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Bengaluru keen to roll out red carpet for Tesla safari

Karnataka has pitched Bengaluru to Tesla, the world’s most valuable carmaker, as a potential location for a Gigafactory where it can manufacture electric cars and batteries, a state government official told ET.

Tesla has already held preliminary talks with the state for a research and innovation unit in the city, home to many of India’s electric vehicle (EV) startups such as Ola Mobility, Ather Energy,... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Madagascar PM Inaugurates Solar Power Plant At Indian Embassy On 151st Birth Anniversary Of Mahatma Gandhi

Prime Minister of Madagascar Christian Ntsay inaugurated the solar power plant at the Embassy of India, Antananarivo on the occasion of the 151th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Friday.
Many dignitaries including Environment Minister of Madagascar Raharinirina Baomiavotse Vahinala, Secretary-General of Energy and Hydrocarbons, Andry Andriantongarivo, Ambassador of the United... Read more..

Source: Business World

India's focus on renewable sector to ensure energy security, combat climate change: Suresh Prabhu

India's focus on renewable segments like solar, wind and hydro power will not only ensure energy security but also address environmental concerns, former union minister Suresh Prabhu said on Wednesday. "The energy and environment are the two sides of the same coin. So how do you generate energy is going to be determining to what extent you are compromising, whether or not, with climate security, environmental concerns.

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Source: The Economic Times

NITI Aayog and Embassy of the Netherlands sign Statement of Intent on ‘Decarbonization and Energy Transition Agenda’

NITI Aayog and Embassy of the Netherlands, New Delhi, signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) on 28 September 2020 to support the decarbonization and energy transition agenda for accommodating cleaner and more energy.

The SoI was signed by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and Ambassador of the Netherlands to India Marten van den Berg. Through... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau

Uttar Pradesh’s Rs 4,800-crore solar project gets Central government’s nod

MNRE has asked the Bundelkhand Saur Urja, the solar power park developer (SPPD), to submit the detailed project report at the earliest.
The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has granted in-principal approval for the setting up of a 1200-MW ultra mega solar project in Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh with an investment of Rs 4,800 crore.

The project, which will come up in Bundelkhand region, will be set up by Bundelkhand Saur Urja (BSUL), a joint venture company between Uttar Pradesh Non-Conventional Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) and National Hydro Power... Read more..

Source: The Financial Express

Maharashtra 1 lakh solar pumps for farmers will reduce cross-subsidy burden for high-end power users

The burden of cross-subsidy on high-end electricity users will be reduced to some extent, with the state planning to provide a total one lakh solar agri pumps to farmers in Maharashtra, a government official said. "These pumps will drastically reduce electricity costs for farming besides being environment-friendly,'' the official stated. ... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

SJVN bags 100 MW solar project in Gujarat

State-owned power producer SJVN on Wednesday said it has bagged a 100 mega watt (MW) solar project in Raghanesda Solar Park in Gujarat. SJVN Ltd had participated in an open bidding process for allotment of Raghanesda Solar Park, Gujarat and bagged the quoted capacity of 100 MW at the rate of Rs 2.73/unit on build own and operate (BOO) basis, SJVN said in a regulatory filing.

SJVN said the tentative cost of construction/development of this project is Rs 490 crore.

"The project is... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Legislation introduced to boost India-US clean energy and climate cooperation

A top Democratic senator on Wednesday introduced a legislation in the US Senate to establish a forum for bilateral cooperation with India on clean energy technologies and energy transmission.
Introduced by Senator Robert Menendez, a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Prioritizing Clean Energy and Climate Cooperation with India Act establishes the United States-India Clean Energy and Power Transmission... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Encouraged G20 members to enhance strategies to produce renewable energy, says BJP MP Suresh Prabhu

BJP MP Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday took part in the third G20 Sherpas’ virtual meeting and encouraged members to enhance strategies to produce renewable energy.

