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Net Loss of Gita Renewable Energy reported to Rs 0.53 crore in the quarter ended December 2017 as against net loss of Rs 0.86 crore during the previous quarter ended December 2016.

There were no Sales reported in the quarter ended December 2017 and during the previous quarter ended December 2016.


As many as 41 government/aided schools in the state would be getting uninterrupted power supply by the end of the current academic year.

Agency for non-conventional energy and rural technology (ANERT) in association with State Energy Management Centre is taking steps to set up solar power generation units at these select schools.

"The schools have been identified by Energy Management Centre. The schools will have to spend Rs 80,000 for setting up a 2kW solar power unit on their premises. The rest of the expense to set up the solar generation unit would be borne by ANERT," ANERT director R Harikumar said.

The school's share for the project is met through the contribution of PTA, MLA, MP funds or from the assistance of local self-governments. The scheme is part of a package introduced by ANERT for schools. As per this, ANERT would provide 50% subsidy to one school each in 41 educational districts to set up 2kW solar unit and a portable biogas plant with one cubic metre capacity.

The Energy Management Centre had turned as many as 500 government and aided schools energy efficient during the last academic year, by giving them assistance to replace all electrical equipment with energy efficient (star rated) ones. "The 41 schools being shortlisted are from among the 500 energy efficient schools. As of now, steps have been taken to install 2kW solar units in 21 schools. A tender has been floated to identify agencies interested in setting up the units as per the set specifications. The units would be installed in other schools before the end of the current academic year," EMC director Dhareshan Unnithan said.

Once the plant is set up, the schools would not have to worry about the power outages in the KSEB grid. It was based on the request from the schools themselves that ANERT decided to install solar units with storage battery facility. The average life for solar panels is assessed at 25 years. However, the units would continue to run even after 25 years.


Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO YES BANK, has said that solar energy is at an inflection point and the key to its inevitable expansion depends on the ecosystem players and financial sector that is emerging as the backbone of this growing green economy.

He said this during the inaugural address of the World Sustainable Development Summit in Delhi on February 16.

India’s renewable energy capacity is expected to double, presenting an untapped investment potential of $448 billion. Mr. Kapoor said he believes that cohesive and concerted efforts amongst stakeholders can enable the government to achieve its target of generating 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022.

Mr. Kapoor also underscored the importance of the formation of the International Solar Alliance, which was jointly launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of France in November 2015 on the sidelines of the U.N. Climate Conference, in enhancing the solar movement globally.


State-run power equipment maker BHEL said it has commissioned 18 megawatt (MW) Mukerian hydro-electric project (HEP) in Punjab.

"With the commissioning of the second 9 MW hydro generating unit, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has successfully commissioned the 18 MW Mukerian hydro-electric project (HEP) stage-II in Punjab," the company said in a regulatory filing.

Located on the Mukerian canal in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab, the 18 MW Mukerian project is a surface powerhouse of Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL).

"The generation from Mukerian HEP stage-II will contribute significantly in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and will help in achieving a low carbon development path for the nation," the company added.

The first unit of the Mukerian HEP was commissioned in May last year.


In view of the state government’s initiative of digitalising the ‘anganwadis’ in the state, NGO Maharashtra Village Social Transformation Foundation (MVTSF) has provided solar power support to anganwadis in four villages of Paithan tehsil of Aurangabad.

The villages, Jambhali, Chincholi, Mehearbanaik Tanda and Jambhali Wadi, were receiving inconsistent power supply due to which services at digital schools were badly affected.

The NGO, through its rural development fellows, have connected the schools to solar power supply. Four digital schools will now get uninterrupted power, thereby improving delivery of educational service.

This moves comes after a baseline survey conducted by ‘gramparivartaks’ (rural development fellows) in these villages.

The NGO’s project aims to electrify remote villages of Maharashtra through non-conventional energy sources.

The NGO has installed 13 rooftop panels with a capacity of 300 to 400 megawatt power. Around 300 to 350 students from four anganwadi schools would benefit from this initiative.

The execution, training, operation and maintenance of the project are being done through funds provided by the NGO and the respective grampanchayats. Through infrastructure built up, other village initiatives will also be provided power.

MVSTF CEO Ramnath Subramaniam said the organisation’s mission is to ensure that villages are empowered and development is self-initiated and sustainable.

Aurangabad district collector Naval Kishore Ram appreciated the project and the use of gap funds by the CM rural development fellows.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had launched the Chief Minister Fellowship Programme in 2015 to rope in young graduates in the administration.

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The Indian Railways will call tenders to award contracts to set up 3,000 mw of solar power projects on its unused land, rail and coal minister Piyush Goyal said.

State-run lignite miner and power producer NLC India will also bid aggressively for the contracts, the minister said while addressing the media on Tuesday.

NLC entered the renewable energy sector with the commissioning of a 140 mw solar photo voltaic power plant at Neyveli and another 51 mw wind energy plant, also in Tamil Nadu. "In renewable energy, they already have about 191 mw today. It will become 300 mw by March 2018 and by 2025 it's actually 4,251mw that they are planning. So almost 24% of their 13,700 mw capacity will be renewable energy," the minister said.

NLC India posted a 96% increase in net profit at Rs 2,368 crore for the fiscal year ended March 2018. Its turnover grew 30% to Rs 8,672 crore.

