NKDA plans to install solar trees to light up pavement, park at township

In a bid to promote the use of non-conventional energy, civic authorities in New Town, an emerging satellite township on the outskirts of the city, have decided to set up solar trees and road studs across its length and breadth. A top official of the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) speaking to news agency […]

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Govt working on plan to triple domestic solar manufacturing capacity

The central government has proposed a major push to domestic manufacturing of renewable energy equipment in the country that would completely eliminate the need for imports, particularly from countries such as China. As part of the plan, an accelerated manufacturing plan is being operationalised that is incentivising setting up of solar cell manufacturing capacity of […]

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High customs duty on Chinese imports likely to be exempted for PPA solar projects

Music to the ears of solar power producers setting up their projects using Chinese equipment, government proposes to exempt those having power purchase agreements (PPAs) with procuring states from the steeper customs duty levy. Sources in the power ministry said that all solar power projects having valid PPAs as on August 1, 2020 will escape […]

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Coal India, NLC India JV to install 3,000-MW solar power assets

Coal India Ltd (CIL) and NLC India together will develop solar power assets of 3,000 MW with a likely investment of around Rs 12,000 crore, said sources speaking to PTI. The two companies recently announced that they would form a JV to develop 5,000 MW of solar and thermal power assets across the country. They […]

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Under new KUSUM Scheme feeder to the agriculture sector will be solarized: R.K Singh

Power and renewable energy minister R K Singh through a video conference on Friday informed that the government is planning to launch a new variant on KUSUM scheme for solarisation of agricultural feeders,. He added that this would eliminate the subsidy burden of states given in irrigation for the next three-four years. “At present, the KUSUM […]

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Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan To be given boost in Power Sector: R.K. Singh

R.K. Singh, the Union Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (IC), highlighted the need of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Power Sector while addressing the Power Ministers of State Governments and UTs through video conference.  He said that our country’s import bill […]

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AEML to install 7 lakh smart meters to enable real-time unit reading for consumers

After been criticized and receiving backlash from the consumers including Bollywood celebrities for inflated bills in June, Adani Electricity Mumbai Ltd (AEML) on Tuesday said it will soon install over seven lakh smart meters in the coming months to ensure real-time information to consumers on their electricity consumption. The company distributes power to around 30 […]

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Climate fund targets USD 2.5 bln in clean energy investment for SE Asia

A new climate fund backed by philanthropic donors is aiming to trigger $2.5 billion of clean energy investment in Southeast Asia and aid the region’s green recovery after the coronavirus. The South East Asia Clean Energy Facility (SEACEF) is managed by Singapore-based Clime Capital, with an initial investment of $10 million and a focus on […]

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Solar equipment imports from China may soon come under double taxation

Solar equipment imports, largely from countries such as China, may soon come under double taxation with the Director General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) looking to consider continued imposition of 15 per cent safeguard duty (SGD) on imports of solar cells and modules beyond the cutoff date of July 29. The DGTR is scheduled to do […]

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