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NTPC commissions 5MW solar plant in Port Blair

According to reports, NTPC Ltd has commissioned and synchronised a 5-MW solar photo-voltaic power project in Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It is the first Grid-connected Solar PV Project in these islands. It is also NTPC’s first greenfield renewable solar PV project. Overcoming serious challenges, including lack skilled manpower, machinery and inclement weather conditions on the islands, NTPC commissioned the plant in a record six-and-a-half months. The project was executed by Photon Energy Systems over 10 hectares. The power major ... Read More »

National power panel set up for better grid supervision in India

According to reports, the government has set up a National Power Committee to ensure strict discipline as well as to resolve inter-state issues in utilisation of electricity grids in the country. The setting up of the panel by the Power Ministry comes less than a year after one of the worst ever power grid failures impacted more than half of country’s population. Overdrawal of electricity by some states was cited as one of the reasons for the crisis. Chairperson of the ... Read More »

​LED bulbs to save Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation Rs 3 crore every year

According to reports, the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) is installing LED bulbs on streetlights to beat the rising cost of electricity bills and to save energy. After its inability to take up the solar city project due to financial problems, the HDMC is relying on LED bulbs to save energy. On a pilot project, HDMC has replaced nearly 97 streetlights with LED bulbs and work on installing 72 more bulbs is under way. Earlier, incandescent bulbs were used for streetlights ... Read More »

‘Biomass energy units can boost industrial growth in Bihar’

According to reports, Bihar has a good potential for setting up biomass-based energy generation plants as paddy husk and other biomass are available in plenty in the state. Setting up of these plants, in turn, could give a boost to establishment of industries in the state. According to figures provided by the Bihar Renewable Energy Development Corporation (BREDA), Bihar could very well generate about 200MW power through biomass-based units. Bihar’s industrial policy is tailored to give a fillip to setting up ... Read More »

GERMI scientists propose roof over roads to tap solar power in Gandhinagar, gujarat

According to reports, India’s major roads may double up as solar highways, if an innovative proposal by some scientists gets the government’s approval. The proposal is the brainchild of scientists at the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) in the state capital. In a paper just published in the International Journal of Energy, Environment and Engineering, the scientists say highways can be used to generate solar power, if a roof of solar panels was laid over them, across the length ... Read More »

Power Grid Corp developing grid security system

According to reports, state-run Power Grid Corp is developing an advanced grid security system, worth Rs 1,300 crore, as part of efforts to boost the country’s electricity transmission network and stave off possible cyber attacks on the power systems. The proposed security system is part of larger measures being initiated by the Power Ministry to prevent recurrence of events like last year’s massive collapse of grids that affected more than half of country’s total population. According to a Power Ministry document, ... Read More »

Andhra Pradesh hikes power tariff for all consumers

According to reports, power consumers in Andhra Pradesh will have to pay up more from April 1, 2013 with the Andhra Pradesh Regulatory Commission passing a new tariff order for next financial year. The tariffs have been hiked for all categories, low tension domestic, commercial and high tension industrial consumers. The average hike is estimated to be about 15 per cent. On an average, for low tension consumers it is up by 58 paise per unit, for high tension consumers it ... Read More »

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