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Hospitals flout biomedical waste disposal rules, fined

Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) has imposed fine on two hospitals for mixing biomedical waste with household waste, which consequently was being taken to landfill sites by vans enjoined upon to collect door-to-door household waste in the city.

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Source: The Times of India

Environmentally friendly farming practices used by nearly one third of world's farms

Nearly one-third of the world's farms have adopted more environmentally friendly practices while continuing to be productive, according to a global assessment by 17 scientists in five countries.

The researchers analyzed farms that use some form of "sustainable intensification," a term for various practices, including organic farming, that use land, water, biodiversity, labor, knowledge and technology to both... Read more..

Source: Science Daily

India commissions first wind project connected to inter-state transmission system

The government today announced the country’s first wind power project connected to the Inter-State Transmission System was commissioned today by Ostro Kutch Wind Private Ltd in Gujarat.

State-owned Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) had conducted the first auction of wind power projects in February last year in which tariff of Rs 3.46 was discovered, much lower than the feed-in tariffs in vogue at the... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

EU set to end Chinese solar panel import controls in September

The European Union will scrap import controls on solar panels and cells from China in September, rejecting a request from EU producers who argue that the bloc will be opening its doors to a flood of dumped products.

The European Commission, which coordinates EU trade policy, proposed dismissing the request for an "expiry review" and received backing from a majority of the EU's 28 countries, according to EU... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Maharashtra: One arm of govt snubs solar power, another renews subsidy

On one hand, MSEDCL wants to discourage them by proposing to levy a surcharge and going in for gross metering instead of net and on the other, its sister concern Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) has decided to provide subsidy for them in 2018-19 too.

MEDA has sent a circular to solar power consultants informing them that residential and educational institutional consumers will continue to get... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Forest dept plans solar plant for butterfly conservatory to make it self-sufficient

The butterfly conservatory in Srirangam may soon be operated with clean energy as the forest department plans to generate solar power within the park’s premises to meet its electricity needs. 

Souring monthly electricity bills has prompted the forest department to look at the possibility of non-conventional energy source, by erecting a solar power plant within the conservatory spread across 25 acres. As of... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

'Kerala rains match climate change forecasts'

Once-a-century rains that have pounded Kerala and displaced 1.3 million people are in line with the predictions of climate scientists, who warn that worse is to come if global warmingcontinues unabated. 

The monsoon rains upon which farmers in the southwestern state depend for their food and livelihoods dumped two-and-a-half times the normal amount of water across the state... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Bengaluru metro stations to get electric vehicle charging points in a week

 Namma Metro passengers will be able to recharge their electric bikes and cars at Byappanahalli, MG Road, Mysuru Road and Jayanagar stations, where BMRCL will set up charging points in a week.

“We will commence operations in 7-10 days as we need to complete some operational formalities. We will set up charging points for e-vehicles at four stations and will extend the facility to other stations based on the... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

City in Gujarat gets country’s first certified green police station building

 This police station has been awarded green building status by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). In fact, Harni has become the first police station in the country to get a silver rating green building status.

“The government and many other organizations have been talking about climate change and the need to conserve energy. Police station is one of the most important buildings in the city as it is... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Army lights up 200 more mud houses with solar lights in higher reaches of JK

Continuing its efforts to extend a helping hand to the needy, the Army distributed 200 more solar lights among the nomadic communities living in the high altitude areas here in Jammu and Kashmir. 

The Army's Rashtriya Rifles unit based in Bhadarwah has so far distributed over 17,000 such lights among the Gujjars and Bakerwals under its 'Project Roshni'(light). 

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Source: ET Energy World

Soon, Tesla's BlackHOLE to gobble up waste in Ladakh

 Ladakh, often called the roof of the world because of its high altitude and windswept plateaus, is getting a 'BlackHOLE' to swallow the mountains of trash rising in step with a surge in tourist arrivals.

The innovative waste disposal technology from the Tesla stable will form the backbone of a waste disposal system being rolled out as the tourism boom has set off alarm bells over the adverse impact on... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

This solar tree charges your phone, provides free Wi-Fi

Municipal administration minister SP Velumani on Sunday inaugurated a ‘smart tree’ at VOC Park under which people can rest and browse the internet using free Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Rs 30lakh structure, installed under the smart city mission project, is situated on a 900sqft plot at the park. “While its trunk is made of metal rods covered with fibre, the leaves are made of zinc. It is equipped with a solar... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

ASICS' target to reduce CO2 approved by SBTi

ASICS’ new target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, set this year, has been officially recognised by the Science Based Targets initiative(SBTi). The target’s level is considered to be based on science in order to achieve the two degree Celsius goal in the Paris Agreement. The approval came on August 1, 2018. The SBTi was established in 2015. 