“We focussed on the need of renewable energy and encouraged G20 members to enhance their renewable energy strategies considering national circumstances, needs and priorities for implementation and encourage increased investment and financing in... Read more..

Source: The Hindustan Times
Subject Tags: G20, India, Renewable Energy

Spanish company to manage Chennai’s wastes from Thursday

In a move aimed at benefitting 37 lakh people living across seven zones in Chennai city, Spanish firm Urbaser Sumeet is all set to take over solid waste management on an eight-year contract, from October 1. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, on Wednesday flagged off a fleet of waste management equipment, including 125 compactors, 38 mechanical sweepers, 3,000 e-rickshaws for waste collection and 11,000 compactor dustbins with 10,844 staff. 

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Source: The New Indian Express

India does not need more Smart Cities, says Urban Affairs Secy

Even as work is underway on building 100 Smart Cities across the country, there is no need for more as learnings from the ongoing mission can be replicated for other cities and towns in the country, a top official of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs said on Tuesday.

“Learnings from 100 Smart Cities Mission is very important… people often ask me about the next round of Smart Cities and I tell... Read more..

Source: The Rahnuma Daily

Gujarat floats new tender for 500MW of solar power

To create more capacity for solar power generation in the state, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has floated a tender for the purchase of 500MW of solar power through competitive bidding. The solar power will be procured from grid-connected solar photovoltaic power projects to be set up in the state.

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Source: The Times of India

Power major DVC moots 1,776-MW floating solar projects to add capacity

State-owned thermal power major Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) will focus only on solar projects to add capacity, a top official said.

It has already mooted 1776-MW floating solar projects in four of its dams in West Bengal and Jharkhand, the two states that jointly own the corporation along with the Union government.

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Source: Business Standard

Fourth Partner Energy appoints Investec to raise about $150 mn via stake sale

In what may rank among the largest solar rooftop deals in India, Hyderabad-based Fourth Partner Energy, that focuses on commercial and industrial (C&I) segment, has mandated Investec to raise around $150 million by selling stake in the firm, said two people aware of the... Read more..

Source: Live Mint
Subject Tags: Fund raise, India, Solar Rooftop

ADB to Invest $15 Million in Avaada Energy to Expand Renewable Energy Capacity in India

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed an agreement to invest $15 million in INR equivalent in Avaada Energy Private Limited (AEPL) to help the company to scale up photovoltaic solar energy generation capacity in India.

This is ADB’s second investment in AEPL after a first round of $50 million invested in April 2019. The latest investment will come from ADB’s Ordinary Capital Resources and from Leading... Read more..

Source: Asian Development Bank

Etrio raises $3mn to launch new EVs in India

Hyderabad-based electric vehicle startup Etrio on Tuesday said it has raised of $3 million (approximately Rs 22 crore) in Series A round from high networth individual investors based out of Singapore.

The investment will fuel Etrio's foray into new electric vehicles (EVs) in three-wheelers and bicycle product lines... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

IIT Kharagpur study proposes waste management policy during pandemic crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world in unprecedented ways and created a lot of pressure on waste disposal techniques. The shutdown in industries over a long time has certainly made the air and water a little cleaner as per certain reports but a large amount of plastic, food, and biomedical waste being produced across the world is giving rise to solid waste management problems.

A study by IIT... Read more..

Source: India Today

Uttar Pradesh: Min sets 30-day deadline to reduce power line losses

Lucknow: UP power minister Shrikant Sharma on Monday ordered serving of show cause notice to directors of Madhyanchal and Paschimanchal power distribution companies and chief engineers of 10 districts, including Lucknow and Noida, over poor consumer service, failure to curb line losses and not providing power as per schedule. Presiding over a review meeting to assess the power supply situation, Sharma ordered the officials to bring down the line losses in 2,442 electricity feeders (1,232 in Madhyanchal and 1,010 in Paschimanchal) in 30 days. He said the state government could ensure round... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World
Subject Tags: India, Power

