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World Bank | $300m loan to accelerate energy efficiency in India

The Indian government has secured $300 million in World Bank funding to scale up an energy efficiency programme.

The World Bank has approved a $220 million loan and a $80 million guarantee for use by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), an energy service company of the Government of India.

EESL will... Read more..

Source: ESI-Africa

Atlas Copco launches “Smart Connected Assembly” supporting the vision of Industry 4.0

Atlas Copco’s contribution to Industry 4.0: the digitalization of manufacturing and assembly is called “Smart Connected Assembly”. The Indian customers are increasingly demanding high quality products and new technologies, which will offer flexibility, data analytics, ergonomics and energy efficiency – in summary, a competitive advantage. Smart Connected Assembly will address these new challenges, trends and needs by offering a whole new level of technological solutions.

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Source: Indian textile magazine

India won’t levy duty on solar gear imports

The government has decided not to impose safeguards duty on solar equipment from China and Malaysia, overruling the directorate general of safeguards’ recommendation of a 70% levy that had delighted local manufacturers but alarmed developers who felt that the steep rise in input costs would make projects unviable. 

The Delhi High Court disposed of a petition challenging the proposed duty after the government... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Bangalore Electricity Supply Company hopes to generate solar power to meet Bengaluru's rising demand

No amount of energy is sufficient for a burgeoning city like Bengaluru that guzzles more than 50 per cent of generated power in Karnataka. From facing worst power crisis in the past, Bengaluru, of late, is currently buoyed by surplus power since the commissioning of world’s largest solar plant in Pavagada. 

But how long will it last? 

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Source: ET Energyworld

Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 5 states meet RPO compliance target

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the only Union territory which fulfilled the renewable purchase obligations (RPO) obligation set up by the Union Energy Ministry. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has created a compliance cell to ensure all states adhere to the RPO targets defined by the goverment till 2022. Besides the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, only five states had been able to adhere to the RPO obligation. These states are Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya.... Read more..

Source: The Echo of India

Allow power tariff hike to pass-through environment norms cost: Govt

Coal-based thermal power plants' tariff will rise in coming days because the government has decided to allow pass-through of cost incurred by them for meeting environment norms notified by the environment ministry in December 2015. 

"To ensure timely implementation of new environment norms, the central government has decided that the additional cost implication due to installation or upgradation of various... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Tata Power to provide entire village with universal rooftop PV installation in Gujarat

Indian integrated power company Tata Power has signed off on a partnership with Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd (CGPL) to develop a universal rooftop solar installation for the entire village of Tunda in the Indian state of Gujarat.

The project, which targets 100% of the households in the region, will give individual household rooftops PV installations that will be connected to the grid without needing a battery... Read more..

Source: PV-Tech

ReNew to retire debt, build M&A warchest with proceeds from planned IPO

India’s largest renewable power company, ReNew Power, aims to deploy the funds through a planned initial public offering (IPO) of its equity on acquisition and to diversify into allied sectors.

Borrowing cost had spiked to Rs 8.3 billion during FY17, against Rs 5.3 billion in FY16. As on December 31, total borrowing was Rs 151 billion.

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Source: Business Standard

Tirupur Corporation to produce vehicle fuel from municipal waste


The City Corporation of Tirupur in Tamil Nadu has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Central Leather Research Institute (CSIR-CLRI), Chennai.

It is aimed to set up a plant to produce bio-compressed natural gas from municipal solid waste. The project called ‘Waste into Wheels’ will use methane as an alternative for vehicle fuel instead of generating electricity.

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Source: ELETS Online

SoftBank Group's SB Energy, IL&FS to partner for solar parks in India

IL&FS Energy and SoftBank group's SB Energy will form a partnership to develop grid connect solar parks of about 20 gigawatts (GW) in India, IL&FS said in a statement on Monday.

"IL&FS Energy, a subsidiary of IL&FS has partnered with SB Energy (with investments from SoftBank Group International), to jointly develop grid-connected solar parks. These parks will be developed across various... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

India delays plan to roll out 10,000 electric cars to 2019

India has pushed back a deadline to put thousands of battery-driven cars on the road by nearly a year, in a setback to its ambitions of having electric vehicles comprise about a third of its fleet by 2030.

State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd., which is responsible for procuring electric cars to replace the petrol and diesel vehicles used by government officials, will roll out the first 10,000 vehicles... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Fortum with Clean Motion to develop battery swap system for light EVs

Clean energy provider Fortum has signed an agreement with Clean Motion for offering sustainable mobility solutions by jointly developing a battery swap system, tailored specially for light electric vehicles in India.

The goal is to jointly develop a battery swap system for light electric vehicles with the aim to launch a pilot before end of 2018 on an existing Zbee cluster in India, before further... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

LONGi Solar’s P-type mono bifacial shingled cell module sets 20.66% efficiency record

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member LONGi Solar, subsidiary of LONGi Green Energy, the leading integrated monocrystalline PV manufacturer has set a new P-type mono bifacial ‘shingled’ cell formatted module conversion efficiency record of 20.66%. 

