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The International Solar Alliance (ISA) could extend its membership to countries beyond the inter-tropical zone as a means to expand the scope of harnessing solar energy across the globe.

“Serious consideration is on for expanding the membership of ISA beyond the tropics,” said a senior official, who did not wish to be named.

The alliance, jointly launched in November 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and France’s then President Francois Hollande, became a legal entity in December last year. It is an international treaty-based alliance of 121 solar rich countries situated fully or partially between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

Of the member nations, 60 have signed the treaty and about 30 nations have ratified it.

“Since the sun shines beyond the tropics and ISA has to serve as a global initiative, we may consider making the alliance open for all,” the official quoted above added.

An announcement regarding the expansion of the membership beyond the tropics could be made by the Prime Minister at the founding conference of the alliance here on Sunday.

10/03/2018

In a major shot in the arm of Yogi Adityanath government’s efforts to shore up renewable energy in Uttar Pradesh, the green energy sector has attracted private investment proposals worth over Rs 728 billion.

The green energy sector accounted for over 15% of the composite Rs 4.68 trillion worth of Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) signed during the two-day UP Investors Summit 2018 on 21-22 February.

The green energy sector with 46 MoUs worth Rs 728 billion stood second only to the state infrastructure sector, which accounted for maximum almost Rs 1.80 trillion worth of MoUs, thus accounting for over 38% of total investment proposals.

Interestingly, the green energy sector investment proposals worth Rs 728 billion is almost 10 times compared to the conventional energy sector, which managed only 76 billion worth of 11 MoUs.

Under the new UP solar energy policy 2017, the Adityanath government had already set target of private investment worth Rs 500 billion and attaining aggregate solar energy capacity of 10,700 megawatt (mw) over the next 4-5 years.

Of the targetted 10,700 mw of solar energy capacity by 2022, 6,400 mw would comprise setting up of utility scale grid solar power projects, which feed directly to the grid under power purchase agreement (PPA).

Earlier, UP New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA), the nodal state agency for solar power, had on January 8 invited e-bids for the procurement of 1,000 mw of solar energy. Over 40 companies had participated in the tariff-based e-bidding.

Besides, top Indian energy companies, including Adani Power, Essel Infraprojects Limited, Azure Power, Sukhbir Agro Energy Limited, Amplus Energy Solutions and CleanMax Solar had evinced interest in setting up solar energy projects to the tune of over Rs 50 billion in the state.

Under the new solar energy policy, the Adityanath government is preparing an action plan to develop a Green Energy Corridor in the arid Bundelkhand region at an investment of about Rs 40 billion, to be part funded by the Centre.

Bundelkhand is considered ideal for solar energy, since it is abundant in barren land. Besides, these mega projects would not only give a major economic fillip in the region, but also create employment opportunities to stop the migration of youth.

As an added incentive, the new policy allows investors the facility of ‘open access’ and to sell power to individual or institutional consumers within or outside UP. This was restricted in the previous policy framework and they were supposed to feed the entire energy generated to UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) grid.

10/03/2018

A women's wear fashion brand's spring-summer line is made using eco-friendly Harit Khadi, woven through solar power-driven 'charkhas'.

W for Woman, a range of contemporary ethnic wear, has partnered with government initiative Solar Charkha Mission for its new collection

The Mission is aimed at revive and promoting the hand woven fabric through a unique, solar energy based production model that can provide employment to several people in the rural and sub-urban sectors of the country.

Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Giriraj Singh appreciated efforts of bringing Harit Khadi to mainstream fashion.

"In the backdrop of Harit Khadi, we believe that this fabric weaves the social fabric of our country, as it has been the mainstay textile since the Independence days and will continue to remain an integral part of our culture," Singh said in a statement.

Dharmendra Kumar, Head, Sourcing and Supply Chain, hopes the private sector in the apparel domain help them in reaching out to masses by using their distribution channels for further adoption of this fabric in the mainstream.

Anant Daga, Managing Director, TCNS Clothing said fashion is no longer just about trends and innovative designs.

"It is also a means to encourage dialogue on sustainable choices," he added.

