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ITC to be in charge of dry waste management in Mysuru for three years

Segregation of waste is often emphasised as being one of the key elements of effective waste management models. Now, as part of its attempts to make the city a lot cleaner, the ITC has rolled out the Wealth

Out of Waste (WOW) initiative, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) for three years – a move that is... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

UNESCO report confirms trouble for India; major water crisis predicted by 2050

UNESCO's report ahead of World Water Day on 22 March should serve as a wake-up call for every Indian. It highlights how India is staring at a deepening water crisis with few steps being taken to ameliorate this bleak situation. It predicts an intensified water crisis across the nation by 2050, with many parts of central India battling a withdrawal of 40 percent of the renewable surface water resources.

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Source: FirstPost

Visakhapatnam Railway Station achieves 100 per cent energy efficiency

Visakhapatnam Railway Station of East Coast Railway has earned the unique distinction of being the first Energy Efficient ‘A1 Category’ Railway Station over the Division. The station has achieved 100 per cent energy efficiency by replacing conventional lights with light-emitting diode lighting, among other steps. All these measures would save about Rs 3.17 lakh per annum with reduction of the connected load for Railways, said Divisional Railway manager, (Waltair) M.S. Mathur.

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Source: Deccan Chronicle

Cabinet apprised of India-Guyana MoU on renewable energy

The Union Cabinet was on Wednesday apprised of an MoU between India and Guyana on bilateral cooperation in renewable energy. 

"The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in Renewable Energy between India and Guyana," an official statement said. 

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Source: ET Energyworld

Telangana Pollution Control Board cracks down, shuts four polluting industries

Taking a tough stand, the Telangana Pollution Control Board (TPCB) closed four industries on the outskirts of the city for violating pollution norms. It issued the closure orders after a task force committee meeting chaired by TPCB member-secretary P Satyanarayan Reddy met here on Tuesday on action to be taken against erring industries.

The units on which action was taken are: Imagix Pyrolysis plant at... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Energy efficiency, green concerns key to India’s development goals: R.K. Singh

Energy efficiency and protection of the environment will remain at the heart of India’s development goals even as Asia’s third largest economy tries to improve living standards and ensure access to electricity for all, power and renewable energy minister R.K. Singh said on Tuesday.

Addressing delegates at a conference organized by Mint on energy efficiency titled “Transformation Agenda 2020”, the minister... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Solar auctions in Maharashtra & Karnataka put off on lack of bidders

In a reversal of the upbeat sentiment prevailing in solar energy last year, two recent solar auctions – one in Maharashtra and the other in Karnataka – have failed to attract enough bidders, leading to their repeated postponement.

Though India added a record 7,295 MW in 2017-18 until February end, and bid out another 10,500 MW through the year, Maharashtra’s latest 1,000 MW solar auction received bids of... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Edelweiss, Hero Future Energies eye Atha Group’s solar assets

Edelweiss Group and Hero Future Energies are scouting for solar assets close to 190 mw project capacity of Kolkata-based Atha Group, sources closely associated with the developments said. 

This comes amid an increasing trend of consolidation activity in India’s renewable energy space. “Edelweiss is considering acquiring Atha Group’s solar assets through its infrastructure fund. Hero Future Energies is also... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Dassault Systemes' Cloud business to drive India's electric vehicles adoption

Announcing its Cloud offerings for India, 3D Experience major Dassault Systemes on Tuesday said its growing Cloud business in India could drive electric vehicles adoption.

"Dassault Systèmes has placed the cloud at the heart of our business experience strategy which is the foundation of next-generation applications and business processes. Cloud is the optimal way to leverage the power of the 3DEXPERIENCE... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Is the International Solar Alliance the new model for co-operative development?

The International Solar Alliance could help change the way development agencies, and through them governments, give priority to climate-related issues. Remy Rioux, CEO of the French development agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), who travelled to India recently as part of the delegation accompanying French President Emmanuel Macron says that partnerships like the International Solar Alliance will “help give higher priority to climate in the strategies of our institution”.

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Source: ET Energyworld

India to meet solar capacity addition target of 10,000 MW

India is set to meet its target of adding 10,000 MW of solar capacity in 2017-18, almost twice that of the increase in 2016-17. The country had added 5,526 MW of solar capacity in the last fiscal, which was itself a record at the time. “Our cumulative capacity was 19,584 MW in end-February, and we will be crossing 22,000... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Trying to bring entire Maharashtra under solar power: Minister

Maharashtra Power Minister Chandrashekhar Bavankule today told the Legislative Assembly that his department would try to bring the entire state under solar power. 

The minister was speaking after the total demands of Rs 8,240 crore for power ministry were passed in the House. 

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Source: ET Energyworld

Solar power to light up Salt Lake civic headquarters in Kolkata

Solar power will soon light up Poura Bhavan, the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation’s headquarters in Salt Lake. It will help the civic body to save several lakhs annually in the form of electricity bills.

