India’s small renewables firms fighting consolidation wave

Small to mid-sized renewable energy companies in India are starting to look like attractive takeover targets as lenders and investors withhold funds, worried by the stiff competition, weak bond markets, low tariffs and high debt besetting the sector. The small companies’ difficulty in raising cash is keeping them away from government power project auctions, restricting […]

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Are environmental issues finally an important part of India’s election discourse?

Will environmental issues finally bask in the electoral limelight? If events across some of the major Indian cities in the past few years are to go by, it is definitely the time for green issues to shine. The environmental issues plaguing the internet-savvy electorate as well as the poor sections of these major cities may finally become […]

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Is the government in a pre-election haste to revamp environmental laws?

It is the final leg of the current Indian government’s tenure, which began in 2014. As the general elections loom, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has gone into hyperactive mode over the past year, proposing a major overhaul of the country’s environmental laws that govern its forests, fragile coasts, precious wildlife and manage the […]

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Desalination processes based on renewable energy could resolve India’s perennial water woes

The ever-increasing demand for potable water is exerting tremendous stress on our existing consumable water resources. Water covers a little over 70 per cent of the earths surface, and by this we erroneously presume that there is adequate potable water. Realistically, only 3 per cent of this water is potable. According to a study in […]

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Is it possible to get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources?

The questions regarding renewable energy are never-ending. Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs? What happens when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow? Won’t renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts? A study conducted by the Lappeenranta University of Technology explored […]

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How renewables are powering, empowering Germany’s rural economy

Tobias Huster is a young grape cultivator and winemaker in Ingelheim in the countryside of this town who wants to expand his family business beyond 200,000 wine bottles annually. But with farm earnings falling owing to frequent bad weather, growers like him in the predominantly rural federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, known for picturesque towns and […]

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Govt’s clarification on EVs- “charging stations for EVs does not require license”: Industry’s Views

The Power Ministry recently issued clarification stating that companies setting up charging infrastructure for electric vehicles do not require any separate license for electricity transmission, distribution or trading. Section 2 of the Act provides definitions for “consumer” for electricity, and “trading” of electricity. As per the definition, consumer means any persons who is supplied with […]

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“Just do it”: Solar remains the ‘beating heart’ of the energy transition

(Overview of the Making Solar Bankable Conference in Amsterdam held on 15 and 16 February in Amsterdam) The exponential growth of solar power generation places the technology at the heart of the transition to clean energy, and while there are constant challenges and shortcomings, the message to the industry from investors and consumers alike is […]

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Oil hunger to grow in nation aiming for only electric car sales

By Saket Sundria and Debjit Chakraborty Even though India aspires to sell only electric vehicles by 2030, it still sees gasoline and diesel consumption doubling over that period. The two ideas may not be contradictory. Electric vehicles will take time to become affordable enough for price-sensitive Indian masses, according to the country’s energy forecaster. During […]

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Gaming or Forecasting?

The RE (renewable energy) can be seen as a transformative solution to meet steadily rising energy demand as well as economic challenges and to mitigate the climate change and to reduce the carbon emission from traditional energy sources. At present, India has a target of 175 Gigawatt (GW) of installed capacity from renewable energy by […]

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