Renewable Energy

India's generation capacity will have to increase up to seven times the present figure to meet our growth needs. The major part of our energy mix consists of fossil fuels. They are finite sources and have serious environmental consequences. In times of depleting resources and climate threats, the best way forward for India is to take the dual path of energy efficiency and renewable power generation like wind power generation and solar electricity generation. It is imperative to tap into these huge renewable power sources and judiciously utilize the non-renewable resources, keeping energy conservation in mind.

To achieve this, the renewable energy programme is investing in supporting mechanisms that strengthen the call for clean and renewable energy policies through advocacy and awareness building and creating a supportive renewable energy implementation environment. Its activities are also aimed at helping compliance with evolving renewable energy deployment targets; and building supportive policy evidence through research around grid as well as off-grid business models.

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  • Pollution tapers solar yield by 25 per cent: Study

    India is making a big push for solar energy, with power capacity expected to double this year. But some of the gains, especially in north India, could be offset by a growing problem: air pollution. A new study, the first of its kind in India and one of a handful globally, has found that dust and particulate matter (PM) may be reducing the energy yield of solar power systems in north India by 17%-25 % annually.>>

    The Economic Times |  26 Apr 2017
    Better Energy Management Electrifies the Corporate Agenda

    Forward-looking businesses are realizing huge cost savings by investing in energy efficiency measures and switching to renewable energy—as well as being able to make and meet ever more ambitious greenhouse gas commitments. >>

    BSR |  12 Apr 2017
  • India's solar power capacity crosses 12 GW

    India added 5,525 MW solar power generation capacity last fiscal, taking the total from this clean source to 12,288 MW. Among states, Andhra Pradesh tops the chart with largest cumulative solar generation capacity of 1,867 MW as on March 31, 2017 followed by Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu at 1,812 MW and 1,691 MW respectively.>>

    The Economic Times |  11 Apr 2017
    Energy efficiency 2.0

    Globally, governments are trying to ginger up today’s moribund carbon markets, by fixing floor prices for carbon and mandating purchase. On its part, the World Bank will soon start the ‘Transformative Carbon Asset Facility’, which will essentially pay for emission cuts. The 10 GW of saving achieved by India in 2016-17 is but just a pinch. A whole new industry is opening up. >>

    Business Line |  11 Apr 2017
  • Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN

    The world added a record 138.5 gigawatts of renewable power capacity in 2016 despite a 23 percent drop in investment. The new energy -- mainly from wind and solar installations, but not including large hydro projects -- was up eight percent from the previous year, on global investment of USD 242 billion (227 billion euros).>>

    The Economic Times |  07 Apr 2017
    India adds record wind power capacity of 5,400 MW in 2016-17

    India added a record wind power capacity of 5,400 MW in 2016-17, much more than the target of 4,000 MW it had set itself for the year, according to official data. India’s renewable energy programme has accelerated rapidly in the past three years, starting with successful auctions of solar energy projects. >>

    The Economic Times |  03 Apr 2017
  • More extreme and unusual weather in 2017: UN weather agency

    The extreme weather patterns are continuing in 2017 with powerful Atlantic storms driving an influx of warm, moist air, says World Meteorological Organisation.>>

    Live Mint |  24 Mar 2017
    Electrification drive: REC averages 30,000 new connections per week

    India is in electrification overdrive, with about 30,000 new electricity connections being granted every week. State-run Rural Electrification Corporation is targeting to scale up the drive to grant 100,000 connections every week. India has never seen electrification at such large scale earlier, and neither have details been made available on electrification at household level. >>

    The Economic Times |  21 Mar 2017
  • Govt cuts 23 million tonne CO2 emission in a year by using LED bulbs

    The government has cut 23 million tonnes carbon dioxide emission by the use of energy efficient LED bulbs and has saved 28,588 million units of energy.>>

    The Economic Times |  21 Mar 2017
    India's solar capacity grows over 3 folds to 10,000 Megawatt in three years

    India's solar power generation capacity has crossed 10,000 megawatt (MW), a more than three-time jump in less than three years as government pushes for renewable energy sources to meet galloping demand. >>

    The Economic Times |  12 Mar 2017

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