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WTO’s shadow on India’s solar industry

According to reports, the latest World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling against Indian protection to its solar power industry calls for a policy response. The question is — how India can successfully overcome the double standards of the developed world without compromising on its development needs? The short title of ‘India-Solar Cells’ dispute (DS456) at the WTO’s Dispute Settlements Mechanism fails to reveal the potential for damage that this ruling has on India’s energy security needs. Energy not only plays a ... Read More »

Goa to be solar powered

According to reports, Solar City project could also be a part of the Smart City project, though both the projects are independent and floated by two different central ministries. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has approved the proposed master plan to develop the capital city into a solar city under the ‘Development of Solar Cities’ programme. Panaji is amongst the 60 cities selected for utilising the alternative source of energy for electrification. Corporation of the City of ... Read More »

Delhi Dialogue Commission proposes 1 GW solar power capacity for Delhi in next 5 years

According to reports, releasing its draft on the Solar Energy Policy exclusively for the national capital in presence of Delhi Power Minister Satyendra Jain, the Delhi Dialogue Commission today proposed 1GW (1,000 Mega Watt) solar power capacity for the national capital in next five years. The DDC draft has been put in public domain to invite views on it and after 15 days, it will be finalised and submitted to the Delhi government. The draft recommends the installation of 1GW ... Read More »

Govt may hike fund allocation for solar scheme to Rs 5,000 crore

According to reports, the Union Cabinet is likely to take a call on Wednesday on increasing the fund allocation to Rs 5,000 crore for the programme to promote grid connected rooftop and small solar projects. “The Union Cabinet will review the scheme providing central financial assistance for grid connected rooftop and small solar projects in its meeting tomorrow,” a source said. The proposal has sought to increase allocation for the scheme to Rs 5,000 crore from Rs 600 crore in ... Read More »

Greater Noida shows way on solar power

According to reports, it’s among the cities in UP with least line losses and was rewarded with a token tariff increment. Now, Greater Noida ia also taking significant strides in using renewable energy. Having started harnessing energy from the sun last year, the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) is currently generating about 2.65 MW of solar power. By next year, it plans to generate about 5 MW. According to officials, this energy is not only consumed by its projects ... Read More »

Kochi Solar City draft ready for scrutiny

According to reports,  the expert panel on solar cities under the central ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE), which is meeting next month, is likely to hear the presentation of Kochi Solar City project. The Kochi corporation sent the final master plan to the ministry last month after making changes to the draft plan submitted by the consultation agency, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), which had completed the report in June this year. Of the Rs 48 ... Read More »

Govt to support domestic solar industry

According to reports, public sector companies may bring the sun out for the domestic solar manufacturing industry. “We are committed to supporting the domestic solar industry,” said Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary (Solar), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. “We will find some ways of doing that,” Kapoor told BusinessLine recently. This assertion comes against the backdrop of India losing its case at the World Trade Organisation, against a mandatory buy-local rule, called ‘domestic content requirement’, or DCR. Under the DCR ... Read More »

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