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Tamil Nadu solar tender attracts bids from 86 bidders for 499 MW across 105 projects

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in October this year unveiled an ambitious Solar Energy Policy 2012, aimed at generating 3,000 MW in next the three years from 2013 (1,000 MW per year). The policy also aims to achieve reduced carbon emissions and grid parity by 2015, thereby projecting Tamil Nadu as a solar hub. Creation of solar energy parks, provision of incentives to domestic consumers who set up roof-top solar installations, mandatory installation of solar panels in all new government buildings ... Read More »

Power Grid to invest Rs 1.83 billion for project in Tamil Nadu

According to reports, central transmission utility Power Grid Corp today said its board has approved an investment of Rs 182.80 crore for a project in Tamil Nadu. The investment would be made for “Common Transmission Scheme associated with ISGS Projects in Nagapattinam/Cuddalore area of Tamil Nadu – Part-A1 (a)”, the company said in a regulatory filing. The commissioning schedule for the project is 21 months from the date of investment approval. Power Grid’s board during their meeting yesterday had approved the proposal. ... Read More »

Wind energy will play a major part in shaping India’s future: Tulsi Tanti

According to reports, for those in the renewable energy sector, the end of every year is marked by the conclusion of the UN COP (Conference of Parties) discussions. We prepare, we hope and yet, each year, we watch a repeat performance of the previous years; a last minute marathon of debates which conclude little and promise much. Change is excruciatingly slow, especially at a time when humanity needs to take a giant leap to secure its future. I have always ... Read More »

500 MW solar power complex to be set up in Chitradurga

According to reports, Billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is interested in solar power, and his interest in alternative energy has provided a major boost to Indian solar operators in the private sector. American Energy Holdings, a company controlled by Berkshire Hathaway, has acquired two solar photovoltaic power plant projects in California from SunPower Corporation. American Energy is to shell out over $2 billion for the sale, construction and operation of the projects by SunPower. As a private solar player said, ... Read More »

Solar-powered e-bikes for India

According to reports, E-bikes and e-scooters, battery-powered and charged by solar energy, can transform transportation in India, making it fuel independent, environmentally friendly and affordable. Now is the time for pushing this. Electric cars powered by batteries like the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla have appeared on US streets. Many more models of hybrids and plug-in hybrids, combining both batteries and traditional engines, are available. Their rising popularity primarily results from the expense of petrol. Their use also helps reduce ... Read More »

Indian Govt plans subsidy to boost electric, hybrid vehicle sales

According to reports, in yet another move to push sales of electric and hybrid vehicles in the country, the government is likely to provide subsidies of up to Rs.1.5 lakh on cars and Rs.50,000 on two-wheelers in the next financial year, according to two government officials familiar with the matter. “We are in the process of floating a cabinet note asking the finance ministry to release a corpus of Rs.300-500 crore in the next fiscal to promote sales of such vehicles,” ... Read More »

Andhra Pradesh to invite bids for mini hydel power projects

According to reports, Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Company Ltd (AP Genco) has initiated the bidding process for selection of developers for setting up mini hydel projects in the State. AP Genco has taken up the task on the directive of the State Government and on behalf of New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP). Accordingly, a model bid document has been placed on AP Genco site www.apgenco.gov.in and suggestions have been invited by the prospective developers. The pre-bid ... Read More »

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