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IIT-Roorkee testing floating device to produce electricity from river surface

Scientists at IIT-Roorkee are testing a floating device that can generate electricity from flowing surface water of rivers and streams, paving the way for an alternative source of renewable energy. 

Traditional hydropower plants require the construction of large-scale dams, which have significant ecological and environmental consequences. 

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Source: ET Energy World

SECI floats fresh, smaller manufacturing-linked tender

The government has floated a fresh manufacturing-linked solar tender with a smaller ticket size and fewer obligations after a previous attempt through a 10 GW auction fell flat. The cap on tariffs, which played a spoilsport in several recent tenders, is here to stay and is likely to be disputed again.

The Solar Energy Corporation of India, the agency tasked with implementing the national solar mission,... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Solar duty fails domestic producers as demand languishes

India’s bid to protect its solar-equipment makers by imposing a safeguard duty on cheap, Chinese imports has failed, according to domestic manufacturers, who are campaigning for tougher measures.

The country last year imposed a 25 percent tariff on solar cells and modules imported from China and Malaysia for two years. That has resulted in developers either stalling projects to circumvent the two-year... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Private Company Floats 300 Megawatt Solar Tender In India

A privately-owned power distribution company in India has launched a tender to set up 300 megawatts of solar power capacity in the western state of Gujarat. The capacity auctioned shall be used by the distribution company to fulfill its Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO).

Torrent Power, a distribution company serving multiple cities in the state of Gujarat, has issued a tender to procure 300 megawatts of... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica

Odisha govt may waive road tax on e-vehicles

Following the example of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, the state government is planning to waive all kinds of transport-related fees and road tax on the purchase of electric vehicles.

The proposed incentive is aimed at encouraging the use of electric vehicles to address the problems of air pollution and rising fuel prices.

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Source: ET Energy World

Bhakra Beas Management Board inaugurates rooftop solar PV plants at 220kv sub-stations in Delhi, Narela

The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has planned to implement grid connected rooftop solar PV projects on the roofs of its buildings/offices, ground mounted and floating solar PV plant, as part of its contribution to renewable energy initiatives of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

Union Power Ministry Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Tuesday inaugurated the Grid Connected Rooftop Solar PV... Read more..

Source: UNI India

Green energy companies see red due to cancelled tenders, low tariffs

India’s rapidly growing renewable energy capacity, a major achievement of the Modi government, faces a serious slowdown as investors are disappointed by the unrelenting focus on reduction of tariffs and multiple cancellation of bids after auctions.

Central and state agencies have together scrapped solar tenders of close to 7,000 MW in the past year as authorities hanker after cheaper tariffs.... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Now, farmers can opt for solar-powered tube wells

The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has rolled out the facility of solar-powered tube wells for farmers across the state. It will be 40 per cent cheaper than that connected with the traditional grid.
Since 1,703 applications for new connections up to 10 BHP are pending in the district, the authorities are now issuing letters to these farmers seeking their choice between off-grid solar connections from the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) and grid connections (regular... Read more..

Source: The Tribune

EV makers seek lower duty on components, batteries

The electric vehicle industry is seeking customs duty rationalisation on batteries, cells, motor, controlling units and other components currently imported by OEMs. 

Vehicle makers pay a GST of 18% for batteries. The rest of the components are charged 12% and 18% whereas the EVs are sold at 12% GST. This has created an anomaly which is pinching pure-play electric players — mostly smaller players or startups... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Two new India tenders launched

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), the agency entrusted with conducting wind auctions, has released its sixth tranche (SECI 6) wind tender for 1.2GW.

The SECI 6 tender planned originally for 2.5GW and issued in May 2018 was later retracted and was scaled down to 1.2GW by the government as it argues that small tenders are more effective than larger ones.

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Source: Wind Power Monthly

Include solar and electric boats under FAME, says head of country’s first solar ferry firm

The government should add solar and electric boats under the Faster Adoption and Manufacture of Electric Vehicles (FAME) policy in the upcoming Budget 2019, said Sandith Thandasherry, founder and chief executive officer, NavAlt Solar & Electric Boats, the company that launched India's first solar ferry in Kerala.

“The electric vehicles (EVs), currently on road, were added in FAME policy. While, solar boats derive more than 75 per cent of their energy from the sun and the rest from the grid, which makes them cleaner,” he said. The industry also expects an import duty exemption on... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Centre to replicate Bhopal's waste management model

Practical climate-friendly actions on the ground in Bhopal would become a model for Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Assessment of development results (ADR) of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) material recovery project, where unrecyclable plastic is being put to use, would become eligible for adaptable and transferable technologies replication, said United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) representative here on Monday.

