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Industry pressing for removal of Rs 2.6 per unit tariff for 1.2 GW auction

Solar Power Developers Association (SPDA) is pressing for removal of Rs 2.6 per unit tariff to generate adequate response for 1,200 MW hybrid auction.

The auction scheduled for October 26 was postponed till November 14. The successful bidder would set up solar and wind capacities of 12,000 MW together.

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Source: Business Standard

Falling solar power cost lead to pricing disputes

The matter to decide the tariff at which state discoms will buy solar power from SECI is pending before the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity.
The steep fall in the cost of producing solar power in recent years is now causing conflicts between different arms of state and central governments over the buying price of solar power. 

On November 2, the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (Aptel) intervened... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

HRD Institute saves big with solar energy

The Telangana State-run MCR HRD Institute has opted for renewable energy to meet a part of its power needs.

The Institute has completed Phase I of its solar power system, under which it installed a 500 kwp on the roof of the building. The total cost of the project was ₹219 lakh. The Central subsidy, which the Institute will get is approximately ₹50 lakh.

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Source: The Hindu Business Line

Bionic mushroom that produces electricity created by team of scientists, 2 of Indian origin

A team of researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology, Manu Mannoor, Sudeep Joshi and Ellexis Cook have engineered an artificial symbiosis between button mushrooms and cyanobacteriato produce electricity.

The scientists used 3D printing to attach clusters of energy-producing bugs to the cap of a button mushroom.

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Source: APN Live

Single window clearance portal developed to process green energy applications

Consumers keen to adopt green energy but, worried about their applications getting stuck in bureaucratic procedures, will soon be able to lay those apprehensions to rest.

A single window clearance portal for grid connected rooftop solar installations has been developed for consumers in Goa by EU-India technical cooperation energy project in coordination with the Asian Development Bank technical assistance... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Builders can seek tax rebates: Urban department notifies ‘green building’ policy

The state urban development department on Tuesday notified its ‘green building’ policy, under which, builders and housing societies obtaining the green building certificate can seek rebates on taxes and development charges.

According to the policy, builders can avail rebate of up to 10 per cent on development charges and societies or homebuyers can get a rebate on property tax up to 10 per cent. The... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

China-based company to supply, run 25 electric buses for Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited

BYD, a China-based company that has an Indian presence, will supply and maintain 25 electric buses for the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML). As many as 125 electric buses are expected to join the PMPML fleet on January 26 next year. The company will supply and operate 25 nine-metre-long buses for the transport utility. The fleet will be a mix of 12m and 9m buses.

“Only one company, that is, BYD, showed an interest in the 9m electric buses, so we appointed them in this... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

On Diwali eve, Ranchi becomes Jharkhand's 4th district to get 100% power connectivity

All households in Ranchi district now have access to power supply, chief minister Raghubar Das announced on Tuesday. And by 2019, the CM promised, these households will have 24-hour power supply. 

With this, the district became the fourth - after Ramgarh, Bokaro and Dhanbad - to achieve 100% electrification of its households.

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Source: ET Energy World

Colvale central jail lights up with ‘green power’

The government has completed the work of setting up a solar plant at the modern central jail at Colvale.
The central jail is the sixth government office to take the green step, and it also has the largest grid-connected solar plant installed by any state government office in Goa till date.

With an installed capacity of 100KW, the roof top solar installation is already functional and is expected to be... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Farm fires contribute 33% to Delhi’s PM 2.5

If you were wondering why the pollution situation had again become grim after two days of relative calm, here’s part of your answer: a change in wind direction has resulted in the capital bearing the brunt of crop fires in north Indian states.

Data show that pollution from crop stubble burning contributed to almost 33 per cent of Delhi’s PM2.5 concentration on Monday. The System of Air Quality and Weather... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Azure Power commissions 95MW solar project in Gujarat

Indian solar developer Azure Power has commissioned a 95MW solar power plant in Gujarat as the first phase of a 260MW capacity award from the distribution company Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL) .

The project, won in an auction held in September 2017, was completed around 5 months ahead of the scheduled PPA operation date and this was also Azure's fastest commissioning of a large-scale plant so far. It... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Uttar Pradesh's CM inaugurates Gorakhpur's biggest solar plant

Inaugurating a 1230 kW solar power plant in Gorakhpur, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said it would give impetus to the green energy drive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and would not only help in lighting up many houses but also conserve environment.

The solar power plant has been constructed at a cost of Rs 6 crore.

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Source: The Pioneer

Climate change causing ground surface warming in India

It is common knowledge that climate change has had an impact on the Himalayas and the oceans in India, and now a study by scientists from the Ministry of Earth Sciences have found evidence of ground surface warming in peninsular India over the decades.