10/03/2018

In a move to harness and utilise alternative energy sources, biogas production commenced on the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple campus in Srirangam on Thursday 45 days after construction works began to install the plant. With its inauguration, the kitchen in the temple will be able to conserve 1.5 LPG cooking cylinders a day and save an equivalent cost of Rs 90,000 per month.

Being the foremost of all 108 divyadesam temples, Sri Ranganathaswamy temple has been offering annadhanam (free food) to at least 4,000 people every day since September 2012. The kitchen near the dining hall has been consuming three LPG cooking cylinders daily for this purpose. It was in this backdrop that ITC conglomerate proposed to set up a biogas plant as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme and the green temple initiative by Mangaldeep Agarbhattis. The plant would produce cooking gas from vegetable, food and animal waste generated by the temple.

This was accepted by the HR&CE department in January following which work on the plant commenced on about 200sqft area on January 22. The work was carried out at an estimated cost of Rs 25.5 lakh and completed on February 27. Trichy district Exnora, the implementing agency of the project, said that filling of cow dung in the biogas chamber was carried out subsequently, after which the desirable amount of biogas was generated in the facility on Thursday.

“The 30 CUM capacity biogas plant would accommodate 70 kg of vegetable and food waste along with 300 kg of cow dung a day sourced from the kitchen and the cow shelter of the temple. Through the plant, we can ensure that organic waste which has so far been going to the bins will be recycled as biogas and compost,” C Balasubramanian, honorary president of Trichy district Exnora said.

V M Rajasekharan, CEO, matches and agarbhatti division, ITC, inaugurated the facility on Thursday. Subsequently a test run was conducted by boiling a pot of milk with biogas as source. “The amount of money saved in reusing the organic waste and cutting down the need of LPG cylinders can be used for developing the environment of Ranganathaswamy temple,” the CEO said.

Representatives from ITC also added that the HR&CE department in Srirangam was cooperative in implementing the project in a short span. Since 90 per cent of the waste generated in the temple was organic, stakeholders said that an association would be formed to sustain the working and progress of the green temple initiative.

10/03/2018

With the target of power purchase from renewable energy sources set to increase every year, state-run Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has chalked out plans to procure 7,000MW of solar and wind power by fiscal 2021-22, to meet renewable purchase obligations (RPO).

RPO is the minimum percentage of total power that electricity distribution companies and large power consumers need to buy from renewable energy (RE) sources.

Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has set the wind and solar RPO target at around 10% for fiscal 2017-18. To promote the renewable energy sector, the RPO is set to be increased to 16% by 2021-22. The final RPO regulations, however, are yet to be notified.

According to the tentative RE power capacity addition plan on GUVNL’s website, it proposes to procure 5,500MW from solar and 1,500MW from wind power projects over the next four years. Considering the need to purchase more power from renewable sources, GUVNL last year completed competitive bidding to source 500MW each from wind and solar power plants and signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) in Oct 2 17 and January 2018, respectively.

In the second phase of power procurement, the company last month floated two separate tenders for 1,000MW each from wind and solar power projects through competitive bidding. Distribution companies affiliated with GUVNL failed to meet the RPO of 10% set by GERC for the 2016-17 fiscal. The renewable power purchases by the four discoms fell short by 1,026 million units.

10/03/2018

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) could extend its membership to countries beyond the inter-tropical zone as a means to expand the scope of harnessing solar energy across the globe.

“Serious consideration is on for expanding the membership of ISA beyond the tropics,” said a senior official, who did not wish to be named.

The alliance, jointly launched in November 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and France’s then President Francois Hollande, became a legal entity in December last year. It is an international treaty-based alliance of 121 solar rich countries situated fully or partially between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

Of the member nations, 60 have signed the treaty and about 30 nations have ratified it.

“Since the sun shines beyond the tropics and ISA has to serve as a global initiative, we may consider making the alliance open for all,” the official quoted above added.

An announcement regarding the expansion of the membership beyond the tropics could be made by the Prime Minister at the founding conference of the alliance here on Sunday.

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India is close to achieving 20 GW grid connected installed solar power generation capacity this fiscal itself with 19.58GW already in hand till February end, Parliament was informed.

"As on February 28, 2018, a grid connected solar capacity of 19.58 GW has been installed and the government is very close to achieving 20GW in 2017-18 itself of the target set initially," Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

The government had revised the target of grid connected solar energy capacities from 20GW to 100GW by 2022.

