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Avaada Power in talks with state govts for floating solar projects

 Renewable energy firm Avaada Power is in talks with various states governments to set up floating solar projects and expects some large tenders to be floated in the next two months, a top company official said. 

The company plans to increase its installed solar capacity to 5,000 megawatts (mw) in the next four years, from 1,000 mw at present, and expects a significant share to come from the floating solar... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

No subsidy, no waiver, solar panel users left high and dry in Maharashtra

Merely a few months after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s visit to Pune for the inauguration of solar panels installed at the Raj Bhavan and his effusive praise of the benefits and schemes that the state has launched to promote the installation, electricity consumers are learning the hard way that the initiative may be restricted only to paper. Despite the chief minister’s enthusiastic promotion of the move, the people installing solar panels are struggling to get the promised benefits. While the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Rooftop solar plan yet to get off ground in residential sector

It may take Delhi a while before it becomes a climate-friendly city, as envisioned by the Delhi government in its latest budget. In spite of a solar policy, which was hailed by energy experts, and a generation-based incentive (GBI) for residential solar rooftop projects, solar projects haven’t really taken off in the residential sector. 

From September 2016 to March 2017, only 31 residents had availed of the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Solar power tariffs rise in Gujarat reverse auction

Winning tariffs in Gujarat’s latest solar reverse auction showed significant increase over those in its last auction in September last year, lending further credence to the view that solar tariffs have bottomed out.

The lowest bid in the 500 MW auction conducted by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL) on Wednesday came from Kalthia Engineering and Construction Ltd, which sought and won 50 MW at a tariff of... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: GUVNL, India, Solar Tariffs

Jamia Millia Islamia to set up solar power plant on its own campus

 Jamia Millia Islamia will soon set up a 2.50-MWP capacity solar power plant on its campus for its own consumption, and aims to supply electricity at a rate less than Rs 4 per unit. 

Solar panels will be installed on the rooftops of various buildings such as hostels and central library, according to a release issued by the university. 

... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India must strengthen grid infra to boost renewable energy: IRENA

India must strengthen grid infrastructure to support its "strong push" towards renewable energy especially solar, said the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). 

"The main constrain in India right now is the grid," said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z Amin. "There is a huge upsurge in investment," he said of the renewable projects being implemented in the country. 

... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Uncertainty over duties impacting tendering for solar projects

The prevailing uncertainty over the quantum and timelines related to imposition of safeguards duty and anti-dumping duty on imported solar cells and modules will impact tendering activity in the solar power sector, research and ratings agency ICRA said.

The Directorate General of Safeguards (DGS) had in January 2018 recommended provisional safeguard duty of 70 per cent on solar cells and panels which is... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Power, Skill Development ministries join to scale up electrification drive

In a first of its kind institutional arrangement, the government on Tuesday launched a programme of skill development to speedily implement its Saubhagya scheme for universal household electrification with the Power and Skill Development Ministries joining hands for the purpose.

The two ministries are pooling their resources in this initiative to meet the target of the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Henkel Launches Waste Free Oceans Plastic Partnership for Laundry Brand

Henkel announced a new partnership with the organization Waste Free Oceans to gather plastic waste from waterways and turn it into Lovable laundry brand bottles. The German chemical and consumer goods company aims to have enough for at least 1 million bottles.

Plastic collection along the Danube River starts this spring. Volunteers will target plastic on river banks and beaches at known accumulation points... Read more..

Source: Environmental Leader

Grid infrastructure, policy framework key to India's renewables aim - IRENA

India should strengthen its power grids and put an emphasis on a clear policy framework to bring down the cost of capital investments, the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) said on Tuesday, as the nation aims for ambitious renewable energy targets.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of raising India's renewable power generation to 175 gigawatts (GW) by 2022. ... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: IRENA, renewable energy

French utility EDF to invest 8 billion euros in power storage by 2035

French state-owned utility EDF plans to invest 8 billion euros ($9.94 billion) between 2018 and 2035 to become a European market leader in electricity storage, the company said on Tuesday.

EDF said in a statement it will develop 10 gigawatts of additional storage capacity worldwide by 2035, in addition to the 5 GW it already operates.

... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

KKR in talks to invest Rs 500 crore in clean energy company Leap Green

US private equity giant KKR is in talks to invest as much as Rs 500 crore to fund clean energy company Leap Green, founded by members of the family of Formula One racer Narain Karthikeyan. The global buyout giant, which has turned to credit investing in a big way in India, has furnished a term sheet to provide short-term mezzanine funding worth Rs 500 crore that would help the Coimbatore-based Leap Green to meet capital requirements for execution of its existing pipeline of 750 megawatts of wind farms. ... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Surat becomes first district to have 100% solar powered health centres

Surat has become the first district in the country to have 100 percent solar powered Primary Health Centers (PHC).

There are a total of 52 PHCs in the district and all of them are now powered by solar system. This initiative will not only bring down the electricity bill by 40 percent but also help fight global warming.

... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India, UK have launched joint research projects for clean water, energy

India and the UK have launched joint research projects on water quality and energy demand reduction, the government today informed Lok Sabha. 

Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma said in a written reply to a question that the research projects aim to deliver mutual benefits and research solutions to the two countries. He said the projects also aim to address shared global sustainable development goals in the areas of clean water and clean energy. 

"The Ministry of Science and Technology have informed that India and UK have... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Eleven companies in fray to supply 500 MW solar power to GUVNL

As many as 11 companies have evinced interest in supplying solar power to Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL), which last month invited bids from solar power developers to supply 500MW to the state-run utility. The tender floated by GUVNL also had a greenshoe option of additional 500MW.

“The last date for bid submission was March 22 and 11 companies have submitted their bids. The reverse auction will be conducted on March 28,” said a source close to the development.

The bidders include Adani Green Energy, Azure Power, ReNew Power and... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

How Gurugram is warming to solar power; Generation capacity reaches 25 Mw

The total installed capacity of solar power in the city has reached 25MW this year — a 47% increase from the corresponding period of 2017 — underlining the growing potential of renewable energy in Gurugram, a city that also happens to house the secretariat of the International Solar Alliance. 

Haryana Renewable Energy Department (HAREDA) officials, who attended a conference in the city, said demand was picking up and they were optimistic that the rates of solar power production and consumption would increase further in the coming months.

... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

IIT-Kharagpur research team turns hemp fibre into clean fuel

IIT-Kharagpur researchers have developed clean fuel out of chatai (mat), using microwave. You heard right, chatai or maadur (in Bengali) is the new source of ethanol and diesel — the two greatest airpoison inducers.

“There is an urgency to replace fossil fuels like petrol and diesel that are direct causes of pollution, global warming and climate change. Acres are being allocated for solar and wind energy; hydel power and geothermal projects have been deployed. But India’s fossil fuel import bill still runs high due to non-availability of renewable... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: biofuels, clean fuel

RB commissions first solar powered facility; inks pact for 100% clean energy supply

 Consumer health and hygiene RB India, (erstwhile Reckitt Benckiser) today commissioned its first solar powered factory in Mysore as part of project Greenathon. 

The factory, running on 'green power' forms an extension to RB's continuous efforts to reach its worldwide sustainability targets, a company statement said, adding that as of today, the factory meets 75 per cent of the energy needs with solar energy and aims to be the first factory running on 100 per cent green power in India within couple of years.

This marks RB's first power... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Meghalaya government, World Bank ink agreement for Rs 100-crore project

Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad K. Sangma on Saturday said that Government will soon ink an agreement with the World Bank for funding to the tune of over 100 crore aimed at protecting and preserving the catchment areas of the state. 

He said that the impact of global warming is already being felt across the length and breadth of the country and the world.

The Chief Minister announced his government’s plans to protect the water sources of the state while speaking as the Chief Guest at the “Natural... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

EESL floats second tender for procuring 5 million smart meters

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has floated its second tender for procuring five million smart meters to be installed on a pan-India basis, reports Nishtha Saluja.

“As of now, we have demand from Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for smart meters,” Saurabh Kumar, managing director at EESL, told ET. “We have aggregated demand for about one crore smart meters from across the country.”... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: EESL, India, smart meters

MNRE to set up 65,180 biogas plants in current year under NBMMP

The National Biogas and Manure Management Programme (NBMMP) aims at setting up of family type biogas plants for providing biogas as clean cooking fuel and a source of lighting. The slurry produced from biogas plants as a by-product is an organic bio-manure for enhancing crop yield and maintaining soil health. The biogas technology dissemination helps in reducing the environment degradation and prevents the emissions of Green House Gases (GHGs) such as Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Methane into the atmosphere. The... Read more..

Source: Energetica India
Subject Tags: biogas, India, MNRE, NBMMP

Delhi Budget: Govt proposes to reduce reliance on fossil fuel based power generation

In its Budget for 2018-19, the Delhi government has proposed to encourage renewable energy initiatives to reduce fossil fuel-based power generation. A host of renewable energy initiatives have been lined up for the power department in 2018-19 that will reduce reliance on fossil fuel-based power generation in Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said today presenting the Budget in Delhi Assembly. ... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2017

Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a historic high of 32.5 gigatonnes last year, after three years of being flat, due to higher energy demand and the slowing of energy efficiency improvements, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. 

Global energy demand rose by 2.1 percent last year... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Second edition of RE-Invest postponed

The second edition of RE-Invest, envisaged as India’s flagship renewable energy event after its inaugural show in February 2015, has been postponed for 
the fifth time. 

After the fourth postponement, it had been scheduled for April 19-21 this year. 

“We will hold it in September or October this year... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Cabinet approves revised energy norms under New Urea Policy

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given approval of revised energy norms to the Department of Fertilizers. The resolution passed by CCEA involved the following points:

• The target energy norms under New Urea Policy-2015 (NUP-2015) for 11 urea units is to be implemented w.e.f. April 1, 2018.
• The extension of present energy norms with token penalties, under the NUP-2015 for a... Read more..

Source: India Infoline