World’s First Solar Powered Portable AC in India

PORTABLE SOLAR AC Image Credit Evapolar
An innovative air conditioner is soon going to be available to the Indian consumers, allowing them to make their summer cool, relaxing as well as pleasant in a cost-effective and eco-friendly manner. A Russian company has developed this portable air conditioner that promotes personal hygiene and a great indoor air quality. The company is planning to launch the air conditioner in the Indian market any time next year.
The CEO & Co-founder of the Company, Eugene Dubovoy reveals, “Evapolar consumes very less energy and we have both types of ACs to be run on electricity and solar batteries. The solar version of Evapolar has especially been developed for the Indian region that has a significant solar power potential.” He, however, didn’t disclose the price of the AC at which it will be available to the Indian consumer. “It will be available at a reasonable price, besides it will bring a long-term cost savings because of its energy efficiency,” he states.

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India’s NTPC tenders for 400MW of solar projects in Telangana

Indian utility National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has issued another tender for 400MW of solar projects to be located in the Indian state of Telangana.

The two requests for selection, which will go through a reverse bidding process, come under India’s National Solar Mission, the country’s flagship programme for deploying solar capacity.

The first tender is for 350MW of capacity, made up of ten 35MW projects in the open category. The second is for 50MW made up of ten 5MW projects to come under Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) rules, which require the project developer to use locally produced cells and modules.


Germany promises 1 billion euros for India’s solar projects

PM-Modi-and-German-Chancellor-MerkelGiving a thrust on clean energy, today pledged about one billion euros (Rs 7,300 crore) assistance for India’s solar projects as part of the bilateral cooperation in energy sector.

The joint statement issued after the meeting of Prime Minister Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said both the countries will continue to intensify their cooperation in developing climate-friendly and sustainable solutions for India’s expanding energy needs.
The implementation of Green Energy Corridors Partnership, with an overall German commitment of 1.15 billion euros in the last two years, is progressing well, it said.

Capital to soon get solar autos

auto-rickshaw-dehli NEW DELHI: The capital is likely to get solar-powered autorickshaws soon. Delhi transport minister, Gopal Rai, on Thursday flagged off a new prototype of a solar-powered autorickshaw, which he said could be used to replace the old petrol-based ones.

 These autorickshaws are being manufactured by a Bengaluru-based company, Alfa Bravo Motors, which will also run pilot projects in three other cities. A few days ago, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari flagged off the first prototype at Nagpur.

Majority of India’s 13 GW solar projects to wrap up by early 2017


India currently has 13 GW of solar projects in progress, most of which are to be hooked to the grid by end-2016 or the start of 2017, according to estimates by consultancy firm Bridge To India.

The calculations include both photovoltaic (PV) schemes with secured power purchase agreements (PPA) and projects for which tenders have already been signed. In other words, the country may triple its installed solar capacity in just one year, putting it among the leaders on the global market.


State coal mining firm plans 1GW of solar in India


State-owned coal mining company Coal India Limited (CIL) plans to develop 1GW of solar power projects across India in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint.

Nagendra Kumar, technical director of CIL, told PV Tech that the company has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to carry out the solar projects. SECI was recently renamed Renewable Energy Corporation of India (RECI) as it became a commercial entity.

Original Post :Tom Kenning


Solar power is booming in India. But will it reach those who need it most?

Girl WIth Solar Panel

Original Post: Global voices/

 The sun is shining on India, and India is poised to take advantage of it, with massive investments in solar energy facilities to help meet the needs of a population that is expected to grow to make it the planet’s most populous nation by 2022. But will the power go to the people who need it most?

With its large land mass and tropical location, many experts consider the country particularly suitable for solar power. In fact, a recent study by Deloitte and the Confederation of Indian Industry estimated India’s solar power potential at 749 gigawatts — nearly three times the country’s entire installed electrical capacity in 2012 — and reported that not even 1 percent of this potential is currently tapped.


Reaching for the sun: India’s thrust for renewable energy

Original Post: Gurjit Singh, Jakarta | Opinion

Among the various initiatives launched by the government of Prime Minister Modi in India is the thrust on renewable energy particularly solar energy.

The initiatives for Smart Cities, Skills Development, Clean Ganga, Digital India and others are also linked to the Renewable Energy Mission to be integrated since low carbon emission is part of the plans for India’s further development.  READ MORE


West Polluted World’ for 150 Years, and India Says It Won’t Pay


Original Post: Anindya Upadhyay

“You made the mess — you clean it up” may well be India’s attitude at the coming international climate-change talks in Paris.

“It’s the West which has polluted the world for the last 150 years with cheap energy,” Indian Power Minister Piyush Goyal said in an interview. “I can’t tell the people of India that we’ll burden you with high costs because the West has polluted the world, now India will pay for it. Not acceptable to us.”