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Jul 31st, 2018
Safeguard duty on solar panel imports
The ministry of finance has notified the Directorate General of Trade Remedies’ decision to impose safeguard duty on solar panels imported from China and Malaysia, which is certain to raise tariffs of future solar projects. More than 90% of panels and modules used in Indian solar projects come from these two countries, for which the DGTR had recommended imposition of 25% safeguard duty about a fortnight ago. This would be for one year, followed by 20% for the next six months and 15% for .. Read more at: //economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/65206728.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
Jul 23rd, 2018
Maharashtra leads with most rooftop solar installations in India
Officials in the state will now focus on rural centres; Gujarat is a close second, followed by Tamil Nadu. Of 1,095 megawatt (MW) rooftop solar capacity in India, Maharashtra leads the way with maximum number of installations and capacity at 145.09MW, according to data from the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE). Officials said 60% installations are from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad and remaining from rural areas across the state that have adopted solar in the form of water heaters.
Jul 18th, 2018
There are now inexpensive and workable solutions to increase the uptake of rooftop solar power in th
Households in India can save up to 95% of their electricity bills if they install solar photovoltaic cells on the roofs of their houses, a recent study has found. Even those who may not have roof space and those who live in apartments can save up to 35% on power bills if they subscribe to a community rooftop solar photovoltaic plant, says the report by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), a New Delhi-based think tank.
Jul 18th, 2018
India proposes tariffs on China, Malaysia solar cells
India has recommended imposing a 25 percent safeguard duty on solar cells from China and Malaysia, saying the overseas supplies have caused or threatened “serious injury” to domestic manufacturers. Under the proposed plan, the safeguard duty would be applicable for two years, India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies, a unit of the commerce ministry, said in the conclusion of its findings posted on its website Monday. The tariff would be lowered to 20 percent for the first half of the second year and to 15 percent by the second half. The recommendations need the finance ministry’s approval before they take effect.
Jul 13th, 2018
Navitas Awarded as Best Emerging Company in MSME Renewable Energy Sector Under Make In India - by In
India Today Group awarded Navitas Solar as the Best Emerging Company in MSME Renewable Energy Sector Under Make In India. Time and again our team has proved that our dedication and hard work has made us deserve this prestigious award.
Jun 09th, 2018
Kerala gets solar-powered school in Alappuzha
Thampakachuvadu Government UP School in Alappuzha has become the first school in the state to run on solar power. Power minister M M Mani will make a declaration in this regard in last week of June.
May 28th, 2018
SDMC Earns ₹0.96 Million by Selling Surplus Rooftop Solar Power
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has announced that it has become country’s first civic body to generate solar power through rooftop solar installations atop 55 of its buildings, earning a significant income in just three months by selling the surplus power generated to Delhi’s power distribution company BSES. The civic body claims to have earned approximately ₹0.96 million (~$0.014 million) by selling its surplus solar power, according to news agency PTI.
May 28th, 2018
SoftBank to join hands with IL&FS to develop solar power in India, says report
Tokyo based Softbank group will join hands with infrastructure conglomerate IL&FS to develop 20 gigawatts of solar capacity in India by 2025, reported The Economic Times. The firm’s power and energy investment arm SB Energy has decided to develop projects in the country along with IL&FS Energy unit, said the report. The solar parks will be developed to support the renewable energy road map for the country put forward by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, added the report.
May 27th, 2018
PM Modi inaugurates India's first smart and green highway, the Rs 11,000 crore Eastern Peripheral Ex
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated India's first smart and green highway, the 135 km long Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal (KGP) Expressway—also known as Eastern Peripheral Expressway. The Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) is also the country's first highway to be lit by solar power and at every 500 metres, as there are eight solar power plants on this Expressway, with a capacity of 4000 KW (4 megawatt) for lighting of the underpasses and running solar pumps for watering plants and also having arrangement for rainwater harvesting on both sides at every 500 meters and there is drip irrigation for plants all along the expressway.