Its mining capacity increased from 41.6 million tonnes a year as of March 2014 to 61.6 mtpa in January 2018.

Goyal said the company last year made its highest ever contribution to national exchequer — Rs 4,965 crore, or two-and-half times the previous year.

He urged the West Bengal government to accord approval for the transfer of Damodar Valley Corporation’s Raghunathpur power project to NLC India. "If they (Bengal government) had given us permission two years ago, by now we would have actually started the Raghunathpur plant and it would have started serving the people of India," he said.

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Energy Minister Kimidi Kala Venkata Rao on Wednesday inaugurated a 100 KW roof-top solar power plant at Sankar Foundation Eye Hospital at Naiduthota here.

Complimenting the services of the hospital in the far-flung areas, the Minister assured all help to the hospital. He also inaugurated a bus worth ₹ 20 lakh to transport patients to and from remote areas to the hospital.

MP K. Haribabu said power cuts had become a thing of the past after 2014 when the new governments came to power. Solar roof-top power would provide clean energy, he stated.

MP Muttamsettti Srinivasa Rao and MLA Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy expressed happiness at the hospital falling in their respective Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies serving people.

Hospital managing trustee K. Mani Mala said the solar plant would generate 400 units of power per day. The hospital screened nearly 17 lakh people for various eye problems and in the past 19 years performed 2.76 lakh surgeries. The hospital got A Plus grade in the Swachh Survekshan in 2017.

ESIC Board member Ch. Ramakotaiah and trustees of the foundation participated.

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Mysuru City Corporation finally takes the solar route

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For, the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), which served as the nodal agency for implementing the Centrally sponsored ‘Solar City’ project for promoting solar power generation, will be harnessing the renewable energy from its main office building with the idea of becoming self-sufficient in its energy needs.

The MCC could have taken the green energy route years ago when the city was identified under the ‘Solar City’ project, and could have projected itself as a model perhaps to encourage others to take up harnessing renewable energy.

Now, after several years, that too with the Solar City project is almost nearing conclusion, the MCC has taken up a project for rooftop solar power generation.

The terrace of the MCC’s main building, a heritage edifice, is being used to tap solar energy that will be used to light up the electrical appliances of the office, thus minimising the use of conventional electricity. The aim is to spread the message and encourage more people to start harnessing solar power.

MCC Commissioner G. Jagadeesha said “We are going green with the MCC all set to tap solar power, thereby becoming one of the promoters of renewable energy”.

The frames for placing the photovoltaic cell panels have been put up on the roof of the MCC building, and work on placing the panels will commence soon. “We hope to complete the work by February-end,” the Commissioner said.

When asked why there was a delay in launching this initiative when the Solar City project was launched several years ago, he said: “The work got the approval recently with 30% funding under the Solar City project of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the remaining being foot by the MCC. The old grants are being used now.”

Mr. Jagadeesha said the project at the MCC main building alone costs ₹80 lakh.

The Solar City project was launched to promote the use of renewable energy in urban areas to reduce the demand for conventional energy by at least 10% by adopting and encouraging non-conventional energy resources.


In the fourth bidding held by Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited, SECI to award 2,000MW wind power projects, six players won by quoting large project size and moderate tariff.

ReNew Power, Green Infra (now owned by Sembcorp India), Inox Wind and Torrent Power quoted the lowest tariff of Rs 2.44/unit. Adani Green Energy and Saudi Arabian Alfanar Energy quoted Rs 2.45/unit. As the bidding follows bucket fill method all the players would get the quoted project capacity.

Torrent Power quoted the highest capacity of 499 MW followed by ReNew Power with 400MW.

Inox Wind got 200 MW, Green Infra 300 MW, Adani Green Energy and Alfanar got 250 MW and 300 MW, respectively.

In earlier bidding held in Gujarat, lowest tariff received was Rs 2.43/unit.

The current government has retired the feed-in-tariff regime in the wind sector to introduce more competition and bring down prices. Aiming at an ambitious target, the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) plans to auction wind power projects every month. Till yet 3,000 MW of wind projects have been tendered including 1,000MW by Gujarat and balance by Centre.


Following allegations of violation of norms regarding installation of Light Emitting Diode (LED) street lights in different wards of the city, the Energy Efficient Services Limited (ESSL), the firm entrusted with the task, announced on Monday that it has replaced more than 18,000 conventional bulbs with energy efficient LEDs in different wards of the city over the past one month.

According to ESSL officials, under the Street Light National Program, 30,509 conventional street lights in Agra will be replaced with LEDs within the current financial year. This will help Agra Municipal Corporation (AMC) to save over 3,955 kilowatt per hour (kWh) deemed units’ demand annually.

ESSL project head for Uttar Pradesh Tarun Tayal said “The project completion will help AMC save around 65% energy annually, reducing its energy bill by Rs 8 crore per year.”

Speaking on allegations of violation of norms, he said “We have received objections from AMC on different aspects of the project work done so far. In this regard, a committee comprising of councilors, is conducting an investigation. On our part, we will cooperate in the probe and address the issues raised by committee in best possible manner. The project is in implementation stage and if there are problems, they will be sorted out in a time-bound manner. We have requested mayor Naveen Jain for an appointment so that we can take his feedback and discuss about the project. Installation of LED lights is just one part of the projects and will be completed by March 7, the targeted date.”

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