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Soon, Solar Energy for High Rises to be Made Mandatory in Chennai

According to reports, the city planners are toying with the idea of making it mandatory for all multi-storied buildings to install rooftop solar panels to generate green energy. Faced with the fast-paced growth that has made it difficult for basic infrastructure to catch up, sources said this proposal would help ensure that the potential renewable sources were fully tapped before turning to conventional energy. This comes as the Union government is implementing a ‘Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power ... Read More »

Fuel outlets to go green with solar units

According to reports, solar panels or solar-wind hybrid systems and not electricity grids will power more than 2,000 fuel outlets by the end of the year. The initiative to go green, by order of the ministry of petroleum and natural gas, will reduce the outlets’ dependency on electricity and diesel that power their generators during power cuts although they will, of course, continue to sell polluting fossil fuel. Dealers of oil majors Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum ... Read More »

Master plans approved for 50 solar cities

According to reports, the government has approved a proposed master plan to develop 50 solar cities, for which master plans have been prepared for 46, an official statement said on Sunday. Three of these cities under the programme are planned to be set up the national capital region, the ministry of new and renewable energy said in a status note. “At least one city in each state to a maximum of five cities in a state may be supported by ... Read More »

Is Modi government’s target to increase solar power capacity to five-fold in seven years achievable?

According to reports, seven years from now, passengers looking out of planes flying over India shouldn’t be surprised to see swathes of land covered with shiny, black panels staring right back up at them. If the Narendra Modi government is successful, rows of these panels would have been mounted everywhere — on rooftops of buildings across cities, at airports, on trains, at railway stations and, of course, on vast expanses of land – quietly generating clean power tapped from the ... Read More »

Sun shines on India’s solar ambitions as prices nosedive

According to reports,  even as the global market battles saturation in clean energy, solar power price in India is on its way down – a landmark 70 per cent decline from 2010 when solar capacity in the country was a mere 2 Mw against the present-day 4,000 Mw. The slide in global solar module prices due to oversupply coupled with the entry of new aggressive players in the Indian solar market, is pushing solar tariffs closer to the thermal power ... Read More »

Sunny prospects for Kerala

According to reports, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in September for a joint venture which will implement solar energy programmes in the State, including the proposed 200-MW solar park in Kasaragod. The MoU is expected to be signed in mid-September and the proposed entity has tentatively been named Kerala Renewable Energy Corporation, sources say. Tripartite agreements have already been signed among the SECI, ... Read More »

Solar Energy Corp to set up 4 Parks totalling 600 Mw in UP

According to reports, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) is setting up four solar parks in Uttar Pradesh totalling 600 megawatt (mw), predominantly in the Bundelkhand region. The Solar Parks have been proposed at Jalaun (350 Mw), Allahabad (50 Mw), Mirzapur (100 Mw) and Sonbhadra (100 Mw) districts of the state. The land at the four places has also been identified, which put together spans over 1,200 hectares. About 715 hectares of land has been identified in Jalaun district, where ... Read More »

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