Need to ensure countries take their obligations seriously to combat climate change: India

NEW YORK: India on Monday underscored the need to ensure that the nations take their obligations seriously to combat the climate change with the urgency it deserves. India's permanent representative to the UN ambassador TS Tirumurti said India was doing its part to combat the climate change with determination and focus, and in the spirit of South-South cooperation. "We need to accost immediately the reality of climate change and ensure that in the spirit of common but differentiated responsibilities, countries take their obligations seriously and meet their commitments and contributions to... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World
Subject Tags: Climate Change, India

Coal India invites global bids for coal-to-methanol plant

NEW DELHI : State-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL) on Monday said that it has invited global bids for setting up a coal to methanol plant. Dankuni Coal Complex (DCC) in West Bengal, currently run by its subsidiary South Eastern Coalfields Ltd, is identified as the project site for the proposed plant. "Coal India Limited (CIL) on Friday last floated an open global tender inviting bids for setting up a, first of its kind in India, coal to methanol (C2M) plant through surface coal gasification route on Build-Own-Operate (BOO) model," the PSU said in a statement. Based on the outcome of pre-... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

India & Denmark launch Green Strategic Partnership eyeing fight against Climate Change

NEW DELHI: India in a unique move has launched Green Strategic Partnership for the first time with Denmark as its partner as the two aim to be at forefront of the global fight against the Climate Change. At the virtual Summit held on Monday the Prime Ministers of India and Denmark agreed to elevate India-Denmark relations to a Green Strategic Partnership. This partnership would build on and consolidate the existing agreement establishing a Joint Commission for Cooperation (signed 6 February 2009) between India and Denmark which envisaged cooperation within the political field; economic and... Read more..

Source: Economic Times
Subject Tags: Denmark, India

Power engineers, employees to protest on Oct 5 against move to privatise Varanasi discom sector

New Delhi: The All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) on Monday said power engineers and employees will hold protest meetings on October 5, to lodge their protest against privatisation of the Varanasi discom sector. "Power sector engineers and employees will observe countrywide protest meetings on October 5 in support of Uttar Pradesh power employees who are protesting the privatisation of Varanasi discom sector," V K Gupta, spokesperson of AIPEF, said in the statement. This decision was taken in the virtual meeting of the National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World
Subject Tags: India, Power

Kerala all set for privatisation of discoms

Kochi: The power distribution sector in India is all set for privatization. The union ministry of power has issued the guidelines for the same. The standard bidding document containing the detailed procedure states to call for tenders and their schedules, for the privatization of the state-owned power distribution companies has been prepared. 83 percent of the total assets in power sector of states lies in distribution. Hence the move is expected to be highly beneficial for private players. It is reported that Kerala will inform Centre of its stance on discom privatization very soon. Apart... Read more..

Source: Mathrubhumi
Subject Tags: India, Power

Govt may impose customs duty on solar equipment soon

NEW DELHI: The ministry of new and renewable energy has asked solar manufacturers to provide a list of machinery and capital goods that should be exempted from basic customs duty (BCD), indicating that the duty may soon be imposed. "Ministry of New and Renewable Energy had consultation with Ministry of Finance and Department of Heavy Industry regarding updation of this list," said the notice by the ministry. An executive from a manufacturing company said industry was optimistic. "This notice probably indicates that the government is closer to figuring out the BCD than it was earlier, when... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World
Subject Tags: India, Renewable energy, solar

India offers $100 million Line of Credit to Lanka for solar projects

COLOMBO: India has offered a Line of Credit worth $100 million to Sri Lanka for three solar projects in the country, according to an official statement here. India's high commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay called on minister of power Dullas Alahapperuma and reiterated India's commitment towards a strong and multi-faceted bilateral partnership including in the power sector, the Indian mission said in a statement. They discussed various issues of mutual interest including ways to expedite progress on bilateral power projects currently under discussion between the two sides. The Indian... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World
Subject Tags: India, solar, Sri Lanka