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Source: The Times of India

Solar ‘prosumers’ to get 50 percent subsidy

To incentivise production of solar power in the state, the cabinet has approved amendments to the Goa State Solar Policy 2017 where small and large prosumers (consumers and producers of solar power) will receive 50% subsidy instead of the earlier proposed interest-free loan that was be recovered in instalments.

The subsidy will be of two parts — a 30% central share and 20% state share. The central share... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited aims for self-reliance in Power, Inaugurates Wind Energy Power Plant

Aviation major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) CMD R Mahadhavan, contributing towards green energy production and to achieve self-reliance in electricity power requirement, inaugurated a 8.4MW wind energy power plant near ilkal in Bagalkot district of Karnataka recently.

The power generated from this plant would be used for captive energy consumption at Bengaluru, according to a HAL press release here... Read more..

Source: United News of India

Gujarat frames land policy for green energy projects

Gujarat has released its land policy for renewable energy projects, which seeks to set up wind parks and wind-solar hybrid parks in the state, similar to solar parks. Such parks will be a first by any Indian state.

The new policy is a welcome development for wind developers who want to set up their projects in Gujarat. Land had lately been a bone of contention between them and the Gujarat government, with... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India’s oldest engineering college IIT Roorkee set to get smart campus, aims to become zero-emission

The Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) started off its smart campus development project with the groundbreaking ceremony of the ABB microgrid with battery energy storage at the campus. This is part of the larger R&D collaboration as per a MoU signed between ABB and IIT Roorkee in July 2018. The agreement for technology collaboration also includes the creation of a Smart Grid Resource Center, joint R&D facilities, and support for PhD students.

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Source: India Today

Three solar energy, water treatment mission centres launched at IIT-M

Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan on Friday, launched three Department of Science and Technology (DST) Mission Centres on Solar Energy and Water Treatment at Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

These centres, which have been established at a collective investment of `50crore, have the mission of providing state-of-art research led innovative technological solutions for prevalent and... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

Set up more solar plants in state with 3,200 MW capacity: Minister to MSEDCL

Continuing with his green energy drive, power minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has directed MSEDCL to set up more solar plants with total capacity of 3,200 MW.

The discom has already floated tenders for setting up solar plants having capacity of 2,650MW. In addition, it has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 1,000MW solar power. Another 300MW to be produced through distributed generation has been... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy to be released in a week: Energy secretary

Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy will be released in a week’s time, said energy secretary Md Nasimuddin on Thursday.

Participating in a debate held as part of the Global Investors Meet here, Nasimuddin said the state was planning to generate 8,884 MW solar power by 2022. 

“Cheap loans and other facilities... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Tangedco aims for 250MW solar floating projects

Tangedco plans to float bids for setting up floating solar plants on three dam reservoirs in the State. Such projects are favoured by investors as they save on land cost.

“We have received proposals from Tangedco to set up 100MW capacity in Mettur dam, 100MW in Bhavanisagar dam and 50MW in Vaigai dam. All the three proposals are still at scrutiny stage for feasibility,” additional secretary in the Union... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Gujarat finds solar tariffs high, cancels auction

The Gujarat government has cancelled the solar auction for 700 MW it held in December on the grounds that the winning tariffs reached were too high. 

The decision was conveyed to the winning developers at a meeting on Thursday, attended by Gujarat’s additional chief secretary in the energy department, Raj Gopal, and officials of the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL), the agency which conducted the auction... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Cleantech start-up ZunRoof raises angel funding

Gurgaon headquartered cleantech startup ZunRoof said that it had raised an undisclosed amount in angel funding from Livspace founder Ramakant Sharma and Arun Diaz of IntelleGrow, along with lead investors of previous rounds, including Pradeep Tharakan, Gaurav Gupta, Vismay Sharma, and others. 

Pranesh Chaudhary, CEO, Zunroof said that the funds would be used to scale their tech offerings and expand the team... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Three tech missions on solar, water treatment to be launched at IIT Madras

Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forests and Climate Change will launch three technology mission centres at IIT Madras on Friday to address various issues around solar energy and water treatment, a government statement said on Thursday.

"All the three centres will be set up by the Department of Science and Technology (DST)," Vardhan's office said in a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Budget 2019: Industry expectations in the solar power sector

The Indian solar energy sector has mixed expectations from the upcoming union budget. While a majority of industry stakeholders anticipate tax reduction, better rate of interest, subsidies for developers in the Union Budget 2019-20, others do not expect mega announcements with general elections around the corner.

Industry captains in the sector are hoping this year’s budget paves the way for achieving the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Domestic solar equipment makers may plead again for safeguards

In another attempt to protect the local solar manufacturing market from Chinese imports, Indian companies are considering a fresh anti-dumping petition, after the recently implemented safeguard measures failed to provide the intended relief, an industry executive said.

India imports around 90% of solar equipment used in the country from China and Malaysia. In July last year, the finance ministry approved... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times