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Now Kerala to look at offshore wind power projects

According to reports, in an effort to find a practical solution to the shortage of power faced by the state, the Department of Port and Fisheries is looking into the possibilities of tapping tidal and wind energy offshore. The proposal will be presented at the ‘Emerging Kerala’ meet. Public sector consultancy firm KITCO has conducted a primary study in this regard. European countries are already making use of offshore wind energy. “It is a renewable energy source which the state can ... Read More »

27 solar projects under India’s national solar mission achieve financial closure

According to reports, all but one of the 28 companies that won solar photo voltaic projects in the second round of bidding under the National Solar Mission have achieved financial closure, the nodal agency for the programme, NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd (NVVN) disclosed on Wednesday. The projects that will be put up by these companies will add up to 340 MW, which is a respectable capacity in the solar power sector. Roughly, Rs 3,000 crore will be invested in these ... Read More »

25 renewable energy firms bid for supplying power to tower firms

According to reports, at least 25 Renewable Energy Service Companies (Rescos) have expressed interest in supplying energy to telecom tower companies. Tower companies, including Indus, Bharti Infratel, American Tower Corporation and Viom, had floated a joint proposal for the project. Under this project, the Rescos will set up renewable energy-based power plants near the telecom towers and sell power to the telecom company at a predetermined cost on a pay per use model. The power generated by the Rescos will be ... Read More »

India remains a solar power laggard

According to reports, the recent takeover of the well-known German solar cell manufacturer, Q-Cells, by a less-known South Korean company, Hanwha, is symbolic of the trend that has been in evidence in the last couple of years — solar manufacturing shifting from the West to Asia. This trend has essentially been driven by Chinese companies and has had a disruptive effect on the market, causing around 40 companies in the US and Europe to shut shop. Q-Cells is the latest. Other ... Read More »

Agartala to be Northeast India’s first solar city

According to reports, to reduce dependency on conventional energy, the Tripura government Wednesday announced ambitious plans to make Agartala a ‘solar city’, replacing at least 10 percent of usual power use by solar energy.”Agartala city would be the first ‘solar city’ in northeast India within the next few years,” Tripura’s Urban Development Minister Manik Dey said after inaugurating a 50 kilowatt solar power plant at the Agartala Municipal Council head office here. He said: “Solar power is the sustainable and ... Read More »

APERC directives being followed on power-cut, says Dora

According to reports, the power cuts imposed on all categories of consumers is in line with the directives of the AP Electricity Regulatory Commission which includes concessions or exemptions for particular industries or sectors, Director (Operations & HRD) of AP EPDCL H.Y. Dora said. Industry associations can approach the APERC to get specific exemptions, he said at a meeting organised on power crisis in the State. The power demand-supply gap was high in the area due to astronomical increase in the ... Read More »

‘More Indian firms are opting for energy management’-Schneider Electric, VP India and SAARC

According to reports, with a string of acquisitions in India, Schneider Electric is in consolidation mode, offering the entire spectrum of energy management solutions. The €22.6-billion French major, with manufacturing plants in India spanning UPS units, cooling systems, electrical switches and other energy sector products, is on a rapid geographical expansion, getting into smaller cities and towns. Shrinivas Chebbi, Vice-President, India and SAARC, Schneider Electric, said India has emerged as the most happening market. Increasingly, Indian companies are opting to outsource ... Read More »

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