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Anand Mahindra to head solar advisory panel in India

According to reports, Mr Anand Mahindra, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra, is to head the Solar Energy Industry Advisory Council, which has been recently set up by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Confirming this to Business Line, Mr A.N. Srivastava, Director, MNRE, who is in charge of National Solar Mission Coordination and Issues concerning manufacturing, duties and taxation, said that the council has been constituted with about 15 members from the industry. He said that ... Read More »

Telecom towers asked to shift to hybrid power

According to reports, in a bid to reduce the carbon footprint of the telecom sector by reducing its dependence on diesel, the government has directed all telecom service providers to ensure that at least half of all their towers in rural areas use hybrid power sources. Currently, most telecom towers use diesel generators, making the industry the second-largest user of diesel in the country. The directives — suggested by the telecom Regulatory Authority of India last year and approved by ... Read More »

Gujarat to generate 500 MW solar power soon

According to reports, in a major boost to Gujarat’s ambition to emerge as the solar power hub of the country, more than 500 MW of solar power generation capacity is expected to become operational in the state in the next two weeks or so, a senior government official said. According to officials, 175 MW of solar power generation capacity has already been commissioned. A further 128 MW is ready for commissioning, but is waiting for evacuation facilities, which are expected ... Read More »

Kochi corporation urged to hasten solar city programme

According to reports, the Kochi Corporation is lagging far behind the other urban civic bodies across the country chosen for the implementation of the Solar City Programme being conceived by the Union Ministry for New and Renewable Energy. Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram Corporations are among the 60 municipalities chosen for the programme in the initial stage during the 11th Five Year Plan. While the preparation of the master plan for the implementation of the programme is in the final stage in other States, ... Read More »

TANGEDCO wants solar heater mandatory in new houses in Tamil Nadu

According to reports, officials of the Electricity Board here plan to suggest to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission to make provision for solar water heaters mandatory in new residential buildings with a built-up area of more than 1,000 sq.ft. if they have to get power connection. Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) Chief Engineer A. Thangavelu told The Hindu on Thursday that the Corporation planned to recommend that new electricity service be provided only to those residential units ... Read More »

Mahindra Solar One to invest Rs 10 billion in solar power generation

According to reports, Mahindra Solar One, a joint venture between the Mahindra Group and Kiran Energy, plans to invest 1,000 crore in solar power generation to build a capacity of 100 megawatts over the next two years, continuing the trend of large business houses investing heavily in the sector. “Our target is to be among the top three players in the solar industry in the next five years,” Anand Mahindra, vice-chairman and managing director, Mahindra & Mahindra, told ET. Earlier, the ... Read More »

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