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BESCOM implementing net metering system for solar rooftop panels

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According to reports, the Bangalore authorities have already started work on net metering to enable individual households to put solar panels on their rooftops and sell extra solar electricity to the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM). The company will soon provide its consumers with rooftop solar units to contribute to power supply and also gain from it. In this regard, BESCOM has invited bids from manufacturing firms who are in the field of manufacturing bidirectional (DLMS protocol) (single phase, three ... Read More »

Solar lanterns replace kerosene lamps in Indian urban slums

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According to reports, an Indian social enterprise start-up is helping people living in urban slums to use clean energy by changing their kerosene lamps for solar lanterns and wood fires for more efficient cooking stoves through a simple payment scheme. Pollinate Energy, which began operations in 2013, is one of thousands of social businesses in India which are tapping into the clean energy market, in a country where 35-40 percent of the population have no access to electricity. While the ... Read More »

Solar Panels Set to Power Local Bodies in Kerala

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According to reports, the local bodies in the state are all set to get a solar boost with the support of Anert. Already, 30 LSGs have been listed for installation of solar panels and others will follow suit soon. As part of implementing the solar policy, some of the local bodies had decided to go for generation of solar power. They invited tenders and installed photovoltaic power plants, which lacked technical specification. Later, the Power Department issued an order to ... Read More »

Chennai Metro to tap solar power for stations

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According to reports, in its bid to reduce the burden on the power grid, Chennai Metro Rail is exploring the option of solar power for five of its stations on its elevated corridor, according to officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL). “We may have a production capacity of 200 kilo-watt peak (kWp) in these stations that may be able to take about 10 per cent of our load. As of now, there would be provisions only in the five ... Read More »

Kolkata’s college develops solar power generation system on waterbodies

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According to reports, solar power can now be generated from still water found in ponds, lakes and waterbodies. A system of generating electricity from floating panels has been developed by a college in Kolkata. Solar panels will be set up on floating platforms which will be anchored firmly so that it does not sway around on the water surface. However, scientists in charge of the project are still working on the ways of securing the platform in case there are ... Read More »

Secunderabad Cantonment Board to tap solar power to reduce power bills

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According to reports, the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) will tap solar power to reduce its power bills. The Cantonment Board has been paying Rs 75 lakh per month as electricity consumption charges to the Andhra Pradesh Central Power Distribution Company Limited (APCPDCL) for powering its streetlights, pump houses, circle offices and four dispensaries. “Power charges are a huge burden on the Cantonment Board. As a result, there is a necessity to look for alternative sources like solar power. We had ... Read More »

Telecom towers must be powered by renewable tech, suggests DoT panel

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According to reports, a committee set up by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has recommended that all telecom sites should use renewable energy technology units to run the network. The units would also help in maintaining the quality of service without depending on the external power grid or diesel, the regulatory body said in its report on ‘Implementation of Renewable Energy Technology in the Telecom Sector’. The regulatory body also suggested various modes of green solutions – such as solar ... Read More »

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