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    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 »

    Wind power competitive bidding will reduce tariffs, squeeze returns: CRISIL

    According to reports, competitive bidding in the wind power sector would change the market landscape leading to a sharp reduction in tariffs, pressure on returns across the value chain, and consolidation of the market towards independent power producers, according to research and ratings agency CRISIL. According to its report released today, under-construction capacities without Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are the most at risk. “To compete in bids, developers are likely to put pressure on wind power original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), ... Read More »

    Emmanuel Macron to visit India for world solar alliance meet

    According to reports, French President Emmanuel Macron will visit India towards the end of this year for a meeting of the International Solar Alliance an initiative that is the brain child of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During two hours of wide-ranging talks with Macron at the presidential Elysee Palace, Modi invited the French president to visit India. Macron accepted the invitation and said he will visit New Delhi by the end of the year for an international summit on solar power ... Read More »

    PNB gets $100 mn from ADB for solar rooftop fund

    According to reports, state-owned Punjab National Bank has received USD 100 million (about Rs.645 crore) as the first tranche of ADB’s multi—million dollar funding for installation of rooftop solar systems in India. The USD 100 million loan agreement signed between the Asian Development Bank and PNB is backed by a guarantee from the central government. PNB will deploy this fund as loan to various developers and end users to install large solar rooftop systems on industrial and commercial buildings throughout ... Read More »

    Tata Cleantech gets Rs200 crore from Tata Capital, World Bank’s IFC

    According to reports, Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd (TCCL), a joint venture of Tata Capital Ltd and World Bank arm International Finance Corp. (IFC), has raised Rs200 crore (about $31 million) from its promoters to grow its loan book, a senior company executive said. Tata Cleantech is a non-banking finance company (NBFC) that funds renewable energy projects across assets such as solar, wind, small hydro and biomass, as well as other green businesses such as energy efficiency and water treatment. TCCL, ... Read More »

    French company Engie likely to invest Rs 6,500 crore in solar energy in India

    According to reports, Engie, the French power giant with a global installed capacity of 115.3 gigawatts across all forms of energy, expects to invest a minimum of $1 billion (about 6,500 crore) in the solar segment in India over the next five years. “$1 billion is the bare minimum,” said chief executive Isabelle Kocher said. “We intend to win 400 MW a year, which means an investment of almost half a billion annually. It is a highly capital-intensive business.” But it all ... Read More »

    Tamil Nadu wafts to new wind power high

    According to reports, State-run discom Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation(Tangedco), on Tuesday evening touched an all-time high in wind power evacuation. Against an installed wind energy generation capacity of 8,300MW in TN, Tangedco evacuated 4,600MW. Total wind power consumption in the state on Tuesday was 99.46 million units. This is the highest wind energy evacuation and consumption since the state started installing windmills in the 1980s. Along with solar power, the state on Tuesday consumed 105 million units of renewable ... Read More »

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