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Gujarat to add 15,000 MW of renewable power by 2022

The Gujarat government on Thursday announced Rs 1 lakh crore investment in the renewable energy (RE) sector in the next three years, aimed at adding 15,000MW capacity.

The state government also plans to reduce dependence on thermal power by increasing the share of RE sector in total power generation from the existing 28% to 53% in next three years. Addressing reporters at a press conference here on Thursday... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

PTC India wind power sale attracts Hero, Macquarie, CLP

The Indian arm of CLP Holdings Ltd, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) and Hero Future Energies are among the companies that are interested in acquiring PTC India Ltd’s wind power business that may be valued at around ₹2,000 crore, two people aware of the development said.

KPMG has been hired to manage the sale of PTC Energy’s 290 MW of wind power assets across Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. There has been considerable interest in the asset, given its size, the people said, requesting anonymity.

The Indian renewable energy space is witnessing... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Delhi govt looking for viable solution to counter waste management

Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain Thursday said the AAP government is willing to provide funds to counter waste management problem in the city if it finds a viable solution, an official statement stated.

"Managing waste is not a difficult task as several technologies are available for the same that do not cost much, but even if there is a need for funds the Delhi government will provide the same," the statement... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Adani Group partners with Andhra Pradesh government to develop 'world's first green data center parks'

Andhra Pradesh government today signed an MoU with Adani Group to build data center parks up to 5 gigawatt (gw) capacities in and around Visakhapatnam using 100 percent renewable energy over the next 20 years. The move also marks the Adani Group's foray into the digital infrastructure sector.

The idea is to develop hyper-scale data center market in the state, positioning AP as the east coast data center hub... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Government to announce 30% subsidy to milk farmers, co-ops in bid to go solar

The government is planning to shift the country’s entire milk sector to solar energy—from farmers onward to processors—through an upfront subsidy of 30%. A policy, in the works, will be announced soon, Dilip Rath, the chairman of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), told HT on Wednesday.

The largest chunk of India’s milk business runs on a co-operative business model, which is essentially a collectivised... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Andhra government signs MoU with Adani group for Rs 70,000 crore data centre parks

The Andhra Pradesh Government on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Adani Group to build data center parks in and around Visakhapatnam over the next 20 years. The ambitious project, with a staggering investment of Rs 70,000 crore, would be a first-of-its-kind 100 per cent renewable energy powered project in the world, officials said. Adani will set up 5 gigawatts solar parks to power these proposed data centres.

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Source: The Indian Express

Bengaluru-based Micelio fund to invest in clean-energy startups

Shreyas Shibulal, son of Infosys cofounder SD Shibulal, has started a fund dedicated to clean-energy startups. Bengaluru-headquartered Micelio Fund plans to invest in startups in the electric vehicle space, across areas such as mobility, software applications, energy and charging infrastructure.

“It is a Rs 140-crore fund which will undertake seed investments in early-stage companies who are trying to... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Finance Ministry goes all-electric: Vehicle fleet replaced with 15 Mahindra eVerito EVs

The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India has just signed an agreement with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for the deployment of 15 electric vehicles for their officers. In order to charge these vehicles, a total of 28 charging points that include 24 Slow charging points and 4 Fast Charging Points have been installed at North Block. The distribution of these vehicles is handled by EESL and all of these 15 cars are Mahindra eVeritos as informed by sources close to... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

NDMC replaces 50,000 old meters with ‘smart’ ones

The New Delhi Municipal Council on Wednesday replaced 50,000 conventional electricity meters with smart meters, making NDMC the first distribution company in India to implement 100% smart metering solution. The adoption of smart meters will enhance consumer convenience and rationalise electricity consumption.

The smart meters come with multiple user-friendly features like user’s profile, latest consumption... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Ecolab establishes digital center in Bengaluru

Ecolab Inc., the known firm in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, in partnership with SMC2, is establishing the Ecolab Digital Center (EDC) in Bengaluru. The EDC will serve as a global ‘Digital Innovation Center of Excellence,' for the company and drive digital customer and field technology innovation and scale using a team of leading global talent.

“Digital technology is already driving... Read more..

Source: The Asian Age

Govt panel proposes 2-way strategy to push EVs in India

 A government appointed panel led by cabinet secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha has proposed a bouquet of incentives for makers as well as buyers of electric vehicles in an effort to push emobility in the country.

The panel has recommended a lower basic customs duty on components besides a lower GST rate to encourage manufacturers to take up large-scale production of e-vehicles.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Airports Authority of India bans single-use plastic items

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Monday imposed a ban on single-use plastic items at its 129 airports across the country. Single-use plastic items are used only once and then thrown in the trash.

“Various steps have been undertaken to eliminate single-use plastic items at passenger terminals and city side. These steps include banning of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutlery, plastic... Read more..

Source: Livemint

India, Norway to cooperate on SDGs, ocean economy

India and Norway agreed to work in close cooperation on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the ocean economy following delegation-level talks headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg here on Tuesday.

