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PM Narendra Modi is passionate about the solar mission: Piyush Goyal


According to reports, Piyush Goyal, minister of state (independent charge) for power, coal and new and renewable energy, concedes subsidy-based solar and wind energy schemes have their inherent limitations, and the government is mulling over some interventions to bring the sector to a more market-driven platform. While talking to ET Magazine, Goyal said prime minister Narendra Modi is “passionate” about the solar mission, and that a number of big foreign companies are showing interest has vindicated the government’s position on ... Read More »

Tata Power Exploring All Options to Capture Clean Energy Market


According to reports, Tata Power is India’s largest private power utility and has an installed generation capacity of 8613 MW. It generates 7,415 MW through thermal and 1,106 MW through clean sources such as hydro, solar, and wind. Tata Power CEO and managing director Anil Sardana speaks to Samiran Saha on fuel shortage, clean energy projects, and the private sector’s role in the government’s plan of 24×7 power for all. Expanding clean-power generation is a top priority with this government. ... Read More »

Allahabad city crossings get solar powered traffic signaling system


According to reports, the traffic police department on Thursday launched a signaling system for traffic management at five major crossings of the city. The solar powered signaling system has been installed at 10 major crossings in the city including Mayor Hall crossing, Dhobighat crossing, Hanuman temple crossing, Subhash crossing (Civil Lines) and Eklavya crossing. The depute teams of traffic constables and home guards were at all five major crossings to implement the signaling system and inform the commuters about the ... Read More »

Rajasthan House passes bill allowing lease of land for renewable energy projects


According to reports, the Rajasthan Assembly on Thursday passed an amendment bill enabling land owner to lease land for to power (solar and wind energy) producers for thirty years. The Rajasthan Land Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014, to amend the Rajasthan Tenancy Act 1955, and the Rajasthan Land Revenue Act 1956, was passed by a voice vote after rejecting ruling BJP MLAs and Independent member’s important suggestions. Defending the provisions of the Bill, Parliamentary Minsiter Rajendra Rathor said Rajasthan would emerge ... Read More »

DoT may soon order solar-powered tower deployments in North-East


According to reports, the telecom department (DoT) will shortly mandate deployment of solar powered towers to boost mobile coverage in the Northeast, especially in mountainous regions close to the Chinese border. DoT’s plans to explore alternate energy sources to run mobile towers in the Northeast follows a recent study by the telecom regulator, which revealed major gaps in telecom coverage in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur and Meghalaya. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ( Trai) report, Arunachal Pradesh ... Read More »

India to Lift Solar Target Fivefold to 15 Gigawatts


According to reports, India is preparing to lift its solar target to 15 gigawatts by 2019, more than five times current capacity, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to accelerate clean-energy deployment. The government may scrap plans to auction 1,500 megawatts of solar projects by April in favor of a more ambitious program to install 5,000 megawatts to 7,000 megawatts annually, New Delhi-based advisory Bridge to India Energy Pvt. said in a note to clients, without saying how it obtained ... Read More »

First ultra mega solar power park to come up in Andhra Pradesh


According to reports, the Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal today said that the country’s first ultra mega solar power park with a capacity of 2500 MW will come up in Andhra Pradesh. He announced this after nine memoranda of understanding were inked today, majority of them in the power sector, coinciding with the 100 days rule of N. Chandrababu Naidu as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Andhra Pradesh Government and ... Read More »

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