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WTO verdict on India’s solar dispute with US soon

According to reports, the WTO ruling on the US’ stand-off with India over the latter’s solar power programme is expected soon as the dispute settlement panel of multilateral trade body will have its final meeting next week. “This will be the final meeting of the panel. After that, its ruling will come,” an official said adding “we have kept our fingers crossed on the ruling”. In February last year, the US had filed a complaint in the WTO alleging discrimination ... Read More »

NTPC signs PPA for phase 1 of 1,000 mw ultra solar project with AP discoms

According to reports, public-sector NTPC Limited and Andhra Pradesh power utilities on Friday signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for procurement of power to be generated from the 250-Mw solar plant, first phase of the 1,000-Mw ultra solar power project being set up by NTPC in the economically backward Anantapur district . The state discoms have fixed the procurement price of Rs 6.14 per unit for a 25-year PPA period. This price is substantially lower compared with the Rs 6.40 ... Read More »

Indian companies may go green to meet power needs by 2020

According to reports, Indian companies could soon figure among the likes of global firms such as Nestle, Mars, Philips and Ikea that plan to switch to green energy sources as part of the RE100 initiative, under which 100 large firms will rely exclusively on solar, wind, biomass or small hydro plants for their power requirements by 2020. RE100, convened by international non-profit agency The Climate Group and sustainability firm CDP, has 15 members at present, including Elion Resources Group, one ... Read More »

The clean energy opportunity

According to reports, in the last six months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama have held historic meetings, brought India and the US closer together, and created a partnership to jointly seize the enormous economic and environmental opportunities, driving both countries towards a clean energy future. Addressing climate change will be challenging for each country in different ways, as we transition away from economies based on fossil fuels. But the clean energy future promises opportunities that dwarf ... Read More »

Tata Power Solar, Manipal varsity unveil solar car prototype

According to reports, Tata Power Solar and Manipal University today unveiled a prototype of a solar electric car which can hit the top speed of 60 kmph. Designed by 27-students of Manipal’s SolarMobil team for commercial use, the 590-kg car operates on technical support provided by the company. The two-seater is custom-fit with solar panels sourced from Tata Power Solar. The panels weigh 35 kg and provide up to 960 watts of power. The car also houses a direct solar ... Read More »

Solar energy plan to create 1 million jobs

According to reports, India’s target of 100 gw installed solar energy by 2022 may remain a pipe dream, unless the industry and the government address the issue of human resources shortage. India will be requiring nearly one million full-time efficient manpower to put up and manage this solar capacity. “With prime minister Narendra Modi setting a target of adding one lakh mw of solar power by 2019, there is a need for over one million full-time employs to operate and ... 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 »

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