The China General Certification Center (CGC) was said to have validated the conversion efficiency record. 

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Source: PV-Tech

Enphase Energy Announces 4.5MW Solar Installation in India

Enphase Energy, Inc. , a global energy technology company and the world’s leading provider of solar microinverters, and Waaree Energies Ltd., India’s largest Tier 1 solar panel manufacturer, announced today a 4.5 MW solar power plant installation using Waaree Enphase AC modules. This solar power plant, located in Hosapet, India will be the largest Enphase microinverter-based solar installation globally.

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Source: Enphase Energy

BEE signs pacts for promoting energy efficiency standards

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), an arm of the power ministry, announced it has signed two pacts for promoting energy efficiency in the Petrochemical and Energy Efficiency Appliances sector.

The first agreement was signed with Engineers India Limited (EIL) for implementation of energy efficiency in the Petrochemical sector under the Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme. The second MoU was signed with... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India announces RPO compliance unit

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has created a Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) compliance unit to improve enforcement of this key policy for clean energy deployment.

Former MNRE joint secretary Tarun Kapoor once said in 2015 that RPO was the "single most important" government policy driver for renewables in India, but then as now, enforcement of the RPO had been either weak or non-... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Gujarat government launches policy to reuse treated waste water

The Gujarat government today unveiled its 'Reuse of Treated Waste Water Policy' which aims to reduce the state's dependence on fresh water sources like the Narmada river.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel launched the policy at a function held in Gandhinagar today.

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Source: Money Control

SECI named nodal agency to set up 2.5GW wind-solar hybrid project

The ministry of New and Renewable Energy has appointed Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) as the nodal agency for setting up 2,500 MW of inter-state transmission system-connected (ISTS) power projects on a build, own operate (BOO) basis across the country, paving the way for the nodal agency to float bids for such projects. The recent circular appointing SECI as the implementing agency, comes days after the ministry issued the National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy.

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Source: Financial Express

Grid connected clean energy capacity reaches 70 GW in April

Under the grid connected renewable capacity, India did not add any capacity of Waste to Power and Biomass (Bagasse) Cogeneration).
India added 269.64 MW of renewable energy capacity last month taking the total grid connected clean energy capacity to 70,053.81 MW as on April 30, a government report has said. 

According to the report by the ministry of new and renewable energy, India added 34,165 MW of... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Now, pay Rs 250 per month as solar panel fee for govt houses in Chandigarh

Each government house of the city having an area of 1 kanal and above will have to shell out Rs 250 per month for 1 kilowatt solar plant. Punjab governor and UT administrator V P Singh Badnore has approved the rate.

The administration has decided to install at least two kilowatts solar power plant in each government house, so that it could be viable for residents to generate power.

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Source: ET Energyworld

EU may ban plastic straws, stirs, cotton buds

The European Union (EU) on Monday proposed a bloc-wide ban on single-use plastics such as straws and cutlery while urging the collection of most plastic drinks bottles by 2025.

The proposals are part of a growing EU drive to rid the environment of plastic waste which has begun showing up in the food chain.

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Source: The Times of India

IIT Scientists Develop Novel Nano-Composite That Can Clean Polluted Air

Carbon monoxide is a major air pollutant posing threat to human health. A team of scientists led by researcher at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar have developed a nanocomposite material that can selectively convert environmental carbon monoxide into less toxic carbon dioxide.

The new composite material is made of graphene and alloy of platinum and palladium in the form of nanoparticles.... Read more..

Source: Business Line

SoftBank, IL&FS team up to power 20 Gigawatt solar power parks

The SoftBank Group is tying up with infrastructure conglomerate IL&FS to develop more than 20 gigawatts of solar capacity in India by 2025 to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious renewable energy road map for the country.

This comes less than two months after the Japanese group teamed up with China’s GCL System Integration Technology for a $930 million (Rs 6,350 crore) India solar power... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Clean energy firm ACME grows portfolio, eyes acquisitions

Clean energy firm ACME is scouting the market for acquisitions and expanding its own portfolio in a bid to beef up its 2.5 GW renewable energy portfolio.

The company is targeting a clean energy portfolio of 3.5-4 GW by 2019, and while it may be open to making acquisitions, they are more focused on growing internally by building their own assets, a senior company executive said.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Divergent AAR rulings put solar companies in a bind

Divergent decisions from two separate Authority for Advance Rulings (AAR) on the GST rate applicable on installation of solar plants have thrown the solar industry into a conundrum. 

The industry has knocked at the doors of the government seeking clarity on the matter. Two rulings, from the Maharashtra AAR, have favoured a GST rate of 18%, treating installation as a whole works contract. The Karnataka AAR,... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld