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Assurance on solid-waste handling: SC lifts ban on construction in Maharashtra, Uttarakhand

In a major relief to the real estate sector, the Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted a ban on construction activities in Maharashtra and Uttarakhand. The top court had on Friday imposed a ban on construction activities in three states — Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh — citing their failure to frame a policy on solid waste management.

A bench led by Justice MB Lokur lifted the ban on the two states... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Toyota-Suzuki revs up plan to roll out hybrid, electric vehicles in India

The Toyota-Suzuki alliance is readying a host of electric and hybrid vehicles for the Indian market as the government places a strong emphasis on cleaner and greener mobility solutions to address the rising pollution challenge and fuel import bill.

As part of the plan, four electrified models are likely to be ready by 2020-21 and shared between the two Japanese automakers. According to several people in the... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

5 electric buses for public transport deployed in Telangana

Olectra-BYD, a player in electric public transport systems, on Wednesday announced that its first lot of five eBuzz K9 Electric Buses have commenced commercial operations under Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC).

The first lot of five electric buses were flagged off in the city on Wednesday and are part of the contract for deployment of 40 AC electric buses that TSRTC has awarded Olectra-BYD... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Bangkok climate conference sounds alarm ahead of UN summit

Time is running out to save the Paris Agreement, UN climate experts warned Tuesday at a key Bangkok meeting, as rich nations were accused of shirking their responsibility for environmental damage. 

The six-day UN conference opened with an urgent plea from delegates to finalise a "rule book" governing the Paris Agreement, the most... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Maharashtra Discom issues EOI for solar manufacturing plant

Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (Mahagenco) has invited expressions of interest (EOI) for setting up a solar manufacturing plant in the Indian state, using any type of cells and modules.

The integrated factory will be located on land provided by Mahagenco. The company wants the facility to provide solar equipment for at least 50-60% of its 2,500MW solar requirement.

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Source: PV Tech

Railways will save Rs 13,000 crore per annum in fuel bill post electrification: Manoj Sinha

Railways will save Rs 13,000 crore per annum in fuel bill and reduce carbon emissions by around 3.4 million tonnes a year after the electrification of railway lines is completed, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said Tuesday. 

Speaking at a conference on 'E-Mobility in Indian Railways' organised by the Ministry of Railways through Institution of Railways Electrical Engineers (IREE) in association... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Global power and utilities deals reach all-time high in H1

The value of deals in the global power and utilities sector reached an all-time high of $180 billion in the first half of this year, research by accounting firm EY showed on Tuesday

he record high occurred despite a decline in the second quarter of 14 percent to $83 billion compared to the same period last year

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Source: ET Energy World

Trial run for green buses to begin from next month in Delhi

 Electric buses in the capital are likely to begin operations from next month. As part of a trial run, three electric buses will begin plying on city roads.

Delhi government has an ambitious plan of inducting 1,000 electric-run buses into the city’s public transport fleet. As part of the plan, transport minister Kailash Gahlot held meetings with different e-bus manufacturers and three of them will operate... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Solar-powered ferry between Aldona-Panaji

The water route between Aldona and Panaji will soon see a ferry boat that operates on solar energy, said PWD minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar on Monday. The ferry will be able to accomodate 72 passengers at a time, he said.

“We have asked for expression of interest for a first-of-its-kind solar ferry boat. It will operate on the Aldona-Panaji route. If we find it satisfactory, we may acquire two more. The... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Scientists create semi-artificial photosynthesis system that creates fuel from water

Scientists have developed a semi-artificial photosynthesis system that uses sunlight to produce hydrogen fuel from water. Photosynthesis is the process plants use to convert sunlight into energy. Oxygen is produced as by-product of photosynthesis when the water absorbed by plants is 'split'. 

It is one of the most important reactions on the planet because it is the source of nearly all of the world's oxygen... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Solar tariffs set to rise on rupee depreciation, rising interest rates, safeguard duty

Solar power tariffs are facing upward pressure thanks to the latest Depreciation of the Rupee against the Dollar, imposition of safeguard duty and rising interest rate scenario.

“While there has been a fall in PV module price level, solar bid tariffs in the near term remains exposed to cost pressure due to depreciation of Rupee by about 7 per cent over the last four months, given the import dependence on... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

With eye on tariffs, ministry tweaks eligibility for solar tender

Solar power developers have expressed their concerns alike, saying the government was forcing them to enter the manufacturing business.

