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Solar Purchase Obligation to help development of solar markets in Tamil Nadu

According to reports, by bringing in the ‘solar purchase obligation,’ the Tamil Nadu government has created the basis for the development of solar power in the State. In other words, it has created the demand. The SPO makes it mandatory for certain classes of electricity consumers to get a part of their consumption from solar plants. While the SPO has been challenged in the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity by the Tamil Nadu Spinning Mills Association, the mandatory purchase rule has given ... Read More »

India represents only 8% rise in global energy-related carbon emission

According to reports, this is one battle where India has an upper hand over China. India was responsible for only eight per cent increase of the global energy-related carbon dioxide emission in 2000-10, while China represented 68 per cent, according to a Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) report. “Though India is better placed, it needs some real policy level intervention from the government. It should focus more on renewable space,” said David Nelson, senior director, CPI. However, the report adds that in ... Read More »

Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra hold offshore wind development potential in India

India ranks 5th in terms of installed capacity from wind energy projects globally which has reached to 18522 MW as on 31.01.2013. The preliminary assessment along the coastline suggests that there could be potential to develop offshore wind energy along Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra coasts. The Government has constituted an Offshore Wind Energy Steering Committee under the chairmanship of Secretary, MNRE associating the stakeholder Ministries to steer the offshore wind energy development in the country in a directed and ... Read More »

CIL arm plans solar project

According to reports, Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL), has plans to use solar energy to light up offices and residential colonies of different subsidiaries of its parent organization. It will also extend to mining areas later. CMPDI will start it on a pilot project basis from its headquarters and residential colonies in Ranchi. Chairman and managing director of CMPDI A K Debnath said recently they have even entered into an agreement with ... Read More »

Sun shines bright on Guwahati

According to reports, the Union ministry of new and renewable energy has approved a Rs 1028.47-crore masterplan submitted to it by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) to make Guwahati a solar city. The solar city project masterplan, which was submitted in September 2011, was approved by the ministry recently, a senior GMC official said. “With approval of the plan, the corporation will initiate the next course of action,” he added. The project aims at minimum 10 per cent reduction in projected ... Read More »

Leaders and laggards in green energy

According to reports, in the last decade, India has grown at an exponential rate — and so has its energy needs. It is a nation of a billion people; can their needs be met? We have over-invested in building more power plants that run on a fuel which will eventually run out, and under-invested in solutions that will make the country energy-independent. In 2008, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh under UPA-1 released the National Action Plan on Climate Change to cut down ... Read More »

A clean energy strategy for India

According to reports, at the Clean Energy Ministerial hosted in New Delhi recently, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledged to double India’s renewable energy capacity by 2017. This target adds to India’s already significant clean energy plans: In 2012 India was the world’s fourth-largest market for new wind power projects, it has ambitious solar energy and state-level targets, and it has significant government programmes on energy efficiency. There are good reasons behind these goals. Renewable energy resources are Indian resources: They can ... Read More »

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