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Push for solar energy stuck in govt apathy

Despite power consumers taking proactive steps to go green, the government has been dragging its feet to connect solar-powered projects to the grid.

A number of prosumers (consumer and producer of solar power) have already installed panels, and have also obtained the required permissions and clearances from the Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) and electricity department. But they are yet to see their... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Aquafil-H&M Collaboration, Cotton Dyeing Process Making Textiles More ‘Effective’

This year, the world’s largest event on sustainability in fashion, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, included an Innovation Competition that saw 12 finalists pitch their technologies onstage in front of a panel of expert judges and Summit attendees. After a series of presentations and judging sessions over the two day event, the winner was announced: ColorZen.

ColorZen applies a patented pre-treatment to cotton... Read more..

Source: Sustainable Brands

Netherlands signs framework agreement of International Solar Alliance

The Netherlands today signed the framework agreement of the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA) following a bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte.

The two sides agreed to boost bilateral trade and investment and strengthen cooperation across multiple sectors, including agriculture and food processing, water management and science and... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

NIWE extends EoI deadline for 1 GW offhshore wind energy

National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) has extended the deadline for submission of expression of interest to June 8 from May 25 and also relaxed eligibility norms for 1GW offshore wind capacities to be set up off the Gujarat coast. 

The NIWE, which is an autonomous body under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, had invited expression of interest (EoI) last month for 1GW offshore wind capacities to be set... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Submit percentage-wise compliance report on Ganga: NGT to Uttarakhand

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Uttarakhand government to submit within four weeks percentage-wise compliance report on steps taken by it to clean the River Ganga in the stretch between Gomukh and Haridwar. A bench headed by acting NGT Chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim asked the state government to make a categoric statement about the stage of compliance rather than indicating what work was under progress.

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Source: Money Control

Dynapower and Raychem RPG commission 1MW microgrid in Uttar Pradesh

Vermont-headquartered inverter supplier Dynapower and Mumbai-based technology firm Raychem RPG have commissioned what they claim to be India’s first 1MW microgrid using solar, diesel and energy storage at a Central Electronics Limited (CEL) facility in Sahibadad, Uttar Pradesh.

The project features Dynapower’s CPS-1000 inverter, following a partnership agreement that will see Dynapower’s energy storage... Read more..

Source: Energy Storage News

Tripura mulls roads with recycled plastic

Roads will soon be built with recycled plastic waste in the Tripura capital.

A statement issued by the chief minister's office on Thursday said chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb has asked Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) to construct "at least half-a-kilometre road" with recycled plastic waste after initiating a massive door-to-door drive to collect plastic waste.

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Source: The Telegraph

Mytrah Energy delists from London’s Alternative Investment Market

Renewable energy producer Mytrah Energy Ltd has delisted from London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM), according to a company filing.

Hyderabad-based Mytrah Energy had listed on the London Stock Exchange’s sub-market in 2010 when it had raised $80 million from institutional investors.

In April, Raksha... Read more..

Source: livemint

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to generate 100MW green power from garbage

Who would have thought garbage will come in handy to generate 100 MW power. Well, a long-pending project of GHMC of generating power from garbage is going to prove just this. The project is all set to take off with power plants coming up at Jawaharnagar, Old City, LB Nagar and Bibinagar and GHMC along with RDF Power Projects Ltd successfully conducting a test run at the Bibinagar plant. A total of 100 MW will be produced by these four plants.

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Source: ET Energyworld

SDMC becomes ‘first’ civic body in India to generate solar energy

The SDMC today claimed that it has become the “first” civic body in the country to generate solar energy by installing panels over rooftops of its over 55 buildings and earn a huge income in three months by selling surplus power to a power distribution company. The SDMC also plans to install solar panels over rooftops of its 400 buildings by June 2019, in a bid to ramp up its efforts to go green and earn revenue simultaneously, officials said.

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Source: Financial Express

India strengthens joint commitments with France, Morocco on clean energy

The Cabinet on Wednesday gave its ex-post facto approval to two separate memorandum of understandings (MoUs) with France and Morocco for cooperation in the field of renewable energy.

"The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and France in the field of Renewable Energy on March 10, 2018 in New... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

MNRE Extends Implementation Timeline for Distributed Solar Projects in Andaman &Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands

As per a recent notification by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the implementation timeline of 40 MW of distributed grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects in Andaman & Nicobar, and Lakshadweep islands with capital subsidy from MNRE has been extended.

The initial timeline for the program implementation was 2015-16 to 2017-18, which now has been extended to  2016-17 to 2018-... Read more..

Source: MNRE

Maharashtra Gets Rs 10,000-Crore Investment Proposals For Electric Vehicles

Maharashtra has received three proposals involving investments worth more than Rs 10,000 crore to make electric vehicles and related infrastructure under its policy to push cleaner transport, a senior state official told BloombergQuint requesting anonymity.

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., Tata Motors Ltd. and JSW Energy Ltd. have shown interest in setting up manufacturing units in the state, the official said... Read more..

