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Govt may extend safeguard duty on Chinese solar power equipment

The government is planning to extend the safeguard duty imposed on imported solar power equipment from China, sources said. Domestic solar equipment manufacturers have met Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and suggested the duty be retained. This comes at a time when the safeguard duty impacted addition in solar power generation capacity over the past two years. The domestic manufacturing industry has argued China was actively looking to divert major export flows en-route to India after major buyers from the US cancelled bulk orders. The Donald Trump administration has... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Rate woes of renewable energy firms may stress NBFC books further: Icra

Infrastructure finance companies might have to brace for additional pressure on asset quality from exposure to renewable energy (RE) projects, which face rate risks. These non-bank finance companies (NBFCs) are already affected by the slow resolution of their stressed thermal energy assets, according to rating agency ICRA. The segment's total exposure to the RE segment was pegged at Rs 90,000 crore at end-September. The trajectory of total infrastructure credit in India (from banks and infrastructure NBFCs) had flattened in the six months ended September 2019, the first half (or H1) of... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

India becomes 2nd largest market on corporate renewable power

With Indian corporates increasingly adopting renewable power to run their offices and plants, the country has become the second largest growth market for corporate renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) after the US. For the first half of 2019, India had a global share of 7.4 per cent with 440 megawatt (MW) installed, said a study named 'PPAs in India: Market & Policy Update' by the India Corporate Renewable PPA Forum. Although India became the second largest growth market in 2018, with an addition of 1.6 gigawatt (GW) of capacity, the annual corporate PPA renewable addition in... Read more..

Source: Business Today

Kerala: SmartCity project gives a push to solar power plants

SmartCity project has given a push to the solar energy projects in the city. Cochin Smart Mission Limited (CSML) has set up solar plants on the rooftops of 28 institutions in the city, thereby generating 1,000 kilowatts of energy. Though CSML identified more than 60 institutions for setting up rooftop solar plants in the city, they could set up the plants at 28 institutions only. “Most of the firms we identified were later proven to be not suitable for the project. Now, we have completed the works at 28 institutions,” an official with CSML said. Presently, CSML authorities are carrying out... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

EVI Technologies joins hands with BSNL for EV charging infrastructure

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure provider EVI Technologies (EVIT) on Monday said it has inked a pact with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) for setting up battery swapping and charging stations. As part of the 10-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) inked between the two entities, EVIT would install charging infrastructure at 5,000 locations of BSNL across the country, covering major cities. Under the agreement, EVIT will make the entire upfront investment on services pertaining to the MoU, along with the operation and maintenance of battery swapping infrastructure, the company... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Prakriti E-Mobility partners with US-based Ridecell for tech solutions

App-based taxi service provider Prakriti E-Mobility on Monday said it has tied up with US-based Ridecell Inc as its technology partner in India for its all-electric cab service, Evera. The company also announced the launch of its app-based EV cab services across the national capital region (NCR). Ridecell Technology provides a comprehensive end-to-end mobility solution that allows Prakriti E-Mobility to quickly launch the fleet and streamline efficiencies through predictive analytics for fleet operations and maintenance, the company said. "We are excited to be working closely with Ridecell... Read more..

Source: ET Auto

Battery Swapping Should Come Under FAME’s Ambit: Piaggio India

Piaggio Vehicles (PVPL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of the Italian Piaggio Group, opined that the government should consider giving incentives for electric vehicles which are not only run on pre-fixed batteries but also on swappable technology solutions. At the moment, only vehicles run on factory-fitted batteries attract discounts under FAME2 scheme. India’s leading manufacturer of small commercial vehicles has recently marked its entry into the electric vehicle with Ape’ E-City being the first product launched under the Ape’ Electrik range. “Due to some strange reasons, battery swap is... Read more..

Source: Business World

SECI Issues RfS for 1200MW ISTS-Connected Solar Projects

State-owned Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued its Request for Selection (RfS) document for the selection of developers to set up 1200 MW of ISTS-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects in the country under tariff-based competitive bidding. As per the RfS document, land, connectivity and long term open access will be in the scope of work of the solar power developer. The last date for bid submission is February 04, 2020, and the earnest money deposited (EMD) is Rs 4 lakh per MW per project. Further, the selected developers will set up solar projects on Build Own... Read more..

Source: Saur Energy

SECI invites EoI to purchase power for blending with renewable sources

Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd (SECI) intends to blend inherently unsteady renewable power with power from steady generation sources including coal-fired thermal plants. “The objective of blending is to make firm power available round the clock in order to meet the requirements of various distribution companies, commercial and industrial consumers,” SECI said in an expression of interest (EoI) invited from generators of hydro, pumped storage, gas, battery storage, and thermal generation sources including captive power plants. Blending, according to SECI’s EoI document, would allow... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Some SE Asian nations dither on joining India-based solar alliance

The India-headquartered International Solar Alliance’s (ISA’s) drive to co-opt countries from South-East Asia is facing problems with some countries holding back because of New Delhi’s decision to not join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal, said two people aware of the development. Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, and Laos are yet to become a signatory of the ISA, the first treaty-based international government organization headquartered in India. Myanmar has signed and ratified the agreement, while Cambodia is yet to... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Dept of Heavy Industries sanctions 2,636 charging stations to support EVs

In order to enhance clean mobility in the road transport sector, the Department of Heavy Industries has sanctioned 2,636 charging stations under the second phase of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric (FAME) Vehicles in India scheme. With this, the total number of charging stations planned to be installed across select cities has gone up to about 14,000. Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Prakash Javadekar said that in future at least one charging station will be available in most of the select cities in a grid of 4 Km x 4 km. He said this would boost the... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

EESL has installed over 1.03 cr smart LED street lights in country so far

Over 1.03 crore smart LED street lights have been installed till date, which led to an estimated energy savings of 6.97 billion kWh per year, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) on Sunday said. These lights have been installed under the Street Light National Programme (SLNP), which is being implemented by state-owned EESL -- a joint venture of PSUs under the Power Ministry. "Under the SLNP programme, over 1.03 crore smart LED streetlights have been installed till date, enabling an estimated energy savings of 6.97 billion kWh per year with an avoided peak demand of 1,161 MW," EESL said in... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Electric 2-wheeler makers learning to survive without subsidy: SMEV

Mass segment electric two-wheeler makers are learning to "live without government support" as FAME II scheme to promote electric mobility has not met its objective, according to industry body SMEV. The Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicle (SMEV) said after getting a "shock" when FAME II was implemented from April 1, 2019, the industry has devised ways to keep afloat by selling low to mid-speed vehicles, which don't qualify for incentives at heavy discount but incurring losses in the process. "Industry got a big shock when FAME II started. People are now learning to survive without... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Ray of hope as Andhra Pradesh starts clearing renewable dues this week

Ending months of impasse and uncertainty, the Andhra Pradesh government has started clearing arrears to renewable energy companies, providing partial succour to close to 5,000 MW of green energy projects. The projects have been battling amplified risks since chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy soon after taking power last year, decided to set up a committee to renegotiate contracts and stop outstanding dues. As a first step towards reconciliation, Andhra Pradesh power distribution companies are believed to have released around Rs 2,500 crore this week in several tranches to settle pending... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Delhi: Bin free areas, plantation to check air pollution among tasks outlined by NDMC in its 2020-21 budget

Making areas garbage bin-free, setting up 100 charging stations for electric cars besides an intensive plantation drive to mitigate air pollution are among the top tasks underlined by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) in its 2020-21 budget. The civic body chairman Dharmendra presented his maiden budget on Friday with a financial projection of Rs 4,372.40 crore and said an Integrated Command and Control System will be made live by March this year. "We plan to remove roadside garbage iron bin trolleys in a phased manner to make NDMC bin free city. "It is proposed to install 17 more... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Punjab: State-owned thermal power plants miss deadline for FGD norms

Even as the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had issued directives to the state-owned thermal power plants in the state to install the fuel gas desulphurization (FGD) units by December 31, to cut down on the sulphur emissions, both Ropar and Lehra Mohabatt power plants have missed out on the deadline. The CPCB had in April 2018 and then again on June 25, last year, directed PSPCL to install FDGs by December and cooling tower system by June 2022. The deadline for the three supercritical thermal power plants set up by private players has been set to 2022. After the June reminder, the... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Eden, Adani to invest Rs 2,072 crore in renewable power projects in Rajasthan

Eden Renewables and Adani group have proposed to invest Rs 2,072 crore in the renewable power sector and both the projects have been given 100% exemption from stamp duty and conversion charges under the new RIPS. As per the proposals, Eden Renewables will set up 300 MW solar energy project with an investment of Rs 1,572 Cr in the 3716 bigha. Similarly Adani Group has proposed a 50 MW project for wind energy having investment of Rs 500 crore. Industries minister Parsadi Lal Meena said the proposals indicate the lucrativeness of Rajasthan’s new investment policy which was announced by chief... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Automaker Ather plans to ramp up ops, expand Ather Space, Ather Grid

