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SunEdison reaches more than 1 GW of solar PV under management

SunEdison LLC has announced that it is now managing more than 1 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) assets through its three renewable operations centers (ROCs). These include plants that SunEdison owns, as well as third parties who have come to SunEdison to utilize the platform. The flagship ROC is at the company’s headquarters in Belmont, California, with additional facilities in Chennai, India and Madrid, Spain. “Achieving this milestone is a significant moment in our company history,” said SunEdison VP and ... Read More »

Chennai Corporation zonal offices look to the sun for power

According to reports, four out of Chennai Corporation’s 15 zonal offices have recently begun to tap solar energy. The civic body recently commissioned six solar power plants, at a cost of Rs. 16 lakh, to light up portions of select zonal offices in the city. While the facility at Basin Bridge zonal office has the capacity to generate 5 kilowatts of power, the zonal offices at Kodambakkam, Nungambakkam and Adyar; street light office at Shenoy Nagar and the corporation’s electrical lab ... Read More »

Electric cars: Can they win any road space in India?

 According to reports, it started life as a two-seater ten years; last week it re-entered public space as a four-seater hatchback. Reva, now re-branded e20, the country’s first electric car, has come up in life. But it still remains to be seen if it can set the ball rolling for electric cars in India. The launch of e20, developed by Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles (M&M acquired Reva Electric Car Company three years ago), comes at a time when passenger car sales ... Read More »

750 MW solar power projects in Andhra waiting clearance

According to reports, notwithstanding the claims by Andhra Pradesh government that it is taking all steps including promoting solar power to overcome the electricity shortage, 750 MW solar power projects are stranded in the state for want of clearances, said a leading industry body. The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) said following the solar power policy announced by the state government in September last year, applications for setting up 750 MW of solar power projects were ... Read More »

Wind power base in India to rise 50% by 2015

According to reports, with a generation-based incentive of 50 paise per unit being introduced in the Union Budget, India’s wind power capacity is poised to grow from 18,000 megawatts (MW) to 27,000 MW in the next two years, according to turbine makers and wind power producers. The withdrawal of accelerated depreciation for wind energy projects last year led to drastic fall in capacity expansion as only around 1,800 MW new wind capacity was added in 2012-13 against 3,000 MW in 2011-12. “The ... Read More »

Vodafone India switches off AC at towers to cut energy costs, and carbon emissions

According to reports,  Vodafone India is switching off the air-conditioning and improving ventilation at its telecom towers to cut energy consumption costs and carbon emission. The change, which is a work in progress, saves nearly a quarter of the energy consumed at each site, but comes with some capital expenditure to increase ventilation at these locations, a company spokesman said in an email. These are not specially designed base stations but have been in use for years. The discovery that they can ... Read More »

Coimbatore Council gives nod for waste-to-energy project

According to reports, the Coimbatore Corporation Council on Monday accorded approval for the waste-to-energy project. At the urgent meeting, the Council decided to implement the project, which will use 500 metric tonnes waste a day to generate power. The Council approving of the project comes days after Finance and Taxation Committee Chairperson R. Prabhakaran made an announcement in this regard in the Corporation Budget for 2013-14. The resolution said that the Corporation had been implementing solid waste project since 2008 after ... Read More »

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