The International Solar Alliance has asked companies in member countries to submit proposals to offer solar power project management solutions. The global body issued this invitation after it received a proposal for the same from India’s largest power generation company.
Concerned over the lackluster pace of capacity addition in the solar power sector, the Indian government has made amendments to the auction and project implementation timelines. The recent amendments to the policies would result in much quicker implementation of large-scale solar power projects, giving hope to the government that the 2022 target of 100 gigawatts
Leading Indian and Southeast Asia business group Everstone Group has partnered with leading global renewable energy company Lightsource BP to form EverSource Capital, a fund management platform intended to support green energy infrastructure in India, with financial kickoff support from the UK Government and India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund.
An enormous $44 billion combined oil mega-refinery and petrochemicals complex is now in the works for development on the west coast of India. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was just signed between Saudi Aramco and a large consortium of India-based firms. Those involved in the consortium just mentioned — Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (RRPCL)
Despite a 30% cut in wind energy tariffs in India over a period of just 10 months, Siemens Gamesa India CEO expects the trend to reverse in the coming months.
A federal audit has found that India’s government has only spent well under a quarter of the funds available to it for cleaning up the Ganges River over the last 2 years – with the audit determining that poor financial management and planning were then primary causes. To provide specifics, the audit — performed by
It is estimated that since the advent of the agricultural revolution Earth lost approximately half of its trees, and according to a recent survey as reported by Nature (the magazine), earth currently has only about three trillion trees. Image by UNclimatechange (some rights reserved) There are several organizations that are hard at work to plant back
Most of us do not spend our waking hours reading the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. Certainly no one in the #FakeTrump administration does, as they are too busy lining their own pockets at public expense and practicing the art of self aggrandizement. But if we did, we might
There are now more than 2 billion people worldwide who are overweight or obese, according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. So, to put that in a different sort of light, there are now roughly the same number of people in the world who are overweight or obese as
A private firm, which evaluated the generation-based incentive scheme in India has proposed to incentivise utilities to purchase wind power.
Approval shall be subject to the turbine model meeting international specifications.
The International Solar Alliance shall come into official existence under the UN once 15 countries ratify the agreement or officially join the alliance.
Officials of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy have stated that the first-ever wind energy auction in India will be competed by next month.
Global emissions have been essentially flat for the past three years even though total global economic activity has increased in each of those three years. That is about to change as Donald Trump wreaks havoc on US emissions policies.
South Africa strongly opposes objection by some countries attempts to introduce restrictions on mandated use of local content in renewable energy projects.
A total capacity of 1 GW will be allocated in the auction, however, this capacity may increase if there is such a demand from buyers.
The IAE reports that half of all new electrical power capacity worldwide came from renewables last year. As the cost of wind and solar drops, renewables are replacing traditional sources of energy, particularly coal.
The Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy is pushing for reclassification of large hydro power projects as renewable energy projects. The Minister for New & Renewable Energy, Power and Coal, Piyush Goyal, recently announced that he will propose the reclassification of large hydro power projects to the Cabinet of Ministers. Goyal stated that almost
The Ministry of Power, under the central government of India, has confirmed that charges for inter-state transmission of renewable energy have been waived off. The ministry had first proposed to remove the inter-state transmission charges last year and had asked the state governments to work on the proposal. Several states had expressed their willingness to
In the face of highly ambitious renewable energy procurement targets, Indian utilities may now face stricter penalties if they fail to meet those targets. The Minister of Power, Renewable Energy and Coal recently stated at a conference that the government may be forced to take strict action against utilities if they fail to achieve the
In yet another move aimed at giving relief to the renewable energy project developers, the Indian government is looking to implement additional measures to to ensure utilities acquire electricity from renewable energy projects. Speaking at an event recently, India’s minister for power, coal and renewable energy Piyush Goyal announced that the government is looking at
NTPC, the largest utility in India, has invited bids for the development of 250MW of solar capacity in the Pavagada Solar Park in Karnataka. PVTech reports the utility will split this clean electricity capacity will be split into five blocks of 50MW projects. The tender is for the design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, packing and forwarding,
The Indian government is planning new measures to promote domestic manufacturing of solar power equipment following another setback from the World Trade Organisation earlier this month. According to media reports, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has prepared a draft policy to offer subsidies to all companies that manufacture solar power modules and
The state of Andhra Pradesh in India has proposed the most ambitious renewable energy target among all states. The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has proposed to increase the share of renewable energy in its electricity mix to 25.25% by March 2022. The commission issued a draft regulation which, if approved, will require the
Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has awarded 450MW of solar capacity in the state of Maharashtra, with the lowest collective set of bids involving viability gap funding (VGF) to date. The low bids add emphasis to significant solar electricity activities occurring within this nation’s borders. A total of two foreign firms won significant capacity in
With an intent to gain leverage over US, India is looking to file complaint against the US over the latter’s use of domestic solar power equipment. India recently lost an appeal at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against a decision that found the country’s regulations that mandate use of local content for some solar power
India has rescheduled its second renewable energy global investors’ summit yet again, this time preponing it. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy recently issued a fresh notification stating that the global investors’ summit will now be held on 15-17 February 2017 and has been shifted to Gandhi Nagar in the state of Gujarat. The
Nearly 30% of India’s land is now undergoing desertification, primarily as a result of the land degradation accompanying overcultivation, overgrazing, deforestation, and the overexploitation of water resources in dryland regions, according to a new report from the Indian Space Research Organization. To put that in different terms, around 96 million hectares of land in India
Project developers are apprehensive about India’s latest wind energy policy which calls for large-scale auction of projects. The uncertainty amongst wind energy project developers in India originates from the fact that there is lack of clarity on the extension of crucial incentives like the accelerated depreciation and generation-based incentive. These two support mechanisms have been
India is planning to initiate work on several fronts to maximise the use of renewable energy at least cost possible. Officials of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) recently told media outlets that the central government is planning to set up 10 GW of pumped storage capacity across the country. The entire plan is expected to
An Indian ratings agency has projected that the expected solar power capacity addition in the country during the current fiscal will be significantly lower than the government’s own target. CARE Ratings claims that only 5.2 GW of solar power capacity is expected to be added between April 2016 and March 2017. This capacity is sharply
With a record amount of solar power capacity being added to the grid in India, the threat of curtailment is looming large on the project developers. The government has now taken first steps to address this problem. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has issued an advisory asking central as well as state regulatory
Pollution and climate change have put 12 indigenous fish species on the brink of extinction in India. Research is being conducted in the area between Bengaluru and Melekote in 10 lakes by Dr. M. Ramachandra Mohan, HoD, Department of Zoology and some students. “Of the 12 species, five are under the vulnerable category and the rest are endangered.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India has finally announced a solar zones policy with an aim to significant boost the development of large-scale solar power projects. According to the policy document released recently, the Ministry will identify and designate 10 solar zones across the country having 10,000 hectares area each. The solar
Buoyed by a good monsoon and availability of transmission network, the availability of wind energy in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has got 1 GW of surplus wind energy this season. The state government of Tamil Nadu has asked the central government to allow it to sell this surplus 1 GW wind energy
800,000 volunteers planted 50 million trees in 24 hours in India during an attempt to break the world record for most trees planted in day, which was 847,275 set by Pakistan in 2013. Guinness World Record auditors haven’t completed their assessment of the Uttar Pradesh July 2016 project, which resulted in about 50 million trees being planted, but the
One of the largest state in India is planning to shift all its electricity consumers in the agricultural sector to shift from thermal power to solar power. According to media reports, the government of Maharashtra is working on a long-term proposal to shift all agricultural power consumers to solar power. This motive behind this plan
The east Indian state of Bihar seems ready to participate in the country’s renewable energy race with a new policy in the making. According to media reports, the government of Bihar is planning to launch a comprehensive renewable energy policy that will result in 3.5 GW of capacity operational in the state by April 2022.
Under the new government of UK Prime Minister Theresa May, major changes involving the energy and climate change departments have taken place today. According to pv-tech, the two departments have been disbanded. The UK’s energy policy will now be decided by a new department headed up by former communities minister Greg Clark, now appointed secretary of
For the year 2015, 445 species that were new to science were identified by Indian researchers. Of the newly identified, 262 were animals and 183 were plants. New species were identified in all regions of India, and about 15% were higher vertebrates. The eastern Himalayas is where most of the new species are from. The Western Ghats,
India may soon launch its first-ever auction for wind energy projects as it plans to keep the investors interested even as some crucial financial incentives are set to expire by early next year. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has issued a proposal to auction 1 GW of wind energy capacity across various states
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in India has come out with most ambitious capacity addition target of 16,600 MW for renewables this fiscal year. According to MNRE, during the current fiscal solar capacity is expected to reach its largest-ever capacity addition target of 12,000 MW which would be followed by wind (4,000
India’s renewable energy targets will massive amounts of capacity added to the grid over a very short period of time. The Indian government is looking at ways to minimize its impact on the existing grid. According to media reports, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is contemplating the launch of a National Energy Storage
The Indian government has increased the target to set up ultra mega solar power projects in an attempt to meet the monumental target of 100 GW operational solar power capacity by March 2022. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is reportedly planning to implement a second phase of the solar power parks program. At