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AIIMS challenge for solar expert


According to reports, union health minister Harsh Vardhan has approached solar expert SP Gon Chowdhury to make the half-century-old All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) campus in Delhi climate-responsive. In addition, Gon Chowdhury is also advising the ministry to ensure that the new AIIMS units proposed in different states — including West Bengal — become ‘green buildings’. Speaking to TOI, Gon Chowdhury—a pioneer in solar energy use in India—said he was delighted to head the unique initiative. “AIIMS is ... Read More »

SAP’s solution can help Tangedgo in energy efficiency, says IT expert


According to reports, the Tamil Nadu government, which is keen on ensuring uninterrupted power supply, could hope to achieve energy efficiency if it utilised the services of SAP Forum for Public Services – a software partner in delivering good governance by flexing the latest technologies, says  Mathew Thomas, vice president – strategic industries, SAP India sub-continent. The expertise available with SAP could facilitate Tangedco to strive at energy efficiency. “In fact, our product, aiming at ensuring that the government achieves ... Read More »

Dwarka Sector-21 Metro Station gets solar power plant in a first for the country


According to reports, in a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today launched the operation of a solar power plant at its Dwarka Sector-21 Metro station. The plant was inaugurated by Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu at the Metro Bhawan here in the presence of, among others, Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal, and DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh. Naidu switched on the new, solar-power generated lights on platform No.1 ... Read More »

Merkel’s Air Travel Funds Green Power From India to China


According to reports, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s flights around the world helped fund a wind farm on a luxury hotel in India and a biogas plant run by a Chinese beer maker. Germany spent about 9.9 million euros ($13.3 million) from 2008 through 2012 to offset the greenhouse-gas emissions made by the air travel of members of the government and parliament, the government said in a reply to questions from the Green Party. The offsets paid for climate-protection projects around ... Read More »

Poor quality imports give India a bad experience of LED lamps


According to reports, LED technology is considered the way forward in lighting but low-cost and inferior-quality imported products are severely harming the segment, say industry players. India needs to urgently formalise product standards and boost local production to popularise the product, they say. “Customers have had a lot of bad experience because of poor Chinese imports. Industry players through ELCOMA (electric lamp and component manufacturers association) have been pushing for BIS standards for LED products. Earlier, CFLs took that route ... Read More »

Without solar panel, no nod to big building plan


According to reports, the state environment department has asked the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to enforce ‘green norms’ at the time of sanctioning building plans of big housing projects. According to rules, realtors need to take a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB), a wing of the state environment department, if the total area of construction exceeds 20,000sqm. Based on this NOC, the KMC buildings department issues the ‘sanctioned building plan’. Setting up solar panels ... Read More »

France says vast solar energy, urban development potential in Rajasthan


According to reports, there is a great potential to work with the Rajasthan government in renewable energy, especially solar energy, urban development and tourism sectors, France’s Special Representative for Economic Relations with India, Paul Hermelin said here today France’s companies should fully use Rajasthan’s infrastructures and grow their business, Hermelin, who is heading a 25 member business delegation from his country said during a high level meeting with state Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje here. “There is a great potential and ... Read More »

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