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Ampere Vehicles launches electric scooter 'Reo Elite'

Ampere Vehicles, the e-mobility arm of Greaves Cotton, on Monday launched its electric scooter Reo Elite, priced at Rs 45,099 (ex-showroom Bengaluru). It has been launched with advanced features such as LED digital dashboard, dual shock absorbers and USB charging point, among others. The bookings for the 48V-20Ah battery scooter have began from Monday at an initial amount of Rs 1,999 through the Ampere Vehicles' website and dealerships in Bengaluru, the Coimbatore-based auto firm said in a release. "Through Ampere, we are focused on building a portfolio of made-in-India and clean mobility... Read more..

Source: ET Auto

Villgro, CEEW launch $2.5-million initiative to support clean energy-based livelihood solutions

Social enterprise incubator Villgro Innovation Foundation recently announced that it has jointly embarked with Council on Energy, Environment and Water(CEEW) on a novel initiative, ‘Powering Livelihoods’, with a vision to bolster India’s rural economy through the scaling up of clean-energy solutions.

The initiative, worth $2.5 million, aims to provide dedicated capital, technical, and sectoral growth support to at least five enterprises which are deploying innovative, clean energy-powered livelihood appliances and shall enable them to undertake large-scale commercial operations over... Read more..

Source: Your Story

AIIB approves US$65 million for Hero Future’s 250 MW solar project

After a US$75 million loan to Tata Cleantech Capital, the Beijing-headquartered Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has agreed to invest US$65 million in a 250 MW grid-connected solar power project by another Indian developer Hero Future Energies. The project—located in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan—is being developed by Hero Future Energies’ special purpose vehicle Clean Solar Power (Jodhpur). Located approximately 10 km south of the Bhadla Solar Park, it is spread across three villages, namely, Dedasari, Khakori and Durjani, and will result in clean energy generation of 616 MWh... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine

Solar federation surprised over high prices of home lighting systems in TN

Between August 2013 and now, the prices of solar panels have fallen precipitously, from around 60 US cents a watt to a third of it. Yet, the prices of projects for solar home lighting systems have risen sharply. Why is this so, wonders the National Solar Energy Federation of India. In a recent letter to Dheeraj Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Government of Tamil Nadu, the Federation has sought to draw his attention to the “exorbitant prices revealed upon recent opening of a few financial bids against a tender of the District Rural Development Agency, for providing solar home lighting... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

UDAY scheme loses power, sharp spike in discom losses

Four years after it was launched, UDAY — the NDA government’s “path breaking reform” to revive electricity distribution companies (discoms) — is unravelling. Discom losses, which had progressively reduced in the first couple of years since the scheme’s rollout in November 2015, have rebounded in FY ’19 to nearly double the losses recorded the previous year. The UDAY (Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana) scheme now seems... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

India could become fastest growing energy market by 2030

India’s Energy Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that his country will surpass China and become the world’s fastest growing market for energy by 2030. “We are on our way to become the world’s largest energy consumer,” the minister said, noting that India plans to use a combination of conventional fuel and sustainable fuels to create a “balanced energy mix.” The energy and steel sectors will play important roles in driving India on the path of becoming a $5-trillion economy, the minister added on Twitter. India aims to move to a gas-based economy and looks to invest around $100 billion in... Read more..

Source: RT

SBI Chairman identifies solar, city gas, oil as bright spots for funding

SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar on Saturday stressed that there is an adequate availability of funds with the banking system but he does not find enough projects where investment is being sought. "Our first indication is that we are the largest financier of projects, we have a very big team for project finance and currently it is under-utilised," he said at the 92nd Annual Convention of industry body FICCI here. He said even if there are projects, those are mainly in solar power, city gas projects and to some extent in roads sector. "Last year, we did only two financial closures which can be... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Govt mulling premium on petrol, diesel prices on BS-VI switchover

Consumers may feel the pinch of higher fuel prices in coming months as the government is considering a proposal to allow oil marketing companies charge a premium on retail prices of petrol and diesel to recover their investment in producing less polluting fuel. Public and private sector oil marketing companies (OMCs) have appealed to petroleum ministry to support a plan to raise consumer prices of auto fuels to help them recover a portion of investments made in upgrading their refineries to produce BS Stage-VI fuel. If this proposal is accepted by the government, retail prices of petrol... Read more..

Source: sify Finance

2020 Will See Cities Develop Advanced Urban Strategies

In 2020, the concepts of digital twins, urban modeling, resilience, circularity, smart urban spaces, and electric micro-mobility and micro-transit will be integrated into a comprehensive urban agenda and strategy that will define the character of smart cities of the future, states global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research. In its new whitepaper, 54 Technology Trends to Watch in 2020, ABI Research’s analysts have identified 35 trends that will shape the technology market and 19 others that, although attracting huge amounts of speculation and commentary, look less likely to move the... Read more..

Source: Communications Today

The city of Chennai in India is arming itself against climate change: KfW finances sustainable rainwater management with EUR 150

Better protection against flooding for around 550,000 residents and business owners Securing of drinking water supplies Construction of 215 kilometres of rainwater harvesting channels and infrastructure for rainwater storage Today in India's metropolis of Chennai, KfW Development Bank signed a contract worth EUR 150 million for sustainable rainwater management with the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The goal of the measure is to establish a wide-reaching and integrated rainwater management system,... Read more..

Source: Relief Web

Climate conference outcome balanced except on climate finance issues: Javadekar

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday that except for climate finance issues, India considers the outcome of COP 25 at Madrid as 'a balanced outcome,' which addresses concerns of all parties including developing countries and provides necessary building blocks for successful implementation of Paris Agreement. Addressing a press conference here, Javadekar, who is Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, said India engaged constructively in the negotiations while protecting its key interests including principles of equity and Common but Differentiated... Read more..

Source: newkerala.com

Take up pisciculture, go for solar energy: Nitish Kumar to farmers

Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday asked the officials of Saran district to promote the trend of ‘Niche Machchli Upar Bijli’ in ‘chour’ (wetland) areas to increase production of fish along with solar power. Addressing a meeting to review the development works under the ‘Jal-Jivan-Hariyali Abhiyan’ at the Saran collectorate in Chhapra, the CM said maximum number of farmers should be motivated to construct ponds in such a way that fisheries could be done in the pond and solar energy can be generated from the makeshift top of the solar panels. He said farmers should be motivated to do... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Concern over waste management in rural areas

Piled-up garbage in residential areas and conservancy workers setting fire to it is a common sight in many places located on the city outskirts where disposal of solid waste continues to be a concern. Rapid growth in households led to development of residential areas on the outskirts, particularly in the panchayats of Lakkapuram, Kaspapettai, Muthugoundanpalayam, 46 Pudur, Kadirampatti, Kanagapuram, Nanjai Uthukuli and Kavundachipalayam. As per Census 2011, population in 46 Pudur Panchayat is 16,054 while it is 9,739 in Lakkapuram Panchayat and 5,431 in Muthugoundanpalayam. “The number of... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

EESL inks pact with Baghirathi Sustainability India to promote EVs

State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) on Thursday said it has inked a pact with Baghirathi Sustainability India to promote e-mobility in private and government agencies in the country. EESL has signed a memorandum of understanding with Baghirathi Sustainability India Pvt Ltd to explore the possibilities of promoting electric vehicles (EVs) in India, according to an EESL statement. With this partnership, EESL seeks to deploy around 250 EVs and fast-track the adoption of e-mobility within private and government agencies across India, starting with Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra... Read more..

Source: ET Auto

NTPC snubs foreign emissions tech, shuts out GE, others from $2 bn orders

Top Indian electricity generator NTPC has rejected the emissions-cutting technology of GE and other foreign firms for its coal-fired plants, documents show, shutting them out of an estimated $2 billion in orders. Despite struggling with some of the world's worst air pollution levels, India has already pushed back a deadline to cut emission levels to up to 2022, after extensive lobbying by power producers who cited high costs and technical difficulties. The rejection of the foreign technology comes at a time when over half of coal-fired plants in India are already set to miss a phased... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

China's Great Wall revs up for India as rivals hit the brakes

Chinese automakers Great Wall Motor and Changan Automobile are accelerating plans to build cars in India after the initial success of rival SAIC Motor in one of the world’s biggest markets, three sources said. Great Wall, one of the biggest sellers of sports-utility vehicles (SUV) in China, expects to secure a production site in the first half of 2020, likely a General Motors plant in Maharashtra, a source familiar with Great Wall’s plans said. Buying a factory is seen as the best way to get up and running fast and Great Wall is finalising which SUVs it plans to make in India, including... Read more..

Source: Reuters India

Tata Motors unveils electric Nexon SUV, launch in Jan 2020

Tata Motors Limited (TML) unveiled electric variant of its popular Nexon compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) in Mumbai earlier today. The bookings for Nexon EV, which targets the personal segment, will open from December 20 and the commercial launch is scheduled for January 2020, the company said today. The Nexon EV is the first car from the stable of Tata Motors that is powered by its in-house developed modular electric powertrain platform called Ziptron. The said powertrain that includes lithium ion battery and electric motor, is said to deliver more than 300 kms of running range in a... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Tata Motors to tie up with group entities to foray into electric vehicles

Tata Motors will use the strength of group companies to fuel its foray into electric vehicles (EVs). It has tied up with Tata Power to install charging stations and will us the group’s retail arm chain, Croma, to digitally showcase the vehicles. “We are proud that the group’s entities are diversified and have expertise in varied segments. We are leveraging the strength to make EVs more popular,” said Shailesh Chandra, president of the electric mobility business and corporate strategy, Tata Motors. “We plan to set up 300 fast-charging stations by the end of this financial year, of which we... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Hyderabad firm may emerge as lowest bidder for e-bus project

Hyderabad-based Olectra Greentech Ltd (formerly Goldstone Infratech Ltd) and its Chinese technical partner BYD are likely to emerge as the lowest bidder in the electric bus project of state corporations in Karnataka, multiple sources in state transport undertakings (STUs) said. Under phase II of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME), 400 electric buses are to be inducted across the state. This includes 300 buses for BMTC, 50 for KSRTC for inter-city operations and another 50 for Hubballi-Dharwad BRTS (NWKRTC). The e-buses will be leased on opex (operating... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Rajasthan launches new policies for solar, wind and hybrid energy

The Rajasthan government on Thursday launched new schemes and policies to promote industrial development, investment, solar energy, wind energy and small scale industries in the state. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot launched the Industrial Development Policy-2019, Rajasthan Investment Promotion Scheme-2019, Chief Minister's Small Scale Industries Promotion Scheme 2019, Solar Energy Policy-2019 and Wind and Hybrid Energy Policy-2019 at a function here. Energy Minister BD Kalla, Industry Minister Parsadi Lal Meena were amongst those present on the occasion.

Source: ET Energy World

Sustainability Outlook partners with Indus Exposium for the 2nd Global Summit on Waste to Energy and Biofuels

After the huge success of its inaugural edition in February 2019 the 2nd Global Summit on Waste to Energy & Biofuels (GSWEB-2020) is back. With a firm focus on advanced conversion technologies, the summit addresses the need for innovation – not just in technology, but in policy, finance and partnership models – in order to accelerate the growth of the industry In India & worldwide.

It will bring... Read more..

Source: Sustainability Outlook

India has installed 96 waste-to-energy projects so far: Power minister R K Singh

India has so far installed 96 waste-to-energy projects for generation of power based on urban, industrial, agricultural and municipal solid waste, power and renewable energy minister R K Singh said. "As per a study, the total estimated energy generation potential from urban and Industrial organic waste in India is approximately 5,690 Megawatt," Singh said in a written reply in Parliament. Talking about the major challenges faced by waste-to-energy plants regarding generation and efficiency, the minister said that lack of an efficient mechanism to segregate waste into biodegradable, dry and... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

India should take urgent action to tackle air pollution: WHO

India should take “urgent action” to tackle air pollution as the levels of toxic air in many cities of the country are much higher than the recommended guidelines, which could have a major impact on people's health, WHO Director Maria Neira said. Several studies conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centre for Science and Environment and others published in journals such as The Lancet have linked pollution with premature deaths in India. Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar recently told the Parliament that there was no Indian study to show any correlation between... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

India's car dealers risk going out of business on BS-VI emission norms

India’s automobile dealers face an existential crisis next year, an industry body said. Dealers in the South Asian nation may go out of business if they’re not allowed to sell older vehicles after April 1, the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association said in a statement on Wednesday. FADA said most manufacturers will start making vehicles with the latest emission norms only by end-February, which means they’ll be stuck with previous models unless the Supreme Court modifies its order mandating sales of only Bharat Stage VI-compliant vehicles. A potential flip flop by the court risks... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

India plans bio-gas plants to tackle toxic pollution, but experts sceptical

India is planning to set up more than 100 bio-gas plants and provide thousands of farmers with machines to dispose of crop stubble in a bid to halt the choking crop-burning pollution that blights the country every winter. A major source of the smog that engulfs vast swathes of northern India, including the capital New Delhi, is the burning the straw and stubble of the previous rice crop to prepare for new planting in October and November. New Delhi is regularly judged to be one of the world's most polluted major cities. Government-backed Indian Oil Corp Ltd will invite private companies to... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times