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Bengaluru: Falling tariff takes sheen off rooftop solar plants

Karnataka might have set itself an ambitious target of 2,400MW for grid-connected rooftop generation projects by 2021, but the going seems to be slow in eight districts coming under the jurisdiction of the Bangalore Electric Supply Company (Bescom). The number of new rooftop solar plants installed in the region is falling every year: from an all-time high of 521 in 2016-17 to 81 in 2018-19 (till December 31, 2018).

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Source: The Economic Times

DAVOS: India not backing down on climate change commitments, says Anand Mahindra

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra Tuesday said India is one of the few countries that is moving on track to meet the Paris commitments on fighting climate change. 

Mahindra added that he has taken a pledge on behalf of all employees of his group that the entire conglomerate and all its 100 companies will be carbon neutral 10 years before the agreed deadline for the world in the Paris agreement. ... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

National honour for official for solar policy

A policy drafted by a textile department official from the region on providing solar power to small power looms has earned a national-level honour.

G Kummaravel, assistant director, regional office of the textile commissioner, Coimbatore region, has been felicitated by vice president M Venkaiah Naidu for framing a policy on 'Solar Energy Scheme for Power looms'. The policy seeks to provide solar power... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Government to re-issue 5 GW of solar manufacturing tender

The government is planning to re-launch 5 Gigawatt (Gw) of manufacturing-linked solar tender out of the initial 10 GW that had received a single bid. With this, the earlier sole bid received from Azure Power will be cancelled and fresh bidding will start. 

Commenting on the reason for re-tendering, power and renewable energy minister RK Singh said: "We found that the rate which was initially quoted was unreasonable. We evaluated the bid when it was... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Environment Ministry Asks States And UTs To Avoid Single-Use Plastic Material During 2019 Elections

In order to curb pollution during preparations for Lok Sabha elections, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has asked states and the Union Territories to avoid single-use plastic for preparation of polls. The ministry has also asked them to find an alternative material for the election campaigns.

Toyota and Panasonic Form Joint Venture to Make Electric Vehicle Batteries

Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic Corp are launching a joint venture next year to make electric vehicle (EV) batteries, leveraging the heft of one of the world’s largest automakers and battery makers to expand their EV push.

Toyota will own 51 percent of the joint venture, and Panasonic the rest, the two companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday, confirming previous reports.

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Source: Reuters

Azure bid for manufacturing-linked solar tender rejected

The government has decided to reject the sole bid it had received from Azure Power for its first ever manufacturing-linked solar tender following dissatisfaction with the quoted price, power and renewable energy minister RK Singh said. 

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Source: The Economic Times

Solar power plant to be constructed in Himachal Pradesh a cost of Rs 1.59 crore

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday laid foundation stone of various developmental projects worth Rs 145.43 crore, an official said. As many as 65 classrooms would be developed in 10 government Schools here at a cost of Rs 3.55 crore, he said. 

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Source: ET Energyworld

Swiss firm Talesun forms JV to develop 4,000 Mw solar power projects in India

Swiss firm Talesun Solar Switzerland A.G. is set to foray into the Indian solar power industry with a joint venture with New Delhi-based solar asset developer EnergyX to set up projects of 4,000 Megawatt (MW) capacity, EnergyX said in a statement.

Talesun Solar Switzerland is an arm of Italy-based Talesun Energy, a solar development company with an existing developed portfolio of 6,000 Mw across the globe... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

BHEL and Libcoin in final talks over Indian lithium-ion battery gigafactory

Indian state majority-owned firm Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Libcoin are in final stage talks over setting up what they have dubbed as a lithium-ion Gigafactory in India.

Libcoin is a consortium including Sydney-based firm Magnis Energy, Duggal Family Trust and New York-based lithium-ion battery specialist Charge CCCV(C4V).

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Source: Energy Storage News

Govt may impose 5-year duty on Malaysian glass used in solar industry

The government may impose anti-dumping duty of USD 114.58 per tonne on a certain variety of Malaysian glass, used in solar industry, in a bid to guard domestic manufacturers from cheap imports. 

The commerce ministry's investigation arm Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended the duty on 'textured tempered coated and uncoated glass' imported from Malaysia. 

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Source: ET Energy World

Consider Expanding Scope Of Volkswagen Case To Other Carmakers: Top Court To NGT

The Supreme Court on Monday favoured widening of judicial scrutiny of a case pertaining to use of cheat device in diesel cars to flout emission norms in vehicles made by German auto major Volkswagen by bringing other carmakers under the scanner.

A bench of justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta said that the National Green Tribunal may consider whether the scope of the emission related case, involving... Read more..

Source: Bloomberg Quint

Rationalise new norms for external borrowing: National Solar Energy Federation of India

‘Include repayment of rupee loans from ECB proceeds’
National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), a non-profit organisation, has written to the Prime Minister’s Office requesting to direct the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to rationalise the new ECB framework suitably, excluding repayment of rupee loans from the negative list.

