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Swelect Energy to set up 25 MW solar plant in Tamil Nadu

According to reports, Chennai-based Swelect Energy Systems plans to develop a 25 MW solar power project near Coimbatore. The NSE-listed company, formerly known as Numeric Power Systems, will own 10 MW. The rest will be sold off to interested parties, the company’s Managing Director R. Chellappan, told Business Line on Monday. Swelect will sell the power to third parties and will avail itself of the ‘renewable energy certificates’, he said. Swelect has been a player in the solar power field for ... Read More »

Lack of clarity grounds Tamil Nadu government’s solar power plan

According to reports, though the Tamil Nadu government is coming up with incentives to encourage installation of rooftop solar power systems, lack of implementation of these policies is holding people back from solarising their buildings. Further to a bunch of incentives announced in the solar policy announced last October, the government recently announced an additional subsidy of 20,000 per household for setting up a rooftop system. However, six months after the policy was announced, there is no word yet on ... Read More »

Have solar power, can sell to Andhra Pradesh government soon

According to reports, hoping to lure residents to opt for solar power by offering monetary benefits, the state government is set to buy power at the rate of Rs 3.50 per unit from domestic consumers who install solar units at their residences and generate power more than their individual requirement. Hit hard by severe power shortage, the state government is mulling a policy that would allow individual consumers to sell their excess solar power to the state power grid. The ... Read More »

Cement-makers want green status for power generated through waste-heat recovery

According to reports, co-generation of power through waste-heat recovery process in cement plants should be given renewable energy status, according to N. A. Vishwanathan, Secretary-General, Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA). The two-day conference has about 80 presentations from industry experts. Speaking at inaugural session of Green Cementech 2013 here on Thursday, he said Indian cements plants were trendsetters in energy conservation measures. India is the second largest producer of cement in the world after China with 248 million tonnes produced in 2011-12, ... Read More »

Greenpeace activists take solar power to Delhi Power minister

According to reports, Delhi’s Power Minister Haroon Yusuf was in for a shock recently when Greenpeace activists decided to deliver a powerful message to him. To make their point that clean energy can solve Delhi’s energy deficit, they wheeled in a set of solar panels in front of the Minister’s residence and then chained themselves to it. The activists were protesting against Delhi’s dull performance on its renewable energy targets as highlighted in the Greenpeace report, ‘Powering Ahead with Renewables: Leaders ... Read More »

MNRE unveils draft offshore wind policy

According to reports, the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has come out with draft policy for offshore wind energy sector in the country. There is potential to develop 1,000 mw of offshore wind capacity along Tamil Nadu’s south coast, while other states such as Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka and Goa also have prospects for offshore projects. But significant challenges lie ahead in making offshore wind possible. The government will establish a nodal agency called National Offshore Wind Energy Authority ... Read More »

Wind power helps Coimbatore beat the summer heat

According to reports, residents of Coimbatore are breathing easy this summer, thanks to wind power. Winds mills have been contributing 3,200MW daily to the grid for the past one week that the city had gone without outages for the past five days. However, industries continue to face 40% of cut in the supply. Wind power producers say that this can be reduced substantially if the entire power generated by them is utilized by the state electricity board. About 1,000MW of ... Read More »

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