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Gujarat CM asks transport experts to come up with ‘solar-driven’ ideas


According to reports, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today urged delegates of various countries associated with sustainable transport, to come up with ideas that make use of solar power in running public transportation. Patel was speakign at the inauguration of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Regional Expert Group on Sustainable and Inclusive Transport Development as well as the Second Asia Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) conference here today. Around 100 delegates and experts from ... Read More »

Government building roof tops in NDMC to generate 12 MW solar power


According to reports, roof top of government building in NDMC area will be utilised to generate up to 12 MW of solar power in the next three years, area MP Meenakshi Lekhi said. “Total target is to generate 12 MW of power (through roof top solar panels). It may take three years. We will be able finish 1 MW power generation by October-November. This will be transferred to main grid,” Lekhi told PTI. She said that the requirement of her ... Read More »

SunEdison to install 241 kilowatts (kW) of solar PV micro-grids with battery storage


SunEdison, Inc. , a leading global solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, today announced a new project that will install 241 kilowatts (kW) of solar PV micro-grids with battery storage in 54 remote Indian villages, bringing cost effective electricity access to 7,800 off-grid individuals. Under the Indian government’s decentralized distribution generation scheme administered by the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL), SunEdison will build, operate and then transfer the facilities ... Read More »

Worried about spike in power bills? Go solar


According to reports, at a time when the government has announced a hike in domestic power tariffs, it seems to make sense to take the path of alternative energy systems, if only to supplement conventional power sources. If you are not convinced, speak to those who have already installed rooftop solar plants. The Tamil Nadu Energy Development Authority’s (TEDA) Chief Minister’s Solar Rooftop Capital Intensive Scheme is yet to take off on a big scale, but has begun yielding benefits, ... Read More »

Setting up solar plants more expensive in Tamil Nadu


According to reports, even as the Tamil Nadu government is trying hard to be seen as India’s next solar destina tion, taxation rules are serving as a hurdle. Setting up a solar power plant in TN is about 8% more expensive than in other states since companies have to pay between 5% and 14.5% more as taxes while procuring solar equipment, and liaisoning costs are higher. A company that wants to set up a 10MW solar plant in Tamil Nadu ... Read More »

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 »

Centre grants 3,500 solar pump sets for Telengana & Andhra Pradesh


According to reports, about 3,500 farmers from the newly formed States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will soon get solar pump sets for agriculture. The Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) water pumping systems for irrigation were granted by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy about six months ago to a few select States including Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar among others. Subsequently, the pump sets, 3,500 in number, have been distributed between ... Read More »

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