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MP govt to provide subsidised solar water pumps to farmers

According to reports, the Madhya Pradesh government would soon provide nearly 18,500 solar-powered water pumps to farmers in the state at subsidised rates. “We are going to make available solar borewell and surface pumps fitted with remote monitoring system to the farmers under the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Solar Pump Scheme shortly,” New and Renewable Energy Department Principal Secretary Manu Srivastava told PTI. “The rates of solar pumps already arrived at after the bidding are the lowest in the country. ... Read More »

In 10 yrs, renewable sources will dominate half of India’s energy capacity

According to reports, non-fossil fuels–renewables, nuclear and large hydroelectric power plants–will account for more than half (56.5%) of India’s installed power capacity within the 10 years to 2027, according to a draft of the third National Electricity Plan (NEP3) released in December 2016. The draft notes that if India achieves its target to install 175 gigawatts (GW, which consists of 1,000 megawatts) of renewable energy capacity by 2022–as it has committed to under the 2015 Paris Agreement–it will not need ... Read More »

Tata Power, RInfra jump to solar rooftops

According to reports, thanks to ‘net metering’, grid-connected solar rooftop photovoltaic systems are gaining popularity among commercial and residential users, and power distribution companies (discoms) such as Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) and Tata Power are making the most of it by helping them with the installation. Under the ‘net metering’ policy, if a consumer installs rooftop solar plant, his electricity meter is replaced by ‘net meter’ which can measure import and export of energy. Hence, there is no need to store ... Read More »

Solar targets: High time government takes cognizance of huge potential of BIPV

According to reports, BUILDING INTEGRATED photovoltaic has a much wider application than rooftop solar alone. The government has set up an ambitious target to develop 175 GW renewable energy by 2022, comprising of 100 GW Solar, 60 GW wind and 10 GW biomass and 5 GW small hydro.Of the total 100 GW solar installations,40 GW would be rooftop and balance 60 GWwould be ground-mounted utility scale. The draft NEP (National Electricity Plan) envisages another 1,00,000 MW of renewable energy during 2022-27. ... Read More »

Andhra Pradesh power regulator, main generation company spar over wind energy tariff

According to reports,  Andhra Pradesh, the most aggressive state in building renewable energy capacity last year, may soon lose its momentum because of a standoff between the state’s power regulator and its main generation company over the future cost of wind power. As it does every year, on March 30, the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) passed an order setting down the preferential tariff the state would pay for wind power in 2017-18. But the state’s main generation company, ... Read More »

Energy efficiency 2.0

According to reports, the bygone financial year has left behind a trail of milestones —10 GW of solar installations, 30 GW of wind and 50 GW of all renewable energy (which includes small hydro and biomass). These milestones have been duly recognised and celebrated. However, there is one more, which has gone unnoticed. Towards the end of 2016-17, India had saved enough through its energy efficiency measures to free up 10 GW of capacity during peak hours — there is ... Read More »

India’s solar power capacity crosses 12 GW

According to reports, India added 5,525 MW solar power generation capacity last fiscal, taking the total from this clean source to 12,288 MW. The country has abundant solar power potential which has been estimated to be 748 GW, New & Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal stated in a written reply to Rajya Sabha today. It had achieved total cumulative solar power generation capacity of 6,763 MW in 2015-16. The capacity was 1,686 MW in 2012-13 which increased to 2,632 MW in ... Read More »

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