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Andhra Pradesh Floats Empanelment Tenders for 8 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

The Eastern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh Limited (APEPDCL) has released two tenders for the empanelment of agencies to install 8 MW of grid-connected residential rooftop solar projects of capacity between 1 kW and 500 kW. The solar systems will be developed under the capital expenditure (CAPEX) model. Apart from the design, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of the systems, the successful bidder will also have to provide comprehensive maintenance for five years. In the first tender for the capacity of 1 kW to 10 kW, interested... Read more..

Source: Mercom India

This Startup will build your house in three weeks at half the cost

Finishing touches are being given to a 600sqft single bedroom house in a corner near the IIT-Madras cricket ground, inside the sprawling tech campus. From the outside, it’s nothing but a small building, but take a step inside and you would see no ordinary brick and mortar structure. The young turks supervising it would tell you it has been created ground up in less than three weeks, at nearly half the cost of traditional construction and is fully 3D printed. Built by Tvasta, a startup founded by three 2016-batch IIT-M mechanical engineering graduates, the... Read more..

Source: Times Of India

Companies form initiative to scale up green hydrogen production

LONDON (Reuters) - Seven companies, including developer ACWA Power and Spanish utility Iberdrola, have formed a joint initiative to scale up production of “green” hydrogen in the next six years and bring down costs, they said on Tuesday. “Green” hydrogen is a zero-carbon fuel made by electrolysis, using renewable power from wind and solar to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. It is increasingly being touted as a way to decarbonise emissions-intensive heavy industry and transport sectors, but currently costs of production are too high to be competitive with... Read more..

Source: Reuters

Andhra Pradesh tenders 6.4 GW of agricultural solar

Andhra Pradesh Green Energy Corporation Ltd e-Procurement Tender Notice M/s Andhra Pradesh Green Energy Corporation Ltd,(APGECL) invites tenders for Selection of Solar Power Developers (SPDs) for development of different capacities of grid connected Solar Photo Voltaic Power Projects at 10 locations for an aggregate total capacity of 6400MW at Chakrayapet (600MW), Thondur (400MW), M. Kambaladinne (600MW), Pendlimarri (600MW) of YSR Kadapa District, Rudrasamudram (600MW), CS Puram (600MW) of Prakasam District, Uruchintala (600MW), Kambadur (1200MW), Mudigubba (... Read more..

Source: Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Limited

ADB to Help Improve Advanced Biofuel Production in India

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $2.5 million technical assistance (TA) to support advanced biofuel development in India. The grant is funded from the Asia Clean Energy Fund, financed by the Government of Japan under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility, and the Republic of Korea’s e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund. Using novel technology, advanced (or second-generation) biofuels could be produced from non-edible sources like agricultural residue, municipal solid waste, and used cooking oil. They can be used as bioethanol, biogas,... Read more..

Source: ADB

Vodafone India Foundation, Nokia deploy smart agriculture solution

Vodafone India Foundation, Vodafone Idea Ltd’s (VIL) corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm, has entered into a partnership with Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia to deploy a smart agriculture solution to improve the productivity of farmers in India. A pilot project is being conducted across 100 locations in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The solution will benefit more than 50,000 farmers in the region by enhancing their productivity and income, Vodafone Idea said in a statement.The project aims to enhance the livelihoods of small farmers through... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Businessline

Ather Energy launches electric scooter 450X in 16 additional cities

Electric two-wheeler startup Ather Energy on Monday said it has launched its 450X scooter in 16 additional cities in the country. The company said it has launched the electric scooter in Mysore, Hubli, Jaipur, Indore, Panaji, Bhubaneshwar, Nasik, Surat, Chandigarh, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Guwahati, Nagpur, Noida, Lucknow and Siliguri. The Hero MotoCorp-backed startup currently has presence in 11 locations across the country. Ather Energy is now fast tracking its plans to meet the national demand for the vehicle and by the first quarter of 2021, Ather 450X... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

India in top 10 performers on climate change index

India remains in the top 10 for the second year in a row in the latest global Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) released in Germany on Monday. The biggest current emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG) China figures at 33rd rank while the largest historical polluter, the USA, appears at the bottom of the list. Though India slid one position down from ninth in 2019 to 10th this year, the country’s journey towards climate protection has been consistent with it improving its ranking from 31st in 2014. Globally none of the countries assessed for the annual CCPI... Read more..

