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India Misses Solar Target With 20-Fold Jump in Capacity in Year

According to reports, Indian solar power capacity expanded 20-fold in the past year to at least 356 megawatts, a third of the targeted level, after infrastructure, financing and weather- related delays, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The country planned to install 1,233 megawatts of central government, regional and pilot projects, the researcher said. “Many projects in Gujarat state were delayed because of transmission infrastructure problems, rains, and delays in financial closure,” said Bharat Bhushan, Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s New ... Read More »

Bangalore discom to seek 50% hike in power tariff

According to reports, The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) is preparing to file another tariff hike proposal before the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) by the end of this month. “We will be filing a tariff hike proposal but the exact dates and amounts have not been fixed yet,” said P Manivannan, managing director, BESCOM. He, however, added that the expected hike requested would be somewhere in the range of 50 paise. Following a judgment in November 2011 by the ... Read More »

Former ISRO Chairman calls solar energy technology the ultimate solution to renewable energy

According to reports, former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair said that the country faces major engineering challenges in the energy and education sectors. He was delivering the 47th Mysore Engineers Commemorative Lecture on ‘Engineering Challenges in the Country’ at the Institute of Engineers in the city on Tuesday. Discussing the challenges in the energy sector, Nair urged industries to adopt wind energy solutions more proactively. “Engineering solutions are needed to develop windmills which work efficiently at low speeds. India has ... Read More »

Andhra Pradesh spells out energy management plan

According to reports, The Andhra Pradesh Government has charted out a five-point programme for better energy management and to meet the demand surge of about 300 million units a day during the rabi crop season. According to estimates, energy requirement is expected to cross 300 mu against 280 mu met during the rabi crop season last year. During rabi, the demand from pump sets boosts energy demand significantly to support the standing crop. To meet this projected demand, the State ... Read More »

Coimbatore Corporation begins efforts to tap solar energy

According to reports, The Coimbatore Corporation is moving towards the status of a “Solar city”, which is aimed at reducing the conventional energy consumption by a minimum of 10 per cent at the end of five years, through a combination of enhancing supply from renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures. The initiative will get funding from the Centre. The project planning and implementation is being closely monitored by Mayor S.M. Velusamy and Corporation Commissioner T.K. Ponnusamy. A total of ... Read More »

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