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Next-generation smart solar windows could produce electricity

Scientists have discovered a new material for next-generation smart windows that not only darken automatically when the Sun is too bright but also convert solar energy into electricity.

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in the US found a form of perovskite that works well as a stable and photoactive semiconductor material that can reversibly switch between transparent... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation set to become 1st urban local body to issue green bonds

After a year's wait for the central government nod to issue tax-free bonds, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is finally set to issue green bonds, reportedly the first Urban Local Body (ULB) to issue such bonds in the country.

The civic body has been exploring new ways to raise money through the market, eyeing international investors as well.

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Source: Daily News and Analysis

Commercialise use of ISRO’s lithium-ion battery for electric vehicles: Government panel

A panel headed by cabinet secretary P.K. Sinha has recommended commercial use of ISRO’s lithium-ion battery technology under the ‘Make In India’ initiative for electric vehicles, official sources said.

The committee of secretaries also recommended that the power ministry should initiate “requisite power tariff and access policies” for enabling development of charging infrastructure, in consultation with the... Read more..

Source: livemint

India downscales its rooftop solar power target for financial year 2017-18 to 1,000 megawatts

Rooftop solar may have been the fastest-growing segment within India’s renewable energy sector last year, but it is still not growing fast enough.

The Narendra Modi government has quietly downscaled its targets for financial year 2017-18 to only 1,000 megawatts (MW) of capacity. While the target was 5,000 MW till as recently as Dec. 21, 2017, the capacity progress report made available in January shows the... Read more..

Source: Quartz India

India to host first summit of International Solar Alliance: PM Narendra Modi

Modi said: "To save the environment and to counter climate change, a huge campaign, a very big goal my government has placed in front of the country.
DAVOS: Citing global climate change as one of the biggest global challenges, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India will host the first summit of the International Solar Alliance (IAS) in March. 

"In 2016, India and France jointly envisioned a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

SECI consults industry on 160MW solar-wind-storage hybrid in Andhra Pradesh

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has reached out to industry to establish how much interest there is in providing EPC services for a 160MW solar-wind hybrid project coupled with energy stroage in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Shaurya Bajaj, analyst at consultancy firm Bridge to India, told PV Tech that SECI will own the pilot project and it will be financed with help the World Bank, IBRD and Clean... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

‘Surprise’ four-fold oversubscription in Karnataka’s 860MW PV tender just as another 1.2GW issued

Karnataka’s 860MW dispersed solar tender has been oversubscribed by four times and the state has released another 1.2GW tender, to the surprise of a top analyst firm that foresees grid integration troubles ahead.

A total of 26 bidders put in submissions for a cumulative 3,320MW of capacity, led by the likes of Renew Power, Greenko, Aditya Birla and Asian FabTec.

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Source: PV Tech

U.S. solar panel import tariff to hit European, Asian manufacturers

President Donald Trump's decision to slap tariffs on solar panel imports is a blow to a booming global industry, and hit stocks in European and Asian solar groups on fears their business might suffer.

Although the move was intended to help American manufacturers, some in the sector said it would slow U.S. investment in solar power and cost thousands of U.S. jobs. 

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Source: ET Energyworld

Reliance Energy to set up EV charging stations in Mumbai

Reliance Energy today said it plans to set up over 15 electric vehicle charging stations across its distribution license area in suburban Mumbai over the next three months.

The company, which recently sold its entire Mumbai power business to Adani Transmission for over Rs 18,800 crore, plans to add 15 charging stations in the next three months and cover the entire distribution licence area in the next three... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India’s first grid-scale electricity storage system inaugurated

AES India, a subsidiary of US-based AES Corporation, and Mitsubishi Corp today started construction on India's first utility-scale energy storage system, a 10 Megawatt (MW) facility that will serve the electric grid operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd, the power distribution arm of Tata Power. 

The launch of the mega storage facility marks a key step forward in modernizing India's power system and... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

177/180: India at bottom in global Environmental Performance Index

Poor handling of air pollution abatement and forest protection measures has seen India slip to 177th position in green rankings this year from its 141st position two years ago. 

The latest global Environmental Performance Index (EPI) rankings released on Tuesday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum meet in Davos, Switzerland, saw India figure in the bottom five performers in a list of 180 countries... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India ranks top three countries on the LEED list, behind Canada, China

India is among the top three countries to make it to the annual LEED list, published by US Green Building Council (USGBC), behind only Canada and China. India took the third spot with more than 752 LEED-certified projects, totaling more than 20.28 million gross square meters of space.

The LEED list recognises markets outside the US that are using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) to create... Read more..

Source: Money Control
Subject Tags: energy, environment, LEED

2,500 government buildings to get environment-friendly ACs

Super-efficient and environment- friendly air-conditioners, which consume 30 per cent less power will be installed in 2,500 government buildings, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan has said.