Auto-maker Ather, which has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tamil Nadu government to build a new factory, on Saturday said it was moving to the next phase of its growth to scale up its operations across the country. As part of its expansion plan, the auto-maker plans to take Ather Space, its flagship experience centre format, across key cities like Coimbatore. The company would design the retail space and experience for its dealer partners with focus on its holistic experience-led model. The experience centres would allow prospective consumers to test-ride and get hands-on... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Sustainability Outlook partners with India Smart Grid Forum for India Smart Utility Week 2020

ISGF has been organising its flagship annual event, India Smart Grid week (ISGW) since 2015 and it is considered as one of the top five international events on Smart Grids and Smart Cities. With launching of 100 smart city projects by the Government of India, water and city gas distribution utilities will also need to equip themselves with latest technologies for improved operational efficiency and successful integration into the smart city systems. However, lack of effective policy and regulations both at the central and state level... Read more..

Source: Sustainability Outlook

Sustainability Outlook partners with Indus Exposium for the 2nd Global Summit on Waste to Energy and Biofuels

After the huge success of its inaugural edition in February 2019 the 2nd Global Summit on Waste to Energy & Biofuels (GSWEB-2020) is back. With a firm focus on advanced conversion technologies, the summit addresses the need for innovation – not just in technology, but in policy, finance and partnership models – in order to accelerate the growth of the industry In India & worldwide. It will bring together best ever faculty of international & Indian Waste to Energy CEOs, experts, technology providers, private equity and... Read more..

Source: Sustainability Outlook

States on track to lift BPL people: Niti

Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland and Mizoram are among the states, which are close to taking the the percentage of people living below the poverty line to 10.95 per cent by 2030. This has been reflected in the second edition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index, which comprehensively documents the progress made by states and Union Territories towards achieving the 2030 SDG targets. The index was released on Monday by Niti Aayog. According to the index, the Tendulkar Committee estimated in 2011-12 that 21.92 per cent of the Indian population lives below poverty line. Six... Read more..

Source: Telegraph India

World's Cheapest Electric Car is Coming to India at Auto Expo 2020, GWM to Showcase ORA R1

As the global automotive industry makes an imminent shift away from traditional fossil-fuel-powered vehicles towards a cleaner and sustainable options, global automakers and their markets are expected to adapt quickly. Keep the range anxiety aside, and another giant hurdle for electric vehicles to flourish is the cost of the vehicles. Considering that a majority of the biggest auto markets in the world are developing countries, price plays a huge part amidst the price-sensitive consumers. Keeping an eye on the same, China-based Great Wall Motor is all set to launch the cheapest electric... Read more..

Source: News18

Tata Motors delay in BSVI compliance results in a decline in sales for 14 months in a row

Tata Motors reported a 13% decline in its December domestic sales volumes, failing to bring in any year-end cheer. The auto manufacturer last reported a rise in domestic sales in October 2018. Tata Motors has not yet transitioned to BSVI vehicles which will turn mandatory in April 2020. Its peers like Maruti Suzuki already have several models in the market. In December, Maruti Suzuki’s sales went up by 2.4%. Tata Motors maintains that their focus in December was to drive retail and minimise network stock to facilitate the BSVI transition. “Having almost completed our planned production and... Read more..

Source: Business Insider India

Auto industry yet to submit study to Niti Aayog on EV transition

The automobile industry is yet to submit its report on road map to transition two- and three-wheelers to full electric vehicles, according to a senior government official. At a meeting with industry representatives in June last year, the Niti Aayog had asked the industry to come back within two weeks with concrete steps towards the transition but manufacturers had stated they would need a minimum of four months to work on the same. Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto, TVS Motor, and Honda have opposed the Niti Aayog’s plan to push for 100 per cent electric vehicles by completely banning conventional... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

India identifies offshore wind energy potential of 70,000 MW along Gujarat, TN coasts

India has an estimated offshore wind energy potential to generate around 70,000 Megawatt (Mw) power, most of that identified in coastal Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, according to the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE). “Initial studies indicate offshore wind energy potential of about 70 Gigawatt (GW) within the identified zones in the coasts of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu only,” the ministry told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy. Ministry is planning to develop the first offshore wind energy project of 1 GW capacity off the coast of Gujarat. The required geophysical study for... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World