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Foam spilling out on Bengaluru roads, NGT raps Karnataka government

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday took Karnataka government and its civic authorities to task over foam spilling over into the streets in Bengaluru near the Varthur lake, causing massive traffic jams in the city.

“What is this going on? How are you getting so much of foam? Why can’t you remove the factor which generates foam? There are traffic jams which further leads to air pollution.... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

MNRE de-empanels 71 solar rooftop channel partners

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has de-empanelled 71 channel partners/new entrepreneurs for failing to enter installation data for grid connected solar rooftop projects.

A letter issued by the ministry said that despite several reminders, these channel partners had failed to provide project completion reports of grid connected solar rooftop projects executed by them on the SPIN Portal, latest by... Read more..


Goa government urges industries to adopt solar energy

In a bit to promote solar power generation in Goa, the state government urged industrial estates to adopt solar power technology, which would help bring down costs for industrialists. Speaking at the Verna industrial estate state secretary for power Sanjay Goyal presented the salient features of the Goa State Solar Policy while urging industrialists to take benefit of the Goa state solar policy.

"The solar... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Ujaas Energy bags order from Moil for 5.5 MW solar plant

Ujaas Energy has bagged an order from Moil Ltd for 5.5 MW solar plant with tracking system at its mines in Madhya Pradesh.

The company has received letter of intent from Moil Ltd for design, engineering, procurement, supply, construction, erection, testing and commissioning of 5.5 MW (AC) Solar PV Plants with tracking system on turnkey basis at mines in Madhya Pradesh, Ujaas Energy said in BSE filing today... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

Noida Authority plans new policy for waste disposal

The Noida authority has decided to seek participation of residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) and interested residents for solid waste disposal in residential areas. The authority has also decided to bring a new policy under which an interested person or RWA can adopt a local park for maintenance.

“We have proposed a policy which could be implemented soon. We will approve this proposal in our upcoming... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Raj Bhavan gets Goa’s first grid-connected rooftop solar power plant

The state's first grid-connected 30kW rooftop solar power plant was inaugurated at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday by Goa governor Mridula Sinha.

Grid connectivity ensures that surplus solar power generated by the plant is fed to the power grid, allowing the consumer to sell surplus solar power to the power grid in the long run.

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Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: energy, power, renewable, solar

French company Engie likely to invest Rs 6,500 crore in solar energy in India

Engie, the French power giant with a global installed capacity of 115.3 gigawatts across all forms of energy, expects to invest a minimum of $1 billion (about 6,500 crore) in the solar segment in India over the next five years.

"$1 billion is the bare minimum," said chief executive Isabelle Kocher said. "We intend to win 400 MW a year, which means an investment of almost half a billion annually. It is a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Gujarat: Government constitutes panel to set up renewable projects at Kandla port, says Nitin Gadkari

The Centre has constituted a panel to explore setting up 200 MW solar and wind energy project on the land at Kandla port in Gujarat, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today. “Kandla port has 1.5 lakh acres of land which is low cost and economically viable for all ports to invest in solar and wind projects and then wheel energy through national grid,” the Shipping Minister said.

“The cost of solar energy has... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

US expected to put emergency tariffs on solar imports

The United States has notified the other 163 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that it is considering putting emergency "safeguard" tariffs on imported solar cells, according to a WTO filing published on Monday.

The move raises the stakes in a global battle to dominate the solar power industry, which has grown explosively in the past five years. As production has increased, prices have tumbled,... Read more..

Source: Times of Oman

'Heat island' effect may double climate change costs for world

Climate change could cost the world's major cities twice as much as the rest of the planet because of the extra heat created by the urban jungle, a latest analysis of 1,692 cities across the globe has found.

The study of all the world's major cities shows that the total economic costs of climate change for cities this century could be 2.6 times higher when heat island effects are taken into account than when... Read more..

Source: Daily News and Analysis

China's Guangzhou to replace buses with 'new energy' vehicles

All petrol-powered buses in China's Guangzhou city will soon be replaced with thousands of public buses with greener, more energy-efficient vehicles, a media report said on Tuesday.

According to the new plan, all buses that use petrol and diesel will be replaced with pure electric buses by 2020, meaning the city will have about 30,000 new energy public vehicles by 2020, Xinhua news agency reported.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Government looking at ways to use IoT for waste management

The government is planning solutions and devices for waste management using internet of things (IoT). The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is examining a proposal to use IoT for waste management as part of its Smart City programme.

“For Smart City programme to flourish, waste management would play an important role. In waste disposal, technologies like IoT can help the city administration... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

New technology can extract fresh water from waste brine

Scientists have developed self-heating carbon nanotubes that can recover fresh water from waste salt solutions with almost 100 per cent efficiency, an advance that may help alleviate water shortages in arid regions.

The research, published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, involves the development of a carbon nanotube-based heating element that will vastly improve the recovery of fresh water during... Read more..

Source: The Hans India

India, Germany agree to cooperate on energy needs

India and Germany on Tuesday agreed to continue cooperation towards the common aim of developing climate-friendly, efficient and sustainable solutions for India's expanding energy needs and other areas of sustainable development.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed appreciation for Germany's assistance in developmental projects over the years.

Prime Minister Modi and German Chancellor Angela... Read more..

Source: New Kerala

All new constructions in Maharashtra must comply with energy-efficiency guidelines

All new constructions in Maharashtra will have to be eco-friendly and comply with the energy-efficiency regulations, this is one of the highlights of the electricity-conservation policy that was cleared by the state cabinet on Tuesday.

The state government will be amending the development control rules (DCR) to make it mandatory for all new constructions to follow 'green building guidelines'. If the new... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

National Green Tribunal slams Haryana government over dumping of waste in Aravallis

The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday slammed the Haryana government and its civic bodies over disposal of industrial waste and construction debris in the Aravalli forests on the Gurgaon-Faridabad road. “Aravalli hill is a forest area. How can you make it a dumping site? How could you allow the leachate to accumulate at Bandhwari sewage treatment plant? “We had asked you to take action. Why don’t you do something? Let there be some constructive suggestion,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

IARI developing water treatment plant that uses agricultural waste

The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), along with four universities from India and Canada, are working to develop a cost-effective water treatment plant that uses agriculture waste to remove heavy metals and other pollutants.

The system will include floodplain filtration technique, which includes using plants and microbes, apart from rice husk, for purifying water, which though will not be... Read more..


Government clarifies tax on solar power equipment, parts at 5%

The government will levy a 5 per cent tax on all equipment required for generating solar power compared with nil duty now, a government official clarified, putting an end to confusion about the new taxation policy for the industry after its landmark tax reform.

"All solar equipments and its parts would attract 5 per cent GST only," Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said in a tweet on Sunday, contrary to the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Barring 6 states and Chandigarh, India to turn power surplus this fiscal

Most parts of the country will have surplus power availability in the current financial year thanks to higher electricity generation, the Central Electricity Authority said. The apex power sector planning body said in a report that in 2017-18, there will be anticipated energy surplus of 8.8 per cent and peak-hour surplus of 6.8 per cent.

While the eastern region will be able to meet its demand almost in full... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Odisha to electrify 406 villages through solar power in 2017

Odisha government has set a target to electrify at least 406 villages through solar power during 2017 after providing similar facilities to 1620 villages so far. This was revealed by Odisha’s Science and Technology Minister Badri Narayan Patra while addressing a press conference on completion of the three years in office by the Biju Janata Dal government. Claiming that the state run Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OERDA) has played a vital role in providing renewable energy to the people living in... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

Scientists develop compound to break down plastic waste under mild conditions

Plastic waste is a menace that is the result of industrialization and to an extent, human activities, without realizing that it ends up affecting our health as well.

Plastic is considered inexpensive and durable, which is why it is most commonly used for packaging.

However, due to its slow degradation... Read more..

Source: ZEE News

ACME launches India’s first electric vehicle charging station

Solar power developer ACME Group today said the company has launched India’s first battery swapping and charging station for electric vehicles.

The company said it has provided battery swapping and charging stations 'EcoCharge' to taxi aggregator Ola for their pilot project at Nagpur in which 200 vehicles including bus, auto and car--- all running on electricity was launched in the first stage on May 26,... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

West Bengal Pollution Control Board to translate e-waste management rules

The West Bengal Pollution Control Board is trying to create an inventory of e-waste generated in the state and suggested that IIT-Kharagpur could work with the regulator to make this happen. “The Union ministry of environment and forest & climate change have notified the eWaste Management Rules in 2016. We are working towards implementing it at the state level. But we have no data on e-waste. We need to see the nature of e-waste the state produces, its characteristics, etc. So IIT-Kharagpur could help us... Read more..

Source: The Asian Age

India Power commissions 36-mw solar plant in Uttarakhand

India Power Corporation commissioned a solar power plant of 36 MegaWatt (MW) in Uttarakhand investing Rs 225 crore.

This follows its successful acquisition of 1,000 MW thermal power plant of Meenakshi Energy, owned by the French power giant ENGIE, the company said in a statement.

According to the statement... Read more..

Source: Money Control

German wind-turbine major Enercon plans second coming into India

German wind turbine major Enercon is all set to ‘come back’ to India, this time on its own. Earlier, Enercon India was a joint venture with the Mumbai-based Mehra family, which ended up in the courts, with each partner accusing the other of wrongdoing.

Even as the final word is yet to be said about the fate of Enercon India, since renamed Wind World (India) Ltd, Enercon GmbH plans to re-enter India.... Read more..

Source: Business Line