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India Green News: Renewable energy production strides forward across India

Grace Gill

Posted August 23, 2013

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August 15-21, 2013

India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India

Climate Change and Energy

74 companies in AP bring about huge energy savings

Seventy-four short-listed companies have achieved energy savings of about Rs 1,000 crore a year, according to findings of the Confederation of Indian Industry.

Naushad Forbes, Chairman, Energy Efficiency Summit 2013, hosted here by the CII said the short-listed companies had achieved this recurring saving by implementing over 2,700 projects.

Promoting energy efficiency measures is the surest way to improve competitiveness and become world-class, he said.

Ajay Mathur, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), while commending these companies for taking the lead role in promoting energy efficiency, hoped that other companies will also tread this path and facilitate India in spearheading the global Encon Movement.

The CII felicitated India’s ‘Excellent Energy Efficient Industrial Units’ at the 14th National Award for Excellence in Energy Management, providing a major impetus to the energy conservation movement in the country.

Thirty-seven companies were presented with the ‘Excellent Energy Efficient Unit’ award and the other 37 short-listed companies with the ‘Energy Efficient Unit’ award.

CII-Godrej Green Business Centre organised the 14th National Award for Excellence in Energy Management. The shortlisted companies presented their projects over the last two days before a panel of experts led by L.S. Ganapati.

(Hindu Business Line, 08/21/2013)

States aggressively focus on solar energy production

India’s solar sector is witnessing a fierce battle among states to set records in solar energy production.

Rajasthan on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of the world’s biggest solar farm with generation capacity of 3,000 MW, tipping its neighbour Gujarat which had in 2012 announced largest solar farm with a capacity of around 2,000 MW.

Another area of positive competition among the states that has emerged is having big capacity solar units. Madhya Pradesh is about to launch a 151 MW solar plant, just a MW more than a unit in Maharashtra.

(Hindustan Times, 08/21/2013)

Fuel conservation will help achieve energy sufficiency: Kalam

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Former President and eminent scientist, on Tuesday attached priority on fuel conservation as a sustainable means to achieve energy sufficiency.

Addressing a conference on ‘Environment and Its Impact on Society’ organised by the JD Birla Institute, Kolkata, Kalam said different reports have suggested that “building energy efficiency is perhaps the most economically feasible and convenient way to generate energy.”

Describing “energy conservation” as a “source of fuel” he said: “More than any form of technology, what it needs is the social awareness and incentives for the industries and homes to go green.”

Elaborating on the India scenario, he said the losses in power distribution alone are more than 40 per cent in many States. “There is also an immense scope for energy efficiency at household levels ranging from cooking fuels to smart buildings which can save up to 50 per cent of the energy consumption,” Kalam pointed out.

(Hindu Business Line, 08/20/2013)

India’s first floating solar power station to come up inside Victoria

A prototype of India’s first floating solar power station could soon be coming up in the pond of Victoria Memorial.

If the plan proves to be a success, such floating solar power stations could also be set up in the water reservoirs and dams of hydroelectric power stations thereby increasing their output.

“Developing a floating solar power station would prove to be a revolutionary step as it could solve the perennial problem of land. Such pilot projects are also going on in a few countries such as France and Australia,” said SP Gon Choudhury, an international expert in solar energy and the brain behind this project.

The idea is simple.

A raft like platform fitted with hollow plastic or tin drums would be floating on water.  The power generating equipment such as solar panels would be fitted on this raft so that they can float on water.  It would not only solve the problem of land but would also help conserve water in the water bodies.

(Hindustan Times, 08/19/2013)

Delhi govt plans incentives for green power

NEW DELHI: If you generate power from a rooftop solar project, the Delhi government will soon incentivize your efforts. A new solar policy upholds "production-based subsidy" which means that the government will pay you for the units of energy you save by using solar power. As of now, there is a "capital subsidy" scheme which involves a rebate of a fixed sum on installation of solar water heaters in Delhi.

While this policy can inspire consumers to invest in solar energy, the Delhi environment department officials say that it can be implemented only after Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) notifies net metering guidelines. Through a net metering system the utility can monitor how much solar energy a consumer is generating at home and if the consumer is generating more power than his requirements, then excess power is returned to the grid.

(Times of India, 08/18/2013)

Environmental Health & Governance

Indian cities less NO2 polluted than other major global counterparts

WASHINGTON: NASA scientists have used satellite observations to measure air pollution's dependence on population in four of the planet's major air pollution regions: the United States, Europe, China and India.

They found that the pollution-population relationship varies by region. For example, a city of 1 million people in Europe experiences six times higher nitrogen dioxide pollution than an equally populated city of 1 million people in India, according to the research led by Lok Lamsal, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Lamsal said that energy usage patterns and per capita emissions differ greatly between India and Europe and destpite large populations, Indian cities seem cleaner in terms of NO2 pollution than the study's other regions.

The variation is a reflection of regional differences such as industrial development, per capita emissions and geography.

(Times of India, 08/20/2013)

Indian Regulator Rejects Retroactive Solar Tariff Cut

Indian regulators rejected a cut in solar tariffs paid to generators, in a landmark decision for the country, after developers said it would stall investment.

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission dismissed a petition by the state government to lower rates agreed under 25-year contracts signed since 2010, it said in an order. The plan to lower current solar tariffs was the nation’s first.

“The parties to the contract are not at liberty to amend or alter the terms of contract saying that the terms of contract may not be beneficial to them at a subsequent stage,” the state commission said in the order posted on its website.

The decision contrasts with cuts in Spain, Greece, Romania and the Czech Republic as governments seek to lower the cost of subsidies and temper a surge in developments. Companies such as Moser Baer India Ltd. (MBI), Essar Energy Plc (ESSR), Tata Power Co. (TPWR) and Welspun Energy Ltd. had objected to the call by state power purchaser Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. for a 28 percent reduction to recoup what it called windfall gains.

The regulator’s ruling “upholds the sanctity of the contract and will help in restoring investor confidence,” Welspun Managing Director Vineet Mittal said.

(Bloomberg, 08/19/2013)

New Himachal power policy to tap solar energy

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh government has decided to come out with new power policy to harness solar energy. Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday said that state government was endeavouring to preserve the depleting conventional resources to meet the increasing demand of power.

He said state government soon would come out with a new Power Policy with a view to harness the solar energy. Besides, possibilities of more hydro power and other non-conventional power resources were also being explored in the state, he added.

(Times of India, 08/20/2013)

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Narender VermaAug 25 2013 02:05 AM

also provide this type of projects in Hindi to more awareness

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