Source: BloombergQuint

MNRE Amends Guidelines for Selection of Solar Park Developers

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guidelines for the selection of solar power park developers (SPPDs) through tariff-based competitive bidding process. The amendment provides provision for selection of a solar power park developers (SPPDs) under new Mode 4, 5 and 6 in addition to the earlier Mode 1, 2 or 3. 

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Source: MNRE

A&E unveils new Anefil Poly Repreve recycled sewing thread

American & Efird (A&E), a leading manufacturer and distributor of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread, and technical textiles, has unveiled Anefil Poly using Repreve. The sustainable, continuous-filament, polyester sewing thread uses Repreve fibre made from recycled drinking bottles and is available in a comprehensive colour range.

The thread provides manufacturers, brands, and... Read more..

Source: Technical Textiles

Birla Cellulose, Isko, Lenzing join ZDHC programme

Birla Cellulose, Isko and Lenzing have joined ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme. These new contributors join in the category of value chain affiliates from the textile industry. They will now contribute to the organisation’s vision of implementation of sustainable chemistry, driving innovations and best practices in the textile, apparel and footwear industries.
With Birla Cellulose and the Lenzing Group becoming contributors, ZDHC marks a significant Programme expansion into the area of raw material... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

Metro’s solar power plant opened

To enhance share of solar energy to 19.4% of metro’s total energy consumption
A 2,670 KW photovoltaic (PV) solar plant was inaugurated on Tuesday at Kochi metro’s operation control centre at Muttom by A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish, managing director of Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL).

In Phase I of the metro, solar power was planned to be generated from rooftop plants being installed at 22 stations and the... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

CERC readying paper on power tariff norms for 2019-24

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) will kick-start in the next 10 days the process of setting tariff regulations for the next five years of tariff control period, starting 2019, said its chairperson PK Pujari.

A mechanism to address the recovery of additional capital expenditures by power companies on eco-friendly equipment needs to be worked out urgently, Pujari said. He said during the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: CEA, CERC, India, NTPC, Tariff regulations

Suzlon in talks to sell 300 MW of wind power assets

Suzlon Energy Ltd, which is exploring the sale of 300 megawatts (MW) of wind power assets, has hired an investment bank to manage the process, said two people aware of the development.

The assets are part of Skeiron Renewable Energy, a renewable energy platform set up by Suzlon along with private equity investors Olympus Capital and Asia Climate Partners, said one of the two people, requesting anonymity.... Read more..

Source: Livemint

BIG SUN launches aquatic tracker system for bifacial modules

BIG SUN Energy has created a new version of its dual axis iPV tracker for use with bifacial modules or aquatic applications such as fishery ponds, reservoirs and floating solar (FPV) systems. On display at SNEC PV Power Expo will be the iPV Tracker in conjunction with high-efficiency bifacial modules from two prominent suppliers, demonstrating it as a highly adaptive and highly efficient power generation system.

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Source: PV-Tech

Solarpack to develop 133MW of solar in Karnataka

Spanish firm Solarpack has been selected, via its subsidiary Ekialde Solar, to develop five solar systems with a total power of 133MW in the Indian state of Karnataka.

The solar parks, located in the towns of Afzalpur, Chincholi, Holenarsipura, Nanjangund and Yelandur, will enter operation in September 2019. They are expected to generate around 215GWh of electricity a year under a 25-year power-purchase... Read more..

Source: PV-Tech

Kappahl becomes Sustainable Apparel Coalition member

Kappahl, a leading Swedish fashion chain, has become a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), to help accelerate the development of sustainable working methods and solutions in the fashion industry. SAC is an organisation working to create a sustainable fashion industry, with the vision of an industry that causes no harm to the environment. 

Kappahl will now speed up the pace of change in sustainable working methods and solutions in the fashion industry. As part of the SAC, the company can work with other players in the industry - purchasers, suppliers, researchers,... Read more..

Source: Fibre2fashion

SBD Green Energy to supply 720 AC EV charging stations to EESL

Gurgaon-based SBD Green Energy and Infra India, a green solutions company, has announced that it has bagged an order from Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) for supply of 720 AC charging stations to be deployed across India. The company states the retail cost of one charging station to be around Rs 60,180.

According to Satya Narayan Dalmia, managing director, SBD Green Energy and Infra, “E-mobility is... Read more..

Source: Autocar Professional

Ather Energy sets up comprehensive charging grid in Bengaluru

Bangalore-based startup Ather Energy has just launched what it claims is the largest EV charging infrastructure in any Indian city. The network, called AtherGrid, will have 30 charging stations in Bengaluru by the end of May, with a target of 60 charging stations across the city by the end of the year. As of the 21st of May, Ather has 14 charging points operational so far.

Once complete, the network will... Read more..

Source: AUTOCAR INDIA

Solar companies seek more time to cover government buildings

Solar rooftop developers, who won bids in an ambitious project to cover government buildings across the country with solar plants, have pleaded for more time to complete the work. They have cited several reasons for doing so, among them claiming they were delayed by the indifference of the ministries concerned to their efforts.

In two letters to the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE), on April 24... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld