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Andhra Pradesh solar policy worries industry experts

According to reports, the Andhra Pradesh solar policy announced a few days ago has generally been hailed as a very investor-friendly policy and one that has the scope to make the State “another Gujarat.” But nevertheless, some experts see red in the details. The policy does not provide a higher feed-in tariff, instead gives project developers a host of concessions, such as exemptions from several charge and tax credits on inputs, and encourages them to avail themselves of the tradeable renewable ... Read More »

South Central Railways to set up solar energy plants at 17 rest rooms

According to reports, with the availability of conventional power turning scarce owing to poor generation, the South Central Railway plans to utilise solar energy on a large scale. The Vijayawada Division proposes to install solar energy plants at 17 locations to save conventional power. The Railway authorities plan to fix solar panels on top of the retiring rooms, crew rest rooms, air-conditioned dormitories and in the running rooms at Ongole, Nellore, Gudur, Rajahmundry, Visakhapatnam, Narsapuram and Vijayawada. Solar energy plants were ... Read More »

Gujarat announces five more rooftop solar projects

According to reports, Gujarat has announced five more rooftop solar photovoltaic power projects in five cities, totalling 25 MW. The State Government has advertised calling for bidders to buy the ‘request for proposal’ documents. The five projects are divided into three packages. The first is for putting up a 5 MW plant each in Vadodara and Mehsana. The second is for a 6.5 MW project at Rajkot and a 3.5 MW one at Bhavnagar. The third is for one project of ... Read More »

Punjab to set up solar photo-voltaic power packs

According to reports, Punjab is all set to set up Solar Photo-voltaic Power Packs in households across the state in a major move to encourage use of solar energy for basic electricity needs, Non-Conventional Energy Minister Bikram Singh Majithia today said. He said the government was making all efforts to fulfil the gap in demand and supply of electricity by installing more generating capacity in the renewable energy sector as well as conventional sector. Majithia said Punjab has considerable sun light ... Read More »

Bangalore spared, rest of state faces power cuts

According to reports, a dark Dasara and an even darker Diwali looms large over Karnataka as it braces for power cuts. Rural areas in the state are set to face a six-hour scheduled load shedding daily and the urban areas, three hours. Bangalore city has been spared the outage for now since it’s the largest contributor to the state in terms of revenue. “We had proposed a one-hour power cut daily in Bangalore city but energy minister Shobha Karandlaje turned it ... Read More »

Obama stops Chinese firm from owning US projects

According to reports, citing national security risks, US President Barack Obama has blocked a Chinese company from owning four wind farm projects near a navy base where the US military tests unmanned drones and electronic-warfare planes. Obama ordered Ralls Corp, a company owned by Chinese nationals, to divest its interest in the wind farms it purchased earlier this year near the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility in Boardman, Oregon, the Shanghai Daily reported. The case reached the president’s desk after the ... Read More »

US to help India form framework for shale gas licensing

According to reports, the US Department of Commerce is to provide “active support” for the development of a regulatory framework to govern India’s upcoming round for the exploration and production of shale resources. This point figured in the discussion of a high level meeting of the US-India Energy Dialogue that took place in Washington DC, on Friday. B.K. Chaturvedi, Member, Planning Commission of India and Steven Chu, Secretary, US Department of Energy (DoE), co-chaired the meeting. Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of ... Read More »

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