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Ex-MNRE Secy Upendra Tripathy to be ISA Director General

According to reports, former New and Renewable Energy Secretary Upendra Tripathy has been appointed as the full-time interim Director General of International Solar Alliance. “Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, and Ms Segolene Royal, Minister for Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, Government of France, jointly decided to appoint Upendra Tripathy, as the Interim Director General (IDG) of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) on a full-time basis. Tripathy was secretary Ministry of New and ... Read More »

Solar power bids unsustainable: Bridge to India Bridge to India

According to reports, consulting firm Bridge to India has termed the recent low winning bids for solar power projects in India “unsustainable” and warned that “inadequate risk pricing poses a severe viability challenge for the sector”. The warning comes after solar power developers last month bid as low as Rs2.97 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for a 750-megawatt (MW) project at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh. The winning bid offered a so-called levelized tariff—the value financially equivalent to different annual tariffs over ... Read More »

Can solar power hold the cheapest electricity tag?

According to reports, when it comes to solar, 2016 had been a remarkable year. For the first time solar out-performed fossils fuels on a large scale, thus emerging as the cheaper source of electricity than burning coals in many parts of the world. In addition to this, solar projects are turning out to be cheaper than wind power as well. With this current rate, it could very well be the lowest-cost power option in the world in less than a ... Read More »

A traditional mutt kitchen transformed by technology

According to reports, the Jagadguru Shri Duradudeendeshwar Siddha Mutt at Nidasoshi in Hukkeri taluk has reportedly become the first in the country to install a ‘Malli Gasifier Thermal’ (MGT) using green energy (fuel) and traditional chulhas (earthen stoves) to cook the daily Anna Dasoha (free community meal) for the mutt volunteers and devotees. Having installed the 100-kg biomass unit, the mutt is not only saving a substantial quantity of wood every day, but is also providing some much-needed relief to ... Read More »

SAIL TO GENERATE POWER FROM MUNICIPAL WASTE

According to reports, Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), India’s largest steel maker in public sector, will set up a processing plant for generating power from municipal solid waste generated in Bhilai township, company officials said on Saturday. The processing plant would utilise pyrolysis/ biomethanation/ RDF based Municipal solid waste technology or any other gasification technology for ‘Waste to Energy’ power generation. Power will be generated from 400 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day, officials added. As per a ... Read More »

US-based Evergreen Power in talks to raise $100 mn for India

According to reports, US-based Evergreen Power is in talks with investors, including private equity, infrastructure funds and strategic investors, to raise up to $100 million in equity to ramp up its wind energy projects in India, its top executive told ET. The company wants to bring 280 megawatts (MW) of wind energy online in the next 12 months in the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. Eventually, it aims to scale up wind energy production capacity to 1 gigawatts ... Read More »

Renewable energy companies in Tamil Nadu in a spot

According to reports, about 200 MW of wind and solar power plants in Tamil Nadu are in the danger of losing incentives because the State government has been unable to appoint a person to the post of Chief Electrical Inspector to Government (CEIG). Power projects set up in the State cannot begin to operate unless the CEIG gives the Safety Certificate. After V Jayavel superannuated from service on February 28, the post fell vacant. The problem wind and solar developers ... Read More »

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