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India-born British billionaire launches renewable plan in Australia

India-born British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta has launched a $1 billion, one-gigawatt renewable energy plan based in South Australia’s mid-north that he says will lead the country’s industry transition to more competitive power.

In the first of a number of projects slated for the upper Spencer Gulf region, will include a 120MW lithium-ion battery bigger than the 100MW battery built by Elon Musk’s Tesla in... Read more..

Source: The Statesman

REC signs 200 million euro loan agreement with German bank KfW

State-owned power sector lender Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) today announced it has signed a Euro 200 million loan agreement with German bank KfW for renewable energy projects.

This is REC’s fourth line of credit under Indo-German Development Cooperation which will be utilized to fund green energy projects in India.

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Source: ET Energy World

Tariffs fall at NTPC's solar auction

Tariffs dropped at NTPC’s latest auction of 2,000 MW of solar projects on Tuesday, suggesting that developers have not yet begun factoring in the safeguard duty of 25% imposed on imported solar panels by the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR).

The winning tariffs were all in the range of Rs 2.59-2.60 per unit, which is lower than the tariffs reached at NTPC’s last such auction of 750 MW in May... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India’s draft National Energy Storage Mission focuses on reducing costs of domestic EV batteries

Battery manufacturing represents a “huge economic opportunity for India”, according to a draft ‘National energy storage mission’ (NESM) document, which outlines how the country could capture value across the supply chain and accelerate the country’s adoption of renewable energy.

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Source: Energy Storage News

Renewable energy to power 80% of metro rail operations, tenders floated

Metro rail services will soon go green as Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) plans to purchase renewable energy to power 80% of its daily operations including running of trains. CMRL floated a tender recently to look for a consultant who can assist in procuring both solar and wind power as part of its efforts to operate an environment-friendly transit system. 

"We will be purchasing solar and wind power from... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India to test gas-fired plants as ‘peakers’ to smooth power grid

ndia has an ambitious goal of installing 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022, or a little more than the country’s current peak demand, as part of its Paris climate pledge to cut carbon emissions.
By Anindya Upadhyay 

India will test a plan to operate its... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

PM Modi says solar farming scheme to help increase farmers’ income

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government has opened multiple avenues for raising farmers’ income and solar farming is one of them. 

“We have rolled out the solar farming scheme. Farmers can now earn money from farming and at the same time earn by selling the extra solar power generated at their farms,” Modi said in his independence day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort here.... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

SECI to invite bids for 160MW solar-wind-storage project in Andhra Pradesh next week

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) will issue a request for bids (RfB) for a 160MW hybrid solar and wind project combined with battery energy storage in the state of Andhra Pradesh on 20 August.

The tender for the hybrid project at Ramagiri, Anantapur District, has been on the cards for some time after SECI reached out to industry to establish how much interest there is in providing EPC services for it... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Pollution Board to set up three more air quality stations in Vijayawada

With air pollution levels increasing alarmingly in the city, the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) officials have decided to establish three more air quality monitoring stations at NTR College of Veterinary Science, Gannavaram, VR Siddhartha Engineering College, Kanuru and Andhra Loyola Institute of Engineering and Technology (ALIET).

As per the National Ambient Air Quality standards, respirable... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

China says U.S. solar tariffs violate trade rules, lodges WTO complaint

China's commerce ministry said a U.S. decision to subsidise renewable energy firms and impose tariffs on imported products has seriously distorted the global market and harmed China's interests, firing the latest shot in a broader trade conflict. 

China has lodged a complaint to the World Trade Organisation to help determine the legality of the U.S. policies, saying they not only harm China's rights but also... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Tukatech unveils low energy TUKAcut cutting systems

Fashion industry technology leader, Tukatech, has introduced clean air filtration and lowest energy consumption TUKAcut cutting systems, certified by the TÜV SÜD Italia Machine Energy Protocol MEP. The Italian-made machines are customised with Tukatech’s software, and mechanical and electrical specifications to ensure TUKAcut provides an unmatched solution. 

TUKAcut machines for lingerie, denim and universal... Read more..

Source: Fibre 2 Fashion

Finance ministry defers safeguard duty on solar cells in view of court order

The finance ministry today said that safeguard duty will not be insisted upon on import of solar cells for the "time being" in deference to interim directions passed by the High Court of Orissa. Last month, India had imposed safeguard duty on solar cells imports from China and Malaysia for two years to protect domestic players from steep rise in inbound shipments. 

The duty was imposed following... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

SDMC proposes to issue municipal bonds worth Rs 500 cr for solar panel projects

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has set the ball rolling for issuance of municipal bonds worth Rs 500 crore, seeking to fund two important projects, officials said today. The Standing Committee of the SDMC cleared the proposal after which it now awaits nod from the House. 