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Source: Fibre 2 Fashion

Rs 5,500 cr FAME II scheme finalised; all EVs to get subsidy support

An inter-ministerial panel has finalised the roadmap for the second phase of FAME India scheme with an outlay of around Rs 5,500 crore spanning over five years and subsidy support for all types of electric vehicles, official sources said.

The panel decided to offer subsidy to all categories of electric vehicles, including two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers, to promote green vehicles and check... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Government sets schedule for state entities to float solar power tenders

The government has set a schedule for state companies and official agencies to float solar tenders in a move aimed at spacing out the offer of large project capacities and preventing distortion of the market.

With a target of adding 100GW of solar power capacity by 2022, the government plans to invite bids for 30,000 MW each in the current and next financial years. This will ensure a steady pipeline of... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

HC stays order slashing tariffs of incentivised wind power generators

The Andhra Pradesh High Court has stayed the state regulator’s order that reduced tariffs of electricity supplied by wind projects that received generation-based incentive (GBI) from the Centre.

The order is significant because the GBI issue was seen as a roadblock in Greenko’s planned acquisition of Orange’s renewable energy portfolio, as reported by ET on Aug 21.

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Source: ET Energy World

BEE plans ‘energy conservation building code’ for residential units

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is planning to introduce ‘energy conservation building code’ for residential buildings to help reduce domestic consumption. 

“The codes would include design instructions like what sort of bricks to use and how rooms should be planned. At present we have an energy conservation building code for... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Big cities vow to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050

Leaders of some of the world's biggest cities vowed on Thursday to make all buildings carbon neutral by 2050, ensuring they make no contribution to climate change.

From London to Tokyo, 19 mayors said they would put in place regulations requiring all new buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030 and all existing ones to reach the same goal by 2050.

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Source: ET Energy World

REC Group secures 45MW of module orders for Indian rooftop solar projects

REC Group has secured orders for 45MW of solar modules to be installed at rooftop PV projects under the RESCO rooftop model in India, where the developer leases the rooftop system to the rooftop owner.

The orders from Indian companies Cleanmax Solar (16MW rooftop), Fourth Partner Energy (22MW open access) and SunSource (7MW rooftop) all came in June and July.

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Source: ET Energy World

Rays Power Infra enters solar retail segment, plans to launch 70 stores by 2020

MYSUN commissions two rooftop solar projects in Rajasthan

Noida-based solar firm MYSUN today announced it has commissioned two solar projects of 397 Kilowatt (Kw) and 104 Kw capacity each in Rajasthan. The company has a pipeline of projects with more than 10 Megawatt capacity in development stage.

“Rajasthan has a high grid tariff and a large industrial base which runs a hefty electricity bill month after month. Our customized solar energy solutions are designed to... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Lithium-ion batteries that don't catch fire in the offing

At a time when consumer electronics players are aiming to develop safe lithium-ion batteries that don't catch fire, a team of researchers has developed a practical and inexpensive way to help prevent these fires.

In a lithium-ion battery, a thin piece of plastic separates the two electrodes.

"If the battery... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Ikea’s Hyderabad store delivers via solar-powered rickshaws

Swedish home furnishings retailer Ikea is a global company and it opened its first ever store in Hyderabad, India.
While the store owns the typical trains of Ikea store, be it the sprawling layout, cafe or the Hemnes bed, the interesting element coming into fore is that the store also has the distinction of the local flavor.

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Source: The Hans India

Siemens Gamesa commissions 3.375 MW project for NTPC

Siemens Gamesa, a renewable energy company, on Wednesday announced commissioning of 3.375 MW of wind-solar hybrid power pilot project for NTPC. 

The project consists of an SG 2.0-114 wind turbine in hybrid with 1.375 MW high efficiency HiT solar panels, which was executed in Bijapur district of Karnataka.

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Source: ET Energy World

Gujarat Discom consults on 1GW solar park

Distribution company Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has invited expressions of interest (EoI) for development of 1GW of PV capacity in a solar park at Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR), Gujarat.

GUVNL plans to purchase all the power from the solar park and EoIs are to be submitted by 15 October this year.

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Source: PV Tech