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Power discom BYPL signs agreement to source 100 Mw wind power

Power discom BYPL has signed an agreement to source 100 Mw wind power that will help meet its renewable power obligations, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. 

The power is expected to be available to the discom from the third week of November 2019, for a period of 25 years, and will be available at a competitive tariff of Rs 2.52 per unit, a BSES spokesperson said. 

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Source: ET Energy World

UP government subsidizes rooftop solar plants

In order to make rooftop solar power plants more affordable to the people of Uttar Pradesh, the state government has announced an additional subsidy of Rs 15,000 per kilowatt (KW) or a maximum of Rs 30,000 for installation of solar plants after the Centre announced 30% subsidy on the same. To take benefit of this scheme, one has to submit an online application form, which will be available from this week, from the website of Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA). Also, the applicant has to take a no... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Chandigarh: Deadline for installing solar plants extended to November 17

The UT administration has extended the deadline for installing solar photovoltaic rooftop power plant.

Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) in 2016 had set May 6, 2018, as the deadline for installing solar plants at residential and industrial buildings, which now has been extended to November 17.

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Source: ET Energy World

Haryana govt to explore possibilities to re-use treated waste water in agriculture

The Haryana government would explore possibilities to re-use treated waste water from various sewage treatment plants in agriculture, horticulture, thermal power plants and other places, state Public Health Engineering Minister Banwari Lal said today.

Necessary steps would be taken for this in the future, he said.

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Source: India Today

India struggles to stay cool amidst global warming

India is among the nine most populous countries where people are at risk from lack of access to cooling as global warming continues to threaten health and climate, according to a study of a UN-led initiative. 

The report also said that policy makers should immediately measure gaps in access to cooling in their respective countries, as an evidence base for more proactive and integrated policy-making. ... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Tata Power launches three EV charging stations in Cognizant Hyderabad campus

Private sector electricity generator Tata Power today announced it has set up three fast-charging Electric Vehicle (EV) stations at the Hyderabad campus of multinational IT firm Cognizant.

Tata Power and Tata Motors will jointly execute the e-mobility solution as part of Cognizant’s ‘Go Green’ programme for its employees in Hyderabad.

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Source: ET Energy World

Marriott International Eliminating Plastic Straws Next Year

Marriott International announced a plan to remove disposable plastic straws and plastic stirrers from more than 6,500 properties across 30 brands globally by July 2019. The company says the move could eliminate the use of more than 1 billion plastic straws annually and about a quarter billion stirrers.

The plan for next summer gives hotel owners and franchisees time to go through their existing plastic straw... Read more..

Source: Environmental Leader

Adidas Will Use Only Recycled Plastics by 2024

Adidas is racing to make its products more sustainable.

The global sportswear maker said Monday that it has committed to using only recycled plastic by 2024.

The pledge to eliminate the use of "virgin" plastic, which was first reported by the Financial Times, includes polyester. Used in everything from t-... Read more..

Source: CNN Money

India’s renewable energy investments topple fossil-fuel for the first time in 2017: IEA

Investment in India’s renewable energy sector overtook those made in the country’s fossil-fuel based power generation projects for the first time in 2017, Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) has said in its World Energy Investment 2018 report.

“India’s power sector investment is changing rapidly, and for the first time in 2017, investment in renewable power topped that for fossil fuel generation.... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Mytrah Energy bags 100-Mw wind power project in Maharashtra

Independent power producer Mytrah Energy (India) (MEIPL) on Tuesday announced it has bagged a contract for setting up a 100-Megawatt (Mw) wind power project from Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) through competitive bidding.

Six companies had participated in the reverse bidding collectively submitting quotes for a cumulative capacity of 821.8 Mw. The bidders were given a choice... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Rs 10,000 crore project to check power theft, electrify villages in UP

Lending a push to power sector reforms ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections due next year, UP government on Monday announced Rs 10,000-crore UP Power Sector Improvement Project, envisaging minimization of line losses and wheeling in electricity to rural feeder which have not been served under the Centre's ambitious Deendayal Upadhyay Rural Electrification Scheme.

The decision was taken by a high-level committee headed by chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Principal... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Bihar to soon conduct survey for solar power generation in flood-prone areas

State energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav on Tuesday said a survey would soon be conducted for generating solar energy in flood-prone areas of Bihar and assessing future possibilities.

Speaking at a conference on ‘Accelerating Rural Development through Enhancing Energy Access’ organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in association with Jeevika on Tuesday, the energy minister said the... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Google teams up with UN to track environmental changes

The UN has entered into a partnership with Google to monitor the impacts of human activity on global ecosystems by using sophisticated online tools.

The aim of the partnership is to develop a platform to enable governments, NGO's and the public to track specific environment-related development targets with a user-friendly Google front-end, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a statement on Monday.... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Commerce Ministry recommends 25 per cent safeguard duty on solar cells

The commerce ministry today recommended imposition of safeguard duty for two years on solar cells imports to protect domestic players from steep rise in the inbound shipments of the product. 

After concluding the investigations, Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) said that the increased imports of 'solar cells whether or not assembled in modules or panels' in India have caused "serious injury" and... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

NITI Aayog Reveal ‘Breathe India’ Plan to Reduce Air Pollution, Delhi, Agra on Focus

To combat rising air pollution, NITI Aayog has developed a 15-points action plan, titled ‘Breathe India’, for top 10 most polluted cities in India. In the proposal, electrifying last mile connectivity by 2022, including public transport, taxis and three-wheelers, has been given thrust. Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) anticipates that this move could further spur the demand of electric vehicles (EV). Most importantly, it would help in reducing carbon emissions in a huge way. ... Read more..

Source: News 18

India approaches 24GW of PV deployment, 26.5GW of solar parks approved - MNRE

India hit 23,866MW of solar power deployment as of 30 June this year, according to Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) figures.

This was spread into three segments:

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Source: PV Tech

KP Energy and GE sign pact for 300 MW wind power project in Gujarat

Renewable energy developer KP Energy today announced it has signed an agreement with GE India, the local arm of the American industrial conglomerate, to set up a 300 Megawatt (Mw) wind power project at Kutch in Gujarat.

The project would use 120 wind turbine generators of 2.5 Mw capacity each and is likely to be commissioned in September next year. “The project will be connected with the Inter-State... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Solar projects: Developers appeal to UP Govt not to cancel bids post auction

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), representing solar energy developers, has requested the Energy Minster of Uttar Pradesh to intervene and stop the possible cancelling of 1000-MW solar PV auction conducted last week by the Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (Upneda).

The reverse auction for grid-connected solar projects conducted on July 10, saw participation from... Read more..

Source: Business Line

CleanMax Solar plans to raise $100 million

CleanMaX Solar, a provider of solar power to companies through rooftop and grid-connected solar installations, plans to raise $100 million, a top company executive said.

In the past, Warburg Pincus and International Finance Corp., the World Bank’s private-sector investment arm, have invested as much as $100 million in the company. 

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Source: livemint

Punjab govt allows pilot project for solar energy generation on farm land

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today approved the launch a pilot project for solar energy generation on agricultural land on rental basis, besides allowing farmers to undertake high-value cultivation of fruits and vegetables.

Chairing a meeting with a CII delegation, led by its national president Rakesh Bharti Mittal, here  this evening, Singh also agreed to send a joint deputation from Punjab... Read more..

Source: India Today

Essel plant to generate power from waste in Maharashtra

Essel Infraprojects Ltd (EIL) will construct Maharashtra's first Waste to Energy (WtE) plant with a capacity of 800 tonnes of waste, it was announced on Monday.

Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, besides other dignitaries were present at the groundbreaking ceremony for the plant performed here this afternoon.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Indian Army inaugurates first mega solar power plant in Ambala Cantonment

Indian Army’s 1-Mega Watt (MW) solar power plant was inaugurated on Monday at the Ambala Cantonment. The plant has been established under the aegis of headquarters 2-Corps. This was conceptualized and planned as a part of the 'go green' initiative.

Lt General Alok Kler, the Corps Commander of 2-Corps, inaugurated the plant in a simple but impressive ceremony.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Uttar Pradesh government bans plastic under 50 micron from today

For the third time in past three years, Uttar Pradesh government has banned polythene and plastic from Sunday.

Though the government was yet to get Governor Ram Naik's approval on the Ordinance to be promulgated for the ban, officials here have prepared themselves for a crackdown on the offenders from Monday.

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Source: The New Indian Express

Rs 1 crore ISRO's lithium ion cell technology gets overwhelming initial response

Over 130 companies have shown interest in the Indian space agency's lithium ion cell technology and the pre-application conference will be held on Tuesday, said a senior official.

"The response to our announcement to transfer the lithium ion cell technology is overwhelming. More than 130 companies have purchased the RFQ document. The pre-application conference will be held on Tuesday," S. Somanath, Director... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Hybrid power unit set up at Vidyut Bhavan in Patna

The Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) has set up a micro unit at Vidyut Bhavan in Patna as part of its green project under which electricity is generated using wind and solar energy.

According to a BSPHCL official, the micro unit utilizes solar energy and wind to generate around 1 kilowatt of electricity in a month, which can supply 120 units of electricity to households. ... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld