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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 »

Allahabad city crossings get solar powered traffic signaling system


According to reports, the traffic police department on Thursday launched a signaling system for traffic management at five major crossings of the city. The solar powered signaling system has been installed at 10 major crossings in the city including Mayor Hall crossing, Dhobighat crossing, Hanuman temple crossing, Subhash crossing (Civil Lines) and Eklavya crossing. The depute teams of traffic constables and home guards were at all five major crossings to implement the signaling system and inform the commuters about the ... Read More »

DoT may soon order solar-powered tower deployments in North-East


According to reports, the telecom department (DoT) will shortly mandate deployment of solar powered towers to boost mobile coverage in the Northeast, especially in mountainous regions close to the Chinese border. DoT’s plans to explore alternate energy sources to run mobile towers in the Northeast follows a recent study by the telecom regulator, which revealed major gaps in telecom coverage in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur and Meghalaya. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ( Trai) report, Arunachal Pradesh ... Read More »

To tide over the energy crisis, look to the sun


According to reports, in the excellent documentary film Katiyabaaz, Loha Singh of Kanpur is a thief who steals electricity by tapping overhead cables and sells it to those who don’t have legal power connections. In the 80-minute film, Singh appears as a modern Robin Hood, a saviour of the people in a town ravaged by power shortages and blackouts and, although the directors — Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa — have tried to focus on the conflict between Singh and ... Read More »

India’s Punjab Approves Solar Net-Metering After Delhi


According to reports, India’s Punjab state approved a policy allowing businesses and households to earn credits for solar power produced on rooftops as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to accelerate installations to combat blackouts. The state cabinet passed a net-metering policy that’s expected to drive 100 megawatts of rooftop capacity in the northwestern state, Amarpal Singh, chief executive officer of the Punjab Energy Development Agency, said today. Net-metering is a system that credits people for energy they can’t consume on-site. ... Read More »

Jain Irrigation launches solar-powered micro irrigation system


According to reports, Jain Irrigation today launched integrated solar powered micro irrigation systems for small farmers, which will ensure reliability of water supply and power supply. “The integrated solar powered micro irrigation involving different components like development of on-farm water source (farm ponds, solar pumping systems, piping and micro irrigation systems) would ensure reliability of water and power supply to small farms, especially in developing countries like India, Africa and other countries in Asia,” Jain Irrigation President Dilip Kulkarni said. ... Read More »

L&T commissions 7.52 MW solar rooftop project in Punjab


L&T Construction one of India’s largest solar EPCs, had recently commissioned the world’s largest Solar Photovoltaic Plant of 7.52 MWp capacity on a single roof at Amritsar in Punjab. The energy generated from this plant is being fed t the local grid through a power purchase agreement (PPA) signed with the state distribution company under the New and Renewable Sources of Energy (NRSE) Policy. For this project, L&T employed multi-crystalline module technology and central inverters to optimize efficiency. More than ... Read More »

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