For a sustainable tomorrow, the nation should not just rely on renewable energy and completely discard fossil fuels, but find ingenious solutions to use them both, said scientist RR Sonde of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), on 14 th Dec 2018. With the rate at which our resources were depleting, we were quick to find solution in solar and wind. He opined that In a situation, when there are clouds or no winds, the need to create a hybrid source of energy which is facilitated by both fossil fuels and renewable energy is vital.
More than 220 prospective bidders participated in the pre-bid meeting held here by the Delhi government for its tender for setting up 35 Megawatt grid-connected rooftop solar power projects. During the meeting, the companies held discussions with the representatives of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Management (EEREM) Centre and Indraprastha Power Generation Company (IPGCL). The talks focused on Generation Based Incentive for residential consumers, payment security mechanism and data room for developers, eligibility criterion, bid cost, bid bond and insurance.
The Karnataka government has awarded solar power projects of 80 MW capacity to TEPSOL Projects, a joint venture between Think Energy and Ever Stream Capital. This takes the firm’s Karnataka portfolio to over 176 MW including 1 MW of rooftop projects spread across seven locations, the firm said in a press release. The company said it is also developing 200 MW of solar projects in Maharashtra including 5 MW of rooftop projects spread across multiple locations.
To sensitise farmers about the new solar scheme that may help them supplement their incomes, the Delhi government will soon hold special workshops. The revenue department has been asked to identify land-owning farmers, make them aware about the scheme and help interested people to sign a contract with the agencies concerned.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will approach the Union cabinet in the next 30-45 days seeking approval for the solar rooftop scheme SRISTI or Sustainable Rooftop Implementation for Solar Transfiguration of India. “We have just finalized the SRISTI scheme. It is going to the cabinet for approval and would take around a month to 45 days,” MNRE Secretary Anand Kumar said. The scheme, part of the larger grid-connected Rooftop Solar (RTS) power programme, aims to bring discoms to the forefront in the implementation of rooftop solar projects by providing them financial support which will be linked to their performance in facilitating the deployment of RTS.
Under the new rules adopted by the European Parliament on Tuesday, the EU is targeting energy savings of 32.5 per cent and a renewable energy uplift of 32 per cent by 2030
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A U.S. government auction for three wind leases off the coast of Massachusetts ended on Friday with record-setting bids totaling more than $400 million from European energy giants including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Equinor ASA. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the sale’s three winners – Equinor Wind US LLC, Mayflower Wind Energy LLC, and Vineyard Wind LLC, at the conclusion of the two-day sale that attracted 11 bidders and lasted 32 rounds.
Faculty members of Shoolini University in Solan district have developed a cost- effective sun tracking system for individuals and small-time users. The system can keep the panel in the direction of the sun to maximize utility of solar panels. The design patent on the proposed solar tracking system filed by Shoolini professors last year was granted on August 24th, 2018. Under the circumstances, the panels come as a boon for people living in areas where power supply is a problem. “Even now, residents of rural areas in India do not have proper electricity supply. It is not economical for the government to supply electricity in certain areas owing to geological location or some other reason,” said Sorabh Aggarwal, assistant professor, School of Mechanical and Civil Engineering.
The Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Management (EEREM) centre, Delhi government’s nodal agency for rooftop solar projects, launched on 10, December 2018, a tender for setting up 35 Megawatt (Mw) grid-connected rooftop solar projects in the capital under the Mukhyamantri Solar Power Program. The tender invites e-bids for installation of rooftop solar projects across residential, social and institutional sectors to be developed in eight parts under both capital expenditure (CAPEX) and renewable energy service company (RESCO) models. Of the tendered capacity, 10 Mw will be developed under the CAPEX mode and remaining 25 Mw under RESCO. The government has appointed Indraprastha Power Generation Co Ltd (IPGCL) to oversee the proceedings of the tender and project execution on behalf of EEREM.
Users of Yamuna expressway may have to pay more toll as the YEIDA has decided to set up solar lights on the 165-km stretch connecting Greater Noida to Agra and recover the cost from them. The cost of the project is nearly Rs 94 crore which will be met by increasing the toll tax.
MAHAGENCO, which had decided to set up a floating solar plant at Irai dam is now having second thoughts about it for several reasons. Gensol, a private solar energy agency engaged in the feasibility study for Irai but gave a report that was not very favourable. A ballpark calculation had estimated that 250MW could be generated through floating solar panels. Floating solar power plant exists only in Kerala. A 500kW plant was recently inaugurated in Banasura Sagar at the cost of Rs9.25 crore.
Malaysian state-owned oil and gas firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad, or Petronas, has set up a new business within the group to make a push into renewable energy, the head of the new venture said on Tuesday. Petronas has expressed interest over the last year to diversify into renewables amid low oil prices.
Holding the UN climate conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland, sends a strong signal as it provides the international community with an opportunity to learn from an on-going energy transition in a traditionally fossil-fuel intensive region. At the same time, it reminds us of the imperative of a just energy transition on our pathway towards a climate-safe future. The global energy landscape is evidencing rapid and wide-ranging changes driven by an unprecedented growth of renewables. Last year, a record-breaking 168 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity was added globally, making it the sixth year in a row in which new power generations from renewables outpaced conventional sources including from coal. Renewable energy is driving an energy transformation that is creating new socio-economic opportunities for countries, regions and local communities across the world. It is also the key to address climate change, which is becoming ever more urgent. The widely cited recent Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) urges for a rapid scaling-up of renewables to avoid irreversible climate impacts.
Countries that lead this transformation will also be the ones to reap most of its benefits.
The above profound lines are by Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Amid rich nations’ attempt to dilute line between developed and developing countries while framing rule-book for implementing the Paris Agreement, India along with its BASIC partners – Brazil, South Africa and China – on 12 Dec, 2018 strongly opposed to any such move and made it clear that there should not be any backsliding on the global deal which was reached in French capital exactly three years ago on this day.
Electricity generation from French wind turbines rose 17.5 per cent in October, 2018, boosting French power generation from renewable sources which rose during the month alongside nuclear output, while coal and gas-fired generation fell. Power generation from thermal, coal and gas generators fell 29.4 per cent to 3.76 terawatt hour (TWh) in October ,2018, compared with the same month a year ago, said French grid operator RTE in its monthly report.
Fossil fuel-dependent Ukraine will strengthen its climate change action plan under the Paris Agreement to curb global warming, its government said at UN climate talks in Poland this week. Four Ukrainian cities also reaffirmed their goal of shifting to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050, announced this year. Svitlana Romanko, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia director for climate campaign 350.org, said Ukrainian citizens and mayors were showing that a rapid and fair transition to clean energy was “both possible and popular”.
Renewables account for over half the added electricity capacity in 2015:
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