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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 »

Rooftop hybrid renewable energy turbine launched

According to reports, in an enterprise, which can bring hybrid renewable energy to the Indian rooftops, WindStream Technologies, a US-based renewable energy technologies manufacturer launched its trademarked product SolarMill, at its newly inaugurated facility in Maheshwaram mandal, of Ranga Reddy District, on Wednesday. The prototype of the portable device consists of three vertical axis wind turbines fixed beneath one or more photovoltaic panels, to produce 2.5 kW of renewable energy. Based on the climatic conditions, wind speeds and needs of ... Read More »

Vagdevi Vilas School, Tata Power set up 100 kW rooftop solar plant

According to reports, Vagdevi Vilas School, an educational institution in Bengaluru, has announced the successful installation of a 100 kW rooftop solar plant in its campus by partnering with Tata Power Solar. Located in Marathalli, Bengaluru, the plant was inaugurated by Y B Ramakrishna, Executive Chairman, Karnataka State Bio-Fuel Development Board, as part of the institution’s World Environment Day celebration. Speaking on the project, K Harish, Chairman, Vagdevi Vilas School, said: “We are proud to be a pro-green institution by ... Read More »

In ‘smart city’ move, NDMC plans solar panels in schools

According to reports, in its bid for the ‘smart city’ tag, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC)’s solar project is gathering momentum. The civic body will inaugurate the Solar Roof Top Power Project on Tuesday at a government school in its area. The council has also initiated a policy under which households can produce solar energy and transfer it to the power grid. “There are two places in government schools where solar panels are going to be set up. They ... Read More »

Havells India acquires majority stake in Promptec Renewable Energy

According to reports, Havells India on Monday said it has acquired a 51 per cent stake in Bangalore-based LED and solar lighting products maker Promptec Renewable Energy Solutions at an enterprise value of ₹65 crore. The company said this acquisition marks Havells India’s entry in the solar energy segment and will also help it grow aggressively in the LED space with short development cycles for new products. Post-acquisition, the promoter group of Promptec would continue to hold a 49 per ... Read More »

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