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MPs pitch for more focus on renewable sources of energy

According to reports, opposition lawmakers today asked the government to put adequate focus on renewable sources of energy to cut dependency on fossil fuel, saying time has come to take the matter seriously. During a discussion on the India Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill, 2017 in the Lok Sabha, a number of members from the Opposition parties said a majority of leading economies globally are moving towards biol-fuels and renewable sources of energy and India must take similar initiative. The bill provides ... Read More »

The tyranny of energy uncertainty

According to reports, two states, pioneers in renewable energy, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan, were in the news recently for contrasting reasons, and neither was about tariffs. One set a new national record for renewable energy capacity dispatched, and the other reported that the industry was in distress due to widespread back-down wherein discoms have been unplugging from the grid, delaying payments and shying away from power purchase agreements. The nature of the headlines inspired by renewable energy is changing. Its rapid ... Read More »

Renewable energy push takes a hit on random back-down instructions by discoms

According to reports, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s aggressive renewable energy push that aims to ramp up the share of green power in the country’s electricity supply mix from the current seven per cent to nearly 20 per cent by 2022, is getting stonewalled across a number of states. State-owned power distribution utilities (discoms) in states such as Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu are reported to be curtailing solar and wind power generation, as well as randomly issuing backing down ... Read More »

German firm Covestro warms up to micro cold room market in India

According to reports, German company Covestro, which makes materials that go into the setting up of cold storage facilities, expects to help build 800 solar-powered, micro cold rooms in Telangana over the next two years. Covestro, formerly part of Bayer Material Sciences, produces polyurethanes, which prevent heat from getting into cold rooms. It also makes proprietary ‘phase changing material’ (PCM) that act like batteries, absorbing heat first (say, from solar energy during daytime) and then providing cooling when required (during nights). ... Read More »

Solar energy storage manufacturers want lower GST levy on batteries

According to reports, solar energy storage manufacturers have sought lowering the Goods and Services Tax levy on batteries. In a letter to Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, and Mines, Piyush Goyal, the India Energy Storage Alliance said, “We believe the rates currently proposed for these components if applicable also to secondary batteries (that is rechargeable batteries/energy storage) could hinder the adoption of energy storage in grid applications such as energy access/Renewable Energy (RE) integration ... Read More »

Bidders raise concerns over NTPC’s Andaman storage-linked solar project

According to reports, NTPC’s storage-linked solar project in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is facing hiccups at the inception stage itself. The Centre wants to shift the power eco-system of the islands from diesel power to a 24-hour solar power. But, bidders interested in the project told BusinessLine that they are sceptical there are financial concerns in the project viability. Those interested in the project include Rays Power Infra, Hero Future Energies and Renew Power and Amplus Solar. Developers say that ... Read More »

Govt imposes one-year ban on 71 solar panel companies

According to reports, the government has barred 71 firms from rooftop solar projects for a year by removing them from the panel that makes them eligible to bid. These include Amra Raja Electronics Ltd, Cleantech Synergy, Hollandia Power Solutions, IL&FS Energy Development Co and Jindal Green Technologies. The government has written to the companies saying they had failed to update details of the projects that they had executed. “Empanelled companies offer solar panels, which are technically complaint with standard requirements. All ... Read More »

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