Solar power sector sees revival in Feb after downturn due to duties

Solar auction activities garnered speed in February after a disappointing performance in January, according to Mercom India, an agency that tracks the solar power sector in India. About 2.7 GW of solar power was auctioned in February, which is 800 MW more than what was auctioned in the same month last year, the firm said. […]

Cabinet okays incentive scheme for battery manufacturing in India

The government of India today approved a scheme to give incentives to companies that want to manufacture batteries in India. Briefing media after a cabinet meeting, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “We have taken a big step to give incentives under the Make in India program to encourage the manufacturing of batteries.” The move […]

BS-VI to hurt sales of diesel cars, boost electric vehicles – M&M

The introduction of BS-VI fuel standard a year from now is expected to make small diesel engines too expensive to be of practical use and push the market for smaller vehicles towards petrol, CNG and electric vehicles, automaker Mahindra & Mahindra said. Managing Director Pawan Goenka said the share of diesel engines in cars has […]

IMT Ghaziabad students win Rs 70 lakh in PepsiCo sustainability contest

Two students from IMT Ghaziabad won nearly Rs 70 lakh at in a sustainability-themed contest organized by PepsiCo. Tushar Vishnoi and Utkarsh Garg won $100,000 for their low-cost, plastic waste management machine that can process 50 kg of plastic waste per day. The plastic recovered in the process can be used in numerous applications that […]

Inox Wind gets 500 MW wind power plant order from Adani Green Energy

Inox Wind said it has received a contract from Adani Green Energy to build a 501.6 MW wind power project in Kutch District in Gujarat. The financial details of the contract were not revealed. Adani Green Energy, a subsidiary of the Ahmedabad-based Adani Group, won the projects under the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) […]

NTPC offers 4-year deal to green entrepreneurs for agri-waste supply

NTPC, India’s largest power producer by far, has invited expressions of interest worth thousands of crores of rupees for the supply of agricultural waste to 21 power plants across the country. NTPC will give a four-year assured off-take commitment. The proposals, invited on Dec 26, can potentially be a lucrative opportunity for entrepreneurs willing to […]

Inox Wind to offer 3 MW onshore wind turbines in India

Inox Wind, one of India’s leading wind energy equipment makers, said it will launch turbines with a capacity of 3 million watts (MW) each, 50% more than the typical, large turbine sold in India. The new turbines, to be launched in technical collaboration with US-based AMSC, will help reduce power generation costs, the company said. […]

TREO: Mahindra launches electric auto with 170 km range, Rs 1.3 lakh price

Mahindra & Mahindra, the second largest Indian automaker, today announced the launch of Treo, a range of electric three-wheelers priced at Rs 1.36 lakh onwards with a range of 170 km per charge. Unlike other affordable electric vehicles such as bikes, the Treo uses the costly lithium ion battery to reduce weight and increase its […]

Ashok Leyland sets up electric vehicle facility at Ennore plant

Ashok Leyland, one of India’s top two commercial vehicle makers, said it has set up an electric vehicle unit at its Ennore plant, giving the company the capacity to “deal with” about 5,000-10,000 electric vehicles per year. The move comes eight months after it signed an agreement with Israel-based Phinergy to explore the possibility of […]

23 GW of solar parks sanctioned in India, Gujarat No.1

Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh are emerging as the top destinations for large, utility scale solar projects in India, according to numbers from the Minister of New and Renewable Energy. According to data for Government of India’s “Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects” scheme, Gujarat ranked as the state with the highest number […]

IMD improves accuracy of rainfall predictions

Indian Meteorological Department, which studies and makes predictions about the weather, has significantly improved its predictive capabilities for rainfall in recent years, the government of India said. “The absolute error of the IMD’s monsoon forecasts for the seasonal rainfall over the country has shown significant decrease after the implementation of the new statistical ensemble forecasting […]

BSES, partner suggest bill-based financing of rooftop solar projects

Households owning rooftop solar systems could save up to 95 per cent on their electricity bills, according to an independent study by Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and BSES Yamuna Power Limited . Solar system costs have declined by 27 per cent, year-on-year, over the last three years, making rooftop solar a lucrative […]

Delhi Tree Cutting: NGT steps in, issues notice to center

The National Green Tribunal, India’s top most environmental court, has issued notices to the central government, the New Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Delhi Development authority in a case filed by an NGO against the move to cut about 15,000 trees in residential areas. The issuing of notice indicates that the tribunal is seized of […]

India meets solar mission target for FY18 thanks to year-end push

India is likely to have met its target of adding 10,000 watt of solar power generation capacity in the year ended March 2018, thanks to a sudden spurt of installations during the final months of the year (Jan-Mar), going by numbers released by an independent group. According to Mercom India, a consultancy that tracks the […]

India withdraws import duty on solar modules within months of imposition

India has withdrawn its decision to impose a duty of 7.5% (effectively around 10%) on imports of solar modules, and this could give a shot in the arm for the solar power industry, according to India Ratings. The move could also help achieve the government’s target of achieving total, grid-connected solar power capacity of 100 […]

Suzlon completes execution of solar orders; to focus on solar+wind hybrid farms

Suzlon Energy, one of the pioneers of wind power in India, said it has finished commissioning its entire solar order book of 340 megawatt, and will focus on hybrid solar-wind projects going forward. Out of the 340 MW erected, 210 MW was erected in Telangana, 60 MW in Rajasthan and 70 MW in Maharashtra. The […]