SWIFT HYBRID LAUNCH: Govt says no GST cut for bigger competitors

The Finance Ministry today said there would be no cut in the GST levied on bigger hybrid vehicles sold in India. At present, medium and large sized hybrid cars are taxed at a rate of 43%, including a ‘compensation cess’ of 15% — only marginally lower than the 45% tax charged for regular cars. However, […]

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 […]

Ashok Leyland bets on Israel-based company’s Aluminum Air battery for electric commercial vehicles

Ashok Leyland, the auto arm of the Hinduja Group said it signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Phinergy, an Israel-based company that is developing Aluminium Air batteries for long-range vehicles. Unlike lithium ion batteries, which need to be recharged after 200-500 km, a vehicle that uses aluminum air battery can run for several thousand […]

No new plans to modify National Green Tribunal – Govt

The BJP-led government at the center has said that it has no further plans to amend the powers or constitution of the National Green Tribunal, the quasi-judicial body set up by the previous UPA government for protecting the environment. “There is no amendment proposed in the Constitution and functions of the National Green Tribunal,” Mahesh […]

Orient Green Power sells biomass units; sees the wind turning

Orient Green Power Co, the renewable arm of the Shriram Group, said it has sold much of it biomass power generation business to a unit of its promoter and that its wind power business is benefiting from higher offtake by the Tamil Nadu power distribution company. The company had around 96 megawatts (MW) of biomass […]

6,500 MW of wind projects to be auctioned in 3 months in India

The central government and various state governments will award contracts to set up another 6,500 MW (6.5 GW) of wind energy projects in the next three months, the ministry of renewable energy said. Combined with the 3 GW awarded in the first nine months of this fiscal year, this will take the total amount of […]

SOLAR MISSION: It’s another nail-biter for India in 2017-18

India faces steep odds in its race to meet its solar power addition targets for the current year. Last year, the country had added only 5.53 GW of incremental solar power capacity against a target of 6 GW. This year, the target is 10 GW. However, as of November end, it has added only 3.46 […]

BJP MP seeks solar lights for forest encroachers

Bishnu Pada Ray, the member of Lok Sabha representing Andaman & Nicobar Islands has asked for permission to install solar lighting systems in the homes of forest encroachers who are under order by the Supreme Court to evacuate the forest land. Ray wrote the letter seeking permission to install the lighting system in the homes […]

Stubble Burning: 1,493 Haryana farmers fined Rs 40 lakh

Around 1,500 farmers from Haryana have been fined a total of Rs 39.85 lakh for burning agricultural stubble between July to October this year, the government said. The action was taken to dissuade farmers from burning agricultural waste. Burning of agricultural waste has been blamed for worsening air quality levels in national capital Delhi. Air […]

Uber to deploy Mahindra electric cars in India

Mahindra & Mahindra said Uber, the taxi company, will deploy ‘hundreds of electric cars’ from the company in Delhi and Hyderabad. The partnership will gradually be expanded to other cities, it said. Mahindra’s electric vehicles on the Uber platform will include the ezoPlus hatch and the eVerito sedan. “As part of this collaboration, both the […]

India to see 6 GW of wind power auctioned in 5 months

Inox Wind Limited, the most aggressive player in bidding for new wind power projects, said it expects almost 6 GW of new wind power projects to be auctioned in India over the next five months. In comparison, the country added 5.4 GW of wind power capacity on the ground in the last financial year that […]

Infosys included in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Infosys said it has been inducted into the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) and is now part of two of the indices — DJSI World and DJSI Emerging Markets. The indices measure the economic, environmental and social performance of companies and are based on the companies’ corporate governance, risk management, branding, climate change mitigation strategies, […]