“It will be calculated how much electricity the solar panels would need to generate to light up the entire G+6 building,” said corporation mayor Sabyasachi Dutta.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Suzlon wins two wind power projects in Gujarat

Suzlon will install 238 units of wind turbine generators (WTGs) with rated capacity of 2.1 MW each. Renewable energy solution provider Suzlon Group today said it has won two wind power projects of 300 MW and 200 MW. 

Suzlon will install 238 units of S111 140m wind turbine generators (WTGs) with rated capacity of 2.1 MW each, Suzlon said in a statement, adding that the projects will be located at Kutch... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

India most vulnerable country to climate change: HSBC report

The bank assessed 67 developed, emerging and frontier markets on vulnerability to the physical impacts of climate change, sensitivity to extreme weather events, exposure to energy transition risks and ability to respond to climate change. 

The 67 nations represent almost a third of the world’s nation states, 80 percent of the global population and 94 percent of global gross domestic product. ... Read more..

Source: Economic Times
Subject Tags: climate change, HSBC, India

Waaree Energies launches Pronto, a Do-it-yourself kit set to revolutionise Rooftop Solar.

Waaree Energies Ltd., India’s largest solar panel manufacturers, recently launched the first of its kind do-It-yourself solar kit – Pronto. Available at all Waaree Solar Experience Centres, this revolutionary product is set to transform the renewable energy sector in the country by making clean energy accessible to all.

The unique product for rooftop solar not only saves time, but also requires comparatively... Read more..

Source: Energetica India

Power firms ask RBI for special dispensation

The Association of Power Producers (APP) asked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for special relaxation for the power sector in its guidelines on when insolvency proceedings would be triggered.

The industry body said the stress in the sector is largely due to irregularity in payment from discoms, regulatory delays, and coal supply constraints, which are beyond the control of power firms.

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Source: The Indian Express
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Mahindra Renewables announces financial closure for 250 MW MP solar project

Mahindra Renewables, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mahindra Susten Pvt Ltd, today announced it has achieved financial closure for 250 Megawatt (MW) solar power project in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. 

The project is expected to commence commercial operations by December 2018 and is part of the 750 MW Rewa solar park. Mahindra sourced the debt of the project to the extent of INR 750 crore from Yes Bank and Rs 200... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

In UP, 32 lakh households get electricity, govt meets 87% of year’s target

On the eve of completion of its one year rule in UP, the BJP on Sunday claimed of having met about 87% of the target of electrifying over 37 lakh households in the state in the financial year 2017-18.

UP energy minister Srikant Sharma said the state government has already electrified nearly 32 lakh households and would meet its target fully by the end of the current financial year. “This achievement has a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Bikramgarh Jheel to get Kolkata’s first floating solar power plant

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and the state power department is planning to set up a 300KW floating solar power plant on Bikramgarh Jheel, located behind South City Mall. This will be the first floating solar power plant in the city proper.

According to an agreement, solar power to be produced from the project will be sold to CESC. “CESC has agreed to buy power during the day. At night, solar power... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India tweaks $1 billion line of credit plan for solar power boost in Africa

India has announced specific solar energy projects in parts of Africa in consultation with local governments and is seeking to ensure effective implementation of its Line of Credit of $1billion offered at a time when China is striving to emerge as a partner for much of the developing world.

The initiative is part of the external affairs ministry’s efforts to finetune its earlier strategy of extending blanket... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

In Uttar Pradesh, private discoms to take charge of supply in 5 cities

The state government has decided to hand over the power distribution network of five cities, Lucknow, Varanasi, Meerut, Gorakhpur and Moradabad, to private companies. The UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL), which got the proposal approved by state cabinet on Friday, will now invite bids from private companies. 

UP energy minister Shrikant Sharma said that private companies will be responsible for... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India ranks 78th on WEF energy transition index; lower than Brazil, China

India has been ranked at 78th, lower than its emerging market peers like Brazil and China, among 114 countries on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) energy transition index that was topped by Sweden.

The report titled Fostering Effective Energy Transition, ranks countries on how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability. According to the report... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

India not really prepared for Electric Vehicles at the moment: Volkswagen

German auto major Volkswagen says India is not "really prepared" for a leap towards full electric vehicles (EVs) although the government's move to put it on the agenda is a good step. 

The company, which has announced plans to expand production of EVs worldwide on a massive scale with 16 locations to produce battery-powered vehicles by the end of 2022, also said india should be clear about what kind of... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

CETC (India) lays foundation stone for 200-MW solar PVC unit at Sri City

CETC (India), an ancillary of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), on Thursday performed the ground-breaking ceremony for 200-MW solar photovoltaic cell (PVC) manufacturing park (phase 1) at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh.

Liu Liehong, General Manager, CEO, CETC, laid the foundation stone for the facility expected to be commissioned within 18 to 20 months.

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Source: The Hindu