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Mizoram to set up 20 Megawatt solar park

Mizoram's Solar Power Project Approval Committee (SPPAC) has approved the proposal for setting up of a 20 MW solar park today.

The project will be implemented by the state power and electricity department and Zoram Energy Development Agency (ZEDA), an official statement said.

A meeting chaired by Secretary... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Government fears solar developers may delay projects to 'gain' from fall in tariffs

With the steep fall in solar tariffs in the last two years, the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has written to all states to ensure that solar developers do not get “undue benefits” from the development by insisting that solar projects meet the deadlines initially set for them without any extensions.

Tariffs have fallen from Rs 7-8 per unit in mid 2015 to Rs 2.50-3.50 per unit at present. The... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Renewable energy industry wants cross subsidy waived

Renewable energy industry representatives have sought the waiving of a cross subsidy surcharge (CSS) levied by States on transmission.

In a letter to Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal, the Renewable Energy Welfare Society (REWS) has said that CSS is the main inhibitor for small investors to play their role in India’s clean energy vision. The... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Andhra Pradesh : Pact signed for LED street lights in 7,024 villages

In a significant development on the energy efficiency front, the Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) entered into an agreement on Monday with the Government of India (GoI) for replacing 10 lakh conventional street lights with LED lights in 7,024 village panchayats in the initial phase.

Panchayat Raj Commissioner B. Ramanjaneyulu, A.P State Energy Efficiency Development Corporation (APSEEDCO) CEO and MD A.... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Over 25 crore LED bulbs distributed under UJALA scheme: EESL

With the implementation of government's UJALA programme in Arunachal Pradesh, the world's largest non-subsidised LED bulb distribution programme is now being implemented across the country, EESL said today. 

Moreover, over 25 crore LED bulbs have been successfully distributed under the Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All (UJALA) programme, in addition to over 28 lakh LED tubelights and 10... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

ADB: Climate Change Threatens Asia’s Development Gains

Asia’s hard-won development gains are at risk of being reversed by the effects of climate change, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). However, the news is not all bad for the region, with new energy investments expected to cement its leadership in the “clean industrial revolution.”

The warning on climate change follows U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the world’s second-biggest... Read more..

Source: The Diplomat

A&E Commits to Sustainable Textiles, Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemical

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemical (ZDHC) Programme, a collaboration of over 20 leading brands, more than 30 value chain affiliates and 14 associates, has a new addition to the list as A&E joins in.

Proud to join the Programme, A&E is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread, and technical textiles. By becoming a ZDHC... Read more..

Source: Apparel Resources

Solar power plant of 5 Megawatt capacity to come up in Andhra Pradesh

A giant solar energy plant cum storage battery system with a capacity of five megawatts (MW) is coming up at Makkuva in Vizianagaram district to provide electricity for farm motor pumps falling under AP Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL).

The energy generated from the solar plant will be supplied to agriculture pump sets in the day and surplus power will be stored in the batteries. Lithium... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Isro's battery technology may soon power India's e-vehicle dream

The central government’s ambitious electric vehicles project will take off soon as the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has approved commercial use of lithium-ion battery technology. The glitch is companies will be required to pay Rs 1 crore for the technology to Isro for every e-vehicle.

Commercialisation of Isro’s technology could save 10-15 per cent of the cost of e-vehicles. Some experts are of... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Green Court Shifts Focus On Phase-II Of Ganga Rejuvenation

After passing a slew of measures to rejuvenate the Ganga between Haridwar and Unnao, the National Green Tribunal has now shifted focus to clean the next stretch of the river passing through Allahabad and Varanasi.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar has convened a meeting of all stakeholders involved in cleaning of the river from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh to the state's border with Bihar... Read more..

Source: The Hans India

Trump urged to reconsider withdrawal of Paris climate agreement

The ten Senators who represented the United States at the 21st Conference of Parties in 2015, have urged President Donald Trump to reconsider and reverse his decision to withdraw from the historic Paris accord on climate change.

"More than 900 US businesses support keeping the US in the Paris Agreement, including 20 Fortune 500 companies. American businesses need the US government at the negotiating table to... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

2017 sustainable development goals index: India ranked 117 of 157 countries

India is ranked 116 out of 157 nations on a global index that assesses the performance of countries towards achieving the ambitious sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The SDG Index and Dashboards Report produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung shows that world leaders need to strengthen their joint efforts to realise the 17 global goals.... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Andhra Pradesh to install energy-efficient LED street lights in villages

The State government which is swiftly progressing ahead with integrated development of both urban and rural areas has decided to kick start yet another revolutionary program of energy efficient LED street lighting to significantly change the appearance of villages.