Source: Times Of India

India to see $66 billion investment in gas infrastructure

India will see a massive $66 billion investment in the building of gas infrastructure as the government pushes for greater use of the cleaner fuel with a view to cutting down carbon emissions, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Wednesday. The government is targeting raising the share of natural gas in its energy basket to 15 per cent by 2030 from the current 6.3 per cent. This will entail gas consumption rising manifolds from current 160-170 million standard cubic meters per day. To cater to this,... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India sets up committee for implementation of climate change targets

The Centre has set up a committee which will oversee the implementation of climate change targets that India has committed to under the 2015 Paris Agreement. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on Wednesday issued a Gazette notification on forming a high-level inter-ministerial Apex Committee for Implementation of Paris Agreement (AIPA). “The purpose of the AIPA is to generate a coordinated response on climate change matters which ensures that India is on track to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement, including its... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Maharashtra govt unveils ₹8,000 crore underground transmission network plan

In light of the recent blackout in the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), the state government has sanctioned a plan to build an underground transmission network – an 80-km line from Aarey to Kudus, in Palghar district. It is projected that the entire project will cost around ₹8,000 crore. Announcing the ambitious plan, the state government on Tuesday issued a public notice which read, “The first part of the network – an 80-km line from Aarey to Kudus, in Palghar District – will cost ₹8,000 crore.” On... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Eye on solar power projects, ISA to showcase Cochin airport

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) plans to showcase Kerala’s Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL), the world’s first such facility to run exclusively on solar power, this month to global airport companies and civil aviation authorities to promote solar energy. This in turn may help state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) land deals in ISA member countries. ISA, which has become a significant foreign policy tool, hopes to persuade airports around the world to follow Kochi’s example and go solar. It is helping state-run NTPC Ltd secure solar projects... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Karnataka to get its first waste-to-energy plant

In around one-and-a-half years’ time, Bengaluru will begin turning a portion of its waste into energy, enabling the city to reduce the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills and reduce the burden on waste management plants. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday virtually laid the foundation stone for the 11.5MW power plant to be set up on 10 acres of land in Bidadi on the outskirts of Bengaluru. It is the first waste-to-energy plant in the state. Around 600 of the 5,000 tonnes of waste that people... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

Asian Development Bank​ to provide USD 563 million loan for power projects in Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya

Multi-lateral funding agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday said it will provide loan of USD 562.8 million (about Rs 4,143 crore) for power projects in Uttar Pradesh and Meghalaya. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 430 million multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) to improve the quality and reliability of electricity supply in Uttar Pradesh in India, it said in a release. Besides, ADB has also signed a USD 132.8 million loan to strengthen and modernise the distribution network and... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

Govt invites bids for setting up solar power systems in homes

In the midst of stiff opposition against that Goa Tamnar Transmission Project Ltd (GTTPL) project, and a debate on why solar power is not being generated in the state, the Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has invited bidders to design, manufacture, supply, install, test and commission solar PV systems at various households in Goa. The last date of issuance of the tender document is December 11 and the tender will be opened on December 19. Earlier this year, in June, the state cabinet decided to implement... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Shri Dharmendra Pradhanlaunches world-class premium grade Petrol (Octane 100) in the country

In a move that can be a potential game-changer in the petroleum fuel retail market in India, IndianOil has launched world-class premium grade Petrol (Octane 100) in the country today. Branded as XP100, the premium grade petrol was launched across ten cities by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel. Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Tarun Kapoor, Shri Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, Chairman, IndianOil, and other senior officials of the Ministry and Indianoil... Read more..

Source: Press Bureau of India

India plans dam on Brahmaputra to offset Chinese construction upstream

India is considering a plan to build a 10 gigawatts (GW) hydropower project in a remote eastern state, an Indian official said on Tuesday, following reports that China could construct dams on a section of the Brahmaputra river. The river, also known as the Yarlung Tsangbo in China, flows from Tibet into India's Arunachal Pradesh state and down through Assam to Bangladesh. Indian authorities are concerned Chinese projects could trigger flash floods or create water scarcity. "The need of the hour is to have a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Green drive: Delhi govt to cover e-cycles under electric vehicle policy

Delhi government is now planning to promote ‘ecycles’ through various financial incentives under its ambitious electric vehicle (EV) policy. The state government’s transport department has released a draft proposal for introducing e-cycles as a new segment under the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2020, which was notified in August this year. The government has already started providing subsidy of up to Rs 30,000 on two-wheelers and up to Rs 1.5 lakh for cars to promote faster adoption of EVs. For e-cycles, it... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India sets 450-GW capacity renewable energy target for 2030

The Union Minister of New & Renewable Energy and Power, R K Singh, on Saturday, assured India’s full cooperation to the Maldives, in its efforts to promote renewable projects. While speaking at a country session of Maldives during 3rd Global Re-Invest Summit, Singh said India has also prioritised to have its two islands fully on green energy Islands. He further stated that India has set the target for Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands to become 100% green -meaning their energy needs should... Read more..

Source: Times Now

India to leverage ISA to project solar power expertise to small island nations

India plans to leverage International Solar Alliance (ISA) to help project its solar power expertise to small island countries, said two people aware of the development. A case in point being Maldives where the solar power tariffs have fallen by half. India is helping the atoll nation to tide over economic woes caused by the pandemic that originated in Wuhan, after a period that saw the former leadership of the Maldives leaning towards China. “As economic development is heavily driven by energy, a sustainable... Read more..

Source: Livemint

CNG stations at petrol pumps not to be opened for third party access

CNG stations anchored on petrol pumps will not be open to third party hiring, gas regulator PNGRB has said. Also, oil marketing companies - such as Indian Oil Corp (IOC) - will be barred from setting up their own CNG dispensing units in their petrol pumps that have been let out for CNG supplies to a city gas licensee. Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has notified the final regulations, governing open access for city gas distribution (CGD) networks whose marketing exclusivity period has ended... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Amid border standoff with India, China to build major hydropower on Brahmaputra river

China will build a major hydropower project on Brahmaputra river in Tibet and a proposal for this has been clearly put forward in the 14th Five-Year Plan to be implemented from next year, the official media on Sunday quoted the head of a Chinese company tasked to build the dam as saying. Yan Zhiyong, chairman of the Power Construction Corp of China, said China will "implement hydropower exploitation in the downstream of the Yarlung Zangbo River" (the Tibetan name for Brahmaputra) and the project could serve... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

Ladakh gets largest solar project at Leh Indian Air Force station

The Union Territory of Ladakh has got the largest solar power project setup under the Centre's 'Make In India' initiative at Leh IAF station to provide sustainable energy alternative to fossil fuel and traditional methods of energy generation. The project namely 'Provision of Solar Photo Voltaic Powerplant 1.5 MW' has been completed within 12 months well before the completion deadline of March 31, 2021, a defence spokesman said. "The largest solar project at a high altitude in the entire Leh in the Union... Read more..

Source: ETenergyworld

India to offer production-linked incentives for solar modules, renewable energy business potential $20 bn per year: PM Modi

Renewable energy will generate business worth $20 billion a year over the next decade in India, which aspires to become the global manufacturing hub in the sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday. Modi invited global investors to the rapidly growing sector and assured them that ease of doing business was his government’s top priority. The government is also supporting high technology in the sector and plans to launch a National Hydrogen Energy Mission, Modi said at the launch of RE Invest, the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India and Finland sign MOU for developing cooperation in the field of environmental protection and biodiversity conservation

India and Finland today signeda MOU for developing cooperation between two countries in the field of Environment protection and biodiversity conservation. The MoU is a platform to further advance Indian and Finnish partnership and support, exchange best practices in areas like prevention of Air and water pollution; Waste management; Promotion of circular economy, low-carbon solutions and sustainable management of natural resources including forests; Climate change; Conservation of Marine and Coastal Resources... Read more..

Source: Press Bureau of India