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Rays Power Infra commissions three solar PV projects in Karnataka

Jaipur-based solar power company Rays Power Infra today announced it has commissioned three solar PV projects in Karnataka, under the state’s open access scheme.

The open access model implemented in Karnataka enables access to power at considerably lower rates, offering better efficiencies and lower utility bills while reducing the carbon footprint of industries in the areas being serviced by projects built... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Despite the surge in renewables, emission levels almost unchanged

The rise of renewable sources of energy and their gallant victories over fossil fuels — particularly coal — is now legendary.

Last year, India added 11,788 MW of renewable energy capacity, twice as much as coal and hydro put together (5,400 MW). An estimate has it that 65 per cent of coal-derived electricity in India is sold at prices higher than new wind and solar.

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Source: The Hindu

India's clean energy capacity touches 70 GW: MNRE

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy today said India's installed clean energy capacity has already touched 70 GW and 38 GW is under implementation as per the data compiled till March 31.

The 70 GW installed renewable energy capacity in the country is double of the capacity four year back, a Ministry of New and Renewable Energy statement said.

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Source: The Times of India

NTPC solar auction tariffs hover at Rs. 2.8

Tariffs hovered at Rs 2.79-2.80 per unit at NTPC’s latest auction for 750 MW at Ananthapuram Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, with bidding continuing at the time of going to press. 

The tariffs are already below those offered at solar auctions conducted so far this year, although still above the record low. 

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Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: NTPC, SECI, Solar Tariffs

ReNew Power set to buy 5 renewable power companies

ReNew Power has a combined capacity of 5.6 GW that includes 3.7 GW of operational capacity and another 1.9 GW is in advanced stages of implementation.
ReNew Power, the largest independent power producer, is set to acquire five companies in the renewable power space — solar and wind — that have a combined capacity of about 680 MW for about Rs 6,000 crore, said two people familiar with the development. 

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Source: The Economic Times

To curb pollution, Telanagana to move to e-vehicles

In order to curb pollution, the Telangana government announced that it will soon introduce electric vehicles in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) in Hyderabad.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday said that the government will encourage use of electric vehicles in the city to make it pollution-free. “We need to encourage 100 per... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

No GST concession for solar contractors

Though solar panels and related equipment attract goods and services tax (GST) at a concessional rate of only 5%, solar developers who employ contractors to supply the panels and set up their projects are getting a ‘service’ performed for them, and hence should pay 18% GST, the rate applicable for services, the Maharashtra Authority for Advance Ruling (MAAR) has ruled. 

“The agreements tendered ... reveal... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: GST, solar panel, Solar Tariffs

Ghaziabad plans to start electric buses, shortlists four routes

The private player roped in by the UP government for introducing battery-operated e-buses, conducted a traffic survey on Wednesday and chalked out possible routes. The project is in the nascent stage as GDA is yet to deduce a financial model that would be adopted for the project.

According to Ritu Maheshwari, vice-chairperson, GDA, “ The genesis of introducing e-buses in the city could be traced to just... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Allianz is the latest insurer to bank on carbon neutrality

Allianz is to stop selling insurance policies to coal-fired power plants and coal mines, in the latest sign the dirtiest fossil fuel could become a pariah for forward-thinking investors.

Announcing its "climate protection package" last week, the German insurance giant said the new policy would become effective immediately, acting as the first step towards the firm's complete withdrawal from the coal business... Read more..

Source: GreenBiz

ReNew Power files for IPO that could raise $1 billion

ReNew Power Ltd filed for an initial public offering on Tuesday that could raise more than $1 billion in one of India's biggest listings so far this year.

Goldman Sachs and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) are among the backers of ReNew, which has about 3,921 megawatts of operational wind and solar power generation capacity and another about 1,668 megawatts under development.

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Source: ET Energyworld

ZDHC releases electronic version of ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List

To drive implementation and ease usability, the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme has released the electronic version of the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (ZDHC MRSL) – the ZDHC e-MRSL. The ZDHC MRSL lists chemical substances that should be banned from intentional use by the industry in the production of textile, apparel, leather and footwear.
The ZDHC MRSL applies to chemicals used in facilities that process materials and trim parts for use in the industry. Chemicals in the ZDHC... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

Dubai’s Relam Investment to invest $300 m in India

Dubai-based Relam Investment on Tuesday announced its entry into the Indian market with an initial commitment to invest $300 million in the real estate and technology sectors over the next five years.

The company will make India as it’s hub for investments in Southeast Asian markets, its chairman and managing director Sultan Ali Rashed Lootah said.

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Source: Business Line

China develops lead carbon battery to store renewable energy

Chinese scientists have developed a lead carbon battery for storing power generated from solar panels and windmills and claimed that with such devices, the electricity supply is stable for use.