"The Sustainable Development Goals match India's growth targets," Modi said in a joint address to the media with Solberg following the meeting.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

NOIDA authority collaborates with HCL foundation for solid waste management

The New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) Monday entered into a pact with the HCL Foundation for solid waste management in the city, which generates around 600 metric tonnes of solid waste daily, officials said. As part of the memorandum of understanding (MoU), HCL Foundation will collaborate with the Noida Authority for analysing, planning, designing and implementing solid waste management (SWM) strategies, focusing on waste segregation at source and effective management solutions for the... Read more..

Source: Times Now

NGT concerned over lack of policy on disposal of antimony-coated solar panels

The National Green Tribunal has expressed concern over lack of policy or rules with regard to disposal of solar panels containing antimony and sought minimum time schedule required for the purpose. 

A Bench headed by Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore asked the counsel appearing for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Environment and Forests and other parties to seek instructions on the issue... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Norwegian PM inaugurates unique Green Embassy building in Delhi

 In a unique move a new green compound at the Royal Norwegian Embassy here was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg. She is in the capital for a 2- day official visit. 

The embassy has obtained a Green Rating for Integrated Habitat by the Government of India. High sustainability and environmental ambitions were key goals for the architect. The building is adapted to the local climate and... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India to bid out 500 GW renewable energy capacity by 2028

India is planning to bid out 500 gigawatt (GW) of renewable energy generation capacity by 2028 to achieve its goal of 40 per cent electricity generation from non-fossil fuels by 2030, said Anand Kumar, secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), today at the India-Norway Business Summit 2019 in New Delhi.

Of this, 350 GW would come from solar, 140 GW from wind, and the remaining from small hydro... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

EBRD Releases Green Bonds worth €600 Million

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it has released a 600 million euro ($685 million) green bond with a tenure of fie-year.

This transaction represents EBRD’s initial benchmark Green Bond in the EUR market, and its fourth benchmark-sized Green Bond. As one of the leaders in the Green Bond market, EBRD’s standing and credibility is steadily established amid the... Read more..

Source: Energetica

Vestas bags 101-MW wind EPC contract in India

Vestas Wind Systems said today it will build a 101-MW wind park in the Indian state of Gujarat for a subsidiary of Continuum Wind Energy Pvt Ltd.

The customer, Trinethra Wind & Hydro Power Pvt Ltd, has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to the Danish company in relation to a project at Rajkot.

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Source: Renewables Now

Govt diverted 20,000 hectares of forest land for projects including hydro, wind in past 3 yrs

The Indian government has diverted over 20,000 hectares (the size of Kolkata) of forest area for developmental activities such as mining, thermal power plants, dams, road, railways and irrigation projects in the past three years (2015-18) across India.

According to the official data revealed by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Parliament in December 2018, a total of 20,314.12 hectares of... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Haryana Floats Tender for 300 MW Solar Plant

Haryana Power Purchase Centre (HPPC) Limited has announced that it has released a proposal (RFS) for the procurement of 300 MW grid connected solar energy. It aims to enhance the share of renewable energy in the state and to fulfill Haryana’s renewable purchase requirement.

The HPPC has place an upper ceiling for tariff at Rs 3 for this tender. The 300 MW capacity is divided in two categories. In the first... Read more..

Source: Energetica

GRIDCO signs PSA with PTC India for 50 MW wind power

Faced with hurdles in developing wind power plants, Odisha has turned to other states for sourcing the unconventional energy to help meet its Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) mandate. 
Gridco has signed a power sale agreement (PSA) with PTC India Ltd to avail of 50-MW wind power allocated through the Solar Electrification Corporation of India (SECI) under the '1,000 Mw ISTS Connected Wind Power Projects Scheme' of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

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Source: Business Standard

Vibrant Gujarat summit: MoUs for Rs 50,000-cr renewable power projects likely

The upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 (VGGS) expects to see commitment of investments worth a whopping Rs 50,000 crore in the renewable energy sector in the state, according to officials. 

The state-owned Gujarat Power Corp Ltd (GPCL) will be laying the foundation stone for the biggest 5000mw solar power park worth Rs 25,000 crore within the Dholera Special Investment Region. 

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Source: The Economic Times

All water supply schemes to run on solar power

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced that all rural water supply schemes will be supplied solar energy so that Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) doesn’t disconnect them for non-payment of power bills. 
Fadnavis praised energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule for introducing the scheme for supplying solar power to water supply schemes. 

Addressing the e-inauguration... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Kerala: Draft power policy dreams big on solar for quality electricity supply

Quality power will be made available to consumers anytime, anywhere in the state in next five or six years if the plan envisaged in the draft power policy becomes a reality.

The draft power policy — published by the state government — foresees more consumer-friendly initiatives, realistic summarising and futuristic steps, all in tandem with the disruptive technologies hitting the global power market with a... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld