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UK, Indian varsities to build 5 solar power stations in India

According to reports, a consortium of 12 British and Indian universities, including OxfordBSE 4.88 % and Cambridge, has received a 7-million-pound grant from the UK government to build five self-sufficient solar-powered buildings in remote Indian villages. The grant is part of a new solar project ‘SUNRISE’ aimed at developing printed photovoltaic cells and new manufacturing processes which can be used to make solar energy products in India. These will then be integrated into buildings in at least five villages of ... Read More »

Street vendors in India can soon tap into solar energy

According to reports, the National Association of Street Vendors of India estimates that there are around 30,000 street vendors in Bengaluru. Small businesses like these face innumerable challenges, given their make-shift existence. Availability of light in the evening is one of them. It is this challenge that non-profit Selco Foundation is hoping to address. The foundation has been finding sustainable solutions for marginalised communities. It called for entries to build sustainable, cost-effective energy kiosks that can be used by street vendors and ... Read More »

Mumbai housing society switches to solar power, saves Rs 2 lakh a month on electricity bills

According to reports, residents of a housing complex in Kandivli are leaving no stone unturned in reducing their carbon footprint. Be it rainwater harvesting, use of solar power, installation of LED bulbs, getting waste water treatment plants or maintaining a green cover, the 230 families residing in Raheja Eternity have gone all out to develop a sustainable living environment. The residents of the 20-storey building have reduced their dependence on the electricity grid by nearly 60% by using solar power ... Read More »

High air pollution levels may hit India’s solar power generation plans

According to reports, high pollution levels could play spoilsport in India’s solar power generation plans, say experts. For instance, in the National Capital Region (NCR) centred on Delhi, high pollution levels have hit the efficiency of solar rooftop projects to the extent of 10%, the experts said. Delhi is among the most polluted cities in the world. The World Health Organization ranked Delhi as the most polluted city in the world in 2014. In 2016, it ranked 11. “Ninety per ... Read More »

Gurgaon hospital, mini secretariat to go solar

According to reports, the mini secretariat and the general hospital in Civil Lines are going solar.As soon as the energy audit being conducted by the state government in the two buildings is completed, energy-efficient electrical devices will be installed there in a bid to conserve energy. Department of Renewable Energy and the electrical wing of public works department (PWD) are conducting a joint survey at the six-storey mini secretariat that houses the offices of district administration, and the general hospital ... Read More »

Before sunlight turns shadowy

According to reports, the per unit price of solar power in India has dropped from ₹15 to ₹2.44 in 5 years In fact, it has fallen from ₹4.50 within one year. Has the technology improved so much in the solar sector to facilitate this fall? Has solar become commercially viable and attractive for everyone? Have government incentives enabled this price fall? How much further will prices fall in the next five years? Is this sustainable? If this sector is in ... Read More »

Tata Power Solar, Dell India build vertical solar farm

According to reports,  Tata Power Solar and Dell International Services India have jointly put up India’s largest vertical solar farm of 120 kw. “The first-of-its-kind, 45-metre structure built on Dell’s Bengaluru campus provides the dual benefit of producing sustainable green energy and insulation of the building, thus helping reduce power consumption,” Tata Power Solar statement said. According to the statement, the south-facing vertical solar farm is a “very complex” project since it was to be integrated on the facade of ... Read More »

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