Renewable Energy India – News Digest – 23/10/2009

General Electric Revives Indian Wind Business as Subsidies Improve

General Electric Co., the biggest maker of power-generation equipment, is reviving its Indian wind-turbine business after a four-year absence because the government has improved incentives.

Fairfield, Connecticut-based GE said this month it will build wind turbines in south India with an annual capacity to produce 300 machines of 1.5 megawatts each. Customers have been lined up to buy some of these, Steve Bolze, president and chief executive of GE’s Power & Water business, said in an interview.

The Indian government has changed its subsidy program to favor wind-energy generation rather than investment in turbines, aiming to speed development of electricity from clean energy. Read more

PM seeks global hub for climate tech research

The prime minister on Thursday called for a global centre to coordinate research on clean-energy technology, saying innovations should be viewed as “public goods” that poorer countries could afford.Transferring clean energy technologies is a key issue being negotiated as part of a broader global pact to fight climate change that the United Nations hopes will be agreed in Copenhagen in December.

Developing nations say wealthy states have grown prosperous by fuelling their economies with polluting oil, coal and natural gas and that they should help poorer states grow with finance and clean-energy technology to curb the pace of climate change.But rich countries fear losing competitiveness with any dilution of intellectual property rights (IPR) for innovations.

“Climate friendly and environmentally sound technologies should be viewed as global public goods,” Manmohan Singh told a conference on clean technology in New Delhi.”This implies that the IPR regime applied to those goods should balance rewards for innovators with the need to promote the common good of humankind.Read more

Coming up, renewable energy revolution in India

Renewable energy is the way of the future and the government is planning a major thrust in the sphere of solar and wind to meet the energy needs of India and also reduce environmental hazards, union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah said.As a step forward to reduce dependency on conventional energy means and prevent the environmental costs, the government is launching a solar mission across the country from Nov 14.

“Our country imports petrol, oil, coal and millions of rupees are spent on it but enormous resources of solar and wind energy remain unused. The government has decided to tap these natural resources. Use of non conventional energy is the best solution for global warming,” he said.

He said the government will give large solar panels to rural households in the country to bring electricity to every village. Read more

Aligarh Muslim University to setup Department of Renewable Energy

Government of india will launch Solar Mission on November 14 and Aligarh Muslim University may also set up a separate Department of Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy break the ice with this great announcement at Sir Syed Commemoration Meeting.

The government has decided to tape these natural resources and Aligarh Muslim University can play an important role in setting up renewable energy department. The country will produce 20000 megawatt electricity through solar energy by 2020, he added.Read more

Three solar companies to set up units in Andhra

The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) has issued offer letters, so far, to an Indian and two American companies for setting up solar power plants at Kadiri in Anantapur district where it has earmarked an area of 5,000 acres for allotment to solar power projects.

According to APIIC chairman and managing director BP Acharya, the three companies will together invest over Rs 3,000 crore. While US-based Sunborne will be investing Rs 2,000 crore, California-based AES Solar and Hyderabad-based Lanco Solar will be investing about Rs 600 crore each.

Participating in a panel discussion on solar and renewable energy here on Thursday, Acharya said offer letters for setting up solar projects at the place would be issued to some more companies during the three-day SolarCon India 2009, an exposition and conference on solar energy, to be held in the city from November 9.

He said that besides the 5,000 acres earmarked already, an addition 15,000 acres of land was available at Kadiri for allotment to various solar companies. The barren land was surveyed by the Tata Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) and was found to be suitable for setting up solar power units. The interested companies have also surveyed the area and felt it was suitable for their projects.Rest of the article

Scotland and India Make Pledge on Clean Energy

Pioneering Agreement will Drive Innovation in Renewable Energy and Low Carbon Technologies

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today between the Governments of India and Scotland to drive innovation in renewable energy and support both governments’ goals to increase supplies of wind energy, solar power and biofuels.

The MoU, which was facilitated by Scotland’s international economic development agency Scottish Development International (SDI), highlights both countries’ commitment to jointly developing new renewables technology and encouraging innovation throughout their low carbon energy sectors.

The agreement will boost collaboration between Indian and Scottish Universities and Research institutes and will leverage Scotland’s world class energy research, development and deployment expertise.

India represents a large market in which Scottish renewables expertise and technology can be applied and which is attracting significant interest from Scottish companies. Sgurr Energy, the Scottish specialist renewable energy company, has already opened an office in Pune.

The Scottish Government has ambitions to become the green energy capital of Europe and has a target for 50 per cent electricity demand to come from renewables by 2020.” Rest of the article

India & UK join hands for solar research

The Indian government is tying up with its UK counterpart for research on solar energy in the country. To be jointly conducted byBritish universities and IIT, the research will be funded by the governments of both countries.

A two-day conference was held on this at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London on September 28 and 29, which saw representatives from a few IITs interacting with those from British universities like Oxford, Cambridge and Sheffield.Officials from the central ministry of science and technology were also present.

“The conference discussed how the high cost for using solar energy could be reduced and how the energy could be effectively provided to as many of households as possible to reduce consumption of conventional electricity.Rest of the article

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