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GAIL, BHEL sign pact for development of solar power projects

State-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd Friday said it has signed an agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) for cooperation in the development of solar power projects."GAIL shall be the project developer and BHEL shall act as an engineering, procurement, construction and project management contractor," the company said in a statement. BHEL shall also provide operation and maintenance services during the initial period upon becoming successful bidder. "This development will help both the companies... Read more..

Source: LiveMint

India likely to invest in Bolivia lithium industry

India has expressed interest in investing in the lithium industry of Bolivia, home to vast untapped mines of the mineral that is used in rechargeable batteries for portable electronics and electric vehicles. Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales held wide ranging talks on ties in sectors like space, mining, information technology, pharmaceutical and traditional medicines, Indian... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Now, Central railway station embarks on a green journey

With the aim of achieving the target of ISO 14001 certification for environmental management, the Central railway station has initiated steps to embrace green energy. Solar panels are being placed atop railway platforms and the work is planned to be completed by the third week of April. The initiative is also in compliance with the National Green Tribunal order directing railways to reduce energy consumption and to ensure proper disposal of garbage.

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Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Earth Hour: Power distribution companies save 258 MW in Delhi

 The power distribution companies in the national capital saved 258 megawatt (MW) of electricity during sixty minutes of the Earth Hour observed on Saturday night. Government and private institutions as well as people kept their electric appliances switched off during the Earth Hour observed from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm. The two BSES discoms managed to save 161 MW power during the hour, said a BSES spokesperson. The... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Waste to energy project on, to be commissioned by Jan 2020: Co

Though it is reportedly facing a financial crisis, Essel Infraprojects Private Ltd has assured the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) that it would begin work on the waste-to-energy project within a month and commission it by January 2020. The company has secured a loan for the project from Power Finance Corporation Limited. For this project, the NMC had executed an agreement with Nagpur Solid Waste Processing and... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Punjab's largest rural solar energy project to start production on April 2

Punjab' largest 1.2 MW rural solar energy project commissioned by any rural education institute in the state will start electricity production on April 2 at Akal University in Bathinda. Akal University in Talwandi Sabo is run by Kalgidhar society.This rooftop solar power plant will be inaugurated by Jatindra Nath Swain, managing director, Solar Energy Corporation of India.

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Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Nepal seeks Indian investment in hydro power, roads & highways


Nepal has invited Indian investments in hydro power, roads and highways and the hotel industry to give a boost to economic ties between the two countries. Huge business opportunities exist in sectors such as roads and highway, hydro power, etc, Maha Prasad Adhikari, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Investment Board Nepal (IBN), a body under the Government of Nepal, told reporters here on the sidelines... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Jamshedpur environmentalists plan green campaign for poll manifesto

Climate activists and environmentalists in Jamshedpur will carry out public engagement campaigns across the constituency from April, to lobby various political parties to include environmental issues in their election manifestos ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Jamshedpur will go to polls on May 12. Environmentalist K K Sharma said that India can’t afford to remain detached from imminent issues like change change and environmental degradation during polls. “The talks on building a ‘new India’ will remain hollow... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Gurugram’s new age farmers

In Gurugram, urban farmers are attracting attention and urban farming has found a new meaning and definition. In the cyber city, over 200  organisational heads, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, professionals, teachers and social workers have taken on lease small farmlands where they are themselves  growing tradition fruits, vegetables and grains and various exotic plants. Community organic farming has found its footing amongst the working class people of the millennium city who are out to try their hands at... Read more..

Source: The Tribune

Centre issue tenders for developing 30,000 MW of renewable projects

In the rush to meet the target of 1.75 lakh MW of renewable energy capacity by 2020, the Centre and several states have issued tenders totalling 30,549 MW. Of this, only 4,000 MW are wind power projects, 1,800 MW are hybrid (solar+wind) and balance 24,749 MW are solar power projects. The bids for these projects are due in next three months. If concluded on time, these projects should be commissioned by March 2020. ... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

India solar panel prices continue to fall on 25% y-o-y dip in global rates

Despite the safeguard duty imposed on imports from China, Malaysia and the West, effective July 2018, solar panel prices continued to fall in the domestic market, as a 25% year-on-year fall in global prices has more than offset the duty impact.Though demand for the panels could look up in 2019, with a sharp cut in China’s installation target (down 60%), supplies might still continue to outweigh demand keeping... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Vice President Naidu stresses on the need for EVs, adopting shared mobility

 Vice President Venkaiah Naidu Thursday stressed on the need of adopting shared mobility and electric vehicles to meet increasing demands of transportation and said standalone metro systems are not effective as they require a holistic approach. Delivering a keynote address at the launch of 'Electric Mobility Forum' of research organisation WRI India, Naidu also suggested for a comprehensive mobility plan to meet... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Siemens Gamesa commissions 10 MW solar project for Lakshmi Machine Works

Clean energy solutions provider Siemens Gamesa Thursday said it has commissioned 10 MW solar power project for Lakshmi Machine Works (LMW) in Tamil Nadu. As part of the contract, Siemens Gamesa provided an EPC (engineering procurement and construction) solution that included engineering and design of the solar farm, procurement, erection and commissioning of the 10 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar farm near Coimbatore in... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Waaree Energies Introduces Customized Solar Modules for Electric Vehicles