“NSEFI apprises you that till date, RBI allowed the external borrowing... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Vikram Solar commissions 20 MW solar projects for West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company

Vikram Solar, Kolkata-based solar energy company, today said it has commissioned two 10 megawatt (MW) solar projects for West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company (WBSEDCL). 

The plant, located at Patni near Kharagpur, deployed the company's Eldora 4BB series 60 cell modules, while solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Lalgarh consists of Eldora 5BB series 60 cell modules, ranging from 265 Wp to... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Climate change: World to miss global greenhouse gas emissions target in 2020, say analysts

The world is on course to miss its "best chance" of preventing runaway climate change by ensuring global greenhouse gas emissions peak in 2020, researchers warned on Tuesday. Even as Earth is buffeted by superstorms, droughts and flooding made worse by rising seas, and as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise globally, an analysis by the World Resources Institute showed that current efforts to limit temperature increases are falling well short.

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Source: Mirror Now News

Gujarat signs six MoUs with Netherlands including in wind, solar energy sectors

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani welcomed the representatives of Netherlands on Friday and talked of fostering ties in the field of technology to realise the Kalpsar Yojana and development of Dholera SIR. He further proposed of possibilities in the field of port development, maritime, and drainage and praised the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Adani Group to invest Rs 55,000 cr in Gujarat projects including world's largest solar park

Billionaire Gautam Adani Friday announced over Rs 55,000 crore investment in next five years in a clutch of projects in Gujarat including the world's largest solar park, a copper plant, a cement unit, and a lithium battery manufacturing complex. Adani Group, which operates Mundra port in the state, had Thursday announced plans to foray into petrochemical business with a Rs 16,000 crore project with German chemical major BASF. 

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Source: The Economic Times

SMEV Seeks Rs 20,000 Crore to promote electric vehicles in India

Electric vehicle (EV) makers' body SMEV sought an allocation of Rs 20,000 crore in the next two years for promoting EVs in the country and also urged the government to impose a "notional green cess" on conventional vehicles in the upcoming interim Budget to fund the drive. Spelling out their budget wish list, the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) also said phase-II of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) must be announced with a six-year plan and time-bound implementation.... Read more..

Source: News 18

Orb Energy installs rooftop solar unit at Adwaith Textiles

Coimbatore-based Adwaith Textiles has tied up with Bengaluru’s Orb Energy for the installation of a 1 MW rooftop solar system.

The system, which was commissioned recently is expected to generate 15 lakh units of clean energy a year. Adwaith Textiles expects to save over 65 lakh a year on electricity bills.

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Source: Hindu Businessline

6th Edition of India m2m + iot Forum 2019 concluded

The 6th edition of India m2m + iot Forum 2019 (, the national forum on machine-to-machine (m2m) and internet of things (iot) focused on applications of these disruptive technologies in smart cities and villages space was concluded on 15th January after 2 days of enthralling series of Panel discussions, Keynote addresses, Technology show at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The forum was jointly organized by the Department of Management Studies,... Read more..

Source: Sustainability Outlook
Subject Tags: IoT, m2m, sustainability

Solar pump testing and research lab to be set up atTERI

India’s sustainable development thinktank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has signed an agreement with the Maxop Research and Testing Institute to establish laboratories to test solar water pumping systems and other solar products in compliance with Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) regulations and international... Read more..

Source: PV magazine

Maharashtra: Farmers to apply for solar power pumps online

The state government discontinued providing solar-powered agriculture pumps to farmers via district-level committee. Instead, the applicants have been asked to register online through MSEDCL website.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Hero Future in talks to buy Fotowatio’s solar project in India

Hero Future Energies Pvt. Ltd is in talks to acquire Fotowatio Renewable Ventures’s 135 megawatt (MW) solar power project in India, two people aware of the development said. Owned by Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and Environmental Services, Fotowatio Renewables is the largest Arabian green energy utility. Its only investment in the Indian solar power space is located in Andhra Pradesh. Greenstone Energy Advisors, an investment bank focused on the Indian renewable energy sector, is managing the sale.... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

Gujarat government suggests wind park to accommodate central developers

The Gujarat government is considering a proposal to give land for centrally-sanctioned wind projects on the condition that the winning developers set up projects at the site decided by the state government—a sort of wind park.

Earlier, the state government had been going slow on sanctioning land for wind projects awarded by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), the nodal agency of the ministry of new and... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

BHEL to set up solar electric vehicle chargers along Delhi-Chandigarh highway

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), the country's largest power equipment manufacturer, today said it will set up a network of solar-based electric vehicle chargers (SEVC) over the entire 250 kilometers stretch on the Delhi-Chandigarh Highway. 

The project is covered under the FAME scheme (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) Electric Vehicles in India) of the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World