The villages which having an inadequate lighting in the past shall now glow brightly with energy efficient LED street lighting. The shifting of... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Waste-to-energy plants to come up in 63 Urban Local bodies

Works on setting up eco-friendly waste-to-energy plants in 10 major cities of AP has picked up pace. These plants will cover 63 urban local bodies and process about 4,400 metric tonnes of solid waste a day.

Land has already been earmarked for the plants in Visakhapatnam, Guntur, Kadapa, Anantapur and Nellore municipal corporations, while the other plants are awaiting allocation. Set to be commissioned by... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Railways launches first DEMU train with solar-powered coaches

The railways today launched its first solar-powered local train here with a battery bank facility which ensures sufficient power even in the absence of sunlight.

The entire electrical need of the coaches — lights, fans and information display system — will be met by energy produced by solar panels fitted on the roof of coaches of DEMU (diesel electric multiple unit) train.

... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Punjab aims to make farmers power producers

Punjab government is planning to exhort farmers to install solar power run tubewell and supplement their income by sale of power. Punjab power minister Rana Gurjeet Singh has urged power utilities Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL), to initiate a feasibility study to convert every farmer from power consumer to power producer.

According to... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Indian apex body launches an Apparel Industry Sustainability (AISA) Programme to promote sustainable practices

Apparel Export Promotion Council launched the Indian Apparel Industry Sustainability (AISA) Programme on Wednesday in New Delhi to promote sustainability in the Indian textile industry. The program which is supported by cKinetics as a partner, is designed for Indian apparel exporters to enhance their competitiveness. It aims to reduce the resource footprint by building the business case and align with the growing focus on sustainable production practices... Read more..

Source: Sustainability Outlook

Solar projects: India hopes to meet WTO deadline on sourcing norms

 
India is hopeful of adhering to the World Trade Organisation’s year-end deadline for removing the compulsory domestic-sourcing clause in its national solar energy generation programme, as all ongoing projects are likely to be complete by then, a government official has said.

“The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is in regular touch with all power producers under the programme, and is confident... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Andhra Pradesh spending Rs.3,600 cr to modernise power sector

Andhra Pradesh is spending Rs. 3,600 crore, obtained from the World Bank as a loan, on modernisation of the power sector, according to Power Minister K Kala Venkata Rao.

He was talking to the media after reviewing the performance of the AP Eastern Power Distribution Company Ltd (APEPDCL) on Thursday. He said a sum of Rs. 1,042 crore had been allocated for works under the purview of the APEPDCL, covering... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

JSW Energy looks at new opportunities in renewables

Sajjan Jindal-led JSW Energy is exploring new opportunities in renewable energy space and transmission and distribution segment, the company said in its annual report 2016-17. 

Given the stress in power sector, the company anticipates consolidation in the domestic space which would offer it a good prospect for investing in future, it said. 

... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Half of 1,396-MW rooftop solar capacity added in FY17

India had a rooftop solar capacity of 1,396 MW at the end March 2017, of which almost half was added in the previous financial year, according to a research report. 

Tamil Nadu had the highest rooftop solar capacity with 163 MW, followed by Maharashtra with 137 MW and Rajasthan with 88 MW. Gujarat had 87 MW, Karnataka 83 MW and Haryana 78 MW, according to the Rooftop Solar Map 2017 brought out by consultancy... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Karnataka to buy 1,000 MW of power

The threat of yet another drought is looming large over the state after being reduced to its knees following regular drought for the last three-years. Poor progress of monsoon has resulted in reduced inflow into reservoirs that generate hydel power. Shortage of water has also left major thermal power station shut their operations for over a month.

Bailing out the state from an imminent power crisis, the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Hindustan Power to set up 15 solar power projects in Japan of 150 MW

Hindustan Power, the New Delhi-based power producer, today announced it has acquired 15 solar power generation projects in Japan with a capacity of 150 MW requiring an investment of $100 million for development. The company aims to increase its footprint in international markets from the current 450 MW to 2,000 Mw by 2022. 

“We are one of the early Indian players to focus on developing solar projects in the overseas markets. We have invested close to Rs 3,000 crore and the target of 2... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

DMIDC starts commercial operations of 1MW solar plant in Rajasthan

Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Corporation (DMIDC) today said its 1 MW smart micro grid solar power plant in Rajasthan has started commercial operations.

The project demonstrates integration of solar power with backup diesel generators and the plant has started supplying power to its first industrial consumer Mikuni India, DMIDC said in a statement here.

... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

NGT order changes everything about cleaning river Ganga

In a significant order seeking a fundamental change in strategy in cleaning the river Ganga, the National Green Tribunal on Thursday directed that 100 meters from the edge of Ganga between Haridwar in Uttarakhand and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh should be treated as "no construction or no development zones." The NGT observed that all the government schemes in the past that have spent hundreds of crores in Ganga cleanup have not only failed but led to an increase in pollution levels, which is why Ganga now needed a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times