However, the minister said that at present, the indigenous manufacturing capacity is not adequate and therefore the country is dependent on both imported as well as domestically manufactured solar panels/equipments.

The government has decided to auction 30 GW solar energy capacities each in 2018-19 and 2019-20 to achieve 100 GW grid connected capacities by 2022.

Besides, the government would also auction 10 GW capacities each in the two fiscal years to achieve 60 GW of wind power generation capacities by 2022. India's wind power generation capacity is 32.8 GW as per Central Electricity Authority data. Total renewable energy capacities was 62.8 GW by February, 2018.

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The harnessing of solar energy has made Diu the country’s first energy surplus Union territory and a model for an effective way for people to harness this renewable energy source.

In just three years, Diu has made rapid progress in solar power generation. The Union territory has an area of just 42 square kilometres. Despite scarcity of land, solar power plants have been installed over more than 50 acres.

Diu generates a total of 13 megawatts of electricity from solar power generating facilities daily. Around 3 MW is generated by rooftop solar plants and 10 MW by its other solar power plants.

Three years ago, the people of Diu consumed electricity supplied from the power grid owned by the Gujarat government, resulting in huge line losses. Once the local power company started generating electricity from solar energy, the electricity loss was significantly reduced.

Daman and Diu electricity department executive engineer Milind Ingle said, “Diu’s peak-time demand for electricity goes up to 7 MW and we generate about 10.5 MW of electricity from solar energy daily. This is way more than the consumption demand requirement.”

He said solar power has come as a big relief for local residents as their monthly bill charges have fallen by around 12 per cent. Previously, the 0-50 units charge was Re 1.20 per unit and 50-100 units was Re 1.50 per unit. But once the solar power plants began operating, the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission for Goa and the Union territories removed the 0-50 units slab. They now have revised the 1-100 units charge to Re 1.01 per unit.

cec-mid-valley-e134541919464210/03/2018

The harnessing of solar energy has made Diu the country’s first energy surplus Union territory and a model for an effective way for people to harness this renewable energy source.

In just three years, Diu has made rapid progress in solar power generation. The Union territory has an area of just 42 square kilometres. Despite scarcity of land, solar power plants have been installed over more than 50 acres.

Diu generates a total of 13 megawatts of electricity from solar power generating facilities daily. Around 3 MW is generated by rooftop solar plants and 10 MW by its other solar power plants.

Three years ago, the people of Diu consumed electricity supplied from the power grid owned by the Gujarat government, resulting in huge line losses. Once the local power company started generating electricity from solar energy, the electricity loss was significantly reduced.

Daman and Diu electricity department executive engineer Milind Ingle said, “Diu’s peak-time demand for electricity goes up to 7 MW and we generate about 10.5 MW of electricity from solar energy daily. This is way more than the consumption demand requirement.”

He said solar power has come as a big relief for local residents as their monthly bill charges have fallen by around 12 per cent. Previously, the 0-50 units charge was Re 1.20 per unit and 50-100 units was Re 1.50 per unit. But once the solar power plants began operating, the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission for Goa and the Union territories removed the 0-50 units slab. They now have revised the 1-100 units charge to Re 1.01 per unit.

ill 110/03/2018

India is close to achieving 20 GW grid connected installed solar power generation capacity this fiscal itself with 19.58GW already in hand till February end, Parliament was informed.

"As on February 28, 2018, a grid connected solar capacity of 19.58 GW has been installed and the government is very close to achieving 20GW in 2017-18 itself of the target set initially," Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

The government had revised the target of grid connected solar energy capacities from 20GW to 100GW by 2022.

However, the minister said that at present, the indigenous manufacturing capacity is not adequate and therefore the country is dependent on both imported as well as domestically manufactured solar panels/equipments.

The government has decided to auction 30 GW solar energy capacities each in 2018-19 and 2019-20 to achieve 100 GW grid connected capacities by 2022.

Besides, the government would also auction 10 GW capacities each in the two fiscal years to achieve 60 GW of wind power generation capacities by 2022. India's wind power generation capacity is 32.8 GW as per Central Electricity Authority data. Total renewable energy capacities was 62.8 GW by February, 2018.

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