Mother Power — harnessing of solar power – ‘Solar Mamas’ power up women’s development

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Women in Rajasthan villages harness solar power with expert training from Barefoot College in Ajmer. Sita Devi, 55, from Barmer is getting ready to go to the residential Barefoot College in the small village of Tilonia in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. She is one of the 17 women from far-flung villages in the State that the college is hosting to train in solar home-lighting system fabrication, assembling of solar panels and trouble shooting. A college in Rajasthan teaches rural women — many of them illiterate — how to fabricate solar panels, lights and photovoltaic circuits “It is time we focus on women.” These are the words of Sanjit “Bunker” Roy, the founder of Barefoot College. Set up in 1972, this college, located in the village of Tilonia, 110km south-west of Jaipur, teaches rural women — many of them illiterate — […]

A saviour that helps shrink power bills

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Residents reduce energy consumption by around 23% with Vidyut Rakshaka initiative Do you turn the lights off when you leave the room? Do you ensure that your water usage is efficient? Simple interventions such as these can go a long way in combating the rising electricity bills, which have been compounded not just by an increasing number of electrical appliances, but also annual hikes in tariff. It is with this aim that the Vidyut Rakshaka (VR), an easy-to-enforce behaviour and energy efficiency initiative, was started in 2015. Since its implementation, those who have stuck to the recommendations have reported energy savings of around 23% in two-and-a-half years. Conceptualised and led by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE), the results of the initiative for 1,280 valid participants showed total savings of 4%. The category that followed […]

Safeguard duty, rupee decline to push up solar capital costs by 20-25%, says ICRA

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‘Decline in prices of photovoltaic modules by about 20% cushioning the impact’ The imposition of safeguard duty by the government on imported photovoltaic modules and rupee depreciation are estimated to increase the capital cost of solar power projects by 20-25%, according to ICRA. In a report on the wind and solar sectors, ICRA said while bidding activity has remained strong, several key concerns remain, including rising interest rates. Bidding sizeable “The bidding activity in the renewable energy sector has remained sizeable with central nodal agencies like the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and NTPC Limited as well as state distribution utilities issuing bids for wind and solar power capacities of about 10 GW and 15 GW respectively during CY2017 and CY2018 (YTD),” the report said. “While this augurs well for the sector, several key concerns remain.” “The imposition of […]

Push for rooftop solar power generation

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Initiative by Bangalore Apartments’ Federation Bengaluru’s apartment complexes are joining hands to give a boost to solar power generation through rooftop plants. The Bangalore Apartments’ Federation (BAF) has launched a city-wide initiative to get 1,000 apartment complexes to implement rooftop solar plants over the next two years. According to the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom), of the 1,300 consumers whose installed capacity is 98 MW, 771 are residential, totalling up to 4.58 MW capacity. The remaining are industries, poultry farms and commercial institutions, among others. Recently, the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission had called for feedback on the possible revision of tariffs for Solar Rooftop Photovoltaic (SRTPV) units of 1kW to 10kW capacity installed by domestic consumers in a bid to encourage more residential properties to install rooftop plants. Kazi Zaman from BAF, which represents a hundreds of apartment complexes across […]

World to Install Over One Trillion Watts of Clean Energy by 2023

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The world could install more than a trillion watts of renewable power over the next five years, more than the entire current generation capacity of the European Union. The International Energy Agency’s latest annual report on renewables forecasts as much as an extra 1.3 terawatts of clean energy will be installed by 2023 under one scenario. Even in its more conservative central forecast, the agency predicts that global renewable energy capacity will grow by 1 terawatt, driven by a boom in solar installations and more accommodating government policy. The positive outlook for clean energy comes with a warning that government support and market design is critical to ensuring that renewables continue to be invested in and built. Energy from solar, wind and hydro will continue to outpace natural gas and coal over the next five years, the IEA said. Generation […]

India must add 25 Gw renewable energy every year till 2030

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As part of Paris climate agreement, India has committed to ensure 40 per cent of its installed electricity capacity is based on non-fossil fuel sources by 2030 New Delhi: India should add 25 Gw renewable power capacity every year till 2030 in order to achieve its green energy targets, ReNew Power Chairman and CEO Sumant Sinha said today. As part of Paris climate agreement, India has committed to ensure 40 per cent of its installed electricity capacity is based on non-fossil fuel sources by 2030. Power minister RK Singh had last month said the share of renewable energy in India’s electricity mix is set to increase to around 55 per cent by 2030, as the country continues to expand its installed capacity in the face of growing power demand. Speaking at the RE-Invest Summit here Sinha shared ReNew Power’s success story. […]

Four Underground Chennai Metro Stations Now Solar-Powered, Elevated Stations To Go ‘Green’ By Year-End

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Four underground stations of Chennai Metro will now be run on solar power, starting from lights to air-conditioners to trains. A 103kWp rooftop solar system has been commissioned by Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) for the purpose. The panels have already begun generating power at Thirumangalam, Anna Nagar Tower, Anna Nagar East and Shenoy Nagar stations. Every month, 13,800 units of power will be tapped and CMRL has estimated the savings to touch Rs 6.3 lakh a year. By the end of 2018, all the elevated metro stations will turn to solar power as well and an additional 6MW rooftop solar power plant will be successfully installed, reported Economic Times. The total installed solar capacity is coming up to 1.6 MW to meet demand for daily operations. The first 1MW capacity solar panel was installed in 2016 at the administrative […]

Chennai: Metro installs solar panels on 4 station roofs

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This is expected to generate around 13,800 units per month and will save around Rs 6,34,744 lakh per year, S Pandian said. Chennai: The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has installed solar panels on the roof of four metro stations and also at Koyambedu metro depot to harness solar energy. CMRL joint director S. Pandian in a statement said CMRL is very committed to achieving energy security, to reduce carbon emission and to promote the green energy concept by generating renewable energy. Four stations, namely Thirumangalam, Anna Nagar Tower, Anna Nagar East and Shenoy Nagar metro stations have been installed with solar panels on the rooftop and the Koyambedu metro depot, which also includes a metro washing unit and other facilities has also been fitted with solar panels. This is expected to generate around 13,800 units per month and will […]

India brings the world together to discuss the renewable energy; global community louds India’s role

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2nd Global RE-Invest 2018 a resounding success New Delhi: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy hosted the First Assembly of International Solar Alliance (ISA), 2nd Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Energy Ministerial Meet, 2nd Global RE-Invest Meet & Expo that concluded today at the India Expo Mart in the National Capital Region. The three events were inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, in the presence of Mr Antonio Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations on 2nd October 2018 in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The three-day event of 2nd Global Re-Invest India-ISA Partnership Renewable Energy Investors Meet & Expo saw participation of over 20,000 delegates including representatives of over 77 countries out of which 40 were at ministerial level. Over 50 plenary and technical sessions were held at the event in which 150 speakers (including 55 international speakers) participated. There […]

Indian renewable energy sector will lead world in clean energy

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Union Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal on Friday said India’s renewable energy sector will lead the world to the next level of clean energy. “This is the take-off point for the next phase of renewable energy. I look forward to a day when sun, wind and biogas become the main source of energy. Let us lead the world to the next level of clean energy”, Goyal said while speaking at Second Global Renewable Energy Investors Meet and Expo. He also hailed Indian renewable energy sector for helping the entire world to reduce energy costs and said, “The renewable energy sector in India has brought the cost of solar energy lower than thermal or coal-based power costs. This has helped the entire world in bringing down the energy costs.” Goyal also stressed on the significance of solar energy and […]