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    ‘Investor commitments received for 1.3 L MW renewable energy’

    According to reports, even before the first-ever meet for attracting investment in renewable energy sector starts, the country has received commitments to create 1.30 lakh MW generation capacity, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said today. “We have received commitment for investments for nearly 1.3 lakh MW of renewable energy from both the domestic and international players,” Goyal today said, speaking here on sidelines of an event organised by VASVIK.  The government, which is targeting an investment of USD 100 billion in ... Read More »

    Indian energy firm bars foreign bids for three solar projects

    According to reports, Indian state-run utility NTPC has restricted the building of three new solar power projects to domestic manufacturers, even as India pushes for overseas companies to lead fresh investments into a renewable energy drive. Only Indian companies will be allowed to bid for the projects, which will have a combined 750 megawatts (MW) capacity, a spokeswoman for NTPC said on Thursday. The spokeswoman declined to say why foreign companies were not able to bid, and stressed that Indian ... Read More »

    Solar power to cut energy bill in Ahmedabad

    According to reports, the AMC has decided to go green. Apart from adopting the rooftop solar power policy, the AMC has decided to set up a solar power station at Kankaria for the laser show which will now be a regular feature. AMC standing committee chairman Pravin Patel said that during the recent Kankaria Car nival and Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the laser show was a big draw and peo ple made a representation that the laser show should be a ... Read More »

    Tapping the offshore wind

    According to reports, for long, Tamil Nadu has not been able to tap the vast potential of wind energy a long coastline offers. While onshore wind farms, mostly located in the Shencottah and Palakkad passes, have been able to harness wind energy to the maximum, the offshore potential has only been talked about till now – primarily due to the prohibitive costs. Now, the Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) is carrying out a pre-feasibility study, wherein ... Read More »

    Solar dispute cloud over Indo-US relations

    According to reports, the solar dispute hangs like wisp of a cloud over the growing friendship between India and the US; observers in India are watching what the US would do between now and February 3, when a dispute panel of the World Trade Organisation will hear the US complaint. The Americans feel that India’s ‘domestic content requirement’ of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission programme violates WTO rules. The DCR provision requires some of the solar power projects to ... Read More »

    No takers for US funds among Indian renewable energy firms

    According to reports, there are no takers for funds promised by the US to finance renewable energy projects due to the uncompetitive pricing of American equipment manufacturers compared with those from China and south-east Asia, Indian renewable energy firms say. “Most of the sourcing for solar equipment, including photovoltaic cells and modules, is done from China and Malaysia due to the competitive pricing. Similarly, in the case of wind power, the domestic market is mature in terms of technology and ... Read More »

    Maharashtra govt’s draft policy on renewable energy sector to be out

    According to reports, the Maharashtra government today said that a draft of its integrated policy for the renewable energy sector, which is aimed at reducing the state’s carbon footprint and boosting the renewable energy sector, would be made public within the next fortnight. “A draft of our integrated policy for the renewable energy sector, where we will produce energy through solar, wind and co-generation, should be out in the next 10-14 days. It will be put up on the government ... Read More »

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