Analysis of borehole temperature provides information about regional climate change over a few centuries. Data from 146 borehole sites in the crystalline... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

Average spot power price up 45% at Rs 5.94 per unit in October; highest ever sales volume in any month

The average power spot prices jumped over 45% to Rs 5.94 per unit in the month of October on the energy exchange from Rs 4.08 per unit in the same month a year ago. According to a statement by Indian Energy Exchange (IEX), coal shortage, higher demand, lower wind and hydropower generation were the key factors that pushed the sales volume to highest ever in any month. IEX witnessed sales volume of 7,125 million units during the month, a rise of 22% from October and 63% from the same period last year.... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Hyderabad water supply board to go solar to run reservoirs

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board has decided to use solar energy to power 56 of its reservoirs (10ml and above) in the city. 

The board has entrusted Telangana State Renewable Energy Corporation to conduct a feasibility study on solar energy utilization and aims to run reservoirs on solar energy by next June, said a person familiar with the matter. 

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Source: ET Energy World

Wind farm 'predator' effect hits ecosystems: study by Indian Institute of Science

Wind farms act as a top "predator" in some ecosystems, harming birds at the top of the food chain and triggering a knock-on effect overlooked by green energy advocates, scientists said Monday. Wind is the fastest-growing renewable energy sector, supplying around four per cent of global electricity demand. 

Close to 17 million hectares -- an area roughly the size of Tunisia -- is currently used for generating... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Maharashtra government to tax power consumers to finance solar pumps for farmers

The Maharashtra government has imposed an electricity surcharge of 10 paise per unit on industrial and commercial consumers to finance its scheme to provide 25,000 solar pumps to farmers, a senior official said Sunday.

In view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Assembly polls next year, state Energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule had recently announced that farmers would be provided one lakh... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Solar Energy Corporation of India auction for Maharashtra Park put off indefinitely

 Developers’ interest in Solar Corporation of India’s (SECI) auctions hit a nadir when Tata Power Renewable Energy was the sole bidder on Wednesday for an auction for 50 MW at Dhodhainicha Solar Park in Maharashtra. 

The auction has been put off indefinitely. 

Last week SECI postponed a 1200 MW hybrid... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Gamesa’s Indian installations cross 5.5-GW mark

The Indian subsidiary of the global wind power major, Siemens Gamesa, has achieved a milestone of crossing 5,500 MW of installed capacity in India with its recent winnings of two orders for its wind turbines from the renewable energy company, ReNew Power.

Ramesh Kymal, Chairman and Managing Director of Siemens Gamesa India told BusinessLine that the company “on the threshold of signing a few more contracts”... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Sembcorp India posts Rs 153.3 crore profit in September quarter

Singapore-based energy firm Sembcorp's India unit has turned around to post a net profit of Singapore dollar 28.9 million (about Rs 153.3 crore) in the September quarter on better operational performance and commencing a new wind power project. 

Net profit of Singapore dollar (SGD) 28.9 million in the July-September quarter compared with a loss of SGD 2.7 million a year ago, according to a company statement... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited proposes to set up 32 MW solar power plants in 6 villages

The Nashik urban division of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited (MSEDCL) has proposed setting up of solar power plants generating 31.67MW electricity in rural areas under the Chief Minister Solar Agriculture Feeder Scheme in which farmers will get power during the day for their agriculture needs.

Nashik superintendent officer PM Daroli has proposed to launch the scheme in six... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Central government approves moving of resolution for amending ISA Framework Agreement

The central government has given ex-post facto approval for moving a resolution in the first assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) for amending its Framework Agreement to enable membership for all member countries of the United Nations (UN).

The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Source: Business Standard

Ultralight ‘supermaterial’ made using plastic bottle waste

Scientists have developed a way to convert plastic bottle waste into flexible and durable aerogels that could be used for heat and sound insulation in buildings, oil spill cleaning, and as a lightweight lining for firefighter coats and masks.

Plastic waste is toxic and non-biodegradable. Such waste often ends up in oceans and landfills, affecting marine life and causing problems such as groundwater... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

National Buildings Construction Corporation issues new guidelines for contractors to curb air pollution

With all construction activities halted in the national capital for 10 days starting November 1 in view of rising air pollution, NBCC has come up with new guidelines for contractors at all its project sites across the country, the company's Chairman and Managing Director Anoop Kumar Mittal has said.

The guidelines include the use of steel container trucks, transportation and storage of cement and fly ash in... Read more..

Source: Money Control

10-day campaign to combat air pollution as Delhi gasps for breath

Deteriorating air quality in the National Capital Region (NCR) has set alarm bells ringing, pushing the centre to launch an aggressive Clean Air Campaign to combat the increasing air pollution levels.

The 10-day campaign was launched by the Union minister for environment, forest and climate change, Harsh Vardhan on Thursday, when the air quality in Delhi was edging back towards “severe” levels after having... Read more..

Source: Live Mint