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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 19th, 2015
MP to Opt for Net Metering to Encourage Solar Power Use
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh will soon have net metering facility to facilitate sale of solar power produced from rooftops by individual producers. Having taken big strides in green energy field, MP will join the few states in country to have this facility. Presently Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Uttarakhand have adopted net metering.
Aug 19th, 2015
Defunct Indraprastha power station to be converted into solar plant
According to reports, it's a rare point of agreement for Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal renewable energy. The site of this unusual concord will be, if all goes according to plan, the defunct Indraprastha power station in the capital that was closed in 2010 after some four decades of pumping out pollutants from its 240 MW thermal units. In a little less than two months, this patch of land on Delhis Ring Road will shine bright with the reflective brilliance of solar panels generating 1 megawatt of electricity. Its not much but the power will be symbolic more than anything else the commitment of the Modi and Kejriwal governments to clean energy and addressing climate change concerns. The occasion will be the India-Africa Summit in October that will see leaders from more than 50 countries from that continent attending. While the state-of-the-art solar power station will light up the Delhi Secretariat, the summit itself will be hosted at the nearby Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, which for years used to be coated with soot from the chimneys of the Indraprastha power station.
Aug 18th, 2015
Cochin International Airport becomes worlds 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.
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.
Aug 17th, 2015
Kolkata airport gets green signal for solar farming
In a year's time, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport could become one of the greenest facilities in the country with a substantially smaller carbon footprint. Though the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Monday sanctioned a 2 Mega Watt peak (MWp) solar project for Kolkata airport, the team in the city has much larger ambitions and has identified 50-60 acres to set up a 15MW solar farm that can generate nearly a quarter of its electricity requirement.
Aug 14th, 2015
DMRC launched first Roof Top Solar Power Plant at Dwarka Sec21 metro station
According to reports, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on 15 June 2014 launched first Roof Top Solar Power Plant at Dwarka Sec21 metro station. In its attempt to conserve environment, Delhi Metro has become the first mass transit system of India to begin installing solar power plants on the roofs of its stations. The plant with a capacity of 500 kilowatts peak (kWp) is expected to start generation by the end of July 2014. The power produced from the plant will meet the power requirements of the DMRC station. This is the largest roof top solar power plant with such capacity in Delhi National Capital Region NCR under the RESCO model. A power purchase agreement (PPA) regarding the installation of the plant was signed in February 2013.
Jul 23rd, 2015
Hanwha Joins ReNew Power To Build First Solar Plant In India
Hanwha Q Cells Co., the South Korean solar panel manufacturer, will form a venture to build large-scale solar power plants in India, marking the cell maker’s first move into the fast-growing market.The producer will join with India’s ReNew Power Ventures Pvt., an independent power producer backed by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., to develop 149 megawatts of solar power plants in the state of Telangana, the Indian company said in a statement.
May 17th, 2015
NTPC to buy 15,000MW of solar power through reverse auction
This is in addition to NTPC's plans to set up 10,000 MW of solar power capacity on its own. NTPC will run a reverse bidding process for procuring solar-powered electricity in dollar-denominated tariff to reduce risk. It will provide a purchase guarantee, making such projects bankable and help solar power eventually cost the same as that purchased from the grid (this is called grid parity).
Renewable energy accounts for only 31,692.14 MW of India's power generation capacity of 267,637 MW. NTPC has an installed capacity of 44,598 MW.
Nov 28th, 2014
Solar mission: Govt to turn 20,000 jobless graduates into entrepreneurs
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is working on a strategy to turn some 20,000 unemployed graduates into entrepreneurs to help it meet its ambitious solar power generation targets-a plan it will implement in concert with state administrations. State governments will choose these graduates, preferably engineers, who will then be trained by the central government for around 3-6 months so they have the entrepreneurial and technical skills to set up solar power plants with a capacity of 1 megawatt (MW) each, to create 20,000MW of solar capacity combined.
Nov 14th, 2014
Telangana plans 1,000 mw solar park in Mahbubnagar
According to reports, Telangana is planning a 1,000-mw solar park in Mahbubnagar district of the state, according to a top official.
“The proposed solar park project will come up in the Ghattu mandal of the district,” said Jayesh Ranjan, managing director of Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation, the nodal agency of the government entrusted with the responsibility of land allocation for industries.
Oct 29th, 2014
Solar PV In India Cheaper Than Importing Coal
The results of India’s latest solar auction are in, and it is bad news for developers of Australian coal projects – solar PV is cheaper for Indian users than the electricity price needed to pay for imports of coal from Australia.
A tender for 500MW of solar capacity in the sunny, south-eastern state of Andhra Pradesh, resulted in First Solar submitting the cheapest bids in an auction that was oversubscribed by more than double – 63 bids, totalling 1291MW in proposed solar developments.
Nov 30th, -0001
PTC may call for solar power bids in dollar-denominated tariff
As part of the government's plan to push solar electricity by paying for it in dollars, power trading company PTC India Ltd may call for bids from solar project developers on behalf of the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE).The radical approach of dollar-denominated tariff expected to be followed by India's largest power trader may be similar to that of state-owned NTPC Ltd, aimed at providing green power at less than Rs.4.50 a unit.With firms such as PTC making a purchase guarantee, these projects will become bankable and help solar power reach grid parity. The power soured will be supplied to the states.
Nov 30th, -0001
Govt to approve 100 GW solar power in few days
The government is likely to approve in few days a final policy on adding 100 GW of solar power, as it targets energy generation of 175 GW from renewable sources by 2022."Government has already approved 19 solar power parks, which would generate 12-13 GW. Policy approvals have been done. One final policy (on solar power) of (adding) 1,00,000 MW will be confirmed (approved) by the Cabinet in few days," Power, New & Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal told reporters here.
Nov 30th, -0001
Adani plans 1,000-Mw solar park in Tamil Nadu
After announcing solar parks in Gujarat and Rajasthan, Adani Power has firmed up plans to set up a 1,000-megawatt (Mw) one in Tamil Nadu. The proposed energy park is likely to attract around Rs 7,000-crore investment.Although an Adani spokesperson declined to comment, a state government official and sources in the company confirmed the development.The sources said a deal had been signed with the state government and the project is at an "exploratory" level.