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Energy efficiency is low hanging fruit, says Bosch chief

According to reports, Bosch India sees ‘energy efficiency’ as a ‘low hanging fruit’ and expects to have a major play in that area. In the two years that Bosch has been in that business — an entity owned by it is registered as an ‘energy saving company’ (ESCO) by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency —the company has seen a attitudinal change in its customers, says Dr Steffen Berns, President and Country Head, Bosch India & Managing Director, Bosch Ltd. An ... Read More »

Telecom tower companies turn to renewable energy amid pressure of fixed rentals & costly power

According to reports, telecom tower companies are looking for ways to reduce power consumption and exploring the option of renewable energy amid mounting pressure of fixed rentals from leased slots and costly diesel generated power. Power and fuel used to run telecom towers account for about 60% of a telecom operator’s cost, according to Mohit Rana of AT Kearney, and of this diesel makes up 40%. Although the crash in crude oil prices spells a relief in the coming days, ... Read More »

Soon, Solar Energy for High Rises to be Made Mandatory in Chennai

According to reports, the city planners are toying with the idea of making it mandatory for all multi-storied buildings to install rooftop solar panels to generate green energy. Faced with the fast-paced growth that has made it difficult for basic infrastructure to catch up, sources said this proposal would help ensure that the potential renewable sources were fully tapped before turning to conventional energy. This comes as the Union government is implementing a ‘Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power ... Read More »

Master plans approved for 50 solar cities

According to reports, the government has approved a proposed master plan to develop 50 solar cities, for which master plans have been prepared for 46, an official statement said on Sunday. Three of these cities under the programme are planned to be set up the national capital region, the ministry of new and renewable energy said in a status note. “At least one city in each state to a maximum of five cities in a state may be supported by ... Read More »

Power-guzzler railways look for green energy

According to reports, Western Railway and Central Railway trains (suburban and long-distance) consume electricity equal to the consumption in Thane, Mulund, Bhandup, and Kanjurmarg put together. The quantum of water used every week by CR and WR to wash their trains matches a day’s supply to Navi Mumbai or Kalyan-Dombivli. Now that Mumbai grapples for every drop of water and with electricity tariffs rising steadily, the railways and state government are scouting for cheaper options. Plans are afoot to source ... Read More »

Havells to launch solar LED lighting products

According to reports, electrical equipment-maker, Havells India is planning to launch solar LED-based lighting products “shortly”. The solar LED lighting system will be based on technology developed by Bengaluru-based Promptec Renewable Energy Solutions, a company in which Havells acquired a majority 51 per cent stake earlier this year. “We are looking to launch solar LED lighting products shortly,” YK Gupta, Associate Director, Havells India, told reporters during a press conference here in the city. The LED (light emitting diode) lighting ... Read More »

Govt to raise energy efficiency targets for industry

According to reports,  India is raising energy efficiency targets for the industry, environment secretary Ashok Lavasa said on Tuesday, adding his ministry will reveal the country’s ambitious plan to address climate change by the end of August. By September end, around 196 countries will announce their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) which would form the basis of the December Paris summit aimed at striking a new global climate deal. INDCs are a set of voluntary actions that each country will ... Read More »

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