May 27th, 2018
UNEP chief appreciates Cochin International Airport Ltd’s solar power plant
Cochin International Airport Ltd’s (CIAL) solar power plant may get UN recognition soon, said Erik Solheim, executive director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), during his visit to the airport on Saturday. Solheim’s visit is aimed at spreading the word about the success of the solar power plant in Kerala across the world.
May 27th, 2018
Ray of hope: India’s solar dreams are big and bright. Are they realistic?
Eight minutes and 20 seconds. That’s how long it takes for sunlight to travel to Earth. And India has never been better prepared to receive it. As part of the world’s largest renewable-energy expansion plan, India is banking heavily on sunshine to meet an ambitious target. In four years, it expects to have 175 gigawatts (GW) of energy coming from renewable sources — with 100 GW of this to be solar power.
May 22nd, 2018
India is beating China in the race to build massive solar power projects
Since its big entry a decade ago, China has led the global solar energy industry. A massive manufacturing sector that has driven down costs, coupled with supportive government policies, have helped it commission multiple large-scale projects and become the world’s largest producer of solar energy. Meanwhile, neighbouring India has turned up at the party a little late—but is now racing ahead in terms of big projects. Half of the world’s 10 largest solar parks under construction currently are in India, says a report by US-based think tank Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).
May 01st, 2018
Japan, India agree to boost energy cooperation
The Japanese and Indian governments have agreed to step up cooperation in the energy sector. Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko and Indian Power Minister RK Singh signed a joint statement in New Delhi on Tuesday. The statement says Japan will extend technological aid to India in the field of renewable energy, including solar power generation and environmentally-friendly fuel cells that run on hydrogen. It says the 2 countries will boost cooperation in oil and natural gas development.
May 01st, 2018
India opting for renewables to cut fossil emissions: Study
India is making significant strides towards meeting climate commitments and is on course to surpass its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets before 2030, said an independent study by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW).
Apr 30th, 2018
Gujarat Plans 5 Gigawatt Solar Park - Indias Largest
The Indian state of Gujarat is looking to get back the place it once enjoyed in the countrys solar power sector. The state has announced plans to set up a new solar power park, the largest in the country.
Apr 17th, 2018
Worlds first solar cooperative has transformed this Gujarat village into a land of 'solar farmers'
In the Dhundi village of Gujarat's Kheda district grazing cows and buffaloes is a very frequent sight. While the summer brings with it unbearable heat, the blazing sun is a harbinger of good news in this village. A source of power, water and income, it has rendered Dhundi as a model solar village. Only two years ago, when the world’s first solar irrigation cooperative, Dhundi Saur Urja Utpadak Sahakari Mandali or DSUUSM, was launched, the farmers of the village were harvesting only crops. Today, they are harvesting solar energy, according to The Hindu.
Apr 12th, 2018
Diu becomes India's first solar-powered island
Diu has become one of the first states in India to run entirely on solar energy. The island is the tenth least populated district of India with 50 acre of barren land which can be easily used to convert natural resources into energy.
Apr 12th, 2018
Hyderabad to tap rooftop solar potential
Hyderabad has rooftop solar potential of 1,730 MW; can contribute to India’s rooftop solar goals The city has a rooftop solar potential of 1,730 MW of which 1,193 MW can be generated from residential areas. This could lead to a reduction of power demand in the city by approximately 15%.
Apr 11th, 2018
Indian state Gujarat to build 5GW solar park
The State Government of Gujarat has approved setting up a 5GW solar park at Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) in Ahmedabad.
Mar 12th, 2018
India attempts to take pole position in the worlds clean-energy transformation
On Sunday, March 11, the heads of around 40 countries landed in India for the first official summit of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), a non-profit treaty-based group of 121 countries promoting the use of solar energy.
Aug 18th, 2015
Cochin International Airport becomes world's first to operate on solar power
Scripting a new chapter the Cochin International Airport here today became the first in the world to operate completely on solar power. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the 12 MWp solar power plant comprising 46150 solar panels laid across 45 acres near the cargo complex at a function at the airport this morning.