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Vardhan unveils solar jacket with phone charging feature

Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan has unveiled a solar jacket with hi-tech features such as mobile phone charging, GPS and a solar fan. 

He said the jacket, an innovation of the Department of Science and Technology, can be used by defence personnel and officials working in remote areas. 

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Source: The Economic Times

Phelan Energy in talks to acquire 200MW of solar power projects in India

South Africa’s Phelan Energy Group, which has played a part in lowering India’s solar tariffs with its aggressive bids, is in talks to acquire 200 megawatts (MW) of projects here.

This is the first buyout in India planned by the Cape Town-based firm that bid Rs2.62 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in May last year to win contracts to build a 50MW unit at Bhadla in Rajasthan.

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Source: Live Mint

French energy giant Engie seeks new partner as alliance with Abraaj Group ends

The tie-up between French energy giant Engie and Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Group to build 1,000 MW of wind energy projects in India, announced last September, has fallen through. But Abraaj is helping Engie in its efforts to find a new partner. 

“They (Abraaj) are extremely committed,” Engie CEO Isabelle Kocher told ET, while confirming the parting of ways. “We are not very far from finding a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

GUVNL to procure 2,000MW to meet summer demand

State-run power utility Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has decided to procure 2,000MW of power on a short-term basis, to meet the higher demand for electricity during the peak of summer.

The state’s apex electricity company invited bids for procurement of 2,000MW power from April to June.

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Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: IEX, power demand

H&M Names 5 Sustainable Startups That Could Change the Face of Fashion

Fast fashion giant H&M has named the five winners of its latest Global Change Award, who are harnessing the power of technology to rein in the fashion industry’s extensive environmental and social impacts. This year’s winners include dissolvable thread, sustainable algae-based dye and clothes made from mushroom roots.

Launched in 2015 by the H&M Foundation, the Global Change Award is designed to spur... Read more..

Source: Sustainable Brands

Delhi Airport continues award-winning spree, bags 2 green honours

Delhi International Airport has won the Wings India Award for ‘Most Sustainable and Green Airport’, and a silver medal for its sustainable waste management initiatives in the Airports Council International's Asia-Pacific Green Airports Recognition 2018.

The Wings India Award ceremony, organised by the civil aviation ministry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), was held in... Read more..

Source: The Week

Government to amend solar bid rule to allow pass through of import duty hike

Allaying fears of an adverse impact on India's solar energy programme due to the proposed 70 per cent safeguard duty, Power Minister R K Singh today said the government will amend bidding rules to allow pass through of duty hike. 

The government will ensure that the rules are not implemented retrospectively, he said. With pass through of any hike in duties, solar power developers will be allowed to increase... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Electrification of villages on in Arunachal: Minister

Arunachal Pradesh Power Minister Tamiyo Taga said villages in interior areas are being brought under solar energy supply and the cent per cent electrification of all villages in the state was on to meet the April end target of this year. 

"We have classified all the un-electrified villages in the state in two categories off grid and on grid keeping in view their geographical locations," the minister told the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Panasonic India launches new energy storage solution for telecom towers

Panasonic India, the local arm of Japanese electronics corporation Panasonic, announced it has introduced its new line of energy storage solutions targeting the telecom tower market at industry event ELECRAMA 2018. The newly launched compact business power solution is called CBPS 8000.

The company said the product will address challenges faced by telecom towers located across geographies. The product's... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

National Clean Air Programme needs transparent action: Greenpeace

The Union Environment Ministry's National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) is a good step but has ambiguous planning and lacks clarity, said Greenpeace India after accessing documents through an RTI.

The NCAP, a government flagship programme announced by Environment Minister, Harsh Vardhan in Rajya Sabha in December 2017, aims at mitigating air-pollution across the country.

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Source: The Economic Times

Japanese firm Ise Foods inks pact with GoI; to invest Rs 217cr

Japan's largest egg producer, Ise Foods, today announced signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoU) with Indian government with an investment commitment of Rs 217 crore.

This is the first ever MoU signed by a Japanese food company with the Ministry of Food Processing.

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Source: The Times of India

70% solar safeguard duty to dampen investor sentiment: Parliamentary Panel


A Parliamentary panel has flagged the proposed 70 per cent safeguard duty on solar equipment saying there is no valid ground for it and would affect the viability of existing projects and dampen investor sentiment. 

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy in its 39th report tabled in Parliament also advised the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to take up the issue of confusion over good and services tax (GST) on renewable energy sector and refund of input credit with Finance Ministry. 