Waaree Energies, India's largest solar PV manufacturer and a leader in the rooftop segment, has launched customized solar modules, a solar power solution for Electric Vehicles. These indigenous modules, specially designed for the transport industry in India, are portable, flexible, lighter, durable and more efficient, making them ideal for vehicles. They are ideal for vehicles where energy is required for many services including auxiliary functions like refrigeration etc. Since these modules are indigenously developed by Waaree, it would be cost effective. After successfully associating... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Fuji Electric close to Consul Neowatt buy for Rs 700 crore

Japanese electric and thermal energy major Fuji Electric is in the final stages of discussions to acquire Consul Neowatt Power Solutions, a Chennai based power backup manufacturer, in a deal worth $100 million (Rs 700 crore). Fuji is seeking to buy a majority stake in Consul Neowatt, which is owned by the private equity fund Peepul Capital, two people aware of the development told ET. The deal will mark the first... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Low soil moisture posing threat in most river basins

Factors like temperature, rainfall and soil moisture affect distribution and growth of vegetation. A study of these factors has shown that forest and croplands in two-thirds of river basins across India do not have the potential to cope with extreme climatic events such as drought. An index based on the data of temperature, rainfall and soil moisture for 29 years from 1982 to 2010 has been developed to understand the effect of climate on vegetation.

At least half of 16 river basins have been found to be low in soil moisture, due to which the area can be affected most by drought.... Read more..

Source: The Hindu - Business Line

SECI issues RfS for 750MW of solar in Rajasthan

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a Request for Selection (RfS) for 750MW of grid-connected solar PV projects in the state of Rajasthan. Projects will be developed on a build own operate (BOO) basis anywhere in Rajasthan. The minimum capacity to be bid for by a single bidder is 10MW, with a maximum of the full 750MW. Projects shall be allocated in multiples of 10MW. ... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

India’s shift towards renewable energy could dent US coal exports: IEEFA

India’s shift away from coal and towards greener fuels, coupled with the decline in European coal consumption, is set to dent the export volumes of the fuel from US in the current year, according to the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). US exported 115 million tonne (MT) of coal in 2018. This was 15 per cent of the total domestic production of 753 MT. The country has been a consistent... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Norway's Statkraft eyes hydropower projects in India

Norwegian state-owned electricity company Statkraft is actively scouting for hydropower opportunities in North India, including buying out stressed assets. The attempt by Europe’s largest green energy producer comes in the backdrop of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government changing regulations governing the beleaguered sector earlier this month. Of around 66 gigawatts (GW) capacity facing various degrees of financial stress, there are 13 hydropower projects comprising 4.57 GW. The first foreign investor in India’s hydropower space, Statkraft has been present in the country since... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Walmart Foundation Supports IDEI Irrigation Project to Raise Incomes for 10,000 Smallholder Farming Families

Ten thousand smallholder farmers in Andhra Pradesh are set to benefit from the introduction of sustainable irrigation products and practices under a program offered by International Development Enterprises - India (IDEI) and supported with funding from the Walmart Foundation. Dan Bryant, SVP, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs, Walmart and Amitabha Sadangi, CEO, International Development Enterprises-India... Read more..

Source: NewsR

Rooftop Solar PV Market is Projected to Witness considerable Growth by 2024

Global Rooftop Solar PV market is expected to witness substantial growth over the forecast period on account of the increasing demand in residential and commercial segments. Minimum government interventions, favorable subsidies, and tax credit are expected to drive the Solar PV market. U.S. contributes to a large share of the market and is anticipated to grow even further. Solar power is considered to be a clean source of energy and is a viable alternative to fossil fuels which are considered to be the reason... Read more..

Source: Haryana Daily

Public Transport Permit Mandatory for Electric 3W, 4W to Avail FAME-II SOPS: Govt

Starting April 1, electric three and four wheelers will need a valid permit from government agency stating that the vehicle will be used only for public transport purposes to avail incentives under the Rs 10,000-crore FAME India scheme, as per official notification. The Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme in its second phase starting next week, spanning three years, will support 5 lakh e-rickshaws (e-3W) having ex-factory price of up to Rs 5 lakh with an incentive... Read more..

Source: News18

Segregation of waste at source from June 1

After a delay of over two years, the local Municipal Corporation has finally decided to begin segregation of waste at source from June 1. Sources said the MC gave this assurance in its compliance report submitted before the National Green Tribunal ( NGT) today. The tribunal had directed all states to submit action plans to reduce the pollution level and bring air quality standards within the prescribed norms,... Read more..

Source: The Tribune

UK-based GoZero Mobility begins India foray; launches two e-bikes

British electric bike and lifestyle brand GoZero Mobility entered the Indian market today with the launch of two electric-bike models -- One and Mile. Model One is powered with 400-watt-hour (Wh) lithium battery pack, which is optimised to provide 60-km range on a single charge. Whereas, model Mile is powered with 300-Wh lithium battery pack that provides 45-km range.... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Tiruchi firm to form JV with CECRI to make battery for EVs

The Tiruchi-based High Energy Batteries Ltd, will join hands with Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) to produce battery for electric vehicles. The BSE-listed company will be the joint venture partner and bring in funds for a pilot project. CECRI is a research institute under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); its main focus has been electro-chemistry for decades. It has... Read more..

Source: The Hindu- Business Line