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, […]

South India still water-stressed despite decent monsoon

Despite a decent monsoon season, water levels at storage facilities in India continues to be below those of last year as well as the 10-year average. Of particular concern is the situation in South India, only 39% of the total capacity of the reservoirs has been filled so far. Usually, the number should have been […]

India achieves only 14% of rooftop solar power target

Even as India more or less sticks to the target on adding large solar farms under its ambitious Solar Mission project, the other leg of the plan — rooftop solar — remains woefully behind target. Under the solar mission, India is supposed to have put in 5,000 megawatt of solar plants on the roofs of […]

SLOW START: India adds 8.3% of 2017 target solar capacity in three months

India added only 827 megawatt of solar power generation capacity in the first three months of the current financial year, indicating a slow start to the yearly program. The addition of the first three months represents only 8.27% of the 10,000 megawatt that it is supposed to come online this year. According to India’s ambitious […]

ISRO offers space tech to electric vehicle makers in India

Indian Space Research Organization could soon help Indian e-bikes overcome their biggest drawbacks — low mileage per charge and limited speed. Costing between Rs 35,000-50,000, most of these bikes have a top speed of 25 km per hour and a range of 30 to 50 km per charge. That could change soon, thanks to the […]

India to add 34.5 GW of hydroelectric capacity in 10 years

India will set a target of adding 34.5 GW of hydro-power generation capacity in the next ten years, according to power ministry sources. “The target for the 13th plan has been set at 13.31 GW and that for the 14th plan will be 21.15 GW,” said a power ministry official. This will take India’s total […]

Can’t allow NGOs to impede India’s growth: Center to NHRC

The home ministry has written back to the National Human Rights Commission that non-governmental organizations cannot be allowed to work against India’s strategic or economic interest. In it’s response to the NHRC, the home ministry said it cannot allow organizations that take money from outside India to conduct “activities detrimental to national interest ,including security, strategic, […]

Can’t block imports of cheap chinese solar panels – Nirmala Seetharaman

The government of India said it cannot seek to slow down imports of solar power generation equipment from China as it has to watch out for the interests of Indian consumers as much as those of Indian industrialists. Responding to questions from the opposition in Lok Sabha on why India was not taking action to help the […]

After missing twice, India comfortably meets power sector targets for 12th five-year plan

After missing its targets by wide margins in the previous two five-year plans, India is all set to comfortably meet or exceed all its power sector targets for the 12th five-year plan that ends this month. Five-year plans, borrowed from the Soviet Union, are a legacy of Nehruvian policy of setting development targets every five […]

India plans for eight-fold increase in nuclear power capacity to 45 GW

India is planning to increase its nuclear power generation capacity to 44,628 megawatt, about eight times the current capacity of 5,780 MW, the Prime Ministers’ Office said today. At present, India has seven nuclear power plants. However, given that most of these were set up decades ago, most of these facilities contain individual units of […]

Poor water levels cripple hydropower generation in Telangana, Jharkhand, Andhra, TN

Water levels of dams in central and south India are abnormally low this year, going by data of hydro-electricity production across India. According to data of electricity produced by dams in India from April 2016 to February 2017, both the south and central India are facing extreme shortage of water. The average production of hydro-electricity […]

At 4.5¢ per unit, solar achieves grid parity in India with coal power

About a week ago, India witnessed an event that environmentalists in India, and perhaps many across the world, have been waiting for — the achievement of grid parity between solar and coal in India. India depends on coal for meeting about 75% of its power needs. The country accounts for about 7% of the world’s […]

India may miss national solar mission target for 2016-17

After having met its solar power installation target for last financial year with relative ease, India could end up missing its target for the year ending March 2017. India had around 6 GW of installed solar power generation capacity at the end of March 2016, and by this year, it was supposed to rise to […]

Pune, Western Maharashtra emerge as air pollution hotspots in India

Air pollution, particularly levels of Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide, rose sharply in towns and cities in Western Maharashtra in 2016, according to data from the National Air Quality Monitoring Programme of India. Though 2016 saw a worsening of air quality across the country, the deterioration was marked and noticeable in Western Maharashtra. Arranged by […]

Mumbai’s Viviana Mall installs India’s largest rooftop solar plant

Viviana Mall in Mumbai has installed one of the largest single-site solar plants in India. The mall, located in Thane, has constructed a 900,000 volt-ampere rooftop solar power plant, which the company said was the biggest in India. 900,000 volt-ampere refers to the peak capacity of the power plant. It implies that at full power […]

India adds 1,732 MW of hydro-power capacity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated three hydro-electric projects in Himachal Pradesh, representing 1,732 MW of generating capacity, to the nation today. The biggest of the three is NTPC’s Koldam, which has four generating units of 200 MW each. The second biggest was Parbati Stage-III, which comprises 4 units of 130 MW each and is operated […]