"Custom Duty on Solar Cells/Modules/Panels should not be levied and they... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Haryana distributes 14.4 million LED bulbs till January 2018

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that under the Ujala Scheme, 1,45,96,421 LED bulbs, 44,102 fans and 1,76,133 tubes have been distributed till January 2018.

The CM, in a reply during ongoing budget session, said that power discoms were purchasing these items from Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company of NTPC, PGCIL, PFC and REC, to promote energy efficient devices... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

PM Modi, Macron inaugurate UP's largest solar power plant

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron today inaugurated Uttar Pradesh's biggest solar power plant in Mirzapur district's Chhanvey block.

The Prime Minister, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath received the French president and his wife Brigitte at the airstrip here.

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Source: The Economic Times

India’s first Hydrogen Fuel Cell-powered bus flagged off by IOC

India Oil Corporation (IOC), the country’s largest fuel retailer, on Monday announced the successful demonstration trials of India’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered bus in collaboration with Tata Motors.

The project is being executed under the partial financial support from Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), IOC said in a statement.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Wind turbine maker Suzlon bags 75 MW order through MSEDCL bid

Wind turbine maker Suzlon today said it has bagged an order for development of 75 megawatt (MW) wind energy project from an independent power producer through Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) bid.

Suzlon will install around 36 units of S111-140m wind turbine generators (WTGs) with rated capacity of 2.1 MW each. The project will be located in Maharashtra and will be commissioned as per MSEDCL bid guidelines, the company said in a BSE filing.

Suzlon said it will execute the entire project on a turnkey basis and... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

ISRO set to transfer tech on low-cost e-vehicle batteries to industry: Chief

Giving thrust to the Centre’s ambitious e-vehicle project with the objective of reducing air pollution and crude oil import, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is in the process of transferring the technology of the cheaper version of space batteries developed by it to the automobile industry for commercial use in e-vehicles. In another development promoting outsourcing of space components, Isro has given Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), a PSU, the contract to manufacture 10,000 space cells per... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

New Development Bank and International Solar Alliance tie up to promote solar energy

New Development Bank and International Solar Alliance have joined hands to promote solar energy across the globe. 

"On March 10 2018, the New Development Bank (NDB) and International Solar Alliance (ISA) signed in New Delhi, India a Joint Declaration for the Promotion of Solar Energy Globally," an NDB statement said. 

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Source: The Economic Times

As India offers up cash and advice, sunny nations form a solar alliance

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has moved to quickly scale up its use of renewable power.

In 2014, the year Modi took office, India had 3 gigawatts of solar power. By the end of 2017, it had nearly 7 times that, or 20 GW, according to industry tracker Bridge to India, a renewable energy consultancy.

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Source: The Economic Times

Asian Development Bank, International Solar Alliance sign pact to promote solar energy

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) today signed a cooperation arrangement to promote solar energy deployment in Asia and the Pacific. 

The cooperation envisages solar power generation, solar based mini-grids, and transmission systems for integrating solar energy into grids, among others. 

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Source: The Economic Times

EIB signs EUR 150 million loan with IREDA to finance clean energy projects in India

The European investment bank (EIB) has signed a EUR 150 million long-term loan with the Indian renewable energy development agency (IREDA) to finance clean energy projects in India. 

“Renewable energy has become economically and commercially viable. We have funds from world over for clean energy projects. The significant new EIB investment support signed today will strengthen expansion of clean energy... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

ISA working for deployment of over 1000 GW of solar energy by 2030

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is working for the deployment of over 1,000 GW of solar energy, and aims to mobilise more than USD 1,000 billion into solar energy by 2030, the Finance Ministry said on Saturday.

In this regard, the ISA, African Development Bank (AfDb), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Green Climate Fund (GCF), and New Development Bank (NDB) on... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India, France sign pact to deepen cooperation in environment field

India and France today signed a pact to deepen their cooperation in the field of environment while affirming their commitment to lead the fight against climate change.

A day ahead of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron also welcomed the coming into force of the Framework Agreement of the ISA.

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Source: The Economic Times

US, China keen to join International Solar Alliance: External Affairs Min

The US and China are also keen to join International Solar Alliance (ISA) which is aimed at promoting solar energy across the countries falling in the tropic of cancer and capricorn, a senior official said.

"The other countries like US and China are among also prospective 121 countries under the ISA. But, they are yet to sign the agreement. They have shown interest," External Affairs Joint Secretary (Europe... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India should simplify clean energy rules: EDF chief

India needs to simplify regulations to meet its goal of achieving 175 GW of renewable power capacity by 2022 and it is for regulators to see if aggressive bidding for projects are yielding results, said Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman of French power utility Électricité de France (EDF).

He said India sits “very high” on the company’s priority list and EDF could do better here if some problem areas in the sector... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times