An energy storage system with the batteries was piloted in Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in northeast China's Liaoning Province, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Madhya Pradesh Gets India's First Smart Cities Control Centre

In a major step towards realising the centre's smart city mission (SCM), the Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday launched the country's first Integrated Control and Command Centre (ICCC) for all seven smart cities of the state in Bhopal.

The ICCC, installed in a building in Barkheda area of the state capital, would enable the authorities to monitor the status of various smart civic amenities in real-time... Read more..

Source: NDTV
Subject Tags: IoT, Smart cities

Delhi govt to rope in private players to run e-buses

To carry out its ambitious plan of creating a fleet of 1,000 electric buses, Delhi government is trying to rope in private players who would procure and operate these buses in lieu of the operating cost paid by the government.

Delhi’s transport minister Kailash Gahlot told TOI that the government doesn’t want to outright buy electric buses primarily due to two reasons — the prohibitive cost of these buses... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Web-based mapping to identify polluters

The pollution control board (PCB) has launched a first-of-its-kind web-based mapping for a waterbody and network of sewers, manholes and drains as part of sanitation survey being undertaken for Karamana river.

PCB is executing the survey with the help of a mobile app ‘Envisan’ developed by Kerala State Remote Sensing And Environment Centre. The Socio-Economic Unit Foundation, an NGO which is conducting the... Read more..

Source: Times of India

UPPCL Installing 1 Crore Pre-Paid Meters under Saubhagya Scheme

In the biggest ever move to curb line loss and power pilferage to bring down the cost revenue collection, UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) has undertaken the task of installing  a whopping 1 crore pre-paid meters under Saubhagya Scheme. 

In April, 2017, the UP government signed an MOU with Union Power ministry’s `Power for All’ which aims to provide power connection to more than 4 crore rural households... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

Survey of India to aid National Mission for Clean Ganga using GIS technology

The National Mission for Clean Ganga has brought on board Survey of India to facilitate Ganga rejuvenation using GIS. To aid the mission, SoI will map the entire stretch of the Ganga using GIS technology and provide high-resolution maps to the government. SoI intends to complete the job within 15 months. The high-resolution maps so provided by SoI will help the government to get minute details of sewage and effluent discharge outlets and identify pollution hot-spots up to 10 km on both sides of the river. It... Read more..

Source: Geospatial World

The Sun Exchange Uses Blockchain for Solar Project Insurance

The blockchain is set to take on a new role with off-grid solar developer The Sun Exchange, which aims to use the technology for insurance.

The South Africa-based startup said its Ethereum ERC20-based rewards currency, SUNEX, would be used to create a solar project insurance fund, or SPIF, to cover the cost of relocating PV plants to new sites if the original electricity offtakers defaulted on payments.... Read more..

Source: Greentech Media

Central Pollution Control Board directs captive power plants to comply with new emission norms by December 31, 2018

The Central Pollution Control Board has directed 21 companies in Telangana and 30 companies in Andhra Pradesh to comply with new emission norms on captive power plants by December 31, 2018, or face action as per Environment Protection Act. And this may also include closure. The list comprises cement, pharma, sugar, infra, solvent and other companies from both Telugu states.

The companies were asked to set up... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

New technology purifies water using sunlight

Scientists have developed a new technology that uses the sunlight to purify water with near-perfect efficiency.

The idea of using energy from the sun to evaporate and purify water was reportedly described by Greek philosopher Aristotle over 2,000 years ago.

By draping black, carbon-dipped paper in a... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Enforce rules to eliminate single-use carry bags: Centre to states

Being the global host of this year's World Environment Day (June 5) with 'Beat Plastic Pollution' as its theme, the Centre has written to all states and Union Territories (UTs) to undertake a massive campaign against use of single-use plastics and enforce rules to ensure elimination of plastic carry bags of less than 50 microns in thickness.

Though the Centre had banned polythene bags below 50 microns in... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Haryana to introduce solar based tubewell scheme for farmers

Haryana finance minister, Captain Abhimanyu said on Friday that the state government is mulling to implement a solar based tubewell scheme in the state. The scheme aims to benefit the farmers as they would be able to generate electricity and earn income.

Capt Abhimanyu was addressing a press conference after the meeting with 15th Finance Commission.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Launches Chapter for South Asia to Combat Climate Change

To combat the adverse impact of climate change, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) has launched a chapter for South Asian countries and urged mayors and commissioners from India as well as local Governments across the region to join the coalition and commit to moving towards a low-carbon and climate resilient economy.

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy-South Asia... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

Rooftop solar panels to be mandatory in Haryana government buildings

The Haryana government is going to make it mandatory for all public buildings, like schools, health centres, offices etc., to have rooftop solar panels as part of a state-wide project that will be first implemented in Gurugram and Faridabad.

PK Mahapatra, additional chief secretary, new and renewable energy department, Haryana, made the announcement on Saturday, days after a WHO report listed Gurugram as the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld