SOLAR ENERGY

  • Is 100 GW of solar enough? 2 days ago

    The Indian government wants to ambitiously ramp up the solar capacity from 3.5 GW to 100 GW by 2022. That is a highly ambitious, but a feasible goal. Will it be achieved? Let's look at the challenges. Solar in India is set for a long period of rapid growth. Is enough...
  • An electric bike that doesn't need you to plug in or swap batteries April 7, 2015

    New Delhi: First it was rechargeable electric bikes that turned heads, then came in swappable batteries. Now, welcome the Solar Bike. Redefining the way we perceive electric bikes, this new type of bike is aimed at a sustainable alternative to the electric bike. The Solar Bike, as the name goes,...
  • Will next week's solar eclipse turn off the lights in Germany? March 15, 2015

    Berlin: Will next week's partial solar eclipse turn off the lights in Germany? Experts say the country's electricity grid, which relies increasingly on renewable energy, faces a crucial test on the morning of March 20, when the moon will pass in front of the sun and block up to 82 percent...
  • Solar-powered aircraft makes first stop at Ahmedabad, likely to stay for 3 days March 11, 2015

    Ahmedabad: The world's only solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2, which landed in Ahmedabad on Tuesday night is likely to stay in the city for two-three days before leaving for Varanasi. The aircraft is on an around-the-world journey and would fly without a drop of fuel as it is propelled solely by...
  • Solar-powered plane to make its first round-the-world trip on March 9 March 9, 2015

    Dubai: Just after dawn on Monday, Swiss pioneers will embark on the first round-the-world trip ever attempted with a solar-powered plane. Solar Impulse founders and pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg said in a statement Sunday that they hope to encourage the replacement of "old polluting technologies with clean and efficient...
  • Rail Budget likely to have a slew of green initiatives February 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Use of solar energy in a big way, launching of waste-to-energy project and proliferation of CNG in train operations are some of the green initiatives likely to be announced in the Rail Budget this time. Besides an elaborate exercise of water conservation including setting up of water recycling plants...
  • Renewable energy ministry seeks incentives for solar sector February 17, 2015

    New Delhi: The renewable energy ministry has sought incentives such as excise duty exemption and 10-year tax holiday in the forthcoming budget to give a boost to the solar energy sector. In its suggestions to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy...
  • PM Modi for innovation in renewable energy for affordable power February 15, 2015

    New Delhi: Faced with limited energy sources and high cost of imports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called for innovation and research to develop renewable energy like solar and wind power to provide affordable electricity to every household. Inaugurating the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet (RE-Invest), Modi called for...
  • Apple to buy $850 million of power from a new California solar farm to cut its energy bill February 11, 2015

    San Francisco: Apple will buy about $850 million of power from a new California solar farm to cut its energy bill, the iPhone maker said on Tuesday as its stock market value closed above $700 billion for the first time. The First Solar plant, with the capacity to power the equivalent...
  • MP government to light up Naxalhit villages with solar energy February 7, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh government has approved an ambitious plan to provide electricity in 44 Naxalhit villages of the state with the help of solar energy. Under the plan, 44 Naxalaffected villages of Balaghat, Shahdol, Umaria, Sidhi and Singrauli districts will be electrified by solar energy with an investment of Rs 37.62 crore,...
  • Rajasthan to have world's largest 4,000 MW ultra mega solar power project January 29, 2014

    Three central ministries on Wednesday joined hands to launch the world's largest 4,000 MW ultra mega solar power project in Rajasthan, a statement said. Six public sector undertakings (PSUs) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and the Ministry of Power signed...
  • India to set up world's largest solar project near Sambhar lake in Rajasthan September 21, 2013

    The government on Friday said it has initiated the process of setting up 4,000 MW ultra mega green solar power project near Sambhar lake in Rajasthan. "The Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) initiated the process of setting up the Sambhar Ultra Mega Green Solar Power Project in the 23,000 acre area...
  • Assam ties up with TERI to harness solar potential September 12, 2013

    Guwahati: Assam has tied up with The Energy Resource Institute (TERI) for application of solar energy in the state, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said Thursday. Noting Assam has tremendous potential in this vital renewable energy resourcs, he said it can help to provide electricity to each and every poor household and...
  • Uttar Pradesh looks to solar energy to bridge power shortfall August 10, 2013

    Faced with acute power shortage and growing anger against incessant power cuts, the Uttar Pradesh government has stitched up a new solar initiative that will ensure additional power supply to the state. Keeping up with the new solar policy, the state government on Thursday issued a letter of intent to seven...
  • Solar panel scam: Yechury wants Chandy to resign on moral grounds July 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Oommen Chandy has no right to continue as Chief Minister in the wake of solar panel scam that has hit the "credibility" of Kerala's UDF government, CPI (M) politbureau member Sitaram Yechury said on Wednesday. The Chief Minister and the UDF government are in the dock after the...
  • CJ Show: Switch on the sun June 9, 2013

    Greenpeace activist, Brikesh Singh appeals for renewable energy in Delhi. He calls for utilization of solar energy in homes for a safer environment. Brikesh turns CJ to spread his green message. ...
  • India to double renewable energy capacity by 2017: PM April 17, 2013

    New Delhi: India plans to double its renewable energy capacity to 55,000 MW by 2017 as part of efforts to increase efficiency of its energy use, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said here on Wednesday. "It is proposed to double the renewable energy capacity in our country from 25000 MW in...
  • Will extend all possible help on renewable energy: Abdullah April 6, 2013

    Raipur: Appreciating the ongoing development work in the state, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah on Friday said that a new India was taking shape in the newlyformed Chhattisgarh and the Centre would extend all "possible support" on renewable energy projects. "A new India is taking shape...
  • Obama launches $100 mn BRAIN initiative April 4, 2013

    Washington: Saying that he wanted the next jobcreating discoveries to happen not in India or China, but the US, President Barack Obama has unveiled a $100 million initiative to unlock the "enormous mystery" of the human brain. "I don't want the next jobcreating discoveries to happen in China or India or...
  • Five sustainable practices India must make mandatory January 14, 2013

    1. Fishing Fishing stocks around the globe started dropping in 1988. In India, data on the availability of fish stocks and yield is poor, but given the prevalent ocean fishing practices, sustainable methods need to be implemented not only for the survival of marine biodiversity but the fishing industry as well....
  • South Korean firm eyes solar energy project in Kerala September 27, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: After the recent Emerging Kerala investors' meet at Kochi, a South Korean energy company has shown interest in a tieup with the state for a 330 MW solar power centre, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters here, Chandy said the company approached the government after...
  • As grids trip, Govt focuses on solar power August 9, 2012

    New Delhi: Numerous states of India recently plunged into darkness as the power grids across North and North East India crashed. Could there be an alternative to avoid such a prospect? Scientists at the Ministry of New And Renewable Energy are now trying out new ways of lighting and cooling...
  • Maharashtra govt to set up three solar plants April 25, 2012

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government is scouting land to set up three solar energy plants as part of its efforts to augment electricity generation in the state. Sources in the state energy department told PTI that the three plants of 50 mw each would be set up in Osmanabad and Parbhani. "We...
  • India becoming capital of lead poisoning April 24, 2012

    BANGALORE: The future of leads impact on our society is alarming. With a policy plan to generate 12.3 gigaWatts of electricity from solar energy in India, we are on the verge of becoming the world capital of lead poisoning. Students and researchers will be facing challenges with opportunity in the...
  • Govt looks for new ways of using solar energy April 19, 2012

    Even as Indian power plants run short of coal, scientists at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy are experimenting with new ways of using the sun to generate energy. These are purely experimental right now there are no plans to roll them out commercially at affordable rates yet. ...
  • Nitish Kumar's residence to turn green March 28, 2012

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has opted to go green. Solar energy will now light up his official residencecumoffice in Patna. "The cabinet has approved Rs 4.5 crore for installing solar panels and other equipment," an official said. The Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency has been assigned the work. Last year,...
  • Kalam inaugurates national symposium January 10, 2012

    CHENNAI: Noting that solar radiance was 1.4 times higher in the extra terrestrial level than on earth, former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam suggested solar energy from the space as a possible source of renewable energy to meet energy needs. This spacebased solar power could be transmitted to earth...
  • Bangalore: make energy while the sun shines November 22, 2011

    BANGALORE: As you enter the Indira Gandhi Memorial Fountain premises on Chowdiah Road, you realise there is an additional feature to attract visitors there a solar energy park. It is an initiative of Karnataka Renewable Energy Development to increase awareness among the public, especially the children, on domestic and...
  • US concerned over India's business environment November 7, 2011

    New Delhi: The US on Monday said it had concerns over India's business environment, cautioning that the policies designed to protect the domestic industry would eventually harm them. "We encourage India to address concerns that many have about its business environment. In particular, there is increasing concern about some recent action...
  • Chennai: traffic police to now issue echallans June 29, 2011

    Chennai: Chennai Traffic Police has found a novel way of tackling the city's power crisis. It has installed portable traffic signals that are powered by solar energy at key junctions. Chennai City Commissioner JK Tripathy said, "All the traffic junctions are not covered by the traffic signals right now. So wherever...