trouble resulting in... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Hatsun Agro joins global renewable energy bandwagon "RE 100"

Manufacturer of branded milk and ice-cream, Hatsun Agro Product Ltd today said it has pledged to make its energy sourcing 100 per cent renewable by 2032 ny joining a global clean energy initiative "RE 100." 

Joining "RE 100" which is aimed at harnessing clean power and commitment to 100 per cent renewable energy, HAP said it already sourced about 82 per cent of its power requirements from renewable sources... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Norway's Scatec Solar plans new power plants in Southeast Asia

Norway's Scatec Solar plans to build solar power plants in Vietnam, Bangladesh and Myanmar, the company said on Friday.

The Oslo-listed firm, said that it was negotiating its first 50 megawatt (MW) project in Vietnam. It said Vietnam has a national goal for more than 4 gigawatt (GW) of new solar power capacity.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Cypark bags 30MW solar EPC contract in Malaysia

Cypark Resources has secured an EPC and O&M contract from Cove Suria (CSSB) for a 30MWac solar plant at Empangan Kelinchi, Negeri Sembila, Malaysia, according to a filing on Bursa Malaysia.

The contract is valued at around RM260.5 million (US$67 million). CSSB has given Cypark two years to complete the project, while O&M services are expected to be carried for a period of 21 years.... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

In Andhra Pradesh, 3,526 tribal houses bid goodbye to darkness

If one were to hear television noises in remote parts of Visakhapatnam district, one must not be surprised. Living in the dark has become a thing of the past in several remote areas in the district. The Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) has made this possible by harnessing solar power.

According to APEPDCL officials, a total of 3,526 households that fall under 171 remote... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Delhi: Vendors to soon sell wares from solar-powered ‘smart shops’

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation is planning to provide smart shops to vendors in its jurisdiction and create vending zones to decongest the markets. 

Standing committee chairman Tilak Raj Kataria said that they have taken their cue from Gurgaon and Faridabad, where vendors are selling their products from smart shops, which have charging point, refrigerator and solar panel. "The idea is to decongest the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: Clean Energy, solar power

Manufacturers May Soon Profit from Bio-Nylon Process

Materials used by the nylon industry have traditionally been derived from crude oil, but manufacturers will soon be able to create their own “bio-nylon” made from plant-based renewable ingredients. Aquafil and Genomatica have announced an agreement to create sustainable caprolactam, an ingredient used in nylon that is usually made from crude oil.

The companies will provide R&D collaboration and... Read more..

Source: Environmental Leader

Housing society in Mumbai’s Kurla switches to solar power, cuts electricity bill by 83%

Residents of a housing society in Kurla have managed to cut their electricity bill by 83% by switching to solar energy.

Twin Star Cooperative Housing Society in Rupa Nagar, Kurla (West), with 56 flats, has installed a 20 kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar power generation system with 60 panels that generate 76 kilowatt-hour (kWh) electricity per day and is expected to generate 28,000 kWh annually. A two-bedroom... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Environment ministry adopts new plan to rejuvenate rivers

The environment ministry on Wednesday announced a new strategy for conservation and rejuvenation of major river water systems, stating that focus will now be on the entire river basin compared to the current strategy that only looks at tackling pollution load from domestic wastewater and regulation of industrial pollution.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Union minister for environment, forest... Read more..

Source: livemint

Rajasthan deploys ABB technology for clean solar power generation

Rajasthan has deployed ABB technologies, the power and automation technology group, for 40 per cent of clean solar power generated in the state, an official of the technology service provider company said. 

The company has supplied solution for extraction and processing of ores in the mining sector. Almost half of the state's cement plants run on ABB drives, automation and instrumentation solutions. ... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Chinese electric bus makers look to set up operations in India

Chinese electric bus manufacturers are exploring opportunities to start operations in India and have held initial discussions with the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV), three people aware of the development told Mint.

According to one of the persons cited above, five Chinese electric bus manufacturers, including well-known ones... Read more..

Source: livemint

UBS announces partnerships to mobilize private wealth towards the UN SDGs

UBS has released a new white paper for the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting 2018 in Davos. The paper focuses on partnerships for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
 
The paper outlines the steps taken to mobilize capital, including private wealth, towards the SDGs and announces a range of SDG-related partnerships for 2018. It also explores lessons that UBS has learned in this field since... Read more..
Source: The Asset