All automobiles will be converted to electric keeping in view the government's commitment to shift to electric mobility by 2030 he said while launching replacement of conventional lights with LED lights in East... Read more..

Source: Press Trust of India

3rd National Summit Sustainable Water & Sanitation India concludes in Bangalore

Sustainable water supply and sanitation is a critical area in India’s urbanization drive. Various national initiatives mare currently underway to tackle the current challenges in water scarcity, the impact of climate change & adaptation, the increasing demand in providing quality water and providing effective sanitation for the billions of inhabitants. Nispana in association with CDD Society India successfully launched the 3rd National Summit Sustainable Water & Sanitation 2018 at the Sheraton Grand,... Read more..

Source: Sustainability Outlook
Subject Tags: Sanitation, summit, supply, water

CPPIB to acquire ADB’s 6.3 per cent stake in ReNew power

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has agreed to invest $144 million in alternative energy firm ReNew Power as global investors continue to back clean energy assets in the country. 
CPPIB will acquire 6.3% stake held by Asian Development Bank in the company, ReNew Power said in a statement.

The Canadian pension money manager will become the third largest investor in the company with the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Siemens Gamesa bags orders for 326 MW wind power capacities

Renewable energy firm Siemens Gamesa today said it has bagged multiple orders totalling 326 MW wind power capacities across India.

These order entails the EPC (engineering production and construction) of 326 MW of wind power facilities on several sites across India (26 in total, with installed capacity ranging between 2 MW and 60 MW), a company statement said.

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Source: The Economic Times

India, China to co-host energy meet in Delhi

India and China, along with South Korea, will co-host a  meeting of energy ministers from 60 countries in New Delhi in April. 

The meeting, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will see ministers discuss global energy security and transition to renewables at the biennial International Energy Forum (IEF) on April 10-12.  It will have representation from all major energy producers and... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

GIP completes $5bn acquisition of Equis Energy

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) has completed the previously announced $5bn acquisition of Equis Energy.

The $5bn cost of the acquisition also includes assumed liabilities of Equis Energy amounting to $1.3bn.

Equis Energy is a Singapore-based independent power producer for the Asia-Pacific region (APAC... Read more..

Source: Clean Technology Business Review

Packaging Innovation: The Coca-Cola Company announces new global vision to help create a world without waste

The Coca-Cola Company has announced that it is fundamentally reshaping its approach to packaging, with a global goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100 per cent of its packaging by 2030.

Packaging Innovation: The Coca-Cola Company announces new global vision to help create a world without waste
The Coca-Cola Company has announced that it is fundamentally reshaping its approach to... Read more..

Source: India Retailing

Sluggish rooftop solar scheme spurs government to work on new plan

Concerned over the inactivity in the country's rooftop solar programme, the government today said only one GW rooftop solar capacity has been set up against the target of 40 GW and a new plan is in the making to end the shortcomings.

"We have set a target of installing 100 GW of solar capacity by 2022. And of this, 60 GW would come through ground-mounted and 40 GW has to come through rooftop.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Vector Green refinances two solar projects in Telangana

Vector Green Energy, a portfolio company of India Infrastructure Fund-II, managed by IDFC Alternatives, has announced it has closed financing of two solar farms in Telangana.

This is a part of its acquisition of projects aggregating 223 MW from FirstSolar.


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Source: Business Line

Madras High Court stays safeguard duty on solar power equipment

The Madras High Court has issued a temporary stay on a preliminary report of the Director General of Safeguards recommending imposition of 70% safeguard duty on imported solar equipment.

Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure, a contractor-cum-developer of solar projects and part of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, had petitioned the court against the recommendation, maintaining the company was never given a chance... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Scientists showcase how to create low-cost solar cells using nanotechnology

A team of scientists at Stanford University, including a researcher of Indian origin, has shown how nanotechnology can be used to create crystalline silicon (c-Si) thin-film solar cells that are more efficient at capturing solar energy.

The discovery can reduce the cost of solar energy production globally, they noted. Dr Shrestha Basu Mallick, working with her advisors Dr Mark Brongersma and Dr Peter Peumans... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Poland says new European Union renewables target very hard to meet

Poland will find it almost impossible to meet an ambitious new target for renewable energy use backed this week by European lawmakers, Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski said.

Under draft measures approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday, renewable energy would account for at least 35 percent of the EU's overall energy use by 2030. Tough negotiations involving EU national governments and the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Benchmark EU carbon price rises to highest in more than five years

* Benchmark European Union carbon prices rose to 8.77 euros a tonne at 1209 GMT, their highest level since November 2012

* Carbon prices have been rising steadily this year after reforms to tighten supply in the market were agreed by EU lawmakers

* Analysts have raised their forecasts for carbon prices due... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld