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To cut bills, Delhi Jal Board to tap solar power

According to reports, Delhi Jal Board has decided to install rooftop solar panels to generate solar energy to meet its power needs. The Board’s chairperson Kapil Mishra on Friday announced that this project would save the water utility about Rs 3 crore per annum in the long run. “DJB’s highest expenditure is on power with the average yearly bill being Rs 540 crore. Tariff is increasing at 10% per annum and will become unsustainable. To reduce expenditure on power, the ... Read More »

Infosys to set up 7 MW solar plant at Hyderabad campus

According to reports, country’s second largest software services firm Infosys plans to set up a 7 MW solar plant at its Hyderabad campus. The move is a step in achieving the goal set to meet the entire electricity needs through renewable sources in the next few years, the company said in a statement. It also claimed that Infosys’ Hyderabad campus is the first in India to have radiant cooled commercial building, with the biggest comparison of HVAC (heating, ventilating, and ... Read More »

Hareon, Dalmia partner for 160-MW PV factory in India

According to reports, Chinese firm Hareon Solar Technology Co Ltd will build a 160-MW photovoltaic (PV) cell production plant in India under a partnership with domestic industrial conglomerate Dalmia Group. The two companies inked a joint venture (JV) agreement through their respective units Hareon Solar Power Pvt Ltd and Keshav Power Pvt Ltd (KPL). Under the terms of the deal, Hareon Solar will invest roughly USD 40 million (EUR 36.2m) in the facility, it said in a statement on Thursday. ... Read More »

Govt running a scheme to install one lakh solar pumps

According to reports, the government is implementing a scheme to install one lakh solar pumps for irrigation and drinking water, Parliament was informed today. “The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is implementing programme for installation of 1,00,000 solar pumps for irrigation and drinking water through State Nodal Agencies and NABARD,” Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. He further said that the ministry provides 30 per cent ... Read More »

Deutsche Bank sees solar winning coal in India by 2019-20

According to reports, investments in India’s solar industry will exceed those in coal by the year 2019-20. Also, solar power generation will result in reducing coal consumption by 70 million tonnes, saving $ 17 billion (Rs 1.08 lakh crore), says a recent report of Deutsche Bank. “Global majors have committed $ 35 billion (Rs 2.25 lakh crore) to the Indian solar sector. By 2020, annual solar power capacity additions and investments could surpass those in coal power projects,” Abhishek Puri, ... Read More »

Punjab eyes 2,000MW solar vault

According to reports, with over 5,000 acres of land offered by farmers and NRIs across the state, Punjab’s solar energy generation has jumped from mere 9 mega watt (MW) in 2012 to 541MW at present. Punjab government is now looking at a target of 2,000MW in the next few years. This was announced at the first solar summit on the theme ‘Go Solar Punjab’ organized here on Thursday. Apart from rooftop projects, farmers in the state have pitched in to ... Read More »

Harness solar energy more efficiently

According to reports, as the city is witnessing rapid growth in solar power production across sections of society, including homes and educational institutions, one of the serious limitations of on-grid solar plant is the inability to generate electricity because of the absence of grid power. On-grid solar plants that have no batteries and depend on the grid power for conversion of direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) fail to generate electricity in case of power cuts. The Kripya dual ... Read More »

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