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Is the green edging out the black?

According to reports, a few noteworthy events have happened in the energy sector since the beginning of this year. First, some time in January, renewable energy capacity in India crossed the 50-GW mark, doubling in just five years. And, solar power capacity, which was hardly anything five years back, reached 10 GW. Going by capacities awarded and live tenders, this number could well double in two years. And then, in February, in two separate capacity auctions, solar and wind tariffs ... Read More »

Vikram Solar ties up with Israels Water-Gen

According to reports, Vikram Solar today said it has signed an MoU with Israels Water-Gen to develop clean and hygienic drinking water solutions in the country. “The technology developed by Water-Gen to create and store drinking water by harvesting condensation from air, provides a potential solution to the clean and safe drinkable water crisis faced by India,” Vikram Solar said in a statement. According to the statement, the larger objective of this collaboration is to make available drinking water to ... Read More »

Policy interventions behind solar tariff plunge

According to reports, the government’s policy interventions such as waiver of transmission and wheeling costs have helped solar tariffs plunge, power ministry’s joint secretary Jyoti Arora said at the Economic Times Global Business Summit. Solar tariffs have plunged below Rs 3 per unit at the latest auction in Madhya Pradesh, but experts were unanimous that the sector is capable of standing on its own feet with policy support from the government. “Hidden costs like the cost of transmission and balancing ... Read More »

NCPA installs private rooftop solar project in Mumbai

According to reports, the iconic NCPA, the mecca of the city’s art and culture lovers, is now holding a beacon for energy conservation measures as well. It has installed one of the city’s largest private rooftop solar projects on its vast terraces. The roofs of Tata Theatre, Jamshed Bhabha and Experimental Theatre buildings have been fitted with panels. These will help the institution save one-third of its annual electricity consumption. NCPA’s chief engineer Nayan Kale estimates a saving of Rs ... Read More »

Higher power purchase by states must for India to meet solar targets: Mercom

According to reports, State power utilities need to buy more green power if India has to meet its solar installation targets, said analysts from Mercom Capital Group. “Renewable power purchase obligation (RPO) is the single most important policy driving renewable energy installations and achievement of an aggressive goal of installing 175 GW by 2022 including 100GW of solar power capacity,” the analysts said. Over the past three years, as states scrambled to fulfill their RPOs, cumulative installation figures for solar and ... Read More »

Ex-MNRE Secy Upendra Tripathy to be ISA Director General

According to reports, former New and Renewable Energy Secretary Upendra Tripathy has been appointed as the full-time interim Director General of International Solar Alliance. “Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, and Ms Segolene Royal, Minister for Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, Government of France, jointly decided to appoint Upendra Tripathy, as the Interim Director General (IDG) of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) on a full-time basis. Tripathy was secretary Ministry of New and ... Read More »

A traditional mutt kitchen transformed by technology

According to reports, the Jagadguru Shri Duradudeendeshwar Siddha Mutt at Nidasoshi in Hukkeri taluk has reportedly become the first in the country to install a ‘Malli Gasifier Thermal’ (MGT) using green energy (fuel) and traditional chulhas (earthen stoves) to cook the daily Anna Dasoha (free community meal) for the mutt volunteers and devotees. Having installed the 100-kg biomass unit, the mutt is not only saving a substantial quantity of wood every day, but is also providing some much-needed relief to ... Read More »

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