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GE takes IISc biomass tech for power plants in the US

According to reports, a home-grown technology to generate electricity using biomass designed by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is being taken to the US by General Electric for a power plant in California. GE, which had licensed the biomass gasifier technology that generates electricity from agro waste and wood from IISc, will help Phoenix Energy to set up power plants in the US. GE demonstrated a model at its tech event in Bengaluru over the weekend. “Technology transfers typically ... Read More »

Maharashtra, Punjab top producers of green energy from farm waste

According to reports, three years ago, when representatives from Sukhbir Agro approached farmers in Punjab proposing they sell their farm waste to the company to generate bio-energy, no one believed them. “They proposed to buy our waste… We didn’t believe them,” said Amolak Singh, a farmer. However, as the farmers slowly came around to the idea the green benefits of this move became apparent. Every November, farmers in the northern states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan burn their agricultural waste ... Read More »

Haryana mulling subsidy to farmers for solar pumps

According to reports, in an attempt to change the practice of heavy subsidy on electricity supply to farmers for tubewells – which is leading to more exploitation of groundwater – Haryana government has planned to provide incentives for solar pumps. Currently, there are around six lakh tubewells in Haryana while thousands are still waiting for new connections. The government announcement came in the state assembly on Thursday when Congress MLA and former minister Karan Singh Dalal suggested adopting alternative means ... Read More »

Sustainable solar irrigation in India

According to reports, earlier this year, Maharashtra announced plans to replace half a million electric pumps with solar-powered agriculture pumps over the next five years. Deployment will begin this December. Other states, including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Telangana, have ongoing programmes or have planned similar steps. The central government wants to give capital subsidies for 100,000 solar pumps in five years. As India takes steps towards the solarisation of agriculture, three important questions need to be answered. ... Read More »

About 35,000 solar water pumps installed in India against the 1,38,267 sanctioned

According to reports, as many as 34,941 solar water pumps have been installed so far in the country as against the 1,38,267 sanctioned , Parliament was informed today. “A total of 1,38,267 solar pumps have been sanctioned throughout the country and 34,941 pumps have been installed,” New and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. Goyal said that the ministry has issued supplementary guidelines for one lakh solar pumps during 2014-15 fiscal and Rs ... Read More »

Govt running a scheme to install one lakh solar pumps

According to reports, the government is implementing a scheme to install one lakh solar pumps for irrigation and drinking water, Parliament was informed today. “The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is implementing programme for installation of 1,00,000 solar pumps for irrigation and drinking water through State Nodal Agencies and NABARD,” Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. He further said that the ministry provides 30 per cent ... Read More »

Punjab eyes 2,000MW solar vault

According to reports, with over 5,000 acres of land offered by farmers and NRIs across the state, Punjab’s solar energy generation has jumped from mere 9 mega watt (MW) in 2012 to 541MW at present. Punjab government is now looking at a target of 2,000MW in the next few years. This was announced at the first solar summit on the theme ‘Go Solar Punjab’ organized here on Thursday. Apart from rooftop projects, farmers in the state have pitched in to ... Read More »

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