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Welspun, GRT, Sun Edison confirm solar projects in Tamil Nadu

According to reports, Welspun Energy, Chennai-based jewellers GRT and the American solar major Sun Edison are among those who have agreed to put up solar power projects in Tamil Nadu. Welspun wants to build a 30-MW plant, GRT 15-MW and Sun Edison 10-MW, under their respective special purpose companies. They are among several companies of a total capacity of 226 MW, who have given their acceptance to sell their power to the State electricity distribution utility, Tangedco, at a starting rate ... Read More »

Regulator empowers TANGEDCO to administer solar purchase obligation

According to reports, in a move that comes as a relief to solar power developers in Tamil Nadu, the state’s electricity regulator has empowered the state electricity distribution company, TANGEDCO, to administer the ‘solar purchase obligation’ mandated by the state government’s solar policy. “The SPO will be administered by TANGEDCO,” Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC), said in its recent order. The implication of this is that the decks have been cleared for the state government to crack the whip on ... Read More »

Solar projects likely to be launched by PM

According to reports, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to inaugurate two 50 megawatt solar projects at Phalodi in Jodhpur district by the end of this week. A detailed itinerary of his visit is yet to come but after his approval the state as well as district administration has begun preparations. The PM’s confirmation to the visit is a testimony to the silent yet successful revolution to tap non-conventional sources of energy in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer districts. Pokhran belt in Jaisalmer ... Read More »

Gujarat’s sprawling solar fields outpower rest of India, China

According to reports, there is a dazzling field of mirrors that you can find near the vast saltpans of the Little Rann. It is like a sparkling oasis in the desert — much like a gleaming silver screen covering the vast desolate white sand around. This is Charanka village in Patan, where over 2,965 acres, rows of photovoltaic cells or solar panels have been laid out to harness the sun. They are generating 214 MW of electricity every day—more than China’s ... Read More »

No customer focus in power board reforms, says Tata Power MD

According to reports, Tata Power, the country’s largest integrated power producer in the private sector with 8500 MW in generation alone, finds the present economic climate none too conducive for growth or expansion. The company is scouting overseas to further its prospects in generation and distribution where opportunities and reasonable returns with lesser risk are assured. In a chat with Business Line, Anil Sardana, Managing Director, Tata Power, outlined his strategy, while candidly expressing the need for measures that will put ... Read More »

India can meet energy need through renewable resources

According to reports, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), along with six local NGOs, on Sunday organised a seminar on ‘Renewable energy sources and sustainable development’ on the eve of anniversary of Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. IDPD general secretary said renewable energy resources could meet India’s energy requirements, besides such resources were environment friendly and safe. “India has the potential of generating 5,000 trillion KW hours of electricity per year from Solar and 1,02,788 MW from wind. And our country ... Read More »

Gujarat to come up with offshore wind power policy

According to reports, having successfully established a solar power generation park in north Gujarat and a series of wind power plants with private companies, Gujarat government is now focusing on tapping offshore wind power generation potential along its coastline. Following a positive study report prepared by UK based Atlantis Resources Corporation, the government is now drafting an offshore wind power generation policy that will be announced soon. A senior official with the state energy and petrochemical department said, “The state ... Read More »

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