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    Centre grants 3,500 solar pump sets for Telengana & Andhra Pradesh

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    According to reports, about 3,500 farmers from the newly formed States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will soon get solar pump sets for agriculture. The Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) water pumping systems for irrigation were granted by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy about six months ago to a few select States including Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar among others. Subsequently, the pump sets, 3,500 in number, have been distributed between ... Read More »

    TNERC move to help solar power firms

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    According to reports, within days of Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) fixing solar power tariff at Rs 7.01 per unit to woo investors, the commission on Tuesday struck down the proposal by Tangedco to procure 700MW of solar power from 52 power generators in the state. The regulatory commission stated that the tender process followed by Tangedco was flawed and not conforming to the guidelines laid down by the Electricity Act 2003. As a result, there could be a ... Read More »

    Tamil Nadu’s solar mission grounded

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    According to reports, the State’s solar mission has come to a nought. The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has passed an order stating that there is no legal sanctity to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation’s (Tangedco) transparent bidding process for solar power purchase from 52 companies. “The bidding process has no legal sanctity for consideration under Section 63 of the Electricity Act, 2003,” said TNERC members S. Nagalsamy and G. Rajagopal in an order on Monday, a ... Read More »

    Suzlon Energy Suffers 10% Drop as New Shares Trade

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    According to reports, Suzlon Energy Ltd. (SUEL), India’s biggest wind-turbine maker, fell by its limit as new shares converted from the company’s bonds began to trade. The shares dropped 10 percent, the most since April 30 last year, to 20.35 rupees as of 10:30 a.m. local time. The benchmark S&P BSE Sensitive Index rose 0.1 percent. Investors approved a $547 million bond sale in July to replace four older notes after the Pune-based manufacturer committed India’s biggest convertible bond default ... Read More »

    Solar panels to be made mandatory for new buildings in Hyderabad

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    According to reports, the Telangana government is planning to make installation of roof-top solar panels mandatory for new buildings in Hyderabad, to provide for better and efficient energy needs. Speaking at a workshop organised by the Administrative Staff College of India and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation on “Transforming Indian Cities to Smart Cities”, a prelude to the 11th Metropolis World Congress 2014 scheduled to be held from October six to ten here, Telangana Minister for Information Technology and Panchayat Raj, ... Read More »

    Allahabad city crossings get solar powered traffic signaling system

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    According to reports, the traffic police department on Thursday launched a signaling system for traffic management at five major crossings of the city. The solar powered signaling system has been installed at 10 major crossings in the city including Mayor Hall crossing, Dhobighat crossing, Hanuman temple crossing, Subhash crossing (Civil Lines) and Eklavya crossing. The depute teams of traffic constables and home guards were at all five major crossings to implement the signaling system and inform the commuters about the ... Read More »

    Rajasthan House passes bill allowing lease of land for renewable energy projects

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    According to reports, the Rajasthan Assembly on Thursday passed an amendment bill enabling land owner to lease land for to power (solar and wind energy) producers for thirty years. The Rajasthan Land Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014, to amend the Rajasthan Tenancy Act 1955, and the Rajasthan Land Revenue Act 1956, was passed by a voice vote after rejecting ruling BJP MLAs and Independent member’s important suggestions. Defending the provisions of the Bill, Parliamentary Minsiter Rajendra Rathor said Rajasthan would emerge ... Read More »

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