Solar power installations in India down 52 per cent in April-June 2018

Solar installations in India plunged 52 per cent to 1,599 MW during the second quarter of 2018, mainly due to uncertainties around trade cases and module price fluctuations, says a report. According to Mercom India Research's 'Q2 2018 India Solar Market Update', the installations stood at 3,344 MW during the first quarter. 

"The drop in solar installations in Q2 2018 after four consecutive quarters of growth... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

High-Level EU Delegation Arrives In India Next Week

A high-level European Union delegation will be here next week to explore collaboration with India in green businesses and promote circular economy which aims to limit wastage of natural resources.
European Commissioner for Environment and Maritime Affairs Karmenu Vella will lead the delegation which will visit India from September 4-7, the European Union said in a statement.... Read more..
Source: Business World

‘No construction sans solid waste management policy’

The Supreme Court said it was “pathetic” that some States and Union Territories had not bothered to frame a solid waste management policy.

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Source: The Hindu

India’s most polluted: 30% have no clean up plan

A good number of India’s most polluted cities are not too keen to clean up their act, according to a list maintained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Of the 102 cities singled out by the Centre for their alarming pollution levels, only 73 have submitted a plan of remedial action to the CPCB. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Nagpur and Jaipur are among the prominent cities that are yet to submit their plans.

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Source: The Hindu

Maharashtra power utility starts converting agricultural feeders to solar

MSEDCL has started converting agricultural feeders to solar. Initially, 500 MW load will go solar. Energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has decided to convert entire farm pump load to solar by 2025.

A source in the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co (MSEDCL) said in the first phase solar plants will be set up for agricultural feeders having load of 200 MW. “In the next phase, 300 MW will go... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

NTPC commissions its first electric vehicle charging station in Vishakhapatnam

State-owned power generator NTPC Ltd today announced it has commissioned its first charging station for electric vehicles in Vishakhapatnam in line with the government’s plan to switch to electric mobility.

The charging facility was commissioned in Simhadri in Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh and has been designed in house by the engineering team of NTPC’s power project at the location.... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India conducts first LiDAR-based wind profiling to set up offshore farms

India has successfully conducted a first-of-its-kind LiDAR-based offshore wind profile measurement at the Gulf of Khambhat in Gujarat, the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) said in a recent report.

The Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) unit was situated about 23 km from the Gujarat coast. 

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Source: ET Energy World

Solar rooftop panels for government buildings, schools, colleges in next phase

The MC is going to install rooftop solar panels at all government buildings and educational institutions in the second phase of the Smart City mission. Besides, a heritage walk will be constructed around historical buildings across the city. 

A meeting of civic officials was conducted in this regard on Sunday wherein the projects to be included in the final list of total Smart... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

NLC India installs solar power units at 7 offices, each to generate 1 MW

NLC India Limited has installed solar power units at the open terrace of the seven office buildings in Neyveli at a cost of Rs 5.49 crore with the support of Union new and renewable energy ministry. NLCIL contributed Rs 4.12 crore for the project while the ministry extended 25% subsidy for the project.

NLCIL chairman and managing director (additional charge) and director (finance) Rakesh Kumar formally... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Kerala's floating solar plant survives nature’s fury

 In a home-grown engineering success story amidst the flood ravage, one of the largest floating solar power plants in the country at Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad has managed to survive the extreme conditions in the reservoir during last month’s heavy rains. 

KSEB officials said that though they feared that the 500 kWp (kilowatt peak)... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Solar Energy Corporation’s fresh wind tender sees better response

The Solar Energy Corporation of India’s revised wind tender following cancellation of the earlier one has attracted a marginally better response as transmission issues continue to worry developers. The original tender for 2,000 MW attracted bids of 1,200 MW— 300 MW each from four developers. This led to SECI cancelling the tender. 

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Source: The Economic Times

Malaysia requests consultations with India over solar safeguard duty - WTO

Malaysia has requested consultations with India over its 25% safeguard duty on imports of solar cells and modules from developed countries, China and Malaysia, in a World Trade Organisation (WTO) filing dated 30 August.

In the filing, Malaysia said it seeks to hold consultations as soon as possible with the participation of representatives from India’s investigating authorities.

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Source: PV Tech

Hyderabad: Discoms propose tariff for electric vehicle charging stations, battery swap

With electric vehicles on the rise and charging stations coming up in the state, Telangana power distribution companies have come up with electric vehicles tariff for charging station and battery swap. For low tension (LT) use, the companies will charge 6.10 per unit and for high tension (HT) usage, 7.10 per unit from 6am to 10am and 6pm to 10pm. From 10pm to 6am (next day), 5.10 per unit will be charged. For all other slots, 6.10 per unit will be charged. 

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Source: ET Energy World