"Once the House gives its approval, it will be sent to the Centre for the final nod. The bonds total worth would be Rs 500 crore... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India’s first electric vehicles charging corridor announced by Magenta Power

Renewable energy service company Magenta Power today announced it will set up India’s first electric vehicles charging Corridor called ChargeIn at Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

The corridor will be a network of EV charging stations and will be initially deployed at Hotel Center Point at Lonavala. In the next phase, the network will be extended to Bangalore and Mysore allowing electric vehicle users to travel... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

This Mumbai housing society is close to becoming ‘zero waste’

Within a span of two months, a housing society in Borivli has managed to segregate and treat all the waste that it generates, sending only a small fraction of its trash to dumping grounds.

The Anchorage Co-operative Housing Society at IC Colony, Borivli (West), with 26 families, generates 43kg of waste per day – 26kg organic, 5kg garden, 2kg biomedical and 10kg of mostly recyclable dry waste.... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

KKR to buy control of REEL for $530 million, one of India's biggest buyouts

Private equity firm KKR & Co said it will acquire a 60 per cent stake in India's Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd (REEL) for $530 million, adding it was one of India's largest buyouts. KKR will buy the stake via a combination of primary and secondary investments, in a deal that gives the waste management company an enterprise value of $925 million.

The deal comes at a time when the country is focused on... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Solar Philippines seeks to bring Indian PV competitiveness back to Southeast Asia

PV developer and manufacturer Solar Philippines plans to enter the Indian solar market, but then use that experience to become even more competitive in Southeast Asia.

Remarking on what attracts the company to India, Leandro Leviste, CEO of Solar Philippines, told PV Tech: “There's the obvious reason: India's solar industry is 10 times the size of the entire of Southeast Asia's, and after years of getting by... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

2 years after enacting law, Centre unlocks Rs 66,000 crore green fund

Unlocking a fund of more than Rs 66,000 crore to increase the country’s green cover, the Centre has finally notified the rules for utilisation of the money by states and Union Territories, and for setting up authorities to monitor its use for afforestation and conservation. The rules have been framed two years after a law to this effect was enacted. 

The fund is an accumulated amount of money which user agencies have... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Jharkhand to soon have a new policy for rooftop solar power plant

The Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Authority (JREDA) on Friday said it has prepared a framework for the state rooftop solar power policy 2018 with an objective to produce 500-megawatt (MW) power through grid-connected rooftop solar plants by 2022. JREDA director Niranjan Kumar said the new policy will facilitate rooftop solar power projects in the state's urban settlements. 

Speaking at an event at a... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Several polluting factories in North Delhi may be sealed soon

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation is likely to initiate sealing drive after September 29 against factories or industries using coal and other ‘dirty’ fuels like pet coke and furnace oil leading to air pollution in the city.

The move has come after the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) issued a circular to Delhi’s three civic agencies last month, asking them to direct all... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Madras High Court allows solar import release without paying safeguard duty

In a new twist to the imposition of safeguard duty on imported solar panels and modules from July 30, the Madras High Court permitted Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure to get its consignment of panels from overseas released by customs officials at Chennai port without paying the duty.

The company has been asked to execute a bond for the amount due and will have to pay the duty if the notification imposing... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Hyundai plans to introduce full range of electric vehicles in India

South Korean auto major Hyundai Motor is planning to introduce its full range of electric vehicles in India as it tries to expand its product offerings to compete with market leader Maruti Suzuki for a bigger share of the Indian roads. 

Close on the heels of Maruti Suzuki announcing plans to manufacture electric vehicles by 2020, Hyundai has commissioned a study to explore manufacturing of such vehicles in... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Innovation award for HP NGO for solar water heating system

 Community-based NGO Himalayan Research Group has won the Himachal Pradesh State Innovation Award for 2016-17 for developing a cost-effective mountain solar water heating system.

Locally called solar 'hamam', it will drastically reduce fuelwood requirement by making clean energy available at an affordable cost to rural households in harsh weather conditions.

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Source: ET Energy World

Garbage in water drains polluting Mumbai coastline: BMC

The Mumbai civic body told the Bombay High Court on Friday that garbage and solid waste thrown into open storm water drains by people were causing pollution  along the metropolitan city's coastline. 

In an affidavit filed before a division bench of justices A S Oka and Riyaz Chagla, the ... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Bengaluru worse than Delhi in pollution levels: CPCB

Bad air is no more the worry of national capital New Delhi; Garden City Bengaluru tops the list of six major polluting cities in India, says a CPCB study. The contributing factors: increased industrial activity on the outskirts of the city and use of a high number of diesel generator sets.